Most Canadian cars have such dual reading speedometers. There's not a full gauge for the miles per hour but a set of dots and the miles number for each tens of miles. It's quite easy to manage with these when travelling in the States and reading the speed limits signs in mph.
I agree that it was illegal (that was in the original article and many others I read associated with this) but, like the people who clear cut a lot in contradiction of the law to save trees in the city, it depends on what the cost of breaking the law is compared to the value of the cleared lot.
Follow the money and you'll find out why this was done and by who.
Judging from the picture of the remnant, the maintenance of this particular pyramid had been left to the jungle for some time but when you're talking about a large stone or stone covered gravel structure a good thick covering of dirt and vegetation will preserve it nicely against everything except, it seems, large excavators and such.
Many archaeological digs are simply covered back over with sand or dirt to preserve them form the simple elements. In this case, though, something other than the simple elements came along and did the damage.
Now, if you're going to uncover them and try to keep them in a pristine state while tourists climb all over them (which others have commented was not happening here.) then I can see where there would be a taxpayer burden.
I still expect that the full truth will be that the landowner saw a good opportunity to make some money selling some easily accessed gravel and fill and told someone to have at it. No one has mentioned yet who paid whom for the gravel and the equipment to move it.
I do remember a cricket match when I was high school where the field was next to a brewery, here in Vancouver. Weirdest match we ever played.
Yah, that's what the temple looks like now that most of it has been excavated. There are enough other citations that you can find using Google to see the pyramid before the excavation.
Ah, you're from the Agenda 21 camp seeking to abolish the right to own property, or are you just a run of the mill communist that doesn't believe in private property and that the state owns it all?
Even if the state owns all the property you're not going to be able to live anywhere you want for free. You're still going to have to pay the state in the form of money or labour in order to have access to a roof over your head.
That other alternative is that you might be an anarchist that also doesn't believe in private property. In that case, the stronger of the individuals in a group will have their choice of the best places to live and the rest will have to fair as best they can.
The alternative to a money compensation was mentioned as a swap for land of equal value. Since someone is going to make an issue of that then swap them for some land in the city where smaller parcels are valued higher and, hopefully, all the excavation for relics has already been done.
"Barley up to your knees"? gotta watch the spelling, should have been "Barely up to your knees".
See the article, such preservation laws already exist in Belize but since the land was still privately owned the landowner must have made a decision to dispose of the relic.
I'll admit that I live in Canada and have only visited the States. IN both of these places insurance liabiltiy plays a great role in how people make decisions.
When I was a boy parks had the shallow pools that were filled in the summer. Barley up to your knees if you were 6 years old. Due to liability concerns these are not used any longer. They are unused except as a place for teens to sit at night, drink and break the glass bottle in.
According to the article such laws are already in place but it didn't stop this from happening. It was on private land and the landowner for want of cash sold the gravel or for want of another use of the land had it cleared.
It's going to be very interesting to follow as everyone points to someone else and says I just did what he told me to do.
Okay, the pyramid was on privately owned land. Time to check and see what the land owner wanted to do with the land that the pyramid was getting in the way of. Or, perhaps he was just concerned that all these tourists were coming to this pyramid and he wasn't getting anything out of it. And the insurance liability, Suppose someone were climbing around on this thing and fell, even if they were illegal trespassers would he be responsible? There are a number of very good legal reasons why he's want to have this hazard removed. On top of that, I understand the price of gravel is very high these days.
As much as I hate the idea of expropriating land from private owners, if you want to really preserve these sorts of things you've got to remove them from private ownership and recompense the land owner either with money or a swap of some new land of equal value. As long as these sorts of things are in private ownership, this will continue.
That was the Canadian Conservative party's stand on their internet surveillance bill. If you didn't support their attempt to pass unwarranted internet surveillance in Canada then you must be a child pornographer. That didn't go well at all for poor old Vic Toews.
Of course, I do wonder sometimes if these guys trying to pass these laws now realize what a tyranny they are setting up for their own children or grandchildren in the future. I imagine that they think that their families will be exempt from any such surveillance. If they somehow are then everyone else is well justified in their vigourous protests of such laws.
Now we're getting silly. It's a misspelling of "window", of course, which a spelling checker couldn't have picked out as an error but, even though that's what it looked like, the later reports said the bombs were placed in street garbage bins.
I thought the idea of putting the bomb behind a window and using the glass as shrapnel would have been clever and could have been inspired by the Russian meteor explosion. There were hundreds of people injured in that event but they were injured by glass flying into their houses when the meteor exploded. Turns out the bomber wasn't so creative and followed the old packing of BBs or nails or something else around the bomb to increase the damage the bomb does strategy. At this point, I'm glad there wasn't anything more dangerous than plain metal shrapnel. It's still sad that, at this point, there are 3 dead and 144 injured but there could have been many more if the bomber had gotten more creative. Let's hope they don't.
It's still going to be interesting to see what comes of the unexploded bomb they found and where it leads.
Not a baby nuke, that wouldn't have left so many people alive in the area, but a dirty bomb, maybe. It's going to happen one day and people need to be ready.
Would North Korea do such a thing? Who knows if they would or not. Who can tell what a madman is going to do. But, someone will and they should add a radiation protocol to the response of these events.