so I have a lot to say about this


Going through the Twitterstorm caused by this woman has made one thing clear – this person is not an intersectional feminist.  She is coming from a place of upper class white privilege and reminds me more of Gloria Steinem than any relevant contemporary feminists, including her desire to bandwagoneer on a witch hunt (which Steinem gleefully participated in during the Satanic panic).

She may think she’s a feminist, but she is not, nor has she ever been.

Here’s why

I was one of those that fell through the cracks in the system.  The man who abused me did not; he was only sentenced to ten years for child porn.  Predators have a tendency to re-offend.  They will be caught *eventually* with standard rule of constitutional law and evidence.  There is absolutely no justification for abandoning the principle that 10 guilty people should go free to prevent one innocent from being unjustly persecuted.  If we do not adhere to the Rule of Law, we have nothing.

I have been unjustly accused.  It was a different offense, but I could have lost my career.  Five people could have been put on the streets to satisfy another’s bloodlust.  What it does to you is indescribable, especially when your career and ability to provide for your family is your identity.  My career and education are all I have.  When someone tried to take it from me, I fought like hell.  I lost 30 pounds and picked up a significant amount of baggage.  It nearly broke me.

It is never acceptable to put someone through that.  Ever.

I would not want my career destroyed over false allegations.  I actually know what that feels like.  I do not want anyone to go through that.  It is not worth it.  Especially not for some idealized “smash the patriarchy” bullshit (or for any other reason).

Ignorant women like this only make it worse for all of us, because the backlash will be swift and vicious.  If one excuses false allegations, then every allegation can be easily dismissed as false.  We are still dealing with the Duke LaCrosse case.  The Rolling Stone article controversy.  Those are far more harmful to feminism and, more importantly, actual sexual assault victims than one predator getting away with it.

People get away with things, real life is not fair. You get more time for shoplifting $100 dollars’ worth of groceries from WalMart than you do for stealing $100 million of people’s retirement accounts.

Still, you do not destroy innocent lives to prove a point

In my (edited) diatribe against the offending person on Twitter, I have advised the ignorant child (bless her heart) to read *something*.     Since she is so obviously devoid of even the most rudimentary education on such matters, I started her off with this .

Scholarship is long and complex and I doubt the little princess would comprehend a word or have the patience or capability to actually digest the material.  It appears that this woman is still in the adolescent stage of development.  It is unfortunate that such uneducated, willfully ignorant, obnoxious children get platforms so easily in this day and age, but it is what it is.

Still, I tried to educate her with actual feminist discourse, not her click bait version.

From the paper so cited:
“Phillips examines rape and lynching in Alabama, Georgia, and North Carolina from 1865 to 1945. Although both men and women blacks and whites were victims of lynching, most of those killed were black men; the justification typically proffered was that the victim had raped a white woman. Phillips argues that although these murders are widely acknowledged to be tools of racial segregation, their role in preserving the pre-war South’s ideal of passive womanhood is often ignored. The paper investigates the disparate treatment of black and white accused rapists, and between those accused of raping white women and black women. Typically, only black men accused of raping white women became lynching victims.”

The mystery of rape has not only lead to horrific acts like those perpetrated upon the child in this photo:



(His offense?  Falsely accused of sexual assault).  It has also been used for centuries to subjugate women.

I have no patience for fake bullshit feminists.  I have been doing this in relative obscurity for too long.  I have written, I have bared my soul, I have used my feet.  I have run until I cannot run anymore.

These people, with no qualifications whatsoever, are taking us back decades.
Look at the men who think this is what feminists believe. They do not know she is not a scholar, not a legitimate voice.  Milo or some similar salamander will get a hold of this and mine it for all it is worth.  She won’t read my tweets She won’t care, because she already got what she wanted…


Just like she does not give a good goddamn about that tortured child.  Because click, click, click. More empty platitude pieces.  More culture wars. More money in her pockets.

That’s the rub isn’t it? No matter what you’re screwed.

Feminist voices are not ignored or dismissed *in spite* of toxic “feminism” like that exemplified here. They are ignored and dismissed *because* of it.

We have a better way.

Our current system is in desperate need of reform, relying on discredited forensic techniques and witness testimony to unjustly put hundreds of men, usually of color, behind bars.  It is not true that the only way to avoid injustice is to forego justice.  That’s a false dichotomy.  Rapists are not going to be emboldened by rigorously applied rule of law.  They will be emboldened by sloppy witch hunts and the type of moral equivocation exemplified by this tweet.

You do not fight evil with evil.  You fight with relentless truth.

