Good morning, everyone.
Below, we introduce our newest contributor, @ParacelsusDoc, whose short stories detailing some of the more bizarre incidents during his time in the ER make for great reading. Doc — our nickname for him around here — has written extensively on topics detailing the roots of medical dysfunction in the US and has proven to be a worthy guide during the pandemic. He has his own substack, publishes some of his more in-depth writing at IM1776, and now, he'll be publishing his medical stories here at The Pamphleteer. They are short, fun reads that are guaranteed to put a wry smile on your face and give you a window into the medical world from a worthy perspective.
In addition to introducing the Doc, we highlight some of our favorite stories of Civic Action in Middle Tennessee from 2021 and ramble through the news of the day. Nashville is expecting extreme weather tonight, so stay safe, enjoy your weekend, and don't forget to sign-up for one of our ticket giveaways. Tell your friends as well.
Thanks for reading.
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Our first installation in the “Tales from the ER” series written by the medical mastermind and spiritual successor to the 16th-century Swiss physician, @ParacelsusDoc. These tales are based on real cases. Identifying information and certain medical details have been altered to protect privacy.
⚚ Los Paquetes
We've frequently linked out to @ParacelsusDoc's essays on the nuts and bolts of the medical world to great acclaim and are honored to print some of his other writing here.
- Public Health Isn't a Science, It's a Religion @ his substack (Read)
- Meet Paracelsus, the Based Alchemist & Populist Physician @ Countere (Read)
- Corporate Medicine @ IM1776 (Read)
- Sexual Devolution @ IM1776 (Read)
✦ HERE'S TO THE UNSUNG HEROES
A review of The Pamphleteer's favorite stories of civic action from 2021.
Nashville Helicopter Pilot Rescues Waverly Flood Victims - August 21, 2021 (Read)
Joel Boyers received a frantic phone call from a Pennsylvanian woman on August, 21st stating that her family in Tennessee was stranded on their roof amid dangerous flood conditions and were in desperate need of help. Joel Boyers co-owns Helistar Aviation and when the woman had googled “Nashville Helicopters”, Boyers’ company popped up.
Joel and his fiance took action and flew a helicopter out to Waverly County in hazardous conditions where they ended up rescuing 17 people. The August flood in Middle Tennessee killed 20 people and destroyed more than 270 homes.
Tennessee Congressman Saves the Life of a Knox County Veteran - November 11, 2021 (Read)
During a Veterans Day event, Congressman Tim Burchette was seated across the table from Knox County Army Veteran Bobby Barnes. During the course of the event, Rep. Bruschette recognized that Barnes was choking. Taking swift action, Bruschette performed the Heimlich maneuver. Barnes credits the statesman with saving his life.
Tennessee Tech University Student’s Tragic Death Saves 7 People - November 2021 (Read)
Twenty-one-year-old Mason Henry died in a tragedy while attending school at TTU. Five months prior to the accident, Henry renewed his license and listed himself as an organ donor. Seven lives will be saved by the donation of his liver, lungs, kidneys, and other organs.
Brentwood Dog Takes a Bullet While Fending Off Intruder- November 2021 (Read)
Brentwood police honored a local canine, giving him a medal and a badge. Gus, the Dixon family's labrador retriever, survived a gunshot wound to the head after fending off an intruder. The intruder had been making his way through several of the neighborhood’s homes before Gus confronted the criminal in the family's yard. Police have since taken the man into custody and Gus is expected to recover from his injury.
Tennessee State Trooper Delivers a Baby on the Shoulder of I-40 - December 8, 2021 (Read)
Trooper Aaron Ranker of the Tennessee Highway Patrol tapped into his EMS skills while responding to an emergency on I-40. He arrived on the scene to a woman who had been stuck in traffic while in labor. With no time to get to a hospital or wait for backup, Ranker delivered a healthy baby boy right there on the side of the road. This was the 3rd baby delivery Ranker has performed in his career.
- Proposal spends $68M in federal COVID funds on Tennessee agricultural research labs (Center Square) In the funding proposal, $50 million would go to the University of Tennessee for 10 AgResearch and Education Centers across the state and $18.3 million would go to Tennessee State University to create a Center for Food and Animal Sciences. Money comes from American Rescue Plan Act.
- Flu activity is 335% higher nationwide in 2021; Tenn. seeing more cases compared to other states (Channel 5) Walgreens reports flu activity is 335% higher nationwide this year compared to last. Nashville ranks #7 of the top designated market areas with flu activity this week.
