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(Independent)   Surgeons call for legalised trade in body parts   ( divider line
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2057 clicks; posted to Main » on 09 Apr 2002 at 7:43 PM (15 years ago)   |   Favorite    |   share:  Share on Twitter share via Email Share on Facebook   more»

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2002-04-09 07:44:40 PM  
#1 at last! Let me take this moment to say what's up to my man Mahacala on the east coast!!!
2002-04-09 07:45:05 PM  
Don't forget to bring a towel.
2002-04-09 07:46:09 PM  
Frunch: All hail, king of the losers!
2002-04-09 07:46:36 PM  
Finally that extra kidney will pay off
2002-04-09 07:46:41 PM  
I see nothing wrong with this. Supply and demand. Rich peeps demand, poor people supply. What's wrong with that?

Although even if I had the money and needed a kidney transplant, do I really wanna buy one from some poor schmuck living in Appalachia who's spent the last 20 years drinking that moonshine and sucking on her Pall Malls? Anyone who's been good to their body probably has a decent job and wouldn't sell it...
2002-04-09 07:46:49 PM  
Cool. My life long dream of becoming an organlegger can finally come true.
2002-04-09 07:47:34 PM  
Anyone interested in a little "liver trade"? I swear mine is barely used....still in the box, in fact!
2002-04-09 07:48:17 PM  
it's good to be king, baby!
2002-04-09 07:48:55 PM  
Larry Niven's "Jigsaw Man" comes to mind...
2002-04-09 07:54:58 PM  
RobbieFal, I've got one of those, but it's gonna cost you.
2002-04-09 07:59:41 PM  
There will be a time in the not-so-distant future where people live in trailer park-type communities and grow "extra organs" for harvest and sale. These people will sit around all day playing their ps2's and watching soaps while nurturing an extra kidney or liver that was attached to them.

After a certain amount of time, the organ will be harvested and sold for transplants and the process will begin again. These surrogate organ donors will be paid according to the market value of the organ that they are raising -- which will more than pay for their lot rent and food.
2002-04-09 08:00:58 PM  
...and how did they get the extra organ? Stem cell technology.
2002-04-09 08:02:55 PM  
I'd donate a kidney for 20g no hesitation.
2002-04-09 08:15:38 PM  
Woot, I can start kidnapping people and taking them to chop shops to strip them down for their parts.
2002-04-09 08:19:59 PM  
I can't donate any organs, but I can don't stuff that makes organs (Hell you can make people with this stuff too!) Best of all it's FREE! All you have to do is get the stuff out of me... Think about it... It's a win win situation! HAHAHA

2002-04-09 08:39:09 PM  
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B0rg9Some of the folks round here look like they are already cashimg in.
2002-04-09 08:51:08 PM  
In otherwords, when you travel do N-O-T get into an accident! They'll strip you for parts!
Any wonder some people are hesitant about signing a doner card?

Now I got the creeps!
2002-04-09 08:54:53 PM  
heh... I can see it now a bunch of destitute people who make their money by selling of various superflous parts to hospitals... what a wonderful world that would be where do I sign up?
2002-04-09 09:06:23 PM  
"We're here for your liver..."

2002-04-09 09:10:34 PM  
Code_Archeologist: the wonderful world i see is "sorry, but we got a higher bidder at the last minute. Im sure we'll get bone marrow from another match in the next 5 mins tho"

Its ok. HMO's will take care of us.
2002-04-09 09:20:07 PM  
Dude this could open up a whole new way to make it rich... Body part price speculation markets. You could buy livers, kidneys and hearts at cheap prices speculating that they would be needed in the future. Have investment firms that gice you capital and then sell the body parts to sick people at a significant profit.

This would be great because I mean they are sick, and they are going to die with out your product... so you are guaranteed a buyer... well as long as there is still disease

2002-04-09 09:24:52 PM  
and then you get an Enron-type speculator.. Of course we have it, we say we have it, dont we? goddam livers seem to grow legs around this sumbiatch..
2002-04-09 09:54:06 PM  
I heard that one time, this guy, he woke up, and he was all groggy, and he was in a bathtub, in a stranger hotel, and the bathtub was full of ice, and his back and side were all sore, and he saw a note, and the note said, Call 911 if you want to live, and it turns out that someone stole his kidney, and sold it to a rich billionaire who had a butler named Jeeves. Jeeves' niece told my friend who told me. True story.
2002-04-09 10:27:25 PM  
SpaceMoose -

Of course it's true.
2002-04-09 11:06:04 PM  

Three words:


The number of kidneys available has been falling because safer roads have led to a steep decline in fatal accidents, one of the main sources of cadaver organs.

Fark those stupid safety measures! They're getting in the way of organ donation! Seriously though, I think this idea is LONG OVERDUE. I see nothing wrong with selling your body parts. It's YOUR body, not anyone else's body, and LEAST of all not the government's.
2002-04-09 11:17:16 PM  
If someone really, really wanted to fix the organ donor problem, it would be easy. See, you have a big pool of people that don't bother to/won't donate their if they'll do them any good when they've croaked. These same people will gladly accept the organs of others, though, to save their hides (imagine that).

Sooooo, among the factors determining who gets an organ, you get extra preference if YOU have been a registered organ donor for the last three years. It's fair, it's cheap, and it would work. Karma factors in nicely here. You're willing to give your organs, you get a replacement before those who aren't.
2002-04-09 11:34:54 PM  
I've got a great idea...

Instead of paying LIVE donors for their organs pay DEAD ones.

A lot of people don't sign that little organ donor thing on the back of their license.

So give them incentive.

On the event of a donor's death, pay their family enough to cover the cost of the funeral.

That probably would dramatically increase the number of organs donated because just about everyone would be sure to sign that little card.

It would also help the poor who can't afford life insurance so that when they die their family has enough money to cover the cost of the funeral.
2002-04-09 11:46:08 PM  
Not bad Sswift, not bad at all!
2002-04-10 03:29:13 AM  
One more reason to relax the laws on cloning.

Do I hear the peasants marching on Castle Frankenstein?
2002-04-10 11:19:03 AM  
Sswift, I like that idea. However, payment should be made contingent upon the organs' condition being fit for transplantation; that way, you don't pay a drunk's funeral expenses for a trashed liver.
2002-04-10 03:29:38 PM  
Even a drunk would have some good organs though. Does a drunk destroy his kidneys and heart? I dunno.
2002-04-10 05:51:01 PM  
Winos usually have excellent chloresterol, and if they don't get hepatitis from living in the gutter, can be prime specimens for heart and artery harvesting. My town's nearly out of them. Does anyone out there live in a city with a substantial "skid row"?
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