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  •  You might want to add a little bit (8+ / 0-)

    to your diary about the two following stories:

    1. Hurricane Andrew in Homestead Florida - during approximately the first half of the construction of that subdivision there was a regulation in place that Florida homes be built with very inexpensive brackets that would help keep the roof on in extreme and volatile winds like those that hurricanes produce. The second batch of homes were built after that regulation was repealed.  The first batch mostly kept their roofs and those built without regulation lost their roofs in the storm.

    2. Haiti's Massive Earthquake 2010 - which killed between 90,000 and 230,000 people (it is Haiti and having lived in the islands I know that death tolls are often difficult to pinpoint and sometimes revised down in order to preserve tourist traffic among other things - so just go with the range - 90,000 is shocking enough, but it could have been more - we will never know).  In any case, the buildings there were built in a completely "free market" unregulated environment.  The catastrophic building failure was due to cheap and unregulated building practices.  I remember so many commentators in the US saying without even the slightest hint of irony that they just could not believe that the government would allow people to build without creating and enforcing safety regulations - none of those same reporters ever get in a huff and puff when safeguards and regulations from our own government are repealed or unenforced.

    The building collapse in Bangladesh should be viewed as a reality-check on what unregulated, free markets can bring, but no one in the media is really even talking about that.

    Anyway, there are clear examples of how building safety and safeguards can save lives and conversely how their absence can help lose them.

    Shaking head.

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