Sunday, February 28, 2010

Başbakanlık Nerede Biter, Diktatörlük Nerede Başlar

28 Şubat 2010
Koray Doğan Urbarlı
, Yesil Gazete

Gerçekten mükemmel bir ülke burası… Her şeyiyle. Bir önceki yazımda biraz değinmeye çalıştığım gibi, her tartışma programında aynı kavramlar var. Demokrasi! Özgürlük! Eşitlik! Birlik! Kardeşlik! Herkes birbirini daha az demokrat olmakla suçluyor. Gören duyan itiyor sanacak. Daha iyiye, daha iyiye… “Haydi, bak, x partisi %40 kadın kotası getirmiş, biz daha iyisini yapmalıyız %50 getirmeliyiz!” “Y partisi seçim barajını %4’e indirmeyi teklif edecekmiş, biz önce davranalım %3 ve her ilde de önseçim zorunluluğu teklif edelim!”
Bu tip konuşmalar duyuyor olmamız gerekiyor. O kadar çok demokrasiden, özgürlükten bahsediliyor ki; düşünce aleminin tüm büyük babaları burada parti yönetiyor ya da danışman sanki.
Ama değil. Ne yazık ki değil. Antitez’den ufak bir örnek verip, teze geçelim ama orada kalalım çünkü sentez çok fena. Sentez ortada… CHP, İzmir’de yarın (artık bugün olmuş) il kongresini toplayacak. Aslında kongre toplandı bitti. Deniz Baykal, kafasında kongreyi topladı. Herkesin olur dediği, ilçe kongrelerini adıyla geçiren adaya çekil sen dedi. Uzun süre bir aday aradı ve gençleştirmeye gittiği (ironi değil, partinin açıkladığı hedeftir bu) bir ilde 80’ine yakın bir kişiye “ol” dedi. Yarın da delegeler olduracak. Çekilen adaya da herhalde bir 5. sıra milletvekili adaylığı falan verirler, ya da vermişlerdir. Müthiş demokrat kent İzmir’de, büyük sosyal demokrat partinin hali bu. Bu antitez. 2011’de başbakan olacağını düşünen, bunun planlarını kuran kişinin yaptığı ettiği. Zaten başlıktaki başbakan, kişiyi değil, bir makamı işaret ediyor.
Gelelim teze… Bir süre önce, Tayyip Erdoğan, “Şu gazeteciler biraz daha az yazsalar, ülkenin sorunları azalır” anlamına gelen bir cümle söyledi. Daha sonra, Tekel İşçileri ile ilgili her konu açıldığında, bunu medyanın büyüttüğünü, medyanın gündemde tuttuğunu söyledi. Yazmayın dedi. Erdoğan, bütün köşe yazarları mı yazmasın dedi, yoksa Fehmi Koru modeli gibi bir Fehmi Koru, Bir Taha Kıvanç olup yazarlarsa bir sorun olmaz mı demek istedi, yoksa benim sevmediğim yazarlar yazmasın yoksa bazı gazeteler var onlar günde iki kere çıksın mı demek istedi bilmiyorum. Yoksa, başbakan’ın örneğin Mehmet Barlas’ın yazmasına nasıl bir itirazı olabilir ki? (Barlas çok yanlı yazıyor demek istemedim, yanağını okşatmıştı ya ondan…)
Yazarların, günler pek azalmamış olacak ki, birkaç gün önce başbakan yeni bir açıklama yaptı ve bu sefer yazarları değil, işverenlerini muhatap aldı. “Şu yazarlara da yazdırmayın bakın! Yazdırıyorsunuz, borsa düşüyor, muhalefet oluyor. Borsa düşüyor. Bunlara yazı yazdırıp yazdırıp, sonra bizim kapımıza geldiğinizde de ağlamayın.” Anlamına gelen cümleler söyledi. Açık açık olmasa da gayet açık şekilde, bize muhalefet edeni, hükümetin yaptıklarını eleştireni barındırmayın dedi. Bu, “hükümetin yaptığı her şey ülke için iyidir, hükümeti eleştirmek ülkenin iyiliğini istememektir” anlayışıdır ve hükümetin de tek bir kişiye mutlak bağlı olduğunu düşünürsek (sosyal demokrat partinin halini üstte yazdım. Bunlar da muhafazakâr.) bu anlayış ancak ve ancak otoriter bir yönetimde geçerli olur. O yüzden, böyle laf edilebilir mi Türkiye’de? Ediliyor ama edilemezmiş gibi konuşulup ediliyor. Her şeyin en iyisini bilen insanlar, demokrasinin onların bildiğinden daha iyisini söyleyemeyeceğini düşünerek, demokrasiye evet diyorlar. “Özgürlük mü istiyorsunuz? Tabii ki. Nasıl olsa, benim söylediğimden daha iyisini söyleyemeyeceksiniz. Zaten, size özgürlük veren birini eleştirecek kadar da özgürlük düşmanı olamazsınız!”
Şimdi, bir yere kadar tabii ki kızabilir başbakanlar, bakanlar, muhtarlar… Gerçekten hükümet karşıtlığını bodoslama yapan gazeteler yok mu? Var! Var da, tam tersi de var. Hükümet gak dese bir bölüm gazete “RTE yine gakladı diye yayın yaparken, bir bölüm de, “tarihin en muhteşem gaklaması Birinci Recep Tayyip Sultan Han’dan geldi” diye haber yapıyor. İkisi de iğrenç. Peki, neden bir tanesine kızalım biz? Neden eleştirinin bağnazına bu kadar tepki verirken, yanında olmanın bu kadar samimiyetsizine “yürü ya kulum” deniyor?
Türkiye’nin yönetim anlayışı kaymıştır artık. Gücü elinde bulunduranın kendi diktatörlüğünü ilan ettiği bir garip mikro ve makro diktatörlükler takımadası oldu Türkiye. Herkes, bulunduğu alanda en ufak bir muhalefet tutmamayı, orayı temizlemek olarak görüyor. Temizlemek kelimesi kullanılıyor zaten. Pisliklerden arındırmak. Bu bazen o kadar feci sonuçlar doğuruyor ki, başbakan köşe “yazarları yazmasın” diyebiliyor, ulaştırma bakanı “demiryollarını kapatalım” diyebiliyor. Mutlaklar çünkü. Hiç gitmeyecekler oralardan. Böyle düşünüyorlar. Ben ülkeyim diyor başbakan. Beni eleştirmek ülkeye hakaret, ihanet. Ben partiyim diyor parti başkanı, benim aday ol demediğim adam aday olamaz hiçbir yere. L’etat c’est moi (Devlet benim!) demiş kral. Ama bakın, 14. Louis, o kral. Siz ise kral değilsiniz. Ama kral gibi davranıyorsunuz. Laflara bakarsan da liberte egalite fraternite (özgürlük, eşitlik, kardeşlik)…

