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July Update

August 1, 2011

David, Genevieve, and little Anabela.

I love Manitoba summers! Here’s how July shaped up.

 

Professionally

– Finished the July issue of Forcing Change, “Looking Backward to Our Techno-Future.” This edition was a spin-off of my chapter in Pandemonium’s Engine (Defender Publishing), which was published in July. Other authors in Pandemonium’s Engine include Tom Horn, J. Michael Bennett, Gary Stearman, Douglas Woodward, Cris Putnam, Frederick Meekins, Douglas Hamp, Noah Hutchings, John McTernan, Chuck Missler, and Sharon Gilbert.

– Re-released on this blog my 2007 report, “One World, One Money.” A range of news sites picked up the piece, and the traffic to this Forcing Change blog spiked like no other time before. To be honest, it caught me off-guard.

– Did a number of radio interviews: three hours with Govern America (my friend Pat Wood hosted and Michael Coffman joined for one hour – the topic: Technocracy), two programs with Worldview Weekend Radio (Brannon Howse and I discussed the recently released document “Christian Witness in a Multi-Religious World”), three shows with My Perspective (hosted by Constance Cumbey; the topic – New Age spirituality), and a two hour interview with Erskine Overnight (discussed my essay “One World, One Money” and the rise of the Green religion). Finally, I did a 30 minute interview on the Greg Glatz Show out of Winnipeg; the topic was completely different then anything before – the “Dave Weber debacle” (see below).

– Helped my cousin Gen and her husband Dave to document their bizarre experience and assist with media advice. In March, Gen, pregnant with their second child, went into labor while traveling on the Trans-Canada Highway near Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Because of complications with her first pregnancy, she was scheduled for a C-section a week later. The purpose for the C-section was to keep her from going into labor, as her uterus was scarred and would rupture – killing the baby and probably her too. All that said, she began having contractions  (2-3 minutes apart) while on the highway, and she started to hemorrhage. Dave, who was driving, had been warned by their physician that if labor started they needed to get to Brandon without delay. So with his flashers on he hit speeds of 105 miles an hour in an attempt to make the Brandon Hospital (Brandon is Manitoba’s second largest city – population; 42,000), where the doctors knew Gen’s medical condition and had all her records. With no cell phone, he couldn’t call anyone for assistance; the only thing he felt he could do was make a dash for Brandon… that’s when things got weird. Here’s the breakdown;

1) They had been in Winnipeg (Manitoba’s largest city) on banking business, and had stopped to pick up a few items. Dave and Gen live in a rural part of the province, so if you’re in the city you always pick up things you can’t get at home (the point of telling you this is that public criticism was leveled – “they shouldn’t have been shopping”). Later, while traveling back to their acreage and about twenty minutes from their home, Gen experienced hard contractions in the car.

2) Dave could turn and go back to Winnipeg, which was closer than Brandon, but he knew if he hit a traffic jam in the city, or Gen couldn’t get triaged quick enough, or there was a mess-up with transferring medical records, life could be lost. So right or wrong, he aimed for Brandon and picked up speed. For those who don’t know: The Trans-Canada is a four lane highway that, with the exception of the summer months, isn’t heavily trafficked. Although it was March, the police records show the roads were free and clear.

3) Just outside Portage la Prairie he’s pulled over by the RCMP for doing 170 km/h (105 mph). Dave and Gen are relieved, thinking they’d get escorted to Brandon. Instead, he gets a lecture on speeding, is issued a ticket, and told to divert to the Portage hospital or continue to Brandon while doing the posted limit. Dave and Gen know the Portage hospital is incapable of handling the situation – as are all other rural hospitals in Manitoba (most rural hospitals can only cover very basic medical emergencies; for the past 15 years, rural hospital services have been slashed across the province).

4) Dave and Gen continued to Brandon. Near Carberry, a small town 25 miles from Brandon, they get pulled over a second time. It turns out the Portage RCMP contacted the Carberry detachment. However, instead of an ambulance waiting, they are pulled over and given a second speeding ticket. Literally in tears and begging for an escort, the police finally clue-in that life is on the line and call the Carberry ambulance, who arrives 15 minutes later.

5) Once inside the ambulance, the attendant explained that they’ll be gong to the Carberry hospital. Carberry has a population of 1500 and the hospital is unable to handling this emergency, so Dave and Gen have to keep pleading to be taken to Brandon. In another maddening example of bureaucracy, the ambulance sits on the road for another ten minutes while the attendants radioed-in for the OK to proceed. From the point of being pulled over the second time, given another speeding ticket, the ambulance called and finally rolling to Brandon, approximately 35 minutes had elapsed – enough time to easily get from Carberry to Brandon doing speed limit. Interestingly, now that that the RCMP realized the situation was critical, the officer urged the ambulance to “drive faster.” Why? Because according to Manitoba Health regulations, ambulances can only reach a maximum speed of 120 km/h (75 mph).

6) Upon reaching the Brandon Hospital, Gen undergoes immediate emergency surgery. By this time the baby is stressed, but thankfully both the mother and baby girl survive. But it was close: The doctor told Dave that the uterus would have ruptured in another twenty-five minutes. The medical staff who saved Gen and the baby were dumbfounded by the RCMP debacle; Life was on the line, yet the bureaucratic process of issuing speeding tickets was deemed more important.

7) The outcome: Life was preserved, sadly without the help of the RCMP. Dave was issued two speeding tickets; one was knocked down from $1000 to $400, and the other is yet to be forwarded. Our provincial auto insurance agency (Manitoba has a monopoly auto license and insurance program) suspended Dave’s license for 5 months and hit him with 10 demerit points, which will substantially increase his annual license costs for years to come.

