Posts by Chris S

1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1852025)
Posted 2 hours ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I stand by my remarks.

By-passes in the UK where built, are two lanes in each direction, lanes wider than ordinary roads but usually narrower than Motorways. It was not in my view a mitigating factor that the by-pass in question was empty at the time. Given the skill of the average driver that I observe, and the design and condition of the average family car, that is not conducive to speeding at nearly 100mph.

If you wish to disagree as you live in America, that is your choice.
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : OH, Hei there. (Message 1852024)
Posted 3 hours ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Angela's post was very helpful in setting out the current position for legal eyesight requirements for driving, and should benefit others as well as Mark. But I don't think Mark has fully thought of the ramifications of the last comment that Angela made.

Public posts are public records. Posts do have consequences

Firstly anyone anywhere in the world can read the Seti forums, without having an account, needing a password, or ever crunching one single work-unit. The posts are there for all to see, go back many years, and are indeed public records.

Secondly, you may have come to terms with your life as it is, and can accept the feedback from your peers, but others may not do for different reasons.

Thirdly, over some years now you have regularly posted about your weekend drinking, and trips into fantasies e.g. Kpax, Clint vernacular etc. Any of your colleagues, could read your posts, your colleague's friends, your employer, and your employer's customers etc etc. As Angela says, you must at times turn up for work with a hangover or sleep deprived. Is that conducive to letting you work on building Emergency Vehicles to the highest standards? Others may think not.

Those are the consequences that perhaps you haven't considered, and would be well advised to do so.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part IV (Message 1851564)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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No so far, but can we not have any gory details about it please.
4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Diabetes: Anything You Want to Discuss or Post (Message 1851562)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I would say most of that list could be put down to alcohol at times. I would be honest with the doctor and say the amount you drink each weekend, so that he doesn't mis-diagnose you and give you inappropriate drugs which could do harm.
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Weather Forecasts IX Not Another Ice Age Please (Message 1851000)
Posted 3 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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16.30 South London

51F
55% humidity
1/4" rain
3 mph wind
Barometer 1002 rising
Cloudless blue sky with vapour trails
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1850954)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I think that probably a high proportion of people have driven home, one time or another, when a bit "squiffy" after a social occasion. I will admit that I sometimes did when I was younger. Generally people are responsible, tales of peoples car keys being forcibly taken off them at parties are legion. These days I am sensible enough to get a cab there and back if I know I will be imbibing, or if closer simply walk.
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : OH, Hei there. (Message 1850950)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Gentlemen, calm down please.

Thank you.
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1850948)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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The police nowadays can test for Cannabis & Cocaine with a saliva test at the side of the road

Ok, I wasn't sure about that, but I thought it probably was the case.

You are correct in that a roadside breath test that is failed means a trip to the police station. There it is standard procedure to confirm that, with a police surgeon taking blood and urine samples as well. Anyone on the borderline can also ask and get blood & urine tests to confirm the result if not offered.

But let's all be honest here, even when dead cold sober, human beings can still behave recklessly upon the roads for many reasons, If only there was some sort of a "fitness of mind & body" test to sit behind the wheel. Then again with maybe half the population not driving any more ........

All we can practically do is to try to reduce to most obvious causes of road deaths as best we can.

*Gertrude is back and the doc wanted to know why the repeat prescription request. I said send the bill to the Fens :-)))
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1850940)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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All Pharmacy medications these days come with a mandatory label saying what the constituents are plus warnings not to operate machinery or drive whilst taking them. Yet so many people dose themselves up with cold & Flu stuff and still drive.

As I have posted in the past, the London Fire Brigade had an initiative a couple of years ago to give out free smoke alarms to households, which we got. Why can't we have a government initiative to give out free DIY breathalysers to drivers? OK that will only check for alcohol not drugs, as DIY blood tests are a total no no. But it could and should wake people up to what they are doing without maybe realising it.

Late edit - "One thing all road users probably never stop to think about is Emergency & Rescue crews, they're all in all weathers".

