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Comment Re:mandatory (Score 1) 152

Not likely, as it would reduce road violation to practically 0 overnight.

Then police departments all over the country would shut down (and some towns/small cities would go bankrupt) as it generates A LOT of revenue for them.

Not everywhere is America. Here in the UK, speed cameras actually cost the police or local council money to operate, which is why so many have been turned off in the last five years to save money.

Also, most people are offered a "speed awareness" course rather than just fined for speeding.

Comment Re:How about (Score 1) 152

Most people who tailgate aren't doing it accidentally, they are driving aggressively to try to force people to move over. A warning would be pointless.

And if you need a warning message to tell you that a car is two metres behind you, you shouldn't really be driving as you're either half blind or not concentrating.

Comment Re:Parents (Score 1) 152

considering most teens learn to drive from their parents

Not where I live. In the UK, if you don't learn to drive with a proper driving instructor, you're very unlikely to pass your driving test, at least without several failed attempts first. A bit of off road practice when they're younger is fine, but you need to be drilled into doing things properly on the road.

Obviously there are exceptions, and no doubt there are the usual slashdot geniuses who passed their test first time after teaching themselves on their custom made driving simulator in their basement.

Comment Re:This is slashdot (Score 1) 112

I used to jog a lot. I NEVER got a runners high.

Once you get the hang of it "jogging" can take little more effort than walking, so you're not going to have the same reaction. I can slowly jog or walk for a couple of hours and just feel pleasantly tired afterwards. I'm not knocking it, it's still good for you, and possibly better in the long term as there's less stress on joints (pun intended).

Comment Re:The argument from environmentalism... (Score 1) 112

So, if you go for (say) an hour's hard run, you're burning many hundreds of extra calories. That translates into "burning" (converting to carbon dioxide and water) a hundred or more grams of carbohydrate and protein, and/or tens of grams of fats. Worse, you need to replenish that energy with food-grade material, which most often has been farmed, trucked, and packaged, all of which consumes more energy. That one-hour run ends up cranking out hundreds of grams of carbon dioxide.

If, on the other hand, you simply burn through one medium-sized joint, you're only combusting a few grams of plant material. I'll bet the total CO2 output is less than ten grams.

Admittedly, there are health benefits to running. But at what cost to the health of the planet?

This is the sort of argument which sounds totally logical when you're high.

Comment Re:"What's the matter with your eyes, boy?" (Score 1) 112

One time after finishing a strenuous 16 mile hike in the mountains I got back to my car and was driving back on the highway. I was going under the speed limit but not below 45. I was just kind of in a daze and readjusting to city lights. A cop pulled me over thinking that I must be drunk or something because I wasn't driving the speed limit. I told him what was what. Realizing that I wasn't drunk, he let me go and told me to drive carefully.

Just because you weren't drunk doesn't mean you weren't driving dangerously.

Comment Re:Hmmm ... (Score 1) 112

Even LSD was designed.

Not by any definition of 'designed' I'm aware of. Wikipedia says it best:

"LSD was first synthesized on November 16, 1938 by Swiss chemist Albert Hofmann at the Sandoz Laboratories in Basel, Switzerland as part of a large research program searching for medically useful ergot alkaloid derivatives. LSD's psychedelic properties were discovered 5 years later when Hofmann himself accidentally ingested an unknown quantity of the chemical."

In other words, it's most noted property was not known at the time it was first synthesized. Not sure how that could be called 'designed'.

Ergot alkaloids were known to produce hallucinations (amongst other less pleasant effects) since the Middle Ages, at least.

Comment Re: DEA declares running illegal (Score 1) 112

(admittedly, a bit further in the article, it is mentioned that the relation is not neccesarily causal -my bad)

Even if it is causal, IIRC it's currently understood to have the potential to trigger (or be one in a combination of triggers) for a psychotic break in people already susceptible to schizophrenia.

You can argue the same for psychedelics like LSD, which are generally safe but can also cause disastrous psychotic breakdowns for some people.

The problem is that we don't know which people are susceptible to schizophrenia in advance.

So it's a bit like playing Russian Roulette, albeit there are a hundred empty chambers (or whatever) and one bullet.

The difference with a legal drug like alcohol is that while it undoubtedly causes long term health problems in many people, it rarely produces immediate psychotic breakdown as far as I know.

Comment Re:Righthaven (Score 1) 66

What is right wing about that process? The Democrats support the movie industry, not the Republicans. Or are you one of those Europeans that thinks all of america is right wing compared to them?

If your "left wing" party supports big business, then I think it really is fair to say that the US is on average more right wing than Europe, certainly in economic terms.

What complicates things is that in many European countries, the formerly left wing parties have also become centre-right (e.g. New Labour in the UK), although there do seem to be signs of a leftward swing back again, as with the anti-austerity movements in Greece or Spain.

Comment Re:Give me a raise (Score 1) 316

And every soccer team, foot ball team, basket ball team, etc. proves you wrong. The team consisting of people working together for a common goal is the winning one. The manager only has to organize the bus to the game and back home. He has no influence on the outcome of any game.

Bad example. The manager of a sports team makes an enormous difference, far more than any individual player, however good. It's a combination of organising training, developing talent, choosing who to play and when, motivation and all sorts of other things.

In the UK, when a football team starts doing badly, it's the manager who's sacked, not the star striker who hasn't scored a goal for two months.

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