RANT: Traffic lights and global warming

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Driving to a doctor’s appointment today, I missed EVERY light. Argh! Leaving aside the cop making an illegal left, that exasperates me. Almost as much as state gooferment cars. In missing every light, I had ample opportunity to observe that I was sitting at intersections, with traffic queueing up behind me, with no cross traffic. Argh!

If Stamford U can make a car that drives itself, can’t we have a “smart” traffic light?

No traffic to use the cycle, free it. Allow the direction with traffic to go. Seems obvious that a lot of gas is being wasted. No wonder folks speed up to get through on the yellow. Or even, on the edge of red. The technology is archaic.

But what would you expect from the gooferment. Roadways are essentially the same as the Fifties. Sure there’s more standardization, but that is not necessarily good. For example, NJ’s jughandles are a specific solution to the high density of traffic. But, that makes no sense in sparsely settle areas. But, even the jughandle has been eliminated or overwhelmed by volume.

See there is a fundamental flaw in the meme. Laws don’t prevent anything. Give me the good old Law of Gravity. You can’t break it if you tried. We need to privatize the roads. Like Professor Block has written. Then we’d get some innovation in roads. Wouldn’t you like to ride on the FedEx expressway or the UPS highway? Bet you the speed limit would high and enforced.

And, just maybe I wouldn’t miss every light.

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TECHNOLOGY : Lawrence Lessig on the Google Book Search Settlement – “Settlements: Static goods, dynamic bads”

Sunday, August 9, 2009

MediaBerkman : Lawrence Lessig on the Google Book Search Settlement – “Settlements: Static goods, dynamic bads”.

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Prof Larry is one of those folks I consider a “internet conscience”. When he speaks, I listen. He’s usually right; usually thought provoking.Besides what else do you have to ddo on a dreary Sunday morning?

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POLITICAL: Australia wastes billions in national health

Sunday, August 9, 2009

Australia: Billions wasted in national health care system

The Australian [Australia]

“Australia is wasting much of the $94 billion it spends each year on health services and will not be able to afford even the current, flawed system without major reforms. The Prime Minister’s National Health and Hospital Reform Commission will publicly release more than 120 recommendations in Canberra today, handing the government a blueprint for change, but allowing for ‘long-term’ implementation that pushes the most politically sensitive reforms beyond the next election. Among its recommendations will be taking responsibility for some health services away from the states and giving it to the commonwealth.” (07/27/09)

http://tinyurl.com/krv3za

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Argh! And we are going to volunteer for this nonsense.

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