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Simple, disasters happen.  No amount of wishing and hoping is going to stop that.  Until we can control the weather, Hurricanes, Tornados, Ice Storms, Wind events, Floods, are all going to happen.  So will man made events - pollution spills, massive store house fires, de-railed trains, fires and economic downturns.

Since they will happen, it makes sense to take efforts to 1) prevent them, and 2) get yourself and family ready to reduce the effects of the disasters.  We can't, as individuals do much about the first part. (yes, join groups that are trying to get laws changed and such)

But we can do a lot about the second.

This will be advice on getting read for a disaster, in a rational and realistic manor with out the paranoid "the black helicopters are coming to take your guns and lock you in a FEMA Camp" Bovine Fecal mater you see spouted to often on social media (more from he right, but from the left too)

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Wed Apr 08, 2015 at 08:53 AM PDT

Corporal Lindsey C Lockett Comes Home

by DrillSgtK

In 1950, 24-year-old Army Corporal Lindsey C. Lockett was captured by Chinese troops in Korea. Word came that he died in captivity. Now, 65 years later, the Department of Defense informed his family that his remains have been identified.

His Grandson had this to say: “Being a soldier, and my father is a Marine, there’s great pride for us because he’s a fallen comrade but he’s also a father and a grandfather,” said Leonardo Lockett, the grandson. “Through all this time, 65 years, the army never gave up on my grandfather. That just bestows upon what the military is all about,” he said.

Link to the news story:

Over 73,000 US personnel remain unaccounted for from World War II; over 7,800 US personnel remain unaccounted for from the Korean War; and over 1,600 remain unaccounted for in Southeast Asia (SEA).  Comparison of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) from recovered remains against mtDNA from a matrilineal descendant can assist in providing a positive ID for those recovered remains.

Unfortunately, JPAC has recently reorganized their web site; they no longer seems to provide by-name lists of the MIAs for whom there is a need for mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) samples to assist in possible identification of remains.  So if you have a relative that is still MIA from World War II, Korea, or SEA – please consider reading this link FAQ section "Who is eligible to donate mtDNA samples?"

If you qualify to submit a mtDNA sample and have a relative from World War II, Korea, or SEA who is still MIA, please contact JPAC (there is an 866 number and see if they already have a mtDNA sample for your missing relative.  If not, please arrange to submit a sample.  By submitting a mtDNA sample, you may be able to help identify US remains that have been recovered and repatriated but not yet positively identified.

Everybody deserves a proper burial.  That’s especially true for those who gave their all while serving this nation.


Tue Apr 07, 2015 at 04:29 AM PDT

As a pure concept: RFRA's

by DrillSgtK

Religious Freedom Restoration Act's as a pure concept should not be that controversial.

No, really.

As a concept they should be very simple acts, "If the government imposes a rule or law that restricts or infringes on the religious beliefs of a person, the government must show a  compelling government interest against a substantial burden for the rule or law."

Basically the government should not be able to interfere in the beliefs of a person with out a good reason and the standard of what a good reason is will be set at a very high level.

Example: a government imposes a dress code for school children that requires males to have hair that is shorter than their collars.  A Sikh is attending and is told "cut your hair or don't come to school" (basically).  The government would have to show that the hair rule is critical to the operation or safety of government activities.  Not just making everyone be the same under the standards.

But a group trying to revive the Aztec religion with human sacrifice, the government would be able to show a compelling reason to interfere.

This should be pretty clear under the 1st amendment, but the past history of government vs religious belief has shown a need for making this clear.  Which is why the pure concept only applies to the government and its interactions with religion.

This weird Indiana RFRA though applies to private businesses and exempting them from the laws is nuts.


Sun Mar 15, 2015 at 08:54 AM PDT

$45 for a Tylenol?

by DrillSgtK

My partner at work was complaining about the bill his spouse got from going to the Emergency Department a month ago.  We have a great health insurance plan, as long as you don't use it.  Which is weird considering that we are "Ambulance Drivers" (EMT's and Paramedics) and are the extension of the ED.

