- If your BMI is less than 18.5, it falls within the underweight range.
- If your BMI is 18.5 to 24.9, it falls within the Healthy Weight range.
- If your BMI is 25.0 to 29.9, it falls within the overweight range.
- If your BMI is 30.0 or higher, it falls within the obese range.
Thursday, December 29, 2022
Flying, Disappointment, and Lawsuit
Tuesday, December 27, 2022
Finding Value and Diversity
Sunday, December 25, 2022
A Holiday Greeting with the Best Intentions
Thursday, December 22, 2022
Kill Every American?
"Check me if I'm wrong, Sandy, but if I kill all the golfers, they're gonna lock me up and throw away the key..."
Tuesday, December 20, 2022
Awards, Recollections, and Hope
I have known Jacob Schickel for a number of years. I will save us both the embarrassment of stating how long. I have known Judge Ralph Humphries for about as long. They were both "old hands" in the comp community of Jacksonville when I happened upon the scene some years ago. As old as I feel, it is some comfort that there are many who are older. The bar in those days was different than today. I know it sounds like pure nostalgia, and perhaps it is.In Everybody's Free, Luz Burhmann provided some advice on nostalgia. I remember it each time I am tempted to reminisce.
- Be careful whose advice you buy but be patient with those who supply it
- Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past
- From the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts
- And recycling it for more than it's worth
Early this century, Jake Shickle envisioned the establishment of an Inn of Court devoted to the workers' compensation practice. He
selfishly conveniently focused on his own community in Jacksonville. By that time, he was one of the old-timers and had enjoyed a decorated and recognized career. He gathered community members, recruited the local judges and led the effort to establish what would be the E. Robert Williams Inn of Court. That effort grew, and there are five workers' compensation Inns in Florida now.
The Williams Inn has thrived since that time. There is power in community, collegiality, enthusiasm, and professionalism. The Williams Inn has exhibited these repeatedly. I have been privileged to be called an honorary member over the years, though I am not sure that is a real thing. I have also been privileged to speak at some of their events. They are a lively and interactive group. The fact that I have known so many there for decades likely impairs my impartiality and militates toward my enthusiasm for their efforts.
The Williams Inn met recently and had their holiday extravaganza for 2022. The program, as I understand it, was outstanding. Mr. O'Rourke was reportedly dead-on with his anecdotes and impeachments. The highlight of the evening was the presentation of two recognitions. The first is a professionalism award that the Inn presents annually to a member. The award is named for Jacob Schickel, and has an impressive list of recipients. This year, the Inn presented it to Hon. Ralph Humphries. The complete list of recipients:
- Doug Myers 2011-2012 See Two Emails and Two Stories (September 2021)
- Ben Samuels 2012-2013
- Michael O'Rourke 2013-2014
- Alan Gordon 2014-2015
- Amy Warpinski 2015-2016
- Richard Stoudemire 2016-2017
- Michael Rudolph 2017-2018
- Judge William Ray Holley 2018-2019
- Mary Nelson Morgan 2019-2020
- Michael Crumpler 2020-2021 but awarded in 2021
- Greg Lower 2021-2022
- Ralph Humphries 2022-2023
- George Rotchford 2018
- Alan Gordon 2022
Sunday, December 18, 2022
Grandma, Santa, and Tom Petty
"You can say there's no such thing as SantaBut as for me and Grandpa, we believe"
"Between 05/26/22 and 08/03/22, claimant was paid ten (10) weeks of impairment benefits. This is a simple, undisputed fact. Yet, both sides steadfastly refused to stipulate to this simple fact, and both sides vehemently objected to the other side’s attempts to produce evidence in support of it (for the claimant, largely illegible copies of the checks, and for E/C, a payout ledger, neither of which were timely listed, produced or filed). It was only after 45 to 50 minutes of arguments and repeated objections that this simple, undisputed (yet ultimately immaterial) fact was finally 'established.'"
Wednesday, December 14, 2022
COVID Vaccine Petition
"The federal government, medical associations, and other experts have created an expectation that receiving a COVID-19 vaccine is an ethical or civic duty and that choosing not to get vaccinated against COVID-19 is selfish and harmful to others."
"that there are good and sufficient reasons to deem it to be in the public interest to impanel a statewide grand jury to investigate criminal or wrongful activity in Florida relating to the development, promotion, and distribution of vaccines purported to prevent COVID19 infection, symptoms, and transmission."
