Safe Sandcastles

In our not-so-brave new world of Health and Safety, I’m constantly surprised that beaches aren’t sealed off with barbed wire. Because they are such dangerous places, with huge waves breaking on them, and sharks patrolling just offshore, and strong currents flowing in all directions. And then there are the tides by which the entire sea level rises and falls 10 or 20 feet twice a day. And then there are the dunes of choking sand, often infested with enormous crabs. And there are the regular hurricanes which bring storm surges and even bigger waves and driving wind and rain.

I’ve written about the danger of beaches before.

So I was pleased to read that in Germany, Health and Safety are tackling one of the greatest perils: they’re banning sandcastles.

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German authorities are banning the building of sandcastles at beaches in case they fall over and injure people or block the path of emergency services.

The Local reports that some beaches on the islands of Fehman and Sylt have imposed a total ban on the structures, while Sieksdorf and Neustadt allow sandcastles, provided they do not exceed four metres (13ft) in diameter.

Beaches at Kellenhusen and Grossenbrode impose a three metre (10ft) restriction, with all beaches restricting height to 50cm (20 inches).

According to lifeguards, the beaches need to be kept clear for ambulances in case of emergencies, and there are also concerns that the structures could collapse.

Speaking to the local Kieler Nachrichten paper, a lifeguard said: “there is a risk of tripping, and from a certain height it can be dangerous,” however one father told the paper that it was another demonstration of the Germans’ over-officious nature. “The Germans want to regulate everything with a passion,” he said.

In 2012, a ten-year-old boy was killed at the coastal resort of Amrum when a metre-deep hole he had dug on a beach collapsed, burying him alive.

I know all about the dangers of sandcastles. When I was aged about 10 I used to be an avid builder of them. I built big circular ones with high walls around a deep central pit (in which I sat) to keep out the rising tide. But the waves would eventually break down the walls, and I’d be buried waist deep in wet sand and foaming water. And I’d only just manage to climb out before getting completely buried, by using my legs.

If my legs hadn’t been working properly, or had got bent or broken by the waves, or had got stuck in the sand, that would’ve been the end of me, like it was for the kid at Amrum,

I know about tripping over too. Sometimes I used to trip over the walls as I climbed out, and fall flat on my face in sea water that was at least a foot deep and flowing very fast. Or maybe fall over backwards into the treacherous quicksands in central pit. I was lucky to escape, once again by using my legs.

I was quite good at using my legs. But what if some kid doesn’t know how to use his legs? Or they don’t work very well? What if he hasn’t done a course in walking and running and jumping?

In fact, I used to regularly trip over in water. Because if you run through water that’s more than about a foot deep, you’re quite likely to trip over it, and get sucked out to sea. And then you have to swim using both your legs and your arms, while trying to keep water out of your mouth. And that’s very very hard. How many kids know how to swim?

I can’t say I ever remember seeing any ambulances on beaches back in my time. But these days, I imagine they’re racing up and down the beaches the whole time, rescuing kids whose sandcastles have fallen over and buried them, or who have tripped over and buried their heads in sand, or two feet under water. So obviously they don’t want to have to drive over sandcastles to rescue them, particularly if the children are buried under them. 

If sandcastles can’t be completely banned, the next best thing would be to have Safe Sandcastle Building courses. Because I suspect that my sandcastles weren’t very safe, particularly with me sitting inside them with waves breaking around them. Safe sandcastles would be limited to 6 inches high, and when the rising tide finally washes them away, the builder should be standing at a safe distance from them, so as not to be injured or buried under the mass of collapsing sand.

Isn’t it a great relief to know that Health and Safety have identified this menace, and are doing something about it?

P.S. H/T MJM for 8 Diseases to Watch Out for on Beaches

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46 Responses to Safe Sandcastles

  1. If the rules are a response to the boy who was killed, shouldn’ they be banning sand HOLES instead of sand CASTLES?

    Of course the safest bet would just be to get rid of all that sand and water altogether. Our ancestors didn’t have that option. But today, with just the proper placement of the right number of nukes, all that dangerous stuff could be converted into glass and vapor at the convenient flick of a switch!

    And just imagine all the human suffering that could be avoided in the centuries ahead! The switch-flicker would go down in history(?) as the greatest humanitarian to have ever lived — in the past OR in the future!

