TED Community » David Burbank

About Me

United States, Pine Grove, CA
Current organization:
Society of American Magicians
Past organizations:
Cynics of Ambrose Bierce
Current role:
Gopher, Doormat, Magician
Hard Knocks

More About Me

I'm passionate about

Trying to help the world in "getting along with everyone".

An idea worth spreading

If we can't get along with each other here on Earth, How will we behave with REAL aliens?


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  • A reply on Talk: JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

    Jun 22 2011: Hello all. - Linda, Bla-blabla, Martin, Shmuel, Jason, Dereck, and Navin.I thank you all for your concerns. let me make some "things" clear. I was a Computer specialist in san Francisco for 25 years. I also had a Volkswagen shop for 25 years at the same time, as well as my computer career, I have also been a member of the Society of American Magicians for 29 years, Married for 30 years to a wonderful woman who has also been my assistant on stage with my magical career. I have had a great life. I have no complaints with my life. It has been great. I was recently diagnosed with a problem that cannot be stopped. It can only be slowed down. My expendancy is about 12 to 18 months. That don't worry me much as I was told 20 years ago I had 10 to 14 months because of a malignant melonoma at a Clarks level 4. So this new problem don't worry me much. I am having problems breathing. My doctors say It can't be stopped. All they can do is slow it down. So my gain is about 3 months. My wantiing "out" should be expected. My waiting to "go" is because I really love my wife and do NOT want to cause her more problems with getting rid of all my "Stuff" she knows nothing about. I have an autoshop with a 1959 Chevy El Camino in it which she knows NOTHING about as to how much it's worth or how to even start it. A 35 year collection of Magic tapes, CD's, devices, Etc. And a shop with tools she knows nothing as to "How to use". And a 1950's era Juke box with about 1000 records, I want to sell before I "elect" to go. MY CHOICE. She does NOT need the problem of disposing of my "stuff".Dereck Baxter- You seem to have been a very lonely child. Probably for most of your life. Try to develope some feelings for others while you can.Dave Burbank
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    A reply on Talk: JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

    Jun 15 2011: Hi Virginie F
    I appreciate your opinion as to whose choice this matter belongs. You're right, it IS mine. I can't believe the attitude of some saying I don't have that right. If anyone does not want to take that "final exit", that is THEIR choice, and their's alone. They DO NOT have the right to tell ME that I CAN'T make that choice for ME. I reside in California, and they do NOT have assistance in Euthanasia. My doctor has known me for about 14 years and has said he will help when "That" time comes. My feelings on this are "very long time thought out". This is NOT a rushed into "thing". If I was in much better condition, I would like to see 100. But not like I am now. Do you remember ever being in a race? At the end when you ran through the ribbon, you where so out of breath you had to stop and, with your hands on your knees, bent over, gulping in air to balance your self. That's were I am, almost all the time now. I very much appreciate your support in my choice.
  • A reply on Talk: JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

    Jun 15 2011: My wife of 30+years, and a dog. My ability to do many "things" has slowely gone downhill enough that about all I can do is sit in a chair and sleep. All day as well as most of the night. I'm starting to feel like a vegetable.
    I don't like or want to do this much longer. I have given this much thought.
    Back in 1991 I read "Final Exit". That was about the time of the beginning of my problems. I have followed through since then, and am still here. It's getting harder each passing week. I have trouble breathing even while on oxygen 24/7 When I get up to go to the bathroom, my blood/oxygen drops to 67 sometimes lower. I'm not a happy camper.
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    A reply on Talk: JD Schramm: Break the silence for suicide attempt survivors

    Jun 14 2011: I am David. I am right now considering suicide. I'm 68 years old. I'm a cancer survivor, a Diabetic, and a "spare parts" recipient on 3 occasions, and a very recent diagnosis of Advanced, Aggressive, Chronic Interstitial Change. Bullous Emphysema. my doctors have said the only hope for me now is a complete lung transplant, which I would probably not survive the surgery. With all the problems in the world as well as in these United States WHY would I want to continue living? The problem I have is going out on the first attempt. With the help of The Hemlock Society (from years ago) and new technology I have found a possibile way. If you have ever watched the movie "Soylent Green", That avenue should be a way for all who feel "They have had enough" and want out. This should be an available avenue. I've had enough. With population explosions everywhere, No Morals, Ethics, or Values, why stay?
  • A comment on Talk: William Kamkwamba: How I built a windmill

    Apr 22 2008: What a wonderful way of learning and sharing. He is an inventer in a young mans brain.
    Best of luck and success awaits him in the future. The world needs more young men like him.

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