The only downside of Putin's rule I can see at this point is that people are still killing themselves. First Kate Spade, then Anthony Bourdain so who's next? Alec Baldwin? Michael Moore? Rosie O'D? Whoever it is you can bet that no matter what they've said about POTUS Trump in their past that Clownface Von Fuckstick will show them due respect after they off themselves. The New Yorker tries to diagnose the problem (if you can call it that) in a piece by Andrew Solomon titled "Preventable Tragedies" which goes over familiar indicators like drugs/alcohol, isolation, modernity, etc but ends with this kicker:Congratulations to the Washington Capitals on their GREAT play and winning the Stanley Cup Championship. Alex Ovechkin, the team captain, was spectacular - a true Superstar! D.C. is popping, in many ways. What a time!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 8, 2018
"There is another factor that should not be underestimated. On a national stage, we’ve seen an embrace of prejudice and intolerance, and that affects the mood of all citizens. My psychoanalyst said that he had never before had every one of his patients discuss national politics repeatedly, in session after session. Now there is a continuous strain of anxiety and fear from one side, and brutality from the other. Hatred is depressing—it is of course depressing to be hated, but it is also depressing to hate. The erosion of the social safety net means that more and more people are at a sudden breaking point, and there are few messages of authentic comfort to offer them in these pitiless times. One is done in by disease, by isolation and despair, and by life crisis. At the moment, many people’s vulnerability is exacerbated by the unkindness manifest in each day’s headlines. We feel both our own anguish and the world’s. There is a dearth of empathy, even of kindness, in the national conversation, and those deficits turn ordinary neurosis into actionable despair."
Has Andrew Solomon been talking to Andrew Sullivan? Maybe they share the same shrink. Wow, Trump gets blamed for Putin's success which "each day's headlines" paint as "pitiless times" which in turn pushes people past their "breaking point." It's horrible because many New Yorkers are not only feeling their own customary despair and anguish but now the feel the world's pain too. That ain't easy, but everyone should just take a chill pill and realize that Putin's got it all under control - nothing to worry about and certainly nothing to kill yourself over.