This is almost National Lampoon Vacation Movie funny, except that it is not funny. As five of you, who have read my piece at the new blog A Vote for Science know, the ultimate outcome of events … and how society reacts to them … may depend on the level at which were are set up to respond, and by level, I mean level in the hierarchy of government. So one of the most threatening dangers to which our children are exposed … ice cream trucks … are ignored. Meanwhile, Killer Clothing, which is actually quite rare, is under lock down at the Federal Level.
I have not even learned to “textmessage” yet. Now, Federal Agencies are probing teenagers and their records to determine whether the most recent horrific transportation accident to occur on American Soil was caused by text messaging. Duck-assed punks in loud cars screaming out of gas stations without paying, the psycho-couple Tylenol killers, and an entire generation (it would seem) of small-electronics shoplifters have already ruined Western Civilization for All of Us. Now, we will endure one more incremental and highly engineered clamp down on our freedom, when cell phones will stop operating if moving above a certain speed in relation to the cell tower.
In case you’ve been traveling (say, across the country in a train) and missed this, here are the pertinent details from today’s Vancouver Sun:
LOS ANGELES — Investigators of a Los Angeles train wreck that killed 25 people are looking into reports that an engineer blamed for missing a stop signal light may have been distracted by text messaging moments before the crash, officials said on Monday.
Some 135 people were injured after a Metrolink commuter train plowed head-on into a Union Pacific freight Friday, in the deadliest U.S. rail tragedy in 15 years.
The National Transportation Safety Board is seeking to obtain cellphone records of a teenage train enthusiast and the commuter train engineer, said Kitty Higgins, a member of the board dispatched to the scene. …
So, should they ban cell phone use in moving vehicles? Or not? And, either way, would this accident been preventable in some other way (assuming for the moment that the cell phone theory is correct?)
We have to pay at the pump. We can’t actually open Tylenol bottles anymore without an engineering degree; most people require stitches after attempting to open the packaging on a pack of batteries. Have we not suffered enough?
Truth be told, not really. Too many morons roam this planet. Watch this guy, for instance, as he does it all wrong: