Unnecessary Violence & Conflict in Ferguson, Missouri

I’m tired of watching violence play out on every TV Channel.

I watch BBC and see how ISIS is beheading children and fighting over the Mosul Dam in Iraq.   Switch to CNN and see Israel try to justify why it’s ok if they bomb children and women into oblivion. And I almost forgot about the heartbreak of watching that total
idiot Putin paying goons to dress up in green and try to take over eastern Ukraine and bring it back to GangstaHeaven – Mother Russia.

Now I have to watch on every local channel how poor people and trying to bring attention to their problems, while police and the national guard are called in to keep these poor people in line.  And the police are just doing their jobs – the bidding of the “Powers That Be”, which is anyone of these politicians who want their extra 20 minutes of fame.

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I didn’t fall asleep during my history classes so I remember that whenever you had an oppressed underclass – whether it’s the old fashioned Iraqi Christians, the Gaza children, the black subculture in Missouri – you will have revolts.  Nobody wants to live as a subclass.

No one wants to live in a permanent state of food INsecurity, without a safe environment to raise their kids.  No parent wants their kids to get a substandard education, or have less opportunity to go to college, or to just get a job.

As long as the gap widens in the U.S. between the haves and the have-nots, any incident of gun violence by police against a teenager, can be the flashpoint for a demonstration, which may start out peacefully, but may not end up that way.

I have a very selfish reason for wanting to promote equality – I like the peace and quiet, so I can go back to watching MY CAT FROM HELL, and ANTIQUES ROADSHOW.

As a solution – I recommend we all go back to the SIXTIES – make love, not war, put
flowers in the police assault rifles.  Engage in lots of hugging, and dancing in the park under a full moon.

Only two directions to go – love or hate.   I always vote for LOVE!

 

 

Nurse Commits Suicide, Fires A Single Shot to the Head, Locked in a Hospital Restroom at Valley View Hospital, Glenwood Springs, Colorado

A hospital staff member reported Eric Knurr dead in a bathroom stall a round 11:30 a.m. Monday, morning, August 4, after maintenance had to be called to unlock the door to the men’s restroom off the emergency department.  

The former male nurse, identified as Eric Knurr, had been formally admonished by state regulators for brushing a patient’s teeth until they bled, and also slapping the patient, who was in restraints at the time of the incident in 2005. He had applied for a job at Valley View Hospital in 2012, but was not hired.

  • In January, 2014, a man locked himself in the hospital bathroom at Cherokee Medical Center in Iowa, and committed suicide.In August, 2013,   62-year-old man committed suicide in a public bathroom at the Veterans Affairs hospital campus at Fort Harrison, Montana, after locking the bathroom door and killing himself with a single shot.
  • In August, 2013,   62-year-old man committed suicide in a public bathroom at the Veterans Affairs hospital campus at Fort Harrison,
    Montana, after locking the bathroom door and killing himself with a
    single shot.
  •  In August, 2012, a similar incident happened at an Oklahoma  hospital, when a Oklahoma State University employee committed suicide in a public restroom off the emergency room.

LESSONS  LEARNED:
(1.)  Hospital staff should IMMEDIATELY report any locked bathroom door in a public restroom.  In several of the incidents, housekeepingdidn’t want to bother securitywhen they found the bathroom door locked, so they waited another two hours before reporting the problem, and by then it was too late.

(2.)  Not having any form of metal detection allows people to bring guns into hospitals, lock themselves in bathroom, and commit suicide.  Metal detectors or wand detectors can prevent a tragedy.

CHECK OUT:
     In December, 2010, The Joint Commission Issued a Sentinel Event
Alert on Suicide Risk Outside Psych Units i
n Hospitals, including medical units, surgical units, and emergency departments.  (http://www.jointcommission.org/assets/1/18/SEA_46.pdf).

“It is noteworthy that many patients who kill themselves in general hospital inpatient units do not have a psychiatric history or a history of suicide attempt – they are “unknown at risk” for suicide.   Compared to the psychiatric hospital and unit, the general hospital setting also presents more access to items that can be used to attempt suicide – items that are either already in or may be brought into the facility – and more opportunities for the patient to be alone to attempt or re-attempt suicide.

