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There is fast and then there is fast. Via Malcolm Gladwell, from Bleacher Report:

Watch Usain Bolt Tie NFL Combine 40-Yard Dash Record at 4.22 Seconds
TIMOTHY RAPP, FEBRUARY 2, 2019

Usain Bolt, the greatest sprinter of all time, is 32 and a couple of years into retirement (not that his career was all that exhausting, either). So he shows up for various Super Bowl promotional events and in one of them he runs a 40-yard-dash, the NFL’s standard measure of speed.

The record at the NFL Combine (where top college players come to be objectively evaluated for the draft) is John Ross’s 4.22.

For some reason, the 40 yard dash typically uses obsolete hand timing, rather than the electronic timing used in the Olympics since 1968. So specific 40 yard dash times should be taken with a grain of salt.

Bolt, who is 6’5″, was assumed early in his career to be a natural 200 meter man on the grounds that very tall runners take longer to get into gear. But he proved dominant at both the 100m and 200m.

One interesting thing about Bolt is that while it’s easy to assume that he’s the ultimate sprinter, the fastest any human could be, his form is odd: he hits the ground significantly harder with one foot than another. So maybe somebody faster could come along who simply runs symmetrically? Or maybe this whole symmetry thing is overrated?

 
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  1. One leg is longer than the other

  2. Was he tested for PEDs after the attempt?

    • Replies: @BIll Jones
    Yup. They checked him for peds. He has two. One on the end of each leg.
    , @Twinkie
    Oh, I see. You only have problems with nonwhites using PEDs.
    , @woody weaver
    Babe Ruth ingested performing enhancing drugs which allowed him to hit 700 home runs: Hot Dogs and Beer. Imagine how well Usain Bolt would perform on such drugs.
  3. OT: Williamson at it again.

    ….But the fact is, America needs Big Business — maybe more than Big Business needs America. There are lots of markets out there….

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/02/big-business-future-american-economy/

    Shorter: What’s good for Shultz, Cook, Gates, Koch, Bloomberg, Steyer, Zuckerberg damned well better be good enough for you.

    • Replies: @Svigor
    What a load of horseshit. Strip them of all their assets, deport them to Venezuela, bar them from any means of accessing or profiting from American markets, and see how they do. Protip: America will provide another crop of oligarchs to take their place, without missing a beat.
    , @Steve in Greensboro
    He who pays the piper calls the tune.
  4. Yeah, he has a serious case of scoliosis.

  5. Usain Bolt shows that anyone, with 10,000 hours of practice, can run faster than anyone in the NFL. You can confirm the same with Malcolm Gladwell and Stephen J. Gould. Yep, they don’t need data, just baseless assertions and the compliance of a broad spectrum of dishonest charlatans that make P.T. Barnum look like an exemplar of probity.

    • LOL: Anonym, AndrewR
    • Replies: @obwandiyag
    People who compare athletics and, say, academic achievement or musical ability are like people who compare GMOs and selective breeding--deliberate obfuscating liars.
  6. OT: Vox Day is often insightful. What he has to say about the effectiveness of rhetoric is right on target. The American left/right/business axis is really ticked off over this “Just learn to Code…” meme. It’s driving them to distraction. MAGA, Fake News, Learn to Code, The Wall……..I love it. Rhetoric works.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/153019/fetid-right-wing-origins-learn-code

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    I wonder if any engagé libs/journalists reading her little article get to the voxsplainer on "brigading" and involuntarily think to themselves: "Huh--wouldn't that sort of describe me & my pals"
    , @Anonymous
    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former "Jeopardy!" goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag (I believe this was the plot of "Bright Lights Big City")
    , @Svigor
    Recently, I was thinking about the old saw; "first they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win." The reverse may be true for "you," i.e., for dissidents: first you fight them, then you mock them, then you ignore them, then you win.

    Williamson needs oligarchs a lot more than we do, that much is true.

  7. …specific 40 yard dash times should be taken with a grain of salt.

    Or a bolt of whole cloth.

    2 approaches to technology: ‘bolt-on’ vs. ‘whole-cloth’

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    I see what Usain.
    , @reactionry
    McCain Iraq Refrain*?

    Bomb-Bomb-Iran-Back-To-The-Stone-Age* Joltin' (some say revoltin') John Bolton says that while that was like a bolt out of the deep blue state, it was also a lie made up out of whole cloth.

    See also from The Cliff Notes Of Dover:
    Doveryai No Proveryai or Take With A Grain Of SALT Talks

  8. @Reg Cæsar

    ...specific 40 yard dash times should be taken with a grain of salt.
     
    Or a bolt of whole cloth.


    http://myword.info/images/bolt_1cas.gif

    http://myword.info/images/bolt_1cbs.gif

    http://myword.info/images/bolt_1ccs.gif

    http://myword.info/images/bolt_1cds.gif



    2 approaches to technology: 'bolt-on' vs. 'whole-cloth'

    I see what Usain.

    • LOL: AnotherDad
  9. This Taleb guy really hates GMO agriculture for some reason. Of all the people I’d expect to find flogging the Paleo diet, he’d be the most expected, but aren’t we all about 7,000 years into eugenic food at this point?

    • Replies: @Redneck farmer
    IQ is all BS too, according to Taleb.
  10. Now, before we jump to racial conclusions, consider that the perpetrator could have come from any of the countries in orange.

    2 dead after wrong-way driver causes multiple accidents in SF

    • Replies: @Barnard
    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?
    , @Ibound1
    This isn't the first time someone has driven the wrong way on 101 and killed someone. I remember a case from a few years ago, a Stanford B school kid (from America). I wonder if there is something about the entrances which is confusing.
  11. Interesting that one of the first uses of motion picture photography was to ‘prove’ that a horse took all four hooves off the ground when it galloped. I saw a track coach ‘teach’ a reporter to run faster by not trying to move his legs faster but simply pushing against the track harder and thus being airborne longer between each step.

    Given that running speed seems to be a matter of spending more time off the ground than on it one wonders if track coaches should not be recruiting basketball players with high vertical leap capability ( I’m thinking of guys like Spud Webb who, though short, could dunk a basketball) and see if they could use that talent to sprint.

    • Replies: @Oleaginous Outrager
    There are only two factors in running speed: stride length and stride frequency. "Spending more time off the ground ", even if it were relevant, is simply a function of stride length, not an aim in itself. In fact, it's wasting energy by pushing vertically rather than horizontally.
  12. @Daniel H
    OT: Vox Day is often insightful. What he has to say about the effectiveness of rhetoric is right on target. The American left/right/business axis is really ticked off over this "Just learn to Code..." meme. It's driving them to distraction. MAGA, Fake News, Learn to Code, The Wall........I love it. Rhetoric works.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/153019/fetid-right-wing-origins-learn-code

    I wonder if any engagé libs/journalists reading her little article get to the voxsplainer on “brigading” and involuntarily think to themselves: “Huh–wouldn’t that sort of describe me & my pals”

  13. @Daniel H
    OT: Vox Day is often insightful. What he has to say about the effectiveness of rhetoric is right on target. The American left/right/business axis is really ticked off over this "Just learn to Code..." meme. It's driving them to distraction. MAGA, Fake News, Learn to Code, The Wall........I love it. Rhetoric works.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/153019/fetid-right-wing-origins-learn-code

    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former “Jeopardy!” goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag (I believe this was the plot of “Bright Lights Big City”)

    • Replies: @jon

    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former “Jeopardy!” goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag
     
    After reading the post above, I ducked her to see who she was, this was the first link:
    New Yorker staffer resigns after falsely accusing ICE agent of having Nazi tattoo
    https://nypost.com/2018/06/26/new-yorker-staffer-resigns-after-falsely-accusing-ice-agent-of-having-nazi-tattoo/
    , @DuanDiRen
    Best novella I ever read. I reread it a couple of years ago, and it is still brilliant.
    , @Oleaginous Outrager
    And also attempted to get an ICE employee fired (a disabled vet no less) because she thought his elbow tat was a "Neo-NOT-SEE IRON CROSS!!!!!!!!". She's willfully stupid even for the modern SJW.
    , @Alec Leamas (hard at work)

    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former “Jeopardy!” goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag (I believe this was the plot of “Bright Lights Big City”)
     
    Eh, by the looks of her she's a bit middle-heavy and bottom-heavy too.
  14. @MikeatMikedotMike
    Was he tested for PEDs after the attempt?

    Yup. They checked him for peds. He has two. One on the end of each leg.

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    Cheater!
  15. It’s my understanding that 40 times are measured electronically at the combine, not by hand.

    Jakeem Grant, who plays for the Miami Dolphins, was rumored to have run a hand timed 4.15 second 40 during his Pro Day workout at Texas Tech.

    • Agree: The Z Blog
    • Replies: @The Z Blog
    At the combine, they report electronic times. They do some hand times for the intermediate measures, but those are not reported. So the teams will have the time for the first ten, second ten, etc, but the public just gets the 40-time, which is not a hand time.

    The camps and combines high school boys attend are also using electronic times, as well. The kids get a bracelet they use to clock into stations, so their times are recorded without needed a person to enter (and manipulate) the data. Some shenanigans go on, which is why colleges will hand time kids just to compare.

    As far as Pro Day, that's all hand times.
  16. The most natural sprinter ever was Houston McTear.

  17. @BIll Jones
    Yup. They checked him for peds. He has two. One on the end of each leg.

    Cheater!

  18. @Daniel H
    OT: Williamson at it again.

    ....But the fact is, America needs Big Business — maybe more than Big Business needs America. There are lots of markets out there....

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/02/big-business-future-american-economy/

    Shorter: What's good for Shultz, Cook, Gates, Koch, Bloomberg, Steyer, Zuckerberg damned well better be good enough for you.

    What a load of horseshit. Strip them of all their assets, deport them to Venezuela, bar them from any means of accessing or profiting from American markets, and see how they do. Protip: America will provide another crop of oligarchs to take their place, without missing a beat.

    • Agree: Bubba
  19. @Daniel H
    OT: Vox Day is often insightful. What he has to say about the effectiveness of rhetoric is right on target. The American left/right/business axis is really ticked off over this "Just learn to Code..." meme. It's driving them to distraction. MAGA, Fake News, Learn to Code, The Wall........I love it. Rhetoric works.

    https://newrepublic.com/article/153019/fetid-right-wing-origins-learn-code

    Recently, I was thinking about the old saw; “first they ignore you, then they mock you, then they fight you, then you win.” The reverse may be true for “you,” i.e., for dissidents: first you fight them, then you mock them, then you ignore them, then you win.

    Williamson needs oligarchs a lot more than we do, that much is true.

  20. @Reg Cæsar
    Now, before we jump to racial conclusions, consider that the perpetrator could have come from any of the countries in orange.


    2 dead after wrong-way driver causes multiple accidents in SF

    https://infographic.statista.com/normal/chartoftheday_9261_which_side_of_the_road_do_you_drive_on_n.jpg

    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?

    • Replies: @Cortes
    During primary school (5-11) we were told that passing on the left originated in the Middle Ages and allowed travellers to approach one another confident that the person moving towards them with the (usually dominant) right hand in plain sight was unarmed.
    , @anon

    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?
     
    The same logic behind the British using the Imperial weights and measures system (lbs, inches, etc.) instead of the metric system.
    The island nation stands apart.
    , @Lurker
    I've heard that it was due to Napoleon insisting on traffic being on the left on the continent and we bloody mindedly did the opposite.

    No idea if there's any truth in that.

    I suspect there were no national rules about which side of the road was used until relatively recently. Nineteenth century sometime?
    , @Hippopotamusdrome
    Because the ancient Romans drove on the left and they just kept doing it the way they had been doing it for centuries.

    It was during the French Revolution that the French decided that because the Ancien Régime drove on the left that they would switch sides to the right just to be different. The British were at war with France and so they wouldn't switch sides in sympathy with the revolutionaries who were their enemies, unlike most of the world.
    , @Olorin
    Logic?
    , @Colin Wright
    'What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?'

    It makes driving interesting and exciting for tourists.
  21. A sprinter from the U of Tennessee, Christian Coleman, ran an electronically timed 4.12 a few years ago, but it never seemed to get that much play. You’d think people would talk about that like the 4-minute mile or 600 lb. clean-and-jerk, one of the epochal athletic achievements, but no.

    Kirk Gibson was said to have been timed (by hand, presumably) by NFL scouts at 4.28 back in 1978. Is that the fastest time for a Person of Pallor?

    • Replies: @black sea
    Don Beebe (Pallor Person) reportedly ran a 4.21. In his day, he was the fastest player on the Buffalo Bills. His son now plays for the Minnesota Vikings.
    , @GU
    Not disagreeing with the general tenor of your post, but would like to pedantically point out that there has yet to be a verified 600-lb. clean and jerk. The heaviest weight c&j’ed in competition is 266 kg (585 lbs.) by Taranenko in the 1980s. His teammate Pisarenko did 265 kg at a much lower body weight, also in the ‘80s. There are unverified rumors of 600 lb. c&j’s in training—color me skeptical.

    Lasha Talakhadze has a good shot at breaking the 600-lb. threshold. He’s already obliterated the all-time snatch records, seemingly with plenty of kg’s left in the tank. We’ll see if WADA let’s him keep lifting.
  22. @Barnard
    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?

    During primary school (5-11) we were told that passing on the left originated in the Middle Ages and allowed travellers to approach one another confident that the person moving towards them with the (usually dominant) right hand in plain sight was unarmed.

    • Agree: jim jones, BIll Jones
  23. @Barnard
    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?

    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?

    The same logic behind the British using the Imperial weights and measures system (lbs, inches, etc.) instead of the metric system.
    The island nation stands apart.

  24. I’ve closely followed sprinting since I was a kid, and I was a sprinter in high school.

    Bolt has the absolute worst sprinting form I’ve ever seen in any sprinter at any level above high school. It’s beyond ugly.

