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A look at Heaven’s Gate mass suicide 20 years later

13 hours agoNews : NY Daily News

Twenty years ago, a caller claimed dozens of people had committed suicide at a mansion in the gilded San Diego suburb of Rancho Santa Fe.

"Instead of watching it on a TV screen, I wanted to recreate the conditions under which I’d originally enjoyed this movie, so I booked it at Chicago’s Music Box Theater..."

"... as part of my film series, 'Is It Still Funny?' It was a packed house, and as Harold embarks on that first fake suicide, I could feel my own tension building."From "A Movie Date With My Younger Self" by Marc Caro (in the NYT).

Pilot in Mysterious Plane Crash Was Likely Suicidal

Authorities have identified the pilot whose plane mysteriously crashed with no one inside it earlier this month and say he was likely suicidal, Huffington Post reports. Xin Rong, a 27-year-old doctoral student from the University of Michigan, rented the Cessna from Ann Arbor Municipal Airport on March 15 and took...

A ‘deaths of despair' crisis is gripping America

The Americans we are talking about are white and middle class. They are aged 45-55. They are losing the battle against heart disease and cancer, and they are succumbing to drugs, alcohol and suicide at rates unseen in modern history or in other developed countries. Show More Summary

What the Heaven's Gate Suicides Say About American Culture

Twenty years ago, the paranoia that consumed cults like Heaven's Gate existed on the margins of American society. Such beliefs in conspiracies has moved toward the center of our culture, says one expert.

IS claims 'suicide' blast near Bangladesh airport: SITE

yesterdayNews : The Lookout

The Islamic State group claimed responsibility late Friday for a suspected suicide bomb attack outside the Bangladeshi capital's main international airport, according to the SITE Intelligence Group, which monitors jihadist communications. Show More Summary

Dying To Go To Heaven: What The Heaven’s Gate Suicides Teach Us About Islamic Martyrdom

It was 20 years ago this week, March 20-26, 1997, that 39 members of the Heaven’s Gate cult “graduated” from this life to ascend to the UFO mothership that they believed would take them to an extraterrestrial paradise. I’ll never forget it. Show More Summary

Cardinal urges Ontario gov’t not to ‘bully’ doctors into helping euthanize patients

'When [doctors] are put under pressure to do [euthanasia and assisted suicide], that’s not fair, that’s not right,' he said.

Hawaii Defeats Dangerous Bill to Legalize Assisted Suicide

I have amazing news to share. Hawaii assisted suicide SB 1129 was defeated by being sent back for amendments. Hawaii political leaders listened and understood that the assisted suicide bill was different than what the assisted suicide lobby was saying. The paternalism of the assisted suicide lobby astounds me. They assume that legislators will not […]

Study Finds Substance Abuse Significantly Increases Suicide Risk Among Veterans

A recent study conducted by the University of Michigan and the Department of Veteran Affairs has found that veterans with substance abuse problems are more likely to commit suicide than veterans who are not suffering from an addiction. The study, which was recently published in the journal Addiction, involved 4.4 million veterans and was conducted … Continued

Opioid abuse tied to higher suicide risk in veterans

While drug and alcohol problems are associated with a higher risk of suicide among veterans, the increased danger is particularly high with opioid abuse, a U.S. study suggests.

Man Blows Himself up Near a Bangladesh Airport Checkpoint

The man was initially suspected of a suicide attack but police said the bomb exploded while he was hiding it from police.

Assisted Suicide Loses in Hawaii

Mass legalization of assisted suicide is not inevitable. Now, after losing recently in, add Hawaii to the list. From the story: A lack of specifics in the current draft of the controversial ‘Death with Dignity’ bill...Show More Summary

Genius Behind Suicide Squad Claims Trump Has 'Perfect Genes' and Doesn't Eat McDonald's

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, the Trump appointee also known as one of the executive producers of the Oscar-winning (shudder) film Suicide Squad, was interviewed by Axios’s Mike Allen on Friday, and he had some insane things to say about our president. Read more...

Study finds white working class increasingly dying 'deaths of despair'

A sobering portrait of less-educated middle-age white Americans emerged Thursday with new research showing them dying disproportionately from what one expert calls "deaths of despair" — suicides, drug overdoses and alcohol-related diseases. The new paper by two Princeton University economists,...

Families 'Speechless' as Pilot's Dad Floats New Crash Theory

German prosecutors concluded co-pilot Andreas Lubitz was suicidal when he locked the captain out of the cockpit and flew a Germanwings plane into the French Alps in 2015, killing all 150 people on board. But on the second anniversary of the crash, Lubitz's father is floating a new theory. At...

Why do guillemot chicks leap from the nest before they can fly?

(Aarhus University) It looks like a spooky suicide when small, fluffy guillemot chicks leap from the cliffs and fall several hundred meters towards the sea -- long before they are fully fledged. But researchers have now discovered that there is good reason behind this seeming madness.

We've known how to stop the 'Deaths of Despair' crisis gripping America for 120 years

It's only getting worse. "Deaths of despair" — deaths related to suicide, drugs, and alcohol — continue to increase among middle-aged, white working class Americans without a high school degree, according to research by Princeton economists Anne Case and Angus Deaton. Show More Summary

Father of Germanwings pilot says seeking truth about crash

BERLIN (Reuters) - Two years to the day after the Germanwings crash in southern France, the father of the plane's pilot detailed his doubts that his son intentionally brought down the aircraft to commit suicide and said he was seeking the truth about what happened.

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