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Pattern Ghost

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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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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Lord Liaden in In other news...   
    Sounds more like a Bound Florida Man to me.
     
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Hugh Neilson 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 Tom Cowan 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 Lord Liaden 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 reacted to archer in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    What are you spending the year doing?
     
    If you were to spend the next year doing what we've been doing the past year, which was pretty much nothing, then waiting another year wouldn't have accomplished a thing other than letting a large number of people continue living for another year.
     
    On the other hand, if we spent the next year arranging permanent places of refuge internationally for women and girls who wanted to get out...
     
    Arranging for teachers and journalists to get out...
     
    And above all, arranging for the translators (and their families) who've been helping our military, journalists, and charities to be able to function in the country to get out (as our government had promised to do for them), in that case, another year could have made a tremendous difference over the long run.
     
    Right now, the 500 members of the Afghan military who are still working with us inside the Kabul airport haven't even been guaranteed a seat on one of the evacuation flights, much less all of the people who are stranded at various places outside the airport gates, inside Kabul, and across the country.
     
    Heck, forget about another year. What if that effort had been made just from inauguration day through today, how many thousands or hundreds of thousands would we not be worrying about right now?
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to tkdguy in Coronavirus   
    I agree with the sentiment. But asking the anti-maskers to do all that reading may be too much for them. Not that they're necessarily incapable; they just tune out long before then.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Bazza in Marvel Cinematic Universe, Phase Three and BEYOOOOONND   
    T'Challa becomes Star-Lord instead of Peter Quill. 
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Lord Liaden in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    I remember in a chat here on the website with Steve Long, someone asked him a question about how many official Champions characters were gay. He answered to the effect that he never went out of his way to define a character's sexuality, because that would almost never affect their motivations for becoming a hero (or villain). Moreover, in contemporary Western society homosexuality is rarely a serious complication any more. Steve said that if a character's sexual preference isn't specified, a given game group who want to use it can define it however would work for them.
     
    Both the comics writers and the fans are making more fuss over this than is necessary, pro or con. If you're writing a story with romantic drama, the emotions matter a lot more than the plumbing.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from Hugh Neilson in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    Like I said, comics have never let consistency tie them down, and it was especially true the further you go back. 
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to Lord Liaden in Political Discussion Thread (With Rules)   
    It's been a truism for 2,500 years: Afghanistan is where foreign armies go to die.
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    Pattern Ghost reacted to zslane in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    While it may not be "unrealistic" for a teenage character like Tim Drake to explore/discover his sexuality on a deeper, more authentic level, it feels jarring to readers because of the decades-long understand they've had of him. To readers, he's been straight for 32 years regardless of how old he is supposed to be in continuity. In fact, in-continuity age strikes me as a weak metric for justifying things like this because superhero character virtually never age. And just like their age, their core identity is not meant to change drastically over time either. That's why it feels sudden and contrived that Tim Drake is "revealed" as bi-sexual. It is so clearly an attempt to appear progressive, pandering to the identity politics of the moment, while sacrificing the decades-long relationship readers have had with the character in the process.
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    Pattern Ghost got a reaction from assault in DC Movies- if at first you don't succeed...   
    That's fair. Hopefully, you can still find the types of graphical stories you want to read. But that's not a limit the genre as a whole should accept.
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