Scanning the Internet I discovered the most recent published murder rate for the U.S. is somewhere around 15,000 per year. That is bad enough but then I read where the U.S. suicide rate is just over 30,000 per year! Does this mean I’m twice as likely to die by my own hand versus someone else doing the deed? Males are four times more likely to kill themselves than females. Whites have the highest suicide rate of all races. As a white male I’m worried. Forget about all those suspicious and shady characters I encounter in life, I’m going to have to keep an eye on myself at all times.
The statistic on suicide by firearm (55% of total) was taken from a report by ‘Anderson and Smith’. My first reaction was to ask if that Smith was related to ‘Smith & Wesson’ and what were the ranking of the guns manufacturers for suicides?
On the return part of my Atlanta trip yesterday, I picked up five jazz CDs from ‘CD Warehouse’. Among them was “Charlie Parker with Strings: The Master Takes”. Now I realize that there is some middle-period Miles Davis that is considered the epitome of seduction background music but to my ears the studio tracks on the Charlie Parker CD hold up well in that category. (the “live” cuts may not be appropriate due to the possible bad timing of the applause)