Getting another late start but planned a late finish anyway, and the Feed

We made another stab at getting some D&D in today, and managed to get two combats and a lot of RP done. My new character made short work of both the monsters in today’s session, an elemental and a half-dragon half-Marsh Lynx, but not before both of them nearly wiped out the party. The elemental had both a high AC and high DR that made most of my attacks nearly useless except the secondary electric damage which was not subject to the DR, so I had to make a lot of attacks on that. The hybrid Marsh Lynx had an absurd amount of HP and natural armor that made everyone else’s attacks just bounce off and required most of my attacks to be threatened critical to even hit, but when I confirmed a crit they did a metric buttload of damage. Then we had to rescue a party member from quicksand and that was where we ran out of time. I kinda like playing a melee fighter type like my Warblade. In RP I have to take the tactical lead and deploy the rest of the party so that they give max damage they are able with minimum damage received. This reminds me of squad exercises during what was called soldierization when I was in the Army. I was good at that then, and I’m still pretty good.

Before I start, there were about a half-dozen links to the same article about the ex-Bishop in MD pleading guilty, an article already linked in this blog yesterday. I’m not linking it again just so you can read the same article again 5 or 6 times. We don’t get the bandwidth to do that until you guys start clicking on the link to the actual blog post and reading here where the ads are posted. I have seen what the site looks like for regular readers, and there just aren’t that many ads, especially compared to the sites I link to. So, could you take the time to click through on your reader to the actual blog post?

Up first, the driver accused of killing a cyclist in VA has a long record of traffic and criminal violations. Man charged in death of cyclist has a record of wrecks, speeding There has to be some way of keeping repeat violators like this thing off the roads, for everyone’s safety.

Our Daily Ted. Morning Links: More bizarre Fix the City allegations, and even the LA Weekly supports the Mobility Plan

Still in CA. Bicyclist killed in Arleta hit-and-run The fact that the driver was reportedly injured in the wreck is an indication of how violent the impact was.

We have a lot more links from CA today. Woman riding bicycle dies after being hit by car on PCH in Huntington Beach The narrative for this wreck suggests that maybe the weapon vehicle was not “crossing” the highway but turning onto it and right-hooked the cyclist. Or just flat out passed too close to the cyclist and knocked her down.

Not done with CA yet. Vehicular Manslaughter Charge Filed Against Manteca Woman in Danville Cyclist Death Why is killing a human being not a felony? Seriously? You can get life without parole for possessing too much pot, but killing another human being is just a misdemeanor? Priorities are seriously out of line in CA.

Still not done with CA. Bicyclist in 50s killed by allegedly impaired driver This guy not only took out the cyclist, hitting him so hard the bike was broken in two, but also two parked cars and a telephone pole. There has to be a way of keeping drunk drivers off the roads that doesn’t violate the Constitution. Think about that today.

In CO a cyclist riding a recumbent tadpole trike is injured in a hit-and-run wreck. Cyclist seriously injured in hit-and-run crash

A winning bike racer is killed in a MN road wreck shortly after his win. Harvest Duathlon racer dies four days later in bike crash Hit from behind wreck, I don’t know what you can do about a driver that can’t keep their car on the road where it belongs.

The most deadliest state in the US to walk or ride a bike takes out another one. Man with bicycle hit by car, killed on U.S. 41 in Gibsonton The narrative does not make any sense on this one. The guy fell over pushing his bike on the side of the road? Sounds like a punishment pass that went bad, so the driver concocted a story that made him look to not be at fault.

Next state over also kills another one. Alabama cyclist killed in collision is sixth such death this year No mode but near an intersection say there may have been a right hook involved. Since the weapon vehicle was a semi, that makes it a very real possibility given the blind spots involved with big rigs.

More on a cyclist killed in VT. Rood & Riddle Veterinarian Killed in Vermont Collision Again what can be done about sleeping drivers? I should not talk because I used to sleep drive frequently back in the ’90s when I had a business in TN while living in TX, the usual time being between Little Rock and Texarkana on I30. Fortunately I never hit anything or went off the road, because there were several trips that I remember passing Alcoa and not remembering anything until I passed the welcome center on the AR side of the border. I may not have been “asleep” but I wasn’t fully awake either.

Pertinent information for MT riders. Filing a personal injury claim as a bicyclist in MT Face it if your bike makes contact with a car there is a very high chance you are going to get injured, and every state is different about how to recover damages.

Some more on the changes made to a MA intersection. Boston Makes Changes Where Cyclist Fatally Struck By Truck The problem is still there, but the bollards and planters make it more obvious that a bike lane is there even if you don’t see any bikes there at that very second.

This one is puzzling, as a cyclist is hit by a bus in the Great White North. Cyclist hit by city bus in Île Bizard Nobody can say exactly how the bus hit the back of the bicycle, but the cyclist riding next to her and the bus driver both had to be treated for emotional distress after the wreck.

A hit-and-run just outside Toronto, more or less. Guelph Police seek information regarding truck and driver in hit and run with cyclist Right hook and a huge vehicle so there may not have been enough impact for the driver to know he hit anything since the cyclist did not go under the wheels.

Still in Guelph. Guelph driver’s actions ‘thoughtless, selfish, cold and callous,’ after crash that killed cyclist They must not have thought it was all that bad, “She was fined a total of $2,000, had her licence suspended for one month, limited for another two months, was put on probation for two years and will have to do 120 hours of community service.” Only a single month without “driving” (as long as she doesn’t get caught), and then two months “restricted” whatever that means, a fine and some community service for leaving a man to die after mortally wounding him with the deadliest device most people come in contact with.

Still in the Great White North. Cyclist killed in Caledon This article is even tagged with the mode of the wreck “Right Cross”.

But for some reason in the UK they can’t seem to recognize that a crossing wreck is the fault of the vehicle that cuts off the wrecked vehicle. Verdict delivered on cyclist killed in Guernsey The narrative is a classic left hook (they drive on the “wrong” side of the roads). and yet they still say the driver was not to blame for turning in front of the cyclist such that he laid the bike down and still slid under the wheels. TANJ!

Surprise, the largest cohort of cyclists gets injured the most in Spain. Young male cyclists are the most likely to die after being involved in a traffic accident

Moving on to Oz. Cyclist injured in hit-run in Cobram Classic hit from behind narrative.

And I’m finally done, it’s 0301, and I’m beat. The post has been proofed and tagged, now it’s time to put it (and me) to bed.

Billed @€0.02, Opus the Poet

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One response to “Getting another late start but planned a late finish anyway, and the Feed

  1. Cultural and legal priorities have always been ass-about-face.
    There is excessive fanfare over things benign and better left ignored and shrugged off along with draconian penalties to match …while things more consequential and which have far more impact on people’s lives are either ignored or dealt with by a slap-on-the-wrist.

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