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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 01:14 PM
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Breathe. Iiiin and ouuut, nice and deep.
Edited on Fri Oct-10-08 01:15 PM by MadHound
Yes, I realize that things are going to hell in a handbasket right now. I realize that most of you are fearful for good reason, hell, so am I. But obsessing of the minute by minute tick of the stock market, reliving in all their bloody glory every single horror story of the Great Depression, all of this is counterproductive for both your physical and mental health.

So a suggestion for those of you who are in full blown panic, please, take a break. Turn off the radio and TV, jump off of DU, and get yourself in that place and space that de-stresses you the most. Go outside and get back into nature. Go play with your dog, cat or kid. Immerse yourself in your favorite pastime, whether that is something physical or cerebral, just get out and get away from the insanity currently going on.

Yes, our economy is taking a dive, but it has taken dives before and we've survived. Yes, your investments, house, stocks, what have you are falling like Wile E. Coyote off the cliff. But sitting around and watching it unfold on a minute by minute basis is not doing your mental or physical health any good. The crash will continue apace, with or without your presence, so you might as well spare yourself the agony for awhile anyway, and go have some fun, relax, and breathe deep. You will be better able to cope with what's going on if you take a break from it once and awhile and de-stress.

I noticed earlier this week there was a thread jumping all over the fact that the number one film this past weekend was a bad comedy about a talking dog. Hey, everybody needs a break, and we find solace in any laughter we can get. During the Great Depression the film industry flourished precisely for the same reason that people went out and saw a flick about a talking dog, people want to escape during these times of trouble. Rather than mocking them for doing so, go try it yourself, get away and find something, anything that makes you laugh, even for a little while, even if it's a cheesy story about a talking dog. Sure, it may not be highbrow entertainment, but laughter helps one's physical and mental health, and in these times of trouble, we need all the help, and health, each and every one of us can get.

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FirstLight Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 01:20 PM
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1. Thank you!
So true! I am trying to get away from my own mental crap, even if it means to crawl in bed and try to find a nice dream to hold for a while (home sick today)


There is only so much we can do in times of trouble... and your kids laughter and the beauty of outdoors is free!
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 01:23 PM
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2. I'm fortunate enough to live out in the country
So when I'm in a foul mood, I head outside, watch the squirrel frisk, the birds fly, the deer eat my garden ;) It really is relaxing.

Tonight though, I think I'm going to pull out some dopey comedy and put it on, laugh my ass off and go to bed.

Sorry that you're sick, get better soon.
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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 01:26 PM
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3. An odd post for someone who has been stoking panic
Edited on Fri Oct-10-08 01:27 PM by HamdenRice
If I understand your basic position it has been "Oh noes! The bailout will mean no one will want dollars, our t-bills are already junk rated, and there's nothing we can do!!! I'm series!11!! This is hugh!!1 I no so cuz thats what all my economicists wife and friends tells me!!11!!"

"The neo cons is stealing $800 billion from us!! The bailout can't work! It's already faled! I series!!!"
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 01:30 PM
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4. LOL! Hey you
I was wondering when you were going to show up, spreading bullshit and lies as you follow me around like my own personal stalker. You can't defend your positions that you take in your own thread, so you decide to come on over and piss in mine :rofl: That's OK, you're an amusing diversion also, at least at times, but right now, after this post to you, I'm going ignore you in this thread, since all you want is attention. If you really want to deal with me, your thread this morning is still around here somewhere, dig it up and try to defend the indefensible. If not, I'll see you on the flip side.
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HamdenRice Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 02:12 PM
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11. Project much? nt
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 01:31 PM
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5. I feel fine
even though it's the end of the world (as we know it) :headbang:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YWMn6nLBUKI
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MadHound Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 01:35 PM
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7. Oh there's a whole jukebox full of end of the world music
I'm odd, I love music that the melody sounds nice and sweet and happy, with lyrics that are morbid, so I've got all sorts of fun doomsday music. Might have to get it out and put a CD together just for these times.
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guitar man Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 01:39 PM
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8. I hear ya
So far I've got a playlist started with this on, Black Friday and Doomsday Clock....if I can finish my work for the day soon enough, I'm going to add some more.
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ReadTomPaine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 01:31 PM
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6. Breathe, breathe in the air
Don't be afraid to care
Leave, but don't leave me
Look around
Choose your own ground

Long you live and high you fly
And smiles you'll give and tears you'll cry
And all you touch and all you see
Is all your life will ever be

Run, rabbit run
Dig that hole, forget the sun
And when at last the work is done
Don't sit down
It's time to dig another one

For long you live and high you fly
But only if you ride the tide
And balanced on the biggest wave
You race towards an early grave
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Sick_of_Rethuggery Donating Member (853 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 02:03 PM
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9. Well said.
Also remember that this is what Bill Clinton went through, before eventually winning:





The Thugs will throw out everything and the public will be swayed. But we will win in the end. Just work hard.
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tom_paine Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Oct-10-08 02:03 PM
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10. Very nice post and true. K & R.
:hi: :toast:
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