Archive for May2006

W.H.O's Bird Flu Outbreak Plan

Reuters News reports; “GENEVA (Reuters) – The World Health Organization (WHO) issued a step-by-step plan on Tuesday, including the rapid mass use of the antiviral Tamiflu, for containing a bird flu outbreak if the virus starts to spread rapidly among humans. The “rapid response and containment strategy” has a chance of quashing the deadly H5N1 […]

The History of Memorial Day

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From (link in blog title) Memorial Day was originally known as Decoration Day because it was a time set aside to honor the nation’s Civil War dead by decorating their graves. It was first widely observed on May 30, 1868, to commemorate the sacrifices of Civil War soldiers, by proclamation of General John A. […]

Barbeque Safety Tips From FDNY

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Bravest home site offers timely tips on BBQ safety. I like “queing” on a charcoal grill Weber. Turning on a gas valve and calling it BBQ is no better than turning on the stove in the kitchen. You can’t duplicate the flavor of infused mesquite smoke with gas. Tomorrow’s feast features bone-in rib-eye steaks. […]

Does Immigration Debate Put Forests at Risk?

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The NY Times (registration req.) reports how the immigration debate may affect the Forest Service ability to fight wildfires this summer. I don’t buy it. I think the NewYork Times is wrong. If someone is dropped from a blue card crew because of improper documentation the operators of the crew will have NO trouble filling […]

First Response Coalition

First Response Coalition is a non-profit organization whose stated mission is; “to educate the public on the needs of our first responders and to ensure that decision makers attach a high priority to public safety issues such as funding, research, training, equipment, standards development, spectrum allocation and management. In addition, the FRC supports greater coordination […]

Update: Firefighter Donald Herbert

Last June we heard the miraculous story of Buffalo Firefighter Donald Herbert. I posted on his story here. While I watch the news as closely as anyone I missed the news of his passing earlier this year. The story is here. “In 2005, in what some call a miracle, Herbert awoke at Father Baker Manor […]


The U.S. Government operates this site that offers comprehensive information on avian flu. The site offers bird migration maps and other useful links including this link to WHO.

Has Bird Flu Mutated?

This article from contains the following text;“World Health Organization officials are increasingly concerned that a thus far unexplained outbreak of the bird flu virus could mean that a long-feared scenario has been borne out — that the virus may have mutated so that it can be passed from one human to another. The concern […]

Rescue Me Promo (redux)

A representative from AOLtv wrote and asked if I would post a link to this clip of Dennis Leary’s “Rescue Me” TV show. Not a bother Liz.

Minutemen = American Heroes

The Minutemen are not vigilantes, they are heroes in my book. This from the Minuteman Website “About us” page. “About the Minuteman Project The Minuteman Project is not a call to arms, but a call to voices seeking a peaceful and respectable resolve to the chaotic neglect by members of our local, state and federal […]

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