Alarming Statistics

In 2013, over 9.3 million Americans had serious thoughts of suicide during that year. During that same year, 43.8 million adults (age 18 or older) experienced a diagnosable mental illness as 2.7 million (1.1%) made suicide plans and 1.3 million (0.6%) attempted suicide.

“The report by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) also finds that 10 million adults experienced a serious mental illness and 15.7 million adults experienced a major depressive episode in 2013″. These results continued the same trend as was found in 2012, when the findings reached astronomical levels.

In 2013, major depressive episodes affected approximately one in ten (2.6 million) youth between the ages of 12 to 17. However, Americans do not get consistent treatment with only 38.1 percent of depressed youths receive treatment for serious clinical depression. The SAMSHA Report found that, approximately 34.6 million adults (this represents 14.6% of all American adults) received mental health care. These numbers are significantly escalated over the period covering 2002-2011. According to the new report, 44.7% of adults with any mental illness and 68.5 percent of adults with serious mental illness received mental health services.

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Read this, and do what you can to save yourselves.

The FMFE (full mothaf*cking effect) will be fully upon us before 2015 ends. I promise you that.

If you have 401k’s, IRA’s, or anything else based in FIAT currency or heavily invested in any kind of markets outside of hard assets you physically have in your possession, and do not get out of them as fast as humanly possible, you are going to be destroyed. Simple as that.

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Just by taking Facebook off the streets, I feel that I’ve already improved my chances at success


In sports, there is a phrase known as “addition by subtraction”. This phrase exists in quite a few walks of life, but sports is where I know it from. It often refers to a team improving or adding to its chances of success by getting rid of a contributor who (while on the surface) may have seemed a perfect fit for a winning team (greatly skilled, dynamic, dominant), was actually a detriment to the team chemistry, unity, the team’s system of doing things, or the team vision.  This is the kind of player that didn’t care all that much about the team’s finish, as long as their individual stats and subsequent contracts were where they needed them to be happy.  If you’re a sports fan, I’m sure you can think of players like this.  This pattern of behavior has also infected musical groups, TV casts, and I’ve seen it at the workplace as well.

My Facebook page is barely a day removed from “cleaning out its locker”, but I already feel more capable of being able to think about things at a longer view, and put my life and times into their proper perspective than I have in a few years.  Unfortunately, I had let Facebook become the star player who’s ego completely took over what I wanted to accomplish.  Whether it was getting into heated debates over only mildly interesting topics, writing action packed dramatic narratives on various topics, for the sole purpose of entertaining others, or getting into an obsessive compulsive mode of trying to explain things to people that I felt they should care about, the end results were all the same:  The hurt, disappointed, frustrated version of me that’s seen a good chunk of my plans go up in smoke over the years never regrouped.  I never sat down and took stock of my life, or really put real, practical thought into where I wanted to go next, what I wanted to do, what that would look like, or what steps I needed to take to make that happen.

And why should I?  Facebook is the internet’s great “Cheers”.  A place where everybody knows your name, your troubles, and will lend you and ear whether they mean to or not.

And man, how much easier could it be to connect to people and stay in touch?

After finally being able to leave for the final time (and having a friend change my info so I can’t ever log back on), I already see how it wasted a good 4 years of my life.   4 Years that I could’ve cultivated deeper and more meaningful real connections with real people in my general life path, and not reduced so much of the world to digital online conversations with folks that would shrug their shoulders and move on if I ever left Facebook (which is totally ok, except that I found that these were the people I was playing to).  4 years that I could have spent time thinking and meditating on my own about days events, thought things through, made better decisions, and not gone right to Facebook to see what my comfortable cast of fellow internet citizens had to chime in with, some of which I certainly did not know well enough and who did not know me well enough in the scope of some of the subject matter.

I will never say Facebook is a bad thing.  I think that it serves quite a bit of good, especially in reconnecting with folks from days gone by.  I have all the respect in the world for those that use it responsibly.  And I will miss being out of touch once again with certain folks.  But, at the same time, the world was never meant to see what the rest of the world is doing at all times.  That’s not realistic.

In the day or so since I unplugged, I’ve had clearer thoughts about what I want my life to look like than I have had in a long time.  (I’m also fighting a bout of strep throat, so I’ve also thought about how much we take for granted the ability to swallow food or drink without feeling that I am consuming shards of glass)

But seriously, I feel free to have the courage to face things head on, on my own, and not seek what my “viewing audience” would think or say about it, as a means of either not dealing with things, or looking for outside opinions that will support my own (often selfish) ideas. I’m ok with not having a “viewing audience” to validate me.  I don’t know who will read this, or if anyone even well.  Other than maybe my wife, I don’t have an advertising department.

It’s only been a day, but I already sense something different in my mental processing.  The game has “slowed down”.  I can take my time in things, think things through, and make good long term decisions. It’s a good thing.

Like the superstar athlete cut from the team in the prime of their career to the bewilderment of a lot of the fans, the team has their reasons for such actions.  The ownership and management of the team will be there long after any single player is. (usually).  It is up to them to protect the interests of the team and always be looking at the big picture.

Now that I finally gave Facebook their walking papers,  I feel that I have the chance to build something really good, and better then before.




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Welcome, Friends!

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If you’re reading this, then you have proven proficient in the art of following clues (and/or clicking a hyperlink!)   And that makes you all-right in my book!

I have no earthly idea where I’m going with this “blog”, but you’re welcome to come along for the ride.  I trust (hope?) that at some point, my questionable thought process will entertain you, make you laugh, cry, think, and at some point- infuriate you.  I will use this medium to delve into the topics most important to me, namely:  comedy, music, sports, stupid people, growing up in the psychotic environment of the Rappaport house, meaningless jobs that I hate, exposing corrupt government, police, and corporate activities; spirituality and shaking my head at the “religious”, food, and whatever else I may feel passionate about at the moment.   Facebook will still be Facebook, but the GOOD stuff will be here.

I just turned 35, and have no idea what I’m doing with my life.  According to some, that makes me supremely qualified to start a blog, so here we go.

(Refreshments will be served in the fellowship hall)

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