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  •  A very irresponsible diary (1+ / 0-)
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    People unfortunately kill themselves all the time and often even those closest to them do not know the reason why.  There is often little correlation between what is happening in their daily lives and their decision to take their life.

    You have severely depressed and down on their luck people, people who live in authoritarian countries, etc. who do not take their own lives.

    And you have very outwardly successful,, vibrant, wealthy people who seemingly out of nowhere kill themselves.

    And you have everything in between.

    This young man's death is being manipulated for political ends by people who cannot say what was in his mind when he killed himself.  That is nasty stuff.

    Furthermore, it is being used to blacken the character and reputations of real people without any basis for making these judgments.  

    "Hidden in the idea of radical openness is an allegiance to machines instead of people." - Jaron Lanier

    by FDRDemocrat on Mon Jan 28, 2013 at 10:39:36 PM PST

    •  people with knowledge of the situation are (2+ / 0-)
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      quoted in the diary who share their informed opinion about people's motives in this case

      Furthermore, it is being used to blacken the character and reputations of real people without any basis for making these judgments.  
      his parents and closest friends believe so, I believe them

      "I'm sculpting now. Landscapes mostly." ~ Yogi Bear

      by eXtina on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 05:30:39 AM PST

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    •  The core of this comment is inaccurate: (3+ / 0-)
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      "This young man's death is being manipulated for political ends by people who cannot say what was in his mind...."

      First, it is been discussed for moral ends that have no political connection whatsoever, apart from aiming to take out one overly ambitious buttinski prosecutor.

      Second, what was on Schwartz's mind has been reported in some detail by friends and family, including his parents.

      Please, gets the facts and then try again.

      Grade on this one: "F."

      "Have you left no sense of decency, sir, at long last?" Army Attorney to Sen. McCarthy, 1954. "We have done nothing to be ashamed of. We have nothing to apologize for." NRA 12/14/2012.

      by bontemps2012 on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 05:46:55 AM PST

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      •  What Nonsense (0+ / 0-)

        He left no suicide note.  No one - including his family - can speak for him.

        I don't think people here understand how rotten and cruel it is to recklessly and without evidence impute someone's suicide to the actions of another person.  Ortiz, the prosecutors, etc. are human beings who likely are no unaffected by his tragic end.

        "Hidden in the idea of radical openness is an allegiance to machines instead of people." - Jaron Lanier

        by FDRDemocrat on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:42:16 AM PST

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      •  Play God If You Wish...but lets be real (0+ / 0-)

        Pretend if you wish that you can speak for a dead person's suicide motivations.  But at least be honest that this is being politicized...

        "Hidden in the idea of radical openness is an allegiance to machines instead of people." - Jaron Lanier

        by FDRDemocrat on Wed Jan 30, 2013 at 04:44:06 AM PST

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    •  Very responsible diary, eXtina imo and many others (2+ / 0-)
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      The Swartz suicide and the sick culture of the Justice Dept.

      Lawyers familiar with the case have told me that it was anticipated that the state charge would be continued without a finding, with Swartz duly admonished and then returned to civil society to continue his pioneering electronic work in a less legally questionable manner. Tragedy intervened when Ortiz’s office took over the case to send “a message.”
      But with the DOJ unable to differentiate real criminals from overzealous bright kids, we are incarcerating, if not killing, our national future. The bar should be in the forefront of warning Congress, the news media and the public that the DOJ and the federal courts, in Boston and elsewhere, are out of control.

      ❧To thine ownself be true

      by Agathena on Tue Jan 29, 2013 at 06:14:16 AM PST

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