Such a move is drastic. And though the details of exactly how it would work are unclear, it's already under consideration, according to Markham Erickson, the executive director of NetCoalition, a trade association that includes the likes of Google, PayPal, Yahoo, and Twitter.
With the Senate debating the SOPA legislation at the end of January, it looks as if the tech industry’s top dogs are finally adding bite to their bark, something CNET called "the nuclear option."
"When the home pages of Google.com, Amazon.com, Facebook.com, and their Internet allies simultaneously turn black with anti-censorship warnings that ask users to contact politicians about a vote in the U.S. Congress the next day on SOPA,” Declan McCullagh wrote, “you’ll know they’re finally serious.”
Major media companies continue to press hard for the proposed law's passage. Richard Bennet writes in the New York Post that "SOPA is a careful and reasonable way of dealing with crime... protecting Americans from bogus Web sites should be a government priority."
Evolution is a messy business all right. I know some about cystic fibrosis though because both of my brothers children were born with it. The CF gene is carried by about 1 person in 29 but it affects only those that have 2 CF genes. It's a double recessive so it only effects a much smaller percentage of the population.
I don't know a lot about genetics though beyond what you read in mainstream media so I can't say for sure why it doesn't evolve out of our species. My guess though would be that there isn't very much of that kind of evolutionary pressure on humans. We can coddle the sickly with our communities and doctors. Somehow I don't think most nearsighted (like me) neandrathals lasted too long yet we still have nearsighted people. Introduce a lot of chaotic violence and war into a society though and the sick , elderly and handicapped sure are at a disadvantage. I agree with you though that there is a lot more to be learned about genetics and why things have evolved the way they have.
... people will have problems using cell phones after being critically injured in a car accident? Oh darn. That is just horrible. Oh, and GP is facetious totalitarian prick.
If they're critically injured, they can't use a cell phone and there will be plenty of folks around them to call for emergency services. And most likely, they're in that situation for having been using a cell phone in the first place. Therefore, if they can't use a cell phone, they won't get into an accident and then they won't be critically injured. Problem solved.
There is nothing so important that you have to talk on the phone in the car while driving. Even if you are a brain surgeon, there will be folks at the hospital who will keep your patient stable by the time you get there. Besides, if you're talking and driving while giving medical instruction, you might say the wrong thing. For example, you're driving and telling the medical staff what to do about IVs and whatnot and then someone cuts you and you yell, "Asshole!" and you go on. You arrive at the hospital and find that the IVs are in your patient's rectum. You get sued and your patient dies!
Don't talk and drive!
"Anyone attempting to generate random numbers by deterministic means is, of course, living in a state of sin." -- John Von Neumann