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I try to avoid purely political discussions on this blog, but today is different and that is because the very future of blogs just like this one at are stake.  Blogs exist to further discussions and make people think about positions and question their beliefs and practices.  This is the power of respectful discussion and dialog.  It is literally how we grow intellectually and improve everything we do.

So what does all of this have to do with the SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act – HR 3261) and PIPA (Protect Intellectual Property Act – Senate 968) legislation being considered in the US Congress?  Well, in order to further discussion within the EMS industry (or any other for that matter), it is important to state positions and that may mean quoting statements or using illustrations from others.  This is what Galileo once called “standing on the shoulders of giants” when asked how he was able to accomplish so much more than others before him and what the proponents of these bills want to simply call “illegal.”  While I make every effort to credit sources in my posts, this legislation would mean that the accusation of impropriety in enough to shut this website down.

Knowledge is a collective endeavor, not personal property.  Ideas clearly deserve credit and inventors deserve to profit from their work, but to prevent or impede the sharing and building of collective knowledge at the expense of the greater good is intellectual suicide for any society.  Censorship of the web is not a cure for piracy or a solution to patent reform.  The unintended consequences are just far too great!   Learn more and let your voice be heard (whatever position you take) once you have become informed.

Chart: “Congress, Can You Hear Us?”

Sources: Infojustice.org. Protect Innovation, Engine Advocacy, Center for Democracy and Technology, Whitehouse We the People Position, Congresswoman Zoe Lefgre, Wikipedia, Stop American Censorship, Avaaz

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Jennifer Ladd
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Loved this article/illustration (http://www.highperformanceems.com/2014/09/29/how-to-perform-cpr-the-crucial-steps-you-should-know-and-share/) for CPR of Adult, Peds, and Pets! Awesome!!!
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Steve
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Except it costs money to pay for a station. Skip the station and instead put the money you would have spent on the station and instead pay your providers more AND get more providers out on the street. Fire departments are going to have a hell of a time justifying their wastes in coming years...
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WOW!! What a great article! Thanks so much for recognizing the people AND technology that make these programs work, whether here, or anywhere!
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