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Comment: Re:The mythbusters need to test this now! (Score 2) 339

by fightermagethief (#48932595) Attached to: Why ATM Bombs May Be Coming Soon To the United States

Mythbusters is one of the few shows still left on that channel where hillbillies don't fake a bunch of drama while fishing, goldmining, or moonshining.

Not sure if hilarious or insightful...
Plus, you forgot repossessing vehicles, bounty hunting, and midgets/little people (pc term?) breeding dogs.

Comment: Re:I rather be a paranoid than be totally un-prepa (Score 1) 103

by fightermagethief (#48932285) Attached to: Snowden Documents: CSE Tracks Millions of Downloads Daily

I mean, if they are 'looking for terrorists' the obvious target for those 'terrorists' are those from a particular religion (that peaceful one, to boot)

Jainism?
But really though, paranoia is a natural reaction to this neo-McCarthyism. Just don't let it negatively impact your life. You can't even wear a backpack without someone calling homeland security. I hope some discussion, like this post, has enough scare-words to be heavily scrutinized by some agency who, upon seeing the rational dialogue, commences self-immolation out of shame.

Comment: Re: You probably have one, though... (Score 2) 286

by fightermagethief (#48925899) Attached to: The iPad Is 5 Years Old This Week, But You Still Don't Need One

I walked by the Occupy group that was in Downtown Atlanta and stood on the sidewalk for a moment to try and see what was going on. I was approached by some hippy types asking me if I had any herb or change or something. I asked them if they were part of the Occupy movement and one guy said, "Well, we would be, but I don't have a tent." I think having a tent was the only requirement.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 461

by fightermagethief (#48918777) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

It isn't my whim of what it should be. It has to do with following the posted speed limit. You may know how to speed safely, but do other drivers know how to account for it? Since as far back as I can remember, people have complained about speeding tickets. This has never made sense to me because not only are the limits posted, which one must choose to exceed, but ignoring them takes lightly the safety of others. The fact that it is almost a consensus that we don't follow them is more a reflection of how every individual thinks that they are special or informed enough for it not to apply to them.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 461

by fightermagethief (#48918711) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

So the problem is not speed limits and following them, but the establishment of extreme cases where abuse occurs that is obvious. I would agree with this, and am tempted to immediately embrace the idea of an app like Waze. It is a fine line between supporting safe ways to keep people driving more slowly and police organizations just trying to bring in more revenue.

Perhaps I am on a slight tangent of trying to get people to keep road safety in mind and the importance of actually obeying the posted speed limits versus the use of Waze and abuses of specific police, Waze wouldn't seem to negatively impact road safety in general. Plus the abuses that are claimed, such as using it to commit crimes, would probably not pan out in real life. People are going to be reporting officers with radar guns and not the specific location of all cops on the beat.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 461

by fightermagethief (#48918617) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

By that logic, all laws are simply in place to perpetuate the status quo. While this may be true to some extent in differing examples, it creates a situation where one cannot trust the motivations of any establishment of order.

From a bottom-up perspective, this is probably the case (revenue seeking) for many police agencies who actively seek out ways to generate money where the ends justifies the means, where social safety is not the driving factor. I think this is a problem in itself that needs to be dealt with, but I think it is hard to argue against the fact that enforcing speed limits keeps a certain amount of people driving more carefully and therefore more safely. How these limits are established and enforced is important, but I think the dialogue is bordering on anti-speed-limit in general.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 461

by fightermagethief (#48916885) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Okay, downhill and 30 mph on a 4 lane road without turns or limited visibility would probably be a case for increasing the speed limit for safety reasons. Using it to generate revenue when it is so slow as to be unsafe is wrong. This points to taking up the issue with the appropriate governing body and not as a reason to just go whatever speed YOU feel is appropriate.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 461

by fightermagethief (#48916853) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

43,000 people die from auto accidents in the US per year. The only other thing that is comparably preventable is cigarette smoking, which is more a personal choice to engage in risky behavior whereas cars often kill others. To call any other leading cause of death preventable requires more of a stretch than just slowing down your vehicle when you drive.
Causes of preventable death US

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 461

by fightermagethief (#48916775) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Answer: False dichotomy. You are assuming the only outcome is head-on collision or nothing. Try going 150 around a right angle or hairpin turn and see how well that works out. Plus it's not like we don't have roads with two directions of traffic and no median.

Comment: Re:Who eats doughnuts with the doughnut men? (Score 1) 461

by fightermagethief (#48916729) Attached to: Police Organization Wants Cop-Spotting Dropped From Waze App

Everyone values their time, that is why they don't want to get killed by someone's judgment call on how fast they should be going. Go the speed limit, don't kill people. You have been lucky up to this point. More importantly than YOU not having an accident is the influence that you have on other drivers.

We establish this "reasonable level of risk" by posting a speed limit and adhering to it. So I can "reason" what they behavior of other potential vehicles will be on the road and not have to guess what you considered to be a safe rate of travel.

Never try to teach a pig to sing. It wastes your time and annoys the pig. -- Lazarus Long, "Time Enough for Love"

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