(Via.NY Daily News)
Actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who won an Academy Award for the film “Capote,” was found dead in his New York City apartment on Sunday in what a police source described as an apparent drug overdose.
Source: Chicago Tribune
Ex-governor of Virginia indicted after corruption probe
Jan 21 (Reuters) – Former Virginia governor Robert McDonnell and his wife, Maureen, were indicted by a federal grand jury on charges including fraud and false statements after an investigation into loans and gifts from a supporter, court papers filed on Tuesday said.
1 Dead in Purdue Shooting; Suspect in Custody
A man opened fire Tuesday inside a basement classroom at Purdue University, killing one person and prompting officials to send a text alert to students telling them to seek shelter, police and the university said.
The suspect, who is believed to have targeted the man who was shot, surrendered to a police officer within minutes of the attack at the Electrical Engineering Building, Purdue Police Chief John Cox said.
Source: ABC News
Nearly 3,000 US Flights Cancelled As Snow Hits Northeast
More than 2,900 flights into, out of, and within the U.S. have been cancelled today, as the Northeast braces for another wave of freezing weather and heavy snow.
$1 Billion for a Perfect N.C.A.A. Bracket, Courtesy of Warren Buffett
Each March, tens of millions of brackets are filled out in the hopes of predicting the outcome of the N.C.A.A.’s men’s basketball tournament. But the odds that a bracket will be perfect, that is, every game guessed correctly, are long — to the tune of 9.2 quintillion to one.
Pope to global elite: Do more for poor
n an address read by Cardinal Peter Turkson at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, the leader of the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics said it was intolerable that thousands die each day from hunger.The pope urged leaders to adopt a new “political and business mentality” and to put their skills to work for the benefit of those living in dire poverty.
HOW SECURE IS MY PASSWORD? IF IT’S ON THIS ‘MOST COMMON PASSWORDS’ LIST, NOT VERY
If your password is “123456” or ”Password,” you’re doing Internet security wrong — and you’re not alone. According to password-management firm SplashData, which analyzed passwords that hackers posted online last year, the top two most common passwords are “123456,” and “Password.” Good job, people.
Grantland apologises for article that outed transgender golf inventor
The prestigious sports website Grantland has admitted poor judgment and offered a profuse apology for an article about the inventor of a revolutionary golf club who committed suicide while the piece was being researched, and whom it posthumously outed as transgender.
Source: The Guardian
The 4 Most Important Points In Bill Simmons’ Apology For Publishing A Piece Outing A Trans Woman
Bill Simmons, the founder of Grantland, an ESPN-owned sports and entertainment site, issued a wide-ranging public apology on Monday for the site’s decision to publish a piece about the inventor of a golf putter who killed herself while the piece was being reported. Simmons’ piece answers many of the questions I and other critics have raised about the story, “Dr. V’s Magical Putter.” He acknowledged that the reporter, Caleb Hannan, should not have outed the subject of the piece, Essay Anne Vanderbilt, as transgender in a conversation with one of her investors. He admitted that Grantland had been careless in its use of gendered pronouns in referring to Vanderbilt, and in employing other language that implied that being transgender is strange, deceptive, or in keeping with fraud. And most strikingly and importantly, Simmons acknowledged that he and his staff had failed to supplement their own lack of understanding of transgender issues by bringing in outside editors, an omission that the site took a small step towards rectifying by publishing a thorough analysis of the piece by ESPN baseball reporter Christina Kahrl, who is herself transgender.
Source: Think Progress
When a Journalist Threatens to Out a Trans Woman, Where Do the Ethics Lie?
Just like Caleb Hannan, I know that when you set out to write a story, it doesn’t always end up where you thought it would. Human beings are fascinating, complex creatures, and sometimes a simple story on, say, a miraculous golf club evolves into something else as you uncover more and more about its maker. It’s then that you reach a breaking point: stop to refocus the story, or follow it in a new direction? What if following it would require outing your subject as a transgender woman, potentially endangering her?
If you listen to the Right Wing, Conservative, Pry the Gun From My Cold Fingers, segment of the political scene, odds are you think everything is fine and dandy in the Land of the Free and Armed. Maybe you think gun control is anti-American or unconstitutional and if you think these things, such is your right.
That does not however make you ‘Right’.
I have never had an issue with people owning weapons who have a legitimate and legal reason to do so.
It is the other people who I take issue with. Those for whom these weapons are a means to a violent, illegal end. Those who only reason for possessing a firearm is to kill other humans. You know who these people are; they make the news with terrifying regularity. Killing sprees in churches, malls, movie theaters, and town halls. The gang bangers, the drive by shooters, the ones who kill for thrill of having the power of life and death in their hands.
I take issue with violent, mentally ill people having access to weapons of any type and yes, if you have ‘anger management issues’ I think you have a mental condition which should bar you from ever owning a gun.
If you are a gun owner then it is your responsibility and duty to your community to make them secure so criminals, children, and those I have already mentioned cannot gain access to them. If you aren’t responsible enough to do that, then you certainly are not responsible enough to own a gun in the first place.
