The “Euthanasia Coaster” is Designed to Kill You

Julijonas Urbonas

Is Julijonas Urbonas the next Dr Kevorkian?

If you have ever experienced a basic roller coaster, you probably remember that slow climb up to the top before making your way down a steep drop. Now imagine making your way up and knowing that this roller coaster will end your life.

Sounds pretty scary, right?

Lithuanian designer Julijonas Urbonas envisions such a roller coaster, and for some strange reason it might become a reality.

According to Urbonas, the “Euthanasia Coaster is a hypothetic euthanasia machine in the form of a roller coaster, engineered to humanely — with elegance and euphoria — take the life of a human being.”

The ride last for what might be the longest (and last) 3 minutes of your life. It begins with a very long and slow climb to the top (about a third of a mile). On the way up a 1600 foot climb, the riders have time to re-think their decision, or reminisce about their lives. The long climb is followed by a massive fall which turns into 7 deadly loops. Traveling at a speed of 223 mph, the drop and the loops combined take a total of one minute. The gravitation force that is created by this combination is lethal.

Urbonas said that he was inspired by his love for amusement parks and his PhD study. He explains that the roller coaster isn’t just about death. It is more of an art to him and he defines it as an “Euthanasia system that offers a person an artful departure from the world.”

Seems pretty ridiculous to me!

To me he sounds like Dr.Kevorkian with a little touch of excitement. He is basically assisting people with suicide which is something Jack Kevorkian did. Instead of a physician-assisted suicide, this roller coaster can be considered an attraction-assisted suicide.

Basically, people who choose to ride the roller coaster will experience cerebral hypoxia. This is something that happens to people when they fly at high altitudes or deep-water dive.

Urbonas explains what a person would experience:

“if you are lucky, or rather g-force-resistant enough to be awake [after the initial fall], your vision may blur, lose color (greyout) and peripheral sight (tunnel vision), even disappear completely (blackout) together with hearing. Eventually, this experience — accompanied with disorientation, anxiety, confusion, and, most importantly, euphoria — is crowned with GLOC (G-force induced Loss Of Consciousness), during which the body is completely limp and vivid bizarre dreams occur such as being in a maze and unable to get out, or floating in a white space, not knowing who you are, why you are here, etc.”

This euphoria seems pretty intense and some may want to experience it, but the part where you die at the end is not that appealing.

Euthanasia Coaster

Euthanasia Coaster's deadly design

He tries to make his idea sound somewhat sane when he explains one of the coasters features:

“The rider has a few minutes to contemplate his decision and his life in retrospect. He would find enough time to adapt to the height and get through a series of imaginary fatal falls, while realizing that the objects on the ground are getting smaller…The slightest movement of the car would trigger intense heart-beating and goosebumps and most importantly it would test your decision. Therefore the very top of the tower is an ideal place to give the very last word.”

I don’t buy it at all.

If this roller coaster is built, expect a great amount of lawsuits against it. Although Euthanasia is legal in Lithuania, the coasters inhumane nature will cause too many problems. My prediction is that Euthanasia will actually be made illegal if this attraction is built.

Dr.Kevorkian thought he had a good idea until he was put in jail for 8 years. Personally, I believe it is a terrible idea, and it would only add to the stupidity of the human race.

Source: Discovery News

Marijuana Arrests Down After Decriminalization

source: NORML.com

Connecticut’s decriminalization of marijuana, which allows police departments to issue fines rather than arrests, has been in effect since July 1. The courts are already dealing with less of a case load due to the new law.

According to the Connecticut Post, there were 4,774 marijuana arrests from July 1-Dec. 1, 2010 for possession of marijuana less than four ounces. With the new law, there have been 1,127 arrests in that same period in 2011. There were nearly 2,000 tickets issued

Under the old law, possession of less than four ounces or drug paraphernalia containing marijuana residue was a misdemeanor punishable by a year in jail and a $1,000 fine. Possession of more than four ounces is a felony with more serious penalties.

According to the article, it’s possible officers are letting people off with a warning rather than issuing a ticket.

The decriminalization law, Public Act 11-71, reduced the penalty for possession of one-half ounce or less to a $150 fine, to a $200 to $500 fine for the second offense, and the higher fine plus referral to a drug awareness program for the third offense.

Anyone under age 21 also faces a 60-day driver’s license suspension. Penalties for possession of more than one-half ounce remain the same as before.

