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BREAKING: Judge Rules Father of James Younger WILL Have Say In Any Gender “Transition” the 7 Year Old Boy’s Mother Seeks

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This is a big surprise coming out of the court room in Dallas, TX.

After days of outcry across the political spectrum (and don’t be fooled, this went far past conservative concerns), Judge Kim Cooks has ruled that Jeffrey Younger, the father of James Younger, will have decision making power over the boys medical decisions. This is big news because it appears to grant him the authority to veto any attempts by the mother to “transition” the 7 year old boy into a “girl.”

Here’s a recent video that exposed some of the mother’s mental manipulation of the boy.

Originally, a jury decision had recommended a sole conservatorship and that it not be Mr. Younger in charge. This would have put all decision making power in the hands of his mother, who insanely admitted in court that she decided James was really a girl after he took a liking to a McDonald’s toy.

I’m going to link to the latest media reports on the judge’s ruling but with the caveat that there could be other unforeseen or misunderstood road blocks here. So keep that in mind.

DALLAS, Texas, October 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) – The judge presiding over the case of Jeffrey Younger, the father who is trying to protect his seven-year-old son, James, from chemical castration via a gender “transition,” ruled today that the parents will have joint conservatorship over James, which includes making joint medical decisions for the child.

Judge Kim Cooks of the 255th district also put a gag order on the father so that he cannot speak to the press about the case and decided that the father is not required to pay attorney fees. The judge’s decision means that the Save James website will have to be shut down.

While the gag order may seem a bit much, I think it’s a worthy sacrifice if this truly means Mr. Younger will now be able to veto medical decisions made by his wife, including giving hormone blockers to their young boy. It should also be noted that the mother admitted in court she wasn’t even the boy’s biological mother, instead having him via donor eggs. This may have played a role in the decision.

The father was also relieved of the requirement to pay legal fees, something the mother’s attorneys had requested in the proceedings.

There is some confusion about the details of this rulings that trace back to the original jury decision. It appears the judge overruled the jury in this case, but RedState can not confirm that without more information. We’ll be sure to pass that along when it is available.

What we do know is that this certainly appears to be good news compared to what the expectations were originally.

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If Conservatives Can’t Speak Out Against a 7 Year Old Being “Transitioned,” Then What the Heck Is the Point?

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Even though we’ve been swamped with impeachment lately, there are still real problems going on in the world.

One such example is that of James Younger, a now seven year old boy who’s mother is seeking to transition him into a “girl.” In an inexplicable decision, a Texas Court ruled against James’ father, giving sole custody to the mother despite evidence of abuse and manipulation on her part. For example, throughout this years long ordeal, the boy has shown himself to be fairly normal when with the father, only seemingly giving into “transgenderism” via his mother’s pressures starting at a ridiculously young age.

As my colleague Brandon Morse shared this morning, there’s now video of James at the age of three in which he explains how his mother pushed him to act like a girl, put him dresses, painted his nails, made him pretend to have long hair, and committed other manipulative acts to entertain whatever sick fantasy she’s trying to live out.

If there’s one issue you’d think conservatives across the media spectrum could rally around, you’d think it’s this. Yet, we still have a sizable number of commentators, writers, and journalists on our side avoiding the story.

And while I’m not trying to purposely single anyone out (plenty of others are just avoiding the story altogether), I need an example and this fits.

Look, I get wanting to be cautious, but by what possible justification could it somehow actually be ok to “transition” a 7 year old, of which video exists showing him admit his mother pressuring him from a very young age? I’d posit that there’s no extenuating circumstances that make that ok, even if you want to argue the minutia of actually granting custody.

Is it possible the father, in the midst of a bitter legal battle, has been shown to have his own issues leading to the jury’s decision? Sure, but that shouldn’t stop conservatives from focusing on the cardinal issue here.

This is why we lose so many cultural battles. Being unwilling to speak out because it might mean having to defend an unpopular position (and the political correctness around transgenderism makes it a tough issue to tackle) is the wrong path to go down. If we can’t stand up against this kind of stuff, then what the heck is event the point of having an alternative media? This is worth putting your platform, whether it’s the Washington Free Beacon or RedState, on the line.

