Learn to swim

 

from the quill of Antisthenes the Younger

water.safety.girlOr get a life-saver, say like the one on the left. In any case, the government is here to protect us, at our cost and whether we need it or not. Whenever we are ‘blessed’ with yet another report showing the dangers of living, hide your valets.

 

 “Over the past decade, 735 people died while swimming in rivers, creeks and streams, with 46 per cent of those incidents occurring in regional or remote areas. Released on Wednesday,the Royal Lifesaving Society’s Drowning Deaths in Australian Rivers report reveals that nearly 40 per cent of those incidents involved alcohol.”

 Simple – ban the rivers, creeks and streams. Since over 60% of victims dies stone sober, the ban on alcohol may be counter productive. If not a ban, more warning signs always make politicians feel good.

 “Of that 40 per cent, more than two thirds involved people with a blood alcohol concentration higher than 0.05, which is the legal driving limit.”

 I wonder how many drowning deaths there were when the limit was 0.08.

 Royal Life Saving chief Justin Scarr told AAP that people underestimate the danger of entering these remote waterways.

 That is unfortunately the truth. Children wrapped in protective cotton-wool since the birth, raised in the litigation swamp of the mostly idiotic safety regulations can not see the danger until it hits them in the head, or, in this case, pulls them under. Many of those deaths would be a logical consequence of our over-protective society.

 “The report also revealed that 80 per cent of those who died in creeks and rivers were male, while a quarter of all drownings were people aged 25 to 44 years old.”

 Women are seriously under-represented, so will Gillard and her coven scream discrimination and misogyny?

Mr Scarr said people need to shift their thinking when undertaking activities in remote areas. Though there is knowledge of beach safety, less is known about preventing drownings in rivers the study says. ‘It’s high time that people treated rivers with the same respect they have learned to show when recreating at the beach.’

I am not suggesting that the Royal Lifesaving Society produced the report for venal reasons, though there undoubtedly will be some questioning how much of the taxpayers money will the morally blackmailed governments have to fork out for the ‘education’. Yet, one wonders – how could the mankind survive for so long?

no.swimmingRead more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2634990/Forget-sharks-jagged-rocks-wild-surf-More-Australians-die-swimming-calm-RIVERS-else.html#ixzz32PXa1uQi

 

About Antisthenes

A Greek philosopher, a pupil of Socrates. Led a revolt, with Diogenes, against the demands of the city-state and the sophistication of life. Accepted the interrelation of knowledge, virtue, and happiness; and sought the ideal condition for happiness in return to primitivism and self-sufficiency. Rejected all social distinctions as based on convention, scorned orthodox religion as a fabrication of lies, and studied early legends and animal life in order to arrive at a true understanding of natural law. The individual was free and self-sufficient when he was master of his passions, secure in his intelligence, impervious to social or religious demands, and satisfied with the poverty of a mendicant. Needless to say, a person who on the Fog of Chaos adopted the Athenian philosopher's name has nothing whatsoever in common with him.
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12 Responses to Learn to swim

  1. Sinking Stone says:

    Government knows best. Yes, I can see some regulation (and licensing) coming.

  2. In bred says:

    Too late! I drowned in tears.

  3. Jordan says:

    I think that you dislike all governments, Antisthenes, not just the Left ones.

  4. Tordanes says:

    If only the government let us be! But too many weaklings asking for more rules, regulations, laws..

  5. Klopper says:

    Somewhat pesimistic! Can government do something right?

  6. Raymond Simms says:

    Thank you for another excellent article. Swimming is the essential skill.

  7. Blue mirror says:

    Thank you for the sensible critique. Me and my neighbour were just preparing to do a little research about this. Swimming deaths, or any deaths, statistics are highly suspicious.

  8. No Frances says:

    I do believe all of the concepts you have described so swimmingly.

  9. Creepy Joe says:

    Learn to swim? Never!

  10. Jo Piloow says:

    Government wants to govern – as simple as that. In “democracy” they have to come up with excuses, but it won’t be long …

  11. Somia says:

    Government will tell you what to do – or else.

  12. Regina Ottinger says:

    Many thanks a bunch for posting! The governments will subdue any free spirit soon. If not, they are dead.

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