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  1. They literally chanted "Hang Mike Pence" and brought a gallows. They brought bombs. They brought zip ties. They killed a cop. Anyone arguing that they didn't have a plan and a purpose (no matter how outrageous or deranged), isn't paying attention.
  2. It is amazing to me how many people STILL don't understand "free speech" and the 1st amendment.
  3. Man, now I really hope there's a DH in 2021. He ought to be able to hit better than 2020, but dude is lost in the field.
  4. My favorite team growing up was the 1980's dodgers (my grandparents lived in LA and would always take us to games when we visited). Favorite player was Fernando. Maybe my favorite sports memory is the Kirk Gibson homer (my grandparents were there!). Lasorda was the heart and soul of those teams, and was so much fun to watch and follow. RIP.
  5. Terrorists storming government buildings. Waving the confederate/treasonous flag. The GOP never deserves a single vote again from any American.
  6. It is bizarre to me that ~30,000 people appear to have voted for Warnock and Perdue. I can't imagine the mindset that makes that internally consistent.
  7. I got mine this morning. This is such a stupid disaster. We knew back in February and March that a vaccine was in the works and that it would be a key way to control a devastating pandemic. Anyone with half a brain could know that rolling out a two-stage vaccine (with complex supply chain and handling requirements) to every American (not to mention the rest of the world) would be a hugely complex and challenging task. It requires logistics, planning, organization, manpower, and money. Our government did absolutely nothing to address any of this. They threw some money at phar
  8. 2 years ago we had 3 straight days of -45 with wind chill of -65. That sucked. Car wouldn't start, so I walked 8 blocks to work. Longest walk of my life.
  9. I got a falling apart 2008 Honda Civic. Sounds like a disaster. Embarrasses the heck out of my kids. I love it.
  10. 300,000 dead people and idiots still won't wear masks. These people are the worst, and have blood on their hands. I hope that some day they get enough insight to feel wracked with guilt, but I'm not optimistic.
  11. This article will make you furious. https://www.texasmonthly.com/being-texan/texas-wedding-photographers-have-seen-some/
  12. Every time I see people getting vaccinated for this monster of a virus I start crying. The amount of pent up tension, anxiety, and sadness I have about this is awful. The end is in sight. Still a ways to go, but it is out there.
  13. If Hollywood isn't already working on a movie, they are doing something very wrong. Wow. What a story. Worth reading, especially if anyone ever tries to discredit the asylum claims of people trying to flee organized crime in that area. Horrifying.
  14. I'm at peace with some rebuilding years of struggle. I hope it isn't this year, but it is clearly coming. What a run we've had, though. We've had heartbreak, drama, stars and villains, and finally won with the most unlikely and joyful and lovable team I can remember. Anything more is icing on the cake.
  15. I'm sure it was a democratic conspiracy. I'm sure it wasn't the fact that Rudy spends hours every day in mass gatherings yelling without a mask. I shudder to think how many people he has infected. I hope he is miserable.
  16. Found this owl in northern MN yesterday evening...
  17. https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2020/12/how-iowa-mishandled-coronavirus-pandemic/617252/ This is a good article about what it is like to be a healthcare worker in the midwest right now. I'm a doc in MN, and am on the C19 frontline team for our hospital (not my usual area of expertise at all, but this is an all-hands-on-deck situation). The constant waves of sick and dying people are overwhelming us, and yet people still don't take it seriously and go about their day going to stores and restaurants and parties. I've had patients yell at me that I'm crazy and that the
  18. The attitude that taking 6-12 months off of big gatherings is too much to ask is why 270,000 americans (and counting) are dead. People like their convenience and familiar fun activities more than protecting their fellow humans. I'm sick of it. I've been working with covid patients for too long to have any sympathy at all for the people who feel inconvenienced. We have 4% of the world's population and 20% of the COVID deaths because people are too damn selfish to not gather for a while. Our country should be ashamed. What a pathetic culture of selfishness and thoughtlessness.
  19. This tech was in development prior to C19 as a potential therapeutic tool for rare genetic diseases. I've been involved in a lot of it, and it is super cool. In other news, I'm on the covid frontline team today and am calling high risk patients with new positive results. Multiple conversations with elderly folks who have lost a spouse in the last 2-3 days, and who are now sick (and alone and terrified) themselves. This might be one of the most heartbreaking days of my medical career.
  20. https://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2020/11/third-surge-breaking-healthcare-workers/617091/ I'm getting redeployed from my regular subspecialty clinic to the COVID front line care team. This winter is going to be rough.
  21. Don't feel too bad for me. As bad as things are here, I work at one of (if not the) largest and finest and most well-resourced hospital in the country. We have the best experts, the best equipment, the best organization, and still we are nearing a breaking point. I can only begin to imagine what it is like at a small, under-resourced, community hospital in some of the hot-zone areas of the Dakotas and Wisconsin. It must be truly hellish.
  22. As a doc at Mayo, and sitting on these committees, I can confirm that things are dire here. We'll get through it, but this winter is going to be brutal.
  23. A tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.
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