The fact that his spouse went to the ED bothered him ("I could have treated her for free, it was just a twisted ankle!" - EMS is like that, if you're not dying wait till I get home and take care of it is the attitude.). The multi-bill format bothered him, but one charge really ticked him off, "Tylenol, 325 mg, x1 ---$45".

Later that shift we ended up in the ED she had gone to, and he asked the Charge Nurse about that charge.  

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No sugar coating it.  All those people who want the President to "Do Something" about ISIS/ISIL/IS/what-ever, are saying they want US troops to be killed.

Now, guess what!  Soldiers understand this.

They don't like it, but they understand that there are times when the United States feels it is important to stop bad things so much that the death of Soldiers from the US is needed.

Yes, ever effort is made to keep that number small, but Soldiers understand that "doing something" means someone dressed like them is going to die.

The question that should be asked is: "How many US Soldiers are you willing to kill to stop ISIS?"  How many blown off limbs, deaths, horrid scars, is it worth to Pres. Obama to "do something"?

I've found the right wing does not want to think of this - they kick out things like "give weapons to groups fighting against ISIS" (like we did with the Libyans...that they point to as the "wrong thing to do") or "Air Bomb them back to the stone age" Jordan has been doing which cost them a pilot that was shot down in an US made plane. (no matter what, you will have US Troops killed)

When you hear someone rant about how "weak" Obama is for not "putting boots on ground" or "stepping up the bombing" or "doing something", ask them: How many US Soldiers are you willing to kill to stop ISIS?  How many US Soldiers' lives is it worth? 1? 1,000? 4,488?

(Personally, I think it might be worth US lives to stop ISIS. That is IF we do it right - declare war, use overwhelming force and have a plan for post war recovery)


Thu Feb 05, 2015 at 06:13 PM PST

Single payer in steps

by DrillSgtK

While I am glad that 13 to 14 million uninsured people now have insurance (out of the 42 million in 2012), I have not been happy with what is out there now.

I work full time in EMS (Emergency Medical Service) for a mid-sized city, and part time in the Army Reserves.

My options for insurance have not gotten better since ACA, and most of the people I work with feel the same.  Generally I'm not seeing ACA as a success, as much as just slightly better than what we had before, but not much.

Going to a Single Payor system would be better. But Obama and Congress don't seem to have any interest in that.

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Sun Jan 25, 2015 at 07:37 PM PST

"Obama-care" from the front lines

by DrillSgtK

Another in a single persons view of how the Health Care system is dealing with the first year of "Obamacare" (aka ACA).

We saw a very large increase in Calls For Service.  In 2013 we saw just under 100,000 CFS, at the end of the year (2014) we had over 106,000 CFS.  A 6% increase compared to the last three years - and the national average - of 3% a year.  What this does not count is the very large increase in CFS' being "passed off" to private ambulance services increased from around 8,000 a year to over 21,000.

We saw wait times at Emergency Departments also increased from 20 min average to over 30 min.  ED's also have been going on diversion over 50% more than the year before. (Worse, we had our Trauma Level One hospital on diversion for over five days straight at one point in the summer)

Why is this? Well simply - SHOCK! - more people have insurance and are using it.  When they have insurance they will seek treatment sooner.  (Many times people with out insurance would not seek treatment)

This year is only a few weeks old, but we are already on track for 110 to 120,000 for the year (300 to 350 CFS a day).

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At least in the mind of many "responsible gun owners".  This was made clear yesterday when 43-year-old vigilante Michael Foster saw a black man put a handgun in his holster and decided that there was no legal reason a Black man should be concealing a handgun.

Bigot Michael Foster followed the shopper into a Walmart and tackled the man to the ground and put him into a choke hold yelling "he has a gun".

When police arrived, they did the right thing and arrested the bigot.

We have seen the pro-gun types get all excited about events like the Bundy ranch - pointing guns at police employed by the Federal Government get bent out of shape when a black activist suggests that blacks go to the range and learn to use guns safely so they can protect themselves from local police.

