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  • Prison inmates produced defective combat helmets for U.S. soldiers

    08/17/2016 9:17:30 PM PDT · by george76 · 28 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | August 17, 2016 | Andrea Noble
    Federal prison inmates used makeshift hatchets and a screw shoved through a piece of wood among other rudimentary tools to manufacture thousands of faulty Kevlar combat helmets designed to protect the lives of U.S. soldiers on the battlefield, according to a highly critical watchdog report that offered new details about the government boondoggle. More than 126,000 helmets manufactured at a Texas prison under a government contract were recalled after inspectors found major defects... Even though the government and taxpayers lost $19 million on the defective helmets, ArmorSource, the company responsible for the helmets, was awarded more government contracts even as...
  • Neurosurgeon accused of putting lives at risk after claiming cycle helmets were useless

    06/01/2014 8:12:08 PM PDT · by Huntress · 59 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 5/31/2014 | Claire Duffin
    Road safety campaigners have accused a leading neurosurgeon of putting lives at risk after he claimed cyclists who wear helmets were wasting their time. Henry Marsh, who works at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, London, said many of his patients who had been involved in bike accidents had been wearing helmets that were “too flimsy” to be beneficial. Mr Marsh cited evidence from the University of Bath which suggested that wearing a helmet might even put cyclists at greater risk. It showed that drivers got around three inches closer to cyclists who wore helmets because they perceived them to be...
  • Mystery of incredibly ornate 2,600-year-old bronze Greek warrior helmet found on seabed

    03/01/2012 6:27:57 AM PST · by C19fan · 30 replies · 13+ views
    UK Daily Mail ^ | February 29, 2012 | Ted Thornhill
    A bronze Greek warrior helmet dating back to the 6th or 5th century BC has been discovered on the seabed in Haifa Harbour, Israel – but the owner remains a complete mystery. Jacob Sharvit, director of the Marine Archaeology Unit with the Israel Antiquities Authority, said: ‘The gilding and figural ornaments make this one of the most ornate pieces of early Greek armour discovered.’ However, how it ended up on the seabed and who it belonged to remains unknown. One theory is that it belonged to a warrior stationed on one of the warships of the Greek fleet that fought...
  • Found: Ancient Warrior's Helmet, Owner Unknown (Greek Mercenary Helmet, Circa 600 B.C.)

    02/28/2012 9:07:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies · 2+ views
    Live Science ^ | 28 February 2012 | Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor
    Found: Ancient Warrior's Helmet, Owner Unknown A Greek bronze helmet, covered with gold leaf and decorated with snakes, lions and a peacock's tail (or palmette), has been discovered in the waters of Haifa Bay in Israel. But how this helmet ended up at the bottom of the bay is a mystery. The helmet dates back around 2,600 years and likely belonged to a wealthy Greek mercenary who took part in a series of wars, immortalized in the Bible, which ravaged the region at that time. Archaeologists believe that he likely fought for an Egyptian pharaoh named Necho II. Dredging discovery...
  • Motorcycle helmet laws detract from freedom

    12/27/2012 10:39:48 AM PST · by MichCapCon · 45 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 12/26/2012 | Jarrett Skorup
    Last spring, Michigan eliminated its helmet requirement for motorcycle riders who had additional insurance coverage and met other conditions. Six months after the bill went into effect, MLive ran an investigative series claiming to show the "regrettable impact of the change." The series focused on one main point: Motorcyclists who chose not to wear a helmet were more likely to die or be seriously injured in their crashes. This is true, but the analysis is lacking in other areas and the insinuation that allowing people to not wear helmets is more dangerous is not supported by the data. First, MLive...
  • NY motorcyclist dies on ride protesting helmet law

    07/08/2011 10:16:52 PM PDT · by Paleo Conservative · 45 replies
    AP via YAHOO! News ^ | Sunday, July 3, 2011
    ONONDAGA, N.Y. (AP) — Police say a motorcyclist participating in a protest ride against helmet laws in upstate New York died after he flipped over the bike's handlebars and hit his head on the pavement. The accident happened Saturday afternoon in the town of Onondaga, in central New York near Syracuse. State troopers tell The Post-Standard of Syracuse that 55-year-old Philip A. Contos of Parish, N.Y., was driving a 1983 Harley Davidson with a group of bikers who were protesting helmet laws by not wearing helmets.
  • Tucson Tech: His body armor concept could one day hit market

