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Cutting Funding Kills- Equal Money System Needed

February 24, 2011 Leave a comment

So, just recently, in this article from CBS, two children died and four other children and four adults were hospitalized in either serious or critical condition from a house fire in Olney on Tuesday. And there is questioning going on as to whether these deaths are the result of Engine 61 being on a scheduled ‘brownout’, as that would have been the first engine to reach the scene. Another Engine took over, which according to Fire Department Lt. Mike Grant, “got there in good order”. However, Mike Kane from the Philadelphia Firefighters Union Local 22 said that Engine 61 could have been there in half the time. The scheduled brownouts are to help Philadelphia cut costs.

So here is one example of what happens when there is not the available money to effectively provide these services- people die. What’s it going to take, how many will have to die, before we will consider a system where we will be able to have these important services- and really it goes way beyond that, simply having funding for a fire department, there is many more dimensions even, as to why and how events like this happen, and people die as a result. It’s quite unfortunate.

And, in this article, the fire department in Wayne County in Michigan has to lay off some or possibly all of it’s fire fighters. And it’s likely they’ll have to lay off some of their police officers too.

We’d better get busy implementing a new system, because this one is failing, and people and children are dying as a result. It’s not because the labor isn’t there, we have the labor, people who’s willing and able to be the fire fighters and the police officers, but there is not enough money to facilitate these points- and money is just pieces of paper or values stored as information in a computer- so really, lets stop being fucking stupid- and give ourselves the money we need to facilitate our movement, so we can be effective here. Give money the value of life, wherein money only has value as a tool for life, wherein life is the value that gives money it’s ‘value’- so we can no longer be enslaved to pieces of paper! This is what the Equal Money System is about- a system which will actually support us to express ourselves here as who and what we really are. Investigate Equal Money.


Camden and Philadelphia Fire Forces Strapped for Cash- Don’t Catch Fire! and Support an Equal Money System

February 19, 2011 Leave a comment

In an article by The Inquirer called “Phila. firefighters to aid Camden in catastrophe”, it’s talking about how the city of Camden asked the city of Philadelphia for assistance, since Camden had to cut one third of it’s fire force.

There is already an agreement in place, since 2008, in which both cities have agreed to help each other in such an emergency as a terrorist attack or natural disaster.

So, they recently held a meeting in which they solidified the plan in place for Camden to be able to request assistance when all their other resources have been depleted, meaning South Jersey fire companies.

The union president of Philadelphia’s firefighters, Bill Gault, said he’d support Philadelphia firefighters going to Camden’s aide only in the case of an airplane flying into a building, because Philadelphia is “cut to the bone” and can’t afford to lend their firefighters. “New Jersey has to fix its problems, and Philadelphia needs to fix its problems,” Gault said. “We are underprotected.”

So, here is yet another example of the ineffectiveness of the current money system where it’s a lack of money, not a lack of labor, that we’re not able to provide sufficient fire protection. How many people will this affect? Will more people die due to lack of sufficient coverage? Obviously when you look at the situation, wherever you are living, you’d like to know that there is sufficient fire fighter coverage in case you find yourself in an emergency.

When you’re in an emergency situation, to have somebody show up to help you out- that is quite cool- and many in this world do not have that, and now even here in the states it’s slipping, finally the failures of the current system are encroaching ever closer and we are actually starting to feel the pinch of the system that has already caused so many to suffer, and still many suffer even right now, and it’ll only get worse until we finally address the situation, and correct it, so that we can have a system in which we are able to fully function, not a system where we can’t have enough firefighters, not because we lack resources, or labor, but because we lack money, which is just bits of paper or digital numbers on a screen. That is why the Equal Money System is proposed, so that money can be directed in ways that support us, rather than limit us, because that makes sense.

Another interesting point in the article, is how Philadelphia and Camden tested out a technical device that they got after 9/11, that allows them to communicate with each other despite being on different frequencies, allowing them to better communicate with each other to coordinate in emergencies. Having the ability to communicate with each other is a cool point to be effective in dealing with emergency situations.

In looking at what else is compatible between them, they found that Philadelphia’s hoses are not compatible with Camden’s hydrants! So, here is a point where it’d be cool to have a specific standard, so that you don’t have compatibility issues and can therefore make most efficient use of the equipment we have. Just one point to consider within the point of making products and tools that actually can last a long time.

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