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PostPosted: Tue Apr 17, 2018 8:25 pm 
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Only the second woman in history, the other was Abigail Adams, to be the wife of a US President and the mother of a US President. Former First Lady, Barbara Bush died today at age 92.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/obituaries/barbara-bush-matriarch-of-american-political-dynasty-dies-at-92/2018/04/17/200bfaee-40de-11e8-bba2-0976a82b05a2_story.html?utm_term=.e48a273a9b08

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PostPosted: Fri Jun 08, 2018 9:00 am 
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In the same week my girlfriend's favourite fashion designer (Kate Spade) and my favourite storyteller (Anthony Bourdain) killed themselves.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 18, 2018 7:38 pm 
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Life isn't always cut and dry: rapper and horrible guy Xxxtentacion was shot and killed today at 20. He abused women and also was such an underground rap success that they RIAA charts to recognize streaming stars like him.

He was horrible and many would say he got what he deserved. All i know is he was the sum of his parts. And now he's dead.

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 10:43 am 
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Aretha.

Like Billy Preston said:

"I don’t care what they say about Aretha. She can be hiding out in her house in Detroit for years. She can go decades without taking a plane or flying off to Europe. She can cancel half her gigs and infuriate every producer and promoter in the country. She can sing all kinds of jive-ass songs that are beneath her. She can go into her diva act and turn off the world. But on any given night, when that lady sits down at the piano and gets her body and soul all over some righteous song, she’ll scare the shit out of you. And you’ll know—you’ll swear—that she’s still the best fuckin’ singer this fucked-up country has ever produced.”

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PostPosted: Thu Aug 16, 2018 2:10 pm 
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R.I.P. Lady Soul. I still get chills whenever I hear her sing on songs like, I Never Loved a Man. Nobody ever did it better than Aretha
Franklin. If you like a real treat go way back and listen to her early gospel recordings such as a 1962 take on God Bless the Child.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 17, 2018 6:42 pm 
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I'm sure there are better songs in her repertoire, but this tune as well as her duet with George Michael will always be my favorite Aretha jam.



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Does anyone have any thoughts on Dr. Assisted Suicide? Reasonably new phenomenon. Legal in Canada and California among other places throughout the world. Just lost my father to the process yesterday as he met the criteria and was ready to go. All things considered, a unique experience to be sure.


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PostPosted: Sun Aug 19, 2018 1:33 pm 
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Logical Progression wrote:
Does anyone have any thoughts on Dr. Assisted Suicide? Reasonably new phenomenon. Legal in Canada and California among other places throughout the world. Just lost my father to the process yesterday as he met the criteria and was ready to go. All things considered, a unique experience to be sure.


Wow. Very sorry for your loss, Greg, but it sounds like he was in pain and now no longer suffering.

I personally am all for it so long as there is indeed a proper screening process. I've always maintained that if I get diagnosed with something like Alzheimer's I will not stick around while my brain turns to mush. Hopefully I will never be faced with that decision, but I would love it if there were a legal apparatus in place that would allow me to die with dignity in that scenario.

Suicide has touched multiple generations of my family and each time it's left horrible scars. I would hope that if it were legally sanctioned and regulated there'd be less suffering, less shock, and better counseling out there in order to minimize the emotional toll.


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PostPosted: Mon Aug 20, 2018 8:59 pm 
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Pokecheque wrote:
Logical Progression wrote:
Does anyone have any thoughts on Dr. Assisted Suicide? Reasonably new phenomenon. Legal in Canada and California among other places throughout the world. Just lost my father to the process yesterday as he met the criteria and was ready to go. All things considered, a unique experience to be sure.
Wow. Very sorry for your loss, Greg, but it sounds like he was in pain and now no longer suffering.

I personally am all for it so long as there is indeed a proper screening process. I've always maintained that if I get diagnosed with something like Alzheimer's I will not stick around while my brain turns to mush. Hopefully I will never be faced with that decision, but I would love it if there were a legal apparatus in place that would allow me to die with dignity in that scenario.

Suicide has touched multiple generations of my family and each time it's left horrible scars. I would hope that if it were legally sanctioned and regulated there'd be less suffering, less shock, and better counseling out there in order to minimize the emotional toll.
Thanks for that Tom. Sorry to hear about your family background on this.

Yes seems like this is the beginning of a trend given an aging boomer population and broken health care system for those with chronic illness. My father suffered is first of several strokes 23 years ago and with gradual but escalating decline over the years, was reduced to hospital care facility for this past year. No longer able to walk or perform any basic human functions on his own, he was of sound mind to make the decision, which is one of the requirements for the procedure. Each candidate is assessed by several doctors -- one of which is a psychiatric doctor. End of the day, it's a gut call given the laws in place and taken on a case by case basis. It was the most humane and dignified ways I could imagine seeing him go -- while he was still able to advocate with what little autonomy he had left and communicate with relative clarity.


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PostPosted: Wed Aug 22, 2018 10:24 am 
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Logical Progression wrote:
Pokecheque wrote:
Logical Progression wrote:
Does anyone have any thoughts on Dr. Assisted Suicide? Reasonably new phenomenon. Legal in Canada and California among other places throughout the world. Just lost my father to the process yesterday as he met the criteria and was ready to go. All things considered, a unique experience to be sure.
Wow. Very sorry for your loss, Greg, but it sounds like he was in pain and now no longer suffering.

I personally am all for it so long as there is indeed a proper screening process. I've always maintained that if I get diagnosed with something like Alzheimer's I will not stick around while my brain turns to mush. Hopefully I will never be faced with that decision, but I would love it if there were a legal apparatus in place that would allow me to die with dignity in that scenario.

Suicide has touched multiple generations of my family and each time it's left horrible scars. I would hope that if it were legally sanctioned and regulated there'd be less suffering, less shock, and better counseling out there in order to minimize the emotional toll.
Thanks for that Tom. Sorry to hear about your family background on this.

Yes seems like this is the beginning of a trend given an aging boomer population and broken health care system for those with chronic illness. My father suffered is first of several strokes 23 years ago and with gradual but escalating decline over the years, was reduced to hospital care facility for this past year. No longer able to walk or perform any basic human functions on his own, he was of sound mind to make the decision, which is one of the requirements for the procedure. Each candidate is assessed by several doctors -- one of which is a psychiatric doctor. End of the day, it's a gut call given the laws in place and taken on a case by case basis. It was the most humane and dignified ways I could imagine seeing him go -- while he was still able to advocate with what little autonomy he had left and communicate with relative clarity.


Sorry to hear that LP, but I'm glad that as you say, he could go in the most humane and dignified way for him.

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PostPosted: Fri Aug 24, 2018 3:44 pm 
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Logical Progression wrote:
Does anyone have any thoughts on Dr. Assisted Suicide? Reasonably new phenomenon. Legal in Canada and California among other places throughout the world. Just lost my father to the process yesterday as he met the criteria and was ready to go. All things considered, a unique experience to be sure.


My condolences on the loss of your father. By and large, I support the idea of physician-assisted suicide for the terminally ill or incapacitated.

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Burt Reynolds!

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