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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby addams » Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:59 pm UTC

Yes.
What Sableagle said.

Ptolom; You need and want the internet.
The internet needs and wants you.

Do you live in a civil land?
Can you speak to an MD?
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Ptolom » Mon Nov 21, 2016 2:53 pm UTC

I have seen a consultant who thought he may be able to do something but was disinclined to because of the risk. Then asked me if I thought there might be a psychological component to the problem and I said "maybe", because what illness doesn't have a psychological component? What I didn't realise is that now there is a permanent record to that effect, which means I can't have any treatment other than psychotherapy on the NHS unless I see him privately and persuade him to change his mind.
This is what leads me to the ANGRY thread.
I know I should be grateful that NHS treatment is available at all, it's just that actually getting any of it is such a long and frustrating process.

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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Angua » Tue Nov 22, 2016 9:58 pm UTC

You know, after all the stuff with Trump and Brexit and Jeremy *unt selling off the NHS to his mates at Virgin, can we please stop pretending that the developing/third world has a monopoly on corruption.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Thesh » Tue Nov 22, 2016 10:59 pm UTC

I'm pretty sure I heard on the news that only socialist countries like China, Brazil and Venezuela have corruption.
Honesty replaced by greed, they gave us the reason to fight and bleed
They try to torch our faith and hope, spit at our presence and detest our goals

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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Flumble » Wed Nov 23, 2016 12:28 am UTC

Angua wrote:pretending that the developing/third world has a monopoly on corruption.

Who ever did this in the first place?

At least in underdeveloped countries the corruption is more visible, probably both because the public is more powerless, the power is in the hands of fewer people and the people are used to seeing corruption.
In Western/developed/wealthy/democratic/first world countries you have to obscure your corruption through back-door politics, lobbies, bureaucracy and whatnot, or else there will be public outcry.

Thesh wrote:I'm pretty sure I heard on the news that only socialist countries like China, Brazil and Venezuela have corruption.

Don't forget Russia, North Korea and Cuba. It's dem fucking commies!

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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Angua » Wed Nov 23, 2016 2:03 am UTC

Flumble wrote:
Angua wrote:pretending that the developing/third world has a monopoly on corruption.

Who ever did this in the first place?

All the people who keep going 'that's developing world level of corruption'. Saying, it's like we're in Brazil! It's happened a few times in a row that I've noticed over the past week, both on this forum and facebook.

Edit: eg "Cos that's some third-world level of prudence in governance there."
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Angua » Wed Nov 30, 2016 4:39 pm UTC

Double posting cause it's been a while and I have more ranting.

Basically I wish to curse whoever came up with the idea of a 'Person specification' for a job application.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Chen » Thu Dec 01, 2016 12:34 pm UTC

Angua wrote:Double posting cause it's been a while and I have more ranting.

Basically I wish to curse whoever came up with the idea of a 'Person specification' for a job application.


I've never heard of that. Is it different than a list of qualifications that you'd normally see in a job application?

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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Angua » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:02 pm UTC

They have a lot of random stuff on their that they want you to somehow prove

Spoiler:
Personal skills
Communication skills:

Demonstrates clarity in written/spoken
communication, and capacity to adapt language
to the situation, as appropriate

Able to build rapport, listen, persuade and
negotiate
Problem solving and
decision making:

Capacity to use logical/lateral thinking to solve
problems/make decisions, indicating an
analytical/scientific approach
Empathy and sensitivity:

Capacity to take in others’ perspectives and treat
others with understanding; sees patients as
people

Demonstrates respect for all
Managing others and team involvement:

Able to work in multi
-professional teams and
supervise junior medical staff

Ability to show leadership, make decisions,
organise and motivate other team members; for
the benefit of patients through, for example, audit
and quality improvement projects

Capacity to work effectively with others
Organisation and planning:

Capacity to manage/prioritise time and
information effectively

Capacity to prioritise own workload and organise
ward rounds

Evidence of thoroughness (is well-prepared,
shows self
-discipline/commitment, is punctual and
meets deadlines)
Vigilance and situational awareness:

