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Alice Sheldon and the name of the Tiptree Award « James Tiptree, Jr. Literary Award
In her 2006 biography of Tiptree, Julie Phillips quoted some sources who suggested that Ting may not have been ready to die. Since the conversation about the Sheldons’ deaths has become public, however, Phillips has shared further details from her research, reporting that Ting’s friends and family understood his death and Alice’s as the fulfilment of an agreement between the two of them. On Twitter, Phillips writes:

The question has come up whether Alice Sheldon (James Tiptree, Jr) and her husband Ting died by suicide or murder-suicide. I regret not saying clearly in the bio that those closest to the Sheldons all told me that they had a pact and that Ting’s health was failing.

Ting’s son Peter Sheldon also said there was a pact, and that Ting was declining. Alli probably wanted to die more than Ting did. But the pact didn’t have to do with his blindness or disability. He was going, and they chose to go out together.

In an email to the Tiptree Motherboard, quoted with permission, Phillips writes:

Ting didn’t leave a statement, but all Ting’s friends that I talked to plus his son Peter were unanimous that it was a pact, and that Ting’s health was failing when it happened. The only one who cast doubt on that was the lawyer who talked to her on the last night, James Boylan. He didn’t know either Ting or Alli very well, and I have doubts about how well he understood what was happening. I’m planning to write up what I know, because I left too much room for doubt when I wrote the book.
James_Tiptree  sciencefiction  murder  suicide  fandom 
6 weeks ago by Quercki
Man facing sexual abuse charges killed by SMART train north of Rohnert Park
A Rohnert Park man charged in May with sexually and physically abusing disabled children and adults at his in-home care operation was struck and killed by a SMART train Tuesday night.

Authorities think Keith Marcum, 68, took his own life, making him the third fatality on the passenger rail line in less than two weeks. Video from the train showed Marcum lying on the tracks moments before it approached him at about 9:30 p.m., Sonoma County Sheriff’s officials said in a statement Wednesday.

The Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit train was traveling north when the conductor spotted the man on the tracks roughly 15 yards south of the Scenic Avenue crossing north of Rohnert Park, said Jennifer McGill, SMART chief of police. The conductor pulled the emergency brake, sounded the train horn and flashed lights before hitting Marcum, she said. Trains in that area run at speeds of up to 79 mph.

“From our perspective at this time, the man was intentionally trying to get hit,” McGill said. “This is another case of someone having a clear intention of taking their own life.”
Keith_Marcum  suicide  Nick 
july 2019 by Quercki
Widowed By Police Suicide, Women Want Officers To Reach Out For Help : NPR
Suicide has been increasing in the U.S. In 2017, more than 47,000 Americans killed themselves. Rates went up by more than 30% between 1999 and 2017.
CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically
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CDC: U.S. Suicide Rates Have Climbed Dramatically

The danger is particularly acute for law enforcement officers. Studies and personal stories say police and firefighters' persistent exposure to death and trauma can put them at increased risk of post-traumatic stress and depression.

While the suicide rate in the U.S. was 14 per 100,000 in 2017, that number is closer to 18 for members of law enforcement.

Police are more likely to die of suicide than they are to be killed by an assailant.

Just in the past week, the police department in New York City was rocked by two suicides of veteran officers in 24 hours.

At least 87 officers have died by suicide this year, according to the organization Blue H.E.L.P., which tracks police suicides. The group says at least 167 officers died by suicide last year.
police  suicide 
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
The Theatre of the Body: A detransitioned epidemiologist examines suicidality, affirmation, and transgender identity | 4thWaveNow
To prevent trans suicides, the trans industry requires nothing less than a world that is utterly purged of transphobia.

Well, what is transphobia? Is it, as activists insist, a type of “hatred” that people who are not confused about the sex to which they belong (“cis,” in industry jargon) aim at the oppressed, still emerging masses of women and men, boys and girls who were “born in the wrong body”? No, of course not. Criticizing transgender ideology has nothing to do with hate and everything to do with mammalian evolution over the past 200 million years, the scientific method and common sense.

Then is it really homophobia, perhaps? Yes, in some cases it might be, because (in my view) no one is actually “trans.” Gay men and lesbians who take the transgender path are still essentially gay men and lesbians. But transphobia is much, much more than this.

“That’s transphobic.”

