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Gravity is space turbulence. :)

What concerns me, is that at least in the Oklahoma case as far as I know, they're resting on some compelling philosophy for their defense . . .

    But the legal strategy is complicated. Unlike the tobacco industry, from which states won a landmark settlement, the makers of prescription opioids manufacture a product that serves a legitimate medical purpose, and is prescribed by highly trained physicians — a point that Johnson & Johnson's lawyers made numerous times during the trial.

    Oklahoma's legal team based its entire case on a claim of public nuisance, which refers to actions that harm members of the public, including injury to public health. Burch says each state has its own public nuisance statute, and Oklahoma's is very broad.

    "Johnson & Johnson, in some ways, is right to raise the question: If we're going to apply public nuisance to us, under these circumstances, what are the limits?" Burch says. "If the judge or an appellate court sides with the state, they are going to have to write a very specific ruling on why public nuisance applies to this case."

    Burch says the challenge for Oklahoma has been to tie one opioid manufacturer to all of the harms caused by the ongoing public health crisis, which includes people struggling with addiction to prescription drugs, but also those harmed by illegal street opioids, such as heroin.

    University of Kentucky law professor Richard Ausness agrees that it's difficult to pin all the problems on just one company.

    "Companies do unethical or immoral things all the time, but that doesn't make it illegal," Ausness says.

Not gonna lie, I don't know what's gonna happen.

applewood  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019

    sit back and enjoy the show

Oh, I think I will. I sat down only expecting to watch an episode or two this past weekend and before I knew it, I went through the first disk. :)

applewood  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019

DUDE! I love that. Colors, texture, shape and all. It's beautiful. I'd love to see more wood work of yours.

applewood  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019

I haven't yet but it's on my list, which is very real, but not tied to any time frame. Case in point, I'm just now watching Avatar. I've heard pretty much universally good things about it though, so it definitely strikes me as a "need to read."

applewood  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019

Absolutely. So in the first ten episodes, there's three distinct filler episodes that I can think of. Aang and company visit the village with the lady warriors, Aang and company visit the village that is being haunted by an angry forest spirit, and Aang and company break the Earth Benders out of prison. They're all fun stories, with lessons to be learned, and create character development. But all three only marginally move the plot forward. So they're not filler in the sense that they're necessarily extrenuous or redundant, but they are filler in that the writers have to fill out an episode quota.

The Dragon Prince, on the other hand, even with the filler episodes, almost seems to be rushing its plot forward. A good example in the other direction would be something like Samurai Jack, where there's an over arching plot in concept, but most episodes are just opportunities to tell individual stories that don't really hold any bearing on the story as a whole.

For the record, I have zero problem with any three approaches as long as the pacing feels natural and all three series I just listed are done quite well.

applewood  ·  link  ·  parent  ·  post: Pubski: July 17, 2019

Cartoons

I just realized I could talk about cartoons for hours on end today if given the chance. Since abandoning comic collecting, they've become my staple medium for exploring art and storytelling. Instead of starting a whole crazy thread where I could ramble endlessly, I'll just briefly mention five shows.

Pocoyo - I started watching this to expand my spanish vocab, but have transitioned to watching it for fun. I'm enjoying this show probably more than I really should. It's wonderfully minimalist and is able to be perpetually cheerful and optimistic without feeling artificially and overly saccharine. I've seen more early kids' tv shows than I'd like to admit and I can honestly say this is one of the few that isn't so childish that it makes me angry.

Buddy Thunderstruck and Cupcake and Dino are two of the better Netflix Original Series and as far as slapstick cartoons are concerned, they're actually quite good. Of the two, C&D is much better, with more imaginative plots and better dialogue, but the characters of Buddy Thunderstruck have such a charm to them, I'm kind of sad the show only ever got one season.

I finally started watching Avatar after putting it off for a decade. I've only gotten through the first ten episodes, but I can see why people like it. The characters are charming, the individual episodes are okay for the most part, and I'm curious to see where the overall arching story goes. That said, it's definitely a product of its time, where each season needs to be X number of episodes, so there's definite filler there. In contrast, The Dragon Prince is equally good and being a Netflix series, is much more concise and to the point. I'm actually pretty fond of this series and love that it explores themes such as family, duty, justice, etc.

Hobbies

Went to a sewing circle with Dala. Actually, I was the only one sewing, everyone else was either knitting or crocheting. It was a lot of fun though, filled with pleasant, simple conversations. I was originally worried that being the only guy, I'd feel out of place, but I fell into the pace of things pretty quickly. I'm looking forward to going again.

