Stop your name-calling, and explain how the Liebeck v. McDonalds case is an example of a frivolous lawsuit. There was a 79 year-old woman suffering third degree burns (the worst) over 6% of her body. She only asked for $20,000 in compensatory damages for her hospital bills. That's chump change for McDonalds - about a nanosecond's worth of its annual worldwide profits. Yet McDonalds refused to settle, forcing Liebeck to sue.
So why is this suit frivolous? Are you claiming Liebeck was an ambulance chaser? She didn't really suffer any harm? McDonalds shouldn't have to put up with lawsuits? Explain your reasoning.
A friend of mine worked for Ford in the 60s. He was an engineer, and quit Ford in disgust, vowing never to buy another Ford. He ended up working for Bendix. What did Ford do to anger him? It made a cost analysis to use $1.25 wheel bearings that it knew would fail after 25,000 miles, instead of opting for $2.50 wheel bearings that would have lasted 50,000 miles.
From Schwartz' analysis
So, yes, Schwartz' analysis indicates the media may have overstated the case against the Pinto. It doesn't deny that Ford probably did a cost/benefit analysis, and decided a few deaths was the cost of doing business.
gotta remember tho back in the 60's a car with 65K miles was considered high mileage. with today's technology we can build better spindles, hubs, and bearings with stronger alloys. that's why you can get 200K+ miles out of wheel bearings nowadays IF thier maintained right and driven easy.
kinda like comparing a car today with 150K-200Kmiles mid - high mileage and i know plenty of cars that wheel bearings crap out (both imports and domestics) at under 100K. (friends toyota corolla has been thru 2 on the left and 3 on the right and its got 148k on it) its not the best taken care of but dang haha.
also your comment about not wanting rat feces and other "stuff" in your food, wellll better think again
Here is a very brief sampling of the FDA's Food Defect Action Level list. They begin investigation when foods reach the action level they've set. According to the FDA, typical foods contain about 10 percent of the action level, but others say they contain more like 40 percent.
CHOCOLATE AND CHOCOLATE LIQUOR
Insect filth: Average is 60 or more insect fragments per 100 grams when 6 100-gram subsamples are examined OR any 1 subsample contains 90 or more insect fragments
Rodent filth: Average is 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams in 6 100-gram subsamples examined OR any 1 subsample contains 3 or more rodent hairs
CITRUS FRUIT JUICES, CANNED
Insects and insect eggs: 5 or more Drosophila and other fly eggs per 250 ml or 1 or more maggots per 250 ml
RED FISH AND OCEAN PERCH
Parasites: 3% of the fillets examined contain 1 or more parasites accompanied by pus pockets
MACARONI AND NOODLE PRODUCTS
Insect filth: Average of 225 insect fragments or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples
Rodent filth: Average of 4.5 rodent hairs or more per 225 grams in 6 or more subsamples
Insect filth: Average of 30 or more insect fragments per 100 grams
Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 100 grams
Rodent filth: 1 or more rodent excreta pellets are found in 1 or more subsamples, and 1 or more rodent hairs are found in 2 or more other subsamples OR 2 or more rodent hairs per pound and rodent hair is found in 50% or more of the subsamples OR 20 or more gnawed grains per pound and rodent hair is found in 50% or more of the subsamples
Insect filth: Average of 75 or more insect fragments per 50 grams
Rodent filth: Average of 1 or more rodent hairs per 50 grams
looks like you can consume well nothing that doesn't already have some type of rodent or insect parts in/on it
if you grow your own food and harvest and bring it indoors your gonna find a spider, worm, nat, other bugs on them. what do u think the gigantic combines can pick up, grind up, and get all over your corn, beans, wheat (which goes into any thing that uses flour), etc. those things dont have covers nor do alot of the factories that process these foods(conveyor belts dont, mixing tanks sometimes do but gotta get ingredients in there somehow )
Yep. I remember when Smokey Yunick famously said if you wanted a car that could run for 100,000 miles, you'd better buy an American car. I think we can safely guess he didn't anticipate the enormous popularity of imported automobiles in today's market - at least not in their early years.
I worked my career with the FDA, about half as an Investigator, and the other half as a Compliance Officer and eventually Director of Compliance Branch in a District Office. Investigators conduct inspections, collect evidence of violations, and write reports. Compliance Officers determine the charges, develop the cases, and bring them to the US Attorney's Office. I've forgotten more about the law than BTG ever learned, I can guarantee all of you. My short-sighted view of the world also includes being an FDA National Computer Expert, giving speeches on computer validation in Englland and Spain, conducting inspections in Ireland, Israel and Germany, teaching data recovery from seized computers in Hong Kong and at the Honolulu Police Academy as well as at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, and a lot more.
