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May 13 Micah commented on Cyclists Should Be Able to Roll Through Stop Signs.
OK, some more googling found this story:
http://www.sfbg.com/politics/2012/04/05/…
which contains mention of a second bike-on-ped fatality in SF in 2001. Two documented fatalities. You know of any more, ChefJoe??
May 13 Micah commented on Cyclists Should Be Able to Roll Through Stop Signs.
@112: As I suspect you know, I was not expecting anyone to give a straight answer since it seems clear to me that cars are much, much more dangerous than bicycles. Cars are much more powerful and carry much more kinetic energy. I googled for 1 minute and this was all I could find for bike on ped crashes: http://gothamist.com/2011/09/19/pedestri….

They found ~1000 injuries requiring a trip to the hospital per year in NY state.

In comparison, there are about that many pedestrian fatalities in just NYC per year from motor vehicle and around 10000 injuries. These vague stats are from

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/05/04/nyregi…

The only report of a bicycle killing a pedestrian I could find was the infamous case in San Francisco. The data is sparse, so it could be that there is an undocumented holocaust of peds done in by bicycles, but my naive assessment is that bicycles pose a threat for serious injury about an order of magnitude less than cars and essentially no risk of death to pedestrians in an urban environment.
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May 12 Micah commented on Cyclists Should Be Able to Roll Through Stop Signs.
@110: Do you really think cars and bicycles present similar levels of risk to the pedestrian?
May 12 Micah commented on Cyclists Should Be Able to Roll Through Stop Signs.
107 & 108 ftw despite the double post and humorous misuse of 'censors'. The roads were not designed for bikes, and the bicyclist deserves the benefit of some tweaking of traffic laws.
May 8 Micah commented on Genius Band Releases Silent Album on Spotify, Makes $20,000 in Royalties (Maybe).
now to fit in on the seattle scene
you've gotta do somethin' they ain't never seen
so thinkin' up a gimmick one day
we decided to be the only band that wouldn't play a note
under any circumstances
silence
music's original alternative
root's grunge
Apr 15 Micah commented on Conservative Gun Nuts Proudly Defend Rights of Man to Use Federal Land Without Paying.
@60 Bundy is not advocating for agorism. What he wants is a return to the terrible policies of the 19th century in which the very same government he is now bitching about incentivized his ancestors' settlement and exploitation of Nevada in an attempt the displace the indians. He makes a big deal about offering to pay the county to graze -- demonstrating that it is not a principled stand against the limitation of individual liberty that you seem to be trying to paint it as. It is not government intervention he dislikes--what galls him is that the US government has grown to include voices with which he does not agree (voices that challenge the narrative that he is the coolest motherfucker and that it is God's will that uneducated white jackasses be allowed to trash the entirety of North America). He is happy to be under government control as long as that government only represent "Real Americans" -- not the brown ones or pinko fags like me.
Apr 15 Micah commented on Conservative Gun Nuts Proudly Defend Rights of Man to Use Federal Land Without Paying.
@46 @50: We all understand her POV. The west is full of these kind of dumbfucks. They believe it is unconstitutional for the federal gov. to own (and really to manage) land. There are many misconceptions at play in her explanation (e.g. grazing right are not something you own, they are granted by the feds and can be revoked by the feds). The most important thing she does not seem to understand is the role that the law plays in our society and government. A huge amount of legislation (passed by the federal congress directly representing, in part, her and her relatives) is on the books governing the ins and outs of grazing on federal land. Good, law-abiding citizens such as myself expect the Bundys to follow the law. If there is a dispute in the interpretation of the law (e.g. over what privileges are included with a grazing allotment, how the permissible herd size is determined, what remedy the government has to enforce regulations, etc.) there is a court system that addresses these things. The Bundys know this quite well b/c they keep losing in court. This is a predictable state of affairs since the Bundy's legal position is a little homespun. If congress thinks the courts are not interpreting the law in the correct way, congress can pass new legislation amending the old stuff. They have so far declined to do so, even though the poor Bundys have been harassed by the evil feds for decades. The BLM had a court order to seize the cattle. The Bundys had their day in court. Time to start playing by the rules, just like everybody else.
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Apr 14 Micah commented on Conservative Gun Nuts Proudly Defend Rights of Man to Use Federal Land Without Paying.
Bundy has been grazing cattle there for more than two decades, but the last two decades he has been in violation of the terms the BLM set for him (and he has not been paying his fees since then which is where the dollar figure comes from). You can read some background from a former official at http://www.lasvegassun.com/news/2014/apr….
Apr 10 Micah commented on Restaurateurs Had a Minimum-Wage Lunch Chat at City Hall Yesterday, and the Crowd Raged.
@35: The whole point of raising the minimum wage is so we don't have to patronize such businesses. If we still want to patronize such businesses, we can always drive down to Renton.
Apr 10 Micah commented on Restaurateurs Had a Minimum-Wage Lunch Chat at City Hall Yesterday, and the Crowd Raged.
These so-called restaurateurs think they are god's gift to Seattle. Don't cross us or we'll raise prices! Don't cross us or we'll stop our charitable giving! From my perspective they are whiny little bitches; I'm not sure the city wouldn't be better off if a city minimum wage did force them to close. Look: if I'm willing to pay $$$ for hyper-local mega-organic free range ingredients, I'm also willing to pay to be served by somebody that makes $15/hr before tips. I would rather eat conventionally grown food than participate in an economic system that rewards jackasses who resent their workers too much to pay them decently.
 
 

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