This kind of ties in to the classic "Darwin Awards" that come up from time to time. But I frequently ask myself why is it that if something is good, fun, or if it works, we must ban it? Why do we have to suffer because of someone elses stupidity?
Here is a short list right off the top of my head of things that have been banned:
Lead Based paint:
Supposedly this is because a handful of kids allegedly developed cancer as a result of this product being used in their bedrooms. Was that ever proven? Houses were painted with it inside and out for decades. Three generations of Americans (including myself) grew up in the presence of lead based paint with no ill effects.
Of course, lead based paint is better quality, lasts longer, and is cheaper than water or oil based. So it must be banned.
Anyone remember this stuff from the mid 1990's? This was a weight loss supplement
that actually worked.
Of course, a handful of desperate lardasses took three times the recommended dosage and keeled over from a herat attack. Forget the fact that this product, if it was taken PER
THE DIRECTIONS, it was truly a helpful susbtance to aid in weight loss.
Speaking of which, now I understand that
Ephedrine is going to be banned effective 01/01/04. It's the same story as Phen-Phen. This stuff works-IF
TAKEN PROPERLY. But a teenage kid and a baseball player overdo it, and die, now we all have to suffer. Forget the fact that this is a naturally occurring substance. But no, we must ban it.
Fireworks: Anyone else see the irony of outlawing a freedom celebration item? Due to the carelessness of a few assholes and irresponsible parents, a few kids blew their hands off-or burned their houses down. Whose fault is that? I am now 30, and have been celebrating 4th of July with fireworks since I was 8 years old and I have never done anything worse than lightly singe a finger or two. A few minutes in cold water, and it was fine. I have never set a fire as a result of fireworks. Not bad for a 22 year and counting run.
Off Road Vehicles
It seems like every place there is a place where people go to enjoy their dune buggys or ATV's, some "environmental" group comes along screaming about how the dune buggys are endangering the "threatened California Barking Spider" (if there even is such a thing) and how the riding mus immediately be stopped.
Hemp and hemp related products: Forget about "grass" for a minute. The potheads will always be potheads, and those who don't smoke, will continue not to smoke. What about the hemp plant itself? Considering that the hemp plant yields better quality, longer lasting, and cheaper paper products, and clothing, not to mention the fact that farming hemp could meet our current needs at half the price while slowing the destruction of our forests almost to a standstill, I find it amazing to see that it's still illegal.
I guess the good folks at Weyerhauser and DuPont contribute heavily to the US government to keep it illegal.
So why is this? Are people who try and "protect" 'endangered' habitats and species really animal/earth lovers? Or are they people haters with a big chip on their shoulder and an ax to grind?
These are people who don't seem to enjoy anything in life, other than doing whatever they can to suck the joy out of everyone elses.
Kinda makes you wonder.....