    – MJM

  2. waltc says:

    Why am I laughing at the idea of death by falling sand castle? More important why am I NOT laughing at the kind of people who worry about people being killed by falling sand castles? Ah, because these are obviously the people who are taken Very Seriously by the people who take absurdity seriously and happen to be the people who are now making the rules– the same people who don’t at all take Iranian nukes seriously, or would label me absurd for worrying about Islamists who only yesterday beheaded 90 men in some small Iraqi town and are even now raping their women and children. We have crossed the line into a paranoid surrealism in which attacks by killer tomatoes are a realistic concern. What if a 3 year old stood on the bottom drawer of the stove and then tumbled headlong into the large pot of boiling spaghetti water? What if the dog’s paw got stuck on a wad of bubble gum in the middle of a traffic clogged street just as the light changed and the owner got run over while trying to pry him loose? How many dangers can dance on the head of a pin?

    • The Blocked Dwarf says:

      ” How many dangers can dance on the head of a pin?”

      and who would be liable if one of those dancing dangers should slip and fall off the pin, injuring itself?

    • Rose says:

      There was a time when we used to say, it could only happen in America.
      I’m not laughing any more.

      When ever I hear about silly laws that the make the world ever more bleak and people ever more infantalised, I think of John Banzhaf, who I’m guessing very few people have even heard of outside America.

      Homework for Undergrads – “SUE THE BASTARDS”
      Feb. 27, 2013

      “Prof. John Banzhaf is well known for requiring his law students to bring legal actions to pass his course but on Monday [3/4] he will assign homework in which undergrads will have file a real legal document aimed at the problem of food and obesity.”

      “Your Four years at GWU can Change the Course of History” and “Faculty and Students Don’t Just Study the World – They Work to Change It.”
      http://www.prlog.org/12088366-homework-for-undergrads-sue-the-bastards.html

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Legal Eagles a leftist show from the 1980s comes to mind……………So instead of chasing ambulances they reached out and got creative. Inventing more victims via obesity and the ultimate villain FAST FOOD CHAINS…………Get ready here it comes. But about 12 years ago my brother inlaw was going to Vanderbilt law school in Nashville and they had a course on the newest realm of lawsuits it was on suing over obesity…………Its been in the works a lot longer than that. First as we all know you have to create the junk science/smoking causes then we get to the secondary victims of obesity………..Ya Im still kinda trying to even imagine that one too yet. But Id guarantee ya they got a real gem for secondary obesity victims to come yet!

        • Rose says:

          Already done, Harley.

          Contagious Obesity? Identifying The Human Adenoviruses That May Make Us Fat – 2006

          “Screening test and vaccine still a long way off

          “The Whigham et al. study prompted an editorial in the same issue of AJP-Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology by Frank Greenway, professor in the Department of Clinical Trials, Pennington Biomedical Research Center, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge.

          “If Ad-36 is responsible for a significant portion of human obesity, the logical therapeutic intervention would be to develop a vaccine to prevent future infections,” Greenway wrote. “If a vaccine were to be developed, one would want to ensure that all the serotypes of human adenoviruses responsible for human obesity were covered in the vaccine.”
          http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2006/01/060130031548.htm

          Obesity ‘Virus’ Spreads Like Common Cold, Scientists Say – 2009

          “Obesity can be “caught” as easily as a common cold from other people’s coughs, sneezes and dirty hands, scientists said Monday.

          The condition has been linked to a highly-infectious virus which causes sniffles and sore throats.

          Nikhil Dhurandhar, an associate professor at The Pennington Biomedical Research Center, in Baton Rouge, La., said the virus, known as AD-36, infects the lungs then whisks around the body, forcing fat cells to multiply and also causing sore throats.”

          “When this virus goes to fat tissue it replicates, making more copies of itself and in the process increases the number of new fat cells, which may explain why the fat tissue expands and why people get fat when they are infected with this virus,” Dhurandhar said.”
          http://www.foxnews.com/story/2009/01/26/obesity-virus-spreads-like-common-cold-scientists-say/

          You can run but you can’t hide.

          Study Says Obesity Can Be Contagious
          2007

          “Obesity can spread from person to person, much like a virus, researchers are reporting today. When a person gains weight, close friends tend to gain weight, too.”

