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Pattern Ghost

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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Pariah in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I'll take a moment here to insert my long-held opinion that political debates are like NASCAR races. Nobody cares who wins; people just tune in to see who's going to crash.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from ScottishFox in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    True, some were independent contractors.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Old Man in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    And those are the contractors he actually paid!
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to BoneDaddy in Hello again! I have cancer.   
    Yes! They strap me to a slab ( down in the lab) and point a linear accelerator at my neck. To hold me down juuuuust right they made a nifty mask of my face that bolts to the slab. It has a mouth guard in it to keep my jaw extended away from the danger zone as much as possible. The doc has programmed the accelerator to aim at exactly the right spots on my neck. (You can see three cross hairs on my neck in the photo - the computer uses those to line up the linear accelerator’s aim.). The inflammation of the non- cancerous tissues is used to squeeze the tumor into the line of fire. The whole thing is really cool, aside from the throat cancer part. 
     
    (edit: yes, I asked them to wait a minute before they started so I could take a selfie.)

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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    "Our allies no longer trust or respect us, and our enemies no longer fear us," the former officers and officials wrote in a letter released Thursday.
     
    I can't think of a more damning condemnation coming from military men.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from slikmar in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    She's amazing. Go watch Orphan Black right now. Unless you don't want to.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Hermit in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    She's amazing. Go watch Orphan Black right now. Unless you don't want to.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Old Man in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    As performers, they're pretty two-dimensional.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Ragitsu in Really? Fires now?   
    THERE IS RAIN!!!
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from aylwin13 in [Forum Software] My eyes...my eyes!   
    Just a side note: As I pointed out in my first post in the thread: Every time this forum software gets updated, the theme seems to get reset. You guys should be used to this by now. I can see how Simon's annoyed by the tone of some of the responses. Given that Simon's been keeping our little hangout running through the apocalypse here, and tensions are high due to 2020 being a suckfest, we should probably cut him some slack. I've been on the board since like 1999 or 2000, and it's not been as well-run as it has been under Simon.
     
    Let's all hold hands and sing kumbaya, now. At least we can still asynchronously communicate.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from archer in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    Well, if you only see one episode, watch Season 3, Episode 1. It's the pinnacle of Trek storytelling.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Cancer in The 2020 Monsters Versus Alien Superdraft   
    Organization: CONTROL
     

     
    Location: Mount Rushmore
     

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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I really hate "reaction" videos on YouTube, where someone just plays someone else's video then talks over it.. Just show me what the guy said, then give the commentary for crying out loud.
     
    But yeah, Scott Adams is a turd.
     
    Also, getting into Mensa doesn't make you "super smart."
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I really hate "reaction" videos on YouTube, where someone just plays someone else's video then talks over it.. Just show me what the guy said, then give the commentary for crying out loud.
     
    But yeah, Scott Adams is a turd.
     
    Also, getting into Mensa doesn't make you "super smart."
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Cygnia in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    I really hate "reaction" videos on YouTube, where someone just plays someone else's video then talks over it.. Just show me what the guy said, then give the commentary for crying out loud.
     
    But yeah, Scott Adams is a turd.
     
    Also, getting into Mensa doesn't make you "super smart."
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to archer in Coronavirus   
    I was reading one, give me a minute.
     
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    Ah, here we go:
     
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/trump-coronavirus-scott-atlas-herd-immunity/2020/08/30/925e68fe-e93b-11ea-970a-64c73a1c2392_story.html
     
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/health/2020/08/31/herd-immunity-covid-19/
     
    cnews.com/msnbc/rachel-maddow-show/controversial-doctor-gives-trump-highly-dubious-advice-pandemic-ncna1238843
     
    https://www.medpagetoday.com/infectiousdisease/covid19/88401
     
    https://thehill.com/changing-america/well-being/prevention-cures/514605-herd-immunity-explained-why-are-trump-officials
     
    https://www.businessinsider.com/coronavirus-adviser-is-pushing-white-house-to-adopt-herd-immunity-2020-8
     
    https://www.cnn.com/2020/09/01/health/herd-immunity-coronavirus-pandemic-explainer-wellness/index.html
     
    Here's videoScott Atlas on the Laura Ingraham Fox show promoting the idea of a herd immunity strategy before he was put on the Trump staff https://news.yahoo.com/dr-scott-atlas-breaks-down-030351725.html
     
    https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/stephaniemlee/coronavirus-t-cells-immunity-scott-atlas
     
    https://www.vanityfair.com/news/2020/08/trump-new-favorite-covid-adviser-scott-atlas-thinks-herd-immunity-is-a-good-idea
     
    https://nymag.com/intelligencer/2020/08/trumps-new-coronavirus-adviser-preaches-herd-immunity.html - this one has quotes from a Wall Street Journal op-ed written by former FDA commissioner Scott Gottlieb (the original op-ed is behind a paywall).
     
