19 Apr 2019 05:24 am
eftychia: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
[personal profile] eftychia

"Jesus, who began praying this psalm [psalm 22] from the cross, must have suffered the ultimate abandonment: doubt that his Father--who had always been a source of joy and strength--loved him. Fully human, not just play-acting, he descended to the depths of human exile. Yet the psalms have a remarkable way of pirouetting from one emotion to another, often from depth to peak.

"Kathy McGovern presents a positive interpretation in her blog 'The Story and You.' After Jesus, in agony, calls out the beginning verse: 'My God, my God, why have you abandoned me?,' some women 'standing at a distance' respond, 'in synagogue style to his introduction by reciting the rest of it, all 31 verses, including the triumphant end, when the suffering one proclaims that 'all will proclaim the Lord to generations still to come, his righteousness to a people yet unborn.'"

-- Kathy Coffey, "A Reflection on Good Friday", 2017-04-11

[A blessed Good Friday to everyone celebrating Easter weekend, and chag sameach to everyone about to start celebrating Passover tonight!]

supergee: (monopoly)
[personal profile] supergee
The moneychangers are celebrating what they did to that guy who ran them out of the temple.
conuly: (Default)
[personal profile] conuly
I finally got through the two published Kiranmala books.

These are solid middle grade fantasy - good mix of jokes, though-provoking-ness, adventure, and feelings. Plus some weird worldbuilding (in the best way) and social consciousness.

Two things, though. No, three things.

First, our protagonist is amazingly clueless, especially when it comes to her crush, in particular, and his feelings about her. She's clueless in other ways, too - at several points people explicitly tell her things, but she completely ignores them and then has to come across her epiphany the hard way. Only once does she realize she's done this. It's good for the reader to be a little ahead of the protagonist, but nobody wants to be this far ahead. Even when you account for the age of the target audience, this girl needs to smarten up.

Secondly, the author has clearly read The Hunger Games. Well, everybody's read The Hunger Games*, but I mean to say that the second book has a very Hunger Games vibe that was a wee bit disorienting.

Third, the refugee crisis is very topical. I think, however, that having your obvious metaphor conveyed with actual monsters that eat humans is, perhaps, in bad taste. Yes, we all get the moral that you shouldn't judge entire groups of people on hearsay and vicious rumors... but that moral is rather muddied when our main character, aside from making friends in That Persecuted Group and then having a cluebat generously applied, has also encountered several members of that same group who have hunted her and threatened to eat her. Indeed, one of her friends threatened to eat her at one point.

* For a given value of "everybody", of course.
laurieopal: opal (Default)
[personal profile] laurieopal


I'm totally delighted that the Tate Modern (museum) in London acquired my book Women En Large: Images of Fat Nudes for their world renowned Martin Parr Photobook Collection. The book is in many libraries but this is extraordinarily special and important.

Quote is from PhotoBook

Martin Parr’s personal collection of more than 12,000 photo books are to enter the National Gallery through a partnership with LUMA Foundation and the generosity of Art Fund and Tate’s supporters
Tate has announced that it is to acquire Martin Parr’s world-renowned collection of photo books. Built up over 25 years, Parr’s collection of over 12,000 photobooks is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest in the world. It covers an unprecedented range of subjects, geographies and types of photographic practice, including many of the most iconic volumes in the history of photography. The acquisition places Tate as an institutional world leader in the representation of photobooks. The collection has been part gifted by Martin Parr and acquired by Tate with the generous support of the LUMA Foundation...

A changing selection of the books will be incorporated into displays and exhibitions at Tate’s galleries, while the collection as a whole will be catalogued and made available to the public through the reading room at Tate Britain. Tate will also work in partnership with the LUMA Foundation to showcase selections from this unique collection at LUMA Arles, the new cultural centre currently being developed in Arles, France. Loans from the collection will help support the foundation’s ‘Living Archive Programme’, an experimental multidisciplinary programme which integrates diverse forms of art, including photography, design, literature, film, performance and dance, and shares these resources with the public.

"Getting paid for every jar"

18 Apr 2019 10:26 pm
rosefox: A person in a gas mask. (illness)
[personal profile] rosefox
Today I got blood drawn to verify my immunity to measles, mumps, and rubella.

