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Study: Police use-of-force among leading cause of death for...
For young men of color, police use-of-force is among the leading causes of death, according to a study from the University of Michigan, Rutgers University and Washington University.

Police use-of-force—which includes asphyxiation, beating, a chemical agent, a medical emergency, a Taser, or a gunshot—trails accidental death, suicide, other homicides, heart disease and cancer as a leading cause of death for young black men, who have the highest risk of being killed by police, according to the study.

About 100 in 100,000 black men and boys will be killed by police during their lives, while 39 white men and boys per 100,000 are killed by police, findings in the study show. This means black men are about 2.5 times more likely to be killed by police than white men.

"It's a striking number," said study co-author Michael Esposito, a postdoctoral researcher in the Survey Research Center at the U-M Institute for Social Research. "There have been arguments about how widespread of a problem this is. We didn't have a good estimate about whether it's a few cases that received a lot of media attention.
police  violence  Black  male  death  data 
9 weeks ago by Quercki
Oakland: Man shot to death outside recreation center named
Man shot in East Oakland Monday night identified
Police have still not found a motive or identified any suspects in the shooting

By Harry Harris | hharris@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: June 5, 2019 at 1:58 pm | UPDATED: June 6, 2019 at 4:21 am

OAKLAND –A 23-year-old man shot to death Monday night outside an East Oakland recreation center was identified by police Wednesday as Arlando Jefferson.

Police have not confirmed where he was living.

He was found shot about 10:49 p.m. Monday in the street in the 2700 block of 22nd Avenue outside the Manzanita Recreation Center, which was not open at the time. He was taken to nearby Highland Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Police are trying to determine what Jefferson was doing in the area. He may have had relatives living nearby, authorities said.

No motive has been determined yet for the shooting and no arrests have been made.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the killer. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or 510-238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
Oakland  shooting  death  Arlando_Jefferson  20190605 
june 2019 by Quercki
Man shot and killed in East Oakland residential area – The Mercury News
Man shot and killed in East Oakland residential area
Police have not released a motive for the shooting

By Harry Harris | hharris@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group
PUBLISHED: May 24, 2019 at 3:52 pm | UPDATED: May 25, 2019 at 7:45 am

OAKLAND — A 50-year-old man was found shot to death Friday afternoon outside an East Oakland home, authorities said.

Police were withholding the man’s name pending notification of his relatives. Police said he lived in the area but what his connection may have been to the home where the shooting happened has not been released.

The shooting happened about 3:14 p.m. Friday in the 10300 block of Foothill Boulevard not far from the Foothill Square Shopping Center. Police responding to the scene found the man outside a home. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Police have not released a motive for the shooting and have not said if anyone was arrested.

The killing is the 33rd homicide investigated by Oakland police this year. Last year at this time police had investigated 27 homicides in the city.

Police and Crime Stoppers of Oakland are offering up to $10,000 in reward money for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. Anyone with information may call police at 510-238-3821 or 238-7950 or Crime Stoppers at 510-777-8572.
Oakland  shooting  death  killing  20190524 
june 2019 by Quercki
Man Critically Wounded In Shooting Near Oakland High, Suspect Arrested – CBS San Francisco
Man Critically Wounded In Shooting Near Oakland High, Suspect Arrested
January 12, 2017 at 12:10 pm
Filed Under:Crime, Oakland, Oakland High School, Oakland police, Oakland shooting
Police Cruiser. (Oakland Police Dept. Photo)

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A man was critically wounded in a shooting near Oakland High School Thursday morning and a suspect was arrested a short time later, police said.

Oakland police officers responded at 9:49 a.m. to reports of gunshots in the 1000 block of MacArthur Boulevard, between Alma Avenue and Park Boulevard, police said.

A man found shot there was taken to a hospital in critical condition, police said.

Police identified a suspect in the shooting and arrested him at 10:33 a.m. His name has not been released.

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting and anyone with information has been asked to contact the department’s assault section at (510) 238-3426.
Oakland  shooting  death  Oakland_High  20170112 
june 2019 by Quercki
Man Shot, Killed in Oakland Near Peralta Hacienda Park – CBS San Francisco
Man Shot, Killed in Oakland Near Peralta Hacienda Park
September 9, 2018 at 8:09 am
Filed Under:Fatal shooting, Gun violence, Oakland shooting

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — A man was shot and killed in Oakland late Saturday night, according to Oakland police.

The shooting was reported around 9 p.m. near the intersection of 34th Avenue and Salisbury Street, police said. The shooting is being investigated as a homicide. The victim’s name wasn’t released.

No further information was immediately available.
Oakland  shooting  death  killing  20190909 
june 2019 by Quercki
Oakland Police Investigate Fatal Downtown Shooting Sunday – CBS San Francisco
Oakland Police Investigate Fatal Downtown Shooting Sunday
December 24, 2018 at 5:40 am
Filed Under:Crime, Fatal shooting, Oakland, Oakland shooting

OAKLAND (CBS SF) — At least one person has died following a shooting in downtown Oakland on Sunday night, according to police.

The shooting occurred around 9:40 p.m. Sunday in the 2100 block of Franklin Street, police at the scene said. The victim wasn’t identified and nobody else was injured.

Several units and police officers were at the scene of the shooting. Shell casings were on the ground on Franklin Street in front of at least one nightclub and evidence markers were also seen across the street as well.
Oakland  shooting  killing  death  2100_Franklin_Street  2018  20181223 
june 2019 by Quercki
30 years ago a Chinese tank column stopped for ‘Tank Man.’ Fang Zheng wasn’t so lucky - Los Angeles Times
“The tank was suddenly right in my face,” he continued. “It happened so fast. The tank did not hesitate. It just rolled over me. I was conscious. I could feel that I was being dragged by the tank because my trousers were stuck.” He managed to free himself.

On June 5, as tanks left the square, a lone man holding shopping bags stood blocking a column of tanks, an image of courage and defiance that became a global symbol of the pro-democracy protest. His identity and fate remain a mystery.

The number of people killed is unknown. Estimates vary from several hundred to 10,000.
China  Tiananmen  tank  protest  death  injury 
june 2019 by Quercki
Gun suicides rise to highest level in 40 years / Boing Boing
While mass-shootings are the most visible and spectacular consequence of America's love affair with guns, the person most likely to shoot you is you (either accidentally or deliberately), with a loved one or a friend (again, either accidentally or deliberately) close behind.

Suicide is an impulsive act. Half of suicide survivors report planning their deaths for less than ten minutes.
NRA  gun  guns  death  suicide  statistics 
december 2018 by Quercki
Meet the doctor curing fake news: Italian wages Twitter war against anti-vaxxers
Roald Dahl's letter about the death of his seven-year-old daughter, Olivia, from measles in 1962.

The author wrote: "I noticed that her fingers and her mind were not working together and she couldn't do anything. 'Are you feeling all right?' I asked her. 'I feel all sleepy,' she said. In an hour, she was unconscious. In twelve hours she was dead".

Dahl, who penned the letter in 1986, advocated for children to be immunised, telling parents: "What on earth are you worrying about? It really is almost a crime to allow your child to go unimmunised."
measles  vaccination  Roald_Dahl  child  death 
december 2018 by Quercki
Wife files suit in Oakland police tasering death of Marcellus Toney | Oakland North
By Miki KatoniPosted December 13, 2018 10:39 am

In the September, 2017, death of Marcellus Toney, there is one thing that is undeniable: He died in police custody after he was hit by a Taser. But exactly why he died and who is liable for his death is still unclear.

“I just hope that some justice comes out of this, that someone is held accountable, even if it’s Marcellus,” said Lamesha Smith, Toney’s wife.

Smith has filed a civil lawsuit alleging that the Oakland Police Department (OPD) is responsible for his death because officers “used excessive and unnecessary force” against Toney, and so is the City of Oakland, alleging it has failed to properly train and discipline the officers involved in Toney’s death.
Oakland  police  death  taser  killing 
december 2018 by Quercki
The incredible story of Susan Potter, the "immortal corpse" / Boing Boing
In the year 2,000, Susan Potter, then 72, donated her body to medicine. After Potter died, scientists froze her corpse, sliced it into 27,000 slivers thinner than a human hair, photographed each slice, and created "the world’s most advanced virtual cadaver using the highest-quality imagery of an entire human body in existence." Not only is the virtual cadaver an incredible accomplishment but so is National Geographic's story about Potter and the lead researcher, Dr. Vic Spitzer Ph.D., director of the Center for Human Simulation at the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus.
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“They’ll see her body while they’re hearing her stories,” he explained, adding that video and audio of her would make her more real and introduce the element of emotion to students. Instead of an anonymous cadaver, this “visible human” would be capable of delivering a medical narrative suffused with the recollection of frustration, pain, and disappointment.
visible  woman  medicine  death  body 
december 2018 by Quercki
How to Decide – Loving At Home Pet Euthanasia
Having to decide to euthanize a beloved companion and for many a family member is a unique and painful time. One has feelings of whether or not we have the moral right to intervene in addition to decisions of how and when. Emotions such as guilt, or the stress of anticipatory grief can cloud are decision making.
euthanasia  death  hospice  pets 
november 2018 by Quercki
Five Ways to Honor Your Ancestors - Ancestral Medicine
Five Ways to Honor Your Ancestors

En Español: Cinco Maneras de Honorar a Tus Ancestros

We all have ancestors, both of blood and of spirit, and each of our lives rests firmly on the foundation of their sacrifice. They are as near to us as our breath and bones, and when related with in conscious ways, they can be a tremendous source of healing, guidance, and companionship. The ancestors we choose to honor may include not only recent and more distant family but also beloved friends and community, cultural and religious leaders, and even other-than-human kin such as companion animals. Our ancestors bring vital support to fulfill our potential here on Earth, and, through involvement in our lives, also further their own growth and maturation in the spirit realms.

