Pulling that trigger is something you need to have thought about BEFORE you ever have to do it. Could you shoot a kid? No? Could you shoot a kid with a gun aimed at your wife? Maybe? Could you shoot a pregnant woman? Never? Could you shoot a pregnant woman with a gun to your kid’s head. Would you shoot a gunman threatening a clerk in a convenience store if you’re safely hiding at the back and in no immediate danger? Could you shoot your wife? Are you going to risk your life for a stranger? Are you willing to endure the court case? The massive hit to your finances? To even, possibly, have to move town because people won’t believe that what you did was necessary. So many ifs, right?
Here are the steps that COULD follow a defensive shooting:
Local law enforcement supervisors
Detectives – In some places the ADA will be dispatched
See what I mean. Being the hero can get you in a whole world of trouble? That’s why I am probably only going to draw and shoot if I’m saving someone with the same last name as me.
Reporting a defensive shooting
So you pulled the trigger. You need to prepare for how you would report a defensive shooting. Rule No. 1. Don’t incriminate yourself. The 911 operator is not your friend but is trained to keep asking questions which are being recorded. Keep it simple.
Report there’s been a shooting.
Give them your name and the address you’re at
Tell them who is in the house/building. (Maybe send the kids next door if they are present.)
Describe any injuries and whether you need EMS
Describe yourself, your clothes. Put your weapon on the floor or in clear sight. (Unless you are using it to subdue a criminal.)
If you are insured with an organization that provides an attorney, call them. If you have an attorney call them.
Tell the police the bare minimum. Be cooperative but spare the details. Say only:
Officer, I was in fear of my life/my family member was threatened and at risk of losing their life. (You would not pull the trigger to save property. The fallout is NOT worth it for something insured or inanimate.)
I will sign the complaint.
Be helpful and show them what the assailant used to attack you.
Introduce any witnesses.
Tell them you are invoking the Fifth Amendment until you have had time to talk to your attorney and calm yourself down. You should say you’ll be back within 24 hours to talk to them. Be prepared to be arrested. And be prepared to spend a long time being questioned.
Remember to say: “If he/she survives I want to press charges.” Remind everyone that you’re not the aggressor here.
Gun shows are great places to meet kindred spirits and at the last one I went to I met David Dietrich who is co-owner of GetReady! Emergency Planning Center, getemergencyready.com. He was selling a fantastic range of Trauma items (although I admit he got my attention with a small pack on his stall labeled “Vasectomy Kit.”) Anyway, I asked him to come up with something that would really be of use to you guys and he produced a doozy. Check this list out. Thanks David, this is really useful.
Most people likely think about equipment for trained specialists in Emergency Medical Services (EMS) when they hear “Trauma Kit.” Other terms used are “Blow-Out Kit,” and “Individual First Aid Kit” (IFAK). However, they would be wrong. Such kits are instead designed to be used by the first responder, whether he is a police officer, infantryman, or just a Good Samaritan.
A Trauma Kit is a far cry from a typical First Aid Kit. While the latter is designed to support minor injuries and medical issues, the former is essential for saving someone’s life in the next ten minutes. That means such kits are focused on major bleeding from gunshots, stabbings, and amputations. In addition, they address breathing obstructions from anaphylaxis or massive tissue damage.
For the purposes of post-disaster preparedness, a Trauma Kit provides coverage where there will likely be no medical services for some time. That means we will be on our own. We ourselves may be not only the first responder, but also the last. So, acquiring and learning to use the components of such a kit is a critical capability. This is one reason why so many military combatants have survived serious wounds in our recent wars.
One axiom is indisputable – all bleeding stops. The question becomes, how it will stop? Do you want to let it stop on its own, after the casualty has bled out, or do you want to play an active role, stopping the bleeding yourself in sufficient time for the casualty to become an asset once again? The Trauma Kit provides a means to that end, through various included devices.
So, what does a Trauma Kit look like? First of all, it is relatively small, easily carried on a belt, armor plate, or in a backpack. Secondly, it does not usually contain the items we expect to see in First Aid Kits. Rather, they include tourniquets, pressure bandages, blood clotting agent, occlusive dressing, tension pneumothorax needle, and nasopharyngeal airway. There may be a few other odds and ends as well, but those are the basics.
Let’s take a look at components of a trauma kit, to better understand why they are used:
Tourniquet. There are many designs and brand available, from simple rubber tubing to complex windlass or ratcheting designs. But, they all have one purpose – to constrict or eliminate blood flow to the bleeding extremity. While these used to be a tool of last resort, military experience has proven their worth in saving lives as the tool of first choice. If properly applied and combined with other devices, they can be safely removed later.
Compression (Pressure) Bandage. There are several commercial brands out there, typically based on the original Israeli Bandage. As the tried and true method for staunching blood flow is pressure and elevation, their purpose is to maintain pressure at the injury site, as well as provide a clotting medium. This is accomplished through an integrated dressing and pressure device. The hands are then left free to perform other functions. Here are some examples of commercially available Pressure Bandages:
Hemostatic (Clotting) Agent. There are mainly two commercial brands out there, found in three forms. These are QuikClot and Celox, using sponges, gauze wraps, or poured granules. The key component is either a clay mineral (kaolin), used in QuikClot, or a crustacean derivative (chitosan), used in Celox. Both types interact with blood plasma to rapidly form clots. They work independently of blood platelets or thinning drugs.
Occlusive Dressing (aka Chest Seal). Several brands are used by the military and other agencies. They are designed to block inhalation through the thoracic cavity, rather than normally, into the lungs. If such a condition, known as a “sucking chest wound,” is allowed to continue, the lung on that side will likely collapse, putting pressure on the aorta and heart, resulting in painful breathing and associated circulatory problems.
Tension Pneumothorax Needle (TPN). Several brands are used by the military and other agencies. They are designed to release air and/or fluid pressure in the external thoracic cavity that may lead to the same conditions described under Occlusive Dressing above. So, this device is for closed, versus open chest wounds. The TPN is probably the most difficult of all the Trauma Kit devices to apply, and should by studied and practiced.
Naso-Pharyngeal Airway (NPA)
Numerous brands are used by the military and other agencies. They are used to maintain breathing in the event of an airway blockage due to anaphylaxis or tissue damage. They are basically comprised of a stiffened rubber tube, beveled on one end and enlarged into a bell shape on the other. Assisted by accompanying water-based lubricant, they are fully inserted into a nostril up to the bell.