          “Proximity did not seem to matter: the influence of the friend remained even if the friend was hundreds of miles away. And the greatest influence of all was between mutual close friends. There, if one became obese, the odds of the other becoming obese were nearly tripled.”
          http://www.nytimes.com/2007/07/25/health/25cnd-fat.html?_r=0

  3. The Blocked Dwarf says:

    ” “The Germans want to regulate everything with a passion,” he said.”
    Germans are indeed Europe’s Vogons but I feel this particular VERBOT isn’t down to any Teutonic desire to Uber regulate but local authorities covering arses against future liability claims . If it were a racial, germanic genetic, thing then the VERBOT would have the something like the following tacked on the end : “the production of areas devoid of silicon particles (ie ‘holes’) by persons operating small plastic digging devices [dimensions see subsection 117] is Verboten UNLESS said Operator can produce a valid licence issued by the Government Agency For Void Production. This licence must be worn around the neck of the Holeproducer at all times and will have required the bearer to have attended a 2 year course on Beach Related Earthworking With Special Regard To Health & SAFETY and Environmental Impact and the successful completion of at least 3 written tests. Along with the aforementioned licence the Shovel-Operator is required to carry a copy of the Temporary Recreational Building Permit in triplicate, issued by the relevant Planning Department” (and if you think I am joking then trust me when I say that the above is far too ‘liberal’, too imprecise to ever be a German legal wording-and FT and BeoB can, I’m sure, back me up on that!)

    • Right BD.

      This is why I laugh my arse off when Brits say “Just buy a bucket and a ladder. and go cleaning windows, if you can not get a job.”

      They have obviously never seen the Rules and regulations, anf the three year “Housing management and mantainance course” that you have to take (AND PAY AROUND €4,000 PER YEAR FOR!) here, just to get NEAR a window cleaning round.

      • The Blocked Dwarf says:

        Not only that but the disposal of any kind of ‘waste’ water on the street is STRICTLY regulated. You can’t just wash your car, for example, on the street or rinse out your bins. Performing a complete Engine Wash with a Karcher on a public road would , no doubt, get one shot.

        The regulations pertaining to a window cleaner emptying his bucket on a public drain are probably ‘Tolkeinesque’ in volume (s)…

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Well there comes a point when regulation kills the golden goose the tax dollars dry up since nothings left to make a buck on as nobody can afford to pay any of it any longer.

          Just this morning NEW YORK STATE was running commercials trying to attract businesses to come to their state with TEN YEAR TAX FREE STATUS…………You see since the 1970s businesses have been moving out of the Steroidal regulations and taxes of the liberal northeast for the much freer southern states. It finally got so bad in NYS they’ve had to do this. Yet their Nazis still continue to raise taxes outlaw everything and expect people to actually stay when they cant even get a job. My Aunt was living in NYC for awhile and last march left and moved back to Nashville where she is buying his house at 1700 a month. Her rent alone in NYC was 3800 for a condo!

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          My brothers house I meant to say. You see most of the houses in Nashville are UPSIDE DOWN on debt to value so she and him are working together to pay down the upside down figure so she can finance the house……..about 60 grand upside down. That’s likely a true number for most of the rest of the houses that were in the 400,000 dollar value bracket in 2007 which is now valued at 330-340 thousand bucks. There are so many schemes running right now on trying to flip houses it makes the mind boggle and each and everyone of them is basically made to screw a homeowner…………I got lucky we got rid of the farm just in time before the real estate market totally collapsed we still lost 50 grand on it but were able to come out with enuf to homestead a rough piece of ground and fix it up for campers at the time. 3 acres for 15 grand and I horse traded for most of that cash amount. We put in the septic.water and electric total cost 7 grand cash. then I had about 26,000 in the whole works and then I got it valued by a pro and it came in valued at 21,000…………….I lost 5 grand in money just improving the property!

        • Some French Bloke says:

          “The regulations pertaining to a window cleaner emptying his bucket on a public drain are probably ‘Tolkeinesque’ in volume (s)…”

          Germany will really stun the world when it gets itself a properly-funded Ministry of Silly Walks…

        • The Blocked Dwarf says:

          “Germany will really stun the world when it gets itself a properly-funded Ministry of Silly Walks…”
          Das Ministerium für alberne Gänge wouldn’t work for Germany , the paperwork required to certify every new walk’s *precise* techinical and anatomical degree of silliness (always assumed that ‘silly’ lets itself be defined) alone would decimate the last remaining Amazonian rainforests. Like I said, Germans-the Vogons of Europe …but with better poetry.