 

Top 5 Movies That Make You Think

Some people enjoy watching simple movies that make them laugh, cry, or cover their face in fear. These are great when you need to kick it back and relax, but they lack creativity.

Personally, I enjoy watching movies that have me thinking from the beginning to the end. I know that a movie is amazing when I catch myself re-winding a certain scene over and over again, or searching google for answers within the movie. You can also feel a sense of strength and power within these movies. They don’t always have to confuse you, but they can simply just blow your ordinary mind away.

Basically, I am talking about movies for intellectuals. Not just the ordinary movie seekers.

Here is a list of the top 5 movies that had me thinking so much that I got the chills.

5. Requiem For a Dream (2000)

requiem for a dream

Requiem for a Dream

The way this movie portrays how drug addiction ruins lives will blow your mind away. Characters are introduces in the beginning, and the viewer watches their lives spiral way down hill all the way to the end. Every time that I watch this movie I repeat the same sentence, “This is sick.”

What gets to me the most is how you see a mother and her son suffer from drug addiction simultaneously. Y0u can actually feel the horror simply from the camera angles, coloring and script.

I get similar feelings when I watch the movie Kids. They just punish you with reality.

 

 

4.Eternal Sunshine of The Spotless Mind (2004)

Eternal sunshine of the spotless mind

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Yes, a Jim Carrey movie made my list of top movies that make you think. Who would have thought, right?

The same guy that played Ace Ventura and the Cable Guy also starred in a brilliant movie.

A couple’s relationship is falling apart, and they want to erase each other from their memories. So they undergo a procedure that will do this, but it is through this process of loss that they find out what they really had.

Real love and human rationality is put to the test in this movie. The movie indirectly asks the audience an honest question, “If you knew the future of your relationship would fail, would you continue with it anyway?”

 

3. A Clockwork Orange (1971)

A clockwork orange

A Clockwork Orange

This movie explores crime and punishment and the results it has on society as well as the individual’s psyche.

The mix of darkness and comedy makes this movie very unique. A gang of psycho’s go around assaulting people because they simply love violence, but the way the movie was created was so much more than just that.

Obviously there is a more complicated plot that keeps you thinking (thanks to Kubrick).

I recommend watching this for yourself to see Kubrick at his best.

 

2. Donnie Darko (2001)

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko

Donnie Darko is a character that does not get along with anyone in his life. One day, he is approached by a large bunny that lures him out of his bedroom. Moments after, a jet engine crashes into his room.

He does not know why and where this bunny came from, but he saved his life and it was destiny. Donnie is the only person that can see this bunny, and he eventually is the cause of Donnie committing multiple crimes.

This psychological film has a mixture of horror (for people scared of evil bunnies) and pure genius. This is one of the strangest movies I have ever seen.

 

1. Inception (2011)

This is that movie that you just can’t explain in words. GO SEE IT! (maybe twice)

Inception

Inception

 Honerable mentions: Fight Club, 2001: a Space Odyssey, High Tension, the Matrix.

Reading Experience: Emptiness Dancing

emptiness dancing

Emptiness Dancing

This is a post from contributor, Alyssa DiGirolamo

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Reading Experience: Emptiness Dancing

I do not consider this to be a book review, because it is not something I simply read.  Emptiness Dancing is something you experience with an open heart and mind.  Reading is simply the vessel that takes you there.

“You are not a human being, you are being appearing as human.”- on Satsang

Throughout my life, I have always been an over achiever and have subsequently blamed this on the combination of being an Aries and the first-born child.  This strive for perfection has always been followed by stress and anxiety, and I had often found myself incredibly overwhelmed with life.  It was at these times that I asked myself, what is my purpose?  How did I come to be this way?  What am I?  Who am I?

These questions would to scare me.  I felt hopeless and confused; I realize now it was because I did not know how to answer them.  I’ve always struggled with concept of not knowing, the ‘unknown’ being a frightening, desolate place that I did not want to plummet to.  But the reality is, it is impossible to answer these questions.  There is no answer.  I have come to realize there is no ‘me’ or ‘you’ – just be.  Flow.  And I am finally okay with that.