But lets leave that aside for a moment to digress into a wild tangent not aimed at making the victim in this story sound bad.  Why did the victim feel the need to have a hand gun in a Walmart?

The point behind having a gun, in this case a 62 year old man, is to be able to protect yourself from the unlikely event that you get attacked by someone. Sounds reasonable, you never know when a 43 year old bigot, say by the name of Michael Foster, may attack you from behind and try to kill you with a choke hold.  Why something like this is why you want your gun so you can fight off the much younger and bigger attacker, right?

So how did that work out in real life?  The armed CCW permit holder with a gun, was more worried about breathing than pulling the gun from his concealed holster, aiming it, and shooting.

Theory vs reality.

But i'm very glad the bigot got arrested.


Fri Dec 19, 2014 at 02:21 PM PST

Gun Nuts win another case :-(

by DrillSgtK

The NRA is excited now that they have won in the Sixth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals which unanimously ruled that the federal ban on gun ownership for anyone who has been “adjudicated as a mental defective or who has been committed to a mental institution” violates the Second Amendment.

Yes, you read that right.  Baring guns from people who have been deemed by the court to have mental problems, who have been forcibly committed due to mental health reasons, is a violation of their second amendment rights.

My guess is the NRA is excited because now they can expand that to all those innocent Felons who can't have guns.  Because you want people who are mentally disturbed to have access to firearms, That disturbed shooter in Sandy Hook - according to the NRA and the 6th Circuit Court - had his rights violated when he was prevented from buying guns at a gun store, resulting in his need to murder his mother to get them.  By gosh, if he could have bought his weapons at a store his mother might still be alive today!

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Sun Dec 07, 2014 at 05:38 AM PST

"Obama-care" a front line view

by DrillSgtK

I'm a Paramedic for a mid sized metro area, about 1.1 million people in the metro area in the day, which the Metro Gov provides between 16 to 24 ambulances for 911 service through out the day. This is one person's view on how the first year of ACA has gone with no hard and fast data. Just a view from the front lines of medical care.

This will be long, and may not apply to your area.  More after the squiggle.

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Sat Dec 06, 2014 at 01:37 PM PST

That Bullet just ain't safe!

by DrillSgtK

This might just turn into an ongoing series.

In the last five months six guns have been recalled (well five and one "we are not recalling but we will fix the problem we denied exists").  Now we can add a bullet to the recall list.

Actually a bullet that is used with one brand of gun.  

The "G2R RIP", a bullet that made some very strange claims that many in the gun community questioned and others accept as handed down from the NRA itself on stone tablets, in the .45 Automatic Colt Pistol caliber apparently does not like Glock guns in the 45 Automatic pistol flavor.  Not just jamming but creating a potentially lethal problem.

Strangely the company has pretty good records of who bought the bullets, since they do mostly direct sales or bulk sales to direct sellers.

If you have a Glock .45 Automatic Pistol, (A Glock 21 and 30 model, it is unclear if the 37's, 38's, and 39's have the problem but then they shoot the ".45 GAP - Glock Automatic Pistol, round) Unload the G2R ammo and contact the company for a full refund.

More can be found on G2R's Facebook page that made the announcement.


Sat Dec 06, 2014 at 03:21 AM PST

That Gun is just not safe...again!

by DrillSgtK

Remington has been in the news a lot for recalls, but now they insist that even though they will replace the trigger of the Model 700 rifle - on every one ever made, over 7.8 million - they are not doing a recall.

The problem is the trigger system wears down with normal use and can fire with out anyone touching the rifle. (yet another reason to NOT keep your guns loaded when not in use) This has been a problem for many years and the case of several lawsuits.  But as of yesterday Remington has agreed to a lawsuit to replace the trigger system at no cost to the owners.

If you have a Model 700 rifle, around 2% of the total guns in civilian hands, you should stop using it, unload it and contact Remington.  Of course since it is not a "recall" and there is no way to know who owns the rifles, it is up to individuals to find out and take action.  (with cars the manufacturer can reach out to the states and get current registration addresses of models.  There is no such thing in most states.)

CNBC has more here:

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