[Podcast] Escaped Prisoners Near Doc’s House | Humans’ Finite Voltage of 100 Days | Civilian Morale | Pranking Steve in this livestream of The Safety Doc Podcast. Doc was decked out in military fatigues and Navy cap as he went full smoke-out mode securing the neighborhood from fugitives.
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ESCAPED CONVICTS NEAR DOC’S HOUSE – SAME PRISON WHERE JEFFREY DAHMER WAS MURDERED
Doc’s cell phone loudly buzzed at the same time his landline rang. Two inmates had escaped from the maximum security prison located near Doc’s house. Same place that housed serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer – and he was murdered there in 1994! Message from authorities was to lock doors, stay home, and monitor for suspicious activity. Sure thing.
COMEDY OF ERRORS – WONKY ESCAPE
Sketchy and guarded details, but here’s what we know. The inmates previously escaped from other prisons! They were working in the kitchen. They were wearing civilian clothes. They walked out of the prison and scaled two razor-wire fences. They then went to a local hotel and called a cab. The cab driver took them to a grocery store in a neighboring community. They hopped a ride with an accomplice and remained at large. Nobody hurt. No digging of the 500 Shawshank Redemption yard tunnel. When the prison realized the inmates were missing, they called 9-1-1. Really?
EVERYONE VOTES YES FOR REFERENDUMS
Doc was in disbelief that most school building referendums in his state passed in last week’s election. People continue to approve debt for proposals that are far from austerity. Doc challenges the argument that school referendum proponents state that building is justified due to historically low borrowing rates. COVID19 has proven that virtual learning is not only viable, but the future of K-16 education. It is not necessary or practical to continue to build massive, person-dense school structures.
10 FACTORS THAT INCREASE CIVILIAN MORALE DURING WAR or PANDEMIC
Doc notes that soldiers last just over 200 days in continuous front-line battles and questions how long civilians and kids will mentally hold up during prolonged chaos. We are now 30 days into pandemic stay-at-home orders. What happens when we get to day 100? He shares factors that improve civilian morale: (1) Baseball & All-American Girls Professional Baseball League (1943-1954); (2) Contributing to self / others (gardens); (3) Contributing to others (scrap metal drives of WWII, making masks of 2020); (4) Charismatic leader; (5) Movies and ice cream socials (actually a guide on how to do this); (6) Parades; (7) Sacrifice for those closest to the battle (healthcare workers); (8) Equality of sacrifices (across classes); (9) Sense of safety; & (10) Conveying a clear outcome (peace / health) (also willing to accept losses).
10 FACTORS THAT ERODE CIVILIAN MORALE DURING WAR or PANDEMIC
(1) Disruption / uncertainty in food supplies; (2) Events that last more than 3 months (must shift them into phases); (3) Negative leader; (4) Taxes; (5) Lack of medical care; (6) Lack of success; (7) Perception of state of the enemy; (8) Inappropriate or excessive precautionary measures create anxiety & avoidance; (9) Propaganda; & (10) Unanticipated attacks that disrupt routines and impeded productivity (air raid).
THE UNITED SERVICE ORGANIZATION
Since 1941, the USO has existed to boost morale of soldiers and civilians. USO is an American nonprofit-charitable corporation that provides live entertainment, such as comedians, actors and musicians, social facilities, and other programs to members of the United States Armed Forces and their families. The USO is not part of the federal government. A congressionally chartered, private organization, the USO relies on the generosity of individuals, organizations and corporations to support its activities, and is powered by a family of volunteers to accomplish our mission of connection.
DOC CONVINCED STEVEN HE BOUGHT A $10,000 BASEBALL ON EBAY
Doc does his part to add levity to the pandemic-charged environment by sharing the story of when he played a monumental prank on his friend Steve back in 2000. Steve believed he accidently bought a $10,000 baseball off Ebay and Doc convinced others to go along with the prank. No harm, no foul. Steve wasn’t fleeced of money and this wasn’t an authentic auction. Back in the early days of Ebay, though, it was an easy platform for pranks.
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