    If you want to see beautiful form, go on You Tube and check out Tyson Gay toward the end of his career. It’s perfection. Absolutely nothing is wasted.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    For example, even an onlooker like me can see Bolt was always a ponderously slow starter. I assume that was why he got started in 200m (and relays) rather than 100m.
  25. @Anonymous
    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former "Jeopardy!" goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag (I believe this was the plot of "Bright Lights Big City")

    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former “Jeopardy!” goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag

    After reading the post above, I ducked her to see who she was, this was the first link:
    New Yorker staffer resigns after falsely accusing ICE agent of having Nazi tattoo
    https://nypost.com/2018/06/26/new-yorker-staffer-resigns-after-falsely-accusing-ice-agent-of-having-nazi-tattoo/

    • Replies: @Anon

    “I had $400 in savings when I left my job,” she continued. “I don’t have health insurance anymore. I’m broke and I’m terrified.”
     
    Jeez, what does the New Yorker pay? Why work in New York if you cannot afford it?

    From a few years ago:

    Here's How Many Americans Would Struggle to Pay a $400 Emergency Expense

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/05/heres-how-many-americans-would-struggle-to-pay-a-400-emergency-expense/446454/

    More than two-thirds of Americans with incomes of less than $40,000 say they would sell something or borrow money in the event of a $400 emergency expense, according to a new survey by the Federal Reserve.
     
    And this:

    The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans: Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/

    I chose to become a writer, which is a financially perilous profession, rather than do something more lucrative. I chose to live in New York rather than in a place with a lower cost of living. I chose to have two children. I chose to write long books that required years of work, even though my advances would be stretched to the breaking point and, it turned out, beyond.
     
  26. What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?

    Ben Collins argues that it’s natural and preferable for right-handers (90-95% of the population) to drive on the left, as their dominant eye is on the road and dominant hand on the wheel. He blames Napoleon for taking the odd practice of French teamsters and imposing it on Europe, whence it spread to the rest of the world.

    Not every colony follows its master’s preference. Macau, Indonesia, Suriname, Mozambique, and the US Virgin Islands use the left, Canada and Nigeria, the right.


    http://www.howtodrive.co.uk/

    • Replies: @Johnny789
    I still drive a stick shift and am very right handed. If I had to shift with my left hand it would be very uncomfortable. At least for a while.
    , @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Ben Collins argues that it’s natural and preferable for right-handers (90-95% of the population) to drive on the left, as their dominant eye is on the road and dominant hand on the wheel. He blames Napoleon for taking the odd practice of French teamsters and imposing it on Europe, whence it spread to the rest of the world.
     
    This makes me want to read this book, even though I know nothing about car racing.
    , @Lars Porsena
    What does which side of the road you're driving on have to do with which hand you have on the wheel or which eye (???) you look at the road with? Don't most people who are not crosseyed look at stuff with both eyes?

    Or are you talking about which side of the car the driver sits on and not which side of the road?

  27. @Reg Cæsar

    ...specific 40 yard dash times should be taken with a grain of salt.
     
    Or a bolt of whole cloth.


    http://myword.info/images/bolt_1cas.gif

    http://myword.info/images/bolt_1cbs.gif

    http://myword.info/images/bolt_1ccs.gif

    http://myword.info/images/bolt_1cds.gif



    2 approaches to technology: 'bolt-on' vs. 'whole-cloth'

    McCain Iraq Refrain*?

    Bomb-Bomb-Iran-Back-To-The-Stone-Age* Joltin’ (some say revoltin’) John Bolton says that while that was like a bolt out of the deep blue state, it was also a lie made up out of whole cloth.

    See also from The Cliff Notes Of Dover:
    Doveryai No Proveryai or Take With A Grain Of SALT Talks

  28. I wish Usain Bolt, when he felt he wasn’t as fast any more, had moved up to the 400.

    • Replies: @RationalExpressions

    I wish Usain Bolt, when he felt he wasn’t as fast any more, had moved up to the 400.

     

    Too much work. And pain. I’m sure though that if he’d had the discipline he would have shattered records there too. He could have have jogged the first 300 then sprinted past everyone to the finish.
  29. @Reg Cæsar

    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?
     
    Ben Collins argues that it's natural and preferable for right-handers (90-95% of the population) to drive on the left, as their dominant eye is on the road and dominant hand on the wheel. He blames Napoleon for taking the odd practice of French teamsters and imposing it on Europe, whence it spread to the rest of the world.

    Not every colony follows its master's preference. Macau, Indonesia, Suriname, Mozambique, and the US Virgin Islands use the left, Canada and Nigeria, the right.


    http://www.howtodrive.co.uk/public/images/book.png

    http://www.howtodrive.co.uk/

    I still drive a stick shift and am very right handed. If I had to shift with my left hand it would be very uncomfortable. At least for a while.

    • Replies: @Corn
    It may not be as hard as you think. When my folks and sister vacationed in Ireland 20 years ago their rental car was a manual transmission. Dad did all the driving and even though he was right handed (and hadn’t driven a stick regularly for 7-8 years) he said he got along just fine.
  30. @Anonymous
    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former "Jeopardy!" goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag (I believe this was the plot of "Bright Lights Big City")

    Best novella I ever read. I reread it a couple of years ago, and it is still brilliant.

  31. @Reg Cæsar

    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?
     
    Ben Collins argues that it's natural and preferable for right-handers (90-95% of the population) to drive on the left, as their dominant eye is on the road and dominant hand on the wheel. He blames Napoleon for taking the odd practice of French teamsters and imposing it on Europe, whence it spread to the rest of the world.

    Not every colony follows its master's preference. Macau, Indonesia, Suriname, Mozambique, and the US Virgin Islands use the left, Canada and Nigeria, the right.


    http://www.howtodrive.co.uk/public/images/book.png

    http://www.howtodrive.co.uk/

    Ben Collins argues that it’s natural and preferable for right-handers (90-95% of the population) to drive on the left, as their dominant eye is on the road and dominant hand on the wheel. He blames Napoleon for taking the odd practice of French teamsters and imposing it on Europe, whence it spread to the rest of the world.

    This makes me want to read this book, even though I know nothing about car racing.

    • Replies: @The Alarmist
    Even after 20 years driving on the left in places like the UK, Singapore and Oz, I still prefer driving on the right; but the best configuration I experienced was driving a left-steer European car in England, at least until the first time I had to get out of a parking lot that required a ticket, and also not so much at roundabouts.
  32. Anon[297] • Disclaimer says:

    I remember the ill fated attempt to create a professional track and field league. They traveled around to basketball stadiums. Because of the size of the venues they had super short sprint events and longer races on wooden tracks reminiscent of the roller derby, but without Dick Lane shouting Whoa Nellie!

    • Replies: @Pericles

    I remember the ill fated attempt to create a professional track and field league.

     

    There actually is one in the outside world, beyond your awful, terrifying, looming, enclosing Wall ... oh that's still to be built, is it? Anyway, it's known as the Diamond League.
  33. @unit472
    Interesting that one of the first uses of motion picture photography was to 'prove' that a horse took all four hooves off the ground when it galloped. I saw a track coach 'teach' a reporter to run faster by not trying to move his legs faster but simply pushing against the track harder and thus being airborne longer between each step.

    Given that running speed seems to be a matter of spending more time off the ground than on it one wonders if track coaches should not be recruiting basketball players with high vertical leap capability ( I'm thinking of guys like Spud Webb who, though short, could dunk a basketball) and see if they could use that talent to sprint.

    There are only two factors in running speed: stride length and stride frequency. “Spending more time off the ground “, even if it were relevant, is simply a function of stride length, not an aim in itself. In fact, it’s wasting energy by pushing vertically rather than horizontally.

  34. Another great moment for African Americ…. wait! What?

  35. @Anonymous
    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former "Jeopardy!" goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag (I believe this was the plot of "Bright Lights Big City")

    And also attempted to get an ICE employee fired (a disabled vet no less) because she thought his elbow tat was a “Neo-NOT-SEE IRON CROSS!!!!!!!!”. She’s willfully stupid even for the modern SJW.

    • Replies: @Hippopotamusdrome
    I hope he never sees the icon in youtube for "exit full screen".
  36. @Ghost of Bull Moose

    Ben Collins argues that it’s natural and preferable for right-handers (90-95% of the population) to drive on the left, as their dominant eye is on the road and dominant hand on the wheel. He blames Napoleon for taking the odd practice of French teamsters and imposing it on Europe, whence it spread to the rest of the world.
     
    This makes me want to read this book, even though I know nothing about car racing.

    Even after 20 years driving on the left in places like the UK, Singapore and Oz, I still prefer driving on the right; but the best configuration I experienced was driving a left-steer European car in England, at least until the first time I had to get out of a parking lot that required a ticket, and also not so much at roundabouts.

    • Replies: @sb
    I guess we all have a preference for driving on the side of the road we grew up with .

    There is plenty of material online arguing the case for driving on the left side .
    Two men on horses passing would pass on the left so each could see clearly the other's sword hand .
    If you think about the age of animal drawn transport it makes sense for a right handed driver with a whip to position himself in the middle of the road away from pedestrians by the road side

    Given the preponderance of right sidedness ,surely it is preferable to have one's dominant side closer to the center of the road where the main action is

    I note Wikipedia puts the preference for driving on the right as a shift in historical practise caused more or less by anti Britishness via both the French and Americans

    Recently Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on the left . I'd say this might be the first case of this happening (there are many many examples of going the other way )
    , @Anonymous
    Driving a wrong-side-drive car ( LHD in a RHD market or vice versa) has some advantages but is a pain in the ass in daily life, dealing with drive-throughs and so forth, unless it's a tiny car like a MG-TC or something. I looked at the idea of building a DIY MG-TC replica when Rootlieb made all the sheet metal, never did it. When most people in the US restore a Rolls or other high end car that is RHD they convert it to LHD, because it's just such a pain in the ass.

    RHD Japanese JDM cars are a status symbol with the ricer crowd, of course. Usually you buy a JDM halfcut-the whole car cut in half-and swap the front clip, dash and front suspension onto a domestic VIN US market version so it looks cool but is registerable and smoggable in states like Hitlerfornia.

    A non US spec car, irrespective of drive side, has to be 25 years old to be importable in the US.

    Some countries outlaw WSD cars entirely. Australia did for decades, and Israel still does (Israel is a LHD market, Australia RHD) afaik.
  37. Anon[152] • Disclaimer says:

    OT

    I noticed this tweet while perusing Jussie Smollett stuff on Twitter:

    Keith Boykin? Who is that?

    @CNN commentator. Previously on CNBC. New York Times bestselling author. Dartmouth. Harvard Law. Columbia IRAAS. Former White House aide. http://keithboykin.com

    Harvard Law? Elsewhere he mentions a classmate was Barrack Obama. I have a hobby of looking at the careers of black Ivy League and elite law school graduates. Oddly, they never seem to be working as lawyers five years out. First thing to check: Did they pass the bar on the first try? This guy has a Wikipedia entry:

    After leaving Dartmouth in 1987, Boykin spent a year and a half working for Michael Dukakis’ presidential campaign and then entered Harvard Law School, where he was a leader on the campus diversity movement and general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He received his J.D. from Harvard in 1992 and then joined the Clinton/Gore Campaign in Little Rock, Arkansas. After Clinton’s election, Boykin became a Special Assistant to the President and Director of Specialty Media. Once the highest-ranking openly gay person in the Clinton White House, Boykin helped organize and participated in the nation’s first meeting between gay and lesbian leaders and a U.S. President.

    Boykin left the White House to write his first book, One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America, published in 1996. He released his second book, Respecting the Soul, in 1999.

    In 1997, Clinton appointed Boykin to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe, along with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King and Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater. From 1999 to 2001, Boykin taught political science at American University in Washington, D.C. Keith Boykin went on to become a political commentator for CNN on January 3, 2017.

    It sounds like he never even took the bar exam. At any rate, he never worked as a lawyer. When you are a Harvard man it pays to put in a few years at a New York white shoe firm to pay off the loans and before taking a minimum wage job like a political campaign worker … unless your Harvard Law ordeal revealed to you that you ain’t never gonna make it in law. One hint: If you are an affirmative action admittee at an elite law school, you spend every minute studying. You do not lead the campus diversity movement, nor do you work on a minor, non-competitive-selection, all-comers-hired law review at the school that adds nothing to your resume.

    I’ve noticed that white Harvard Law graduates who wash out of law tend not to put it front and center on their bios decades later, but failed black lawyers take a lot of pride in their unexploited Ivy League law education. But it’s possible that this guy is making more money on his current hustle than he ever could have in law.

    • Replies: @Twinkie

    In 1997, Clinton appointed Boykin to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe,
     
    Not exactly a plum assignment.
    , @Escher
    Black and gay Harvard graduate. Why does he need to take the bar exam to land sinecure after sinecure?
  38. @Anonymous
    This Taleb guy really hates GMO agriculture for some reason. Of all the people I'd expect to find flogging the Paleo diet, he'd be the most expected, but aren't we all about 7,000 years into eugenic food at this point?

    IQ is all BS too, according to Taleb.

  39. @The Alarmist
    Even after 20 years driving on the left in places like the UK, Singapore and Oz, I still prefer driving on the right; but the best configuration I experienced was driving a left-steer European car in England, at least until the first time I had to get out of a parking lot that required a ticket, and also not so much at roundabouts.

    I guess we all have a preference for driving on the side of the road we grew up with .

