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No Panic

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

(Cartoonist - Stuart Carlson)

In other news, almost 60 percent of Republicans say Trump calling dead service members "losers" hasn't changed their opinion of him according to a new Reuters poll, which isn't surprising, but almost 20 percent said Trump's comments made them more likely to vote for him.

Meanwhile, law enforcement and fire fighting officials say their response to wildfires up and down the west coast has been hampered by misinformation spread online. The president of Washington state's firefighters union has a few words about Facebook.

A firefighters union in Washington state called Facebook “an absolute cesspool of misinformation right now,” in a post that sought to quell more rumors about the fires’ origins.

Finally, suicides among young people ages 10 to 24 have surged by a staggering amount according to a Syracuse University study. Rates have increased anywhere from 14 percent to over 110 percent at the high end.

The 2016 to 2018 suicide rate among those between ages 10 and 24 was highest in more rural states including Alaska, South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming, and New Mexico. Alaska topped that list with 31.4 young suicides per 100,000 population.

Northeastern states -- including New Jersey, Rhode Island, New York, Connecticut, and Massachusetts -- showed the lowest rates. Despite their relatively small numbers, New Jersey experienced a 39% rise, New York saw an increase of about 44%, and Massachusetts showed a jump of 64%.

Rates more than doubled in New Hampshire, and the majority of states showed an increase between 30% and 60%.

Lurching from one disaster to another every month if not every week or every day is not sustainable. And you know what? Kids aren't stupid. They know we've wrecked the planet for them.

Have a good weekend.

  • mnpollio

    “In other news, almost 60 percent of Republicans say Trump calling dead
    service members “losers” hasn’t changed their opinion of him according
    to a new Reuters poll, which isn’t surprising, but almost 20 percent said Trump’s comments made them more likely to vote for him.”

    Keep in mind that this is the Party that for the last 30-40 years has shoved their “love for the troops” and “law and order” down our throats and claimed that anyone who did not always agree was a traitor. I always knew it was empty lies, but the fact they are so open and blatant about it being lies now is staggering. They really do think that there are no repercussions for anything they say or do. The question now is: Will the rest of us prove them wrong or let them walk again?

  • Aynwrong

    The fact that “60 percent of Republicans say Trump calling dead service members “losers” hasn’t changed their opinion of him” is something I am 100% un-surprised by. Though I suppose I am mildly surprised it’s that low.

    Facebook is an unmitigated catastrophe. At this point it may be as responsible for undermining American democracy through propaganda and tearing at the basic fabric of American democracy as Fox News.

    I don’t even know what to say about the rise in suicide rates. It’s horrifying. We are failing our young and I suspect American society will be paying a brutal interest on this for a very, very long time to come.

    Please everyone, if you can, be good to yourselves and your loved ones this weekend. We and they all deserve it.

    https://youtu.be/4v8YQ6sU6I4

  • muselet

    • That is truly disturbing. I do wonder if some hard-core Trump fans aren’t toying with the normies by saying that, though.

    • Facebook is and always has been an absolute cesspool of misinformation, but this is different. Fire and police departments have been swamped with calls from loonies who saw Antifa lighting fires. Is it really true these people’s lives are so empty and void of meaning that they have to make shit up?

    • We as a society need to lose the stigma regarding mental health issues. We also need to stop making everything worse.

    • A brief moment of beauty after a difficult week:

    Have a safe weekend, all.

    –alopecia