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

If you think voting CDA, think again!


Here is an article, from among many, that shows how the CCTV (what the CDA is suggesting for Amsterdam in their local election campaign) constructs a certain way of understanding and restricting criminality: from top down -as opposed to the crimes that are at the high levels of politics that go unnoticed. We cannot let this happen in Amsterdam. It is a kind of suicide for the soul of the citizenry...

Monday, February 22, 2010

YEŞİL EV’DE KÜRTÇE DİL ATÖLYESİ

Yeşil Ev’de Kürtçe dil atölyesi Mart ayında başlıyor. İstanbul Kürt Enstitüsü’nün (Enstituya Kurdi Ya Stenbole) katkılarıyla düzenlenen Kürtçe dil atölyesinin ilk kuru 3 ay sürecek ve haftada iki gün, dört saat olarak yapılacak. İstanbul Kürt Enstitüsü hocaları tarafından gönüllü olarak yapılacak atölyeye kayıtlar devam ediyor.

Tarih: 5 Mart – 28 Mayıs
Gün: Pazartesi ve Cuma günleri
Saat: 19:00-21:00
Katılımcıların %80 devam zorunluluğu vardır.
Kayıt için son gün 28 Şubat 2010
Bir kur (3 ay) için kayıt 275 TL (tam), 200 TL (öğrenci) bağış karşılığında yapılacaktır. (Kitaplar İstanbul Kürt Enstitüsü tarafından verilecektir.)

Kayıt ve sorularınız için iletişim: 212-244 77 80
beyogluyesilev@gmail.com

Adres: Yeşil Ev, İstiklal caddesi Balo sokak 21/1 Beyoğlu - İstanbul

Thursday, February 18, 2010

the winter olympics

took me back to my childhood, when aesthetics, romance, passion, ambition, perfection, it all came together in a five minute performance. When everything stopped and watched... this still moves me...