    There is plenty of material online arguing the case for driving on the left side .
    Two men on horses passing would pass on the left so each could see clearly the other’s sword hand .
    If you think about the age of animal drawn transport it makes sense for a right handed driver with a whip to position himself in the middle of the road away from pedestrians by the road side

    Given the preponderance of right sidedness ,surely it is preferable to have one’s dominant side closer to the center of the road where the main action is

    I note Wikipedia puts the preference for driving on the right as a shift in historical practise caused more or less by anti Britishness via both the French and Americans

    Recently Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on the left . I’d say this might be the first case of this happening (there are many many examples of going the other way )

    • Replies: @craig
    Driving on the left also makes the position of the manual transmission, shifter, and clutch commonsensical. The less-dexterous (literally) hand/foot would be used for the occasional functions of shifting, rather than the constantly-used functions of driving and braking.
    , @prosa123
    Recently Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on the left . I’d say this might be the first case of this happening (there are many many examples of going the other way )

    Interesting trivia question: What happened on December 30, 2011 in Samoa?
    The answer is absolutely nothing, because December 30, 2011 did not exist in Samoa. As part of changing time zones the country went directly from December 29 to December 31.
    , @Corn
    “Recently Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on the left . I’d say this might be the first case of this happening (there are many many examples of going the other way )”

    I believe I read Samoa switched to left hand traffic because they’ve started importing more vehicles from LHT countries such as Australia and New Zealand the last few years.
    , @CJ
    Sweden switched left to right in 1967 even though a large majority wanted to continue driving on the left. It was a classic piece of Social Democrats know what’s best for you.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagen_H

    On Dagen H, Sunday, 3 September, all non-essential traffic was banned from the roads from 01:00 to 06:00. Any vehicles on the roads during that time had to follow special rules. All vehicles had to come to a complete stop at 04:50, then carefully change to the right-hand side of the road and stop again (to give others time to switch sides of the road and avoid a head on collision) before being allowed to proceed at 05:00. In Stockholm and Malmö, however, the ban was longer — from 10:00 on Saturday until 15:00 on Sunday — to allow work crews to reconfigure intersections.[10] Certain other towns also saw an extended ban, from 15:00 on Saturday until 15:00 on Sunday.

    As a child in 1960s Canada I saw a few Volvos with the steering wheel on the right. They were a model that looked a bit like a ‘49 Ford. They may have come straight from Sweden or via Britain.

  40. @Barnard
    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?

    I’ve heard that it was due to Napoleon insisting on traffic being on the left on the continent and we bloody mindedly did the opposite.

    No idea if there’s any truth in that.

    I suspect there were no national rules about which side of the road was used until relatively recently. Nineteenth century sometime?

    • Replies: @Corn
    “I suspect there were no national rules about which side of the road was used until relatively recently. Nineteenth century sometime?”

    I think I read once when automobiles first became common in the US and Canada some states and provinces drove on the right, some on the left. Canada and the US supposedly standardized on right hand traffic in the 1910s or early 1920s.
  41. @MikeatMikedotMike
    Was he tested for PEDs after the attempt?

    Oh, I see. You only have problems with nonwhites using PEDs.

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    I had a suspicion I might reel you in. :)
  42. @Twinkie
    Oh, I see. You only have problems with nonwhites using PEDs.

    I had a suspicion I might reel you in. 🙂

    • Replies: @Twinkie
    Right. Good use of your time and mine.
  43. @Anon
    OT

    I noticed this tweet while perusing Jussie Smollett stuff on Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/keithboykin/status/1090287262368231424

    Keith Boykin? Who is that?


    @CNN commentator. Previously on CNBC. New York Times bestselling author. Dartmouth. Harvard Law. Columbia IRAAS. Former White House aide. http://keithboykin.com
     
    Harvard Law? Elsewhere he mentions a classmate was Barrack Obama. I have a hobby of looking at the careers of black Ivy League and elite law school graduates. Oddly, they never seem to be working as lawyers five years out. First thing to check: Did they pass the bar on the first try? This guy has a Wikipedia entry:

    After leaving Dartmouth in 1987, Boykin spent a year and a half working for Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign and then entered Harvard Law School, where he was a leader on the campus diversity movement and general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He received his J.D. from Harvard in 1992 and then joined the Clinton/Gore Campaign in Little Rock, Arkansas. After Clinton's election, Boykin became a Special Assistant to the President and Director of Specialty Media. Once the highest-ranking openly gay person in the Clinton White House, Boykin helped organize and participated in the nation's first meeting between gay and lesbian leaders and a U.S. President.

    Boykin left the White House to write his first book, One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America, published in 1996. He released his second book, Respecting the Soul, in 1999.

    In 1997, Clinton appointed Boykin to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe, along with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King and Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater. From 1999 to 2001, Boykin taught political science at American University in Washington, D.C. Keith Boykin went on to become a political commentator for CNN on January 3, 2017.
     

    It sounds like he never even took the bar exam. At any rate, he never worked as a lawyer. When you are a Harvard man it pays to put in a few years at a New York white shoe firm to pay off the loans and before taking a minimum wage job like a political campaign worker ... unless your Harvard Law ordeal revealed to you that you ain't never gonna make it in law. One hint: If you are an affirmative action admittee at an elite law school, you spend every minute studying. You do not lead the campus diversity movement, nor do you work on a minor, non-competitive-selection, all-comers-hired law review at the school that adds nothing to your resume.

    I've noticed that white Harvard Law graduates who wash out of law tend not to put it front and center on their bios decades later, but failed black lawyers take a lot of pride in their unexploited Ivy League law education. But it's possible that this guy is making more money on his current hustle than he ever could have in law.

    In 1997, Clinton appointed Boykin to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe,

    Not exactly a plum assignment.

  44. @MikeatMikedotMike
    I had a suspicion I might reel you in. :)

    Right. Good use of your time and mine.

    • Agree: MikeatMikedotMike
  45. @Barnard
    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?

    Because the ancient Romans drove on the left and they just kept doing it the way they had been doing it for centuries.

    It was during the French Revolution that the French decided that because the Ancien Régime drove on the left that they would switch sides to the right just to be different. The British were at war with France and so they wouldn’t switch sides in sympathy with the revolutionaries who were their enemies, unlike most of the world.

  46. @International Jew
    I wish Usain Bolt, when he felt he wasn't as fast any more, had moved up to the 400.

    I wish Usain Bolt, when he felt he wasn’t as fast any more, had moved up to the 400.

    Too much work. And pain. I’m sure though that if he’d had the discipline he would have shattered records there too. He could have have jogged the first 300 then sprinted past everyone to the finish.

    • Replies: @Anon


    I wish Usain Bolt, when he felt he wasn’t as fast any more, had moved up to the 400.
     
    Too much work. And pain. I’m sure though that if he’d had the discipline he would have shattered records there too. He could have have jogged the first 300 then sprinted past everyone to the finish.
     
    The 400 is getting towards the cusp between a sprint and middle distance. I think you still wear spikes and stay in separate lanes the entire way, but it gets into stomach nausea area since there is an endurance element.

    Anything above 400 meters loses the spikes, I think, and you have the jostling and strategy element, no passing on curves and so on.
  47. @Oleaginous Outrager
    And also attempted to get an ICE employee fired (a disabled vet no less) because she thought his elbow tat was a "Neo-NOT-SEE IRON CROSS!!!!!!!!". She's willfully stupid even for the modern SJW.

    I hope he never sees the icon in youtube for “exit full screen”.

  48. @Will
    A sprinter from the U of Tennessee, Christian Coleman, ran an electronically timed 4.12 a few years ago, but it never seemed to get that much play. You'd think people would talk about that like the 4-minute mile or 600 lb. clean-and-jerk, one of the epochal athletic achievements, but no.

    Kirk Gibson was said to have been timed (by hand, presumably) by NFL scouts at 4.28 back in 1978. Is that the fastest time for a Person of Pallor?

    Don Beebe (Pallor Person) reportedly ran a 4.21. In his day, he was the fastest player on the Buffalo Bills. His son now plays for the Minnesota Vikings.

  49. Anon[184] • Disclaimer says:

    Second City Cop is an anonymous cop blog maintained by a current Chicago cop and a retired Chicago cop.

    https://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/

    There are a ton of posts and it’s very actively maintained. There is so much inside baseball in the posts it seems legit. (On the other hand, the bloggers would just know internal gossip more than facts, I’d think.) The superintendent of police, Eddie Johnson, an affirmative action idiot if you’ve seen his press conferences, is called “Special Ed” in the blog (and, I assume, in the force, at least by the white cops).

    There have been at least a couple of posts on Jussie Smollett.

    A post on Special Ed’s press conference ends:

    Well, that’s just bullshit. Would you like to know what detectives are telling us?

    It never happened. CPD is wasting hundreds of man hours to solve a Grindr date gone bad. The “victim” is refusing all forms of cooperation, his “ear witness” isn’t cooperating, the Hollywood press is running with a non-existent narrative. The “persons of interest” are all but unidentifiable and left the area 20 minutes before the “attack,” not to mention the anonymous witness who saw a “hillbilly looking” character that not a single camera in a one mile radius has a picture of.

    And that’s just from a couple of people working the case.

    After the release of the suspect photos the blogger posts Nessie and Bigfoot photos and comments:

    So on the second coldest night of the year, a Hollywood actor, bundled up against -20 degree wind chill, was recognized by two “fans” in the dead of 0200 hours, on Lower Water Street (a known hangout for the seedy underbelly of MAGA supporters?) who happened to be carrying a canister of bleach and a piece of string, just in case they ran across a black, gay, Hollywood actor wrapped up against the elements in a place known more for homelessness than for the star set being seen in public.

    Sounds completely believable, especially the part about this being “MAGA country” hours after the first interview and the insistence that body cameras being turned off (for a guy who makes his living in front of cameras) and the seeking of medical attention after (A) turning down an ambulance and (B) heading to the hospital hours later. Our contacts say that the “persons of interest” happened to wander into a camera frame and seem to have had nothing to do with the event in question – but the bosses want to look like they’re doing something to appease Rahm and the Hollywood money people – Empire is losing money and viewers – so it’s “All Hands on Dicks!”

    In other news, another two percentage points were shaved off the clearance rate.

    “Clearance rate” is the percentage of crimes (all crimes? murders?) solved. Apparently it’s pretty low in Chicago, 15 percent. So he’s saying that it will drop to 13 percent because cops have been reassigned to the Smollett case by Special Ed.

    • Replies: @Almost Missouri
    Good comment.

    Second City Cop has been running for years and is legit. It's also a major thorn in the side to the local Powers That Be.
  50. @Anon
    OT

    I noticed this tweet while perusing Jussie Smollett stuff on Twitter:

    https://twitter.com/keithboykin/status/1090287262368231424

    Keith Boykin? Who is that?


    @CNN commentator. Previously on CNBC. New York Times bestselling author. Dartmouth. Harvard Law. Columbia IRAAS. Former White House aide. http://keithboykin.com
     
    Harvard Law? Elsewhere he mentions a classmate was Barrack Obama. I have a hobby of looking at the careers of black Ivy League and elite law school graduates. Oddly, they never seem to be working as lawyers five years out. First thing to check: Did they pass the bar on the first try? This guy has a Wikipedia entry:

    After leaving Dartmouth in 1987, Boykin spent a year and a half working for Michael Dukakis' presidential campaign and then entered Harvard Law School, where he was a leader on the campus diversity movement and general editor of the Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review. He received his J.D. from Harvard in 1992 and then joined the Clinton/Gore Campaign in Little Rock, Arkansas. After Clinton's election, Boykin became a Special Assistant to the President and Director of Specialty Media. Once the highest-ranking openly gay person in the Clinton White House, Boykin helped organize and participated in the nation's first meeting between gay and lesbian leaders and a U.S. President.

    Boykin left the White House to write his first book, One More River to Cross: Black and Gay in America, published in 1996. He released his second book, Respecting the Soul, in 1999.

    In 1997, Clinton appointed Boykin to the U.S. presidential trade delegation to Zimbabwe, along with Rev. Jesse Jackson, Coretta Scott King and Transportation Secretary Rodney E. Slater. From 1999 to 2001, Boykin taught political science at American University in Washington, D.C. Keith Boykin went on to become a political commentator for CNN on January 3, 2017.
     

    It sounds like he never even took the bar exam. At any rate, he never worked as a lawyer. When you are a Harvard man it pays to put in a few years at a New York white shoe firm to pay off the loans and before taking a minimum wage job like a political campaign worker ... unless your Harvard Law ordeal revealed to you that you ain't never gonna make it in law. One hint: If you are an affirmative action admittee at an elite law school, you spend every minute studying. You do not lead the campus diversity movement, nor do you work on a minor, non-competitive-selection, all-comers-hired law review at the school that adds nothing to your resume.

    I've noticed that white Harvard Law graduates who wash out of law tend not to put it front and center on their bios decades later, but failed black lawyers take a lot of pride in their unexploited Ivy League law education. But it's possible that this guy is making more money on his current hustle than he ever could have in law.

    Black and gay Harvard graduate. Why does he need to take the bar exam to land sinecure after sinecure?

  51. Steve Sailer says:

    Or maybe this whole symmetry thing is overrated?

    —————-

    Balance and symmetry is good in architecture. Non-Christian and non-European architects and some European Christian architects make things off-balance to attack the balanced spirit of the European people.

    Demographic architects such as Ted Cruz and President Trump and Mark Potok are very happy to attack the European Christian ancestral core of the United States of America by pushing mass legal immigration and illegal immigration. These demographic architects are deliberately using immigration policy to reduce the percentage of the population of European Christians in the USA as related to non-Europeans.

    Trump, Cruz and Potok want to see the balance of the White population fall in percentage terms when compared to the non-White population.

    It is also said that beautiful women have symmetrical faces. Amber Heard, the high-spirited Hollywood woman, is said to have a symmetrical face.

  52. @Lurker
    I've heard that it was due to Napoleon insisting on traffic being on the left on the continent and we bloody mindedly did the opposite.

    No idea if there's any truth in that.

    I suspect there were no national rules about which side of the road was used until relatively recently. Nineteenth century sometime?

    “I suspect there were no national rules about which side of the road was used until relatively recently. Nineteenth century sometime?”

    I think I read once when automobiles first became common in the US and Canada some states and provinces drove on the right, some on the left. Canada and the US supposedly standardized on right hand traffic in the 1910s or early 1920s.