- 💒 Former Reba McEntire estate to become 5-star luxury event venue (Fox17)
- Cooper’s downtown recovery plan sees new designs (Post)
- Ex-Nashville Athletic Club site sold for $5.1M (Post)
- Asurion just finished moving 2,050 employees into its new $285M downtown headquarters (Biz Journal)
- Members-only club Soho House unveils plans for Nashville location (Biz Journal)
- $350M state-of-the-art entertainment sports park planned for development in Murfreesboro (Fox17)
- Details emerge for 12South project (Post)
- A Grocery Anchored, 200,000 SF Mixed-Use Development In Germantown. (Now Next)
➣ GOOFY NEWS OF THE DAY
- New Zealand smoking ban: No one under 14 can smoke — ever (al.com) If writing still exists in 30 years, historians will note this as the beginning of the end.
- De Blasio continues to make a mess of New York on his way out of office. First, he declared half-assed vaccine mandates that stand no chance of getting through the courts. Before that, he ended public schools' "gifted and talented" programs. Later, he announced the opening of sites where drug addicts can "safely" inject drugs. And now, he's given non-NYC citizens the ability to vote in municipal elections.
- Inflation continues to rise as the Consumer Price Index (CPI) rose 6.8% from a year ago and 0.8% in the month of November. It is the highest the CPI has been in 39 years when "Hey Mickey" by Toni Basil was #1 on the charts.
- Jussie Smollett was found guilty of five of the six charges set against him for faking and then lying about a hate crime that he planned in order to gain attention. It's unlikely that he'll serve jail time, but the guy is easily one of the least sympathetic characters to pop into the news in recent memory.
- Yesterday, lawmakers in DC approved legislation that would allow the debt ceiling to get a raise from a simple majority vote from Congress. The show must go on!
We’ve sifted through the hordes of imposters calling themselves “artists” to bring you some worthwhile shows in Nashville this week.
䷉ HIDDEN TREASURES
- Reelfoot Lake is a Tennessee treasure (Main Street) Tennessee’s largest natural lake was formed by the New Madrid earthquake that rocked West Tennessee in late 1811 and continued to rumble into 1812, sending tremors as far away as Chicago.
THINGS TO DO
View the full calendar here.
⭐ Cheekwood’s Christmas lights exhibit is running until January 9.
🖼 At the Frist, Medieval Bologna: Art for a University City is running until January 30 and American Art Deco: Designing for the People, 1918–1939 until January 2.
🎻 Bluegrass Night @ American Legion Post 82, Free, Info
👾 Flamingosis @ Exit/In, 9p, $18, Info
🍻 Conservative Christmas Party @ Bold Patriot Brewing, 5:30p, $25, Info
+ Collaboration between several TN conservative groups.
🎄 36th Annual Dickens of a Christmas @ Downtown Franklin, 10a-5p, Free, Info
🍻 The Cameroons @ Acme Feed & Seed, 3p, Free, Info
+ Fellow Pamphleteer Tom Landstreet's crew
🎅 Santacon Bar Crawl @ Broadway, 6p, $20, Info
🍻 Beers and Hymns @ Mercy Lounge, 7p, $20, Info
🤠 Riddy Arman @ The Basement, 7p, $10, Info
🎄 36th Annual Dickens of a Christmas, 10a-5p, Free, Info
🏈 Titans Vs. Jaguars @ Nissan Stadium, 12p, $35+, Info
🍻 Larry Longpump & The Unknown @ Acme Feed & Seed, 7p, Free, Info
+ Larry Longpump is his real name.
Around the Web
❆ Snowball Fights in Art (1400–1946) The Public Domain Review tours some of the best works from their archive that show the timelessness of a snowball fight.
☤ Are Conservatives the New Queers? The medical fear and moral judgment that once surrounded HIV have reemerged in the contemptuous debate over how to manage COVID
❍ Is Emmanuel Macron a superman? Nietzsche's prophesies are coming true in France
Political Theater Highlight Reel
- Ted Cruz on Russia and Ukraine: "The thing to understand: This is Joe Biden's fault... The disaster of Afghanistan. The weakness that Biden showed surrendering to the Taliban. Every enemy of America took a measure of the man in the Oval Office, and that same surrender... the rest of the enemies of America were emboldened."
- Finland prime minister Sanna Marin, one of the world's youngest leaders, apologizes for clubbing after COVID exposure
- California store owner prices all items at $951 so thieves can be prosecuted
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