Compressed Gauze. Numerous brands are used by the military and other agencies. They are used primarily to absorb and aid in the clotting of blood. Almost always comprised of cotton, they are the most versatile Trauma Kit component. And it cannot be overstated that you can never have enough gauze. Additional uses include absorbing other bodily fluids, covering burns and lacerations, wrapping dressings, and securing splints.
Numerous brands are used by the military and other agencies. They are used primarily to cut away clothing and other accessories (eg bra underwire) to quickly access the point of injury. Their unique design provides a safe and easy method to cut through almost anything, including coins! The major take-away regarding arterial bleeding is that saving clothing comes in a distant second to saving a life.
Medical (Duct) Tape. This ubiquitous resource really comes into its own in a medical kit. Not only can it be used to secure bandages and dressings, but it also has applications for foot care (eg prevention and treatment of blisters), wrapping splints, making snow goggles, and repairing medical gear and other items. Mini rolls, primarily for storage purposes, are the best configuration. Don’t leave home without them!
Medical Gloves. These are included in Trauma Kits primarily to protect the responder, not the patient. Bodily fluids can carry many dangerous diseases, and having additional barriers during treatment may keep the responder from becoming a casualty. In addition, they may preclude the need for further cleansing following treatment. Simple glove removal and disposal may be sufficient action under tactical conditions.
This is important not only for recording information on a Casualty Card, but also for marking other information, such as the date and time of a tourniquet application. Such marking can be on the device itself, or even on the forehead of the patient. There are other uses for such pens, such as taking notes on environmental conditions, and descriptions of agents (eg animals, plants, suspects) involved.
Casualty Response Documentation Tool (CRDT).
This is an event recording card, containing information describing patient and injury, treatment (including drugs) administered, mental state, circulation, respiration, mechanisms of injury (MOIs), medical conditions, and overall patient medical status, from routine to critical. It’s always good to keep track of what’s happening in such cases, for reference prior to future treatment.
Pouch. Typical military kit dimensions are 8 inches long by 6 inches wide by four inches deep when full. It uses the Pouch Attachment Ladder System (PALS) to fasten to Modular Lightweight Load-Carrying Equipment (MOLLE) configured backpacks. Made of rugged Cordura nylon, this Pouch can be used under adverse environmental and tactical conditions. It should be readily accessible for immediate use.
Other Components. A number of other items may be included in a Trauma Kit for various reasons. For example, if the owner would like to access the kit for minor injuries, and not dip into important trauma components, then adhesive bandages may be included. In addition, medications (eg aspirin) should be considered. Sterile wipes and water for cleaning wounds, flashlight for nighttime, and CPR shield round out the list.
David Dietrich is co-owner of GetReady! Emergency Planning Center, getemergencyready.com. He has been preparing for uncertainty since he was a youth, recognizing that backpacking is about smaller, lighter, and multi-capability. His experiences in the Boy Scouts and military have given him an appreciation for the real meaning of the Scout Motto – “Be Prepared.” Today, David runs a disaster preparedness business that is focused on the creed – helping you help yourself. It is about delivering resources, training, education, and consulting in preparation for a failure of civility. Prepared people are survivors.
Stopping these huge blazes is, of course, a priority. The firefighters who have been battling these infernos have at times done a miraculous job under extremely difficult circumstances.
However, policymakers should also look at ways to curtail the long-term trend of growing numbers of major wildfires. While some argue that climate change is to blame for the uptick in fires, it’s also worth grappling with the drastic alterations in forest management that have occurred over the last four decades.
Many have argued that this is driving the surge in huge fires.
As a Reason Foundation study noted, the U.S. Forest Service, which is tasked with managing public wildland, once had success in minimizing widespread fires in the early 20th century.
But many of these successful methods were abandoned in large part because of efforts by environmental activists.
The Forest Service became more costly and less effective as it increasingly “rewarded forest managers for losing money on environmentally questionable practices,” wrote Randal O’Toole, a policy analyst at the Cato Institute.
Spending on the Forest Service has risen drastically, but these additional resources have been misused and haven’t solved the underlying issues.
“Fire expenditures have grown from less than 15 percent of the Forest Service budget in [the] early 1990s to about 50 percent today. Forest Service fire expenditures have increased from less than $1 billion in the late 1990s to $3.5 billion in 2016,” O’Toole wrote.
Perhaps now, Americans will begin to re-evaluate forest management policies.
In a May congressional hearing, Rep. Tom McClintock, R-Calif., said, “Forty-five years ago, we began imposing laws that have made the management of our forests all but impossible.”
He went on to say that federal authorities have done a poor job of implementing methods to reduce the number of deadly fires, and that this has been devastating for America’s wildlands.
“Time and again, we see vivid boundaries between the young, healthy, growing forests managed by state, local, and private landholders, and the choked, dying, or burned federal forests,” McClintock said. “The laws of the past 45 years have not only failed to protect the forest environment—they have done immeasurable harm to our forests.”
In a recent House address, McClintock pinned the blame of poor forest management on bad 1970s laws, like the National Environmental Policy Act and the Endangered Species Act. He said these laws “have resulted in endlessly time-consuming and cost-prohibitive restrictions and requirements that have made the scientific management of our forests virtually impossible.”
Members of the Western Caucus have proposed legislation to dramatically change the way forests are managed. If passed, this bill would give power back to local authorities and allow for more aggressive forest thinning without subjecting them to the most onerous of environmental reviews.
While state and federal governments can take measures to enhance forest and wilderness management, private management can also get involved to improve conditions.
One idea is to adopt a policy popularized by the school choice movement: create charter forests that are publicly owned, but privately managed. This would allow forest management to move away from top-down, bureaucratic control to a decentralized and varied system that may better conform with local realities.
As professor Robert H. Nelson wrote for The Wall Street Journal, the charter forest “would be exempt from current requirements for public land-use planning and the writing of environmental impact statements. These requirements long ago ceased to perform their ostensible function of improving public land decision making.”
Whether you like Trump-Pence or not – we should expect impartiality from the serious members of our national press when it comes to reporting on them. Of course we know it doesn’t exist. So it’s good that someone is out there holding the MSM’s feet to he fire. As you know, I’m a huge fan of James O’Keefe. Here he is again, showing up the New York Times to be the liberal shill we know it to be.
Undercover video obtained by Project Veritas shows New York Times London Senior Staff Editor Desiree Shoe revealing a biased political agenda in the operation of the so-called ‘paper of record.’ Shoe explains a difficulty in reporting about President Donald Trump objectively due to political bias.