  53. Bolt is a dolt who runs fast. So what?

    New England guys bet big money on their team and they won big money.

    Congratulations!

    On To Serious Stuff:

    President Trump has joined with Ted Cruz and Hillary Clinton and Kamala Harris to push mass legal immigration and illegal immigration.

    President Trump is using the H-1B visa scam and the H-2B visa scam to attack American workers by bringing in foreigners to undercut Americans.

    President Trump has turned his back on the safety, security and sovereignty of the United States of America.

    I hereby challenge President Trump to a debate on immigration policy and American national identity.

    Trump is a crummy debater.

    Remember, it was Chris Wallace of Fox News who brought up Hillary Clinton’s talk of open borders at a fund-raising event with Brazilian bankers. Trump can be rhetorically pulverized in a debate with a Sam Francis/Pat Buchanan type leader with fire in his heart.

    Trump has fire in his heart when he thinks of all the loot he is getting from Shelly Adelson and the GOP Cheap Labor Faction.

  54. @Johnny789
    I still drive a stick shift and am very right handed. If I had to shift with my left hand it would be very uncomfortable. At least for a while.

    It may not be as hard as you think. When my folks and sister vacationed in Ireland 20 years ago their rental car was a manual transmission. Dad did all the driving and even though he was right handed (and hadn’t driven a stick regularly for 7-8 years) he said he got along just fine.

    • Replies: @jon
    I've driving manual transmission cars in left-side countries a few times - it's surprisingly easy. The hardest parts for me were remembering which way to look when pulling into traffic, and remembering to stay on the left side of the road when driving in the country (where there wasn't much traffic and there was no road paint or signage to key off).
  55. @Will
    A sprinter from the U of Tennessee, Christian Coleman, ran an electronically timed 4.12 a few years ago, but it never seemed to get that much play. You'd think people would talk about that like the 4-minute mile or 600 lb. clean-and-jerk, one of the epochal athletic achievements, but no.

    Kirk Gibson was said to have been timed (by hand, presumably) by NFL scouts at 4.28 back in 1978. Is that the fastest time for a Person of Pallor?

    Not disagreeing with the general tenor of your post, but would like to pedantically point out that there has yet to be a verified 600-lb. clean and jerk. The heaviest weight c&j’ed in competition is 266 kg (585 lbs.) by Taranenko in the 1980s. His teammate Pisarenko did 265 kg at a much lower body weight, also in the ‘80s. There are unverified rumors of 600 lb. c&j’s in training—color me skeptical.

    Lasha Talakhadze has a good shot at breaking the 600-lb. threshold. He’s already obliterated the all-time snatch records, seemingly with plenty of kg’s left in the tank. We’ll see if WADA let’s him keep lifting.

  56. @FPD72
    It’s my understanding that 40 times are measured electronically at the combine, not by hand.

    Jakeem Grant, who plays for the Miami Dolphins, was rumored to have run a hand timed 4.15 second 40 during his Pro Day workout at Texas Tech.

    At the combine, they report electronic times. They do some hand times for the intermediate measures, but those are not reported. So the teams will have the time for the first ten, second ten, etc, but the public just gets the 40-time, which is not a hand time.

    The camps and combines high school boys attend are also using electronic times, as well. The kids get a bracelet they use to clock into stations, so their times are recorded without needed a person to enter (and manipulate) the data. Some shenanigans go on, which is why colleges will hand time kids just to compare.

    As far as Pro Day, that’s all hand times.

  57. Anon[297] • Disclaimer says:
    @jon

    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former “Jeopardy!” goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag
     
    After reading the post above, I ducked her to see who she was, this was the first link:
    New Yorker staffer resigns after falsely accusing ICE agent of having Nazi tattoo
    https://nypost.com/2018/06/26/new-yorker-staffer-resigns-after-falsely-accusing-ice-agent-of-having-nazi-tattoo/

    “I had $400 in savings when I left my job,” she continued. “I don’t have health insurance anymore. I’m broke and I’m terrified.”

    Jeez, what does the New Yorker pay? Why work in New York if you cannot afford it?

    From a few years ago:

    Here’s How Many Americans Would Struggle to Pay a $400 Emergency Expense

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/05/heres-how-many-americans-would-struggle-to-pay-a-400-emergency-expense/446454/

    More than two-thirds of Americans with incomes of less than $40,000 say they would sell something or borrow money in the event of a $400 emergency expense, according to a new survey by the Federal Reserve.

    And this:

    The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans: Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/

    I chose to become a writer, which is a financially perilous profession, rather than do something more lucrative. I chose to live in New York rather than in a place with a lower cost of living. I chose to have two children. I chose to write long books that required years of work, even though my advances would be stretched to the breaking point and, it turned out, beyond.

    • Replies: @South Texas Guy
    I knew a copyeditor/page layout and designer who, fresh out of college, ten years ago turned down a $50k New York job to take one that paid a little more than half of what that job was offering to work in Corpus Christi because the expense of living in NYC is just mind boggling.
  58. @Reg Cæsar

    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?
     
    Ben Collins argues that it's natural and preferable for right-handers (90-95% of the population) to drive on the left, as their dominant eye is on the road and dominant hand on the wheel. He blames Napoleon for taking the odd practice of French teamsters and imposing it on Europe, whence it spread to the rest of the world.

    Not every colony follows its master's preference. Macau, Indonesia, Suriname, Mozambique, and the US Virgin Islands use the left, Canada and Nigeria, the right.


    http://www.howtodrive.co.uk/public/images/book.png

    http://www.howtodrive.co.uk/

    What does which side of the road you’re driving on have to do with which hand you have on the wheel or which eye (???) you look at the road with? Don’t most people who are not crosseyed look at stuff with both eyes?

    Or are you talking about which side of the car the driver sits on and not which side of the road?

    • Replies: @International Jew
    The #1 safety issue is which hand reaches for that hot coffee in the cupholder. The right hand is less likely to fumble the cup, resulting in 2nd degree inguinal burns and running over the nearest bicyclist.
  59. Anon[297] • Disclaimer says:

    On body symmetry, Kevin Mitchell in his recent book on genetics, Innate, goes into this. Bodies in general should be mostly bilaterally symmetrical. Facial symmetry is associated with beauty and mate choice: This has been studied. The reason is that asymmetry is a visual indicator of a mutational load in the genes, or glitches in development from genome to phenome, similar to the glitches that make identical twins not completely identical. The glitches can be mutations, such as miswritten bases, or can simply be different roads taken along the way by the cells, since there is a lot of probabilistic stuff in fetus development. Left handers and gay men are the result of glitches like this.

    • Replies: @obwandiyag
    Yes, just more proof that the genetic determinism foisted on here is bunk.
  60. Anon[297] • Disclaimer says:
    @RationalExpressions

    I wish Usain Bolt, when he felt he wasn’t as fast any more, had moved up to the 400.

     

    Too much work. And pain. I’m sure though that if he’d had the discipline he would have shattered records there too. He could have have jogged the first 300 then sprinted past everyone to the finish.

    I wish Usain Bolt, when he felt he wasn’t as fast any more, had moved up to the 400.

    Too much work. And pain. I’m sure though that if he’d had the discipline he would have shattered records there too. He could have have jogged the first 300 then sprinted past everyone to the finish.

    The 400 is getting towards the cusp between a sprint and middle distance. I think you still wear spikes and stay in separate lanes the entire way, but it gets into stomach nausea area since there is an endurance element.

    Anything above 400 meters loses the spikes, I think, and you have the jostling and strategy element, no passing on curves and so on.

    • Replies: @Wolf Barney
    At the national class and world class level, the 400 meters is definitely a sprint. These days, even the 800 is run at an extremely fast pace.

    The mile, at a world class level is run so fast, it would be considered a sprint for normal, everyday people. A 3:50 miler runs four times around the track, four 400 meters averaging 57.5 seconds. That's eight 200 meters in 28.75 seconds.

    The legendary miler Jim Ryun, once won a bet that he could beat eight of his fraternity brothers in the mile. Each guy would run 200 meters as part of a relay, while Ryun ran all eight segments himself.

    If there's one or two of the commenters here able to sprint one 200 meter race in 28.75 seconds I'd be surprised.

    And all track athletes wear spikes, from 100 meters to 10,000 meters.
    , @c matt
    up to 400 you stay in lanes because of the staggered start, one lap of the track. After the first lap, staggered start is moot.
  61. @sb
    I guess we all have a preference for driving on the side of the road we grew up with .

    There is plenty of material online arguing the case for driving on the left side .
    Two men on horses passing would pass on the left so each could see clearly the other's sword hand .
    If you think about the age of animal drawn transport it makes sense for a right handed driver with a whip to position himself in the middle of the road away from pedestrians by the road side

    Given the preponderance of right sidedness ,surely it is preferable to have one's dominant side closer to the center of the road where the main action is

    I note Wikipedia puts the preference for driving on the right as a shift in historical practise caused more or less by anti Britishness via both the French and Americans

    Recently Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on the left . I'd say this might be the first case of this happening (there are many many examples of going the other way )

    Driving on the left also makes the position of the manual transmission, shifter, and clutch commonsensical. The less-dexterous (literally) hand/foot would be used for the occasional functions of shifting, rather than the constantly-used functions of driving and braking.

  62. British trains run on the left too.

    The two directions in which the lines run are called up and down – where up leads to London – not necessarily directly…

    • Replies: @Cortes
    Street numbers also progress (or used to) from the lowest = closest to an urban centre to the highest = furthest away. With splitting of large Victorian or Edwardian houses (or the plots on which they stood) the now typical 21A Baker Street sort of address was produced to preserve the original street numbers.
  63. @Daniel H
    OT: Williamson at it again.

    ....But the fact is, America needs Big Business — maybe more than Big Business needs America. There are lots of markets out there....

    https://www.nationalreview.com/2019/02/big-business-future-american-economy/

    Shorter: What's good for Shultz, Cook, Gates, Koch, Bloomberg, Steyer, Zuckerberg damned well better be good enough for you.

    He who pays the piper calls the tune.

  64. OFF TOPIC

    President Trump is honest enough to admit that the US military is being used as muscle to fight wars on behalf of Israel in the Middle East and West Asia.

    Iraq is on the eastern border of Iran and Afghanistan is on the western border of Iran.

    The US military is being misused by the ruling class of the American Empire.

    There is a difference between the United States and the American Empire.

    There is a difference between the government of a nation-state and the nation itself.

    It makes no difference who the voters elect to be president, the foreign policy of the American Empire puts the interests of Israel ahead of the United States.

    https://twitter.com/TheEuropeanMan1/status/1092396528847806464

    • Replies: @Charles Pewitt

    Iraq is on the eastern border of Iran and Afghanistan is on the western border of Iran.

     

    CORRECTION:

    Iraq is on the western border of Iran and Afghanistan is on the eastern border of Iran.
    , @donut
    I can't believe I voted for this c**ksucker . I blame Steve .
    , @Anonym
    He has dragged his feet on the border wall, but I have to admit that one of the greatest abilities of Trump is to blurt out inconvenient truths like this one. Plenty of people correctly speculate the reason, but Trump confirms that yes, he is the nominal president under ZOG.
  65. OFF TOPIC

    Israel has walls and fences and barriers and obstacles to prevent illegal infiltrators from entering Israel.

    The American Empire’s client state of Israel is a millstone state.

    The American Empire must sever all ties with the millstone state of Israel.

    America First Means Israel Cut Loose

  66. Can he catch a pigskin? Thirty-two isn’t old, especially for someone whose body hasn’t taken the pounding of college and pro football for 14 years! A franchise could certainly gain some good PR by inviting him to training camp. Coach Belichick, now that you’ve won another Lombardi trophy, don’t you have a cornerback or wide receiver slot open for 2019?

    • Replies: @mikeja
    He always wanted to be a soccer player and recently played semi-pro in Australia. I'm not sure how much the NFL would pay him but I doubt it would be enough for someone who has been pulling in $30m+ for the last ten years - unless it's a boyhood dream
    , @Mark Roulo
    "Can he catch a pigskin?"

    No idea.

    The 49ers had hurdler Renaldo Nehemiah for a few years in the 1980s. He was a great hurdler, but not such a great NFL wide receiver.
  67. Smart Jews In Israel Put Fence On Top Of Wall

    Republican Party ruling class and Democrat Party ruling class do not want a wall with a fence on top for the United States.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    That's not the border wall, that's a prison. Says so right on the tower. Can't you read?!
  68. @Charles Pewitt
    OFF TOPIC

    President Trump is honest enough to admit that the US military is being used as muscle to fight wars on behalf of Israel in the Middle East and West Asia.

    Iraq is on the eastern border of Iran and Afghanistan is on the western border of Iran.

    The US military is being misused by the ruling class of the American Empire.

    There is a difference between the United States and the American Empire.

    There is a difference between the government of a nation-state and the nation itself.

    It makes no difference who the voters elect to be president, the foreign policy of the American Empire puts the interests of Israel ahead of the United States.

    https://twitter.com/TheEuropeanMan1/status/1092396528847806464

    Iraq is on the eastern border of Iran and Afghanistan is on the western border of Iran.

    CORRECTION:

    Iraq is on the western border of Iran and Afghanistan is on the eastern border of Iran.

  69. @Corn
    It may not be as hard as you think. When my folks and sister vacationed in Ireland 20 years ago their rental car was a manual transmission. Dad did all the driving and even though he was right handed (and hadn’t driven a stick regularly for 7-8 years) he said he got along just fine.

    I’ve driving manual transmission cars in left-side countries a few times – it’s surprisingly easy. The hardest parts for me were remembering which way to look when pulling into traffic, and remembering to stay on the left side of the road when driving in the country (where there wasn’t much traffic and there was no road paint or signage to key off).

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    The hardest parts for me were remembering which way to look when pulling into traffic, and remembering to stay on the left side of the road when driving in the country (where there wasn’t much traffic and there was no road paint or signage to key off).
     
