I am hopeful that the folks that predicted an orderly transfer of power will be right … at the moment that is not looking likely, but there is still time for that to occur. Comment here on what you are seeing in your areas.
Maybe it is because I have passed another decade birthday, but this 4th of July does not seem right when the British people declare themselves free of the globalist EU power structure and Americans face the loss of Constitutional rights in every direction as the government “of the People, by the People, and for the People” acts more like King George than George Washington. As this happens, our media has turned from watchdog to lapdogs. Instead of the proud dedication to the freedoms and personal responsibility this country was founded on, many of our citizens are more concerned with political correctness, political repression of contrary opinions, and ignoring political corruption.
Our political parties remind me of the Jeff Healy Band oldie “Stuck in the Middle With You.”
Well, I don’t know why I came here tonight. I got the feeling that something ain’t right. I’m so scared in case I fall off my chair. And I’m wondering how I’ll get down those stairs.
Clowns on the left of me, jokers to the right, Here I am, stuck in the middle with you…
As Steve Berman of the Resurgent.com correctly suggested today, things are approaching political insanity that can take our heritage of independence and Constitution from us. He offered this passage from a presidential declaration from Abraham Lincoln in March 1863:
And, insomuch as we know that by His divine law nations, like individuals, are subjected to punishments and chastisements in this world, may we not justly fear that the awful calamity of civil war which now desolates the land may be but a punishment inflicted upon us for our presumptuous sins, to the needful end of our national reformation as a whole people? We have been the recipients of the choicest bounties of Heaven; we have been preserved these many years in peace and prosperity; we have grown in numbers, wealth, and power as no other nation has ever grown. But we have forgotten God. We have forgotten the gracious hand which preserved us in peace and multiplied and enriched and strengthened us, and we have vainly imagined, in the deceitfulness of our hearts, that all these blessings were produced by some superior wisdom and virtue of our own. Intoxicated with unbroken success, we have become too self-sufficient to feel the necessity of redeeming and preserving grace, too proud to pray to the God that made us.
It behooves us, then, to humble ourselves before the offended Power, to confess our national sins, and to pray for clemency and forgiveness.
Independence Day is rapidly approaching being a lost concept unless the People rein in the political class of our State and National capitals.
Don’t you get tired of seeing the same hospital, EMS, emergency department, and legal graphics on all of the articles and websites online? I know I sure do, and I hate having to search for pictures that I can legally use.
So I had an idea — take a picture of your hospital, its Emergency signs, EMS vehicles in the ED bay, your trauma room, waiting room, triage room, law library for you lawyers in the crowd, or any other EMTALA, HIPAA, emergency department, EMS, or legal item or concept and send it to me as sfrew (at sign) medlaw.com and we will use it to illustrate articles, websites, and training materials. If we get enough of them, we will make a bundle available for folks to use in their own training materials.
There are a few rules to make sure we don’t violate any copyright or privacy laws.
- I cannot use the photo unless I have a release from you. It is simple — just file it out (sample available to download at medlaw.com/photorelease.pdf ) and paste it into your email and attach the photo(s)
- I cannot use the photo if it has any people in the photo unless you provide a model release for each person in the photo (sample model release is available to download at medlaw.com/modelrelease.pdf ). Complete the release form and attach it to the photos.
- Do not include any pictures of patients. Period. Bad idea! Even with permission.
This AM a series of “unrelated incidents” (a/k/a coincidences) is rocking the country, but cheer up folks because the White House has announced that these are truly unrelated and none of them involve hostile activity. Please note that these are the same folks who promptly announced that Bengazi was a spontaneous reaction to a video. Also disregard Anonymous’s warning yesterday about problems for the NYSE today as a lucky guess. Ignore North Korean claims of responsibility…because no one could be responsible – because it was merely a coincidence according to Shep Smith of Fox News in an angry tirade against a security expert who questioned the coincidental nature of the events.
To briefly recap the coincidence factors:
The Chinese stock market dropped almost 6% during the trading day, costing their economy trillions of dollars …at 8 Yuan to the dollar.
The New York City subway system suffered an atrocious commute today, with some trains being inexplicably stranded in stations for long periods of time.
The website “The Dissolve” folded today.
United Airlines was forced to ground all of its flights after its computer system mysteriously stopped working.
The New York Stock Exchange suspended trading today after its computerized trading system mysteriously stopped working.
Immediately after, the Wall Street Journal’s website mysteriously stopped working.
