The List Grows

For many years most states prohibited their citizens from exercising their Second Amendment Right to carry a firearm for self defense (or any other legal purpose). Some states allowed that exercise, but with a...

Protecting Systemic Incompetence – Part I

  We demand the lowest standards, because we are willfully ignorant and we do not want to understand. The surprise is that so many of us survive our devotion to incompetence. The loudest voices tend...

How NOT To Do EMS

A friend who knows that I have a blog sends me news articles from time to time. Today, he sent me a link to this story. Apparently, there is a thread on it somewhere...

You Can Always Count On New York City

For dumb ideas, that is. NY considers changing sound of first responder sirens NEW YORK — If two New York City lawmakers get their way, the long, droning siren from police cars, fire trucks and ambulances that has...

No Wonder They’re Bankrupt

In the EMS Artifact, there is a hierarchy. Since there is only me and Mrs. EMS Artifact, it’s fairly short. It’s probably more accurate to describe it as “division of labor.” Which in itself...

Operation Detachment

On this day, in 1945, at 0859 hours, the first wave of USMC infantry landed on the beaches of an island most Americans had never heard of. The military planners of the United States...

This Could Be Huge

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), which is the federal agency that sets the rules for EMS reimbursement, among other things, has announced a new program for payment. The big news is...

Happy Darwin and Lincoln Day 2019

  Today we celebrate two 210th birthdays. Both stood up to right wing religious fanatics and were attacked for it. One was assassinated. The first birthday boy is Abraham Lincoln, who might have been the...

NYPD Versus The First Amendment

NYPD to Waze: Stop snitching on our checkpoints! “Police reported ahead” is a common phrase heard on a drive using the crowd-sourced navigation app Waze. Added to the app in real time by nearby users,...

Of Bullets And Penetration

I was in my, ahem, reading room perusing the January copy of Shooting Illustrated when I came across an article titled, The Terminal-Performance Triangle: Measuring Ammo Effectiveness  by Ricchard Mann. I don’t know Mr. Mann, but I...