Archive for July, 2013
If you thought the summer would bring with it a lull in any interesting recent news stories, you thought wrong. There has been no shortage of issues that have captured national attention, from groundbreaking developments to irrelevant non stories that have little real bearing on our lives.
First there was the National Security Agency scandal, in which it was revealed by former CIA official and NSA contractor Edward Snowden that the government had indeed instituted a mass surveillance program that included the tapping of phones owned by millions of Americans. This news brought what had in the past been merely implications of government abuse to the forefront of the public discourse, as such government actions may pose a legitimate threat to Americans 4th Amendment right curtailing search and seizure without just cause.
From that most relevant of interesting news reports, public attention then turned to the human interest news involving the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridges
Like a flash of lightning, fire shelter technology winds its way into the interesting news of today. When the devastating, interesting news of today came rushing out of Arizona after 19 firefighters had lost their lives in a wildfire, our focus turned to looking at the technologies that should have prevented their demise.
We used to think of wildfires as interesting news reports that were a consistent part of the summer heat waves striking the mountain and western states in the U.S., but that was before the human interest news turned tragic. The Yarnell, Arizona blaze became the single largest loss of firefighters since the September 11 tragedies and a bit of a mystery as investigators search for clues. For those of us watching the interesting news of today from afar, we cannot forget that the fire crews are fighting for the residents and their homes, and their own lives.
So how does the next wave of fire crews stay safe if they are suddenly entrapped by fire? Their last line of defe