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Comment Re: Can you do this pre-mortem? (Score 2) 21

Ischemic time (the time a lung can survive outside the body) is about four hours. Lungs are also delicate. I'll also add: the survival rate for lung transplants is atrocious. Not only are they risky at transplant time, but people tend to survive about five years post-, which is about as bad as it gets in transplantation. Disclaimers: 1) My son is a heart transplant recipient. 2) My brother-in-law was a failed lung transplant recipient. 3) I serve in a policy-making role for OPTN, which coordinates all solid organ transplants in the U.S.

Comment Re:Fta (Score 2) 46

PBS stations have always paid fees, representing substantial portions their budgets, for which they have to go panhandle to the public and companies. Now HBO picks up the tab. CTW makes 2x as many episodes, and PBS stations get that same content nine months later *for free.* I doubt children (mine included) will mind the 9 months of reruns during the initial delay.

Comment Re:Perhaps you should consider (Score 1) 329

I'm not a Boston Children's constituent. But perhaps you should consider that in a given metro area, there is usually only one choice for top-tier pediatric care. Who says the parents in this case are right, and why are people blindly trusting them? Just like with Sarah Murnaghan -- Anonymous got involved there too, and didn't fully comprehend the issues at stake here. Many parents in the transplant community fell on both sides of that issue, but Anonymous bought the media story, lock, stock, and barrel and began threatening medical organizations with little comprehension of the issues.

Comment Re:Already affecting patients (Score 1) 329

That's nice. I don't think any of us know the full side of the story. That part doesn't matter. Anonymous is now potentially interfering with the health of other children. This is not a bank. Also, as I have already mentioned, my child is a frequent flier at a children's hospital, so let me say, fuck you very much.

Comment Already affecting patients (Score 3, Interesting) 329

My son is a child with fragile health, and we associate with many other, similar families as a support mechanism. While I am not in the Boston area, we do know families that are there, and who frequent Boston Children's. One of them that we associate with let everyone in one of these support groups know that the patient scheduling system had been affected by the Anonymous operation, and so she was unable to schedule her son's surgery. Boston Children's needs to keep their clinical systems more protected, but the bottom line is that Anonymous is filled with grade-A assholes.

Comment Re:Warning Shot (Score 2, Informative) 148

If you're suggesting that a single assassination was the reason for starting it, you may wish to go read some more about it. The major players had been itching for a fight for decades. It was essentially an attempt to resolve differences left from the Prussian wars of the 1860s-1870s, which set the stage for 120 years of a crapsack continent.

Comment Interview of Bill Warren being owned (Score 4, Informative) 257

Here is an interview with Bill Warren on The Roe & Roeper radio show on Chicago's WLS-AM station. If you want to skip past the B.S., just listen to to the last four minutes where a professional salvage operator completely shows him up.

Quark! Quark! Beware the quantum duck!