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(CNN)   Cirque du Soleil performer injured while performing in the "Wheel of Death". No word on whether the audience was offered refunds for the obvious false advertising   (cnn.com) divider line 36
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2013-11-03 02:36:42 AM
The "Wheel of minor discomfort" does not have the right ring to it
 
2013-11-03 02:36:45 AM
www.examiner.com

.....I don't know where I'll be to-maaaaw-row
 
2013-11-03 02:37:35 AM

Kanemano: The "Wheel of minor discomfort" does not have the right ring to it


Why does that sound familiar?
 
2013-11-03 02:43:21 AM
$25,000 fine for the death of a worker? That's a joke right?
 
2013-11-03 02:46:04 AM

Kanemano: The "Wheel of minor discomfort" does not have the right ring to it


I once fell into a burning ring of moderate inconvenience.
 
2013-11-03 02:48:23 AM
i.imgur.com

Did he bust a deal?
 
2013-11-03 02:52:14 AM
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2013-11-03 02:56:38 AM

pippi longstocking: $25,000 fine for the death of a worker? That's a joke right?


No, somewhere I once worked was fined $12,000 for a worker death.
 
2013-11-03 03:06:24 AM
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2013-11-03 03:18:42 AM

Ishkur: Kanemano: The "Wheel of minor discomfort" does not have the right ring to it

I once fell into a burning ring of moderate inconvenience.


Oh man! That's gold!
 
2013-11-03 03:20:08 AM

Oldiron_79: pippi longstocking: $25,000 fine for the death of a worker? That's a joke right?

No, somewhere I once worked was fined $12,000 for a worker death.


Man that is way too much for our most holy JobCreators tm!
 
2013-11-03 03:41:57 AM
Why?

Because someone didn't die?

I don't get it.

And in re this:

pippi longstocking: $25,000 fine for the death of a worker? That's a joke right?


It's entirely possible for Cirque to have done everything possible to keep their performer safe, and still have someone die. Flying around 25 feet above a stage without a net, doing the things they do twice a night is inherently unsafe. The only way to make it 100% safe would be to not have the show at all. Increasing the fine because the amount of money outrages you would simply ensure no performances.

If the company is found negligent, of course, they should pay; but death =/= shoddy practice.
 
2013-11-03 03:44:05 AM
I guess it could have turned out worse.
 
2013-11-03 03:58:26 AM

Gyrfalcon: Why?

Because someone didn't die?

I don't get it.

And in re this:
pippi longstocking: $25,000 fine for the death of a worker? That's a joke right?

It's entirely possible for Cirque to have done everything possible to keep their performer safe, and still have someone die. Flying around 25 feet above a stage without a net, doing the things they do twice a night is inherently unsafe. The only way to make it 100% safe would be to not have the show at all. Increasing the fine because the amount of money outrages you would simply ensure no performances.

If the company is found negligent, of course, they should pay; but death =/= shoddy practice.


-10/10 needed more outrage
 
2013-11-03 04:42:27 AM
csb

My cousin works or worked for Cirque du Soleil. I guess that's what you do for a living after your win a NCAA diving title.

/csb
 
2013-11-03 04:53:42 AM

pippi longstocking: $25,000 fine for the death of a worker? That's a joke right?


$25,000 fine for safety violations. The insurance will probably pay a lot more for the acrobat's death.
 
2013-11-03 04:58:26 AM
i42.tinypic.com
 
2013-11-03 05:09:25 AM

Ishkur: burning ring of moderate inconvenience


Sounds like a euphamism for gonorrhea.
 
2013-11-03 05:18:13 AM
Big Ramifications: Best photo ever.  You know the lion had ancient ear plugs in playing Born to be Wild before it was even recorded.
 
2013-11-03 05:37:15 AM
 
2013-11-03 05:56:33 AM

AndyChrist_AUS: Gyrfalcon: Why?

Because someone didn't die?

I don't get it.

And in re this:
pippi longstocking: $25,000 fine for the death of a worker? That's a joke right?

It's entirely possible for Cirque to have done everything possible to keep their performer safe, and still have someone die. Flying around 25 feet above a stage without a net, doing the things they do twice a night is inherently unsafe. The only way to make it 100% safe would be to not have the show at all. Increasing the fine because the amount of money outrages you would simply ensure no performances.