In one exchange, she says that journalists covered Trump in such a sensational way during the election season so as to deter readers from voting for him. Shoe also shares her very negative opinion of Vice President Mike Pence, citing his “extremely religious” views as her reason for thinking he’s crazy.
Lee Buono is a brain surgeon. An astonishingly good one. And he owes his start to the encouragement of a science teacher known as “Mr. Sie” -aka Albert Siedlecki. Following a operation when he gave a judge the power to speak again, the judge told him to call the person who had made him become a brain surgeon – to thank them.
Which made Lee think of his teacher in Middle School.
Lee recalled how he had to dissect a frog in Mr. Sie’s class. After he removed the brain and spinal cord, Mr. Sie complimented his skill and said it was the best dissection he’d ever seen. Lee explained:
“He said to me, ‘You’ve got the hands of a surgeon, you’re smart, bright boy, and you could be a surgeon, you could be a brain surgeon if you wanted to.'”
Lee was only 13 years old, but encouragement from a man whom he greatly respected altered the course of his life. It was at that moment that he realized he wanted to be a brain surgeon.
Watch the video.
When Lee returned to Memorial Middle School to thank Mr. Sie in person the teacher gave him a special gift — the very same frog brain and spinal cord that Lee had dissected so many years ago.
Mr. Sie had kept the project and had it mounted on a plaque to give to his former student.
We like squirrels so much we have one as our logo. So we were fascinated to learn that they store their winter hoard logically, using a technique called chunking, which is something we humans do.
Researchers at UC Berkeley observed the behavior of 45 nearby fox squirrels over a two-year period, finding that they use what’s known as a “chunking” behavior — organizing items into various smaller subsets in order to better manage the overall collection — to categorize their various nuts.
This is notable because humans also use chunking techniques, although generally for storing information, whether the data is of a spatial, linguistic, or mathematical variety. Taking your email, for example, and dividing the messages into various folders could be considered a form of chunking. More.
Scatter-hoarding animals face the task of maximizing retrieval of their scattered food caches while minimizing loss to pilferers. This demand should select for mnemonics, such as chunking, i.e. a hierarchical cognitive representation that is known to improve recall. Spatial chunking, where caches with the same type of content are related to each other in physical location and memory, would be one such mechanism. Here we tested the hypothesis that scatter-hoarding eastern fox squirrels (Sciurus niger) are organizing their caches in spatial patterns consistent with a chunking strategy. We presented 45 individual wild fox squirrels with a series of 16 nuts of four different species, either in runs of four of the same species or 16 nuts offered in a pseudorandom order. Squirrels either collected each nut from a different location or collected all nuts from a single location; we then mapped their subsequent cache distributions using GPS. The chunking hypothesis predicted that squirrels would spatially organize caches by nut species, regardless of presentation order. Our results instead demonstrated that squirrels spatially chunked their caches by nut species but only when caching food that was foraged from a single location. This first demonstration of spatial chunking in a scatter hoarder underscores the cognitive demand of scatter hoarding.
Thursday, October 12, was a big day for the Constitution. President Trump followed the law and the Constitution but hammered in the mainstream media his actions. The press coverage has been nothing short of embarrassing for an industry that screams “what about the Constitution” when the President sends out a tweet. What is the big deal, what happened?
President Trump ended some corporate subsidies on Thursday night, and people are freaking out. The subsidies at the center of all the attention are contained in section 1402 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), also known as Obamacare. For years, insurance companies received government payments known as Cost-Sharing Reduction Payments (CSRs). Obamacare was designed to reimburse insurers for providing the cost-sharing subsidies to low-income customers who purchased exchange coverage.
The payments began in 2014 and had ballooned to $7 billion this year, and are expected to cost $16 billion per year by 2027. It is believed the funds are vital tokeeping the insurance companies in the exchange.
But, Congress forgot to appropriate funds for the section, unlike other sections of the law.
The House of Representatives believed the payments were unconstitutional and took action against the Obama administration by suing it in November of 2014. The House was not claiming the program was not in Obamacare, but the money for the program was not appropriated. It is up to Congress to appropriate money for programs.
The founding fathers gave the power of the purse to Congress for a reason. They did not want the ability to spend money in the hands of one person, but instead, put the power in the hands of the people. James Madison described the power in The Federalist 58, “This power over the purse may, in fact, be regarded as the most complete and effectual weapon with which any constitution can arm the immediate representatives of the people, for obtaining a redress of every grievance, and for carrying into effect every just and salutary measure.”
Therefore, the Constitution gives Congress the power of appropriations. Article I, Section 9, Clause 7 states, “No Money shall be drawn from the Treasury, but in Consequence of Appropriations made by Law; and a regular Statement and Account of the Receipts and Expenditures of all public Money shall be published from time to time.”
On May 12, 2016, Judge Rosemary Collyer, a Senior United States District Judge of the United States District Court for the District of Columbia, ruled in favor the House, declaring the payments unlawful. However, the Obama administration planned an appeal and kept the payments up. The Trump administration kept the payments up in hopes of reaching a legislative resolution quickly. As we have seen with the multiple failures of Obamacare repeal, that hasn’t happened.
The media and those in favor of the ACA are screaming without the continued illegal payments premiums will go up, and it will hurt the poor. Perhaps they have been asleep for past few years. Obamacare premiums increased 25 percent between 2016 and 2017, with another significant spike expected to come in 2018. Maybe they missed those spikes.
Under Obamacare, the insurance companies cannot raise the rates because they are still required to reduce cost-sharing amounts. The only change is there are no more subsidies to the insurance companies. You would think liberal progressives would be happy with taking money from insurance companies?
Americans for Limited Government President Richard Manning discussed the move stating, “After the Senate failed twice to replace Obamacare, President Trump decided to tip over the table by denying health insurers subsidy payments that were not authorized by Congress. President Trump is right constitutionally. Since Congress never authorized these bailouts, they should have never been paid in the first place. Politically, Trump’s decision to follow the Constitution and deny unauthorized payments changes everything. While the American people were Obamacare losers, the health insurers through their subsidies and guaranteed customers had the game rigged in their favor. By eliminating the insurance company bailout, one of the few Obamacare winners will now desperately seek changes in the law. This altered political dynamic breathes new life into an honest replacement bill that ends the individual and employer mandates, increases state flexibility and lowers premiums. Just when everyone thought the Obamacare repeal effort was dead, President Trump has changed everything simply by following the U.S. Constitution. What a concept.”
