another week closer to the eschaton…

It Is Time To Legalize All Drugs – yep… too bad nothing is being done about it… 😐

Could A Club Drug Offer ‘Almost Immediate’ Relief From Depression? – yep… too bad the drug is an illegal one… 😐

Hunting Nazis: Anonymous snares Ron Paul in Operation Blitzkrieg – there have been enough incidents like this one to make me very skeptical about ron paul, even if he does have a chance to win this time around.

Mickey Mouse Whois ban threat sparks privacy fears – the days of registering domains as “N. O. Body”, “Mickey Mouse” or “Charlie Sheen” are coming to an end, if ICANN has its way… good if you hate spam, bad if you’re in the business of providing whois privacy…

Twitter Users Beware: Homeland Security Isn’t Laughing and UK tourists who tweeted they would ‘destroy America’ banned from US – forget about “real” terrorists, the US copsclowns go after a couple of UK citizens out for a party… perhaps they’re easier to find. moral: people who live in other countries should be more straight-laced and submissive… like us… 😐

FBI Drug Squad Uses Chainsaw To Invade… the Wrong Apartment and TSA agent at JFK stole $5K from passenger and Park ranger shoots man with stun gun for walking dogs off-leash – who needs terrorists? 😡

Syrian forces ‘torture children as young as 13’ – 😮

Another Blow to Privacy — Now It’s Google! – this is NOT a privacy policy, and they DO NOT get to use MY material to publicise their business: “When you upload or otherwise submit content to our Services, you give Google (and those we work with) a worldwide license to use, host, store, reproduce, modify, create derivative works (such as those resulting from translations, adaptations or other changes we make so that your content works better with our Services), communicate, publish, publicly perform, publicly display and distribute such content. The rights you grant in this license are for the limited purpose of operating, promoting, and improving our Services, and to develop new ones.”

earlier in the week, The Susan G. Komen Foundation withdrew funding for Planned Parenthood, under pressure from anti-abortion groups — even though they released a video which specifically said that they weren’t politically motivated to make such a decision. however, after a week of backlash from everyone except the anti-abortion crowd, SGK reversed their decision, once again saying that their choice was not politically motivated. for as much good as they have done in the past, i would say that their credibility, at this point, is completely shot. 😐 Susan G. Komen Foundation Backs Down

You Will Never Kill Piracy, and Piracy Will Never Kill You – Treat your customers with respect , and they’ll do the same to you. And that is how you fight piracy.

Top five regrets of the dyingchange your life now, because, soon, it will be too late, and then YOU will be having these regrets! the interesting part is that, since my injury, i haven’t had those five regrets anywhere near as much as i had them prior to it… 8)

Top five regrets of the dying
The Guardian, 1 February 2012

There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is ‘I wish I hadn’t worked so hard’.

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

Ware writes of the phenomenal clarity of vision that people gain at the end of their lives, and how we might learn from their wisdom. “When questioned about any regrets they had or anything they would do differently,” she says, “common themes surfaced again and again.”

Here are the top five regrets of the dying, as witnessed by Ware:

1. I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.

“This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.”

2. I wish I hadn’t worked so hard.

“This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret, but as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.”

3. I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.

“Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.”

4. I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.

“Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.”

5. I wish that I had let myself be happier.

“This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content, when deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again.”

What’s your greatest regret so far, and what will you set out to achieve or change before you die?