Dr. Asimov on "The Star Spangled Banner"

"All Four Stanzas"


By Isaac Asimov



I have a weakness--I am crazy, absolutely nuts, about our national anthem.


The words are difficult and the tune is almost impossible, but frequently when I'm taking a shower I sing it with as much power and emotion as I can. It shakes me up every time.


I was once asked to speak at a luncheon. Taking my life in my hands, I announced I was going to sing our national anthem--all four stanzas.


This was greeted with loud groans. One man closed the door to the kitchen, where the noise of dishes and cutlery was loud and distracting. "Thanks, Herb," I said.


"That's all right," he said. "It was at the request of the kitchen staff."


I explained the background of the anthem and then sang all four stanzas.


Let me tell you, those people had never heard it before--or had never really listened. I got a standing ovation. But it was not me; it was the anthem.


More recently, while conducting a seminar, I told my students the story of the anthem and sang all four stanzas. Again there was a wild ovation and prolonged applause. And again, it was the anthem and not me.


So now let me tell you how it came to be written.


In 1812, the United States went to war with Great Britain, primarily over freedom of the seas. We were in the right. For two years, we held off the British, even though we were still a rather weak country. Great Britain was in a life and death struggle with Napoleon. In fact, just as the United States declared war, Napoleon marched off to invade Russia. If he won, as everyone expected, he would control Europe, and Great Britain would be isolated. It was no time for her to be involved in an American war.


At first, our seamen proved better than the British. After we won a battle on Lake Erie in 1813, the American commander, Oliver Hazard Perry, sent the message "We have met the enemy and they are ours." However, the weight of the British navy beat down our ships eventually. New England, hard-hit by a tightening blockade, threatened secession.


Meanwhile, Napoleon was beaten in Russia and in 1814 was forced to abdicate. Great Britain now turned its attention to the United States, launching a three-pronged attack. The northern prong was to come down Lake Champlain toward New York and seize parts of New England. The southern prong was to go up the Mississippi, take New Orleans and paralyze the west. The central prong was to head for the Mid-Atlantic States and then attack Baltimore, the greatest port south of New York. If Baltimore was taken, the nation, which still hugged the Atlantic coast, could be split in two. The fate of the United States, then, rested to a large extent on the success or failure of the central prong.


The British reached the American coast, and on August 24, 1814, took Washington, D. C. Then they moved up the Chesapeake Bay toward Baltimore. On September 12, they arrived and found 1000 men in Fort McHenry, whose guns controlled the harbor. If the British wished to take Baltimore, they would have to take the fort.


On one of the British ships was an aged physician, William Beanes, who had been arrested in Maryland and brought along as a prisoner. Francis Scott Key, a lawyer and friend of the physician, had come to the ship to negotiate his release. The British captain was willing, but the two Americans would have to wait. It was now the night of September 13, and the bombardment of Fort McHenry was about to start.


As twilight deepened, Key and Beanes saw the American flag flying over Fort McHenry. Through the night, they heard bombs bursting and saw the red glare of rockets. They knew the fort was resisting and the American flag was still flying. But toward morning the bombardment ceased, and a dread silence fell. Either Fort McHenry had surrendered and the British flag flew above it, or the bombardment had failed and the American flag still flew.


As dawn began to brighten the eastern sky, Key and Beanes stared out at the fort, tyring to see which flag flew over it. He and the physician must have asked each other over and over, "Can you see the flag?"


After it was all finished, Key wrote a four stanza poem telling the events of the night. Called "The Defence of Fort M'Henry," it was published in newspapers and swept the nation. Someone noted that the words fit an old English tune called "To Anacreon in Heaven" --a difficult melody with an uncomfortably large vocal range. For obvious reasons, Key's work became known as "The Star Spangled Banner," and in 1931 Congress declared it the official anthem of the United States.


Now that you know the story, here are the words. Presumably, the old doctor is speaking. This is what he asks Key


Oh! say, can you see, by the dawn's early light,

What so proudly we hailed at the twilight's last gleaming?

Whose broad stripes and bright stars, through the perilous fight,

O'er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming?


And the rocket's red glare, the bombs bursting in air,

Gave proof thro' the night that our flag was still there.

Oh! say, does that star-spangled banner yet wave,

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?