What President Trump has done, is force Congress to do its job. If Congress wishes for the subsidies to continue, it can appropriate the funds. Better yet, Congress can do what it promised in the campaign, and repeal and replace Obamacare. The longer Congress waits to act, the more painful it will be for them. The President is moving forward with his promise to repeal and replace, and he has the law and Constitution on his side. At least someone is keeping their word in D.C.
Printus LeBlanc is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government. View the original article here.
Is Jimmy Kimmel a hypocrite? And why did he use the expression “gun nuts” to smear people who are claiming he is. A week after politicizing the actions of one man in Vegas he stayed silent on the actions of one man in Hollywood. That’s aside from his relentless Trump-bashing and his misinformation campaign on health care.
He defended his decision not to go after Harvey Weinstein immediately after the scandal broke in an interview with Good Morning America’s Amy Robach, and blamed “gun nuts” for spreading a years-old video of him telling women to grab his crotch, saying it was taken “out of context.”
The questions remain – is he a hypocrite – and why do people watch him? (Personally, I don’t. Do you? And if so what do you like about him?)
A new battle-ready SUV is turning heads for its shocking simplistic design and 100-year warranty. The construction of the Partisan One is reminiscent of scaffolding and is actually delivered in a lightweight assembly kit, making it easier to drop the vehicle into warzones. The SUV is also somewhat sparse, only coming with the most basic components. (Can anyone say IKEA?)
Partisan One’s shape takes the two-box design to its logical extreme with an ultra angular front end and large rectangle for the passenger compartment. There’s not a single curvy line visible on the SUV.As a military vehicle, survivability is a major concern. The circular recesses along the exterior act as points for attaching armor plates. There would also be locations underneath the vehicle for fitting V-shaped armor as protection against explosives in the ground.
Partisan Motors, which was founded by Dr. Juri E. Postnikov, a Russian engineer and the designer of the Partisan One, is offering a 100-year warranty on the vehicle that includes coverage for “the entire car in addition to its wearing parts.” According to CNET, Postnikov asserts that the SUV is “the best car for the world’s worst roads.”
The company also states that the vehicle can survive 50 years of military use or more. Partisan Motors has suggested the cost of the Partisan One would be about $58,500, though it doesn’t seem like they’re anywhere close to being ready to take orders just yet.
Congress could not manage to repeal and replace Obamacare and install a healthcare plan that actually serves the American people, so President Trump set the wheels in motion to do it himself. With Trump’s most recent executive order, the consumer will have greater control over their health plan and the Labor Department (DOL) will be able to take an active role in reforming the system by going across state lines. While this might be a spot of brightness in a dark debate in Congress, Republicans must remain cautiously optimistic as the DOL moves forward.
As Timothy Jost explains in a Heritage Foundation explains, “AHPs… are arrangements in which an insurance policy is held by an association to cover its members, or through which an association self-insures for the benefit of its members. The association in turn issues certificates of coverage to its members, who are thus insured through the association. An association may be a legitimate professional or trade association which incidentally offers health insurance to its members as a benefit.”
By expanding access to these plans, Trump will allow thousands of small business employers to have the same purchasing power as large employers to receive insurance options that work for themselves and their employees. Small businesses with limited bargaining power, will not able to join together to negotiate ideal benefits.
This also opens the door to insurance competition across state lines, rather than the current system in which insurance sales are restricted by state boundaries. Trump’s executive order urges the DOL to pursue allowing consumers to purchase plans in any state. The executive order empowers consumers to pay for plans they can afford that work for them.
State legislators will have to adapt as well, decreased regulations will attract insurance companies and promote competition in the market. Trump’s executive order drives down premiums, making it the real affordable care plan.
But the devil ultimately remains in the details of how the DOL chooses to handle this change.
As Americans For Limited Government President Rick Manning explains, “President Trump has wisely asked the Department of Labor to examine the law and body of regulation to determine whether new regulations can be put into effect allowing for the sale of association health plans across state lines. The vast majority of Obamacare was written by federal bureaucrats interpreting the law via the regulatory process. President Trump’s direction to the Department of Labor will now use that same process, created by Congress, to inject competition into the healthcare markets.”
What Republicans should be quick to remember is that just like the Obama executive orders, what the current President puts in place via executive order the next president can remove. Trump’s noteworthy action is not an excuse for Congressional inaction; Congress must still take the steps to entirely repeal and replace Obamacare to ensure the full burden is removed from the American people.
Trump’s executive order is a step in the direction of greater choice and competition for the American people, but genuine healthcare reform is still needed. If Trump’s DOL can effectively open healthcare access across state lines and drive premiums down, they will be sending a message to the entire Congress — if we can do it, you must too.
Natalia Castro is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government
Cue the funeral bagpipes. My fourth health insurance plan is dead.
Two weeks ago, my husband and I received yet another cancellation notice for our private, individual health insurance coverage. It’s our fourth Obamacare-induced obituary in four years.
Our first death notice, from Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, arrived in the fall of 2013. The insurer informed us that because of “changes from health care reform (also called the Affordable Care Act or ACA),” our plan no longer met the federal government’s requirements.
Never mind our needs and desires as consumers who were quite satisfied with a high-deductible preferred provider organization that included a wide network of doctors for ourselves and our two children.
Our second death knell, from Rocky Mountain Health Plans, tolled in August 2015. That notice signaled the end of a plan we didn’t want in the first place that didn’t cover our kids’ dental care and wasn’t accepted at our local urgent care clinic.
The insurer pulled out of the individual market in all but one county in Colorado, following the complete withdrawal from that sector by Humana and UnitedHealthcare.
Our third “notice of plan discontinuation,” again from Anthem, informed us that the insurer would “no longer offer your current health plan in the state of Colorado” in August 2016.
With fewer and fewer choices as know-it-all Obamacare bureaucrats decimated the individual market here and across the country, we enrolled in a high-deductible Bronze HSA EPO (Health Savings Account Exclusive Provider Organization) offered by Minneapolis-based startup Bright Health.
Now, here we are barely a year later: Deja screwed times four. Our current plan will be discontinued on Jan. 1, 2018.
“But don’t worry,” Bright Health’s eulogy writer chirped, “we have similar plans to address your needs.”
Riiiiight. Where have I heard those pie-in-the-sky promises before? Oh, yeah. Straight out of the socialized medicine Trojan horse’s mouth.
“If you like your doctor,” President Barack Obama promised, “you will be able to keep your doctor. Period. If you like your health care plan, you’ll be able to keep your health care plan. Period. No one will take it away. No matter what.”
