Ethics-challenged judges added to opioid deaths…and more


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❝ For years, they sealed evidence about the risks as the body count mounted. And as a Reuters analysis found, it’s only one of many big product-liability cases in which judges have countenanced a lethal and often unlawful secrecy.

❝ In an unprecedented analysis, Reuters found that over the past 20 years, judges sealed evidence relevant to public health and safety in about half of the 115 biggest defective-product cases consolidated before federal judges in so-called multidistrict litigation, or MDLs. Those cases comprised nearly 250,000 individual death and injury lawsuits, involving dozens of products used by millions of consumers: drugs, cars, medical devices and other products. And the numbers don’t convey the full extent of information locked away because they don’t include thousands of product-liability cases heard in state courts.

Frankly, they need to be indicted and tried in something more than the court of public opinion. However, I doubt there is any appropriate body in American jurisprudence or politics with sufficient courage – or dedication to the common good – to do so.

Folks who knit, crochet, learn from gamers – ban support for Trump and his white supremacy ideology

❝ We are banning support of Donald Trump and his administration on Ravelry.

❝ This includes support in the form of forum posts, projects, patterns, profiles, and all other content. Note that your project data will never be deleted. We will never delete your Ravelry project data for any reason and if a project needs to be removed from the site, we will make sure that you have access to your data. If you are permanently banned from Ravelry, you will still be able to access any patterns that you purchased. Also, we will make sure that you receive a copy of your data.

❝ We cannot provide a space that is inclusive of all and also allow support for open white supremacy. Support of the Trump administration is undeniably support for white supremacy

❝ Much of this policy was first written by a roleplaying game site, not unlike Ravelry but for RPGs, named RPG.net. We thank them for their thoughtful work.

I second that emotion.

Best medical care in the world


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Some of the hundreds of people in dire need of medical care wait in a parking lot for 12 hours in below-freezing temperatures for a chance to be seen at a temporary free clinic in rural Tennessee in February. Tickets were handed out first come, first served.

Yup. Best medical care in the world – if you can afford it!

Oh, BTW, the link to the article only works if you have a subscription to the Washington Post.

Trump’s deportation order “heinous” — and violates the spirit of our Constitution

❝ New Mexico Gov. Michelle Lujan Grisham is vowing to protect children from potential human rights violations as President Trump threatens to deport millions of people living in the U.S. illegally.

❝ At a news conference Wednesday, the Democratic governor accused U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement of neglecting its responsibility to focus on specific immigrants with final deportation orders and failing to pursue employers who flout immigration laws.

Trump on Monday tweeted that immigration authorities next week will begin the process of removing the millions of “illegal aliens.”

❝ Lujan Grisham says federal immigrations authorities have been drawn into political activities…The first-term Democrat says due process violations affect all Americans, not just immigrants.

Neither the Fake President nor the Fake Republicans who now own that benighted political party care a rat’s ass for our constitution or the rights of folks with legal rights under that piece of law. Long-held law makes it clear you need not be a citizen to embrace those rights.

Noah’s Ark Owners Sues Over Rain Damage!

❝ A gigantic ark gets built with the help of a higher power, a symbolic refuge from the depravity of humankind. It is a huge, grandiose structure constructed out of wood that is perhaps larger than anything comparable in the world. Then heavy rains begin to fall, inundating the earth around it.

And that is when the lawyers are called.

OK. The damage results from how the grounds around the Ark were contoured – and affected by 40 or 50 days of rain in a year. Not quite up to the biblical standard. Still, pretty funny.