Joe Rogan fails to grasp depression

People don’t understand clinical depression. Even though there’s lots of information available about the subject, too many people insist on remaining ignorant about it. That’s fine. People can choose what they want to educate themselves about. The problem I have are people who know nothing about clinical depression, yet talk about it as though they do. People like Joe Rogan.

Joe Rogan knows nothing about clinical depression. He doesn’t let that stop him from talking about it on camera and into a microphone.

This is what I’m referring to:

To say someone can treat clinical depression by picking up a hobby, engaging in intense exercise, or adding struggle to their life, is stupid.

One of the symptoms of clinical depression is a loss of interest. How does a person pick up a hobby when they don’t care about anything? A person suffering from clinical depression often doesn’t get pleasure from things. You can’t make clinical depression go away by swinging a kettlebell. You can’t make clinical depression go away by struggling more.

Of all the things said by Joe Rogan, the dumbest thing has got to be his comments on struggle. Clinical depression is one of the the worst kinds of struggle a person can face. People take their own lives because the struggle of depression wears them down. They get to the point where they believe the only way they will ever get relief from their struggle is by ceasing to exist.

Suicide is not killing yourself or causing harm to yourself. It’s making yourself cease to exist.

Joe Rogan thinks people suffering from clinical depression need more struggle? That’s like saying people with leukemia need tumors in their brain.

Clinical depression isn’t the same thing as feeling blue. It’s not like feeling down because things just aren’t going well in your life. One of the worst things about clinical depression is that it usually lacks a clear causation. You feel severe depression for no real reason.

What annoys me the most about the above video is Joe Rogan admits he doesn’t understand depression, yet still feels qualified to provide remedies to the problem. He should have stopped at admitting his own ignorance on depression and moved on to something he does know about.

Adam Carolla needs to stop lying about Stamps.com

The Adam Carolla Show, a daily podcast hosted by Adam Carolla, features live read ads throughout the show.  One of the more regular ad spots is for Stamps.com, a service that allows you to buy and print postage from your computer.

The United States Post Office also allows you to do the same thing on their website. The difference being that Stamps.com charges $15.99 per month for the privilege, while the USPS lets you buy and print postage free. Continue reading Adam Carolla needs to stop lying about Stamps.com

Working on my version of minimalism

It seems the harder I try to live a life of minimalism, the harder it becomes. It’s as though the Universe knows of my plans and is doing everything in its power to thwart my efforts.

First, our Internet cable provider tried to raise our rates. We signed up with Antietam Cable one year ago. It turned out we were paying an introductory fee of $59.95 a month for high-speed Internet. That came with 50 Mbps downloads and 600 GB of data a month. Yes, they cap our data. To commemorate our one-year anniversary with Antietam Cable they tried to increase our bill to $89. 95 a month, a $30 monthly increase.

Instead of just taking this increase, I called Antietam Cable and downgraded our package. We’re now paying $54.95 a month for high-speed Internet. Downloads are now down to 10 Mbps. That’s more than enough. Netflix and YouTube look no different than when we were downloading at 50 Mbps. Our data is now capped at 350 GB a month. Even when we were trying to do the whole cord cutting thing, we never used more than 350 GB a month.

What I learned is that we had way more Internet than what we needed. Instead of paying another $30 a month, we’re actually saving five bucks a month.

Secondly, I noticed MLB.TV charged my credit card for the 2017 season. I had MLB.TV last year so that I could watch the Los Angeles Dodgers. I wasn’t planning on renewing my subscription this year. It would seem that I was auto renewed. I canceled my subscription, but it looks like they canceled my subscription for the 2018 season, not this season. At least that’s what I gathered from the email they sent me. This contradicts the message on the screen I read upon canceling my subscription. It said my 2017 MLB.TV Premium Yearly Subscription was canceled.

I contacted MLB.TV support along with a screenshot of the confirmation screen. If they don’t return the money back to my credit card, I’ll file a chargeback with my credit card.

For me, minimalism means not paying extra to watch baseball games.  I already get every Orioles and Nationals game with Dish. I’ll also get games Fox, ESPN, TBS, and the MLB Network. I don’t need to watch the Dodgers.

The more I delve into this thing called minimalism, the more I realize minimalism comes in all sorts of shapes and sizes. What is minimalism to one person may not be minimalism to someone else. To some people, just having a TV in your home is not “true” minimalism. That’s fine for them. I’m not that type of minimalist, nor do I want to be. I’m focusing on my own version of minimalism and working to stay true to that.