Archive for August2015

London (D3): Soane’s, Surgery, Dr. Sam and a Look at the Thames

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John Soane, Architect My friend David Barbour suggested I see the home of John Soane, a 19th-century architect who lived in Lincoln’s Inn Fields. Soane collected Roman antiquities partly as teaching aides for students when Rome was off limits for military reasons. Today, the house is a museum by act of Parliament. It may be […]

London (D2): Right Posh

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Things Must Be Slow Bookings must be way down if even I got a suite at the Hilton. Trust me, not complaining here. It’s a great hotel located about a ten-minute walk from the Wembley Park Tube station and adjacent to Wembley Stadium. And, Wembley is ten quick stops north(ish) of Bloomsbury, my hangout for […]

Road Trip: London

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Wembley, Actually I grew up eating those white and black packages of cheese and powdered milk marked “USDA Government Surplus”,  a 1960’s form of food stamps, which may in part explain my perpetual desire to save a buck. So it was I found myself in a “World Traveler Plus” seat aboard a British Airways 777-200ER, […]

Health: Flying Too Close to the Flame?

Who We Are, Really Peter Wollheim, a Boise, Idaho based licensed professional mental health counselor and nationally known suicide prevention advocate committed suicide last month. His sister, quoted in People magazine said, “Peter had been very depressed for years, but didn’t seek therapy, even though he knew firsthand what people go through and how important it […]

IAFF Corruption: On Motivation

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A Force for Change How many people outside the IAFF, longtime members, have spoken up about the corruption they witness in Washington? At least six and almost certainly more. While not in a position to know of everyone, those six are all seasoned leaders with decades of experience, and some are on the record. They […]

IAFF: If the Corruption Crisis Were a Working Fire

The DVPs and staff would be the engine crew and Harold would be the (not so) steadfast incident commander. You see, it’s his first real fire and the team pulled a booster line when a 2 1/2 is called for. In fact, one attack line clearly won’t do the job. Let’s hope everyone has their […]

IAFF Corruption: The Nixon Playbook

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Bring in the Plumbers IAFF General President Harold Schaitberger has apparently concluded that incriminating information, perhaps in the form of documents, is leaking from the IAFF. Many will recall that President Richard Nixon, also faced with leaks, created a special White House unit called the “Plumbers” to find and plug them. If it’s good enough for […]

Multiple IAFF Corruption Investigations?

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Shining a Bright Light in a Very Dark Place Word is emerging this week that a major US newspaper is conducting a thorough investigation into the finances at the IAFF, among other things. While it’s widely known that Harold Schaitberger lives a life of luxury paid for by IAFF rank-and-file members, this is apparently the […]

Battlefield in Repose

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Antietam Sublime A road trip yesterday to gather up my young cousin for a visit included a return to Antietam battlefield located south of Hagerstown, Maryland, and just north of Harpers Ferry, West Virginia. It was late on a summer Saturday, hot but dry, with billowing clouds dotting the sky, perhaps not unlike September 17, […]

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