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Archive for the ‘Mortality’ Category

Lesson of the day

July 18, 2009

IF you’re the world’s oldest man, AND you want your death to be big, number-6-on-the-Daily-Beast, top-right-corner-feature-on-the-Huffington-Post, news, THEN be white. It might also help to be a World War I vet. Anyway, it just struck me as a bit unfair that Tomoji Tanabe got such comparatively less coverage when he died last month. Even in […]

Last words

July 8, 2009

Got this off of Reddit. Morbid but fascinating. “We all know what really happened, but there are some things you just can’t fight. Little people always seem to get squashed. It happens. … There is no man that is free from all evil, nor any man that is so evil to be worth nothing.” —David […]

The end of the world’s oldest man

June 19, 2009

AP reports that: Tomoji Tanabe, the world’s oldest man, has died in his sleep at his home in southern Japan, a city official said. He was 113. Dood saw the 19th century! (born Sept. 18, 1895). He probably remembered the Russo-Japanese war! His secret: His favorite meals were fried shrimp and Japanese miso soup with […]

Legal abortion: Like slavery? Or the war in Iraq? Or maybe the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories?

June 2, 2009

Megan McArdle and Hilzoy are engaged in some interesting back and forth on what constitutes reasonable political recourse with reference to the abortion issue. McArdle: My argument is that abortion, like slavery, is becoming in this country an issue upon which people have no reasonable political recourse.  I’ll go further, and say that the process […]