Archive for the ‘Safety Obsession’ Category

Let Children Play With Knives

Thursday, September 1, 2016 13:47 1 Comment

This article in the Wall Street Journal asks, “Should we let toddlers play with saws and knives?” Yes, I say. And bring back the great, old (real) chemistry sets, too, and not these modern, safety-nazi replacements that give way to chemophobia. The obsession with safety has left Americans fragile, afraid, and keeping their kids in [...]

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The “Keeping People Safe” Oppressive State

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 9:58 No Comments

In Marin County, California, the police state is broadening to include zapping ‘speeding’ mountain bikers out on the trails. Starting this month, Marin County rangers will be deploying radar guns in the open areas and on the shared trails of the Mount Tamalpais park to catch mountain bikers speeding around. There will be two deputies [...]

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Nuts as Lethal Weapons

Saturday, September 21, 2013 6:24 4 Comments

Joel Stein once wrote a great piece in the LA Times that I am sure had him on the receiving end of thousands of hate mails. Your kid doesn’t have an allergy to nuts. Your kid has a parent who needs to feel special. Your kid also spends recess running and screaming, “No! Stop! Don’t [...]

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Add Batteries, and the Thing Works?

Monday, October 1, 2012 18:59 4 Comments

The Stupid Society. This is a “no shit Sherlock” moment, from the inside of my smoke detector.  

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Life in a Bubble

Sunday, April 15, 2012 13:57 3 Comments

I am writing an article on the obsession with helmet safety and the culture of fear, and I came across this abomination – Thudguard. This product is the forever helmet for babies that is described as a “½ inch thick impact tested protective foam hat is designed to help absorb and reduce the impact of falls [...]

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The Ultimate American SafetyMobile

Sunday, January 1, 2012 15:30 2 Comments

This thing is so safe that I feel “safe” just looking at it. Butler Shaffer’s daughter sent me the link, along with her delightful comments: “Sun-protection, five point seat belt, wrap-around roll bar… for a tricycle.  It might even have an air bag, I didn’t check!” Air bags, heck – but does it have side [...]

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