Like the living, spirits of the deceased run the full spectrum from wise and loving to self-absorbed and harmful. Physical death is a major event for the soul, a rite of passage we will all face, and the living can provide critical momentum for the recently deceased to make the initiatory leap to become a helpful ancestor. Once the dead have become ancestors, part of their post-death journey may include making repairs for wrongs committed while here on Earth. For their sake and for ours, it’s good to spend a little time now and again feeding our relationships with the ancestors. The five suggestions below, none of which require belief in any specific tradition or dogma, are safe and effective ways to assist our beloved dead and to welcome the ongoing support and blessings of the ancestors in our everyday lives.
ancestors  honor  death  Daniel_Foor  worship 
october 2018 by Quercki
Diet Culture Exists to Fight Off the Fear of Death - The Atlantic
iet culture is constantly shifting. Today’s token foods of health may seem tainted or passé tomorrow, and within diet culture, there are contradictory ideologies: what is safe and clean to one is filth and decadence to another. Legumes and grains are wholesome, life-giving staples to many vegan eaters, while they represent the corrupting influences of agriculture on the state of nature to those who prefer a meat-heavy, grain-free Paleo diet.

Nutrition science itself is a self-correcting series of refutations. There is no certain path to purity and blamelessness through food. The only common thread between competing dietary ideologies is the belief that by adhering to them, one can escape the human condition, and become a purer, less animal, kind of being.

This is why arguments about diet get so vicious, so quickly. You are not merely disputing facts, you are pitting your wild gamble to avoid death against someone else’s. You are poking at their life raft. But if their diet proves to be the One True Diet, yours must not be. If they are right, you are wrong. This is why diet culture seems so religious. People adhere to a dietary faith in the hope they will be saved. That if they’re good enough, pure enough in their eating, they can keep illness and mortality at bay. And the pursuit of life everlasting always requires a leap of faith.
diet  food  culture  Fat_Nutritionist  death 
august 2018 by Quercki
(60) Nichola Torbett - Okay, I can already hear how this is going to...
Okay, I can already hear how this is going to get spun, so I want to tell you what I saw with my own eyes. The community was gathered in a powerful, deeply felt, peaceful vigil and march in honor of the life of Nia Wilson and in protest of white supremacist violence. Some white supremacists showed up at the edge of the crowd, and the crowd began moving toward them to back them off, away from our folks. They ran, and others gave chase. At that point, I lost sight of them. When I came around the corner a few minutes later, the police had one of the white supremacist in handcuffs, seemingly taking him into protective custody. They also had at least one black man in cuffs. From what I could see, and from what everyone around me was saying, he had done absolutely nothing to warrant arrest. Folks were chanting, 'Let him go." Next thing I knew the street was filling up with police who were donning riot gear. I heard the command for the police to form a scrimmage line and at that point, I thought it best to walk away. I know the headline is going to say that the memorial turned violent. The memorial did NO SUCH THING. Violent people showed up, and the police colluded with them.
20180723  police  BART  death  White  supremacy 
july 2018 by Quercki
Man accused of killing 18-year-old Nia Wilson at Oakland's MacArthur BART arrested | abc7news.com
Chief Rojas described the attack as one of the most vicious he's seen throughout the decades he's spent on the force.

Rojas explained BART police officers were on-site, already patrolling MacArthur BART station when the stabbing happened. However, the suspect got away as officers rendered aid to Nia and her sister.
BART  death  20180723 
july 2018 by Quercki
Teen’s slaying was BART’s third possible homicide in five days - SFGate
The stabbing Sunday night on a BART platform in Oakland that killed an 18-year-old woman and injured her older sister was the third possible homicide on the transit system in five days, but agency officials did not immediately alert the public about the first two cases.

The previous incidents, which occurred Saturday and Wednesday and left two men dead, were disclosed Monday after The Chronicle began asking about them. The agency has in the past been criticized for withholding information about crimes on trains and in stations.

BART Police Chief Carlos Rojas said in an interview that his department had not been in a position to talk about the prior two cases until Sunday. That’s when the first victim’s autopsy linked his death to injuries from an altercation on BART, and when the second victim died in a hospital, Rojas said.
BART  death  hide  news  20180723 
july 2018 by Quercki
Interesting meteorite falls
Some interesting meteorite falls of the last two centuries
html version with sources: http://www.icq.eps.harvard.edu/meteorites-1.html
Records in the past century indicate that roughly one impact of a meteorite fall per year is found to hit a human-built structure, often causing some minor damage; there are thus many more meteorites hitting human structures per year, with Halliday et al. (1985, *Nature* *318*, p. 317) estimating that roughly sixteen buildings per year in the world would receive some damage, and that a person would be expected to be struck about once every nine years on average -- a number suggesting (along with quite a large number of reported animal deaths due to meteorite falls over the millennia) that reports of human deaths (see list below) are indeed likely to be true in at least some historical cases. The most recent purported human death attributed to a meteorite fall, announced in the New York Times, occurred on 1929 Nov. 20, when one person in a carriage of a bridal party in Zvezvan, Yugoslavia, was reportedly killed (and another injured) after being hit by a 40-cm meteorite. While no meteorite has been found, the famous Tunguska fireball air blast of 1908 June 30 over Siberia knocked several people off their feet, hurled one person several meters through the air, killed a herd of reindeer, and demolished the forest with trees blown down radially outward from the center of the blast for 2150 square km (Brown 1973; Steele 1995, 2000)-- and it can easily be surmised that a few nomadic people in the sparsely-populated area may have been killed. [Note: an html version of this page can be accessed at this link]
meteorite  death  space 
march 2018 by Quercki
Men, women, and murder: gender-specific differences in rates of fatal violence and victimization. - PubMed - NCBI
J Trauma. 1992 Jul;33(1):1-5.
Men, women, and murder: gender-specific differences in rates of fatal violence and victimization.

Kellermann AL1, Mercy JA.
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Abstract
To study the potential differences that distinguish homicides involving women as victims or offenders from those involving men, we analyzed Federal Bureau of Investigation Uniform Crime Reports data on homicides that occurred in the United States between 1976 and 1987. Only cases that involved victims aged 15 years or older were included. Persons killed during law enforcement activity and cases in which the victim's gender was not recorded were excluded. A total of 215,273 homicides were studied, 77% of which involved male victims and 23% female victims. Although the overall risk of homicide for women was substantially lower than that of men (rate ratio [RR] = 0.27), their risk of being killed by a spouse or intimate acquaintance was higher (RR = 1.23). In contrast to men, the killing of a woman by a stranger was rare (RR = 0.18). More than twice as many women were shot and killed by their husband or intimate acquaintance than were murdered by strangers using guns, knives, or any other means. Although women comprise more than half the U.S. population, they committed only 14.7% of the homicides noted during the study interval. In contrast to men, who killed nonintimate acquaintances, strangers, or victims of undetermined relationship in 80% of cases, women killed their spouse, an intimate acquaintance, or a family member in 60% of cases. When men killed with a gun, they most commonly shot a stranger or a non-family acquaintance.
murder  death  men  women  data  statistics 
march 2018 by Quercki
Naomi Parker Fraley, the real Rosie the Riveter, dies aged 96 - BBC News
In 1942, after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbour, 20-year-old Naomi went to work at the Naval Air Station in Alameda alongside her 18-year-old sister Ada. It was in the workshop there that she was captured, by a photographer for the Acme photo agency, leaning over the lathe.
When the picture appeared shortly after alongside an article in the Oakland Post-Enquirer, Parker Fraley carefully cut out the article and kept it for 70 years, while the world misidentified Doyle in her place.
After the war, Naomi and Ada worked as waitresses at a famous Palm Springs restaurant, the Doll House. She went through two marriages and two divorces before marrying Charley Fraley, a brick mason, in 1979. Then after Charles died in 1998, the sisters moved in together in California.
Rosie  Riveter  death 
january 2018 by Quercki
Is Spanking a Factor in Black Mothers’ Deaths? | Dame Magazine
When children are hit, the stress and pain can alter their hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis—the nerves and hormonal channels that control reactions to stress and regulate body functions such as digestion, immunity, moods, emotions and sexuality. Children who are exposed to mild early childhood stress can benefit from enhanced HPA functions and become more resilient to stress throughout their lives. But if they experience repeated stress—such as parents hitting them to correct their behavior—the HPA axis can become hyper-reactive.

Parents might not realize that hitting their children causes this biochemical reaction and can lead to emotional and physiological harm. It’s comparable to a child becoming obese or diabetic from a constant diet of junk food.

Given the body of research, it is not farfetched to wonder about the impact of spankings/whuppings on maternal and infant mortality. This child-rearing practice, alongside the impact of racism, needs to be part of the conversation.

Think about it: If a girl is threatened or hit in childhood, the part of her brain that causes arousal becomes hypervigilant and primed to respond to danger, which leads to a release of oxytocin, which places her at risk for early puberty and risky sex. If she is spanked over time, her developing brain is rewired by these hormonal changes and her nervous system stays in overdrive as she anticipates more threats.
spanking  maternal  childbirth  death  race 
january 2018 by Quercki
Book review: 'Saving Paradise' says church got it wrong by emphasizing crucifixion - United Church of Christ
In "Saving Paradise," they attempt to reveal that the early Christian community did not so much draw inspiration from suffering and the next world, but from the here and now, from earthly life and a vision of paradise.

"During their first millennium, Christians filled their sanctuaries with images of Christ ... as a shepherd, a teacher, a healer, an enthroned god; he is an infant, a youth, and a bearded elder. But he is never dead," the book says.

