Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The First Paramedics

While I was researching for my article for Directions in Nursing Magazine about the history of Military Para-medicine, I came across this article. Since, my husband is an ex-NYC Paramedic I thought it would be appropriate to post it here. We may also read it on the radio show. Again, another part of history that we never were taught. We were so robbed by the progs. 

In the mid-1960s, Pittsburgh's United Negro Protest Committee created Freedom House Enterprises Inc. to serve the Hill area of the city. One of their missions was to help build job opportunities for the so-called "unemployable" locals in a time of unrest. The Vietnam War was raging, and there was angst in the streets over the war, civil rights, and more.

Meanwhile at the time, ambulances in the city, like in many cities, were operated by the police department: a "scoop and scoot" service that used essentially untrained officers to give the sick and injured a ride to the hospital.

The vision to change things wasn't the effort of a single person. Freedom House would be the focal point, and would recruit the staff. The money came from Phillip Hallen, president of the now-defunct Maurice Falk Medical Foundation, and a former ambulance driver. The medicine came from Dr. Peter Safar, the Director of Anesthesiology at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, who was considered the "Father of CPR". (Safar, by the way, had also invented another level of care: the Intensive Care Unit.) And the glue to put the two together was Morton Coleman, of Pitt’s Graduate School of Social Work, who suggested combining an ambulance service with a program to train men (and, during the life of the service, at least two women) not just as ambulance drivers, but as professional emergency medical care providers.

In 1967, the Freedom House Ambulance Service was formed; about 44 men were recruited for training, organized by Dr. Safar. The men were paid a small wage, and in return were expected to attend classes eight hours per day, five days per week, for nine months to learn not just the basics of emergency medical care, but get in depth. After class, they observed in the emergency room, or did rotations in various hospital departments. And, of course, they learned the latest in CPR as Dr. Safar did his research at the hospital, and later at the institute he founded, the International Resuscitation Research Center (now the University of Pittsburgh Safar Center for Resuscitation Research). For Dr. Safar, it was personal: the year before, in 1966, his own 12-year-old daughter had died from an asthma attack. Read More

Monday, May 23, 2016

Show Notes 05-19-2016

Sunday Show 05-19-16

Blue lives matter display defaced at Dartmouth College
A display at Dartmouth College honoring law enforcement officers was removed Friday and replaced with Black Lives Matter signs after just one day, members of the Dartmouth College Republicans said.
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Saved by fate, classmate of 43 missing Mexican students seeks asylum in U.S.
Carmelo Ramirez Morales could very well have been the 44th missing student from the Iguala, Mexico kidnapping a year and a half ago, had fate not intervened.
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Michelle Obama: “So many communities are becoming play deserts
At a summit by the Aspen Institute’s Project Play, first lady Michelle Obama said Tuesday that some U.S. communities are “play deserts,” because they don’t have sufficient opportunities for kids to participate in sports and other outdoor activities, compared to wealthy communities.
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Federal Judge clears US Border Patrol agent of fatal shooting in 2011
A federal judge has found that a U.S. Border Patrol agent was justified in the 2011 fatal shooting of a suspect who was caught in the line of fire while fleeing in southern Arizona.
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New forfeiture bill would help keep cops from simply taking peoples stuff
A bipartisan group of Congressmen are calling for the passage of the “Deterring Undue Enforcement by Protecting Rights of Citizens from Excessive Searches and Seizures (DUE PROCESS) Act”.
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Oklahoma governor vetoes bill criminalizing performing abortions 
Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin on Friday vetoed legislation to make it a felony for doctors to perform an abortion, a measure that would have effectively outlawed the procedure in the state.
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Mississippi superintendent backtracks on transgender policy
Under fire from the governor and many Republican legislators, the Mississippi Department of Education now says it won't follow new federal guidance on use of bathrooms and locker rooms by transgender students.
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USDA awards 740k program to improve fruit shopping practices of adolescents
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced Thursday six universities have been awarded nearly $3.8 million in funding by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) for programs designed to help fight obesity.
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Friday, May 20, 2016

