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Started by The Big Blue Frog. Last reply by Joseph P Jun 19, 2013.
Started by Ian Mason. Last reply by George Sep 23, 2011.
Started by Michael. Last reply by Elric Sims Sep 15, 2011.
I haven't ever gotten a chip in my windshield, for that matter. To a car windshield or a faceplate, they're no problem ... but to an exposed face at 80 mph (130 kph), plus whatever velocity the rock gained from the tire that threw it ... yeah, not good.
Yup, I love my job. I get paid way too much, not that I'll ever express that sentiment to my bosses. I've had some days for which I get 9 or 10 hours of pay for a lot of driving and about an hour and a half of actual work at the far end of the trip. Plus, I own a $12k car (I'll let you do the currency conversion on that, yourself) which is about a half to a third of the value that they use to calculate the compensation for mileage. I make out like a bandit.
I live near highways with crap-loads of 18-wheelers that throw around rocks like they're popcorn. North Carolina has shit soil. What isn't hard, red clay is rock.
Admittedly, I do a lot more highway driving than most. I do on-site tech-support of work-from-home employees of my company ... about 850 clients, although we're expanding that to about 2,000, at the moment. I have to drive all over the state, when someone's computer blows up and needs to be replaced or dealt with on-site. I log about 800 - 1,000 miles (1,300 - 1,600 kilometers) a week, on average.
I think I get hit by a rock about every other day, on average.
Small-L libertarianism is reasonable. I still think they have a few bad ideas, but I can at least respect those who think we should work for slightly smaller government. It's the Anarcho-Capitalist types (the Capital-L's) who are completely around the twist. They want NO government, except for contract law. I'd love to know how they plan to enforce even that law, though, with no state military or police force.
Helmet and safety belt laws are there because when some idiot gets in an accident and runs up huge medical bills because he/she wasn't wearing a seat belt, the state usually ends up eating the medical bills. I'd call it natural selection, if the person dies right away, but that doesn't always happen. It's the worst of both worlds, if the person receives fatal injuries and takes a few days or weeks to die in the hospital.
Helmet laws don't go far enough. Full-face helmets should be required. I've had my windshield hit by small rocks dozens (probably hundreds, but I haven't been counting) of times, while driving on the highway. In a car or on a motorcycle with a full-face helmet, the rock just bounces off and everything continues running smoothly. If someone with an open-face helmet gets hit in the face with a rock, it's likely to take that person out and cause an accident with several surrounding cars, when the motorcycle flies out of control. That then becomes my problem, if I'm in one of those cars.
This is a basic, public-safety measure. It's not a particular hardship. It's far from a gross infringement upon people's freedoms.
There are a few assholes here and there. I've encountered very few, though.
Most of the big brawls I've had (not with people who are assholes, just in which we've had a massive difference of opinions) were with Libertarians.
Interesting idea, from an analogy perspective. I'll let you do the work within the actual medium, though.
Where will you get blue?
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