"When he appears with the cross, he stands in front of it, serene, resurrected. The world around him is ablaze with beauty. These are images of paradise - paradise in this world, permeated and blessed by the presence of God. But once Jesus perished, dying was virtually all he seemed able to do."

The authors tackle what they consider the subversion of the Christian message - exemplified by the ninth-century Holy Roman Emperor Charlemagne, who instituted the death penalty for conquered people who refused to convert.

After Charlemagne, killing, suffering and dying in the name of Christ began to represent the highest honor for Christians, the book maintains.

Brock and Parker argue that Charlemagne's attitude of conquest remains an undercurrent in some countries' foreign policy, tying it into modern-day wars and imperialism.
Christ  death  culture  Jesus 
january 2018 by Quercki
10 Discworld Quotes You'll Desperately Need for the Next Four Years 
1) Commander Vimes didn’t like the phrase “The innocent have nothing to fear,” believing the innocent had everything to fear, mostly from the guilty but in the longer term even more from those who say things like “The innocent have nothing to fear.” - Snuff

2) She was already learning that if you ignore the rules people will, half the time, quietly rewrite them so that they don’t apply to you. - Equal Rites

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10) “All right,” said Susan. “I’m not stupid. You’re saying humans need... fantasies to make life bearable.”

REALLY? AS IF IT WAS SOME KIND OF PINK PILL? NO. HUMANS NEED FANTASY TO BE HUMAN. TO BE THE PLACE WHERE THE FALLING ANGEL MEETS THE RISING APE.

“Tooth fairies? Hogfathers? Little—”

YES. AS PRACTICE. YOU HAVE TO START OUT LEARNING TO BELIEVE THE LITTLE LIES.

“So we can believe the big ones?”

YES. JUSTICE. MERCY. DUTY. THAT SORT OF THING.

“They’re not the same at all!”

YOU THINK SO? THEN TAKE THE UNIVERSE AND GRIND IT DOWN TO THE FINEST POWDER AND SIEVE IT THROUGH THE FINEST SIEVE AND THEN SHOW ME ONE ATOM OF JUSTICE, ONE MOLECULE OF MERCY. AND YET—Death waved a hand. AND YET YOU ACT AS IF THERE IS SOME IDEAL ORDER IN THE WORLD, AS IF THERE IS SOME...SOME RIGHTNESS IN THE UNIVERSE BY WHICH IT MAY BE JUDGED.

“Yes, but people have got to believe that, or what’s the point—”

MY POINT EXACTLY. - Susan and Death, The Hogfather
death  discworld  morality  politics  quotations 
january 2018 by Quercki
Gun violence research: History of the federal funding freeze
At the time APA advocated in support of firearm-related injury research, and APA released the following statement when the Dickey amendment was adopted: 
Research on the prevention of firearm-related injury, supported by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and coordinated within CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), has come under attack from Rep. Jay Dickey (R-Ark.) and the National Rifle Association (NRA). The House Labor-HHS Appropriations Subcommittee initially rejected Rep. Dickey's attempt to eliminate the $2.6 million dedicated to CDC firearm-injury research. However, Mr. Dickey prevailed in the full Appropriations Committee. The Dickey amendment would transfer the $2.6 million to regional health education centers. This research has attracted a powerful and wealthy opponent — the NRA. The NRA has taken the position that firearm-related injury research at the CDC amounts to 'antigun' political advocacy and has also attacked the quality of this research. However, research proposals submitted to CDC are subject to a peer review process that follows standard practices. APA's Public Policy Office (PPO) has distributed accurate information to Congress on the nature of CDC-supported firearm-injury research and is advocating against the Dickey amendment.
gun  death  politics  budget  murder 
december 2017 by Quercki
How the DEA Changed the Overdose Numbers — Pain News Network
The 2017 National Drug Threat Assessment (NDTA) has both good and bad news about the nation’s worsening overdose crisis. But like other federal agencies, the DEA has a disturbing tendency to massage statistics to make the role of opioid pain medication more significant than it actually is.
“The threat posed by controlled prescription drug (CPD) abuse is prevalent. Every year since 2001, CPDs, specifically opioid analgesics have been linked to the largest number of overdose deaths of any illicit drug class, outpacing those for cocaine and heroin combined,” the report declares.

That sure makes it sound like opioid pain medication is killing more people than ever before, doesn’t it? A closer look at the numbers and methodology used by the DEA suggests otherwise.

"Controlled prescription drugs" is a very broad category that includes not only opioid pain relievers, but anti-anxiety drugs (Valium, Xanax), stimulants (Adderall, Ritalin), and anabolic steroids. And there's plenty of evidence people are dying from those drugs as well.

This is not the first time the DEA has lumped opioid pain relievers with other drugs. In the 2016 NDTA, the DEA combined opioids with anti-anxiety drugs, but not stimulants or steroids.

A year earlier, in the 2015 NDTA, prescription opioids were in a category all to themselves.

The effect of these changing and broadening definitions is significant. Every year the overdose crisis appears to be getting worse and worse. It certainly is for deaths linked to illicit drugs like heroin, cocaine and fentanyl, but not necessarily for prescription drugs and definitely not for opioid pain medication.
drugs  death  opioids  oxycontin  fentanyl  heroin 
november 2017 by Quercki
Court rulings toss lawsuit against Black Lives Matter and Mckesson, allow class-action payments to protesters - Baltimore Sun
In the first lawsuit, U.S. District Judge Brian Jackson's ruling Friday said lawyers for a Baton Rouge sheriff's deputy wounded in the attack "utterly failed to state a plausible claim" and instead launched a "confused attack" against Black Lives Matter and others, including movement leader Mckesson, 32, a prominent Baltimore-based activist.

Jackson previously ruled that Black Lives Matter is a social movement and therefore can't be sued. Last month, he threw out a separate lawsuit in which a Baton Rouge police officer blamed Black Lives Matter and Mckesson for injuries he sustained during a protest over a black man's shooting death during a struggle with police.

The officer's lawyers also attempted to add "#BlackLivesMatter" as a defendant, but Jackson ruled a hashtag can't be sued either.

Donna Grodner, a Baton Rouge-based attorney who filed both suits, filed a notice Thursday she is appealing last month's ruling to the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.
BlackLivesMatter  DeRay_Mckesson  protest  lawsuit  police  death 
october 2017 by Quercki
California decided it was tired of women bleeding to death in childbirth - Vox
researchers like Boston University maternal health expert Eugene Declercq to conclude that a key driver of America’s maternal mortality problem is that America doesn’t value women.
pregnancy  mother  death  healthcare  california 
october 2017 by Quercki
Fundraiser for Miles Tarver by Arthurnelle Wade : In Honor of Rosa Advincula
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This account has been created to help a loving family deal with a heartbreaking tragedy.


On Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Rosa-Linda Advincula and Miles Tarver welcomed their beautiful baby girl into this world.  Our hearts were filled with joy... but now they are also filled with great sadness, as Rosa did not survive the delivery, due to complications.

Rosa was a devoted partner, beloved mother, daughter, sister, friend... and so much more, to so many.  Her light shined on everyone she met, and her sudden death has left her family and friends devasted. 

Our goal is now to support Miles, and their children, Baby Rosalinda, Maya, Akasha and Carmelo during this very difficult time.   


We appreciate your love, support and any gifts to help with the care of Baby Rosalinda and the family's unforeseen expenses.

Rosa's infectious spirit will forever be missed.
child  birth  death 
october 2017 by Quercki
Young black men killed by US police at highest rate in year of 1,134 deaths | US news | The Guardian
The FBI also announced plans to overhaul its own count of homicides by police, which has been discredited by its reliance on the voluntary submission of data from a fraction of the country’s 18,000 police departments. The Guardian’s total for 2015 was more than two and a half times greater than the 444 “justifiable homicides” logged by the FBI last year.

The FBI director, James Comey, said in October it was “embarrassing and ridiculous” that the government did not hold comprehensive statistics, and that it was “unacceptable” the Guardian and the Washington Post, which began publishing a database of fatal police shootings on 1 July, held better records. The Counted will continue into 2016.
police  murder  2015  death  demographics  black 
september 2017 by Quercki
New study finds 45,000 deaths annually linked to lack of health coverage | Harvard Gazette
Uninsured, working-age Americans have 40 percent higher death risk than privately insured counterparts

September 17, 2009
By David Cecere, Cambridge Health Alliance
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Nearly 45,000 annual deaths are associated with lack of health insurance, according to a new study published online today by the American Journal of Public Health. That figure is about two and a half times higher than an estimate from the Institute of Medicine (IOM) in 2002.

The study, conducted at Harvard Medical School and Cambridge Health Alliance, found that uninsured, working-age Americans have a 40 percent higher risk of death than their privately insured counterparts, up from a 25 percent excess death rate found in 1993.

“The uninsured have a higher risk of death when compared to the privately insured, even after taking into account socioeconomics, health behaviors, and baseline health,” said lead author Andrew Wilper, M.D., who currently teaches at the University of Washington School of Medicine. “We doctors have many new ways to prevent deaths from hypertension, diabetes, and heart disease — but only if patients can get into our offices and afford their medications.”
death  healthcare  health  insurance 
september 2017 by Quercki
The Rise of Rural 'Maternity Deserts' - Our Bodies Ourselves
The United States is the most expensive country in the entire world in which to give birth. Nearly fifty percent of all births in the U.S. are paid for through Medicaid, the state and federal insurance program for people who are poor. Obamacare aimed to support rural hospitals, in part by expanding Medicaid. Although Medicaid reimburses hospitals for childbirth care at a lower cost than private insurance companies do, hospitals still receive a reimbursement. However, 19 states chose not to expand Medicaid under Obamacare, leaving hospitals in these states with rising numbers of families who cannot pay their hospital bills for maternity care (in 2013, a vaginal delivery cost on average $10,000; $15,000 on average for a cesarean section).