What her tweet is postulating is the greater evil.  Many victims of crime will never see justice.  We can still make what we wish of our lives.  Removing that option from the innocent is unconscionable.



TLDR Not campaigning for re-election. Campaigning against impeachment.

I haven’t written in a while.  I’ve been working, watching, absorbing events, with a growing sense of trepidation coupled with a dissociative internet disorder where, on my days off, I argue pointlessly into the void, drink too much, bitch about the dishes I didn’t make and go to bed dreaming about houses I don’t live in and realities I didn’t create.

But, this is the life I have.

On Saturday, August 12, I drove home from work in the morning listening to the events unfold in Charlottesville.  I had followed the previous night’s events on breaks, knowing men with Tiki torches chanting slogans had surrounded a church, and that there was a rally the next day.  Listening to the events unfold, I knew it was going to be bad.  I knew someone was going to die.  I went home, took a shower, went to bed, and found out about Heather Heyer on a break.  Someone posted the last thing from her Facebook page, “If you’re not outraged, you’re not paying attention.”

So now you’re thinking there is this stupid woman weekday evening quarterbacking about recent events, probably trying to capitalize on them, probably completely unaffected by the reasons or ramifications for said events, sitting thousands of miles away in a comfortable house with a comfortable life worrying about bills and dogs or cats and kids and school or oil changes.  Maybe you are right.  I just completed TCAR (Trauma Care After Resuscitation), two days of intensive training regarding how we nurses care for patients like those who were mowed down in Charlottesville.

After that, and after watching how my “President” dealt with the events in the following days, I do not have much to say.  It has been said before, better, by people who know more than I do, but something bears repeating.  The person currently leading the country is not crazy, and not stupid.  He might be a strategic genius.

I have seen people wondering why in the midst of such chaos he continues to campaign.  What is with these rallies?  Why is he running for President when he is already President?  Why doesn’t he just govern? Because he is playing a different kind of game.  These rallies are not him campaigning for his re-election.  He is solidifying his base.  Take a look:

Trump rally on Tuesday, August 22, 2017, Phoenix, Arizona:  The 2018 United States Senate election in Arizona will take place on November 6, 2018.  Current Senator up for re-election:  Jeff Flake (R)* – an outspoken opponent.  He is being primaried by Kelli Ward (R), among others (Jeff DeWit (R),  Robert Graham (R), Nicholas Tutora (R)), but she was at the rallyAlso running against him are Deedra Abboud (D), Randy Friese (D), Jim Moss (D), Chris Russell (D), Kyrsten Sinema (D), Greg Stanton (D), and Doug Marks (Libt). Who is going to win this mess? Look at who supports him, and who was at the rally.

Trump rally on Thursday, August 3, 2017, Huntington, West Virgina:  The 2018 United States Senate election in West Virginia will take place on November 6, 2018.  Current Senator up for re-election:  Joe Manchin (D)*.  He is being primaried by Deedra Abboud (D), Randy Friese (D), Jim Moss (D), Chris Russell (D),  Kyrsten Sinema (D), and Greg Stanton (D)Who is going to win in this mess?  Probably one of these (look up who supports him and was at the rally): Bo Copley (R), Scott Ernst (R), Evan Jenkins (R),  Patrick Morrisey (R), Jack Newbrough (R), John Raese (R).

Trump rally on Tuesday, July 25, 2017, Youngstown, Ohio: The 2018 United States Senate election in Ohio will take place on November 6, 2018.  Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown is running for re-election to a third term.  Running against him are Mike Gibbons (R),  Josh Mandel (R), and J.D. Vance (R) (look up who supports him and was at the rally).

Trump rally on Wednesday, June 21, 2017, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.  A general election will be held in the U.S. state of Iowa on November 6, 2018.  All of Iowa’s executive officers will be up for election as well as all four of Iowa’s seats in the United States House of Representatives, 25 (half) of the seats in the Iowa Senate, and all 100 seats in the Iowa House of Representatives.  The US senators from Iowa are Chuck Grassley (R)* (safe until  2022)  and Joni Ernst (R)* (safe until 2020).  But look who is in District 4:
Steve King (R)*.  Running against him are Leann Jacobsen (D), Ryan Meyers (D), and Jim Scholten (D).

