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Larry King Loves Cryonics & Rand Paul (!): "I Want to Be Around to Pick Up the Pieces."

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TV and radio legend Larry King, who hosts two web-based shows on Ora TV, loves cryonics. In an interview with Reason, the 81-year-old talker extraordinaire explains why. And dishes on politics (he's New Deal Democrat who agrees with "half" of what libertarians believe), celebrities, baseball, and how he would have interviewed Osama bin Laden. Most improbably, he defends the old "equal time" rules enforced by the FCC. It's a fun, rollicking conversation between him and Nick Gillespie.

Full transcript, more links, and downloadable versions here.

A snippet: 

Reason: Are you still into cryonics?

King: Yes. I'm putting it in my will. I'll tell you why. I'm an atheist. Most libertarians should be atheists.

Reason: Many are.

King: To believe in something above you. You don't believe in anything!

Reason: I believe in all sorts of things. But yes, you don't believe in an after life, so you want to be around.

King: I want to be around to pick up the pieces. That's an old song. But yes, I want to be around, and the only possible guarantee is cryonics, where they inject you with a compound that will keep you and put you in a tube, and if they cure the disease, they wake you up.

Reason: And you're gonna talk to Ted Williams when you wake up.

King: They don't put your head in a jar, that's a misnomer. I was just on Dr. Oz's show, and he showed me exactly how they do it. They take the body and immediately put an injection in to keep the blood flowing.

Reason: You're not betting on Dr. Oz as your afterlife physician, are you?

King: I'll take anybody.

Reason: So when you wake up-

King: You don't like Dr. Oz?

Reason: Dr. Oz, there's a lot of ethical questions about his snake oil-

King: The government shouldn't control it.

Reason: No I don't think so, absolutely not, he should be free to sell stuff, and people should be free to critique it and analyze it and offer an independent evaluation. Other than the people who wake you up from cryonics, who would be the first people on your talk show panel?

King: Depends what year it is and who's around? But I would ask questions, I'll meet new people and find out-

Reason: So, you, Ted Williams' head, and maybe a couple people who are just from the current time?

King: Walt Disney.

And what does he like about Rand Paul? Click above or go here.

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  1. he’s New Deal Democrat who agrees with “half” of what libertarians believe

    The guy is still living in the past and wants to get woken up in the future so he can continue to live in the past!

    1. That gives me a great idea. Let’s cryogenically freeze all of the leftists so that they can all wake in the future together to enjoy the past!

      We will prove just how empathetic libertarians can be!

      1. If the GIs that went to Europe in the teens and in the forties could see how those folks over there govern themselves I wonder if they would have bought into the cause.

        1. Or how far left the US has moved since then.

          1. New Deal America was vastly more left-wing that today’s America.

            1. Progressives aren’t really more left wing, I’d say they’re about the same.

              Though, today’s progressives are way more fucking stupid. At least in the 30s they didn’t have much history to prove that their ideas sucked.

              Want to have some fun, ask a Progressive who else had New Deals going at the time. The answer of Mussolini and Hitler will surprise them, but they’ll stick to their guns, because they are fucking dipshits.

      2. Once they begin to freeze even a little chances are good they’d plead for a warmer climate.

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  2. he’s New Deal Democrat who agrees with “half” of what libertarians believe

    Then he’s at most only half a New Deal Democrat, since libertarians agree with zero of the New Deal.

    1. I was thinking the same thing. Fascism is the opposite of libertarianism, and if the New Deal was anything, it was fascist to the fucking core.

      1. Korematsu would agree.

        -jcr

  3. Finally an interview that will appeal to millennials.

  4. Who is Larry King?

    1. That is if you believe that there are any millenials who know who Larry King is or what libertarian is.

      1. Millenials would like this guy better if his name was King Larry.

        1. Larry sounds way too patriarchy like. How about King Lorenzo?

          1. King Lar’E?

          2. King Star King: The Sting of Alfonzo Molestro.

    2. Some dude even older than myself who wore red suspenders and used to do a lot of late night AM talk radio.

  5. Well done Nick.
    Fifty years from now when they’re lamenting the sorry state of news reporting, some old geezer is going to be singing the praises of The Jacket.

    1. If we continue on our current track, in 50 years, you’ll be sent to the gulags for even mentioning the word libertarian. And since The Jacket is associated with that forbidden word, that will also get you to the gulag.

      1. The year is 2525 and operation code name “The Jacket” holds the last hope for humanity to remember what the word “liberty” once meant.

        1. Some say the revolutionary leader known as ‘The Jacket’ is superhuman – the man who never missed. Others say its a psuedonym the most recent leader takes when he assumes control. I know better.

          ‘The Jacket’ is simply the nom de guerre that multiple, uncoordinated, organizations use a tag when claiming responsibility for an act of rebellion.

          I say ‘simply’, but this is really what makes libertarians so terrifying and such a threat to our progress to the modern state. With no centralized leadership, no class of experts to coordinate actions between cells, they give lie to the very foundation on which civilization is built.

          — From the transcript of the confession of the apostate known as Agammamon. This passage was considered the key piece of evidence supporting his execution in 2032.

          Not for public dissemination in any form

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        2. We’ll be in the Gulch.

          Let it burn.

          1. Burn, baby, burn.

            There’s got to be a phoenix somewhere in all this mess.

            1. That’s actually a pretty good idea. Atlas Shrugged II, the sequel. How the zombies finally consume each other and how the humans repopulate in Libertopia (or is that Objectivistopia).

        3. Now that we’ve established our biodomes, how again is it that we get some of these rocks into a slingshot orbit?

  6. Cryonics? Cripes, I thought Larry King was proof that cryonics was already established science!

    1. I believe you may be thinking of Ted Williams’ head. Oh wait, that is cryogenics.

  7. Larry! Hello! *knock-knock* Anyone in there?

  8. I keep on being surprised, That he’s not dead already.

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  10. The way Nick stood up to King interview was admirable.

    1. The way Nick stood up to King *in parts of the interview* was admirable.

  11. True story: my father, a bill collector and repo man, used to chase Larry king all over Miami in the. 60s because of his unpaid debts.

    1. No wonder you’re disgusting amoral scum then.

      1. This really, really explains a lot, doesn’t it?

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