“This Alert presents strategies that can be used and suggested actions that can be taken by general hospitals to help better prepare their staffs and their facilities for suicidal patients and to care for both their physical and mental needs. Suicide has ranked in the top five most frequently reported events to The Joint Commission since 1995. The Sentinel Event Database includes 827 reports of inpatient suicides.  Of these events,  14.25 percent occurred in the non-behavioral health units of general hospitals (e.g., medical or surgical units, ICU, oncology, telemetry),  8.02 percent occurred in the emergency department of general hospitals and 2.45 percent occurred in other non-psychiatric settings.”              

                 Stay Alert and Encourage Hospital Employee Awareness!

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What’s the Price You’d pay to Save a Friend from Cancer, If the Friend is a Dog?

It’s really easy to see how people feel about animals by just asking this simple question,What would you do if you dog was diagnosed with cancer?   Here are the two possible answers:

1.  Have the dog put down, IT’S JUST A DOG, don’t waste money on it.  

(These people do not acknowledge the rights of any animal to live a happy life, free of
pain and exploitation – they think animals are a sub-class).

2.  Call the vet right away and get her into Chemo.  It’s much easier on dogs and will extend her life by many years.  OR  Get some of that Essiac tea and give it to her every day, OR, Is there anything i can do to help?

(These people acknowledge the role of animals in the world order, and recognize
them as sentient beings).

For some, it comes down to PRICE.  So, I reply, “what price can you put on a friend
who listens to all your thoughts, sleeps next to you at night, protects your home
from intruders and robbers 24/7, never asks for any special treatment, patiently
waits up, no matter how late it is….”

My answer:  PRICELESS which is why your animal friends also deserve:

A warm soft bed INSIDE the house,
Delicious, fresh high quality food,
Daily Vitamins
Fresh, filtered water
Great hygiene and nice warm baths in the bathtub.
Love and comfort when they don’t feel right.

Love and Companionship of my Dog:  P*R*I*C*E*L*E*S*S

 

Why Exploitation is Bad for Whales, Dolphins, Beagles and Humans

Yes, I’m a relatively unexploited human.  But I know about exploited humans, children used for labor in 4th world countries, women in brothels who end up as sex slaves, the 3 women in Cleveland chained in a lunatic’s basement.

And from there, it’s easy to see the link to whales who are confined to tiny bathtub-scale tanks, dolphin cornered and taken from their families to live in a grimy seaside motel tank. Exploited means you are used to generate MONEY for the exploiter, while
the victim gets nothing in return except torture and mistreatment.

Humans sometimes escape their captors.  Someone hears their screams and rescues them.   Beagles confined and tortured for “COSMETIC RESEARCH” are sometimes released (but most often killed) by humans.

Whales and dolphins are STOLEN out of their home, the ocean, where they are a critical part of the food chain, and put on display to live out miserable lives and enhance the bottom lines of money-grubbing Seaworlds, the horrific Miami Seaquarium and the Marineland “parks”.

Seaworld and Marineland are REALLY STEALING FROM US!  They are disrupting the oceans we enjoy, the beaches we love, and the entire natural order of life  in the sea. Our children may never see beautiful wild orca leaping in the ocean, or get rescued by a dolphin when they are lost at sea.

The crass corporations who think it’s OK to exploit the creatures we SHARE THE PLANET WITH are ruining our world, and the world of our children.  They are capturing
these animals just to line their own pockets, and many people now realize that
these disgusting companies don’t have the ETHICAL RIGHT to take ANY SENTINENT
CREATURE away from the ocean and make it a slave to their profits.

Let’s get together, boycott and close these unnatural profit machines, and save our
oceans for our children!

P.S. And let’s rescue the lab beagles while we’re at it!

 

Guns Are Not for Shopping – The Columbia Mall Shooting!

A cold Maryland winter morning prrompted many to go shopping at the Columbia Mall.   Columbia, Maryland is a large mall, situated between Washington DC and Baltimore in the Maryland suburbs. I was there last month…

Unfortunately, at 11:15 in the morning, a young man entered the mall and started shooting. Some witnesses said he was shooting down into the Food Court from the 2nd Level.  The shots were centered in a surf, skateboard and snowboarder store called Zumiez, which is
now permanently closed.

