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Chris Cornell Commits Suicide

May 20th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Chris Cornell, lead singer and frontman of the grunge rock band, SoundGarden, hanged himself in his hotel room only hours after performing a concert on Wednesday night. Chris was 52 years old and seemingly “had it all” – more money than any one-person needs, fame, celebrity, friends, family, loved by family, loved by millions, super-talented and revered. What is going on??? Another suicide that just doesn’t seem to add up (to some ignorant people anyway).

Clinical depression is not something that’s “all in your head” nor is it something that you can just snap out of. The best book I’ve ever read on this subject was by the late William Styron titled ‘Darkness Visible: A Memoir of Madness”. This memoir in fewer than 200 pages encapsulated what it’s “like” to be clinically and suicidally depressed. Describing depression lucidly and in concrete terms is virtually impossible. Styron did an amazing job by teasing out the details metaphorically i.e. “like being in an overheated waiting room for eternity with no relief in sight…” …an unfathomable suffocating, choking and drowning feeling…”  Simply the epitome of hopelessness, helplessness, futility and unspeakable FATIGUE + the horrible feeling of “I’m never ever going to escape this…all is lost. Everything is dark, lonely and ugly.

Check this out: 121 die by suicide each day and 93 of them are men. According to the CDC, most of the men are between the ages of 45 – 65 and an overwhelming number of the suicide victims are white (7 out of 10) and counterintuitively, many victims seem to be financially independent ($$ does not buy happiness). When people are struggling to eke out a living, they’re less likely to kill themselves.

Can you imagine the pain and agony Chris Cornell was in??? Stangling yourself to death!!! Could you do that? Even if you were stricken with a dreadful terminal disease like ALS, that way of offing yourself just doesn’t seem possible – at least to me anyway. So WhaDaYaThink? WhaDaYaThink? I hope you have found peace, Chris.

This is eerie…Chris basically saying goodbye.   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3ao7HSRFYWI

 

 

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Mike At The Movies

May 18th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Russell Brand: From Addiction to Recovery

Just finished watching Russell Brand’s documentary on drug and alcohol addiction – an inside look into his personal anguishing journey as well as other people’s nightmares. Russell nails it when he states that being a junkie is worse than DEATH – way worse. It’s HELL, simply speaking. I’ve personally had abuse issues with alcohol, Xanax, and suboxone . Today I am completely clean and sober and by the grace of God have zero desire to EVER go back to Hades. Unfortunately, I now have real (Note: addiction is absolutely real on a physical and psychological level.  Amy Winehouse, at the age of 27 died from alcohol withdrawal not an overdose)Physical health issues (I won’t get into it here) and am grateful that I don’t have to contend with addiction issues anymore.

It’s surprising to many that Russell Brand who on the surface had absolutely everything: money, fame, celebrity, extraordinary good-looks, etc. but his life was spiraling out of control. At the end, he was just another desperate junkie just waiting to die or get his next fix – 24/7. Many people who don’t have addiction issues simply don’t understand. An outsider looks at an alcoholic and is completely perplexed. “Why is this person destroying himself??? It’s so obvious to the addict and everyone else that he or she is slowly killing themselves and ruining the lives of everyone around them.  The person who doesn’t drink or do drugs just doesn’t understand. WHY is it so hard for someone to just STOP??? It’s very seductive for a “normal” person to wonder why addicts do it. Not drinking is so EASY and natural for someone who doesn’t have a problem. I understand. STOP!!!! -is the impulse for them to say. But, sadly it’s so much more complicated than that. Russell Brand tries to emphasize over and over that alcoholism is a DISEASE not unlike cancer.

Russell Brand is back and better than ever and is enjoying his life. He was one of the lucky ones who caught it in time. I struggle everyday 24/7 with chronic and agonizing pain but at least I don’t have to worry about getting that next drink. WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? As bad as alcoholism is, you do however have a choice to do something about it. With ALS, Cancer, and other dreadful diseases, you don’t have that luxury. God bless and stay sober!!!

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Entertainment or Sport

May 16th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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These days, just as important as your skills in Wrestling, Jiu-Jitsu, Boxing, Striking, etc. is the art of ‘Shit Talking” or building up a fight. Connor McGregor and Jon Jones are the greatest fighters in the world, but not unlike Muhammed Ali, they know that the ENTERTAINMENT aspect of MMA is more important than the actual fight (sometimes – to be fair). MMA is bigger than ever because of these larger – than – life personalities. In the beginning, it used to be all about the martial arts and respect, now it’s all about denigrating your opponent with one’s mouth – before the actual fight.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? Hey, it’s what the average fan wants. I just hope it doesn’t turn into a circus like boxing and professional wrestling. I am terrified of fights being fixed and fighters getting title shots not based on merit and ability but shenanigans.  Oh, how can I neglect to mention the Diaz brothers? They have taken “Shit Talking” to a completely new level. Hey, but they’re no longer poor boys from Stockton, they’re multi-millionaires.

