David Goodall is considered the oldest working scientist in Australia at 104 years old. He held full-time university and Australian government research positions from 1948 until his retirement 39 years ago, but he still stays active in his chosen fields of botany and ecology.He’d also like to die.Goodall, a long-time member of the assisted-suicide advocacy group Exit International, feels he has reached the end of his life, though he has no terminal illness, and is headed to Switzerland, where laws banning assisted suicide are less stringent than in Australia.“It’s not sad, particularly,” he said. “What is sad is if one is prevented.”Here in the United States, assisted suicide is legal in seven states and Washington D.C., though not in Florida.Several pro-life advocates, especially from the Catholic Church, appeared in Tallahassee during this year’s legislative session to advocate against a bill that would have allowed terminally ill patients to … [Read more...] about Assisted suicide: Does the right to life extend to choosing when to end it?
Avicii accepts the favorite electronic dance music artist award at the 41st American Music Awards in Los Angeles, California November 24, 2013. (Reuters) Swedish EDM star Avicii used a broken glass bottle to commit suicide, TMZ reports. Sources reportedly told the outlet that Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, committed suicide by cutting himself with a shard of glass from a broken wine bottle. The news of the 28-year-old's cause of death comes after his family released a recent a statement alluding to the fact that the DJ had intended to kill himself. "Our beloved Tim was a seeker, a fragile artistic soul searching for answers to existential questions. An over-achieving perfectionist who traveled and worked hard at a pace that led to extreme stress," read the statement, released Thursday. "When he stopped touring, he wanted to find a balance in life to be happy and be able to do what he loved most — music." The statement revealed that the EDM star … [Read more...] about Avicii reportedly committed suicide with broken glass bottle
A difficult reality currently facing Wyoming is that the state has one of the highest suicide rates in the nation.To combat this problem and show those in crisis that they are not alone, Mexican quick-service brand Taco John’s is partnering with Jonah Bank of Wyoming during a month-long campaign to support the suicide prevention efforts of local nonprofit groups across Wyoming.Throughout May, participating Taco John’s and Jonah Bank locations will encourage customers to contribute to the campaign. All of the donations will go directly to local organizations that are helping with suicide prevention in the area. Taco John’s corporate stores in Cheyenne will contribute their funds to the Grace For 2 Brothers Foundation.“We are proud to lend our support to Grace For 2 Brothers and several other organizations that are saving lives throughout Wyoming,” said Jim Creel, CEO of Taco John’s International. … [Read more...] about Taco John’s teams with Jonah Bank for suicide prevention campaign
A 104-year-old scientist says that he is ready to die, and is going to Switzerland to legally end his life.Prof. David Goodall, who lives in West Australia, celebrated his birthday last month but told ABC that he “greatly [regrets]having reached that age.”Goodall, who still does academic work after more than 70 years as an ecologist, told the outlet that he plans on flying to France to see family before going to Basel, Switzerland, to end his life.Assisted suicide is illegal in Australia though the state of Victoria will allow starting next year for terminally ill patients, which the centenarian is not. “It’s not sad, particularly. What is sad is if one is prevented,” said Goodall, who two years ago was banned from his work at Edith Cowan University over concerns about his safety before challenging and reversing the decision.The scientist, who ABC Australia reports has unsuccessfully tried to kill himself multiple times in the last year, is an advocate of … [Read more...] about 104-year-old scientist flies to assisted suicide after he ‘regrets’ living so long
Getty Images Looking for news you can trust?Subscribe to our free newsletters. Brenda Cochran was a self-described “city girl” before she married her husband in 1973. He was a dairy farmer, so she joined him on a small farm in Pennsylvania. They’ve been working together since 1975. Cochran says that if she’d known how difficult dairy farming would be today, she never would have done it. “We have rampant corruption in the agricultural and food policies of this country,” she says. “So corrupt that until we get everybody who eats up in arms, more and more farmers are going to go out of business. They’re going to be the ones who take their own lives.” Farmers, fishermen, and forestry workers, who are lumped together by government statisticians, have the highest suicide rate of any occupational cluster: 84.5 self-inflicted deaths per 100,000 workers, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention analysis—that … [Read more...] about “We Wouldn’t Need the Suicide Hotline If Dairy Farmers Were Getting Paid What They Deserve”