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May 13, 2015 pony commented on Morning News: Veterans Affairs Hospital Apologizes for Being Terrible, Kayaktivists Face Off with Shell in Everett.
Not helping sick people on the doorsteps of ERs is not a VA problem, it's a hospital problem. I'm a 911 dispatcher and we get calls every so often from hospitals and/or patients asking for the fire department to "transport" the patient the last few feet into the hospital. Sometimes it's only ten feet, sometimes it's 100 feet (from their parked car). I guess it's some sort of liability/insurance thing. It's also absolutely absurd.
Apr 27, 2014 pony commented on Special Delivery.
His return address is a stamp!

As a 16 year old working at a bookstore when the first book came out, I sold a ton of his books and regularly pawed through them in the back room on my breaks. Never got tired of slowly turning their pages and exploring it all.

Great interview/story/preview... only wish I wasn't working Monday night.
Apr 8, 2014 pony commented on Police Beat: The Skin You're In.
KC BLS units check blood sugar and can administer Epi's (the latter due to someone dying while waiting for a medic to arrive). Finding out that Seattle BLS units aren't doing the former is very surprising. I'm going to be asking around to find out more.
Apr 4, 2014 pony commented on The Man Seattle Police Killed Yesterday: 26-Year-Old Chef Cody Spafford.
Brandi Kruse (KIRO radio reporter) just tweeted a photo of yesterday's bank robber pointing a handgun directly at a teller's head. I don't know guns at all, so no idea if it's real or an airsoft, but the photo's pretty fucking scary.
Apr 2, 2014 pony commented on How to Prepare for a Big Earthquake Here.
Full Rip is a great read - terrifying and utterly fascinating.
Mar 28, 2014 pony commented on This Is Some Top-Notch Propaganda.
The caddie one isn't a joke? Are you sure? They were trying to be funny, they had to be, it's so, so farcey-dumb.
Jan 17, 2014 pony commented on A PSA From Your Friendly Neighborhood Smack Aficionados.
Also, a PSA from your friendly neighborhood 911 dispatcher. People who call 911 for help with an overdose get immunity from drug-related charges. Cops can't hook you up on drug charges, so call for help.
Dec 18, 2013 pony commented on I, Anonymous.
Yes, they super suck. Pricey, a pain in the ass to switch out and store, terrible for our infrastructure. But, for better of worse, I have a job that I can't not go to because there's a little snow; one of those silly life and death kind of jobbie jobs. I also get off of work after the busses stop running. So, it's either walk home 11 miles in the snow, or I get the damn studded tires (putting on and removing chains on the freeway at 3 AM is not an option, so don't suggest it). At least I drive a tiny city car, so hopefully I'm causing 2% less damage than the big vehicles.
Nov 29, 2013 pony commented on Officers in Riot Gear Bust Walmart Protesters.
It was a planned protest with a set number of people planning to be arrested. This is how some civil disobedience is done these days.
Oct 11, 2013 pony commented on A Recipe for Geothermally Baked Bread.
I've had a lot of hverabrau├░ in northern Iceland (sounds like the same thing, different name), and that shit is amazing delicious. Smeared with a dose of Icelandic butter, it's food heaven.