reply to post by Liquesence
Good thread. I've been thinking about this lately.
Perhaps (given that capital punishment has NOT gone away; and I, too, am 'anti-death-penalty') it would be prudent to consider all possible ways
people die. One thing I don't understand is how there's a difference between the way our companion animals are "put down" - and how 'people'
are "put down." I've had to make that horrible decision 3 times; each time the vet assured me that no, it isn't painful. Most recently, my
geriatric cat was euthanized. Ketamine first - sedative - dilated his eyes to completely open, his little pink tongue hanging out, and I spoke to him
while I 'watched' his 'consciousness slip away.' Then a lethal dose of regular anesthesia.
Why is it that lethal injection on humans is not that simple? It's been an issue for decades now - that they really DO feel pain, but are paralyzed
and can't express it.
People OD every day - from using street drugs - slip into a coma and then drift away. Or on OTC drugs, like sleeping pills, downed with a bottle of
vodka. Lie down, never wake up.
I also thought about hypothermia - it is reportedly painless, as Zero pointed out. Then there's the issue of 'slow' or 'very fast' hypothermia.
What about putting them on an uninhabited island somewhere? All of them, together. One where they COULD survive if they are smart and lucky,
resourceful, and cooperative. Nowhere near "civilized" society, just having to figure out how to survive - like on "Castaway".
Or (and this is my new favorite) - send THEM to Mars - the one-way ticket thing. Or, send them up in a shuttle or one of the unmanned 'Progress'
ships that bring supplies to the ISS...
and jettison them before unlocking the airlock to unload the supplies. That would be instantaneous death, right?
Now, given that Mars' first 'settlers' will
a) probably never go, since it's just a 'Reality Show' now - that will become a protracted "simulation training" sequence, and the participants
will be the new Kardashians and we'll be stuck with them
b) be actual scientists/astronauts who have the smarts AND the skills to make 'living pods';
let's go with (b). Let the 'colony' be built, then ship death-row inmates to Mars. Far, far away - no chance of return.