Opinion – Sydney man stuck in washing machine for three hours – Sydney Morning Herald – John Gelmini

한국어: 유럽향 드럼세탁기 (모델명_F1047TD)

한국어: 유럽향 드럼세탁기 (모델명_F1047TD) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The article from the Sydney Morning Herald does not say why or how this man got stuck in a washing machine.

Certainly it doesn’t happen very often, so whilst manufacturers need to design products that are safe and childproof the idea that they can be made safe for the mentally challenged, the autistic and the very stupid is questionable because would those without these problems be prepared to pay for the extra safety measures?

I suspect the answer is ‘no’ but the manufacturers should survey people to see what the traffic will bear.

The response times of the emergency services are a different matter and should be improved proportionately.

Parents and guardians should be held more responsible but there is a limit to the degree of featherbedding and safety one can employ before it becomes counterproductive. With cars for example, independent suspension, synchromesh on all 4, 5 or 6 gears plus reverse, parking cameras, side impact protection, airbags, crumple zones, positive rear ends, intelligent suspension, anti-slip differentials should all make people safer yet independent research shows that people feel able to drive faster, thus negating the effects of the safety measures.

Also as more and more gadgetry and electronics are added, there is a greater and demonstrable risk of fire and as more people get driving licences and buy cars the intelligence level of drivers falls because the authorities are not prepared to make the driving test more rigourous because of the possibility of more failures and thus fewer drivers who can be taxed.

John Gelmini

Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin returns to Beijing in challenge to President Xi Jinping

Former Chinese leader Jiang Zemin returns to Beijing in challenge to President Xi Jinping

With some excellent insights into modern China, this blog published in the China Daily Mail is a recommended read.

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Former president Jiang Zemin and family members visit Dongshan Ridge in Hainan. Former president Jiang Zemin and family members visit Dongshan Ridge in Hainan.

I have pointed out in my book Tiananmen’s Tremendous Achievements (Expanded 2nd Edition) that there are three black boxes in China: The CCP Politburo Standing Committee (PSC), the group of powerful elders who control China behind the scene and the secret police.

I described how Xi Jinping obtained the powerful elders’ support for his cyclone to fight rampant corruption, official despotism, extravagance, bureaucratism and hedonism in early September, during his mysterious absence (refer to Chapter 15 The Mystery of Xi Jinping’s Absence in September, 2012—Xi’s Inaction before and Xi Cyclone after His Absence of my book).

Now, as Xi’s anti-corruption storm and mass line campaign have offended many powerful officials, Jiang Zemin has had to leave his mansion of retirement in Shanghai to stay in Beijing, and provide the most powerful support of the group of elders.

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