Cubicle Jockey: mark12A: Big organizations are inherently dangerous,Who certifies the quality and strength of materials and fasteners that hold virtually everything together? A private organization called ASTM (American Society of Testing and Materials)Why can't the functions of the FDA be provided by a similar organization? Who pioneered consumer safety? Not the government. Underwriters Labs (UL) did. Yeah, the little UL tag on your toaster cord.We don't NEED the Consumer Product Safety Commission. It's a government boondoggle.ASTM members = ~30,000UL employees = ~10,000CPSC employees = ~500
Skeptos: I'm going to echo what others have said recently: if this slimy, glad-handing bullsh*tter wins the election, the country deserves what it's going to get.
Skeptos: Noam Chimpsky: If Yellowstone goes off, we won't be financing a rebuild. The fact that disasters can happen everywhere is non sequitur since no one ever claimed they couldn't happen anywhere. If I say an alcoholic with 10 DUI should pay more in auto insurance than a careful driver with no DUI, the fact that "anyone can have a car accident!" would be a liberal and very lame response.While 9/11-scale terrorist attacks can happen anywhere, they are more likely to happen in places with large concentrations of people, i.e., cities. Why should I, living in a rural area, have my taxes go to fund counter-terrorism operations, post-attack relief and reconstruction, or legal/military action against the perpetrators? Cities can surely afford these things on their own. If not, then cities fail the cost/benefit equation. People who don't like it can move to the country.
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