December 1, 2012

Signs of the Times

Zurich to open drive-in sex boxes in an attempt to rid the town of street prostitution.

Texas school district requires embedded microchips dubbed "locator chips"  on student badges so its administrators can track the whereabouts of 4,200 students with GPS-like precision.  ACLU and Christian fundamentalists join together to file suit.

No bride, no groom, no husband, no wife in Washington state.  Officials prepare to remove the 'archaic' terms from marriage and divorce certificates.

Harvard Students Launch Bondage Sex Club and win school recognition which means they can apply for school funding and promote their club on campus.

Saudi Offers “Castrated African Slave” for Sale on Facebook

Regulatory Stupidity. In La Jolla Cove, California, the feces of seagulls and cormorants keeps piling up and the stench carries a mile but city officials are prevented from cleaning it up, even with biodegradable cleaning products.

Because of complex environmental rules stemming from the cove’s designation as a state-protected “Area of Special Biological Significance.” Officials say it could take two years to get various state agencies to OK cleaning procedures.

To meet every increasing school fees, 16% of British students consider sex work.

The worst of all, Death panels for babies,  consigning them to death by dehydration in Britain.

One doctor has admitted starving and dehydrating ten babies to death in the neonatal unit of one hospital alone.
Writing in a leading medical journal, the physician revealed the process can take an average of ten days during which a  baby becomes ‘smaller and shrunken’……

I know, as they cannot, the unique horror of witnessing a child become smaller and shrunken, as the only route out of a life that has become excruciating to the patient or to the parents who love their baby. …It is draining to be the most responsible physician. Everyone is looking to me to preside over and support this process.

I am honest with the nurse when I say it is getting more and more difficult to make my legs walk me on to this unit as the days elapse, that examining the baby is an indescribable mixture of compassion, revulsion, and pain.
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What older people know about life that we don't

Karl Pillemer, professor of human development and gerontology at the Weill Cornell Medical College, author of Lessons for Living,  gathers advice about what older people know about life that the rest of us don't  in the Washington Post slideshow, 12 Ways to Live a Better Life.

2. Act as if you will need your body for 100 years.. Don't worry about dying. Worry about chronic disease. . . . The smokers, overeaters and coach potatoes among us are too focused on the comforting thought that the worst that can happen is dropping dead one day . . . You need to change your lifestyle early in life, not to live longer, but to live better in your 70s, 80s and beyond. Matt McClain / For The Washington Post

4. Be able to look everyone in the eye. To avoid later-life remorse, one word was repeated again and again: "Honesty.'' . . . With a consistency that surprised me, they advise us unconditionally to be honest, to have integrity, to be someone others can trust. . . . If not, we will regret it.

7. Send flowers to the living.. Hal Phipps, 81, was married for 55 years until his wife's death. "I regret that I didn't tell her how much I loved her as much as I should have. And I didn't really realize that until I lost her.'' Who knows why it is so hard, even in the closest relationships, to say what needs to be said until it is too late.

12. Don't waste time worrying about growing old.  Many experts described later life as embodying a serenity, a "lightness of being,'' a sense of calm and easiness in daily life that was both unexpected and somewhat difficult to describe. . . . They acknowledge that growing old is uncharted territory. . . but many experts described it with a sense of exploring a new land.
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