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I got a message with a series of points criticizing Americans for blaming companies and institutions rather than themselves. I partly agree with the underlying message that people should take charge and solve problems, rather than just cast blame on others. However, the points go too far--they whitewash companies and institutions that really did something wrong.
Ordinarily, when you spill coffee on yourself, it hurts but doesn't really injure you. MacDonalds was serving coffee too hot, and as a result, a woman who spilled her coffee was seriously burned. It turns out MacDonalds had been warned about this before--they knew they were doing something dangerous. That's why she won that lawsuit.
Actually, we don't. A few people tried to blame the musicians, but they did not win those cases.
If the tobacco company got you addicted when you were a child, because they lied and said smoking was safe when they already knew it was dangerous, it has a lot to answer for.
A responsible teacher would have taught her effective birth control techniques as well as pleasurable sex techniques.
Bartenders are not supposed to serve alcohol to people who are intoxicated, but they face the temptation to do so anyway in order to sell more booze.
Actually other people tried to provide clean needles, specifically to prevent the spread of AIDS, and we blame the government for stopping them.
I suspect the real culprit is the economic system that is set up so that parents can't spend much time with their children--so they use TV to keep the kids distracted. However, some present evidence that the introduction of TV in a society has an effect on the way children generally behave.
This goes too far, but there is a core of good sense in it. Nowadays there are things gun maufacturers can do to make it hard for anyone other than the owner to use the gun.
This, if it happened, is the only one I won't try to defend.
You should switch to GNU/Linux; then instead of blaming Bill Gates, you can blame me. If you are using Windows, you have only yourself to blame.