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Monday, August 31
haiku of the day by jj the jay jay
it has been a while
since i was certain of this
and yet still so lost
Saturday, August 29
jasmine moves out
i have had a foster cat named jasmine since december.
she is the best cat in the world
today she went to her permanent home
oh the tears i have cried today for that little cat.
please give your cat a little kiss from me
the failure of aestheticizing violence and normalizing war.
Congress Hears of Military Suicide Rates
WASHINGTON (CN) - To skepticism from Republicans, military leaders told Congress on Wednesday that the armed forces have done an "abysmal" job of preventing the high number of suicides by military personnel, a number that keeps rising, that is driven in part by short breaks between deployment and that reflects overall emotional health in the military services.
"We're doing abysmal" in preventing suicides Assistant Marine Commandant Gen. James Amos said.
Military suicide rates have been rising consistently. Army suicides hit a record of 115 in 2007, and again at 139 in 2008. This year is expected to easily surpass these last records, and similar trends are seen in the other branches of military.
In the Navy, suicide is the third cause of death, Adm. Patrick Walsh, the vice chief of naval operations, said before the House Military Personnel Subcommittee.
Before the end of an important study, and before the results of new programs can be evaluated, high-ranking representatives of the marines, the army, the air force, and the navy said that extending the time between deployments and wrestling back the stigma of seeking mental care would help to combat the suicide problem.
"Our folks, while they're deployed, generally are okay," Walsh from the navy said, and Amos from the marines even called them "a happy lot" while on the field. They agreed that suicide is often associated with coming back home.
Gen. Peter Chiarelli, the vice chief of staff for the army, said it was clear the short amount of time between deployments is causing tremendous amounts of stress on families.
Amos described the most likely suicide candidate as 18-24 year-old Caucasian males between the ranks of private and sergeant who have suffered from a failed relationship.
Most kill themselves by hanging or by gunshot, like civilians.
While the military representatives all expressed concern over the rising rate of suicides, Minnesota Republican John Kline remarked, "This isn't an extraordinary suicide rate," and noted that it mirrors the rate of the society as a whole.
The U.S. Army did not return calls to compare the suicide rates of civilians and military personnel.
The issue the military is trying to address is not only suicide, but the psychological problems that are represented through the growing suicide rates. "Suicide is an extreme indicator," Chiarelli said.
Each branch of the military is tackling the problem in different ways.
Chiarelli praised the Comprehensive Soldier Fitness Program, which began in 2008, as making a "huge impact" on the U.S. Army. The program assesses the total fitness of soldiers, including their mental fitness, with periodic reassessments.
He also mentioned a 5-year suicide study conduced by a "world-class team" from prestigious universities like Harvard and Columbia that the army has funded with $50 million to look into the cause of suicide. He said he hopes the results will help the military and civilians.
The study began only a week ago, but preliminary results are expected in November.
He also said online counseling may be available, which would grant easy access to patients and perhaps allow them to speak more openly.
Much of the suicide prevention effort focuses on informing soldiers and their families on how to distinguish warning signs because soldiers are often reluctant to seek psychological help.
All Marines attended training on suicide prevention in March, and like other branches, learned how to distinguish warning signs and how to navigate the resources available to them.
Other efforts are being directed to fight the stigma of seeking mental health help.
South Carolina Republican Joe Wilson was skeptical and asked if the programs would work. Amos replied that history has shown such programs do work, pointing to 1996 when the suicide rate dropped after the Defense Department focused on the problem.
But even counseling is not a surefire solution. 25 percent of marines who committed suicide had received mental health care. Amos remarked, "There is no single solution that will likely turn this trend around."
Friday, August 28
Bullied student tickled pink by schoolmates' T-shirt campaign
Last Updated: Wednesday, September 19, 2007 | 12:25 AM AT
Two Nova Scotia students are being praised across North America for the way they turned the tide against the bullies who picked on a fellow student for wearing pink.
The victim — a Grade 9 boy at Central Kings Rural High School in the small community of Cambridge — wore a pink polo shirt on his first day of school.
David Shepherd, left, and Travis Price decided to spread word of their 'sea of pink' campaign on the internet.