In real terms, transphobia could be defined as anything that an ordinary person does, says or even believes that “invalidates” transgenderism and its core principles, or invalidates any belief of a person claiming to be trans. In other words, factually stating that men cannot become women, nor can women become men, has a high probability of increasing GD in any trans persons within earshot. It would be considered transphobic. When a “trans woman” is made to feel that it is inappropriate for him to be in the women’s restroom or changing room, he feels tremendously dysphoric and “invalidated.” Similarly, to “misgender” a trans person – to accurately refer to a male with masculine pronouns, or a female with feminine ones (“gender” does, after all, exist in the grammar of many languages) – can send dysphoria through the roof, as validation plummets. People need to feel validated!
trans  transgender  phobia  suicide  language 
december 2018 by Quercki
10 Ways to ‘Reach Out’ When You’re Struggling With Your Mental Health – Let's Queer Things Up!

It’s this vague, hopeful sentiment that people throw around, without ever really defining it. What are we asking people to do or say? It’s not exactly clear.

So I want to get more specific. We need to be more specific.
suicide  reach  out  social  suggestions 
march 2018 by Quercki
150,000 American Students Have Experienced a School Shooting. They Are Our Best Hope.
In 1996, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn't Had a Mass Shooting Since.
Violent crime and gun-related deaths did not come to an end in Australia, of course. But as the Washington Post’s Wonkblog pointed out in August, homicides by firearm plunged 59 percent between 1995 and 2006, with no corresponding increase in non-firearm-related homicides. The drop in suicides by gun was even steeper: 65 percent. Studies found a close correlation between the sharp declines and the gun buybacks. Robberies involving a firearm also dropped significantly. Meanwhile, home invasions did not increase, contrary to fears that firearm ownership is needed to deter such crimes. But here’s the most stunning statistic. In the decade before the Port Arthur massacre, there had been 11 mass shootings in the country. There hasn’t been a single one in Australia since.
Australia  gun  control  massacre  murder  shooting  guns  suicide 
february 2018 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
Mysterious death of New York judge was initially called a suicide. Now, police think it's suspicious - LA Times
Barbara Demick

The mystery of how a prominent African American judge came to be found floating dead in the Hudson River has deepened as her family and widowed husband disputed suggestions by the New York Police Department that she had committed suicide.

What is known is that Sheila Abdus-Salaam, 65, a judge on the state’s highest court, went for a walk alone on the evening of April 11, locking the door to her Harlem brownstone, leaving her phone and wallet at home. Surveillance cameras showed her walking alone near the river shortly after midnight, according to the New York Police Department. The next afternoon, her body, fully clothed in sweat pants and sneakers, was found at the edge of the river in an area popular with joggers and bicycle riders.

In the initial days, police said that the death appeared to be a suicide because there were no obvious signs of trauma to her body. Reports circulated that her family had a history of suicide — that her 92-year-old mother had took her life during the Easter holiday in 2012 and her brother two years later. But her family now disputes those stories, saying in a statement that Abdus-Salaam’s mother died naturally of old age and her brother of terminal lung cancer.

Gregory Jacobs, an Episcopal priest who become Abdus-Salaam’s third husband when they married last year, also challenged the portrayal of his wife as suicidal.
Black  African-American  judge  suicide  murder 
april 2017 by Quercki
Police officer fired for not shooting black man
Mader was faced with an armed man who told the officer to shoot him. And because Mader did not shoot him, he is now a former Weirton, West Virginia, police officer.

Mader responded to a 911 domestic call on May 6 of a person threatening suicide. Mader found Ronald “RJ” Williams, Jr. standing outside the house and says that’s when his Marine training of “looking at ‘the whole person’ in deciding if someone was a terrorist, as well as his situational police academy training” took over:

“I saw then he had a gun, but it was not pointed at me,” Mr. Mader recalled, noting the silver handgun was in the man’s right hand, hanging at his side and pointed at the ground.

[ … ]

Mr. Mader, who was standing behind Mr. Williams’ car parked on the street, said he then “began to use my calm voice.”

“I told him, ‘Put down the gun,’ and he’s like, ‘Just shoot me.’ And I told him, ‘I’m not going to shoot you brother.’ Then he starts flicking his wrist to get me to react to it.