Trump rally on Saturday, April 29, 2017, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania: The 2018 United States Senate election in Pennsylvania will take place on November 6, 2018.  The Current U.S. Senator up for re-election: Bob Casey Jr. (D)*. He is being primaried by Brian Kelly (D) and Ray Uhric (D)Who will win this election? Look up who supports him and was at the rally (there is a hint here):
Paul Addis (R), Cynthia Ayers (R), Lou Barletta (R), Jeff Bartos (R)Jim Christiana (R), Paul DeLong (R), Bobby Lawrence (R),  – Businessman & Trump Campaign Activist, Rick Saccone (R), Andrew Shecktor (R), Dale Kerns (Libertarian).

Trump rally on Monday, March 20, 2017, Louisville, Kentucky: The Current US senators are Mitch McConnell (R)* safe until 2020 and Rand Paul (R)* safe until 2022.  But look at District 4: Thomas Massie (R)*.  Running against him are Sayre Christian O’Cull (D) and Joshua Neace (Amer Solidarity)This was my outlier, until I noticed that McConnell is in the doghouse with the current administration.

Trump rally on Wednesday, March 15, 2017, Nashville, Tennessee: The current US Senator up for re-election is Bob Corker (R)* an outspoken opponent.  He is being primaried by Tim Burchett (R), Larry Crim (R), Andy Holt (R),and  Andy Ogles (R).  Who will win? Look up who supports him and who was at the rally.  The lone Dem is James Mackler. Lamar Alexander (R)* is safe until 2020.

Trump rally on Saturday, February 18, 2017, Melbourne, Florida: The current US senator is Bill Nelson (D)*. He is being primaried by Tamika Lyles (D). Running against him are Augustus Invictus (R), Lateresa Jones (R), Dr. Joe Smith (R), Joe Wendt (Libertarian), Edward Janowski (NPA) and Marcia Thorne (NPA).  Who will win? Look up who supports him and who was at the rally. Marco Rubio (R)* is safe until 2022.

I have said this a lot, but for some unfathomable reason it bears repeating:

We are at the precipice of losing everything we value about this troubled nation.  Everything we stand for, everything we have held dear since the Declaration of Independence was written, is at risk of slipping through our fingers.  We are an imperfect nation, with many sins and grievances to account for, but at no time in our history, save 1860, have we been challenged in this way to bring our nation back from the edge of tyranny.  This moment, this time, this effort, will determine our future as a nation.

This is when we have to take a stand. TLDR, Trump is not campaigning for his re-election.  He is campaigning against impeachment.  This is not isolated, and we are not winning.  Messaging matters, details matter, strategy matters.  When you run ten different Democratic candidates against the Republican incumbent, you will lose.  Pick one.  Quit infighting.


Climate Cacophony: Existential crisis part 2- electric boogaloo

Counter point:
“To put this into a comparison that might make sense. You say, ‘Thunberg is just talking about climate justice. She’s not saying socialism or anticapitalism.’ Cool. So, people who wave the confederate flag are just interested in heritage and states’ rights. They never talk about slavery or being in the Klan. When you talk about ‘Climate Justice,’ you are waving the flag of the anticapitalist, pro-socialism leftists who are against carbon capture, against nuclear energy, against the idea of the first world still being the first world. Climate justice, as constructed as a paradigm, is all about taking the Western capitalist nations apart, and using their bones to build the Comintern. All hail the International Soviet.”
“Claims were apparently made that Global Climate Strike was backing her trip, to both the US and Canada, but she says she is not beholden to any organization. There are no details available for who is paying for her travel and stays in the US and Canada. She is, however, being put forward as the front for Global Climate Strike, and for its affiliates. You can find her face and words all over their websites. This is not her fault. She’s being used. She makes for a good face. And no, the affiliated websites are pertinent. Their rhetoric is what will be used to destroy any movement that Thunberg might have been able to bring forward. The anti-nuke, anti-capitalist, anti-Western stances of these groups will poison the whole conversation. Especially easy when they use her name and face to push their agenda”
“The leftist social/climate justice movement is still around today. Thunberg is being used to promote “Climate Justice.” To understand “Climate Justice,” you need to look at how it is currently, and how it was historically, defined.”
“And I am not judging Thunberg on what these idiots say, I am judging them on their use of her.
And they are using her.”
And to that, which is probably the best argument I have heard from the “other side,”  I say, bollocks. This has  already been covered extensively, but I recently came across this piece that describes what we have to look forward to:

Here is a much more optimistic piece from last year:

We can survive an economic depression. We cannot survive this.
This is an extinction level event.
The idiot leftists don’t give a shit about facts or science anymore than the idiot conservatives. We know this. You can tell them how great fusion is until they’re blue in the face from your exhaled carbon dioxide.
They say “no nuclear.”
The idiot leftists are opposed to geoengineering also.
Most respectable scientists are as well but that’s another discussion. Nobody wants an answer. They want to argue while the world burns.
Long story short, because of “it’s my way or the highway” attitudes from both sides, we’re fucked. They only thing that can save the planet at this point is an asteroid (comets are too nasty) or global thermonuclear war.
Note I am not talking about saving humanity. That’s a lost fucking cause.
When a “Libertarian” “Catholic” gets this much agreement on the notion that it’s preferable to rape girls than listen to them, I tend to get a bit cynical.
Justin Murphy
Nice ratio tho. I’m sure that has a ton of effect on *performatively checks notes* the 150-200 species of plant, insect, bird and mammal that went extinct in the last 24 hours
This is already existential. The terrible effects are here. The apocalypse is upon us. We’re already dead.
By the time everyone agrees we’ll be eating each other.
I’m gonna probably die and wish I would have taken a stand knowing if I did, about the concentration camps, or the animals, or the homeless, or the incarcerated, or the abused, or the children, or the sick, or the destitute, that I would be the “lone gunman” and not part of a revolutionary action.
Because y’all aren’t actually doing anything but engaging in philosophy roulette and radicalizing ethnonationalists.
And by y’all I don’t mean you personally, or anyone else really.
I mean us. We. Are complicit.
Fiddling while Rome burns because we are powerless to stop it. Marginalized in a joke that remains so because It, Itself, is a wretched hive of scum and villainy. That last refuge of the outcasts that look around, know something is very wrong, and are impotent in their actions because they’re afraid to lose.
I include myself in this. And my father.
The world belongs to those who have nothing left to lose.
The right is correct about one thing.
Those refugees are gonna fuck us up. With good reason and righteousness. We are creating our own destruction.
Of course crazy people will be doing stupid shit. Crazy people will do stupid shit anyway.
Aim them better.
It’s like y’all forgot what happens when Rome falls.
One lesson we learned: Don’t fiddle

Climate Cacophony

We really have to have a nuanced discussion around the #ClimateCrisis and I’m afraid that’s next to impossible via social media but I’m going to make an attempt.

First things first, much respect to Greta Thunberg for bringing the issue to the forefront. This is an existential crisis. One of the most important issues we face. People are paying attention now. Let’s not lose them.

h/t DH

“In the middle of the 20th century, it had become appallingly obvious that global climate change was going to royally screw things up, possibly resulting in an extinction level event. Governments around the world had decided that action needed to be taken.

A conference was finally organized, for November 6-7th, 1989. Something had to be done, and sooner was better. This was the best chance to save the planet.

And then one man screwed the pooch.

John Sununu, Chief of Staff for George H.W. Bush, hated the idea of “global climate change” and any effort to mitigate its effects. He sabotaged the Ministerial Conference at Noordwijk, the Netherlands, and ended any chance for multinational action on climate change.”

If you don’t read anything else today, read this:

This is not a partisan issue.



Our future is one where the oceans are an acid bath, all the reefs are gone, all the fish are gone, we live underground because surface temps are 120 degrees Fahrenheit.

There is no fresh water left, the ice caps have melted, most animals in the wild are extinct, desertification has rendered the plains a barren wasteland, massive dust storms blanket the surface of the earth in dirt twice a year, and our species is dying.

It’s called anthropocene extinction. A new geologic era is upon us, except nobody will be around to add it if we don’t DO SOMETHING.

So, this is where I agree with Ms. Thunberg. Now I will tell y’all where I disagree.

This is the website associated w/ Ms.Thunberg’s activism. It’s…busy So I will direct you to the FAQ.

climate faq

I will now direct y’all to the linked website. Now, this is where we get into the weeds a bit

Please note these aims

reject false solutions



Please note these, which will actually make #ClimateChange worse. Case in point: we *need* nuclear.


Y’all see the problems here? I do

But I don’t see anyone addressing the actual *issues* with these policy “proposals,” just reactionary ad hominem attacks on a 16 year old with Autism who has more balls than any of the shitgigbbons dragging her

So hopefully I have given some information that y’all can use, not to tear each other down but to advance the cause of saving our species and keeping #SoylentGreen #PeopleFree.

We need to pull out *all the stops* We need to have solutions *that work* If we are talking past each other, we *will* die.

All of us.

That means #nuclear. That means #GMO. We also need hydro and geothermal and wind and #corporations and #capitalism. Most of all, we need #science.

We also need liberals and conservatives and socialists and anarchists. We need and boomers and millennials and & teachers and activists. We need Gen X and Gen Z to refuse to tolerate this.