Is pathological lying covered under the Affordable Care Act?
Speaking of Affordable Care Act whoppers, so much for “affordable.” Our current deductible is $6,550 per person—$13,100 for our family of four. Assuming we can find a new plan at the bottom of the individual market barrel, our current monthly premium, $944.86, will rise to more than $1,300 a month.
“What’s taking place is a market correction; the free market is at work,” says Colorado’s state insurance commissioner, Marguerite Salazar. “[T]his could be an indication that there were too many options for the market to support.”
This presumptuous central planner called federal intervention to eliminate “too many” options for consumers the free market at work. Yes, friends, the Rocky Mountain High is real.
This isn’t a “market correction.” It’s a government catastrophe.
Premiums for individual health plans in Virginia are set to skyrocket nearly 60 percent in 2018. In New Hampshire, those rates will rise 52 percent.
In South Carolina, individual market consumers will face an average 31.3 percent hike. In Tennessee, they’ll see rates jump between 20-40 percent.
Private, flexible preferred provider organizations for self-sufficient, self-employed people are vanishing by design. The social-engineered future—healthy, full-paying consumers being herded into government-run Obamacare exchanges and severely regulated regional health maintenance organizations—is a bipartisan big government health bureaucracy’s dream come true.
These choice-wreckers had the arrogant audacity to denigrate our pre-Obamacare plans as “substandard” (Obama), “crappy” (MSNBC big mouth Ed Schultz), and “junk policies” (Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa).
When I first called attention to the cancellation notice tsunami in 2013, liberal Mother Jones magazine sneered that the phenomenon was “phony.” And they’re still denying the Obamacare death spiral. Liberal Vox Media recently called the crisis “a lie.”
I don’t have enough four-letter words for these propagandists. There are an estimated 450,000 consumers like us in Colorado and 17 million of us nationwide—small business owners, independent contractors, and others who don’t get their plans through group coverage, big companies, or government employers.
The costs, headaches, and disruption in our lives caused by Obamacare’s meddling meddlers are real and massive.
But we’re puzzles to corporate media journalists who’ve never had to meet a payroll and don’t even know what is the individual market.
We’re invisible to late night TV clowns who get their Obamacare-at-all-costs talking points from Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.
We’re pariahs to social justice health care activists and Democrats who want us to just shut up and subsidize everyone else’s insurance.
And we’re expendables to establishment Republicans who hoovered up campaign donations on the empty promise to repeal Obamacare—and now consider amnesty for immigrants here illegally and gun control higher legislative priorities than keeping their damned word.
We’re the canaries in the Obamacare coal mine. Ignore us at your peril, America. You’re next.
The “Grand Funk” we’re going to be speaking about today is not that of the Grand Funk Railroad, the Band. Rather it is the funk of sweat, dirt, and grime that all of us experience firsthand throughout our existence. I am relating it to the “bush,” or the outdoors/forest/jungle when you are out and about in a survival situation. There are a few pointers here that would be good to observe, especially considering the world situation and how close we are to a war with China or North Korea.
Hygiene in the field. So, what? So, it may be the difference between life and death. Everyone will recognize and concede the point that hygiene helps protect you from germs and diseases, as well as preventing the body from falling apart. This is common sense. But there are other reasons to keep clean that might not be clear.
When you sweat, your body uses apocrine and eccrine glands. The eccrine secrete primarily water and salt. The apocrine glands, on the other hand, are mostly found in the hairy areas of the body…and these throw out (in addition to water and salt), oily secretions that have pheromones in them. The secretions from the apocrine glands tend to be eaten and metabolized by bacterial flora on the skin…and produce a hideous odor.
I’m here to tell you…you can smell a “stinky man” a long way off…several hundred feet when the wind is right. Be advised: in an SHTF/collapse scenario, whether it’s foreign troops or neighborhood marauders…if you can smell them, they can smell you. It is very important to clean the heaviest apocrine gland-laden areas of your body…your groin, armpits, buttocks. You should wash them (a sponge bath at the minimum) at least once a day, especially after much work or physical exertion.
Deodorant is fine…but not an antiperspirant. The antiperspirants have Aluminum and Magnesium in them to keep you from perspiring. This is not good. You need to perspire, as the sweat removes toxins from your body, as well as cooling you off (thermoregulation). For this reason, a mild deodorant will work well, one with some alcohol in it to help kill the germs that feed upon your sweat. For soaps, use a clean, non-fragranced soap in the field. I always used Ivory when I was in the service. It is effective and doesn’t stick out with a fragrance.
That last part can be detrimental, especially for you guys and gals that like to use cologne or perfume. That stuff really carries a long way to the human nose, let alone an animal’s such as a dog’s (tracking you) or a bear (that may hunt you). In addition, when you touch something…a leaf or a tree branch…you just left a scent mark. A good human tracker will pick it up quickly.
The feet…it can never be overemphasized just how much they can stink, and also how detrimental it can be for you to walk long distances with rotten, filthy feet. You should change socks at least once per day. Wash them out too…soap and water will do. Wring them out and hang them from the back of your rucksack while you’re walking. They’ll dry out. You should powder your feet (the “dogs” as we called them in the Army), and take good care that they remain clean and dry. An extra pair of insoles you should always have so that at the end of a day, you can switch out with the ones in your boots and let the pair that was inside “breathe” and dry out.
Maintain the nails, maintain the teeth…all of these preventative actions will keep you from getting ingrown toenails and having your teeth fall out…all of which contribute to an increase in the misery factor, as well as leaving you vulnerable to sickness and injury. Smoking? No way. Not in the bush. Give it up for your health, and also for your safety. We could smell cigarettes hundreds of feet from us when we were out and about. Plus, it is better to keep you from giving off an odor in your clothing and on your skin.
Good hygiene is part of your camouflage: to keep others from knowing where you are. You’ll be watching out for your health and preventing bad guys from finding out where you are. Granted, you don’t have time for a bath with Mr. Bubble, but at least you can keep from smelling bad as Oscar the Grouch or Pigpen off of the Peanuts. It’ll more than pay for itself when you follow that routine. If it keeps you hidden just one time when the SHTF when they’re after you, it will have been worth it. Stay clean, be fit, drink coffee, and keep in that good fight! JJ out!
Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.
Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.
Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.
The outbreak of plague in Madagascar has spread to the Seychelles, a nearby chain of islands in the Indian Ocean, the country’s health ministry said Wednesday.