    06/14/2011 7:58:11 PM PDT · by ButThreeLeftsDo · 9 replies ^ | 5/31/11 | David Wichner
    John Bourque believes he's onto something big. Really big. Now he just has to convince the rest of the world. The carpenter-turned-inventor says his Tucson company's patented nano- technology can turn aluminum into a nearly impenetrable, lightweight armor for bodies and vehicles. The technology - with the sci-fi name of Kryron - also can create ultra-conductive and corrosion-resistant wire and electrical components, or help form tough metal plating on plastics and other non-metals, says Bourque, founder and CEO of Bourque Industries Inc. But it's one thing to have a great idea; it's quite another to bring it successfully to market....
  • Republicans Voting Badly: Another in a Series

    06/01/2011 11:55:00 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 8 replies
    Muth's Truths ^ | June 1, 2011 | Chuck Muth
    AB508 would require moped riders to register their vehicles at the DMV (oh, joy!), pay a new Government Regulation Tax (license fee) and wear a government-approved safety helmet all under penalty of law. Yet another example of the nanny state running amok under Democrat leadership in the Legislature while Nevada continues to “enjoy” the nation’s highest unemployment and foreclosure rates. And some people want these busy-body yahoos to meet EVERY YEAR? Alas, as is all too often the case, we have some nanny-state Republicans who are only too happy to vote with Democrats to force adult citizens in the supposedly...
  • The Next Nanny State Regulation, Mandatory Sled Helmets

    12/07/2010 6:52:50 AM PST · by Amos McCoy · 46 replies
    ChicoER ^ | 12/07/10 | Chuck Wolk
    Back in September there was an article, in the journal "Pediatrics", about a study that was based on reports from emergency rooms across America from 1997 to 2007.  The study was concerned about the 229,023 reported snow-sledding-related injuries suffered by those aged 19 years and younger. The report pointed out that of those injuries, 78,096 were head related.  Well my friends, the MSM and the leftists across the country are using the report to drive home the point that sled helmets should be mandatory for all children.  So get ready for politicians at city, county, and state levels to...
  • Motorcycle helmets on NTSB's 'Most Wanted' list

    11/16/2010 3:37:26 PM PST · by WOBBLY BOB · 195 replies
    CNN ^ | 11-16-10 | Ed Hornick,
    Washington (CNN) -- The National Transportation Safety Board Tuesday called on states to require all motorcycle riders wear helmets. The announcement, made at a news conference in Washington, is part of the NTSB's "Most Wanted List of Transportation Safety" -- an initiative directed at state governments. The board added motorcycle safety to the list this year and dropped recreational boating safety -- an area it said improvements have been made.
  • Army recalls 44,000 combat helmets

    05/15/2010 8:44:07 PM PDT · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 39 replies · 1,256+ views
    Associated Press via The State ^ | 4/15/2010 | Associated Press via The State
    The Army says it is recalling 44,000 advanced combat helmets that have been issued to soldiers worldwide because they do not meet military specifications. The Army said in a statement Friday that the risk to soldiers wearing the helmets is still being determined. New helmets are being issued to anyone who has a defective one. The recall amounts to 4 percent of all advanced combat helmets issued by the Army. The helmets are made by ArmorSource LLC. The company, based in Hebron, Ohio, is a leading maker of combat headgear for the military and police. The army said tests showed...
  • A mom's love: Woman has devoted life to caring for brain-injured daughter

    05/10/2010 4:13:50 PM PDT · by wagglebee · 17 replies · 714+ views
    The Citizen of Laconia ^ | 5/9/10 | Adam D. Krauss
    John Huff/Staff photographer Rochester residents Ellen Edgerly, left, and her daughter Sara. ROCHESTER — A few years back, hundreds of bikers gathered in Representatives Hall in Concord to protest a proposed helmet law. Ellen Edgerly, 51, an advocate with the state's Brain Injury Association, was sitting in the middle of the room, a lone voice in a sea of leather and wild beards, when a lawmaker asked if anyone supported the change. "She stood up, passed all of these tough guys, and testified about brain injury and what it means," says Steven Wade, the association's executive director. "It took...
  • F-35 pilots 'measure' up as beginning of training moves closer

