JS-Kit/Echo comments for article at http://smallestminority.blogspot.com/2008/06/fire-up-music.html (9 comments)

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jsid-1213063019-592819  Mors at Tue, 10 Jun 2008 01:56:59 +0000

while she found a mate and had a child, that later procreated, it strikes me as darwinian selection, slow and delayd darwinian selection.

jsid-1213065265-592822  MFH0 at Tue, 10 Jun 2008 02:34:25 +0000

Except, Mors, that it's a 4 year-old girl.
Darwinian selection doesn't apply to people injured or killed by the incompetence of others.

Or is it natural selection at work when a poorly designed or maintained bridge collapses and kills 200 people?

jsid-1213071699-592835  Britt at Tue, 10 Jun 2008 04:21:39 +0000

Darwin often wrote about his work, and cautioned people not to apply it outside of it's narrow area of application. Unfortunately, like relativity in physics, it has been applied to lots of stuff that has nothing to do with evolution.

Although if we are going to talk about that, I'd like to note that the grandmother in question is 47. My own mother is only seven years older then that. Add into the little girl being 4, and I wonder just how much bad decisions and misuse of, shall we say, protective equipment run in the family.

jsid-1213073303-592840  sevesteen at Tue, 10 Jun 2008 04:48:23 +0000

This still counts as Darwin--She is making it less likely that her descendants will survive.

An incident like this is one of many reasons I don't like off-body carry. It is too easy to become complacent and not keep complete control of your gun.

jsid-1213119128-592883  Denise at Tue, 10 Jun 2008 17:32:08 +0000

If you dig into the story a little more, the grandmother is a magistrate. As I understand it, this is a judge for lower level criminal cases and civil actions. Anti-gun people will pick up on the CCW, but forget that many judges and prosecutors carry a weapon.

jsid-1213125107-592887  Kevin Baker at Tue, 10 Jun 2008 19:11:47 +0000

Oh-ho! She's an "Only One"?

Isn't that an interesting twist!

So much for her being prosecuted for anything, then.

jsid-1213139933-592893  Mors at Tue, 10 Jun 2008 23:18:53 +0000

"Or is it natural selection at work when a poorly designed or maintained bridge collapses and kills 200 people?" if its their own descendants that get killed, yes.

jsid-1213167975-592912  Mastiff at Wed, 11 Jun 2008 07:06:15 +0000

Mors, that is asinine.

The sad fact is that when our own stupidity causes other people to suffer, we lose the right to be stupid.

Bridge collapses fall into that category.

jsid-1213220361-592960  louis at Wed, 11 Jun 2008 21:39:21 +0000

As sad as the death of a child is, it must be remembered that death by gunshot to a child that young is an extremely rare accident. More rare than a death caused by a mistake of the childs own doctor. Many times less common than drowning in bathtubs or pools. If I recall correctly, there are less than 100 per year, all tragic but without context, no meaningful information can be derived other than a warning for us all to be careful. We all make mistakes, some are recoverable, this one wasn't.

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