We are a commune of inquiring, skeptical, politically centrist, capitalist, anglophile, traditionalist New England Yankee humans, humanoids, and animals with many interests beyond and above politics. Each of us has had a high-school education (or GED), but all had ADD so didn't pay attention very well, especially the dogs. Each one of us does "try my best to be just like I am," and none of us enjoys working for others, including for Maggie, from whom we receive neither a nickel nor a dime. Freedom from nags, cranks, government, do-gooders, control-freaks and idiots is all that we ask for.
Everybody thinks that OSHA is a needed set of regulations. While I doubt it makes anybody less safe, there is no evidence that it makes anybody safer. People will point to the lower rate of injury and death in the workplace, but the dirty secret is that the rate of injury and death was declining before OSHA and when OSHA was instituted, that rate didn't change.
The cost of 1 life is 5 Billion Dollars for terrorist victims in the U.S. (based on $150 billion annual spending).
The value of lives based on money spent by the same government for victims of accidental death in hospitals is 0 as near as I can find - for an admittedly under reported 195,000 people annually.
Apparently people who are killed by terrorists are worth infinitely more than people who are killed by accident in hosptials.
I suppose one could attribute this oddity to the low probability of an accidental death in a hospital also destroying property - but aside from one statistical outlier (9/11) There hasn't been much death and destruction - Now, becuase of the lack of oversight and reporting, it's difficult if not impossible to determine how many attacks that 150 billion annual spending saves - but unless we're looking at more that 60 9/11 type events annually - if the goal is to save lives (which is always the goal when they talk about guns), then it seems to be spending a lot of money in the wrong place.
The truth is - we've become a nation of cowards. Our kids are terrified of someone having a different opinion. Many are terrified to speak an opinion for fear of censure or ridicule - which is the primary tactic of the SJW - veiled and direct threats - which, if directed at them are cause for alarm but when used by them are simply rhetoric.
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"“They cost millions.” How many of them have detected the chemical residue of an explosive?"
Well actually... I knew of one case... a National park ranger had spent some time working in an old mine in the park, which had not been used since the 20s. When she went fly home, she was singled out for chemical residue. Gotta watch out for those park rangers....
My brother's a biologist, and after a very minor eye scratch had to write procedures to wear eye protection in the woods, when doing bird counts and using binoculars every few minutes. Drones are likely the best example in the military of ensuring no one gets hurt, even in war. But we had had keyboard failures due to Coke spills in the "cockpit" of a combat aircraft.
I heard yesterday at lunch of a couple of guys going into Canada and the customs dogs alerting to where guns had been carried (my friend left his with a cousin in the states).
And this discussion doesn't even raise the issue of kids being suspended or worse for daring to bring a pocket knife to school or leaving one in a vehicle.
It's insane, and only getting worse.
This is something I said would happen back when I was on subs before this happened. Safety regs required they be attached to the deck with lifeline and harness. Fell overboard in restricted channel where the sub couldn't maneuver or stop without going aground. As a result, 2 sailors beaten to death against the side. If they had simply been wearing their life jackets, which is how it used to be done, they would have floated away and a tug or other following vessel would have recovered them. Wet, but alive.
Out on the open ocean, where the sub can come to full stop, yeah, deck crawlers with lifeline and safety harness are probably a good idea on those rare occasions when someone needs to be topside. In a constricted channel, regardless of weather, where the sub has to keep moving, maybe not so much.
But I was a troublemaker who didn't know anything. And the powers that be made sure I knew it. Sometimes you hate being right.
That would certainly put a damper on personal injury law suits! That's not necessarily a bad thing, but I think I prefer a cap on pain and suffering damages. That way the little guy can still sue GM and not risk losing on a technicality or just being out-lawyered.
Donny "The Bear Jew" Donowitz
My preference would be loser pays. Any punitive damage awards go 100% to paying off the national debt Yeah I know - it won't help but I don't want to proivde some motivation that benefits a particular organization. The lawyers shouldn't get a dime of that money nor should the plaintiff.
Some friends in Morgantown, WV were griping about the city spending money to become a "Safe City" via the National Safety Council. Director to be paid $112,000 - alot of dough in WV. As far as I can tell, the "initiative" is a boondoggle to enrich a few useless busybodies:
"Safe Communities America, a program of the National Safety Council, exists to promote safety and well-being in towns across the country. They bring businesses, civic organizations, local government, non-profits and residents together to build a safer community for all to enjoy."..."collaborate"..."promote best safety practices"...
That's what EVERY Gov "initiative" / program is - a way to fund do-nothing jobs, permanently, and dole out contracts to friends/donors.
I had to laugh at an initiative I ran across on Twitter yesterday: affordable disposable diapers for disadvantaged families. Ignore the absurdity of us paying for someone else's diapers - those diapers will end up costing us $20 / ea after the administrative costs are factored into it.