All Blog Posts Tagged 'death' (89)

Suffer the Children

The general assumption is that an adult is capable of making their own decisions regarding how their life is conducted, what preferences they hold and what choices they make. An adult might be politically conservative or liberal, a meat eater or vegan. They might like action/adventure movies or opt for more cerebral fare at the cinema. Curry might be their preference over Mexican, or vice versa, or they may be equally enthusiastic about both. Regardless, their choices are or certainly should…

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Added by Loren Miller on February 1, 2016 at 8:30am — 15 Comments

RSVP (not sent)

"Dear Alan and Elisha,

"We are planning to have the unveiling service for Belle [my mother, who died last year] on Sunday, November 22 at the Haym Solomon Memorial Park, Frazer, PA at 11am.  We would love to have you join us, but please – [there’s] no pressure."

[Invitation to brunch afterward.]

The above is an invitation from my brother and sister-in-law (Deb, although a New Hampshire Congregationalist, follows along…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 17, 2015 at 12:00pm — 19 Comments

Do Not Pass Go

Who the fuck wants a virgin anyway, much less 72 of them? When it comes to fucking, a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush. It’s like the old Wimpy promise of “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” If that were the case why bother marrying if a virgin is your highest goal. 

In fact, why…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on August 29, 2015 at 10:02am — 35 Comments

The Safety Of The Grave

America has an addiction to guns. So much so, we have the largest gun lobby in the world- the NRA -with members serving in our government. This heavily skews gun rights advocacy and regulation, often stunting bipartisan ties during critical legislation opportunities. How did our constitutional right to be armed if our government needs us, or…

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Added by Bluegrass Skeptic on June 29, 2015 at 11:24am — 2 Comments

The elusive death.

In the murky world of organised religion it seems death, one of the linchpins of theism has been put on hold, indefinitely. Who’s ordered this change in the natural course of life? Nobody really knows. It appears death is not quite what it appears, not mental death anyhow. The soul apparently can’t die. The Sun the galaxy and the universe are all time limited cosmic phenomena but not the…

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Added by Gerald Payne on June 12, 2015 at 4:52pm — 4 Comments

Voluntary Euthanasia: A Quantum Theory of Moral Action (part 5)

This is part 5 of a 5-part series.  Please read them in the order they were posted.

I contemplate writing a book on this subject intended for the educated reader, tentatively titled “My Death, My Choice: A Secular View of Voluntary Euthanasia” in which this quantum theory will play an integral role.  The book assumes that readers hold a secular humanist worldview.  That is, secular in the sense that no deities, afterlives, or other supernatural notions are involved, and…

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Added by DAN DANA on February 18, 2015 at 4:00pm — No Comments

Voluntary Euthanasia: A Quantum Theory of Moral Action (part 4)

This is part 4 of a multi-part series.

 

I contemplate writing a book on this subject intended for the educated reader, tentatively titled “My Death, My Choice: A Secular View of Voluntary Euthanasia” in which this quantum theory will play an integral role.  The book assumes that readers hold a secular humanist worldview.  That is, secular in the sense that no deities, afterlives, or other supernatural notions are involved, and humanistic in the sense that the wellbeing…

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Added by DAN DANA on February 17, 2015 at 5:30pm — 4 Comments

Voluntary Euthanasia: A Quantum Theory of Moral Action (part 3)

This is part 3 of a multi-part series.

I contemplate writing a book on this subject intended for the educated reader, tentatively titled “My Death, My Choice: A Secular View of Voluntary Euthanasia” in which this quantum theory will play an integral role.  The book assumes that readers hold a secular humanist worldview.  That is, secular in the sense that no deities, afterlives, or other supernatural notions are involved, and humanistic in the sense that the wellbeing of human…

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Added by DAN DANA on February 16, 2015 at 11:30am — No Comments

The meaning of "Groundhog Day"

“Now that I’ve shed my skin completely,

One true reality alone exists.”

Zen saying

 

Amid the twin excitements of Super Bowl and blizzard, we vaguely recall that today is also Groundhog Day, which was nothing more than a rather witless locally-oriented celebration until Harold Ramis’ brilliant movie of the same name.  It was and is my all-time favorite message film.

Groundhog Day explores the everydayness of life with an ingenious premise…

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Added by Alan Perlman on February 2, 2015 at 11:59am — 6 Comments

WasJesus Christ, just another Sun (Son) god and the Bible was based on Astrology? It appears very Likely.

Here is an interesting video, linking the Bible and the events with Astrology.

12 Disciples represent the 12 constelations.

The resurrection after 3 days, represents how the Sun appears to become frozen (dies) for 3 days, in the equinox and then appears to start its return (resurrection).

The similarities between all the Sun gods such as Mithra, Horus and Jesus, also point to this astrological basis for the Bible and Jesus Christ.

