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Old 09-02-2011, 11:24 AM
osmium osmium is offline
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Default Re: Booze and Money (Tim Fernholz & Megan McArdle)

Originally Posted by sugarkang View Post
Did he really say that? Yeah, that's just... off. Just in terms of money it costs a huge amount in due process to execute a person.
This is the New Yorker article. It is quite long, but I was glad I read it. It really makes it sound like you can be sentenced to death essentially for liking Iron Maiden, and then you can get executed simply because they have to go through with it.

In fairness here, I didn't mistrust the article until the very end, when it sanitizes the dude's last words to make him seem like more a peaceful sort than he was.

But still, as a man of science I find the descriptions of forensic testing shocking and horrifying.

The place to debate this would probably have been after that diavlog. Osmium: always doing it wrong.
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