State of Our Union

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah Published on Jun 17, 2019 Phoenix police threatened to shoot a couple in front of their young kids over an allegedly shoplifted doll in an unsettling but not uncommon abuse of power.

how is this for a snap shot into the state of the Union

Frightening, but not surprising. It’s a sign of the times.

By the numbers: An alarming rise in suicide

By Lea Winerman January 2019

30% increase
The increase in the rate of death by suicide in the United States between 2000 and 2016, from 10.4 to 13.5 per 100,000 people, according to a National Center for Health Statistics analysis of data from the National Vital Statistics System. The rate increased by about 1 percent per year from 2000 through 2006 and by about 2 percent per year from 2006 through 2016.

50% increase
The increase in suicides among girls and womenbetween 2000 and 2016, from 4 to 6 per 100,000.

21% increase
The increase in suicides among boys and menbetween 2000 and 2016, from 17.7 to 21.4 per 100,000.

10% increase
Suicide was the 10th-leading cause of death in the United States in 2016. It was the second-leading cause of death among people ages 10 to 34 and the fourth-leading cause among people ages 35 to 54.

Source: Hedegaard, H., et al. (2018). Suicide rates in the United States continue to increase. NCHS Data Brief No. 309. National Center for Health Statistics. Available at


Economic uncertainty, family/community disintegration, and personal atomization are all big contributors to the current suicide epidemic.

It is only a little bit of a stretch to say modern liberalism has led to this situation.

Conclusion - capitalism isn’t working!!! Its going to kill us all eventually

It is only a little bit of a stretch to say modern liberalism has led to this situation.
It's a huge stretch.

You’ll find more fault with, faith-blinded dogmatic existence that’s inbred a bizarre hostility towards our life sustaining planet and put self-interest above all else, convincing its believers Earth is only good for being consumed. So that’s what we are doing.

We can’t think no better, in the final analysis for all the smarts and ingenuity we possess we remain as stupid as termites.

It’s as simple as human greed and self-centered blindness towards the physical world that we depend on for everything.