    03/02/2010 12:30:27 AM PST · by ErnstStavroBlofeld · 3 replies · 450+ views
    Defense Professionals ^ | 3/2/2010 | Ashley M. Wright
    Pilots here received measurements for the first F-35 Lightning II joint strike fighter equipment to move closer to training in the military's newest fighter aircraft Feb. 25 here. The new pilot equipment includes everything from underwear to cold-weather outer gear to anti-G garments. RFD Beaufort, the Lockheed Martin sub-contractor making the new equipment, took controlled measurements down to the millimeter to ensure comfort, safety and the pilot's capability to complete the mission in any scenario. Some of the equipment used by the first F-35 pilots will be based on legacy gear found on previous fighter aircraft. "The wing continues to...
  • Pedestrian Helmets-Danish Insurance Company Encourages Walking Safety Gear

    08/07/2009 2:50:13 PM PDT · by WOBBLY BOB · 17 replies · 742+ views
    trendhunter ^ | 8-7-09 | trendhunter
    Scandinavians are known for their emphasis on safety. They invented the seat belt, the safety match, the paper clip, and the Nobel Peace Prize. Actually, though all of those are Scandinavian inventions, none are Danish. Danes are not going to be any less than their neighbors when it comes to safety, however. According to, the council for increased traffic safety in Denmark and Trygfonden, a Danish insurance company, has started a new campaign under the catchy slogan “A walking helmet is a good helmet” (it’s catchy in Danish: En gå hjelm er en go-hjelm).
  • Of shoddy combat helmets and Democratic corruption

    05/08/2009 10:24:03 PM PDT · by neverdem · 13 replies · 1,931+ views
    American Thinker ^ | May 08, 2009 | Ed Lasky
    This story may or may not become big news. But it certainly says a lot about the earmark culture on Capitol Hill. A contractor, beneficiary of an earmark that the lobbyist group with close ties to John Murtha got for them, produced combat helmets so shoddy that the military has recalled 34,000 of them. The lobbyists, PMA Group, is mostly identified with Murtha but also garnered an astonishing number of earmarks from other lawmakers from both parties. They are now under investigation by the FBI for illegal campaign contributions among other transgressions. PMA Group Watch has the details: The Army...
  • Bicycle helmet laws could do more harm than good

    04/29/2009 5:48:45 PM PDT · by newbie2008 · 67 replies · 1,243+ views
    Today Good magazine asks, “Do bike helmet laws do more harm than good?” The question is inspired by a new study arguing that mandatory helmet laws may actually lead to increased health care costs. The rationale is that they’ve been shown to reduce total bicycle ridership by as much as 40 percent. Author Piet de Jong, a mathematician at Macquarie University in Australia, maintains that since cycling is healthy activity, if people do it less, general public health suffers. He predicts health care expenses would rise by $5 billion in the United States if we enacted a nationwide helmet law.
  • Introducing The Gel-Filled Army Helmet That Will Crush Bullets As They Penetrate It

    03/02/2009 8:43:55 PM PST · by an amused spectator · 11 replies · 1,507+ views
    Daily Mail Online ^ | February 27, 2009 | Matthew Hickley
    On the face of it a layer of orange jelly may not sound the best way to protect a soldier's head from high velocity bullets and shrapnel.But the British Army's standard-issue combat helmet is set to be upgraded with a liner made from gooey miracle gel, which responds to a sudden impact by locking instantly into a solid form - absorbing huge amounts of energy harmlessly.A UK-based technology company was today celebrating a £100,000 contract from the Ministry of Defence to develop its D3O shock-absorbing gel to help save the lives of British troops fighting on the frontline in Afghanistan.
  • Obama's quandary: Wear a helmet, look dumb or be a role model?

