By John C Dvorak
Saturday August 18, 2012
Seattle has threatened to fine Paulo Nunes-Ueno $500 every day until the box is removed, but he said the it’s used by neighborhood kids and isn’t hurting anyone.
found by Aric the Shill
We all know the dangers of SiO2 (silica). Inhaling silica dust in very small quantities (OSHA allows 0.1 mg/m3) over time can lead to silicosis, bronchitis, or cancer, as the sand dust becomes lodged in the lungs and continuously irritates them, reducing lung capacities.
On top of that, the box is outdoor and exposed to copious amounts of Dihydrogen Oxide, creating a deadly mix indeed. In 2006, in the US 1100 people under 20 years of age died from Dihydrogen Oxide inhalation alone.
SiO2 and Dihydrogen Oxide inter-mixtures have also resulted in fatalities. Indeed,two teenage boys died in a SiO2 and Dihydrogen Oxide inter-mixture as they walked to a fishing pond in 1997. This resulted in two wrongful-death lawsuits that charged the mucky pit was illegal!
Then you have cats and wildlife such as raccoons with various bacteria and/or parasites in their stool that can also infect people. Sandboxes may also attract spiders and other insects, and act as a breeding site for mosquitoes.
I applaud or guardian overloads for misinterpreting their sworn oath, “to safe guard and protect the constitution”, to “safe guarding and protecting people against any & all infinitesimal risks”! In their power exercise, they show how they out-rank our puny minded untrustworthy ill-educated citizenry.
It reminds me of this fiasco:
Such a waste of money and trampling of citizen rights.
This highlights why it’s important not to over-pay our government. If they had a right-sized government, the heartless bureaucrats could not afford to do this bull-shit and would justify their inaction with the truth, other people have rights too! After seeing this I am all for laying off state workers!
Just to note, the supreme court ruled in in Connick v. Thompson, government officials can lie, fabricate or withhold support with no obligation to listen to a citizen request!
As the owner said, his representative sent a letter too. I wonder if his representative also caved in to the abuse of heartless bureaucrats.
OK. First you need to educate yourself about the levels of government. The constitution concerns the _Federal_ government and not state or local governments. Also, laying off _state_ workers wouldn’t do anything here because it was a _city_ ordinance that was being violated. It may be a ridiculous city ordinance, but it has nothing to do with either the federal or state governments. It is also a lot easier to fix this kind of silly rule because he only has to get enough local (city) support and he could get the city ordinance changed.
Obviously the Gov at any level isn’t using the taxes or power they have to better peoples communities; so vote against any taxes, vote out incumbent and lay all the worthless bastards off. Their pensions and benefits are excessive and breaking the backs of tax payers to support their lax & dishonest work ethics.
There is a childhood obesity epidemic going on and this is what our Gov does?
Now that the Gov has removed a community cohesive activity outlet for the children, what activity will a team of children do?
How much fuel, how many man hours (the lady did look mannish) and how much wear did they incurred to the roads and equipment to pull a small community basket ball hoop?
How many speeders, jay walkers or people the cop didn’t get to stop, question, and search or give tickets too? How many real crimes went unresponded too or unsolved?
You also have this very naive city hall sense of “easier to fix this kind of silly rule”. Since when has it been easy to fight city hall?
Especially when they are encouraged and prone to deception and lies as this lady demonstrates all too well how easy it is?
Also, thanks for your splendid and so useful “levels of government” civics lesson.
Yeah man, that damn dihydrogen oxide!
When they told me it’s everywhere and even gets into your clothes, I signed the “Ban Dihydrogen Oxide” petition right away.
It not just dihydrogen oxide, that would almost be manageable; but it precipitates with SO2, NOx and VOCs! These all inter-mix, SiO2, Dihydrogen Oxide, O2, NOx and VOCs into a innocent looking mixture the kids play in!
The precipitates further irritates peoples lungs and reduces lung capacities and accumulated precipitates can cause paint to peel, corrosion of steel structures such as bridges, and erosion of stone statues!
Our guardian overloads understand the dangers and paternally (like Paterno) protecting us!
I say they have every right to do whatever they want.
Then again, I can just see them claiming ignorance when a car runs over the sandbox or when little Johnny decides to toss his Tonka truck out into actual moving traffic.
Until you run over THEIR kid and they sue YOU.
Seriously, they stupidly let their kids play next to the street but YOU lose the house if you kill one of them.
Sandboxes as petri dishes for bacteria are excellent tools for strengthening little kids’ immune systems. Legislating them out of existence would be a mistake.
