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If you are feeling suicidal.....

please please please, call SOMEONE.

ETA: Call a friend. Call a family member. Call your therapist. Call your priest or pastor etc. Don't wait until the pain is unbearable, because, at that point, you might wish to leave this earthly plane. If the pain is unbearable....please read the next sentence.

Better yet, go to your nearest hospital emergency room and talk to a nurse/doctor.

You *might* get "locked up", if the doctor on duty feels you are a very possible suicide risk. This is obviously the last resort, and doctors, in general, do not like to do it. However, you will be ALIVE and will begin to feel better. Better "locked up" than dead, yes ? I only bring up the "locked up" option because, yes, sometimes that does happen. It's best to avoid that scenario by talking to someone NOW, not tomorrow, not next week, but NOW.

There is a good chance you will NOT be locked up. You will be referred to a psychiatrist and counselor/psychologist to get counseling and maybe take meds. If you refuse meds, ok. I think ethical psychiatrists will not twist your arm to take meds but yes, they will monitor you very closely.

1 (800) 273-8255
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

Hours: 24 hours, 7 days a week
Languages: English, Spanish
Website: http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org

BS I saw on a tabloid in the checkout lane....

I forget which one it was.

Hillary has had two strokes already. It's out there. Somehow I think that would be pretty hard to cover up. BS BS BS.

It's simply amazing how many people know better than black people...

Take a gander at the OP by 1StrongBlackMan. I take his word for it. I'm a pretty clueless white guy, so I turn to the experts: THE BLACK COMMUNITY.

This shit is amazing and discouraging. Here, of all places.

Blame game: Climate change causing extreme weather

(yes original headline)


Man-made global warming is responsible for about 75% of all hot-temperature extremes worldwide in the past 100 years, according to a study published Monday in the British journal Nature Climate Change.

It is also responsible for about 18% of heavy rainfall, the study said.

Even worse, climate change will cause higher percentages of extreme weather in future decades. For example, by the middle of this century, if temperatures continue to increase, about 95% of all heat waves and about 40% of precipitation extremes will be due to human influence.

Man-made climate change is caused by the burning of fossil fuels such as gas, coal and oil, which release greenhouse gases like carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, warming the globe to levels that cannot be explained by natural variability.

more at link

44.6 F in downtown Chicago, a few days before May!


This Floridian's mind is truly boggled, but this is Chicago.

Late-Life Transition Like Bruce Jenner's Full of Challenges, Rewards, Experts Say


FRIDAY, April 24, 2015 (HealthDay News) -- Patricia Harrington is many things: a woman in her 60s, a successful physicist and radiation oncology programmer, and currently the intake coordinator for the Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.

The New York City native is also someone with firsthand knowledge of what it means to undergo the complex journey from male to female, something former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner is expected to speak about in a "20/20" interview with ABC's Diane Sawyer on Friday evening.

"I was very cautious," Harrington said. "It's not a day and night kind of thing. When I was very young I was severely bullied, so after that I kind of closed down and spent decades denying who I was.

"When that finally became unbearable, I began to explore the options and test the water in slow motion," she added. "I began at 40, and very slowly tried to undo years of repression. I experimented with cross-dressing. I was lucky enough to connect with people and get support, and I built up my self-confidence, and eventually came out at work."

much more at link

Windows 10 poll....

Just curious.



One of the simple joys in life was had by me last night....

My 19 year old son came over to see me yesterday. I love this kid so much. We went to downtown Orlando, had a nice huge pizza meal, witnessed a false fire alarm event in a high-rise building, had nice talks, and watched a new movie, Ex Machina.

He actually wants my advice at times! (*falls over*). And he listens! He puts up with my unsolicited advice too! He is very kind to me, and I try to be to him also. He is my contribution to the world.

Have a wonderful lovely spring day, all!

allow me to vent my frustration for a moment, please

I am absolutely appalled at some of the comments in GD over Bruce Jenner. He (his preference for now) was 100% sincere and serious. He is suffering and has been his (Jenner's preference for now) entire life. I don't give a shit that he is a Republican, HE IS A HUMAN BEING.

I am in total solidarity with the transgender community, both at DU and in the real world. People need to be educated, seriously. They need to take Bruce Jenner seriously.

Thanks for listening.


ok, I'm assuming this is a serious post....

#1- I thought Jenner was 100% serious and sincere. It's one thing to do clownish things on a reality show for money, but your gender identity ? Come on, I'm not cynical enough to believe that anyone would expose themselves to that level of scrutiny (and ridicule and abuse in some cases) for money. Taking hormones for money ? Undergoing very serious surgeries to make money ? Come on.

#2- Yes Jenner is very fortunate to have plenty of money for surgeries, counseling, medications, psychotherapy, etc. Even if he was dirt poor, he STILL was believable. I'm not an expert on transgender issues, but my limited understanding is that many transgender people are what they used to call "pre-operative" (old probably incorrect language now, don't flame me, educate me please).

He (what Jenner prefers to be called for now) was 100% serious and sincere. I have absolutely no doubt about it, and I'm a middle aged straight guy who is a few years younger than him (again, his preference).
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