Dr Jude Gedeon, Public Health Commissioner confirmed that a 34 year old man has been infected with the plague. The man, who had previously travelled to Madagascar, arrived in Seychelles on Friday 6th October 2017 and fell ill. He then tested positive for pneumonic plague. Fifteen people who had contact with him after his return have also been given antibiotics as a precaution and are under surveillance, the ministry said.
Air Seychelles has canceled all flights to Madagascar, and people have been advised not to travel there.
Forty-two people who arrived from Madagascar recently are being monitored for signs of fever or coughs. Meanwhile, the Madagascar Health Ministry reported over new plague counts for the country and it showed the number of cases has risen to 343, including 42 deaths as of Oct. 7.
This video is one of those weird ones where they read an article from a newspaper, in this case the UK Daily Mail (story here) which is put together from stills. Somewhere, there’s a video of these ISIS fighters showing how strong they are by getting kicked in the privates!
The images were allegedly shot at the Sheikh Abu Muhammad Al-Adnani training camp in Yemen.
Reports of Sunni Muslim militants fleeing, rather than fighting to the finish as in previous battles, suggest their morale may be crumbling. ISIS’s last territory in Iraq is now a stretch skirting the western border with Syria, including the border town of al-Qaim.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said that this last piece of territory would be recaptured before the end of the year, marking the final defeat of the militants in Iraq.
The militants still hold areas in Syria, but are retreating there in the face of two sets of hostile forces – a U.S.-backed, Kurdish-led coalition and Syrian government troops backed by Iran and Russia. (Daily Mail)
If we needed any more proof how weird these evil dudes are – this is it!
The Trump administration is dismantling President Barack Obama’s climate legacy piece by piece, and this week it’s taking an axe to arguably the biggest piece.
In an expected move, Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt officially began the process of rolling back the incorrectly named Clean Power Plan.
If the Trump administration is intent on achieving 3 percent economic growth and rescinding costly regulations that carry negligible climate benefits—and if it is concerned about preserving our energy grid—the Clean Power Plan is a must-go.
Under section 111(d) of the Clean Air Act, the Obama EPA formalized regulations to reduce carbon dioxide from existing power plants.
Using a name that surely message-tested well, the Clean Power Plan had nothing to do with eradicating hazardous pollutants from power generation. The U.S. already has laws on the books to protect Americans’ health from emissions that have adverse environmental impacts.
Instead, the Clean Power Plan regulated carbon dioxide, a colorless, odorless, nontoxic gas, because of its alleged contribution to climate change.
From Day One, Obama’s Clean Power Plan was fraught with problems—economically, environmentally, and legally.
For starters, families and businesses would have been hit with more expensive energy bills.
How so? The plan set specific limits on greenhouse gas emissions for each state based on the states’ electricity mix and offered “flexible” options for how states could meet the targets.
But no matter how states would have developed their plans, the economic damages would have been felt through higher energy costs, fewer job opportunities, and fewer energy choices for consumers.
The EPA’s idea of flexibility would not have softened the economic blow. It merely meant that Americans would have incurred higher costs through different mechanisms.
Even if we implement the Clean Power Plan to perfection, the amount of climate change averted over the course of this century amounts to about 0.02 C. This is so small as to be scientifically undetectable and environmentally insignificant.
Legally, the Clean Power Plan was on shaky ground, to say the least. The regulation grossly exceeded the statutory authority of the EPA, violated the principles of cooperative federalism, and double-regulated existing power plants, which the Clean Air Act prohibits.
Take it from Laurence Tribe, Harvard University professor of constitutional law and a “liberal legal icon” who served in Obama’s Justice Department.
Tribe stated in testimony before Congress that the “EPA is attempting an unconstitutional trifecta: usurping the prerogatives of the states, Congress, and the federal courts—all at once. Burning the Constitution should not become part of our national energy policy.”
It’s no surprise that more than half the states in the country petitioned the Supreme Court to pause implementation of the regulation, and judges obliged, issuing a stay in 2016.
Pruitt, who led the charge against a rogue EPA as attorney general in Oklahoma, will respect the limits of the EPA as head of the agency. The EPA will now go through the formal rule-making and public comment period in order to repeal the Clean Power Plan.
What comes after that remains to be seen. State attorneys general in New York and Massachusetts, as well as environmental activist groups, are lining up to sue. The EPA could offer a far less stringent replacement regulation, which some industry groups are pushing for to buttress against lawsuits.
If members of Congress are fed up that policy continues to be made through the executive branch with a phone and a pen, they should step to the plate and legislate.
In this case, the solution is clear. The Clean Air Act was never intended to regulate carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gas emissions.
Congress should pass legislation prohibiting the EPA and other agencies from implementing harmful regulations that stunt economic growth and produce futile climate benefits.
This affects all of us. That “one man, one vote” thing only works if our votes actually count. Now it’s in front of the Supreme Court,
The issue in Gill v. Whitford is whether redistricting (gerrymandering) efforts can be so extreme as to be unconstitutional. Whitford argues that Wisconsin’s method of redistricting diluted Democratic votes and leads to non-representative government—that Wisconsin’s partisan gerrymandering deprived citizens of their constitutional right to a vote with value, a principle also known as “one person one vote.” By packing and cracking districts, Whitford says, the votes of individual Democrats came to mean less than those of individual Republicans. His challenge was successful in the lower courts, but Wisconsin appealed, and on June 19, the highest court in the US agreed to review the matter.
If the Supreme Court finds Wisconsin’s map took political gerrymandering to an unconstitutional level, such efforts elsewhere will have to be tempered or risk similar challenges. On the other hand, if the state succeeds in convincing the court that its cartography was constitutional, political parties will surely scramble to algorithmically redraw territories to their advantage, arguably ultimately undermining American democracy. A decision is expected by the end of June 2018. (More)
Why does the Left – and entire governments – laud Marxist terrorist Che Guevara? He murdered priests yet Catholic Eire commemorates him on a stamp. Statues honoring this murderer are all over the world. And he’s a cult for young people who wear his image ‘ironically’.
This b*stard killed 77,000 people. Ordinary people. Why does the Left love him so?
I’m sharing because secretly we all want to see a UFO. And Yellowstone has long been a hotspot for alien sightings and enthusiasts. According to the National UFO Reporting Center, there have been hundreds of reported sightings in the state of Wyoming, going all the way back to 1871. Then this dumb video is posted as an example.
I’m curious as to what you guys think caused the flashes. Plane? Car? Truck? Semi?
Thoughts? (And why do UFO vids always look like they were recorded on Uncle Jack’s 1970s home movie camera?)
