We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
he was rescued by Canadians. do they take she same hard ass approach to lifesaving that True American Patriots do?
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
Needless to say I'm not all happy-jolly right now. I understand that sooner or later there will be no chemo that works for me and at that point the cancer (multiple Myeloma) will rise up and consume me. Not all of a sudden like a heart attack, slowly like the rot within. I'll assimilate this information in a day or three and make the best of it. I know one thing: if I get into an armed confrontation I will have the edge because fear of dying will not slow my hand. With the exception of suicidal jihadists even the bad guys want to live and they lose the edge due to the instinct of self-preservation. Too bad, heh heh.
When I undertake long solo kayak expeditions (30-90 days), I obtain special global rescue insurance, special local life flight insurance, and specific medical insurance. I also take a sat tracking, text, rescue beacon, Marine VHS radio, cell phone, and other communication devices as necessary. That said, I am always appreciative of the incredible Coast Guard/public rescue services already in place.
However, the idea that we would even consider allowing accident victims to die on the motorway, or hikers to die after they become lost, or other adventurers to die because we did not want to spend a buck, is antediluvian. Once rescued they should be charged with the reasonable costs of rescue, just as I am charged through my insurances for my potential rescue.
To do otherwise is economically silly and encourages risky and reckless behavior. While I disagree with the idea of requiring location beacons, I fully agree with charging for rescue services.