"Ramparts," in case you don't know, are the protective walls or other elevations that surround a fort. The first stanza asks a question. The second gives an answer


On the shore, dimly seen thro' the mist of the deep,

Where the foe's haughty host in dread silence reposes,

What is that which the breeze, o'er the towering steep.

As it fitfully blows, half conceals, half discloses?


Now it catches the gleam of the morning's first beam,

In full glory reflected, now shines on the stream

'Tis the star-spangled banner. Oh! long may it wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave!



"The towering steep" is again, the ramparts. The bombardment has failed, and the British can do nothing more but sail away, their mission a failure.


In the third stanza, I feel Key allows himself to gloat over the American triumph. In the aftermath of the bombardment, Key probably was in no mood to act otherwise.


During World War II, when the British were our staunchest allies, this third stanza was not sung. However, I know it, so here it is


And where is that band who so vauntingly swore

That the havoc of war and the battle's confusion

A home and a country should leave us no more?

Their blood has washed out their foul footstep's pollution.


No refuge could save the hireling and slave

From the terror of flight, or the gloom of the grave,

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.



The fourth stanza, a pious hope for the future, should be sung more slowly than the other three and with even deeper feeling.


Oh! thus be it ever, when freemen shall stand

Between their loved homes and the war's desolation,

Blest with vict'ry and peace, may the Heav'n - rescued land

Praise the Pow'r that hath made and preserved us a nation.


Then conquer we must, for our cause is just,

And this be our motto--"In God is our trust."

And the star-spangled banner in triumph doth wave

O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave.


I hope you will look at the national anthem with new eyes. Listen to it, the next time you have a chance, with new ears.


And don't let them ever take it away.


~Isaac Asimov , The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, March 1991

Isaac Asimov (c January 2, 1920 – April 6, 1992) was a Russian-born American author and biochemist, a highly successful and exceptionally prolific writer best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Isaac_Asimov

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Misunderstanding our code

The Jerusalem Post Internet Edition 

Is Judaism anti-gentile? This question – as old as the Bible itself – reared its head again in Russia this past week. A group of Moscow nationalists seized upon the publication of a translation of the Shulchan Aruch – Rabbi Joseph Caro's 16th-century Code of Jewish Law – as affirming a clear bias against non-Jews and sought to indict the general Jewish community as racist.

While the suit has been dismissed, the controversy will undoubtedly go on and should be addressed.

On a textual level, there is no doubt that one can select laws or statements from the vast body of Jewish literature and make a case for virtually any position, including negative attitudes concerning non-Jews. As the Talmud spans half a millennium and covers a wide geographic area, it is understandable that opinions expressed therein will be as varied as the individuals expressing them. Thus, there are indeed declarations that non-Jews are cruel, that their actions are morally reprehensible, and that their testimony as witnesses is not reliable.

Yet it must be understood that these sentiments invariably reflected the prevailing mood of the time. When Jews were persecuted by their hosts – and that, alas, formed a good part of our historical experience – the result was a backlash of mistrust, caution and downright animosity. Yet when times were better, such as in the early years of the Babylonian exile, the text reflected it, as in Samuel's declaration that on the Day of Judgment there will be no distinction between Jew and non-Jew.

One must also draw a separation between those non-Jews who simply practiced another form of religion and those who engaged in idol worship.

The vast majority of pejorative remarks regarding non-Jews were reserved for idolaters, who were considered by Judaism to be the antithesis of what a human being should be, spiritual obstructionists who subverted God's plan for humanity. The average non-Jew was regarded with equanimity, eligible for entry into Paradise via observance of the Seven Noahide Laws.

The rabbis were also hypersensitive to intermarriage and intermingling between Jews and non-Jews, seeing them as a dire threat to Jewish uniqueness and purpose. Numerous laws that appear to discriminate against non-Jews, such as the prohibition of drinking wine or feasting together with them, were meant to create certain social barriers that would preserve our particularity.

One of the most misunderstood concepts in Judaism is that of the law of lending. While usury is forbidden from a fellow Jew, we may accept interest from a non-Jew. This was viewed as a slur on the gentiles and we suffered greatly for it.

But this was never meant to be a negative comment on the world at large, rather a positive statement about our fellow Jew. Lending money – even at interest – is a hesed, a kindness; those who are in need of money to save their homes, their land or their lives will gladly pay a fee to borrow the money. No one expects to be given money for free. But as an added show of solidarity and love for our Jewish brothers, we not only lend them the funds, we waive the interest.