      • XX Some French Bloke says:
        August 17, 2014 at 6:04 pm
        Germany will really stun the world when it gets itself a properly-funded Ministry of Silly Walks… XX

        Well, we already combine our “Innenministerium with “Sport.”

        That would be like putting the home secretary in charge of billiards in Britain.

        Or Homeland security in charge of pool in the U.S.

        The reason behind the car/window wash water, is the cleaning chemicals used getting ito the water system. Which is a fucking laugh when you consider what other kind of shit fro the road gets washed down there. From Diesel smoke particals, to dripped oil, and the odd bit of spilled petol etc.

  4. harleyrider1978 says:

    Next they’ll ban mums from changing dirty diapers on babies as its an infectious disease waiting to plague the public……………Sorry Mum the state owns your womb!

  5. harleyrider1978 says:

    Mike can you sharpen this a tad…………

    Mcdonalds Serves up 75 hamburgers a second worldwide that’s the same as serving up 18,750 cigarettes a second worldwide smoke and chemicals released indoors and out,yet they ban a few smokers from smoking inside when a lousy hamburger creates as much as 250 cigarettes worth of equivalent smoke and chemicals………………ROFLMAO!

    If you’re afraid of second-hand smoke, you should also avoid cars, restaurants…and don’t even think of barbecuing.

    here are just some of the chemicals present in tobacco smoke and what else contains them:

    Arsenic, Benzine, Formaldehyde.

    Arsenic- 8 glasses of water = 200 cigarettes worth of arsenic

    Benzine- Grilling of one burger = 250 cigarettes

    Formaldehyde – cooking a vegetarian meal = 100 cigarettes

    Taking cue from McDonald’s, Masuzoe eyes smoking ban for all Tokyo restaurants

    http://www.japantimes.co.jp/news/2014/08/17/national/taking-cue-mcdonalds-masuzoe-eyes-smoking-ban-tokyo-restaurants/#.U_CzozYo59B

    • Harley, citing some refs, even if they’re kind of general, helps make people take a post like this more seriously. E.G., for the 18,000 burgers:

      “same as….” according to figures for (X CHEMICAL) from the (Study, or Organization, or Report)

      Also: Veggie meal: I beleve you need to add “on a gas-range” for that to be true. I’m pretty sure it’s the gas burning that produces the formaldehyde.

      :)
      MJM

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Commercial cooking elevates hazardous pollutants in the environment, study finds

        As you stroll down restaurant row and catch the wonderful aroma of food — steaks, burgers, and grilled veggies — keep this in mind: You may be in an air pollution zone. Scientists in Minnesota are reporting that commercial cooking is a surprisingly large source of a range of air pollutants that could pose risks to human health and the environment.

        They discussed the topic at the 239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco.

        Deborah Gross, Ph.D., pointed out that commercial food cooking is a known source of air pollutants, including gases and tiny solid particles — as is cooking in the home. “While that mouth-watering smell may whet our appetites, it comes from the emission of smoke from the cooking process into the air that we breathe,” Gross said. Research conducted in the U.S. during the past decade has shown that cooking is by far the largest source of respirable particles generated in the home, as well. “Exposure to high concentrations of these particles is common.”

        Gross, who is with Carleton College in Northfield, Minn., has been working with colleagues Tom Kuehn, Bernard Olson, and Dabrina Dutcher of the University of Minnesota to define the specific contribution that commercial cooking makes to air pollution. The project, also involving Carleton undergraduate student Lisa Wang, already has resulted in two air quality management districts in California implementing restrictions on commercial cooking emissions. They are the South Coast and Bay Area Air Quality Management Districts. Much of the Los Angeles Basin now requires the use of catalytic converters to minimize the release of aerosol particles from charbroiler grates.

        Gross and Wang set out to get the chemical signature of the mouth-watering aroma from the cooking process. They used a novel combination of chemical and physical measurements of the aerosol particles — solid and liquid droplets — emitted from food being cooked. They did the study with typical commercial cooking appliances in a kitchen laboratory at the University of Minnesota during cooking of pizzas in an oven, steaks in a broiler, and hamburgers on a griddle, clamshell broiler, and charcoal fire.

