Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bicycle, bicycle history, bike, cycling, history, infrastructure, Los Angeles, Pasadena, transportation history
The crowd cheered. Bugles rang out. Within a year, Dobbins promised, something similar to Columbus’s short route to the Orient would rise above the hills of the Los Angeles basin. His “Cycleway” was designed to swiftly and conveniently transport people between a pair of key urban centers: the old colonial plaza in Downtown Los Angeles, and Pasadena, the burgeoning, modern suburb to the north that then rivaled the older city in size and ambition. The Dobbins route—which neatly anticipated and presaged the automotive freeways that now stretch across the region—would be a modern marvel. It would boast a state-of-the-art toll-collecting system. It would be elevated fifteen feet above the ground; the limited access would ensure that traffic flowed smoothly. “It can be said,” wrote the Los Angeles Times of the ground breaking, “that none of the new Southern California enterprises will …be more certain of financial success. The wheel must have a path of its own between these two cities.”
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bone cancer, Celine Marie Pascal, cesium, Fukushima, Fukushima Daiichi, London Calling, nuclear error, radioactive, radioactivity, thyroid cancer
Oh yeah, that Fukushima thing. I remember that.
Four years after the 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster, the disaster no longer dominates U.S. news headlines, though the disabled plant continues to pour three hundred tons of radioactive water into the ocean each day. Homes, schools and businesses in the Japanese prefecture are uninhabitable, and will likely be so forever. Yet the U.S. media has dropped the story while public risks remain.A new analysis by American University sociology professor Celine Marie Pascale finds that U.S. news media coverage of the disaster largely minimized health risks to the general population.
Pascale analyzed more than 2,000 news articles from four major U.S. outlets following the disasters occurrence March 11, 2011 through the second anniversary on March 11, 2013. Only 6 percent of the coverage—129 articles—focused on health risks to the public in Japan or elsewhere. Human risks were framed, instead, in terms of workers in the disabled nuclear plant.
via Fukushima News.
Filed under: Islamic State, Qassem Soleimani, Revolutionary Guard | Tags: black sky, Iran, Iraq, ISIS, oil, Peshmerga, poisoned air, Qassem Soleimani, sabotage, scorched earth, Shiite, Tikrit
The army, backed by Shiite militia and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters, has yet to reconquer and secure any city held by Islamic State, despite seven months of air strikes by a U.S.-led coalition, as well as weapons supplies and strategic support from neighboring Iran.
Tehran, not Washington, has been the key player in the current offensive, with Iranian Revolutionary Guard general Qassem Soleimani seen directing operations on the eastern flank, and Iranian-backed militia fighters leading much of the operation.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: accidents, bicycling, Chicago, collisions, crashes, traffic safety, urban cycling
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: bike crash, bike on bike crash, bike vs. bike, Bono, Central Park, compound fracture, NYC, orbital, U2
The singer suffered numerous serious injuries, including a “facial fracture involving the orbit of his eye,” three separate fractures of his left shoulder blade, and a fracture of his left humerus bone in his upper arm. The latter injury was particularly damaging, with the bone shattering in six different places and tearing through his skin.
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: alleycat, Boston, Lucas Brunelle, road rage, urban cycling
A woman walking in a crosswalk on Tremont Street with her sister Friday shortly after 6 p.m. was hit by Brunelle on his bike when he ran a red light, according to police reports released today. The woman was taken to Massachusetts General Hospital with head injuries after, Brunelle claims, he flagged Chandler down to help him help her.“I was trying to get a taxi for her and this guy comes out and hits me and then he tries to run me over with his car,” Brunelle said. “I said, ‘We were on a group ride. Someone got an injury, they’ve got to go to the hospital.’ He started getting in my face and ‘expletive you’ and so I shot back and I said, ‘Expletive you.’ He gets out and he attacks me. He tried to run me over.”Chandler began punching Brunelle “with his fist, knocking him to the ground and continued the assault while Brunelle was on the ground,” court documents state.