May 07, 2013


Awful news. I've never seen anything like this. Coupled with reports that unemployment is up while our politicians discuss guns, abortion and war with Syria while ignoring the "jobs, jobs, jobs" they ALL campaigned on, I'm afraid that this trend is going to grow worse unless we wrench our governing bodies away from shysters who don't really give a crap about jobs. We're much easier to mold/scare into wars/sit idle while our our civil liberties are crushed when we're worried about where our next paycheck is coming from. Or if it's even coming at all. In this society where we equate wealth with self-worth, there's a lot of people who feel like failures. While I'm not a traditional male, I can imagine that someone who is thinks they should bring home the bacon. When they can't, they may not feel like living anymore. And programs about the Kardashians and Kate Middleton and "real housewives with nose jobs having wine at lunch with nose jobs are distracting from the tragic tale that the real America is experiencing. Dashed dreams and a society that increasingly cares less. I mean, young people committing suicide is easier to understand. It's still tragic, but by 50 most of us have developed coping mechanisms. Until things get really bleak. "The most pronounced increases were seen among men in their 50s, a group in which suicide rates jumped by nearly 50 percent, to about 30 per 100,000. For women, the largest increase was seen in those ages 60 to 64, among whom rates increased by nearly 60 percent, to 7.0 per 100,000." MORE: NYTIMES