The two states with the highest number of hospital closures since 2010 are two of those that did not expand Medicaid: Texas and Tennessee (the state in which Whitney lived and died). Texas also has the distressing distinction of being the state with the highest rate of maternal deaths in the country–and in the developed world. (Tennessee ranks as 32nd in the country for maternal deaths.)  
maternity  birth  pregnancy  death  rural  healthcare 
august 2017 by Quercki
Don’t Inject Your Religious Beliefs Into My Grief
Here are some things that you might say to someone of any or no religious convictions who is grieving:
1. I’m so sorry.
2. I wish I could change what happened.
3. I remember when [insert a happy memory here that you have of the one who died].
4. Is there something I can do for you?
5. I’ve been thinking about you a lot.
6. Please call me if you need anything, like groceries, or your house cleaned, or you just want to talk.
If you can’t say any of these things, it’s OK to say nothing. You can even say, “I realize there is nothing I can say.” That is profoundly more helpful, honest and comforting than the empty, “God has a reason for everything.” Life is random. Death is random. And unless you die painlessly in your sleep at a ripe old age, it rarely makes sense.
from VS-F:
OK, now here's what you do, especially if you are talking to a parent who has lost a child. Use that child's name. Ask questions about the child -- and NOT about the manner of his/her death. Ask about favorite memories, where the child went to school, what the child liked best.

The reason I say this is that others around a bereaved parent get really weird. They won't say the child's name and they try to change the subject whenever the child comes up in conversation. I think that it is too scary for them, and reminds them that they, too, could lose a child. But parents need to hear the child's name and to have the chance to tell that child's story. Not just right after the child's death, but for years and years and years afterward.
grief  death  howto 
june 2017 by Quercki
How a remote California tribe set out to save its river and stop a suicide epidemic - LA Times
Last year, a rash of suicides pushed the tribe, California’s largest and one of its poorest, into an existential crisis.

Seven Yurok had killed themselves during an 18-month span. Four died in a neighborhood of just 15 homes, and one shot himself in the home where another man had died the same way six years before.

The deaths drove the suicide rate on the reservation of 3,000 people to nearly 14 times the national average.

But as the Yurok quietly buried the dead, a grieving father decided he could no longer watch helplessly. A mother joined him, then an aunt. They rounded up others to figure out how they could halt this grim call to the grave.
Native_American  CA  Yurok  salmon  death  suicide  dam  solution 
may 2017 by Quercki
Doctors' Secret Language for Assisted Suicide - The Atlantic
SAN FRANCISCO—Physician-assisted suicide is illegal in all but five states. But that doesn’t mean it doesn’t happen in the rest. Sick patients sometimes ask for help in hastening their deaths, and some doctors will hint, vaguely, how to do it.

This leads to bizarre, veiled conversations between medical professionals and overwhelmed families. Doctors and nurses want to help but also want to avoid prosecution, so they speak carefully, parsing their words. Family members, in the midst of one of the most confusing and emotional times of their lives, are left to interpret euphemisms.

That’s what still frustrates Hope Arnold. She says throughout the 10 months her husband J.D. Falk was being treated for stomach cancer in 2011, no one would talk straight with them.

“All the nurses, all the doctors,” says Arnold. “everybody we ever interacted with, no one said, ‘You’re dying.’”

Until finally, one doctor did.
death  dying  euthanasia  midwife 
may 2017 by Quercki
Sweet Science: High Sugar Diet Could Actually 'Program' You to Die Younger
Eating a high sugar diet shortens your life, even long after you improve what you eat, because during the time you spent eating badly your genes have been reprogrammed for the long-term, according to scientists, and there's no cheating – low calorie sweeteners aren't any better for you!

A team of researchers from University College London (UCL) and Monash University (Australia), in an experiment on Drosophila flies, discovered that flies fed a high sugar diet in early life died sooner even if their diet was improved later on. The reason is that the unhealthy diet inhibits the action of a gene called FOXO which causes long-term effects, according to a study published on Wednesday in Cell Reports on January 10.

“Dietary history has a long lasting effect on health, and now we know a mechanism behind this. We think the reprogramming of the flies' genes caused by the high sugar diet might occur in other animals. We don't know that it happens in humans, but the signs suggest that it could,” said the report’s first author, Dr. Adam Dobson from UCL Institute of Healthy Ageing.
sugar  diet  health  death 
may 2017 by Quercki
Long-term measles-induced immunomodulation increases overall childhood infectious disease mortality | Science
Extra dividends from measles vaccine
Vaccination against measles has many benefits, not only lifelong protection against this potentially serious virus. Mina et al. analyzed data collected since mass vaccination began in high-income countries when measles was common. Measles vaccination is associated with less mortality from other childhood infections. Measles is known to cause transient immunosuppression, but close inspection of the mortality data suggests that it disables immune memory for 2 to 3 years. Vaccination thus does more than safeguard children against measles; it also stops other infections taking advantage of measles-induced immune damage.

Science, this issue p. 694
Abstract
Immunosuppression after measles is known to predispose people to opportunistic infections for a period of several weeks to months. Using population-level data, we show that measles has a more prolonged effect on host resistance, extending over 2 to 3 years. We find that nonmeasles infectious disease mortality in high-income countries is tightly coupled to measles incidence at this lag, in both the pre- and post-vaccine eras. We conclude that long-term immunologic sequelae of measles drive interannual fluctuations in nonmeasles deaths. This is consistent with recent experimental work that attributes the immunosuppressive effects of measles to depletion of B and T lymphocytes. Our data provide an explanation for the long-term benefits of measles vaccination in preventing all-cause infectious disease. By preventing measles-associated immune memory loss, vaccination protects polymicrobial herd immunity.
measles  child  death  immunity 
april 2017 by Quercki
Anatomy Of An Error -- not a Muslim
Reporters hate making errors.

But what happens when an error is one that has been running for four years and has been repeated over the last 24 hours?

That’s the conundrum for the death of Judge Sheila Abdus-Salaam. In the dozens of local and national articles published online, in newspapers and aired on television in the hours since her body was found in the Hudson River, she has been described as the first Muslim woman to serve on the Court of Appeals or the first Muslim judge in the U.S.

That description is not accurate. Abdus-Salaam was born Sheila Turner and while her first husband was Muslim, she never converted to Islam, according to Court of Appeals spokesman Gary Spencer.
Muslim  judge  death  drowned 
april 2017 by Quercki
(4) Malcolm Spittler added a new photo. - Malcolm Spittler
While I don't have that data the underlying Brookings paper has somewhat comparable data for black Americans. Unfortunately for perfect comparison they only have 5 year age buckets so the line for Black Americans is a younger cohort on average by 5 years than the Whites and other nationalities.

Pardon the pen and ink. But I don't have the underlying data.
lies  media  statistics  White  despair  death 
april 2017 by Quercki
(4) Lise M. Dyckman - y'all have read about the recent statistical...
y'all have read about the recent statistical analysis comparing deaths per 100,000 that noted an uptick in white American mortality, that spawned a series of comments on "white despair", yes? (If this doesn't sound familiar, links are in the great article listed in the comments).
But here's the kicker. That research compared mortality of *white* Americans to mortality rates in various European countries. I asked, on a friend's post, what the same data might look like for Black Americans. He graciously amended the chart -- take a look, the perspective is breathtaking.
(Shared with permission from Malcolm Spittler.)
lies  statistics  media  White  despair  death 
april 2017 by Quercki
The Art of Condolence - The New York Times
She prefers the model outlined by Millicent Fenwick in “Vogue’s Book of Etiquette,” published in 1948. First an expression of sympathy (“I was so sorry to hear...”). Second a word about the deceased. Finally an expression of comfort.

“This all makes perfect sense,” she said, “but I think my favorite note upon the death of my brother was from one of my closest friends. ‘My dear Jane,’ he wrote. ‘IT STINKS.’”
sympathy  condolence  death  howto 
october 2016 by Quercki
Dangerous Women Speak Truth to Power in Patriarchy's Dying Breath
Dangerous Women Speak Truth to Power in Patriarchy's Dying Breath
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We are facing an online epidemic of violence against women. Of threats and harassment. We must #ReclaimTheInternet. 

Find out more at Dangerous Women Project.

Support Agnes Török's work on Patreon and Etsy.
death  rape  rape.culture  harassment  sexism  misogyny 
september 2016 by Quercki
The Death Toll Comparison Breakdown - Wait But Why
But for a crowd so interested in death, humans know surprisingly little about the actual numbers of people that died in key moments throughout history. Most of us know that 3,000 people died on 9/11, but how many Americans know how many Katrina victims there were, or how many people died in the American Revolution. Did the Christian Crusades kill 100 times as many people as the Vietnam War? Or were they identical in their death tolls? Given how much we talk about historical human tragedies, it seems like something we should have a better handle on. So let’s take a look.