I’m going to give links to the stories from just this week of senseless gun violence which could have been avoided through the use of sensible, intelligent laws and the repeal of dangerous legal standards such as stand your ground and conceal/carry.
Three killed in Indiana supermarket shooting -police
A gunman opened fire inside an Indiana supermarket on Wednesday evening, killing two women – a shopper and an employee – before being shot dead in a shootout with police, authorities said.
Mason Campbell, New Mexico school shooter, chose victims at random: cops
New Mexico state police believe the preteen assailant, armed with a shotgun taken from his Roswell home, planned his attack in advance of Tuesday’s shooting at Berrendo Middle School. The suspect, identified as Mason Campbell, faces three third-degree felony charges of aggravated battery.
Police investigate 2 crashes involving gun violence
Police are investigating two separate car crashes on Saturday that both appear to be the result of the driver being shot
There are many more. I did a simple Google search for “gun violence” to find these three examples.
There was something which brought things into perspective for me today, I had reason to travel to two of the areas which received tornado damage late last year, Pekin and Washington, Ill. Some time has passed and it is easy to put the trauma behind you… until it is staring you in the face again, as stark and raw as the day it happened.
Damaged roofs draped in blue tarps, foundations standing bare, and even empty holes where houses use to be. In Washington I saw a tree wrapped with siding surrounded by shattered timbers and piles of rubble. The damage stretched as far as I could see and looking at it I was amazed there were only three fatalities.
I’m not making too much of this to say it really puts your life into perspective. It doesn’t matter who you are, where you live or how much your annual income is; it can all be taken away in a second.
I only looked in from the outside, I simply could not bring myself to see any more of the devastation. It is simply too heartbreaking.
From Washington, IL
From Pekin, IL
I almost made a terrible mistake tonight. As some of you may know, my oldest son is Autistic. He has been diagnosed with Aspergers Syndrome and he takes medication to help him deal with the issues this causes. Being a teen though, he sometimes forgets to take is medicine unless either his mother or I remind him. I point this out because as I have since found out, he didn’t take his medicine this morning which is what lead to what happened just over an hour ago.
It began with an argument between him and his six year old brother over the Wii U. It escalated into a shouting match which is when I stepped in. I started out trying to be clam and reasonable, but the problem is, off of the medicine, he isn’t very reasonable. Things quickly spiraled out of control. The longer things went on, the more I found myself returning to my old ways of thinking and speaking… to returning to being “Him”… to being Greg. Yes, this is my actual male name, the one I have lived with and hated for as long as I can remember. When I think of who I was before, it is wrapped in that name. I am Kira now, as much as I can be, not Greg.
He wasn’t a very nice person in so many ways. He did, said, and thought things which make me sick when I think of them now. This all came crashing down on me when I realized just how close I was getting to being him again. Instead of walking away, I let my son… this child, push me to the edge. I finally told him, in front of his brothers what was about to happen… That if he continued to push me I was going to let “Him” back. I told them who I was now is not who I was but all it would take is the flip of a switch in my head and he would be back. I told them I was Kira now but I had been Greg before and all he needed was the smallest excuse to come back.
I asked them if they wanted me or him.
I cannot describe the fear in the eyes of the older two… They haven’t forgotten, may never forget that other person. Looking in their eyes, I realize things were so much worse than I ever imagined. The guilt I have felt over the things I remember doing and saying in those days doesn’t begin to compare to the horror I saw in their eyes… How could I have ever become such a creature that my own children were in such fear of me? Such fear my oldest was willing to walk out into 15 degree weather without a coat just so I wouldn’t flip that switch? To become that person again?
God, this hurts so much… I never wanted this for them, for A, for myself…
I know now, even if I lose everything, everything I fought of values or worth, I cannot… ever, let him loose on the world again.
I have felt this entire time, him just under the surface, waiting for me to slip, for me to loosen his bonds just the smallest bit and he would come roaring back… Sometimes I even thought such a thing would be for the best.
How could I ever think the lives of my loved ones would be better with him than with me?
Yes, I was once him… once a person named Greg. I am not that person any more, can never be him again. To do so would mean my death. Not just of who I am now, but of this physical being I inhabit. He will destroy it all.
It is what he was made to do.
He is death.
I don’t know how I can stand to hear that name again. It is not who I am. I pray to God it never is again.
I am Kira.
I cannot be anything other than this one thing… encompassed by something so simple as a name…
I cannot be both.
God help me, I cannot be both.
I cannot stand to see that look in my children’s eyes again.
One last thing…
My youngest never saw that part of who I was, thankfully…
Yet he asked me, “Were you a bad person?”
How can I answer such a question? How can I look at him and not feel the sorrow of what has happened?
I told him…
“Not any more.”
Please God, don’t let me have lied to him… He doesn’t deserve such a thing….
None of do.
A sad story which is repeated all too often…
The New York-based author of “It’s Kind of a Funny Story,” a semi-autobiographical story about a teen’s battle with severe depression, committed suicide on Thursday, the city’s medical examiner’s office confirmed to TODAY.com. His injuries were consistent with someone who had fallen to his death.
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