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What is the dollar value of a human?

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What's the dollar value of a human?

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The US Environmental Protection Agency has calculated the value of a human life at $9.1 million, up from $6.8 million during the Bush era. The Food and Drug Administration's current estimate is $7.9 million, up from $2.9 million since 2008. Meanwhile, the transportation Department is sticking with its $6 million figure. Generally though, experts say the long-term trend is upward, with top human matter fetching big dollars. A lung alone goes for over $100,000 USD. Add to that bone marrow, extracted antibodies, blood and sperm donations, female eggs, bio-voltage, medical testing opportunities, lifetime taxation, ears, eyes, knees, hearts, livers and future earning potential and it all starts to add up. If you are feeling like a million bucks though, you shouldn’t. This rehashed tragedy of the commons scheme is about as dead in the water as a Hezbollah ten points of negotiation memorandum.

The only real authority on a human body's worth is the periodic table. It says a corpses’ raw resources are worth about a dollar. Sulfur probably has the most value once the water is drained. It’s used to make matches. That said, there is still reason to believe in a corpse's inflated worth. A recent report financed by the Department of Homeland Security suggested that preventing a death from terrorism now costs 100 percent more than other deaths. Invest in sulfur.

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Hughes

Reminds me of the scene from "The Aviator" when Hughes is asked how much a human is worth he says $20,000 with out pause. The cost he paid the family to drop charges after he ran over a man with his car.

Hughes

Reminds me of the scene from "The Aviator" when Hughes is asked how much a human is worth he says $20,000 with out pause. The cost he paid the family to drop charges after he ran over a man with his car.

Anonymous

It really makes me feel sad to know that all of this is already being calculated exactly. Maybe people always have to make it all up in an amount of Dollars because tey are not able to understand. Thinking in cash: Dollar, Euro, Pound and Yen are the languages.

Anonymous

It really makes me feel sad to know that all of this is already being calculated exactly. Maybe people always have to make it all up in an amount of Dollars because tey are not able to understand. Thinking in cash: Dollar, Euro, Pound and Yen are the languages.

Anonymous

bullshit article human life is worth way,way less. I'd say a few thousand for white western person and maybe tens of dollars for 3rd world color. and with 7 billion people even negative worth. wait until the true die-off begins and then you will see true worthlessness. cheers..

Anonymous

bullshit article human life is worth way,way less. I'd say a few thousand for white western person and maybe tens of dollars for 3rd world color. and with 7 billion people even negative worth. wait until the true die-off begins and then you will see true worthlessness. cheers..

Anonymous

Wow, we're being viewed as things now. Fantastic.
Why do they even bother calculating the price of a human life? Isn't it priceless- they can't re-create it, now can they?

Anonymous

Wow, we're being viewed as things now. Fantastic.
Why do they even bother calculating the price of a human life? Isn't it priceless- they can't re-create it, now can they?

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