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On “The New Girl

Thank you all for the warm welcome! I'm very glad to be here. Some great, thoughtful, nuanced discussions happen here and I revel in it!

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Thank you! Glad to be here.

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Thank you! Yes, it is beautiful here. I love my mountains.
I'm from the northern part.
Take your left hand, palm facing away from you. Stick your middle finger up and your thumb out, bending your other fingers at the middle knuckles. See how that is roughly the shape of West Virginia? I'm from right about the bottom of your index finger.
I now live a little more than half way to your wrist and a bit toward your pinky.
I hope that was helpful :).

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In my (very amateur) research on elementary, middle, and high school shooters, I've gathered information on 20 individual perpetrators, as much as I could find. I know of 5 that were confirmed to have been taking some sort of prescribed medication for mental illness at the time of their incidents and 3 who had taken them previously, if not at the time of their crimes (this includes no only SSRIs but antipsychotics. History of mental illness without history of medication was reported in a few others.
There are other commonalities among school shooters that are more prevalent than medication.

On “If Conservatives Want to be Heard, Stop Whining About Unfair

I don't think treating people with a minimum level of respect is the kind of "fairness" this article is talking about. Nor is it about equal treatment under the law, which is also owed to people (at least in the United States).
I think it is more along the lines of people complaining that the way in which their tax dollars are used is "not fair". Or that certain media outlets broadcast one point of view more than another. These things may not be fair, but there is no requirement that they be- so if you don't like it, take action.
It is about personal accountability and active participation.

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I don't think that's his point at all. Of course fairness is an ideal- though perhaps an unattainable one. Rather, I read it as a call to realize the world does not owe us fairness, so we should stop whining and work to change the things we can.

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Whiny conservatives are the biggest hypocrites, since we liberals are so criticized for our sustained outrage and righteous indignation. Like I tell my snowflakey brethren, stop crying wolf. When everything is a travesty of justice, nothing is.

On “National School Walkout Day, 19 years after Columbine

I have a bigger issue with the use of guns as props, like Feely did here, or as fetishized by Tomi L. and her ilk. I think it only hurts the image of responsible gun ownership.

Tidbit about Columbine- they had a couple of shot guns and some pistols. No “assault weapons”. Of course, they intended the bombs to cause more carnage than they did, but it’s at least anecdotally an argument against ARs and the like being the problem to solve.

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I was a college sophomore. I went to my boyfriend’s house mid-afternoon after classes and he was watching it on CNN. I was riveted until the wee hours of the morning. Since then I’ve been an amateur researcher of school shootings. Columbine was not the first but it was something different.

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The Cullen book was excellent. It was a perfect storm of evil when those two boys connected. Harris was a scary person and I believe he had the makings of a serial killer, had he not done what he did.

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I kind of love this.

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That’s an excellent point.

On “Yes, Hannity, Cohen is in fact your lawyer. And you should be glad.

I think that’s unlikely, because he probably could not represent them both in a deal between the two of them without there being a conflict of interest.
If somehow that was the case, the criminality would likely defeat the privilege all around. Even if Hannity was not criminally liable, the attorney’s work was for an unlawful purpose.

On “By a thousand cuts.

Agree with this. I understand the ethical dilemma, the hospital saying "we are not to do harm, and we feel prolonging treatment does harm". OK, fine. But if the second hospital says "you know, we think there's more to try and we are willing"... it seems to me that the second hospital is relieving the first of its ethical dilemma. Now, if it was something more clearly harmful I can see the first hospital putting a stop to it. But to give a ridiculous example, I mean something like, "let us take this patient. We think cutting off limbs one at a time without anesthesia might wake him up."
I'm being intentionally absurd here, but it would take a lot to convince me that the hospital willing to take him and treat him should not be allowed, if the parents want to try and have the resources.

On “Letter to younger myself #1: The anti-gay rights amendment

This is wonderful. There is much I would like to say to my younger self as well. I had some uninformed and overly-simplified views, too. And my 60 year old future self would probably feel the same way about current day me.
Well done.

On “By a thousand cuts.

Lots to think about in your piece, April! Thanks for writing it.
I bristle mightily at the idea of someone preventing me from seeking care for my child. I really hate these stories. I understand that some of the medical community think there is no hope, but what skin do they have in the game?
You are getting some heat here, and I do not personally agree with all your points, but thank you for some perspectives to mull over.

On “Return of the Rudy

Yesterday the tag line was that Giuliani was going to “negotiate an end” to the investigation. I felt annoyed that I never knew that was an option for my clients.
Seriously though, I think he knows his stuff, so maybe this will be a good thing for everyone, IF the president will listen. That is one hell of an IF. He will also need to keep himself out of the limelight, no pontificating on cable news etc. That is also a solid maybe, in my opinion.

On “When Schools Get Political, What Should Teachers Do?

Was there opportunity to actually present the issue to the students, to allow them to make an informed decision beyond "I don't care"? I think your approach of not pushing them to participate or not was appropriate, and would make you a good candidate to present the issues as neutrally as possible to your students. Ill informed apathy is, in my view, no better than ill-informed zealousness.

On “Yes, Hannity, Cohen is in fact your lawyer. And you should be glad.

Just saw this, sorry!
The existence of an attorney/client relationship is not privileged, in and of itself, except in very rare instances, such as if disclosure of the relationship would violate some other privilege.

As I understand it the judge wanted to know because Cohen claimed his clients’ interests outweighed the prosecutor’s.

Waivers generally must be knowing and voluntary. An attorney would want a very clear expression of waiver, either in writing or on the record because violating privilege can cost you your license.

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In addition to the annoyance of delay I would have some heartburn over giving up so much control. I would worry that I and the special master may have differing opinions on what is relevant/not privileged. I suppose there could be a risk of unauthorized disclosure but I doubt someone appointed by a federal court is a big risk for that.

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Thank you! Glad to be here.
I think it would have to be pretty far removed from legal work. To give an exaggerated example, you can hire me to paint your house and that will not establish privilege. But anything business related would be open to interpretation and I wouldn’t bet my law license on it. Do you have a more specific example in mind?

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What are you referring to?

On “Morning Ed: Entertainment {2018.04.18.W}

I have! I think they've done a great job with it. At first I was not happy with the casting of Jamie but now I can't imagine him any other way. They've done a fair job of following the books. I need to finish the one I'm on (it's An Echo in the Bone, Kindle says I'm 74% through it), then I have one more. Then there will be another, if Gabaldon ever finishes it.