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Published on April 25, 2016 By Uvah In Life, the Universe and Everything

I just saw a report watching nbc news. Its about the laundry pods used to do laundry. They're brightly colored and look like big candies. Ergo...children love candy and these pods are very tempting. Two deaths...several comas... and a few cardiac arrests later doctors say that you should use traditional detergents, make sure the zip lock bags they come in and actually zipped and to keep all detergents out of the reach of children. My question is this......

Why the hell don't the powers that be suggest/force these companies to make then less enticing/tempting for children. Adults can read, they know what they're getting and hopefully comprehend what they're reading. But for whatever reason these things just keep on happening. When are people going to learn a little common sense. It appears that common sense may be an alien concept to them. Either that or they just don't give a damn.

Rant over


Comments (Page 2)
on Apr 25, 2016


I can't fathom the pain of losing a child, a very strong motivator for protecting them, which makes it hard for me to understand how a parent could be so cavalier.

I lost my first born but due to illness. Also lost my wife of 44 years. I had enough and would like my time when it comes without losing anyone else I love.

on Apr 25, 2016

Not a rant....

Just something worth a look....

 

http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/alzheimers-disease-breakthrough-melbourne-drug-trial-achieves-amazing-results/news-story/d96671bc643b16d2694e85e0639fea3d 

 

Edit ....bollocks...they get you with your links...

It's about the first clinical trial of a cure for Alzheimer's ... started in Melbourne late last year.... now entering second stage large scale trials...

...and so far it works...

on Apr 25, 2016

When my kids were inquisitive toddlers [and they didn't have a mother around to care] I kept everything harmful to them well out of sight and reach, or I locked it away in a cupboard to which I had the only key[s[.... and like my wallet, my keys were always in my pocket.

As a single parent I had to be more vigilant and responsible, and I was, but I don't care who you are, you cannot watch your children every moment of their waking lives... it's just not possible. I know that my kids would wait until I was busy vacuuming or something to sneak off and get into mischief.  It's only be when I turned of the vacuum cleaner, and everything was unusually quiet, that I'd figure something was up.   Luckily, I made the home as safe as I could, so it was usually something less ominous, though still naughty.... like taking a cake out of the fridge and hiding under their beds while they ate it.

For the most part, though, my kids were pretty good when growing up... not that I can say the same for my son now.  While I will always love him, he has become somebody I do not like and find hard to tolerate.  I'll not go into all that here, but suffice it to say that he became the complete opposite of how I raised him.

Daiwa

There's a fine line to be drawn when it comes to saying that parents are entirely responsible for (and should be entirely accountable for) the behavior/actions of their children. Some of the finest people I know have had children who made their lives miserable by acting out in nefarious ways. Also know some who virtually neglected their children, only to have them turn out to be fine people & model citizens.

Exactly!  I have a daughter I raised with the same love and discipline, etc, and she has become a great and mother who does her best.  She is doing it tough at the moment, but she's not out stealing or dealing drugs to get out of it.  No, she is much better than that and thanks me for all I did to help her become who she is today.  I see her and the grandkids regularly and I do what I can to help, so I'm happy.

Anyway, getting back to the OP, I believe companies who make harmful to children products should be responsible for making then less attractive to tots... and to make them more 'childproof' with less easy to open caps/lids, etc.   It's like Alana said, we are all connected and should all play our part to provide safety for our children.

As for the "lazy" and 'stupid" parents some here have criticised and/or condemned, not all parents whose children get injured, poisoned or into mischief are necessarily stupid or lazy.  Like I said before, nobody can watch their kids 24/7.... and accidents happen... often at the most inopportune times when one's back is momentarily turned.  Having said that, however, there are some stupid, lazy and neglectful parents who should never have children.  I cannot excuse those parents who leave their unsupervised kids in cars [hot or otherwise] while they are off doing whatever... or those who leave their kids home alone and expect the eldest to be mother, father and supervisor all at once. 

I once knew a woman who'd leave her 4 youngest under the supervision of her 10 year old daughter while she went to the pub drinking and gambling on poker machines.  I told her: "Do it once more and I go to the authorities."  She did so I did.  The kids were taken off her, but instead of cleaning up her act to get he kids back, she continued to drink, gamble and slut around.  She eventually drank herself to death... not that she was a great loss to those kids.  The eldest was 30 something when I last saw her, and she thanked me for what I did, saying the she and her brothers and sister are doing akay after being kept together and growing up on a farm with 2 loving foster parents.

Sometimes there's a happy ending.

on Apr 26, 2016


It's about the first clinical trial of a cure for Alzheimer's ... started in Melbourne late last year.... now entering second stage large scale trials...

