this did not age well
Even prior to COVID I don’t see how you could look at a country with no guaranteed paid sick leave or universal healthcare and go “yeah this one would do great in a pandemic.”
I looked into it a little; the report, which is by (it says there) the 2019 Global Health Security Index, which, to quote their fucking Excel file, is
so it might be pretty easy to tell what’s ultimately going on here…
so like, as an example, their score here is a weighted average of a bunch of scores in different categories; one of them is “SUFFICIENT AND ROBUST HEALTH SYSTEM TO TREAT THE SICK AND PROTECT HEALTH WORKERS” which is 16.7% of the score. You won’t be surprised to learn that the US is also number 1 within that category.
Now, the country’s score in that category is itself an average of scores in a bunch of smaller categories, one of which is “Healthcare access”, worth 18.7% of that category.
The score there is itself an average of two numbers: “Access to healthcare” and “Healthcare worker access to healthcare”. 50% each.
“Access to healthcare” itself is a weighted (somehow…) average of three numbers:
- The answer to the question “Has the country enacted legislation mandating universal healthcare coverage?” (1 or 0)
- The % of the population with access to skilled birth attendants
- The Amount of money the country spends per capita on healthcare.
Which… I mean. Only the first one appears to be a measure of access to healthcare? And it doesn’t seem like a terribly good proxy, but… anyways, the point is, the extent to which Everybody Has Access To Healthcare appears to be only worth about (18.7% * 50% * 33(?)% =) 3% of… how sufficient and robust a country’s healthcare system is in a FUCKING PANDEMIC.
which makes it 0.5% of the “pandemic preparedness” score above.
Never trust an index you haven’t prepared yourself, tbh.
this is a thing from the economist, so of course, what’s most negatively correlated with that score?
in case someone is wondering, this is how it’s going in reality:
What animal looks like it would screm the loudest
the bare-throated bellbird is so loud that it can cause permanent damage to human hearing at close range!
and they absolutely look like it.
Imagine being a predatory animal and you see a bunch of huge delicious looking birds but they always hang out with this super fucking sus bush full of eyes.
Other Peafowl: “Wow dude, nice plummage.”
Also don’t forget the blood cuddling scream and horrible ripping razor feet, mine loved me but no one else was allowed near the backyard
Impossible… Perhaps the archives are now complete?
The chosen one…is he a brunette and plain…clumsy…has two equally hot love interests vying for his attention… instantly good at whatever he does…? Is he to be our salvation…?
leader of a trio of college kids waking past me at walmart: okay. mission number two, finding where the popcorn is.
his friend: wait, what was mission number one?
leader: fucking getting here, travis.
This really is what grocery shopping in college was like
More inadvisable Dungeons & Dragons campaign premises, Exploring The Implications™ edition:
- A setting that inverts the customary relationship between species and character class; a fighter or a wizard or a cleric is something you’re born as, but being an elf or a dwarf or a halfing is something you have to learn – and yes, you can multiclass!
- A setting where humans live in dungeons and venture forth to explore the mysterious “surface”; the perils of the surface look exactly like their real-world counterparts, but have the stats of high-level monsters, like a squirrel has ten hit dice and breathes fire.
- A setting where all crafted objects are randomly imbued with weird and generally inconvenient magical powers, and the highest mark of mastery is being able to create something that only performs its intended mundane function.
- A setting that takes all those jokes about the XP system where killing monsters making you better at shoe repair to their logical-yet-absurd conclusion and establishes that yes, in fact, the only way to improve a skill is to practice it as a combat art.
- A setting where character classes are contagious in the mode of Hollywood vampirism – e.g., getting mugged by a rogue may turn you into one yourself – and the world is secretly ruled by a sinister council of the classed, with each class as a separate faction.
sometimes I think about when my roommate was trying to explain what I do to one of his friends and they had an entire conversation only to realize afterwards that he had been talking about lichens and she had been talking about lycans (as in werewolves)
Lichens: Symbiotic organisms made from a combination of fungi, algae, and maybe some funky bacteria. All or most of the parts can also exist on their own. A mystery and misunderstood in most media.
How do we know lycans aren’t exactly like lichens?! A symbiotic organism made from a human and other stuff that can exist on their own but when they interact you get a whole ass other life form! Also a mystery and misunderstood in most media!
No one can convince me that werewolves aren’t formed by drinking water contaminated with a toxic algal bloom (which blooms most often under a full moon).
Algae can form resting structures that lay dormant for hundreds of years, maybe the specific wavelength of moonlight inuces the photosynthetic algae to “wake up” inside the human cells and triggers the change to werewolf form.
Now the whole rage-filled people-eating thing can also be explained by algae.
Many species of algae can switch between photosynthetic and heterotrophic (predator) forms if the light is limited. So the moonlight induces the change but it’s not enough to feed the lifeform so it must also consume flesh!
Once the moonlight is gone, it once again goes into its resting cyst form.
But why are they hairy and wolf like?
These are all algae…. Some even look like they have tails.
ok I LOVE this theory but my primary takeaway from this has been “I had no idea how fucked up algae were”
Shoutout to my therapist she tries so hard to keep up with me. I explained the concept of spell slots vs cantrips as a disability metaphor to her and she took notes. On a pad of paper. About the spellcasting mechanics of dungeons and dragons.
She was like “this is gonna come up again I’m guessing?” And I was like yeah probably and she said “okay hang on” and started writing. Bless
What was the metaphor OP?
I mean it wasn’t mine i got it off tumbler dot org, but there are things that you can do seemingly an unlimited number of times per day, that don’t drain on your internal resources, and that make abled people think you don’t have chronic pain or fatigue or brain fog whatever because look, she’s writing her journal or whatever, surely she must be able to also do her homework, but maybe for you journal-writing is a cantrip, whereas homework takes a spell slot. And you only get a certain number of spell slots per long rest because they drain you in a more profound way, and you need to save one for cooking dinner and you already used one to walk to the store for milk. It’s a variant on Spoon Theory for nerds.
oh wow fuck that’s a good metaphor
Additional 5e mechanic that is helpful: spell slots exist in multiple power levels. You can use a more powerful spell slot to cast a lower level spell (lvl 2 in a lvl 3 slot) but you cannot cast a high level spell (like lvl 5) in that same slot. Similarly, you can use up a Big Task spoon to do something that qualifies as a Small Task for you, but you usually can’t use a Small Task spoon for a Big Task.
…I have a feeling this metaphor may work for some of my followers.