Archive for December2012

Travel in Nepal: Farming the Old Fashioned Way

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Stepping Back in Time During my recent trekking trip to northern Nepal we found ourselves well off the beaten track in a world largely untouched by electricity and completely free from mechanized agriculture. Fields are cultivated, sown and harvested using only human or animal power. It’s early 19th century farming alive and well in 2012. […]

FF Safety: Out-of-Bounds at Tunnel Creek

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Substitute “collapse”, “flash-over” and “interior firefighting” for “skiing” and avalanche”.

Murders in Webster: The Deafening Silence

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  Fire Service Leaders with Nothing to Say On Christmas Eve, four Webster, New York, firefighters were shot and two killed when a paroled felon with a prior murder conviction set them up.  It’s more accurate to say they were executed with premeditated precision.  Arson was used as the pretext for drawing them into the […]

PG’s Kentland Scores PR Gusher

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  Post Assigns Witless Reporter                     Prince George’s County, Maryland, is infamous for any number of things including what passes for a fire department in a metropolitan county of just under 900,000 people. The PGFD is mostly known by regular folks from what they read in […]

Almost Hidden DC: What Lovely Lamps You Have

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The (mostly) federal buildings around the city are adorned with some extraordinary lighting.                                                                                     […]

Pass THE Mushroom

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That Simple Christmas Feast               In this delightful season when we think of others, often those less fortunate than we are, there is the focus of Christmas, the traditional feast, where participants can communally reflect on the notion that it is “better to give than to receive.” Uh, hold […]

Kathmandu FD

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Traffic in the city is horrible and is compounded by the fact that many side streets are unpaved mud paths.

The Newtown Massacre and the Zombie Archetype

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Mindless and Soulless in America               Zombies, at least in entertainment and gaming, are resurgent.  They are in their way both terrifying and popular.  Zombies are among the dead and have the vacant, expressionless look that typifies life without a soul. Two days ago, Piers Morgan, the TV talk […]

A Fetus, a Nurse and Two DJs

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Her Majesty’s minions simultaneously celebrated and cringed at the recent news that the Duchess of Cambridge, AKA Kate Middleton, was both pregnant and very ill with morning sickness.

IAFF Legend Set to Retire

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Rich Duffy, Renowned Firefighter Safety Expert Sources report that Rich Duffy, the man who created modern safety and health at the International Association of Firefighters (IAFF) will leave the union at the end of 2012. Duffy has been at the IAFF for over 33 years and has been instrumental in every advance in firefighter safety […]

FE Talk: Humpday Hangout

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Eric Lamar
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Thanks, Tom. High praise from a professional editor.
2014-10-21 02:06:55
tom walter
Nepal: Disaster On A High Pass
Very informative, Eric, and good background for the recent tragedy. Especially striking your description of the sky and mountains before dawn. Tom
2014-10-20 12:13:45
Victoria Huckenpahler
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
People, apart from historians, tend to forget that D Day signaled some of the War's greatest losses. We tend to think of the landing on Omaha Beach as marking the end of the troubles, but by no means. Under the circumstances it is not just sad, but obscene, that the event would be treated cavalierly.
2014-10-14 15:30:56
David B.
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Americans either don't know or don't care to admit that without the enormous sacrifices and steady advances of the Red Army, the outcome at Normandy might have been very different.
2014-10-14 15:07:23
Mike
Film: When “D” Stands for Dog
Tks for the review!!!!!
2014-10-14 14:00:06
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