...and so far it works...

To quote a mutual friend: "If they remember where it's being held."

Question: Who do I write to when Jafo hijack's my thread? 

on Apr 26, 2016

DrJBHL

Question: Who do I write to when Jafo hijack's my thread? 

No one. There is a time to complain and a time to be quite. This is the time to be quite.

Jafo has so much shit stored in his brain I don't think any of us would ever win.

on Apr 26, 2016

DaveBax

There is a time to complain and a time to be quite. This is the time to be quite.

Then I'll try to be quite quiet.

Btw...I was being ironical.

on Apr 26, 2016

DaveBax

This is the time to be quite.

Quitely ...

on Apr 26, 2016

Look, bad things happen to bad parents but good parents are not immune. In order for nothing to go wrong ever with your children you would have to have eyes in the back of your heads and be watching them both ways 24/7. There have been plenty of cases that you read about in the news where an unfortunate situation occurred because a parent took their eye off their child for a few seconds. Up until that point there was never a problem and the parent was known to be a caring loving caregiver. One blink of an  eye later they are now labeled as neglectful or worse child abusers. I have 2 children and my ex-wife was a wonderful mother. I will not forget the time when she was changing my son's diaper and had set the spoild diaper off to the side to go get some wipes. it was only a few seconds but by the time she returned my son had rolled to where the diaper was and began chowing down on it like it was ice cream. Then there was time when I was a young boy and threw our cat in the dryer, tipped over the laundry basket and crawled upon the lid and turned the dryer on. My mother had ignored the thumping sound for a few minutes because she just figured I threw a sneaker (runner for some of you) in the dryer. The rain falls on the just and the unjust and sometimes it does not matter whether you are a good or bad parent, shit happens, no pun intended. For the most part we all turn out all right. My cat lived albeit a bit more fluffy and my sore ass recovered quite nicely and my son never ate another shit-filled diaper again.    

on Apr 26, 2016

Now, what sort of punishment can we give to folks who don't use paragraphs?

on Apr 26, 2016

Death by ruru?

on Apr 26, 2016

It's completely the fault of the parents. It's common sense to keep dangerous stuff away from kids. And nowadays parents get all sorts of advice from various sources, so there really isn't any excuse.

on Apr 26, 2016

DrJBHL

Now, what sort of punishment can we give to folks who don't use paragraphs?

I did use paragraphs, well at least one anyway. The second one will come later. 

on Apr 26, 2016

DrJBHL

Now, what sort of punishment can we give to folks who don't use paragraphs?

 

a final sentence, period.

on Apr 27, 2016


Why the hell don't the powers that be suggest/force these companies to make then less enticing/tempting for children.
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Because the packaging has to look enticing and attractive or we won't buy it. It has to look good in the ads whether print, tv, video, internet, etc.  Because they are afraid you'll buy the one that looks the coolest cause you'll think it looks the coolest and must be better or just cause it looks cooler. Otherwise, all you have is a 'generic' product and that's not what the name brands want to be seen as.

Without knowing the full story....exactly how old were these kids? Where were the pods stored and how were they stored? Why did the kids have access to them?  I honestly wouldn't put it past some parents to feed the damn things to their kids just so they can sue the companies. I don't hear about  kids overdoing on Christmas tree lights?

 

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my son had rolled to where the diaper was and began chowing down on it like it was ice cream.

Mine took hers off in the crib and went a bit further and finger-painted the crib and wall with it.

And there was the time she managed to cut her own hair with so-called safety scissors. AND I have heard of a lot of kids pulling that one.

Once they start crawling, it's open season on anything you leave within their reach. It can be as bad as having a puppy. Hell, our last dog ate a huge hair scrunchy. I had to force feed him hydrogen peroxide (per the vets instructions) to make him puke it up.

I think the world has just gotten so small that these kinds of stories just take on a life of their own , once they get out, and the real problem is that too many people with too many opinions (and often the wrong ones) have access to some form of technology that lets them voice those opinions and find others like themselves to bond with. League of Legends made over 4 BILLION dollars last year and it is a FREE TO PLAY game. 4 BILLION dollars! How many starving people could be fed on that and for how long? But 'doctors' chime in on soap pods and say not to use them?!?!? And this makes the news!!!!?  Where the fuck were these doctors when Joe Camel was on t-shirts and the started making strawberry flavored blunts?!?!?!?

When they coat the soap pods in a candy shell and slap a couple of M's (or W's, depending on your point of view. HA!) on them, let me know.

on Apr 27, 2016

 

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