Non-Pollyannish Thoughts On Suicide

This just popped into my head as a result of hearing about the spike in suicides correlating with the ravages of Covid-19 in America.

People commit suicide to make the pain stop. Physical pain, emotional pain. Any kind of pain you can think of. When you kill yourself the pain stops, so one might argue that suicide is a rational impulse under certain circumstances (let’s disregard the pain that is inflicted upon those left behind for now, just to make this discussion easier, but I’m not unaware of it).

So the pain stops, mission accomplished, right? Well, no. Because you will no longer be around to enjoy any relief. There is no relief. You have merely gone back to the state you were in before you were conceived; that of non-existence, and for millennia the world progressed just fine without you (debatable, I know).

I fully understand that there are conditions one can encounter in life that appear intolerable and that ending your life seems like a perfectly rational decision. Just take a moment to consider those left behind.

If at the end of the day you come out in favor of ending it all, I shall not judge you. Suicide can be an act of cowardice and also a noble act. It may even offer comfort in that your existence in the grand scheme of things plays an infinitesimally insignificant role in the daily business of the Universe. You will be forgotten in the blink of an eye after your last synapse has fired.

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255

Happy International Workers’ Day

WikiLeaks have just released an email dump confirming that according to Common Sense (a book you should have read in high school), presidential fiat, and the word of Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior, it’s better to be rich and healthy than poor and sick in times like these.

China, in a secret agreement with Canada and Mexico, will invade at noon. President-in-waiting Joe Biden and his newly anointed candidate for Veep, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, say we must make a fast-track to citizenship available to the invaders; no more destitute people crying and dying at our borders!

President Trump responded in a rambling tweet storm that Jeffrey Epstein died of COVID-19 related causes and that he had nothing to do with it. But if he did it would have been tremendous. He also wanted to know what’s up with all the movies where jacked up male leads are obviously on steroids and shave their body hair.

Personally I would like to know how we can send a man to the moon (if we indeed did…), but my order of various luthier’s tools placed on Amazon 4.11.2020 still is in transit. FTS!

A Farewell To Kitties

About a month ago, one of our two remaining cats (Dingo, brother of Fuffu, about 15 years old and under our guardianship since they were 12 weeks) was feeling under the weather and had a hard time breathing. As it turned out an x-ray revealed that he  hardly had any functional lungs left. Left to himself he would die a protracted and painful death. The only treatment available was a merciful injection to help him along and make his final journey as painless and peaceful as possible.

Dingo and Fuffu in better days.

A few weeks later it became obvious that his brother had something serious going on as well, and after repeated visits to the vet his diagnosis was no less dire than that of his late brother: a heart about to give up and cascading organ failure in general. We said our final goodbyes today and gave him release from the struggle right here at home with the help of a wonderful vet who visited us in our house.

While we knew that Fuffu was in poor health and living on borrowed time, Dingo’s condition came as a bit of a surprise. Towards the end he lost half his body weight in a matter of weeks. I think Fuffu maybe stuck it out long enough to see him off, and  when that final duty was taken care of he could finally let go himself.

We have chosen not to have any children of our own, but I think we are now experiencing empty-nest syndrome. It’s a sad, sad day.

RIP kitties.

I’m a Jew. Who knew?

So I had my DNA tested by 23andme.com, and it broadly confirmed what I knew/assumed; I’m mostly of Scandinavian and eastern European stock. I was surprised to learn that I’m 0.3% Ashkenazi Jew, though. Not quite as impressive as Elizabeth Warren’s claim of being 1/16 Cherokee, but still not too shabby. I also have more Neanderthal DNA than 98% of 23andme’s customers. That may explain a few few things.

You can check out my ancestry summary here, if anyone’s interested. EDIT 12.24.2020: It appears the link is only useful if you have my login credentials. Duh! I’ll se if I can post a screenshot of my ancestry one of these days.

One of my early ancestors.

Latin Grievances

I’m not a linguist, so I’ve never had anything to back it up with, but the Latin spoken by actors in movies always was a pet peeve of mine. Heavily American accented, like a high school dropout from Staten Island reading some random text for the first time. That, and medieval peasants with shiny rows of perfect, brilliant white teeth. And Nazis speaking English amongst themselves with fake German accents. And people who use the word “amongst”. In nomine Patris et Filii et Spiritus Sancti (Wikipedia approved version). Amen (ay-men, ah-men?).

New World Order – Trump And Putin Boogeymen-In-Chief

Who is willing to stoke the embers of The Cold War to escape blame for fucking up the election?

Puppet and puppeteer?

Lately I haven’t had the time or interest to share my thoughts about the recent election and the state of the world in general, but I’ll give you the tl:dr version as it stands today, January 9th, 2017.

When Trump announced I thought we were in for an 18-month comedy show (I was right).

As the campaign heated up it became apparent, with a little help from WikiLeaks (thanks Julian Assange, Edward Snowden and Chelsea Manning, for doing the job our domestic news media neglected) that the Democrats, among other things, had engaged in what was at the very least an informal conspiracy against first Bernie Sanders, and later, Donald Trump, aided by the aforementioned domestic, mainstream media.

