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Suicide rates INCREASE by over 30 percent in half of US states

Recent news such as the suicide deaths of Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain highlight continuing social and cultural DECAY in US, as one’s life becomes without value

Seraphim Hanisch

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Suicide is now the United States’ 10th leading cause of death. It is also one of only three causes of death in the US that are increasing (Alzheimer’s disease and drug overdose are the other two).

This data supplied by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported by the Los Angeles Times and the Omaha World-Herald, reflect the decay taking place in American society and culture, yet an increasingly dishonest media culture refuses to seriously acknowledge that this indeed is a problem.

The most stunning aspect of this in recent times happened just a day ago, Friday, June 7, in CNN’s piece about the passing of Anthony Bourdain by suicide, there was no mention of anything but praise for the rightfully respected and admired host on their network. But Fox News noted at least hints of a problem in their coverage on his passing, noting:

The food writer revealed he had contemplated suicide several times.

“There have been times, honestly, in my life that I figured, ‘I’ve had a good run — why not just do this stupid thing, this selfish thing… jump off a cliff into water of indeterminate depth,'” Bourdain told the magazine.

And in an earlier place:

Bourdain told People in February he felt “some responsibility” to “at least try to live” after welcoming daughter, Ariane, now 11, with ex-wife Ottavia Busia in 2007.

Mr. Bourdain is presently being remembered in a very loving way, and this is in all fairness. But his suicide and that of fashion designer Kate Spade, who hanged herself while her daughter was at school a few days before, are not anomalous as they ought to be.

The suicide rate in the United States has rocketed up in recent years. Between 1999 and 2016, the CDC reports that suicide rates increased in almost every US state, and that in 25 of them, that rate rose more than 30 percent during this time.

More disturbing, 54 percent of those who took their own lives did not have a known diagnosed mental health condition.

The Christian understanding of the sanctity of life comes into this matter very strongly. While the news often highlights this catchphrase in issues regarding abortion, the matter has become very muted in regards to suicide. A gradually more prevalent viewpoint in Europe and the West is that the end of one’s own life is one’s own business. Euthanasia (dubbed “mercy killing”) is legal as such in only three countries worldwide (The Netherlands, Belgium and Luxembourg). But variants that all lead to the same thing have taken hold in many Western countries.

Current status of euthanasia around the world:

  Purple – Active euthanasia is legal
  Light blue – Passive euthanasia is legal
  Black – Euthanasia laws vary by administrative division
  Red – Euthanasia is illegal
  Grey – Euthanasia status unknown

The map above is actually incorrect for Europe, which is much more permissive, with only Germany not allowing euthanasia, owing to its own history of the Nazi Holocaust. The below map is more accurate:

The nations in black have a vague legal situation about euthanasia in any regard. The green ones allow passive euthanasia, and the yellow ones blatantly allow assisted suicide.

While these maps concern the medical and sanctioned practice of assisted suicide, the trend is concurrent with the rise in personally decided suicide as well. In 27 US states the suicides were found to have happened after relationship loss or problems; drug use, physical health problems or problems in the spheres of work, money, housing or legal stress.

“Our data suggests suicide is more than a mental health issue,” said Deborah M. Stone, lead author of that study. Noting that suicide is “very rare” among those with chronic depression, Stone said friends, families and co-workers should not overlook the risk of self-harm among people who have never been diagnosed with mental illness.

Ms. Stone is correct. This is indeed more than a mental health issue. Something has happened internally with many people that has led them to believe that life is not worth keeping, and that suicide is indeed a more painless escape from problems.

This decay can be connected with the decline of traditional values, most notably those found in Christianity, in all of these locales. Christianity points out the basic truth that only God creates life, and because life is something only God can make, it is simply not our place to take it away. Thus for thousands of years, the taking of one’s own life was extremely rare, usually the province of the severely depressed or the heroes who gave their lives for the sake of others.

But Mr. Bourdain expressed a different attitude entirely in regards to his own life. The man had experienced great success in life, but was unreserved in his even expressing his thoughts of committing this radically selfish act, even despite the fact that years before he claimed that his daughter’s existence gave him a reason to live.

