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March 10th, 2004 - Open Knowledge

Mar. 10th, 2004

08:14 pm - Laser Virtual Keyboard



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The Virtual Laser Keyboard leverages the power of laser and infrared technology and projects a full-size keyboard onto any flat surface. Compatible with Palm handhelds, Pocket PCs and Laptop PCs. As you type on the laser projection; it analyzes what you're typing by the coordinates of that location.

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08:44 pm - Stump breaks promise -- Alcor vote is tomorrow!

Source: http://alcor.org/legislativealert.html

March 10, 5:40 PM

To All Alcor Members and Supporters:

Up to this point, Alcor has negotiated in good faith with Representative Stump, attempting to draft legislation that would address his concerns for the protection of the citizens of Arizona as well as protect the rights of our members and patients. Mr. Stump has repeatedly delayed negotiations while working the legislature to gather votes to bring the bill to the house floor without our support. In open committee, Mr. Stump pledged to work with us to create statutory definitions for cryonics and to define the scope of oversight by the Funeral Board under a separate entity.

In good faith, we came together with the Arizona Funeral Board and reached agreement on the substance of the areas for which they oversight is required. Both Rudy Thomas and Randy Bunker attended our board meeting and confirmed that there were no substantial issues preventing us from executing an agreement without delay.

In spite of our conciliatory actions and assumption of good intentions on the part of Representative Stump, he has decided to move forward with a House vote on his bill TOMORROW (Thursday) without allowing the affected parties to complete negotiations. Apparently, it doesn’t matter to him that the primary parties impacted by this legislation agree that passing new law is unnecessary when an administrative solution can easily be achieved. Nor does it seem to matter to him that his bill is also strongly opposed by other organ donation groups, including the local Science Care, the Organ Donation Network, Life Legacy, and others. Furthermore, the University of Arizona, Midwestern University, and other academic organizations will be negatively impacted by this hasty legislation.

I have instructed Barry Aarons to cease attempting to engage Representative Stump and to implore every member of the House to vote against this bill. At this time, we are asking all of our supporters to contact each Representative in the House and urge them to vote against this bill. Remember, it is not just members of the Health Committee who need to be contacted, but EVERY REPRESENTATIVE IN THE HOUSE! Important: please use the BCC: field for these mailings, so that each legislator feels more of a sense of personal contact.

HERE IS CONTACT INFORMATION FOR THE ARIZONA HOUSE

Once again, I have attached our talking points and a letter format for you to use. Please eMail, fax, and CALL each house member to urge them to VOTE NO ON HB 2637 (embalmers; funeral establishments; storing remains). Tell them your personal story and how this bill puts your life in jeopardy. TELL THEM THAT NEITHER ALCOR, THE FUNERAL BOARD, OR THE ORGAN DONATION NETWORK WANTS THIS BILL TO PASS!!! We believe the vote is tomorrow, Thursday, March 11th. You must act immediately if you are to have an impact.

Alcor tried to do the right thing. We accepted Representative Stump’s word that he wished to work out a solution. It was he who did not act in good faith, not Alcor. Your support is urgently needed to stop HB 2637 before it passes to the Senate and we have to begin negotiating anew. It’s time to show him that we mean business!

Joseph Waynick
CEO/President
Alcor Life Extension Foundation

11:27 pm - WHOSE LIFE WOULD YOU SAVE?

Via infojunkies:

http://www.carlzimmer.com/articles/2004/articles_2004_Morality.html

WHOSE LIFE WOULD YOU SAVE?
Discover, April 2004

Dinner with a philosopher is never just dinner, even when it’s at an obscure Indian restaurant on a quiet side street in Princeton with a 30-year-old post-doctoral researcher. Joshua Greene is a man who spends his days thinking about right and wrong, and how we separate the two. He has a particular fondness for moral paradoxes, which he collects the way some people collect snow globes.

“Let’s say you’re walking by a pond and there’s a drowning baby, ” Greene says, over chicken tikka masala. “If you said, ‘I’ve just paid $200 for these shoes and the water would ruin them, so I won’t save the baby,’ you’d be an awful, horrible person. But there are millions of children around the world in the same situation, where just a little money for medicine or food could save their life. And yet we don’t consider ourselves monsters for having this dinner rather than giving the money to Oxfam. Why is that?”

Philosophers pose this sort of puzzle over dinner every day. What’s unusual here is what Greene does next to sort out the conundrum. He leaves the restaurant, walks down Nassau Street to the building that houses Princeton’s psychology department, and says hello to a graduate student volunteer, Nishant Patel. (Greene’s volunteers take part in his study anonymously, so Patel is a pseudonym). They walk downstairs to the basement. Patel dumps his keys and wallet and shoes in a basket. Greene waves an airport metal detector paddle up and down Patel’s legs, then he guides Patel into an adjoining room dominated by a magnetic resonance imaging scanner. Patel lies down on a slab, and Greene closes a cage-like device over Patel’s head. Pressing a button, Greene maneuvers Patel’s head into a massive donut-shaped magnet.

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