It seems that some sort of "AIDS Day" has cropped up again in the USA. Just out of curiosity, I consulted the US CDC regarding mortality. Here is some of the information I found regarding causes of death in the USA for the most recent fully tabulated year (2006). I have highlighted a few: Diseases of heart: 631,636; Cancer of trachea, bronchus and lung: 158,664; Cerebrovascular diseases: 137,119; Diabetes mellitus: 72,449; Alzheimer's disease: 72,432; Influenza and pneumonia: 56,326; Cancer of colon, rectum and anus: 53,549; Nephritis, nephrotic syndrome and nephrosis: 45,344; Motor vehicle accidents: 45,316; Cancer of breast: 41,210; Septicemia: 34,234; Cancer of pancreas: 33,454; Suicide: 33,300; Cancer of prostate: 28,372; Accidental poisoning and exposure to noxious substances: 27,531; Essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease: 23,855; Leukemia: 21,944; Falls: 20,823; Non-Hodgkin's lymphoma: 20,594; Parkinson's disease: 19,566; Homicide: 18,573; Cancer of liver and intrahepatic bile ducts: 16,525; Cancer of ovary: 14,857; Cancer of esophagus: 13,686; Cancer of bladder: 13,474; Alcoholic liver disease: 13,050; Cancer of meninges, brain and other parts of central nervous system: 12,886; Emphysema: 12,551; Cancer of kidney and renal pelvis: 12,379; Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV/AIDS): 12,113. Now, in a sane and rational society, one would presume that media attention would be devoted most to the causes of death that claim the most lives. Evidently, the USA is not a sane and rational society. However, we don't see big stars coming around with ribbons on their chests to observe "Homicide Day" or "Accidental Poisoning Day". The inmates run the asylum.