If you're in or near an area with an active measles outbreak, or if you happen to be seeing your doctor for some other reason, I encourage you to get your immunity checked, especially if you're too young to have had measles and too old to have gotten a second dose of the vaccine when that recommendation was added in 1989. For all the talk of unvaccinated kids, it's non-immune adults who can do the most harm, because they're the most mobile. The guy who started the Michigan outbreak assumed he was immune, and thought he had bronchitis; then he infected 40 people. So please get checked out, and get your MMR if you need it, and do your part for herd immunity to counteract those who won't or can't.

My pediatrician was on the ball and I got an MMR in 1991. I'm almost certainly immune. But we live on the edge of one of the neighborhoods that's had reported cases*, and we frequently shop in that neighborhood, and Kit plays on the local playground with kids from that neighborhood... so we're all getting blood tests just in case.

* I've been thinking about how easy it is for this to turn into "I don't want my child to play with those dirty children from that segregated community" and the like. I have been reading some Orthodox Jewish news sites—all of which are pro-vax, bless them—and one published an op-ed that bluntly said, "Letting your kids get measles instead of getting them vaccinated plays right into 'dirty Jew' stereotypes and harms the whole community." So I am being conscious with my wording, and glad that that discussion is happening within Orthodox communities, and keeping my very non-Orthodox self the hell out of it.

Kit's pediatrician says the dose Kit got at 12 months will protect them until they turn four and get the second dose, and there's no need to give it early (which he does do for children traveling to epidemic areas). But he's keeping an eye out for reports of measles on our end of the neighborhood, and giving babies their first doses as early as it's safe to do.

I hate this. I hate every part of this. I hate how easily anti-vaxers prey on vulnerable people. I hate that this is still, still, based on fear of autism (and don't get me started on autism and Jewishness, because whoo boy there's a lot to talk about there). I just want everyone to be safe and healthy, especially the little babies who get no say in any of this.

Prompt for 2019-04-18

18 Apr 2019 06:57 am
conuly: (Default)
[personal profile] conuly posting in [community profile] dailyprompt
Today's prompt is: "All bark and no bite"

small babies are cool

18 Apr 2019 10:56 pm
julian: Picture of the sign for Julian Street. (Default)
[personal profile] julian
My nephew Fritzie, at 5 months or so, is in the "oh, hey, I have feet, my feet are cool!" stage of things. He can turn over and do various energetic movements and is now eating a few things other than breast milk, too. And smiles all over the place. Plus he tells you instantly if he has just peed, because he hates marinating in his own fluids and does not wish to do it ever. (Frederick says this is atypical of most infants, but I can't say's I blame him. Fritzie, I mean.)

An overly-lit picture of him from a couple days ago. )

I went and hung out and was useful occasionally as a second pair of hands to do baby things with, this afternoon. K went to a dentist's appointment, F did some work, and Fritzie hung out with me, and was perfectly cromulent for a bit, but eventually decided he was inconsolable; that's just what babies do, sometimes. Mostly I think he didn't want cereal, he wanted *milk*. So K coming back was a relief to him. (The picture's from our combined birthday celebration a few days ago, though. I enjoy it because he is, to quote Diane DiMassa, playing the cello.)

Also, I met the neighbor's three dogs. Two of them are brother-and-sister golden retrievers, and the third is a Leonberger. (This is, for those who don't know, a ginormous dog which just got its AKC certification in 2010. They originated as a mixture of St. Bernard, Newfoundland, and Great Pyrenees. Yes indeed, they are muckin' huge. Also, kindly.) The neighbor let me come in his yard and give them a thorough scritching, so hopefully in future the (protective of her turf) Leonberger will be good with me wandering by.

Then I went to a Dedham Historical Society lecture on "The Indigenous Peoples of Dedham", which was given by a 2nd year grad student in history (going for a Masters but not a Doctorate), who is very shy and not yet all that good at public speaking (in that I could tell she was holding back panic), but was knocking it *out of the park* in terms of being detailed enough to be useful, but never getting lost in the weeds. She went on about how things were vaguely collaborative in the 1600s, and got worse, and then the semi-genocidal King Phillip's War happened and yeah, not good, to understate.