“I thought I was going to be able to talk to him and deescalate it. I knew it was a suicide-by-cop” situation.
Mader probably would have talked Williams down … if two other Weirton police officers hadn’t shown up on the scene and promptly shot Williams—in the back of the head, no less. It appears Williams walked in between the officers waving his gun, which was later found to have been unloaded.
police  de-escalation  suicide  killing 
september 2016 by Quercki
Authorities release 2 videos in Sandra Bland case
The trooper ordered her to the sidewalk, out of view of his dash-cam, and handcuffed Bland, who continues to protest her arrest. She complained about the handcuffs being too tight, and some kind of struggle can be heard on the audio.

Encinia stated in an arrest affidavit that Bland, who arrived in Texas the day before, swung her elbows at him and kicked him in his right shin after he handcuffed her for becoming combative.

The Texas Department of Public Safety posted the video on its website with a statement from Director Steven McCraw.

“DPS has been working closely with the family of Ms. Bland during this investigation, and the department extends our sincere condolences for their tragic loss,” he said. “It is important that her family has confidence in the efficacy of this investigation, which is why the Waller County Sheriff’s Office and district attorney originally requested investigative assistance from the Texas Rangers; and it’s also why DPS requested the FBI assist in this investigation.

“This team of investigators is committed to conducting a thorough and impartial investigation," McGraw said. "When the Texas Rangers and FBI investigation is complete, it will be turned over for review by the district attorney, who has indicated it will also be brought before a grand jury.”

The video from the jailhouse starts, stops and lasts just 9 minutes and 26 seconds despite covering more than 3 hours of time because the camera is motion activated.

Sandra Bland death triggers #IfIDieInPoliceCustody trend

Bland was in cell 95 but isn't visible from the camera angle shown.

However, at 7:17 a.m. CT July 13, the video shows an officer stopped by her cell for several seconds. Bland told him she was fine, investigators said.

Sandra Bland, 28, of Napierville, Ill., as seen in her jail mugshot from July 10, 2015. (Photo: Waller County Sheriff's Office)
Less than an hour later, a female officer checked in. In the video the deputy is seen bending down, standing up and then running for help.
police  murder  suicide  Sandra_Bland  SayHerName  BlackLivesMatter 
july 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.
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: Twitter: @henryklee
Oakland  police  taser  suicide  death 
june 2015 by Quercki
Army Takes On Its Own Toxic Leaders : NPR
Top commanders in the U.S. Army have announced publicly that they have a problem: They have too many "toxic leaders" — the kind of bosses who make their employees miserable. Many corporations share a similar problem, but in the Army's case, destructive leadership can potentially have life or death consequences. So, some Army researchers are wondering if toxic officers have contributed to soldiers' mental health problems.

One of those researchers is Dave Matsuda. In 2010, then-Brig. Gen. Pete Bayer, who was supervising the Army's drawdown in Iraq, asked Matsuda to study why almost 30 soldiers in Iraq had committed or attempted suicides in the past year.

"We got to a point where we were exceptionally frustrated by the suicides that were occurring," Bayer says. "And quite honestly feeling — at least I was — helpless to some degree that otherwise good young men and women were taking their lives."

Matsuda might seem like an unconventional choice to study Army suicides. He's an anthropologist
management  leadership  Army  suicide 
february 2015 by Quercki
There's a Suicide Epidemic in Utah — And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why - Mic
Renshaw believes that altitude has an impact on our brain chemistry, specifically that it changes the levels of serotonin and dopamine, two key chemicals in the brain that help regulate our feelings of happiness. America's favorite antidepressants (and party drugs) work by controlling the level of these chemicals in the brain. The air in Utah, one could say, works just like this.
In a 2011 study published in the American Journal of Psychiatry, a group of researchers, including Renshaw, analyzed state suicide rates with respect to gun ownership, population density, poverty, health insurance quality and availability of psychiatric care. Of all the factors, altitude had the strongest link to suicide — even the group of states with the least available psychiatric care had fewer suicides than the highest-altitude states, where psychiatric care was easier to find.
suicide  depression  altitude  Utah  ADD 
november 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
Oakland Cops Think City Is Too Liberal | News | Oakland, Berkeley, Bay Area & California | East Bay Express
When asked what the department could do to encourage officers to stay with OPD, rather than exiting for other police agencies, as many new hires do after several years with Oakland, one officer wrote: "Eliminate 'old boy network' whereby individuals are placed in supervisory/commander positions without being on promotion lists."