Deep Green: Real Sustainability

by Rex Weyler

Cultural habits - like people - go through stages when they face death. Dr. Elizabeth Kübler-Ross described this process as the 'five stages of grief' - denial, anger, bargaining and depression, before the final acceptance of reality. In human society, growth economics will eventually collapse in the face of ecological reality. We have witnessed decades of denial and anger about this end of growth, and society now appears to be entering the bargaining stage.

This bargaining appears in thousands of new corporate marketing strategies that promote 'sustainability'. They've changed the ink in the printing presses, rolled out green and blue designs, replaced lightning bolts with fern leaves and stamped images of the Earth on plastic containers. We now have 'sustainable detergent', 'sustainable events', 'sustainable development', 'sustainable profits', 'sustainable fashions' and even 'sustainable countertops' for the kitchen makeovers of discerning consumers.

The bargaining goes like this. If we call ourselves 'green' and 'sustainable', can we keep selling stuff? Like a drug addict, the patient has not yet changed the habits that are killing it. All these sustainable marketing campaigns are designed to sell more products to more people. Meanwhile, every day, we lose more forests, exterminate species, erode soil, drain aquifers and pump more carbon dioxide into the atmosphere. Eventually, we'll notice that labelling something 'sustainable' doesn't make it so. That day will signal the 'depression' stage.

The foolish king

The bargaining strategy, 'sustainable growth', gained popularity with the 1987 Brundtland Report (Our Common Future), from the United Nations World Commission on Environment and Development. The report recognised that human activity had caused serious ecological degradation, and sought ways to reconcile economic growth, particularly for poorer countries, with environmental health. Rich countries, meanwhile, sought ways to allow global corporations to continue plundering the Earth for its riches.

The Brundtland Report envisioned 'a new era of economic growth … that is forceful and at the same time socially and environmentally sustainable'. This idea represents a noble vision that most people would support - a growing human economy that relieves poverty while sustaining the Earth's resources. However, in nature, all physical growth eventually stops. There are no exceptions.

To understand why this is so, we must understand what real sustainability means in a biological habitat. For a species to maintain a pattern of energy and material exchange with its environment over a long period of time, it must achieve what biologists call homeostasis or dynamic equilibrium, whereby its consumption remains below the energy input into the system.

We must also understand the nature of exponential growth. "The greatest shortcoming of the human race," says physicist Dr. Albert Bartlett at the University of Colorado, "is our inability to understand the exponential function." Since human population and consumption have been growing for thousands of years we might assume that we can continue to grow for thousands more, but this is not how exponential growth works. This complex-sounding bit of arithmetic is actually quite simple.

Any material growth (a fixed or variable percentage increase every year) eventually yields a huge number over time. You may have heard the story of the legendary king who agrees to pay a clever inventor with one grain of rice on the first square of a chess board, two grains on the second square, then four on the third, eight on the fourth and so on. All such growth has a doubling time, represented by the 64 squares of the chess board. By the time the foolish king reaches square number 30, he needs a billion grains of rice. By square 40, he needs a trillion grains and the kingdom is bankrupt. This is the power of exponential growth.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010

First study of mummy DNA leads to all sorts of discoveries


By Maggie Koerth-Baker February 16, 2010

King Tut—plus 10 other royal mummies—recently became the first ancient Egyptians to get their DNA analyzed. The results, published this week in the Journal of the American Medical Association, turned up a treasure trove of new information about the famous boy king, his family and Egyptian royalty in general. Among the discoveries:

  • Tut had a bone disorder that would have forced him to walk with a cane, and which may have been a result of royal inbreeding.
  • A mummy known as KV55 has turned out to be Tut's father, Akhenaten, a controversial pharaoh best known for his failed attempt at converting Egypt to monotheism. Based on sculptures and art that depict a feminized Akhenaten, researchers had long suspected that he suffered from a genetic hormone disorder called gynecomastia. But the DNA evidence says otherwise. Instead, Akhenaten's feminine features are likely to have been an artistic conceit, added for symbolic, religious reasons.
  • Other previously unidentified mummies are now known to be Tut's grandfather, grandmother and mother.
  • Contrary to speculation, Tut's mother probably wasn't his father's chief wife, Nefertiti. She and Akhenaten are never described as being related, and Tut is definitely the product of brother/sister incest.
  • King Tut had malaria. He likely died from a combination of that disease and complications of his bone disorder. The malarial DNA found in Tut's body is the oldest genetic evidence of the disease ever found.