“We see that we are not who we thought we were, and the world is not what we thought it was. Everything is new and open and unpredictable, which makes the ego feel insecure.”- on Innocence

A friend recommended Adyashanti’s Emptiness Dancing to me over a year ago.  She felt it would open my senses and help me to resist conventional methods of livelihood, which I so readily relied on.  It took several efforts for me to actually commit to the read.  Perhaps I just was not ready to experience some sort of awakening, or at least try.  But when I began to truly read—understand the words rather than just put them together—I immediately connected with the voice of the text.  Adyashanti asked the same questions I often asked myself in times of despair or stress, the ones I couldn’t answer and was afraid to even think about.

“The true I am is so unbelievably empty.  It’s so free of everything you thought you were.  It has no limitation.  It has no definition.  Any definition would be a disservice to what you are.  All that’s left is consciousness, and it’s not even that because that’s just a word.” – on Depth

Most of what I found through Adyashanti’s teaching felt similar to shedding several layers, until you are raw and exposed.  Even now, I am still in the midst of this process.  Finding satsang, which Adyashanti describes as “to be in association with Truth,” was the easier part.  It basically meant asking myself the questions I already had—What is my purpose? Who am I? –without fear.  Without a script.  Letting go is much harder.

Yes, I am still afraid.  I need to accept my role as having no role.  No attachments, like a puppet cutting its strings.  My experience reading Emptiness Dancing was unlike anything I had ever done before and nothing that I expected.  But what did I expect?  Was I hoping to magically flip a switch on (or off) and become something different?  Awakening is deeply internal.  It is the root of being and not easy to find.  I am working my way there, trying to accept life as it comes, and reminding myself that being alive means more than what you do.

“You can sense an aliveness.  It’s a presence that’s inside your body and outside your body.  It permeates everywhere.  When you are looking for it, you are looking for a gross presence, a heavy presence to hit you over the head.  This isn’t going to happen.  The true quiet is a brightness.  You feel bright.  There is an awakeness, a deep sense of being alive.” – on Silence

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Be a Hero, Adopt an Animal!

This story started for me and my family on May 30th, 2011. It was Memorial Day weekend, and my wife wanted to go out and do something. For those of you who may not be familiar, my wife and I are parents of two autistic boys, and holiday weekends (or any day where there is no school) are pretty trying. My wife, who for 4 decades wanted a dog, decided to plan a trip to Little Shelter Animal Adoption Center in Huntington, NY. Of course, this trip was “just to look.”

I will admit my jerkiness on this trip. I was tired, it was hot, and I spent the 15 minute drive listing all the reasons why we should not get a dog. Upon arriving at the shelter, my wife had to fill out  a rather long questionaire, and a shelter employee talked to us about what type of home we owned, whether we had a yard, how often our potential pet would be left alone, etc. My oldest son, “K”, definitely appeared to be a cause for some concern on the part of the shelter employee, as he is quite aloof. We took a labrador mix named Hibiscus on a short walk over the shelter grounds.

Hibiscus was very friendly and calm, but was pretty large and would require a lot of exercise. My wife told the shelter employee that she was looking for the kind of dog that would curl up in her lap and just want to be loved. The shelter employee looked at his co-worker, and they both said, in unison, “Shelly.”

Here’s where my jerkiness kicked into high gear. They brought Shelly out, and I rolled my eyes. Shelly was (is) a Pomeranian-Chihuahua mix, or Pomchi. This was the type of dog that always irritated me: a dog for old ladies that just incessently yaps at everything. I went back to the car with K to sit in the air conditioning while my wife and my other son “B” took Shelly for a walk. I was texting my wife rapid-fire telling her I hated the dog, that I had no desire to own that kind of dog, etc. After sitting in the car for about 10 minutes, I went back outside with K to see what was going on. I found my wife and B sitting on a bench, with Shelly taking up residence on B’s lap. B looked up at me and said “I love her,” and that was that. I love her too, and can’t imagine our house without her!

Pomchi Chiranian

Shelly's first day home

The Little Shelter is very strict on their adoption procedures. We were not able to take Shelly home that day. They had to check our references. They also did a home visit to ensure our home was adequate for Shelly’s needs. Apparently, our references gave us glowing reviews, because while I was at work, the shelter called and told my wife she could come pick up Shelly for a “trial adoption.” It was during this trial adoption that we learned Shelly’s history of abuse.

