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Old 07-26-2018, 05:35 PM   #2305 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by oil pan 4 View Post
I avoid tall building because they are in the big cities. I can't stand big cities. I would take being mortar fire in Afghanistan than be in nyc.
Yeah, I'm with you. Mortar fire sounds exhilarating, while NYC traffic is a nightmare.

Point is, we all have to evaluate our own risk tolerance, and be as objective in the process as possible. Some people have an unreasonable fear of heights, to the point that they are uncomfortable being in tall buildings. In the same way, it's possible to have an unreasonable fear of dam failure, to the point of avoiding spending time below them.

If you drive a vehicle, you're already putting yourself at many orders of magnitude more risk than living below a dam. That is to say, driving should give you the tingling feeling of danger well before that feeling occurs due to living below a dam.

Dams aren't a new and unproven technology. They are very well understood now.
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