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  1. I can definitely see your point too and that was my initial reaction. If I get bored later, I may see if I can get the jury instructions and any briefing on the legal issue because it’s interesting and unusual.
  2. This should be great inspiration for the novels you are working on. I’m thinking of a reimagined combination of Walking Tall and Death Wish featuring a grizzled old BP agent forced to come out of retirement to deal with fender bender scofflaw corruption that goes to the highest municipal levels. No need to give me authorship credit; a brief paragraph or two in the acknowledgements seems more than fair
  3. My understanding, which may be flawed, is that manslaughter wasn’t really an option under Texas law. The basic reason is that she made a conscious, pre-meditated decision to shoot him. She intended to kill him. Thus, her defense basically same down to a mistake of fact, i.e., that she was in her apartment and that the deceased was an intruder. In essence, it was likely murder or nothing criminal. I will see if I can find the analysis I read because I found it fairly interesting. Regardless, it is a very odd case. ETA: here is the analysis that I was referencing. It’s far from complete but makes some interesting points. https://blog.simplejustice.us/2019/09/21/will-mistake-of-fact-save-guyger/#more-41571
  4. I’d use a scrubber and vinegar as described in this article: https://www.seriouseats.com/2014/12/how-to-restore-vintage-cast-iron-cookware.html I’ve used the oven trick when I’ve managed to destroy the seasoning one way or the other. But I haven’t done it for rust. There is a risk that extremely high heat will cause cracking, so I wouldn’t use the self-cleaning feature for a vintage skillet or one that I cared about. But this seems like a non-issue since you aren’t planning to use that method regardless.
  5. I’m shocked. With a name like Quanterrius, I expected tenure in a university math department, an impressive career on a derivatives desk, or maybe an insightful actuary.
  6. I have a friend who grows his own and is really into spice. Personally, Tabasco is my comfort zone, and I don’t go too far beyond that. Eating one of those would likely kill me or at least have me wishing for death.
  7. This is why I only go to poor malls. There may be meth heads and the occasional shooting but none of the homos being fashionable. Just Wranglers, New Balance sneakers, and clearance sales as far as the eye can see.
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    I disagreed, if you can even call it that, with what I thought was a relatively minor point in your rant. You responded with condescension and a nonsensical anecdote from your father-in-law. Some people aren’t interested in debate and actual facts.
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    I’m not sure why you are responding with such aggression to my comment, but we can play that way. First, “government grants” only includes corporate welfare, which is itself a vague term, in your imagination. If that’s what you intended to say you, should have said that. Second, despite all the knowledge that I’m sure you obtained by being your father’s son, I’ve forgotten more about the pharmaceutical industry and drug development than you will ever know. Because you think pharma companies make too much, can I safely assume that you will be voting for Bernie or maybe Warren?
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    “Government grants” typically make up a negligible percentage, if any, of the costs to get a drug to market. And you can bet your ass that the government retains rights and gets its cut if at all possible.
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    Yes. It's one of several reasons that I prefer hotels both when visiting family and having family visit me.
  12. I look forward to the outcome of this one given that the medical board "refused to take action" on the first(?) complaint you filed. I'm a little curious to know the elements of "illegal abandonment" and the details of your doctor "being a sexual sadist," as referenced in the other thread, but those are questions I'd surely regret asking. I likewise look forward to hearing the outcome of the land surveyor threatening your life, the stranger in the fancy pickup trying to lure you from your home with young girls, and the myriad other mundane encounters that you somehow manage to view as life and death struggles and chronicle here.
  13. Glad to hear that you are recovering! I can see the lack of energy being frustrating, but you did just get your head sawed open. I’m sure seeing the kids will help.
  14. I’m sold. I’m in the process of transitioning to a concierge service. Because I’m not part of the system yet, I have no feedback. But I’m looking forward to some of the benefits that you describe. My transition was prompted, in part, by how difficult it is to find a primary care physician in my area. I’m not thrilled with my current doctor, and a physician specialist friend suggested about 4-5 alternatives. None were accepting new patients. That pretty much left a concierge system.
  15. I was feeling lazy tonight, so I made bucatini all’amatriciana and opened a super Tuscan. It was that or fried chicken from the Asian food hall, so I’m feeling quite healthy and responsible.
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