It should also be noted that Mr. Bourdain was a heavy drug user earlier in life, using a lot of heroin, and that also even up to the point of his death he continued drinking heavily.

Kate Spade’s suicide is perhaps similarly laced with selfishness, for her suicide note was written to her daughter, saying “it is not your fault. Ask your father.”

What is this supposed to tell these kids?

As in these cases, it seems to have become increasingly permissible to take the one gift that no one in this world can possibly give – life itself – and abuse it or throw it away.

Cultures that are in a state of disintegration, such as the Roman Empire before the end, or the Russian Empire before Communism, or the American empire now, passed into and through this disintegration after a period of fancied self-sufficiency, where the traditional value on life, family, God and nation were rejected for the sake of esoteric living, mind-bending philosophy, and most of all, lack of restraint in living.

For those in the American nation this assertion may appear strange, as the great number of churches, many of whom are growing, would suggest that Christianity is real, alive and growing by great leaps and bounds. So, how can it be that there is a tie between suicide and an alleged rejection of Christianity? Indeed some who have committed suicide are faithful church members.

The answer to this question cannot possibly be a one-size-fits-all notion. The matter is complex. However, one rather unique quality of American life is a very rugged sense of individualism. Even for the American Christian, the emphasis has long been placed culturally that “you take care of yourself, because no one will do it for you.” And this along with the flip side of this, expressed as something like “I am free and I can do whatever I want, and I am right because God is on my side” creates a problem. Such people will not likely ask for help when times are bad.

One’s own pride and individualism conspire to shut the door on seeking help, and the concurrent selfishness of those around him or her, seen as “respect” for the right of that person to be left alone, makes sure that the sufferer is indeed completely alone.

And one cannot fight the forces of evil, and anti-life, alone.  Christianity has never succeeded except in community, and people that try to go it alone in Christian practice often end up insane. The nations that have ancient Christian cultures, as in Russia or Lebanon or Syria, tend to emphasize community and collective good, and they do it so naturally that it would seem absurd to suggest going it alone in life.

It is exceedingly rare that a group of people will commit suicide together. And it is even more rare that a community of people, especially Christians, who know that one of their own is thinking about doing this, would let them. The only way that happens now is among groups of people who may at best claim to be Christians, but at the same time they refuse to acknowledge and adhere to the teachings of the Church from ancient times.

The Marquis de Sade’s libertine philosophy helped destroy Christian belief in France. That same philosophy of life runs rampant in Europe and the result is clear: dying churches, lowering birth rate, increasing death rates, and the replacement of the European people by an inrush of Muslim immigrants, who actually value their own lives and faith a great deal more.

To a slower extent this is happening in America, but as we see from the statistics given, the United States is catching up to Europe very quickly. A return and revitalization of traditional values stands as the clearest and best course of treatment for this problem.

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He trod on some highly sensitive feet and was “suicided” as post people that came anywhere near the Clintons, the Shin Bet or the Mossad !

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A very self-righteous article. These rising suicide rates are a very serious issue and therefore deserving of a lot more serious considerations than some so-called-christian condemnation and a return to the holy mother church (where’s the real-christian mercy in that?). A serious article about this subject would include a search for the reasons WHY this suicide rate is rising so dramatically. Personally, I think we should evaluate how our societies function and why more and more people can’t see a future for themselves in their society anymore. There may be other directions to look for reasons and answers. In any… Read more »

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A very self-righteous article. These rising suicide rates are a very serious issue and therefore deserving of a lot moreserious considerations than some so-called-christian condemnation and a return to the holy mother church (where’s the real-Christian mercy and love in that?). A serious article about this subject would have included a search for the reasons WHY this suicide rate is rising so dramatically. Personally, I think we should evaluate HOW our societies function and WHY more and more people apparently can’t see a future for themselves in their own society anymore. There may be other directions to look for reasons… Read more »

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Washington needs to solve its own internal problems at home and stop meddling in other countries’ affairs.

