Sunday, August 31, 2014

London Cyclist: What an RAF pilot can teach us about being safe on the road

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London Cyclist: What an RAF pilot can teach us about being safe on the road

"Sorry mate, I didn’t see you". Is a catchphrase used by drivers up and down the country. Is this a driver being careless and dangerous or did the driver genuinely not see you?

According to a report by John Sullivan of the RAF, the answer may have important repercussions for the way we train drivers and how as cyclists we stay safe on the roads.

A fascinating article about how human eyes and the brain perceive vision, including the fact that it is physically incapable of perceiving certain things that are critical when maneuvering a vehicle. It also includes several suggestions for drivers and cyclists to take into account to try and compensate for these issues.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

5 get rich quick schemes

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Bankrate: 5 alternative investments for fat returns

Some out-of-the-box, alternative investments can pay you beefy interest rates -- and can even be fun or help others. They range from investing in Broadway shows, becoming a hard-money lender, funding startup companies and dishing out loans to peers.
Here are some other alternative investments to consider.

Is it just me or is it completely insane to go searching for high-risk "alternative" investments based on a free article on a web page? If you're not already enough of an expert to know about these ideas, then you don't know enough to understand the risks involved.

These kinds of investments might be fun speculation, but you'd have to be crazy to base some kind of money-making strategy on them if you've never heard of them before reading this article.

To quote Homer Simpson: After years of disappointment with get-rich-quick schemes, I know I’m gonna get rich with this scheme ... and quick!

Friday, August 01, 2014

AP: Century-old pipe break points to national problem

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AP: Century-old pipe break points to national problem

The rupture of a nearly century-old water main that ripped a 15-foot hole through Sunset Boulevard and turned a swath of the University of California, Los Angeles, into a mucky mess points to the risks and expense many cities face with miles of water lines installed generations ago.

Notice how although the article talks about "budget crunches that slow the pace of replacement", they made a point of not mentioning why the budgets are so tight.

Maybe there would be plenty of money if they weren't flushing all their tax revenues down the toilet on providing unnecessary services to a population that can't stop begging for more, giving the full benefit of our entitlement programs to people living in the country illegally, regulating low-cost contractors out of business, and generally spending hundreds of billions of dollars on things far less important than making sure the water mains are kept in good repair.