This is not the time for your culture war. This is not something we can afford to politicize. We can argue about shit later *If* we live to add the anthropocene to the wheel of time. Thank you for reading. Please add your suggestions


Weird, weird, weird

I was looking stuff up on the internet, once again trying to find a succinct explanation of the Hyde amendment  for the misogynist “muh taxes” prohibitionist argument. Usually I am dealing with the misogynist “instain mother> who kill thier babbys. becuse these babby cant frigth back” argument, but “muh taxes” is always an interesting diversion, because I am interested in economics and know that abortion is far cheaper than 18 years of free medical care, free food, free money, and free housing.  But I digress, in any case, I am looking for something that explains how your taxes are irrelevant to the debate when I came across the Santoro photo.

Now there might be people unfamiliar with Santoro. That’s fine. It’s a photo used as a corollary to the space fetuses prohibitionists bandy about to gain sympathy for their cause.

Today’s edgelords would just giggle at it and make fun of her ass, so I’m posting it.


I can hear them now. “look at her fat ass lol,” says Edgelord.

“I cant believe that cow even got fucked,” says Incel.

That’s not weird. That’s normal discourse now. I mean, this is what people say about women who find themselves the subject of “revenge porn” (Thanks to Badass for the image):


And that brings us to porn. I have no problem with porn. I don’t particularly like it, but that’s me and my hangup and I have no right to tell a woman she can’t make porn or engage in sex work or do whatever the hell she wants with herself.

What’s weird is what the Google thinks is “related content”

related content

According to Google, Santoro’s naked bloodied ass just looks like porn now.

And our abortions are the problem?

The Weaponization of Psychohistory

January 20, 2017

I had a dream this morning that there was a snake attacking a young cat. I was watching through a window, thinking how I felt bad for the cat. The battle went on for an excruciatingly long time, sometimes the cat would get the upper hand and I would hope it could, by some miracle, kill the snake.

For some reason I couldn’t do anything about it so I just rationalized that it was the circle of life and hoped the best for the cat, hoped that at least the bite would be quick and effective and the cat would be dead if the snake tried to consume it.

After a while the cat became listless, I knew it had been bitten. I turned away for a moment, in sadness or disgust maybe but I really just felt helpless. When I turned back the cat was a baby. I knew the venom was enough to kill a cat but the baby would be suffering for a while. For some reason there was still nothing I could do. The snake was going to eat the baby, alive.

I woke up at 1300 Eastern Time.

According to a source, Asimov wrote about the use big data to manipulate the masses more than seventy  years ago.  I don’t really know, because the limit of my experience with Asimov is his analysis of the Bible. In any case, the rumors of the current administration’s affinity for Strauss and Howe combined with their use of metadata to effect election outcomes has resulted in a great deal of hand wringing in some circles. We watch the news and our news feeds with appropriate consternation  at each new story, new scandal, new outrage that verifies our worst fears. We don’t know what’s coming, but we are sure it will be extraordinarily bad.

Rumor has it the current administration  believes  Strauss and Howe‘s generational theory supports their political strategy. They are  wrong about the coming revolution. Millennials are not going to support their agenda. A 74-year-old man was defeated in the primaries by a 69-year-old woman who was defeated in the general by a 70-year-old man who is installing a slew of establishment elderly to run the country.

The New Right will drive millennials further left, just as the New Left drove Boomers further right. It drove the Boomers so far right that they elected a fascist demagogue to lead this country (way to stick it to your values, hippies). It drove them so far right that an avowed anti-Semite and misogynist with no political experience is considered an acceptable choice for Chief Strategist.

What do you think the Far Left will look like in two years? I have an idea, because my 19-year-old daughter does not share my values. My 19-year-old daughter is an avowed SJW, and while she listens to her father and me in considering her vote (this was her first election) she listens to her friends on social media more. She will be listening to them a lot as she grows, as she refines her individual value system, and as her beliefs mature. As she develops her identity, she will do so in tandem with identity politics. I raised a Democrat (even though I am Libertarian and her father is independent, she is far more liberal that either of us). Trump will raise a Bolshevik.

When the kids currently protesting in the streets are drafted to fight a war, they did not start, in a country far away, while saddled with enormous debt they did not incur, and see more than half of their checks stolen from them to fund a Social Security system they will never benefit from, and a Medicare/Medicaid system they were kicked off of when the ACA was repealed, they will revolt.