"The department is, indeed, bogged down by an old guard, a hard-core of officers who don't want to change and don't care about the millions of dollars in settlements that the people of Oakland, not them, are paying," said attorney Jim Chanin, referring to legal settlements the city has paid out over the years because of police misconduct cases. Chanin has worked on OPD's federal oversight with Oakland civil rights attorney John Burris since they filed The Riders civil suit in the late 1990s.

Other major complaints voiced by many Oakland cops in the survey involve the department's stressful working conditions, lack of adequate equipment, and mandatory overtime. "We are living in Section 8 housing, driving 905 cars and talking on broken radios, writing reports into a system that doesn't work — wow the place is completely broken," wrote one officer. In police lingo, "905 cars" refer to broken-down or abandoned vehicles. Numerous officers wrote that the department badly needs to upgrade its radios.

Multiple officers who responded to the survey brought up the issue of suicides. Last summer, OPD officers William Burke and Porter Weston killed themselves. The department's patrol cops said this was due to the incredible stress of their jobs, and utter lack of leadership from the department's commanders and the city's politicians.
Oakland  police  suicide  overtime  leadership 
february 2014 by Quercki
Oakland police poll: stress, suicides and low morale - SFGate Blog
Oakland police officers are demoralized, stressed out from mandatory overtime and concerned about suicides among their co-workers, according an internal poll of some 500 sworn officers, many of whom also complained about a lack of support from police commanders, city leaders and the residents of Oakland.

The poll, which was obtained and posted online by the East Bay Express, shows that Oakland officers feel immense frustration as they try and stop crime in an understaffed department while also complying with a federal reform effort.

“The leaders in this Department have to start being leaders,” one officer wrote anonymously. “A better working environment starts from the top down. Our Executive Command staff do not treat people below them with respect or dignity. If you want to change the culture of the Department start with the leaders. We need brand new people at the top.”
A number of officers brought up the suicides of two Oakland police officers last summer. Officers said mandatory overtime shifts made the job incredibly stressful.
“Eliminate the mandatory overtime,” one officer wrote. “We are under constant serious stress on the daily basis even for our regular 40 hour shifts. In addition, we are often extended well (past) this and it is having a toll on officers’ mental well-being. It appears the city is ignoring the obvious spike in officer suicides and it is alarming that no comparison to the overwhelming work load officers have been assigned.”
Oakland  police  suicide  morale 
february 2014 by Quercki
The Subtle Politics of Suicide Rates - Ideas Market - WSJ
Elected non-physician coroners reported 11% fewer suicides, among women, than medical examiners (who are always appointed and who tend to be MDs), and they reported 6% fewer suicides among men than medical examiners. Medical examiners tend to have more medical training than coroners, but the relevant distinction appeared not to be training but the status of the office (elected or appointed), the authors said. (Elected physician coroners, for example, reported even fewer suicides than elected non-physician coroners.)

Looking at the death statistics overall, the researchers suspect that, for men, some suicides are getting classified as car accidents or firearm accidents. For women, they suspect the suicides are lurking in the categories of car accidents and illness.

The national trend is toward appointing death investigators, which should lead to more accurate statistics in the long run, the authors said.

While the findings were statistically significant, they weren’t large enough to swamp, and therefore invalidate, other statistical observations about suicide, the authors said: Gun ownership, living in the Mountain states, lacking a job, being unmarried, and being white all are factors that carry a higher suicide risk.
suicide  statistics 
december 2013 by Quercki
5 Mind-Blowing Facts Nobody Told You About Guns |
After every mass shooting, the gun debate splits into two camps: One side says it easily could have been avoided if these maniacs weren't allowed to have guns; the other says it easily could have been avoided if each innocent victim had only gone through their daily lives in cover formation, armed like the space marines entering the giant murder womb in Aliens.

And that's pretty much the entire gun control debate, as far as the mainstream media are willing to cover. And that is a shame, because it leaves out all of the most interesting parts. Trust us, the longer you look into this, the weirder it gets. For instance ...

#5. Gun Owners Are Mostly Responsible, But Gun Companies' Ad Campaigns Are Fucking Insane
guns  politics  suicide 
december 2013 by Quercki
The Myth of the Teenage Temptress: Or Why A Young Girl Can Not Consent to Sex With An Adult Man | xoJane
And that's why statutory rape laws exist -- to protect children who need protecting, not just from those who will prey upon them, but from themselves.

