I don’t think anyone understands the intimate relationship between when this blog gets posted and the amount of coffee I consume. Mondays are the worst as I stay up late watching delay-broadcast motorsports (or the TdF in July) on the tube until 2 or 3 AM and then get up too soon to get started filtering the Feed and trying to make some sense out of the links and articles. If I didn’t down massive amounts of the precious Vitamin C2 there would be no blog post on Monday, but 2 on Tuesday (which has happened more than once). The rest of the week coffee is the difference between an early afternoon (US Central Time) posting and an early evening posting. One thing I have discovered is that there is no difference in effect between the cheapest coffee available (Dark roast Robusta from the dollar store) and expensive brands like Peet’s. they all produce pretty much the same boost to productivity. What does change is the better the coffee tastes, the more I drink of it earlier in the day and the quicker the post comes out, to a limit. That limit is of course if I spend all my time drinking coffee I can’t filter the Feed or compose the post, as with drinking lots of coffee comes lots of trips to the bathroom. So what inspired this particular riff? The first thing I did this morning after getting our of bed was shamble to the coffee pot and prepare a 16 oz. “cup” of coffee, then shamble back to turn on the computer. As I read my e-mails I finished the first 16 oz. and went for a second. and I’m about halfway through that as I compose this paragraph, and this isn’t even the good coffee, it’s Safeway store brand Classic Roast (not even the dark roast stuff).
Up first for no particular reason is more on the 7YO killed by a DUI hit-and-run driver in Ca. Community mourning 7-year-old killed in NE Fresno crash I can’t believe the people blaming the infrastructure instead of the drunk driver that killed a child and left the scene. Granted there could be some improvements in the infrastructure but the deficiencies did not contribute to this wreck. All the blame lies with the drunk driver that was exceeding the speed limit and failed to stop as signalled by the traffic controls. About the only thing that could have prevented this wreck would be retractable bollards triggered by the approach of a cyclist on the path. I watched video of one of these stopping a box van loaded to 50K pounds dead in its tracks at 50 MPH. I would like to see these deployed at all no-turn-on-red lanes that the turn would cause the vehicle to cross a pedestrian area or bike lane placing the pedestrian or cyclist in mortal peril.
Still in CA a cyclist who was killed has been identified. Cyclist Killed on Campbell Avenue Identified I hate SWCC wrecks, especially when I don’t have access to any pictures of the bike to confirm or refute the narrative.
Another CA link to the kind of cyclist fatality that you just can’t do anything about. Wounded cyclist dies at San Diego fire station I still don’t understand why people shoot cyclists when all they have to do is run them over from behind and claim blindness (I didn’t see him!). And apparently the cyclist was shot at more than one time as there were multiple wounds.
More on the cyclist hit-from-behind on a 4 lane road in KS. Bike crash kills local doctor remembered for his work in the community And still the cyclist gets blamed for riding in the road instead of blaming the driver for not moving over to pass in the adjacent lane. Edit: The comments have been removed from the link, apparently someone got the message about the driver being in the wrong in this wreck no matter how they tried to spin it otherwise.
More on the cyclist killed riding on a NC Marine base. Soldier with Utah ties is killed in bike accident at North Carolina Navy base While according to this article they are now saying the cyclist wasn’t at fault in the wreck they still are not actively placing any blame on the driver, either.
Updates on another NC wreck. Struck cyclist offers cash reward after hit and run Could we get a little more investigation from the people who get paid to do this, instead of having to post rewards and beg for information?
Update on the survivors of a hit-and-run in TN. Cyclists injured in hit and run still love the ride I’m wondering why it took 11 months to charge the driver when they had the driver within an hour after the wreck to prove DUI.
This must be important, the same story was up from three different URLs in the Feed. UPDATE: Bicyclist killed in Richmond hit-and-run The cyclist was hit from behind, so hit-from-behind protocols to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent. I would suggest making hit-and-run a prison time felony as a starter.
I’m not sure which state this wreck happened in, but it was a really bad wreck. Friends Of Teacher Killed This Weekend Send A Message: “Stop Making Victims” OK, the cyclist was riding off the road on the shoulder when she was hit from behind by a motorcycle whose rider was trying to flirt with the DUI driver of the second vehicle that hit the cyclist. I’m still trying to figure out if it was even physically possible for the cyclist to avoid getting hit in this wreck, and I’m not having much luck in coming up with anything that would work. Short of executing idiots immediately after wrecks like this I don’t see anything that would allow the cyclist to avoid this wreck or prevent a similar one. And guys if she’s driving drunk she’s also probably not using birth control properly if at all, don’t even bother trying to flirt… Anyway to prevent shoot the drivers at the scene, tape it and show it on national TV for at least a month.