Far more important than the textual references to non-Jews is the practical way in which we related and relate to them. And there is no question that actions speak louder than words, confirming an approach based on respect and value for other human beings, Jewish or not.

Our greatest leaders – Abraham, Moses, Solomon – related to a wide variety of people of diverse faiths. Rabbi Judah the Prince had much respect for the Romans and was a close friend of Emperor Antoninus. Enlightened Gentile rulers throughout history, who were able to rise above the baser urges of the street, viewed Jews as loyal, model, desirable citizens who would invariably enhance any country in which they resided.

NORMATIVE JEWISH law reflects this kinder, gentler approach. For example, a Jew who steals from a non-Jew is considered guilty of two sins: theft and the desecration of God's name. Israeli law protects the rights of non-Jewish citizens of the state, who by all accounts are treated better than their cousins in any neighboring Arab country. When a devastating earthquake struck Turkey in 1999, the rabbinate ruled that Israeli rescue teams be sent to the region immediately and every effort be made to save the lives of those buried in the rubble – even if it meant desecrating the Shabbat.

The bottom line in most situations vis-a-vis non-Jews is the concept of darchei shalom, the promotion of good relations between peoples.
A striking illustration of Judaism in practice is the example of Rabbi Moses ben Nachman –Nachmanides. The leader of Spanish Jewry in the 13th century, he was forced to engage in the famous Barcelona Debate of 1263. Though he succeeded in deflecting the charges of anti-Christianity leveled against the Jewish community, he suffered harsh indignities at the hands of the Dominicans, who sought to exile him.

Yet in his medical practice Nachmanides treated Jew and non-Jew alike. He was particularly successful in fertility treatment, helping many non-Jews to bear children. When certain members of the Jewish community criticized him for "helping to multiply the seed of Amalek," the Sage replied that his medical skills were a "gift of God, to be applied equally to all in need of them."

In our long journey through the Diaspora, one conclusion is painfully obvious: If the world had related to the Jews half as benevolently as we related to them, words like "pogrom" and "Holocaust" would never have come into being.

The writer is director of the Ohel Ari Jewish Outreach Center in Ra'anana, jocmtv@netvision.net.il.

Nicaragua, long a beef exporter, examines lucrative kosher market

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The CARNIC meat packing firm's general manager, Manuel Centeno, looks over the feed lot at his company´s slaughterhouse on the outskirts of the Nicaraguan capital Managua in May 2005.
By Brian Harris
MANAGUA, Nicaragua, June 30 (JTA) — Kosher beef consumers in the United States may soon find themselves dining on meat from this decidedly non-Jewish country.

CARNIC, one of Nicaragua's largest and most storied meat packing firms, has taken the first steps toward kosher slaughter with an eye on the potentially lucrative export market.

In late April, three head of cattle were killed in kosher fashion by a rabbi flown in from New York in a trial run of what CARNIC general manager Manuel Centeno says could become a steady supply of kosher beef, if tests prove fruitful.

"We do not have the installations to produce a large amount of kosher cattle" right now, Centeno said in an interview at his office. The future of kosher slaughter for the company "depends on the success our sample has in the United States. It is a very special process; we do not have people specialized in kosher production."

CARNIC's move has piqued the interest of the tiny local Jewish community. Misled by exaggerated stories in the local media, the community thought CARNIC had conducted kosher slaughter prior to Passover and wanted to see if some fresh beef could be reserved for locals.

Centeno said that if CARNIC begins kosher production, some meat could be set aside for domestic consumption.

Rabbis in Costa Rica and Panama regularly conduct shechitah to feed their congregations, and Costa Rica occasionally exports kosher beef. However, CARNIC holds the potential to be the Central America's first mass kosher exporter.

Beef and leather long have been traditional Nicaraguan exports, with CARNIC relying on the export market for 80 percent of its business. In 2004, beef exports to the United States from the country's three authorized slaughterhouses — including CARNIC — grew by 74.5 percent to $40.3 million, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported.

However, it has been at least 25 years since Nicaragua last exported kosher beef, and renewing the trade is a risky proposition.

To produce kosher beef economically, CARNIC likely would have to devote an entire day solely to kosher production. The slaughterhouse currently processes an average of 455 head of cattle a day, which would drop on days of shechitah because of the rigors of kosher production. As a result, the plant would be depending on the premium price of kosher beef to make up for lost revenue from lower production.