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Understanding the Holodomor and why Russia says nothing

A descendant of Holodomor victims takes the rest of us to school as to whether or not Russia needs to shoulder the blame.

Seraphim Hanisch

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One of the charges that nationalist Ukrainians often lodge against their Russian neighbors is that the Russian government has never acknowledged or formally apologized to Ukraine for the “Holodomor” that took place in Ukraine in 1932-1933. This was a man-made famine that killed an estimated seven to 10 million Ukrainians , though higher estimates claim 12.5 million and lower ones now claim 3.3 million.

No matter what the total was, it amounts to a lot of people that starved to death. The charge that modern-day Russia ought to apologize for this event is usually met with silence, which further enrages those Ukrainians that believe that this issue must be resolved by the Russian acknowledgement of responsibility for it. Indeed, the prime charge of these Ukrainians is that the Russians committed a genocide against the Ukrainian people. This is a claim Russia denies.

To the outside observer who does not know this history of Russia and Ukraine’s relationship, and who does not know or understand the characteristics of the Soviet Union, this charge seems as simple and laid out as that of the Native Americans or the blacks demanding some sort of recompense or restitution for the damages inflicted on these societies through conquest and / or slavery. But we discovered someone who had family connections involved in the Holodomor, and who offers her own perspective, which is instructive in why perhaps the Russian Federation does not say anything about this situation.

Scene in Kharkiv with dead from the famine 1932-33 lying along the street.

The speaker is Anna Vinogradova, a Russian Israeli-American, who answered the question through Quora of “Why doesn’t Russia recognize the Holodomor as a genocide?” She openly admits that she speaks only for herself, but her answer is still instructive. We offer it here, with some corrections for the sake of smooth and understandable English:

I can’t speak for Russia and what it does and doesn’t recognize. I can speak for myself.

I am a great-granddaughter of a “Kulak” (кулак), or well-to-do peasant, who lived close to the Russia/Ukraine border.

The word “кулак” means “fist” in Russian, and it wasn’t a good thing for a person to be called by this label. A кулак was an exploiter of peasants and a class enemy of the new state of workers and poor peasants. In other words, while under Communism, to be called a кулак was to bring a death sentence upon yourself.

At some point, every rural class enemy, every peasant who wasn’t a member of a collective farm was eliminated one way or another.

Because Ukraine has very fertile land and the Ukrainian style of agriculture often favors individual farms as opposed to villages, there is no question that many, many Ukrainian peasants were considered class enemies like my great grandfather, and eliminated in class warfare.

I have no doubt that class warfare included starvation, among other things.

The catch? My great grandfather was an ethnic Russian living in Russia. What nationality were the communists who persecuted and eventually shot him? They were of every nationality there was (in the Soviet Union), and they were led by a Ukrainian, who was taking orders from a Georgian.

Now, tell me, why I, a descendant of an unjustly killed Russian peasant, need to apologize to the descendants of the Ukrainians who killed him on the orders of a Georgian?

What about the Russian, Kazakh golodomor (Russian rendering of the same famine)? What about the butchers, who came from all ethnicities? Can someone explain why it’s only okay to talk about Ukrainian victims and Russian persecutors? Why do we need to rewrite history decades later to convert that brutal class war into an ethnic war that it wasn’t?

Ethnic warfare did not start in Russia until after WWII, when some ethnicities were accused of collaboration with the Nazis and brutal group punishments were implemented. It was all based on class up to that time.

The communists of those years were fanatically internationalist. “Working people of all countries, unite!” was their slogan and they were fanatical about it.

As for the crimes of Communism, Russia has been healing this wound for decades, and Russia’s government has made its anticommunist position very clear.

This testimony is most instructive. First, it points out information that the charge of the Holodomor as “genocide!” neatly leaves out. In identifying the internationalist aspects of the Soviet Union, Ukraine further was not a country identified as somehow worthy of genocidal actions. Such a thought makes no sense, especially given the great importance of Ukraine as the “breadbasket” of the Soviet Union, which it was.

