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dream-beyond-the-fantasy·18 hours agoPhoto

nicholassabalos:

Yeah, they’re THAT big!

NORFOLK, VA & SAN DIEGO, CA (March 20, 2020) – As the United States, and the rest of the world, take drastic actions to slow the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus….the Nation is preparing to deploy two valuable assets – gigantic hospital ships – to coastal areas needing the most medical assistance.

Although the photo above was taken in 2005, it serves to illustrate just how BIG are the two United States Navy hospital ships, USNS Mercy (T-AH 19) and USNS Comfort (T-AH 20)….

….with Mercy seen here sailing side-by-side with nuclear-powered supercarrier USS Abraham Lincoln (CVN 72) off the coast of Indonesia (….providing huge life-saving humanitarian assistance following a horrific earthquake and tsunami at the time).

The two Mercy-class hospital ships are the third largest ships in the U.S. Navy Fleet by length, surpassed only by the nuclear-powered Nimitz-class and Gerald R. Ford-class supercarriers.

The ships are operated for the U.S. Navy (the medical staff) by professional mariners from the Military Sealift Command.

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         A basic intro to U.S. Navy hospital ships Mercy and Comfort

Those two hospital ships, with their 1,000 beds, 12 operating rooms, and a staff of 1,000 doctors, nurses and hospital corpsmen – EACH – will have a profound humanitarian assistance impact wherever they are deployed during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

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Each hospital ship will, essentially, take over/absorb as much of the routine non-COVID-19-related cases in the region as possible….keeping these evolving  – the “life happens” stuff – or emergency patients’s treatment as isolated as possible from the coronavirus when the patient’s immune system is already especially vulnerable….and allowing the hospitals ashore to gear-up to most effectively handle a possible onslaught of COVID-19 sufferers.

That’s the broad, overall mission of these hospitals-born-as-tankers in the 1970s and 1980s.

Likely, worth their weight (and size) in gold, again!

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        Inside the two hospital ships – state-of-the-art medical facilities

USNS Mercy will head 100 miles north from her home in San Diego very soon….arriving on station in Los Angeles Harbor by the end of March….ready to provide critical medical support to one of the hardest-hit regions in the United States. (Mercy was originally slated to go to Seattle, but mobile military ground hospitals of equal capacity will be deployed there instead, with the need for the hospital ship deemed more immediately necessary in the Los Angeles area.)

USNS Comfort will take a little longer to prepare for duty, as the ship was deep into a repair and maintenance period (following her recently-completed lengthy overseas humanitarian assistance deployment in support of Venezuelan refugees) when the current pandemic emergency arose. Comfort should be leaving her home in Norfolk, VA in very early April, fully re-outfitted and ready, to quickly head to New York Harbor to support that hard-hit area.

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Considering the vast complexity and logistics of getting these two huge floating hospitals ready to serve effectively on the front lines against the pandemic….

….on short notice in a rapidly-changing and dangerous health environment….

….their proper readiness (try establishing a fine-tuned hospital of 1,000+ staff in two weeks) for sea and for the long, difficult and dangerous mission ahead is a miracle in and of itself. But both ships should be on station just as the situation approaches its worst across many parts of the United States.

Wishing the men and women of these two amazing hospital ships Godspeed in your missions of Mercy and Comfort!

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>>Top photo: U.S. Navy; Photographer’s Mate 3rd Class Gabriel R. Piper, USN (Note: the Photographer’s Mate rating was folded into the Mass Communications Specialist rating in 2006, shortly after the top photo was taken.)

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dream-beyond-the-fantasy·19 hours agoText

zagenta:

Honestly shoutout to The Social Network for giving us the line “you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole” because if that doesn’t epitomize women’s feelings for entitled male nerds I don’t know what does

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dream-beyond-the-fantasy·20 hours agoText

ravensrandoms:

I would like to send a shout-out to every asshole who patronizingly told me 3.5 years ago that I was “overacting” and “hysterical” and “pessimistic” and “dramatic” and that I just needed to calm down because “we’ve survived before, and we’ll survive him too” when I said this fucker was going to kill us.

ignorantsanonymous:

Ladies, gentlemen, and folks otherwise, I present to you the dishonorable, fascist president doing his best to un-unite the states of America.

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dream-beyond-the-fantasy·20 hours agoText

teakturn:

For the person commenting on not taking a pay cut, he HAD to change his lifestyle to be able to afford to pay his employees a living wage. He talked to accountants and they helped him break the numbers down based on data about the cost of living and various factors about the commute, housing issues, etc. All inspired by his best friend going nearly into debt over medical costs meanwhile he had several houses, a jet, and drank champagne daily.

