Thursday, November 8, 2018

History may not repeat itself but it rhymes

A politically incorrect, race-baiting, press-bashing outsider in the White House, under investigation for corruption by the Department of Justice. Let's all remember Spiro Agnew, VP to RN, and the subject of an excellent new podcast called Bag Man.

A research subject enrolled in Hennepin's ketamine study without consent has filed a federal lawsuit

The first of many lawsuits Hennepin Healthcare will face, I'm afraid.

Here is what the Star Tribune says:

Last December, depressed from the two-year anniversary of her father's death, Buckley relapsed on wine in her northeast Minneapolis apartment. A concerned friend called 911 and asked for a welfare check. Police and paramedics arrived at her apartment and told her she needed to come to the hospital.

Buckley told them she didn't want to go, but didn't physically resist the paramedics, according to the lawsuit. After the responders restrained her, Buckley objected to getting a shot, and they injected her with ketamine anyway. Within minutes, she struggled to breathe and her heart rate went abnormally high, according to the suit.

Buckley woke up the next day in a bed at HCMC with a breathing tube down her throat. Hospital staff gave her a document saying she'd been enrolled in ketamine research.

"This is all I got," she said in a June interview. "Just this form saying that I'm part of their little test."

"Slowly, steadily I would climb toward the moral abyss of the President's inner circle until I finally fell into it, thinking I had made it to the top just as I began to realize I had touched bottom."

Reading John Dean, thinking about Matthew Whitaker.

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Nobody wants to be president of the University of Minnesota. Why not?

Okay, well, not exactly nobody. But the U has gotten only sixty applicants so far, a "decidedly small number" according to an expert interviewed by the Star Tribune. (If it makes you feel any better, the academic powerhouse University of Central Florida got even fewer.)  But clearly this is not a good sign. So far the Board of Regents has changed search firms in mid-stream, pressed for a fast process with an early deadline, and argued yet again that secrecy is essential to getting a good candidate.  It is hard to see this ending well.

Monday, November 5, 2018

He'll rip your lungs out, Jim

Excitable Boys in Trumplandia: A Twelve-Act Rock Opera about the Trump Administration told Exclusively through Warren Zevon Lyrics.

by Carlos Sagan