The defense argued that Rambold had suffered enough by losing his career, his marriage and his home and suffering a "scarlet letter of the Internet" as a result of publicity about the case.

For my part, I spent the next decade of my life wrestling with demons borne partly of sexual trauma. I became addicted to drugs, risky sex, and alcohol. I still struggle to learn that there are better ways to get attention than with my body, that my sexuality isn't the only thing that makes me worthy of love and attention.

Still, I made it out of my teen years alive; Cherice Morales wasn't so lucky.

What I needed, and what she needed, were strong male role models in my life who knew how the fuck to say "No thanks" to a little girl's come-ons. Because it doesn't matter if a young girl is saying yes, it's an adult man's job to say no.
rape  children  abuse  consent  suicide 
september 2013 by Quercki
Oakland father, daughter shot to death in murder-suicide - Inside Bay Area
OAKLAND -- A World War II veteran recently diagnosed with a terminal illness shot and killed his quadriplegic daughter before turning the gun on himself early Monday in their home near Dimond Park, police and family members said.

William K. Roberts, 88, and his daughter Marian, 57, were found dead about 4:30 a.m. by the man's son, who also lived at the home and was asleep when the shooting happened, police said.

A gun was recovered at the scene, police said. The son, Thomas Roberts, said a note was not left.
Oakland  murder  suicide 
august 2013 by Quercki
8 Stories Buried By the Corporate Media That You Need to Know About | | AlterNet
1) Our Planet Saw the Largest Increase in Carbon Emissions Since the Industrial Revolution
2) Widespread Trafficking Of Iraqi Women And Girls Thanks To The Iraq War
3) More Iraq Veterans Committed Suicide Last Year Than Active-Duty Troops Died In Combat
4) Drone Strikes Kill Innocent Civilians, Not Just 'Militants'
5) Record Number Of US Kids Face Hunger and Homelessness
6) Prisoners Are People Too
7) US Deports 46,000 Parents, Kids Left Behind In Foster Care
8) FBI Teaches Agents That Muslims Are Violent Radicals
climatechange  trafficking  war  suicide  PTSD  homelessness  poverty  children  prison  immigration  homelandsecurity  FBI 
january 2012 by Quercki
Surveillance for Violent Deaths --- National Violent Death Reporting System, 16 States, 2008
Intimate-Partner Related Homicide
The 16 NVDRS states included in this report collected data concerning 561 incidents comprising 617 deaths of intimate partner related homicide that occurred during 2008. Of 617 homicide victims, 379 (61.4%) were female. Although 56.9% of homicide victims were non-Hispanic whites, rates were higher for AI/ANs and non-Hispanic blacks (1.5 per 100,000 population each). Of 531 suspects, 434 (81.7%) were male; 254 (47.8%) were non-Hispanic whites and 160 (30.1%) non-Hispanic blacks. The highest percentages of victims and suspects (25.4% and 23.9%, respectively) were persons aged 35--44 years. The highest percentage (43.3%) of victims were married at the time of death (Table 30). Tests for alcohol were conducted for 78.9% of victims. Of the 36.8% of decedents who tested positive for alcohol, 64.3% had a BAC of >0.08 g/dL. The percentage of victims tested for substances other than alcohol varied (range: 34.7%--55.1%) for various drugs; marijuana and cocaine were evident in approximately 12% and 11% of victims tested for these substances respectively (Table 31).
murder  suicide  domestic_violence  statistics  CDC 
august 2011 by Quercki
Engaged Public Space and Shameless Plugs » ThickCulture
U.S. Soldiers - 2009. Committed suicide : 304
Killed in Iraq : 138
war  iraq  suicide 
december 2010 by Quercki
It Gets Different; Leveling Up
It Gets Different; Leveling Up
Published October 4, 2010 | Posted in Uncategorized


I can’t actually promise anyone it will get better. And I think it would be, with the lived experience of my life, disingenuous to try. And I’m not going to lie to anyone: it doesn’t always get better.

But it does get… different. That might not seem like much, especially when you are on the low side of down, but it means everything to me.

Bullies are trying to exert their power over someone else. I’m not entirely sure why that feels good for some people – though I sometimes think it is to make up for a lack of power in other areas of their lives, I tend to shy away from pat, universal answers. Sometimes people are just cruel people.

That doesn’t go away when you’re an adult.
bullying  teen  suicide  depression 
october 2010 by Quercki

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