FDA not only regulates foods and drugs, but also medical devices, biologics products (blood, vaccines, etc.), veterinary foods and drugs, radiation-emitting devices, cosmetics, import products, psittacine birds, pig bristle brushes, pet turtles, and much more. FDA inspects products that account for about 25 cents of every US consumer dollar spent.
The Defect Action Levels set tolerances for unavoidable agricultural adulterants - the ones that come from insects and rodents living in the fields where the crops are grown.
FDA doesn't tolerate any filth added to products after they enter the processing plant. One rodent hair or insect fragment coming from rodent activity or insect infestation in a grain elevator, flour mill, or bakery adulterates the food. Once the food leaves the field, FDA expects companies and individuals not to adulterate it.
Adulterating food before shipment in interstate commerce, while in IS, or after receipt in IS, are all violations of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (the law), found in Title 21 of the United States Code.
You seem to have a problem with the "all men are created equal" part of the Constitution.
I have forgotten more than you ever learned about cars and many other machines, because I used my intelligence (which is the equal of yours) to study machines intensely since I was in first grade. Read Rise and Fall of the Third Reich and the Bible by age 10.
You see, the problem some of us have with your posts is they are condescending in their presentation, which smacks of a belief that you are in some form beyond us and our capabilities.
Glad to know you were so dedicated to your craft, and meticulously qualified to make sure I ate the least amount of bug crap in my food.
I just wish that all of you career govt employees had used that same intelligence to keep us away from the deficit spending stupidity than may bury you 6 and my 5 grandchildren in debt service payments that will potentially drive the US to a repeat of the Weimar situation in Germany post WW1.
I look at things a little differently coming from the other side of the spectrum of occupations. I would never have wanted to be a bureaucrat, no matter what it paid, to much bull crap to deal with for me.
I wanted to fix cars, and wanted to own my own business. Maxed out my Social Security contribution at age 23. Got a real butt whooping trying to start a business from scratch. Did it again 10 years later.
Lived in the shop, in an unheated building, made less than 2k the first year, then gradually got it going to the point where I made decent money. I worked from sunrise to 8:30 PM 6 days a week to make it. Seldom took a shower before 9PM. That's right, 14 hour days. Many of my customers were from Langley NASA, some absolute geniuses, and the locality where I worked regularly scored top in the nation for academics.
These people brought their Nissans to me to fix, because they knew my principles, posted on the wall applied in every situation.
Care, Courtesy, and Common Sense.
Many became my friends, brought me gifts at Christmas. They understood the value of my principles and that I would never try to take advantage of the situation regardless of the cost to me personally. I would tell them when their car was approaching the point where it was not cost effective to keep it on the road, even though it might cost me a friend and a good customer.
Many would drive hundreds of miles to my shop, because they knew I would treat them like a member of my family.
In 30 years of working on cars I was never SUMMUONED to appear in court to answer for my actions. In other words those same customers never thought my actions were of anything but the highest order. That was their judgement based on their interactions with me.
I never had to summon any of them to appear in court either, almost never had a bad check, and when it happened it was taken care of immediately.
You see my friend, when you apply the highest standards to yourself, which is what the founding fathers ASSUMED was the case in men of integrity, there is no need for lawyers and bureaucracies to enforce laws, enacted to protect on citizen from the other.
The core basis of illegal activity is the feeling of one individual that the other individual is not worthy of their regard and compassion. A criminal, in his mind, has convinced himself that the victim is not worthy of his decency.
Do I think I have a superior intellect?
My answer would be that I have exercised my intellect for my whole life to maintain its sharpness, hopefully until I go back into the earth from whence I came.
Do I think that makes my knowledge superior to others?
Only if those same others have not exercised their own intellects to the same degree as I have my own.
To make the statement that I have forgotten more than you will ever learn, as I did earlier in this post, is an example of the attitude that leads good men down the pathway to atrocities, when they decide to commit crimes against their fellow men, or in extreme cases to actually exterminate the vermin that are those not deserving of their compassion and consideration.
One good bureaucrat (as I assume you were) and one good mechanic, as I know I was, have the supreme responsibility to keep the fragile fabric of this Republic intact and alive.
As we argue about who is the greater or lesser, we waste the energy necessary to make sure others live to the same standards.
We seem to share completely opposite political philosophies. Trying to convert one to the other is a complete waste of time, and demonstrates the basic flaw in our political system today. As a founding father once stated so eloquently, "if we don't hang together, we will certainly be hung separately".
