Posts Tagged ‘death’

Quote of the Day: Fyodor Dostoyevsky

March 27, 2011

“Where is it,” thought Raskolnikov. “Where is it I’ve read that someone condemned to death says or thinks, an hour before his death, that if he had to live on some high rock, on such a narrow ledge that he’d only room to stand, and the ocean, everlasting darkness, everlasting solitude, everlasting tempest around him, if he had to remain standing on a square yard of space all his life, a thousand years, eternity, it were better to live so than to die at once! Only to live, to live and live! Life, whatever it may be! … How true it is! Good God, how true! Man is a vile creature! … And vile is he who calls him vile for that,” he added a moment later.

– Crime and Punishment

Today; There are 6.8 Billion Great Apes in the World

October 25, 2009

On Earth there are (all subspecies put together, and roughly estimated):

6,800,000,000 humans

300,000 chimpanzees

300,000 gorillas

50,000 orangutans

6,800,650,000 in total (99.9% are humans)

We all have conscious minds, we all have parents, we all need to pee from time to time and hopefully we all have a playful childhood.

I will never get over the fact that I am an ape

I will never get over the fact that I am stuck like a magnet to the Globe

I will never get over the fact that I am using proteins to type these words

and when I die I will dissolve

The Split Face Diving Accident Video

October 23, 2009

… is fake.

The video is spreading like a virus online, it came to my attention just a few hours ago, and unfortunately nobody has translated it into English yet. I mention it because it seems millions of viewers don’t even bother to check the source of this video. This is, in brief, what happens in the video:

A guy is diving off a ledge in Corniche, Beirut, slips, smashes his head into a concrete block far below, there’s blood in the water, people gather in the water to assist. Cut to an ER with a doctor holding the two halves of a breathing boy’s face together.

Don’t watch it unless you want to see something you will later wish you hadn’t seen.

The whole clip was put on this blog on July 7th:

http://videomahzeni.blogspot.com/2009/09/dalis-kazasi-sonuna-kadar-mutlaka.html

and the diving accident was reported on in Lebanese media at the same time.

However, the ER part of the clip was already on the Internet on June 31st:

http://www.theync.com/media.php?name=9999-mans-face-completely-split-open

However, the myth says that the same girl shot both scenes with her Nokia cell phone and that only the diving scene surfaced online at first and then the ER scene was uploaded later the same day.

I’m guessing the blood could be fake, the whole ER scene could be fake, but most likely the connection between the two clips is what’s really fake. I don’t know if the diver survived, but the other guy most likely died shortly after the film was shot. Most people seem to think that that was a 9mm suicide attempt.

If you know Arabic, please translate it to shed some light on this as my research reach has its limits.

Once You Go Obama, You Never Go Back

July 31, 2009

Obama called a cop stupid and bang, everybody ignores well-fare. In Sweden most people know that it is desirable to be able to offer all humans the health-care they need, even though we fall short of this goal in practice. In the States, it’s not even obvious that this should be the goal. Instead this idea is questioned.

“What?! The rich have to pay for the poor?”

We’re all monkeys and yet some monkeys think they are different from other monkeys. How can we rationalize inequality; national, global, or personal?

The President of the United States of America is a black male named Barack Hussein Obama. Before him, there were 44 white males. Assuming the term of service stays 4 years and Americans keep voting for black people as president consistently for the next 170 years, a racial equilibrium will finally be reached. Of course, then another 170 years of Indian rule would be needed, followed by 170 years of Asian ruling, then Aborigines and so on.

Once the racial equilibrium has been reached and white supremacy is only an item for the history books, it would only take another 1000 years to balance out the patriarchy of the States with 250 female presidents in a row. And then another 2000 years of presidents who are either bi, gay or any other sexual orientation apart from heterosexual. Then of course we’d have to have a few millenia of Muslim rule, Buddhists, then Hindus and so on. We can look forward to a wonderful world of open-mindedness and acceptance in the year 16074 A.D, when the United States of America will have ceased to exist a long time ago.

Or, we could put the past behind us and realize that all these attributes – religion, sexuality, skin-colour, gender, height, language, bra size or any mutation or opinion – are irrelevant to all things indirectly related to them. A person who is Christian is not for or against abortion. A person who is 140 centimeters tall might be the president of the Philippines. A person who wears a hat is not necessarily a philanthropist. A Muslim is not necessarily a fantasy novel publisher. An Eskimo is not necessarily your mother. A two-year-old boy is not necessarily in love with a toy tractor. One monkey once ate a banana.

Whatever the topic, job, situation, event or action, the mutant attributes of a human being that makes them unique in comparison to other human beings exist equally in all human beings. Everybody has a skin-colour, even albinos, everybody has sexuality, even asexuals, everybody has a belief, even atheists, everybody has height, everybody has weight, everybody is a bunch of atoms; more specifically a multicellular composition of DNA made from 4 nucleic acids; guanine, adenine, thymine and cytosine – just like plants.

And just like a plant, every individual, unique DNA-cell complex lives for a short while and then dies.

Air France Plane Missing – New Discovery: No Discovery!

June 5, 2009

The new discovery is that the old discovery was nonsense. The plane is not at all closer to be found. 200 people still missing, and why do we care? Why is this news? Why is a vehicle with 200 people missing the most important news story today? Why is the French government officially upset with Brazil because of the evidence that wasn’t evidence? Is it because humans aren’t supposed to fly? How many died when the Titanic sank? A few thousand…

Every day 25,000 children die.

Watch this very telling clip about the swine flu.

A few comments to that:

“I think Hans’ report misses the point.
The Spanish Influenza in 1918 killed 100 million people taking into account 28 percent less the population back then,would kill 325 million today.
That’s why the Swine Flu’s second wave is such a worry!”

“You’re discounting all the advances made over the last 100 years in medicine (vaccines, intensive care), our ability to respond (paved roads and motorized ambulances) and public hygiene the world over (hand washing).

Screaming bloody murder every time a person dies of flu is misleading and unhelpful. A simple “wash your hands” message would save more lives.”

“Of course! H1N1 is highly contagious, as any flu, but its mortality is barely 1-3%.

press won’t ever show this fact… they just want to sell by saying “the deadly virus”.”

Update:

Two headlines today:

“3rd case of swine flu in Gothenburg!”

However, “they are feeling better now.”

And:

“Warning for swine flu in day care center!”

The ‘third case’ has children. However, “No need to close the day care center. Call the hospital if you’re worried, but remember it’s a mild form of flu.”

What a waste of media space…