He sold stock, houses, and changed his spending and as a result, his employees were overall happier and the way they worked improved. They all bought more shit and had more kids and did all the consumption people want for us while also enjoying their work and their boss enough to band together and buy him a fucking Tesla as a thank you.

And you know what he realized after taking his pay cut? He didn’t need the champagne or the girls or the “lifestyle” of being a billionaire. He feels fulfilled in his work and with the people he’s surrounded himself with and he feels that he’s made a step in the right direction that other businessmen and billionaires should follow.

Please read the article and his statements on twitter because it’s eye-opening to see that you CAN be successful doing things ethically. 

jehovahhthickness:

Absolutely

desperate-acts-of-capitalism:

We are definitely going to talk about this guy on Buisness Desserts

Employees are not costs to be reduced, they are investments, they are assets that appreciate in value

jehovahhthickness:

It gets better.

jehovahhthickness:

He took a pay cut. I’m not doing all of that. Ima just pay my people well and give top notch benefits.

jehovahhthickness:

I wanna be that CEO that pays their employees 70K a year like that white guy I be seeing all over the Internet. I can’t remember his name.

I’m not gonna be like Jeff Bezos but I do wanna be a multimillionaire 😂😂😂

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arthurpendragonlove:

Watched the preview for tomorrow’s episode, and Jordan is SUCH a trashy bitch, blaming Molly for TJ being kidnapped. Fuck her. Hope when Molly finds out the truth of what’s going on, she punches her in her smug face.

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anyathefandom:

Why do all the men who are criminals feel the need to try to slander jax like it’s a bad thing to be a fairly most of the time good guy.

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dream-beyond-the-fantasy·2 days agoText

compassionatereminders:

Can we please stop treating the desire for loving and genuine relationships with other people as a weakness we need to get over? It’s not wrong or bad to want people to care about you, to pay attention to you, to accept you. Having those desires is not a character flaw you need to work on, it’s a natural and very normal part of being human.

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dream-beyond-the-fantasy·2 days agoPhoto

I miss these two together.  I’m glad that Stabler is getting back into the L&O-verse, but I just have no desire to get back into SVU.

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dream-beyond-the-fantasy·2 days agoText

Tagged by @reivenesque

1. What was the last movie you watched in theaters?   Downton Abbey

2. What’s your favorite game to play?   Uh, I like trivia games and Apples to Apples when in a group.  If I’m by myself, I try to remember how many things an actor has been in that I’ve seen.

3. Chocolate or vanilla?   Chocolate!

4. What’s the last show you binge-watched?  Currently and actively binge-watching Star Trek: Discovery and The Facts of Life.  I did recently finish watching Star Trek: Short Treks and Power Rangers SPD.  Other shows I am binge-watching, but not actively at the moment are Step by Step, The Fosters, Head of the Class, and Jane the Virgin.

5. Do you have any pets?  No.  I did have a dog, but she died years ago.  My family was so attached to her that we won’t get another dog and my dad hates cats.

6. What’s your favorite fairy tale?  Oh, but I have so many!  And which version?  Honestly, I prefer the darker, bloodier versions.  I’ll go with “Sleeping Beauty” and “Cinderella”.

7. Who’s your favorite superhero?  For DC, I would say Superman.  And for Marvel, I would say Iron Man.  My answers don’t necessarily have to do with the movies.

8. Who’s your favorite Disney Princess?  Belle or Jasmine.  I would say Mulan, but she’s not actually a princess, despite being lumped in with them.  She was not born to royalty, nor did she marry into it.  And I will always have a soft spot for Aurora and Ariel.

9. Where’s the first place you’re going to go after the social distancing is over?  Karate classes or the library.  Because I’m an essential worker, I still go out.  But I miss the kids, some of the parents, and the rec center staff.  As for the library, I want to read new books.  Ooh, or a restaurant!

10. Cookies or Cake?   I like both, but it depends.  I love soft-baked cookies, such as Subway chocolate chip cookies.  And I don’t like cakes that have a syrupy flavor.  But let’s be honest, the best part of a cake is the icing.

Tagging: @missviolethunter @fictionxlover @theempressar

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dream-beyond-the-fantasy·2 days agoPhoto

persephinae:

at ALL levels!  Mayors and Governors are stepping up because our shit federal government is doing fuck all

EVERY. ELECTION. MATTERS.

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