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Tyler Talks Animal Planet

May 7th, 2017 by Magdalena Tabor

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Hi, it’s me! Tyler! I’ll get right into it today, no pussy footing around.

Stephen Hawk King says if the human species is going to survive they need to colonize another planet in the next 100 years. First he said 1000 years, now it’s 100. This poses a problem right off the bat, this inconsistency with the number of years. After screwing up the earth in more ways than I can count on one paw (and I’m not a Hemingway cat, I only have 5 digits), they can’t even remotely estimate how long they have before they go and pollute another planet. One hundred years, give or take nine hundred. Hit it in the ballpark, okay?

Which brings me to my second point. They can’t even agree on Yankees and Red Sox let alone climate change. When push comes to shove, who gets to go to this pristine paradise and mess it up?

We all know the moon is inhabited by mice, right? There are huge craters dug by monster sized mice nibbling at the moon’s crust (I think it’s Limburger, nice and smelly like a good pair of old sneakers). I’d like to go there!  All cats should be sent to the moon!

There’s only one problem with that. Once all the mice have been eaten, who’s going to open that can of cat food? I propose we send one human along with all the cats to be our slave. Let’s face it. We don’t need a whole human species. One human bean is enough. But what if something happens to that one bean? Like he contracts ring worm from Saturn for instance? One can never be too careful. Okay, two then! Let’s make it two beans. One to open the can, the other to dispose of it. That’s all they can handle anyway. No, wait. We have to be responsible and recycle.  Can we use the same can over and over? If we do, what will be the function of the other bean? Can we get him to groom us? Does he appreciate the quality of a good brush?

As for all of the other animals on earth, let’s make a space age Noah’s Ark and get two of each species and blast them far enough away from the moon. They can all fend for themselves without so-called human intervention (as witnessed on planet Earth). That should satisfy animal advocates and fundamentalists alike.

It’s really sad, though. I’ll miss some things about Earth. All those birds and bugs I swat at and never seem to catch. I really don’t like the taste of mice that much. I’d much rather have a can of Fancy Feet, chicken’s my favorite. Wait! Hawk King said we have one hundred years, right? So I won’t be around anyway! And we won’t need a human to open that can, except for right now! So where’s Michael? Open that can of chicken and you can throw the empty can at Hawk King for all I care.

So……………whadayathink? Should humans venture into space and cause more chaos and corruption? Will they force aliens from their homeland and let Luke Skywalker open a casino? Will Das Trump Tower disappear from the skyline once and for all? And is it really constructed with millions of cans of Fancy Feet? Let’s get him to open a can! An instructional video should do the trick. He does have trouble reading. Is “chicken” too hard a word? Does he know one when he sees one? Do we trust him with this job?

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Republicans Are Shameless Cowards

May 4th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I’ll begin this blog with a tweet by John Fugelsang: “Healthcare Republicans just took healthcare away from American children with cancer but it’s ok they’re so pro-life.

So the House achieves a NARROW victory by repealing Affordable Healthcare Act. 217 spineless Republicans in the House voted yes. In my heart of hearts, I don’t believe a single Republican who voted YES did so in good faith. Pandering, partisanship, and sheer cowardice prompted these sycophants to vote YES . Anyone and everyone who knows anything at all about the healthcare system in this country knows that a repeal of Obamacare will be absolutely disastrous to ALL living in this country. The consequences are unfathomably far-reaching.

I’m just going to itemize a few salient effects:

·        23 million people in this country will immediately lose coverage.

·        And of course the super-rich will get their huge tax cuts – somewhere along the lines of $195,000 – or a total of $2.8 billion and on the flip side, the poor and the middle class will lose tax cuts of around the same amount – $2.9 billion actually.

·        The Affordable Care Act and Universal coverage will be replaced with what our illiterate President says is “something terrific.”

·        Tens of thousands of people will DIE due to lack of access to medical care. The Trumps and everybody else in congress have no skin in the game. Their healthcare coverage is not in jeopardy + that juicy tax cut!!!

·        About 1.4 million young adults who are on their parents plan will be gone.

·        12.3 million people on Medicaid – also goodbye.