Infrastructure! news from Enn Zed. Cyclist blamed for her own death and Cyclists plan campaign to clear killed rider’s name What has locals in such a tizzy is the very spot where the cyclist died was identified as dangerous and potentially fatal 4 years prior to the wreck, but the coroner’s report blame her for her own death. There is a MUP next to the road, but it is segregated from the road by a railing and only accessible from either end with no signage directing cyclists that it even exists as bicycle infrastructure, and no way to get on it if you enter that road after the entrance to the path. It would be like blaming the customers in a bank robbery for not being behind the bullet-proof glass with the tellers when the bullets started flying.
And somewhat infrastructure related, apparently if there is a cyclist protest going on everyone on a bicycle is protesting? Critical Mass arrests: police charge three I would really like to see mass arrests of people in traffic jams for disrupting traffic, using the same logic… More Scotland Yard defends arrests of ‘Critical Mass’ cyclists and 3 charged for cyclist protest outside Olympic Park also Cycling arrests raise questions about legacy Olympic organisers want to leave What I find amusing is that as many as 50 of those arrested may have just been trying to get home from work with their normal mode of transit and were not a part of any protests, nor had they been notified that riding a bicycle there could get them arrested.
And those are all the links that gave me fits today…
Billed @$0.02, Opus
Going to vote today, full moon tonight, and the Feed
Today in the Suburbs of Hell we have a runoff election for slots not decided in the primary for the General Election in November. Some of the slots are unopposed by the “other party”, so in reality if you want a voice in who gets elected you have to vote now. Unfortunately this situation exists for both parties, effectively disenfranchising about half the electorate for once race or another. Then tonight at the church we are combining our Full Moon ritual with the observance of Lughnasadh (gesundheit!) or First Harvest. This is traditionally a celebration of the grain harvest, which traditionally is done with bread and beer (I guess it celebrates yeast as well?). So I have to arrive early at the church tonight to get the bread on for first rise. When the congregants arrive we punch down the dough and everyone gets to make a cupcake-sized “loaf” of bread and watch it rise, then we bake them and consume them. Since beer is one of the traditional parts of Lughnasadh this will be one of the rare times that alcohol consumption during ritual is encouraged (just not to excess!). There is a beverage that when it is the first part of making beer is called “wort”, I’m not sure what it’s called when the beverage is not intended to be fermented but drunk straight from the wort tub. Anyway this beverage is also a traditional part of the ritual, but I’ll be danged if I know where to find any outside of a homebrew store.
Up first on a day with almost no links is a hit-and-run in VA. Bike rider killed in hit-and-run on River Road Hit from behind so the hit-from-behind protocols might have helped avoid the wreck, getting the infrastructure right so that motor vehicles can’t get to the cyclists would prevent a similar wreck. Other than that I can’t tell you much about this wreck as the article has a big black square over it preventing me from reading it a second time.
A cyclist is hit incidentally in a van rollover in CT. [UPDATED] Van Strikes Bicycle Killing Rider in Fatal East Haven Crash and Bicyclist killed in East Haven accident There was an unconfirmed report that the van rolled trying to avoid hitting the cyclist. From the official description of the wreck I don’t know there was anything the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck, as the weapon vehicle was already on its side when it hit the cyclist, which pretty much puts the “avoiding the cyclist” story in the trash can unless the van driver reacted to suddenly noticing the cyclist was in front of her (cyclist induced driver blindness).
More on the NY wreck of a cyclist riding in the shoulder while a motorcycle rider flirted with a DUI driver in another vehicle. Fairport Teacher Killed While Riding Bicycle This was the one where the motorcycle rider was flirting with his GF in a car and passed her on the shoulder, running into the cyclist that was riding there legally. So much wrong in this wreck: The motorcycle rider passing on the right, the drunk driver in the second vehicle, operating the motor vehicle on the shoulder… Nothing the cyclist could have done to avoid this wreck, and about the only thing that infrastructure could have done would be physically separating the idiots in cars from the people riding bicycles, because this much Stupid is already jail-time illegal and it did not prevent this wreck.
A PA cyclist is killed in a wreck. Retired Teacher Killed in Bike Crash The report is rather strange, but not impossible, in that the cyclist hit the truck instead of the other way around. Pay attention to your bike and the road to avoid, and get the infrastructure right to prevent.
A MO wreck. Robert Pinar struck, killed by car while riding bike Another case of cyclist-induced blindness (I didn’t see him, the sun was in my eyes). Anyway, hit-from-behind, use the protocols to avoid, get the infrastructure right to prevent.
Last link, more on the CA cyclist who was shot near a fire station. Man shot and killed while riding bike in City Heights No way to avoid this one.
No links, but the UK is abroil over the onerous restrictions placed on the cyclists caught up on their commutes home when Critical Mass was arrested, some are prohibited from coming to work because of where they work, others are prohibited from going home because of where they live. IOW the bail restrictions were cookie-cutter (and on a photocopy) rather than being tailored for individual circumstances (like riding home from work on your bike and the police arresting everyone on a bike).
And that’s all the news that gave me fits today.
Billed @$0.02, Opus
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