If the company has to build new facilities in order to have a reliable supply of kosher beef, it won't go through with the plan, Centeno said.

CARNIC also is interested in the organic market, a lucrative niche. The conversion of some of the company's output to organic, which is already under way, makes the kosher option tempting, since both the organic and kosher markets offer premium prices.

CARNIC's primary focus is the U.S. market, but Centeno said the company has received inquiries from Israel as well about kosher Nicaraguan beef.

The inclusion of organic and kosher production is the latest twist in CARNIC's history. The company originally was founded and owned by the Samoza family, a dynasty that ran the country as a dictatorship for nearly 50 years before being overthrown in the 1979 Sandinista Revolution.

The leftist Sandinistas nationalized all of Samoza's vast holdings, including CARNIC, which remained a symbolic prize of the revolution's triumph.

After the Sandinistas were voted out of office, the company was sold off to local cattlemen as part of the pro-U.S. government's attempts to dismantle the Sandinista apparatus.

Though he has been at the firm for only six months, Centeno is no stranger to the company's history: He served as President Anastasio Samoza's chief of staff during the dynasty's final three years and fled the country when Samoza was overthrown. He returned in the early 1990s.

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War dogs lap up support

The Washington Times Insider


By Jen Haberkorn
July 5, 2005

Military war dogs in Iraq help save lives by detecting bombs and traps and finding injured civilians, but their noses are getting chapped from the desert heat.
    When Amy Nichols, owner of Happy Tails Dog Spa in Tysons Corner, heard of the dogs' tale, she bought some lip balm for their noses and set up a donation box in front of her store. The doggy day care also is collecting flying discs, knotted ropes and treats to send to the hundreds of dogs serving in Iraq.
    Ms. Nichols had been looking for a cause to combine old-fashioned patriotism and dog care -- a cause close to the hearts of many of the store's customers.
    "People who take their dogs to day care are really generous and supportive," Ms. Nichols said. "We hear about the dogs and get choked up about it. They're all dog lovers here."
    By next week, she expects to send about 50 pounds of donations to the dog handlers in Iraq.
    Schools and animal advocacy groups across the nation have held collection drives to help the dogs in Iraq, and the U.S. War Dogs Association has proposed a memorial for military working dogs and their handlers.
    "It's not important what's in the package; it's the idea of sending something to these men and women and their canines ... that people in the states care about them, worry about them and wish them a safe journey," said Ronald L. Aiello, president of the association and a former Marine scout handler in Vietnam.
    The association also uses donations to send about 250 care packages per year to dog handlers. The packages might include beef jerky for the handler and vegetable jerky for the dog.
    Ms. Nichols' drive is not associated with the group. She contacted Master Sgt. Chris Burgess, operations chief for the 2nd Military Police Battalion at Camp Fallujah in Iraq, who compiled a list of the dogs' needs.
    "Thank you for all the support," he said in an e-mail to Ms. Nichols. "I know the handlers and the dogs will appreciate it very much."
    Military working dogs -- many of them German shepherds, Dutch shepherds or Belgian Malinois -- have been used since World War II. The dogs keep U.S. troops safe, but also may remind troops of their pets at home and provide a morale boost, Mr. Aiello said.
    Mr. Aiello's dog in Vietnam, Stormy, was responsible for checking buildings for explosives before the Marines entered. The handlers are responsible for caring for the four-legged soldiers and relaying their messages to the troops.
    "They're fantastic animals," he said. "They do a great job of alerting to danger."
    Military war dogs are performing the same service for U.S. troops in Iraq.
    "The [breeds] are so smart, they need stuff to do," Ms. Nichols said. "They love having a job."
    But they still need time to play and time to sharpen their skills, which is why they receive the flying discs, rubber toys and ropes. Their handlers asked for sunflower seeds, sugarless gum, energy drinks, crackers, meat sticks and beef jerky.
    The three-year-old doggy day care is covering the shipping costs, which Ms. Nichols expects to reach $100 to $150.
    "Look at what they're asking for ... Blistex and Goldfish crackers," she said. "We could walk across the street right now and get it. It's very basic stuff."