Some quick notes:

The area of each circle in the graphic is exactly proportional to the number it’s representing and to the other circles in the graphic. Note the scale, and how it changes as the numbers grow. I chose circles and area because a one-dimensional scale like a bar graph doesn’t work when numbers are growing 1,000-fold over each other—you need two dimensions to be able to handle such a wide range. But keep in mind that with the way area works, a circle with double the diameter of another circle represents four times the deaths, not two.
I focused on human tragedies of various kinds, but sprinkled normal death statistics (the gray circles) throughout as comparison points to help put things in perspective.
death  data  statistics  graph 
august 2016 by Quercki
Talk is cheap. Burials are not: Why only telling people what you want for your funeral is not enough | Death & the Maiden
At Undertaking LA I help facilitate natural burials at Joshua Tree Memorial Park, and while they don’t require embalming or a casket, they still start at about six thousand five hundred dollars. While we are excited to offer this, it’s important to realize that we, like all the other funeral homes, can only control so much of our expenses. This means it requires that everyone helps out in order to keep costs to a minimum. Little things, like sewing your own shroud can save you anywhere from two to five hundred dollars depending on where you would have purchased it. This requires minimal sewing skills, takes around three hours to complete and could also be used as an experience to bond with your family. Next, in order to shroud, and or casket your loved one, we have to rent the time and space at our crematory, which currently costs two hundred dollars. While we are always happy to help do this, our Mission Statement is about bringing death back home, so we want to see our families taking the initiative to do this themselves. It’s not because we do not want to do this, but because this is the most important part of doing your death work, and I believe it overwhelmingly helps with the grieving process.

Another way to save money is by using your own car for transporting the body. If you were to do that with us you could save a total of four hundred dollars in mileage and employee charges. Ask around now and see if anyone has a truck or van they would be willing to lend you, and don’t worry it’s not illegal; I have already worked with a family to do just this thing. So see! With the few tips I’ve given, you have already saved anywhere from eight hundred to a thousand dollars. Sure, this requires extra planning, but it saves you a lot of money and a lot of stress in the long run.
death  burial 
august 2016 by Quercki
Top 20 Evil Bible Stories
11. A tribe slaughtered and their virgins raped for not showing up at roll call.
In Judges 21:1-23, a tribe of Israelites misses roll call, so the other Israelites kill them all except for the virgins, which they take for themselves. Still not happy, they hide in vineyards and pounce on dancing women from Shiloh to take them for themselves.

12. 3,000 crushed to death.
In Judges 16:27-30, God gives Samson strength to bring down a building to crush 3,000 members of a rival tribe.

13. A concubine raped and dismembered.
In Judges 19:22-29, a mob demands to rape a godly master’s guest. The master offers his daughter and a concubine to them instead. They take the concubine and gang-rape her all night. The master finds her on his doorstep in the morning, cuts her into 12 pieces, and ships the pieces around the country.

14. Child sacrifice.
In Judges 11:30-39, Jephthah burns his daughter alive as a sacrificial offering for God’s favor in killing the Ammonites.
God  evil  death  massacre  child  sacrifice  Christian  Jewish 
august 2016 by Quercki
Evaluating the Cause of Death in Obese Individuals: A Ten-Year Medical Autopsy Study
Background. Obesity is a growing public health problem associated with increased morbidity and rate of death. Postmortem examination is imperative to determine the cause of death, to detect clinically unsuspected disease entities, and consequently to determine the actual impact of obesity on patient mortality. Methods. A total of 849 adult autopsies were retrospectively reviewed. Obese (BMI ≥ 30 kg/m2) and nonobese patients were separately studied. The primary cause of death in each group was categorized into malignancy, infection, stroke, ischemic and nonischemic heart disease, pulmonary embolism, hemorrhage, and primary nonneoplastic diseases of different organ systems. Results. Of 849 autopsies, 32.3% were obese. The leading causes of death in the obese population were malignancy (31.4%), infection (25.9%), ischemic heart disease (12.8%), and pulmonary embolism (6.2%). Obese individuals were statistically more likely to die from pulmonary embolism and liver disease and less likely to die from neurologic diseases and nonischemic heart disease. Conclusion. Autopsies on obese individuals constitute a third of all adult medical autopsies in our center. Increased death rates in the obese due to pulmonary embolism and liver disease should receive special clinical attention. Autopsy findings in the obese population should contribute to overall premortem disease detection, prevention, and management.
death  autopsy  obesity  correlation  cause  prevention  disease 
june 2016 by Quercki
How a pharma company made billions off mass murder by faking the science on Oxycontin / Boing Boing
When Purdue Pharma's patent on the MS Contin was close to expiry, the Sackler family who owned the company spent millions trying to find a product that could replace the profits they'd lose from generic competition on MS Contin: the result was Oxycontin, a drug that went on to kill Americans at epidemic scale.

Oxycontin is the result of applying Purdue's tried-and-true time-release technique to another out-of-patent drug, oxycodone (AKA percoset, roxicodone, etc). The plan was to produce an effective painkiller that lasted 12 hours at a time, overcoming the major deficit of drugs like MS Contin in that they had to be taken regularly to be effective. With a 12 hour formulation, the market for MS Contin -- mostly people with terminal cancer -- could be expanded to a wider world of chronic pain sufferers.

But from the earliest clinical trials, it was clear that Oxycontin didn't work for 12 hours in most patients. Purdue massaged the numbers, lobbied the FCC, and got its drug approved as a 12-hour dose of effective pain relief. This led to hundreds of millions in advertising and direct marketing by pharma reps to doctors to prescribed Oxycontin for all manner of long-term pain relief. Billions in revenue followed.
drugs  addiction  pain  death 
june 2016 by Quercki
Woman's death raises questions about nursing home medical records | The Sacramento Bee
Johnnie Esco died on March 7, 2008, at Marshall Medical Center. She was 16 days shy of her 78th birthday.
Paramedics, summoned the night before at Don Esco's insistence, found Johnnie's abdomen distended and "rigid," with pain upon touch, according to the paramedics' report.
But the nursing home's pain charting told a different story. According to the lawsuit, the staff initially failed to document pain at all. In the last week, it documented her pain daily as zero – which Clement contends "was almost certainly false."
At the hospital, emergency workers determined that Johnnie had a bowel obstruction as well as a blood clot in her left leg. The fecal impaction was so severe her rectum had dilated to 10 centimeters, or about 4 inches. A CT scan revealed undigested pills in her colon.
Hospital staff also documented injuries that Don Esco had found two days earlier: bruises along his wife's chin, jaw line and chest; bruising around the circumference of her right wrist; and a wound on her right pinkie finger.
By the time Johnnie reached the hospital on the evening of March 6, her condition was dire. Doctors told family members that surgery was the only recourse for a severe bowel obstruction but, in her weakened state, the risk of complications was high, court records show.
constipation  death 
may 2016 by Quercki
(28) #TWIBnation™ | The Official FB Group
I blame ‪#‎BLM‬

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The number of officers intentionally killed in the line of duty was down nearly 20 percent in 2015.
BlackLivesMatter  police  death  FBI  statistics 
may 2016 by Quercki
Two People Connected To Flint Water Investigation Found Dead | Your News Wire
A woman at the center of a bellwether Flint water crisis lawsuit was one of two women who were shot to death inside a townhouse earlier this week.

Sasha Avonna Bell was one of the first of a growing number of people to file a lawsuit in connection to the Flint water crisis after she claimed that her child had been lead poisoned.

Bell was found dead April 19 in the 2600 block of Ridgecrest Drive at the Ridgecrest Village Townhouses. Sacorya Renee Reed was also found shot to death in the home.
Flint  water  death  three  whistleblower  shooting 
april 2016 by Quercki
Fernwood — Official Site
GREEN CEMETERY

Fernwood is one of the country’s first environmentally conscious green cemeteries where land stewardship and restoration is integrated with cemetery and burial ritual.  Green, or natural, burial here means no embalming or chemicals of any kind, no grave-liners or vaults and only biodegradable burial containers such as a plain pine box, wicker casket or a fabric shroud.

As part of our land stewardship we do not allow traditional cut and polished headstones or bronze markers but a small natural boulder can be engraved and used as a marker.  Some families choose simply to blend into the hillside allowing each tree, flower, songbird and butterfly to become a memorial to a loved one and a hope for the future.  Fernwood is a consecrated place where the living and the dead are connected through cycles of nature, memory and conservation.

In a synergistic blend, we use both a simple nature based approach as well as the latest technology.  Each grave is mapped using Global Positioning Systems (GPS) and every burial is marked with an identification device to ensure their loved ones can find their location.  Our commitment is to save natural resources and preserve native plants and animals.  As a National Wildlife Federation Certified Habitat our landscape provides food, water, cover and places for our native animals to raise their young.
cemetery  death  burial  SF  bayarea 
february 2016 by Quercki
SFPD Once Again Blames Cyclist For Own Death, City Refuses To Release Video Of Accident: SFist
In what is becoming a tragic pattern, SFPD has once again blamed a cyclist for his own death. Simultaneously, the city has refused to release video that may shine light on the circumstances that resulted in the October 11th crash and death of 47-year-old Mark Heryer.
Police have determined that Heryer was riding westbound on Market Street when, allegedly attempting to pass a bus, he lost control of his bicycle after his wheel got caught in a Muni track. Heryer then is said to have fallen under the passing 38-Geary bus to the right. He died at the scene.
KQED News reports that police have now officially blamed Heryer for his own death, saying that vehicle code states he should have been riding in the bike lane. There's just one problem, as KQED News notes: That area of Market Street does not have bike lanes.
Video from the Muni bus that ran over Heryer does exist, but the city will not release it — even to a lawyer representing Heryer's family.
This is not the first time SFPD has hurried to blame a cyclist in their own death. The most notorious incident of which might be the case of 24-year-old Amelie Le Moullac, who was run over by a truck in SoMa in August of 2013. In that case, the driver was only found to be at fault for illegally driving into the bike lane after the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition canvassed the neighborhood and found footage of the incident — something SFPD had been unable or unwilling to do.
Heryer's friends and family told KQED News that he was an experienced cyclists, not one prone to take risks, and had been riding in the city for years.
“I don’t think he would have taken unnecessary risks because he was well aware of how inadequate the structure of the city’s streets are, in terms of taking care of the needs of bicyclists,” said Heryer's mother Brenda Kett.

