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Comment Re:Legal Schmegal (Score 1) 336

Two features of the law of euthanasia sit very uneasily with each other. One is that
euthanasia is murder; the other is that only a light punishment (if any) should be imposed in
cases of euthanasia. This is slashdot, and FTFY is a common technique, to illustrate a point.

You're euphemizing murder by calling it euthanasia, and I'm calling you out on it, as the expansion of personhood to other intelligent animals is a clear inevitability from this ruling.

Comment These words don't mean what you think they means (Score 1) 128

abundant - existing or available in large quantities; plentiful.
sample - a small part or quantity intended to show what the whole is like.

How can something plentiful be completely inaccessible?
Yes, they correctly sampled a meteorite, they did NOT sample from the earth.

Sorry, but just because it exists in an asteroid, doesn't mean it is abundant on, or in earth.
Jason Koebler should have a lot more critical thinking in an article as important as this purported discovery.

Comment Re:Stem cell therapy (Score 1) 552

This woman needs help now, not an indeterminate number of years from now when they get through all their bureaucracy.
My advice is to start up a private funding campaign (YouCaring) and get her to wherever the most pioneering medical research is being done and get her some stem cells. For his own sanity, I suggest that he start seeking out other spouses of locked-in patients for some support and find out what they are doing -- which is probably better than any other advice that I've read here.

Fuck the FDA.

Comment This was tried in San Fran in 1906 (Score 4, Interesting) 80

"After the flames were extinguished, the explosives did nothing but create an avenue for the fires to spread during those first critical hours: Buildings and walls that might have served as firebreaks had been demolished.

The explosives also raised a dust that choked the lungs and impaired visibility. But perhaps the worst damage was the creation of even more fires as flaming debris ignited ruptured gas lines. Unwilling to admit responsibility for their collective mistakes, the Mayor, the Army, and the Fire Department all pointed fingers at each other, adding fuel to the administrative confusion that reigned during the fire."


A bug in the hand is better than one as yet undetected.