    I've read that the real problem isn't so much driving on the wrong side of the road, it's driving on the wrong side of the car.

    I think it was Robert Hughes's lawyer who defended him by saying that after living for decades in America, he got confused on a very empty northern road in his native Australia and forgot where he was.


    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1999-05-30-9905300214-story.html

    He had recently been divorced from a woman named Victoria Whistler, so perhaps he thought he was in British Columbia.
  70. @Charles Pewitt
    OFF TOPIC

    President Trump is honest enough to admit that the US military is being used as muscle to fight wars on behalf of Israel in the Middle East and West Asia.

    Iraq is on the eastern border of Iran and Afghanistan is on the western border of Iran.

    The US military is being misused by the ruling class of the American Empire.

    There is a difference between the United States and the American Empire.

    There is a difference between the government of a nation-state and the nation itself.

    It makes no difference who the voters elect to be president, the foreign policy of the American Empire puts the interests of Israel ahead of the United States.

    https://twitter.com/TheEuropeanMan1/status/1092396528847806464

    I can’t believe I voted for this c**ksucker . I blame Steve .

  71. Lets not forget that track and field has changed significantly in the past 30 years. Bob Hayes completely destroyed the field on a cinder track at Tokyo that was rutted and ruined by the previous long distance races. There was no bounce on those tracks and when a current world class sprinter tried running on a similar track lost almost a full second on it. No doubt running on it all the time, he would not have seen that type of loss.

    Hayes was a scholarship athlete at a traditionally all black college. No doubt they spent a ton of money on a non-revenue generating sport, unlike Bolt who was running for the Jamaica national team most of his life. Hayes had to play football to make a living and leave track since “professionals” could not compete in the Olympics or internationally. Staying in track and making a living was not an easy thing to do. The next Olympics saw another one termer Jim Hines take the gold.

    That would have been the race that should have made real history. Defending champ Hayes versus world record holder Hines.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    The Tokyo Olympiad documentary is great. They have a 100m dash scene with Hayes.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ztRL-QMI1NY
  72. Okay take a breath donut . Here’s a postcard from Friesland :

  73. @Charles Pewitt
    Smart Jews In Israel Put Fence On Top Of Wall

    Republican Party ruling class and Democrat Party ruling class do not want a wall with a fence on top for the United States.

    https://twitter.com/MarkACollett/status/1092384957127974912

    That’s not the border wall, that’s a prison. Says so right on the tower. Can’t you read?!

    • Replies: @International Jew
    To head off other misunderstandings, this isn't Israel's border wall either:
    https://www.thekotel.org/files/the_kotel/ovdot_venetonim/Hakotel_Hmaaravi.jpg

    And it wasn't built with American money either.

    , @istevefan
    It's still a fine looking wall.
  74. @Lars Porsena
    What does which side of the road you're driving on have to do with which hand you have on the wheel or which eye (???) you look at the road with? Don't most people who are not crosseyed look at stuff with both eyes?

    Or are you talking about which side of the car the driver sits on and not which side of the road?

    The #1 safety issue is which hand reaches for that hot coffee in the cupholder. The right hand is less likely to fumble the cup, resulting in 2nd degree inguinal burns and running over the nearest bicyclist.

    • LOL: bomag
  75. @Anonymous
    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former "Jeopardy!" goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag (I believe this was the plot of "Bright Lights Big City")

    Hasten to add: the author of that whine is the top-heavy former “Jeopardy!” goof-off-contestant who then screwed up somehow as a fact checker for the New Yorker mag (I believe this was the plot of “Bright Lights Big City”)

    Eh, by the looks of her she’s a bit middle-heavy and bottom-heavy too.

  76. @International Jew
    That's not the border wall, that's a prison. Says so right on the tower. Can't you read?!

    To head off other misunderstandings, this isn’t Israel’s border wall either:

    And it wasn’t built with American money either.

    • Replies: @El Dato
    Actually it was built with Roman money, which is about the same thing but then the structure got nuked by Roman forces in 70 AD. The Jews first went into Yellow Vest mode but then switched to wiping out whole military units, after which the Romans decided that it was on now. A bit like Chechnya.
    , @bjondo
    i recognize that.
    a Palestinian wall
    built with Roman money.
  77. he wouldn’t want or be able to take the hits

  78. @Fen Tiger
    British trains run on the left too.

    The two directions in which the lines run are called up and down - where up leads to London - not necessarily directly...

    Street numbers also progress (or used to) from the lowest = closest to an urban centre to the highest = furthest away. With splitting of large Victorian or Edwardian houses (or the plots on which they stood) the now typical 21A Baker Street sort of address was produced to preserve the original street numbers.

  79. • Replies: @tyrone
    You could have done Friesian horses …..shame on you
  80. Bolt was a very gifted youth sprinter…. famous in track circles from 14 on. I watched him destroy the field as a 15 year old in the 400 at the youth world championships. Back then it was assumed he would be world no. 1 in the 200 and 400 as a pro.

    The 100m thing took everyone in track by surprise as tall runners were supposed to have slow starts, and Bolt had never really run the 100m before. Look progression here:

    https://www.iaaf.org/athletes/jamaica/usain-bolt-184599

    age 21 runs a 10.03. Thats blazing fast for a 200/400 guy.
    age 22 runs a 9.69. Thats impossible fast. .10 seconds faster than peak steroids era ben johnson, who himself was a legendary gifted sprinter. He also slowed down visibly in the race and was slapping his chest and looking around for the last 10-15m. Speculation is 9.55 or even 9.51 if he ran through the line. The next year he ran 9.58.

    So what happened?

    Probably just steroids. The talk at the time was that he hated the intense speed endurance training that was required for the 400m. 100m training is a breeze by comparison.

    Of course most of the runner’s he was crushing were also on steroids, but I suspect Bolt was a super responder to the added hormones, and the new explosive strength was enough to side-step the usual tall sprinter/poor starts equation.

    Anyway here is Bolt as a youth and adult. Its normal to put on weight and sprinters are usually cut and fast twitch, but even still his adult physique screams anabolics.

    https://cdn.newsapi.com.au/image/v1/3e372ec2d762edb3a29942621a4d54df?width=1024

    Bolts relay-mates Asafa Powell, Johan Blake and Nesta Carter were all suspended for steroids, along with a large number of other Jamaican sprinters from his time period and under the same coaches. My hunch is that becoming the face of track and field kinda insulates you from positive drug tests though.

  81. OT: Sounds like an attempt to gauge public response to the prospect of Swedish Forced Busing:

    Migrants’ children in Swedish schools are increasingly segregated – survey

    Thousands of migrants’ children in Sweden are less and less likely to meet their Swedish classmates at school, according to a survey from the state-funded SVT TV channel. The study of 3,641 Swedish schools published last week shows four out of 10 schools have an imbalance in the ratio of migrant and Swedish children compared to the overall proportion in the given municipality.

    Officials say segregation is real and that it directly affects students’ performance.

    “We get an increased concentration of students based on social background and thus differences in terms of school performance,” Peter Fredriksson, chief of the Swedish National Agency for Education, said, commenting on the study. “You should have the same opportunities to succeed regardless of which school you go to. But it is not the case today.”

    Indeed, opportunities to succeed in Sudanese Schools is lower than performance in Swedish Schools. But now what?

    Migrants now constitute 25 percent of students at Swedish schools, according to local media.

    (The SVT site demands that you install Flash Player, the broken window of the Internet. Fitting.)

    • Replies: @Pericles
    An acquaintance of modest means mentioned her kid was one of three white kids in a class of 30. Then she pulled him out and moved to another ghetto away from Stockholm, one where she grew up. Then when that ghetto turned out to have become a nasty place too, she sent him to live in the countryside with an aunt. (I hope that's not a metaphor.)
  82. @International Jew
    To head off other misunderstandings, this isn't Israel's border wall either:
    https://www.thekotel.org/files/the_kotel/ovdot_venetonim/Hakotel_Hmaaravi.jpg

    And it wasn't built with American money either.

    Actually it was built with Roman money, which is about the same thing but then the structure got nuked by Roman forces in 70 AD. The Jews first went into Yellow Vest mode but then switched to wiping out whole military units, after which the Romans decided that it was on now. A bit like Chechnya.

    • Replies: @International Jew

    Actually it was built with Roman money
     
    Where did you come up with that? It's not in any of the histories I've read. Do enlighten me if you have anything to contribute (other than fact-free malice).

    Judaea in the time of Herod (the first) was a vassal state of Rome's, not a province, and even toward provinces the Roman philosophy was that they should be revenue generators, not cost centers.

    , @bjondo

    Actually it was built with Roman money
     
    El Dato,

    when i posted your comment not up
    that i know of.

    also

    the romans did not destroy that wall in 70ad.

    this was a roman wall.

  83. Bolt’s recently conceded defeat on becoming a footballer. Even before retiring from sprinting, he kept hinting that he thought he could make it at the top level, e.g. suggesting he could have a trial with Manchester United. It was generally taken as light-hearted banter, but I have my doubts.

  84. @sb
    I guess we all have a preference for driving on the side of the road we grew up with .

    There is plenty of material online arguing the case for driving on the left side .
    Two men on horses passing would pass on the left so each could see clearly the other's sword hand .
    If you think about the age of animal drawn transport it makes sense for a right handed driver with a whip to position himself in the middle of the road away from pedestrians by the road side

    Given the preponderance of right sidedness ,surely it is preferable to have one's dominant side closer to the center of the road where the main action is

    I note Wikipedia puts the preference for driving on the right as a shift in historical practise caused more or less by anti Britishness via both the French and Americans

    Recently Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on the left . I'd say this might be the first case of this happening (there are many many examples of going the other way )

    Recently Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on the left . I’d say this might be the first case of this happening (there are many many examples of going the other way )

    Interesting trivia question: What happened on December 30, 2011 in Samoa?
    The answer is absolutely nothing, because December 30, 2011 did not exist in Samoa. As part of changing time zones the country went directly from December 29 to December 31.

  85. @sb
    I guess we all have a preference for driving on the side of the road we grew up with .

    There is plenty of material online arguing the case for driving on the left side .
    Two men on horses passing would pass on the left so each could see clearly the other's sword hand .
    If you think about the age of animal drawn transport it makes sense for a right handed driver with a whip to position himself in the middle of the road away from pedestrians by the road side

    Given the preponderance of right sidedness ,surely it is preferable to have one's dominant side closer to the center of the road where the main action is

    I note Wikipedia puts the preference for driving on the right as a shift in historical practise caused more or less by anti Britishness via both the French and Americans

    Recently Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on the left . I'd say this might be the first case of this happening (there are many many examples of going the other way )

    “Recently Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on the left . I’d say this might be the first case of this happening (there are many many examples of going the other way )”

    I believe I read Samoa switched to left hand traffic because they’ve started importing more vehicles from LHT countries such as Australia and New Zealand the last few years.

  86. Subjectivism

  87. @Barnard
    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?

    Logic?

  88. @Anon


    I wish Usain Bolt, when he felt he wasn’t as fast any more, had moved up to the 400.
     
    Too much work. And pain. I’m sure though that if he’d had the discipline he would have shattered records there too. He could have have jogged the first 300 then sprinted past everyone to the finish.
     
    The 400 is getting towards the cusp between a sprint and middle distance. I think you still wear spikes and stay in separate lanes the entire way, but it gets into stomach nausea area since there is an endurance element.

    Anything above 400 meters loses the spikes, I think, and you have the jostling and strategy element, no passing on curves and so on.

    At the national class and world class level, the 400 meters is definitely a sprint. These days, even the 800 is run at an extremely fast pace.

    The mile, at a world class level is run so fast, it would be considered a sprint for normal, everyday people. A 3:50 miler runs four times around the track, four 400 meters averaging 57.5 seconds. That’s eight 200 meters in 28.75 seconds.

    The legendary miler Jim Ryun, once won a bet that he could beat eight of his fraternity brothers in the mile. Each guy would run 200 meters as part of a relay, while Ryun ran all eight segments himself.

    If there’s one or two of the commenters here able to sprint one 200 meter race in 28.75 seconds I’d be surprised.

    And all track athletes wear spikes, from 100 meters to 10,000 meters.

  89. Seems fast. Perhaps Liam Neeson was behind him.

    • LOL: Cortes
  90. @jon
    I've driving manual transmission cars in left-side countries a few times - it's surprisingly easy. The hardest parts for me were remembering which way to look when pulling into traffic, and remembering to stay on the left side of the road when driving in the country (where there wasn't much traffic and there was no road paint or signage to key off).

    The hardest parts for me were remembering which way to look when pulling into traffic, and remembering to stay on the left side of the road when driving in the country (where there wasn’t much traffic and there was no road paint or signage to key off).

    I’ve read that the real problem isn’t so much driving on the wrong side of the road, it’s driving on the wrong side of the car.

    I think it was Robert Hughes’s lawyer who defended him by saying that after living for decades in America, he got confused on a very empty northern road in his native Australia and forgot where he was.

    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1999-05-30-9905300214-story.html

    He had recently been divorced from a woman named Victoria Whistler, so perhaps he thought he was in British Columbia.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    The Russians buy a lot of used Japanese cars because the Japanese have to either dump the car or do an engine swap due to pollution controls. That is why you had that guy Watanbe importing lightly used Japanese engines for engine swaps in the US.

    It is scary on a two lane road out in the country where people tend to drive fast when somebody in a right hand drive car wants to pass when the roads are left hand drive.
    , @The Last Real Calvinist

    I’ve read that the real problem isn’t so much driving on the wrong side of the road, it’s driving on the wrong side of the car.

     

    I've done quite a bit of driving on both sides of the road, and generally it's not a big deal making the switch. I find that the hardest part is remembering which steering column stalk is the turn signal, and which controls the wipers/lights. I mess this up pretty much every time I switch from driving in Hong Kong to driving in the USA, and vice versa.