Top 10 Cannabis Studies the (US) Government Wished it Had Never Funded

from www.breakthematrix.com

10) MARIJUANA USE HAS NO EFFECT ON MORTALITY:

A massive study of California HMO members funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) found marijuana use caused no significant increase in mortality. Tobacco use was associated with increased risk of death. Sidney, S et al. Marijuana Use and Mortality. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 87 No. 4, April 1997. p. 585-590. Sept. 2002.

9) HEAVY MARIJUANA USE AS A YOUNG ADULT WON'T RUIN YOUR LIFE:
Veterans Affairs scientists looked at whether heavy marijuana use as a young adult caused long-term problems later, studying identical twins in which one twin had been a heavy marijuana user for a year or longer but had stopped at least one month before the study, while the second twin had used marijuana no more than five times ever. Marijuana use had no significant impact on physical or mental health care utilization, health-related quality of life, or current socio-demographic characteristics. Eisen SE et al. Does Marijuana Use Have Residual Adverse Effects on Self-Reported Health Measures, Socio-Demographics or Quality of Life? A Monozygotic Co-Twin Control Study in Men. Addiction. Vol. 97 No. 9. p.1083-1086. Sept.
1997

8) THE "GATEWAY EFFECT" MAY BE A MIRAGE:
Marijuana is often called a "gateway drug" by supporters of prohibition, who point to statistical "associations" indicating that persons who use marijuana are more likely to eventually try hard drugs than those who never use marijuana - implying that marijuana use somehow causes hard drug use. But a model developed by RAND Corp. researcher Andrew Morral demonstrates that these associations can be explained "without requiring a gateway effect." More likely, this federally funded study suggests, some people simply have an underlying propensity to try drugs, and start with what's most readily available. Morral AR, McCaffrey D and Paddock S. Reassessing the Marijuana Gateway Effect. Addiction. December 2002. p. 1493-1504.

7) PROHIBITION DOESN'T WORK (PART I):
The White House had the National Research Council examine the data being gathered about drug use and the effects of U.S. drug policies. NRC concluded, "the nation possesses little information about the effectiveness of current drug policy, especially of drug law enforcement." And what data exist show "little apparent relationship between severity of sanctions prescribed for drug use and prevalence or frequency of use." In other words, there is no proof that prohibition - the cornerstone of U.S. drug policy for a century - reduces drug use. National Research Council. Informing America's Policy on Illegal Drugs: What We Don't Know Keeps Hurting Us. National Academy Press, 2001. p. 193.

6) PROHIBITION DOESN'T WORK (PART II):
DOES PROHIBITION CAUSE THE "GATEWAY EFFECT"?): U.S. and Dutch researchers, supported in part by NIDA, compared marijuana users in San Francisco, where non-medical use remains illegal, to Amsterdam, where adults may possess and purchase small amounts of marijuana from regulated businesses. Looking at such parameters as frequency and quantity of use and age at onset of use, they found no differences except one: Lifetime use of hard drugs was significantly lower in Amsterdam, with its "tolerant" marijuana policies. For example, lifetime crack cocaine use was 4.5 times higher in San Francisco than Amsterdam. Reinarman, C, Cohen, PDA, and Kaal, HL. The Limited Relevance of Drug Policy: Cannabis in Amsterdam and San Francisco. American Journal of Public Health. Vol. 94, No. 5. May 2004. p. 836-842.

5) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART I):
Federal researchers implanted several types of cancer, including leukemia and lung cancers, in mice, then treated them with cannabinoids (unique, active components found in marijuana). THC and other cannabinoids shrank tumors and increased the mice's lifespans. Munson, AE et al. Antineoplastic Activity of Cannabinoids. Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Sept. 1975. p. 597-602.

4) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER, (PART II):
In a 1994 study the government tried to suppress, federal researchers gave mice and rats massive doses of THC, looking for cancers or other signs of toxicity. The rodents given THC lived longer and had fewer cancers, "in a dose-dependent manner" (i.e. the more THC they got, the fewer tumors). NTP Technical Report On The Toxicology And Carcinogenesis Studies Of 1-Trans- Delta-9-Tetrahydrocannabinol, CAS No. 1972-08-3, In F344/N Rats And B6C3F Mice, Gavage Studies. See also, "Medical Marijuana: Unpublished Federal Study Found THC-Treated Rats Lived Longer, Had Less Cancer," AIDS Treatment News no. 263, Jan. 17, 1997.

3) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART III):
Researchers at the Kaiser-Permanente HMO, funded by NIDA, followed 65,000 patients for nearly a decade, comparing cancer rates among non-smokers, tobacco smokers, and marijuana smokers. Tobacco smokers had massively higher rates of lung cancer and other cancers. Marijuana smokers who didn't also use tobacco had no increase in risk of tobacco-related cancers or of cancer risk overall. In fact their rates of lung and most other cancers were slightly lower than non-smokers, though the difference did not reach statistical significance. Sidney, S. et al. Marijuana Use and Cancer Incidence (California, United States). Cancer Causes and Control. Vol. 8. Sept. 1997, p. 722-728.

2) OOPS, MARIJUANA MAY PREVENT CANCER (PART IV):
Donald Tashkin, a UCLA researcher whose work is funded by NIDA, did a case-control study comparing 1,200 patients with lung, head and neck cancers to a matched group with no cancer. Even the heaviest marijuana smokers had no increased risk of cancer, and had somewhat lower cancer risk than non-smokers (tobacco smokers had a 20-fold increased lung cancer risk). Tashkin D. Marijuana Use and Lung Cancer: Results of a Case-Control Study. American Thoracic Society International Conference. May 23, 2006.

1) MARIJUANA DOES HAVE MEDICAL VALUE:
In response to passage of California's medical marijuana law, the White House had the Institute of Medicine (IOM) review the data on marijuana's medical benefits and risks. The IOM concluded, "Nausea, appetite loss, pain and anxiety are all afflictions of wasting, and all can be mitigated by marijuana." While noting potential risks of smoking, the report added, "we acknowledge that there is no clear alternative for people suffering from chronic conditions that might be relieved by smoking marijuana, such as pain or AIDS wasting." The government's refusal to acknowledge this finding caused co-author John A. Benson to tell the New York Times that the government "loves to ignore our report … they would rather it never happened." Joy, JE, Watson, SJ, and Benson, JA. Marijuana and Medicine: Assessing the Science Base. National Academy Press. 1999. p. 159. See also, Harris, G. FDA Dismisses Medical Benefit From Marijuana. New York Times. Apr.
21, 2006

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

I'm reading...


How to Read Lacan (click to read online)
by
Slavoj Zizek

It is easy, enjoyable, a little too repetitive of his other work, but a great intro to Lacan's main concepts through an exercise of "reading with Lacan"...

Here's a beautiful quote from
Janet Malcolm (1994: 172) -also quoted in the book...
The preservation of the unsent letter is its arresting feature. Neither the writing nor the sending is remarkable (we often make drafts of letters and discard them), but the gesture of keeping the message when we have no intention of sending it. By saving the letter, we are in some sense 'sending' it after all. We are not relinquishing our idea or dismissing it as foolish or unworthy (as we do when we tear up a letter); on the contrary, we are giving it an extra vote of confidence. We are, in effect, saying that our idea is too precious to be entrusted to the gaze of the actual addressee, who may not grasp its worth, so we 'send' it to his equivalent in fantasy, on whom we can absolutely count for an understanding and appreciative reading.

Top 10 Cities for Economists...

According to The Economist, the top 10 liveable cities of the world are as follows...

