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The Rise of The G.I. Army: 1940-1941 The Forgotten Story of How America Forged A Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor

Most people would say, if asked, that the United States entered World War II right after the attack on Pearl Harbor in December 1941. While we did immediately declare war on Japan and Germany, planning for that eventuality had begun two years earlier, when the U.S. Army had shrunk to 189,000 men, not enough to defend our own shores much less fight across oceans. Paul Dickson's THE RISE OF THE G.I. ARMY, 1940-1941: The Forgotten Story of How America Forged a Powerful Army Before Pearl Harbor (Atlantic Monthly Press; July 7, 2020; ISBN: 978-0-8021-4767-7; $30 hardcover) chronicles how, in merely two years, the Army was transformed from scattered, ragtag units into a powerful, disciplined fighting force capable of taking on Nazi Germany and Imperial Japan.

Name: Paul Dickson

Dateline: Washington, DC United States

Direct Phone: M 202-930-0128




Pulsatrim Devices that Kill the Coronavirus

Are Called 'Game-Changer' in Covid-19 Fight

LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Pulsatrim Technology, a Los Angeles startup, is introducing Russian machines that employ room-temperature plasma to destroy the coronavirus that causes Covid-19. The machines will soon be available in the United States to demonstrate how they rid indoor air of germs, bacteria, fungi and viruses. Plasma is one of the four states of matter along with solids, liquids and gases.

The Russian-developed technology can kill pollutants, including bacteria and viruses, circulating in the air of restaurants, retail stores, office buildings, arenas, casinos, theaters, meatpacking plants, assisted living centers and cruise ships.

"This technology can end the threat of deadly contaminants in indoor air," said Godfrey Harris, Pulsatrim's chief executive. "It has the potential to be a game-changer in the fight against Covid-19, its mutations and any new pathogens that may develop"

Recent studies have shown that these micro-organisms can linger suspended in indoor air for long periods of time, during which they can travel far distances. The Pulsatrim machines are particularly effective in dealing with these aerosols because they discharge both direct and alternating currents.

Godfrey Harris,





Bring Back the Fuzzy Dice

Keith P. Felty -- Author, Happiness Expert & Trial Attorney Keith P. Felty

When cars were big, made of good ole Detroit or Cleveland steel, burned regular gasoline and spewed out beautiful fumes, rear view mirrors were tricked out with a nice pair of fuzzy dice. Kids rode in the giant back seat and no one even thought of putting on a seat belt. No more– we've apparently evolved.

Now everyone needs a helmet even on tricycle and any affordable car is a plastic piece of junk. The fuzzy dice stepped aside for the graduation tassel when it meant something to graduate from high school. Now, the high school tassel is nothing but a baton signifying passage into a worthless college education where most "kids" go to become stupider and learn to be eternally unhappy. We've evolved after all.

Enter the garter. Tacky and perhaps a symbol of getting into some action. There's nothing like letting everyone have a look at a lacy symbol of stuff once not seen in public. There is no shame in keeping certain things inside. However, evolution has brought the clothing once donned only for exercise (or perhaps professional cycling or running) to the grocery store, the local Starbucks, every college campus and even the burger joint. God help us. We've evolved after all.

Everyone needs a breath of fresh year, especially when weed is in the air. My favorite trend was the crown that hung so beautifully from the mirror like a 17th Century jewel may have adorned a thrown. In fairness, they were soon removed from the mirror due to their obstructive nature, but they sat atop dashboards for several years like the feathered haircuts of the 80's. At least the car smelled good. We've evolved after all.

There are endless other stupid devices and trinkets that have hung from mirrors and their evolution has been proportionate to the perpetual failure of the car owner. (The hanging chad symbolically must fit somewhere in this category!) How many air fresheners or garters have you seen displayed in a Ferrari or Rolls? Those drivers have created their own trophies and they don't hang them from the mirror. Now, the eternally unhappy hang their masks form their mirrors just so everyone knows how unhappy they are. The hanging mask is a wonderful practice for the happy though—we can easily identify the bitter and run like hell from them.

The happy evolve by pursuit of happiness. The unhappy stay tied to stupid ideas and no matter the form in which their bad ideas are regurgitated, the results are the same—something stupid. Maybe evolution is not so good. Maybe a bit of creation based on faith in oneself is the way to go.


Name: Keith P. Felty

Title: Author & Trial Attorney

Group: americathehappyplace.com

Dateline: Canton, MI United States

Cell Phone: 734-891-6795



Refusing to Care for Elderly Parents

-- The Caring Generation®

Wilson answers the caregiving question can I refuse to care for elderly parents? This question may have some caregivers cringing because of family beliefs about caring for elderly parents.

Young children who experienced parentification or situations of neglect or abuse may feel differently about care responsibilities. Generational differences in attitudes about caring for elderly parents exist.

Relationships between elderly parents and children affect caregiving relationships. Younger caregivers in their 20s, 30s, and 40s may feel invincible and be less empathetic to the aches and pains related to aging—even though they accept caregiving responsibilities.

Adult children caregivers in their 50s and 60s may have lost friends. The experience of loss may offer a greater breadth of empathy and tolerance for the behaviors of elderly parents who may be perceived as mean or narcissistic.

Despite these differences, caregivers accept the responsibility of caring for elderly parents out of guilt, obligation, duty, or fear of damaged family relationships. Caregiving involves many physical tasks – bathing, dressing, running errands, attending doctor appointments, making meals, and more.

Being a family caregiver is a non-stop job. Caregivers may feel like they rarely get away from their caregiving responsibilities and stress. Feeling tied to caregiving is the reason that caregivers ask, can I refuse to care for elderly parents? Learning how to manage aspects of taking care of elderly parents can reduce caregiver stress and the feeling that being a caregiver is life-limiting.

Group: Pamela D. Wilson, Inc.

Dateline: Golden, CO United States

Direct Phone: 303-810-1816




The S&P 500 Index Rose 20 Percent from the End of March

Who could have guessed a global pandemic would produce outsized stock market returns? Near the end of last quarter (March 23), the Standard & Poor's 500 Index was down 30.75 percent for the year, and it looked like 2020 was going to be a disappointing year for many investors.

Since then, the S&P 500 has gained 39 percent, reported The Economist. It rose 20 percent from March 31 to June 30. The Dow Jones Industrial Average also did well, delivering its second best quarterly showing since 1938. The Nasdaq Composite finished the quarter in positive territory.

A variety of factors contributed to the exceptional performance of U.S. stock markets during the quarter:

The Conference Board reported an 11-point rise in the June consumer confidence index, to 98.1 points. Economists' consensus estimate had been for a 90.6 reading. American households remain more optimistic about the future than their current circumstances: the present situation index component of the survey rose 15.1 points, to 86.2, while the expectations index rose 9.1 points, to 106."

Name: Greg Womack, CFP

Title: President

Group: Womack Investment Advisers

Dateline: Edmond, OK United States

Direct Phone: 405-340-1717



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