In other words, if I climb a ladder today, my risk of falling off is the same as yesterday.
It is a new risk, no higher or lower.
I got that point the first time you made it. You're missing my point. Cumulative is bad but if you reduce your lung capacity by 0.1% every 10 years, you'll have 1% worse lungs by the time you're 100. It's still damage but who cares? My point is that there are acceptable levels, even cumulative damage.
I agree. I just think asbestos has an especially wide range of possible risk. You could be one of those who seem almost untouched by any effect other than lung damage, regardless of your exposure. Unknown though.
I agree that 1% loss in 100 years would be acceptable.
Still, you don't know how your body might react, until it's too late.
By chance, I know I am at the top .1% of the population in sensitivity to pharmaceuticals, but still in the normal range.
I take 50% to 80% lower dosages of most things that work for me.
And they consider that the normal range!
It's a big range.
And I survived an injury that should have, at a minimum, left me in a permanent coma long before I reached treatment.
And then I was not expected to survive surgery without a stroke.
At least, by anyone except me.
Some things are relatively more predictable.
I hope someone is researching why some people survive massive exposure to asbestos without disease.
in fact every person I've ever talked to that knows statistics brings it up, because it is so commonly misunderstood.
MikeVDS wrote:And it's true sort of, but not at all in the way you try to use it. It means that just because something is statistically unlikely that it still happens and the statistics didn't matter to those it happened to....
You sure have a lot of friends who tell you the gist of things, eh?
I don't actually know very much except how to find things out.
It's not by accident.
I enjoy talking to people that are smarter than I am.
I've talked to Buckminster Fuller about domes, Klipsch about speaker design, Roddenberry about writing and Star Trek, countless artists, writers, musicians, racing engineers and drivers.
I have friends at Johnson Space Center, Lockheed (whatever it's called now), Nasa, Lost Almost, and Burning Man, and so on.
I won't hesitate to call anyone to ask them a question.
Most of the time I get an answer.
I pick up a little bit along the way.
None of this should surprise you in this crowd.
Where are you getting this from?
MikeVDS wrote:They seem like safe things to me, and you seem to like to avoid all dangers. Can't have anything with sharp edges, you might poke your eye out.
I think you're finding subtext that isn't there.
I am aware of my mortality now.
But my race car will probably go 180, though the aerodynamics are untested past 150. Seems adequate though.
I like playing with artillery and hope to bring some black powder cannon to burning man someday.
I have some knife and sword training.
For amusement, I have been involved in painting out gang territorial markings. This involves speed, stealth, disguises, untraceable cars and weapons. It seems to disturb them.
Yesterday I upgraded my carry weapon to high capacity mags and copper Barnes hollowpoints.
I really like the big fire cannon at the burn and I'm trying to learn how to build and work on the explosives and cannon.
I did what I could last year with the pyro team for crude awakening, but I have a lot to learn. (See above re: asking questions)
Last year involved thousands of pounds of different explosives, yet I had confidence in the people and the safety protocols used.
I am aware of the immense power involved.
I was born to burn.
Still, I think the most dangerous thing I did last year was ride on the side of a trolley with a slipping clamp on the SF hills.
They finally stopped and changed the ratchet and die at an intersection.
And the highest risk thing I'm involved with, I really shouldn't talk about publicly, but if you're really curious, email me and I'll tell you about it.
But I do like to minimize risk.
If that makes me a big girl's blouse, well, you're entitled to think so.
I've taken enough risks in the past I shouldn't have.
I used to want to climb to the peak of Everest.
Now I just want to climb to base camp.
Still, I want to go.
Make of that what you will.