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#21 manatee19

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 06:49 PM

I second John's opinion on waivers in Brititsh Law countries. In Canada, we use common law and waivers have extremely limited, if any, value. Hail to the Queen!

Fellow canuck Jett and Walt's opinion on risks vs human activities are very well expressed and I share the same. A columnist wrote a few years a go that our society has become alergic to risk... which is an integral part of any endeavour.

We want people to wear helmets to ride their bikes... more so for motor bikes... instruction manuals are ridiculously overweight... thanks to the 50-page warnings that clutter their intro pages. Who needs an advice like: do not put you wet hands in the 240V outlet if you are barefoot on the ground and if the current is on....

The vast majority of people have common sense and if they dive with a reputable operator who understands what he is doing, they are simply taking a calculated risk with extremely slim chances of injury.

Unfortunately, foolishness and stupidity are very well spread throughout the population and there must be as many stupid divers and there are stupid pilots, skydivers or skiers... Mind you, a diver killed by a shark takes up a lot more media space than a skier killed by a tree... which happened to be in his way...

My $ 0,02

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Posted 19 March 2008 - 07:47 PM

Hey Michel,

You had both Katie and I in stitches! Well said, my friend. The world could use a little more common sense.

All the best, Jett

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 04:52 AM

Yes, and for the record, I already received a response from Ben assuring me that the article he plans to publish will be well balanced. He responded very quickly. If anyone else feels the need to contact them, their "Contact Us" page is here:

http://www.undercurr...w/contact.shtml

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Just a quick update to this. I got a note last night from Undercurrent letting me know that the article was now posted online and in the April issue. The note eve went so far as to ask fo my reaction after reading. I read through it this morning and think it is well done and let Undercurrent know that.

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Posted 10 April 2008 - 07:46 AM

Just a quick update to this. I got a note last night from Undercurrent letting me know that the article was now posted online and in the April issue. The note eve went so far as to ask fo my reaction after reading. I read through it this morning and think it is well done and let Undercurrent know that.

Mike

I see that Jim has a schedule back up on his website; time to book a trip.
That is excellent news.
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Posted 10 April 2008 - 10:43 AM

Just a quick update to this. I got a note last night from Undercurrent letting me know that the article was now posted online and in the April issue. The note eve went so far as to ask fo my reaction after reading. I read through it this morning and think it is well done and let Undercurrent know that.
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Ditto.

I thought that, on the whole, they did an admirable job of raising/discussing all major sides of a difficult topic/event.

I'm not sure quoting me added credibility to the "pro-Jim" side of the argument, though... :D

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#26 John Bantin

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Posted 11 April 2008 - 02:01 AM

Mind you, a diver killed by a shark takes up a lot more media space than a skier killed by a tree... which happened to be in his way...

Michel


Is the human interference in planting trees affecting their natural behaviour? Are more skiers being killed by rogue trees because more people are planting them? My goodness, I've just realised my garden is full of trees! Never mind - I'll take the risk. Not much snow in Teddington at the moment anyway!

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