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How a Simple Semicolon Tattoo is Giving Hope To People in Pain

The punctuation mark has become an important symbol to those struggling with depression and suicidal thoughts.

Tattoos tell a story. Sometimes that story is as meaningful as memorializing a past relationship. Other times, it tells the story of “I got this when I was drunk.” Recently, an organization known as Project Semicolon came up with the idea of creating tattoos for the greater good. Tattoo semicolons would be used to symbolize the hope of people who could have ended their life—or ended the sentence—but decided to charge forward, with hope. Nearly two years after the project’s start, hundreds of people across the globe have responded with enthusiasm, engagement, and tattoos.

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Strange Reactions to Strange Fruit

While the investigation into Otis Byrd’s hanging death is ongoing, the court of public opinion is already rushing to judgment.

The same week that rapper A$AP Ferg declared that “racism been over,” Otis James Byrd’s decomposing body was found hanging from a tree in Claiborne County, Mississippi. The media speculated as to whether this was a possible suicide, but not unlike when a black or brown person dies in police custody amidst claims of self-inflicted gunshots while handcuffed behind the back, there are those among us who have a familiar, sinking feeling of where this is headed.

The FBI has asked for patience as 30 investigators pore over the details of the case. Yet, especially for us blacks, the pain is in the waiting. This feels all too much like waiting on the now-tainted Ferguson grand jury to announce its non-indictment of Darren Wilson for the shooting death of Mike Brown. Just get it the hell over with. Such a delay feels like adding insult to injury with a well-established precedent, the promise of liberty and justice for all but us.

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Love Fools

A pitch-black period comedy takes all the romance out of a Romantic-era suicide pact.

Set in Romantic-era Prussia, director Jessica Hausner's Amour Fou deliberately de-romanticizes every aspect of the real-life suicide pact it depicts. On the shores of a lake outside Berlin on November 21, 1811, Frankfurt-born writer and philosopher Heinrich von Kleist drew a pistol and killed Henriette Vogel (the terminally ill wife of another man) and then himself.

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Chinese Law May Force Children to Visit Lonely Parents

Do you sometimes forget to call or visit the folks? In China, an amendment to an elderly rights law would let parents sue.

In a move to curb elderly suicides, which tripled in the massive Asian nation between 2002 and 2009, China is proposing an amendment to an elderly rights law that would require children to visit their aging parents. If they don't, their parents can sue them.

The urbanization of China has changed the nation's familial interactions drastically. Children are no longer living with their parents and grandparents into adulthood, and more old people are moving into apartments by themselves rather than close-knit rural communities.

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