More than 2,500 people in Washington, DC mysteriously lost power.– Gawker.com
Not to mix metaphors, but as the headline asks — how much fecal matter do you have to notice before you start suspecting you have a Black Swan in the room and still claim your professional designation as a risk manager?
You may have noticed that as the healthcare situation deteriorates we are seeing more physicians in Congressional races taking on the task of trying to straighten out the mess. Today, I received an update that Mark Plaster MD/JD has announced for the Congressional race for the Baltimore area.
Mark is an emergency physician and publisher of the publication Emergency Department Law. I have known Mark for many years and have written for his publications, but the thing that makes Mark a stand-up person in my eyes is that he left civilian practice and volunteered in 2002 for the US Navy Reserve and was deployed to Iraq where he served in a Shock-Trauma unit — the modern equivalent of a MASH unit. He returned for a second tour of duty in Iraq in 2008.
I don’t usually recommend candidates for any office on this site, but we desperately need stand-up, ethical people in Congress to turn Washington around. If you live in the Baltimore area or support out-of-your-area candidates, I strongly urge you consider sending Mark to Congress. For more information on Mark and his stands on the issues, visit plasterforcongress.com.
Very few videos make it to this website, but this stirring video by a 15-year-old speaks eloquently for our troops and has been viewed by more than 31 million Americans. I would like to share it with you.
As Russian troops occupy another Eastern European country, our Secretary of Defense proposes a budget that will slash the military to pre-World War II levels.
I am a student of history and watched it during the Cold War, but you can catch up on everything important with this 8 minute tribute to our troops. Cutting the military and reducing military benefits is profoundly wrong. Failing to support our injured veterans is obscene.
This is off-topic, but I was reminded today in preparing for a legislative hearing on a healthcare issue that folks have completely forgotten that this entire issue was resolved in a court case in 1998 with the exact same company involved — but current legislators apparently have forgotten it or were not in office then.
That takes me to the other big thing that is in controversy right now — and nobody is mentioning an important part of it:
Bill Clinton in 1994 (and then the Obama administration in 2009, reaffirmed it) gave official diplomatic assurances to Ukraine that their borders would be safe in exchange for the Ukrainians gutting their army and completely doing away with their sizable nuclear deterrent. There were a number of signatories to this agreement: the UK, the Ukrainian prime minister, the Russian Federation, Bill Clinton, and there was the Chinese.
From the UK Daily Mail:
“As a US senator, Barack Obama won $48 million in federal funding to help Ukraine destroy thousands of tons of guns and ammunition — weapons which are now unavailable to the Ukrainian army as it faces down Russian President Vladimir Putin during his invasion of Crimea.”
There is also the historical issue of Stalin intentionally starving 20,000,000 Ukrainians to death following WWII because he did not think the region was loyal to Russia after its conquest. He then moved ethnic Russians into the region to solidify his hold on the country.
I am not advocating a particular solution to the problem, I am just lamenting the total lack of historical context in the coverage of the invasion, and the fact that apparently no one has considered what this event does to all treaties worldwide.
Stephen A. Frew
Russia faces an almost unavoidably high risk of terrorist attacks at the Sochi Olympics, and whether we have any sympathy for the Russians or not, American and allied athletes, families, and supporters will be in the inevitable line of fire.
While the US is more aware of our own encounters with terrorists on 9/11 and in the Boston Marathon bombing, and even our own Atlanta Olympics bombing issue, LIGNET reports that last year in Russia, 659 people were killed and 490 wounded in 182 terrorist attacks. From 1992 to the end of 2011, 1,415 terrorist attacks in the region were attributed to North Caucasus groups. Some of those terrorist attacks made world headlines. The typical attacks involved explosives (including radiation dispersing bombs) and hostage situations with high casualty counts.
The US is taking the potential threat seriously enough to pressure the Russians to allow US input and involvement in security planning — a request that the Russians have not yet found acceptable. In the mean time, the US has reportedly deployed two US Navy vessels to the area in case an evacuation of US citizens becomes necessary.
US news services reported today that many US athletes are asking their families and friends to stay home in order to relieve fears and distractions for the athletes.
For Risk Managers and emergency planners in the US, the situation offers an opportunity to reassess our own emergency plans and perhaps a time to prepare psychologically for the potential of violence at the games.
Sadly, there are those who will use any terrorist events at the Olympics to push for more reduction in US freedom and privacy in exchange for the alluring promise of greater security — a promise that may be well-intentioned, but just as false and potentially dangerous as that of the mythical sirens whose hypnotic call brought sailors to destruction.
We need to watch the Russian efforts and the problems they face, because it is all but certain that we will face the same challenges again all too soon.