Capacity to monitor developing situations and
anticipate issues.
Coping with pressure and managing uncertainty:

Capacity to operate under pressure

Demonstrates initiative and resilience to cope with
changing circumstances

Is able to deliver good clinical
care in the face of
uncertainty
Values:

Understands, respects and demonstrates the
values of the NHS (e.g. everyone counts;
improving lives; commitment to quality of care;
respect and dignity; working together for patients;
compassion)
Management and leadership skills:

Evidence of involvement in management
commensurate with experience

Demonstrates an understanding of NHS
management and resources

Evidence of effective multi-disciplinary team
working and leadership, supported by multi-
source feedback or other workplace-based
assessments

Evidence of effective leadership in and outside
medicine
IT skills:

Demonstrates information technology skills
Other:

Evidence of achievement outside medicine

Evidence of altruistic behaviour, eg voluntary work

Evidence of organisational skills –
not necessarily
in medicine, e.g. grant or bursary applications,
organisation of a university club, sports section,
etc.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Sableagle » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:07 pm UTC

So prior to applying for this job you have to arrange for the interviewer to follow you through six years at university, eight in the army, including two operational tours, and ten in the NHS, including five in the job for which you're applying?
I don't know and have no opinion.

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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Angua » Thu Dec 01, 2016 9:12 pm UTC

It's such a faff.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Chen » Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:49 pm UTC

Uh yeah ok actually providing some sort of proof of all that would be pretty ridiculous. I mean are those followed by empty spaces on the application where they expect you to write something? That would be absurd (especially since there's SOOO much overlap in those)

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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Angua » Fri Dec 02, 2016 12:59 pm UTC

No, basically you have to look up the document with the person specification and then try and hit them all when filling out the form if possible (there are specific questions about teaching and research experience, and then you get 400 words of a personal statement which is also supposed to show commitment to speciality, and you get a further 100 words which is basically an 'anything else'. And then they say the rest might be covered in interview/from your references, though as I understand the references just fill out a short form so I don't know what they expect from it).

When you turn up for interview you're expected to have a portfolio which provides proof of everything you've written on the application. Which is ridiculous, as most of it is on an electronic portfolio which is the system used by a majority of people who will be applying to this, so now I have to print out all the stuff from that, and stuff neatly into plastic wallets and put into a binder.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby addams » Sat Dec 03, 2016 12:51 am UTC

oh, Angua; What an enormous pain in the ass!
I am so sorry.

If you had known during the last six years;
Then, slowly and steadily, you would have built a binder of the Proofs Required.

After each hurtle and/or hoop you jumped through you would have saved a document proving proficiency.
You would have a thick binder of letters of recommendation and statements from faculty or supervisors.

But! Damn It!
You did not know THIS was coming!

Back in the Olden Days our Transcripts were enough.
They changed the Rules after you played the game??!

I'm so sorry this is happening to you.
Is this hitting your whole cohort?

Jeeze....Is your nation losing its mind?
Has my nation driven your nation nuts?

I am so sorry.
This must be unbelievably stressful for you.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Angua » Sat Dec 03, 2016 2:20 am UTC

I think Britain started off the madness before the US decided to show them up :P
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby addams » Sat Dec 03, 2016 3:17 am UTC

Angua wrote:I think Britain started off the madness before the US decided to show them up :P

oh, Now-Now.
Let's not get into an argument about who's nation is more fucked-up and who's nation started it.

Reasons:
#1. At least You have a National Health Service to tear down.
We have never had one.

#2. Our work toward having one might be quickly undone.

##3. That would be a silly argument.

I'd let you win,
if you want to.

Anything to relieve the stress of your paperwork NightMare.

You have worked so Hard for so Long.
These new requirements are so Unfair.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Sableagle » Mon Dec 05, 2016 6:16 pm UTC

Dear installer software,
You are on the disk in the optical disk drive. You are a week old. Please stop looking for yourself on Microsoft's website and just install yourself as you are.
How hard can this be?
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby ucim » Tue Dec 06, 2016 3:07 am UTC

Ch*rp it Google, I DON'T WANT TO INSTALL AN APP to access your website. DON'T FORCE ME TO!