I don’t care if 11 jurors or 100 jurors ruled against the father, there’s no excuse for allowing a 7 year old boy to be forcibly transitioned by his mother into a “girl.” None at all. This mother is using her child like he’s some kind of Nazi science experiment, including using him in the self-promotion of her “medical practice.”

If you are a conservative commentator, writer, or journalist and you are avoiding this story, then I have no idea what you are doing. The entire point of having conservative media is that it’s supposed to be different than the legacy media. It’s really not that hard to say “I don’t know all the facts about the custody battle here and won’t comment on that, but what I do know is that there’s no reason to allow a 7 year old to be transitioned.”

Yeah, it might mean you don’t get that next Jake Tapper retweet or backslap from Vox’s “reporter on the right,” but this is worth the battle. Everyone on the right needs to be speaking out because this stuff is rabidly being normalized and it’s the only way this gets resolved in a less than tragic manner.

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BREAKING: DOJ IG Report Due Out Friday, Will Cover More Than FISA Abuse

Quick bit of breaking news just dropped.

About a month ago, IG Horowitz announced he had finished his report dealing with the Trump-Russia investigation, which most assumed would only cover possible FISA abuse. Now we are getting word it’s coming out this Friday.

Per the Washington Examiner.

“I’m hearing the IG report will be out this upcoming Friday, Oct. 18, and my sources say it’s as thick as a telephone book,” Bartiromo said, adding that it covers “more than just FISA abuse.”

It has been exactly one month since Horowitz announced the completion of the investigation by his team, who pored over more than 1 million records and conducted 100-plus interviews. The inspector general gave a draft to the Justice Department and FBI for a classification review.

Upon the completion of that process, the report will first be delivered to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham, who has pledged to do a “deep dive” of his own into FISA that will run concurrently with U.S. Attorney John Durham’s review of the early stages of the Russia investigation. The South Carolina Republican said his “No. 1 goal” is to have as much of the report declassified as possible.

Yeah, I’m sure Democrats and former Obama officials are shaking at the thought of another Senate committee investigation.

The real news here is that it’s seemingly confirmed that it covers more than FISA abuse, which likely will end up a dead end anyway. No doubt Horowitz will cite some breaches of protocol or label the FISA warrants illegal, but I have strong suspicions the DOJ will claim they can’t prove intent.

We’ll have to wait and see where this goes. The smart money is on it not mattering much, being buried by the media, and nothing actually happening.

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Tulsi Gabbard: On second thought, we need an impeachment inquiry into Trump’s Ukraine conduct

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My first thought upon reading this was for poor Tucker Carlson, her nationalist admirer at Fox, whose heart must be breaking. If Gabbard’s not going to shill for Trump when the chips are down, of what use is she ultimately to Fox News and MAGA Nation? Right, great, she dealt a heavy blow to Kamala Harris at the second debate. Protecting Trump from impeachment matters much more.

I pointed out on Tuesday when she sounded like a no on impeachment that she was placing herself in an awkward position politically. She just qualified for the October presidential debate, after all; she’s going to be onstage next month on national television at a moment when her party is racing towards impeaching the president with near-unanimous support among its own base. She was certain to be asked about her stance at that debate. Anything she might conceivably say about the drawbacks of impeachment — it’s divisive, it’s another blow to political norms, it’s proceeding without due deliberation — would be interpreted by lefties as treason against the party. She’d wreck her political future at the tender age of 38.

She needed to climb down, and so today she did.

“However, after looking carefully at the transcript of the conversation with Ukraine’s President, the whistleblower complaint, the Inspector General memo, and President Trump’s comments about the issue, unfortunately, I believe that if we do not proceed with the inquiry, it will set a very dangerous precedent. Future presidents, as well as anyone in positions of power in the government, will conclude that they can abuse their position for personal gain, without fear of accountability or consequences.

“If we allow the President to abuse his or her power, then our society will rot from top to bottom. We will turn into a banana republic, where people in positions of power—from the president all the way down to the traffic cop—will feel it’s okay to abuse their power with no consequences.

“This is not the kind of country that any of us want to see.”