Show Notes 05-19-2016

Thursday Show 05-19-16

News Analysis: Sorry, We Don’t Take Obamacare
Amy Moses and her circle of self-employed small-business owners were supporters of President Obama and the Affordable Care Act. They bought policies on the newly created New York State exchange. But when they called doctors and hospitals in Manhattan to schedule appointments, they were dismayed to be turned away again and again with a common refrain: "We don't take Obamacare,"
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Scientists Seek To Bring Dead Brains Back To Life
Indian researchers are embarking on a study to try to literally revive the brain dead. A person is both medically and legally dead when the brain stops working, an irreversible condition known as brain death.
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Montana justices shut down immigration law
The en banc Montana Supreme Court struck down a voter-approved provision that denied state services like unemployment benefits and student financial aid to illegal immigrants.
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The Kentucky Resolutions of 1798
Resolved, That the several States composing, the United States of America, are not united on the principle of unlimited submission to their general government; but that, by a compact under the style and title of a Constitution for the United States, and of amendments thereto, they constituted a general government for special purposes,
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Security guard arrested for removing man from womens' bathroom
A female security guard working at a Washington, D.C. grocery store was arrested Monday afternoon for physically escorting a man out of the women’s restroom after he refused to leave because he identifies as a woman.
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Across America state officials are rebelling against Obama's transgender bathroom decree
Across America, local and state officials are pushing back very strongly against the Obama administration’s decree concerning transgender use of school bathrooms and locker rooms.
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Show Notes 05-15-2016

Sunday Show 05-15-16

U.S. Has Lost 191,000 Mining Industry Jobs Since September 2014
The United States has lost approximately 191,000 jobs in the mining industry since September 2014 including approximately 7,000 that were lost in April, according to data published today by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
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Right-Wing Hindus in India Are Calling Donald Trump the ‘Lone Protector of Mankind’
At a campaign rally in Delaware three weeks ago, presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump chose to attack American outsourcing by affecting a cruel caricature of an Indian accent, to the delight of his supporters.
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Wendy’s moves to self-service ordering as minimum wage rises
Investor’s Business Daily reported Wednesday that fast food chain Wendy’s will be expanding the use of self-service kiosks in response to the rising minimum wage: Wendy’s said that self-service ordering kiosks will be made available across its 6,000-plus restaurants in the second half of the year as minimum wage hikes and a tight labor market push up wages.
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ICE Agent Commits Suicide in NYC; Leaves Note Revealing Gov't Plans to Round-up & DISARM Americans During Economic & Bank Collapse
After writing a lengthy suicide note exposing terrifying plans the government has for American citizens, a US Customs Agent walked onto a pier in NYC and blew his brains out.
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Hidden Microphones Exposed As Part of Government Surveillance Program In The Bay Area
Hidden microphones that are part of a clandestine government surveillance program that has been operating around the Bay Area has been exposed. Imagine standing at a bus stop, talking to your friend and having your conversation recorded without you knowing.  It happens all the time, and the FBI doesn’t even need a warrant to do it.
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They can take away our Troops but not our Patriotism
The U.S. Army has the fewest number of active duty soldiers since WWII, at 479,172 which is more than 16,500 troops less than last year. The plan, which was unveiled last July, is to get the number of active soldiers down to 460,000 by 2017 and 450,000 by the end of 2018.
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Crowds line street to honor Us Navy Officer
Crowds of supporters, including retired Navy officers and families, lined the streets of the Southern California military town of Coronado on Friday to honor the Navy SEAL shot and killed by Islamic State fighters in Iraq.
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Shoot don't shoot: rules of engagement confuse US forces
Despite heavy redactions in a 700-page Pentagon report that addresses continued confusion among U.S. special operators in Afghanistan on the rules of engagement, a Pentagon spokesman brushed off questions, saying the ROEs are as “clear as they can be right now for those forces,” according to a new report in Joseph Farah’s G2 Bulletin.
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Syrian refugees sneaked into communities nationwide
About 100 Syrian refugees are being placed in a small city in Vermont, the home of socialist Sen. Bernie Sanders, and they are not getting an altogether warm welcome. In fact, when some residents of Rutland, Vermont, found out about the secretly negotiated deal to seed their community with migrants from a Middle Eastern hotbed of Sunni radicalism, they were livid.
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Saturday, May 14, 2016