The date: September 1st, 2010. An automatic fire alarm at 168 Chichester Road in West Hills, an exclusive enclave in Huntington, NY, summoned authorities to the 33-acre property. They were sickened as to what they found when forcing open the front door to the property: a smell of urine so awful special respiratory equipment had to be used to enter. Upon entering, they found a house of horrors: upwards of 100 animals packed into the disgusting house, fighting and killing each other for the meager amounts of food and water available to them.

As if that wasn’t horrific enough, officials found 30-40 dead animals, mostly dogs. Suffolk County SPCA Chief Roy Gross said it was impossible to determine how many dogs had been in the house due to the presence of skeletal remains and partial carcasses that were also found. Some were in the kitchen sink, and some in the bathtub. The urine-soaked home was in danger of collapse, and a pony, crippled from malnourishment, was also found on the property, along with 3 goats and a cat.

The owners of the house, Michael Gladstein, a dermatologist, and his wife, Marilyn Gladstein, were each charged with several misdemeanor animal cruelty counts and one count each of felony aggravated cruelty to animals. You can watch some of the videos of the story below. We think the dog in the last shot of the 2nd video might be Shelly!

We further discovered that Shelly was taken from this house of horrors to the Town of Islip animal shelter, where she would have been euthanized if someone from The Little Shelter hadn’t rescued her. My wife also managed to find the owner of another dog rescued from the house. The dog in question? Sprinkles, Shelly’s father!

pomchi chiranian

Shelly's Father, Sprinkles!

This story has a happy ending for some of the animals involved, but nationwide, millions of animals are not so lucky. 3 to 4 million dogs or cats are euthanized yearly, according to the best estimates of the ASPCA. How can you help? I’m glad you asked. First, DO NOT BUY DOGS OR CATS from a pet store or a breeder. There are tons of animals at a shelter near you that are available to adopt. Secondly, SPREAD THE WORD. If you know of someone who is considering buying a pet, urge them not to! Send them to a local pound or shelter. If you own a pet, HAVE THEM SPAYED OR NEUTERED. Lastly, you can DONATE or VOLUNTEER! Find a no-kill shelter near you and give ’em some dough or some of your time.

pomchi chiranian

How could you say no to this face?

 

The Cake Don – Making Cakes You Can’t Refuse

 ZazenLife was lucky to meet and interview one of the most talented up and coming custom cake designers.

The Cake Don

The Cake Don

Don Donneruno is a custom cake designer, but some have been known to call him a conceptual engineer.

His cakes have a look and attitude all their own. Don draws upon an eclectic sphere of influences such as Salvador Dali, Muhammad Ali, Evil Knevil, Jack Kirby, Tim Burton, Jimmy Page, Pablo Picasso, Elvis Presley, Todd McFarlane, Andy Warhol and an endless list of others.

The primary creative force in his work is his experiences growing up in New York City. Taking the 7 train from Flushing Queens to Manhattan as a teenager was a crash course in pop culture, and he absorbed it all.

During the interview, he explained that his exposure to and participation in the Graffiti movement of the early 80’s laid the groundwork for the foundation of what would become his artistic style, is figuring out how to construct the cake and what materials to use. “Broken down to simplest form it is me doing an art project for school,” he said.

Xbox 360 Cake

XBOX 360 Cake

“The way I approach it is that I have to make a model of King Tut for social studies class, the fact that there is cake inside doesn’t matter, it’s styrofoam and clay, or it is cake and fondant, it’s the same consistency.”

Donneruno’s enthusiasm for the business and being able to share his artwork with others shows in his face, in his tone of voice, and in his final product.

His cakes are so detailed and done to perfection that they almost look real.

LV Cake

LV Cake

The Cake Don is a partnership between baker Meredith Gulfman and Northport conceptual engineer and artist Don Donneruno. They say their passion for delivering a cake that fulfills the customer’s every desire is what drives them, whether that desire is a Louis Vuitton handbag or a Play Station 3 game.

I was lucky enough to taste one of these amazing cakes, and yes, they taste just as good as they look.

What amazed me the most was how realistic and detailed these cakes are while being completely edible.

To order a customized cake from The Cake Don call 516-398-0544, email thecakedoncakes@yahoo.com, or friend them on Facebook!

 

Angry Birds Cake

Angry Birds Cake

 

Air Jordan Sneaker Cake

Air Jordan Sneaker Cake

Craps Table Cake

Craps Table Cake

 

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