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Another Suicide…

I just posted about two suicides this week and here’s another awful news…

The week is ending with the extremely shocking news that culinary legend Anthony Bourdain has been found dead of what reports are describing as a suicide.

I truly don’t get it, I’ve read his memoir kitchen Confidential (2000) about his hard beginning dealing with alcohol and drugs abuse, and he seemed indestructible to me, like Superman. 

Anthony was bad ass, plain and simple! 

Pretty shocking and sad!

And regardless of Anthony’s case, if you’re dealing with depression or emotional / mental issues don’t be ashamed or feel like its a burden to ask for help… I’m telling you that.

Rest in peace, Chef.

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The Silent Epidemic

The sister of the Queen of the Netherlands has been found hanged in her apartment in an apparent suicide…

The Dutch government has confirmed that Queen Maxima’s younger sister, Ines Zorreguieta, 33, was found dead two days ago in Buenos Aires, Argentina, their homeland.

Ines reportedly suffered from depression and mental health problems.

Few days ago, American fashion designer Kate Spade also took her life. She also suffered from depression and anxiety for many years.

Suicide has been described as a “silent epidemic”: epidemic because of its high incidence and substantial contribution to mortality, and silent because of a lack of public awareness, a paucity of explanatory research, and the reluctance to seek help for suicide-related concerns. 

Depression is a nasty disease!

I read an article a while back that asked why someone would commit suicide.

They likened it to being in a burning building. No matter how much they wanted to stay the flames kept closing in and they had to jump. It was a sobering and honest testament to people who are struggling with their depression.

I hope all the victims found the peace that eluded them in this life.

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The Cop who didn’t shoot

There have been a lot of these… London. Munster. Berlin. Barcelona. Paris. Nice. Stockholm.

It’s hard to recall the details of any one specifically or to tell them apart. There’s a van or a car. Often it is rented. The driver steers it into a crowd, killing as many pedestrians as he can. Most end when whoever is behind the wheel is shot, or shoots himself.

Today it was Toronto, 10 pedestrians dead, 15 injured…  A horror. A tragedy.

But this one may stand out in our memory for more than the fact that it happened here, in Canada. It will also be remembered as “The one with the cop… the cop who didn’t shoot.”

No motive is currently known, all we know is that the criminal is a 25-year-old fucked up!

At any point if the cop had fired and killed the suspect, the public, his peers, the press, even the driver himself, everyone would have understood. In fact, we likely would have called him a hero.

What held his finger? Bravery? Training? Compassion? Perhaps we will find out in the days ahead. But whatever it is, it deserves attention.

It is easy to take a life. A quick turn of the steering wheel and 10 people are gone. A small amount of pressure on the trigger, and the suspect is dead.

We kill each other out of hate, or fear, or ignorance, or duty. Sadly, we understand this instinct well. This is the dark side of humanity. And rightly, we are mesmerised by the horror of it.

But we also possess the instinct to keep each other alive.

This part of us can be more difficult to understand. But it deserves our devotion much more than the act of killing does.

These moments of humanity are not uncommon, but they are precious. It would be good if we could remember that about Toronto, remember the cop who didn’t shoot the bastard.

My thoughts go out to the victims of this senseless act of violence.

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Timeless Classic Of The Day

Mercy Mercy Me/I Want You by LEGEND Robert Palmer

Your happiness is all I crave.

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WTF Avicii Has Died!!

The 2013 radio hit Wake Me Up isn’t just a catchy song; it’s also what Avicii fans (yours truly included) are no doubt feeling after hearing this sad news.

The Associated Press is reporting that 28-year-old Swedish DJ and producer Avicii, whose real name is Tim Bergling, was found dead in Muscat, Oman

Police are still investigating his death. Avicii has suffered in the past with acute pancreatitis, which was in part caused by excessive drinking. In 2014, he had his gallbladder and appendix removed. He quit touring in 2016, but continued to make music in studio and was one of the highest-paid DJs in the world. Avicii began producing music at 16, and started touring when he was 18.

This is a real, true gone-but-not-forgotten situation. Because even though Avicii is no longer with us on Earth, his music will remain. Specifically his song Levels.

It’s everywhere, always. Every mall, every club, every Spring Break. I’m almost sure it’s the unofficial soundtrack to being inside an Uber on a Saturday night

As for myself, this is the song from Avicci I relate and have played the most…

28 is too fucking young to die. RIP Avicii.

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The Queen’s Corgi Dynasty Has Come An End

Queen Elizabeth’s last Corgi died at age 14 last Sunday.

The Telegraph reports:

The Queen has reportedly been hit “extremely hard” by the loss of her corgi Willow who died on Sunday – ending Her Majesty’s close association with the breed dating back eight decades. The dog, which was 14th generation and descended from the Queen’s first dog Susan, was suffering from a cancer-related illness.

It is understood The Queen did not want Willow, who was almost 15, to suffer any further. As a descendant of Susan, who was an 18th birthday present when she was then Princess Elizabeth, Willow had a particularly close link with the Queen.

In 2015, the Queen decided to stop breeding Pembroke Welsh corgis over fears she might trip over and hurt herself over them. It was also reported that she didn’t want to leave any behind when she dies. During her time looking after them, she has had more than 30 corgis stemming from Susan’s puppies Sugar and Honey, who were born in 1949.

Now this truly saddens me as dogs are far greater than any human.

And regardless of any opinion about the Queen, one thing is for sure, she has a big heart for dogs. And gave to hers a very happy life.

Rest in peace, Willow, you are in now slumming it in heaven where it’s definitely not as luxurious as Buckingham Palace, but still safe. My sincere condolences to the Queen!

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In Honour Of a Tragedy

As an emotional vigil in honour of the 15 victims killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash came to a close in Saskatchewan, a grassroots campaign sprang up across Canada.

It began with broadcaster Brian Munz, who passed on an idea from a high school buddy, on Sunday night.

The call to action was quickly taken up. The simple yet powerful gesture on porches and at front and back doors, in the still chilly spring evening, was brought together with the hashtag #putyoursticksout.

The Humboldt Broncos’ player ranged in age from 16 to 21 years.

They were on a road trip that was scheduled to take just over two hours,when the bus they were in and a truck collided Friday evening.

Absolutely devastating.

Sending strength to the families, friends & loved ones of the players, coaches and support staff of the Humboldt Broncos during this incredibly difficult time. 

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