Morning Reads for Friday, June 8, 2018

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Noway2016
Noway2016

Another high profile suicide. Seemingly hugely successful. What’s going on??
https://www.cnn.com/2018/06/08/us/anthony-bourdain-obit/index.html

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

However you might measure “success” doesn’t in reality correlate with suicide.

Will Durant
Will Durant

G6 + Trump = 0

Will Durant
Will Durant

And on that theme I give you this:

The Eiger
The Eiger

It’s important for people to know that 54% of people that committed suicide did not have a known mental health issue. Please talk with family and friends during hard times. You may not think that a loved one would ever go that far, but why risk it.

https://www.cdc.gov/vitalsigns/suicide/

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

Thank you for that Eiger.

If I may add, below is a resource for both the person in distress and their friends and family:

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Call 1-800-273-8255
https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

bethebalance
bethebalance

During hard times, during any times, because you never know what someone else is going through if you’re not in touch. If you haven’t heard from a friend or a loved one in a while, give a call.

MattMD_actual
MattMD_actual

That is certainly true but that stat would overlook populations who likely have some mental health problem but refuse to seek help for whatever reasons.

I’ll be perfectly honest, the mental heath field is the last area of medicine that is being drug out of the dark ages. Two generations ago lobotomies were still given for mild causes of bipolar disorder/manic depression. The use of spiritual healing is still a standard practice for addiction problems but it is called 12-step.

It’s a frontier area of medicine. With newer therapies and medications things will continue to get better.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Boy, that “ten Paradoxes” story sounds a lot like someone trying hard to be controversial and/or relevant.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Any thoughts on this new Cagle secret recording scandal will play out?

Lea Thrace
Lea Thrace

Considering that we live in a world where the person occupying the presidency has told (and continues to tell) demonstrable and provable lies with zero consequences, I’m guessing nothing happens to Cagle.

Benevolus
Benevolus

I don’t understand how Cagle supporting a bill supposedly prevents Hunter Hill from getting a big contribution?

Ellynn
Ellynn

Passing the bill Hunter’s single issue supporter(s) wanted passed (even if it’s a poorly crafted bill that folks will regret or need changed later) means supporters have no need to give Hunter’s PAC the funds to get what they want, since Cagle gave it to them for free.

Benevolus
Benevolus

That would be pretty esoteric.
Presumably they wouldn’t donate if the bill failed, so why didn’t he fail the bill?

In passing the bill, Cagle would had to somehow make it known (to the Walton Family Foundation) that Hunter Hill had nothing to do with it’s passing and he did? Usually those donors don’t give a damn about how their pet bill gets passed as long as it passes.

It just seems weird.

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The bill had failed the year before due, in part, to Cagle’s efforts. Cagle even bragged on the recording how he and Sen. Tippins “beat it to a pulp.” Walton wanted the bill passed, which is why they were going to support Hill. When Cagle pulled that rug out from under him, Walton had no need to give him $3 million.* Casey Cagle got to where he is because his primary opponent back in 2006 was the most amoral slimeball in the history of Georgia politics. The comparative sleaziness of Ralph Reed papered over Cagle’s own shoddy politics and Cagle… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I woke up this morning in absolute euphoria after watching my Capitals finally win a Stanley Cup last night. The news of Anthony Bourdain has drained every good feeling I had. I’m gutted and completely numb. It feels strange to be so devastated by the loss of someone I’ve never met. But, for me, Bourdain completely changed how I saw the world, encouraged me to travel to random places, try out-of-the-box menu items, and strike up conversations with folks I would have been too shy to talk to otherwise. The tragedy here stems from how open he was about his… Read more »

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

“I think I’m very well prepared. I don’t think I have to prepare very much. It’s about attitude.” — Donald Trump on meeting with North Korea.

He’s right too. Trump’s preparation consists of staff assuring him he’s a foreign policy genius that can bullshit and bluster his way to personal success. Trump’s meeting concedes US recognition of North Korea as a nuclear peer. All that North Korea need do to make the dotard happy in return is to allow him a little latitude to project a little attitude.

Ellynn
Ellynn

I can’t tell you how exhausting it is to have to worry about this every time some one wants to mess with covering pre-existing conditions.

https://www.axios.com/trump-justice-threat-affordable-care-act-6e326f0d-9396-49a5-a841-1039e57220f7.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

With the renewed focus on mental health due to the past week, a reminder that cutting Medicaid coverage and the GOP’s proposed changes to the ACA would cause a number of low-income Americans to lose access to mental health care and addiction treatment.

Ellynn
Ellynn

The Trump admin, the DOJ, and the haters of the ACA in congress won’t care about a renew focus on mental health for the deaths of two well known and beloved national icons (one of which was an extreme Trump hater) no more then they care about mental healthcare to prevent would be school shooters – so long as not covering pre-existing conditions or mandating mental healthcare generates a memo of ‘Keeping the promise to kill Obamacare’ or a healthcare story saying insurance rates will not raise as much or could even lower over all for everyone else who would… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

The frustrating thing for me is this Administration’s approach to the opioid epidemic. Politically, they know it’s a winning issue for them, that’s why they made such a big show of the opioid tax force. However, on a policy front, they’re proposing significant cuts to programs that provide addiction support and treatment for those that need it, they’re slashing Medicaid (which a large number of folks struggling with opioid addiction use to fund their addiction treatment), and, in general, making it harder for individuals, healthcare providers, and communities to combat these issues. But hey, the President tweets about executing drug… Read more »

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

*task force, not tax force

Free the edit button!

Dave Bearse
Dave Bearse

A better lead for “One of these is not like the other” would be, “It’s Texas, ‘nuf said.”

ScottNAtlanta
ScottNAtlanta

Karen Handel’s ignorance of the Constitution shines through once more during questions on the census citizenship question
“Rep. Karen Handel (R-GA), whose red state is gradually turning purple as its immigrant population grows, suggested in her questions for Marshall that all noncitizens — not just undocumented immigrants — should be excluded from congressional apportionment.”
Yeah Karen…reduce Georgia’s influence and when we lose a seat we’ll be sure it’s YOURS!
Entire piece here
https://talkingpointsmemo.com/muckraker/republicans-congressional-apportionment-census-hearing

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

Any time you’re on the same side as Steve King, you need to re-evaluate your life choices.

Ellynn
Ellynn
Ellynn

That should say read not lead… Sigh…

So Deep Dark, we ever going to get the 5 min edit thingy back…?

Noway2016
Noway2016
Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

I’ve heard DoD officials say the same thing. The only folks not taking it seriously are the ones collecting checks from the oil industry and the ones dumb enough to believe them.

Noway2016
Noway2016

Another needless tragedy. Babies, family members gone…Kill every God Damned one of these things! If the deer population skyrockets, make deer season two weeks longer. I need a new belt and boots and Fish Thyme in Acworth needs more meat for its’ appetizers!
https://www.yahoo.com/gma/body-missing-florida-woman-bitten-alligator-found-officials-162203739–abc-news-topstories.html

Andrew C. Pope
Andrew C. Pope

So when an innocent kid gets shot you post the link to celebrate another “maggot” getting their comeuppance. Yet, when a lady is bitten by an alligator it’s justification to kill the entire species? Your head is a weird weird place.

Benevolus
Benevolus

Not so weird if you premise your position on every issue with the question “How can we turn this into an advertisement to sell more guns?”.