IAFF: Kelly Fox and Stalog 1750

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Escape From IAFF Foiled IAFF Vice-President and soon to be Cal-PERS pension guru Kelly Fox apparently thought escaping 1750 New York Ave. would be as simple as cutting the barbed-wire and then an easy jog to freedom. Nien! Like it or not (probably not) he has now been dragged into the Schady-Schait / “Edzo” orchestrated […]

IAFF: “Edzo”, “The Rat” and DOL

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America’s Dumbest Video Am I the only person who has noticed that “Edzo” is just two short letters from Bozo? Bozo was, until the appearance of “Edzo”, our most famous clown. Bozo, like Edzo, made films, his best being Bozo’s Big Top. But Edzo’s latest film is no clowning matter. In it he trashes the […]

IAFF: Edzo Does His “Charlie McCarthy”

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A Fool and His Microphone IAFF General Secretary-Treasurer Ed “Edzo” Kelly was in the 7th district this week making a fool of himself while simultaneously embarrassing our union as he campaigned in the district vice president race there. In a reprise of the famous ventriloquist Ed Bergen and his side-kick Charlie McCarthy, Kelly was Shady […]

Shady Schait: Desperate in the 7th

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Walsh Comes Within a Whisker of 50% The results of the snap election to fill Kelly Fox’s board seat in the IAFF’s 7th district are in. Ricky Walsh garnered over 5,100, Ryan Mudie around 4,200 and Greg Womack about 900. Walsh needed only 57 votes for an outright 50% majority but a run-off election between […]

Qaasuitsup Fire and Rescue Department

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To the amusement of some, I always visit a fire station, wherever I am, to see how they do what we all do. Those visits have included places as diverse as Kathmandu, Nepal, London, England, Kandy, Sri Lanka, and Istanbul, Turkey. And yesterday I added Ilulissat, Greenland, to the list. Fire protection, as essential as […]

Greenland: A Voyage

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From Sisimiut to Ilulissat Ilulissat was the next stop, where the icebergs are, or at least a lot of them, and we elected to travel by ship, up the Davis Strait on an “overnight” voyage to get there. Is it really overnight if it never gets dark? The Arctic Umiaq Line is a single-ship operation […]

Greenland: Ghost Town

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Assaqutaq We have been traveling on the southwest of the island, in and around Sisimiut, on the Davis Straight and east of Baffin Bay. Greenland is a place of coming and going, for at least the last 4,500 years, as successive waves of people have arrived from many parts of the globe. Settlers include Siberians, […]

Sisimiut: She Had My Number

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Greenland’s Second City The population of the entire island, the biggest in the world, is just 55,000 and the majority of that is on the west/southwest side. Nuuk, the capital, has a population of 17,000 and Sisimiut, where we flew the other day, has about 5,500. The name means “place of the fox burrows” and […]

Greenland: Kangerlussuaq

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The Arctic Desert I’ll start by observing how blessed I am to have seen a fair chunk of the world and yesterday may hold the record for the greatest single day contrast thus far. It began at 0600 in Copenhagen in a hotel and thanks to the wonders of jet travel, ten hours later I […]

Copenhagen, Friendly for a Price

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Don’t Even Look The exchange rate is about 6.4 Danish Krone to the dollar but unfortunately, nothing can be purchased for a dollar, or two or three, etc., etc. I have given to not looking at prices. A danish and a coffee is 60 Krone, a 10-minute cab ride is 100 Krone and it’s upwards […]

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