Secondly, it shows a very western-style of “divide to conquer” with a conveniently incendiary single-word propaganda tool that is no doubt able to excite any Ukrainian who may be neutral to slightly disaffected about Russia, and then after that, all Ukrainians are now victims of the mighty evil overlords in Moscow.

How convenient is this when the evil overlords in Kyiv don’t want their citizens to know what they are doing?

We saw this on Saturday – taken to a very high peak when President Petro Poroshenko announced the new leading “Hierarch” of the “Ukrainian National Church” and said not one single word about Christ, but only:

“This day will go down in history as the day of the creation of an autocephalous Orthodox church in Ukraine… This is the day of the creation of the church as an independent structure… What is this church? It is a church without Putin. It is a church without Kirill, without prayer for the Russian authorities and the Russian army.”

But as long as Russia is made the “problem”, millions of scandalized Ukrainians will not care what this new Church actually does or teaches, which means it is likely to teach just about anything.

Russia had its own Holodomor. The history of the event shows that this was a result of several factors – imposed socialist economics on a deeply individualized form of agrarian capitalism (bad for morale and worse for food production), really inane centralized planning of cropland use, and a governmental structure that really did not exist to serve the governed, but to impose an ideology on people who really were not all that interested in it.

Personal blame might well lay with Stalin, a Georgian, but the biggest source of the famine lay in the structures imposed under communism as a way of economic strategy. This is not Russia’s fault. It is the economic model that failed.

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Mueller Finally Releases Heavily Redacted Key Flynn Memo On Eve Of Sentencing

Alex Christoforou

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Having initially snubbed Judge Emmet Sullivan’s order to release the original 302 report from the Michael Flynn interrogation in January 2017, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has finally produced the heavily redacted document, just hours before sentencing is due to be handed down.

The memo  – in full below – details then-national security adviser Michael Flynn’s interview with FBI agents Peter Strzok and Joe Pientka, and shows Flynn was repeatedly asked about his contacts with former Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak and in each instance, Flynn denied (or did not recall) any such conversations.

The agents had transcripts of Flynn’s phone calls to Russian Ambassador Kislyak, thus showing Flynn to be lying.

Flynn pleaded guilty guilty last December to lying to the FBI agents about those conversations with Kislyak.

The redactions in the document seem oddly placed but otherwise, there is nothing remarkable about the content…

Aside from perhaps Flynn’s incredulity at the media attention…

Flynn is set to be sentenced in that federal court on Tuesday.

Of course, as Christina Laila notes, the real crime is that Flynn was unmasked during his phone calls to Kislyak and his calls were illegally leaked by a senior Obama official to the Washington Post.

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Full document below…

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Don’t Laugh : It’s Giving Putin What He Wants

The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself.

Caitlin Johnstone

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The BBC has published an article titled “How Putin’s Russia turned humour into a weapon” about the Kremlin’s latest addition to its horrifying deadly hybrid warfare arsenal: comedy.

The article is authored by Olga Robinson, whom the BBC, unhindered by any trace of self-awareness, has titled “Senior Journalist (Disinformation)”. Robinson demonstrates the qualifications and acumen which earned her that title by warning the BBC’s audience that the Kremlin has been using humor to dismiss and ridicule accusations that have been leveled against it by western governments, a “form of trolling” that she reports is designed to “deliberately lower the level of discussion”.

“Russia’s move towards using humour to influence its campaigns is a relatively recent phenomenon,” Robinson explains, without speculating as to why Russians might have suddenly begun laughing at their western accusers. She gives no consideration to the possibility that the tightly knit alliance of western nations who suddenly began hysterically shrieking about Russia two years ago have simply gotten much more ridiculous and easier to make fun of during that time.

