Nonsense the rate of automobile deaths (deaths per X million miles
driven) has fallen steadily since the 1920s or so. If fatalities had
increased at the same rate as miles driven between 1994 and 2009, for
instance, there would have been 45601 people killed in 09 compared to
the actual total of 33,308 (which was also less than in 1994). The rate,
or fatalities per 100 million miles driven, fell from 1.73 to 1.13 over
that time period.
I don't know why Americans have aversion to figuring out risk data
and using it properly (I also see a LOT of health care stuff where the
media gets all upset about a study that shows a doubling of relative
risk and sorta ignores the fact that a doubling of relative risks means
two people in a million will get the disease instead of 1 in a million).
People thought cybersex was a safe alternative,
until patients started presenting with sexually
It is harder for idiots to kill themselves via car crashes these days, but
it certainly flies in the face of nature's rule of survival of the fittest
unless you apply it to cars, as in the cars that kill the fewest occupants
probably sell better.
Whatever the reason, it's a principle that marketing people rely on to sell
all sorts of preventative measures, products and medications.
On Mon, 20 Jun 2011 22:33:48 -0700, Smitty Two wrote:
I heard it from the news (as shown in the cites prior).
Basically, it's all single-family homes. Old or new. There are extremely
few single-family homes that don't have gas appliances or an attached
garage, or a fireplace.
IIRC, it's (currently) a $200 fix-it fine; but as in all things
government, that will go up sharply when they realize how much money they
can make (especially during the yearly scheduled California budget
crisis) simply by inspecting homes and levying the fines.
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