Factoid I didn't know: Apparently the accepted Dedham wisdom is that there were no indigenous settlements in what-is-now-Dedham itself. (I make that specification because Dedham is now about 10 square miles, but was originally 200+ square miles; their turf went down to the Rhode Island border.) She said that there's archeological evidence of seasonal encampments in the area of what is now Wigwam Pond, and that these encampments were generally just about around where the white settlements were. This makes sense, given that the local tribes did tend to have different wintering and summering locations.

Other factoid: She made sure to note that while there was no battle of King Phillip's War in what-is-now-Dedham, what-is-now-Dedham did serve as the common rendezvous spot for the four local counties. This caused murmuring from the clued-in crowd. (In other words, nope, the town was nothing like blameless.)

I could tell she was going to be The Best when, in the first few minutes of her talk, she made glancing reference to the 2008 struggle to change the Dedham High mascot, which was at the time a stereotypical Native American mascot (subdivision red-faced brave). She called the mascot, or possibly the people supporting it, "well-intentioned but misguided," and I was like, "Ah, I am in good hands" and relaxed. (Also, in the course of events, she noted that the current state seal is fairly enh, but the original one is actively awful. I had no idea.)

Tumblr link roundup

18 Apr 2019 07:30 pm
elf: Computer chip with location dot (You Are Here)
[personal profile] elf
I know it's hard to find anything on Tumblr, so I found some of it for you. Five things make a post, right?

This is where we are in the current fannish drama about "underage characters":
"aging up a character and continuing to say/commission/draw/write nsfw with them in it isn't okay, because you still looked at a MINOR, an ACTUAL CHILD, and found them attractive, and made them an adult to try and justify your attraction to them..."
(It continues. Gets worse. Is followed by comments from other people, with screencaps of other... fascinating perspectives on relationships between characters of different ages.)

Fic Rec
Family Feud by codenamed-queenie, Batfamily, short and hilarious. Gen, no warnings.

Teacher Shenanigans
How scantron tests are made

Tech Tips
How To Track Anonymous Asks on Tumblr, using "view selection source" and "view page source" to find out who sent them.

Writing Tips (also tabletop RPG tips)
Estimating walking travel time (In good circumstances, "an adult can do about 30 miles (approximately 48km) in a day.")

Prompt for 2019-04-17

17 Apr 2019 12:15 am
conuly: (Default)
[personal profile] conuly posting in [community profile] dailyprompt
Today's prompt is: "turning over a new leaf"

Red Winged Blackbird

18 Apr 2019 08:48 pm
yourlibrarian: (MERL-ArthurLake-kathyh)
[personal profile] yourlibrarian posting in [community profile] common_nature

We have learned to recognize his chirps when he's on our balcony. There are three of them, I think. One has a very bold red band, then there's this one which is not as large, and then another one whose colors are quite faint and mostly yellow. Read more... )

River: Update 2 on Colleen

18 Apr 2019 06:41 pm
mdlbear: (river)
[personal profile] mdlbear

Colleen took a turn for the worse yesterday between breakfast, which she nibbled at, and lunch, by which time she was very "out of it" and apparently in pain (although I think some of that may have been pure frustration when she couldn't find words.

Apparently a severe infection can have that effect, and can strike quickly -- this is apparently a lot like toxic shock. She has at least three highly-resistant superbugs -- they identified the third this morning.

The kids are coming to visit Saturday -- the soonest they could get here.

Colleen is a stubborn old cat, though. Wish her luck.

it me

18 Apr 2019 05:43 pm
kore: (Default)
[personal profile] kore


well that sucked goat balls

18 Apr 2019 08:33 pm
sabotabby: (magicians)
[personal profile] sabotabby
Poll #21847 Multilayer failcake
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 11

Should I hate-watch Season 5 of the Magicians when it comes out?

View Answers

Yes, you like it when shows make you angry and torrenting it doesn't give them any money
3 (27.3%)

No, everyone has suffered enough
5 (45.5%)

I have no idea what you're talking about but I like ticking boxes
3 (27.3%)

<input ... > 

Spoiler party in the comments if anyone else feels the need to vent!

oh yeah that politics IRL thing

18 Apr 2019 05:22 pm
kore: (Watergate - guilty guilty guilty!)
[personal profile] kore
//just watches the Graun feed slack-jawed

President Trump has been tweeting about the Mueller report for almost 12 hours now.

