Daily Archives: June 15, 2012

That was a lot of money for a few pills, and the Feed

After I posted yesterday I filled my prescriptions from the Lab Rat Keeper that were not covered by the study, and it’s a good thing that what I have really hurts, because I just spent $50 for a few pills to fix it. This is after my discount as a study participant and my other discount as a low-income person in Dallas County, and I still had a $50 co-pay. I shudder to think what those pills would have cost had I not been in the study or eligible for the low-income discount. And FYI, the discounts didn’t stack, they were largest discount applies. For one prescription that was the study, for the rest it was the low-income discount.

There was very little in the Feed this morning, only one report came through. I did get some links from other sources, which I will open with even though the victim was riding a motorcycle rather than a bicycle. “Maniac” speeder in fatal suspected text crash may still be driving In CA a judge can’t pull your license, only the DMV can do that. So you wind up with abominations like this one and the guy that hit-and-run Steve Norwick who had 3 previous DUI convictions which would have resulted in a lifetime bas from driving in any sane state. But this is CA, where driving is seen by many as a right alongside breathing and voting, or even moreso because there are many more ways to be banned from voting in CA than there are ways to lose driving privileges.

Speaking of that other CA hit-and-run that the Karma Hammer dealt with earlier this week (if the b@st@rd isn’t faking it). UPDATE: Bicycle community reacts to hit-and-run accident I would like to point to this wreck as an example to drivers that it isn’t the cyclist’s duty to be visible beyond what the law requires in terms of lights and reflectors, by wearing bright colors and flashing lights, it’s the driver’s duty to not hit other vehicles on the roads in front of him or her. And this cyclist wasn’t even in front of the driver that hit him, he was riding in as separate lane.

Still in CA, the mother of the cyclist that was hit with his dog on the back of the bike within a day’s ride of finishing his trans-continental trip to honor a deceased friend asks the killer to come forward to face his future. Mother of cyclist killed in hit-and-run on Highway 1 urges driver to come forward This is another case that just begs for that shred the car with the driver chained to the steering wheel execution.

In VA, another hit-and-run. Bicyclist Hit By Car On Old Lynchburg Road Hit-from-behind, use the protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. In that infrastructure add laws that make hit-and-run a major felony roughly equivalent to assault with a deadly weapon in non-fatal wrecks, and murder in wrecks that result in death especially where the victim would have survived with immediate medical attention. (See my Wreck-free Sunday Wrant this week for more on that subject).

Another wreck in OH. Cyclist hit at Kettering intersection Other than the fact that this was an intersection wreck I know nothing about the mode of this wreck, so intersection protocols to avoid (general), and get the infrastructure right to prevent.

From the most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike, they killed another one. Teen Cyclist Dies After He’s Struck by Hit-And-Run Driver in Oakland Park This was so egregious, so blatant, so don’t give a damn, I can’t see anything less than the death penalty for this as even close to adequate. Intersection wreck, so intersection protocols to avoid, and start taking away drivers licenses to prevent as without strict licensing regulations this would still have happened with Dutch-style infrastructure.

Infrastructure! news from the UK. Cycling campaigners attack European Commission report If the UK can call for bloody useless foam hats that don’t do anything much in a wreck with a motor vehicle except keep all the bits in close proximity for clean up, why can’t they also call for technology that eliminates the blind spots from semis?

To end the post, a pretty picture with a bike in it. Twin Cities Bike Picture of the Day: 6.15.12

And those are all the links that gave me fits today. I’m sorry this posted so late but I had about a 5 hour period in the middle of everything when I had no Internet access. Just nothing, then with as much notice as I had losing it, it came back.

Billed @$0.02, Opus