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Battling Depression / Open Lines

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Date Host Ian Punnett
Guests John Moe, Open Lines

For years John Moe, writer and critically-acclaimed public radio personality, struggled with depression. It plagued his family and claimed the life of his brother in 2007. As Moe came to terms with his own illness, he began to see similar patterns of behavior and coping mechanisms surfacing in conversations with others who struggled with the disorder. Moe joined guest host Ian Punnett (Twitter) to discuss the comfort and community he felt through open dialogue about these shared experiences and how specifically humor had a unique power - helping to peel away depression’s universal themes of hopelessness, constant tiredness, challenges of work-life, self-medicating, suicide, and the hereditary aspects of depression's gripping hold on happiness.

Moe admitted he did not get diagnosed with depression until his mid-thirties. "I thought... the reality of the world was that I was kind of weird and just not as good as everyone else," he said, noting these kinds of thoughts and distortions are a product of the disorder. Moe spoke about a traumatic memory from his brother's suicide which led into therapy and a treatment known as Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR). According to Moe, it was a life-changing miracle cure for him. He pointed out there is not one way to treat depression. Some will respond to therapy or medicine, and others to exercise or mediation in a process that will likely involve trial and error. "I'm encouraging people to look around for things that work for them," Moe recommended.

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Open Lines followed in the latter half of the program. Blare in Sedona wondered if the economy, suffering as it is from the COVID-19 pandemic, could be jumpstarted by mining the sea floor. According to Blare, the United Nations has an International Seabed Authority headquartered in Kingston, Jamaica, that is charged with selecting locations where extraction of the seabed can be permitted. "Copper, nickel, silver, platinum, gold, and gemstones are waiting to get scooped up," he said.

Freddie from Springfield commented on recent news about the Pentagon's UFO unit releasing some of its findings. According to Freddie, there are three possible explanations for the origin of the unexplained aerial objects in the forthcoming reports: they are Chinese projects, US military cover-ups the size of the Manhattan Project, or they are alien craft. Freddie leaned toward the extraterrestrial explanation. Walter in Washington told Ian he thinks we are soon due for an "angelic spaceship invasion." Walter revealed he has video evidence of angelic lights in the sky and they have shown themselves to him for many years. "I think they've been here for a long time and I think our government knows about it," he suggested.

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