Lunch Links

Thursday, May 14th, 2009
  • Good post on the duty of a prosecutor to turn over exculpatory evidence.
  • The Philadelphia Inquirer has hired John Yoo as a columnist. Finally, the “crushing the testicles of children of suspected terrorists” viewpoint has a platform!
  • Obama: Still bad on the issues where we thought he’d be bad, and still bad on the issues where we expected better from him. Oh, and he’s also still breaking campaign promises.
  • Study finds chronic pain patients fear opioids, even though they’re more effective, less dangerous than ibuprofen and aspirin.
  • Another “you’ve been doing it wrong all along” study: Antioxidants might curb benefits of exercise. Frustrating.
  • New Hampshire man arrested for using videocamera in lobby of courthouse. Oddly enough, he was there to record the trial of another man arrested for the same thing.
  • What’s at the bottom of New York Harbor?
  • Craigslist buckles under pressure from state attorneys general, will discontinue its “Erotic Services” section. Good job, attorneys general! Now that you’ve removed one way (but certainly not the only way) for consenting adult service providers and their consenting adult customers from finding one another, you can turn your attention to prosecuting, like, rapes and murders and fraud and stuff.
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  • 32 Responses to “Lunch Links”

    1. #1 |  Tom | 

      A lot more on the NH Videocamera case can be found at freekeene.com

    2. #2 |  ChrisD | 

      Will a third man show up at the second guy’s NH video recording trial to …..ahh never mind. :)

    3. #3 |  Eronarn | 

      I love the phrase “torture architect”. It seems to have only slightly more journalistic integrity and appropriateness than phrases like “evil wizard” or “very mean person”. He isn’t an architect, he’s a former Justice Department lawyer!

      Also, everyone is afraid of opioids. Drugs are bad, kids.

    4. #4 |  Dave Krueger | 

      I can’t believe Yoo didn’t wind up on Fox News. Maybe he didn’t rise high enough on the public humiliation scale to qualify.

    5. #5 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Regarding the pain study, my doctor sometimes prescribes hydrocodone mixed with acetaminophen. On the bottle is says not to take it more often or in higher dosages than what’s prescribed because of the toxicity of the acetaminophen component. In fact, most of the warnings are related not to the hydrocodone, but the acetaminophen.

      Together they’re supposedly more effective, but it occurred to me that maybe they do that intentionally to discourage you from taking the hydrocodone in higher dosages. You know, like denying HPV vaccination to teenagers as a means to discourage them from having sex.

    6. #6 |  Jozef | 

      Who uses the Erotic services on Craigslist anyway? Everyone knows the genuine articles are in the Therapeutic services section anyway…

    7. #7 |  nicole | 

      but it occurred to me that maybe they do that intentionally to discourage you from taking the hydrocodone in higher dosages</em.

      That is most definitely the case. That’s why you can’t get hydrocodone (in the US) without the added acetominophen. Nice, eh?

    8. #8 |  nicole | 

      Sorry for the open tag!

    9. #9 |  Ben | 

      But rapists and murders are dangerous, Radley, you woulnd’t want our finest officers put in danger, would you!?

    10. #10 |  Hamburgler007 | 

      Dave,

      The pairing of acetominophen with opioids is legit, as they have a synergistic effect. It is required in the US that hydrocodone be combined with an NSAID, as is the case with several other opioids,. IMO, there shouldn’t be such a requirement, and should be left to the doctor’s discretion.

    11. #11 |  LibertyTiger | 

      Sam Dodson, the jailed liberty activist and journalist, reports on abuses of authority and was targeted because of his association to the Free State Project. Carlos Miller, carlosmiller.com has also covered his ordeal. Sam’s been on a 4 week hunger strike, only taking milk and vitamin supplements. He has lost considerable weight and his friends are growing concerned about his health. The authorities in Keene are openly targeting FSP members for arrest. My wife and I are considering a move to support the actions of Sam and the other Free Staters.

    12. #12 |  Ron | 

      If antioxidants curb the benefits of exercising, then we all better stop eating oranges, weet potatoes, bell peppers, etc. becuase they are loaded with antioxidants. Junk science.

    13. #13 |  Dave Krueger | 

      Regarding the last item, if the government has no respect for the specific rights explicitly described in the Constitution, they will most assuredly not have any respect for rights not so clearly identified.

      The First Amendment provides no exception for advertisements of services that have been outlawed. No matter what any judge or legislator says, it’s just not there. You either have freedom of speech, or you don’t. We don’t. We only have what they haven’t taken away yet.

      I am opposed to prostitution laws mostly because they unnecessarily interfere with the “pursuit of happiness”, both for the prostitute (in the form of income) and for the customer (in the form of a “good time”). But these laws also criminalize honesty. Almost all women can (and very many do) secure for themselves some form and degree of security in return for sex. With few exceptions, only the simplest and most direct of such transactions, an exchange of cash for sex, is criminalized.

      The only reason most people need to support the outlawing of some activity is the knowledge that it’s not an activity they engage in. The real villain when it comes to loss of freedom isn’t the government. It’s the guy who lives next door.

    14. #14 |  Dave Krueger | 

      #7 nicole

      That is most definitely the case. That’s why you can’t get hydrocodone (in the US) without the added acetominophen. Nice, eh?

      I didn’t know that. I was hoping I was wrong. Now I’m depressed and need a drink (yet another chemical that’s bad for my liver).

    15. #15 |  bile | 

      Checkout http://sam.jailedactivist.info and the Dave Ridley arraignment subpage for a full description of the Sam Dodson jailing.

    16. #16 |  Lee | 

      I’m not sure about the not being able to get Hydrocodone without the acetominophen, I believe I have some that was prescribed for my kids that did not contain it.