I quite agree, and we all should salute them, but they use specialist vehicles with trained personnel. That is a bit different to Joe blogs in the family hatchback doing 70 on a motorway, when he should be home in bed!

* Gertrude has been despatched to the local surgery to pick up a repeat prescription. As I have used so many recently I've run out.
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : AAAAAAARRRGGGGHHHH thread. (Message 1850932)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I am probably one of the Setizens that lives nearest to Julie, and have met her many times in the UK as have others. We are all here for her when she needs us.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1850931)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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My house is situated on a pretty busy main road which has a standard 30mph speed limit. There are no 30mph signs there, but the highway code clearly states that if it is an obvious built up area and the lamp posts are spaced out at regular intervals, then you automatically should assume that a 30mph limit applies.

But all day long we see drivers going at 40-50 mph INCLUDING Busses! representations have been made to TFL, the local Council, and the police, so far without any great success. One of the biggest problems is motorbikes using the bus lane to overtake on the inside. The secondary problem in a high density bedsit area are the young teenagers with L plate adorned mopeds, delivering phone ordered pizzas, weaving in and out of the traffic flat out at 40mph.

In 2013 between 220 and 260 people were killed in accidents in the UK where at least one driver was over the drink drive limit. There were an estimated 240 deaths.

These figures are too high but accidents involving drink driving have decreased hugely over the last 35 years. Deaths and serious injuries related to drink driving fell by more than three-quarters between 1979 and 20122.

In England and Wales, the alcohol limit for drivers is 80 milligrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of blood, 35 microgrammes per 100 millilitres of breath or 107 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of urine. In most other European countries, the limit is less, usually 50 milligrammes per 100 millilitres of blood3.

The alcohol limit for drivers in Scotland is different than in the rest of the UK. In December 2014 the limit was reduced to 50 milligrammes of alcohol in every 100 millilitres of blood4. The breath alcohol equivalent reduced to 22 microgrammes of alcohol per 100 millilitres of breath5.

The best advice is to not drink at all if you drive, but sense has to come into it as well. A single glass of wine during lunch the day before driving is probably OK, but a going to a boozy party the night before is definitely not on.

But DIY breathalysers are relatively cheap to buy, and there were plans once to fit all new cars with one that wouldn't allow the engine to be started if the driver failed the test. Unfortunately the initiative foundered due to it being pointed out that a sober passenger could simply use the device.
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : AAAAAAARRRGGGGHHHH thread. (Message 1850877)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Julie sweetheart you know where your real friends are ......
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1850858)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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I agree with both of you.

It takes 48 hours for alcohol to clear one's system. Too many think it flushes through them like a toilet cistern.
When you get up twice in the night after a few bevvies, one might agree with that :-))

even if it's the day after the night before people should take responsibility for their actions .


100% agree.
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1850854)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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@Mark - you really can't make a hard and fast rule for every case. Which is why pre court probation reports are asked for.

Case A, Person stopped at 9am, breathalysed, just over the limit after a family wedding reception the night before. Clean record, no previous convictions.

Case B, person stopped at 12 midday, breathalysed, well over the limit, previous points on licence.

Sentences?

@ Sirius - GERTRUDE - GET THOSE PILLS, STAT. Pink & blue ones second drawer.

Oh and can I have a glass of whatever Sirius is on please dear. It does seem most efficacious to the immune system. If the palpitations haven't subsided by the morning do call Dr.Johnson for an appointment.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1850845)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Often upon secret information that the public are not allowed to be privy to.

And how are you aware of that fact?

Firstly because of my membership of various Men's Service Clubs, where I know four past and one current JP's. They can never say too much of course. Secondly, it is also common knowledge to anyone that cares to take an interest in how this country is run, that probation reports are regularly supplied to the Bench before court cases are heard. That information is confidential and may affect the eventual decision that is made. I think that is wrong, it should be open, as we see time and time again habitual offenders seemingly getting "let off" with suspended sentences when upon the face of it they shouldn't do.

but some of the "grey rinse" brigade. These people saw it their "duty" to allow the mum rushing to school at 70mph in the 30 mph limit with little Johnny kneeling on the front passenger seat, while still "getting over" the dozen large Vodka breakfast to keep her license as loosing it would impact on her family life
Apart from Lodge connections, there is a lot of that as well. There is an upmarket private pre-school and primary school near me. Go past there any day in term time at about 9am and you will see the local chinless wonders in their hubby's SUV doing the school run. If you breathalysed them, they'd all be walking home!!

