Who Decides How You Die?

You may have the right to control your own life, but what about your own death? This is a question facing several states across the United States, including, most recently, Vermont and Montana. While physician aid-in-dying, or assisted suicide, has been legal in Oregon for almost two decades and legal in Washington for almost five years, other states have proved resistant to the idea. Reason.TV was on the scene as this legal and moral battle played out in a somewhat surprising place: Montana, where conservative Republicans dominate local politics.

“We have a certain tradition here, going back to frontier days, of saying there are certain areas the government ought to stay out of,” says Robert Connell, a Montana attorney who argued in the state’s landmark Supreme Court case, Baxter v. Montana. Connell’s client, U.S. Marine veteran and retired trucker Robert Baxter, suffered from a terminal illness called lymphocytic leukemia and wanted the ability to take medication that would hasten his death and end his suffering. He died before Montana’s Supreme Court could even issue the Baxter decision, which recognized a constitutional right to assisted suicide for all Montanans.

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Rogue Waves

Rogue waves are those that are greater than twice the height of surrounding waves. For a long time, rogue waves were thought to be a myth, like mermaids or the kraken, but recent developments in satellite imagery and oceanic instruments now show that they occur on a semi-regular basis. But we’re still not sure why. Hank Green discusses the phenomenon on the SciShow.

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Left Soft on Terrorism

Liberals have a difficult time recognizing radical Islam. They have an even harder time uttering these words, or other words like terrorism, jihadism and radical Muslim. The left does not have difficulty blaming Christians for every perceived injustice, so why can’t they blame jihadists for the Boston Marathon attack, the London beheading or Benghazi? Find out why on this ZoNation. H/T PJTV

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Korea Vs. Japan

Eat Your Kimchi vbloggers Simon and Martina talk about the differences they have observed between Korea and Japan. They’re not big differences about culture and history and politics, but just basic observations that they have noticed from their experiences living and traveling in both countries.

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Captain T & T

Thin Foot, a young boy living on the Caribbean island nation of Trinidad & Tobago,  imagines himself as a superhero in the making. His alter-ego is Captain T & T, a crime-fighter destined to right the wrongs in the world. Perhaps Thin Foot’s fantasies and ambitions are a tad unrealistic, but this dreamer deserves credit for his unflagging optimism. He never throws in the towel even in the face of defeat. This short, an imaginative mix of live-action and animation, is the work of a husband and wife team, Christopher and Leizelle Guinness. H/T Kuriositas

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Shades of Tricky Dick

Many pundits and journalists, including CBS’ Bob Schieffer, have drawn parallels between the Obama White House’s handling of scandals plaguing the administration and former President Richard Nixon’s management of Watergate. RevealPolitics looked back in the archives to see just how close they were.

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