The only thing that masks the pain is sleep, but even that's hard to come by.
I've occasionally checked in with 17 y.o. Markelle's blog for a year or two now. While I don't know her personally, I'd consider it unlikely that she's making this up. I'd guess it's more likely that her dad actually did commit suicide. "Best of the web?" Honestly, I don't know. Perhaps it's just a glimpse at a life that might benefit from your good thoughts.
posted by scarabic
on Aug 1, 2004 -
We've already discovered, just so far, the remains of 400,000 people in mass graves.
Um, no. No, you haven't.
And USAID, in its report Iraq's Legacy of Terror: Mass Graves,
might want to do some fact-checking too, along with our dear leader as well ("There's mass graves")
, and his supporters.
posted by amberglow
on Jul 20, 2004 -
“I bid you peace…”
Jeff Smith, The Frugal Gourmet
, dead at 65. One of television’s most popular cooking shows throughout the 80s and 90s, The Frugal Gourmet defined the genre. An ordained United Methodist chaplain, Smith lost his PBS show in 1997 after eight men accused him of sexual assault during the 1970s. Denying the allegations, Smith nonetheless settled the cases out of court. Did the Frugal Gourmet do the ultimate shark jump
? Maybe someone should ask Elmo.
posted by wfrgms
on Jul 10, 2004 -
the death of lincoln.
Originally from June 1865. "The murder of President Lincoln aroused a feeling of regret deeper than was ever before known in our history. Men and papers who had opposed his policy and vilified him personally, now vied with his adherents and friends in lauding the rare wisdom and goodness which marked his conduct and character." Hmmmm... sounds familiar.
posted by sunexplodes
on Jun 9, 2004 -
"The crowds were so dense and chaotic outside that some people were trampled underfoot, others rammed against traffic lights, and some others choked to death. It is estimated that 500 people lost their lives while trying to get a glimpse of Stalin's corpse." The string quartet playing at Stalin's graveside wept openly - for Sergei Prokofiev, who died the same day and hour
Stalin was first interred next to Lenin, under glass
. But five years later, it was time to physically remove Stalin from a place of honor.
"Stalin had been a dictator and a tyrant. Yet he presented himself as the Father of Peoples, a wise leader, and the continuer of Lenin's cause. After his death, people began to acknowledge that he was responsible for the deaths of millions of their own countrymen."
posted by stonerose
on Jun 8, 2004 -
I'd like my left bollock to go to Julie and my right one to Children in Need.
Quoth Davy Saville.
Don't ever die, it's horrible
is Øystein Runde's
would like to be disposed of as follows ...chucked in the water float for weeks as my corpse rots. Only to wash up on a beach in the coasta del sol.
I want my Dad barred from my funeral. The mans a cun*...
says Mark Reed
is a site which allows people to specify the arrangements after their death. From food and dress code to disposal and famous last words. Read or contribute
your own. [Contribution
requires quick registration]
posted by kenaman
on Apr 30, 2004 -
Sudden Oak Death
is caused by a fungus-like organism called Phytophthora ramorum and it has been discovered
at Monrovia and other nurseries in California. Georgia officials
have banned all sales of plants from California for the time being. SOD is frequently compared to Chestnut Blight, which killed 3.5 billion trees in about fifty years and almost wiped out the entire species. There is a different mating type of the microbe in Europe and it is believed that if the two were to come together this could potentially result in a much more devastating form of SOD.
posted by bargle
on Mar 18, 2004 -
Harry Potter: RIP
Private Harry Potter from the Worcestershire Regiment was killed in action at Hebron on 22/7/1939 aged 19 years, 10 months old.
This is a genuine photo of the grave of a British soldier that died during the time of the “Arab Rebellion” and is buried in the British military cemetery in Ramla Israel.
posted by Postroad
on Mar 3, 2004 -
longtime editor of the Weekly World News
, creator of Ed Anger, Bat Boy and other semi-real totems of society's fuzzy underbelly, is dead at 56.
The fact that I had to find this out in The Economist
, of all places, makes me madder than -- than -- than George S. Patton at a Peace Rally.
posted by chicobangs
on Feb 20, 2004 -
Four California activists
were arrested Tuesday while protesting the case of Kevin Cooper
, set to be executed in less than a week. Gov. Schwarzenegger denied a clemency hearing for Cooper (the first time such a hearing was denied since California re-instituted the death penalty in 1978), despite ample evidence
shedding doubt not only on the fairness
of Cooper's trial, but also his alleged guilt. Kevin Cooper is asking
people to protest
for his life.
posted by sudama
on Feb 5, 2004 -
Public Lives: Freddie Mercury
, Arthur Ashe
, Rock Hudson
, Brad Davis
, Perry Ellis
, Eazy E
, Michel Foucault
, Amanada 'Miss Kitty' Blake
, Roy Cohn
, Keith Haring
, Robert Mapplethorpe
, Rudolf Nureyev
, Anthony Perkins
, Willi Smith
, Ricky Wilson
Private lives: Gail Farrow
, T Billy
, Bob BJ Johnson
, Nkoosi Johnson
, Terry McCormick
, Catherine Margaret Cory
Public or private, we've all had losses. Is there anyone you are remembering today?
posted by madamjujujive
on Dec 1, 2003 -
Might as well jump. JUMP!
