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  •  An oldie but a goodie..... (1+ / 0-)
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    “The chief blame rests upon the public itself. […]  This single accident has cost more in material damage alone than all of the supposed economics in the building department.  Laws are cheap of passage, costly of enforcement.  They do not execute themselves.  A public which, with one eye on the tax rate, provides itself with an administrative equipment 50 percent qualified, has no right to complain that it does not get a 100 percent product—and so far as it accepts political influence as the equivalent of scientific positions which demand such attainment as a high degree, so long it must expect breakdowns in its machinery.”

    Judge Wilfred Bolster, report of inquest into the 1919 Boston Molasses Disaster.

    Irony is the ultimate cop-out way of turning something you didn't mean into something you did...the last refuge of the scoundrel.-- Julian Cope

    by Thunderthief on Sun Apr 21, 2013 at 08:59:04 PM PDT

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