    You do have to be careful and look back and forth assiduously at intersections when you're switching sides of the road, because that's a situation in which your long-term instincts about traffic flow may betray you.

  91. @Anon

    “I had $400 in savings when I left my job,” she continued. “I don’t have health insurance anymore. I’m broke and I’m terrified.”
     
    Jeez, what does the New Yorker pay? Why work in New York if you cannot afford it?

    From a few years ago:

    Here's How Many Americans Would Struggle to Pay a $400 Emergency Expense

    https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2015/05/heres-how-many-americans-would-struggle-to-pay-a-400-emergency-expense/446454/

    More than two-thirds of Americans with incomes of less than $40,000 say they would sell something or borrow money in the event of a $400 emergency expense, according to a new survey by the Federal Reserve.
     
    And this:

    The Secret Shame of Middle-Class Americans: Nearly half of Americans would have trouble finding $400 to pay for an emergency. I’m one of them.

    https://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/archive/2016/05/my-secret-shame/476415/

    I chose to become a writer, which is a financially perilous profession, rather than do something more lucrative. I chose to live in New York rather than in a place with a lower cost of living. I chose to have two children. I chose to write long books that required years of work, even though my advances would be stretched to the breaking point and, it turned out, beyond.
     

    I knew a copyeditor/page layout and designer who, fresh out of college, ten years ago turned down a $50k New York job to take one that paid a little more than half of what that job was offering to work in Corpus Christi because the expense of living in NYC is just mind boggling.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    One of the Virgil Flowers novels by John Sandford (?Heat Lightning?) makes the same point about a journalist who can’t afford to live in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Circa 2005?

    God knows how more Metropolitan writers cope.
  92. @VivaLaMigra
    Can he catch a pigskin? Thirty-two isn't old, especially for someone whose body hasn't taken the pounding of college and pro football for 14 years! A franchise could certainly gain some good PR by inviting him to training camp. Coach Belichick, now that you've won another Lombardi trophy, don't you have a cornerback or wide receiver slot open for 2019?

    He always wanted to be a soccer player and recently played semi-pro in Australia. I’m not sure how much the NFL would pay him but I doubt it would be enough for someone who has been pulling in $30m+ for the last ten years – unless it’s a boyhood dream

    • Replies: @Cortes
    If he’d wanted to become a carpenter I could’ve understood...

    The old one about the black guy making a bolt for the door...

    Tumbleweed...
    , @sb
    For the record Bolt didn't play semi pro soccer in Australia . He trialled for a fully pro team ( one of the 9 in Australia ) but wasn't offered a contract.

    I'd say the thinking was that it was hoped that some benefactor might pick up the bill - for his unrealistically high contract requirements - but none were forthcoming . It was understood that it was always unlikely that he would get serious game time in serious games but might earn the team money appearing in other games .

  93. @Reg Cæsar
    Now, before we jump to racial conclusions, consider that the perpetrator could have come from any of the countries in orange.


    2 dead after wrong-way driver causes multiple accidents in SF

    https://infographic.statista.com/normal/chartoftheday_9261_which_side_of_the_road_do_you_drive_on_n.jpg

    This isn’t the first time someone has driven the wrong way on 101 and killed someone. I remember a case from a few years ago, a Stanford B school kid (from America). I wonder if there is something about the entrances which is confusing.

  94. The greatest sprinter of all time can claim to be arguably the greatest athlete of all time, since sprinting loads 0.86 0n the g factor for athleticism:

    https://pumpkinperson.com/2019/02/04/is-there-a-g-factor-for-athletic-ability/

  95. @VivaLaMigra
    Can he catch a pigskin? Thirty-two isn't old, especially for someone whose body hasn't taken the pounding of college and pro football for 14 years! A franchise could certainly gain some good PR by inviting him to training camp. Coach Belichick, now that you've won another Lombardi trophy, don't you have a cornerback or wide receiver slot open for 2019?

    “Can he catch a pigskin?”

    No idea.

    The 49ers had hurdler Renaldo Nehemiah for a few years in the 1980s. He was a great hurdler, but not such a great NFL wide receiver.

  96. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @The Alarmist
    Even after 20 years driving on the left in places like the UK, Singapore and Oz, I still prefer driving on the right; but the best configuration I experienced was driving a left-steer European car in England, at least until the first time I had to get out of a parking lot that required a ticket, and also not so much at roundabouts.

    Driving a wrong-side-drive car ( LHD in a RHD market or vice versa) has some advantages but is a pain in the ass in daily life, dealing with drive-throughs and so forth, unless it’s a tiny car like a MG-TC or something. I looked at the idea of building a DIY MG-TC replica when Rootlieb made all the sheet metal, never did it. When most people in the US restore a Rolls or other high end car that is RHD they convert it to LHD, because it’s just such a pain in the ass.

    RHD Japanese JDM cars are a status symbol with the ricer crowd, of course. Usually you buy a JDM halfcut-the whole car cut in half-and swap the front clip, dash and front suspension onto a domestic VIN US market version so it looks cool but is registerable and smoggable in states like Hitlerfornia.

    A non US spec car, irrespective of drive side, has to be 25 years old to be importable in the US.

    Some countries outlaw WSD cars entirely. Australia did for decades, and Israel still does (Israel is a LHD market, Australia RHD) afaik.

  97. @International Jew
    To head off other misunderstandings, this isn't Israel's border wall either:
    https://www.thekotel.org/files/the_kotel/ovdot_venetonim/Hakotel_Hmaaravi.jpg

    And it wasn't built with American money either.

    i recognize that.
    a Palestinian wall
    built with Roman money.

    • Replies: @International Jew
    See my response to ElDato.
  98. @Reg Cæsar

    The hardest parts for me were remembering which way to look when pulling into traffic, and remembering to stay on the left side of the road when driving in the country (where there wasn’t much traffic and there was no road paint or signage to key off).
     
    I've read that the real problem isn't so much driving on the wrong side of the road, it's driving on the wrong side of the car.

    I think it was Robert Hughes's lawyer who defended him by saying that after living for decades in America, he got confused on a very empty northern road in his native Australia and forgot where he was.


    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1999-05-30-9905300214-story.html

    He had recently been divorced from a woman named Victoria Whistler, so perhaps he thought he was in British Columbia.

    The Russians buy a lot of used Japanese cars because the Japanese have to either dump the car or do an engine swap due to pollution controls. That is why you had that guy Watanbe importing lightly used Japanese engines for engine swaps in the US.

    It is scary on a two lane road out in the country where people tend to drive fast when somebody in a right hand drive car wants to pass when the roads are left hand drive.

    • Replies: @Anonymous
    They don't have to "do an engine swap", they have to have an "inspection" that is like a B or C check on an airliner. The cost is more than the car is worth because everything has to come out and apart.

    The purpose of this is to keep people buying new cars since otherwise there would be little JDM, as much as many Japanese drive the Japanese car would last 20+ years.

    Most of them are 1) exported-primarily to other RHD markets, 2) scrapped(crushed outright) or 3) parted out as JDM engines and transmissions, full halfcuts, or otherwise. These are available internationally and can be a great buy or a nightmare depending.

    The 25 year rule is a problem since so few cars make 25 years in Japan. Yet some baubles do come through.
  99. @mikeja
    He always wanted to be a soccer player and recently played semi-pro in Australia. I'm not sure how much the NFL would pay him but I doubt it would be enough for someone who has been pulling in $30m+ for the last ten years - unless it's a boyhood dream

    If he’d wanted to become a carpenter I could’ve understood…

    The old one about the black guy making a bolt for the door…

    Tumbleweed…

  100. @South Texas Guy
    I knew a copyeditor/page layout and designer who, fresh out of college, ten years ago turned down a $50k New York job to take one that paid a little more than half of what that job was offering to work in Corpus Christi because the expense of living in NYC is just mind boggling.

    One of the Virgil Flowers novels by John Sandford (?Heat Lightning?) makes the same point about a journalist who can’t afford to live in the Twin Cities in Minnesota. Circa 2005?

    God knows how more Metropolitan writers cope.

  101. Semi-OT:

    WaPo Defends Decision To Mothball Graphic Sex-Assault Claim Against Virginia Lt. Gov Fairfax

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-04/wapo-defends-decision-mothball-graphic-sex-assault-claim-against-virginia-lt-gov

    If only the Recuck…I mean Republican party would mobilize against this individual…I wonder what the problem is?

    • Replies: @J.Ross
    If democracy dies in darkness, surely rape accusations will! Darkness is the best antiseptic.
  102. 4chan’s /tv/ board is being spammed with Liam Neeson threads, none of which explain why he would be in the news right now. Apparently a journalist asked him about always playing “Death Wish done right” roles nowadays and Neeson volunteered that he had a real life epsisode of wanting to effect revenge, after a friend of his was raped by a black man. So now the imposed discussion is what education should Neeson submit to for having admitted in public that hearing about the rape of a friend made him angry like an actual man with wedding tackle between his legs. Make no mistake, the blackness of the culprit is not something mainstream journalists want to be confronted by, but the real unforgivable offense is the idea that a person could have real feelings they were not told to have, and might act upon them.

    • Replies: @Pericles

    Neeson volunteered that he had a real life epsisode of wanting to effect revenge, after a friend of his was raped by a black man.

     

    Surely he must have meant black Irish?
    , @J.Ross
    Follow up to this from an anon at 4chan:
    Every single person outside of Northern Ireland doesn't understand this story. Over here, this **** wasn't shocking. It wasn't unusual. If you came home and your friend had been beaten, you asked who did it. Was it a Protestant? Then you'd go out, often with your friends, find a Protestant and cave his head in. Every single day there was a fresh news report about a random innocent Catholic being murdered by a group of Protestants and the very next day, there'd be a fresh news report about a random innocent Protestant that had been murdered as revenge for that Catholic being murdered. This was a completely normal, expected reaction right up until the late 90s. We literally had television adverts trying to remind people not to murder random people of the opposite community. It was that level of ******.

    To this day, the two communities are literally separated by "peace walls" to stop them from attacking each other at random. Neeson grew up in an environment that fostered "an eye for an eye" even if it was the eye from someone who happened to be part of the same group as the initial aggressor. Americans will literally never understand the context of Neeson's upbringing and therefore never understand the story he told.
  103. @Reg Cæsar

    The hardest parts for me were remembering which way to look when pulling into traffic, and remembering to stay on the left side of the road when driving in the country (where there wasn’t much traffic and there was no road paint or signage to key off).
     
    I've read that the real problem isn't so much driving on the wrong side of the road, it's driving on the wrong side of the car.

    I think it was Robert Hughes's lawyer who defended him by saying that after living for decades in America, he got confused on a very empty northern road in his native Australia and forgot where he was.


    https://www.chicagotribune.com/news/ct-xpm-1999-05-30-9905300214-story.html

    He had recently been divorced from a woman named Victoria Whistler, so perhaps he thought he was in British Columbia.

    I’ve read that the real problem isn’t so much driving on the wrong side of the road, it’s driving on the wrong side of the car.

    I’ve done quite a bit of driving on both sides of the road, and generally it’s not a big deal making the switch. I find that the hardest part is remembering which steering column stalk is the turn signal, and which controls the wipers/lights. I mess this up pretty much every time I switch from driving in Hong Kong to driving in the USA, and vice versa.

    You do have to be careful and look back and forth assiduously at intersections when you’re switching sides of the road, because that’s a situation in which your long-term instincts about traffic flow may betray you.

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    I find that the hardest part is remembering which steering column stalk is the turn signal, and which controls the wipers/lights. I mess this up pretty much every time I switch from driving in Hong Kong to driving in the USA, and vice versa.
     
    Hell, I do this all the time with our Big Three van and our rice rocket sedan. And they're parked next to each other.
  104. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @MarkinLA
    The Russians buy a lot of used Japanese cars because the Japanese have to either dump the car or do an engine swap due to pollution controls. That is why you had that guy Watanbe importing lightly used Japanese engines for engine swaps in the US.

    It is scary on a two lane road out in the country where people tend to drive fast when somebody in a right hand drive car wants to pass when the roads are left hand drive.

    They don’t have to “do an engine swap”, they have to have an “inspection” that is like a B or C check on an airliner. The cost is more than the car is worth because everything has to come out and apart.

    The purpose of this is to keep people buying new cars since otherwise there would be little JDM, as much as many Japanese drive the Japanese car would last 20+ years.

    Most of them are 1) exported-primarily to other RHD markets, 2) scrapped(crushed outright) or 3) parted out as JDM engines and transmissions, full halfcuts, or otherwise. These are available internationally and can be a great buy or a nightmare depending.

    The 25 year rule is a problem since so few cars make 25 years in Japan. Yet some baubles do come through.

  105. @Barnard
    What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?

    ‘What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?’

    It makes driving interesting and exciting for tourists.

    • Replies: @Anthony Wayne
    Left-hand driving might create some adventure for tourists in Britain, but lane reversals create nothing but headaches in English immigrant communities abroad.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95QeRGbVqBY
  106. I used to hate “OT” posts, but MSN today was a like a freakin’ iSteve clickbait parody.

    Raging Irishman Liam Neeson wanted to hunt down black men to kill in a personal vendetta:
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/celebrity/hollywood-shocked-by-liam-neesons-“awful”-story-of-racist-revenge/ar-BBTb994?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout

    21 Savage, Atlanta rapper, is an illegal immigrant from Britain:
    https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/04/21-savage-ice-arrest-public-persona-false-atlanta-uk-national/

    American crypto-anarchist drug legalization advocate gunned down in Mexico:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/02/04/an-american-crypto-anarchist-fled-country-he-was-just-killed-mexicos-murder-capital/?utm_term=.149f92c273d9

    • Replies: @For what it's worth
    21 Savage's lawyer is literally named Kuck.

    https://www.thefader.com/2019/02/04/21-savage-lawyer-statement-ice-arrest
  107. @Charles Erwin Wilson 3
    Usain Bolt shows that anyone, with 10,000 hours of practice, can run faster than anyone in the NFL. You can confirm the same with Malcolm Gladwell and Stephen J. Gould. Yep, they don't need data, just baseless assertions and the compliance of a broad spectrum of dishonest charlatans that make P.T. Barnum look like an exemplar of probity.