    Here's Scott Atlas's opinion piece in The Hill from back in April promoting a herd immunity approach https://thehill.com/opinion/healthcare/492514-reentry-after-the-panic-paying-the-health-price-of-extreme-isolation
     
    https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-8683511/White-House-taskforce-member-dubbed-anti-Fauci-pushing-controversial-herd-immunity-strategy.html?ns_mchannel=rss&ns_campaign=1490&ito=1490
     
    https://abcnews.go.com/Health/wireStory/trump-makes-call-white-house-doctors-virus-advice-72404816
     
    “In the absence of immunization, society needs circulation of the virus, assuming high-risk people can be isolated," he wrote.
    In television appearances, Atlas has called on the nation to “get a grip" and argued that “there’s nothing wrong" with having low-risk people get infected, as long as the vulnerable are protected.
    “It doesn't matter if younger, healthier people get infected. I don't know how often that has to be said. They have nearly zero risk of a problem from this," he said in one appearance. “When younger, healthier people get infected, that's a good thing," he went on to say, "because that's exactly the way that population immunity develops.”
     
     
    https://www.politico.com/newsletters/playbook-pm - this one, and a host of other political websites and local media sites are discussing the Washington Post story if anyone wants links to those....
     
     
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Dr.Device in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    They could pass the mantle to someone else. I don't see anyone else ever playing T'Challa in the MCU. He was as much the character as Robert Downey Jr. was Tony Stark. Seems like the only play they have.
     
    They could also just drop the character from the MCU, but I don't think letting Wakanda die with the actor is a good idea, as there were too many other great Wakandan characters, and it'd be a step back from what they accomplished for representing black actors on screen.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to death tribble in Coronavirus   
    Russia should hit 1 million cases tomorrow.
     
    I have the game Pandemic. I played it with friends in February before lockdown. I keep thinking that this was prophetic. I also have the Nuclear War game. I dare not play that now.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from aylwin13 in Chadwick Boseman dead at 43.   
    Way too young to leave us. Pretty shocking news. He'll be missed. The world is losing out on all of the great work he had ahead of him.
     
    I guess I'll schedule that colonoscopy my doc has been pestering me to get.
     
    In the huge coincidence department: He passed on Jack Kirby's birthday. Probably goes without saying here, but Kirby created Black Panther. It was also Jackie Robinson Day.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Matt the Bruins in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    They could pass the mantle to someone else. I don't see anyone else ever playing T'Challa in the MCU. He was as much the character as Robert Downey Jr. was Tony Stark. Seems like the only play they have.
     
    They could also just drop the character from the MCU, but I don't think letting Wakanda die with the actor is a good idea, as there were too many other great Wakandan characters, and it'd be a step back from what they accomplished for representing black actors on screen.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from TrickstaPriest in [Police brutality] American injustice, yet again.   
    I'm leaning toward "parasite."
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Pariah in Chadwick Boseman dead at 43.   
    Way too young to leave us. Pretty shocking news. He'll be missed. The world is losing out on all of the great work he had ahead of him.
     
    I guess I'll schedule that colonoscopy my doc has been pestering me to get.
     
    In the huge coincidence department: He passed on Jack Kirby's birthday. Probably goes without saying here, but Kirby created Black Panther. It was also Jackie Robinson Day.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Lord Liaden in Coronavirus   
    Brazil has been expected to take its place among the world's leading industrialized nations for half a century. Very large well-educated workforce, vast natural resources, diversified economy. Incompetence and corruption by its political leadership has undercut it every time it builds up some steam.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Lee in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Whether the shootings were justifiable as self defense, what was a 17 year old doing walking the street with a loaded rifle?
     
    He was breaking the law by simply being there armed. There's no provision in Wisconson law for minors to be walking around with a loaded weapon outside of adult supervised sporting activities. This seems likely to hurt his case. The prosecutor will likely paint him as out looking for trouble, and only having had to defend himself because he found  it.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    Whether the shootings were justifiable as self defense, what was a 17 year old doing walking the street with a loaded rifle?
     
    He was breaking the law by simply being there armed. There's no provision in Wisconson law for minors to be walking around with a loaded weapon outside of adult supervised sporting activities. This seems likely to hurt his case. The prosecutor will likely paint him as out looking for trouble, and only having had to defend himself because he found  it.
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