tagged w/ Values
$$$ -How much do you think human life is worth?
$$$ -Can you put a dollar sign on it?
$$$ -How can we measure the value of life, if at all?
"The "value of a statistical life" is $6.9 million in today's dollars, the Environmental Protection Agency reckoned in May — a drop of nearly $1 million from just five years ago.
Though it may seem like a harmless bureaucratic recalculation, the devaluation has real consequences.
When drawing up regulations, government agencies put a value on human life and then weigh the costs versus the lifesaving benefits of a proposed rule. The less a life is worth to the government, the less the need for a regulation, such as tighter restrictions on pollution.
...The other study put the number between $2 million and $3.3 million. The co-author of that study, Laura Taylor of North Carolina State University, said her figure was lower because it emphasized differences in pay for various risky jobs, not just risky industries as a whole....
EPA took portions of each study and essentially split the difference — a decision two of the agency's advisory boards faulted or questioned.
"This sort of number-crunching is basically numerology," said Granger Morgan, chairman of EPA's Science Advisory Board and an engineering and public policy professor at Carnegie Mellon University. "This is not a scientific issue."
Other, similar calculations by the Bush administration have proved politically explosive. In 2002, the EPA decided the value of elderly people was 38 percent less than that of people under 70. After the move became public, the agency reversed itself."
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A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl's grounding, overturning her father's punishment for disobeying his orders to stay off the Internet, his lawyer said Wednesday.
Is this where our society has taken us??? A Canadian court has lifted a 12-year-old girl's grounding, overturning her... more
16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly "reclassified" as toxic dump sites for mines. The lakes include prime wilderness fishing lakes from B.C. to Newfoundland.
Environmentalists say the process amounts to a "hidden subsidy" to mining companies, allowing them to get around laws against the destruction of fish habitat.
16 Canadian lakes are slated to be officially but quietly "reclassified" as... more
Is this government over stepping their grounds, or a bold step forward?
The story of Guantanamo Bay is not a left-wing/right-wing issue. It is also not just the USA taking part in what amounts to human rights violations. The story of Guantanamo Bay is not a left-wing/right-wing issue. It is also not just... more
Five actors got together to shoot this spoken word piece.
BIG MEDIA chooses to ignore this issue.
It's a sad commentary on our system of values when genocide is ignored while congressional committees are dealing with really important issues... like cheating in children’s games.
I left the audio rough, rather then spend too much time cleaning it up. I want the imperfections to be part of the piece.
Five actors got together to shoot this spoken word piece. BIG MEDIA chooses to... more
"The Place of Agency and Norms in Psychoanalysis." The present role of agency, free will, norms and values in psychoanalysis is the topic of this Philoctetes Center Roundtable Discussion, with Jorge Ahumada, Akeel Bilgrami, Arnold M. Cooper, Garrett Deckel, Peter Kramer, and Bernard Reginster.
The video of the roundtable discussion is included."The Place of Agency and Norms in Psychoanalysis." The present role of... more