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+David Hembrow Let's see, Iraq now in a civil war and thousands dead in Mosul, inspired terrorism around the world thanks to the ISIS blitzkreig in 2014, and we were willing to invade them in 2003. But we are afraid of attacking North Korea. Why would that be?

And people wonder in social studies why I'm frustrated that I can't explain why I say or believe the things I do or offer a new perspective on the questions for my final exam yesterday. Obviously not limited to Iraq, but among many things. 

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+David Hembrow Something amusing I saw today is how the Dalai Lama claims that he cured Mongolia of alcoholism with horse milk (and hopefully asking the Mongolian government to expand social services to alcoholics), and John Oliver, not disputing the alcoholism part, expressed opposition to horse milk, and the Dalai Lama asked "What is the difference between horse and cow milk?". John had no good response. A good laugh for a person like you, even though you are an atheist (and come to think about how Buddhism works, probably not religious in general). 

+David Hembrow Hopefully this makes you much less angry than you are with the election I imagine.

I was wondering what the impact on road design has on motor vehicle speeds. For example, when I drive, I find myself wanting to go much faster on a road with narrower lanes (3.75 metre) on even urban freeways than I do on arterial roads with 4.45 metre lanes (I think this is intended to put cyclists in the right part of the lane with enough room for a car to overtake within the lane), usually about 100 km/h or so, give or take 10 km, on the freeway and 50-70 kmh or so on the arterial road.

That would be what I see over here, so what does having the features associated with modern design like roundabouts, 2.7-3 metre wide lanes, brick paving, narrower medians (and sometimes no median at all on the 50 km/h roads), narrower shoulders and clear zones, etc, have on speeds in the NL? I am trying to figure out what road design will reliably cause speeds of 30, 50, 60, 70, 80, 100 and freeway speeds given the context required.

I'm also curious how they affect actual behaviour, for example when I have been sketching roads, if the cars yield, they have no more than 2.75 metre wide lanes, or those warning lights without a gate arm stopping traffic to wait for a tram.

Sorry that the list is long.

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We both of course know that you're vegan and cycle or walk nearly everywhere you go, cut your carbon footprint to very low levels without going into abject poverty, etc, but I am wondering how you might protect the animals that die in road crashes. A fence on the Mexican border would be absolutely useless, but maybe the most important fence would be one on maybe the A4 motorway to stop animals from crossing (and of course, find somewhere they can cross safely instead). 

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+David Hembrow And people still don't seem to be figuring out that you can have disabled parking on a road this narrow if you do volume and speed control. If your kids could play in the street outside your home given it's low volume, then I'm pretty sure that similarly low volumes on 10 Ave could allow people with arthritis (among other things) to park if they had to.

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+David Hembrow Hum, Director Comey getting fired and likely what trouble his employer is going to be in seems a lot like what happened to a certain politician when you were 14, doesn't it?

It also reminds me of this picture: 

+David Hembrow As you'd remember from my last post on G+, I thought about the self enforcing nature of the most modern designs from the Dutch (on average, not specific like the Shared Space if you have too many cars). And I also have been wondering about even some of the fundamentals of economics like whether we should even have money and if so, why in an economy that produces so much so efficiently and with some improvements could be quite sustainable like veganism/vegetarianism and renewable energy. And dominance of animals is kind of slavery too, who would be capable of surviving on their own if we didn't domesticate them. And on what basis we have hierarchies that seem to defy the basic idea of the equality of all people. Why we get so frustrated with politicians, especially as of late. hearing good stories of direct democracy in the 8th largest company in Spain and in Switzerland, especially the two cantons where you can still bring a sword as a voting card to vote in the assembly like ancient Athens had.

So I've certainly had some anarchist leaning tendencies in the last 2 weeks and currently use the model of market socialism, with profit mandated to be reinvested in society, in the workers or the expansion of the companies themselves, like Yugoslavia except without the oppression, I wonder what you think of the world of what model of governance we should use and why you believe in that model. You reject a lot of ideas that even I had a few months ago like nearly all immigration controls and pointed out before that corporations are Amoral not immoral or moral. It's why you are a vegan whatever philosophy you hold to be the best. People become atheists for a lot of reasons, you didn't seem to be in on it for any sort of political reason though.

Genuinely curious. 

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Something interesting over the last week as I've been discussing anarchism in social class (discussions about George Orwell during the Spanish Civil War in Catalonia will do that to you), I thought about Dutch roadway design and the best examples of it, the roundabouts of Assen in particular, the N470 bypassing Delft, and other positive designs are remarkably anarchic although without trying to. Most laws on roadway conduct on these good examples are just common sense and enforced by people's instinct of self preservation, no state required (I'm assuming that we are imagine the state not in Marxian terms of which class dictators over whom, I'm thinking police). Traffic lights need police to enforce most of the time, but a good roundabout of 30 km/h low volume zone doesn't need them.

Motorways would need police to enforce any limit less than about 120 km/h or so most of the time, although how wide the lanes are and how close the side barriers are to you will make you lower your speed (as would a tree canopy if there is a crash barrier protecting the tree trunks. That actually sounds like a really cool way to enforce the speed limit), ideally to 100 km/h when going around urban areas (although the Dutch any way would try to build the motorway outside the urban area in the first place so there isn't a need of having the limit at 100).

It really seems more true every day to me that in the right environment, people can be capable of tremendous good, but also equally that humans in the wrong situation are capable of great evil and foolishness. Must be why people put humans in ancient religions as putting us halfway between angels and demons and God and Satan. 

+David Hembrow I know very well that you know genuine methods of reducing terrorism and wars like that in Syria, like moving onto renewable power as a way of making it hard to fund yourself, but I am trying to think of what to do to about the wars that are being fought right this minute. What do you do if you are the city of Damascus and some militia group is at the city gate (not literally, they tore those down long ago) with guns pointing at you? Fire pepper spray gas at them? Shoot them with taser rounds from shotguns? Aim LRADs or microwave emitters at them? They are abused by police for peaceful protesters, but the last time I checked ISIS and the Lords Resistance Army are not peaceful protesters. Not sure what exactly the best reaction is for this. And the same with invading a city occupied by said militants like the efforts in Deriz, Al Raqqa and Mosul.

I am trying to think of the best ways to minimize force, even against a terrorist. If the UK armed response police can show the restraint that it does, so can entities like the Iraqi military. 

+David Hembrow I began to read the Dictator's Handbook, Why Bad Behaviour is Almost Always Good Politics, today. I'm only 30% through it but already it's shaping my opinions and how I view the world.

I also notice some other interesting aspects of industrial society. I heard a story about McDonalds opening an automatic restaurant. Whether this is true or not, it's likely to happen anyway very soon if it's not true. You've probably seen cashiers that are computers along the same lines at grocery stores and while I doubt you'd even go to McDonalds infrequently due to the vegan issues, you've probably seen them before.

It would still have problems for health issues if used frequently for fast food (although not if they did things like serve mashed potatoes and pancakes without butter or syrup and the same kind of food you would eat on a normal basis) and the trucks delivering the goods still aren't electric and agriculture can be problematic especially if it doesn't get rid of meat, but the big problem with that is labour. I know you live in a place where minimum wage is calculated by week not hour, but even that won't be enough I think. It would produce an economy so productive that money can be abolished but I doubt humanity will go that way, do guaranteed basic incomes seem like a solution to you? 
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