San Francisco police were also quick to blame the victim in the case of 66-year-old Charles Vinson, a cyclist who died after being hit by a car at the intersection of 14th and Folsom Street. This despite eye-witness accounts that the driver had run a red light.
Heryer's family's lawyer, Anthony Label, spoke to KQED News about the importance of a proper police investigation when a cyclist is killed.
“If the Police Department is going to document and officially memorialize the cause of a cyclist’s death as being the fault of the cyclist for violating the law at a minimum they should get it right."
bike  death  sanfrancisco 
november 2015 by Quercki
The Police Told Her To Report Her Rape, Then Arrested Her For Lying
“They Told Me It Never Happened”
What’s at stake when police arrest women who they believe falsely reported rape? For Lara McLeod, it was her reputation, her mental health, and maybe even her baby nephew’s life.


Katie J.M. Baker
BuzzFeed News Reporter
posted on Sept. 27, 2015, at 5:17 p.m.
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Lara McLeod never wanted to report her rape. In those first few hours, the 19-year-old was barely able to put what had happened to her into words. Joaquin Rams, Lara’s older sister’s fiancé, had forced Lara to have sex with him, she said — just two weeks after Lara’s sister, Hera, had given birth to Joaquin’s baby.
Joaquin warned Lara not to tell anyone, she said, because it would ruin her family’s life. Lara feared that was true, but she broke down and told her parents the next day. They rushed out the door in a panic to pick up Hera and the baby. All Lara wanted to do after that was go back to sleep.
Instead, later that evening, she got a call from a police officer in Prince William County, Virginia, the suburb of Washington, D.C., where Joaquin and Hera lived. He wanted to know whether what Lara had told her parents was true. When Lara said it was, the officer told her that she needed to come to the station immediately for a formal interview.
After a cursory investigation of the claim they compelled her to file, the police abruptly concluded Lara was lying about being raped and arrested her. Hera was charged with obstructing justice for aiding Lara’s alleged deceit, and had to spend her savings on legal fees to get them dismissed. Lara’s charges were eventually expunged, but not before her reputation was destroyed. She says she still has severe panic attacks whenever she sees a police officer.
police  rape  child  death  false  arrest 
september 2015 by Quercki
State of California Department of Justice - OpenJustice
OpenJustice includes three major components:

A Justice Dashboard that spotlights key criminal justice indicators with in-depth analysis, integration of other publicly available datasets, and user-friendly interactive visualization tools;
An Open Data Portal that publishes data from CA DOJ's statewide repository of criminal justice datasets in an open-source and downloadable form; and
An ongoing effort to improve criminal justice reporting in California.
OpenJustice underscores the CA DOJ's commitment to improving public safety and increasing transparency through innovation; it represents one of the largest open government criminal justice data initiatives of any state in the U.S.
California  police  data  database  arrest  death  killing 
september 2015 by Quercki
Robert Reich (How the Right Wing is Killing Women)
How the Right Wing is Killing Women
MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014
According to a report released last week in the widely-respected health research journal, The Lancet, the United States now ranks 60th out of 180 countries on maternal deaths occurring during pregnancy and childbirth.

To put it bluntly, for every 100,000 births in America last year, 18.5 women died. That’s compared to 8.2 women who died during pregnancy and birth in Canada, 6.1 in Britain, and only 2.4 in Iceland.

A woman giving birth in America is more than twice as likely to die as a woman in Saudi Arabia or China.
choice  abortion  pregnancy  death 
august 2015 by Quercki
This is the NRA’s worst nightmare: The new gun safety study that gun nuts don’t want you to hear about - Salon.com
A law requiring people to apply for a permit before buying a handgun helped Connecticut quietly reduce its firearm-related homicide rate by 40 percent, according to a new study out from Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research. And this week, announced in conjunction with the research, lawmakers from Connecticut introduced a measure to encourage other states to adopt their own permit programs.

Connecticut’s “permit to purchase” law, in effect for two decades, requires residents to undergo background checks, complete a safety course and apply in-person for a permit before they can buy a handgun. The law applies to both private sellers and licensed gun dealers.

Researchers at Johns Hopkins reviewed the homicide rate in the 10 years before the law was implemented and compared it to longitudinal estimates of what the rate would have been had the law not be enacted. The study found a 40 percent reduction in gun-related homicides. Bolstering what researchers say is the correlation between the permit law and the drop in gun homicides, there wasn’t a similar drop in non-firearm homicides.

The relationship between tighter regulations around handguns and fewer gun-related homicides is in keeping with previous research out of Johns Hopkins on what happened after Missouri repealed its own permit law.

“Our study on the impact of Connecticut’s handgun purchaser licensing law on gun homicides, coupled with our earlier research showing that gun homicides increased when Missouri repealed a similar law, shows that handgun purchaser licensing that supports background checks of all handgun purchasers is one of the most effective policies states can adopt to reduce gun violence,” Dr. Daniel Webster, director of the Johns Hopkins Center for Gun Policy and Research, said in a statement.

Connecticut lawmakers are hoping similar programs will take off across the country. The bill introduced Thursday would authorize a grant program to help states pay for the creation and implementation of licensing programs similar to what the state has in place.
gun  law  death  data  solution 
june 2015 by Quercki
Once again: police work is NOT getting more dangerous - The Washington Post
Policing has been getting safer for 20 years. In terms of raw number of deaths, 2013 was the safest year for cops since World War II. If we look at the rate of deaths, 2013 was the safest year for police in well over a century. At the current pace, we can expect to see a 17 percent increase in on the job law enforcement fatalities this year over last year. That would put the total number of police officers who die on the job this year at 117, making 2014 the second safest year for cops in terms of raw fatalities since 1959. It would also put 2014 as the safest year for fatality rates in over a century. You’re more likely to be murdered simply by living in about half of the largest cities in America than you are while working as a police officer.
police  risk  death  danger  statistics  data 
june 2015 by Quercki
Suicidal man dies after encounter with police - SFGate
An investigation was under way Saturday into the death of a suicidal man who was repeatedly shocked by Oakland police after he allegedly charged at them with a knife, authorities said.
The incident happened at 6 a.m. at a home on the 5000 block of Congress Avenue in East Oakland.
Officers were called to to the home to investigate reports that a man had slit his wrists, stabbed himself numerous times and was bleeding profusely and “acting aggressively,” said Officer Johnna Watson, an Oakland police spokeswoman.
Paramedics were called to the scene and told to wait nearby before police could secure the scene.
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When officers arrived, the man advanced at them with a knife, Watson said.
“The officers were able to use their Tasers to subdue and ultimately disarm the subject,” Watson said. An officer reported on the police radio that there had been “multiple Taser deployments.”
The Alameda County coroner will conduct an autopsy to determine the cause of his death.
Henry K. Lee is a San Francisco Chronicle staff writer. E-mail: hlee@sfchronicle.com Twitter: @henryklee
Oakland  police  taser  suicide  death 
june 2015 by Quercki
Asking the Right Questions About the Death Penalty | The Marshall Project
The first Baldus Philadelphia study, published in the late 1990s, showed that among all Philadelphia cases in which the prosecution sought the death penalty, the odds that a defendant would be sentenced to death increased by a factor of 3.1 if the defendant was black. Among all cases that resulted in a conviction for capital murder and advanced to a penalty trial, the odds of being sentenced to death were 9.3 times greater if the defendant was black. And among all cases in which the jury had found both aggravating and mitigating factors, and so was required to choose whether the defendant should live or be sentenced to die, the odds that the jury would exercise its discretion to take a defendant’s life were 29.9 times greater if the defendant was black. Using the same data analysis that is used in determining medical risks, the researchers learned that black defendants in Philadelphia faced an “excess death rate” of 30 percent, meaning that nearly a third of the more than 100 African Americans sentenced to death in Philadelphia would not have been sentenced to death but for their race.
death  penalty  crime  punishment  racism 
march 2015 by Quercki
Addicting Info – Republicans Are Killing Women: US Maternal Death Rate Climbs; Female Deaths Rise In GOP Counties
“Today’s mothers are twice as likely to die of pregnancy- or childbirth-related causes than their mothers were. There is no reason, given our vast resources, knowledge and technology, why we should be going backwards in this area.” – Laura Gilkey, coordinator of The Safe Motherhood Quilt Project, a nonprofit based in Sarasota, Fla.

Globally, only a few countries have seen a rise in the rate of maternal deaths in recent years. Those include Afghanistan, El Salvador, South Sudan and the United States of America. While at one the US had all but eliminated deaths associated with childbirth, things have changed in recent years, with maternal death rates climbing from 14.5 per 100,000 to 17.8 per 100,000 between 2007 and 2011. As of 2014, the number of women who die during pregnancy and childbirth in the US has risen to 28 deaths per 100,000.

For purposes of comparison, the maternal death rate in nearly all wealthy, developed nations is a single digit number. As of 2014, the US maternal death rate is 7 times higher than that of Austria, Finland, Iceland, Italy, Norway, Spain and Sweden, all nation’s which have a maternal mortality rate of just 4 deaths per 100,000.

It might surprise conservatives to learn that the maternal death rate in the US is 14 times greater than that of Israel. While right wingers might be under the impression that Israel’s very low maternal mortality rate is the result of strict abortion policies, nothing could be further from the truth. The country has very liberal abortion laws, and women are provided with government subsidized abortion services. The country’s liberal policies regarding women’s health has led to a maternal death rate of just two women per 100,000.
abortion  death  safety  women  anti-choice 
january 2015 by Quercki
Shut Up Officer: “If Law Enforcement Officers Want Respect They Can Start By Deserving It” | Independent News
Here are the facts.  There were 126 on-duty deaths reported among all officers in 2014.  There are approximately 1 million sworn officers between federal, state, county and local government entities (and another couple of million employees who are not sworn; that is, they are not officers and do not have arrest powers, such as dispatchers and clerks.)

