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Why Are Female Suicides Most Common In India?

As Indian women feature at the top of global female suicide rate, we met a group of survivors from Bangalore city who explained how suicidal thoughts crept into their minds.
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Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh, And The Rule Of Pampered Princelings

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      Naomi Klein, writing for the intercept.

      Always worth reading imo.

      How exactly do you rationalize being lifted up by an intricate latticework of familial and social supports (tutors, prep schools, connections at the best universities, entry-level executive jobs, capital to play with), and then setting about shredding the meager safety net available to those without your good luck? How do you convince yourself that, despite having been handed so much, you are not just right but righteous in attacking the “handouts” received by single mothers working two jobs? How, when you know your own family fortune has benefited from enormous government subsidies (cheap housing loans for the Trumps, oil subsidies for the Kochs and Scaifes, direct weapons contracts for the Olins) do you begrudge paying the same tax rate as your employees?

      What is the theory, the worldview, that makes all this OK? And how has it shaped the broader “free market” revolution paid for by these men — a crusade that has just achieved a new level of impunity with the ascent of Brett Kavanaugh, a product of this same world of unchecked privilege, to the Supreme Court?

      You can claim to be a wealth-creator, sure. But because you didn’t actually create the wealth yourself — you inherited it — other rationales are required for why you deserve still more, while others should get far less. That’s where uglier ideas come in, about one’s inherent superiority, about a greater deservedness that apparently flows from being a member of a particularly good family, with better values, better breeding, a better religion, or as Trump so often claims, “good genes.”

      https://theintercept.com/2018/10/10/donald-trump-inherited-wealth/

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      Opinion | Taylor Swift, The Grown-Up In The Room

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          Another telling, important, reason not to be a blind purist come 6 November: the Dems of TN have nominated a bland, business-friendly, corporatist old white guy for the Senate. Should socialists and progressives, liberals concerned with decency and the common good, vote for this old fart (he's actually older than me, though not by much)? Taylor Swift leads the way in explaining why Tennesseans with any sense should (and will) vote for him:

          https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/13/opinion/sunday/...

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              More on why Kavanaugh is despicable and Lisa Murkowski is honorable from The Rude Pundit (far less rude and vulgar than usual--but spot on)--

              http://rudepundit.blogspot.com/2018/10/columbus-da...

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                  I admired Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK) for her vote against confirming the immature frat-boy to the Supreme Court of the United States. She is one Republican I'd have to seriously consider voting for if I lived in her state (Alaska). (Technically, she changed her vote only to "present" to pair it with her absent colleague who wanted to confirm--but she made clear her opposition even as she did so.)

                  But it's not merely her vote I admire but her exactly correct reasoning for that vote (and, as usual, I should credit Diane for pointing this out to me):

                  https://theintercept.com/2018/10/06/lisa-murkowski...

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                  Driven By South’s Past, Black Women Seek Votes And A New Future

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                      Mound Bayou, MS; Americus, GA; the glorious Doug Jones Senatorial victory in AL; the backbone and heart of any "Blue" Wave--what do all these have in common? An excellent case can be made that Black Women are the muscles, the sinew, the brains that hold all this together. In fact that case has been made:

                      https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/04/us/politics/bla...

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                      Supplementary Evidence, Witnesses, & The Misuse Of These Terms By The Right

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                          There has been a lot of talk, and dare I say, even hysteria the past few weeks that there have been no witnesses to support Dr. Ford, no Supplementary Evidence. I thought I would counter that argument, in so far as it pertains to other crimes.

                          First, though, the legal definition of Supplementary Evidence: Evidence Supplementary to that already given and tending to strengthen or confirm it.

                          Let's start with a simple one. You go to the Grocery Store for your weekly shopping trip. You are in there for about an hour. You come out and someone has broken into your car. They went through it, looking for anything they could get, which was a bit of change, as well as all your DVD's, and your kid's video games in the back seat.

                          You call the police to report it. Since it is on private property, they don't come out. You have to drive to the police station to fill out a police report, to give to your insurance company. You list everything that was stolen. Does anyone question that your vehicle was broken into? No. Do they question how many DVD's and Videos were taken. No. They believe your car was broken into, even though no-one saw it. You didn't see it. They don't even investigate it.

                          Let's take it up a notch. You come home from work one night and your front door is wide open. You call the police before you walk inside. They get there and check out the house to make sure there is no one there before you go inside. You then go inside. They ask you to make sure nothing has been stolen. Your 65" T.V. is gone, along with your stereo and all of your jewelry. You did not see who did it. But, everyone believes you when they say it was stolen, and that it was there when you left the house.

                          Next scenario. The police find a body in the park one morning with a bullet in the back of the head. Again. No witnesses. The only people who know who did the crime are, obviously, the victim and the perpetrator, as is often the case with a murder. Does this mean there was no murder. Obviously not. This is a murder. This is what we mean by supplementary evidence. We don't need the coroner's report to figure out a person can't shoot him/herself in the back of the head (without setting up some sort of elaborate contraption).

                          And yet, in all these scenarios, people believe a crime has been committed. They believe the victim or the victim's family. No witnesses.

                          Many times, when a murder has been committed, it takes years before a body has been discovered. Take the Green River Killer in my neck of the woods, for example. No one saw any of the victims get murdered.

                          So what is it about victims of sexual assault that people are insisting there must, actually must be a witness? There must be corroborative evidence, or there has been no crime at all?

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