When terrorism or mass killings are committed as vehicular homicide, the target is often a high pedestrian area. These spaces provide the highest number of targets and increase the political effect. Some people compare these with deaths caused by bullets and that no one is talking about truck control. This is a ridiculous dichotomy as all vehicles are registered and drivers must complete a test and be licenced. beyond that there are simple measures that can protect people from vehicular attacks.
Even though isn’t a word we use often in North America, bollards are a common way to protect walkers and cyclists in these areas. Of course, even if we’re not talking about a deliberate attack, bollards provide protection from impaired or inattentive drivers. Some people complain they are unattractive, and many are, however there are many more pleasing alternatives to concrete and plain black posts.
Monoscape is a UK company that makes concrete bollards that are attractive and functional.
Here are a couple more from Archiproducts:
In some areas where aesthetics are lees important, a standard and cheaper steel or concrete bollard would provide the same functionality.
I have never pretended to be an expert on how to minimize gun violence, but there is no question that in the US far too many die from being struck by bullets. Mass shootings account for a small percentage of deaths, just as terrorist attacks comprise a very small percentage or vehicular deaths. Bollards will also protect pedestrians and cyclists from impaired and inattentive drivers. With bullets, many victims die at home as the prey of abusive partners or by their own hand. Another group of deaths are caused by children getting their hands on guns that are unsafely stored and killing themselves or others. Mental illness is blamed as a major factor in many shootings, but most of those deaths are self-inflicted.
What the answers are, I don’t pretend to know, but there are fairly simple ways to minimize public deaths by vehicles, and something needs to be done to decrease death by bullets.
This year, the Winter Solstice will occur at 06:44 Atlantic Standard Time Dec 21, 2016 (10:44 Coordinated Universal Time) and the Old Ones are coming.
You can celebrate by singing (or screaming) some of your favourite Cthulhu Carols such as Continue reading
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Tagged holidays, humour
Malapropisms , like mondegreens are common to all of us. Sometimes the result is nonsensical and sometimes unintelligible. My son was telling me about where he misread freedom as femdom. Some results of a quick search with word replacements are below.
All of these quotes are taken entirely out of context and no effort was made to verify either the quote of the author.
I mean no offence with this, and some quotes the changes seem to fit very well. Continue reading
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Tagged humour, sex
Yesterday a tragedy occurred in the French City Nice. A truck drove down a crowded street of revelers and killed (as of now) 84 people and injured many more. I grieve for the victims and their families and accept that whatever we do, we can never be safe in this world. We also need to put some time aside and live at least partially in the moment. Tomorrow is never a certainty.
And then there is what we know now and what people are saying. Continue reading
It is one of the most recognized poems in the English language, and one of the most misused. Frost’s “The Road Not Taken” is not simply the paean to individuality as most of us interpret it to be. It is a complex examination of identity and how our choices define us. Continue reading
Australia has not been immune to the worldwide acceptance of child sexual abuse by the hierarchy of the Catholic Church. As everywhere, the Bishops, Archbishops, and Cardinals have been masters of passing the responsibility on to others. This is a skill they have learned at the feet of their masters in the Vatican.
For a recent look at what he has been saying since he was appointed Treasurer of the Vatican (an appointment that shields him from prosecution in Australia), here are a couple of articles: Continue reading
The move towards legalizing marijuana in Canada is bringing out the great debaters. I imagine many news outlets across the country have their letter writers frantically keying missives to promote their side of the issue.
From the Jan 15, 2015 edition of our local paper comes this gem
Marijuana ban devil doctrine?
Mitch Reid may not be aware that he’s actually supporting and enabling the devil law (Letter: Petition To Stop Marijuana Plans, Jan. 19, 2016); cannabis (marijuana) prohibition is the doctrine of demons. Cannabis prohibition separates people from receiving the “spirit of truth,” which is available to those who “love one another,” as described in John 14-16. You cannot love someone and cage him or her for using what God indicates He created and says is good on literally the very first page of the Bible, at the same time. Cannabis prohibition, persecution and discrimination are anti-Christian and clergy should be extra vigilant in protecting themselves from that public sin.Stan White
Stan Dillon may be a member of the First Church of Cannabis, I really don’t know.
Mitch Reid on the other hand is convinced that the love of marijuana use is the root of all evil. Continue reading
A few songs to pump up that holiday spirit; here are some familiar tunes with twisted lyrics. Don’t play these too loudly if you’re concerned about your reputation. These are not for anyone easily offended by overt sexuality and general weirdness. Continue reading
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Tagged holidays, NSFW
Many of us have made assumptions about the refugees from Syria, and I’m not referring to the racism, bigotry, and Islamophobia that we hear from many politicians, pundits, and commenters on social media. I am referring to the assumptions from those willing to assist the refugees about the skill and abilities of these potential residents.
PEI, with an approximate population of 140,000 is preparing to accept 250 refugees over the next year. This really isn’t very many, but the support from the local community has been overwhelmingly positive. Islanders have been extremely generous in their donations of money, clothing, and other immediate needs. Although there have been discussions about the long term absorption of Syrians into our society, there has been some major assumptions made about these refugees.
When we think about refugees, we most often think of those driven from arid, poverty stricken areas of Africa, but assumptions exist about these people as well. We have the idea that refugees have few, if any, skills that are transferable to our society. Continue reading
I’m just going to put this here because some people just can’t look at themselves at all. A letter to editor in the December 01, 2015 Charlottetown Guardian.
It’s nice to read UPEI student letters to the Guardian however their opinions are out to lunch. Josh Wruck believes the opinion section suffers from a lack of more intelligent letters from UPEI professors which is a load of crap. This is an elitist attitude which I don’t care for because I find most of their letters are dull and repetitive. Sam Vail says Canada needs heroes but he thinks anyone against abortion is a hero. His letter makes no sense because he doesn’t understand the meaning of being a hero. I hope to see more letters from UPEI students but hope the quality of thought improves.
This guy is a regular contributor and while his ideas are certainly repetitive, they are never dull.