IRREGULAR TIMESNews Flash:
We are ALL going to DIE.


February 28, 2003

This just in to our news desk here at Irregular Times...

We are all going to die.

This includes you -- You are going to die.



Some of us will develop cancer (551,833 of those living in the United States in 2000, the most recent year for which data is available).

Some of us will have heart attacks (513,758 of us in 2000).

Some of us will be hit by cars (41,804 in 2000).

Some of us will kill ourselves (28,332 in 2000).

Some of us will be accidentally poisoned (9,839 in 2000).

Some of us will be killed by injuries at the workplace (5,291 in 2000)

Some of us will die from nutritional deficiencies (4,342 in 2000).

Some of us will drown (3,343 in 2000).

Some of us will be murdered (16,889 in 2000).

Some of us may, possibly, be murdered by terrorists, if it is not a typical year (0, zip, zero, absolutely nobody on American soil died from terrorism in the past year).



Regardless of how it happens, millions of us will die each year (2,404,624 in 2000).

Regardless of how it happens, all of us will, sooner or later, die.

Pass away.

Decease.

Kick the bucket.



Nothing you do will keep you from dying.

No amount of money will keep you from dying.

No color-coded alert system will prevent your death.

No government, military or corporate campaign will prevent your death.

Your death is inevitable.

You will die.



Death can be postponed.

The price tab varies.

To prevent 4000-5000 deaths each year due to poor nutrition: tens of millions of dollars per year.
(assuming 5,000 people * 365 days * 3 restaurant-cost meals, plus administrative costs)

To prevent occasional terrorist attacks leading, in most years, to zero deaths but, in the occasional year, deaths as high as 3,000: hundreds of billions of dollars per year.
News Source: ($290 billion in 2003 alone).



Death can be accelerated.

War will kill thousands of Iraqis (UN estimates: 500,000 casualties).

War will kill hundreds of American soldiers
Defense Department Estimate: Not Released

War will increase the likelihood of terrorist attacks.



The rate of death can be changed, on a temporary basis.

Everyone is still going to die, on a permanent basis.

Your death is inevitable.

You are going to die.



You have a choice.

You can pretend that it is possible to avoid death.

You can, out of fear for your eternal life, support measures that together cost a hundred million dollars per year per death on September 11, 2001.

You can, out of fear for your eternal life, support a war that will assuredly kill thousands of people conveniently living in other countries.

You can, out of fear for your eternal life, hand over your civil liberties to government officials.



Or,



You can accept that life involves a constant risk of death.

You can recognize that your death is inevitable.

You can support measures that, for a low cost, postponse death.

You can ask yourself what kind of life you would like to live in the few days you have remaining.

You can ask yourself what kind of life others would like to have in the few days they have remaining.

You can review your ideals.

You can live by them.

You can take a deep breath.

You can stop running scared.

You can stop letting fear run your life.

You can stop letting purveyors of fear manipulate you into following them.



You are going to die.

But until you do, you can choose how to live.

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