Electric Cars, Cold Weather, and Emergencies

Three things that do not do well together. An electric car can’t fully replace a gas-powered car in my world.

So recently I was at a graduation party for the son of a friend. (It was more like 2 parties, one of high-school kids, one of adults.) One of the neighbors had recently purchased a Tesla, and so someone else came up with a Tesla-cold-weather-driving story. After enjoying the schadenfreude, I went on a search for info about Tesla’s performance in cold weather.

Here’s the situation. You are driving to see family. Your young child develops a medical emergency. So you need to divert from your intended destination to an urgent care, then to the local hospital, and then to a regional hospital. Now for part of that time, the kid was traveling by ambulance, but that isn’t the point. The point is, sometimes plans, destinations, and expected driving distances need to change. Without regard for the nearest charging station.

Here’s the meat of the issue.

We can breathlessly talk about driving range, but neither that nor more chargers would have erased my anxiety—the anxiety of a parent who can’t spare extra minutes because his kid needs to get to the hospital.

Other situations where driving distance is an issue… Evacuation ahead of a hurricane in Florida. Evacuation ahead of the Camp Fire in Paradise, California. I’m sure you can think of others, while playing along on the home version of “Situations where charging time can be deadly.”

The whole thing is well written, and not terribly long. I encourage you to go read the whole thing. Here is the detailed account of what happened to that family at Christmas, driving to see family.

After further discussion and tests at Allen Hospital, it was clear Seth had intussusception—his intestines had folded onto themselves, and nobody could do the more complicated procedure on a toddler at the small-town hospital. I immediately wanted to go north, back to Minneapolis to get him care from doctors we knew and trusted, or at least head north and go to The Mayo Clinic. From that point, that would’ve asked an electric car to cover at least 339 miles, or at most 446 miles in the dead of Iowa winter. Waterloo, Iowa, isn’t far and has electric-car charging, but waiting at a Level 2 charger to charge over hours, at a trickle, wasn’t an option when every minute counts.


Armed Homeowner Shoots Guy Fleeing Cops

The would-be, bad-guy wasn’t having the best day. Homeowner shoots man in his St. Paul yard who police say fled from stolen car.

He stole a car, and was being chased by police, but was so reckless that the cops lost sight of him. Then there was a 2 car crash involving the stolen vehicle, and the driver ran, right to an armed homeowner’s house. Where he got shot.

A sign visible in the home’s front window reads, “No Trespassing,” and “Violators will be shot. Survivors will be shot again!”

Heh. And he was shot more than once.

They took the guy who got shot to the hospital. They are questioning the homeowner about what happened, but he is not under arrest.

The guy who got shot was wanted on a prior incident of auto theft.

The .gov Loves To Collect Data, Not Protect It

But when one agency has 3 breaches in 1 year, there is something wrong. Minnesota DHS Reports Health Data Breach from 2018 Email Hack.

The latest breach bore similarities to those incidents. On Tuesday, DHS officials notified lawmakers of a third data breach caused by a cyberattack on an employee’s email account on or around March 26, 2018.

This one apparently went undetected for some time, as the other 2 were in June and July of last year.

So you’ve proven unable to protect citizens data. Why should you be allowed access to any data? The breach is over a year old. The investigation ended in February of this year, and they only just started notifying people (and legislators) about it.

The Police Shooting Completely Ignored By the National Media

I guess it doesn’t advance the narrative. Or something. Trial To Begin For Black Officer Who Fatally Shot A White Woman.

Now you could say that it is only that jury-selection has begun, but even a Toronto, Canada news outlet has some coverage. A quick Google search for news stories on the subject of the officer’s name, shows lots of coverage in Minnesota, and some coverage in Australia (the woman shot was Australian), in addition to that Toronto coverage. There were no stories from the US national news media.

On the evening of July 15, 2017, Minneapolis police officer Mohamed Noor shot and killed an unarmed Australian woman named Justine Damond. Jury selection began today. Minneapolis Public Radio reports, “Seventy-five people, known only by numbers on cards hung around their necks, began filling out juror questionnaires Monday.”

The jurors are being kept anonymous because of threats made against the trial. I guess some people think it isn’t fair if a black cop is on trial for killing a white woman.

News Flash: If You Call 911, Cops Won’t Be There In An Instant

They also seem unclear on the subject of “median response time.” Half the people wait longer than the median. That is a result of the definition of median in the world of statistics. Big gaps in 911 response in Minneapolis.

Now this is a story about a blue city in a blue state, but for all the whining, I want to grab the people who waited so long by the collar and say, “That’s why there is concealed carry.” They will never admit that. And they will never take that much responsibility for their own well-being. They will call 911 and wait to be rescued and hope that the cops get there in time. (Assuming you can call 911 before Bad Things happen.)

Neal Hagberg frantically called 911 last fall near Minnehaha Parkway after two men chased him for several blocks during an attempted carjacking. It took about 12 minutes for officers to arrive. “I felt really vulnerable at the time that it took for them to get to me,” Hagberg said.

And the paper points out that if you live on the edge of the city, the cops are probably closer to the center of the city when they get your call. See the definition of median response time.

A Nationwide Shortage of Firefighters

My Calling 911 series of posts is usually about police, but getting the fire department to my location is also of interest. And rural areas are not usually covered only by professional firefighters. Volunteers are a part of the mix. Or they were.

Impacts rural areas the most. And the impact of regulations is almost swept under the rug. The unanswered call: Locally and nationwide, fire departments struggle to recruit volunteers.

If you can’t get someone to your location for 20 minutes or more, you are going to have trouble in the event of a fire.

Volunteer firefighter certification requires three courses and 144 hours of training time, according to West. The fire courses include a “live burn” in which an abandoned house is set on fire and students must extinguish the flames.

“It can be a tremendous amount of time that a new recruit is going to have to put forward toward that community he’s volunteering for,” West said. “Training requirements today are much different today that they were 10 years ago or 30 years ago. That’s another demand on that person’s time. It’s a struggle to juggle all those balls that person might be throwing up in the air.”

I wonder where all those increased training requirements came from. Now maybe all those requirements make sense, and maybe they only make sense in major cities, or maybe they only make sense to the firefighters’ unions in those major cities. Or perhaps the first training company contracted was owned by the mayor’s/governor’s/whoever’s brother-in-law. It could be any of the above. (I’m from Chicago, remember.) Of course they did mention that a lot of employers won’t let people leave to answer fire calls. So there’s that too.

Self-defense Is Legal In Minnesota

But it took the DA most of a year to admit that. County attorney: Girlfriend acted in self-defense for fatal shooting boyfriend in central Minnesota.

The shooting took place in May of last year. The letter saying charges will not be filed was sent in January. The article (and probably the letter) lists everything done. Witnesses interviewed, evidence obtained, “forensic analysis,” etc. But all that was probably finished by the middle of June. So why so long to decide?

Because prosecutors hate self-defense. Well, Leftist ones do anyway. You should be dependent on the state for absolutely everything.