Sunday, October 07, 2012

Politicks me off

A new law was passed to move in the opposite lane if you see an emergency vehicle (cop, ambulance, etc). I imagine the law was put in effect for the safety of emergency personnel working roadside. Instead of it making things safer, drivers will now nearly run cars off the road trying to switch lanes.

When you have 3 lanes of traffic going 70, and all of a sudden an entire lane has to merge with no warning or drop their speed by 20 mph, it's a recipe for disaster.

It makes me wonder what types of baffoons pass these laws.

Then I read that Romney and Ryan backed proposals to "ban abortion, except in the cases of rape and incest, or when the mother is endangered."

Knucklehead politicians. They should realize this will lead to more women claiming rape or sympathetic doctors claiming more medically necessary abortions. Then there will be someone who gets denied an abortion and dies during labor - and who's responsible? Congress.

I don't expect to elect politicians with vision to predict the future, but it would be nice to elect some with a firm grasp of cause and effect.

And a side note: Politicians, stop using my uterus as a bullet point for your stump speeches. At a minimum, a "free" country should allow for people to control their own medical decisions.

Lies We Love

"We don't collect news to inform us. We collect news to affirm us. It used to be that we disagreed on the solution but agreed in the problem. Now we don't even agree on the problem."

That's a quote from Frank Luntz in a Time article I'm reading. The article is about how humans prefer lies in line with their world views over the truth.

Probably why we watch more comedies than documentaries. Fiction is just more fun than facts.

Not new news, but both Obama and Romney are blatantly calling 'facts' that are indeed fiction. Mainly because Americans don't demand (or expect) the truth from our leaders.

Unfortunate that we have more loyalty to our parties and our leaders than ourselves.

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

SC DMV - You A Lie

The South Carolina DMV has a unique feature on their website that allows you to see how many people are waiting in line at any given time. I say it's unique because it's wildly inaccurate. It tracks the number of people inside the building currently being serviced, not the swarms of people outside still waiting to get in.

According to their website there are only 4 people here and a 2 minute wait. According to reality, there are now 6 people between me and the door, several behind me and who know how many inside.

I'm not annoyed by the time I'm wasting now, but the time I wasted all week watching & calculating the best time to come here.

Thanks, SC. This is only my 3rd try to get a license. The last try was aborted when my 3 year-old threw up in the parking lot, so I guess this is better scenario.

And why is there not a Starbucks counter here?