Sunday, October 29, 2006

Suppress Public Disorder

The Toward Freedom web site has an article describing John Warner Defense Authorization Act of 2007 (H.R.5122) (2), which was signed in a private Oval Office ceremony on October 17th.

This law allows the President to declare a "public emergency" and station troops anywhere in America and take control of state-based National Guard units without the consent of the governor or local authorities, in order to "suppress public disorder."

Vote American

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Saturday, October 28, 2006

Finally... Forward Thinking

Its great to see University Hospital and the Metro Health department both conducting mobile flu shot delivery programs. If there is ever a pandemic flu incident which requires the vaccination of a large number of folks, these programs will provide valuable experience.

Kudo to both organizations!! The full article is below so you can read it even after it dissapears behind The CJ's paywall.

Drive-thru flu shot clinic a hit even in rain

By Katya Cengel
The Courier-Journal

Ed Lincoln rolled down his car window, rolled up his shirtsleeve and, in a matter of minutes, had a flu shot.

Lincoln, 70, said both he and his wife, Helen, 69, are fans of University Hospital's Drive-Thru Flu Shot program, which was held from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. yesterday and is planned again Tuesday at Papa John's Cardinal Stadium.

The program was the first in the nation when it began in 1995. The annual program was moved and expanded this year to test the hospital's ability to help handle a mass, communitywide immunization.

"We wanted to see if we could be truly mobile," said Linda Goss, the hospital's director of infectious diseases.

The service was expanded from two lanes to three, and a second tent was added, separating the paperwork part from the actual shot, Goss said.

The result was the ability to service about 300 cars an hour instead of the usual 200.

And despite yesterday's foul weather, Goss said, everything went as planned. The effort indicated the hospital would, if necessary, be able to quickly administer antibiotics to a large number of people in a short time.

On Monday the Louisville Metro Health Department will conduct a similar test, administering free flu shots to 1,000 people starting at 11 a.m. at the Kentucky Exposition Center.

And while the rain was expected to cut into the program's usual number of about 3,000 people served over two days, the weather actually prompted Tyrone Taylor to get his shot.

"I figured there would be less people out," said Taylor, who is 54 and lives in western Louisville.

Reporter Katya Cengel can be reached at (502) 582-4224.

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Thursday, October 26, 2006

Trying out a post using Performancing for Firefox on the Beta Blogger site

They [preachers] dread the advance of science as witches do the approach of daylight and scowl on the fatal harbinger announcing the subversions of the duperies on which they live.
Thomas Jefferson

I'll Drink to That

Research done by the University of Auckland, in New Zealand, has found a a neuronal mechanism that may help explain the link between alcohol and improved memory. Testing on rats indicates that a couple of drinks a day improved the rats memory.


Read the entire article.

Saturday, October 21, 2006

Email Etiquette

Pay attention all you folks who like to forward those inane emails to everyone in your email address book:

To BCC or Not to BCC

For I am a Bear of Very Little Brain, and big words Bother me.

Winnie the Pooh