Reddit co-founder’s suicide prompts whitehouse.gov petition

Co-founder of reddit Aaron Swartz hanged himself. The 26 year old was struggling with depression and the fear of decades in prison over what amounts to 'checking out millions of library books'. I signed this petition: Remove United States District Attorney Carmen Ortiz from office for overreach in the case of Aaron Swartz. It is too late to do anything for Aaron Swartz, but those who used the powers granted to them by their office to hound him into a position where he was facing a … [Read more...]

An entire day of Army Suicide Prevention training at recruiting school

It's no secret that the military is facing a staggering suicide rate, more than one every day now. The trend was spotted years ago, and was the basis for justifying 2009's $125 Mil. 'Spiritual Fitness' nonsense. Since then, the suicide rate has skyrocketed, as more and more money is being wasted on a religious approach to a mental health problem. Since I made that info-graphic a few months back, the Army's data suggests an even bigger increase may be looming. According to Fort Jackson's … [Read more...]

Military’s $3 million anti-suicide nasal spray

Admittedly, this sounds dumb to us in the force. Honestly though, the research being done at Indiana University School of Medicine is pennies-on-the-dollar compared to the ghastly Spiritual Fitness nonsense - the current anti-suicide strategy. INDIANAPOLIS -- Could a nasal spray provide a quick antidote to suicidal thoughts among soldiers? An Indiana University School of Medicine scientist has been awarded a $3 million research grant from the U.S. Army to develop such a system. For Michael … [Read more...]

Why the US Military’s suicide statistics are dead wrong

I've seen way too many people regurgitate flawed stats regarding suicide rates in the US Military. It seems that the DoD and / or defense-policy think-tanks have created some palatable 'synthetic data'. Going back to the 2001-2008 time period, this study seems to be a typical example. It's from RAND, a large think-tank currently funded by the US Government and private endowments. Their biggest claim to fame is the 'mutually assured destruction' nuclear weapon strategy of the Cold War era. … [Read more...]

Congressman told by DoD that all military suicide victims are atheists

In 2009 a part of the US Army called Comprehensive Soldier Fitness (CSF) sprang forward to deal with the rising suicide rate. They spent $125 million taxpayer dollars. They wasted it. The BBC released an article saying that the military's suicide rate has now climbed to roughly one per day. Suicide in the US military has sharply increased this year, hitting a rate of almost one death per day, figures show. As of 3 June, 2012 active-duty suicides reached 154, compared with 130 in the same … [Read more...]

Tea Party congressman blames Dark Knight shooting on atheism, points to military.

Igor Volsky has an incredible story at Think Progress. Volsky uncovered a Texas Tea Party congressman blaming the Aurora shooting on 'attacks on Christianity', furthermore citing 'unreleased' DoD suicide statistics pointing to atheists killing themselves. www.youtube.com/embed/Qwqe0lNnUqI? Excerpt: Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have expressed their sympathies for the victims in Friday morning’s shooting in Aurora, Colorado, but at least one Republican lawmaker is using the … [Read more...]

Songs that make you not want to die

When I'm feeling like a sad-bastard I don't play sad-bastard music. I put on music about overcoming tragedy. I'm not sure if I invented the phrase 'self-help rock' or not. It's not a real genre, but then again, I could probably fill several mix-tapes with it. This is a list of songs that may even save lives (only half kidding there.) Self-help rock Eels - I Write the B-Sides 2001 This band basically defines the 'self-help rock' concept for me. They snagged three spots on this list, but … [Read more...]

Underground songs for those attempting to be underground

This post is not a personal entry, nor a call for help. Just sit back. Click. It is what it is. Primitive Hands - I'll Die Alone (2009) Mission of Burma - That's When I Reach for my Revolver (1981) www.youtube.com/embed/I8piMHsOya4? Dead Milkmen - I Hate Myself (1989) www.youtube.com/embed/DK51b0Rr3_g? Daniel Johnston - Casper the Friendly Ghost (1983) www.youtube.com/embed/x1CdrKenfXo? Bantam Rooster - This Close To Suicide (Again) [2000] My favorite type of … [Read more...]

Military announces ‘Gay Pride Month’

The Army Times ran this AP story last night: WASHINGTON — Last summer, gays in the military dared not acknowledge their sexual orientation. This summer, the Pentagon will salute them, marking June as gay pride month just as it has marked other celebrations honoring racial or ethnic groups. In the latest remarkable sign of change since the military repealed the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, the Defense Department will soon hold its first event to recognize gay and lesbian troops. It comes … [Read more...]

Suicidal lesbian Marine Corps vet seeks help, gets Jesus instead

Esther Garatie is a hero to our nation, serving in the Marine Corps in war-time. She also happens to be a lesbian. But that shouldn't matter. Not when she checks into a Dallas-area VA hospital for treatment for severe depression - including suicidal thoughts. She wanted help, and was brave enough to actually ask for it. She had been battling PTSD-like symptoms before she even received her Honorable Discharge. Rather than help, an evangelical Christian nurse took it upon herself to preach … [Read more...]