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Is anyone else sick of the tv coverage of "stay tuned to see the looting and burnin...

01 June 2020 - 03:34 PM

By Sunday that's all any of the "live" reporters were saying. So most of the country thinks that all protestors were rioting, looting, and burning.

Tolerance or Tantrums?

07 January 2020 - 03:19 PM

It's not just politicians who need to choose. This is an interesting meditation by my local NPR station's Capitol reporter. It has some examples of the hyper partisanship that he's seen developing over the years and some examples of a littler glimmer of civility.

Remote Emergency Rooms

17 November 2019 - 02:56 PM

Rural communities that have no ER doctors are turning to docs that are well equipped with cameras but who are in an office park somewhere. The pressure on PAs and nurses in the communities must be intense. The intubations being performed under a remote doctors guidance struck me as particularly terrifying.


During his own bedside shifts at the hospital in Sioux Falls, a city of 180,000, Skow had performed dozens of similar intubations under what he had come to think of as the standard conditions of an urban trauma center. He usually had another emergency physician nearby to provide backup, plus a trauma surgeon, a cardiologist, an anesthesiologist, and a team of up to 20 residents, ER nurses, and paramedics competing for space at the patient’s bedside. But now on the screen in rural Montana, Skow counted a total of five people in the room. None were doctors. None had significant experience performing emergency intubations.

Still it's better than trying to transport patients to actual ERs miles and miles away...I guess.

A look into the interplay of water & greed in the CA nut industry

29 September 2019 - 11:43 AM

Written in early 2018 by Mark Arax who writes a lot on agriculture in the lower Central Valley, this long form article gives insight into the growing of nuts and pomegranates by the "PomWonderful" people. The movement of water, the 5 year drought, a company town, the employees, the Lady Bountiful...it's all here. It looks nothing like the farming of row crops that many associate with big agriculture.