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  •  Everyone should watch... (13+ / 0-)

    the Nat Geo show Seconds from Disaster, which carefully details major disasters in recent world history, and the chain of events that went horribly wrong that led to disaster.  With manmade things, there's almost always some regulation that a corporation wanted to skip to reduce costs, and lack of oversight from that evil government the Republicans and libertarians always want to cut back on.

    Well, folks, this is what happens without regulations, when you let private industry dictate the rules.  Here's the entire episode about the 9/11 attacks.

    Many of the episodes are available in full on YouTube.  Watch them while thinking about what could have been done to prevent those disasters from happening, and in almost every case, it's government that could've mandated some extra check or regulation to stop the disaster.  And usually, they DID end up stepping in, but only after the disaster happened and hundreds of people died.

    And despite the fact that NatGeo is ultimately owned by News Corp., like I said the other day, I'm still going to promote this show, simply because it's a damn good show that explicitly shows the need for strong government oversight.  Don't want to watch it on their channel?  At least watch the episodes that have been uploaded to YouTube.  And share them with your conservative anti-government friends, and ask them if they feel comfortable about leaving their safety in the hands of a private corporation without ANY government oversight.

    •  And never forget that Flight 93 (2+ / 0-)
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      BruinKid, Aunt Pat

      was bound for SFO. How many were returning home, and how many were visiting? They worked together to stop the hijacked flight. They all truly deserve the title of hero.

      And why should it matter? Despite our regional differences, we are all Americans. We all suffer for 9-11.

      In our collective zeal to prevent another 9-11, let us not leave behind the principals that define us.

      Mitt's full of it / Ryan's lyin' -- "Your money and your life."

      by BusyinCA on Thu Sep 13, 2012 at 09:28:01 PM PDT

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