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  • The Fall of Dictators

    by coldwarrior ( 88 Comments › )
    Filed under Economy, Military, Open thread, Venezuela at January 23rd, 2019 - 8:37 am

    There is a critical error that most dictators make right before they meet the stout hemp rope and the tall tree, this critical error is not paying the military.

    Say good-bye to Maduro:

    Retired Maj. Gen. Cliver Alcala, a one-time aide to Chavez and now in exile, said the opposition’s newfound momentum has reverberated with the military’s lower ranks, many of whom are suffering the same hardships as regular Venezuelan families.

    I am absolutely certain that right now, especially younger troops are asking themselves whether Maduro is their commander in chief or a usurper,” Alcala said. “As we say in the barracks, hunger is the only thing that can devour fear of the government.”

    Trump can have this issue resolved with just the right small nudge at just the right time…

    Tales from the Road #1

    by coldwarrior ( 91 Comments › )
    Filed under Open thread, Tales from the road at January 21st, 2019 - 10:56 pm

    And why not, half the time I’m on the road. Why not some tales.

    So, Tales #1…

    It’s god damned hard core Viking Death Wish cold. 0F, blowing snow and arctic. The windchill is -15F below here in NW PA.

    The drive to was going to be ice and cold, get the Benz warmed up, put on some Dead and have a AJ Fernandez New World, ease into the never-ending unpredictability that is my assignment in the only ER/Trauma out in the stix. A shark-Caddie would not function well if at all in this environment, nor would the Miata. A butt-warmer in a fast, well-shod German SUV is never a bad thing. The 520HP AMG AWD package doesn’t hurt either. A fast Teutonic war-chariot would be needed, indeed. The beast is fast from 0-60, but, it is brain-bendingly fast from 70-120mph…and that is where it counts. It passes the $20 bill test.

    I knew that I was headed out to the stix again, I could feel it in my bones. My last assignment was as an assassin, I don’t relish those; write reports, recommend firing for failure,. I did it in my past life. The boss wanted me back in the field after the massacre to clear the blood and and get back to what I like. I’m still doing the paper work of the assassinations. For some reason, corporate thinks it’s easier to send a guy to assassinate…sexist? I think so. The incompetent had to go.

    So, I get to back to a non-descript ER in NW PA. I had a great pie and a beer here .

    Last time I was here, I had the single most terrifying hour of my ER life. TNK given for back to back STEMIs and there were no helicopters flying…and I had two Students with me…

    Sunday Night Open

    by lobo91 ( 106 Comments › )
    Filed under Open thread at January 20th, 2019 - 10:19 pm

    Looks like the previous thread gave up the ghost, so here’s a fresh one.



    That Was A Long 7 Days Open

    by coldwarrior ( 290 Comments › )
    Filed under Music, Open thread at January 17th, 2019 - 9:54 pm

    Glad to see the joint didn’t get too messed in my absence.

    Let’s continue with the music, Squirrel Nut Zippers, Hell.


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