A 19 year old male committed suicide in front of a live streaming webcam. Some people were urging him on by saying things like, “go ahead and do it, faggot.” His reason was posted on a website, “I have let everyone down and I feel as though I will never change or never improve. I am in love with a girl and I know that I am not good enough for her. I have come to believe that my life has all been meaningless. I keep trying and I keep failing.” After users watching the stream noticed that his body was not moving for a while, they notified the police, who traced his I.P. address, but it was too late. Full story
Lessons: To have meaning in life is one of the essential conditions of being human. Without it, people have no other reason to live, and take their own lives. Also, it’s easier to say stupid things on the internet where you are virtually anonymous, but that shouldn’t be a reason to be irresponsible.
The Supreme Court of Canada ruled that obese people can have two seats on an airline for the price of one. Full Story
Lessons: Defending the rights of certain groups of people does nothing to help them solve their problems. In fact, it might even help them to justify themselves.
The family of Nataline Sarkisyan is planning to sue Cigna HealthCare for the murder of their daughter. Despite Nataline being fully insured and having a matching donor ready, Cigna refused to pay for her liver transplant on the grounds that her healthcare plan “does not cover experimental, investigational, and unproven services.”
Nataline’s doctors at the UCLA medical center protested against Cigna that the treatment was neither experimental nor unproven. Days later, after mounting a 150 person protest outside of Cigna’s office they reversed the decision but it was already too late for Nataline.
Charles Idelson of the California Nurses Association commented, “Why did it take public humiliation for a multi-billion dollar insurance company to force them to provide appropriate medical care? This is what’s wrong with our health system – insurers decide treatment, not doctors.”
Cigna profit was up 22% in its third quarter performance this year. It expects to earn an income of about $1.2 billion next year. Now we know how.
Seven school officials at a Massachusetts special needs school were fired after wrongly administering electrick shock treatment. A prankster, pretending to be a member of the administration, phoned in instructions to administer electric shocks to some of the students. The school officials woke up two of the students and told them that they had been misbehaving earlier in the day and therefore would be shocked. The two students, only 16 and 19 years old, together were shocked 106 times.
One-third of Americans suffer from extreme stress which drives them to overeat, drink, and smoke. Despite the privelidge of living a very luxurious life in comparison with the rest of the world, Americans complained of low salaries, too much work, and a lack of opportunity. Many admitted to having difficulty dealing with stress which leads them to unhealthy habits such as excessive drinking and smoking, loss of sleep, and a massive intake of junk food.
Short term stress may have the ability to be a motivating factor; however, chronic stress causes high blood pressure, obesity, and diabetes. Many people surveyed indicated that exercise, socializing, and prayer helped the most in relieving their stress.