Thursday, August 02, 2007

How Safe?

Is being 99% safe safe enough?


You perform 100 heart transplants and 10 years later 99 of them are still alive you are outstanding.

If you go into battle and win with 99% of your troops still alive that's pretty good.

If you send 100 Apollo Missions to the moon and 99 make it back safely, it's kind of impressive.

If you make 100 cars and 99 of them have working brakes you might have a problem.

If you produce 100 hot dogs and one of them has a deadly strain of bacteria in it you have a real problem.

China is taking a lot of well-deserved heat because of some exports of theirs are unsafe and their response is that 99% of their products are safe.

That means if an American household buys two Chinese products a week, and a good number of Americans do, that means that household could possibly have bought something dangerous and not realizing it.

When it is your home and family, and you're not even aware of the problem, is 99% safe good enough?

China may look at its people as expendable but I don't. If a life is to be taken or sacrificed it needs to be for a good reason or at least what the person taking the risk believes is a good reason. We punish people who knowingly endanger innocent lives for personal profit and China needs to do the same.

Too many Chinese products are dangerous and if China wants to sell them here they had better do something about it. Actually they shouldn't even allow the sale of dangerous household products to their own people, let alone other nations.

Even dog food should be more than 99% safe.


Blogger Little Miss Chatterbox said...

Hopefully this will wake some up and help them re-think our trade agreements with China. I'm still bothered by our relationship with them when they are such gross human rights' violators.

1:01 AM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

Out of 100's of millions of passenger flights, you would have several million dead a year if the airlines were 99 percenters....

11:43 AM  
Blogger The Conservative UAW Guy said...

That should be passengers, and 1000's of flights, but the point remains.

11:43 AM  
Blogger Gayle said...

...and it's a good point, UAW Guy.

Dog food should indeed be more than 99% safe. We have to know that all food items we purchase are safe for not only ourselves, but our pets and our livestock too. I truly wish we didn't trade with the Chinese. Like Little Miss Chatterbox said, their human rights violations are horrible! America has no business doing business with people like that. We are going to reap what we sew, and we are seeing the beginning of it.

6:22 PM  
Blogger dons_mind said...

agree - the grankids favorites are elmo and thomas the train - - both high on the list of fisherprice stuff just recalled..

this is just the beginning of things to come as a result of all the outsourcing this country does. i think we're in way over our heads and will see much more of things like this......

10:10 PM  
Blogger Bloviating Zeppelin said...

But do the Logical Extension. 1 case in 100; 2 cases in 200; 10 cases in 1,000; 100 cases in 10,000 and so on. Are those number you precisely feel comfortable with?

I also posit this:

We kill between 48,000 and 58,000 persons per year in vehicle accidents (1 Vietnam per year). Would we, then, if these statistics applied to airline accidents, EVER step into a thin aluminum tube AGAIN?


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