October 2nd, 2008

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Internet scrapings and offbeat news

And now, get your own brain piercing that presses against your brain tissue and invokes euphoria for $1,000.

15 year old survives getting stabbed in the brain by a 5 inch kitchen knife, goes on to enroll in college.

Lamborghini will come out with a practical supercar with four doors, four seats and generous boot space.

Woman dresses up as a cow, blocks traffic, chases and scares kids, urinates on neighbor's porch, gets a month in jail for disorderly conduct.

Video of a crab hitching a ride on a giant rare jellyfish.

Cracked.com presents five innovative ways that Hollywood is screwing you over.

Denver Police order "We get up early to beat the crowds" T shirt to celebrate police brutality at the 2008 Democratic National Convention.

Man dives into water and fights off shark with bare hands to save his dog.

Swedish Muslim finds Muhammed in a mango.
The irony is that any visual depiction of Muhammed - even the most flattering, positive one - is expressly forbidden in Islam to begin with, so I'm really wondering what Allah is trying to say here.

Mysterious cargo on Iranian ship kills off Somali pirates. The vessel’s declared cargo consists of “minerals” and “industrial products”. But officials involved in negotiations over the ship are convinced that it was sailing for Eritrea to deliver small arms and chemical weapons to Somalia’s Islamist rebels.

You may be synaesthetic and not know it.

Large pieces of flesh upto five feet across from mystery creature are washing ashore on New Jersey beach, baffling scientists. The flesh has knife stab marks on it, too.

Sarah Palin apparently had/has a third private email account that she used outside of the government's email system.

Xerox invents paper that erases itself in 24 hours. You can also erase it by heating it.

An edition of the Bible is in the works that will be completely handwritten by 31,000 Americans, to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the popular New International Version.

And now, pork flavored toothpaste.

Amnesty International has launched a petition to fight the British Government's proposal that it should be allowed to lock up anybody for 42 days just by saying the words 'terrorist threat'.

Russian soldier creates, uploads video of himself rapping about the conditions of his barracks to the tune of Stan by Eminem, gets exiled to desolate remote mining town. The soldier's musical complaint sees him read out an email he is writing to the Russian defence minister, asking what happened to the mortgages promised to soldiers to buy decent places to live.

School bus driver in trouble after being found slumped over the wheel passed out drunk in the bus full of schoolkids.

A device that makes drinking water out of air.

Actual headline: blind activists plan film protest. File under: controversy = free publicity, advertising.

Video of an incredible 3D force field hologram type thing that you can touch and feel.

Man gets mugged by four topless women.

Dutch cops awarding credit points to well-behaved prostitutes.

Doctors baffled at 13 year old Indian girl with full body stigmata. Her skin bleeds randomly all the time without being cut.

Olympic Committee tries to copyright part of the Canadian national anthem.

Adoptive mom arrested for keeping the bodies of two of her children in a chest style freezer, after the third escaped the home and was found wandering alone in the street.

100 people killed in a stampede at a Hindu temple.

Driver flees hit-and-run, dies in separate accident.

Priest arrested for smoking pot in his car with one of his parishoners, a substance abuse counsellor.

Ten things to expect from the new post apocalyptic economy.

Ohio mosque gassed with chemical during Ramadan celebration, 10 year old girl sprayed in the face with chemicals, cops conclude it's not a hate crime.
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Epicurus quotes. More for my own good than yours but enjoy anyways.

Epicurus (Greek Έπίκουρος) (341 BCE, Samos – 270 BCE, Athens) was an ancient Greek philosopher and the founder of the school of philosophy called Epicureanism. For Epicurus, the purpose of philosophy was to attain the happy, tranquil life, characterized by aponia, the absence of pain and fear, and by living a self-sufficient life surrounded by friends. He taught that pleasure and pain are the measures of what is good and bad, that death is the end of the body and the soul and should therefore not be feared, that the gods do not reward or punish humans, that the universe is infinite and eternal, and that events in the world are ultimately based on the motions and interactions of atoms moving in empty space.

Epicurus is famous for his simple four line philosophical argument against the existence of God or gods, The Problem of Evil:

"Is God willing to prevent evil, but not able? Then he is not omnipotent. Is he able, but not willing? Then he is malevolent. Is he both able and willing? Then whence cometh evil? Is he neither able nor willing? Then why call him God?"

But many of his other quotes and philosophy on the meaning of life and answering questions about moral hedonism, pleasure, fear of divine retribution and death are more than notable.

Here are a few of his quotes that are right now kicking my ass in very real, practical ways. I am so glad I've come across these writings. Here are some I'm putting down here, more for my own reference than anything else.

Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.

Death, therefore, the most awful of evils, is nothing to us, seeing that, when we are, death is not come, and, when death is come, we are not.

A happy and eternal being has no trouble himself and brings no trouble upon any other being; hence he is exempt from movements of anger and partiality, for every such movement implies weakness.

It is impossible to live a pleasant life without living wisely and honorably and justly, and it is impossible to live wisely and honorably and justly without living pleasantly.

No pleasure is in itself evil, but the things which produce certain pleasures entail annoyances many times greater than the pleasures themselves.