Donald J. Trump
Anything the Russians did concerning the 2016 Election was done while Obama was President. He was told about it and did nothing! Most importantly, the vote was not affected.

April 18, 2019

I mean

I had the right to end the whole Witch Hunt if I wanted. I could have fired everyone, including Mueller, if I wanted. I chose not to. I had the RIGHT to use Executive Privilege. I didn’t!

April 18, 2019

What? Just fucking what? How is this guy still in office? How is he not IN JAIL?


what even is this bullshit

from [community profile] beautifulmechanical

18 Apr 2019 04:48 pm
kore: (a far green country under a swift sunris)
[personal profile] kore
which is a great music comm and you should check it out. This felt very....appropriate, post-Magicians season finale. Comforting, anyway.

[ SECRET POST #4486 ]

18 Apr 2019 06:55 pm
case: (Default)
[personal profile] case posting in [community profile] fandomsecrets

⌈ Secret Post #4486 ⌋

Warning: Some secrets are NOT worksafe and may contain SPOILERS.


More! )


Secrets Left to Post: 01 pages, 08 secrets from Secret Submission Post #642.
Secrets Not Posted: [ 0 - broken links ], [ 0 - not!secrets ], [ 0 - not!fandom ], [ 0 - too big ], [ 0 - repeat ].
Current Secret Submissions Post: here.
Suggestions, comments, and concerns should go here.

The Blessing of the Bears

18 Apr 2019 08:33 pm
baratron: (cute)
[personal profile] baratron
When I am in Rochester with Grant, we go to Community Christian Church which is, in my words, a "hippy church". The first thing you see when you enter the building is a sign saying "Refugees Welcome", and they actually mean it. The minister is a gay man married to his husband, some of the lay people who help with the services are visibly queer, and it's genuinely welcoming. Even though I'm not a Christian, I still feel more at home there than in the UU church we went to once, where people came up to us afterwards and enquired as to whether the service was the strangest thing we'd ever been to. The idea that we might be Unitarians already didn't seem to occur to anyone. (There is a second UU church in Rochester, and I might try it sometime, but I don't feel any particular need to.)

Some people from the church work for a charity which helps children who may have been abused (TW: site talks about child abuse). When they come for assessment, they can choose a plush friend to help them through the process. Apparently they get through 4 to 6 plushies per day, which is a lot of new referrals. One of these people, Bob, died recently and in his honour, the church decided to collect Bears for Bivona because it was alliterative.

When we arrived and saw a giant box of bears (and other soft toys), I decided to go through the box and hug them all. So I did so after the service. When people asked what I was doing, I explained that you can't just buy a teddy bear from a shop, stick it in a collection box, and expect it to be able to help a hurt child. You have to give it some love first. And Rev Steven considered this and decided to put the teddy bears out in church the following week.

At Community Christian Church, Rochester, NY, USA. 2019-04-14
(click through for bigger version)

So the bears sat through the church service and were filled with the love of the congregation. They were pointed out during the "share with children" part of the service and each child went to hug one of them. Then the bears were blessed so that they could bring joy to their new owners. If you get the impression that this is not exactly a standard, mainstream sort of church - you'd be right!

Also the sermon featured Banksy art. (Did you realise that Steve Jobs was the son of a Syrian migrant?)

More bear details. )


18 Apr 2019 03:21 pm
james_davis_nicoll: (Default)
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
I think today will be the elderly dog next door's final day. Poor Dakota is very, very old for a dog and time has caught up with her.
which_chick: (Default)
[personal profile] which_chick
We went for a spin on Wednesday after work. Since he had a very busy day at the hunter pace on Sunday with lots of imposing (to us, okay, they were really only 2'6" tall) fences, I gave Bird the day off on Monday. On Tuesday we did the first of our leisurely (for now) canter set efforts. And on Wednesday, we had another easy day. What does an easy day look like?

We marched down into the holler and back out (this is our typical warm-up, takes about fifteen minutes), then worked on walk & trot transitions on the flat grassy dressage-ish area. They weren't at a super-busy trot because I had him in the bareback pad and was also working on my own balance. So, ginormously fast trot efforts were right out because I would fall off the horse. Instead, we did sedate, nice, contact-y walk to sedate, nice, contact-y trot and back again, over and over. Emphasis was on balanced yet prompt transitions that maintained energy. We did 20m circles in our nice trot, too. After about forty minutes of work, I put him away.

