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    Christopher Hitchens Dead :(

    Damn!

    http://www.smh.com.au/lifestyle/cele...216-1oyc4.html

    I wonder what his last words were. Something prolific I hope.

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    I'm sure some or other tactless fundie pundit will soon be assuring us that Hitchens became a Christian about five seconds after he died...

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    Cheers To Hitch,

    His existence improved my life. Happy you are no longer in pain.

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    if only more people cared about the truth and justice, rip!

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    this is a loss, i learned a lot through him... bless his soul, thank you christopher hitchens for making the world think.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samthemule View Post
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    Fuck that sucks. His cancer seemed very aggressive but I was hoping he would pull through. My heart actually skipped in despair when I read the thread title. Watching youtube playlists of him while I painted was so relaxing.

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    A great loss for the world. I've never admired anyone more.

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    A quote from Jacob Weisberg's obit in Slate:
    Here's what I learned from Christopher Hitchens in the 25 years I knew him. Don't let anyone else do your thinking for you. Follow your principles to the end. Don't flinch from the truth. Repeat until the last ounce of strength drains from your body.


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    Quote Originally Posted by blogmatix View Post
    I'm sure some or other tactless fundie pundit will soon be assuring us that Hitchens became a Christian about five seconds after he died...
    Damn shame the first comment on this thread was a tactless anti-fundie pundit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoat View Post
    Damn shame the first comment on this thread was a tactless anti-fundie pundit.
    For anti-fundie remarks I'll never make any excuses.

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    Then you're a jerk.

    An in memoriam thread, and you're first instinct is to crow, "ooo...I bet those people I don't like are going to do that thing I don't like!"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Stoat View Post
    Then you're a jerk.
    I'm notorious for it.

    An in memoriam thread, and you're first instinct is to crow, "ooo...I bet those people I don't like are going to do that thing I don't like!"
    It was the first thing that occurred to me. They have done that sort of thing before.

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    Quote Originally Posted by blogmatix View Post
    I'm sure some or other tactless fundie pundit will soon be assuring us that Hitchens became a Christian about five seconds after he died...
    Which is why I am going to avoid visiting Fundie websites for now, as I bet they're crowing with remarks about how Hitchens is burning in a lake of fire, having his intestines eaten by Hellfire Crows, about how he is going to get anally rammed by Satan himself while his corpse freezes on the icy plains of Cocytus, yaddda yadda yadda.

    Hitchens was one of those people whom you either loved or hated with every fiber of your being. But whatever your position, you have to admit, he was one helluva captivating speaker and writer. I wax poetic every now and then, but when I see Hitchens' writings, I go, "...DAMN, I wish I could produce writing as good as his". Favourite line being about how he was in his hotel room (This was the events leading up to him finding out he has esophageal cancer), and felt "shackled to his corpse". If you gave me 30 years, and a free grant and scholarship to read English at Cambridge or Oxford, I'll still never be able to match it. Guy was one smooth operator.

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    The problem of religous fundamentals tainting the dying words or thoughts of Hitchens won't happen. He has already spoken about his death before hand, and he was surrounded by friends and family when he deid.

    What happened in the past was normally done because either a nurse or priest was on the scene, to those people who are religous it was seen as a respectable thing to do, to say that before a person died he/she found God. It wasn't only done to get God points. Often the persons friends and family would be religous, and to them it was a comfort to think that they might see their loved ones again, and that their loved one wasn't burning in hell.

    One thing I am dissapointed about is the lack of coverage given to Hitchens on the news, other than announcing his death their was nothing, I timed it as 10 seconds of coverage. While other things like the wiki leaks trial, and others got about 2 minutes each. Ironicaly after Hitchens death anouncement there was a 2 minute segment on a premature baby that has just been released from hospital, and it was filled with praise for God and his Miracles. I don't know if this is normal, or because it is Christmas time.

    I hope they are planning a proper documentary or special to highlight Hitchens career and life.

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    Hitchens hated to be bored, and he often indicated that there was nothing he abhorred more than engaging a programmatic mind, regardless of its paradigm or ideology. I'm sure he had little respect for those who lapped up his opinions and then babbled them back at him, far less eloquently, hoping for a cheap toke off his moral and intellectual aura. He hated to be misquoted by mental fumblers. And he detested the dogmatic cant parroted back by servile minds.

    Onionface, I was also angered by the lack of televised media coverage.

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    Sorry that he's dead but the guy was kinda of a jerk...eep!!

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    I really admire Hitchens and most everything he's published, as others have written this week in memoriam his work had such an grossly engaging quality that it touches you on a personal level, making the loss that much more... Brashen - this is probably not the best time nor place to make such a comment, in all respects to the man.

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    I'm just going to leave this here. RIP.



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    Author Ian McEwan described how, even in his final days, he was wedded to writing...

    Right at the very end, when he was at his most feeble as this cancer began to overwhelm him, he insisted on a desk by the window - away from his bed in the ICU.

    Took myself and his son to get him into that chair - with a pole and eight lines going into his body - and there he was, a man with only a few days to live, turning out a three thousand words to meet a deadline.


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    It sucks that he ended up dying due to an unexpected form of cancer. It just so happens that I loved what he said on Penn & Teller: Bullshit!

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    There's been quite a bit of coverage of his death in the UK. Featuring quite prominently on the news. I daresay the Sunday supplements will have features and obituaries by the dozen tomorrow, with people who jousted with him at some point saying how much of a 'character' he was, a rebel, an individual. I've already heard Tony Blair say as much. This kind of commentary is rather offensive, and dismissive. And I despise it. It is the people who 'knew' him who have anything interesting to say.

    I would have Hitchens days at work, listening to all I could find online, and loving particularly his dialogues with his friends Stephen Fry, Joan Bakewell, Dawkins etc. I didn't care that his politics didn't always parallel mine: he was a man of conviction and passion and I see that all to rarely these days.

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    Still mourning... reading obits...

    Salman Rushdie believed that (Hitch) was one of the two funniest men he had met (the other being Bruce Chatwin).

    He was so funny that you would be doubled up on the floor, asking him to stop. Of all the beliefs from which he never deviated was the conviction that “the people who must never have power are the humourless”.


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    he was a prince. live fast, die late middle aged. god speed to him.

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    my favorite last words of all time were:

    ďDonít let it end like this, tell them I said something!"

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    In case there is anyone who thinks Hitchens didn't cross political divides, then the example of Billy Bragg stepping up to pay tribute should be lesson enough. For those who don't know him, he is a strongly left wing musician and political activist in the UK, whose battles with the far right are admirable.

    I must add my voice to those who mourn the loss of Christopher Hitchens. Although I didn't always agree with him, I admired the compulsion to speak his mind that both made him enemies and lost him friends. He was a wonderfully readable writer on any subject who sought to challenge the cosy preconceptions of his readership, much like his hero, George Orwell. Looking around English men of letters, I don't see anyone stepping up to take his place.

    Billy Bragg.


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    Quote Originally Posted by enrigo View Post
    my favorite last words of all time were:

    ďDonít let it end like this, tell them I said something!"
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    I saw Billy Bragg live the other week, he was dead good.



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    Well this sucks. Hitchens was somewhat of a personal hero of mine and I will miss him dearly, as will the rest of the world: we've lost our greatest devil's advocate and our most entertaining thinker.

    I second the motion for a documentary film, though I do it regardless of his death. Hitchens had always led a life worth telling, it just happens to be complete now.

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