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Speaking of Rudy Giuliani, here's a reminder of the breadth of his evil

He was one of the three main attorneys that won the horrible 2002 deal that allowed Purdue to keep murdering people by continuing to make and push OxyContin.



Purdue Pharma hired Rudolph Giuliani, the former New York mayor and now Donald Trump’s lawyer [note: he was his lawyer at the time this article was written], to head off a federal investigation in the mid-2000s into the company’s marketing of the powerful prescription painkiller at the centre of an epidemic estimated to have claimed at least 300,000 lives. According to the CDC, the death toll from OxyContin and related prescription opioids now exceeds 200,000.

The Sackler family made billions from OxyContin. While Giuliani was not able to prevent the criminal conviction over Purdue’s fraudulent claims for OxyContin’s safety and effectiveness, he was able to reach a deal to avoid a bar on Purdue doing business with the federal government which would have killed a large part of the multibillion-dollar market for the drug.

The former New York mayor also secured an agreement that greatly restricted further prosecution of the pharmaceutical company and kept its senior executives out of prison.



My great hope: That the Trump indictments/Jan. 6 arrests/imprisonments/fake elector charges, etc.

give pause to at least some U.S. fascists/Nazis/Republicans and make them think twice about attempting another coup d'etat/election theft/democracy overthrow in the future.

TBH, I do wish that Garland had acted with much more urgency and swiftness. The very foundation of our country was at stake. ... But, better late than never, I guess. *sigh*

"I'm a devout Christian, but I believe in science."

No you don't.

You can't simultaneously believe in the laws of science and magic. For example, if you truly accept science, you can't believe that a deity impregnated a mortal. You can't believe that the product of this bizarre event, a carpenter from the Judea of a couple thousand years ago, was put to death but then came back to life and will return to Earth eventually to save his followers. You can't believe that a powerful invisible wizard (his "father" ) is directing things on Earth and ostensibly elsewhere/everywhere in the universe. You can't believe that there's a supernatural realm that occasionally overpowers the natural realm. You can't believe any of that magical stuff if you truly believe in science. Like the commercial says, "That's not how any of this works." The two concepts, Christianity* and science, are mutually contradictory.

Somehow, it reminds me of the "Sheldon" scene from When Harry Met Sally:

*Some "Christians" say that they just like and follow the messages attributed to Jesus in the Bible. Well, that's fine, but I was always told that being a true Christian requires faith in the magical poppycock. So, this doesn't apply to those who don't believe the supernatural stories, yet still call themselves "Christians."

*** Official THANKS FOR THE HEART/S thread for all to use ***

Individual "thanks" threads sometimes get lost, so I thought it would be nice to have the thanks in one place for donors to see.

Personally, I'd like to thank my kind benefactors from the bottom of my you-know-what! I appreciate you very much!

How does one make strikethrough text in a DU post?

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