    06/14/2008 12:53:43 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 50 replies · 81+ views
    Obama's quandary: Wear a helmet, look dumb or be a role model? No image affected Michael Dukakis' 1988 campaign more than his infamous ride in the tank. This image is still funny. Sure, there's world wars and toxic pollution and corruption and Social Security reform and a few other things like trillions of dollars in debt to worry about. But before getting to those easy issues, politicians who want to be chief executives must first get elected. And to do that they must decide if they're going to wear funny hats. It's the bane of most big-time campaigns. And why...
  • Michigan lawmakers push helmet requirement for skiers, snowboarders

    01/26/2008 7:36:44 AM PST · by Mr. Brightside · 71 replies · 208+ views
    Michigan lawmakers push helmet requirement for skiers, snowboarders by CLAY TAYLOR | Capital News Service Saturday January 26, 2008, 9:34 AM LANSING - Downhill skiers and snowboarders without head protection may find a hefty fine waiting for them at the bottom of the slope. A new bill by Rep. Bob Constan calling for mandatory helmets comes fast on the heels of a fatal skiing accident in December. Clare Dougherty, 13, of Canton Township died from a head injury on Shanty Creek Resort's Schuss Mountain in Bellaire. She was pronounced dead on arrival at Kalkaska Memorial Health Center on Christmas Day....
  • Helmet Design Absorbs Shock in a New Way

    10/27/2007 7:50:25 PM PDT · by neverdem · 50 replies · 1,750+ views
    NY Times ^ | October 27, 2007 | ALAN SCHWARZ
    Vin Ferrara, a former Harvard quarterback, was looking for an aspirin in his medicine cabinet when his eyes fixed upon a ribbed plastic bottle used to squirt saline into sinuses. Ferrara squeezed the bottle, then pounded on it — finding that it cushioned soft and hard blows with equal aplomb, almost intelligence. “This is it,” Ferrara declared. Three years later, Ferrara’s squirt bottle has led to a promising new technology to protect football players from concussions. Football helmets have evolved over more than a century from crude leather bonnets to face-masked, polycarbonate battering rams. But they still often fail to...
  • Strange but True: Helmets Attract Cars to Cyclists

    05/14/2007 9:45:13 AM PDT · by Ben Mugged · 88 replies · 1,995+ views
    Scientific American ^ | May 10, 2007 | Nikhil Swaminathan
    Spring is in full swing now, and a number of the straphangers (read: subway riders) in New York City, as well as citizens in other locales, are getting new tubes and tires and dragging their bikes out of storage. Bicycle riding is the skill you reportedly never forget, but there's a raging debate about whether or not you should forget your helmet when you hop on your two-wheeler. Last September a plucky psychologist at the University of Bath in England announced the results of a study in which he played both researcher and guinea pig. An avid cyclist, Ian Walker...
  • Lawmaker Wants Helmets For Young Sledders

    02/21/2007 12:37:08 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 123 replies · 1,731+ views
    local 6 news ^ | 2-21-07 | staff
    BOSTON -- If one lawmaker has his way, children in Massachusetts will have to put on helmets to go sledding. State Sen. Steven Panagiotakos said he plans to file a bill to require children under 13 to wear helmets while sledding or skiing. He said most kids already have bicycle helmets, and those could be used for sledding as well.
  • America Supports You: Group Helps Troops Trade Helmets for Hardhats

    08/09/2006 6:45:42 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 265+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Samantha L. Quigley
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 9, 2006 -- Transitioning from the military into the civilian work force can be as simple as trading one type of headgear for another through “Helmets to Hardhats.” Shane Anderson of Seattle registered with Helmets to Hardhats as he was preparing to transition from the Army back into the civilian work force. The organization helped him secure an apprenticeship with the International Union of Elevator Constructors Local 19. Courtesy photo  '(Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Helmets to Hardhats helps people leaving military service find careers in the construction industry, said Sarah Hayes, the not-for-profit organization’s general...
  • “That’s why we wear them” (Helmets)

