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.
Anthony Bourdain, a gifted storyteller and writer who took CNN viewers around the world, has died. He was 61. CNN confirmed Bourdain's death on Friday and said the cause of death was suicide. ... Bourdain was in France working on an upcoming episode of his award-winning CNN series Parts Unknown. ... Bourdain was a master of his crafts -- first in the kitchen and then in the media. Through his TV shows and books, he explored the human condition and helped audiences think differently about food, travel and themselves. He advocated for marginalized populations and campaigned for safer working conditions for restaurant staffs.
This claim, which ADF has unsuccessfully raised elsewhere, is bizarre if not downright trollish. Multiple federal courts, including the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, have ruled that transgender students have the right under Title IX and the 14th Amendment to use the bathroom that aligns with their gender identity. Through lawsuits like Doe v. Boyertown, ADF almost seems to be mocking these decisions, asserting that, to the contrary, non-transgender students have a right not to use facilities alongside their trans peers. Trans-inclusive policies, ADF claims, somehow infringe upon anti-trans students' right to "bodily privacy" and must therefore be blocked by the courts. read more
The Environmental Protection Agency barred The Associated Press and CNN from a national summit on harmful water contaminants on Tuesday -- and guards forcibly shoved a female reporter out of the building. The EPA blocked the media organizations, along with the environmental-focused E&E News, from attending the meeting in Washington, convened by EPA chief Scott Pruitt. read more