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Sex and the City (Of Brotherly Love)

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Some Power Play? Philly.com reports that, “A Philadelphia paramedic has alleged that about a dozen fellow Fire Department employees pressured her into sex – including a supervisor and two Fire Academy instructors – over a four-year period, according to a source with knowledge of the woman’s account.” Indeed, one of the assignations is said to […]

Australian Firefighters Score Major Victory

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United Firefighters Union (UFUA) Over Country Fire Authority (CFA) The Federal Court in Australia recently  overturned an earlier lower court decision governing staffing in the Country Fire Authority which is responsible for emergency response across the state of Victoria excluding areas covered by the Melbourne Fire Brigade. CFA is roughly comparable to California’s CAL FIRE […]

Train Safety: The Lessons of 9/11

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Stay or Go? In this era of terror mayhem it behooves us all to think through how we would react in a potentially lethal environment. This past Monday afternoon a Washington, D.C., metrorail train stopped in a tunnel after an arcing incident occurred on the track. The loaded train apparently remained stationary as heavy smoke […]

“Fairy” Tale Atlanta: Kelvin and the Beasts

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According to media, Atlanta fire chief Kelvin Cochran, a former US Fire Administrator, has been terminated for lack of judgment in publishing and disseminating a book which compares homosexuality to bestiality and pederasty and for giving it to employees, some of whom complained. Cochran and others, including the Georgia Baptist Convention, charge that his religious […]

Winning: Battle NOLA @ 200 Years

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Seesaw on the Mississippi War consists of two basic options: defense or offense. The middle ground is the perilous transition between the two, mastered only by the truly expert. Two hundred years ago today, the war of 1812 thundered to an effective close when two able leaders, Andrew Jackson and Edward Pakenham made history on […]

Selma

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Lyndon and Martin at the Movies In this 50th anniversary year of the passage of the Voting Rights Act, a new film directed by Ava DuVernay tells a version of the story of the march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama, which focused national attention on the plight of blacks in the south. I say “version” […]

All In The Family

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Make That A #4 To Go Life may be one big tragedy but where kids and guns are concerned there is a hierarchy of devastation. 1) The worst has to be a parent killing a child; 2) Then any adult killing a child; 3) Followed by a child killing a child; 4) Then a child […]

Politics and Patriotism: Torture, Religion & Truth

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This week the US Senate released a report detailing CIA abuses related to torture and other mistreatment of detainees. Partisan lines are drawn around the issue of the disclosure of the report where some suggest that disclosure is un-American and aiding the enemy. Suddenly it’s patriotic to be pro-torture and anti-truth. Tim McVeigh would be […]

The Safety Fix: Learning From Cockpit Operations

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A Tale of Two Wars: JFK and Obama

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Nobody Likes to Lose, Especially Generals John Kennedy was shot and killed 51 years ago this week. He had served in WWII in the South Pacific and been seriously injured when his torpedo patrol boat, 109, was sliced in half by the Amagiri, a Japanese destroyer while on night patrol. His combat duty and military […]

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