Ban The Inanimate Object, Don’t Punish The Idiot

Australia state bans laser pointers after attacks

SYDNEY (Reuters) – A major Australian state has banned laser pointers after a spate of incidents in which aircraft pilots have been temporarily blinded, the government said on Monday.
High-powered hand lasers, including so-called “star pointers” used by astronomers, would be listed as prohibited weapons in New South Wales state with jail terms of up to 14 years for anyone carrying them without a permit.

Obviously laser pointers are just too dangerous for ordinary people to have…

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Published in: on April 22, 2008 at 1:42 am  Leave a Comment  

Police Raid Car Show

California: Police Raid Car Enthusiast Gathering, Generate Revenue

Police raid Riverside, California parking lot to issue modified car tickets at local car enthusiast gathering.

Using $503,000 in federal and state gas tax revenue to pay for overtime, nine police agencies in Riverside, California sent more than one hundred police officers to surround a gathering of automotive enthusiasts. Owners of imported sport compact cars had gathered at the Canyon Crossing shopping center on Friday night to swap stories, talk about their passion for cars and show off the latest enhancements to their rides. At around 11pm police surprised participants by blocking all exits with fifty police cruisers. Officers then began a warrantless search and interrogation operation of the 150 vehicles that were present.

I think I remember reading something about the ‘right to peaceably assemble’ somewhere…

I’d send them a copy of the constitution, but they’d just use it as toilet paper – again.

Published in: on April 4, 2008 at 10:12 pm  Leave a Comment  

The Tax Man Cometh

More than 8m households face council tax hike for having a nice view or off-street parking

More than eight million homes are facing council tax increases because they enjoy nice views or for having off-street parking, claim the Tories.

Ministers have admitted they are building a database covering all 23million homes in England, and Conservatives say this means that residents of good neighbourhoods could be hit by huge council tax hikes.

Now it makes sense that The Beatles wrote ‘Taxman’, they’re from England. They wrote:

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street,
If you try to sit, I’ll tax your seat.
If you get too cold I’ll tax the heat,
If you take a walk, I’ll tax your feet.

They probably should add

If you can see, I’ll tax your view,
And a higher tax if you park off street

I know it doesn’t rhyme – that’s why I’m not a lyricist.

Published in: on April 1, 2008 at 9:50 pm  Leave a Comment  

Armed Pilot Shoots Plane

Pilot’s gun discharges on US Airways flight

CHARLOTTE, N.C.– A gun carried by a US Airways pilot accidentally discharged during a flight from Denver to Charlotte Saturday, according to a statement released by the airline.

At first glance, you might think that the pilot was stupid. And it is a possibility. The real and greater stupidity are the procedures that fully trained and qualified pilots have to go through every time they enter or leave the cockpit – even if they are going to the bathroom.

Remember that on 9/11/01 the hijackers used the plane itself as a weapon. We trust the pilot with that potential weapon, yet we don’t permit him to use common sense when handling something as mundane as a pistol?

The TSA is actually the cause of this accident, even if the pilot had something to do with it. Their method of securing the pistol is to put a padlock THROUGH the trigger guard. Nothing should ever be inside the trigger guard unless you want the firearm to go off, which is exactly what it did.

More info about the pistol, holster, padlock and procedures can be found at CrimefileNews. They even have a write-up after this ‘accident’ as well.

UPDATE:

There’s a video on youtube that gives a very good demonstration of just how this would happen.

Published in: on March 26, 2008 at 1:53 am  Leave a Comment  

So Then What Are We To Believe?

Official statistics say don’t trust official statistics

Only a third of people trust official statistics – according to official statistics.

An Office for National Statistics (ONS) poll of more than 1,000 adults also found the majority of the public thought figures were manipulated for political purposes.

If you know someone is a liar, do you believe them when they tell you that they are lying to you?

Published in: on March 20, 2008 at 1:48 am  Comments (1)  

More British Stupidity – Banning Fire Extinguishers

Extinguishers banned in flats

 FIRE extinguishers are being banned from blocks of flats – after they were branded a health and safety RISK.

 The canisters could be dangerous if people use them without training, risk assessors said.

And they could encourage people to stay and tackle a blaze rather than flee.

The Fire Service is backing the ban – which could be brought in across the country under new rules.

Yes, it’s true.  The nanny state has banned fire extinguishers from apartment buildings.  They’d would rather have a small fire grow larger and consume the entire building than a resident take action to protect his own life and property (and that of his neighbors).  My tin-foil hat may be on a bit too tight, but I see Orwellian control with forced helplessness in this.

It is also an unfortunate example (and my first on this blog) of where stupidity is likely to cause pain, just not to the person who made the stupid decision.

In the unfortunate event that an apartment building burns where extinguishers were banned, it is the DUTY the residents of the building and the relatives of the victims to find the people who made the stupid decision and inflict an appropriate amount of pain on them.  If stupid doesn’t hurt, or hurt ENOUGH, how can anyone learn from it?

Published in: on March 13, 2008 at 1:23 am  Comments (1)  

Brits Pad Lamp Posts for ‘Safe-Texting’

Brick Lane made Britain’s first ‘Safe Text’ street with padded lampposts to prevent mobile phone injuries

Britain’s first ‘Safe Text’ street has been created complete with padded lampposts to protect millions of mobile phone users from getting hurt in street accidents while walking and texting.

Around one in ten careless Brits has suffered a “walk ‘n text” street injury in the past year through collisions with lampposts, bins and other pedestrians.

The 6.6million accidents have caused injuries ranging from mild knocks and embarrassing cuts and bruises through to broken noses, cheekbones and even a fractured skull.

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Published in: on March 9, 2008 at 3:37 am  Leave a Comment