Archive for the ‘Sad’ Category

Welcome To Albino Island

January 11, 2009
Africa ... albino child

WITH their milky white skin, wispy hair and haunting, pale eyes, they are called “the living ghosts” by locals.

And the vulnerable albinos of Tanzania in East Africa have more than insults to fear.

They are being hunted down and hacked to death to satisfy a growing demand for their body parts and blood to use in black magic. (more…)

Look what happened at my house (A photo diary)

November 5, 2008

Sat Nov 01, 2008 at 03:13:23 PM PST

This is what was done last night to the Obama sign in my front yard. Last night was Halloween. So what do you think? Halloween prank or hate crime?

How about both. I’ll explain below. (more…)

Heroin elephant can never be freed

October 21, 2008

A Chinese elephant that spent three years in rehab after animal smugglers laced his bananas with heroin will never be able to return to the wild.

Heroin addicted elephant clean after rehab

The elephant was captured in 2005 in southwest China by illegal traders who fed him heroin-laced bananas Photo: AP

Four-year-old Xiguang and three other elephants who the smugglers also captured were taken to an animal protection centre on China’s tropical island of Hainan to recover from their ordeals and overcome their heroin addictions. (more…)

Guest Blog – A Crisis of Conscience

October 21, 2008

Published October 17, 2008 @ 11:31AM PST

Wanted to follow the recent pieces on world hunger and declining humanitarian funding with a post by Alison Woodhead of Oxfam, about Stand Up and Take Action, which starts today. (To take action through change.org, click here.)

Sometimes, it seems like writing about humanitarian relief is simply describing a parade of horribles – which makes Alison’s post, about what we can do to help change the situation, all that much more important.

A Crisis of Conscience

The numbers are mind boggling; the sense of panic is contagious. The global financial crisis has galvanised world leaders into finding unimaginable sums of money almost overnight to prevent banks collapsing, shore up failing systems and reassure nervous punters.

The arguments for urgent action to avoid systemic collapse are of course genuine and persuasive. But they reveal something extremely dark about the world’s priorities: we can find the money to bail out banks, but not to prevent the deaths of 30,000 children a day from povert

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Suicide Epidemic Among Veterans

October 7, 2008

NEW YORK, Nov. 13, 2007

(CBS) They are the casualties of wars you don’t often hear about – soldiers who die of self-inflicted wounds. Little is known about the true scope of suicides among those who have served in the military.

But a five-month CBS News investigation discovered data that shows a startling rate of suicide, what some call a hidden epidemic, Chief Investigative Reporter Armen Keteyian reports exclusively. (more…)

Does Bush Believe McCain Was Tortured?

August 21, 2008

19 Aug 2008 10:54 am

<!– –> Agabuse

In all the discussion of John McCain’s recently recovered memory of a religious epiphany in Vietnam, one thing has been missing. The torture that was deployed against McCain emerges in all the various accounts. It involved sleep deprivation, the withholding of medical treatment, stress positions, long-time standing, and beating. Sound familiar?

According to the Bush administration’s definition of torture, McCain was therefore not tortured. (more…)

Orange love

August 7, 2008

Slammed: Welcome to the Age of Incarceration

July 24, 2008

MotherJones.com / News / Feature
What happens when you lock up 1 in every 100 American adults?”

Jennifer Gonnerman
July 21, 2008

The number first appeared in headlines earlier this year: Nearly one in four of all prisoners worldwide is incarcerated in America. It was just the latest such statistic. Today, one in nine African American men between the ages of 20 and 34 is locked up. In 1970, our prisons held fewer than 200,000 people; now that number exceeds 1.5 million, and when you add in local jails, it’s 2.3 million-1 in 100 American adults. Since the 1980s, we’ve sat by as the numbers inched higher and our prison system ballooned, swallowing up an ever-larger portion of the citizenry. But do statistics like these, no matter how disturbing, really mean anything anymore? What does it take to get us to sit up and notice? (more…)

The United States of Obesity

July 18, 2008

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Post-War Suicides May Exceed Combat Deaths, U.S. Says

July 16, 2008

By Avram Goldstein

May 5 (Bloomberg) — The number of suicides among veterans of wars in Iraq and Afghanistan may exceed the combat death toll because of inadequate mental health care, the U.S. government’s top psychiatric researcher said.

Community mental health centers, hobbled by financial limits, haven’t provided enough scientifically sound care, especially in rural areas, said Thomas Insel, director of the National Institute of Mental Health in Bethesda, Maryland. He briefed reporters today at the American Psychiatric Association’s annual meeting in Washington. (more…)