Thursday, March 31, 2005

China tries to banish sites that discuss suicide. But then, censorship is almost a way of life over there, so that shouldn't really surprise anyone.

Wednesday, March 30, 2005

Body count: 5
Evidently there are over 100 sites to choose from in Japan should a person want to participate in a suicide pact.

Monday, March 21, 2005

Ask him if he really cares.

Caraway of Iowa did a long-distance intervention on a woman in Florida who informed him via the net of her intention to suicide.
"I'm not sure we'll talk again. I know she's mad at me for calling the police, but I don't really care," Caraway said. "I'm just glad she's OK."
And how, exactly, does Mr. Caraway know that she is now "OK"?

Friday, March 18, 2005

Just say 'Ho
It seems that teenagers who pledge to remain virgins until marriage are more likely than their peers to engage in sexual activity that (technically) leaves their virginity intact but increases their risk of getting a STD.

Do you suppose the irony of this will be lost on Dubya and the other abstinence promoters?
Quote of the day:

I was once asked by a right-wing American magazine: should any restrictions be placed on euthanasia generally? If I am depressed, do I qualify? If an elderly woman's husband dies and she says she no longer has anything to live for, would you help her kill herself? Who qualifies? Who decides if a life is worth living?

My response was that I do not believe that telling people they have a right to life while denying them the means, manner or information necessary for them to give this life away has any ethical consistency.

So all people qualify, not just those with the training, knowledge or resources to find out how to "give away" their life. This includes the depressed, the elderly bereaved, [and] the troubled teen. If we are to remain consistent and we believe that the individual has the right to dispose of their life, we should not erect artificial barriers in the way of sub-groups who don't meet our criteria.

(an excerpt from "Killing Me Softly" by Philip Nitschke and Fiona Stewart)

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Tanka 14-3-5

Befördet es ab.
Los ist nicht abänderlich
Der Schluß ist ganz gleich
Alles andere täuschen
Doch kann man es ablehnen

Monday, March 07, 2005

Senryu for you:
Optimistic youth
Huddled 'round a charcoal stove
Foreign pundits rave.

euclid k. 03March05

Tuesday, March 01, 2005

YASPIJ (Yet Another Suicide Pact In Japan)
Two groups found, total body count being 7