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      New upgrade with simpler interface   05/13/2016

      Once again, the fine folks at IPB made a new upgrade and things might not be where you started to learn they were. However, this is one time where I think they actually improved things for navigation. There are only a few big buttons: When you click on one of those buttons, some other stuff opens up, depending on which button you click. (Later Note: These only appear when zoomed in or in the mode for smartphones/tablets.) I'm learning this as you are, so I suggest you do what I am doing: click on these big buttons, see what they open and fiddle with the software some. Ironically, you will find there is a lot that is intuitive. That's what I'm discovering. (Later note: I just discovered that I was viewing the site zoomed in too far to see the normal view. The menus are still there with the old buttons, but when I zoom in too much, they disappear and the new buttons appear. I believe this zoomed in way is what the site looks like on mobile devices. I'm going to mess with it some more, then maybe make some explanations.) Sorry for the inconvenience. Still, over time, I hope you end up liking these changes. Michael
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Death in Life

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It is hideously ironic that a high-profile Dutchman should symbolize the tragic dilemma of brain death and the ethics of euthanasia. Johan Friso, avalanched while skiing, deprived of oxygen for nearly half an hour, resuscitated for nearly an hour, lies now in hospital in London. His mother, Queen Beatrix, is at his side now but goes back to work on Monday, as must lesser folk to whom this happens. It has been said that he was her favourite son, her blue-eyed boy. Certainly he was the most intellectually able and independent of her children.

I suppose it was photos of Beatrix and Friso's wife together since the accident, that prompted me to write this. They slammed me back to my husband's funeral, where my mother held my hand so tightly throughout, so strongly that I could not fall. Our hearts had broken together when my father died, and she had shown me how to live beyond that central love, a knowledge I of course believed I would never need. To see Beatrix and Mabel, so privileged and supported yet so alone together, their hands entwined, touched me very strongly. And yet they will live with sombre hope and deep despair, where the son and husband has vanished and may never return in any form, for who knows how long?

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What a shame. When I die I want no service or funeral. I hate the custom. I don’t want anybody looking at me after I am dead. It drags a family through an ordeal too. Now a New Orleans’s style party would be OK. At a hotel with rooms rented so revelers can have a drink or two and not need to drive, all paid for by me. Or would that be over my dead body? Yeah. No sadness allowed.

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What a shame. When I die I want no service or funeral. I hate the custom. I don’t want anybody looking at me after I am dead. It drags a family through an ordeal too. Now a New Orleans’s style party would be OK. At a hotel with rooms rented so revelers can have a drink or two and not need to drive, all paid for by me. Or would that be over my dead body? Yeah. No sadness allowed.

Peter Taylor

What a shame. When I die I want no service or funeral. I hate the custom. I don’t want anybody looking at me after I am dead. It drags a family through an ordeal too. Now a New Orleans’s style party would be OK. At a hotel with rooms rented so revelers can have a drink or two and not need to drive, all paid for by me. Or would that be over my dead body? Yeah. No sadness allowed.

Peter Taylor

"Just stand me in the alley with my hat on" ?

-Lou Grant

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Hunter S Thompson

Given the way he lived his life it was only natural that the wild man of American journalism should have plotted a fiendishly weird funeral - this is, after all, a man who hung out with Richard Nixon while high on acid.

Hunter didn't disappoint: his loyal friend Johnny Depp followed his funeral wishes to the letter and constructed a 150ft high canon shaped like a two-thumbed fist clutching a peyote button. At the end of the ceremony Hunter's ashes were blasted out of the cannon while his close friends saluted his life with an arsenal of fireworks and Kentucky bourbon.

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Adam wrote:

At the end of the ceremony Hunter's ashes were blasted out of the cannon while his close friends saluted his life with an arsenal of fireworks and Kentucky bourbon

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They ate the fireworks? Or they burned the Bourbon? That ain’t right, either way. Get-er-done. I never liked Hunter because I am leery of the Bikers he hung out with who wore German pith helmets. What criminal dummies. Cars are safer and you can drive in the rain without getting yourself or your dope soaked.

Peter

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