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Comment: bankruptcy? (Score 1) 518

by wfstanle (#46005659) Attached to: Nobel Prize Winning Economist: Legalize Sale of Human Organs

You have a good point there! In time, the concept of selling organs becomes even more insidious.

Allowing a person to sell his organs makes his organs just another asset. When that person then declares bankruptcy, the creditors are entitled to his assets. Could that person then be forced to sell off his assets (body organs) to settle the debt? Probably not in the near future, but with the way things are going, a law would be written to mandate just this.

Comment: Quarantine them! (Score 1) 462

by wfstanle (#45628385) Attached to: U.S. Measles Cases Triple In 2013

"In all three of these outbreaks, someone who had not been vaccinated traveled overseas and brought the disease back with them"

One thing seems obvious to me. Ban our CITIZENS from reentering the US unless they can show that ALL of their vaccinations are current. We could delay reentry to the US by quarantining them in a place similar to Ellis Island for 21 days (or some suitable time) to make sure they were not carrying in a disease. Those people that have religious, moral (or just plain stupidity in the case of vaxers) could avoid the vaccinations by just being sequestered.

NOTE: Quarantining is not incarceration and has been proven legal such as in the case of "Typhoid Mary" and quarantining by the health department. I don't see any legal problems but IANAL.

Comment: An answer to piracy? (Score 1) 166

by wfstanle (#45609249) Attached to: World's Largest Ship Floated For the First Time

Although it might not have been the reason for not including a way of moving on its own, as an anti piracy ploy, this might have merit. One of the first things that pirates do when capturing a ship is to move it to a frindly port. Without engines, it is much more difficult to do that. The pirates would have to take over not just the barge-supertanker but at the same time take over the tug. If more than one tugboat is needed to move the barge the pirates problems become much harder because they will have to take over more than one tugboat.

Comment: The problem with robots (Score 1) 736

by wfstanle (#44710275) Attached to: Technologies Like Google's Self-Driving Car: Destroying Jobs?

Walter Ruether onde said this about robots to Henry Ford II...

  "Henry, how are you going to get them (robots) to buy Ford cars?"

He probably is right, the economy is predicated upon wage earners having enough money to buy stuff. Robots will never be able to buy what they produce. That is until robots have the freedom to "live a life" of their own and buy stuff. The companies will never let their robots to be that independent. After all, they own the robots. Right now, companies are breaking the unspoken agreement that they have with thier workers and consumers, that they need to prosper.

Comment: Re:Just comply with the court order (Score 1) 255

Consider this...

Just this week the head judge of the FISC (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/FISC) court that oversees the NSA, CIA etc. stated that the courts did not have nearly enough resources to verify what they were being told. In essence, they mostly have to "rubber stamp" those aagencies requests. In essence FISC is just a joke.

Comment: Corporations are persons? (Score 1) 637

by wfstanle (#44565613) Attached to: Medical Costs Bankrupt Patients; It's the Computer's Fault

The problem with the phrase "of the people, by the people, for the people" is that at least the way SCOTUS sees it corporations are persons. The actual people of the US (The liittle folk NOT corporatios) will have to kick those politions that believe this crap out of office! When that happens, maybe such crap will not happen.

(Don't hold your breath.)

Comment: Writghts invented the first CONTROLLED airplane (Score 1) 267

There is a slight misconception concerning the invention of the airplane. A lot of people can claim that theirs was the first heavier than air, and mechanically driven airplane. Where these inventors failed is that they did not have good way of controlling where their invention went. The Wright brothers solved the problem of controlling the direction and altitude of the airplane. Without this critical part of the equation, true flight was just a dream.

Comment: Mutations! (Score 2) 149

by wfstanle (#42437601) Attached to: Panda Blood May Hold Potent Assailant Against Superbugs

"No new genetic material is being created and it never will be."

Wrong! Mutations create new genetic material all the time. Most of the time, mutations are harmful but occasionally a mutation is helpful to that organism. If a new mutation allows an organism to be better adapted to its environment, that gene will be selected for. Soon, much of the population will have that gene. It's simple evolution.

Numeric stability is probably not all that important when you're guessing.

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