    07/31/2006 5:26:58 PM PDT · by SandRat · 15 replies · 1,161+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Staff Sgt. Jim Goodwin
    Cpl. Brian M. Henner, a 22-year-old Marine from Rochester, N.Y., displays the helmet he wore July 23 when he was shot in the head by an insurgent. Story and photo by Staff Sgt. Jim GoodwinRegimental Combat Team7 CAMP AL ASAD -- Though a religious man, Cpl. Brian M. Henner doesnÂ’t attribute divine intervention, luck, fate or destiny to the fact that heÂ’s still alive after taking an enemy bullet to the head. Instead, the 22-year-old U.S. Marine says it was his helmet that saved his life in the middle of a recent gunfight between Marines and insurgents in IraqÂ’s Al...
  • Cher attends hearing on soldiers' helmets

    06/16/2006 5:04:53 AM PDT · by COUNTrecount · 103 replies · 2,471+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | June 15,2006
    WASHINGTON - The subject was whether to modify helmets for soldiers in Iraq, but all eyes were on Cher. As photographers clicked away, the singer and actress entered a Capitol Hill hearing room through a back door 20 minutes after the session was scheduled to start. The hearing soon got under way. Cher has donated more than $130,000 to the group Operation Helmet, which pays about $100 to modify the inside of soldiers' helmets to make them better able to absorb shock from a bomb blast. Cher, wearing a white lace top under a black pant suit, looked solemn as...
  • Big Ben(Roethlisberger) Upgraded To Fair Condition

    06/13/2006 3:19:54 PM PDT · by Dane · 8 replies · 363+ views
    Big Ben Upgraded To Fair Condition Roethlisberger Is Awake And Oriented POSTED: 4:14 pm EDT June 13, 2006 UPDATED: 5:29 pm EDT June 13, 2006 PITTSBURGH -- Doctors held a news conference Tuesday afternoon at Mercy Hospital to provide an update on Pittsburgh Steelers’ quarterback Ben Roethlisberger’s medical condition. The hospital has officially updated his condition from serious but stable to fair. Ben was transferred from the recovery room to an undisclosed unit at the hospital. He is awake, alert, oriented and resting with his family by his side. The upgrade means Ben’s vital signs are stable and his recovery...
  • Roethlisberger undergoes seven hours of surgery ~ broken jaw and facial injuries repaired...

    06/12/2006 11:22:41 PM PDT · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 145 replies · 3,043+ views
    Foxnews ^ | Associated Press
    PITTSBURGH (AP) - Steelers star Ben Roethlisberger, the youngest quarterback to lead a team to the Super Bowl championship, broke his jaw and nose in a motorcycle crash Monday in which he was not wearing a helmet. Four doctors operated on Roethlisberger for seven hours to treat multiple facial fractures and "all of the fractures were successfully repaired," Dr. Harry W. Sell, chairman of the surgery department at Mercy Hospital, told reporters late Monday night. Photo Gallery...Roethlisberger's accident Also... Bradshaw: 'I pray he's going to be OK' Athletes and motorcycle accidents Dr. Daniel Pituch, who led the team, said Roethlisberger...
  • (Vanity) Political Limerick 06-13-2006

    06/13/2006 5:46:35 AM PDT · by grey_whiskers · 7 replies · 277+ views
    grey_whiskers ^ | 06-13-2006 | grey_whiskers
    See for example this thread first. You're lucky to not break your neck on a motorcycle in a wreck Don't give me no guff Roethlisberger's tough But the pavement is tougher, by heck!
  • Steelers QB Roethlisberger Injured in Motorcycle Crash

    06/12/2006 10:49:06 AM PDT · by Birdstrike · 6 replies · 2,062+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12 June 2006 | AP
    PITTSBURGH — Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger was injured in a motorcycle crash Monday and taken to a hospital. "He was alert and conscious," per Allegheny County emergency service. In his second year in the NFL, Roethlisberger helped guide the Steelers to the Super Bowl championship last season. The 24-year-old Roethlisberger has said in the past that he prefers not to wear a helmet when riding his motorcycle. He has pointed out Pennsylvania's 35-year-old state law requiring helmets to be worn was amended to make helmets optional. In May 2005, Steelers coach Bill Cowher lectured Roethlisberger on the dangers of riding...
  • Virginia May Drop Motorcycle Helmet Law

