GOP’s America #2

Zendrive studied actual device use among 3.1 million drivers over 5.6 billion miles of driving and found that in 88 percent of trips, drivers made at least some use of their phones. On average, drivers spent 3.5 minutes per hour on their device.

The number of traffic deaths has been increasing since 2015 after a 40-year decline, with more than 40,000 people dying on the roads last year for the first time in a decade.

Study confirms we all use our phones while driving, April 19, 2017, at 10:01 AM

I found it interesting that the map above, of top ‘driving time spent on phone’ states, overlaps quite well with a map of strongly GOP-voting states1.

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GOP’s America!

… a handful of drug distributors, allegedly knowingly turned a blind eye to the opioid epidemic that is ravaging the state by delivering and selling mass quantities of pain medications.

… those companies collectively sold 40 million doses of hydrocodone and oxycodone to Cabell County pharmacies between 2007 and 2012. The county’s population is less than 100,000.

… drug distributors, including many of the defendants in the lawsuit, flooded the state with prescription opioids, equal to “433 pain pills for every man, woman and child in West Virginia

West Virginia county sues drug distributors over opioid crisis, April 18, 2017, at 05:43 PM

The drug companies will continue to lobby and fund the GOP.
The GOP will continue to defend the drug companies from ‘govt interference in their freedom to do business.’
The voters of this opioid addicted state will continue to vote GOP.

Yet another example of how easy it is to rile up people with slogans of guns, god, and freedom, to make them vote against their own clear good.

Our foreign secretary…

The problem with the foreign secretary is not that he is a poodle: poodles tend to be dependable and loyal. The problem is that he’s a disorganised narcissist.

The Foreign Office needs to learn some new tricks, April 13, 2017, at 11:14 AM

… Yet the foreign secretary is in some ways an embodiment of what is wrong with Britain’s foreign policy: shambolic, distracted and driven by domestic considerations.

Running, is good.

Cumulatively, the data indicated that running, whatever someone’s pace or mileage, dropped a person’s risk of premature death by almost 40 percent, a benefit that held true even when the researchers controlled for smoking, drinking and a history of health problems such as hypertension or obesity.

An Hour of Running May Add 7 Hours to Your Life, April 13, 2017 at 11:20AM

One caveat: the participants in those studies were mostly white and middle class.

Contracts & social media

Tyler Cowen thinks notes that “due to social media it will be increasingly difficult to write and enforce retail contracts with legal meanings very different from their ‘common sense’ meanings.”

Airline Shares and Whistleblowers, April 13, 2017 at 11:24AM

Reality of the Raj, and the recovery

… in the post-colonial period is that a democratic Indian government endeavored to invest more in the health and education of more citizens, however imperfectly this was implemented. The British, in contrast, supplied fewer public goods and too often the expenditures were directed toward defending British rule, extracting revenue or ensuring India as a captive market for British goods.

Legacy of British Rule Is Still Holding India Back, April 13, 2017 at 05:10 PM

Both of these are largely forgotten, if not deliberately erased.

Many Indians tend to blame post-colonial democratic governments for bringing India down.

Most British students are barely taught the reality of British colonial rule from perspective of the colonised.