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    eridani
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    https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/59n7zb/americans-are-dying-young-and-the-reasons-why-are-scary

    “During 2010-2017, midlife all-cause mortality rates increased from 328.5 deaths/100 000 to 348.2 deaths/100 000,” read the report published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association. “By 2014, midlife mortality was increasing across all racial groups, caused by drug overdoses, alcohol abuse, suicides, and a diverse list of organ system diseases.”

    Still, there’s no single thing to fix to prevent people from dying young. Experts instead point to something broadly in American society that’s leading people to make destructive life choices. The U.S. has the worst midlife mortality rate among 17 high-income countries, the report found.

    “There’s something more fundamental about how people are feeling at some level — whether it’s economic, whether it’s stress, whether it’s deterioration of family,” Ellen Meara, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, told the Washington Post. “People are feeling worse about themselves and their futures, and that’s leading them to do things that are self-destructive and not promoting health.”

    Steven Woolf, director emeritus of the VCU Center on Society and Health and the study’s lead author, pointed to a lack of social programs and support systems for working families as a major reason why Americans are dying younger. Without a safety net, rough spells can lead to so-called deaths of despair that involve drugs, alcohol abuse, overeating, or other harmful behaviors.

    Jesus: Hey, Dad? God: Yes, Son? Jesus: Western civilization followed me home. Can I keep it? God: Certainly not! And put it down this minute--you don't know where it's been! Tom Robbins in Another Roadside Attraction

  • #232071

    GZeusH
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    “destructive life choices” = voting Republican

    • #232100

      Voltairine
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      Partisan divide and conquer is a part of the problem, not a solution.

      Aloha!

    • #232155

      ravensong
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      @gzeush

      “destructive life choices” = voting Republican

      Yes.  Every single policy in the Republican platform/agenda is destructive to all life, democracy, social and economic justice, and equality.

      Republicans never do anything that is positive and constructive for human beings and the planet.

      Makes me wonder why the Third Way Center Right New Democrats have worked so long and hard at incorporating Republican light policies into the Democratic party platform.  Maybe it’s because wealthy private interests pay them big bucks to do that.

      Class Warfare.  The ancient story of left (democracy and equality loving people) vs right (tyrannical plutarchs, and their stooges among the lower classes who support them).

      Fuck kings, queens, and fascist leaders and dictators who support, foster, and represent plutocracy everywhere.  Life expectancy in the US is declining because of hopelessness caused by the the rapid polarization of wealth, and the greedy ratfuckers who are deliberately polarizing it for their profit, power, and control.

      Bernie….because fuck this shit.

      Promote Freedom From Religion, and Separation of Church and State.

      See how much you will pay for Healthcare under Bernie Sanders Medicare for All plan:
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      Together, together, my friends, we have begun a political revolution to transform America, and that revolution, our revolution, continues! ~ Bernie

  • #232111

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    Might be because of the sinking realization that we’re living in a post-prosperity world. That we’ve been robbed blind, and the wealth burned. That the system built in place over the last fifty years is there to not just bar us out, but actually destroy us once the people benefiting from it right now finally roll over and die.

    For example, I’m not a Climatologist, but I understand the subject well enough for a lay person.  I understand that our very concept of “civilization” hangs in a delicate cradle of temperatures dependent on early Holocene averages that can sustain our agricultural staples, and that a swing in that cradle can dump the proverbial baby right out. I understand that billions of people live on coastal plains and are dependent on glacial meltwater making its way to those coasts every year, season after season. I understand that carbon dioxide is an insulator – I’ve done the experiment myself! And I understand that humans are pumping the stuff back into the atmosphere faster than all the plants on the land and all the diatoms in the oceans can swallow it back down. I understand that a two-degree rise in the global average temperature brings us to the sort of climate we had during the Miocene, when Germany was an Everglade swamp and central Australia an inland sea. I understand that four degrees takes us to Eocene temperatures, when palm trees and crocodiles lined the north shores of Greenland and Antarctica was a rainforest.

    And I understand that the people who are entrusted with power are more worried about whether doing something about this will let another nation get an economic edge in the short term… and that the people from whom the power comes, are mostly content to let it be that way, because no one wants to rock the boat. because no one wants to lose their status, or their prestige. Because it’s hard to move away from the crowd – The bystander effect is very real.

    because i understand that, short of mass, organized violence to force change, it won’t change – and I know that no one, including me, wants to go down that road. So we’re going to sit idle, and everything’s going to die. because someone wanted to get rich. Because someone wanted to think their country had a bigger dick. because someone thought it was “god’s plan.” Because apathy is easier than action, and because action has not yielded results.

    So I can totally understand people my age drinking themselves to death or whatever. For us, “I Want To Die” is not a cry for help that needs a hotline or therapy… it’s literally just a statement of the zeitgeist.

    • #232114

      Cold Mountain Trail
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      Bleak picture you paint.

