John Lennon | Bring on the Lucie (Freeda Peeple) | Mind Games (1973)
We don’t care what flag you’re waving.
Originally Shark Week made sharks less monstrous with education, now Discovery Channel sells lies.
Shark Week is absurdly popular. Maybe it’s not absurd since sharks are pretty much awesome. It’s not surprising that people are hungry for information about these tantalizingly terrifying beasts. So shouldn’t Discovery Channel be … you know … informing people?
Sir Richard Attenborough (August 29, 1923 - August 24, 2014) winning the Best Director and Best Picture Oscars for Gandhi (1982). Rest in peace.
24 August 1981 - Mark David Chapman is sentenced to 20 years to life for the murder of John Lennon, a founding member of The Beatles, one of the most successful bands in the history of popular music.
Chapman, now 59, was denied parole for an eighth time on Friday, 22 August 2014. Chapman is pictured here with John Lennon six hours before the shooting. Lennon is signing a copy of his Double Fantasy album for Chapman.
24 August 1992 - Hurricane Andrew makes landfall in the United States just south of Miami as a category-5 hurricane. The fourth costliest Atlantic hurricane in U.S. history (behind Hurricanes Katrina (2005), Sandy (2012), and Ike (2008)), Hurricane Andrew is the third strongest hurricane to hit the United States (behind Hurricanes “Labor Day” (1935) and Camille (1969)).
Count Basie (August 21, 1904 - April 26, 1984) “April in Paris”
The apparent execution of the freelance journalist James Foley on August 19, 2014 in Syria by the Islamic State would be a war crime if confirmed. Groups detaining journalists should immediately and unconditionally release them.
The Islamic State, formerly known as the Islamic State in Iraq and Sham (ISIS), released a video of Foley’s purported execution. The group announced that it also is holding the US citizen journalist Steven Sotloff and that his fate depends on future US policy measures against the extremist group. Deliberate murder of civilians and hostage taking during an armed conflict are war crimes.
“James went to Syria because of his commitment to exposing the horrors civilians faced since the uprising against the government there,” said Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch. “He, like the other journalists who are now held prisoner in Syria, courageously risked his life so that the world might know the truth and act to ease the suffering of the Syrian people.”
Foley, a US citizen, had been missing in Syria since November 22, 2012. Despite his family’s persistent efforts, including a global campaign to free their son, very little was known about his situation and whereabouts throughout the period of his abduction, including which group was holding him. In its publicized execution of the journalist, the Islamic State claimed that his killing was in retaliation for US military intervention against the group in Iraq.
Prior to his abduction, Foley worked as an independent journalist in the Middle East for five years. He covered the conflicts in Afghanistan, Libya, and Syria for the GlobalPost, Agence France-Presse, and other international news agencies. In addition to his journalistic work, Foley had assisted Human Rights Watch with the video documentation of human rights violations. He was also one of the filmmakers who filmed the work of the Human Rights Watch emergency team for the independent documentary “E-Team”.
Photo: James Foley (left) filming in Sirte, Libya on September 29, 2011. © 2011 Getty Images
MY PERSONAL STORY ABOUT DEPRESSION AND SUICIDE IDEATION
Depression is not the same thing as being depressed. While difficult situations can push a person deeper into depression, they can easily fall into despair when things are good. The way most people feel after a breakup or divorce, after they get fired, or when things are tough is being depressed (which can get serious if ignored). On the other hand, depression can cause those things. Depression is the problem. Depression can be the strain that breaks your marriage, and not the result of a strain. Depression is a disease. Depression eats away at your insides making it difficult to feel emotions in a normal way. And, depression can lead to other issues. Being depressed is situational. Depression is not caused by a situation or circumstance, but intense traumatic events like sexual assault and combat can lead to depression if PTSD is not taken seriously. In this instance, depression is what your brain grows accustomed to when you live in your pain for too long. It becomes a part of you if left untreated and changes the way your brain functions physically.
Robin Williams’ suicide has left me thinking a lot about myself. I see myself in him. The harsh reactions and the well-intentioned misinformation about depression shared by some people surrounding Robin Williams’ suicide makes me want to take positive action. Rather than wallow in a funk, I’ve shared articles about depression and mental health and am now sharing my story to educate and raise awareness.
I don’t consider myself an actor, but I always feel like I’m acting to keep myself together and to keep a normal appearance. What you see is my attempt to manage. What you don’t see is a struggle. I’ve cut myself up pretty bad many times. I’ve drunk bleach. I’ve imagined myself jumping from buildings and bridges, jumping in front of subway trains, and blowing my brains out. These actions and thoughts were not cries for attention since I did them alone or without anyone’s knowledge.
I’ve seen six therapists over the years and been part of two therapy groups at different times. I’ve been on the psychotropic drugs Wellbutrin (antidepressant) and Seroquel XR (antipsychotic), and prescription sleep aids to curb insomnia. I put the suicide prevention lifeline number, 1-800-273-8255 (TALK), in my speed dial. I’ve walked into hospital emergency rooms three times desperate for help because I knew what I was capable of, and that I was on the edge of going too far. I remember not knowing what to say when one admit nurse asked if I felt I was a danger to myself right then even though I knew the answer. I wasn’t crying or catatonic, but I took a long time in answering. I was shaking as I tried to hold myself together. The simplest of questions, like “how’s your day”, was too complex.
I’ve had friends attack me for my depressive states accusing me of being selfish and that I don’t know what hard times are. They’d tell me their problems and belittle anything I’d say. They admitted they wanted to push me and make me angry with them so I’d let it out. I know they were trying to use reverse psychology on me, but they didn’t know it just made me feel like I had one less person to confide in. They were confusing depression with being depressed. I just wanted someone to talk with about anything and get my mind off of depression. I was trying to let it pass. They were making it worse. Their harsh reactions made me reluctant to confide in any friends.
To claim suicide is selfish is to not understand what it means to take one’s own life. A person that takes their own life doesn’t value their life. They don’t think of themselves as worth living. I never went through with suicide because of a selfish desire to prove to myself that my life is worth living.
If you or someone you know is suffering from depression, seek professional help. Seek the assistance of a hospital or a clinician. The U.S. National Suicide Prevention Helpline can be reached at 1-800-273-8255 (1-800-273-TALK).