There are more millennials than there were Boomers at the height of their generational power. Does anyone remember what Boomers did in the late sixties and early seventies? You think you’re seeing riots now? You ain’t seen nothing yet. These people are more disenfranchised, more ignored, more abused, and they are not all high. Their motto is not “turn on, tune in drop out,” it’s “we will fight them on the beaches, we will fight them on the landing grounds, we will never surrender.” However, they are not fighting Nazis, they are fighting New American Fascism.

We just mandated The Little War. Anyone who read Logan’s Run knows, we all lose.

March 8, 2017

I had this dream that a small fire started in a house. Nobody was doing anything about it. I was in a fugue, unable to act. The fire grew.

I became worried as the fire became quite large, engulfing the room it started in. I know this was bad, and the house could probably not survive. I insisted quite loudly that someone do something. Someone suggested breaking a window, I responded that would just give it more oxygen, and was a bad idea.

I realized nobody was going to do anything, and started to act on my own. I told my daughter to retrieve the animals so they would not burn to death, I told someone else to call 911. I looked around for tools and escape routes, noting where I was in relation to the fire, and the paths that would need to be taken to escape.

Nobody called 911, so I did. They would not answer. When they did they put me on hold. The fire grew.

Somehow, I got the feeling that there was something in the room, in the fire, that I needed to go back for.  The room was fully engulfed.  There was no way that anything of value could have survived, and yet I felt compelled to go back.  I knew, looking at the fire, that I could not succeed, and that I could not survive.  And yet, I decided that I would have to go back into the fire, regardless of the surety of failure and death, there was something there, in that burning room, that was worth my life, to try and salvage, despite having no chance.

And then I woke up.



So this is why They called a “code triage external” at change of shift. This is why there was no cuddle or lean board meeting or any of the daily partial communication that occurs before we start our shift.

My facility is trying to go “lean.”

A fundamental aspect of “lean” is that front-line workers have a say in operations. So now we have to have a pre-shift “meeting” around the “lean board” which captures nothing related to actual patient care or outcomes, only what has been charted (because that is what is audited). After I rather loudly complained that outcomes were not part of this “huddle” (which we euphemistically call a “cuddle”) they started reporting the number of days we have been without a fall, pressure ulcer, CAUTI, CLABSI, etc.

Like the good old days at the plant. “this is the number of days we have not had a Silkwood event thanks to y’all keeping your mouths shut and not reporting anything!!!

Does anyone with a LSS cert think it’s a good idea to *withhold* information from front-line workers who have to respond to a mass casualty event?

Really? No I am not trying to get fired. I am trying to understand how the one time we need info it is not given, but every other day we have to be 15 minutes late to shift report so we can hear the managers whine about our missed punches.

However, this could get me fired. Even though though it is not political, it is not a HIPAA violation (this is a news report, no patients are identified, my facility is not identified, etc etc), and I am not saying any untoward events happened as a result and thus I am not opening my unidentified facility up to legal scrutiny, I could get fired for this post.

Like when I suggested to the rep for our monitors that maybe the vitals could be integrated into the EHR so that I would not have to spend my entire day doing data entry –fired.

Like when I suggested that simulation does not adequately capture the intricacies of a real life emergency and that strict adherence to unnecessary rules could compromise efficacy in an emergency –fired

Like when I suggested that allowing a patient to die due to inadequate treatment for their MI was not preferable to transferring them to a higher level of care — fired (well I quit on the phone but was reported to the BRN for a fabricated incident anyway).

I still have my license, because I either quit or get fired from every place that is a risk for my license (usually I get fired) .

Rights and responsibilities

I waited to post my opinion out of respect for the dead.

I have seen what people are saying, I can’t wait anymore.

Bear with me for a sec – this is long, try to read until the very end.

Some are saying this is a “Muslim” issue. They impugn an entire religion based on the actions of one deranged individual. We saw it before in San Bernardino. Some person goes on a rampage because he hates his job and hates his coworkers. Oh, he happens to be Muslim. Ban all Muslims. Some person who hates being gay goes on a rampage in the club he frequented. Oh, he is Muslim. Ban all Muslims. Never mind that both men were American citizens born in the United States.

I wouldn’t marginalize an entire religion based on the actions of one self-hating person who shot up the club he frequented and pledged allegiance to Daesh as an afterthought. This was not “Radical Islamic Terrorism.” This was not Durka Durka Jihad. This homicidal maniac hated gay people because he was gay and was taught by his religion he was an abomination. Could have been Amish, Baptist, Catholic, Jehovah’s Witness, Jewish, Mormon, or a Scientologist.