      Pessimism of the spirit but always optimism of the will

    • #232117

      Voltairine
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      In light of historical data, Holocene has been exceptionally long and stable. Regardless of quality and quantity of human contribution to climate change, climate does change and the Holocene climate can’t be expected to continue indefinitely.

      If we accept that 1) Evolution is adaptation and 2) our control over climate is at best extremely limited, then we need to start to really think what kind of social models would be most adaptive to climate change, instead of expecting and demanding climate change to take orders from the social model of civilization.

      The level of control that the technological civilization has developed amounts to ability to prevent very abrupt and very devastating climate changes caused by big fiery rocks falling from the sky. To keep on evolving together with rest of biosphere, we’d like to maintain that ability. To maintain that ability, going fully back to otherwise very resilient  and adaptive pre-civilization hunter-gatherer ways of life is not an option.

      So, that leaves the option of evolving to post civilization, something what we haven’t done yet and is different from this highly unsustainable civilization. I think what we need 1) in terms of social model is evolution from nation state model to communist society of global solidarity and compassion and peer-to-peer cooperation that modern information technology enables, so that humanity as whole can adapt better to local climate changes, as well as 2) sustainable primary production, which means evolution from unsustainable agriculture of top soil mining to multi-layered food forest horticulture (“permaculture”) and 3) efficient recycling of minerals etc., in productive use that enables technological infrastructure of information networks and sustainable energy and asteroid defense (which can be combined with asteroid mining for more mineral resources).

      Aloha!

    • #232118

      Voltairine
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      because i understand that, short of mass, organized violence to force change, it won’t change

       

      I don’t agree with this. To change, we need to develop alternative, better system to replace this badly failing system, and blockchain revolution can do that by radically reorganizing social relations in wholly peaceful manner from class society to p2p society where we all can equally own the data we share and benefit from the synergy of our data sharing.

      Aloha!

      • #232119

        The Red Menace
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        I don’t wanna be rude but… you know that you sound like a deeply-ingrown marketing department, right? Seriously, trim that jargon and buzzword usage.

        Second, kings only stop being kings when you cut their heads off. Proven historical fact with an incredibly consistent track record. If it makes you uncomfortable, fine, I understand, it’s not a fun fact. But it is a fact.

        • #232128

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          Yes the oligarchs have to go, but the replacement political system must be more resistant to the diseases of servitude and malaise. Lopping off of heads, just replaces the names, but the attitude too often remains the same without societal growth. Historically, some innovations have tended to provide ‘power-to-the-people’ like the printing press and the hoplite phalanx. Jeffersonian democracy was such an innovation.

          Voltairine describes approaches without historical precedent. Our current peer-to-peer cooperation, permaculture, recycling of minerals.

          Although I appreciate The Red Menace’s critique using historical precedence (not rude at all), I don’t understand the dismissal of innovation since we are communicating with a technology that enables the sharing of ideas that is without historical precedence.

           

          “Go and tell Alexander that God the Supreme King is never the Author of insolent wrong, but is the Creator of light, of peace, of life, of water, of the body of man and of souls;...what Alexander offers and the gifts he promises are things to me utterly useless;..." Dandamis, a great sannyasi of Taxila.Excerpt From: Yogananda, Paramahansa. “Autobiography of a Yogi.”

        • #232133

          Voltairine
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          Capitalism comes from the word capita which means ‘head’. We can’t achieve real change without cutting that head, and we can’t go off money cold turkey, so we need to replace capitalist money with socially owned monetary system, money created directly as UBI. That requires “some technical math jargon” and if saying so makes some people angry cause they are too lazy and/or dogmatic to study, tough.

          I’ve been a member of a revolutionary socialist party (a Trotter faction) that has violent revolution in the party program. I’ve seen that game, and through personal experience understand perfectly why people aren’t into vanguard parties. Like, at all. I’ve also lived in ecovillages, that’s sweet life and real people are into that shit, but it does not solve the larger scale issue. I’ve been studying and thinking these issues for few decades, and come up with couple novel thoughts also myself. Changing monetary system into UBI co-op takes a while, as the scale of change is civilization scale paradigm shift from growth to balance. And as far as the initiative comes from non-state sector instead of from people working inside the system, next necessary step is socially owned social media platforms to replace the current corporate monsters, and with new tech, the governance of socially owned information networks requires loads of creative thinking, experimentation and trial and error. The biggest current global obstacle that slows down development is US red tape regulation that protects big capital from genuine competition with co-op economy. But global society does not want to abandon people living in US at the mercy of their tyrants, so we accept the delay because of US bureaucracy.

          Aloha!

  • #232113

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    “There’s something more fundamental about how people are feeling at some level — whether it’s economic, whether it’s stress, whether it’s deterioration of family,” Ellen Meara, a professor at the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice, told the Washington Post….

    It’s the oligarchy, stupid!

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