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Thursday, September 12, 2019

A court in Scotland added to the unending Brexit mess on Wednesday, by unanimously ruling Prime Minister Boris Johnson lied to the queen in order to suspend Parliament, a move it has labeled unlawful. read more


Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Vice President Mike Pence went to Poland to stand in for Donald Trump, who decided to stay behind in the U.S. for a weekend of monitoring Hurricane Dorian from his golf cart. read more


Sunday, September 08, 2019

It's often said that the arc of history bends toward justice, but the arc of American history seems to bounce toward it instead. During Reconstruction in the 1860s and 1870s, the federal government campaigned to build a multiracial democracy in the South. That project's defeat in 1877 then ushered in 90 years of Redemption, mass disenfranchisement, and American racial apartheid. Only in the 1950s and 1960s did the civil-rights movement and the Warren Court finally drag the United States into genuine liberal democracy. Another dip now appears to be underway. President Donald Trump and the Roberts Court are poised to spark a Second Redemption"an era where federal enforcement of civil rights is no longer assured, where states are free to allow citizens to be discriminated against in housing and employment, where voting is a privilege instead of a right, and where a person's access to goods and services can be restricted by the beliefs of total strangers. read more


Saturday, September 07, 2019

For some reason, Donald Trump's new press secretary, Stephanie Grisham, thought it would be a good idea to tweak CNN over its brief mislabeling of Alabama as Mississippi in a recent weather graphic. It didn't go well. read more


Thursday, August 29, 2019

Rush Limbaugh's parent company Iheartmedia formerly ClearChannel was forced into bankruptcy today because of declining revenues. IHeartMedia, which has struggled with $20 billion of debt and falling revenue at its 858 radio stations, said cash on hand and cash generated from ongoing operations will be sufficient to fund the business during the bankruptcy process. www.reuters.com/... It should be noted that Bain Capital LLC and Thomas H. Lee Partners bought Clearchannel for $17.9 billion in 2008. The price was high Bain Capital actually had to file lawsuits against 6 banks who were financing the deal who tried to back out because they thought the price was too high.


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"As I opened the CT scan last week to read the next case, I was baffled. The history simply read "gunshot wound." I have been a radiologist in one of the busiest trauma centers in the United States for 13 years, and have diagnosed thousands of handgun injuries to the brain, lung, liver, spleen, bowel, and other vital organs. I thought that I knew all that I needed to know about gunshot wounds, but the specific pattern of injury on my computer screen was one that I had seen only once before.

In a typical handgun injury, which I diagnose almost daily, a bullet leaves a laceration through an organ such as the liver. To a radiologist, it appears as a linear, thin, gray bullet track through the organ. There may be bleeding and some bullet fragments.

I was looking at a CT scan of one of the mass-shooting victims from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, who had been brought to the trauma center during my call shift. The organ looked like an overripe melon smashed by a sledgehammer, and was bleeding extensively. How could a gunshot wound have caused this much damage?

The reaction in the emergency room was the same. One of the trauma surgeons opened a young victim in the operating room, and found only shreds of the organ that had been hit by a bullet from an AR-15, a semiautomatic rifle that delivers a devastatingly lethal, high-velocity bullet to the victim. Nothing was left to repair"and utterly, devastatingly, nothing could be done to fix the problem. The injury was fatal."

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