Reminds me of the Stones "Mothers little helper"

In the UK a conviction for a drink drive offence is an automatic 12 month ban, full stop finish.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part IV (Message 1850835)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Look here Vic,

do you suggest that My cat and I freeze to death?????
Being melodramatic and on the defensive does not help.

And yes the back end of the home where one of the bathrooms is at feels like its near freezing there, brr.
Well do what us poorer people with only one bathroom do, leave the door open to get an even temperature around the home. That is not that unhygienic.

Look everyone suggests stuff, but without a way to pay for it, It can be frustrating,
We can understand that, but people have sent you money before only to see it used in an inappropriate way.

I would like to get a multi sparker, but with shipping that is $34.70 to Me, a CO detector also costs money, My gas gauge in My car is dubious, I supposedly have a 12.7 gallon tank, yet 1/4 tank or less, might be 3 gallons or might be 7 gallons, .
I would suggest that you try to get things more in proportion and perspective. How can you equate a lifesaving CO detector with a dodgy petrol tank gauge?

I already have 2 smoke detectors, neither needs a battery, both work, even if one is possibly mounted wrong, but that's another shortcut that Fleetwood stuck Me with...
Well simply unscrew it and remount it. How many years have you owned this place and done nothing about it?
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation Safety 3 (Message 1850795)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Sheena Jowett, deputy chairman of the Magistrates' Association, the independent charity representing magistrates in England and Wales, said: "Magistrates take decisions under clear guidelines, impartially, and on the merits of each individual case.
Often upon secret information that the public are not allowed to be privy to.

"Automatic disqualification can be avoided or reduced in cases of 'exceptional hardship'. The process is a robust one and the concept of hardship must be proved to an exceptional level."
I'm kind to animals and I look after my granny.

Nick Freeman, a specialist traffic defence lawyer known as Mr Loophole, said he had come across cases similar to the first example. Mr Freeman, who has represented clients including Jeremy Clarkson and Wayne Rooney, managed to get all the court summons to one date, for one case, "so the court hears just one argument of exceptional hardship".
Fiddling the books.

Nigel, in Cambridgeshire, said: "I am driving on 15 points. "I am 67 with elderly parents and five children. I am one big care home and I rush around trying to do everything that needs to be done. Last time I got points, I was driving at 98 mph on am empty bypass - I was delivering oxygen services to my 91-year-old father. [
Total utter Bollox. Nowhere in the UK is it safe for the public to drive on roads at almost 100mph, for any reason whatsoever, especially just a bypass.

I had a very understanding magistrate who let me keep my licence," he told the BBC.
Probably both in Lodge.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Don't know where it should go? Stick it here! Part IV (Message 1850789)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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Now I have the gas range on at 400F, temp in here was 68F when I got up, now it's 69F. Grace doesn't like being cold, but I've done all that I can.
Vic, you were advised by many people before, some time ago, NOT to use your oven/gas range to heat your home. It is unsafe, dangerous, and inadvisable. You ran a Go-Fundme and a particular very kind person, and others, donated enough funds to replace/repair your heater/furnace. But you chose to spend the money instead on two electric blow heaters that you then found out that you couldn't afford to run.

We are all aware that you have on-going medical problems, but I am finding it increasingly difficult to sympathise with you in your reported current situation.
19) Message boards : Science (non-SETI) : SpaceX ready to launch again. (Message 1850748)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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We all wish them every success.
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XXIV - All Are Welcome In The Critter Cafe (Message 1850743)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Chris SCrowdfunding Project Donor
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