Ditto all the other websites that foist apps on users.

(I use google docs, and Google detects that I'm on Android and won't let me access it via the web. I have to download an app, which allows google nearly unlimited access to my device.)

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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby eran_rathan » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:30 pm UTC

In a perfect ending to a perfectly awful year, my entire family got norovirus for Christmas. Been awake some 5 AM yesterday, its now 7:30 Am today. Fml.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Flumble » Sun Dec 25, 2016 12:38 pm UTC

Shared sorrow is half sorrow, as they say.

Sorry, I can't make it any less awful than it is.

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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Dthen » Sun Dec 25, 2016 1:36 pm UTC

Fuck the 25th.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Jumble » Mon Dec 26, 2016 11:02 pm UTC

Fuck 2016. And I quote:

These are the days of the open hand
They will not be the last
Look around now
These are the days of the beggars and the choosers

This is the year of the hungry man
Whose place is in the past
Hand in hand with ignorance
And legitimate excuses

The rich declare themselves poor
And most of us are not sure
If we have too much
But we'll take our chances
Because god's stopped keeping score
I guess somewhere along the way
He must have let us alt out to play
Turned his back and all god's children
Crept out the back door

And it's hard to love, there's so much to hate
Hanging on to hope
When there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it's much too late
Well maybe we should all be praying for time

These are the days of the empty hand
Oh you hold on to what you can
And charity is a coat you wear twice a year

This is the year of the guilty man
Your television takes a stand
And you find that what was over there is over here

So you scream from behind your door
Say "what's mine is mine and not yours"
I may have too much but i'll take my chances
Because god's stopped keeping score
And you cling to the things they sold you
Did you cover your eyes when they told you

That he can't come back
Beacuse he has no children to come back for

It's hard to love there's so much to hate
Hanging on to hope when there is no hope to speak of
And the wounded skies above say it's much too late
So maybe we should all be praying for time
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby addams » Wed Dec 28, 2016 1:12 am UTC

Jumble;
It's easier to take with music.
About half the words are lost.
Spoiler:
Mercifully.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=goroyZbVdlo

And; No.
I'm not arguing with either one of you.

I have heard people, people that have lived good honorable lives,
But, they have gotten old, these people look to the TV and Believe.

I have heard people get themselves Soo F***ing worked up,
they would raise their own hands against their fellow man.

I have heard others, not so good, not so honorable,
that celebrate with 'Glee!' as our safety nets crumble.

Those mean old Bastards really 'Get My Goat'!

"Yeah..." I think. "You soft, weak old Bastard.
"You and your Survivalist friends. (pfft)"

"Those 'friends' of yours will be the first
in line to stab you in the back."

umm...This is the Rant Thread?
I must curtail that kind of language in any other venue.

BECAUSE!!
Damn It!

I promised to be (as much as I am humanly able).
To be the change I want to see in The World.
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Some of us see The Gutter.
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Postby Liri » Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:14 am UTC

I got a book cause I thought it was sci-fi but it's actually a soap opera.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Angua » Sat Jan 07, 2017 4:34 pm UTC

Why is it that you generally need 6 weeks' notice to book leave, but only get 5 days notice for knowing when you'll need it?

"You should be given at least 5 working days’ notice of your interview date. The only exception to this is where an interview slot becomes available at a later date that you become eligible for."

Just to be clear, these interviews are for getting a post for the next stage of training. It's not like I've just randomly decided to look for a new job. :roll:
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Giant Speck » Fri Jan 13, 2017 5:48 pm UTC

Vog is gross.
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Postby suffer-cait » Fri Jan 13, 2017 7:11 pm UTC

My throat is so itchy! I've been spending as much time as possible in climate controlled areas. On the bright side it makes lights look all pretty at night. Also, hey I'm home, we should meet up or something.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Giant Speck » Fri Jan 13, 2017 10:51 pm UTC

I'm just glad I'm not sick like I was when we got the vog this time last year. I had been sick for about three weeks and just as I was recovering, the vog came in and I was sick for another week.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby speising » Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:04 pm UTC

What is "vog" and how does it make sick?

