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Marching Morons

Last fall, some clueless Arizona legislators were contemplating handing over the state cryonics industry to the funeral industry.

The notion was roundly and appropriately panned, but unfortunately, it doesn't seem to have gone away. They're still at it.

If you're an Arizona resident, and interested in extending your life (or just slapping down legislative stupidity), use the tips at this site and contact your state representative.

[Update on Thursday morning]

Looks like most AZ legislators have more sense than Mr. Stump. Thanks to vigorous action on the part of Alcor, this bill is going nowhere.

[Update on Friday]

Ron Bailey has further commentary.

Endquote and good point:

Far from protection for frozen heads, this looks like just another attempt to use government to restrict competition—because, in a devoutly-to-be-wished world where cryonics dreams come true, the undertakers, and their regulators, will be out of business. And good riddance.
Posted by Rand Simberg at February 25, 2004 10:25 PM
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Thank You, Rand.

Posted by Janessa Ravenwood at February 26, 2004 01:33 PM

Hmmmmmmmm... So some people want to live forever? Holy Zager and Evans! I just don't get it. Do the cryoheads actually think the people of the year 2525, (if man is still alive) will want to revive a bunch of crude, obnoxious egomaniacs from the ancient past?

History books of the future will probably judge our era as an age of rampant and primitive cruelty and mindless, predatory exploitation. Any 26th century crank who attempts to reanimate frozen heads from our era will probably be confronted by the timeless NIMN argument- "Not in my neighborhood!" It's the JURASIC PARK paradigm.

Growing old is a pain. Everything and everybody around you appears to be speeding up. In fact, I have been thinking about taking up the deadly but performance enhancing habit of smoking so that I can get more done in my final decades of life.

There are some advantages to aging. Senior discounts are nice. Your favorite music gets cheaper when all those great songs from your "golden years" appear in the bargain bin compilation CDs. I also don't miss the "testosterone poisoning" that used to cause my eyes and attention to wander away from classroom lecturers and towards the lovely coeds who never failed to dress provacatively during as spring break approached. Ahhh...youth!

Posted by Jim McDade at March 11, 2004 02:39 PM

Sorry, Jim, but this comment is that one of someone who's obviously done very little research, and given very little thought, to the topic. Do you really believe that anyone who wants to live more than three-score and ten is a "crude, obnoxious egomaniac"? Do you think that such characterizations will be found persuasive by thoughtful people?

Posted by Rand Simberg at March 12, 2004 08:09 AM

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