April 22, 2017

MSNBC’s Maddow: Venezuelans Are Rioting Over Donations to Trump’s Inauguration

As Nicholas Fondacaro at NewsBusters noted on Friday, MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow’s obsession with the money raised for President Donald Trump’s inauguration went into overdrive the previous evening. During the same show, Maddow combined that obsession with another one shared by most of the news media — the absolute necessity to avoid blaming Venezuela’s dire economic circumstances on its Bolivarian socialist form of government and its de facto dictator Nicolas Maduro — to come up with the most ridiculous reason imaginable as to why civil order in Venezuela has broken down.


Positivity: Portland woman thanks paramedic who saved her life

Filed under: Positivity — Tom @ 11:00 am

From Portland, Oregon (video at link):

3:47 PM. PDT April 21, 2017

A Portland woman is thanking a paramedic and the team at Legacy Emanuel for saving her life.

Roya Quirk married the love of her life, Steven, last August. Fast-forward to February, and she thought she hurt her ankle, possibly, while working out. It was swollen, and kept getting worse.

Days later, she collapsed.

“Her eyes are wide, she blacked out, stopped breathing,” said Steven. He called 911.

And that’s when the couple met AMR paramedic Alex Spady. He knew the clock was ticking.

“When we arrived we quickly realized that she was critically sick and the importance of getting her to the right place at the right time, and with the right team of people,” Spady said. “In this case that was Emanuel.”

Quirk’s pulled muscle turned out to be a near-fatal blood clot. It stopped her heart four times. Quirk ended up staying in the hospital for almost a month, before finally, she was able to go home.

“It’s very rewarding to see her successful out there,” said Spady.

On Friday Quirk said the love and support has been overwhelming, and she wanted to thank all the helping hands that pulled her though, from the medical and emergency professionals to her new husband. …

Go here for the rest of the story.

Saturday Off-Topic (Moderated) Open Thread (042217)

Filed under: Lucid Links — Tom @ 5:55 am

This open thread is meant for commenters to post on items either briefly noted below (if any) or otherwise not covered at this blog. Rules are here.