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Are Suicides Really More Common During the Holidays?

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For most people, the holidays are a time of joy, togetherness and celebration. But for people contemplating suicide, the holidays can actually be a difficult time, especially for those who have few friends and family of their own to celebrate with. There may very well be some truth to this line of thinking, but the conclusion — that people are more likely to commit suicide during the holidays — is unquestionably false. In general, the winter months tend to have the

Classified Report Reveals the True Death Toll of Russian Soldiers In Ukraine

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Since the conflict in Ukraine began last spring, Russian President Vladimir Putin has done everything he can to hide his country’s involvement. Despite satellite imagery showing Russian military columns crossing the border, Putin has doggedly denied his country’s role in supporting pro-Russian rebels in the eastern part of Ukraine. In May, he even went so far as to decree that all deaths of military personnel would be considered state secrets. But while Putin has been publicly denying the existence of Russian troops in Ukraine, Kremlin

Tragedy in Charleston: Are We Creating More Killers By Making Them Famous? (Editorial)

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As you probably know by now, last night (6/17) a young white man walked into Emanuel A.M.E., a historic black church in Charleston, South Carolina, at around 8 p.m. After spending an hour joining members of the church in prayer, the man pulled out a gun and opened fire, killing 9 and injuring countless others before fleeing the scene. The shooter was captured in Shelby, NC (about 245 miles from Charleston) at around 11 a.m. this morning. Officials are investigating the mass

Developing Story: 12 Dead In Attack on French Satirical Magazine; 3 Gunmen At Large

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The city of Paris was shocked by a brutal act of violence this morning. Around 10:30 GMT, three masked gunmen armed with automatic weapons stormed the offices of the satirical magazine Charlie Hebdo. The gunmen, believed to be Islamic extremists, killed 12 people in the attack. Among the dead were four of the magazine’s founding cartoonists, including the magazine’s editor Stephane Charbonnier. NPR reports that the attackers first shot an officer stationed at the magazine office before heading to the second floor and opening fire on the

China Just Banned Their Radio and Television Broadcasters from Using Puns

China’s government is worried about a new threat to Chinese cultural heritage: the use of wordplay. An order announced last week by China’s State Administration for Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television says, “Radio and television authorities at all levels must tighten up their regulations and crack down on the irregular and inaccurate use of the Chinese language, especially the misuse of idioms.”   In no uncertain terms, the officials warned against the casual alteration of idioms (ie. figures of speech) in

My Four Thoughts on Michael Brown and the Recent Indictment Decision (Opinion Piece)

Last night, reports came out that the grand jury in the Michael Brown case decided not indict officer Darren Wilson for any wrongdoing in the incident. This announcement sparked a wide variety of reactions, most of them inextricably tied to emotions: anger, satisfaction, disbelief, defensiveness… I understand that this issue is still a fresh wound on the American psyche, so I will tread carefully. But there are a number of things I feel compelled to say in the wake of the decision.

Sierra Leone Admits Ebola Defeat As Liberia Bans Media from Treatment Centers

Yesterday (Friday Oct. 10), international health officials in Sierra Leone approved plans to start helping families care for Ebola patients at home, acknowledging that they have been overwhelmed by the outbreak and lack the resources and beds to handle the soaring amount of cases. “It’s basically admitting defeat,” said Dr. Peter H. Kilmarx, who leads the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention team in Sierra Leone. Kilmarx added, “For the clinicians it’s admitting failure, but we are responding to the need. There are

Despite All the Depressing News, The World Is Not Getting Worse, It’s Getting Much, Much Better

Today, I woke up and skimmed the world news headlines. 80% of the stories were about the Israeli-Palestinian crisis or the Malaysian aircraft shot down in Ukraine. The other 20% was mostly news on the Air Algerie flight which disappeared earlier this morning and ISIS’s exile and persecution of the Christians in Mosul. It was a very depressing experience. But then, I thought to myself: are things really that bad? And I realized, the answer is undoubtedly NO. What we must realize here

Why Keith Olbermann’s Assault On Tony Dungy Is TERRIBLE for the LGBT Cause (Opinion)

Foxnews and conservative media outlets are regularly eviscerated for their biased coverage and/or their views on social issues, with homosexuality being at the forefront. Some of this criticism is definitely valid, but it is also important to call out those who do the same thing on the other side. Keith Olbermann is a prime example. MSNBC is basically the liberal version of Foxnews, and Olbermann is the liberal Bill O’Reilly. On his show last night, he called former Colts coach

Israel’s Government Is Paying College Students to Spread Pro-Israel Propaganda on Social Media

A lot of the discussion and debate about the current Israeli-Palestinian conflict has been taking place on Twitter, Facebook, and other social media sources. In light of that, I think it’s important for people to know that social media is by no means immune to government propaganda. Far from it in fact. Back in August of last year, a statement from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s office announced that the Israeli government would be giving scholarships to college students who,

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