Today he gets off work because I have lesson at the lesson barn. And we'll see what Friday brings. Hopefully the weather will be somewhat fit.
oursin: The Delphic Sibyl from the Sistine Chapel (Delphic sibyl)
[personal profile] oursin

Apparently there was some hoohah lately about people's degrees not matching up with their A-level results?? and people doing better than their A-level grades might have suggested so it was grade inflation? (whether there was evidence of the converse, and people with smashing A-level results and mediocre degrees, deponent knoweth not).

And I feel this fits in a bit with my post earlier this week in that it is weighted to one moment of shining early promise...

Years ago, I read somewhere about somebody who had, after a perhaps not very starry start, become an internationally renowned expert in, I think, educational theory, had published widely in the relevant peer-reviewed journals and with top publishers, won awards etc: and applying for some post, somebody on the panel looked at the c.v. and said, 'huh, they only got a 2.2 from [might have been a polytechnic? anyway, non-elite institution]'.

Okay, with the numbers of sly hoaxers there are in the world, perhaps it is a necessary check on people being who they say they are to have them put down educational information from decades ago, though I very much doubt this sort of thing gets checked ('Did XY attend your school and did they take and pass Geography O-level in year in question?') But there comes a point when the exact grades at least should no longer matter?

I also think of those young persons of promise who perhaps did something - a first book or whatever - that was considered a major achievement and the precursor to very great things indeed and basically either never got the second album together at all, or it was not quite all that.

Or, they got some cushy post and sat back. Or didn't even get the first book out in spite of being considered sure to do great things.

While others do not really hit their stride until much later - this is not, I think, the same as those women artists who have to wait until they are 90 and all their male competitors and critics have died off to be recognised, I'm thinking more of people who get it together, not entirely unlike oneself, in the middle way of life. And possibly not having given any particular signs of remarkable shiny promise.

I think there are lots of different trajectories possible, and I'm not sure that whooshing upwards like a rocket from the get-go is a terribly encouraging model to have in front of one.

sasha_feather: Nux running (mad max) (nux running)
[personal profile] sasha_feather
Friends I am so sorry about The Magicians. I haven't watched season 4, and probably won't now.

It feels like the 100 all over again and it sucks so much.

I want better for us.

18 Apr 2019 12:23 pm
semperfiona: (Default)
[personal profile] semperfiona
On the phone with the ex-husband, discussing next weekend. I tell him my parents are coming for the concert. He says, "Are they going to be okay with that show. I mean there's a lot of homosexuals there..."

I say, "They'll be fine, and also that word is only used by people who are being disparaging."

He says, "What am I supposed to call people who have same-sex attraction?"

I say, "That phrase also is only used by people who are disparaging."

He says he's apparently not politically correct but he doesn't mean to be insulting. I do not have either time or inclination to teach him appropriate language usage as I am sitting at my work desk with half the office around me. But seriously, he sounds exactly like the oh-so-concerned "love the sinner hate the sin" crowd.

Wish I'd thought to answer his question with "People."

Green flash

18 Apr 2019 10:23 am
cjsmith: (Default)
[personal profile] cjsmith
Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I saw the green flash at sunset.

Bucket list item.
alexcat: (Default)
[personal profile] alexcat
Title: Whatever It takes
Series: After the world Ends
Fandom: MCU
Rating: Teen and up
Pairing: Various
Note: This one does use some of the trailer stuff.
Summary: They all get to know Carol Danvers a little better.


Hugo Help Please

18 Apr 2019 11:05 am
james_davis_nicoll: (Default)
[personal profile] james_davis_nicoll
Which twelve of my reviews in 2018 were the best?

18 Apr 2019 09:36 am
semperfiona: Conversation hearts on the keys of a piano (music)
[personal profile] semperfiona
One week to concert, and Tammie's got a nasty cough/cold and my throat is scratchy. Yikes!

Still have four songs I'm not confident on the memorization (or in one case, even the notes, bah I hate when our part is 90% doos and oohs, I have a terrible time remembering which ones and how many and what notes they go on). Time for much cramming.

And somewhere in there I've got to make time to edit my podfic polygons assignment.