Couldn’t possibly have anything to do with the emergence of a demented media environment wherein everything around the world from French protests to American culture wars to British discontent with the European Union gets blamed on Russia without any facts or evidence. Wherein BBC reporters now correct guests and caution them against voicing skepticism of anti-Russia narratives because the UK is in “an information war” with that nation. Wherein the same cable news Russiagate pundit can claim that both Rex Tillerson’s hiring and his later firing were the result of a Russian conspiracy to benefit the Kremlin. Wherein mainstream outlets can circulate blatantly false information about Julian Assange and unnamed “Russians” and then blame the falseness of that reporting on Russian disinformation. Wherein Pokemon Go, cutesy Facebook memes and $4,700 in Google ads are sincerely cited as methods by which Hillary Clinton’s $1.2 billion presidential campaign was outdone. Wherein conspiracy theories that Putin has infiltrated the highest levels of the US government have been blaring on mainstream headline news for two years with absolutely nothing to show for it to this day.

Nope, the only possibility is that the Kremlin suddenly figured out that humor is a thing.

The fact of the matter is that humorous lampooning of western establishment Russia narratives writes itself. The hypocrisy is so cartoonish, the emotions are so breathlessly over-the-top, the stories so riddled with plot holes and the agendas underlying them so glaringly obvious that they translate very easily into laughs. I myself recently authored a satire piece that a lot of people loved and which got picked up by numerous alternative media outlets, and all I did was write down all the various escalations this administration has made against Russia as though they were commands being given to Trump by Putin. It was extremely easy to write, and it was pretty damn funny if I do say so myself. And it didn’t take any Kremlin rubles or dezinformatsiya from St Petersburg to figure out how to write it.

“Ben Nimmo, an Atlantic Council researcher on Russian disinformation, told the BBC that attempts to create funny memes were part of the strategy as ‘disinformation for the information age’,” the article warns. Nimmo, ironically, is himself intimately involved with the British domestic disinformation firm Integrity Initiative, whose shady government-sponsored psyops against the Labour Party have sparked a national scandal that is likely far from reaching peak intensity.

“Most comedy programmes on Russian state television these days are anodyne affairs which either do not touch on political topics, or direct humour at the Kremlin’s perceived enemies abroad,” Robinson writes, which I found funny since I’d just recently read an excellent essay by Michael Tracey titled “Why has late night swapped laughs for lusting after Mueller?”

“If the late night ‘comedy’ of the Trump era has something resembling a ‘message,’ it’s that large segments of the nation’s liberal TV viewership are nervously tracking every Russia development with a passion that cannot be conducive to mental health – or for that matter, political efficacy,” Tracey writes, documenting numerous examples of the ways late night comedy now has audiences cheering for a US intelligence insider and Bush appointee instead of challenging power-serving media orthodoxies as programs like The Daily Show once did.

If you wanted the opposite of “anodyne affairs”, it would be comedians ridiculing the way all the establishment talking heads are manipulating their audiences into supporting the US intelligence community and FBI insiders. It would be excoriating the media environment in which unfathomably powerful world-dominating government agencies are subject to less scrutiny and criticism than a man trapped in an embassy who published inconvenient facts about those agencies. It certainly wouldn’t be the cast of Saturday Night Live singing “All I Want for Christmas Is You” to a framed portrait if Robert Mueller wearing a Santa hat. It doesn’t get much more anodyne than that.

Russia makes fun of western establishment narratives about it because those narratives are so incredibly easy to make fun of that they are essentially asking for it, and the nerdy way empire loyalists are suddenly crying victim about it is itself more comedy. When Guardian writer Carole Cadwalladr began insinuating that RT covering standard newsworthy people like Julian Assange and Nigel Farage was a conspiracy to “boost” those people for the advancement of Russian agendas instead of a news outlet doing the thing that news reporting is, RT rightly made fun of her for it. Cadwalladr reacted to RT’s mockery with a claim that she was a victim of “attacks”, instead of the recipient of perfectly justified ridicule for circulating an intensely moronic conspiracy theory.

Ah well. People are nuts and we’re hurtling toward a direct confrontation with a nuclear superpower. Sometimes there’s nothing else to do but laugh. As Wavy Gravy said, “Keep your sense of humor, my friend; if you don’t have a sense of humor it just isn’t funny anymore.”

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