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Postby Deva » Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:07 pm UTC

Wikipedia wrote:Vog is a form of air pollution that results when sulfur dioxide and other gases and particles emitted by an erupting volcano react with oxygen and moisture in the presence of sunlight. The word is a portmanteau of the words "volcanic", "smog", and "fog"



Most studies of vog have been in areas where vog is naturally present, and not in controlled conditions. Vog contains chemicals that can damage the environment, and the health of plants, humans and other animals. Most of the aerosols are acidic and of a size where they can remain in the lungs to damage the lungs and impair function. Headaches, watery eyes, sore throat, breathing difficulties (including inducing asthma attacks), flu-like symptoms, and general lethargy are commonly reported. These effects are especially pronounced in people with respiratory conditions and children. Vog generally reduces visibility, creating a hazard for road, air and ocean traffic.[1]
Changes its form depending on the observer.

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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby speising » Fri Jan 13, 2017 11:22 pm UTC

Ah, thanks. German Google was less than helpful.

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Postby Giant Speck » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:57 am UTC

Here's a photo I took of it yesterday morning at around 8:00 AM.

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Postby Sableagle » Sat Jan 14, 2017 1:27 pm UTC

Wow. That looks like LA. I can only suggest moving into the shower until it's passed.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Zohar » Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:32 pm UTC

Wow, I had no idea that happens in Hawaii. How often do you get this, and for how long?
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Angua » Sat Jan 14, 2017 2:58 pm UTC

Ash is the worst.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Giant Speck » Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:00 am UTC

Zohar wrote:Wow, I had no idea that happens in Hawaii. How often do you get this, and for how long?


I made a couple of graphics to explain:

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We don't get this sort of pattern very often, perhaps every couple months or so, but it's usually only this bad once or twice per year. It usually lasts anywhere from a couple days to a week, depending on the orientation of the synoptic pattern.
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Postby Giant Speck » Sun Jan 15, 2017 5:03 am UTC

Because the winds out of the south are very weak, they don't encounter the mountains at enough strength to create terrain-induced rain showers, so there's nothing to wash the vog out of the sky. Therefore, it kind of lingers under a radiation inversion near the surface.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby addams » Fri Jan 20, 2017 5:08 am UTC

Thank you, Speck.
I love explanations of Weather.

People on the other hand....
Not all people Suck.

But; The ones that do...
Those AssHole suck hard and Not in a good way.

I am Soo fucking angry at some people, I installed a mirror, installed a clock, and organized my tools.
Spoiler:
Watch Out!! If you Really piss me off, I'll Clean and Polish!
EDIT!
I'm all pissed off, again.
What?? I'm the only One?

I decided I wanted to sign a White House Petition.
(shrug) It was going to be my First One.

A person must verify an e-mail address.
I'm willing to do that.

I did it for another Web Site.
That worked, fine as frog's hair.

The White House Petition Site:
(Fuck!) 404 page not found.

The Bastards are shutting down the US Government.
Or; I am, just, digitally clumsy.

....It is possible for Both of those things to be True at the Same Time.

(sniff-sniff) The internet is a powerful and delicate beast.
It is possible for me to lose the pleasure of access to xkcd forum.

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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Sableagle » Thu Feb 02, 2017 5:52 pm UTC



In the work canteen this week, the subject of "Trump's Muslim ban" came up, and someone said:
I can't wait till he starts culling them. Me and Stu are going to organise a bus trip, go over there and join in.


As long as I don't really believe him, I can't really kill him ... but hey, yes, there are Nazis in Britain and I found one.
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Re: ANGRY NATTERINGS

Postby Jumble » Thu Feb 02, 2017 6:23 pm UTC

As I think recent election results in the US, the UK and across Europe have demonstrated (and unfortunately are likely to go on demonstrating), there is ignorance, blind self interest, moronic fuckwittery and all-out evil everywhere. It's our job to oppose it.
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