Ever feel like you're not getting the whole story?

     
 

Solar-powered Corpse Cooker
2001-08-04 09:35:47


Life Before Unix
 
If someone like Karl Rove had wanted to neutralize the most creative, intelligent, and passionate members of his opposition, he'd have a hard time coming up with a better tool than Burning Man. Exile them to the wilderness, give them a culture in which alpha status requires months of focus and resource-consumptive preparation, provide them with metric tons of psychotropic confusicants, and then... ignore them. It's a pretty safe bet that they won't be out registering voters, or doing anything that might actually threaten electoral change, when they have an art car to build.
-- John Perry Barlow

 

"When my grandmother died we took her to the Towers Of Silence. Four men carried the body into one of the towers. I heard the harsh cry of the vultures and knew that in a matter of minutes they would strip the flesh from the bones. The skeleton would then lie under the fierce glare of the tropical sun until it calcified, after which the powdery remains would be cast into a central well and seep into the Earth. I wasn't revolted because we have been doing it for centuries. And my grandmother wanted it this way." -- Homi Dastur, deputy executive secretary of the Hindu Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan

But what is a Zoroastrian to do when there are too many corpses and not enough vultures to eat them?

(A) Start a vulture-breeding program.

(B) Come up with a vaccine to cure dying vultures.

(C) Use solar-power to heat up corpses to increase the speed of decomposition.

(D) All of the Above.

Over.  End of Story.  Go home now.

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