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September 9, 2013
16:46 // 11 months ago
August 31, 2013
We were informed that such a letter exists, and we are aware of its content. And it’s correct that it relates to the relationship between Pierre Wauthier and Joe Ackermann.
Zurich Insurance Group acting chairman Tom de Swaan • Discussing a letter left behind by the company’s CFO, Pierre Wauthier. Wauthier was found dead on Monday of a suspected suicide, and there’s belief that just-resigned company chairman Josef Ackermann played a part in the form of “undue pressure.” Ackermann resigned Thursday in an effort to contain damage caused by the scandal, and calls the claims unfounded. The company plans an investigation. source
12:29 // 11 months ago
April 11, 2013
My daughter wasn’t bullied to death, she was disappointed to death. Disappointed in people she thought she could trust, her school, and the police. She was my daughter, but she was your daughter too. For the love of God do something.
Glen Canning, father of Rehtaeh Parsons • In a new op-ed/statement published by the Huffington Post on Thursday. Parsons died on Sunday night, following a suicide attempt which is believed to have been the result of extensive post-rape bullying. Be warned, while we definitely think more people should see the grieving father’s words, you won’t find an easy read behind the source link. source
18:46 // 1 year ago
January 23, 2013

The family of Junior Seau has announced that they plan to sue the NFL

  • 2012 Less than five years after retiring from a widely-respected football career, former NFL linebacker Junior Seau used an unidentified firearm to take his own life. In the absence of a note explaining any motive, many have blamed Seau’s May 2012 suicide on the brain disease discovered during the athlete’s autopsy.
  • 2013 Junior Seau’s family has announced that they will become the newest plaintiffs to file a lawsuit against the NFL. Acknowledging that no settlement will bring back their lost relative, Seau’s family says they hope the ensuing legal battle will “send a message that the NFL needs to care for its former players, acknowledge its decades of deception on the issue of head injuries and player safety, and make the game safer for future generations.” source
15:40 // 1 year ago
January 12, 2013
A community’s great loss: RSS co-creator, early Reddit employee, tech activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26
Swartz committed suicide as he faced a federal trial on criminal charges. One of the hacker world’s most iconic personalities, he had played a key role in building a number of things that defined the internet’s voice, helping build the RSS spec at the age of 14, helping build Reddit in its early days, and playing a key role in modern tech activism. It was this last aspect of his life that got him into significant legal trouble, as he faced a FBI investigation after publicly releasing large parts the for-pay PACER database to the public, then, two years later, found himself facing criminal charges after downloading millions of articles from the private JSTOR academic journal database. Swartz faced $4 million in fines as as many as 35 years in prison over felony charges related to the case — though both MIT and JSTOR declined civil actions in the case. (photo by quinnums/Flickr)
EDIT: Here’s a roundup of some noted tech-world reaction to Swartz’s death.

A community’s great loss: RSS co-creator, early Reddit employee, tech activist Aaron Swartz dies at 26

Swartz committed suicide as he faced a federal trial on criminal charges. One of the hacker world’s most iconic personalities, he had played a key role in building a number of things that defined the internet’s voice, helping build the RSS spec at the age of 14, helping build Reddit in its early days, and playing a key role in modern tech activism. It was this last aspect of his life that got him into significant legal trouble, as he faced a FBI investigation after publicly releasing large parts the for-pay PACER database to the public, then, two years later, found himself facing criminal charges after downloading millions of articles from the private JSTOR academic journal database. Swartz faced $4 million in fines as as many as 35 years in prison over felony charges related to the case — though both MIT and JSTOR declined civil actions in the case. (photo by quinnums/Flickr)

EDIT: Here’s a roundup of some noted tech-world reaction to Swartz’s death.

13:56 // 1 year ago
December 1, 2012
If you can take your worst nightmare and then put somebody you know and love into that situation and give them a gun and stand 3 feet away from them and watch them kill themselves, that’s what it’s like. It’s unfathomable. It’s something that you would love to wash away from your mind, but you can’t do it. There’s nothing like it. There’s nothing like it. Think about your worst nightmare and multiply by five.
Kansas City Mayor Sly James • Speaking to the press regarding the horrible incident that occurred in his city this morning, in which Jovan Belcher, starting linebacker for the Kansas City Chiefs, allegedly shot and killed his girlfriend (and mother of their infant child) before turning the gun on himself. His suicide occurred in a parking lot outside Arrowhead Stadium, where he arrived after his girlfriend’s shooting, and there were two very prominent witnesses — Chiefs head coach Romeo Crennel, and general manager Scott Pioli, who Belcher reportedly thanked for their support before shooting himself. James, above, explained the emotional turmoil felt by Pioli, who he’s spoken to since the incident. Crennel has not yet spoken publicly. source
15:07 // 1 year ago
May 2, 2012

A look at the professional football career of Junior Seau

Here’s A bit of background info on seau, for those playing catch-up: A graduate of the University of Southern California, Seau was drafted fifth overall by the San Diego Chargers during the 1990 NFL draft. He spent 12 years in San Diego before being traded to Miami, retiring briefly, and finally landed with Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. While he made two Super Bowl appearances, and 12 Pro Bowl starts, a championship ring eluded him his entire career. Seau retired again after the 2009 season, and was inducted into the San Diego Chargers Hall of Fame before the opening game of the 2010 season. More information on his reported death as it becomes available. source

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15:24 // 2 years ago
April 22, 2012
An Iowa newspaper takes a tough front-page stance against bullying
Today’s Sioux City Journal devoted their full front page to an editorial about a gay teen who recently committed suicide. On the death of 14-year-old Kenneth Weishuhn, which the paper called “a kind-hearted, fun-loving teenage boy,” the paper had this to say: "This is not a failure of one group of kids, one school, one town, one county or one geographic area. Rather, it exposes a fundamental flaw in our society, one that has deep-seated roots. Until now, it has been too difficult, inconvenient — maybe even painful — to address. But we can’t keep looking away."  A must-read that offers concrete solutions to a major cultural problem; check it out for yourself. (page via Newseum; thanks sarahlee310 for spotting)

An Iowa newspaper takes a tough front-page stance against bullying

Today’s Sioux City Journal devoted their full front page to an editorial about a gay teen who recently committed suicide. On the death of 14-year-old Kenneth Weishuhn, which the paper called “a kind-hearted, fun-loving teenage boy,” the paper had this to say: "This is not a failure of one group of kids, one school, one town, one county or one geographic area. Rather, it exposes a fundamental flaw in our society, one that has deep-seated roots. Until now, it has been too difficult, inconvenient — maybe even painful — to address. But we can’t keep looking away."  A must-read that offers concrete solutions to a major cultural problem; check it out for yourself(page via Newseum; thanks sarahlee310 for spotting)

19:14 // 2 years ago
April 14, 2012
Here’s a window into a tragedy within the American military: For every soldier killed on the battlefield this year, about 25 veterans are dying by their own hands.
New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof • In an opinion piece on the death of soldiers after they return home. A few other key stats — more former soldiers have committed suicide after returning home than died in combat in Afghanistan and Iraq combined, being a veteran doubles the risk of suicide, and being a veteran between ages 17 and 24 quadruples the risk. Yikes. Read up on this disturbing trend.
21:44 // 2 years ago
March 26, 2012
0:36 // 2 years ago