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Friday, August 15, 2008

Liberators and deserters

couple of unrelated and not related to photography items.

I read that James Hoyt, the last of the four US Army soldiers who were the first to discover the Nazi concentration camp at Buchenwald, died at the age of 83 after serving as a rural mail carrier in Iowa for the last 30 years.

Even 63 years after the liberation, Hoyt suffered from post-traumatic stress disorder and attended a weekly group therapy session at a Veterans Affairs facility.

"Seeing these things, it changes you. I was a kid," he said. "Des Moines had been the furthest I'd ever been from home. I still have horrific dreams. Usually someone needs help and I can't help them. I'm in a situation where I'm trapped and I can't get out."
--- Excerpted from a pretty intense CNN news article. With some gruesome details of what they discovered.

And the second thing was this which disgusted me as I listened to the CBC on Sirius while driving. Just after the massive propane explosion in Toronto on Sunday morning there was a home which was 15 or so houses away from the explosion. In it were a blind couple and their physically challenged daughter of 13 who requires 24 hour nursing. When the explosions started the nurse on duty that nite at the house told the blind couple that there had been a gas explosion and houses were going up and explosions were getting closer. Obviously getting out of there was what they all had to do.

Except the nurse, who was described by the blind father, J.P. Pampena, as having 30 or so years of nursing experience, said "it was too dangerous" and "I am outta here" and with that announcement she left the blind father and the child to fend for themselves as she squealed tires getting the heck out of Dodge. What sort of bullshit is that??

That woman should have her nursing license revoked at the least and perhaps be charged with something criminally if not civily as well.

The couple managed to get the daughter and her medical equipment (which she will die without ) into her wheelchair and made their way a couple of blocks down to Wilson Ave on their own.

Couldnt find the article on the CBC website but found a link to it here

That is pretty cold.


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