    People who compare athletics and, say, academic achievement or musical ability are like people who compare GMOs and selective breeding–deliberate obfuscating liars.

  108. @El Dato
    Actually it was built with Roman money, which is about the same thing but then the structure got nuked by Roman forces in 70 AD. The Jews first went into Yellow Vest mode but then switched to wiping out whole military units, after which the Romans decided that it was on now. A bit like Chechnya.

    Actually it was built with Roman money

    Where did you come up with that? It’s not in any of the histories I’ve read. Do enlighten me if you have anything to contribute (other than fact-free malice).

    Judaea in the time of Herod (the first) was a vassal state of Rome’s, not a province, and even toward provinces the Roman philosophy was that they should be revenue generators, not cost centers.

  109. @bjondo
    i recognize that.
    a Palestinian wall
    built with Roman money.

    See my response to ElDato.

    • Replies: @bjondo
    legit archaeologists (non delusional fanatics) no longer accept this
    portion of wall as being part of any former jew temple.

    http://askelm.com/temple/t000701.htm

    this link was all I could find for info.

    censors working overtime.

    If you own a computer, yuo will have to research on your own.

    I don't have time.

  110. @Anon
    On body symmetry, Kevin Mitchell in his recent book on genetics, Innate, goes into this. Bodies in general should be mostly bilaterally symmetrical. Facial symmetry is associated with beauty and mate choice: This has been studied. The reason is that asymmetry is a visual indicator of a mutational load in the genes, or glitches in development from genome to phenome, similar to the glitches that make identical twins not completely identical. The glitches can be mutations, such as miswritten bases, or can simply be different roads taken along the way by the cells, since there is a lot of probabilistic stuff in fetus development. Left handers and gay men are the result of glitches like this.

    Yes, just more proof that the genetic determinism foisted on here is bunk.

  111. @For what it's worth
    I used to hate "OT" posts, but MSN today was a like a freakin' iSteve clickbait parody.

    Raging Irishman Liam Neeson wanted to hunt down black men to kill in a personal vendetta:
    https://www.msn.com/en-us/movies/celebrity/hollywood-shocked-by-liam-neesons-“awful”-story-of-racist-revenge/ar-BBTb994?li=BBnb7Kz&ocid=mailsignout


    21 Savage, Atlanta rapper, is an illegal immigrant from Britain:
    https://www.tmz.com/2019/02/04/21-savage-ice-arrest-public-persona-false-atlanta-uk-national/

    American crypto-anarchist drug legalization advocate gunned down in Mexico:
    https://www.washingtonpost.com/nation/2019/02/04/an-american-crypto-anarchist-fled-country-he-was-just-killed-mexicos-murder-capital/?utm_term=.149f92c273d9
  112. @El Dato
    Actually it was built with Roman money, which is about the same thing but then the structure got nuked by Roman forces in 70 AD. The Jews first went into Yellow Vest mode but then switched to wiping out whole military units, after which the Romans decided that it was on now. A bit like Chechnya.

    Actually it was built with Roman money

    El Dato,

    when i posted your comment not up
    that i know of.

    also

    the romans did not destroy that wall in 70ad.

    this was a roman wall.

  113. @International Jew
    See my response to ElDato.

    legit archaeologists (non delusional fanatics) no longer accept this
    portion of wall as being part of any former jew temple.

    http://askelm.com/temple/t000701.htm

    this link was all I could find for info.

    censors working overtime.

    If you own a computer, yuo will have to research on your own.

    I don’t have time.

  114. Lionel Shriver reviews The Human Tide by Paul Morland. Among other things, Shriver notes that the population of Africa is exploding and that a “plausible explanation for the rise of identity politics and the ever-increasing role that race plays in issues of the day is simply mass immigration. Numbers translate directly into voice and clout.” Neat that someone is thinking about these topics.

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/demography-has-become-the-biggest-story-on-the-planet/

    • Replies: @Reg Cæsar

    Among other things, Shriver notes that the population of Africa is exploding...
     
    "My Negrowth Problem-- and Ours"
  115. @Charles Pewitt
    OFF TOPIC

    President Trump is honest enough to admit that the US military is being used as muscle to fight wars on behalf of Israel in the Middle East and West Asia.

    Iraq is on the eastern border of Iran and Afghanistan is on the western border of Iran.

    The US military is being misused by the ruling class of the American Empire.

    There is a difference between the United States and the American Empire.

    There is a difference between the government of a nation-state and the nation itself.

    It makes no difference who the voters elect to be president, the foreign policy of the American Empire puts the interests of Israel ahead of the United States.

    https://twitter.com/TheEuropeanMan1/status/1092396528847806464

    He has dragged his feet on the border wall, but I have to admit that one of the greatest abilities of Trump is to blurt out inconvenient truths like this one. Plenty of people correctly speculate the reason, but Trump confirms that yes, he is the nominal president under ZOG.

  116. @The Wild Geese Howard
    Semi-OT:

    WaPo Defends Decision To Mothball Graphic Sex-Assault Claim Against Virginia Lt. Gov Fairfax

    https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-02-04/wapo-defends-decision-mothball-graphic-sex-assault-claim-against-virginia-lt-gov

    If only the Recuck...I mean Republican party would mobilize against this individual...I wonder what the problem is?

    If democracy dies in darkness, surely rape accusations will! Darkness is the best antiseptic.

  117. @International Jew
    That's not the border wall, that's a prison. Says so right on the tower. Can't you read?!

    It’s still a fine looking wall.

  118. @Zach
    Lionel Shriver reviews The Human Tide by Paul Morland. Among other things, Shriver notes that the population of Africa is exploding and that a “plausible explanation for the rise of identity politics and the ever-increasing role that race plays in issues of the day is simply mass immigration. Numbers translate directly into voice and clout.” Neat that someone is thinking about these topics.

    https://www.spectator.co.uk/2019/02/demography-has-become-the-biggest-story-on-the-planet/

    Among other things, Shriver notes that the population of Africa is exploding…

    “My Negrowth Problem– and Ours”

  119. Could the alternate foot thing help in establishing a rhythm that helps in maintaining mental control?

    I suppose that most of the guys at that level are performing physically at close to what is possible for their bodies and that even slight mental lapses are what make the difference.

  120. @MarkinLA
    Lets not forget that track and field has changed significantly in the past 30 years. Bob Hayes completely destroyed the field on a cinder track at Tokyo that was rutted and ruined by the previous long distance races. There was no bounce on those tracks and when a current world class sprinter tried running on a similar track lost almost a full second on it. No doubt running on it all the time, he would not have seen that type of loss.

    Hayes was a scholarship athlete at a traditionally all black college. No doubt they spent a ton of money on a non-revenue generating sport, unlike Bolt who was running for the Jamaica national team most of his life. Hayes had to play football to make a living and leave track since "professionals" could not compete in the Olympics or internationally. Staying in track and making a living was not an easy thing to do. The next Olympics saw another one termer Jim Hines take the gold.

    That would have been the race that should have made real history. Defending champ Hayes versus world record holder Hines.

    The Tokyo Olympiad documentary is great. They have a 100m dash scene with Hayes.

  121. oh, i wasn’t gonna post in this thread, but pumpkinperson posted here. so now i have to.

    PP has a lot of interesting things to say, but also a lot of goofy things. was PP around for carl lewis? wow. talk about a guy who can’t play sports.

    bolt did not play ball sports…because he can’t play ball sports. he can’t sit on the bench…for the jamaican national soccer team. and they suck. they’re TERRIBLE at soccer. so bolt, absolutely, positively sucks at ball sports. and would be laughed out of any ball sports argument, since he wouldn’t be able to make the league in any US ball sports, and would be ridiculed just like any bad pre-season player would be, and regularly are, ridiculed. heck, bad backups who make it to the league are ridiculed mercilessly, and bolt is worse than them. at any ball sport.

    other than running around a track, he’s a garbage athlete. and he knows it. that’s just the truth. guys who will sit on the bench this next NFL, MLB, NBA, and premier league season are all better at sports than him. ranked ATP players are better than him. maybe when you get to NHL bench players and bench rugby players you’re getting more to where he is.

    some guy broke the world record in the decathlon last year, and steve didn’t even post about it. any track & field discussion is just about the 100 anyway, and nobody talks about anything else. but kevin mayer is a better athlete than usain bolt, would be better than him at any ball sport, and would beat him one on one at any ball sport.

    kinda surprised there were knowledgeable track & field fans here who actually talked about the 400.

  122. @mikeja
    He always wanted to be a soccer player and recently played semi-pro in Australia. I'm not sure how much the NFL would pay him but I doubt it would be enough for someone who has been pulling in $30m+ for the last ten years - unless it's a boyhood dream

    For the record Bolt didn’t play semi pro soccer in Australia . He trialled for a fully pro team ( one of the 9 in Australia ) but wasn’t offered a contract.

    I’d say the thinking was that it was hoped that some benefactor might pick up the bill – for his unrealistically high contract requirements – but none were forthcoming . It was understood that it was always unlikely that he would get serious game time in serious games but might earn the team money appearing in other games .

    • Replies: @c matt
    Part of the difficulty with soccer for a guy like Bolt is that it involves a lot of start/stop, short burst, cut and turn type running - it is not just a straight sprint for the most part (sometimes, but probably less than 10%). Quickness is actually more valuable than flat out speed. On top of that, the ball skills required to maintain possession as you run, pass and trap the ball, shoot, etc.

    Probably would have been more suited to wide receiver, but the prospect of getting clocked by a 250 lb safety was likely not appealing.
  123. Although Bolt was not offered a contract with the Mariners, I still found his effort reasonably impressive for someone coming into the game at such a late age. https://www.smh.com.au/sport/soccer/usain-bolt-scores-two-goals-for-central-coast-mariners-20181012-p509eq.html

    He was also rumored to be quite a handy fast bowler as a young man. Here he is bowling Chris Gayle who is a seriously good batsman, holding various records for fast scoring and number of boundaries hit. A superstar of cricket. Granted this is a friendly match not a serious game.

    Nonetheless, its a bit ridiculous to describe him as terrible at ball sports. That is only in comparison to a very elite group.

  124. @Coemgen
    https://youtu.be/L1CgDOdi7cY

    You could have done Friesian horses …..shame on you

  125. @Colin Wright
    'What is the logic behind the Brits driving on the left hand side of the road?'

    It makes driving interesting and exciting for tourists.

    Left-hand driving might create some adventure for tourists in Britain, but lane reversals create nothing but headaches in English immigrant communities abroad.

  126. @MikeatMikedotMike
    Was he tested for PEDs after the attempt?

    Babe Ruth ingested performing enhancing drugs which allowed him to hit 700 home runs: Hot Dogs and Beer. Imagine how well Usain Bolt would perform on such drugs.

    • Replies: @MikeatMikedotMike
    That's it! Where's the asterisk???
  127. @Anon


    I wish Usain Bolt, when he felt he wasn’t as fast any more, had moved up to the 400.
     
    Too much work. And pain. I’m sure though that if he’d had the discipline he would have shattered records there too. He could have have jogged the first 300 then sprinted past everyone to the finish.
     
    The 400 is getting towards the cusp between a sprint and middle distance. I think you still wear spikes and stay in separate lanes the entire way, but it gets into stomach nausea area since there is an endurance element.

    Anything above 400 meters loses the spikes, I think, and you have the jostling and strategy element, no passing on curves and so on.

    up to 400 you stay in lanes because of the staggered start, one lap of the track. After the first lap, staggered start is moot.

  128. @sb
    For the record Bolt didn't play semi pro soccer in Australia . He trialled for a fully pro team ( one of the 9 in Australia ) but wasn't offered a contract.

    I'd say the thinking was that it was hoped that some benefactor might pick up the bill - for his unrealistically high contract requirements - but none were forthcoming . It was understood that it was always unlikely that he would get serious game time in serious games but might earn the team money appearing in other games .

    Part of the difficulty with soccer for a guy like Bolt is that it involves a lot of start/stop, short burst, cut and turn type running – it is not just a straight sprint for the most part (sometimes, but probably less than 10%). Quickness is actually more valuable than flat out speed. On top of that, the ball skills required to maintain possession as you run, pass and trap the ball, shoot, etc.

    Probably would have been more suited to wide receiver, but the prospect of getting clocked by a 250 lb safety was likely not appealing.

    • Replies: @Cortes
    Interesting.

    The stats presented on average distance covered by top ranked footballers (like Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar etc) rarely show the ground covered to exceed 10km over 90 odd minutes. Last time I watched the Olympics a 10k track race was run something around 27 minutes. The stop-start, ambling to explosive sprints typical movement regime of the sport no doubt contributes to a multiplicity of tears and other injuries which affect all leading football clubs.

    Folks who have trouble tying their laces can be eloquent about hamstrings, cruciates and metatarsals, not to mention groins...

    Here’s how a goalscorer injured himself (?hamstring) on Sunday:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=5Vi6uZ-24n8

  129. @Hairway To Steven
    I've closely followed sprinting since I was a kid, and I was a sprinter in high school.

    Bolt has the absolute worst sprinting form I've ever seen in any sprinter at any level above high school. It's beyond ugly.

    If you want to see beautiful form, go on You Tube and check out Tyson Gay toward the end of his career. It's perfection. Absolutely nothing is wasted.

    For example, even an onlooker like me can see Bolt was always a ponderously slow starter. I assume that was why he got started in 200m (and relays) rather than 100m.

  130. @Anon
    I remember the ill fated attempt to create a professional track and field league. They traveled around to basketball stadiums. Because of the size of the venues they had super short sprint events and longer races on wooden tracks reminiscent of the roller derby, but without Dick Lane shouting Whoa Nellie!

