Saturday, October 01, 2011
Friday, September 30, 2011
Actually the picture is of a relatively harmless ride. So far the Euthanasia Coaster only exists as a diagram. See below.
“The Euthanasia Coaster, designed by London's Royal College of Art's student Julijonas Urbonas, lets you ride the last ride of your life. Literally. The three-minute ride involves a long, slow, climb -- nearly a third of a mile long -- that lifts one up to a height of more than 1,600 feet, followed by a massive fall and seven strategically sized and placed loops. The final descent and series of loops take all of one minute. But the gravitational force -- 10 Gs -- from the spinning loops at 223 miles per hour in that single minute is lethal. According to Urbonas, the "Euthanasia Coaster is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely -- with elegance and euphoria -- take the life of a human being." Euthanasia Coaster isn't simply meant to be about death. Urbonas sees it as both an intellectual and artful departure from the world, one that isn't about the paperwork and medical issues of the current euthanasia system. The few places where voluntary euthanasia is legal include: Belgium, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Switzerland, and the U.S. states of Oregon and Washington. "There is no special ritual, nor is death given special meaning except that of the legal procedures and psychological preparation. It is like death is divorced from our cultural life…" Urbonas writes. "…But if it is already legal, why not to make it more meaningful?"
Click here for Billy Idol
The secret word is Mercy
Posted by Mick at 9/30/2011 08:37:00 AM
Thursday, September 29, 2011
She is currently running for a Democratic Senate seat in Massachusetts. I just hope democracy holds up for her.
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Click here for some ways and means of resistance (Supplied by our pal Nicola N-B)
The secret word is Simplicity
Posted by Mick at 9/29/2011 10:13:00 AM
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Physical recovery is somewhat akin to climbing the smooth sides of a deep and badly lit conical pit in which one is never totally certain any given object or concept is quite what it appears and slipping back is always a possibility. Especially when pit is in the realm of King Ognik.
Click here for the Move
The secret word is Handhold
Posted by Mick at 9/28/2011 08:29:00 AM
Sunday, September 25, 2011
“An intra-Lilliputian quarrel which involved a quarrel over the practice of breaking eggs. Formerly, in Lilliput, all eggs were broken on the larger end; but a few generations in the past, an Emperor of Lilliput had decreed that all eggs be broken on the smaller end. The differences between Big-Endians (those who broke their eggs at the larger end) and Little-Endians had given rise to "six rebellions... wherein one Emperor lost his life, and another his crown".
Click here for Uncle Bill Burroughs on the drums.
The secret word is Lucozade
Posted by Mick at 9/25/2011 07:05:00 AM