Bullies harassed the boy, called him a homosexual for wearing pink and threatened to beat him up, students said.
Two Grade 12 students — David Shepherd and Travis Price — heard the news and decided to take action.
"I just figured enough was enough," said Shepherd.
They went to a nearby discount store and bought 50 pink shirts, including tank tops, to wear to school the next day.
'Sea of pink' support
Then the two went online to e-mail classmates to get them on board with their anti-bullying cause that they dubbed a "sea of pink."
But a tsunami of support poured in the next day.
Not only were dozens of students outfitted with the discount tees, but hundreds of students showed up wearing their own pink clothes, some head-to-toe.
The two Grade 12 students show off the pink shirts they wore to school.
When the bullied student, who has never been identified, walked into school to see his fellow students decked out in pink, some of his classmates said it was a powerful moment. He may have even blushed a little.
"Definitely it looked like there was a big weight lifted off his shoulders. He went from looking right depressed to being as happy as can be," said Shepherd.
And there's been nary a peep from the bullies since, which Shepherd says just goes to show what a little activism will do.
"If you can get more people against them … to show that we're not going to put up with it and support each other, then they're not as big as a group as they think are," he says.
The students' "sea of pink" campaign did not go unnoticed outside the province. U.S. talk show host Ellen DeGeneres expressed interest in their story, and other schools are talking about holding their own "pink day."
"It's been totally overwhelming for us. I mean we're just two local boys and I mean we're getting calls from like Alaska and e-mails. It's just phenomenal the support that we've gotten from across the globe," said Price.
The school principal, understandably, was flush with pride.
"You're always hearing about the youth of the world and how bad things are. Well, they're not that bad," said Stephen Pearl.
Tuesday, August 25
say it loud-
"from the very beginning it was the gay and black people that kept dance music alive"
history of house-
Monday, August 24
i cannot tell a lie
Cherries are good for you, and they're a versatile fruit. Cherries are also delicious and easy to grow. A cherry tree can present a beautiful addition to any landscape or garden and it will give you the added bonus of harvesting your own fruit. We're going to look at how to make growing your own cherry tress an easy endeavor.
Friday, August 21
Clavecin Électrique 1759
The Clavecine Électrique or the 'Electric Harpsichord' is one of the earliest documented electronic instruments built by the Jesuit priest Jean-Baptiste Delaborde in Paris, France, 1759. The instrument was based on simple electrostatic principles and is said to have been a keyboard controlled electro-mechanical instrument rather than a 'synthesiser' . The Clavecine is thought to have produced musical sounds by electronically vibrating metallic tines and stricking bells and clappers.
Thursday, August 20
Mao Ze-Dong (China, 1958-61 and 1966-69, Tibet 1949-50) 49-78,000,000
Jozef Stalin (USSR, 1932-39) 23,000,000 (the purges plus Ukraine's famine)
Adolf Hitler (Germany, 1939-1945) 12,000,000 (concentration camps and civilians WWII)
Leopold II of Belgium (Congo, 1886-1908) 8,000,000-30,000,000
Hideki Tojo (Japan, 1941-44) 5,000,000 (civilians in WWII)
Bush, George W. (Iraq, 2003 to present) 1,033,000
Tuesday, August 18
xiu xiu in pictures
the names for death in Mexico
la pelona catrina
la sin dientes
la dama de la guadana
la arana pachona
la patas de catre
la patas de alambre
la Maria Guadana
la dama del velo
la tia Quiteria
la madre Matiana
la bien amada
la noiva fiel
la amada inmovil
la mera hora
Thursday, August 13
a.e.m. #6 purple
A.E.M. #6 PURPLE IS SENT OUT
your was returned
can you please send me your correct address -
please let me know if anyone else has any other problems
xoxoxoxoxoox thank you
Wednesday, August 12
sad news- please go to the link
Tuesday, August 11
new neu neuvo
to the top of the blog and click it click it click it!
Wednesday, August 5
an Everest of merch both for and on sale!
there is a link at the top of this blog that cries out Merch.
there are some new things.
there are somethings that are available for microscopic amounts of money.
there are somethings that maybe you forgot about but that have been waiting for you for ever.
Saturday, August 1
august 8 in NYC
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