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LIVE YOUR LIFE & BE HAPPY !!! : Top five regrets of the dying

A nurse has recorded the most common regrets of the dying, and among the top ones is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'. 

What would your biggest regret be if this was your last day of life?

Susie Steiner

Wednesday 1 February 2012 06.49 EST

A palliative nurse has recorded the top five regrets of the dying. Photograph: Montgomery Martin/Alamy

There was no mention of more sex or bungee jumps. 

A palliative nurse who has counselled the dying in their last days has revealed the most common regrets we have at the end of our lives. And among the top, from men in particular, is 'I wish I hadn't worked so hard'.

Bronnie Ware is an Australian nurse who spent several years working in palliative care, caring for patients in the last 12 weeks of their lives. 

She recorded their dying epiphanies in a blog called Inspiration and Chai, which gathered so much attention that she put her observations into a book called The Top Five Regrets of the Dying.

Ware writes of the p…

Cuba After Communism : The Economic Reforms That Are Transforming the Island

Julia E. Sweig and Michael J. Bustamante
July/August 2013
Article Summary and Author Biography

¡Adelante! A car for sale in Havana, February 2012 (Desmond Boy Lan / Courtesy Reuters)

At first glance, Cuba’s basic political and economic structures appear as durable as the mid-century American cars still roaming its streets. 

The Communist Party remains in power, the state dominates the economy, and murals depicting the face of the long-dead revolutionary Che Guevara still appear on city walls. 

Predictions that the island would undergo a rapid transformation in the manner of China or Vietnam, let alone the former Soviet bloc, have routinely proved to be bunk. 

But Cuba does look much different today than it did ten or 20 years ago, or even as recently as 2006, when severe illness compelled Fidel Castro, the country’s longtime president, to step aside. Far from treading water, Cuba has entered a new era, the features of which defy easy classification or comparison to transitions elsewhere.


The CIA Wants To Control The Weather Through 'Geoengineering'



Stunning Videos Show The Colorado Lightning Storm That Injured 13

The CIA will partially fund a $630,000 study by the National Academy of Sciences that will investigate how humans could influence the Earth's climate using 'geoengineering.'

According to Mother Jones' Dana Liebelson and Chris Mooney, the project will look into several techniques for altering the environment to prevent climate change.

The first, known as "solar radiation management," works by pumping chemicals into the atmosphere that reflect some of the sun's rays back into space in order to reduce the amount of heat retained due to greenhouse gases. 

The second method relies on removing greenhouse gases like carbon monoxide from the atmosphere to counteract the emissions from power plants and automobiles.

This technique has already been attempted on a small scale. Last year, an American entrepreneur named Russ George attempted to create an algae bloom that would theore…


Holy Haitian Mango, Batman!


This entry is part 5 of 8 in the series 

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Ataulfo Mango – Tasty, Tasty, Tasty!!

3rd Runner-up…Haden

The Trouble with Tommy Atkins

Kents and More Kents

Holy Haitian Mango, Batman!

Haden Mangoes Revisited

California Keitt Mangoes – Another Reason Why Coachella is so Damned Cool!

Red Mango & Scarlett Mango. Really Safeway? Your Produce 
Marketing BS is being outed… Right Here. Right Now.

Look what I found!!

 I tell you folks, these babies from Haiti were monstrous! 

 And not only that, the whole lot of them were beautiful, clean and undamaged. 

What a TREAT!

Haitian Mango. Madame Francis Mango. Francine Mango.

In an earlier post, I covered theAtaulfo mango, and I’ll give it to you – the Haitian mango looks an awful lot like an Ataulfo. But it isn’t.

The Haitian mango (also known as the Francine mango or the Madame Francis mango) is – as you can see- a fair degree heftier than its friend, the Ataul…

World’s Best Restaurant: One-Year Wait, Dancing Ice Cream

By Richard Vines - Jul 22, 2013 7:00 PM ET

The day El Celler de Can Roca was named World’s Best Restaurant, its website got 12 million hits.

That’s according to Josep Roca, one of the three brothers who own the establishment in Girona, Spain

The waiting list for a table has grown to one year from 10 months before the award on April 29. 

There is a backlog of 3,000 requests.

Sourdough ice cream with cocoa pulp, fried lychee and sherry-vinegar meringue. The dessert is served atop a hole punched in sourdough and a concealed motor keeps it wobbling. Photographer: Richard Vines/Bloomberg

Joan, Jordi and Josep Roca stand outside El Celler de Can Roca in Girola, Spain. The three brothers run the restaurant together. Photographer: Richard Vines/ Bloomberg.

Caramelized olives, stuffed with anchovy, served on an olive tree at El Celler de Can Roca in Girona. It is only one of many visually striking dishes from the Roca brothers. Photographer: Richard Vines/Bloomberg

Across the road from the three-Mic…

Recognizing the End of the Chinese Economic Miracle

Geopolitical Weekly

TUESDAY, JULY 23, 2013 - 04:08 


By George Friedman

Major shifts underway in the Chinese economy that Stratfor has forecast and discussed for years have now drawn the attention of the mainstream media. 

Many have asked when China would find itself in an economic crisis, to which we have answered that China has been there for awhile -- something not widely recognized outside China, and particularly not in the United States. 

A crisis can exist before it is recognized. 

The admission that a crisis exists is a critical moment, because this is when most others start to change their behavior in reaction to the crisis. 

The question we had been asking was when the Chinese economic crisis would finally become an accepted fact, thus changing the global dynamic.

Last week, the crisis was announced with a flourish. 

First, The New York Times columnist and Nobel Prize-recipient Paul Krugman penned a piece titled "Hitting China's Wall." 

He wrote, "The signs ar…