Billionaire Elon Musk pledged to pay to secure clean water for homes in Flint, Michigan, the city that fell into economic depression amid the decades-long decline of Detroit's auto industry and is still recovering from a major public health emergency. "Please consider this a commitment that I will fund fixing the water in any house in Flint that has water contamination," the chief executive officer of electric-car maker Tesla Inc. said in a tweet Wednesday. "No kidding." Flint's water supply was contaminated with lead after the state of Michigan changed sources in 2014. The state has said that the city's water now meets U.S. Environmental Protection Agency standards, but some homeowners say the water coming from their faucets remains undrinkable. read more
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Texas GOP Sen. Ted Cruz on Friday urged residents of a Chicago-area congressional district to vote for a Democrat if they must, to avoid giving even one vote to an avowed Nazi who won the GOP nomination. Cruz's comments, made on Twitter, came after a POLITICO story detailed the Illinois Republican Party's failed efforts to oust Holocaust denier Arthur Jones from the ballot or offer up an alternative for Republican voters. read more
KANSAS CITY, Kan. -- The American Civil Liberties Union has filed another lawsuit against Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, this time over a computer database used to purge the voter registrations of people suspected of having moved across state lines. The class action lawsuit alleges that Kobach's office has violated the privacy rights of individual voters by sharing sensitive information included in their voter registration information through unsecured emails with Florida election officials who later released the information publicly in response to open records requests. The plaintiffs are seeking a court order to halt Kansas' participation in the system until adequate security measures are put in place. The suit was filed in federal district court one day after a federal judge in the same courthouse struck down Kobach's signature legislative accomplishment in Kansas, a law requiring new voters to show proof of U.S. citizenship to register. read more
Suicide is a desperate act by someone who is in intense pain and wants their pain to stop. That is a HUMAN response to extreme pain, not a selfish one. And over 90 percent of the people who die by suicide have a mental illness at the time of their death, so they are not thinking clearly. Saying that a person who had severe clinical depression, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, PTSD, or a similar illness was engaging in an act of selfishness when they died by suicide even though their thought process, mood, and judgment were greatly affected by their mental illness is not only inaccurate, but downright cruel, to both the suicide angel and the suicide survivors. And those who use the word "selfish" are merely helping perpetuate the STIGMA associated with suicide. A suicidal action that manifests from intense, excruciating, unbearable pain associated with a serious mental illness has nothing to do with selfishness. Period.