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Comment And I bet everything seemed hunky-dory in Rome.... (Score 1) 187

...before it was sacked. Some folks see weakness and irresolution growing in the western world. They see barbarians like ISIS rising up to fill the vacuum left by the west's loss of confidence- and they see dark ages coming again. If nothing is done, the new dark age may be 50 years out, or they may be 20 years out. (And certainly dark times have arrived for real in parts of the middle east.)

Civilizations rise because they have insights, standards and practices that are superior to those around them. Those civilizations fall when they take their position for granted, and think those standards and practices are 'mean' or 'outmoded.'

Comment Re:Thanks to the War on Drugs (Score 5, Interesting) 310

I have ridiculous allergies, and take a number of antihistamines to keep them in check (but hey, the asthma is enough in check that I can run, so I'm happy.)

Try eating a tablespoon a day of locally produced honey, unfiltered, for a month or so. The beekeeper should be the closest one to your home you can find, though even 100 miles out still ought to work.

Sending the local pollen through your digestive tract gives your immune system another shot at getting used to pollen without causing respiratory problems. I used to have terrible allergies that could barely be controlled by double doses of claritin. I still have allergies, but they're much milder and much more controllable by medication.

It's a pretty low-cost, low-risk home remedy. I stumbled across it when I was doing an internet search for "Is it safe to take double doses of Claritin?", and I figured 'What the hell, it's not like honey is expensive or dangerous.'

Comment It was that way (Score 3, Informative) 167

That was the regulatory regime beforehand, and it resulted in the most colossal waste of money ever: Shoreham

The combined (construction & operating) license regulatory regime is intended specifically to prevent such wasteful endevours, The design, construction, and operation of the facility is approved largely upfront to ensure the plant can actually be operated when it's built.

Comment Thank you for the confirmation (Score 1) 284

Oh look, another Bernie supporter who wants to change things he doesn't understand. Are you aware, in both medical response and in national politics, that change can be for the worse ? Does that ever cross the mind of a Sanders supporter? Do you ever have the humility to consider "Gee, I don't really know much about this, maybe I shouldn't be pushing for change."?

No, you have an emotional response to a perceived injustice, then you go and bore all your facebook friends with bland, ignorant moralizing and a cult-like worship of your new messiah.

Comment Re:Ug, I hate it when this happens (Score 1) 284

Nope, we'll ignore all that so we can pat ourselves on the back because we figured out one of the points the article makes is silly. It's amazing how easy it is to derail talk of worker's rights with a few well placed talking points :(...

You've essentially already admitted that the 'journalist' made a sloppy, uneducated point about large campus 911 calls to score political points. What makes you think the rest of the article has any more substance or depth to it?

Comment Re:Another pro-union piece in disguise, like the (Score 1) 284

Corporate emergency response is why we have the government do it. When you leave it in the hands of corner cutting corporations, it can get so bad that your bad reputation follows you 2000 years later.

You have zero experience in corporate emergency response. You're just shooting your mouth off to re-assure yourself why you hate corporations for being all corporation-y.

Comment Your place sucks. Sorry 'bout that. (Score 1) 284

Your mileage may vary by site, I can only speak about where I work.
  At my workplace, we send two other people with the EMT to communicate and help, and we call the ambulance at the drop of a hat. Further arrangements are made en route. Sometimes the site EMT calls again before the town ambulance arrives and asks for ALS as well.

By the time the ambulance arrives on site, I've got security ready to let them in and bring them straight were they need to be, I could have ALS on their way as well, and I've got the site EMT and two assistants at the patients side.

I'm not sure why you spend much time explaining anything to security. I 'explain' to them 'Bring the ambulance straight in to location Y.'

One of the EMT's assistants communicates any relevant medical information I need to communicate to the town dispatcher or the receiving hospital.

At my work place- if you happened to call 911 from a cell phone, you'd get the county dispatcher. If you called from a site phone that could dial offsite, you'd get the town dispatcher, and then if you didn't immediately call the control room afterwards, you would muck things up with security considerably. When you call the site emergency number (incidentally also 911), you get a room full of people who can coordinate the necessary response. You can go right back to rendering any first aid you're capable of.

Now, we average perhaps one or two calls a month, so we do have low volume.

Comment Re:Same thing at federal facilities. (Score 1) 284

If inside doesn't have an ambulance, you need to call 911 first. Then, when 911 is called, and the "real" response is on the way, call the security and let them know 911 is on the way for a medical emergency. They can send something too, or not. But delaying an ambulance response to satisfy security's power trip is a bad decision.

Do you have any experience handling medical calls at a large facility?

Comment Committee? I've taken the 911 calls. (Score 2) 284

I've actually taken these 911 calls at my work place, I suppose I should have said so earlier. Generally other people in the room with me are dialing the town ambulance and calling our site EMT on the radio within seconds of the phone call. After that we call security to escort the ambulance in.
In other words, I've been the one and only layer of 'bureaucracy' between a patient and off site assistance. Neither I nor my peers screw around, and if our phone calls ever cost the company money, no one ever mentions it to us- and they wouldn't get a good response if they did.
It's unfortunate that things are worse at your site. It baffles me that anyone at a site large enough to justify on-site EMTs would quibble about a few grand for an ambulance call. We don't.

C'est magnifique, mais ce n'est pas l'Informatique. -- Bosquet [on seeing the IBM 4341]