I will defend every member of the Islamic faith from the tyranny of the majority. I will also defend every Jew, every Jehovah’s Witness, every Mormon, every Pagan, every Wiccan, every Yazidi, and every Zoroastrian.

Now hear the corollary.

We keep hearing about how this is the “worst terrorist attack.” Many agencies are attempting to modify that so instead of being an outright fabrication it is at least partially true. “Worst attack since 9/11” seems to be the preferred piece of agit-prop to get everyone riled up.

Do you remember the weapons used on 9/11? I do.

Box cutters.

Some agencies are saying it is “the worst terrorist attack since Oklahoma City”

Do you remember the weapons that killed 168 people on April 19, 1995? I do.

Fertilizer and a Ryder truck.

McVeigh still holds the record for “worst domestic terrorist attack” and he was a Christian white nationalist veteran. Sure, Stormfront have distanced themselves from McVeigh but I remember the protests against Waco and Ruby Ridge and the people that were there. My father brought me to those protests.

People screaming, “ban the Muslim,” as well as people screaming to “ban the gun,” have short memories.

Daesh is counting on that.

There are people posting articles from hate groups that only serve as inflammatory pieces of agit-prop. They are making all sorts of inferences and claims about an entire religion based on a site that is no different from Stormfront. I do not see anyone arguing with them as they argue with the people supporting the second amendment.

FYI we have ten amendments in the Bill of Rights. This argument does not just concern the first two.

The First:
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances

The Second:
A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed

You eliminate one, you eliminate them all.

Including the Fourth:
The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, and no Warrants shall issue, but upon probable cause, supported by Oath or affirmation, and particularly describing the place to be searched, and the persons or things to be seized

Daesh is counting on that.

And The Fifth:
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offence to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use, without just compensation.

Daesh is counting on that.

Let’s just do away with The Sixth as well:
In all criminal prosecutions, the accused shall enjoy the right to a speedy and public trial, by an impartial jury of the State and district wherein the crime shall have been committed, which district shall have been previously ascertained by law, and to be informed of the nature and cause of the accusation; to be confronted with the witnesses against him; to have compulsory process for obtaining witnesses in his favor, and to have the Assistance of Counsel for his defence

Daesh is counting on that.

Might as well chuck the seventh:
In suits at common law, where the value in controversy shall exceed twenty dollars, the right of trial by jury shall be preserved, and no fact tried by a jury, shall be otherwise re-examined in any court of the United States, than according to the rules of the common law.

Daesh is counting on that.

We don’t really need the Eighth Amendment? Right?
Excessive bail shall not be required, nor excessive fines imposed, nor cruel and unusual punishments inflicted

Daesh is counting on that.

They would also like us to forget The Ninth:

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people

And The Tenth:
The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people

We are doing exactly what Daesh wants us to do. We are arguing with each other over semantics and specifics instead of focusing on the system.

You know what Daesh hates? What happened spontaneously in front of Stonewall last night. What happened in Los Angeles.

What happened in Athens, Brussels, London, Paris and Sydney.

Daesh hates it when ‪#‎LoveWins‬. You want to fight Daesh? You want to part of the solution instead of part of the problem?

Be unexpected. Jailbreak the system.

Daesh isn’t counting on that.

So I have been gone for a while because I was involved in IRL stuffs

So I have been gone for a while because I was involved in IRL stuffs.

As a result, I have become involved in various nursing advocacy groups (that are quickly becoming astroturfed, but that is another post).  I came across this gem today and just had to share the fabulous ideas promulgated by “Advisory Board” which appears to be a faceless consulting organization run by idiots with MBA’s who are desperate to pay back their student loans.

A colleague informed me that these fabulous recommendations  came from Steven Berkow.  He has a JD. It was expensive (I will be starting my own shortly, so I know how much debt I will be in) and stressful, because it took all his hair (I love bald guys. My husband is a bald guy).

Anyway, as an engaged nurse who owes $100,000 in student loans for my MSN, I thought I would provide by own scholarly perspective.  Okay in reality I just got off work and I am having a beer (hey it’s three o’clock somewhere) and got on my computer so I could actually address this *bullshit*cough* point-by-point.  In other words, TLDR warning but somebody had to say it.  I will try not to swear.  Promise

Hey – if it’s gets enough views I might make a swanky PowerPoint to make it all professional.

