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The humble yet effective seat belt

February 4, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More

From Public Citizen:

Seat belts are the single most effective traffic safety device for preventing death and injury, according to NHTSA. Wearing a seat belt can reduce the risk of crash injuries by 50 percent. Seat belts saved more than 75,000 lives from 2004 to 2008. Forty-two percent of passenger vehicle occupants killed in 2007 were unbelted. A 2009 NHTSA study estimates that more than 1,600 lives could be saved and 22,000 injuries prevented if seat belt use was 90 percent in every state.

It amazes me that there have been a few people I ridden with who don’t use a seat belt. I tell them I won’t move my car until they put on their belt, and they always have, sometimes unhappy about it. I should just tell those people that it is an anti-terrorist device that will save 1,600 lives every year from Middle Eastern terrorists. Then they’d have federal checkpoints to make sure everyone is belted in.

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Riding A Hobby Horse

January 28, 2014 | By | 1 Reply More
Riding A Hobby Horse

Hobby Lobby is suing to be exempted from certain provisions of the Affordable Care Act.  The Supreme Court has agreed to hear the case . . . The question at the heart of this is, should a company be forced to pay for things with which it has a moral objection? [More . . . ]

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Is speeding dangerous?

January 9, 2014 | By | Reply More

The media often asks us to assume that the posted speed limits are reasonable. This well-crafted video challenges us to think further on this topic of speeding. Consider this bit of info near the end of the video: In some cases when the speed limit is increased, the number of crashes goes down. The take-home is that authorities should set speed limits that make sense. Well worth watching.

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Duck (And Cover…)

January 4, 2014 | By | Reply More
Duck (And Cover…)

By now those who don’t know about Phil Robertson and the debacle at A & E are most likely among those who have no access to any kind of media.  They have no idea what the world is doing, because they have no way of knowing what to pay attention to.  [More … ]

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Lee Camp Discusses the Shocking Truth about Black People

November 17, 2013 | By | Reply More

Lee Camp hits a homerun in this Moment of Clarity. There IS a shocking truth about black people that we urgently need to discuss.

Speaking of Lee Camp, he’s on a roll:

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Ten things Americans don’t understand

October 13, 2013 | By | Reply More

This article of 10 Things Most Americans Don’t Know About America was written back in 2012, but it is still highly relevant. Here are the headings:

1. Few People Are Impressed By Us

2. Few People Hate Us

3. We Know Nothing About The Rest Of The World

4. We Are Poor At Expressing Gratitude And Affection

5. The Quality of Life For The Average American Is Not That Great

6. The Rest Of The World Is Not A Slum-Ridden Shithole Compared To Us

7. We’re Paranoid

8. We’re Status-Obsessed And Seek Attention

9. We Are Very Unhealthy

10. We Mistake Comfort For Happiness

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Woman walking in church

October 1, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More
Woman walking in church

Over at Flickr, I ran across a photo by Jimmy O’Donnell featuring a beautiful woman in lingerie walking in a church. Maybe O’Donnell didn’t take this photo for any of the reasons I find it interesting—maybe he took it for the mere shock value, or because he simply liked the image. Nonetheless, this photo serves […]

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Einstein proves fraud

September 25, 2013 | By | 1 Reply More

Huge securities trading spike occurs before it would be possible to even receive the information electronically, much less react to it after reading it.

“[T]he Fed news was certainly present in trading centers in Chicago and New York before 2pm. The evidence is overwhelming. It is unknown how many people had access to this information – for a timed news release, it would have been at least an administrator, probably Q.A. and others. What we do know is the resulting explosion of trading just 1 thousandth of a second after 2pm, was unprecedented in the history of Fed news announcements, and much of that trading was based on information obtained before the set Federal Reserve Board release time.”

I’m betting that there won’t be any prosecutions.

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Obama administration tries running Bush’s WMD play to beat war drums

August 31, 2013 | By | 3 Replies More
Obama administration tries running Bush’s WMD play to beat war drums

Continuing the many ways in which the Surveiller-in-Chief is resembling George W. Bush, Obama is now pushing for military action in Syria, using the retread justification of Weapons of Mass Destruction (gasp!). [More]

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