Almost 15 years have passed since Patti Colbath walked into her backyard and saw her 12-year-old son Max put a handgun to his forehead and pull the trigger.It hasn’t gotten any easier, she said, no matter what people say about time healing all wounds. It’s just not true.“I’m not doing well, and I’m going to tell you very honestly, I have a couple of drinks every night, and there have been times when I have said very mean things to my husband,” Patti said.
The meanest thing: “If you hadn’t left the gun out, Max wouldn’t be dead.”
This is an interesting analysis of the state of the world. Wouldn’t it be nice if the US were in the list of sustainable countries? We need to keep educating people and work for political change.
Click on the map to open a magnified version. Copyright (C) FFP 2015 We are pleased to present the eleventh annual Fragile States Index. The FSI focuses on the indicators of risk and is based on thousands of articles and reports that are processed by our CAST Software from electronically available sources. We encourage others to utilize the Fragile States Index to develop ideas for promoting greater stability worldwide. We hope the Index will spur conversations, encourage debate, and most of all help guide strategies for sustainable security.
Source: The Fund for Peace
Now the folks in Indiana, Alabama and so on are going to have to change their tune about immigrants. They will have to take in refugees who flee Mexico so they won’t have to be around married gay people.
Hiram Gonzalez, center, married Severiano Chavez in the Mexican state of Chihuahua, where gay marriage is technically illegal.
MEXICO CITY — His church turned him away, his family discouraged him from a public fight and the government of the state where he lives vowed it would never happen.But it did. Hiram Gonzalez married his boyfriend, Severiano Chavez, last year in the northern state of Chihuahua, which, like most Mexican states, technically allows marriage only between a man and a woman.Mr. Gonzalez and dozens of other gay couples in recent months have, however, found a powerful ally: Mexico’s Supreme Court.In ruling after ruling, the court has said that state laws restricting marriage to heterosexuals are discriminatory. Though the decisions have been made to little public fanfare, they have had the effect of legalizing gay marriage in Mexico without enshrining it in law.
Cops Raid Marijuana Dispensary, Destroy Surveillance Equipment, Eat Pot Brownies, Joke About Assaulting Amputee – Hit & Run : Reason.comJune 12th, 2015 by Donald Steiny
Here is some great news. Net neutrality makes it so that Comcast can’t charge extra for Netflix traffic. It is interesting that if they did this it would be almost exactly what Rockefeller and other robber barons did that lead to the anti-trust laws. They owned the railroads so they would charge competitors extra to ship their goods. That guaranteed that they would be able to have lower prices for the same thing, effectively wiping out the competitors.
New U.S. Internet traffic regulations, known as net neutrality rules, will go into effect on Friday after a federal appeals court rejected the telecommunications industry’s request to partly suspend
Louisiana School Defends Using the Bible to ‘Present Alternative Viewpoints’ When Teaching EvolutionJune 11th, 2015 by Donald Steiny
Louisiana it one of one the most religious states in the country (#4) and also one of the poorest. It seems it is determined to stay that way. What an awful thing to do to the poor kids. This might be the kind of thing that is causing the rapid decline in people associating themselves with Christianity.
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A Louisiana school district is speaking out in defense of teachers who use the Bible “to present alternative viewpoints” when teaching on evolution, despite claims from secular scientists that teaching Creationism is “unconstitutional and scientifically-misleading.”
Josh Rosenau, spokesperson for the National Center for Science Education, a nonprofit that promotes the teaching of evolution in schools, asserted on the group’s website that “one in eight high school biology teachers advocate for Creationism, even though it’s ‘unconstitutional,'” in response reports that some teachers in Bossier Parish Schools based in Benton, Louisiana, are using the Bible when teaching on evolution.
Rosenau’s comments were a reaction to an article in the left-leaning Slate magazine that reportedly acquired emails from faculty in Bossier Parish wherein a science teacher was said to be teaching about Creationism in the classroom and using materials that included the Bible.
One such email from science teacher Shawna Creamer to principal Jason Rowland at Airline High School allegedly said: “We will read in Genesis and them [sic] some supplemental material debunking various aspects of evolution from which the students will present.”