She’s not calling for impeachment but for an impeachment inquiry, the same sort of hedge Pelosi has used lately. Democrats aren’t committed to impeaching the president (officially) but they are now committed to investigating the Ukraine matter in the expectation that it’ll lead to impeachment if the claims are substantiated. Gabbard hedges a bit more for the MAGA fans in her base when she goes on to say that the Democrats’ inquiry “must be swift, thorough, and narrowly-focused” and “cannot be turned into a long, protracted partisan circus.” She even uses the word “unfortunate” not once but twice in her statement to signal her deep, deep misgivings about taking this position — although, in fairness, she also notes Trump’s own comments about the Ukraine matter as a contributing factor in her reversal. I wonder which comments, specifically. These, maybe?

And so we come to the question: Wha’ happened? Did Gabbard flip-flop because she really was persuaded by the whistleblower complaint that there might be corruption here? Was it a simple matter of her knowing her position would be untenable onstage at the next debate?

Or was it something else? Meet Kai Kehele, Democrat and candidate for office in Hawaii’s Second District. That’s Gabbard’s district. He’s challenging her in the primary and he’s been playing her reluctance to impeach Trump, which she had called “divisive,” to the hilt on Twitter this week:

As of this morning, just 12 Democrats in the House still opposed an impeachment inquiry into the Ukraine matter. Eleven of the 12 come from purplish districts, many won by Trump in 2016. Opposing the president under those circumstances is risky. The only exception: Tulsi Gabbard, whose home district in Hawaii broke for Hillary Clinton by more than 30 points. Her stance is — or was — waaaay out of step with the partisan tendencies of her home state. If Gabbard had stuck to her guns on opposing impeachment and been confronted about it on a national stage at the next debate, donations from outraged lefties would have begun flowing in to Kehele’s campaign from across America. Gabbard would have been at risk of losing her House seat. At the end of the day, Tulsi’s enough of a conventional politician to protect her own career when she has reason to believe it’s in peril.

By the way, the DNC announced today that the entire field of 12 candidates will be onstage together at the October debate instead of splitting into two groups of six, which means another opportunity for Gabbard to take it to Kamala Harris in a big spot. Maybe she’ll end up back in Trump Nation’s good graces after that. In lieu of an exit question, re-read her statement and note that Gabbard’s standard of potentially impeachable offenses appears to involve “abuses of power,” not statutorily defined crimes. That’s a point that’s already popped up in Trump’s defense among his supporters, including on her friend Tucker’s show: If impeachment is supposed to focus on “high crimes and misdemeanors,” what specific “crime” is Trump guilty of? Gabbard appears to be of the view that abuse of power is enough of a crime to justify an inquiry, another point of division between her and Trumpers.

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There’s a Hell On Earth, and the People Enforcing Facebook’s Moderation Rules Live In It

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WARNING: Some of the things you’ll read below are disturbing. It will contain confessions by staff about hellish working conditions, and some of the graphic things they’ve seen while moderating the most trafficked social network on the planet.

The Verge recently released a very disturbing article that gives us an inside look into how the moderation company Facebook uses to make sure its site stays clean. Needless to say, the physical and psychological torment suffered by what is described by its employees as a sweatshop is the realm of nightmares.

The story begins by introducing you to Coast Guard veteran Keith Utley who “loved to help.” After getting out of the military he became a Facebook moderator at a company called Cognizant based out of Tampa Bay, Florida. It was there that he protected Facebook’s users from posts of hate speech, murders, child pornography.

Utley’s manager describes the ever-changing rules at Facebook that leave the 800 or so workers in a constant state of uncertainty. Utley, like the rest of his fellow employees, were constantly scared of being fired due to the fact that the moderation requirements change, and they miss things. The pressure was enormous.

And then one day, Utley slumped over at his desk and began sliding out of his chair. He was dying. Fellow employees tried to save him, and the ambulance that was called couldn’t find the building. By the time they got there, Utley was turning blue. By the time they got him to the hospital, Utley was dead.

As the commotion happened, many workers ignored the problem and kept moderating Facebook. What’s more, the following day, managers attempted to downplay the incident by telling employees that nothing had happened, or didn’t discuss it at all. They did that, according to one employee, because they didn’t want Utley’s death discouraging other workers from doing their jobs.