It becomes clear that Hillary Clinton is Evil incarnate, with more skeletons in the closet then there are in the ground at Arlington National Cemetery. Given the choice between Evil and Trump, I’ll go for Trump any day of the week. I would have voted Hillary if either Ted Cruz or Mike Huckabee (both religious nutnicks who would have attempted to transform America to a theocracy ruled by a Christian version of Sharia law) were the Republican nominee.

Post election thousands, if not hundreds of thousands (millions?), of social justice warriors riot in the streets across the nation chanting “NOT MY PRESIDENT”.

Universities are offering grief counseling to traumatized students. For real. Tomorrow’s leaders are pissing themselves in fear and huddling in a corner with their comfort blankies when things don’t go their way. Deal with it, precious snowflakes; if you can’t handle this, the real world after you graduate from your gender issues studies is going to be a very brutal wake-up call.

The mainstream media and the Democratic party concoct a fake conspiracy narrative where Vladimir Putin sabotaged the election in Trump’s favor to explain away why the worst candidate in US history (the one with the vagina) didn’t win, and undermine Trump’s legitimacy.

I still think Trump is a narcissistic clown with poor impulse control, but whether you like it or not, he’s our president for the next four years, so get used to it. He is not Hitler and the world isn’t coming to an end. And I’m fresh out fucks to give about his pussy grabbing. Donald Trump may or may not have grabbed pussies (much to the delight of the pussies’ owners, no doubt). Bill Clinton raped and his wife led the cover-up, smearing his victims in the process.

I used to think of myself as a liberal. Just a plain, old fashioned liberal with liberal values and a slight slant to the Left. I don’t use that label to describe myself any more. Not because I have changed, but because a massive wave of professional victims have changed its meaning.

I am a white, straight man who is convinced there are only two genders. In SJW terms that means I’m a racist, misogynistic, homophobic, transphobic member of the white, cis-male patriarchy who believes in, and uses (unapologetically), traditional pronouns. And I’m privileged for it.

I apologize if this little rant seems a bit disjointed and off the cuff (it is), but I just got off the phone with my health insurance company (Anthem Blue Cross) and it wasn’t a pleasant conversation. I’ll spare you the details, but why worry about the government coming between me and my doctor when my insurance company does such a good job of it? Obamacare, while well intended(?) is a massive gift to corporate America.

3.29 Refills. WTF?!? I can’t even…

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Requiem For America – I Just Cast My Vote For Donald Trump

I voted for Obama twice. I backed Bernie in the primaries. I ended up voting for Trump. The only way I would have voted for Hillary is if Ted Cruz were the Republican nominee. I don’t particularly like Trump as a person, but I didn’t hold my nose when I voted for him. You would expect a business man of his caliber to exploit all the (perfectly legal) loopholes in the tax laws. You would expect him to be brash and aggressive. I give zero fucks about the pussy grabbing comments. All men have at one time or another uttered similar remarks in the company of other men, myself included. It’s a dick measuring contest. It’s in our genes. We’re animals.

Hillary brags about her life in politics and public service. You would not expect her to be a rape apologist for her husband. You would not expect her to cheat to crush Bernie. You would not expect her to have a private email server as Secretary of State specifically to hide her communications. You would not expect her to solicit money from Saudi Arabia and claim to be a feminist. You would not expect her to lie and give paid speeches to Big Finance saying the diametrically opposite of what she says in public. I’m sick to the stomach of the regressive turn the Left has taken over the past four years.

I don’t like Trump, but I think Hillary is a Machiavellian reptile. Bernie would have had a much better shot at beating Trump, but the establishment conspired to take him down.

I don’t know how America will be under a Trump presidency, but I’m certain Hillary will be worse.

It’s 2:45am and I’m going to bed without knowing for certain who will win, but Hillary calling off her victory party is a good indication. I wonder if she will concede graciously if she loses.

Good night, God bless America and protect our Constitution.

EDITED TO ADD: THIS JUST IN

As I’m proofreading this post Marianne calls out that it’s over. Trump won, Hillary has conceded and the unthinkable 18 months ago has happened. Donald Trump is our next president. Interesting times ahead.

Hillary v Trump Round One

Very short observation.

Just watched the first presidential debate of the 2016 election. I’m not going to spend much time commenting on the debate itself, other than to note that those who thought Hillary would wipe the floor with Trump must feel very disappointed right now.

I watched the debate on PBS, and that’s where my greater concern lies. I get most of my “main stream” news from Public Broadcasting, and it’s very disheartening to see the bias of the commenters shine through so strongly and impenitently; Gwen Ifill and Mark Shields in particular being the be the biggest offenders.

PBS The NewsHour has degraded significantly since Jim Lehrer’s departure, mostly, in my opinion, due to the disproportionately high estrogen content of the program.

This election ain’t over yet.

Nobel Peace Prize To The Bonobos

I suggest that the primate species of Bonobos be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for 2016. Bonobos are the only hominid primates that don’t have a war-like culture. They are led by females. They solve conflict with sex. They rely on cooperation rather than competition as a means to maintain peace and stability; who don’t resolve disputes with violence. Bonobos stand as an example for all humans to follow. The world would unquestionably be a better place if humans were more Bonobo-like.

Copulating Bonobos

Two high-level Bonobo diplomats vigorously negotiating a peace treaty

Urge the Norwegian Nobel Committee to award the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize to the entire species of Bonobos. Nobody deserves it more. Please sign and share this petition. World peace and the future of humanity depends on your support.

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