An interesting article (nicked from linkfilter
) about suicide and the Golden Gate Bridge. Only 26 people are known to have survived the 220 ft drop into water 350ft deep. I have been across the bridge once and was "amused" by the fact that there is a free counselling phone as you get halfway across. Reading this article and realising the numbers involved, it suddenly seems less funny...
BTW, the jumper (who before he went a second time was one of the 26) protesting the Iraq War was discussed here
posted by jontyjago
on Oct 7, 2003 -
Preservation by Plastination
: Until recently the privilege to view corpses and the human body’s interior has been confined to medicine students and anatomists in dissection rooms. It is only due to the invention of plastination that the general public is now also able to enjoy fascinating insights into the human body.
posted by starscream
on Aug 4, 2003 -
Uday & Qusay's death - a failure?!
Salam Pax thinks the U.S. "wasted a chance to show Iraqis they really are doing something"
. Robert Fisk
asked in yesterday's press conference "Surely, the possibility of the immense amount of information they could have given coalition forces"
justified efforts to try to take them alive. The military had time, the element of surprise, special forces troops, and nonlethal weapons
-- so why did they attack with rockets and TOW missiles? Where is Saddam? Could we have learned more about Iraq's WMD programs? Is it better for the Bush administration to not have some questions answered?
posted by insomnia_lj
on Jul 24, 2003 -
The Dance of Death.
Die Totentanz: A German-language site
spotlighting, for example, the dance of death in literature
, graphic art
. For those, like me, whose German is not so good, this
page offers an English-language history of the phenomenon, and the Catholic Encyclopedia has an article
too. See also Holbein
's Dance-of-Death; Lübeck
's Dance-of-Death; and umm, this
posted by misteraitch
on Jul 3, 2003 -
Death in the snow - a body is found in the frozen North Dakota woods. The cops say the dead Japanese woman was looking for the $1m she saw buried in the film Fargo. But the story didn't end there
An interesting read via Follow Me Here
posted by madamjujujive
on Jun 12, 2003 -
Iraq Body Count
is a web "button" that can be cut and pasted to a website showing an updated tally of civilian casualties in the upcoming Iraqi war. Their methodology
is to survey a broad swath of news sites and come up with a "high" and "low" number. They're probably more credible than Saddam's government or the Pentagon. (via TalkLeft
posted by owillis
on Mar 18, 2003 -
..Were George Harrison and Fred Rogers terminally sedated
?The hospice movement started in this country because people were dying badly, often in pain. I have personal experience that the family is given a bottle of morphine with a eye dropper and a hint.(MetaonlineJournalism - A subsection of MetaFilter (like MetaTalk) where stories or rumors that need further investigation, research, or verification are actively worked on by webloggers, ideally working together to determine the truth of the matter
posted by JohnR
on Mar 8, 2003 -
This is a friend of a friend.
Jon and Heidi Connal traveled around the world
from June 2001 to Oct 2002. They included all of their experiences in a journal on their website
. Jon Andrew Connal ran a marathon almost every month. Then he got sick and started throwing up blood for no apparent reason. The doctor thought it might be some sort of pneumonia. He was a very healthy man but for no apparent reason he suddenly died 3 days later. It's a sad story about wonderful people.
posted by suprfli
on Feb 21, 2003 -
Takes the phrase "Get a Life" to a new level.
Those masterminds of marketing, those night rocking, day partying satanic minions, KISS, have achieved the ultimate score in product merchandising. That's right, it's your very own KISS coffin, and while you might think "What's the point?", keep in mind that before you shuffle off this mortal coil, it doubles as a beer cooler.
posted by jeremias
on Feb 20, 2003 -
On November 28, 1960, a morse code transmission reading "SOS to the whole world" from an orbiting spaceship was picked up by the Judica-Cordiglia brothers with their home-made radio tracking station in San Maurizio Canavese, Italy. Sometime between February 2-4, they picked up telemetry of a dying cosmonauts heartbeat and breathing. Yuri Gagarin,
the universally acknowledged first man in space, did not make his flight until April 12, 1961. These brothers claimed that they intercepted radio transmissions of other secret flights as well. Were there secret Soviet spaceflights that ended in the death of Cosmonauts? Most
tend to disagree,
and offer an excellent debunking.
I started reading about this several weeks before the Columbia, but it now has a new poignancy. I agree that it is exceedingly unlikely that these alleged flights took, but the claims of these brothers, mingled with various other rumor and various Soviet urban legends, (along with the fact of Russian/Soviet general secrecy about most everything,) create an alternate history that is exceedingly disturbing.
posted by Snyder
on Feb 7, 2003 -