All that came crashing down when Utley’s father showed up according to Verge:

“Everyone at leadership was telling people he was fine — ‘oh, he’ll be okay,’” one co-worker recalled. “They wanted to play it down. I think they were worried about people quitting with the emotional impact it would have.”

But the illusion shattered later that day, when Utley’s father, Ralph, came to the site to gather his belongings. He walked into the building and, according to a co-worker I spoke to, said: “My son died here.”

This was just the icing on the cake to the kind of conditions Cognizant employees are subjected to, and many of them came forward to The Verge, who interviewed them for a video. The employees described horrible conditions they worked under, but not only that, the nightmarish things they were forced to see.

Workers, like the kind at Cognizant, are a line that stands between some of the most horrific things you can imagine. Animal abuse, child abuse, and more are uploaded to Facebook on a daily basis and we never see it due to the fact that moderators are there making sure we don’t. The trouble, according to some, is that they were never warned what they would be seeing. Many went in with the idea that they’d never see things they did.

As Shawn Spiegel told The Verge, it was “traumatic.”

I’ll warn you again. Some of the things in the video being discussed are absolutely awful, and those who are easily troubled shouldn’t watch it.

I won’t go into detail for those who wish to avoid them, but I can summarize here.

Former moderators tell stories of animal and child abuses that they were forced to watch. Speigal says, after composing himself from breaking down in tears, that he remembers the animal abuse videos most of all. At one point Speigel is asked about the first video he remembers seeing.

After describing the video, he was told that the video didn’t violate Facebook’s policies, at least at the time of his employment. It was allowed to remain up on the site. Sadly, the video kept reappearing in Spiegel’s inbox. He was forced to see and hear it over and over again.

“I just think about that,” Spiegel told The Verge while holding himself together. “And we’re not helping the animals either. Not even humans. We’re not even helping humans.”

Spiegel describes things he’s horrific and violent things people do to children while wiping away a tear.

“And it stays. It’s always there, and you always have to look at it,” said Spiegel. “You always see death every single day. You see pain and suffering. ”

The moderators who come forward tell that they see some of the cruelest things imaginable and that it stays with you throughout the day. Moods soured, diets became erratic, and nightmares became prevalent. Spiegel was later diagnosed with PTSD by a doctor and given medication just so he could sleep.

One veteran who said he was used to seeing violence against people went home and cried while holding his dog in his arms after he had been forced to watch a video of puppies being abused.

To add to the psychological horror being forced on Cognizant employees, the working conditions were also nightmarish. Reported cases of untreated bed bugs existing in the building on multiple occasions, unsanitary restrooms, and physical fights breaking out were common.

One worker, Melynda Johnson, described the state of the sole bathroom employees used according to Verge:

Johnson was particularly disturbed by the site’s sole bathroom, which she regularly found in a state of disrepair. (The company says it has janitors available every shift in Tampa.) In the stalls, signs posted in response to employee misbehavior proliferated. Do not use your feet to flush the toilet. Do not flush more than five toilet seat covers at one time. Do not put any substances, natural or unnatural, on the walls.

“And obviously the signs are there for a reason, because people are doing this,” said Johnson, who worked at the site until March. “Every bit of that building was absolutely disgusting. You’d go in the bathroom and there would be period blood and poop all over the place. It smelled horrendous all the time.”

There were five shifts, all constantly rotating. Some workers would come back to find their workstation beyond unsanitary. It was only cleaned if Facebook representatives were coming to visit:

The work day in Tampa is divided into five shifts, and desks are shared between employees. Contractors I spoke with said they would frequently come to work and find their workstation for the day in dire condition — encountering boogers, fingernails, and pubic hairs, among other items. The desks would be cleaned whenever Facebook made one of its regular planned visits to the site. At other times, employees told me, the office was filthy.

KC Hopkinson, an attorney who represents former and current Cognizant employees, told The Verge that some employees make open death threats to those in the building.

“Every time I get an email or a phone call from my clients, I worry that there’s been a shooting — and I know that’s their worry as well,” she said. “They go in there every morning asking, ‘what am I going to see today? And am I going to make it home tonight?’”

“I wouldn’t want my worst enemy to work there,” Hopkinson said. “It’s a terrible, terrible environment.”

