[oclug] [OT] Canadian politics (was Linux kernel development
raywood at magma.ca
Mon Apr 18 23:58:25 EDT 2005
Guys, I'm mildly interested, but if it is 'off-topic', then please mark
it as such -- simple.
Have Fun with GNU/Linux,
On Mon, Apr 18, 2005 at 11:40:12PM -0400, miden imagined:
> I agree that we're horribly over-protected - warning: this coffee may
> be hot, warning: this bag of nuts may contain nuts, and then there are
> patents and copyrights (heh-heh couldn't resist). That doesn't mean
> I'm about to casually dismiss comments made by someone who was
> certified to handle the chemicals in question (kevin MacPherson).
> "Just follow directions". Right, Jon. That's realistic. That's gonna
> happen. Not reading manuals and directions is so common that it has
> become a cliche... and means that we could have a majority of people
> using these chemicals improperly and unsafely - and everyone pays the
> We could eliminate a lot the herbicide/pesticide controversy if people
> would just get off their fat, lazy butts and dig the d**n weeds up
> and, also, put in plants/grasses that repel or don't attract insect
> Right. That's realistic. That's gonna happen.
> Of course now a lot of the slackers don't even spray the lawn
> themselves - they hire someone to do it. This, though, may be the
> lesser of two evils: at least we might get a responsible professional
> doing the job.
> Isn't that great - all for the sake of little green squares in
> suburban wastelands.
> I've worked with chemicals that were deemed safe for use when
> directions were followed - which included a professionally installed
> ventilation system. Well guess what - the pros made a mistake. It's a
> lot of fun staggering around for a couple of hours with hands that
> won't stop shaking. Hospital management (yeah, it was in a hospital!)
> wouldn't do anything about until we threatened to walk off the job.
> Why? Professionals had done the job so they must be right and we, the
> dumb user, must be wrong.
> Mistakes by pros are not uncommon. It's a safe bet that mistakes by
> amateurs are common. But hey, let's keep dumping those chemicals on
> our lawns etc. You, I, your neighbours, and your kids will be safe 'as
> long as directions are followed'.
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