        Which foods create the most emissions in commercial kitchens? Fatty foods cooked with high heat, especially with open flames, such as cooking hamburger patties on a conveyor broiler. Kuehn’s previous research has found that for every 1,000 pounds of hamburger cooked on conveyor broilers, 25 pounds of emissions are created. The same weight of pepperoni pizza cooked in an oven created just three pounds of emissions. The use of certain oils also could increase emissions. For 1,000 pounds of chicken cooked in a wok with peanut oil, 45 pounds of emissions were produced.

        “These experiments help us to assess what needs to be replicated in standardized laboratory tests, and to suggest better methods of emission control,” Gross said. “In combination with other measurements, we can provide a relatively comprehensive chemical and physical signature of the emissions from various cooking operations. Not only do these emissions affect air quality, but they contain chemicals that are known carcinogens.”

        ——————————————————————————–

        Story Source:

        The above story is based on materials provided by American Chemical Society. Note: Materials may be edited for content and length

        http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2010/03/100324085304.htm

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          “These experiments help us to assess what needs to be replicated in standardized laboratory tests, and to suggest better methods of emission control,” Gross said. “In combination with other measurements, we can provide a relatively comprehensive chemical and physical signature of the emissions from various cooking operations. Not only do these emissions affect air quality, but they contain chemicals that are known carcinogens.”

          Mike all one has to do is put tobacco in place of food in this study then divide by hundreds of thousands for output……………Then we can say ok we can filter this out using xxxx!

          Reverse spin food combustion versus tobacco combustion……….if one can be purified so can the other!

        • Nice reference! The exact number you note isn’t there, but I guess it can be figured from what they DO give, and the source is certainly authoritative! A lot of boards won’t accept hotlinks, and you’re MUCH better off if you don’t paste entire articles because those just encourage folks to skip reading the comments entirely, BUT, if you have the post the way you have it, and then, in parentheses right after your hamburger comment put this:

          (239th National Meeting of the American Chemical Society in San Francisco, Dr. Deborah Gross, Carleton College.)

          you’ve made your point that it’s a valid number and not something you just made up.

          You’ve also got this nice little gem to throw in:

          You can see a 15 second video of what comes out of the fast food cookeries when they don’t succeed in hiding it by clicking on the little American Flag video of a Burger King at:
          http://www.smokersclubinc.com/modules.php?name=News&file=article&sid=4415

          Unfortunately that IS a link which won’t take on some boards, You can direct people to it by saying this instead if you want:

          ==
          You can see a 15 second video of what comes out of the fast food cookeries when they don’t succeed in hiding it by Googling:

          infobox pesticide “Anna Gosline”

          and clicking on the little American Flag video of a Burger King at the top of the Smokers Club page.
          ==

          :)
          MJM

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Exposure to high concentrations of these particles is common.”

        OSHA standard for indoor air quality for respirable particulate (not otherwise specified) for nuisance dusts and smoke. That standard is 5000 ug/m3 on a time-weighted average (8 hours a day, 5 days a week) and is intended to be protective of health over an average working life of 30 years!

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          Jesus Mike that study is a Nazi piece to attack cooking itself from the same folks against smoking…………..Its Minnesota Nazis getting a piece of the grant pie to push California regulations off on the rest of the country….
          ………………
          Kuhn says here:
          Efforts to utilize Kuehn’s research have begun in California, where cooking practices are regulated in areas of Los Angeles and San Francisco.
          Olson said it is common practice for regulations like this to start in California before spreading out to the rest of the United States.
          ……………….
          Then he goes further to point out the same tactics used against smokers:

          “There is large risk to kitchen workers, and even people who cook in their homes,” Farrell said.
          Particles emitted from commercial cooking can become lodged in the deep lung area and cause various health problems, according to Kuehn.
          Kuehn said restaurants that may contribute to this risk are visible by both sight and smell.
          Although the smell of grilled hamburger may seem harmless to a passerby, Kuehn said it is direct evidence of the restaurant’s pollution contribution.
          Also, the particles emitted can condense on the roof of the restaurant, as well as erode the surrounding asphalt, according to Kuehn.

          ……………

          http://www.mndaily.com/2010/04/05/restaurant-emissions-contribute-pollution

        • nisakiman says:

          “Also, the particles emitted can condense on the roof of the restaurant, as well as erode the surrounding asphalt, according to Kuehn.”

          Blimey! We’re into third-hand cooking already! It had to be San Franbloodycisco, didn’t it?
          How on earth does a city survive when it has such a high percentage of complete nutters?