Show Notes 05-12-2016

Thursday Show 05-12-16

Pamela Geller: In the Year Since the First Islamic State Attack on American Soil, These Muslims Confirmed ‘the War Has Just Begun’
May 3rd was the first anniversary of the Islamic State’s first attack in the homeland. Just a couple of short months later, in response to the Chattanooga jihadi who slaughtered four Marines, one Navy officer said: “The War Has Just Begun. More to Come.”
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A new FBI initiative based on Britain’s “anti-terror” mass surveillance program instructs high schools across America to inform on students who express “anti-government” and “anarchist” political beliefs.
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Exclusive: Say goodbye to OPEC, powerful Putin pal predicts
Internal differences are killing OPEC and its ability to influence the markets has all but evaporated, top Russian oil executive Igor Sechin told Reuters in some of his harshest remarks ever about the oil cartel.
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Russia to test unstoppable 'Satan 2' stealth nuke capable of wiping out an ENTIRE NATION
Russia is preparing to test-fire a nuclear weapon which is so powerful it could reportedly destroy a whole country in seconds. The "Satan 2" missile is rumoured to be the most powerful ever designed and is equipped with stealth technology to help it dodge enemy radar systems.
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Syrian Refugee ‘Surge’ to U.S. in April: 440 Muslims, 10 Yazidis, 1 Christian
An online gun auction website yanked George Zimmerman's ad to sell the pistol he used to kill unarmed black teenager Trayvon Martin, saying it wanted no part in the deal, but a second site offered to post it.
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Germans to eat 'Erdogan-Burgers' again despite threats
The German manager of a burger bar in Cologne will start selling "Erdogan-Burgers" again, despite closing for three days because of threats, he told the BBC.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Show Notes 05-08-2016

Sunday Show 05-08-16 

Obama Administration Admits They Lied About Iran Deal, 'Ventriloquized' The Media
Many Americans look at the pathological lies of presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump and wonder quietly to themselves how we reached this point.
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Obama embraces Transgender Moms in Mother's day decree
In his 2016 Mother’s Day proclamation, President Obama included a new class of mothers in his announcement: transgenders.
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Uber conquered taxis. Now it's going after everything else
There’s no shortage of companies claiming to be the Uber of their industry, whether it’s food delivery, flowers, mattresses or medicinal marijuana.
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Black cadets cause West Point stir with raised fists
The prestigious West Point military academy has opened an inquiry after 16 black female cadets posed for a photo with fists raised in militant style.
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Passenger thinks Penn prof doing math is 'terrorist;' flight delayed
An olive-complexioned, curly-haired University of Pennsylvania economics professor was deeply focused while scribbling an algebraic equation Thursday night, waiting aboard an American Airlines flight scheduled to take off from Philadelphia to Syracuse, N.Y.
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Title IX
Title IX is a portion of the United States Education Amendments of 1972, Public Law No. 92-318, 86 Stat. 235 (June 23, 1972), codified at 20 U.S.C. §§ 1681–1688, co-authored and introduced by Senator Birch Bayh; it was renamed the Patsy Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in 2002, after its late House co-author and sponsor.
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The Mother of Title IX: Patsy Mink
Patsy Mink was one of the principal authors of the Education Amendments of 1972, largely referred to as Title IX, which was later renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act, after her death in 2002.
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Two New York college students who claimed to be victims of racist attack expelled
Two black female college students who claimed to be victims of an assault by a group of white men and women reportedly were expelled from the University at Albany.
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Father-daughter school dance canceled after complaints
A father-daughter dance organized to raise funds for a elementary school's Parent Teacher Organization has been canceled.
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Alabama House Passes Bill to Keep Abortion Clinics Away From Schools, Clinic Plans to Sue
The Alabama House of Representatives passed a bill on Wednesday that would ban abortion clinics from operating “within 2,000 feet of the property or campus of a public school.” The bill is now on Republican Governor Robert Bentley’s desk and if he signs it, the law will be challenged by the ACLU and a Huntsville abortion clinic.
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An 80-year-old great-grandmother shot and killed a home intruder after he beat her husband with a crowbar.
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Liberty Counsel President: ‘I’m Taking a Glock .45 to the Ladies Room’
Liberty Counsel President Anita Staver tweeted recently that she’s taking “a Glock .45 to the ladies room” to protect herself against men who may use recent LGBT laws allowing people to use restrooms according to their gender identity.
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Friday, May 06, 2016

