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I find the legal debates on here kind of humourous(5 posts)

I find the legal debates on here kind of humourousbimini
Jan 28, 2004 8:58 AM
It seems once a month someone asks the question how much to sue for and then the debates start. Not only are there endless streams of points and counter points but the length of the replies take pages to cover.

After skimming the first couple of pages I start daydreaming to myself how much money is being spent on the "free" legal advise being issued here. Let's see, $100/hr for a "bad" lawyer to $400/hr for a "good" lawyer times the countless hours spent typing in the replies (oh yeah don't forget you can charge for the time you spend thinking and daydreaming about the case). I end up with lots-o-cash.

Then I get to thinking about who is being billed while the lawyers are typing away on the keyboards debating the subject. (Yeah, I know, I'm guilty of wasting time at the companies expense too). Then I get to thinking about what I am paying for insurance and come to the conclussion that I'm paying for this in a general sense.

Unfortunately, I'm a techy / utilitarian type and I have a simplistic understanding of whats right and wrong but just can't grasp the big picture of the real social value being added by whats being spent and the costs associated with the legal / judicial / insurance system, and the Sewer society it creates.

Well, it's back to work, ah yes Calculus, now there's something I can focus on.
I'm offended....PEDDLEFOOT
Jan 28, 2004 10:11 AM
...I'm sueing you for punitive damages.Let the legal advice begin. :-)
Err ...djg
Jan 28, 2004 10:42 AM
I find them sort of humorous myself, but I don't see why you assume that most of the participants are attorneys (seems patently false to me) or that the attorneys participating are billing anybody for their time (certainly they're not supposed to and I don't see any reason to suppose that such behavior is typical).

As for the last part of your post: if you don't see the value of living in a society (a) ruled by law and (b) in which there's such a thing as insurance, then . . . well, I don't believe you.
We can start a thread on functions and their derivatives....russw19
Jan 28, 2004 12:12 PM
I am sure I can dig up some really nasty functions and we can time how long it takes people to find the derivative if you like.... then next week we can focus on some crazy intervals. I had some pretty sick derivatives on a test last week... maybe you can teach me how to figure them out better. I understand the chain rule and all that, but it's kinda like long division..... why do it when the calculator will do it for you, and get it right for you too!

opportunity costDougSloan
Jan 28, 2004 1:08 PM
Isn't there an opportunity cost for everyone who participates here, whether a lawyer or not, and no matter the topic? But for reading and posting, you could be out riding, making more money, doing household chores, building relationships, etc. Why single out legal topics and lawyers?

No, I don't bill my clients for my time posting here; that's nuts.

Some people value trying to help others, despite the opportunity cost.

What's the alternative to our legal system -- gun battles in the streets? No, you might get killed. So, just hire someone to do it for you. But, they could get killed, so instead let's have them engage in some other contest instead of a duel -- hmm -- maybe have them hold a contest to see who is telling the truth and is right...