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(BBC)   Following the death of her husband woman undergoes grief counselling and decides to search for son she give up at birth when she was nineteen. Discovers he was a passenger on Pan-Am flight 103 blown up over Lockerbie 24 years earlier   (bbc.co.uk) divider line 62
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2013-12-14 11:38:29 PM  

No Such Agency: doglover:
Was it Ringworld that posited that not only is luck real but it's a genetic trait?

Of course it was... engineered into humans by the Puppeteers via the Birthright Lotteries.  Teela was one of the innately lucky products of this scheme.  I can't believe I remember that.


If you read all the books in the series it becomes apparent by the end that Louis Wu was also one of the luck recipients.

The woman in the article though a sad story does not reveal a luckless life. She has after all lived to be over 60.
 
2013-12-15 12:00:39 AM  

doglover: Was it Ringworld that posited that not only is luck real but it's a genetic trait?

Hypothesis: This woman is one of the unlucky, she passed on her unlucky genes after mating with an unlucky guy and the alleles combined into one REALLY unlucky kid.

Procedure: Comp this lady some chips in Vegas for a few weeks and chart her progress. Also use a really lucky bastard, like Paris Hilton or Kevin Federline. Compare.


Molly Ringwald is a philosopher now?
 
2013-12-15 12:15:50 AM  

SirEattonHogg: Okay, but think about this a further step - she waited 45 years before looking for her son.  Her son would be 45 years old if he was still alive. That's basically middle age. Prior to 45, the chances of her son having died prematurely from a disease, car accident, murder, overdose, or some other tragic circumstance would be significant.  It's of course sad for her, but she must have thought in the back of her head, there is always the chance that he may have died earlier due to some tragic circumstance.

Does the fact that her son died in a very highly publicized tragic event make it any better or worse?


Good god, what century do you live in? I'm 49 and I've yet to die prematurely from any tragic circumstance, including self-inflicted, and that's not for lack of trying. Nobody dies prior to age 45 anymore unless they live in Compton and belong to the Rollin 80's.
 
2013-12-15 01:31:03 AM  

theBigBigEye: SirEattonHogg: Okay, but think about this a further step - she waited 45 years before looking for her son.  Her son would be 45 years old if he was still alive. That's basically middle age. Prior to 45, the chances of her son having died prematurely from a disease, car accident, murder, overdose, or some other tragic circumstance would be significant.  It's of course sad for her, but she must have thought in the back of her head, there is always the chance that he may have died earlier due to some tragic circumstance.

Does the fact that her son died in a very highly publicized tragic event make it any better or worse?

You're right. But it goes to a whole new level when she learns that her son was killed by some terrorist farkbag in one of the most highly tragic and publicized terrorist acts in aviation history.


I think the kicker is that she would have known about the event, heard new stories, read articles, etc. It doesn't really change the outcome but this makes it more of a total mindfark than if he'd died in his sleep from a heart attack or something.
 
2013-12-15 01:53:36 AM  

Prof. Frink: Could be worse, some sort of Oedipus thing.


Exactly what I was expecting as I read the headline.
 
2013-12-15 01:54:30 AM  

Eponymous: on the flip side....maybe she's eligible for a victim's payout on the bombing.



No point in trying to soften her landing Now. By now, she's all broken up.
 
2013-12-15 02:42:02 AM  
tripleseven: 
103 was confirmed terrorism, blown up by a bomb in a radio.

Never going to give you up?
 
2013-12-15 08:01:08 AM  

WeirdAuntMartha: "She was being taken from the hospital where she had given birth to her sister's house..."

The poor sentence structure and lack of appropriate punctuation hurts my vagina.


Let's hope it wasn't a double-wide!
 
2013-12-15 08:04:28 AM  

WeirdAuntMartha: "She was being taken from the hospital where she had given birth to her sister's house..."

The poor sentence structure and lack of appropriate punctuation hurts my vagina.


I was dumbfounded for awhile till I finally figured out what the author was going on about ..
 
2013-12-15 12:16:49 PM  
the knife twist is that he could still be alive if she hadn't have given him up.
 
2013-12-15 01:29:52 PM  

ZAZ: At least she could become a suicide bomber and avenge his death by blowing up... by blowing up...

Who's left to blow up since the Libyan regime changed and the fake cancer bomber guy finally died?


The guy that actually did it would be a good start.

/Semi-serious.
 
2013-12-15 07:49:29 PM  

WeirdAuntMartha: "She was being taken from the hospital where she had given birth to her sister's house..."

The poor sentence structure and lack of appropriate punctuation hurts my vagina.



Not nearly as much as her sister's house hurt hers.......
 
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