By Diane Coleman I have an advanced neuromuscular condition and must use breathing support with a mask 18 hours a day. As a severely disabled person who depends on life-sustaining treatment, I would be able to qualify for assisted suicide at any time where it is legal. If I became despondent, for example if I lost my husband or my job, and decided that I wanted to die, I would not be treated the same as a nondisabled, healthy person who despaired over divorce or job loss. If anyone doubted that someone like me would qualify for assisted suicide in a state like Oregon, those doubts were laid to rest in December 2017 when an Oregon Public Health Department official clarified in writing: "Patients suffering from any disease (not just those that typically qualify one for the DWDA [Death With Dignity Act]) may not be able to afford some treatments or medication, and may choose not to pursue some treatments or take some medication for personal reasons. . . . If the … [Read more...] about I depend on life-support to stay alive. Why I won’t ask for ‘aid in dying’
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“I don’t want to get beaten to death, stabbed and burnt alive,” a slight woman with long blond hair and a checked shirt says. “I want a gun to feel equal.” She is a member of one of the United States’ fastest-growing gun clubs, the jauntily named Pink Pistols. Two years after the massacre at Orlando’s Pulse nightclub, gay, lesbian and transgender Americans are nervous. According to the Human Rights Center (HRC), a US LGBTI advocacy group, 52 gay people were murdered in the US last year because of their sexuality, and 28 transgender people met the same fate. In increasing numbers, they are fighting back by taking up arms. It’s brought them into lock step with pro-gun groups that haven’t, historically, been all that welcoming of gay people. Australian journalist Patrick Abboud traveled to the US to meet some of the new gun-toting gay people, for a report to be broadcast on Australian news show “The Feed” on Tuesday. It was … [Read more...] about Gay Americans are arming themselves to stay alive
For many people, each new day brings greater uncertainty about their future. As chemical warfare plays out in sleepy English towns like Salisbury and Trump prepares to meet Kim Jong-un, it's little wonder many have turned their thoughts to the end of the world. Some have taken it one step further by stockpiling food in preparation for the possible apocalypse - and now shops are responding to the demand of those wanting to enhance their chances of survival. Earlier this week, Costco Canada started selling a one-stop food package to keep a family of four alive for one year. Their Nutristore 1-Year Premium Food Kit contains 36,000 servings of food including rice, macaroni, freeze-dried green beans, dehydrated apples, beef and chicken-flavoured tofu and butter powder. There's enough for 2,000 calories a day, per person, and this megapack weighs a whopping 816kg. The only downside? At just over $5,999.99 (£4,300), it costs as much as a second-hand car. However, Woodland … [Read more...] about From astronaut food to waterproof matches… survivalist reveals how to stay alive in an apocalypse
Three months ago, while teammates played the first game of the season, Mya Bhinhar, Terryn Milton and Leiloni Culley sat on the sideline with shoulders slumped and watched.For one reason or another, the three seniors — leading scorers — faced a few more days of injury rehabilitation. Two years removed from an appearance in the Class 6A state final, they were relegated to spectating.The Rams lost two games in that first week, bitter pills to swallow, but have been nearly unstoppable since.With a 61-50 victory Thursday against Westmoore, Owasso claimed an area championship and fought its way back to state with a 23-3 record.“At the beginning of the year, things were a little shaky,” Milton said. “But I’d rather have it like that and just get way better every game. I still feel like we’re getting better, every game.”Owasso’s winning streak now stretches 14 games, which also became the longest in the state Thursday evening, as No. 13 … [Read more...] about High school basketball: Healthy Owasso girls get back to 6A state tournament; Bixby tops Deer Creek to stay alive