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Comment Re:Gun-free zone? (Score 1) 1165

Japan, Australia, the UK and other countries with sane gun laws have murders, but almost no mass killings. The reason for this is the lack of firearms, whether you like to admit it or not, the abundance of guns is directly correlated with a high number of shootings. This is true for a lot of countries where guns are abundant (whether they're legal or not).

I know you said "almost," but still feel obligated to link to this. Don't need guns for a mass killing.

Comment As a physician... (Score 5, Interesting) 191

...I can agree this is totally true. Calling in sick does nothing but make my life harder. I feel bad about it, but from a job perspective, the alternative is piss off your co-workers who have to cover for you and get tagged with the reputation that you're lazy and trying to avoid work. Combine that with the need to get a doctor's excuse (another doctor; can't write your own), and it's just not worth it.

Comment Re: Old idea. What makes it possible now? (Score 1) 357

This whole idea is similar to a relatively routine procedure called deep hypothermic circulatory arrest which is used for surgery on the aortic arch, where it would be impossible to have the heart beating and it would be impractical to cannulate for cardiopulmonary bypass. Those patients are usually cooled to 18 degrees C and 30-45 minutes is usually the max as far as time is concerned. Even then, at least some cognitive deficit is common. So if we're talking hours here, I'm betting they may live, but I wouldn't expect them to be anywhere near their baseline.

The two most common things in the Universe are hydrogen and stupidity. -- Harlan Ellison