    02/06/2006 1:20:14 PM PST · by martin_fierro · 34 replies · 514+ views
    WXII ^ | 8:49 am EST February 6, 2006
    Virginia May Drop Motorcycle Helmet Law POSTED: 8:35 am EST February 6, 2006 UPDATED: 8:49 am EST February 6, 2006 RICHMOND, Va. -- A House of Delegates committee has endorsed a measure that would lift Virginia's motorcycle helmet law for operators and passengers age 21 years and older. The bill -- now bound for the full House -- is sponsored by William Janis of Henrico. He said helmet wearing should be optional for motorcycle enthusiasts.
  • The Buzz: Anti-helmet bikers give officials some lip

    01/16/2006 12:00:51 PM PST · by SmithL · 61 replies · 801+ views
    Sacramento Bee ^ | 1/16/6 | Kevin Yamamura
    Perhaps it was bad timing, but the annual bill allowing bikers to ride motorcycles without helmets was in committee two days after the most famous motorcycle accident in California gubernatorial history. One would presume that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger walking around the Capitol with a fat lip wasn't exactly a ringing endorsement for easing motorcyclist protection laws. The bill was ultimately killed - on the same Tuesday afternoon that Schwarzenegger sheepishly explained that he never bothered to get a motorcycle license. MLS Motorcycle riders wandering through Capitol hallways to lobby legislators took a moment to sympathize with the Harley-riding governor, even...
  • Measure calls for soccer helmets

    12/14/2005 5:30:56 PM PST · by Boston Blackie · 21 replies · 521+ views
    With strong evidence of long-term neurological damage among a portion of veteran soccer players, some soccer officials, parents, and physicians around the nation have recently been pushing for more safety measures for young players, including an outright ban on heading, an integral part of the world's most popular sport.
  • PennDOT revises its motorcycle (no-helmet-req'd law) statistics

    06/12/2005 1:59:09 PM PDT · by martin_fierro · 31 replies · 1,067+ views
    Phillyburbs ^ | June 12, 2005 4:45 AM | HARRY YANOSHAK
    PennDOT revises its motorcycle statistics By HARRY YANOSHAK Bucks County Courier Times After its numbers buoyed bareheaded motor bikers, PennDOT skidded and wiped them out. Motorcycle deaths really haven't dramatically dropped in the first full year since the state repealed the mandatory helmet law, state Department of Transportation officials now say. Originally, PennDOT reported a nearly 10 percent drop in fatalities statewide between 2003 and last year (from 174 to 157 deaths). Now, the agency's data, confirmed with the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, says there were 156 fatalities in 2003 - one less than reported last year. Turns out...
  • Man accused of ramming motorcycle, killing two riders, after argument

    05/11/2005 11:18:19 AM PDT · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 186 replies · 3,662+ views
    WFRV.COM ^ | 05/11/2005 | Associated Press
    Wednesday May 11, 2005 HIBBS, Pa. (AP) A man angry about an argument chased down a motorcycle and rammed it with his pickup truck, killing the bike's two riders, state police said. Edward A. Belch, 44, of McClellandtown, apparently got in an argument with the motorcycle's passengers Tuesday evening, authorities said. The two people then got on the motorcycle and left, and Belch followed them on state Route 21, passing other vehicles, until he hit the motorcycle, police said. Terri Lynn Gresko, 44, and a 54-year-old man whom police didn't immediately identify died at the scene. Belch was being held...
  • (MI) Senate panel approves bill to let bikers ride without helmets

    03/16/2005 6:00:43 AM PST · by wmichgrad · 61 replies · 802+ views ^ | March 15, 2005 | DAVID EGGERT
    LANSING, Mich. (AP) — After decades of lobbying, Michigan motorcyclists could be roaring closer to being allowed to ride without a helmet. A state Senate panel on Tuesday approved a bill to let bikers ride without helmets if they are older than 21 and either have been licensed to operate a motorcycle for at least two years or have taken a safety course. The full Senate, which has proved a major hurdle to past efforts to repeal parts of the state's mandatory helmet law, is expected to vote on the bill Thursday. Senate Majority Leader Ken Sikkema, R-Wyoming, opposes the...
  • House Panel Rejects Photo-Red Enforcement, Backs Helmet Repeal