Madagascar is a large island off SE Africa. It frequently reports cases of bubonic and pneumonic plague which are spread by rodents and are difficult to treat and contain. This current outbreak is unusual, however, as it is spreading rapidly. It started in August, when a 31-year-old man misdiagnosed with malaria traveled through the capital, Antananarivo.
He died en route and “a large cluster of infections” broke out among his contacts, according to a W.H.O. update issued on October 4th. Those contacts passed it on to others.
As of 3 October 2017, a total of 194 cases (suspected, probable and confirmed) with 30 deaths reported from 20 districts in 10 regions. Of these, 124 cases and 21 deaths had the pneumonic form of the disease. Eight healthcare workers from one health facility in Tamatave have contracted pneumonic plague.
More than 50 million people in Europe were killed by the Black Death in the 1300s, which many historians believe was caused by several killer diseases including the pneumonic and bubonic plague.
There are three forms of plague, pneumonic plague, septicemic plague and bubonic plague. The difference between the forms of plague is the location of infection; in pneumonic plague the infection is in the lungs, in bubonic plague the lymph nodes, and in septicemic plague within the blood.
Pneumonic plague is a severe lung infection caused by the bacterium Yersinia pestis. Symptoms include fever, headache, shortness of breath, chest pain, and cough. They typically start about three to seven days after exposure. The plague has fatality rates of 30 to 100 per cent if untreated and the pneumonic strand is transmitted person to person by air, making it more difficult to control. WHO describes pneumonic plague as “the deadliest and most rapid form of plague”.
Bubonic plague is spread via infected fleas and small animals. It can result from bites or exposure to the body fluids of dead, plague-infected animals. It can enter through the skin by a flea bite and travel to the lymph system. Treatment with antibiotics must occur within the first 24 hours of symptoms. The mortality rate for those treated ranges from 1-15%, but for untreated patients, ranges from 40-60%. It is the most common form found in Madagascar.
Septicemic plague is the rarest form of plague and is nearly always fatal without treatment. It attacks the bloodstream. Treatment must begin immediately after symptoms have shown or it will be too late. It is transmitted from flea bites, rodent bites, or mammal bites from infected creatures.
The concern is that, with modern travel, the plague will not stay contained on the island, but will spread across international flight paths. Here’s how to prepare.
I like James O’Keefe, he’s a great kid with titanium big ones. Through his underground sting operation, Project Veritas, he exposed and virtually shut down ACORN. He brought us the undercover CNN expose that showed how stupid they think their viewers are. He brought us information about the Democrat election rigging. He exposed Planned Parenthood with their racism and greed. Right now, he’s committed to exposing the MSM and there is no greater example of left-wing bias than at the New York Times, which protests its non-partisanship daily. Here’s some evidence that it is rotten to the core.
I like James’s work because it reminds I shouldn’t trust anything I read in the papers, watch on the TV, or don’t personally experience. Remember, in an emergency, being able to differentiate between news and fake news could be the difference between life and death.
Suddenly all those old paintings and references to a “shapely calf” in literature make sense. This is how we used to walk – before framed shoes – and it has an amazing effect on your calves and posture. It’s also good for preventing plantar fasciitis (although my doc says never to walk barefoot once you have it.) Walking ball-first is also called a hunter’s gait, or more specifically, a stalker’s gait.
Is this a coincidence? Is it a conspiracy theory gone crazy? It sounds very far-fetched to me but I thought I’d share it with you.
Last month, the social media site 4chan – more often associated with relentless trolling and unwashed couchsurfers with too much time on their hands – had these posts in its /pol/ forum, which were signed ‘John’ and speak of revealing ‘a little secret’ before warning readers to stay away from large groups in Las Vegas.
The post was uploaded to 4chan on Sunday, September 10. It suggests that the Deep State is at work here, trying to scare Las Vegas into installing more security and greater control over the public at the expensive of liberty and to line the pockets of local investors.
While it’s true that we live in a rapidly changing world, it’s important to recognize that the daily changes we witness are changes in form only. The real substance of our universe, and of life itself, is comprised of universal principles. These principles, also known as axioms, truths, or natural laws, form the infrastructure for the stage of life on which each of us performs.
When the weather changes dramatically, as we’ve seen with Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the universal principles (euphemistically referred to as “science”) that cause such radical changes remain firmly in place. Likewise, the economy may change, but no matter how much mischievous politicians try to manipulate it, the free-market principles that underlie the workings of the economy do not change one iota.
Even technology changes on a daily basis. However, our vanity blinds us to the reality that all new technology does is rearrange atoms. Video games and smartphones aside, the laws of molecular structure are the same today as they were in prehistoric times.
While all this may sound like an academic discussion, it most definitely is not. On the contrary, it has everything to do with the nuts and bolts of how you live your life on a day-to-day basis.
The truth be known, any civilized religion has built into it — at least through implication — the sanctity of universal principles. That’s because universal principles are omniscient and omnipotent. (Whether they are omnibenevolent is a subject for debate and beyond the scope of this article.) My focus here is on the importance of living your life in harmony with universal principles as the best way to retain your sanity and equilibrium in an increasingly insane and unstable world.
Everyone is familiar with George Santayana’s famous words, “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Even a casual student of history is painfully aware that, notwithstanding how far mankind has advanced technologically, we continue to make the same mistakes today that our ancestors have made throughout history.
Nevertheless, when idealistic lads and lasses bid farewell to their clueless profs at Princeton, Harvard, and Yale, they have learned virtually nothing about the lessons of history. Worse, the pudding heads who were in charge of teaching them have likely perverted the lessons of history to ensure that these future leaders of our society will make the same mistakes as their predecessors.
The great Thomas Sowell explained it even better than Santayana when he said, “Everything is new if you are ignorant of history. That is why ideas that have failed repeatedly in centuries past reappear again, under the banner of ‘change,’ to dazzle people and sweep them off their feet.”
If you guide your actions in accordance with what you see and hear around you — particularly on television — you’re likely to spend your life in a state of waking dreams. On the other hand, given that you have been blessed with a human brain, you have the capacity to make a conscious decision to refuse to join the lemmings that obediently and enthusiastically follow ignorant, corrupt politicians and “save the world” advocates over the cuckoo cliffs.
My advice is that you neither try to predict the future nor allow the madness of the crowd to discourage you. Instead, relentlessly focus on the infrastructure of life and base your actions on universal principles.
In other words, concentrate on those things over which you have the most control, and rely on universal principles to work their magic for you. To the extent you do so, you will have a much better chance of leading a prosperous and meaningful life — during both good times and bad — because universal principles will never desert you.