The members of this forum gather here to share their opinions and experiences for the common good of others. In doing so we demonstrate a level of decency and compassion that should be the goal of everyone on this planet.
I just received a patent for my power train design. That represents a lifetime of intellectual pursuit of a goal of making this world a better place for our 11 grandchildren when we are gone.
Measure you accomplishments by that standard, and your intelligence by that yardstick.
Make the world a better place for those to come and those innocents who depend on us to improve their lives.
I do have a problem with the "All men are created equal" part of the Constitution, because it isn't part of the Constitution at all. If you want to discuss the law with me online, the least you can do is get your facts impeccably correct. We don't have the luxury of eye winks and other visual signals for nonverbal communication.
That's the problem with a lot of what's posted in this discussion. You people enter this discussion citing incorrect facts, and try to convince yourselves you're correct. If you can't even get the facts straight, why should anyone believe you? So your premise is we're all created equal, and have equal contributions to make. That's fine for starters, but it all falls apart when our contributions are valueless.
If we're talking valve adjustments with Nissan camshafts and I claim I used shims on my PL521's engine, you're going to immediately know "this guy doesn't know what he's talking about." That's the feeling I get when BTG tries to convince me he knows about the law from his single experience as a juror, v. my 30+ years of law enforcement experience. He didn't know the facts about his own example of Liebeck v. McDonalds Corporation, insinuating she was driving when she spilled the coffee. I asked him why he thought his own example was a frivolous lawsuit, and he regurgitated an opinion piece that ignores Snopes' fact-checking, and which itself references the Liebeck case being used in law schools around the country. Yet, despite the facts, BTG's source says the law schools are wrong, and Barbara Mikkelson is wrong. And BTG never answered my question of why HE thinks it was a frivolous lawsuit.
So yes, I may appear to be condescending. I'll call B.S. on anyone who doesn't have the facts to back his statements. Away from the forums, I enjoy a non-confrontational, friendly grandpa existence, and a lawsuit-free nice guy reputation, just like you. You can't judge people on the forums, except from their posts. I do that. You just did that.
you made more sense in that one post, than Sentra has made in ALL of his posts COMBINED(all posts included). and as for the constitution quote, well we know Sentra's "fact precision requisition." so what, it could be easy to mistake (in name) it for the declaration of independence, especially when sooooo many thoughts come to mind responding to his dogmatic view.
i'm still waiting for an example or quote of name calling and where EXACTLY i insinuated...wait stop...insinuated? that's an INEXACT, factless, interpretation of what i said...shame on this fact finder!
i too have a little experience w/ food handling, the FDA, FTC, DEA, etc. yes, the DEA is related, but i'd have to digress, so another time and thread perhaps. on THIS side, i've seen corruption and lack of integrity, mostly of the harmless kind, but there are serious issues that still need to be addressed in these entities. no links, no facts(to show), just REAL LIFE facts and observations.
i could post my resume, tho not as impressive, it has many highlights, but i am younger than you both. and like Gary, i have no aspirations of the politics of leadership unless, 1)politics is removed 2)the integrity and moral are paced ahead of me--i've tried to help(train) people, but i'm not a salesman. our entitlements have reached too deep into the population. my wife says that i'm too kind and weak in the dog eat dog workplace, but i say compassionate(meek not weak). and my work ethic and learning curve surpasses the intellect of most. i have co-workers and customers ask me for advice often. it's not my intellect--it's 'cause i care, i won't lie, and i study many subjects for a more successful life.
liberals like Sentra intrigue me, because real world experience often times trumps intellect--they can't seem to grasp that. my facts are not "off", it's the interpretation of my posts that is--i rarely post facts and fact-type links. remember, facts and studies are as imperfect as the individual noting them--IT CANNOT be honestly denied.
and yes, liberal types would get more respect minus the condescending speech. one thing i would like to convey to those opposite my view is this...humility is the greatest virtue!
We'd probably get along fine in real life. You seem to have good values, morals, and intentions. I can respect that.
What you lack is rational logic to support your beliefs, which are about 180 degrees from mine. Every time we disagree, I find you factually or knowledgeably lacking. You don't know the Liebeck v. McDonalds Corporation case that's your example of a frivolous lawsuit. You don't know the science surrounding your health food claims. You don't know the basics of scientific testing. When you don't support your positions with facts, you're out in fringeville with Orley Taitz and the birthers. They're positive they're correct, too, in spite of the facts staring them in the face.
So the problem here isn't that I'm condescending. It isn't that liberals are condescending. The problem's that people like you and Gary don't have facts to support your positions. You may be correct, but if you can't support your position with facts, you're correct for the wrong reasons. That's no better than being wrong.
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