Re: Believe it or not!

Autoracing kills more professional performers than I can count and they
don't ban

Tesla List wrote:

> Original Poster: Parpp807-at-aol-dot-com
> In a message dated 11/2/99 6:32:50 AM Central Standard Time, tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
> writes:
> << I do share your concerns with amateurs trying this, but these guys are
>  not amateurs. The risk is more likely from some kid watching the show
>  then trying to duplicate the stunt. A few fried kids nationwide, and the
>  Safety Nazi's will move in to "help" regulate the hobby...<<<<<<
>  -- Bert -- >>
> >>He is not a public accident yet...  I would hardly call him irresponsible.
> We should all try to be as responsible and careful as we can be.  However,
> there are always those that will not follow as safe practice as we may
> like.  There is little we or the politicians can do about that...  It is
> rather sad that the three people who have been killed in Tesla coil related
> accidents, passed with hardly a note in the public eye.<<
> All,
> I posted on this subject back when the child became entangled in the coil
> wiring. As a certifiable gun nut I have picked up on the notion that a strong
> spirit of libertarianism (that's a small L) must also run with those of us
> who like to play with HV electricity, utility pole transformers and
> high-energy capacitors.
> I have been active in the Second Amendment fight against the Safety Nazi's
> and the
> forces of the nanny state for over twenty years. From a few of the postings
> on this subject, I get the feeling that too many coilers do not realize the
> danger we are in.
> And the danger need not lie in our own doings. The holy moley throwing
> ligtning bolts to his god could be shutdown with one "expose" on 20/20. The
> spill-over could
> easily take our toys away.Snake worshipers are now regularly shutdown by the
> state police. The survivors of an accident victim can very well bring suit
> against the person who sold "the lethal equipment" to the "innocent and
> unsuspecting victim" who is now very dead. Arguments about freedom of choice,
> responsibility, statistical safety records, and efforts towards reasonable
> compromise are worthless against these people. They have their own agenda.
> Laws can be passed banning the transfer of such products as NST's, OBITS and
> even magnet wire in quantities large enuff for coil winding. The Tesla hobby
> is gone if city or county law requires that all electrical equipment more
> dangerous than vinyl tape be sold only to licensed electricians producing a
> county or city-issued building or repair permit. Has anyone tried lately to
> buy supplies for their home chemistry lab?
> The point about copy-cat kids trying to duplicate Tesla experiments is very
> well
> made. Experienced coilers should be very firm and directly responsive to all
> postings by obviously unsophisticated teenagers and even older newbies who
> seem headed for trouble.
> Without a Tesla Coil Amendment and a National Tesla Association, one stupid
> accident is all it would take. In this climate of nanny state empire building
> and the safety gestapo, self-policing may be our only recourse; paranoia is
> not all that bad.
> Cheers regardless,
> Ralph Zekelman
> Subj:    RE: Believe it or not!
> Date:   11/4/99 5:28:05 PM Central Standard Time
> From:   tesla-at-pupman-dot-com (Tesla List)
> To: tesla-at-pupman-dot-com
> Original Poster: "Mad Mike" <mglass-at-netusa1-dot-net>
> All
> Someone please educate me. How would someone getting killed demonstrating a
> Tesla coil in public for whatever purpose (as tragic as it would be) kill
> the hobby? Some new law perhaps? Operating a Tesla coil outside of a Faraday
> shield already breaks several FCC regulations and most of us probably do
> that that every day anyway. Accidents are so few and far between and there
> are so few people doing this type of demonstration in public I just can't
> see a public outcry for a ban on Tesla coils. Of course I suppose as ban
> happy as our government seems to be, there will come a
> time in the land of the free where anything fun/dangerous/misunderstood will
> not be tolerated. Hmmm! maybe I just answered my own question.
>  >
> > Public accidents will kill your hobby and my profession.
> > This type of public irresponsibility will subject Tesla coils
> > to negative Federal and State scrutiny. I know this. Trust
> > me. I will be revisiting this subject soon. Stay tuned.
> >
> > Jeff W. Parisse
> > Director, kVA Effects
> > www.teslacoil-dot-com