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Ignoring Clint Eastwood's advice in "Dirty Harry" that opinions, like certain body parts, are best kept to yourself.
Be Prepared

Young surgeons rarely see the kinds of gaping, multiple-penetration wounds caused by automatic and semi-automatic weapon gunfire associated with gang violence in Los Angeles.The story to the left: The Army, in an effort to ready young surgeons to treat war casualties, is sending doctors to work in the trauma unit at Martin Luther King Jr./Drew Medical Center in Watts, which receives most of Los Angeles County's gang shooting victims. More

Recently, I was called by someone at the Eagle Scout Association, they were putting together a book and wanted some input from me, asking what it was that I learned as an Eagle Scout that stuck with me as I traveled through life. I told the lady that the Scout motto "Be Prepared" was it in a nutshell.

A year or so ago, I started to put together a first aid kit for the motorhome. Traveling alone, often in wilderness areas, I felt I needed a good one, and even purchased a gunshot trauma kit, something often carried by gun enthusiasts when they go to the shooting range. You just never know when something might happen.

Last year, I was camped in the same remote area where Gabby Petito was murdered. I was letting friends and family know where I was with my "Spot-X" satellite locator, when I would arrive at a new location for the night, often just a Walmart parking lot, I would hit the button to send a canned message to the family that I was in camp for the night and everything was ok. That message included my GPS location and clicking it would bring up a satellite photo of exactly where I was.

If I run into a life-threatening situation I could call in the calvary by pressing the "SOS" button. A $25 a year insurance policy covers the cost of extraction, getting my beat-up body back to civilization, paying up $250,000 for whatever it takes to do the job. A friend of mine recently had to be transported 120 miles by air ambulance, he said it was $44,000 and fortunately was covered by his insurance.

Recently, I took inventory of what I had in two small red duffles, and realized that I needed to be a lot more organized. I couldn't wait until an emergency arose to figure out what I had. That's when the light bulb over my head went on with the idea to buy a fishing tackle box to organize all of these things. It couldn't be a regular one, like my 40 year old green one, it would have to look like a first aid kit, readily recognized by anyone, it had to be "red". I found the perfect one for sale at "Farm and Home Supply" in Quincy, Illinois. I ordered, and it arrived last week. Yesterday, I got to work organizing:

The green "First Aid" sticker came from Amazon. Now, all I need is an emergency. And a life.

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To distinguish different degrees of danger, the word ''PAN-PAN'' was introduced. From the French word ''Panne'', which means ''Breakdown''. Unlike  ''MAYDAY'', ''PAN-PAN'' is used in case of an emergency that does not pose an immediate and imminent threat to life.

Hearst grasped onto the Cuban revolt against Spain in 1895.  His paper regularly published stories sympathetic to the still sparse revolutionary cause and describing in great detail real and rumored atrocities of the Spanish.  Hearst hoped to spark U.S. intervention in Cuba and was persistent in finding ways to achieve it.

Built by the White Star Line, the RMS Titanic was the largest ship entering service in 1912. White Star was in competition with Cunard Cruise Line for dominance over the Atlantic passage. Cunard focused on speed. The Titanic prioritized size and comfort. Like modern cruise ships, the Titanic wanted to be the biggest and most awe-inspiring vessel out there.

This is the story of the Race to Alaska, through one of the most complex waterways in the world. 15 knot currents, gale force winds, cold water, deep water, logs, bears, cold, fatigue, and endless unknowns. First prize: $10,000. Second prize: a set of steak knives.

In the mid-20th century, launching satellites into space helped us determine the exact circumference of the Earth: 24,873 miles. But 2000 years earlier, a man in Ancient Greece came up with nearly the exact same figure using just a couple of sticks and his brain.

We have all traveled down a section of road where cell phone service drops out. With a SPOT X satellite communicator you can contact roadside assistance, emergency medical services or law enforcement informing them of your situation without delay. You’ll also receive a reply on their estimated time of arrival at your location.

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