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From a posting that I made on another BB -
"Its very very sad seemingly that americans have become so frantically 'risk-adverse' so much so that they are now apparently radically limiting their own and others individual ability to dream and pursue such dreams.
One has to wonder about a nation with 1 lawyer for every 250 citizens, consumes perhaps 15% of the 'private sector portion' of its GDP in 'risk prevention' and probably will soon almost prevent any 'unsupervised' purposeful human activity ... because there may be someone doing a perceived harm, somewhere?
Eventually, one can place a bet, that Sunderlands parents will be called into a courtroom ... for child abuse, for risking a personal catastrophe, childs 'truancy', etc. In the USA the 'government now must CONTROL everything'.
Why do americans need to micro-control virtually every action and thought of human activity? Is it a national disease this almost national prohibition on living ones dream? Most importantly, doesnt this idealogue-esque addiction of micro-management and control greatly lessen the personal FREEDOMS upon which your very country was founded? Very Sad, very very SAD.
Yes indeed, Sunderland is a hero. She's become one of my heros ... her exploits have increased my desire to dream larger dreams."
If Columbus was a present-day american, he probably would have only discovered Genoa.
All that said, I agree that the cost of the rescue should be paid by Sunderland Family. They accepted the risks involved which then put others at risk during the rescue; and rescues can be VERY costly. Ive been in "Rescue" for over 40 years ... and do get sometimes quite pissed when I have to put myself in jeopardy because of lame-brained and foolhardy 'adventurers'.