    02/05/2005 5:46:58 AM PST · by flair2000 · 25 replies · 552+ views
    Assosiated Press ^ | 2-5-05 | Larry O'Dell
    (AP) - Legislators' libertarian leanings prevailed over pleas for highway safety Friday when a House of Delegates committee dealt with bills governing motorcyclists and red light scofflaws in Virginia. The Militia, Police and Public Safety Committee rejected several bills to expand or continue local pilot programs that use cameras to catch red light runners. The panel also endorsed legislation allowing motorcyclists 21 and over to ride without a helmet. The panel voted 15-6 to kill Del. Michelle McQuigg's bill expanding so-called "photo-red" monitoring systems statewide. Six northern Virginia localities and Virginia Beach have pilot programs that are scheduled to end...
  • Report: Locally made helmets less protective (Advance Combat Helmets)

    08/27/2004 5:06:30 AM PDT · by Born Conservative · 7 replies · 567+ views
    Times Leader ^ | 8/27/2004 | RENITA FENNICK
    A new, locally made military helmet being used by troops in Iraq provides less coverage and may result in more serious head traumas, the Army's senior neurosurgeon told The Wall Street Journal. Lt. Col. Jeff Poffenbarger, stationed in Baghdad, is critical of the helmets, which are smaller and offer less protection on the back and sides of the head, according to an article published Wednesday. He estimates a 30 percent increase in serious head traumas if the helmets are distributed throughout the entire force in Iraq. Despite Poffenbarger's misgivings, the Army hasn't changed its original specifications, and production of 107,000...
  • Archaeologists find signs of ancient advertisements from Sassanid era

    08/21/2004 2:34:39 AM PDT · by BlackVeil · 28 replies · 1,269+ views
    Tehran Times ^ | August 21 2004 | Anon
    TEHRAN (MNA) -- During the latest season of excavations of the northern gate of Takht-e Suleiman, an ancient Zoroastrian fire temple located in northwestern Iran, the stamps of two seals were discovered which indicate that objects entered Takht-e Suleiman from other regions with special tags attached to them which seem to be advertisements. They signify that an early form of advertising was being practiced during the Sassanid era (224-642 C.E.), Yusef Moradi, the head of the excavation team, said on Friday. “The team began its excavations in early August and found the stamps of two seals at the upper levels...
  • Ancient Persian fleet surrenders it's mysteries

    08/21/2004 1:17:11 AM PDT · by freedom44 · 16 replies · 2,133+ views
    New Zealand News ^ | 8/21/04 | SIMON COLLINS
    Secrets of an ancient Persian armada sunk off the coast of Greece 2500 years ago are being dredged up by modern archaeologists. A team from Greece, Canada and the United States has just completed a second expedition to retrieve artefacts from 300 ships of the Persian King Darius that were wrecked in a storm off the Mt Athos Peninsula, northern Greece, in 492BC or 493BC. Aucklanders will be among the first to hear the results today when three of the expedition leaders present their findings in a free public lecture at Auckland University. In two trips so far, last October...
  • That's the ticket

    08/20/2004 12:37:15 PM PDT · by Willie Green · 2 replies · 277+ views
    The Herald ^ | Thursday, August 19, 2004 | Tawnya Panizzi
    ASPINWALL: Nine-year-old Maddy Beard is hoping to get nabbed by police for zipping through town on her two-wheeler. Propped on her pale blue Schwinn, Maddy said she follows the rules and cruises along the sidewalks. Her friend Paige McLaughlin, riding alongside on a purple, sticker-adorned bike, chimed in, "We don't speed!" Still, they want stopped. The girls learned Friday of a new program, sponsored by the Aspinwall Civic Association and Kieffer Optical, in which police will stop cyclists to give them a ticket -- a $1 coupon toward a purchase at neighborhood convenience store, J&W Variety. There is a catch,...
  • Bikers to ride nearly nude tonight to protest repeal of helmet law

