suicide
Suicide is on the rise, especially among young people. Tonic dug deeper than the statistics to find out why.
  • Your Clothes Are Making Indian Cotton Farmers Commit Suicide

    In the same month that 125 Bangladeshi fabric workers died in a factory fire, a film aiming to expose the tragedy of unrestricted globalized fashion called 'Dirty White Gold' reached its fundraising target of $27,000. The film begins by examining the...

  • People Are Awful at Suicide

    In general, failing at death is worse than failing at life. If you shoot yourself through the head at the wrong angle you end up retarded. Jump from one floor too low and you're paralyzed for life. One mouthful short of bleach and you’ll have to wait...

  • The Mysterious and Depressing Case of Prisoner X

    On Tuesday morning, the Australian news network ABC broadcast a story revealing the identity of the mysterious “Prisoner X” who died in solitary confinement in an Israeli prison in 2010. In fact, “Prisoner X” was the subject of a case so secret that...

  • The Holy War on Irish Wombs

    Thousands of scared Irish women without options fly to England every year to get an abortion, largely thanks to the Irish Catholic Church’s war on reproductive rights. But things are changing. For women across the country, shame and intimidation are no...

  • Let’s Face It

    Writers are not generally celebrities, but I did have one delirious fan. He kept me on the telephone for hours every night, during a period when I was snorting heroin to cure my insomnia. He terrorized me with idolatry. According to him, I was the only...

  • Aaron Swartz's Tragic Battle with Copyright

    Aaron H. Swartz, one of our most vigorous champions of open access and copyright reform, committed suicide in New York City on Friday at the age of 26. He was a pioneer and a renegade, part of the team that built Reddit as well as the widely-used RSS...

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  • Kody Maxson, Amanda Todd's Alleged Tormenter, Has Reemerged Online

    Kody Maxson, the guy who won "Blackmailer of the Year" from a YouTube channel called The Daily Capper and has been accused by Anonymous as the guy who tormented Amanda Todd to death, has popped back up on the internet.

  • Why Are So Many Gypsies Killing Themselves?

    A recent report shows that travelers and gypsies are in significantly poorer health than other UK-resident, English-speaking ethnic minorities. They're also more likely to suffer from miscarriages and still births, and suicide rates among gypsies have...

  • Japan's Suicidal Salarymen Are Dying for Work

    A large amount of the population in Japan's biggest cities have a destructive relationship with work, literally, with many grinding themselves away to an early grave. The social phenomenon has its own word, karoshi, and it isn't death from digit...

  • The Suspicious Return of The Daily Capper

    The preferred newscast for online pedophiles, The Daily Capper, has returned after over a year of silence to chime in on the blackmail of Amanda Todd.

  • Komplaint Dept. - A Date With Death on the Golden Gate Bridge

    It was 75 years ago, today, that Harold Wobber stopped at about the midpoint of the bridge, took off his jacket and vest, reportedly said, "This is where I get off," and hopped from the railing. Since then approximately 1,558 people have jumped from...

  • Books About Death by People Who Committed Suicide

    Writers off themselves all the time. They are a moody bunch, often fighting all sorts of internal battles with drugs, depression, booze, etc. Three of them have killed themselves since you began reading this blog post. Sometimes they even write about...