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TorgoX (1933)

TorgoX
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Wednesday February 16, 2005
09:05 PM

The gold standard is the kidney.

[ #23222 ]
Dear Log,

«Most adults in the village of Sultan Pur More, northern Punjab, have donated a kidney.
[...]
It is one of dozens of villages that provide the human stock for Pakistan's burgeoning cash-for-kidneys trade.
[...]
The organ sales business, outlawed in all but a handful of countries, is legal and booming in Pakistan. The gold standard is the kidney. Frustrated by years-long waiting lists at home and fearful of an early death, "transplant tourists" from Europe, the US and the Middle East are flocking to private Pakistani hospitals for operations which can be arranged in days at a fraction of the cost back home.
[...]
"We have no law governing transplants, so everyone just makes their own. That suits the rich, but the poor are coerced - by the feudal-type societies they live in, or their own poverty - into selling their kidney. It's just wrong. Where will it stop? With eye, lung or heart transplants?"
[...]
"The scar didn't heal well, and I feel tired easily so I can't do hard work now. But I was tired of all those people coming looking for money," he said. "What else was I going to do?"»

I don't need anything as low-rent as a kidney transplant, from any Pakistani or anything.

No, I'm special and I need to go over to India, to get a chakra transplant. My aura is all speckly and keeps phasing, and my Brane Chakra is on the fritz so I can't concentrate on coding well enough to finish Pod::Parser or deal with the neat patches to HTML::Tree that the Chicago.pm folks sent me.

Therefore I will buy six or seven extra chakras from some Indian peasants and have them transplanted out at a low low price. Sure, afterward, the "donors" will be bruised and wailing zombies, but I need a pick-me-up!! Ownership society!!!!