I see how long this is, so here is musical accompaniment.
15 best practices for improving nurse engagement

Translate Market Forces into Frontline Terms

    • Executives host unit-based, town hall forums
      • My facility does this.  Nobody attends because we actually work for a living and they are not paying us to be there. If I am not getting paid I am not getting dressed up to hear Dr. Fancypants w. Alottamoney, MBA, RN, NEA-BC, CENP, CPHQ, FACHE, verb nouns and noun verbs in an attempt to use jargon to obfuscate the fact that she in reality has absolutely no idea what is going on.
    • Staff nurse liaison relays information from senior leaders back to peers
      • Pray tell who is going to be hired for this position?  Nobody.  You are just going to have numerous meetings daily and force the charge nurse (who has actual work to do) to go to these meetings.  Then you will institute a “huddle” at change of shift where the charge nurse will disseminate the same information day after day to the same people who have to be at work early to clock in and sit around waiting for the charge nurse to be done doing the actual work s/he was unable to do while sitting in meetings so that s/he can read a prepared script and mispronounce all the big words.
    • Interactive exercise shows managers how adverse events affect unit budgets
      • if the managers do not know this, they need to be back on the damn floor (oops. I owe someone a quarter).
    • System identifies, addresses rumors circulating among frontline staff
      • this would be great is someone actually addressed the rumors instead of reading off prepared talking points in a disingenuous attempt to placate staff with empty reassurances and bullshit (another quarter, sorry).

Rationalize the Flow of Change OR who comes up with this horse pucky?

    • Limiting organization-wide emails helps minimize change fatigue
      • Actually, if the bloated administrative assistants would quit sending me stupid emails regarding crap that has nothing to do with my job, that would be great.  Also, I do not care what new MLM diet plan that marketing chick is selling.
      •  Get off my lawn.
    • Email color coding indicates priority level
      • no dumbass it takes up valuable bandwidth, just like you.
    • Change events calendar maximizes awareness, minimizes overlap
      • !!!!NEWSFLASH !!!!
      • We are working twelve hours a day, sometimes at night.
      •  No, I am not waking up at 0400 when I WORK NIGHTS so I can commute to a job when I am not getting paid to partake in your heart health/diabetes month/pride parade for patient safety.
      • No, this is not high school and even then I never went to pep rallies. I was behind the bleachers doing important things.

Pursue Quality Ideas Over Quantity (like “work smarter, not harder lol)

    • Structured idea submission form focuses suggestions on organizational challenges
      • WTF does this even mean?  Your organizational challenges revolve around making a profit.
      • We all know this.
      • Quit hiding it.
    • Frontline staff asked to not only identify challenges but also suggest solutions
      • Great idea!!  I tried that. I GOT FIRED.
      • Screw you meatpie I wasn’t born yesterday. I know that if good ideas do not appear to spring from my superior’s heads they will be ignored or sabotaged.
      • I also know that I should curate favor with my superiors by letting it appear they come up with all the good ideas so I can keep my job.
    • Idea progress board allows daily vetting, tracking of potential process improvements
      • This person sounds like they attempted to get one of those karate belts in LEAN and had their ass kicked by Sonny Chiba, Bruce Lee,  and Jackie Chan simultaneously.
      • I have an *EXPLETIVE* MASTERS DEGREE.  I *know* the Toyota way better than you asshole and you are screwing it up (I think I may owe y’all a dollar by now, just run me up a tab).

Build Meaningful Recognition into Leaders’ Workflow (I almost spit my beer out.  I now require another)

    • Frontline recognition kit equips managers to mail staff hand-written notes
      • If my manager gives me a hand-written note it *better* have a Starbucks card attached.
    • Special staff rewards, recognition triggered by specific performance criteria
      • See above. Also, take that Daisy BS and shove it up your ass along with all the nurse’s week crap you keep handing out.  I know that this will only happen when CMS gives the facility full reimbursement, which will *never happen* since CMS regs are *designed to prevent* them from fully reimbursing you greedy corporate whores.
    • Weekly organization-wide email recognizes individual/team achievements
      • *blinks*
      • I thought above you said we were not going to get the bullshit emails anymore.

Broaden Access to Nontraditional Development Opportunities (they do not have an appropriate emoticon for my reaction to this statement. Imagine an angry cactus that is also bewildered)

    • Have staff members build customized professional development portfolios
      • I gave you my fucking resume before you hired me.  If it wasn’t good enough then why am I here?
      • Asshole.
    • Internally train high-potential staff and backfill with new hires to reduce costs
  • I literally laughed out loud at this.”backfill with new hires” like new hires are dirt. Backfill. That’s rich.

    What exactly is a “high-potential” staff? Young, uneducated, and stupid? Or old, over educated and desperate? If the latter, sign me up. I am sick of the bedside.

    Because of crap like this.