This is just a taste of the hellish conditions that Cognizant employees go through while moderating the most popular social media site in the world. The Verge article goes on and on detaling things that would be considered human rights violations in a just world. It’s the kind of nightmare you only see in horror movies.

 

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Teen Vogue Is Now Promoting Prostitution to Its Young Female Readers

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I wouldn’t say society is a train wreck, but Teen Vogue is doing its level best to bring us there. Between promoting things like anal sex and abortion, it’s consistently proven itself to be the answer to the question “how close can you get to being Hustler magazine without showing any sex?”

In order to really solidify their place as one of the creepiest magazines in America, Teen Vogue is now promoting prostitution and “sex work” with the article “Why Sex Work Is Real Work” and tweeting it out with the line “Yes, sex work is real work!”

Within the article, the author attempts to promote the idea that prostitution should be cared about by using the same tactic the social justice advocates use to make anything a sacred cow…by making them into victims:

Still, continued criminalization of sex work and sex workers is a form of violence by governments and contributes to the high level of stigma and discrimination. A systematic review and meta-analysis led by the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM), for instance, has found that sex workers who have experienced “repressive policing” (including arrest, extortion, and violence from police) are three times more likely to experience sexual or physical violence.

The article even goes through the typical steps of talking about how this sex work falls under the umbrella of feminism, and that prostitutes suffer from police violence. The only positive thing it attributes to prostitution is the fact that legalized prostitution adds to the economy. Otherwise, it’s a woe-is-them article that doesn’t really justify why it’s shining a positive light on letting strangers pay to have sex with you to teen girls.

And I want to remind everyone that this is “Teen Vogue” publishing this article, a magazine that is aimed primarily at teens girls.

And when it comes to the problems of prostitution, teen girls and younger are the true victims. According to the National Institute 0f Justice, it’s primarily women who become prostitutes and enter the field at an early age as minors due to various reasons, including force, fraud, or, coercion.

While living this life they often go uneducated, become drug-addicted, and develop any true prospects in life. Abuse is rampant, and sadly so is murder. The risk to get a major sexually transmitted disease like HIV is also extremely high for prostitutes according to the CDC.

Oddly enough, Teen Vogue doesn’t mention any of this. In fact, if you were to read the article, you’d think being a prostitute is just an everyday thing that has no negative ramifications at all, except those who wish to think along moral lines. The article gives off the impression that sex workers wanting prostitution to be legalized, and that other countries do it, is evidence enough that it’s okay.

We know that because the author flat out wrote it.

“Evidence, not morality, should guide law reforms and sex work policy for full sex work decriminalization,” read the article.

Teen Vogue thinks that it’s doing something good by pushing prostitution on girls. That it’s somehow freeing and empowering them. What they’re actually doing is trying to lock girls into a life of abuse and danger that follows them around the rest of their lives.

Once again, Teen Vogue gives us another reason not to read them.

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Ex-boyfriend pleads guilty in murder of 16-year-old Fairfax Co. girl

The teenager accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend and leaving her body in a Fairfax County, Virginia, park pleaded guilty Wednesday to first-degree murder.

Nebiyu Ebrahim was 17 years old when he strangled 16-year-old Jholie Moussa to death in January 2018. Two weeks later, her body was found in a shallow grave in Woodlawn Park, less than a mile from her home and walking distance from where Ebrahim lived with his parents.

Early on, Ebrahim was considered a suspect and was arrested for having previously assaulted Moussa, who was a sophomore at Mount Vernon High School.

Initially, Fairfax County police believed Moussa may have been a runaway, because her twin sister told them the girl said she was running an errand and would be home soon, but later texted that she was going to a party in Norfolk. 

Police didn’t send an Amber Alert, which would have let the entire area know she was in danger.

Last fall, Moussa’s aunt, Veronica Eyenga, told WTOP that learning more about the girl’s killing after Ebrahim was charged didn’t make things any easier.

“We know they had a really, really horrible relationship, but you never envision in a thousand years that someone who says they love you would turn around and just kill you like this,” Eyenga said. “Unfortunately, this is a cycle that we see so many of our young girls falling in, but never in a million years had we imagine that it would hit so close to home.”

Eyenga founded an advocacy group, Not A Runaway Inc., that she said focuses on pushing for alerts to be sent in more missing children cases. It also sponsors teen domestic violence programs.