And tidy the house because my parents are coming for the show. They're not staying with us, and may not even visit the house because of how the schedule works out, but...

Luckily, tomorrow is a work holiday.


18 Apr 2019 03:25 pm
legionseagle: (Default)
[personal profile] legionseagle
Title: Tales out of School
Rating: Teen and up
Warnings: CNTW
Fandom: Lanyon Archive

Summary: The Mods of the Lanyon Archive thought they had seen it all. But that was before Joe Wright replaced Guillermo Del Toro as the director of Mistress of Her Trade.

A small Easter tribute for [personal profile] lilliburlero

Tales out of School
alexcat: (Default)
[personal profile] alexcat
Title: Bistro Kisses
Series: The Seduction of Steve Rogers
Fandom: MCU
Rating: Teen andup
Pairing: Steve rogers/Tony Stark
Note: A month-long series of drabbles follows the odd courtship of Steve Rogers and Tony Stark in a loosely connected fashion.
Summary: After shopping, food and kisses.


“Thanks for getting me the backpay, Tony.”

“You deserved it. You were doing their work when the plane went down.”

They had shopped and Tony sent the clothes back to Avengers Tower. He and Steve were eating dinner at a little bistro. Steve impulsively grabbed Tony’s hand and squeezed. And he didn’t let go. He held it.

“Anywhere you’d like to go?” Steve asked.

Tony smiled and shook his head. “I think I’d like to kiss you again.”

Steve blushed, then without looking around to see if anyone was watching, he leaned across the table and kissed Tony’s soft lips.

18 Apr 2019 09:53 am
delight: (hammocking)
[personal profile] delight

Coughing blood today, hooray!

I'll be leaving work early then.

I owe so many people PMs and replies, and I'm sorry. RPG folks, you're on the top of my list -- I only JUST saw a PM from [personal profile] ursula so I'm sorry to you too! -- and that one should actually happen, you know, today. People who need more info about shipping books, I will likely get that tomorrow AM, sorry for being the worst.

This has not happened since I started plaquenil, so it is probably time for a dose increase, oh boy. Er, that or it's an actual exterior infection, but I'm so used to "respiratory = autoimmune" that I wouldn't ever bet on it.

18 Apr 2019 08:57 am
elainegrey: Inspired by Grypping/gripping beast styles from Nordic cultures (Default)
[personal profile] elainegrey
There was much rain over last weekend, five inches between Friday morning and Sunday. Our neighbors' road washed out, again, and everything was sodden. I did get some good for me time working in the yard. I admit a struggle with seeing the false hawkweed in bloom and the stilt grass seedlings and feeling overwhelmed. I'm trying to celebrate the progress we've made since we moved here on changing plant communities. The glade is far more mossy and ferny, there are large stretches in the east yard where the native, low growing grass i admire is carpeting stretches successfully. It helps that it goes to seed midsummer and the stilt grass months later. The little bits of help given to the natives to increase their competitiveness seems to be helping. So yay.

I'm not filling the feeders with sunflower seeds anymore, and so the bird visits are less - presumably, they can also find more to eat now, as well.

I'm sure if i took a week off, i'd still have yard work to do. Unfortunately, work has heated up to white heat. I am wrestling with insecurity and remind myself of imposter syndrome. I am procrastinating. I am also doing OK with some of the asks, but feel like a tsunami is behind me.

Mom and Dad are a puzzle. Mom has all her issues, and Dad his financial insecurity and independence. Hiring more in-home help will help them, but we're going to have to convince Dad to spend the money. Mom is making substantial mobility improvements, and making things easier now will improve the chances for long term stability. It seems obvious but Dad seems fixated on steady state planning.
andrewducker: (Default)
[personal profile] andrewducker


18 Apr 2019 05:24 am
eftychia: Me in kilt and poofy shirt, facing away, playing acoustic guitar behind head (cyhmn)
[personal profile] eftychia

"I waved to a man because I thought he waved at me.

"Apparently he waved to an other woman. So to get out of the awkward situation I kept my hand up and a taxi pulled over and drove me to the airport. I am now in Poland starting a new life."

