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Posted in Uncategorized by isochroma on May 22, 2009

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Obese Woman Dragged From Home, Hauled Away After Death
May 20, 2009

INDIANAPOLIS — The Marion County Coroner’s Office has come under fire after it was revealed that an obese woman was dragged from her home and hauled away on a trailer in front of family members following her death.

Teresa Smith, 48, who weighed 750 pounds, died Tuesday in her apartment on Indianapolis’ northeast side.

Officials at the scene told 6News’ Jack Rinehart that the deputy coroner made the decision to call a towing service to remove the body from the home.

“We debated for quite a while about how we were going to get her out of there and so we finally decided, since we didn’t have a van that was large enough to carry her, it was decided between (the police) department and the coroner’s office to use (the truck),” said Detective Marcus Kennedy.

Smith’s boyfriend and the couple’s 13-year-old son, along with several neighbors, watched as Smith’s body, still on her mattress, was dragged across the courtyard of the apartment complex, strapped down on the wrecker and covered with a piece of carpet.

“I think they should have handled it differently, putting her on a flatbed like they did. That was like putting a cow up there,” said Smith’s boyfriend, David Johnson.

Neighbors said they were also disturbed by the ordeal.

“What really got me is when they took her off onto the flatbed, they threw this dirty, dirty carpet on top of her, and I just thought that was so disrespectful,” said a neighbor, who did not want to be identified. “I would have never let them throw that on my loved one.”

Once on the truck, Smith’s body was escorted by police downtown to the coroner’s office.

Former Chief Deputy Coroner John Linehan said he was shocked and dismayed that appropriate steps weren’t taken to remove the woman from her home.

He said that fire and medical personnel have equipment available for handling patients up to 1,000 pounds and that moving obese individuals is not all that rare of an occurrence.

“When they scoop up dead dogs off of the street they don’t treat them that way,” he said. “It’s just not the way to treat a human being.”

Chief Deputy Coroner Alfarena Ballew told Rinehart by phone Wednesday that a flatbed truck has been used in other occasions to move obese individuals. She said the office is now looking for a way to transport Smith’s body from the morgue to the funeral home.

The Indiana State Coroner’s Association said it has no specific recommendations to handle extremely obese people. The decision is left up to each county.

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Firefighters remove 800-pound body from hotel
May 20, 2009

FRESNO, Calif. — Fresno firefighters had to remove a wall and use an improvised pulley system to remove a man believed to weigh more than 800 pounds who was found dead in a residential hotel Tuesday night.

The 51-year-old man was not identified.

Fire Department spokesman Ken Shockley said the removal effort, at the Asia Hotel in the city’s Chinatown section, was unlike anything anyone in the department has ever seen.

“It was a major challenge, and our firefighters were trying at the same time to protect his identity and the dignity of his remains,” Shockley said.

The death was reported at 7:50 p.m. PDT.

Police officers and firefighters from Station 3 responded, then they called for assistance from the Fire Department’s urban search and rescue unit when it became clear that they couldn’t remove the body in the normal way.

More than a dozen firefighters removed a wall between the man’s second floor apartment and the stairwell, Shockley said, then built a pulley system to slowly lower the body downstairs.

Once the body, which was wrapped in a large tarp, was on the ground floor, firefighters used the pulleys, rope and a gurney rated for 1,500 pounds to load the man into a coroner’s van.

Shockley said neighbors told firefighters that no one had seen the man walking around the hotel, which has shared restroom facilities, for more than a month.

“They said when he did walk, he used two canes and had difficulty making it through the hallways,” Shockley said.

“The residents here were helping him with basic needs before his death.”

A resident of the hotel, who would only identify himself as Rod, said no one had seen the dead man in several days.

“He had gained a lot of weight, several hundred pounds at least, just in the last year. I think he probably died several days ago,” Rod said.

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The Wet Dreams of USMIL

Posted in Uncategorized by isochroma on May 16, 2009

Polywell is little pork, a tasty tidbid that might, if slow-cooked long enough over the funding grille, yield some tasty morsel for the USMIL to chew on.

Meanwhile, big pork is rotating on the rotisserie, its delicious smells wafting through the lobbying rooms of Congress. The newest USMIL budget is to be over $500,000,000,000 dollars. It’s so easy to forget what the word billion means, so I like to spell the number out in full – all twelve digits of it in this sordid case.

If the polyburner manages to roll past the ephemeral break-even line into the dangerous ‘net energy’ area, the slaughterers will have a new way to say hooray. Gotta keep those aircraft-carriers and bases on foreign soils running… not to mention all those gasoline-burning vehicles rolling.

As oil becomes pricey so too will the USMIL’s disgustingly inefficient, bloated fleet of internal-combustion-engined vehicles. Synfuel will be an option, but it’s costly too. Perhaps dirt-cheap electricity will make their worries nought by enabling the low-cost production of liquid combustables from exhale-gas and water, or maybe the loose electrons will charge batteries.

Even so, it’s gonna be tough in those dry lands, to find water with dirty hands. Perhaps only in the USMIL’s wet dreams can such fantasies come true.

Meanwhile they can keep killing in style, at least for a while. The price’s still nice if it doesn’t rise twice. Drones make bones with fewer groans – at least those from the VA crones.

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