There was a fellow who seemed credible on MSNBC tonight who claims that the train had Positive control, and it also had an override feature to cut out annoying alarms as one does with car alarms. The engineer may just have forgotten the curve after overriding the automatic control.
Speed is interesting. The earth revolves around the sun at 66,000 miles per hour. That speed is not felt because we respond to accelerations like bumps in a road. That is why passengers on the derailed train did not feel they were going too fast. Going through a curve is an acceleration. View Comment
Breasts are biologically expensive so emotions come into play with respect to them. We have excessive testing for cancer with loads of false alarms. I remember well my first wife's reaction to a need to have another look. She was fine, thank goodness. I hope that Ms. Lee made the right choice of treatment, and I wish her the very best. View Comment
Enough of the idiocy! Every thing about Indian Point has been investigated thoroughly. The performances of the plants have been spectacularly good, and we should be replacing Unit One now. The pipeline is fine. View Comment
I love Mrs. Lowey, and she broke my heart with her ignorant statement about Indian Point.. A landslide from one of the unstable Canary Islands could generate a tsunami that would over-top the Empire State Building. A hit with a substantial meteor would kill many because of the population density. A 12 ft. storm surge would flood tunnels and wreak havoc. That was Sandy. Of all possibilities for catasthrophe, Indian Point is a negligible worry. Sadly, Garland is correct on this one. I still love Mrs. Lowey, and I will light a vigol candle for her to come to jer senses. Our Governor is an incorageable idiot. View Comment
School administers used the IOWA test and other nationally normed tests for decades. And 50 years ago teachers in the Rochester, NY area were acutely aware of Regent Test's results and Regent's scholarship results.
Browb vs. Board, the Supreme Court decision of 1954, said that racial disparities in academic performance was caused by segregation. That was 60 years ago and besides integration we had 10 to 20 years of disrupted school busing. Data tells us that the court was wrong. Self fulfilling prophesy, the discrimination of low expectations. is the theory of George W. Bush and Common Core proponents. It's not going to work because one would expect a few school systems to beat expectations just by variance, and I haven;t seen it. Remember the fellow who had great success teaching calculus to poverty troubled Hispanic students.. He was a cause celeb; they made a movie about him. Successful schools would be emulated and the discrepancy would decline if school practice were the actual cause of the discrepancy.
Please make sure that kids with ability to so do read Shakespeare and learn the Universal Gas Law. View Comment
"Are you saying that in order to arrest someone. police have the right to beat them into submission?"
Yes. What would be the alternative?
Police brutality is a slogan. Lawyers like Johnnie Cochran, make good livings sueing police departments for brutality .Are they obtaining jusyice or extoring cities? Police cameras would provide some information. Tjatf claims of brutality drop by 50% is consistent with the extortion explanation.
"Police don't want to be observed because it makes them accountable to following procedure. If you follow procedure on the job, then you have no problem being observed."
Chock holds were rejected before the arrest of Rodney King. Police had to make due with clubs, that were used to get King to stop resisting being cuffed. Two fine men are still in prission for following procedure. View Comment
Racial matters exist in an ocean of irrationality. There were all kinds of witnesses to the Ferguson shooting. After separating the wheat, the fatal wound was in the top of the head, from the shaft, "Hands up; Don't shoot", justice prevailed. Body cameras were not needed there. The experience with the cameras shows some depression of false accusations against the police by the community seeking the cameras. View Comment
Good grief! I understand harassment law is written in terms of a common man/woman standard to weed out the delegate Rose who parses everything as male chauvinism . That a young man would use beer to improve his chances of getting laid is no more advancing a "culture of rape" than his taking a bath and splashing on after-shave lotion.i View Comment
The Iowa test and one from California were nationally normed so that school administrators could compare their schools to others. Because the tests were prepared by experts, school administrators could see if their students were learning from one grade to the next. Those tests were wonderful and were used for decades. There is nothing wrong with trying to be more specific on certain curriculum objects,. But the warning that past performance does not guarantee future performance for stock advisers also applies to teachers. We can not reliably measure teacher performance with such tests. Education rearch finds that good teachers of one year become mediocre the next and vice versa. The variance in student abilities swamps the effect of instruction. Ray Charles would have done well in piano class, but not so well in art class, irrespective of teachers, for example.