"the 12.6 hour, 832 mile, drive time from Pensacola to Key West illustrates this. By comparison, the drive from Manhattan to Jacksonville, Florida is only 13.5 hours, 932 miles. It can be a great distance between two points in Florida." (ed. note - it sure looks like that last hundred miles only takes an hour, but the drive to Key west includes much two-lane road).
Tuesday, December 13, 2022
Technology for Safety
“A common mistake that people make when trying to design something completely foolproof is to underestimate the ingenuity of complete fools.”
Sunday, December 11, 2022
Workplace Violence Again
There seems to be some recurrence of workplace safety in my news feed recently. Despite this, the holiday season of 2022 will perhaps be overshadowed by various other captivating news stories regarding elections, Ukraine, celebrities, and more. It is an eventful time. Nonetheless, I recently noted two drunk driving allegations and the implications those can have for workplace safety, see Workplace Road Safety (November 2022).
But, another tragic story brings focus to education and preparation. The Associated Press (AP) reported last month on workplace violence in Virginia. A disturbed and disgruntled team leader in a retail store entered a break room and began shooting coworkers. There were six killed and another six wounded. The gunman "then apparently killed himself." It was a tragic incident and will touch many lives. It reiterates the questions we too often ask about mental health and the decisions people make. Some jurisdictions say they will take more active roles as regards mental health, which bears watching.
In this Virginia instance, one of the team leader's employees noted that this team leader "was the manager to look out for." She described him as having "a history of writing people up for no reason." The AP asserts that there may be some method or process for identifying "worrisome behavior among employees," and "recogniz(ing) warning signs." Beyond the recognition of potential problems, the AP asserts that employees "don't know how to report suspicious behavior or feel empowered to do so," citing "experts."
The AP story also notes the effort that has been invested in recent years upon "active shooter training." This is training that focuses on what we might do when faced with the immediacy of violence. There is a great deal of information on the Internet regarding active shooters. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has admittedly done much in its history to impair its own credibility, but its active shooter information is worthy of consideration.
The FBI defines "active shooter" as "an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people." It then continues with "in a populated area," which seems to make less sense. If "populated" means there are "any" people present, then it is redundant. If "populated" means that there are many people present, I would suggest that is irrelevant. Killing is killing, and the population of the location in which killing occurs seems of little import. But, I am no expert.
The FBI acknowledges the role of law enforcement in responding to an Active Shooter but stresses the important role individuals play in their own response to such a situation. It is often easy to say/predict how we think we might individually respond to any situation or hypothetical. But, I certainly don't know how I would respond to such a threat (onslaught) of violence. The FBI advocates "three tactics" as the best individual response. In order, it recommends that you "run, hide, and fight." There is no reason to take the risk of a fight if you can run or hide. The website also has online training available.
The FBI also notes how it has invested in "successful prevention of these active shooter incidents." It describes "operational, behaviorally-based threat assessment and threat management" as a path to "help detect and prevent acts of targeted violence." It acknowledges that part of the challenge lies in mental health, and envisions a broad coalition prevention approach that includes "business, community, law enforcement, and government entities."
The focus of this is to "recognize and disrupt potential active shooters." The FBI suggests that those "on a trajectory toward violence" may be identified and perhaps deterred or intercepted before the actual violence begins. Perhaps, this is what the AP suggests as a worthy element of training that should be provided by employers. Perhaps employees could be instructed regarding profiling their coworkers and reporting behavior to management? It is critical, perhaps, that the alleged shooter in Virginia was apparently part of management.
Thursday, December 8, 2022
These are the good old days
"deploy robots equipped with explosive charges 'to contact, incapacitate, or disorient (a) violent, armed, or dangerous suspect' when lives are at stake"
"San Francisco lawmakers voted to ban police robots from using deadly force on Tuesday, reversing course one week after officials had approved the practice and sparked national outrage."
This "national outrage" apparently included local protests in San Francisco. US News reports that some there held signs reading "We all saw that movie... No Killer Robots." It is unclear if that is a reference to "Robocop," "Terminator," or "The Streets of San Francisco," but apparently the sentiment was clear to the local government. In repealing the prior endorsement of killer robots, the San Francisco leaders sent the proposal back to a committee and may debate the idea again in the future. Perhaps the city can return to its former fame of excrement, urinals, and expensive waste cans?