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Comment Re:And yet... (Score 1) 2987

To put things into perspective: over the last twenty years, there have been fewer than 200 fatalities in school shootings (including colleges and universities) in the United States. By way of comparison, during that period in the US there have been about 1000 deaths due to lightning strikes, 25 due to (unprovoked) shark attacks, 3000 due to international terrorism, and 200 due to domestic terrorism. So we really ought to be more concerned about lightning and box cutters than about handguns.

You're comparing apple to oranges. You compare the total number of lightning related fatalities to a fraction of gun related fatalities (those that occur at schools) and conclude that lightning is a greater concern than firearms. I think it would be more accurate to compare the total number of lightning fatalities to the total number of gun related fatalities. Either that, or count only the number of lightning related fatalities that occurred at schools.

Comment Re:There is a more immediate problem (Score 1) 221

The secret ballot where a ballot cannot be attached to a specific person after it has been cast is a fundamental part of our electoral system.

I always thought that the secret ballot was a legal requirement in the US. Then I saw this article, which prompted me to look into it. Apparently, it's more of a convention.

Comment Re:But that's not the real problem. (Score 1) 1651

because it's too awkward to carry around a bicycle helmet everywhere. It's too expensive to leave on a clothes rack, too bulky to carry around easily. A real annoyance. Of course that's not the case if you ONLY ride for sport, or if you ONLY ride to and from work where you have a locker or whatnot... but if you use a bike as your main transportation you find yourself carrying a helmet with you to cafés, meetings, shops, the cinema, concerts, and so on.

When I lock up my bike, I lock the helmet up with it.

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