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Ruth Bader Ginsburg in hospital for treatment of possible infection

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  1. MimicSquid
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    Please, if there's anything good in the world, let her recover.

    Please, if there's anything good in the world, let her recover.

    23 votes
  2. Deimos
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    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put out a press release today saying that she's been in chemotherapy treatment for a recurrence of liver cancer, but that this recent hospitalization was not related to...

    Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg put out a press release today saying that she's been in chemotherapy treatment for a recurrence of liver cancer, but that this recent hospitalization was not related to that. She says she's still "fully able" to fulfill her responsibilities.

    11 votes
  3. [4]
    NaraVara
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    Follow up: Her pancreatic cancer is back.
    5 votes
    1. [3]
      joplin
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      That link says "liver" not pancreatic. I can't find pancreatic or pancreas anywhere on the page. Am I missing something?

      That link says "liver" not pancreatic. I can't find pancreatic or pancreas anywhere on the page. Am I missing something?

      1 vote
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        NaraVara
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        Oh yeah. She had pancreatic cancer back in the late 2000s that went into remission. This is probably a recurrence of the same thing just in her liver now. Cancer cells in the pancreas have a nasty...

        Oh yeah. She had pancreatic cancer back in the late 2000s that went into remission. This is probably a recurrence of the same thing just in her liver now.

        Cancer cells in the pancreas have a nasty tendency to spread throughout the bloodstream and keep popping up in other places. It's a very stealthy and difficult form of cancer to recover from. The only reason she even knows she has it is because she is extremely frequently being screened. If she wasn't on the SCOTUS she would almost certainly not have caught it until it was much further developed.

        5 votes
        1. joplin
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          Gotcha. Thanks for the info!

          Gotcha. Thanks for the info!

          1 vote
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    vord
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    I think the flaws of the Supreme court are really coming to head (and other national offices too, but that's a larger topic). I'm drawn more and more to the original democratic principles of...

    I think the flaws of the Supreme court are really coming to head (and other national offices too, but that's a larger topic).

    I'm drawn more and more to the original democratic principles of serving not by election, but by lot.

    Eliminate the Supreme Court as it currently exists. Create the Supreme Jury.... 1000 randomly selected people across the entire nation, good for only one trial. Perhaps instead of full unanimity something like 85% in agreement.

    IMO that could work well for a variety of government positions, like a draft but for short-term (under 4 years) political service. Perhaps we wouldn't see such a disconnect from politics if you could randomly be selected for duty at any time for any level.

    4 votes
    1. [9]
      Omnicrola
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      I don't think this is a good idea for something like the supreme court, as I do think there is a lot of very specialized knowledge needed to be a good judge. However I do support the idea of...

      I don't think this is a good idea for something like the supreme court, as I do think there is a lot of very specialized knowledge needed to be a good judge.

      However I do support the idea of Sortition for others government positions that are elected.

      Perhaps we wouldn't see such a disconnect from politics if you could randomly be selected for duty at any time for any level

      The common objection to Sortition is that "but there are a lot of dumb people" it something to that effect. Yea, I agree that's terrible. Maybe we should make a massive investment in education so that the average citizen is equipped to study and make decisions about our country when it's their turn?

      17 votes
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        bloup
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        Ironically “there are a lot of dumb people” is never a problem when it comes to conscription and handing people the tools of deadly force.

        Ironically “there are a lot of dumb people” is never a problem when it comes to conscription and handing people the tools of deadly force.

        7 votes
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          j3n
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          What exactly is ironic about that? The primary skill of most soldiers is the ability to follow orders. It's a common and not altogether baseless meme in the military that the lower enlisted are...

          What exactly is ironic about that? The primary skill of most soldiers is the ability to follow orders. It's a common and not altogether baseless meme in the military that the lower enlisted are not paid to think.

          7 votes
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            bloup
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            Being acquiescent and being dumb aren’t the same thing. What you said is a big part of the irony.

            Being acquiescent and being dumb aren’t the same thing. What you said is a big part of the irony.

            1 vote
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              j3n
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              I can say from experience that being dumb really would have helped, and my job required the highest ASVAB scores of any in the Army so theoretically I was one of the few enlisted folks who was...

              I can say from experience that being dumb really would have helped, and my job required the highest ASVAB scores of any in the Army so theoretically I was one of the few enlisted folks who was paid to think everyone now and then.

              4 votes
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                bloup
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                Don’t you think there are probably incredibly acquiescent people who should not be trusted with a firearm?

                Don’t you think there are probably incredibly acquiescent people who should not be trusted with a firearm?

                1 vote
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                  Loire
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                  Logically? Yes. For a war? They want bodies for the meat grinder.

                  Logically? Yes.

                  For a war? They want bodies for the meat grinder.

                  1 vote
                  1. bloup
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                    I don’t really see how that makes it not ironic.

                    I don’t really see how that makes it not ironic.

      2. arp242
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        And these dumb people are voting now too, so not really sure if there's any difference. When serving in a democratic position like this people will be given ample time to talk to experts and...

        The common objection to Sortition is that "but there are a lot of dumb people" it something to that effect. Yea, I agree that's terrible. Maybe we should make a massive investment in education so that the average citizen is equipped to study and make decisions about our country when it's their turn?

        And these dumb people are voting now too, so not really sure if there's any difference.

        When serving in a democratic position like this people will be given ample time to talk to experts and educate themselves. I'm not sure if the SCOTUS specifically is a good fit for this kind of democracy because it's a very technical position, but I've argued for something similar before.

        2 votes