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  •  Imagine if Walmart ran NASA (5+ / 0-)

    To paraphrase, say, if the O-ring problem was discussed before the Challenger disaster:

    “Specifically to the issue of any corrections on electrical and fire safety, we are talking about complex space shuttles and rocket boosters, and in most cases very extensive and costly modifications would need to be undertaken to some shuttle systems,” they said in the document. “It is not financially feasible for the brands to make such investments.”
    We're "only" talking about human life in both cases, but for Walmart it's not financially feasible to protect human lives.  

    Remember the Union Carbine disaster in India in 1983? It resulted in 3,787 deaths and 40,000+ other serious casualties.  Union Carbine had to pay $470 million (in 1989 dollars).   In comparison, Walmart (so far) can get away with pointing a finger elsewhere to blame for for its nonchalance attitude towards safety.

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