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Topic: Re[2]: +Hottop roaster availability (60 lines)
1) From: Mark A. Chalkley
Hmmm - some good points made here.
On the other hand, while the social costs of not "protecting people
from themselves" are, by definition and nature, impossible to
quantify, the fiscal ones (lawyers, product development costs, value
of time/functionality lost due to paranoid liability concerns
necessitated by all this lunacy, etc.) are unquestionably hugely
greater than the ones incurred by letting people pay the price for
their own stupidity (the higher insurance costs you mentioned).  Not
to mention the argument that I tend to favor most, that people get
smarter when there's no safety net.  I'm all for smarter people,
especially when it costs less than training them to be dumb.
Mark C.
"Always try to be as smart as you can, because dumb is hard to hide."
On Tuesday, September 10, 2002, 10:55:09 PM, you wrote:
BLA> Let me apologize for contributing to a thread that has gone way off 
BLA> topic, but since I violently disagree with much that has been said I 
BLA> want to add my two cents...
BLA> I, for one, am happy that I live in a country in which I can count on 
BLA> my consumer products being fairly safe.
BLA> Thanks to intense consumer advocacy work, our cars, appliances, etc. 
BLA> are infinitely safer than they were thirty years ago.
BLA> I'm happy that when I go to a restaurant, the experience is no longer 
BLA> increasing my risk for lung cancer.
BLA> Such safety is not just protecting people from themselves. 
BLA> Unnecessary deaths and injuries have social costs. Children lose 
BLA> parents. Parents lose children.  We all eventually pay in our health, 
BLA> car, and life insurance for the added environmental risks caused by 
BLA> irresponsible corporations.  Second hand smoke kills those who don't 
BLA> smoke.
BLA> If we are going to treat corporations as persons (and one might say 
BLA> THAT's where all the trouble began), we should demand "personal" 
BLA> responsibility from them as well.
BLA> Bottom line: I'm happy waiting a few extra months for my Hottop if it 
BLA> ends up less likely to give me, my wife, or my two kids third degree 
BLA> burns (hey, that's practically on topic!).
BLA> OK...flame off!
BLA> -- Ben Alpers
BLA>     Norman, OK
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