    09/04/2003 5:34:35 PM PDT · by buzzyboop · 87 replies · 735+ views
    Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | September 4, 2003 | Kellie B. Gormly
    <p>If you're going motorcycle riding with a bare head, you might just as well ride in the buff, a group of angry bikers say.</p> <p>Tonight, they plan to do just that -- well, almost. The bikers want to illustrate their point while protesting the repeal of the state's helmet law for motorcycle riders. The new freedom takes effect today.</p>
  • Motorcyclists, insurers bang heads over helmets

    08/28/2003 6:49:40 AM PDT · by BraveMan · 117 replies · 1,719+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Aug. 26, 2003 | DENNIS CHAPTMAN
    Madison - Wisconsin juries could not reduce damage awards in cases where motorcyclists are hurt or killed while not wearing helmets, under legislation backed by bikers at a public hearing Tuesday. "Society says helmets must be safe and that motorcycles must be dangerous, and that's not true," Wisconsin Rapids motorcyclist Kirk "Hard Tail" Willard told the Senate Judiciary, Corrections and Privacy Committee. The measure, which would also apply to snowmobilers and riders of all-terrain vehicles, is a response to a 2002 state Supreme Court ruling that held that the failure of an ATV rider to wear a helmet could be...
  • No Nannies Need Apply

    07/19/2003 11:35:58 AM PDT · by aynfan · 3 replies · 238+ views
    Original | 6/18/03 | Robert Wolf
    NO NANNIES NEED APPLY by Robert Wolf We are not a democracy. As has often been said, democracy is two wolves and a sheep arguing about what is for dinner. We are (or were meant to be) a Federal Republic, a collaboration of autonomous states headed by a deliberately shackled Federal government. As citizen of this Federal republic we should be permitted to manage our own risk and to pursue our own destiny; free of the meddling of those who think fast food is bad for us, that motorcyclists must wear helmets, or that we should split up into multi-cultural...
  • No wimps, please

    06/21/2003 9:43:19 AM PDT · by Willie Green · 71 replies · 662+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | Saturday, June 21, 2003 | editorial
    <p>Crack open a coconut. That's the sound of a skull bouncing off the pavement.</p> <p>Sickening, isn't it?</p> <p>Motorcyclists without helmets who relish easy-riding "freedom" are a Darwinian argument for improving the species through natural selection.</p> <p>After considerable lobbying, the state Senate passed legislation lifting the mandatory helmet law for riders 21 and older who have been motorcycle-licensed for at least two years or passed a state-approved safety course. Passengers 21 and older of a qualified driver also could be exempt.</p>
  • Luckiest Man in Iraq - (Survives 4 Headshots)

    03/29/2003 7:01:33 PM PST · by Ymani Cricket · 4 replies · 297+ views, Daily Telegraph ^ | 03/28/30 | Matt Sun
    Luckiest man in Iraq By Matt Sun March 28, 2003 THIS is the luckiest man in Iraq - a Royal Marine who cheated death despite being shot four times in the head during a raging battle. (Soldier Eric Walderman wearing the hat that saved his life. Picture: AFP) Marine Eric Walderman was hit by a volley of bullets while fighting Iraqi soldiers at Umm Qasr in southern Iraq. The bullets hit his Kevlar helmet just above his eye, tearing the camouflage lining and ricocheting away. If a round had struck a 1cm lower, he would have been killed. Marine Walderman...
  • No-helmets bill for motorcyclists defeated in Assembly, again

    05/30/2002 8:59:36 PM PDT · by Cultural Jihad · 86 replies · 714+ views
    AP ^ | May 30, 2002
    <p>SACRAMENTO (AP) - A bill to exempt motorcyclists over age 21 from having to wear helmets failed in the Assembly on Thursday.</p> <p>Already defeated once, bill author and motorcycle rider Assemblyman Dennis Mountjoy, R-Monrovia, resurrected AB2700 to argue once again that the state is taking away individual freedom by requiring drivers to wear helmets. His effort failed on a 34-33 vote.</p>