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Comment: Re:IT's not just cops getting away with this (Score 1) 370

Sometimes an accident is just an accident. Sometimes there's just not enough evidence to determine who (if anyone) is at fault. Sometimes you may suspect the driver was doing something other than driving, but you can't prove it.

However, generally if you hit someone after drifting out of your lane, you'll be charged.

Comment: Re:yet if we did it (Score 4, Insightful) 370

Yep, actually. He is exempted from the law that makes typing while driving negligenmce per se.

All that particular law means is that if anyone other than a cop is typing while driving, no further discussion is required, it *IS* negligent.

Absent that law, the cop is still required to drive with due care. We cannot take his typing while driving as necessarily being negligent but we CAN take swerving into the bike lane and running someone over as evidence of negligence.

Just because there's no specific law against popping corn while driving doesn't mean you wouldn't get charged with negligence if you did it (somehow).

+ - Radioactive wild boar roaming the forests of Germany->

Submitted by mdsolar
mdsolar (1045926) writes "Twenty-eight years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, its effects are still being felt as far away as Germany – in the form of radioactive wild boars.

Wild boars still roam the forests of Germany, where they are hunted for their meat, which is sold as a delicacy.

But in recent tests by the state government of Saxony, more than one in three boars were found to give off such high levels of radiation that they are unfit for human consumption.

Outside the hunting community, wild boar are seen as a menace by much of Germany society. Autobahns have to be closed when boar wander onto them, they sometimes enter towns and, in a famous case in 2010, a pack attacked a man in a wheelchair in Berlin.

But radioactive wild boars stir even darker fears.

  They are believed to be a legacy of the Chernobyl nuclear accident in 1986, when a reactor at a nuclear power plant in then Soviet-ruled Ukraine exploded, releasing a massive quantity of radioactive particles into the atmosphere.

Even though Saxony lies some 700 miles from Chernobyl, wind and rain carried the radioactivity across western Europe, and soil contamination was found even further away, in France.

Wild boar are thought to be particularly affected because they root through the soil for food, and feed on mushrooms and underground truffles that store radiation. Many mushrooms from the affected areas are also believed to be unfit for human consumption."

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+ - Deputy who fatally struck cyclist while answering email will face no charges

Submitted by Frosty Piss
Frosty Piss (770223) writes "The LA County District Attorney’s Office declined to press charges against a sheriff’s deputy who was apparently distracted by his mobile digital computer when he fatally struck cyclist and former Napster COO Milton Olin Jr. in Calabasas last December. The deputy was responding to routine work email when he drifted into the bike lane and struck and killed Mr. Olin. As with a lot of Law Enforcement behavior, let's see a "regular" citizen get away with that."

Comment: Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (Score 1) 207

by sjames (#47795487) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

So, were the second group perfectly psychologically healthy before they started smoking so much? Perhaps they were the few who were on the road to going postal one day but by the grace of THC they are able to at least live peaceful lives?

I have no doubt that chronic heavy use is bad for you. I suspect but cannot prove that at least some of the people who fall into that pattern had an underlying problem in the first place that they are self-medicating with varying success.

It wouldn't be too surprising if like alcohol, some people should avoid THC for their own good.

Comment: Re:Congressional Pharmaceutical Complex (Score 1) 207

by sjames (#47795341) Attached to: States Allowing Medical Marijuana Have Fewer Painkiller Deaths

Given NHTSA's sloppy reasoning and screwy statistics WRT alcohol, they aren't a particularly good source of information.

An elderly man (a teetotaler) has a heart attack while driving and collides with a restaurant that serves alcohol. Fortunately, it is closed at the time so the only fatality is the driver. According to NHTSA's definitions, it is an alcohol related traffic fatality.

All of the stats you cite are such that no reasonable conclusion can be drawn. For example,

4 to 14 percent of drivers who sustained injury or died in traffic accidents tested positive for THC.

First, that's a pretty wide swing, can't they narrow it down if they have actual data? Answer, no because they extrapolated the data from a small (possibly cherry picked) sample.

Of that 4 to 14 percent, how many were currently high? You test positive for THC long after the high is gone.

What percent of drivers not involved in an accident tested positive for THC (or would have if anyone cared to test)?

Of that 4 to 14 percent, how many were concurrently drunk?

For the 3,000 Australians, were they at fault or were they 'at fault' because police found a roach in the ash tray and so decided they must have been at fault (quite common). I hear a question being begged.

Meanwhile, none of that has a single thing to do with overdose.

Comment: Re:Good way to make yourself ill (Score 1) 131

by sjames (#47791351) Attached to: Coffee Naps Better For Alertness Than Coffee Or Naps Alone

Actually evidence suggests 8 hours a night is NOT what we're supposed to do. In the middle ages people would go to bed shortly after dark and sleep heavily until somewhere around midnight. They would then be quietly awake for a couple hours and go back to sleep (the beauty sleep), then wake around dawn.

The problem for most people is they don't allow themselves enough sleep at all. Hopefully if they can at least be OK with naps, they'll be a bit better off anyway.

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