If the company is found negligent, of course, they should pay; but death =/= shoddy practice.

-10/10 needed more outrage


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2013-11-03 05:56:59 AM
Why is it that if Cirque du Soleil has some kind of accident, it gets on CNN, when it's a non-foreign named circus or concert, CNN doesn't cover it?
 
2013-11-03 06:01:46 AM

GreenSun: Why is it that if Cirque du Soleil has some kind of accident, it gets on CNN, when it's a non-foreign named circus or concert, CNN doesn't cover it?


Strange indeed. Why is it that if non-foreign named circus or concert has some kind of accident, it gets on CNNi, when it's a Cirque du Soleil, CNNi doesn't cover it?
 
2013-11-03 06:03:37 AM

SevenizGud: My cousin works or worked for Cirque du Soleil. I guess that's what you do for a living after your win a NCAA diving title.


My nephew tried out for Cirque; he came it third on the rings.  He kicked ass on the tumbling part of the tryout.  They didn't hire him because he danced like a white guy.
 
2013-11-03 06:21:20 AM

abhorrent1: Mmmm hot, bendy women

/nsfw


Zumanity does have some nice acts.
 
2013-11-03 06:23:41 AM
Wanted for questioning:
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2013-11-03 08:01:27 AM

Big Ramifications: [i42.tinypic.com image 639x477]


The only way to make that scenario better is to add a shark.
 
2013-11-03 08:22:38 AM
FTA the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed fines of more than $25,000 for Cirque du Soleil for safety violations

Seems like OSHA safety violations would be a badge of honor for a circus...like part of the advertising.
 
2013-11-03 08:29:13 AM

GreenSun: Why is it that if Cirque du Soleil has some kind of accident, it gets on CNN, when it's a non-foreign named circus or concert, CNN doesn't cover it?


Cirque du Soleil is a known name in the United States. If someone had died at Circus Roncalli or Cirquesa people would be like, "Who?"
 
2013-11-03 08:31:58 AM
Now this was the wheel of death. Confess!!
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2013-11-03 08:33:56 AM

Abox: FTA the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed fines of more than $25,000 for Cirque du Soleil for safety violations

Seems like OSHA safety violations would be a badge of honor for a circus...like part of the advertising.


But in reality, the "Wheel of Death" seems to be mostly bark and not enough bite.  He lived and now we are bored, as the wheel failed to live up to it's PR.

/Maybe it will now be called "Wheel of Worker's Comp."
 
2013-11-03 09:06:50 AM
OH THE ZUMANITY!
 
2013-11-03 10:24:04 AM

lack of warmth: Abox: FTA the Nevada Occupational Safety and Health Administration proposed fines of more than $25,000 for Cirque du Soleil for safety violations

Seems like OSHA safety violations would be a badge of honor for a circus...like part of the advertising.

But in reality, the "Wheel of Death" seems to be mostly bark and not enough bite.  He lived and now we are bored, as the wheel failed to live up to it's PR.

/Maybe it will now be called "Wheel of Worker's Comp."


That's what it is actually called in the "Cirque de Sarcastic".
 
2013-11-03 12:19:07 PM

berylman: Big Ramifications: Best photo ever.  You know the lion had ancient ear plugs in playing Born to be Wild before it was even recorded.


Nah it was listening to some Deep Purple Highway Star \m/\m/
 
2013-11-03 04:40:27 PM

Gyrfalcon: It's entirely possible for Cirque to have done everything possible to keep their performer safe, and still have someone die. Flying around 25 feet above a stage without a net, doing the things they do twice a night is inherently unsafe.


Gee, if only there were some piece of equipment that could make shows life this safer. Wonder what it could be!
 
Skr
2013-11-03 04:54:44 PM
I'd be more wary of the equipment in parked shows like in Vegas. At least the traveling ones have to check out the equipment big-top-to-bottom when moving location as well as in the traveling shows the performers are less likely to fall into routine without vigilance.

I've seen these wheels in a few circuses, not sure if I've seen it in a Cirque though. Over all they seemed rather tame compared to most of the acts. Plenty of hand/foot holds and the pace of the wheel is controlled by who is on it.

Recently went to traveling show, Amaluna, at the Mall of America. Was pretty cool with a talented all female band doing the music of the show.
 
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