Billings is the most depressed city in the country.
31% of the people that live there are depressed, or about 37,000 people.
I wrote a whole big chapter on this in my final Montana history book, in case you’re interested. Most people aren’t.
Sadly, many think if they just take a pill, they’ll get better.
That’s bullshit pushed by Big Pharma so they can take your money.
In 2019, nearly 13% of Montanans were taking anti-depressant drugs. We now know that these drugs - SSRI inhibitors - don’t even work.
But Big Pharma sure made a shit-ton of money off that garbage first, didn’t they?
Prozac alone has made over $22 billion in profits for the drug peddlers since it came out in 1987.
It’s interesting how stupid we are.
None of us took a pill to become depressed…but we think if we take a pill, we’ll suddenly get better.
What’ll actually make you feel less depressed is doing the exact opposite of what Big Pharma, corporate media, the government, and just about every other authority tells you.
- Eating right
- Turning off the TV
- Working less
- Buying less
- Turning off the phone
- Going outside
- Saving money
- Ignoring the news
But none of those things are profitable for the current powers that be.
So keep popping those pills. At least you’re making multi-millionaire executives happy!
Most who quit their jobs during or after the pandemic have come to regret it.
Some wish they could go back to old jobs. But not people that worked in healthcare or education.
Those jobs are so bad that 67% of people that had them would never go back.
I think that tells us a lot.
These jobs are critical for our society to function, right?
But they’re so odious that the people actually doing them would rather do anything else.
Doesn’t that seem like a problem we should discuss?
The Money Don’t Lie
It’s clear what the biggest problem in America is - Republican voters.
Last night Joe Biden brow-beat and shamed 74 million Americans that vote conservative.
A few hours before, his press secretary, Karine Jean-Pierre stated, “When you are not with where the majority of Americans are, then, you know, that is extreme. That is an extreme way of thinking.”
Let the divisions begin!
Biden gave his anti-conservative speech in front of a blood-red Nazi-like background, complete with marines standing guard…just so you know he means business.
This morning he followed that up with some new spending ideas…none of which will benefit you.
- $2 billion more for energy supply stuff (you know…because of Russia).
- $12 billion more for Ukraine.
- $22 billion more for Covid.
Yep, $36 billion more fresh-off-the-presses money that we don’t have, that our great-grandkids can’t pay back, and which - honestly - this country doesn’t need.
But by golly, we’ll get it.
Just not the people that need it.
Like the good folks in Jackson, Mississippi…all 150,000 of them?
They get $75 million to help fix their broken water system, which needs $2 billion to work properly.
But they’re not important.
- American citizens aren’t as important as the military in Ukraine.
- They’re not as important as the Big Pharma executives.
- They’re not as important as the oil executives.
Actions speak louder than words, and money speaks loudest of all.
Joe Biden doesn’t care about Americans, period.
We don’t talk about that anymore.
Nope, just swept covid under the rug. All the lockdowns and lost jobs and government handouts - just forget about it. Move on. It never happened.
That’s pretty much the story today. The media has turned its back on Covid. Business as usual now.
But we get reports that things aren’t quite ‘as usual’ with people’s health.
For instance, a 56-page report called Group Live COVID-19 Mortality Survey Report by the SOA Research Institute came out in January.
This is the big life insurance report that showed deaths from all causes were way up…and no one could really figure out why.
It's alright - we don't talk about this anymore.
Many of the anti-vaxxers used it as proof that there was something wrong with the vaccine.
Yeah…the vaccine - something else we don’t talk about anymore. Why is that?
Anyway, it’s pretty average for around 7,500 people to die in the US each day.
So if, let’s say, you had a serious natural disaster like a massive flood or forest fire or earthquake and an extra 7,500 people died one day.
You’d have 100% excess mortality.
The life insurance report found that by the end of 2021, excess mortality among all age groups in the US had surpassed 200%.
That’s an extra 15,000 people dying each day on top of the usual average.
And it happened in the 35 to 55 age group.
Oh…I’m sorry - we don’t talk about this.
We really need to gang-up on this problem of fentanyl in our communities, and the larger reasons people are using it.
Much of it comes down to broken homes and broken upbringings.
There’s an interesting story about a former Bloods gang member in LA in the 90s, one who somehow turned his life around and became a youth pastor today.
It’s an interesting read. He mentions that he grew up in a happy family of four, but things really went downhill when his parents divorced when he was in fifth grade.
"The divorce is when my anger started,” he says. “I joined the gang at 9 because I was just trying to fit in and trying to feel that love and support.”
What troubles do we as a society put on young families that drive so many to divorce, which in turn causes their kids to feel angry and rejected. Many then turn to drugs.
How can we do better?
Why do we make it so hard for working families today?