I stumbled on the above news clip at the bottom of a different feed. It hit me like a punch in the stomach. I checked and Reuters carried the same story. It is real. A seventeen year-old boy traded his kidney for an iPad.
Somewhere Donald Trump just got an erection.
This is so emblematic of the bad bargains we make every day by tacit consent. We trade a million extra cases of COPD for "Clean Coal".
We trade an extra five million asthmatic children for audible horsepower under the hood. We get to watch our children gasp for air in the middle of the night because we NEED an SUV. We might want to drive off road one day...if it won't scratch the paint job.
We pretend that global warming can wait another decade or two because...well someone said it might cost jobs or something and he sounded like he knew what he was talking about.
Isn't it great that they found a new way to release the natural gas trapped in rock!
Say! Look honey! I can light our water on fire! Isn't that cool!
Be seeing you.