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If you call the fire department instead of a doctor when you or a family member gets sick, you’re not alone. And by getting sick I don’t mean a heart attack, stroke, cutting your hand off with the lawn mower, or anything else that’s life-threatening — those are legitimate reasons to make an emergency call.  But a fever or the flu, not so much.  Making an emergency call for that will cost you far more than a visit to the doctor.

According to Kaiser Health News, while a number of cities across the country have started using paramedics and nurse practitioners for routine mobile care because they are both more cost effective than MDs, yet equally qualified to handle the routine care most people need, some locations have gone several steps beyond that.

Centennial, CO, a suburb of Denver has created a mobile care unit staffed with a paramedic, everything necessary for basic care, and even a lab to run blood tests all packed into a station wagon.

It’s a new treatment model that could work and save money in any one of a number of situations.

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Trump mob storming the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

Some of the January 6 rioters who are facing federal criminal charges are now saying, as part of their defense, that they were misled, brainwashed or unfairly manipulated by then-President Donald Trump, MAGA media and/or the QAnon cult. And one of the rioters who is using that type of defense is QAnon supporter Doug Jensen, who is saying that he was a "victim" of false information from the far-right conspiracy movement.

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