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Man calls ambulance 50 times a year, demands ride home

TAKAMATSU -- An unemployed man who often called for an ambulance to take him home after he went drinking has been found guilty of obstruction of duties and sentenced to three and a half years in prison.

Judge Hidenaga Manabe at the Takamatsu District Court called the wrongdoing of Satoshi Nakagawa "selfish."

"He committed a selfish crime by obstructing the highly urgent duties of ambulances," the judge said when he handed down the ruling on Monday.

On the night of June 8 last year, Nakagawa, 55, was sitting down on a road in Takamatsu and asked a passerby to call an ambulance for him.

An ambulance dispatched by a local fire station arrived, and Nakagawa demanded that the paramedics take him home.

The ambulance, however, headed for the fire station, not his home, which prompted an enraged Nakagawa to poke one of the paramedics in the cheek, slightly injuring him, according to police.

Nakagawa called for an ambulance about 50 times a year since August 2003 and was driven home after he had been drinking in October 2003 and in April 2004, police said. (Mainichi)

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Specially-designed ambulance critical
Lucknow Newsline - Lucknow,India
... s Medical University (KGMU) this 'golden hour' seems of little importance as its most significant facility- a critical care ambulance- stands defunct at ...

AMs call for faster 999 responses
BBC News - UK
Welsh Assembly Members in mid Wales have joined a call for urgent action over poor ambulance response times. The cross-party group ...

Rescue services resolve disputes
Auburn Citizen - Auburn,NY,USA
By Amaris Elliott-Engel / The Citizen. It had been a rough few weeks for Rural Metro, the city of Auburn's ambulance provider. Auburn ...

Auburn to hire private ambulance company
King County Journal - Bellevue,WA,USA
AUBURN -- The Fire Department is going private, as in contracting with a private ambulance company to transport patients to area hospitals. ...

cyclist news

Biographer details cyclist, his competitors and sport
Anchorage Daily News - Anchorage,AK,USA
... The average pro cyclist will pedal far enough in training each year to encircle the globe; the daily metabolic rate of a Tour de France cyclist exceeds that of ...

Cyclist Seeks To Be 'Lance Armstrong Of Lancaster County'
WGAL Channel.com - Lancaster,PA,USA
LANCASTER, Pa. -- A Lancaster County man who survived cancer may get the chance to ride with Lance Armstrong, but only if he's able ...

Injured cyclist has park angel
Chicago Tribune - Chicago,IL,USA
NORTHBROOK -- It was a sunny summer day, a good day to be 13 and have friends with whom to ride bikes--and a guardian angel. Dave ...

Richardson finds success as collegiate cyclist
Danville Advocate - Danville,KY,USA
... soon. The Perryville native is a cross country cyclist, and he competes for one of the few collegiate cycling programs in Kentucky. ...

emergency medical services news

Privatized fleet maintenance saving city less than expected
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... runs smoothly, it could add momentum to calls by Republican state legislators to outsource city sanitation, tow pound and emergency medical services. ...

Boating Accident Kills Two In Loveland
TheDenverChannel.com - Denver,CO,USA
... Multiple agencies, including the Colorado State Park Rangers, Thompson Valley Emergency Medical Services, Loveland Fire Department, Larimer County Sheriff's ...

No charges to be filed in Carlsbad man's death
Carlsbad Current Argus - Carlsbad,NM,USA
... Deputies found emergency medical services personnel treating Dearing on the the kitchen floor. Upon arrival at Carlsbad Medical Center, he was pronounced dead. ...


emergency medical service news

Med-Tec outlines subsidy options
Claremore Daily Progress - Claremore,OK,USA
... "Anything less than a $40,000 subsidy will significantly reduce the emergency medical service in Claremore," said Michael Jarvis, director of Med-Tec. ...

Burton: Helena's ready to grow
Helena Independent Record - Helena,MT,USA
... anybody in Montana. But why do we do what we do? I mean, 25 years ago we didn't provide emergency medical service. What's the level ...

Battlefield to host 'Salute to Independence'
Hagerstown Morning Herald - Hagerstown,MD,USA
... Sharpsburg Volunteer Fire Department and Emergency Medical Service will sell food and drinks. No grills, no pets and no soliciting are allowed. ...