This is a rate of fatality of 12.6 per 100,000.  Sounds bad, right?

Wrong.

If you’re a logger, you have a fatality rate ten times that of a cop.

A fisherman?  Almost ten times — 117 per 100,000.

A pilot?  53.4 per 100,000.  Yes, really — it’s about four times as dangerous to fly a plane or chopper than be a cop.

The guy who puts your roof on?  40.5 per 100,000 — about three times as dangerous.

How about iron workers — you know, the guys who put up the buildings you work in?  Yeah, those dudes.  Three times the risk of a cop in dying, most from falls, being crushed by heavy materials or welding accidents.

Your garbage man has a risk of death twice that of a cop.  Why?  He gets hit by cars or crushed by heavy equipment (yes, it would suck to get caught in that trash compactor in the garbage truck!)

How about the lineman that repairs your power lines?  Slightly less than double the risk of a cop, and of course the means by which they die are falls and electrocution, mostly.

Truck drivers?  Close to double the risk, most from traffic accidents.

Farmers?  Same risk, roughly; getting caught in a combine is a ****ty way to die.

Or you could just be a construction laborer.  Your risk in that profession is materially higher than that of a cop (17.3 .vs. 12.6) as well but nobody cheers for you.  Never mind that without said laborers you wouldn’t have a house or an office to work in.

So let’s cut the crap, eh?  Being a cop isn’t particularly dangerous as occupations go.
police  death  statistics 
january 2015 by Quercki
What Kills More Americans: Guns or Cars? | Mother Jones
A study published this week in the Annual Review of Public Health summarizes some basic, sobering stats about about gun violence in America. The author, University of California-Davis doctor and researcher Garen Wintemute, used statistics from the Centers for Disease Control to track mortality rates from firearm suicides and homicides in the United States over more than fifty years.

Here are some of the findings from Wintemute's study, in a handy—if grisly—Q&A format:

Which kills more Americans, guns or cars?

Answer: Car accidents, but firearms deaths are catching up. In some states, guns do kill more people than cars—check out this map.


Which kills more people: gun homicides or gun suicides?

Answer: Suicides, by a long shot. 
guns  death  statistics 
december 2014 by Quercki
By the Numbers: How Dangerous Is It to Be a Cop? : Blog : Foundation for Economic Education
Defenders of police militarization such as that on display in Ferguson, Missouri, often claim that it’s necessary to provide military gear to cops, given how dangerous law enforcement has become.
Indeed, in the name of the War on Terror and theWar on Drugs, the federal government has provided thousands of pieces of military-grade body armor, mine-resistant armored personnel carriers, assault rifles, grenade launchers, helicopters, and night-vision goggles to local police and sheriffs. Almost every county in America has received equipment from these programs.
But has policing really become so dangerous that we need to arm peace officers like an invading army? The answer is no. It's never been safer to be a cop.
To start with, few police officers die in the line of duty. Since 1900, only 18,781 police officers have died from any work-related injury. That's an average of 164 a year. In absolute terms, officer fatalities peaked in 1930 (during alcohol prohibition) at 297, spiking again in the 1970s before steadily declining since.
If you look at police fatalities adjusted for the U.S. population, the decline is even starker. 2013 was the safest year for American policing since 1875.
police  death  safety 
december 2014 by Quercki
California Law Enforcement Line of Duty Deaths
list of all police department (including school district, sheriff, etc. deaths.)
California  police  death 
december 2014 by Quercki
Oakland Police Department, California, Fallen Officers
Oakland Police Department




Police Officer John Raymond Hege
Oakland Police Department
EOW: Tuesday, March 24, 2009
Cause: Gunfire



Sergeant Mark Thomas Dunakin
Oakland Police Department
EOW: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Cause: Gunfire



Sergeant Ervin Julius Romans, II
Oakland Police Department
EOW: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Cause: Gunfire



Sergeant Daniel Takashi Sakai
Oakland Police Department
EOW: Saturday, March 21, 2009
Cause: Gunfire



Officer William Lynchburg Seuis
Oakland Police Department
EOW: Thursday, July 22, 2004
Cause: Vehicular assault



Detective William Alberto Wilkins
Oakland Police Department
EOW: Friday, January 12, 2001
Cause: Gunfire (Accidental)



Police Officer James Williams, Jr.
Oakland Police Department
EOW: Sunday, January 10, 1999
Cause: Gunfire



Officer Keith Stephen Konopasek
Oakland Police Department
EOW: Saturday, July 8, 1995
Cause: Gunfire
police  death  statistics  Oakland 
december 2014 by Quercki
Overweight Americans Have the Lowest Risk of Premature Death » Sociological Images
So, do we even have an obesity epidemic? Perhaps not if we use health as a marker instead of some arbitrary decision to hate fat.  Paul Campos, covering this story for the New York Times, points out:

If the government were to redefine normal weight as one that does not increase the risk of death, then about 130 million of the 165 million American adults currently categorized as overweight and obese would be re-categorized as normal weight instead.

That’s 79%.

It’s worth saying again: if we are measuring by the risk of premature death, then 79% of the people we currently shame for being overweight or obese would be recategorized as perfectly fine. Ideal, even. Pleased to be plump, let’s say, knowing that a body that is a happy balance of soft and strong is the kind of body that will carry them through a lifetime.
fat  health  science  statistics  BMI  death 
july 2014 by Quercki
Who gets shot in America: What I learned compiling records of carnage for the New York Times
A few months in, I noticed how shootings spiked over the weekends, and I came up with a new format specifically for Friday through Sunday, in which I’d limit each shooting to a single detail-packed sentence instead of the three-line descriptions I employed during the week. I was inspired by Portraits of Grief, the post-9/11 victim profiles by the Times, which gave readers a clear picture of who these people were in remarkably few words. These single sentences resulted in paragraph after paragraph. I never expected people to read it all; I just wanted them to scroll through and see just how many shootings there were. I wanted them to get a sense of the carnage.

One person who was impressed by the sheer volume of mayhem was Sen. Dick Durbin, who read the Gun Report on the Senate floor. Twice. “The tally of shootings in America goes on to fill 19 paragraphs,” Durbin remarked in May 2013.

Summer was the worst. Holiday weekends were full of needless shootings — arguments, stray bullets, kids finding their parents’ guns. Compiling weekend reports took me 10 hours every Sunday. It was a slog, but it was necessary. This is exactly why I went to journalism school. It’s rare that you get to effect change on such a big stage. Even though the Gun Report was online, and appeared not in print but on a columnist’s personal blog, it got attention. No one else in the country was doing this, and the New York Review of Books and New York magazine took notice. Would this change public opinion or spark legislative change? Probably not. But perhaps it would elicit a conversation about guns between each mass shooting. That drumbeat needed to continue before and after the Adam Lanzas of the world did their damage.

I covered many shootings of and by children — kids under 10 shooting each other while playing with a gun; a man once left an AK-47 on a picnic table, only for his 6-year-old grandson to pick it up and kill him with it
guns  statistics  death  murder 
july 2014 by Quercki
Suicide | Harvard Injury Control Research Center | Harvard School of Public Health
1-2. Gun availability is a risk factor for suicide (literature reviews).

We performed reviews of the academic literature on the effects of gun availability on suicide rates. The preponderance of current evidence indicates that gun availability is a risk factor for youth suicide in the United States.  The evidence that gun availability increases the suicide rates of adults is credible, but is currently less compelling.  Most of the disaggregate findings of particular studies (e.g. handguns are more of a risk factor than long guns, guns stored unlocked pose a greater risk than guns stored locked) are suggestive but not yet well established.
guns  suicide  death 
april 2014 by Quercki
A Stillborn Child, A Charge of Murder and the Disputed Case Law on ‘Fetal Harm’ - ProPublica
A judge is said to be likely to decide this week if the case should move forward or be dismissed. Assuming it continues, whether Gibbs becomes the first woman ever convicted by a Mississippi jury for the loss of her pregnancy could turn on a fundamental question that has received surprisingly little scrutiny so far by the courts: Is there scientific proof that cocaine can cause lasting damage to a child exposed in the womb, or are the conclusions reached by Hayne and prosecutors based on faulty analysis and junk science?

The case intersects a number of divisive and difficult issues — the criminal justice system’s often disproportionate treatment of poor people of color, especially in drug prosecutions; the backlash to Roe v. Wade and the conservative push to establish “personhood” for fetuses as part of a broad-based strategy to weaken abortion laws. A wild card in the case — Mississippi’s history of using sometimes dubious forensic evidence to win criminal convictions over many years — could end up playing a central role.

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Prosecutors argue that the state has a responsibility to protect children from the dangerous actions of their parents. Saying Gibbs should not be tried for murder is like saying that “every drug addict who robs or steals to obtain money for drugs should not be held accountable for their actions because of their addiction,” the state attorney general’s office wrote in a brief to the Mississippi Supreme Court.

But some civil libertarians and women’s rights advocates worry that if Gibbs is convicted, the precedent could inspire more prosecutions of Mississippi women and girls for everything from miscarriage to abortion — and that African Americans, who suffer twice as many stillbirths as whites, would be affected the most.