The Death on the Cross,…

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Added by Dyslexic's DOG on February 1, 2015 at 6:30am — 3 Comments

Reasonings on Thus Spake Zarathustra

This blog was originally written for The Autarkist.

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Nietzche’s Zoroaster, the Atheistic Prophet 

When Zarathustra was alone, however, he said to his heart: “Could it be possible! This old saint in the forest hath not…

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Added by Hiram on January 23, 2015 at 8:07pm — 1 Comment

A tribute to a few of the artists who died last year

Here are some of the artistic pioneers that time will not allow us to forget

1. If I said you name sounded like the Lone Ranger’s horse who I would be thinking of?

2. If I said you were a bass player with children who play music,who would you be?

3. If I said you made us laugh when you said  ‘good morning” and you made us…

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Added by kenyatta yamel on January 3, 2015 at 8:30am — 10 Comments

Voluntary Euthanasia: A Quantum Theory of Moral Action (part 2)

This is part 2 of a multi-part series.

I contemplate writing a book on this subject intended for the educated reader, tentatively titled “My Death, My Choice: A Secular View of Voluntary Euthanasia” in which this quantum theory will play an integral role.  The book assumes that readers hold a secular humanist worldview.  That is, secular in the sense that no deities, afterlives, or other supernatural notions are involved, and humanistic in the sense that the wellbeing of human…

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Added by DAN DANA on December 23, 2014 at 11:00am — No Comments

Voluntary Euthanasia: A Quantum Theory of Moral Action (part 1)

 This is part 1 of a multi-part series.

I contemplate writing a book on this subject intended for the educated reader, tentatively titled “My Death, My Choice: A Secular View of Voluntary Euthanasia” in which this quantum theory will play an integral role.  The book assumes that readers hold a secular humanist worldview.  That is, secular in the sense that no deities, afterlives, or other supernatural notions are involved, and humanistic in the sense that the wellbeing of human…

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Added by DAN DANA on December 7, 2014 at 1:30pm — 2 Comments

Belle's funeral: epilogue

Thanks to all those who commented on my pre-funeral anxieties and other issues.  Things went quite smoothly in PA,  because the funeral was held in the social hall, where we also ate after the burial. So no religious problems.  I saw another funeral being held in the holy sanctuary but was told that they usually hold funerals in the social room, and the event in the sanctuary followed a sudden death.  So Belle is off to that Great Kosher(-Style) Deli in the sky, where every meal is brunch…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 25, 2014 at 4:22pm — 5 Comments

Update on life, death, Mom, and the rabbi

Thanks to all who read my previous post.  I found out today that Mom is in hospice and sinking fast, so I launched the letter (previous blog entry) to the Rabbi, slightly edited.  Done and done, right?  Not so fast.  Here's the auto-reply:

Thank [sic] for your email.

I will not be reading my emails during the Jewish Holiday of Shemini Atzeret, Simchat Torah or the Sabbath following them.

I will look forward to reading and responding to my emails…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 15, 2014 at 3:00pm — 15 Comments

Letter to Rabbi Rosin

FELLOW HERETICS: I AM ACTUALLY GOING TO SEND THIS LETTER (OR SOME VARIATION OF IT) TO THE RABBI IN MY MOTHER’S (AND MY FORMER) HOME TOWN. COMMENTS WELCOME.

Oct. 5, 2014

Dear Rabbi Rosin,

Thanks so much for visiting my Mother today. I know you’re really busy with the High Holidays. As in my youth, it’s still the only time everybody shows up, as if God doesn’t notice their non-observance the rest of the year, so you have to make the most of it. I do appreciate the time you…

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Added by Alan Perlman on October 5, 2014 at 8:30pm — 17 Comments

How UC–Santa Barbara Can Turn Grief Into Action: Divest From Gun Manufacturers

"if UCSB students, alumni, faculty and staff want to channel their feelings into constructive action, here’s a suggestion: ask the University of California Regents if its $88 billion endowment is contributing to gun violence by being invested in gun companies that fund the National Rifle Association (NRA) and obstruct common-sense gun policies. If it is, they should demand that the UC system divest itself from these merchants of death."…

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Added by Joan Denoo on May 27, 2014 at 10:15pm — 2 Comments

Short Summary of Bungled Executions

With the recent lethal injection debacle in Oklahoma what constitutes cruel and unusual punishment jumped back into death penalty spotlight. The botched execution of Clayton Lockett…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on May 4, 2014 at 6:30pm — 13 Comments

Euphemisms R Us

What do collateral damage, friendly fire, special rendition and disposition matrix have in common? They are euphemisms for distasteful operations done by the military. For instance,…

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Added by Donald R Barbera on April 21, 2014 at 5:00am — 15 Comments

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