Police look into infant's death
Clarksville Leaf Chronicle - Clarksville,TN,USA
... Ariyana D'Jean Nohelani Nazari died at Blanchfield Army Community Hospital, where she was taken by Montgomery County Emergency Medical Service from her ...

bicycle news

Girl injured in fall from bicycle
Hagerstown Morning Herald - Hagerstown,MD,USA
Rescuers from Clear Spring were called to Four Locks Road along the C&O Canal Friday for an 8-year-old girl who fell off her bicycle while riding along the ...

Doing Ireland on a bicycle and a pint
Independent Online - Cape Town,South Africa
... If you want to believe that your destination is 64km away, believe it - even if the odometer on the bicycle reads closer to 100km. Take the unsinkable Titanic. ...

New law intended to enhance cyclists' safety
Canon City Daily Record - Canon City,CO,USA
... in at least some cases to ride through crosswalks, rather than having to dismount and walk their bike across a roadway when it intersects with a bicycle path. ...

paramedic news

Rescue engine part of city's fire department improvements
San Diego Union Tribune - San Diego,CA,USA
SAN MARCOS -- A new paramedic-fire engine to protect San Elijo Hills residents goes into service Tuesday, one of several San Marcos Fire Department ...

EMS News

Contingency ambulance service plan to be OK'd
Daily News - Galveston County - TX,USA
... court will likely formalize agreements next week that will ensure all of the communities left in the lurch by the bankruptcy of GoldStar EMS are covered by ...

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Union sees ambulance problems
Tasmania Examiner - Launceston,Tasmania,Australia
PROBLEMS within Tasmania's ambulance service would worsen unless the State Government brought funding into line with other states, the Health and Community ...

Seymour Ambulance names leader Vacancy tied to allegations against ...
Waterbury Republican American - Waterbury,CT,USA
By Beth Rosenberg. SEYMOUR -- The Seymour Ambulance Association has named Scott Andrews, a 25-year volunteer firefighter in town, as its new executive director. ...

Higher workload hampers ambulance response time: union
ABC Online - Australia
The union representing ambulance workers says it is not good enough for response times to emergency cases in Tasmania to be the worst in the country. ...

Contingency ambulance service plan to be OK'd
Galveston County Daily News - Galveston,TX,USA
... formalize agreements next week that will ensure all of the communities left in the lurch by the bankruptcy of GoldStar EMS are covered by ambulance service for ...

Patient leaps to death from air ambulance
Khaleej Times - Dubai,United Arab Emirates
WARSAW -- A 43-year-old patient jumped to his death out of an air ambulance helicopter in the southern Polish city of Sosnowiec yesterday as he was being ...

cyclist news

Cyclist to take another trek to watch the race
Gainesville Sun - Gainesville,FL,USA
... walking.". Santello is ready for another climb in the Alps. She's a serious cyclist and competitive racer and she's put in the miles. She ...

Afful Topples Ghana's Number One Cyclist
GhanaWeb - Accra,Ghana
William Afful, 27, of Fire Bunch Cycling Club in Nungua, last Sunday became the new wonder kid in the sport when he pulled the biggest surprise on the day to ...

Cyclist sentenced for supplying EPO to former world triathlon ...
Daily Times - Lahore,Pakistan
MONTBELIARD: A former cyclist has received a five month suspended prison sentence by a court here Friday for supplying the banned performance-enhancing drug ...

emergency medical services news

US style medical service in India
Times of India - New Delhi,India
... The Maharashtra government has accepted in principle a proposal from a group of NRI doctors to establish round the clock Emergency Medical Services (EMS) and ...

Med-Tec outlines subsidy options
Claremore Daily Progress - Claremore,OK,USA
... Med-Tec approached the city Emergency Medical Services Board June 3 about the possibility of a subsidy to help fund ambulance operations. ...

Man, horse drown on afternoon ride
Arkansas Democrat Gazette - AR,USA
... Members of the sheriff 's office, Madison County Emergency Medical Services and the Huntsville and Nob Hill fire departments responded.


emergency medical service news

Kennedy won't be involved in EMS talks in new job
Pittsburgh Post Gazette - Pittsburgh,PA,USA
... Kennedy has been involved in negotiations between the city and local hospitals regarding the possible shift of the Emergency Medical Service from the city to a ...

Bonner County unveils ALS plan
Bonner County Daily Bee - Sandpoint,ID,USA
SANDPOINT -- Bonner County is now blanketed with 24/7 advanced life support Emergency Medical Service coverage, commissioners announced on Thursday. ...

