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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in In other news...   
    Nichelle Nichols for her real life contributions to diverse recruiting for NASA. Sadly, she has dementia.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Cygnia in In other news...   
    A museum says they gave an artist $84,000 in cash to use in artwork. He delivered blank canvases and titled them "Take the Money and Run."
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Logan.1179 in In other news...   
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Pariah in Coronavirus   
    He's gone.
     
    So sad. So stupid. So unnecessary. 
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in Babylon 5   
    What could possibly go wrong?
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from BarretWallace in Coronavirus   
    I had a nurse show me how to solve this by positioning the mask one time, but I still only hit that sweet spot some of the time. Also, getting that nose area of the seal tight. I pre-bend the nose metal bendy bit (technical term) before I put on the mask, so it's kind of rounded and nose-shaped on the bend, and the bend is centered. That seems to help. So, my advice is: Find a nurse that wears glasses and have her show you how to avoid the fog.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from GM Joe in Top Secret [TSR]   
    He's just closer to book Bond now, IMO.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Ranxerox in Coronavirus   
    I had a nurse show me how to solve this by positioning the mask one time, but I still only hit that sweet spot some of the time. Also, getting that nose area of the seal tight. I pre-bend the nose metal bendy bit (technical term) before I put on the mask, so it's kind of rounded and nose-shaped on the bend, and the bend is centered. That seems to help. So, my advice is: Find a nurse that wears glasses and have her show you how to avoid the fog.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Christopher R Taylor in Cool Guns for your Games   
    Some higher-end air rifles:
     
    https://fxairguns.com/rifles/
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to DShomshak in In other news...   
    In the far-future setting of my "Magozoic" campaign, Pluto and the rest of the Kuiper Belt Objects are collectively called the Palisade of Night. Mythically, the boundary between the sane and sunlit realm of mortals and the unknowable horrors of the Far Realms. The Palisade has its own spiritual realm in the mystical cosmology, and its own gods.
     
    Dean Shomshak
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Cancer in In other news...   
    I find the rush to declare categorical definitions and similar labeling conventions misguided in the face of rapidly expanding knowledge.  And while I never bothered to get myself nominated into the IAU, that was my opinion then and it remains my opinion now.  I can see some justification with the de-planetization of Pluto but it struck me as "unseemly haste" at the time, and I think the community should take heed of the public confusion back then and sit back and wait for more and better understanding before going with more jargon wrangling.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Hermit in In other news...   
    Found more Pluto drama.
     
    https://news.yahoo.com/why-universe-annoyed-astronomer-pushing-035731102.html
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Cygnia in In other news...   
    Found more Pluto drama.
     
    https://news.yahoo.com/why-universe-annoyed-astronomer-pushing-035731102.html
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Dr. MID-Nite in Coronavirus   
    My sister died of COVID this morning. So god damn pointless and preventable.  
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Pariah in Coronavirus   
    I can tell you how the certifications play out a my hospital, at least. An EMT certification will let you be an ED Tech while a CNA will not. ED (Emergency Department) Techs make considerably more than CNAs and have more opportunities to get additional qualifications (drawing blood, running EKGs, etc.) to further boost their pay. An experienced tech can make more than a newbie nurse. However, ambulance medics (another opportunity for the EMT basic) don't get paid very well at all. Probably somewhere between the CNA and the tech. These are among the lowest barrier to entry direct patient care positions available. Most of our ED Techs are bright young folk who are accumulating clinical hours to help get into nursing school or PA school. Most our CNAs . . . not so much.
     
     
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    I'm just going to focus on this part. I'm glad she's doing well.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from GM Joe in Coronavirus   
    I can tell you how the certifications play out a my hospital, at least. An EMT certification will let you be an ED Tech while a CNA will not. ED (Emergency Department) Techs make considerably more than CNAs and have more opportunities to get additional qualifications (drawing blood, running EKGs, etc.) to further boost their pay. An experienced tech can make more than a newbie nurse. However, ambulance medics (another opportunity for the EMT basic) don't get paid very well at all. Probably somewhere between the CNA and the tech. These are among the lowest barrier to entry direct patient care positions available. Most of our ED Techs are bright young folk who are accumulating clinical hours to help get into nursing school or PA school. Most our CNAs . . . not so much.
     
     
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    I'm just going to focus on this part. I'm glad she's doing well.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Pariah in Coronavirus   
    I got a text today saying that the little girl is coming home. I'm relieved, to be sure, but also sad and a little frustrated, that it had to have happened at all. 
     
    I'll confess that I'm also afraid that certain of the more reactionary elements in my wife's family will look at this as proof that COVID-19 is no big deal and that they don't need to get vaccinated. 
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Logan.1179 in The cranky thread   
    Shed is gone. Tree is gone. Now to replace. 
     

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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Lectryk in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It says "during the Afghan war," on the site. Doesn't say that the chart shows only expenses tied directly to Afghanistan.
     
    Still, I wonder what else that money could buy. One estimate of the cost of total student loan forgiveness is 1.6 trillion dollars, so you'd still have some pocket change left over for other stuff too, like infrastructure.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Ragitsu in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It says "during the Afghan war," on the site. Doesn't say that the chart shows only expenses tied directly to Afghanistan.
     
    Still, I wonder what else that money could buy. One estimate of the cost of total student loan forgiveness is 1.6 trillion dollars, so you'd still have some pocket change left over for other stuff too, like infrastructure.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It says "during the Afghan war," on the site. Doesn't say that the chart shows only expenses tied directly to Afghanistan.
     
    Still, I wonder what else that money could buy. One estimate of the cost of total student loan forgiveness is 1.6 trillion dollars, so you'd still have some pocket change left over for other stuff too, like infrastructure.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Cygnia in Coronavirus   
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Coronavirus   
    Since the vast majority of hospitalized COVID patients haven't been vaccinated, I see this as a moot point.  Here's the actual memo text:
     
     
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from BarretWallace in Coronavirus   
    Since the vast majority of hospitalized COVID patients haven't been vaccinated, I see this as a moot point.  Here's the actual memo text:
     
     
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from GM Joe in Coronavirus   
    Since the vast majority of hospitalized COVID patients haven't been vaccinated, I see this as a moot point.  Here's the actual memo text:
     
     
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