-- Just Sally (@MustardSally1), 2019-04-08

siderea: (Default)
[personal profile] siderea
From CBS News:
Dozens charged in major opioid bust across U.S.
By Brian Pascus
Updated on: April 17, 2019 / 10:36 PM / CBS News

Dozens of people, including 53 medical professionals, have been charged for their alleged participation in the illegal prescription and distribution of opioids and other narcotics, Justice Department and Department of Health and Human Services officials said Wednesday. Federal law enforcement and health officials held a press conference in Cincinnati where they announced charges resulting from the Appalachian Regional Prescription Opioid Strike Force takedown operation that began only four months ago.
[...] According to the indictment, one pharmacy in Dayton, Ohio prescribed over 1.75 million opioid pills
Wait what. Pharmacies can prescribe? Is that a thing? I thought the whole point of pharmacists existing was to separate the prescribing of drugs from the selling of drugs to eliminate the conflict of interest?
The indictment states one doctor in the Western District of Tennessee, who called himself the "Rock Doc," would exchange opioids and benzodiazepines with patients in return for sexual favors.
This is your friendly reminder that if a physician is prescribing medications to someone, the recipient of that prescription is that physician's patient, and a physician having sexual contact with a patient is, depending on jurisdiction, somewhere on the continuum from profoundly unethical to frankly felonious. Further, that someone with an addiction is someone with a mental illness that makes them desperate for relief. This is not an exchange for sexual favors, this is a medical professional sexually extorting the vulnerable mentally ill. Jesus Fucking Christ. This is like saying that a manager "exchanged promotions with subordinates for sexual favors", only worse. There is no sense in which this is a meeting of equals in which consent can obtain.

But all that said, turns out this "Rock Doc" person is not a physician. From The Tennessean:
Young, 43, a Tennessee nurse practitioner who called himself 'Rock Doc' and once piloted a reality show about his Jackson clinic, was indicted with federal drug trafficking charges this week, accused of trading drugs for sex.
*rolls eyes* Do NPs get to prescribe unsupervised in TN? Or is there some physician whose license this was done under?


18 Apr 2019 08:42 am
pauamma: Cartooney crab holding drink (Default)
[personal profile] pauamma posting in [community profile] capslock_dreamwidth

reading wednesday

17 Apr 2019 09:07 pm
boxofdelights: (Default)
[personal profile] boxofdelights
• What are you reading?

Still Becoming, by Michelle Obama, which keeps getting interrupted by other books; this week it is

The Color Purple, by Alice Walker, for classics book group tomorrow.

• What did you recently finish reading?

Mercury, by Hope Larsen. Interesting story, which I am still thinking about, but I did not like the drawing. Different characters looked too similar and the same character looked too different from one panel to the next. And I don't mean Tara and Josie, who are supposed to look similar; I mean, for example, Josie's mother and the man Josie falls in love with.

• What do you think you’ll read next?

I've got The True Queen, by Zen Cho!
But Bad science : quacks, hacks, and big pharma flacks, by Ben Goldacre
and Multiple sclerosis : a guide for the newly diagnosed , by T. Jock Murray, Carol S. Saunders, Nancy J. Holland are due back at the library.

• What are you watching?

Jasper Jones, directed by Rachel Perkins. I was disappointed by how ineffectual all the female characters were.
rosefox: My feet on a pebbly beach. (travel)
[personal profile] rosefox
Sunday of our trip was just as delicious as Friday and Saturday.

So delicious! )

Kit was asleep when we got in, and X was glad to see us but also wiped out from a tiring weekend of solo parenting. We scavenged food and went off to our separate rooms, deeply contented from an excellent vacation.

Coda 1: I did indeed try using the shoe boxes for a bit of shelf organization. I think I prefer cloth drawers, though. Marie Kondo can get her kicks from efficiently using whatever she has handy. I get mine from everything having a unified look.

Coda 2: On Monday, I picked Kit up from school (they were SO HAPPY to see me). When we got home, they didn't want to go inside, so we hung out on our front patio for a bit. While watching them run around, I stuck my hand in my coat pocket and found the half-empty pack of almonds. Kit demanded a tithe, so I gave them a few and ate the rest. I loved having that little vestige of vacation still with me as the daily routine resumed.


firecat: red panda looking happy (Default)
firecat (attention machine in need of calibration)

March 2019

10111213 141516

Page Summary


Style Credit

Expand Cut Tags

No cut tags
Page generated 19 Apr 2019 10:13 am
Powered by Dreamwidth Studios