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Comment: Why So Few Fatal Bike Crashes Lead to Arrest - NYC (Score 1) 463

Nothing new here. In NYC criminal prosecution doesn't occur unless the driver broke two laws while hitting the pedestrian or cyclist.

http://www.wnyc.org/story/283394-killed-while-cycling-why-so-few-fatal-bike-crashes-lead-to-arrest-in-nyc/

A couple of quotes from that article, statements by one of the prosecutors in the Bronx about why these cases don't get prosecuted:


"We as a society have chosen to drive these big cars," said Joe McCormack, Assistant District Attorney for the Bronx. It's his job to prosecute traffic crimes. "And we also as a society have chosen not to criminalize every single small mistake that just has a dramatic consequence because you're driving a car," he said.

and

"There are times where the factual situation that is presented to us doesn't rise to a crime," McCormack said. "And it's important to realize that the reason it doesn't rise to a crime is that society has made that decision that it doesn't want it to be a crime."

Comment: Re:I have Sharon's phone number if you want it (Score 2) 45

Ah, yes, you must have read her brief bio here:

https://www.securitysummit.it/speakers/conheady-sharon/

Three times winner of the Nobel Prize, Sharon enjoys belly dancing and space travel.

If you see Sharon around your office, please open the door to let her in.

She's definitely hot.

Comment: Re:Lawn mowers (Score 2) 406

Yes, safely slow to a halt. Then get fatally rear-ended by the vehicle behind you because its driver was (a) following too closely and/or (b) not paying attention and/or (c) didn't get his brakes repaired.

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/canadian-woman-who-stopped-to-save-ducks-on-highway-faces-jail-over-crash-9554721.html

Comment: Re:Know how to work with this one... (Score 1) 183

by Swave An deBwoner (#47610091) Attached to: Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

He wrote: "so you wait the week or so until they return your deposit"

But their policy states "we reserve the right to refund at any time"

It is mathematically possible for "at any time" to be a period longer than one week, possibly much longer if they know that the customer has been royally stiffed. "Never" is a long time, but weeks, months, years -- those are possibilities that have been left open by their policy.

Perhaps you are the owner/manager of this "fine" establishment? Why not introduce yourself to the rest of the group here? Consider it free advertising.

Comment: My Review of the Union Street Guest House (Score 4, Insightful) 183

by Swave An deBwoner (#47609427) Attached to: Hotel Charges Guests $500 For Bad Online Reviews

I had my wedding reception catered at the Union Street Guest House last Saturday.

The Union Street Guest House required me to sign an agreement stating that I would forfeit a $500 fine to them if I post a negative review of their establishment.

Rather than lose $500, let me just say that I had my wedding reception catered at the Union Street Guest House last Saturday.

Comment: Re:Billions of pesos? (Score 1) 402

by Swave An deBwoner (#47607247) Attached to: The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

You posit "killed their own soldier" and shore up that bogus claim by a Wikipedia article that specifically, in the second paragraph no less, states:

It allows commanders to take whatever action is necessary, including endangering the life of an abducted soldier, to foil the abduction. However it does not allow for a soldier to be killed in order to prevent his abduction, according to the IDF chief of staff, Benny Gantz.[1]

Comment: Re:Yeah, sure, youbetcha! (Score 1) 402

by Swave An deBwoner (#47606985) Attached to: The High-Tech Warfare Behind the Israel - Hamas Conflict

Interesting photo. I think that the original was from this Iranian website, near the bottom of the article, which makes clear that it's Iran that is fighting the war in Gaza by (Gazan civilian) proxy:

http://www.tabnak.ir/fa/news/364939/%D8%A7%D8%B2-%D8%B1%D8%A7%DA%A9%D8%AA%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%AD%D8%B2%D8%A8%E2%80%8C%D8%A7%D9%84%D9%84%D9%87-%D8%AA%D8%A7-%D9%85%D9%88%D8%B4%DA%A9%E2%80%8C%D9%87%D8%A7%DB%8C-%D8%B3%D9%BE%D8%A7%D9%87

Comment: Re: Nuke those terrorists (Score 1) 868

by Swave An deBwoner (#47578967) Attached to: Gaza's Only Power Plant Knocked Offline

I am saddened to read your most recent addition to our conversation here. Where to begin? Perhaps at the point where you insinuated that Israel's plight in Gaza might lead them to chose to, well, here are your own words:

"They could just march through Gaza killing every last brownskin, and they haven't."

This pathetic bit of race-baiting has been frequently bandied about by those who hope to use the "racial" sensitivities of their intended audience to fuel their attempts at demonization of Israel in her trials with her Arab neighbors. And of course it fits well with that other slander of "apartheid". Well, what of it? How do Israelis stack up, "racially" speaking, against their neighbors? Let's go to Wikipedia because it's so easily accessible to us:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Palestinian_people

DNA and genetic studies

In recent years, many genetic studies have demonstrated that, at least paternally, most of the various Jewish ethnic divisions and the Palestinians - and in some cases other Levantines - are genetically closer to each other than the Palestinians or European Jews to non-Jewish Europeans.[111]

One DNA study by Nebel found genetic evidence in support of historical records that "part, or perhaps the majority" of Muslim Palestinians descend from "local inhabitants, mainly Christians and Jews, who had converted after the Islamic conquest in the seventh century AD".[111] They also found substantial genetic overlap between Muslim Palestinians and Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews, though with some significant differences that might be explainable by the geographical isolation of the Jews and by immigration of Arab tribes in the first millennium.[111]

Surprised?

Let me reiterate the first sentence so that there is no mistaking it:

In recent years, many genetic studies have demonstrated that, at least paternally, most of the various Jewish ethnic divisions and the Palestinians ... are genetically closer to each other than the Palestinians or European Jews to non-Jewish Europeans.

I'll bet you didn't know that. You saw suntans in Gaza and thought, well, you wrote what you thought, friend, but there are some pretty deep suntans in Israel also.

Alas for the hate-mongers, the genetics don't jibe with the libelous claims of "white" Israelis killing "brownskin" Palistinians.

Comment: Re:Youtube of this same idea (Score 2) 182

Replying to myself just to add:

1. Instead of taping the filter onto the outflow side of the box fan, tape it onto the inflow side so that the filter protects also the fan itself from the dust in the incoming air.

2. I first used Filtrete "Elite Allergen" but then switched to the cheaper "Ultimate Allergen Blue" for better air flow. Both work well though.

Slowly and surely the unix crept up on the Nintendo user ...

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