Man injured in truck rollover
Carlsbad Current Argus - Carlsbad,NM,USA
... "It takes some time to get out there," Waller said. "We had help from (the Waste Isolation Pilot Plant's emergency medical service). ...

163 Grads Add to EMS Ranks in New York
Firehouse.com (subscription) - USA
... medical technicians. They join the largest emergency medical service in the world, responding to 1.1 million calls a year. Fire ...

bicycle news

'I am a fish with a bicycle!'
Globe and Mail - Toronto,Ontario,Canada
... and girls, long ago and far away, in the heyday of feminism, there was a saying that went like this: "A woman without a man is like a fish without a bicycle.". ...

Bicycle safety rodeo coming to Winfield July 16
Winfield Daily Courier - Winfield,KS,USA
By By BRADY BAUMAN. The Winfield Bicycle Patrol and Wal-Mart are teaming up July 16 for a bicycle safety rodeo. "We want everybody ...

Clash over bicycle rims leads to death of boy, 14
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette (subscription) - Little Rock,AR,USA
An argument over bicycle rims ended in gunfire Monday night in West Memphis, leaving a 14-year-old boy dead and his 16-year-old neighbor arrested on a charge ...

It's apparently a case of naked theft.
Miami Herald - FL,USA
By Reid Kanaley. It wasn't the stolen bicycle but its bare-backsided rider that caught the attention of police Wednesday night near Kennett Square. Cpl. ...

Lafayette adjusts to cycling push
The Lafayette Daily Advertiser - Lafayette,LA,USA
Now that Lafayette has a bicycle lane on Johnston Street, will it help improve safety for cyclists? ... "You don't steer a bicycle, you lean with it. ...

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Eliminate Medicare Paramedic Intercept Charges

Published on Friday, July 1, 2005 5:13 PM EDT


Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Congressman Todd Platts (R-PA) recently introduced the Medicare Paramedic Intercept Services Coverage Act of 2005, legislation that would eliminate costly medical expenses for senior citizens who require advanced paramedic care when traveling to the hospital in an ambulance. Under Medicare, paramedics, called "intercepts" used mainly in rural areas, are not reimbursed. DeLauro originally learned of the problem from several constituents in Durham.

In rural areas, paramedics with extensive emergency training are not always on the ambulance crew. When a "paramedic intercept" is called in to assist a volunteer ambulance service with an emergency, Medicare does not permit the intercept to bill Medicare directly for the high costs of these services. As a result, beneficiaries are separately charged hundreds of dollars for paramedic care, leaving them with enormous medical bills they often cannot afford to pay.

"If a medical situation warrants an ambulance, the last thing a Medicare beneficiary should worry about is how much this service will cost," said DeLauro. "Beneficiaries are already struggling with the high costs of prescriptions drugs, health care and medical expenses and should not be penalized for medical costs associated with advanced needs."

"It simply does not make sense to refuse payment for services that are frequently essential to protecting lives in an emergency situation, especially when the patient has no choice whether a transporting or intercept unit is dispatched," said Platts. "This legislation would allow the paramedic intercept services to receive reimbursement from Medicare for the vital services they provide and would assist our nation's seniors with the significant costs associated with advanced life support services."

The Paramedic Intercept Services Coverage Act would make the necessary changes to allow advanced paramedic services to apply for direct reimbursement from Medicare

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paramedic news

Paramedic Response Time: Does It Affect Patient Survival?
AEM (subscription) - USA
... CO; Department of Preventive Medicine and Biometrics, University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (JSH), Denver, CO; Denver Paramedic Division, Denver Health ...

Duplin EMS begins paramedic-level service today
Clinton Sampson Independent - Clinton,NC,USA
KENANSVILLE - It has been months in the making, but at 7 am today, Duplin County Emergency Medical Services (EMS) is up and running at the paramedic level. ...

Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Eliminate Medicare Paramedic Intercept ...
Town Times - Middlefield,CT,USA
Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (D-CT) and Congressman Todd Platts (R-PA) recently introduced the Medicare Paramedic Intercept Services Coverage Act of 2005 ...

Fire burns brush, shed
Press-Enterprise (subscription) - Riverside,CA,USA
... blaze moved into the hills west of Warren Road and Cottonwood Avenue, California Department of Forestry/Riverside County Fire Engineer/ Paramedic Rick Griggs ...