May 23rd, 2009

My Technique

Knockin' 'Em Dead

Here's an interesting response to someone threatening to commit suicide;

BEIJING – Chen Fuchao, a man heavily in debt, had been contemplating suicide on a bridge in southern China for hours when a passer-by came up, shook his hand — and pushed him off the ledge.

Chen fell 26 feet (8 meters) onto a partially inflated emergency air cushion laid out by authorities and survived, suffering spine and elbow injuries, the official Xinhua News Agency said Saturday.

The passer-by, 66-year-old Lai Jiansheng, had been fed up with what he called Chen's "selfish activity," Xinhua said. Traffic around the Haizhu bridge in the city of Guangzhou had been backed up for five hours and police had cordoned off the area.

"I pushed him off because jumpers like Chen are very selfish. Their action violates a lot of public interest," Lai was quoted as saying by Xinhua. "They do not really dare to kill themselves. Instead, they just want to raise the relevant government authorities' attention to their appeals."

I don't think I've ever heard a story like this before. I'm not sure if this is indicative of a more callous society, or what. I sure hope someone's glad Chen survived.

I've continued watching Buffy the Vampire Slayer with dinner the past several nights. I'm digging the second season's themes of imperfect heroes and the weight of past sins. Last night I watched "Ted", the episode with guest star John Ritter. It's a great episode, but mostly what I was responding to was this outfit;

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My tweets from last night;

It seems sleep deprivation for me's changed.
Now I only feel like shit at evening.
Can still almost think and act at close range.
But for distance the will's still found waning.
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