WTOP’s Teta Alim, Rick Massimo, John Dome, Dan Friedell, Amanda Iacone, Megan Cloherty and Mike Murillo contributed to this report.

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17-year-old girl voluntarily euthanized in the Netherlands — due to emotional pain

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A few months ago Ed noted the astonishing fact that fully a quarter of all deaths in the Netherlands are now induced, whether by suicide, “palliative sedation” (in which a patient is placed into a coma and allowed to dehydrate to death), or euthanasia — with the latter accounting for more than 6,000 deaths in 2017 alone.

This case must be among the most horrendous.

“It’s finished. I have not really been alive for so long, I survive, and not even that… I will get straight to the point: within a maximum of 10 days I will die,” [Noa] Pothoven wrote in her native Dutch on Saturday. “After years of battling and fighting, I am drained. I have quit eating and drinking for a while now, and after many discussions and evaluations, it was decided to let me go because my suffering is unbearable.”…

Pothoven openly shared her long struggle dealing with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, and anorexia on social media. The teenager also penned an award-winning autobiography titled Winning or Learning, which detailed her assault and rape at a young age and her work to try and overcome the psychological ramifications. She concealed the sexual abuse for many years out of a sense of shame and fear, according to reports.

In her book, she wrote that she was sexually assaulted at a school party when she was 11 years old, and was raped by two men just three years later when she was 14 years old.

Pothoven initially sought euthanasia in The Hague but was turned away due to her age — although children as young as 12 are eligible, provided a doctor concludes that their psychological anguish is unbearable. To be legally euthanized in the Netherlands she needed two doctors to say her death was justified plus ratification by a “post-mortem panel” — a real “death panel” — consisting of a doctor, judge, and ethics expert. A lot of people signed off on liquidating a traumatized 17-year-old, in other words. “It is very odd,” tweeted British writer Ben Sixsmith, “that the same people who believe in rehabilitative justice for hardened criminals can believe a child is so beyond repair that the state should consent to their death.” Indeed, courts in the Netherlands will refuse to extradite a murder suspect to a death-penalty jurisdiction without assurances that capital punishment won’t be sought. Their moral lodestar on executing people is consent, not desert.

Can someone in the grip of deepest depression properly “consent” in the first place? Best not to think too hard about such things.

I can’t find numbers on how many people are euthanized due to emotional rather than terminal physical suffering, but the Guardian noted another case of the former in a story about Dutch “mercy killings” in January:

In November 2016, Monique and Bert de Gooijer, a couple from Tilburg, became minor celebrities when a regional paper, the Brabants Dagblad, devoted an entire issue to the euthanasia of their son, an obese, darkly humorous, profoundly disturbed 38-year-old called Eelco…

Eelco was euthanised only after long thought and discussions with his family. He enjoyed a good laugh with the undertaker who had come to take his measurements for a super-size coffin. He was able to say farewell to everyone who loved him, and he died, as Monique and Bert assured me, at peace. There might be a word for this kind of suicide, the kind that is acceptable to all parties. Call it consensual.

“You try to make your child happy,” Monique said in her matter-of-fact way, “but Eelco wasn’t happy in life. He wanted to stop suffering, and death was the only way.” Eelco came of age just as euthanasia was being legalised. After years of being examined by psychiatrists who made multiple diagnoses and prescribed a variety of ineffective remedies, he began pestering the doctors of Tilburg to end his life.

Can a “profoundly disturbed” man consent to having his life ended? Either way, notes the Guardian, euthanasia is covered by local health insurance. Something for the Medicare For All wishlist, presumably.

The Guardian piece is lengthy but worth reading in full — particularly the end, which describes growing support within the government for what’s delicately described as a “completed life” pill for anyone over the age of 70. A suicide pill, in other words, which patients could take on their own to spare doctors from the emotional ordeal of having to act as killers rather than life-savers. This process isn’t getting harder, it’s getting easier. And it’s a cinch once the “completed life” pill is approved that pressure will build to expand eligible patients from senior citizens to anyone who feels their life has been “completed,” like Noa Pothoven. Exit question: How many years will it be before the majority of deaths in the Netherlands are induced?

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