Robin Williams is Gone, but Millions Will Still Suffer Until Things Change

By: Tuesday August 12, 2014 8:55 am

Comedian Robin Williams was found early this morning of an apparent suicide. He was 63 years old. He struggled with addiction and depression for most of his life and recently checked into rehab as part of his constant battle. But if the statistics are correct, he was one of 9.2 million people in the United States who suffer from what’s known as “dual diagnosis” of substance abuse and mental health problems.

 

Late Night: You Petty Little People

By: Monday August 11, 2014 8:01 pm

Feeling sad the Robin Williams took his life? Sure, you grew up enjoying his performances on television, in movies, and on stage. He made you laugh time and time -and time- again. And that was what he lived for, your laughs. But you need to know what petty little nobodies you are.

The Punitive Use of Medical Restraints on Guantanamo Hunger Strikers

By: Monday June 16, 2014 9:00 am

A partially redacted set of medical records released in the aftermath of the 2006 deaths of three Guantanamo prisoners shows that the use of “medical restraints” in the use of forced feeding of hunger striking detainees was used as a threat on hunger striking prisoners. At least one detainee was told over and over that use of “medical restraints” was due to his voluntary refusal to eat.

#Justice4Daisy RallyToday, Maryville Rape Victim Has Voice

By: Tuesday October 22, 2013 4:00 pm

Daisy Coleman’s assailant, Matthew Barnett then 17, is the grandson of Rex Barnett, who served as member of the Missouri House of Representatives from 1994 to 2002. Barnett was initially charged with sexual assault and endangering the welfare of a child, but two months later the charges were dropped. Jordan Zech, another senior, videotaped Barnett raping Daisy, and that video was passed around school. Zech was charged with exploitation of a minor. Those charges were dropped also and the video “disappeared.” One boy present that night was sentenced in juvenile court for his assault against Coleman’s then-13 year old friend.

FDL Book Salon Welcomes Rodger McDaniel, Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt

By: Saturday September 28, 2013 1:59 pm

Rodger McDaniel — a lawyer who served 10 years in the Wyoming state legislature before entering seminary and becoming a Presbyterian pastor — says in the acknowledgements to Dying for Joe McCarthy’s Sins: The Suicide of Wyoming Senator Lester Hunt, “Honestly, I never so much wanted to write a book, as I wanted to tell this story.” And what a story it is.

Opera Singer Dedicates Performance to Teen Suicide Victim

By: Thursday July 18, 2013 4:50 pm

Internationally acclaimed mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato announced that she will dedicate Wednesday’s performance of Rossini’s La donna del lago to the memory of gay New Mexico teen bullying victim Carlos Vigil and his family.

Silent Night: Another American Suicide In Afghanistan

By: Tuesday December 25, 2012 8:19 am

Another day, another apparent suicide in Afghanistan. This time a Commander with the Navy SEALs – one of America’s toughest, most highly trained, and rigorously psychologically screened special operations forces.

I’m Really Tired of Gun-Related Funerals

By: Saturday December 15, 2012 9:03 am

As yesterday’s story of the shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School unfolded, image after image went through my head . . . my kid and his school, my friends who hunt, George Tiller, and especially the victims of gun violence whose funerals I have done.

I’m really tired of doing gun-related funerals.

Paul Addis and Burning Man: KDVS Radio Interview, pt 1

By: Saturday December 1, 2012 12:20 pm

On November 16, Richard Estes interviewed me on his KDVS program Speaking In Tongues about Burning Man and the recent suicide of Paul Addis. Burning Man centers around an annual festival in a temporary desert city that surrounds a human effigy. This effigy is ritually burned on Saturday night of the week-long event, but Addis was jailed for setting fire to it on the Monday before its scheduled destruction.

Anti-Choice Rulings Advance in Federal Courts

By: Tuesday July 31, 2012 11:30 am

Arizona’s stringent abortion law, which includes a ban on all abortions beyond 20 weeks of pregnancy, was upheld by a federal judge yesterday, setting up a potential showdown at the Supreme Court that could further chip away at Roe v. Wade. The Arizona law will now take effect tomorrow, as scheduled.

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