Show Notes 05-05-2016

Thursday Show 05-05-16 

Seattle May Day protests marred by Molotov cocktails, violence
May Day protests in Seattle turned violent on Sunday, as protesters lit fireworks and threw rocks and Molotov cocktails at police, Seattle Police said.
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Green Beret who tackled Afghan child rapist won't have to leave the Army
The U.S. Army has reversed a decision to expel a decorated Green Beret for beating up an Afghan military officer who repeatedly raped a boy he kept chained to his bed.
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Armed Services Committee Rejects Amendment to Allow Abortions at Military Facilities
The House Armed Services Committee voted down an amendment Wednesday evening that would have allowed “service members and their dependents to receive abortion services at defense medical facilities (MTFs) if they personally provide funding.”
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Five years after Usama bin Laden's death, new info -- and a new nemesis
Five years ago, Rob O’Neill chomped on a sandwich watching television at Bagram Airfield. Usama bin Laden’s dead body lay on a table next to him.
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NC Gov. on DOJ Claim That Bathroom Law Violates Civil Rights Act: Privacy Around the Nation ‘Now in Jeopardy’
North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory issued a statement on Wednesday after receiving a letter from the Department of Justice (DOJ) informing him that HB2, the law he signed requiring state employees to use bathrooms and other public facilities according to their biological sex, violates the Civil Rights Act.
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USDA And EPA To Help Communities Use Internet to ‘Improve Walkability’
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have announced five communities that will participate in their Cool And Connected broadband internet program to "revitalize downtowns, diversify local economies, and improve walkability."
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Gov't Buys $4K Inflatable Smokey Bear Costume
The Department of the Interior has awarded a contract for a 10-foot inflatable WalkAround ‘Smokey Bear’ costume for $4,999.
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FDA Launches $35.7 Million LGBT Anti-Smoking Campaign
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have just launched an anti-tobacco campaign focused on young adults who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender.
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Stiff Fines Proposed For EU Members That Refuse to Admit Asylum Seekers
Under a new proposal by the European Commission (EC), members of the European Union (EU) would be fined 250,000 euros ($285,000 USD) for every asylum seeker from the Middle East and North Africa they refuse to accept from a fellow EU country.
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Londoners Look Set to Elect a First-Ever Muslim Mayor Despite 'Extremism' Controversy
As a tumultuous, often sharp-edged campaign comes to a close, polls predict that residents of the British capital will elect human-rights lawyer Sadiq Khan as their first Muslim mayor on Thursday.
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DOD: 'Largest Group' of U.S. Forces in Iraq There as 'Security Protection for Advisers and Assisters'
President Obama has sent a growing number of troops to Iraq to protect the relatively small number of American advisers and assisters he deployed in the first place to help the Iraqis fight Islamic State terrorists.
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