Greets and Huggers. Posted the evening of November 29, 2013. Susan and I celebrated a day of Giving Thanks, Thanksgiving, yesterday. We have many, many things to be thankful for. There are so many who have far, far less. I have two grown children but Susan and I have no children together. That said, we do have children we love endlessly … they just happen to have 4 legs. Over the years, we have helped many cross over to the “Rainbow Bridge”, when due to age or disease their bodies failed them … and they were in pain. Yesterday, an article about “Euthanasia”, caught my attention.
Euthanasia: “Like other terms borrowed from history, “euthanasia” has had different meanings depending on usage. The first apparent usage of the term “euthanasia” belongs to the historian Suetonius who described how the Emperor Augustus, “dying quickly and without suffering in the arms of his wife, Livia, experienced the ‘euthanasia’ he had wished for.” The word “euthanasia” was first used in a medical context by Francis Bacon in the 17th century, to refer to an easy, painless, happy death, during which it was a “physician’s responsibility to alleviate the ‘physical sufferings’ of the body.” Bacon referred to an “outward euthanasia”—the term “outward” he used to distinguish from a spiritual concept—the euthanasia “which regards the preparation of the soul.” … “Euthanasia is illegal in all states of the United States. Physician aid in dying (PAD), or assisted suicide, is legal in the states of Washington, Oregon, Montana, and Vermont. The key difference between euthanasia and PAD is who administers the lethal dose of medication. Euthanasia entails the physician or another third party administering the medication, whereas PAD requires the patient to self-administer the medication and to determine whether and when to do this.” [Click on this link for an interesting overview of PAD.]
And that raises a question for me: “Is euthanasia, “mercy-killing”, ever justifiable?” If so, under what circumstance? The article: Brussels, Belgium (CNN) — Parents plead to be able to help terminally ill children die. “As little Ella-Louise faded away, her tiny, frail body wracked with pain, her heartbroken mother was left to look on, feeling powerless. Linda van Roy says she could do nothing to help her terminally ill baby in the last hours of her life … In the final days of Ella-Louise’s life, when she was being. “She died on Tuesday; on Monday, we saw on her face that she was still in pain. And then you start to get angry, because you know that there is no medication left to give her to take away that pain.” She wishes she could have administered a fatal dose of medication to make the end of her daughter’s short life come more quickly.” Obviously, because a child lacks the capacity either physically or intellectually to commit suicide, under these circumstance, should a parent have the ability to euthanize? Without a doubt, reasonable, honorable people can have differing opinions on this issue because there are valid arguments both pro and con. Helping “Little Willie”, one of my “babies” pass, (when it became evident he was in extreme pain), was an act of love and one of the most difficult, painful things I have ever done. Even now, 1 ½ years later, when something triggers a “Little Willie” memory, I am overcome with grief. I can only imagine what a parent would go through, knowing their child was terminally ill, watching, looking at their baby, after having been “given palliative sedation … still see the agony on” that babies face. What would you do?
And proof of the origins of Veganism: (BBC NEWS) — Giant prehistoric toilet unearthed. “A gigantic “communal latrine” created at the dawn of the dinosaurs has been unearthed in Argentina. Thousands of fossilized poos left by rhino-like mega herbivores were found clustered together, scientists say. The 240-million-year-old site is the “world’s oldest public toilet” and the first evidence that ancient reptiles shared collective dumping grounds. The dung contains clues to prehistoric diet, disease and vegetation says a study in Scientific Reports.” It was discovered right next to a prehistoric dinosaur’s bathhouse/ brothel. Several rolls of petrified toilet paper were also found. Obviously. those prehistoric Vegans … were real party poopers.
Other biological insights? (BBC NEWS) — Sex-starved fruit flies live shorter, more stressful lives. “Sexual frustration impairs the health of fruit flies and causes premature death, according to new research. Scientists found that male flies who were stimulated to mate but prevented from doing so, had their lives cut short by up to 40 percent. Those allowed to copulate not only lived longer but suffered less stress.” Needless to say, they also died smiling.
Technology news? (BBC NEWS) — Sony files patent for ‘SmartWig’. “Sony has filed a patent application for “SmartWig”, as firms jostle for the lead in the wearable technology sector. It says the SmartWig can be worn “in addition to natural hair”, and will be able to process data and communicate wirelessly with other external devices. According to the filing, the SmartWig can help navigate roads and collect information such as blood pressure. Google and Samsung are among the firms that have launched products in wearable technology – seen as a key growth area.” A “key growth area”, indeed. The two most promising wearable “smart” objects? For girls/women, (and some cross dressing men), a smart “bra” which doubles as a pressure sensitive “Taser” capable of recognizing “good” and “bad” touch, and once triggered, frying the gonads of any male engaging in “bad” touch. And for boys/men? A dual purpose smart “athletic supporter”, which in defense mode, neutralizes the gonad frying effects of a smart bra and in offensive mode … can be used to intimidate other males by broadcasting, (using blue tooth), the size of the gonads, in programmable 1 ounce increments, it is protecting. Amazing times we live in.
Sitting here editing these Ramblings, the Editorial Staff is waiting by the door for Susan to come home. She had to work today. We are both off tomorrow and Sunday. I have an MRI and Cardio-Sonogram at the VA on Monday … and “yes”, I remain nicotine free. Hard to believe Sunday will be December 1, 2013. That puts me within 45 days of getting my Social Security. I have until December 7, 2013 to decide if I want to continue my Medicare Part B benefit … or use the VA. Seems silly to me to pay $99.00/mo for my Part B benefit, (which covers 80%), when I can use the VA with a $10.00 co-pay and a flat $57.00 for any procedure, (like an MRI, etc.)
Time to post these Ramblings and hunker down for a quiet evening/weekend at Ft Timmerman. Sunday Lunch and a Movie? LEFTOVERS!!! And the movie? “Captain Philips ”. Later, when I say my Thank You’s for the many blessings in my life and Susan to share them with, I will also say a prayer for the safe and soon of our men and women in uniform, (care to join me)? Be and sleep well, the best we have are on watch so you can. If my post offends, I apologize … that is not my intent. As always …
A Warm Brotherly Hug
KarlT (the dumb old country lawyer from Holden, Missouri … and the Editorial Staff)Share