“Assisted” Suicide, Prologue

Compassion and Choices and Flowers and Rainbows,* aka Big Suicide,** is pushing bills  to permit people to kill themselves legally.  Not all people, just certain disabled people in danger of dying — and thus living? — in an undignified way.  They’re pushing this in Colorado and it will not surprise you to learn that I’ll have more to say about this when I’m not barreling into a day full of actual work-related tasks.

As a prologue, I leave you with this juxtaposition, which greeted me in my Facebook feed this morning.

Image:  Facebook feed with links by Stephen Drake and Dian Coleman to an article entitled "Opposing An Assisted Dying Law," and immediately below, a link by Prison Legal News to an article entitled, "CIA killed prisoners, made it look like suicide."

More to come.  Meanwhile, the source for calling bullshit on Big Suicide is the excellently Monty-Python-named Not Dead Yet.****

Update:  Not Dead Yet Colorado now has its own website.*****

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* OK, it’s Compassion and Choices, but they used to be the Hemlock Society, which was at least honest about the fact that they are a bunch of privileged intellectuals who want to be able to off themselves in a philosophically elegant fashion.  Then they focused-grouped the name, I guess, and are now Compassion and Choices, two random nouns meant to make you feel good about them while not really knowing exactly what they do.

** If we can have Big Pharma, Big Agriculture, and Big Sugar,*** why not Big Suicide?

*** Actually, this turns out to be a Canadian blues band, and not a bad one, actually.   The unexpected benefits of blogging.

****  Best. Logo. Ever.

Image:  Logo:  Not Dead Yet -- the Resistance.

***** And badass logo:

Image:  Not Dead Yet logo superimposed on the Colorado state flag.

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