      • harleyrider1978 says:

        Somewhere in this we can likely start INSERTING CALEPA regulations…………….bet me its on the stove cooking right now Id guarantee ya’s

        • harleyrider1978 says:

          This guys an absolute Dr Frankenstein…………..

          Also, the particles emitted can condense on the roof of the restaurant, as well as erode the surrounding asphalt, according to Kuehn.

          Whats the biggest billboard a restaurant has to bring in customers……………the smell of the cooking! Can you imagine eating in a sterilized environment void of any great smelling BBQ or steaks…………..How about that Near Beer at .05%!

        • smokervoter says:

          Please tell me it’s all a bad dream. Please. Can you say weapons grade OCD with a side order of anal retentiveness thrown in?

          “In a perfect world, you wouldn’t see or smell anything when you walk by a restaurant,” Kuehn said.

          By the time this guy and his asylum mates have their way a freaking cheeseburger will cost around $20.

        • Frank Davis says:

          “In a perfect world, you wouldn’t see or smell anything when you walk by a restaurant,” Kuehn said.

          I don’t think the last bit is needed. What he really means is: ““In a perfect world, you wouldn’t see or smell anything.”

          These people wish they didn’t have noses. Or eyes.

        • When I was younger I was actually always grossed out by the smell of pizza and would actually cross the street to avoid walking right by a pizza shop with a sidewalk window. And even today, I find walking by the exhaust vents of Chinese restaurants pretty nasty (although I like Chinese food! LOL!) Hmmm… given the complaints about smokers being 15 feet away from windows etc, I imagine that most urban Chinese restaurants might be forced to close if a similar judgemental ban was passed on the scientific basis of air quality and emissions and neighbors. I believe Asian cooking LC stats may be stronger than those for ETS actually.

          – MJM

        • XX michaeljmcfadden; And even today, I find walking by the exhaust vents of Chinese restaurants pretty nastyXX

          The one I can not stand, and makes me almost want throw up, id the smell that comes from Laundrettes (Probably known as “Washomats” to the colonials :-) ). Which is to say something, considering I once paid my rent whilst I was at Uni, by working on the landlord/farmers pig farm, slurrying out.

  6. harleyrider1978 says:

    Atlantic City fears closing casinos may be eyesore

    ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. (AP) — Before summer ends, Revel, Trump Plaza, the Showboat and the Atlantic Club will be shuttered ex-casinos, leaving Atlantic City officials looking for a way to avoid having dark, empty shells on its signature Boardwalk

    http://hosted.ap.org/dynamic/stories/U/US_CASINO_CLOSINGS?SITE=AP&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2014-08-17-09-52-19

    Not a word about the smoking bans or the new unsigned legislation banning smoking on the beaches of New Jersey

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      But for 4 big casinos to go under especially Trump Towers theres more than just the anti-smoking thing going on. Id guess that Trump and others figured out New Jersey is just to restrictive and to taxing to do business in any longer. Or folks just don’t have the funds to really do anything any longer. Then if you take smokers who not only want to gamble but have a place to smoke they are likely going to less restrictive locations for holiday………or just saying the hell with it all and staying home altogether like so many have stated on here and on facebook……………smoking bans are definitely destroying tourism and economics everywhere……….

  7. harleyrider1978 says:

    Europe’s Greater Depression is worse than the 1930s

    Once again, the eurozone has stopped growing.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/wonkblog/wp/2014/08/14/europes-greater-depression-is-worse-than-the-1930s/

    • harleyrider1978 says:

      Eurozone’s Failure To Launch Pressures ECB To Act

      The eurozone economy stagnated in Q2, fresh data showed Thursday, raising concerns that Europe may never achieve escape velocity. The currency area’s overall GDP was flat vs. Q1, rising less than 0…

      Eurozone GDP: France’s economy stagnates again – live

      Rolling coverage of the eurozone growth figures, as fears grow that the euro economy is faltering

      Eurozone nations grind to standstill as Germany goes into reverse

      Germany, Europe’s largest economy, shrunk by 0.2 per cent in the three months to end of June, which will be bad news for Angela Merkel, while the UK economy grew 0.8 per cent.

  8. In despair says:

    Some say we are descended from chimps,I have had my doubts about such claims,however the more I see of New Yorks Leaders there could be some validity in that supposition.
    Oh before I forget,theres a rumour about the US/UK UN delegates making an offer to the IS(ISIS)
    leaders in the middle east. They can continue crucifying christians,be heading Yazidis and hanging homosexuals ,on one condition,they implement a total smoking ban in areas under their
    control. British anti tobacco campaigner have offered to airdrop thousands of NO SMOKING signs
    in arabic/farsii and hebrew .

