When is honesty stupid? Great lesson to teach the kiddies.
When is Portland going to make a law banning surface lots in downtown? It's costing us millions in property tax revenue (and unquantifiable amounts in livability), just for lazy drivers and their ugly cars.
Finally: all my bikey friends, and all my hippie Lewi Longmire fan friends in one place. Well, they all smoke the same stuff, so it's good.
Can we banish the word "accident" from our vocabulary? This, and almost all of the other 40,000 or so deaths annually caused by motor vehicles, are not accidents. They are the result of not understanding that the mode of transport we have come to rely on so much is incompatible with, you know, people. The crime isn't -- as someone mentioned above -- sneezing and killing someone. It's driving in such a way that if you sneeze, it could result in someone's death. When you are talking about a limited-access highway, it's a situation where everybody is taking risks with theirs and each other's lives. When you talk about city streets, the risks are asymmetrical. Drivers are taking risks with my life. I do not accept this as anything fair or acceptable. I don't believe we should eliminate all risk in our lives, but I don't want others deciding how much risk to take with my life.
The interesting thing is that the risk of death scales logarithmically with speed. Why do we allow cars and buses to drive so fast in areas where people walk? We should heed a new movement catching on in Britain called "20 is plenty." We'd cut our motorist-related fatalities by orders of magnitude.
I don't care if the cops are all Mother Teresa. If they do something stupid, they should be called out on it. And if they get all huffy about getting called out, then that's another stupid thing. Nobody's above the law, yo.
Better yet: don't even read the bible! If you need to get your morality from a bunch of stories about smiting, begetting, and ethnic wars, then you have problems.
As we all know, the most likely bridges to fall down first are the Sellwood, the Marquam, and the Ross Island, as established by the most recent engineering analysis. If the I-5 bridge falls down first, we'll have the Mayans to blame, or something. Blabby, if you're so worried about the safety of the I-5 Bridge, why aren't you suggesting that we institute a toll, so that we can get the same traffic into fewer cars? Actually, that's kind of a good idea anyway, but the enlightened people of Vancouver you admire so much would sooner drink Drano than pay a toll.
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