I can see why the governor believes nonsense, he is as stupid as his father who flushed 5.5 billion dollars down the drain for Shoreham. But the horror is that high education officials with PhDs coming out of their butts can't understand the power of evolution in education. Yes, there are computers galore, but classrooms still work well, and most successful people can recall a teacher who meant a lot to him. There is a high washout rate for teachers, so the survivors are probably pretty good in general.
By the way, check out the idiocy of the University Presidents at the NCAA who can't understand process or evidence. They are selected for their reactions to political pressures. President Boran, an oyjerwise outstang man,destroyed a young man because he sang a "bad" song. Why didn't the President of the University just chew him out and demand some work at the hospital or mentoring of school kids. Some faculty are objecting to the lose ways rape charges are treated under the leadershjp of PC PhDs. It makes me sick as I enjoyed school very much. View Comment
A process failed to capture some of Monica Lewinsky's emails back when she was relevant. It was found then that there is tremendous redundancy in email chains, and Ms. Lewinksky's emails were easily fished out of the ocean of messages.. Mrs. Clinton made sure that her work related emails were properly captured by having such emails go to people with government
accounts It is painful to suffer the foolishness of Clinton Detractors and CNN reporters. View Comment
barnket is absolutely right. I wrote that Ms. Brody's filling the gap was the cause of the Valhalla accident. Of interest is that unrelated traffic accidents caused unusual congestion in both cases. View Comment
There is a "do not block driveway" sign at the entrance to the apartment complex where I live. Waiting lines build up from the traffic light up the road. I am amazed that most people will not pause before the entrance when there is no space on the other side of the driveway. About one in four or five will obey the sign. There is something in human nature to close the gap. I believe that traffic was backed up at the Saw Mill Parkway back to the railroad crossing and that Mrs. Brody was filling the gap. What was needed is a traffic light before the railroad crossing which light turns red when there is a backup from the Saw Mill. Education by itself won't work. View Comment
Yaaay is too harsh on Mrs. Brody. As I see it, traffic backed up from the Saw Mill Parkway. She, as most people, closed the gap in front of her.. People do that all the time at the entrance to the apartment complex I live in. Closing the gap does nothing for those who do it, as the cars in front of them have to clear. A sign with a signal was needed at the track site. The signal would be tied to a sensor showing the status of the road on the other side of the track so that a light would flash and bells would sound when the position on the other side of the track was filled. I wish that I had recommended this in the past as I am familiar with the site. View Comment
The problem in the subject tragedy might be the tendency of people to close any gap when caught in traffic. I see this often as people block the entrance to my apartment complex. When people stop before the entrance, absolutely no time is lost to them, but they inch forward anyways.. The entrance to the Saw Mill probably backed up traffic to the train crossing. A good driver would wait before the crossing until there was space on the other side of the crossing. I think we have a case of driver error. This error leads to "blocking the box" and is subject to fine in New York City. A sign warning not to proceed until the space on other side of crossing would be good. It could have a flahing light tied to a sensor for cars on other side of the tracks. I wish someone had thought of that before the accident. View Comment
Rule one:. Being stopped on an interstate is dangerous no matter what the weather. One has to get one's car as far on the shoulder as possible and stay away from the road as much as possible when outside one's vehicle. There was a study that showed a unconscious pull in the direction of stopped vehicles. A friend of mine actually killed a guy fixing his tire. She and everybody else felt terribly about it.
lastcardjb comment is worthless speculation. He might be right about the speed. Icy roads are just plain dangerous for any car. View Comment
Should there be an attack at a theater showing the film, be it from a state sponsored group, a lone-wolf terrorist, or a nut job, the theater owners would be pilloried by the Plaintiff bar.
Of course attacks can come at any time and any place - think Aurora Colorado. As was asked in a different context but applies here: "Have we no shame?"