·        This is scary. The pre-existing condition ban will be lifted which will result in an estimated increase of 52 million more people uninsured.

·        Premiums invariably will skyrocket, as high as 50% within 1st year of repeal and doubling afterwards.

·        Here is something people don’t think about. No healthcare also = slashing jobs – about 2.6 million people currently working in the healthcare industry will be jobless.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? It’s not over yet, so be hopeful. It’s not going to be a cakewalk for the republicans to get it through the Senate.

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The Irrationality of Nationalism

May 2nd, 2017 by Michael Tabor

 

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The way I see it there are essentially three existential threats to our survival as a species:

1.     Climate Change.

2.     Nuclear War or Catastrophe.

3.     Artificial General Intelligence.

This growing trend of Nationalism, intolerance, and authoritarianism beginning with our simple-minded president is trending now and spreading throughout Europe.  This notion that America,  France or Austria are subordinating their best interests to outsiders is absurd.  We ought to be building NATO and economic unions not dismantling them. We must have cooperation, regulation, or some sort of governance on a global level if we’re going to evolve and flourish as a species in this day and age in light of these 3 very real aforementioned threats.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think?

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Shelly Kagan’s Lecture Series on Death

April 29th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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If you’re secular and you dread the thought of death, then this is the lecture series to watch (provided you have time to watch all 26 lectures). I first saw this about 5 years ago and returned to watch it again and again in its entirety because for me, it taught me that if there is nothing after this life here on Earth, then there is absolutely nothing to be frightened of. I was truly liberated from that crippling fear of non-existence. I had never been happier in my life. But, 3 years ago I had an NDE (Near Death Experience) and I don’t know if it was a glimpse into the afterlife or a trauma-induced hallucination. (I’ll blog about my experience some day. Thus far I’ve been unable to put it into words.) So I’m back to square one again.

Nevertheless, I highly recommend this. Shelly Kagan covers everything here. Not only did he mitigate my fear of death, I learned how to better think like a philosopher when confronted with any difficult circumstance, situation or issue.

Must – see!!!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p2J7wSuFRl8&list=PLEA18FAF1AD9047B0

 

 

 

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World Population Clock

April 28th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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How do they actually know all this??? It’s all statistical analysis but it has been proven to be monumentally precise. I’m looking at the births and deaths just today – which is mind-boggling; About 2 births a second and 1 death per second. So if you really look at the big picture….well, we’re individually pretty small and insignificant.

http://www.worldometers.info/world-population/

 

 

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Donald’s Reality

April 24th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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Trump is a pathological liar – everyone knows this. What’s disconcerting is that he’s not at all subtle about his tall tales. He is so despicably obnoxious and arrogant that he blatantly lies to 100’s of millions of people and he’s completely shameless about it. He truly is in his own little fantasy world – Donald Trump reality. Manboy Lies and doesn’t give a FUCK!!!  Check this list of outrageous fabrications and this is just in 3 months since he became president. https://www.thestar.com/news/world/2017/04/11/daniel-dales-donald-trump-fact-check-updates.html

 

 

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The 70 year –old Man-Boy

April 24th, 2017 by Michael Tabor

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I’ve been saying this (I know, many other people have been too) that our President, Donald J. Trump, is a little boy in a man’s body. He’s still trapped inside that Freudian stage of development where a person thinks he’s the center of the universe. I’m not a parent and I’m certainly not an authority of which, but I’ve blogged about how spoiling a child or allowing a person to have all the toys in the world is BAD for you. Trump is and always has been an over privileged boy who never grew up. To his credit, I certainly admit that he seems to have an excellent work ethic but he also is what I like to call a person who is a connoisseur of vacationing and luxury – always the best for Donald. Btw, sure he shows up to work every day but the – “Populist President” or representative of the people or working class folk is absurd. No, Trump never worked in a coal mine but he condescendingly says he understands them and will save their jobs.

When I was a child, I thought everybody was a Catholic or Christian just like me. I also thought that this country was always right. We’re the good guys and everybody else is “other”. Us against them. Then you learn about the world and you realize that no, not everybody is Christian. Not everyone has the same culture as you have. Not everyone has the same beliefs as you do., etc. In other words, you grow up and become an adult.  Trump sadly never has had this revelation. Trump is a textbook narcissist who pathologically believes he’s entitled to all the money and power the world has to offer including the Presidency of the United States.

So WhaDaYaThink? What do you think? We’ve all witnessed his temper tantrums and his inability to not get rattled by every slight. Just like a little boy.

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