Now, I've never been a fan of The Economist, its often over-simplified social analysis and over-emphasised economic/financial news trying to frame the world as a market place. No, I actually don't read it very often -unless there is nothing else to read, I totally skip it. And as you see (and if you are like me you will immediately see) this is what happens if you treat the world as if it is a giant market place. No offense, I've nothing against any of these cities, I actually haven't visited ANY of them. I don't think I will anytime soon either, for I wouldn't know why to visit them. Especially in winter, but also in summer. Ok with the exception of Vienna... Although all my friends from Vienna complain about what a serious (if not frowny and self-absorbed) city it is. Ok, Let's try to guess what they based their results on (allow for exceptions):
1) how cold the temperatures are -both in winter AND in summer
2) how new the city is, and how little history it has...
3) whether it is speaking English (or otherwise a European language)
4) whether a large portion of the population is blond...
5) whether they host olympics every now and then
6) how far away it is from ancient civilisations
7) cattle population
That's it. We've got out top 10!
Of course, the econonomists intelligence unit suggest otherwise:
"Each city is assigned a score for over 30 qualitative and quantitative factors across five broad categories:
  • Stability
  • Healthcare
  • Culture and environment
  • Education
  • Infrastructure"
So someone sat behind the computer and decided that Tehran and Karachi have little culture (They're in the bottom 10. uh-oh.), the healing system in Papua New Guinea is not satisfactory for the intelligent economists, and above all, they decided that stability is the most important thing!
As for me it's important to have the sea close by, some sunshine and warmth, to have some access to a nice and deep forest, preferably working telephone and post services, a healer I can trust, good food being widely available, some political and intellectual freedom, some nice (preferably inclusive) music/dance/art, a moderate level of safety that is required for a girl, and a good number of friends. So far, I couldn't find a place that has all this plus a job offering. But hey, I'm still looking...

Monday, February 08, 2010

Old news, new article...

2007'de Viyana'da 'Türk lokumu' adında bir heykel dikildi.

a controversial statue depicting a naked woman with headscarf, entitled Turkish Delight was exhibited in a public garden in front of the Kunsthalle Museum in Vienna in 2007 before it was wrenched from its pedestal and left lying on the ground...

Heykeltras/Sculptor: Olaf Metzel
Prof. Nilufer Gole'nin konuyla ilgili makalesi icin tiklayin.
Prof. Nilufer Gole's article on the subject.

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Yaşayan Kütüphane

Yesil Gazete, Devin Bahçeci, 6 Subat 2010

Bizi önyargılarımızla yüzleştirmek amacıyla 2000 yılından beri çeşitli ülkelerde düzenlenen Yaşayan Kütüphane, bir kez daha İstanbul’da… Ev sahibi bu kez 9.cusu düzenlenen !f İstanbul Film Festivali!


Alışık olduğumuz kütüphanelerden farklı olarak, Yaşayan Kütüphane’deki kitaplar insan; ve bu kitaplar okuyucularıyla kişisel bir diyalog içine giriyorlar. Kütüphane katalogundaki kitap başlıkları, çoğunlukla genellemelere ve önyargılı davranışlara maruz kalan ve zaman zaman da ayrımcılığa uğrayan grupları temsil ediyor.

Ne zaman?

13 Şubat Cumartesi

14 Şubat Pazar

16 Şubat Salı günleri, 15.00-19.00 arasında

Nerede?

!f İstanbul Festival Merkezi “The Hall” Küçük Bayram Sokak, Hüseyinağa, Beyoğlu

(İstiklal’den Yeşilçam Sokak’a girince ilk sağ… veya Ağa Camii’nin sokağından ilk sol)


Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Always Look on the Bright Side of Life (from Monty Python)

words and music by Eric Idle



Some things in life are bad
They can really make you mad
Other things just make you swear and curse.
When you're chewing on life's gristle
Don't grumble, give a whistle
And this'll help things turn out for the best...

And...always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the light side of life...

If life seems jolly rotten
There's something you've forgotten
And that's to laugh and smile and dance and sing.
When you're feeling in the dumps
Don't be silly chumps
Just purse your lips and whistle - that's the thing.

And...always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the light side of life...

For life is quite absurd
And death's the final word
You must always face the curtain with a bow.
Forget about your sin - give the audience a grin
Enjoy it - it's your last chance anyhow.

So always look on the bright side of death
Just before you draw your terminal breath

Life's a piece of shit
When you look at it
Life's a laugh and death's a joke, it's true.
You'll see it's all a show
Keep 'em laughing as you go
Just remember that the last laugh is on you.

And always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the right side of life...
(Come on guys, cheer up!)
Always look on the bright side of life...
Always look on the bright side of life...
(Worse things happen at sea, you know.)
Always look on the bright side of life...
(I mean - what have you got to lose?)
(You know, you come from nothing - you're going back to nothing.
What have you lost? Nothing!)
Always look on the right side of life...

best sung at:
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