Out of the Blue

Happy International Women's Day 2021! At first I thought this was to celebrate international women like Gal Gadot and Sofia Vergara. It turns out to be an international celebration of all women with a focus on fighting gender bias. With all due respect to Gal and Sofia, that's probably for the best. They get enough attention every day as it is.

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Re: Out of the Blue Mar 8, 2021, 16:25
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You know something is wrong with an article on highway fatalities that says: "A 24% spike in roadway death rates is highest in 96 years..."

96 years ago...what were people driving in 1925? Model T's?

Think about the fact that in the 1965-1975's, when the population of the US was estimated at 175 million (less than half what it is now) that annual highway deaths generally ran in the 45,000-50,000+ per year range. With 2x as many people driving today--doesn't seem we're doing that badly. But the main cause of highway deaths then as well as now is the same: distracted driving, and speeding.

Idiots trying to text or look at their phones instead of the road in front of them are likely a major factor in any increase in highway deaths today, imo. I read an article about a guy in California who fell to his death from a cliff at a state park because he was concentrating on his phone while walking--and walked right off the cliff.

All we can hope for is that the really stupid ones get taken care of by Darwin and that they don't take any intelligent people with them.

It is well known that I cannot err--and so, if you should happen across an error in anything I have written you can be absolutely sure that *I* did not write it!...;)
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