That said, I've barely made any books this year and I'm feeling a bit guilty about that. I've made a ton of text blocks over the winter and I have a ton of supplies that need to get used up, but I haven't gone back to the craft room to work in quite a while. I really need to remedy that.

Speaking of books, the other day my mother asked me about how to best go about repairing a book. It's nice that she wants to ask me for advice, but I know enough about making and repairing books to know that no one should really ask me to repair anything for them. That said, fortunately for her, it's just a bit of mild cover damage that can easily be fixed by a local book restorer. There won't be any need for anything drastic or expensive.

Nature

While I was outside letting my dog do its thing, a hummingbird flew about two feet in front of me and hovered there, looking at me, for about five seconds. I think that's the closest I've ever been to one and that brief moment will probably be the highlight of my day.

    More than 200,000 Americans have died from prescription opioid-related overdoses since the epidemic began in the 1990s, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Even more people have lost any combination of their jobs or careers, homes, families, etc., as well as become stigmatized by society, entered the court system, etc. Honestly, I think it's hard to overstate the impact of this problem.

    the lunar gravity field is 'lumpy' and not smooth; satellites in orbit at low altitude will become unstable quickly.

Interesting. Is this true for all moons, or just ours? Is it shape dependent, for example are the gravity fields of Mars' potato moons even lumpier?

    Knowing whether that is true or not may have to wait for discoveries of moons orbiting distant exoplanets. Moons themselves are much harder to detect and only one promising candidate has been found so far – a possible exomoon orbiting the Jupiter-sized exoplanet Kepler-1625b. That possible moon – about the size of Neptune – is large enough and far enough from its planet that submoons should be possible as well. Astronomers will need to verify that primary moon first – if it does exist – before looking for any submoons.

Dala was telling me about binary planets again last night, where the center of gravity is between two planets and not in a planet, like Pluto and its moon. That exo planet and its possible moon are so massive, I wonder if they might actually be binary planets too . . .

You were probably dreaming of blueberry pie charts and toffee candy bar graphs. Happens to the best of us.

I'd love to live in a small, rural town and I'd be willing to give up some conveniences for it. City living, for all it has to offer, is often frustratingly hectic and stressful and I often dream about getting as far away from it as possible. I could probably deal with slower internet, sub par roads, not a lot of shops/restaurants/entertainment options nearby, etc. My big concern that would keep me from moving to such a place would be anything concerning health and safety. Things like poor water sanitation options or emergency services being over an hour away would be a big negative in my book.

I looked the company up on Wikipedia and it looks like their net profits for 2018 were 2.186billion Pounds, which is about 2.7billion US Dollars. So it's a little over half of all their profits from last year. I have so many thoughts on this issue and if you look at my post history, it shows. Everytime NPR posts an article about these lawsuits, I share. If I knew how, I'd probably create a custom newsfeed for myself so I could stay more up to date. In a nutshell though, here are some of my feelings.

These companies have done us wrong and we need to hold them accountable, both individuals in the company as well as the companies themselves. And if people outside the companies are commiting wrongs too, we need to go after them as well. Fortunately, it think we starting to see that happen.

That said though, as much as I want justice served, I know that fining these companies to the point that they're destroyed will probably create harm in a different way. After all, they do make other medicines that people need and they're a core part of our economy. If we, in our thirst for justice, cause innocent people to lose their jobs and make it more difficult and more expensive for the ill to get the medicine that they need, then we're commiting a whole new act of injustice.

I care about the dollar amount, a lot. I think for the punishment to be meaningful, it needs to have a meaningful impact on the companies. However, i think more important than raw dollar amounts is what we do with it. If the various levels of government get half a trillion dollars by the time things are said and done and none of that goes to services aimed and restoring destroyed lives, I don't think that's anywhere near as good than if we got a fraction of the money and spent it wisely to help as many people as possible restore their lives as fully as possible. So in a way, I think more important than focusing on punitive dollar amounts is that we focus on what we can do with that money. I can't speak for the whole country, but I know locally, that's a big part of the active conversation and that fills me with some hope.

I hope you don't mind the rant, it's not directed at you, and I agree that I feel like we don't get enough information in these articles. No one ever seems to want to talk about this issue, online or in meatspace, so it's nice to have an opportunity to say something. I just feel like this issue is so big and I have a hard time not thinking about it and with each article I see I just keep feeding hope after hope that we turn things around. It's all a big mess, but it's good to see people starting to clean things up. It's long overdue.

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