    • Barry Homan says:

      I have to throw this in:

      Darwin said: “Man sprang from ape.” Will Rogers said: “Some of them didn’t spring far enough.”

    • beobrigitte says:

      They can continue crucifying christians,be heading Yazidis and hanging homosexuals,on one condition,they implement a total smoking ban in areas under their control. British anti tobacco campaigner have offered to airdrop thousands of NO SMOKING signs in arabic/farsii and hebrew .

      I would expect nothing else from tobacco control.

    • XX Some say we are descended from chimps XX No.

      What is said is “Man descended from the same common ancestor as chimps.”

      TOTALY different than saying we came from chimps directly.

  9. smokervoter says:

    As a young natural born daredevil I took up, in chronological order; surfing, motorcycling (mainly dirt-bikes) and smoking. In terms of activities most likely to cause premature death I’d say the same order holds true.

    I’ve watched my life pass in front of my eyes countless times while paddling out through the waves, I had a front tire blow-out on my Honda 350 going 75-MPH on the LA Freeway (I still have unpleasant flashbacks from that one) and I’ve smoked perhaps a half million cigarettes, so far with no discernible negative repercussions.

  10. beobrigitte says:

    So I was pleased to read that in Germany, Health and Safety are tackling one of the greatest perils: they’re banning sandcastles.
    But… but… but………… what about the poor chiiiiildren?

    German authorities are banning the building of sandcastles at beaches in case they fall over and injure people or block the path of emergency services.
    Blocking the path of emergency services? I’d like to see an ambulance, or better even, a fire engine making it’s way onto any sand beach……… (Actually, I’d like to see a fire engine there!!!)
    Ambulances do not drive into the sand – picking up a e.g. heart attack person and then getting stuck in the sand when trying to get that person to hospital??

    Ironically, I have just arrived back from a tobacco stash replenishing trip. The first thing I was taken to was a summer tobogganing run down a mountain. It was basically a ca. 50cm wide “metal pipe cut in half lengthways” about 2 miles long. You paid for transport up the mountain and got to toboggan down for free. On reaching the top there was a brief stop of the toboggans going; a woman had been too fast and got carried off the track half way down the mountain. Unlike what we expected they just picked her and her toboggan up and we got “green light” to go. (I believe this woman got herself into the queue for another go again!)
    It was quite a wild ride – it rained! Nevertheless, we queued up again. FUN!!!

    Then I was taken to do some bouldering and top rope climbing. I was asked if I had done this before to which I said: “NEVER”. Again, I did expect to have to miss out. Much to my surprise all I was asked to sign a kind of waiver that stated that I decided to do this and take the responsibility for myself and that was it. (The only unecessary statement I had to make was my full date of birth.)
    I told them that I was grateful for being treated as what I am – an adult perfectly capable of deciding for myself. On leaving I told the guy who let me do this that I did manage the easiest red coloured climb with the number 5+. He then told me that number 4 is the easiest.

    Then we went to some water park. I did chicken out the loop slide (psychologically chilling set up with a couple of meters free fall…) but I took the speed slide and eventually got the knack of getting enough speed to almost go upside down in that tube thing.
    Nobody there batted an eyelid when I queued up; no questions asked if I had heart problems or whatever!

    After all activities it was a case of hitting the pub. Ashtrays on the table. Then it was hitting restaurants. Ashtrays on the table.

    For a brief moment in time I felt ALIVE.

  11. beobrigitte says:

    Apologies for off topic:

    My flight took me via Munich again.
    It looks like the smoking ban is such a success that there are more and more smoking lounges appearing in this airport. I even found one by the gate I had to take. Unlike most others it is not completely sealed but the ventilation system they appear to have installed is brilliant!!! And no draft inside, either!

    • Reinhold says:

      I recently happened to be there too (Munich airport) and smoked happily in an open air facility, made up like an Alm with (real) wooden tables and seats, and a tame sparrow family obviously living there, picking up the crumbs the passengers left.
      Ashtrays on the tables, yes. Not enough for all the tables, but we smokers shared them kindly, helping each other out, and it was a very cosy atmosphere there.
      Airport of Munich, remember, the capital of Antismoking in southern Germany.

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