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This is a thread about suicide and ambivalence toward it...

I'm getting ready to go to work tonight and one of the beds there is going to be empty. I just learned that one of the patients in the (*outpatient*) residence hung herself at approximately 4:00am.

The facility I work at is sort of like a half-way house for young adults suffering from psychiatric and emotional problems. I refer to it as a half-way house because many come to us following psychiatric hospitalization for any number of reasons -- suicide attempt, self-injury, eating disorder, and PTSD among others.

This patient, 26, had been in and out of hospitals for the better part of a decade and had had 2 prior suicide attempts. She used to tell me, with hands to her head, "I hate my brain!" exasperated that tortuous self-injury thoughts had returned. I had come to learn that happiness was a bright red flag. She couldn't bear being happy. Tuesday night she had gone to a musical. When she returned to the residence, she was joyfully blissful, exclaiming she'd "remember this night for the rest of her life!"

There is a part of me that says she's finally found a way to soothe herself, and therein lies my ambivalence toward suicide. In her case, it wasn't vengeful or an angry act. It was a way to find relief, relief from a brain that, in short, had been trying to kill her for years.

Posted by WhaTHellsgoingonhere | Fri Oct 26, 2012, 10:13 PM (57 replies)

End around the electoral college

Presently, a 3/4 vote by the states is required to do away with the electoral college. Not gonna happen, right?

Well, as explained by Mo Rocca on L'OD tonight, there's an "end around" that would guarantee the candidate receiving the most popular votes wins the presidency.

Here's how it works. First, states have to enact the National Popular Vote Bill. Then, all of a state's electoral votes will be awarded to the winner of the popular vote. For instance, in 2000, Gore won the popular vote. As a result, states that had enacted the bill would award all of their electoral votes to Gore.

Here's how it differs. OH went for Bush in 2000. However, had OH enacted the bill, their electoral votes would have gone to Gore, winner of the popular vote.

As of now, 9 states representing 132 electoral votes -- that's 49% of the 270 needed -- have enacted the bill.

In 12 other states, the bill has passed either one (10) or both houses (2). These 21 states (that's 42% of 50) account for 243 electoral votes.

TX or FL alone would put it over the top. PA AND, say, CT would, as well.

As you can see, it *IS* possible that about 50% or so of the states can change the electoral process.

Sign the petition!

Posted by WhaTHellsgoingonhere | Fri Oct 26, 2012, 12:05 AM (47 replies)

time to start a petition, FB page, etc..

Posted by WhaTHellsgoingonhere | Thu Oct 25, 2012, 10:05 AM (0 replies)

I used to think MSNBC was objective...

...in so much as you used to see stories like this, even from Rachel!

*Mr. President: Bailout Wall Street but not Main Street?

*The President is furthering Bush Adm programs like wiretapping and he's kicking the Gitmo can down the road.

I listen to Ed Schultz every day. About a year and a half ago, Ed was beating the daylights out of Obama, so much so that his listeners were calling in and saying you're (Ed) going to cost the President any chance of re-election. I watch MSNBC every day. For about a year and a half now, MSNBC has lost its objectivity; prime time has become the Obama Re-Election Committee.

The only objective voice I hear in the media today is Norman Goldman.

Needless to say, I look forward to the return of objectivity to MSNBC post-election.

:fingers crossed:

Posted by WhaTHellsgoingonhere | Wed Oct 24, 2012, 02:43 PM (0 replies)

Because Dems are looking at the shiny coin: voter suppression

Howard Dean took this on in 2008. The fact that no other Dems jumped on board or that the media didn't pick it up is beside the point.

You kind of typify what (I believe) is wrong with our party. You've used a RW talking point against yourself: "The Dems will cry foul if we (Rs) win." So what do you do? Like a good Dem, you're afraid to cry foul because the Republicans will say, "I told you so!"

Dems let Rs paint themselves into a lose-lose corner.

I hate this about our Party.

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Posted by WhaTHellsgoingonhere | Sat Oct 20, 2012, 07:44 AM (0 replies)

Do you recall any outliers in your presidential voting history, including primaries?

I've voted for every Democratic nominee in the general election beginning with Walter Mondale in 1984, the year I turned 18. But the first vote I ever cast was in the 1984 Democratic primary. I didn't like Mondale and I thought Jesse Jackson was kind of cool at the time. I was just an 18 y/o white kid from the Bay Area that didn't know a thing about Jackson but didn't like Mondale. I cast my first ever vote for Jesse Jackson. Of course, I voted for Mondale in the general election.

It still makes me chuckle today.

Posted by WhaTHellsgoingonhere | Sat Oct 20, 2012, 03:58 AM (14 replies)

Bill Maher: Bush's first comments on 9/11

After setting up the Republican panelists (Boris Epshteyn and John Fund) -- both absolutely frothing at the mouth and still perpetuating the Obama Benghazi Myth -- Maher quotes Bush's comments immediately following 9/11.

Bush: "apparent act of terror"
Maher (sarcasm): One plane, maybe not, but two planes....?

Bush: we'll hunt down the "folks" who did this
Maher: folks? really?

Matt Taibbi was awesome! He spoke about his article in RS, Greed and Debt: The True Story of Mitt Romney and Bain Capital, just thrashing Romney and Leverage (*=Debt*) Buy Out scheme. Dipshit 1 & 2 went after him, but really had nothing, and immediately changed the topic to "Obama increased the debt by 65%."

Posted by WhaTHellsgoingonhere | Fri Oct 19, 2012, 11:15 PM (8 replies)
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