Alan Batie, a good friend of mine posted this to his FaceBook wall. I'm reposting it here so I always have easy access to his elegant presentation of what should be obvious.
A right is something you have inherently, not something someone else gives you. How can you have a right to something which may not even be possible, e.g. no doctor in a small town in the middle of nowhere. Are you going to force a doctor to go there? The concept is... just silly. Society may have a duty to provide some minimum level of care to its members, but individuals do not have a right to force other people to do things for them. There is a big difference.
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Does the author of this message think every reader is going to start by going to the end of the message to read the disclaimer? If not, why do they instruct one to delete immediately without reading? Besides, who on earth do these people think they are to shift the burden of determining if I'm allowed to read the message to me? What other decisions do I get to make for them? Since I'm making their decisions for them, I'd like 50% of their salary donated to the Feral Cat Coalition of Oregon.
A week or so ago, Kathwren dropped me a line to invite me to her parent's 50th wedding anniversary. It was through Katherine that I met her parents (George & Sally) who hired me into my first job writing software. She was definitely a pivotal person in my existence.
Just yesterday Kelly dropped me a line, she is the oldest of three girls in a family I hung out with a lot in the mid 80s. Much went on in those days, some good, some bad, and some forgotten in a haze of pot smoke. My life has changed a lot, I'm certain hers will have too, I wonder if there's any commonality left.
Hopefully I'll get to touch bases with both and at least catch up on where our roads have taken us.
Anyhow, this has been cool. I've located a bunch of people from my past. You're thinking "Duh, that's what facebook is about". But that's not the point, for each of those people I've written down the preeminent thought triggered by their reappearance in my mind. There are exceptions like my brother, there's way too much to write there. I wonder if this is what getting old is all about, starting to live in one's mind as much as in one's space. If you know or knew me, feel free to friend me on facebook, I'm not that picky :-).
Time to abandon the mind and return to my space for a while.
Capital Steps radio shows
BBC farming today
Science @ NASA
Wait Wait, Don't Tell Me
The Onion Radio News
NYT's Science Times
PRI's The World Science
PRI's The World Technology
There is occasional overlap in these 6 from NPR
NPR driveway moments
NPR story of the day
NPR on the environment
NPR on science
NPR science friday
This item comes first since it allows me to use the singular in the following items. I thought Sylvia and I had reconciled our most significant differences, it turns out that we hadn't so we've split up effective last night. In many ways it has been a wonderful year or so but we failed to negotiate some of our issues.
Two cats were dropped off by someone or other, clearly domesticated kitties. One is called PB which stands for pre-blender. He's black and white, which in a blender would make him gray like all my other kitties. The other is all black, she's called Porter (think beer). Initially the gender was thought to be reversed, but unless the female is on top in cats PB is a he and Porter is a she. Neither is fixed so as soon as I'm confident that I can trap them both reliably I'll take care of this.
I've been drilling with Clatskanie RFPD and have been loving it. They're a younger and more agressive department so we train much harder. I've also done a couple of night-shifts there and once I figure out the ins and outs I plan on spending at least one night a week there. The ultimate goal is to get enough medical time to make me confident that I can advance my EMT training from basic to intermediate. The down-side to the time spent in Clatskanie is that I now drill every Monday, most Wednesdays, and two Thursdays a month.
Today, in boredom, I wandered up to the station and we got a call for a priority three bleeding. I got to drive (my third signoff, yay). Once there I was the first medical person to establish patient contact. My partner really pissed me off when she barged in and ordered me off to fetch something or other from the medic. Since the patient's family was present I felt it best to just obey even though she was in no sense more qualified than me to handle this patient. Every time I go out on a call with her I end up frustrated.
This morning was better, just past 3am we were toned out for a car fire, I was the to radio in and first to the station. I bunkered up and pulled the engine out of the bay. By the time my AC got there we were immediately ready to leave. I drove, which got me another sign-off on my driver task-book. We got there, my AC played engineer for me while I flaked out 200 feet of 1&3/4" hose. She was ready to give me water at exactly the time I needed it, I got the fire knocked down in short order. My chief then showed up but by this time there was just some cleanup left. Once at the station I took the engine for a joy-ride to refill her from a hydrant, I felt more than a bit guilty leaving the white-hats to wash hose, but sometimes that's the way it works.
You can easily boot by going to grub's command line and typing
kernel /boot/vmlinuz boot
or whatever your kernel might be called.
Alaskans depend on wildlife for food and cultural practices which can’t be sustained when predators are allowed to decimate moose and caribou populations. Our predator control programs are scientific and successful at protecting vulnerable wildlife.Am I the only one who's bothered at the idea of protecting moose from wolves so some Alaskan bimbo can eat it?
6:10 BGL is 81 no food since 2PM yesterday
6:10 slam a can of peach juice (42 grams of sugar)
6:25 BGL now up to 127
6:41 BGL starting to fall, at 99
7:10 BGL crashed to 57 slightly light-headed
8:10 BGL has leveled back to 79 feeling OK again, time for some munchies, Top Ramen for breakfast, yum!
- Russian gas to Europe 'blocked'
- Crisis deepens as Russia-Ukraine gas deal unravels
- Yushchenko: Purpose of gas conflict is to convince Europe of need to develop Nord Stream pipeline
- Gas supply from Russia 'blocked'
- Back To Square One In Russian-Ukrainian Gas Dispute
(map borrowed from news.bbc.co.uk)