Promotion of depression, suicide, drug use given green light

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3News 3 February 2015 Notorious metal group Mayhem has been added to the Auckland’s Westfest 2015 line-up. The band is considered one of the most important in the influential Norwegian black metal scene, gaining notoriety early in their career with violent stage shows, a former singer committing suicide and a former bass player being found […]

An Open Letter from the Child of a Loving Gay Parent

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Public Discourse 2 February 2015 June is nigh, and with it will come your ruling on the most contentious political issue of our time: marriage. I write because I am one of many children with gay parents who believe we should protect marriage. I believe you were right when, during the Proposition 8 deliberations, you […]

Is Pedophilia Okay if You’re “Born That Way”?


The New American 1 February 2015 “Now, many experts view it as a sexual orientation as immutable as heterosexuality … a deep-rooted predisposition … that becomes clear during puberty and does not change.” The above idea was expressed with respect to homosexuality decades ago and since has become left-wing dogma. The thinking is that if […]

Djokovic says fatherhood has given him a new perspective

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Reuters 1 February 2015 Like any new father, Novak Djokovic has quickly developed a new perspective on life and tennis. The Serbian won his fifth Australian Open title on Sunday, beating Andy Murray 7-6(5) 6-7(4) 6-3 6-0 but his thoughts turned to family, rather than the trophy he had just won. For Djokovic, the win […]

Using iPads to pacify children may harm their development, say scientists

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The Telegraph 1 February 2015 It might be tempting to hand over an iPad to a screaming child when all else has failed to calm them down. But child psychologists say it may be stunting youngsters’ emotional development, because they do not learn how to control their emotions. Researchers at Boston University School of Medicine […]

Germany’s mega-brothel left me cold

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The Telegraph 29 January 2015 The “mega brothel” in tonight’s Channel 4 documentary of the same name isn’t that big, by German standards. Paradise is six stories high – half the size of Pascha in Cologne. I visited both a few months ago while investigating what 12 years of legalised prostitution had done to Germany’s […]

Elderly cousins undergo joint euthanasia for fear of being separated

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The Telegraph 2 February 2015 Two elderly Scottish cousins who relied on each other to get by have undergone joint euthanasia because they feared being put in separate care homes. Stuart Henderson, 86, and Phyllis McConachie, 89, took their lives together in a Swiss clinic in November last year. Neither was terminally ill. The pair […]

Gambling bill needs hardening up


Stuff 29 January 2015 Millions of dollars are being “sucked” from the community through a “blight” of pokie machines and new legislation is doing little to correct the problem, local advocates say. The Mangere Community Law Centre is supporting the Problem Gambling Foundation in encouraging people to have their say on the upcoming Gambling […]

Documentary shows Belgian doctor euthanizing a depressed, suicidal woman

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With the most liberal laws in the world governing physician-assisted suicide, surveys in Belgium show overwhelming support for its legality. Doctors say euthanasia gives terminally ill patients experiencing constant and unbearable suffering a practical and humane way to die peacefully. But even in a country with far-reaching acceptance, controversy still remains.

Former transsexual says surgeons too quick to operate


The Christian Institute 28 January 2015 A man who underwent a sex change then had it reversed is warning that surgeons are too quick to operate in cases like his. Walt Heyer, 74, now advises people who want to have a sex change that their problem is psychological. Heyer, from Los Angeles, was married with […]