Mississippi has one of has one of the worst records for maternal and infant health in the U.S., as well as some of the highest rates of teen pregnancy
fetal  death  jail  woman  Mississippi 
march 2014 by Quercki
Association of Nut Consumption with Total and Cause-Specific Mortality — NEJM
RESULTS
During 3,038,853 person-years of follow-up, 16,200 women and 11,229 men died. Nut consumption was inversely associated with total mortality among both women and men, after adjustment for other known or suspected risk factors. The pooled multivariate hazard ratios for death among participants who ate nuts, as compared with those who did not, were 0.93 (95% confidence interval [CI], 0.90 to 0.96) for the consumption of nuts less than once per week, 0.89 (95% CI, 0.86 to 0.93) for once per week, 0.87 (95% CI, 0.83 to 0.90) for two to four times per week, 0.85 (95% CI, 0.79 to 0.91) for five or six times per week, and 0.80 (95% CI, 0.73 to 0.86) for seven or more times per week (P<0.001 for trend). Significant inverse associations were also observed between nut consumption and deaths due to cancer, heart disease, and respiratory disease.
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CONCLUSIONS
In two large, independent cohorts of nurses and other health professionals, the frequency of nut consumption was inversely associated with total and cause-specific mortality, independently of other predictors of death. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health and the International Tree Nut Council Nutrition Research and Education Foundation.)
research  nuts  heart  death  cancer  respiratory  lung  health  cholesterol 
december 2013 by Quercki
The U.S. ranks 26th for life expectancy, right behind Slovenia
This isn't to say our life expectancy has gone down: Quite the opposite: you can actually expect to live about eight years longer in the United States right now than you would have in 1970. But our life expectancy is growing a lot more slowly than other countries.
This 213-page, graph-laden OECD report tells the story of why. It shows the United States as a country that is spending tons and tons on health care--but getting way less than other countries out of that investment. It exposes a country that's really great at buying fancy medical technologies, but not so fantastic at using those medical technologies to extend life. It is, in short, the story of why our health care system is so screwed up.
There are some things that the American health care system is great at and, at the top of the list, it has to be the ability to spend money. We spend more than any other country.
facts  health  report  death 
november 2013 by Quercki
Bees: Funerals Interrupted and Death Superstitions | The Dead Bell
Looking for articles on bee-interrupted funerals I learned about an old but interesting superstition involving bees and their keepers, a practice referred to as "telling the bees." This folklore was practiced in America during the 19th century, but most likely had European roots.1 Its name is fairly self-explanatory: when a member of a beekeeping family dies, someone must inform the hive of the news. (Bees were also "told" of other significant events in the household-marriages, moving, etc.) The consequences of not observing the superstition were the deaths of all of the bees or the abandonment of the hive. Bees were a valuable commodity to those who tended them, so naturally people wanted to protect their hives. 

In addition to someone verbally informing the bees of the death, the hive was draped with a mourning crepe and funeral cake or wine left out for the bees to enjoy. In some villages a handwritten "invitation" to the funeral was pinned to the hive as well. Another practice associated with telling the bees was to lift and turn the hive at the same time that the coffin was lifted to be removed from the house.2    
bees  death 
november 2013 by Quercki
Unsafe Abortion: Unnecessary Maternal Mortality
Every year, worldwide, about 42 million women with unintended pregnancies choose abortion, and nearly half of these procedures, 20 million, are unsafe. Some 68,000 women die of unsafe abortion annually, making it one of the leading causes of maternal mortality (13%). Of the women who survive unsafe abortion, 5 million will suffer long-term health complications. Unsafe abortion is thus a pressing issue. Both of the primary methods for preventing unsafe abortion—less restrictive abortion laws and greater contraceptive use—face social, religious, and political obstacles, particularly in developing nations, where most unsafe abortions (97%) occur. Even where these obstacles are overcome, women and health care providers need to be educated about contraception and the availability of legal and safe abortion, and women need better access to safe abortion and postabortion services. Otherwise, desperate women, facing the financial burdens and social stigma of unintended pregnancy and believing they have no other option, will continue to risk their lives by undergoing unsafe abortions.
abortion  death 
january 2013 by Quercki
2013 Oakland shootings - Google Maps
Suzie Cagle's map of Oakland shootings in 2012
Oakland  shooting  murder  death  map 
january 2013 by Quercki
JAMA Network | JAMA | Association of All-Cause Mortality With Overweight and Obesity Using Standard Body Mass Index CategoriesA Systematic Review and Meta-analysisAll-Cause Mortality Using BMI Categories
Results  Random-effects summary all-cause mortality HRs for overweight (BMI of 25-<30), obesity (BMI of ≥30), grade 1 obesity (BMI of 30-<35), and grades 2 and 3 obesity (BMI of ≥35) were calculated relative to normal weight (BMI of 18.5-<25). The summary HRs were 0.94 (95% CI, 0.91-0.96) for overweight, 1.18 (95% CI, 1.12-1.25) for obesity (all grades combined), 0.95 (95% CI, 0.88-1.01) for grade 1 obesity, and 1.29 (95% CI, 1.18-1.41) for grades 2 and 3 obesity. These findings persisted when limited to studies with measured weight and height that were considered to be adequately adjusted. The HRs tended to be higher when weight and height were self-reported rather than measured.

Conclusions and Relevance  Relative to normal weight, both obesity (all grades) and grades 2 and 3 obesity were associated with significantly higher all-cause mortality. Grade 1 obesity overall was not associated with higher mortality, and overweight was associated with significantly lower all-cause mortality.
weigth  obesity  death  mortality  health  diet 
january 2013 by Quercki
IntruderAlert Cafe
These are worldwide statistics, except for the cancer and the abuse/neglect stats, which I realized was only for the U.S. after the fact. That being the case, it's even WORSE that American children are 65 times more likely to be murdered by their own parent or a caretaker than children worldwide are likely to be killed in a school shooting.

Stat sources:

1. 15,000,000 children die every year from starvation
http://library.thinkquest.org/C002291/high/present/stats.htm

2. *260,000 children die every year from car accidents. 830,000 die from all accidents combined.
http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=98055567

3. 175,000 children die every year from drowning.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Drowning

4. 2,800 children die every year from accidents in the home.
http://www.progressiveic.com/n5june03.htm

5. 2,300 children die every year from cancer.
http://www.kristinasrainbowsofhope.org/facts.html

6. 1,500 children die every year from abuse/neglect. Note this is just the statistic for the United States, which doesn't bode well for children worldwide.
http://pediatrics.about.com/od/childabuse/a/109_child_abuse.htm

7. 500 children die every year from gun accidents. Teach your children gun safety!
http://www.momlogic.com/2008/08/protect_your_kids_from_guns.php

8. 23 children died in 2012 from school shootings. Note this chart includes school shootings for college as well, and I am only including children high school and younger in my total, so 2012's Oikos University shooting was not included in this total. Combined since 1980, 297 people total have been killed in school shootings.
http://www.slate.com/articles/news_and_politics/map_of_the_week/2012/12/sandy_hook_a_chart_of_all_196_fatal_school_shootings_since_1980_map.html


Question why it is that the U.S. government wants to overrule the 2nd amendment in the case of school shootings, but doesn't appear so inclined to even MENTION these other causes of death in youths annually.
children  death  murder  statistics 
december 2012 by Quercki
The Geography of U.S. Gun Violence - Neighborhoods - The Atlantic Cities
Poverty is a substantial factor in gun deaths by metro, as it was in our previous state-level analysis. The percentage of a metro’s population below the poverty line is significantly associated with all three types of gun death — homicide (.45), suicide (.35), and the overall rate (.49).

Inequality has been increasing in America and is a major source of economic anxiety and tension. It is associated (.33) with murder by gun (this differs from the state level where we did not find a statistically significant correlation), but not with gun-related suicides or the overall rate of gun deaths.
guns  death  statistics  Oakland  data 
december 2012 by Quercki
My Grandmother’s Body « Culturally Disoriented
My grandmother could not make choices about her own medical care, since she did not know what her actual medical conditions were.  Certain procedures must have been unavailable to her, since they would have forced doctors to reveal the secret (there aren’t a lot of reasons to get chemotherapy except cancer).

My grandmother could not make informed choices about how to live her life, since she did not know crucial facts ABOUT her life. She did not know she was living with a deadly illness. She did not know that her prognosis was severe; that doctors thought she would survive a few months or a year, at most. Maybe my grandmother would have made different choices. Maybe there were things she would have wanted to do. But she did not have the information necessary to make those choices. Tragically, she could not even decide how to prepare (or not prepare) her youngest daughter, who was a very young child when my grandmother was diagnosed.

And, although she did not know it, the lie made my grandmother utterly dependent on her husband and her doctor. They were now in complete control of her medical future. They could have chosen not to treat her. They could have chosen to use highly experimental drugs. Her husband could have withheld medication. He could have used his knowledge to manipulate her into making big financial decisions that she would not have made knowing her prognosis.

As far as I know – and I do not know a lot – the doctors and her husband did not abuse their power. I mean, except for the part where they lied to my grandmother for TEN YEARS. Other than that.

But they could have. From the time her doctor and her husband decided to lie to her, to the time she died, my grandmother did not have bodily autonomy. She could not control her own life, or her own body. Other people had that control.

My grandmother died of pancreatic and liver cancer two days before I was born.
choice  abortion  cancer  death  consent 
november 2012 by Quercki
dirges&songs
These dirges come from The Pagan Book of Living and Dying (available here at Amazon) from the Reclaiming Community.
Lyrics and chords for some of these songs such as "Let the Spiral Turn and Turn", "When We Are Gone",
"Island of the West", and "Weaver, Weaver" can be found here below,
but the standard musical notation that features the melodies has not been reproduced.
One can find the melody lines in the book. Go to www.reclaiming.org for Reclaiming CD's and books.


LET THE SPIRAL TURN AND TURN
SHE CHANGES MEDLEY
WHEN WE ARE GONE
Island of the West
RETURN TO THE MOTHER
GONE BEYOND
THE BEAUTY SONG
WEAVER, WEAVER
FATES CHANT
chants  pagan  lyrics  chords  death 
november 2012 by Quercki
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