Charlie Dickens was right on target when he said, in the very first sentence of A Tale of Two Cities:
“It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, it was the epoch of belief, it was the epoch of incredulity, it was the season of Light, it was the season of Darkness, it was the spring of hope, it was the winter of despair, we had everything before us, we had nothing before us, we were all going direct to Heaven, we were all going direct the other way — in short, the period was so far like the present period, that some of its noisiest authorities insisted on its being received, for good or for evil, in the superlative degree of comparison only.”
In other words, in substance (as opposed to form) today is pretty much like any other time. Before Kim Jong-un there was Kim Jong-il, and before Kim Jong-il there was Kim il-sung. Different names and different faces, but that’s about it.
Life is an endless loop of the best of times and the worst of times, and grasping this reality on a spiritual level is an important key to finding freedom and happiness in an unfree world.
Remember, crises come and go, but only one time in history is the world going to come to an end — and you won’t be around to remember it happening anyway.
I’ll admit it. I gave them a few bucks. I know how much comfort a dog can give me and I am fairly sure one of these beauties would bring my anxiety level down just a little in even the worst of situations. The donation receipt came back from the Lutheran Church Charities who have taken these dogs to visit with the shooting victims now in hospital in Las Vegas.
Tim Hetzner, founder of the K-9 Comfort Dog Ministries told ABC news, “the great thing about the dogs, they’re unconditional, confidential and safe.” “Dogs have an incredible sense of when somebody is hurting,” he said, “they’ll just come and lay themselves into somebody’s lap.”
Earlier this week, Secretary of Energy Rick Perry sent a proposed rule change to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission regarding U.S. power grid reliability and resilience. When people discuss the electric grid they often interchange the terms reliability and resilience. What do these terms mean and how do they affect the lives of Americans? They may not realize it, but electric grid resilience and reliability ensure Americans can live the life they have today.
The U.S. power grid is part of the Energy Sector, which is one of Homeland Security’s sixteen critical infrastructure sectors. The grid is comprised of three smaller grids. One grid spans the East Coast to the Rocky Mountains while another serves people from the Rockies to the Pacific. The last grid is the state of Texas. Each of these individual grids is comprised of a network of power producing facilities, tens of thousands of miles of transmission lines, and hundreds of substations, bringing power to your home and business.
What is grid reliability? Grid reliability is the ability of a power grid to deliver electricity in sufficient quantities when needed. When someone turns a light switch on, the lights come on. The assembly line in Tennessee manufacturing trucks needs a reliable supply of electricity to run operations.
What is grid resilience? Grid resilience is the ability of a power grid to bounce back from a major incident. The incident can be a man-made incident, such as a terrorist attack, or a natural disaster such as a major hurricane. A resilient grid may suffer a disruption at the height of the event, but it will be back up quickly, sending electricity to customers.
Why is grid reliability important?
Growing children need good nutrition to grow up healthy and strong, and the same can be said for an economy. As the U.S. economy and population grow, an increased load is put on the power grid. U.S. energy consumption has grown so much, it has more than doubled since 1975. The increased load must be met with increased power generation.
A reliable grid allows an economy to grow. Commerce happens twenty-four hour a day, seven days a week. An unreliable supply of electricity slows down commerce thereby slowing down or even contracting the economy. An unreliable grid puts people out of work, reduces tax revenue, and increases dependency on government.
Why is grid resilience important?
Power grid resilience is important because your life literally depends on it. The southern states are only tolerable in the summer because of air conditioning. How horrendous would Atlanta, Ga. or Houston, Texas be in August if there was no way to cool them off? Houston regularly reaches a heat index of well over 100 degrees in the summer. Without electricity, deaths from heat exhaustion would skyrocket. Food that needs refrigeration will spoil in days, if not hours. Lifesaving medications that require refrigeration would spoil and become useless.
Public transportation is dependent on the power grid. All public metro trains move thanks to electricity. Public buses may run on diesel and compressed natural gas, but the pumps that fill those vehicles are electric. How would cities like New York and Washington D.C. be able to function without public transportation?
How would an economy work without electricity? It is a problem playing out before our very eyes in Puerto Rico. After an event, people need supplies. The supplies are bought with money. If there is no electricity, the physical cash is stuck in ATMs and bank vaults. Debit cards and credit cards will not work. Anarchy and violence will soon follow if people do not have the access to their money supply.
Trump Administration acts
Two of the more reliable forms of electricity generation are coal and nuclear. After eight years of the Obama administration using regulations to destroy the coal and nuclear power industries, the Trump administration has sought to turn that around with the new rule recommendation.
In a statement, Americans for Limited Government President Rick Manning praised the move, saying, ““In 2016, Coal and nuclear provided a combined 51 percent of electricity, in spite of Obama policies that are taking 374 coal power plants offline, and accelerating the decommissioning of 5 nuclear reactors. The rule announced by Department of Energy will help take the regulatory boot off the throats of these two vital pieces of our electric power grid puzzle.”
Perry has taken a bold step forward to ensure power grid reliability and resilience. Some will scoff, but in a natural disaster scenario that severely damages part of the grid, coal and nuclear will be the most reliable sources of power.
Coal power plants keep weeks worth of coal on site, and nuclear plants have power as long as they have nuclear fuel rods. Both types of plants can produce power in the most dire of situations. Natural gas plants cannot keep weeks worth of gas on site. Natural gas plants need pipelines to deliver the gas. Solar and wind only work when the sun is shining and the wind is blowing. It makes no sense put national security and the economy at risk by excluding the two most reliable sources of electricity generation. Yet, regulatorily that is the path we are on.
If this hurricane season has taught us anything, it is just how fragile the U.S. power grid is. From the NASA image, you can see what an unreliable un-resilient power grid looks like. The Trump administration is taking the threat seriously and has moved to diversify power generation capabilities. President Trump is to be commended for taking this first step and he must continue to undo the burdensome regulations intended to drive coal and nuclear out of business.
Printus LeBlanc is a contributing editor at Americans for Limited Government.
Minimally invasive scoliosis surgery is a type of procedure done to fix an abnormal curve of the spine known as scoliosis. This type of surgery uses smaller incisions than open surgery.
The spine has some normal curves forward and backward. But it should not curve to the side. With scoliosis, the spine curves to the side in an S-shape or a C-shape. If the curve is severe, it can cause uneven shoulders or a body that appears to tilt to one side. Read more at Johns Hopkins.