Two young people were killed, store employees, Brianna Benlolo, 21, of College
Park, MD; and Tyler Johnson 25, of Ellicott City, MD, and a man police identified
as the shooter.  He had killed himself, but was wearing more ammo and had more
ammo around him.

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A bystander was shot in the foot, and others were injured in the chaos that started
when the 8-10 shots were fired and someone yelled, “There’s a man shooting”.
But these injuries were judged to be minor.

ONE MORE ACTIVE SHOOTER.  ONE MORE YOUNG MAN WITH NO MOTIVE.
Seven families devastated and looking for answers. Even 2 days after the incident, police are no closer to discovering the “WHY”.

Again, we look at access control, and due to the NRA effect, making it ridiculously
easy to carry a gun, even a concealed gun almost anywhere, we have to start by
thinking about what kind of access we should allow to public places, like schools, malls and airports.

In a risk and reward calculation, it’s basically, does the right of an individual
to take a loaded gun anywhere they want, supersede my right to safely shop at
the local mall on a Saturday morning?  I think it does.

RiskAlert Incident Report #473 – Hospital Admin Shot at Home

RiskAlert  INCIDENT REPORT 473 – ACTIVE SHOOTER 12-27-2013

Oschner Hospital Administrator Shot to Death in his Home by former Nurse in
Active Shooter Spree

December 27, 2013   

A Louisiana man attacked his former in-laws, his current wife, and the Administrator of a hospital where he’d worked, killing three and wounding three others before killing himself, authorities said.

The shooter, Ben Freeman, 38, was found late Thursday night in his car along a highway, dead from a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.

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The shootings happened at four locations in two parishes about 45 miles southwest of New Orleans on Thursday. The first report came about 6:40 p.m., when Lafourche Parish Councilman Louis Phillip Gouaux, who was shot in the throat, called 911 from his home in Lockport, Houma, La.

The suspect, Ben Freeman, 38, was the ex-husband of Gouaux’s daughter Jeanne, Lafourche Parish Sheriff’s Office spokesman Brennan Matherne said in a news release.

Gouaux’s wife, Susan “Pixie” Gouaux, was dead when deputies arrived.  Louis Phillip
Gouaux and his daughter, Andrea Gouaux, were injured and taken to Interim LSU Public Hospital in New Orleans. Both were in critical but stable condition, Matherne said.

About 20 minutes later in Raceland, Ochsner St. Anne General Hospital Administrator Milton Bourgeois was shot and killed at close range at his home.  His wife, Ann
Bourgeois, was shot in the leg, and taken to the New Orleans hospital, where she was listed in stable condition.  Raceland police said Bourgeois was shot at close range
and his wife was shot in the leg.

Freeman had been employed at three area hospitals over the last few years, including Oschner St. Anne Hospital, where Lafourche Parish Sheriff Craig Webre said he had been a registered nurse before he was fired in 2011. All three hospitals were put on lockdown for a while Thursday.

Freeman’s wife, Denise Taylor Freeman, was found dead in the couple’s home in Houma in Terrebonne Parish. Matherne said her cause of death was not immediately known.

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How to Get Management’s Attention for Security – Shooter Kills Administrator

Every Security Officer I’ve ever met has mentioned how difficult it can be to get funding for additional security!  It is a never-ending mission, to get the budget for a security program that will truly protect an organization.

Hospitals are no exception.  They have suffered their own financial problems and because security is not seen as a ‘clinical’ or ‘patient care’ issue, it is easy to take money from security and put it somewhere else.

But there’s one sure way to get management’s attention for Security — having a security incident.  And if you don’t have one at your organization, high profile security incidents at other facilities will all grab management’s attention.

In my Risk-Pro Security Incident Report today, a shooter killed four, wounded three, and then killed himself.   What was unusual about this incident was that the shooter went to the Hospital Administrator’s house and shot the administrator dead, and then shot his wife, who was taken to a local hospital.

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Most executives and administrators think about security as sort of an abstract concept, that doesn’t directly affect them.  But it might, and by sending your management a copy of our Risk-Pro Incident Report, you’ll get their attention this time!

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