Jon iz teh kewl: it's like waterboarding another fun sport
BSABSVR: This thread is just packed with people who should not ever be allowed to compare things.
ansius: BuckTurgidson: I'm sorry for the victims, but this is not the right time to have a national conversation about marine safety.In the meantime, we can be sure the free market will efficiently weed out those parasail operators with the highest casualty rates, and those remaining will voluntarily adjust their practices to market pressures.I, for one, intend to make my money providing a website that gives consumers information about the parasailing providers in Florida. People who have been on them can leave reviews saying how much fun their experience was. The relatives of the deceased, maimed and crippled can also leave their own reviews. Free markets operate best when participants have access to the right information.Rather than calling it Yelp, I will call it Yowch.
Smackledorfer: Fyi, regulation could be as simple as "lines must be of x strength and replaced every y years" with simple documentation and the odd spot check. It doesn't have to be a massive big governmemnt conspiracy.
Confabulat: If they do regulate it, I'm so applying to be a parasail inspector. Driving from beach town to beach town all day, hanging around with lovely ladies, in a government job? Sign me up!
Great Janitor: Yeah, because the answer to every problem is more government. Six deaths in 12 years is one death every 24 months, so in short, safer than flying, driving, living in New York and Chicago and countless other activities. I'd say that they are doing a damn good job at self regulation and government regulation isn't needed.
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