Saturday, April 23, 2016

U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High

U.S. Suicide Rate Surges to a 30-Year High

“Suicide in the United States has surged to the highest levels in nearly 30 years, a federal data analysis has found, with increases in every age group except older adults. The rise was particularly steep for women. It was also substantial among middle-aged Americans, sending a signal of deep anguish from a group whose suicide rates had been stable or falling since the 1950s.”


National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

Thursday, April 14, 2016

The Company We Keep

We need to abolish the death penalty as a matter of foreign policy.

USA TODAY - Kim Hjelmgaard
Dramatic rise in number of global executions

"At least 1,634 civilians were executed by governments last year using various methods, an increase of 50% compared to the year before, Amnesty said. Although 90% of those killings took place in just three countries: Iran, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia."

"The numbers exclude China, where these data remain a state secret, although Amnesty said thousands were almost certainly killed there in 2015 by the government."

"The top five places where executions occurred last year — in order by volume — were China, Iran, Pakistan, Saudi Arabia and the United States."

See also an older article on Abolishing the Death Penalty in Ohio

Never underestimate the Republican's ability to shoot themselves in the foot.

Obama’s Greatest Triumph
He is six months away from destroying both the Republican Party and Reagan’s legacy.

“Today, the last men standing amidst the debris of the Republican presidential competition are Donald Trump, a political independent who is using the Republican Party like an Uber car; Ted Cruz, who used the Republican Party as a footstool; and John Kasich, a remnant of the Reagan revolution, who is being told by Republicans to quit.”

USA Today
Kirsten Powers: The Republican blame game

“The dissatisfaction among a large cohort of GOP voters is directly attributable to their unhappiness with a party that they believe does not represent their interests. In exit polls, high percentages of GOP voters registered displeasure with their leadership. In Tennessee, 58% of Republican voters said they felt “betrayed” by their leaders, as did 47% in New Hampshire, 52% in South Carolina and 54% in Ohio.”