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Haves and Have Nots

June 13, 2016 earlier this year television news reported that Ontario’s or Toronto’s sunshine list of employees earning one hundred thousand a year had increased by several thousand since last year despite Ontario’s efforts to limit wage growth. Lately, maybe because politicians on both sides of the Canada United States border sympathizing with the plight of the middle class, and dismissing “the working class” as reported in U.S., and Canada, I’ve begun thinking that maybe its the middle class and neither the working class nor the filthy rich like Mr. Trump and the Clintons who are responsible for the rise of haves and have-nots here in North America.

October 1, 2015

I use newspapers to wrap potato  and cucumber peels; a few hours ago I was about to and caught sight of a Scarborough Mirror article bemoaning the increasing clients at food banks among Scarborough and North York migrants from the city.

June 13, 2016 earlier this year television news reported that Ontario’s or Toronto’s sunshine list of employees earning one hundred thousand a year had increased by several thousand since last year despite Ontario’s efforts to limit wage growth. Lately, maybe because politicians on both sides of the Canada United States border sympathizing with the plight of the middle class, and dismissing  “the working class” as reported in U.S., and Canada, I’ve begun thinking that maybe its the middle class and neither the working class nor the filthy rich like Mr. Trump and the Clintons who are responsible for the rise of haves and have-nots here in North America.

February 17, 2014

Reports of the increasing distance between the haves and have-nots when it was broadcast not too long ago seemed belated as though those who should have seen the obvious signs that something was changing for the worse in our advanced western societies when the PHD’d, scientists, politicians and reporters should have noticed people starting to sleep on side walks. Another sign that this have, have not division had begun at least 25 years ago was the apparent increasing distance between executive (CEO) earnings and the pay of the typical North American worker whose work was being managed by these executives whose worth seemed to grow with their remuneration.

Other signs that social changes were taking place that increased this social distancing between the privileged and the less than worthy have been the plans to amalgamate CEO managed hospitals, and the increasing marketing of health insurance to those who can afford to supplement what people believed had been Canada’s government ensured health plan.

And in Canada another ongoing sign of social distancing permeates economic and political debate in discussions about the diminishing value of the Canadian currency which most politicians and economists seem to believe is good for Canada because the cost of labour to unnamed manufacturers (“manufacturing sector”) will diminish, thus making their products easier to export and sell. But again those whose incomes and expense accounts keep increasing in relation to the majority who must spend much of their Canadian currency pay to survive on increasing service fees and costs of imported foods at global/U.S. denominated prices determined by energy scarcity, keep talking blithely of low-interest rates and the CPI.

Early in television reports about the coronavirus 19 I began wondering why our 24 hr. news station CP24 made no effort to discuss coronavirus 19 in context with the 2019-2020 flue season which CDC says extends from October till May as is typical for the yearly flu.

I became alarmed whenever I thought of this fact because I began feeling that those responsible for television commentary about the coronavirus 19 either did not fully understand the disease they were giving advise about especially since its symptoms, according to a John Hopkins article, were identical to this seasons flu, and because people who had the flu might think they have coronavirus 19, for both diseases breathing difficulty is central. Yesterday (March 26,2020) I read online of one such case. If I am accurately recalling what I read; I believe it was written under a header saying doctors were saying -surprisingly – that ER rooms have been recently under populated. To illustrate this perception an anecdote is given about a mother concerned about her son’s chronic breathing problems who kept putting off going to a hospital because he feared he either would be diagnosed as suffering from coronavirus 19 or that he might catch it.

This flu season’s hospitalizations have increased in the week of March 14-21.

CDC says that as of March 14 and March 21, 2020, for the 2019-2020 flu season in USA,

“The overall cumulative hospitalization rate was 65.1 per 100,000 population[March 14, 2020], which is higher than all recent seasons at this time of year except for the 2017-18 season. “

 On March 21, 2020 the hospitalization rate was “67.3 per 100,000 population”.

Politics and Health Care

I’ve been seeing things online about our new heroes being Health Care personalities; On Cp24 I keep seeing that grim faced lady from England, a Canadian health care official keeping us up to date on the increasing threat of coronavirus 19, and on a conservative website I read a comment from someone in Ohio wondering why a health care official had ordered business shut downs and not Ohio’s governor. And when I opened my browser I saw an article saying President Trump would restart the US economy despite his health department.

Maybe the reports of President Trump’s and Dr Fauci’s ongoing disagreements are symbolic of a broader conflict between politics and the world’s health organizations.

Influenza

The CDC has been recording the progress of the 2019 – 2020 flu in USA which began in October 2019 and rises to March 2020 in a steep grade that looks very much like the one John Hopkins shows with its updates of cases through out the world of the coronavirus 19.

Why hasn’t CDC or WHO explained the coronavirus 19 cases in the context of the influenza data?  The  progress of the 2019-2020 flu in the USA is given in the foll0wing CDC  graph. Influenza cases started in October 2019 and reach the top of a steep rise in March like the slope currently appearing in John Hopkins graph of the coronavirus 19.

To date during the current period there have been”38,000,000-54,000,000″, 38 million – 54 million illnesses recorded in the USA and “23,000 -59,000” deaths from flu in the USA.