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    Ruth Bader Ginsburg injured in fall and... well...

    Source: Supreme Court Justice Ginsburg, 85, breaks three ribs in fall


    Ruth Bader Ginsburg, a prominent liberal who at age 85 is the oldest U.S. Supreme Court justice, was hospitalized on Thursday after fracturing three ribs in a fall the night before at her office at the court, a court spokeswoman said.

    Ginsburg, appointed in 1993 by Democratic former President Bill Clinton as only the second woman to serve on the high court, initially went home after the fall, but experienced discomfort overnight and went to George Washington University Hospital on Thursday morning, court spokeswoman Kathy Arberg said in a statement.

    Tests showed Ginsburg fractured three ribs on her left side and she was admitted for observation and treatment, Arberg added. The court is not scheduled to hear its next arguments in cases until Nov. 26.

    Ginsburg, who made her name as an advocate for women’s rights, is one of the court’s four liberals. The court’s 5-4 conservative majority was restored last month when the Senate confirmed Republican President Donald Trump’s appointee Brett Kavanaugh after a contentious nomination process in which Kavanaugh denied a sexual assault allegation dating to the 1980s.

    If Ginsburg were unable to continue serving, Trump likely would move swiftly to replace her with a conservative, further shifting the court to the right. A potentially dominant 6-3 conservative majority would have major consequences for issues including abortion, the death penalty, voting rights, gay rights, religious liberty, business litigation and presidential powers.

    As the oldest justice, Ginsburg is closely watched for any signs of deteriorating health, even though she has bounced back from previous medical issues.

    Ginsburg has fallen twice before at her home, in 2012 and 2013, leading to rib injuries. She was treated in 1999 for colon cancer and again in 2009 for pancreatic cancer, both serious forms of cancer, but did not miss any argument sessions either time.

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    Ginsburg called Trump an egotistical “faker” when he was running for president in 2016, in an unusual foray into politics by a Supreme Court justice. Trump responded, saying her “mind is shot” and she should resign. Ginsburg later expressed regret over her remarks, saying “judges should avoid commenting on a candidate for public office.”

    Ginsburg is a hero among many U.S. liberals, sometimes called “The Notorious R.B.G” in a nickname based on the late American rapper The Notorious B.I.G. A documentary film about her, called “RBG,” was released earlier this year. A biographical film about her, called “On the Basis of Sex” and starring Felicity Jones, is being released next month.

    Ginsburg has helped buttress equality rights during her time on the high court, including in sex discrimination cases, and has been a champion of abortion rights and gay rights. In 2010, after the retirement of more senior liberals, she became the court’s voice of liberalism on behalf of women, racial minorities and the poor and disenfranchised.

    Ginsburg voiced support for the #MeToo movement against sexual misconduct after Kavanaugh was accused of sexual assault by a university professor, saying that unlike in her youth, “women nowadays are not silent about bad behavior.”

    Trump has already named two members of the court, adding conservative federal appeals court judges Kavanaugh and Neil Gorsuch, who was confirmed by the Senate last year. The court’s other liberal justices are Stephen Breyer, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor. Breyer, 80, is the court’s second-oldest justice....



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    All partisanship aside I sincerely wish her well and hope that she recovers quickly. The pause/hesitation at the end of the title of the thread is due to something not mentioned in the Reuters report above. The reaction from some to the news

    Source: People concerned about Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s fall are offering their ribs and organs


    Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, 85, fractured three ribs in a fall in her office Wednesday night, according to a statement from the Supreme Court’s public information office.

    “Tests showed that she fractured three ribs on the left side,” the statement said. She was taken to George Washington University Hospital.

    Ginsburg has survived several fights with cancer and had heart surgery in 2014, according to CNBC. She has beaten pancreatic and colon cancer, the two deadliest forms of the disease.

    People, especially younger people, were offering the octogenarian affectionately known as RBG their own ribs on social media Thursday morning. They even started the hashtag #RibsForRuth on Twitter.

    [*continues with a few tweets as examples*]



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    You can't donate ribs. But this is kinda cute. And a little weird.

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    I can't believe the ignorance of people who think they can donate ribs. And how many do they think she needs, that they have to start a donation drive for it?



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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    I can't believe the ignorance of people who think they can donate ribs. And how many do they think she needs, that they have to start a donation drive for it?

    Maybe they have spare ribs.


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    Quote Originally Posted by mossrose View Post
    I can't believe the ignorance of people who think they can donate ribs.

    They are called Democrats, and in this country we actually let them vote.
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    Quote Originally Posted by seer View Post
    They are called Democrats, and in this country we actually let them vote.

    Then I don't know who is stupider, the ones who are donating their ribs or the ones who let them vote.



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    Maybe some of the offers are less than serious, not unlike those hilarious jokesters who think that vaccines cause autism.
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    Quote Originally Posted by guacamole View Post
    Maybe some of the offers are less than serious, not unlike those hilarious jokesters who think that vaccines cause autism.
    I have no idea what you're trying to convey here, since anti-vaxxers are dead serious in their thinking.
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    We've clearly got posters here who have a bone to pick with Ginsburg.
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