After battling the bureaucracy, Dave and Gen finally went to the Winnipeg Free Press with their story in early July. Many other media outlets picked it up, including the Toronto Star, the Edmonton Sun, and the UK’s Daily Mail. My task was to help the family document the event, and work with them as a sounding board and support structure.

Dave and Gen are still trying to sort out this mess. For me, I’ve learned a lot in trying to understand the situation. Why didn’t the RCMP provide an escort to Brandon? Officers’ hands are now tied by liability concerns and major bureaucratic backlash. Hence, it’s easier to let the crisis unfold and clean up the mess later. It’s too bad, for if the RCMP from Portage had provided a 150 km/h escort, picking up a second escort at Carberry while en route to Brandon, the outcome would have been different: a picture would have emerged of two heroes holding a new-born baby, with handshakes and expressions of gratitude from the family. It would have been a public relations boon, sorely needed by the RCMP, instead of a public relations bust. I really want to believe that the police officers involved are good guys, which is probably true, but our “overly organized” culture – complete with the fear of “dong the wrong thing” – practically guarantees that the “right thing” won’t happen.

But the bureaucratic hand wringing doesn’t end with the RCMP: Emergency attendants are burdened with a health-system enamored by procedural overkill. Likewise, Manitoba Public Insurance – the licensing/insurance branch – is bound in process oriented realities. MPI and the entire public safety system has done one thing well: It has convinced the general public that individuals are incapable of responsibly looking after their best interests. It has also demonstrated that regulations are more important then the higher Law; Life.

Alas, our protocol-rich culture ensures that individual responsibility and acts of heroism are best kept at bay. “Trust the experts” becomes the rallying cry, except the “experts” on the street are handcuffed to the “experts” behind the desk, who are chained to the “experts” in higher offices, who have ultimately succumbed to the pressure of “doing something” in the name of political correctness – and this has been empowered by the Leftist notion that “the group is more important than the individual.” Ah yes, we must maintain the illusion of “public safety” and “good governance.”

There is a rotten heart beating in Canada. More lessons and other angles to this story exist, but I hope this gives you something to chew on.

Reading

I love July days: Long hours in the evening are so enjoyable. Books read in July are;

– James Rollins, Black Order – a novel that explores Darwinism, future-Nazism, black ops and espionage. Rollins’ books sometimes feel like a cross between Dan Brown and Tom Clancy.

– Tom and Nita Horn, The Ahriman Gate – a Christian based novel exploring transhumanism and spiritual issues, with an eschatological flavor.

– Aldous Huxley, Brave New World – what a trip…

– Aldous Huxley, Brave New World Revisited – a sobering look at the happy-to-be controlled total society, and how we are moving towards it.

– Manly P. Hall, The Secret Destiny of America – an esoteric look at America’s history and destiny, including the idea of the United States being the esoterically-chosen nation set to usher in a world democratic commonwealth.

– Manly P. Hall, America’s Assignment with Destiny – similar to above, with more details regarding the crossover of esoteric doctrines.

– Herbert Romerstein, Soviet Active Measures and Propaganda – a report on the “influence activities” during the Gorbachev era.

– William Haga and Nicholas Acocella, Haga’s Law – this book came recommended by my friend, Mark Edward Vande Pol. It is the easiest to read and best book on the nature of bureaucracy I have read to date.

Personal

– Because May and June were so wet, it wasn’t until the beginning of July before we could get into our cabin site. We’ve been working on a cabin project for some time, and now just need the lumber to tackle it. Alas, does any body know of an old but sturdy barn I could dismantle for the structural lumber?

– My son, Scott, started helping out at a Bible camp by working with the maintenance crew.

– Leanne and I celebrated 22 years of marriage!

– Austin, my daughter, entered a “pan throwing” contest at the local Fair. Some of the ladies who entered wouldn’t throw the pan unless they had a “good target” to aim at: their husbands. Yes, some of the men braved the onslaught! Not me… why? Because…

– I had to fix plumbing problems on Fair day! I hate working with old connections and rusted-in pipes. Oh well, our toilet pressure system is working again.

– Spent time with friends whom we haven’t seen in a long time. No question, this was a highlight!

– Got a ride in a Nissan Skyline. What a slick car… I’d still rather take a Delica L400, more practical for our dirt-roads and back-country. Follow the links for two examples of these interesting right-hand drive vehicles.

– July was animal month around here: Skunks in the yard (our dog got sprayed), a baby raccoon wandered into our lives for a day (until Momma showed up late in the evening), coyotes howling behind the yard, a baby fox made an appearance on our road, juvenile barn swallows played tag with their new-found wings, and our resident Killdeer (who planted her nest on the edge of our drive way) finally hatched her eggs. What a zoo.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. August 1, 2011 4:10 pm

    Nice writing style. I look forward to reading more in the future.

  2. Pearl permalink
    August 2, 2011 5:16 pm

    Unbelievable. Two speeding tickets and no dismissal in light of the facts?! I’ve also heard about the gruesome Ministry of Children and Family Development. Apparently there are many, many families being needlessly torn apart for years at a time. Just disgusting.

    Speaking of skunks 😉 , ours was sprayed for the first time ever on July 4th (talk about starting the day with a bang!) and again two days later!! Did you discover, too, that tomato juice doesn’t work? The best solution we found is a spoonful of dish washing soap (Dawn) to a quart of water mixed with a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (I can’t recall the exact measurement of the last but I don’t think it really matters…just go for it – except that you’d want to mix it outdoors or in the tub as it might spill over).

    I love zoos.

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