Arrogance, Greed, and a Wilful Disregard of Human Life

This is… This is… I am glad these guys have been indicted, but…


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So is this the newest attraction at itchy and scratchy land?


“I’m not quite sure yet. […] Obviously things do fall faster than Newton said.”

Umm. Wot? When you and your engineers all flunked out before high school, you might be best off not building things.


Y’all. The kid got decapitated. And two women got seriously injured at the same time. Can you imagine the guilt and horror of being there when that happened? (It’s not 100 per cent clear to me if they were on the same boat thing as the boy, but I think so.)
The people who run the park and built the slide were so incredibly reckless.


I read this and when I found out why it was built, I was at a loss. If they wanted power and money, they should have run as Republicans.


Make sure you pick up a bowl of Krusty-Os!!


My wife and I were planning to go to Schlitterbahn KC with our (then) four-year-old daughter, on what would become the day after that tragedy. Management closed the park, of course, and we haven’t been back since. Although we would never have gone on the Verrückt, we have discussed the possibility of visiting the park for the other attractions. With this additional evidence and allegations about the management, we question whether or not anything at that park could be considered reasonably safe. Even if there were a trial and the company was completely exonerated, I’m still not sure I could consider it low-risk.


I’m reminded again of The Sheep Look Up [1]. Murderous corporate malpractice is a major theme; one of the characters is radicalised when his child is killed by a faulty oven.


[1] This is not a decapitation reference.


Just received a recall notice about Kidde Smoke Alarms. The gist of the recall notice is:

A yellow cap left on during the manufacturing process can cover one of the two smoke sensors and compromise the smoke alarm’s ability to detect smoke, posing a risk of consumers not being alerted to a fire in their home."

Maybe these caps are to protect workers from the radioactive sensor until manufacture? But talk about lousy manufacturing methods and wretched quality control. I wonder how it was first detected – people dying in fires?


The firm has received one report of the yellow protective cap being present on a smoke alarm before it was installed in a consumer’s home. No reports of incidents or injuries as a result of a yellow cap being present have been reported.

I’ll check mine tomorrow, when people aren’t sleeping. Not too worried though, so far they’ve been quite enthusiastic about their job. More of a “someone’s cooking, dinner should be done soon” alarm than a fire alarm.

Curious about the yellow cap (how does one know to look for such things?), I did a search that found nothing about that, but interestingly an explanation of why the alarms themselves turn yellow. It’s the additive that makes their plastic flame-retardant. Over time it oxidizes, making the plastic brittle and yellow, which is a sign that they need to be replaced.


Kind of like an SNES:

The ABS plastic used in the casing of some older SNES and Super Famicom consoles is particularly susceptible to oxidization with exposure to air, likely due to an incorrect mixture of the stabilizing or flame retarding additives. This, along with the particularly light color of the original plastic, causes affected consoles to quickly become yellow; if the sections of the casing came from different batches of plastic, a “two-tone” effect results.