But that particular sandbox is obviously too close to the road. What could possibly go wrong? Little idiot wanders out between the parked cars & THUMP! Darwinian hilarity ensues. Next the moron parents lawyer up & sue the city for MILLI0N$ for allowing a children’s play area too close to a public thoroughfare—& win.
exactly, the mob that complain about rules are the same mob that want to lynch the authorities when anything goes wrong. Obvious solution is move the sandpit 2 metres closer to his house, if that “community” is so united they can collectively shell out for any landscaping costs instead of wasting tax payer money on their stupid appeal. I’m guessing that homeowner doesn’t want any fucking kids on his front lawn though.
Rules are fine as long as they are constitutionally complaint and don’t violate peoples private property rights. It’s not the government right to infringe Americans rights to self govern in the bogus misunderstanding of their oath to protect the constitution with a “$500 every day” or 4X the median dally income.
When was the last time the government fined any cooperation 4X their median daily income for anything regarding their use of private property, let alone trivialities like this is?
Let’s be consistent! If you deregulate corporations, banks, polluters, wall street, …; deregulate citizen Joe too!
We don’t need this type of government!
Oh Brother. Well this looks like a narrow street along a suburban landscape. Rip out the damned road and remove the real problem. People should get out and exercise anyway.
Seriously? Get rid of roads is your solution?
Looks like it is time to ban beaches and deserts worldwide.
We must start fining God $500 per day until He covers the world with fluffy pillows and marshmellows and unicorns.
“fining God $500 per day until He covers the world with fluffy pillows and marshmallows and unicorns.” .. Sounds like a Romney/Ryan plan.
No, Mittenz wants YOU to pay the fine. God is okay to trust, but he’s not credit worthy.
I’d just find out who’d he piss off at the mayor’s office.
He must have voted wrong…
Just another shut up slave moment brought to you by the anointed ones.
Oh, sheesh! Save us from the Libertarians.
Don’t organize a hunger strike! It’s just a sandbox in a dangerous location.
Just move the damn thing to where the kids are safe.
And I don’t give a pass to the whimpy dad in the dopey glasses who whines, “The kids are going to play there anyway!”
Tell your kids to out of the street. Have some backbone!
Nice little controversy demonstrating what society is all about.
I have no kiddies and there are no sand boxes on my little street. Why do I “care” when harried housewives come driving thru at 45 mph while talking on the phone?
I have yelled at a few to slow down and gotten the tv comedy moment of a show down with their protective husbands regarding who’s dick is longer. “This is a neighborhood and the speed limit is 25. If you don’t like it, get the speed limit changed.” Then I just stare at them, dihydrogen oxide or not.
Then I go inside, crack a beer, and wonder why do I care and I recognize its because my dick is the longest.
Same as it ever was.
Remove the sides of the sandbox and make the sand level with the grass. Don’t plant any grass. Technically it’s not a sandbox anymore.
Smart Idea! Screw the Dumb asses.
Actually, he should set the entire lawn on fire. Just spend an entire Saturday with a Burn-O-Matic charing every square inch of the lawn, the sand box, the flower beds, whatever…
They send them a bill for the mess.
I’m sure that that is definitely not what they want.
But if they order it, then they must be willing to assume the cost.
Who is old enough to remember when KIDS RULED the streets..
ALL games and events were IN THE STREET.
Would you like your kids IN THE BACKYARDS of some neighbors?? WHERE you cant see and monitor them??
Not just accidents…
The BEST structured BLOCK I ever saw…all the homes were build around the outside and ALL the Backyards were joined, and fenced, into 1 big playground.
Not sure what the regulations are like in the US, but up here in Canada, a property owner has no say over land that is within a 10m or about 30 foot distance from the centre line in the street or road. It is considered city property for all intents and purposes (except maintenence )This allows the city engineers to expand roads, and/or sidewalks at will. Up here you will notice that yard fences between neighbors do not extend any farther between properties then that 10m line away from the street.
Seems kinda dumb to have a sandbox that close to the street in any case.
Land o’ the free dept. Why can’t I put a sandbox for little kids anywhere I fvckin want to?
In my fun little town in remote southeastern Kansas with a population of approx. 3400 we have a similar statutory requirement that says you don’t own the perimeter of your lawn that’s within approx. 18 feet of the street. You get to mow it but you don’t own it.
I appreciate this provision more & more as time goes by. The water utility & drainage people can go about their business unimpeded.
Sandboxes (one word, no hyphen) for kids to play in are a good thing. Sandboxes too close to the road—not so much.
I was going to criticize the city until I read the article.
A play area six inches from a street is a stupid idea.
Just move the damn sandbox to the back yard.
This is not the Montgomery Bus Boycott.
Hi Kids, I’ve got this really nice sand box with toys in my quiet back yard. It’s really safe, no cars back there.
If you like candy, I have some inside
I would have called the city, if i lived on that street. they have back yards place that in the back yard.
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