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National Bankruptcy Day

By OnTheRopes · <br><br>
"<i>I thought you would be interested to know that I was informed today that one of the leading U.S. suppliers of science educational materials has suspended sales of all light bulbs (principally microscope light bulbs) owing to the little dot of solder found on the bottom. Apparently this little dot of solder makes those bulbs just too dangerous to sell into schools, despite the fact that no microscope bulb has ever harmed anyone from exposure to its little dot of solder."</i> <br><br>
This is just one small example of the thousands of products that are going to be affected. Basically, if a product is made to be sold for use by anyone under the age of 12 it must undergo rigorous and expensive testing. That means <i><u>every</u></i> part of that product that is exposed during normal use.<br><br>
My OH will be featured in a local newspaper because she makes childrens items for sale that she won't be able to sell after NBD because we can't afford to meet the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Apparently we aren't alone.<br><br>

Here are a few links:<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>

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Bumped because I think it's something people should be aware of.

by OnTheRopes In reply to National Bankruptcy Day
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Come to think of it

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to Bumped because I think it ...

Apply the same type of 'reasoning' and legislation to food, and we'd all starve. Imagine every ear of corn you buy with a bite out of it! :0

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It'll be interesting to see what happens.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Come to think of it

Will the kids at day care centers still be allowed to play with their toys? Everything bought for those kids will have to have passed testing. <br><br>
Toy retailers, from what I understand, won't be able to sell any toys unless they've been tested so all of the toys currently on the shelves will be no good unless they've got a testing sticker. Imagine going to Walmart and seeing police-no trespassing tape around the toy aisles. :^0 <br>

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Pretty damn silly

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to National Bankruptcy Day

to be polite about it.

Worst of it is, this kind of thing is to be expected if we're willing to pass our responsibility for our own 'safety' on to others. Government entities are probably the worst, as to all intents and appearances understanding is not a requirement for government 'service'.

Bah. WhenTF are we going to wake up and smell the sh*t that's brewing?

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Look to the UK to see where this is going...

by road-dog In reply to Pretty damn silly

From an article I saw the other day on FARK, now those little kiddie pools have been deemed such a hazard that you cannot have one unless you have a lifeguard on duty.

The Nanny State encroaches....

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But of course they are dangerous

by The Scummy One In reply to Look to the UK to see whe ...

they have water in them. They inflate/deflate with air. Obviously, if punctured, they will deflate and release the water.
That can lead to a myriad of problems, such as over-watering the lawn, having wet cement walkway/driveway, having such pollutants such as mud, and even creating a bigger issue, called slipping/falling.
We cannot allow people to have such dangers lurking nearby. Ban all of these completely.
However, if you have a full free-standing or in the ground pool, no lifeguard is required unless heavy equipment is in use nearby :^0 :^0

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That's what it's looking like.

by OnTheRopes In reply to Look to the UK to see whe ...

"Do it for the children" is an all too familiar mantra used to justify far too many things.<br><br>
When did parents quit being responsible for their children and give that responsibility over to government? Must be I missed that somewhere.

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My intuition...

by boxfiddler Moderator In reply to That's what it's looking ...

an insidious 'pass the personal responsibility along with the blame' process is initiated with each government (maybe even civil) agency created to protect us from ourselves.

Kinda defeats evolutionary process, too, I'd think.

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Has to do with premise, Ropes

by santeewelding In reply to National Bankruptcy Day

And I agree that your hue and cry deserve to be kept front and center.

But not with respect to these details. If the premise of how we are goes one way, the logic of that way is implacable. The law stands unto every detail. It reaches and prevails even unto your spot of solder, like it or not.

The premise, going another way, has nothing to do with the spot of solder, or your alarm.

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Absolute Utter

by Shellbot In reply to National Bankruptcy Day


this stuff really p!sses me off

How did we manage to grow up without killing ourselves with our toys??

I see a lot of kids these days who are pathetic whiney fat little sh!ts cause all they do is play video games.

You wanna see the school "playgrounds" here in Ireland..a disgrace..because the parents sue everytime little Johnny scrapes his knee, the kids are not allowed to run or do anything. In fact every school yard I have seen has been tarmaced/ashphalted over (i'm sure there are some that are not though). The kids stand around and talk and get yelled at if the run (cause they might trip and mommy will sue).

Off topic, but there was a kid here who was caught with drugs and a knife at school, he got suspended, the parents went to court and they had to let the kid back in.. WTF??!?!?!!

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