On 20 of October at 23:58 Moscow time, a private Dassault Falcon 50 aircraft flying from Moscow to Paris was completely destroyed when the plane crashed into a snowplow in the airport of Vnukovo. Four people were killed: both pilots, the flight attendant and passenger Christophe de Margerie, the head of Total SA oil company. The snowplow driver remained unharmed. At the moment, there are four official interpretations of the incident: that the pilots were at fault, dispatch was at fault, the snowplow driver was at fault or that poorRead More

Posted On October 8, 2014By adminIn What's government doing?

Drunk driving as teens

It’s sometimes useful to compare what happens in other countries to give us a sense of perspective on our own systems. When we see how other countries react to problems, we can ask whether we should be doing the same. Take Britain as an example. They have set seventeen as the magic age at which young people can apply for a permit to drive. To get a full driver’s license, a young person must pass a theory test and then a practical test. Despite this later arrival on the road,Read More

Posted On October 3, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

Heroes with feet of clay

When people become heroes, we always hope for the best from them. They inspired us then. They should not disappoint us now. This makes the fall of Michael Phelps disappointing. Here’s a man who became the swimming icon for his Age because of his exploits in the Olympic Games—he won eighteen gold medals. To become this good in sport, you have to be fit. Your body is your temple. So it’s sad to read that this great athlete was exceeding the speed limit by 40mph and, when stopped, was foundRead More

Posted On August 5, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

Fire, fire, pants on fire

It would be reassuring if there came a point when drunks decided they were just too incapable to get behind the wheel of their vehicle. So many lives would be saved. Unfortunately, the reverse seems to happen. The really drunk tend to have no understanding of how dangerous they are and drive away from bars without a second thought. So here comes Michael Joseph Docchio. He’s driving away from a bar because he’s run out of cigarettes and knows there’s a convenience store nearby. Knowing the way, he’s not inRead More

Posted On July 4, 2014By adminIn Comment and fun

Is there a wrong way?

When children begin playing with toys, they quickly realize the application of Newton’s Law — that action and reaction is equal and opposite. So if they run into each other, they are both likely to fall over. If there’s sufficient force in the collision, a visit with the nice doctors at the local ER may be required. It should be obvious to everyone that driving on the wrong side of the road, is not going to end well. Yet some states are discovering a significant increase in the number ofRead More
Those of you who read this site will know we enjoy finding stories about drivers who break records or find new and creative ways of breaking the law. So here we have a story from Gage County, Nebraska. Donald D. Bodfield, who happens to have reached the respectable age of 74, was on Highway 77 when he decided to try something different. He’d seen stories about people driving the wrong way along a highway. Since that’s been done by so many people over the news, he opted to do soRead More

Posted On June 16, 2014By adminIn Comment and fun

How much do crashes cost us?

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has been busy data-mining. It has been analyzing all the data of crashes during 2010 to provide some understanding of the total cost to America. To remind you, in 2010: • 32,999 people were killed (25% of these crashes were not reported to the police which is alarming); • 3.9 million people were injured; • 24 million vehicles were damaged. Now the temptation is to think purely of the individuals injured and their families, but the reality of the effects is more widespread. ToRead More
Drunk driving is a serious problem in all countries around the world and the presence of alcohol in one of the drivers significantly increases the risk of death or serious injury. The Transport Minister in Victoria, Australia has predicted all cars in Australia will have an alcohol ignition interlock device fitted as standard by 2016. If acted on, this could effectively reduce the number of drunk driving accidents to zero. The device under consideration works in the same way as the current breathalyzer and not only prevents the vehicle engineRead More

Posted On May 21, 2014By adminIn Comment and fun

How many must die?

Here’s a statistic to start off the chain of thought. In the twenty-five years from 1988 through 2012, just over 1 million individuals died on America’s roads in traffic accidents. According to the CDC, vehicle crashes are now the leading cause of death for people up to the age of 34. That’s a depressing fact. We all like to think vicious diseases and disorders are always going to be the biggest killers, but our decision to get into a motor vehicle is most likely to kill us. Indeed, in 2012,Read More

Posted On April 3, 2014By adminIn What's the news?

Forgive all sins, right?

In a perfect world, there would be perfect trust and understanding between a boss and those who work for him or her. If the employee messes up, the employer looks for the silver lining, retraining, rehabilitating, ensuring the employee learns from the experience and becomes a better person. Of course, in a country where there’s high unemployment and there are so many well-qualified applicants for each job, an employer could terminate the failure and find a replacement without breaking sweat. So here’s an employee of the Veterans Affairs Department whoRead More