2011-05-19

What a strange dream!

I had the urge to write down and share this strange dream I had this morning.

I was in some hospital's emergency department and a man was there waiting to be discharged. He was getting frustrated with the wait and decided to leave along with his adult daughter without waiting for the discharge paperwork or to have his IV removed. Security started after him and I followed after. I figured I could take out his IV for him and try to talk him back in, but let him go if he really wanted to as there's no legal requirement to see and sign the discharge papers.

Outside, the man got into a rental moving van with his family. A security guy drew his Taser. I said to him, "If you're going to escalate this, I'm going to film the whole thing." and I pulled out my smartphone. So this hopped-up security guy decided to Tase *me*.

The darts hit me in the groin and started discharging, but I felt nothing. I then remembered that I had left my cycling shorts on under my uniform because I had been running late that morning- the Taser darts couldn't penetrate the chamois!

I went up to the dumbfounded security guy, called him an @$$hole, and put his hand on the contacts and let him get shocked.

Things got a little surreal after that; security was filling up an inflatable kiddie pool. I assumed it was out of the family's moving van, but it could've been from the hospital's decon kit.

Finally, the moving van drove away, but I wasn't sure if the man was in it along with his family.

And that's about when I woke up and wrote this down.

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Elias Friedman A.S., CCEMT-P
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2011-04-24

A poor excuse for journalism in the New York Times, and biased to boot!

This morning I read Israeli Is Killed in the West Bank in the New York Times. This is the letter that I wrote to that (so called) story's author:

Wow! Those surreptitiously sneaky Israelis dared to fail to make an appointment to go and pray! Of course the Palestinian Authority Police simply HAD to shoot to kill after firing warning shots! And of course the Palestinian youths can be excused because they only set SMALL fires to the holy site.

There are gaping holes in this story even before you added in the biased language I highlighted above. For example, did these "police" make any serious attempts to stop what was obviously a familiar civilian vehicle before resorting to deadly force? What could have triggered the use of deadly force in the first place- did the civilians threaten the police in some way? Did the civilians aim weapons at or try to run over the police or something like that to actually justify being shot at? And for that matter, what did these "small" fires consist of? Trash? parts of the site complex? Molotov cocktails? And hasn't such vandalism happened before?

I'm sorry, but leaving such gaping holes in a story and writing with such a biased tone makes me seriously question your own credentials as a journalist. This story wouldn't even pass on Wikipedia!

As an exercise, I would like you to read this story you wrote, but replace Israelis with Canadians and Palestians with Americans. Makes those holes and bias I mentioned pretty glaring, eh?

Easter is a traditional day when Christians would kill Jews, I would've thought you might be more sensitive. So sad that these families have to mourn on Judaism's big holiday, Passover.

2011-03-22

Kashruth Alert - King Star Foods - Chicken Flavor Soup

From: Orthodox Union <orthodoxunion@jangomail.net>
Date: Tuesday, March 22, 2011
Subject: Kashruth Alert - King Star Foods - Chicken Flavor Soup


KASHRUTH ALERT


March 22,
2011
King Star Foods - Chicken Flavor Soup

Brand:
King Star
Foods

Products:

Chicken Flavor Soup


Company:
Tavlinei Shemesh - ISRAEL

Issue:
This product
bears an unauthorized OU-P sticker. This product is not certified for
Passover by the Orthodox Union. Product is being recalled from the
market place.

This e-mail was sent
by Orthodox Union, located at 11 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 (United
States).

Elias Friedman A.S., EMT-P ⚕
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