Topics Covered in this Installment of AVDP
A new take on my original sterilization idea. What if we sterilize all newborns like before. Except this time instead of the antidote being very affordable, it is prohibitively expensive? I realize this is very tyrannical and insane and nobody would be for it. Even I am not for it. However I want to explore this as a thought experiment. How would this effect society? Would it stop American population growth? How would it effect the economy?
Recently Ikea joins the Vegan bandwagon with the announcement that it will release vegan meatballs joining the ranks of Chipotle, Burger King, White Castle and many others. Who is missing from this expanding list? McDonalds. Why is the largest fast food chain in the world doing nothing to embrace the growing vegan/vegetarian movement?
Imagine we have the same technology as the matrix and we can plug people in to a virtual world. The word can be constructed to the specifications of the experts. What if we use this technology to rehabilitate prisoners? In the same way Neo can learn Kung Fu and how to fly a helicopter in a matter of seconds, criminals can be lead through a comprehensive rehabilitation campaign in a matter of seconds. The difference between the Matrix and this system is, brain actually feels like real time is passing. So 60 years in prison would still FEEL like 60 years even though it only take a second… Eric and I explore this topic in a variety of ways.
Based on a real situation in Mosul in which doctors who refused to treat wounded ISIS soldiers are executed by the other ISIS members, we ponder the implications of letting doctors choose who they treat. I point out how crazy it is for combat doctors to treat the wounds of enemy soldiers, which are only wounded because allied forces attempted to kill them. I also bring up the dangers of discriminating doctors refusing treatment to citizens they don’t like.
Eric’s out-of-country friend said something thought provoking. She said in her country being healthy isn’t treated like an art form. I have never looked at it that way, but I can see it.
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Matt Taibbi is a writer at Rolling Stone magazine. He covers the financial world and its intersection with American politics, typically focusing on Wall Street. His ability to take complicated financial news and parse out the hypocrisy, inequality, and bravado of this sector of the American Economy is a service to us all in the wake of the financial collapse. Whereas Malone enjoys the droning dullness of The Economist, Taibbi’s blog at Rolling Stone is my pick of the week for AVDP style “in your face with the issues” reporting. Add it to your news rotation or die.