      The reason I remember it is because my wife commented that she was not sure she had ever seen it without the acetominophen.

      RE: Craigslist. They are moving it to the adult services section, where there is a cost involved. So it is no longer free, but they are actually making a profit from it!

    17. #17 |  Nando | 

      #12 Ron
      If antioxidants curb the benefits of exercising, then we all better stop eating oranges, weet potatoes, bell peppers, etc. becuase they are loaded with antioxidants. Junk science.

      Read the article. Fourth paragraph from the bottom:

      “The advice does not apply to fruits and vegetables, Dr. Ristow said; even though they are high in antioxidants, the many other substances they contain presumably outweigh any negative effect.”

    18. #18 |  Jim | 

      We’ve been hearing about how antioxidants supposedly mitigate the benefits of exercise for years now. Do they? Maybe, to some extent. Or maybe not. Who cares? Anyone with two eyes and a brain knows that regular exercise makes you healthier, as does eating fruits, vegetables, and other foods high in vitamins C and E.

      Most of this alleged “new research” is just a ploy by clinical doctors to gain research funding, and media outlets (especially local news stations) only encourage it by constantly reporting on what “the latest study” says about some food or behavior being good or bad, as if simply eating a little more chocolate (“a recent study says it can prevent ankle sprains!”) will help someone remedy an otherwise unhealthy lifestyle.

      The fact is, we already know exactly what to do to live a healthy and long life: regular aerobic exercise combined with consuming an appropriate amount of calories, ideally in the form of unprocessed, vitamin-rich foods. Absent an unusual personal health issue, anyone who bases lifestyle choices on anything beyond that is an fool.

    19. #19 |  Hamburgler007 | 

      #16, in the US the hydrocodone doesn’t necessarily have to be combined with tylenol, but it does have to be mixed with something. One of the common alternatives to vicodin (w/tylenol) is vicoprofen (ibprofen).

    20. #20 |  Boyd Durkin | 

      “Forever detainment”! Have a fucking trial already. If you know enough to keep a man in prison for life, have the balls to go to trial. Sackless bunch of panzies continue to inhabit the White House. Sackless!!

      @ Jozef #6
      Thanks for the heads up!

      Free Staters in NH know that the “Live Free or Die” motto is a bunch of hot air.

    21. #21 |  Ron | 

      Nando, sheer speculation. Note the word “presumably”. Red flag indicating study is what I said it is — junk science.

    22. #22 |  SJE | 

      Its not true that opiods HAVE to be mixed in the USA: you can get straight morphine, such as via injection. (I have had it, and it really worked).

      With pills you also must consider not just the “diversion” issue, but also the practicalities of formulation. You only need a tiny amount of pure opioid (e.g. 10 milligrams). 10mg is a spec of dust, and it would be easy to lose it, take too much etc. You could sneeze and inhale an overdose. Thus, to make a pill, you have to mix it into something else- why not add something that works with the opioid?

    23. #23 |  Hamburgler007 | 

      #22, it is true that not all need to be mixed, such as your example, but in the US hydrocodone must be.

      ps IV morphine does wonders when you need it, I was glad I got it just after surgery when in the recovery room.

    24. #24 |  JS | 

      “Finally, the “crushing the testicles of children of suspected terrorists” viewpoint has a platform!”

      Beautiful!

    25. #25 |  JS | 

      Dave Krueger “I can’t believe Yoo didn’t wind up on Fox News. Maybe he didn’t rise high enough on the public humiliation scale to qualify.”

      Or maybe he’s not a hot blonde chick.

    26. #26 |  SJE | 

      #23: Yes, IV morphine is very good stuff. Had it twice and it worked wonders. I can see why people get hooked but, at the same time, it works so much better than anything else. The govt, of course, waves the “you might get addicted” flag, forgetting the therapeutic benefits of morphine and other opioids.

      BTW: drugs with codeine were over the counter in a lot of countries, and it didnt seem to cause any major addiction problems compared to the people it helped. e.g. cough suppressant.

    27. #27 |  KBCraig | 

      I don’t doubt that patients fear opiods. One of the greatest fears is an addiction that continues after the prescription has expired.

    28. #28 |  bcg | 

      While I don’t like the current prostitution laws, prosecuting crimes is the job of the attorney general. Selective enforcement is a scary thing. Is he still selectively enforcing laws? Sure – but the problem is a legislative one.

    29. #29 |  Elliot | 

      Obama: Still bad on the issues where we thought he’d be bad, and still bad on the issues where we expected better from him. Oh, and he’s also still breaking campaign promises.

      Radley, what’s this “we” nonsense? Some of us knew better, tried to tell you, and were kicked around by you for our trouble.

    30. #30 |  Elliot | 

      To be clear, I don’t for one second expect that McCain would have made improvements in the way of individual rights (i.e., getting the government to stop squashing them so much). He voted for TARP. He co-authored McCain-Feingold. I long ago decided that McCain voted with Democrats when he should have voted with the GOP on principle, but voted with Republicans when he should have broken ranks on principle. Basically, the man had no principles.

      Still, I doubt he would be chewing up $9.3 trillion in debts, with a hungry eye on medical insurance, and all the rest. He would suck, but he wouldn’t be on a hard push for more socialism, more socialism, more socialism.

      In short, McCain wouldn’t have been as bad to the average American, even if he was hypocritical with a nutty VP.

    31. #31 |  random guy | 

      It’s like George Carlin said “It’s legal to sell stuff. It’s legal to fuck. So why is it illegal to sell fucking?”

      Shortest summery of my stance on prostitution ever.

    32. #32 |  Windy | 

      #31 (rg) The answer to Carlin’s question is we are still under the thumb of puritanical moral laws written by religious zealots that make no logical sense in a Constitutionally guaranteed “free” country.

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