    I remember the ill fated attempt to create a professional track and field league.

    There actually is one in the outside world, beyond your awful, terrifying, looming, enclosing Wall … oh that’s still to be built, is it? Anyway, it’s known as the Diamond League.

    • Replies: @MarkinLA
    Track and field always played fast and loose with the rules on "amateurs". The European circuit found some way to get money to big names. They usually gave gifts that could easily be converted to cash or paid for "expenses" well above what things really cost. However, they were still at a disadvantage to Eastern block national teams.

    By the time of Carl Lewis you could get paid in ways such as advertising but had to have controlled accounts that supposedly only covered training expenses. Now you can be fully professional.
    , @sb
    There has always been professional running in Australia- and ,to a lesser extent, Scotland- which historically was quite separate to mainstream amateur track and field athletics of the international kind .
    Since the end of amateurism the two forms of the sport now have an amicable relationship with runners competing in both forms .
    Pro running Australian style has a few interesting differences to the international version of the sport

    In the past some of the best Aussie runners were pro and were never seen internationally
  131. @El Dato
    OT: Sounds like an attempt to gauge public response to the prospect of Swedish Forced Busing:

    Migrants’ children in Swedish schools are increasingly segregated – survey


    Thousands of migrants’ children in Sweden are less and less likely to meet their Swedish classmates at school, according to a survey from the state-funded SVT TV channel. The study of 3,641 Swedish schools published last week shows four out of 10 schools have an imbalance in the ratio of migrant and Swedish children compared to the overall proportion in the given municipality.

    Officials say segregation is real and that it directly affects students’ performance.

    “We get an increased concentration of students based on social background and thus differences in terms of school performance,” Peter Fredriksson, chief of the Swedish National Agency for Education, said, commenting on the study. “You should have the same opportunities to succeed regardless of which school you go to. But it is not the case today.”

     

    Indeed, opportunities to succeed in Sudanese Schools is lower than performance in Swedish Schools. But now what?

    Migrants now constitute 25 percent of students at Swedish schools, according to local media.
     
    (The SVT site demands that you install Flash Player, the broken window of the Internet. Fitting.)

    An acquaintance of modest means mentioned her kid was one of three white kids in a class of 30. Then she pulled him out and moved to another ghetto away from Stockholm, one where she grew up. Then when that ghetto turned out to have become a nasty place too, she sent him to live in the countryside with an aunt. (I hope that’s not a metaphor.)

  132. @J.Ross
    4chan's /tv/ board is being spammed with Liam Neeson threads, none of which explain why he would be in the news right now. Apparently a journalist asked him about always playing "Death Wish done right" roles nowadays and Neeson volunteered that he had a real life epsisode of wanting to effect revenge, after a friend of his was raped by a black man. So now the imposed discussion is what education should Neeson submit to for having admitted in public that hearing about the rape of a friend made him angry like an actual man with wedding tackle between his legs. Make no mistake, the blackness of the culprit is not something mainstream journalists want to be confronted by, but the real unforgivable offense is the idea that a person could have real feelings they were not told to have, and might act upon them.

    Neeson volunteered that he had a real life epsisode of wanting to effect revenge, after a friend of his was raped by a black man.

    Surely he must have meant black Irish?

  133. @c matt
    Part of the difficulty with soccer for a guy like Bolt is that it involves a lot of start/stop, short burst, cut and turn type running - it is not just a straight sprint for the most part (sometimes, but probably less than 10%). Quickness is actually more valuable than flat out speed. On top of that, the ball skills required to maintain possession as you run, pass and trap the ball, shoot, etc.

    Probably would have been more suited to wide receiver, but the prospect of getting clocked by a 250 lb safety was likely not appealing.

    Interesting.

    The stats presented on average distance covered by top ranked footballers (like Leo Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar etc) rarely show the ground covered to exceed 10km over 90 odd minutes. Last time I watched the Olympics a 10k track race was run something around 27 minutes. The stop-start, ambling to explosive sprints typical movement regime of the sport no doubt contributes to a multiplicity of tears and other injuries which affect all leading football clubs.

    Folks who have trouble tying their laces can be eloquent about hamstrings, cruciates and metatarsals, not to mention groins…

    Here’s how a goalscorer injured himself (?hamstring) on Sunday:

  134. @sb
    I guess we all have a preference for driving on the side of the road we grew up with .

    There is plenty of material online arguing the case for driving on the left side .
    Two men on horses passing would pass on the left so each could see clearly the other's sword hand .
    If you think about the age of animal drawn transport it makes sense for a right handed driver with a whip to position himself in the middle of the road away from pedestrians by the road side

    Given the preponderance of right sidedness ,surely it is preferable to have one's dominant side closer to the center of the road where the main action is

    I note Wikipedia puts the preference for driving on the right as a shift in historical practise caused more or less by anti Britishness via both the French and Americans

    Recently Samoa changed from driving on the right to driving on the left . I'd say this might be the first case of this happening (there are many many examples of going the other way )

    Sweden switched left to right in 1967 even though a large majority wanted to continue driving on the left. It was a classic piece of Social Democrats know what’s best for you.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagen_H

    On Dagen H, Sunday, 3 September, all non-essential traffic was banned from the roads from 01:00 to 06:00. Any vehicles on the roads during that time had to follow special rules. All vehicles had to come to a complete stop at 04:50, then carefully change to the right-hand side of the road and stop again (to give others time to switch sides of the road and avoid a head on collision) before being allowed to proceed at 05:00. In Stockholm and Malmö, however, the ban was longer — from 10:00 on Saturday until 15:00 on Sunday — to allow work crews to reconfigure intersections.[10] Certain other towns also saw an extended ban, from 15:00 on Saturday until 15:00 on Sunday.

    As a child in 1960s Canada I saw a few Volvos with the steering wheel on the right. They were a model that looked a bit like a ‘49 Ford. They may have come straight from Sweden or via Britain.

    • Replies: @Anonymous

    Dagen H (H day), today usually called "Högertrafikomläggningen" ("The right-hand traffic diversion"), was the day on 3 September 1967, in which the traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right.[1] The "H" stands for "Högertrafik", the Swedish word for "right traffic". It was by far the largest logistical event in Sweden's history.[2]
    Headlamp sold in Sweden not long before Dagen H. Opaque decal blocks the lens portion that would provide low beam upkick to the right, and bears warning "Not to be removed before 3 September 1967".

    A pair of colored gloves used in 1967 by Swedish authorities in order to remind drivers they should drive on the right as the traffic was changed


    There were various major arguments for the change:

    All of Sweden's neighbours (including Norway and Finland, with which Sweden has land borders) drove on the right, with 5 million vehicles crossing those borders annually.[3]

    Approximately 90 percent of Swedes drove left-hand drive (LHD) vehicles.[3] This led to many head-on collisions when passing on narrow two-lane highways, which were common in Sweden due to the fact that the country's low population density and traffic levels made road-building expensive in per capita terms.[4] City buses were among the very few vehicles that conformed to the normal opposite-steering wheel rule, being right-hand drive (RHD).[5]

    However, the change was widely unpopular; in a 1955 referendum, 83 percent voted to keep driving on the left. Nevertheless, on 10 May 1963, the Swedish Parliament (Riksdagen) approved the Prime Minister Tage Erlander's government proposal of an introduction of right hand traffic in 1967, as the number of cars on the road tripled from 500,000 to 1.5 million, and was expected to reach 2.8 million by 1975.[6] A body known as Statens Högertrafikkommission (HTK) ("the state right-hand traffic commission") was established to oversee the changeover.[7] It also began implementing a four-year education programme, with the advice of psychologists.[4]
     
    RHD Volvos and Saabs were for export. A few RHD sports models were brought in privately to North America for rallying and road racing, RHD being an advantage on certain road courses, which is why RHD 289 Cobras are not rare in the US. They are more likely to have real documentable road racing history and thus are eligible for more vintage events (and often worth even stupider money).

    Another market in right hand traffic (LHD) countries for RHD vehicles is mail delivery vehicles. Rural carriers have to supply their own vehicles and for a while Subaru offered RHD models otherwise US spec, and US legal, to rural mail carriers, but dropped the option fairly quickly. Any other RHD Japanese vehicle found in the US is a >25 year old private JDM import or a conversion done using a halfcut.

    The USPS is now destroying its old vehicles rather than offering them for sale, citing pwoduct wiability, despite having sovereign immunity as a government agency. The old Jeep DJs are now almost all either junked or used to build a trail rig, converted to 4WD and LHD. Finding a stock one is virtually impossible anymore.
  135. @J.Ross
    4chan's /tv/ board is being spammed with Liam Neeson threads, none of which explain why he would be in the news right now. Apparently a journalist asked him about always playing "Death Wish done right" roles nowadays and Neeson volunteered that he had a real life epsisode of wanting to effect revenge, after a friend of his was raped by a black man. So now the imposed discussion is what education should Neeson submit to for having admitted in public that hearing about the rape of a friend made him angry like an actual man with wedding tackle between his legs. Make no mistake, the blackness of the culprit is not something mainstream journalists want to be confronted by, but the real unforgivable offense is the idea that a person could have real feelings they were not told to have, and might act upon them.

    Follow up to this from an anon at 4chan:
    Every single person outside of Northern Ireland doesn’t understand this story. Over here, this **** wasn’t shocking. It wasn’t unusual. If you came home and your friend had been beaten, you asked who did it. Was it a Protestant? Then you’d go out, often with your friends, find a Protestant and cave his head in. Every single day there was a fresh news report about a random innocent Catholic being murdered by a group of Protestants and the very next day, there’d be a fresh news report about a random innocent Protestant that had been murdered as revenge for that Catholic being murdered. This was a completely normal, expected reaction right up until the late 90s. We literally had television adverts trying to remind people not to murder random people of the opposite community. It was that level of ******.

    To this day, the two communities are literally separated by “peace walls” to stop them from attacking each other at random. Neeson grew up in an environment that fostered “an eye for an eye” even if it was the eye from someone who happened to be part of the same group as the initial aggressor. Americans will literally never understand the context of Neeson’s upbringing and therefore never understand the story he told.

  136. @The Last Real Calvinist

    I’ve read that the real problem isn’t so much driving on the wrong side of the road, it’s driving on the wrong side of the car.

     

    I've done quite a bit of driving on both sides of the road, and generally it's not a big deal making the switch. I find that the hardest part is remembering which steering column stalk is the turn signal, and which controls the wipers/lights. I mess this up pretty much every time I switch from driving in Hong Kong to driving in the USA, and vice versa.

    You do have to be careful and look back and forth assiduously at intersections when you're switching sides of the road, because that's a situation in which your long-term instincts about traffic flow may betray you.

    I find that the hardest part is remembering which steering column stalk is the turn signal, and which controls the wipers/lights. I mess this up pretty much every time I switch from driving in Hong Kong to driving in the USA, and vice versa.

    Hell, I do this all the time with our Big Three van and our rice rocket sedan. And they’re parked next to each other.

  137. @Pericles

    I remember the ill fated attempt to create a professional track and field league.

     

    There actually is one in the outside world, beyond your awful, terrifying, looming, enclosing Wall ... oh that's still to be built, is it? Anyway, it's known as the Diamond League.

    Track and field always played fast and loose with the rules on “amateurs”. The European circuit found some way to get money to big names. They usually gave gifts that could easily be converted to cash or paid for “expenses” well above what things really cost. However, they were still at a disadvantage to Eastern block national teams.

    By the time of Carl Lewis you could get paid in ways such as advertising but had to have controlled accounts that supposedly only covered training expenses. Now you can be fully professional.

    • Replies: @Pericles
    Yeah, Carl Lewis was a long time ago. It also had something to do with eligibility to compete in the Olympics, hadn't it?
  138. Anonymous[427] • Disclaimer says:
    @CJ
    Sweden switched left to right in 1967 even though a large majority wanted to continue driving on the left. It was a classic piece of Social Democrats know what’s best for you.

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dagen_H

    On Dagen H, Sunday, 3 September, all non-essential traffic was banned from the roads from 01:00 to 06:00. Any vehicles on the roads during that time had to follow special rules. All vehicles had to come to a complete stop at 04:50, then carefully change to the right-hand side of the road and stop again (to give others time to switch sides of the road and avoid a head on collision) before being allowed to proceed at 05:00. In Stockholm and Malmö, however, the ban was longer — from 10:00 on Saturday until 15:00 on Sunday — to allow work crews to reconfigure intersections.[10] Certain other towns also saw an extended ban, from 15:00 on Saturday until 15:00 on Sunday.

    As a child in 1960s Canada I saw a few Volvos with the steering wheel on the right. They were a model that looked a bit like a ‘49 Ford. They may have come straight from Sweden or via Britain.

    Dagen H (H day), today usually called “Högertrafikomläggningen” (“The right-hand traffic diversion”), was the day on 3 September 1967, in which the traffic in Sweden switched from driving on the left-hand side of the road to the right.[1] The “H” stands for “Högertrafik”, the Swedish word for “right traffic”. It was by far the largest logistical event in Sweden’s history.[2]
    Headlamp sold in Sweden not long before Dagen H. Opaque decal blocks the lens portion that would provide low beam upkick to the right, and bears warning “Not to be removed before 3 September 1967”.

    A pair of colored gloves used in 1967 by Swedish authorities in order to remind drivers they should drive on the right as the traffic was changed

    There were various major arguments for the change:

    All of Sweden’s neighbours (including Norway and Finland, with which Sweden has land borders) drove on the right, with 5 million vehicles crossing those borders annually.[3]

    Approximately 90 percent of Swedes drove left-hand drive (LHD) vehicles.[3] This led to many head-on collisions when passing on narrow two-lane highways, which were common in Sweden due to the fact that the country’s low population density and traffic levels made road-building expensive in per capita terms.[4] City buses were among the very few vehicles that conformed to the normal opposite-steering wheel rule, being right-hand drive (RHD).[5]

    However, the change was widely unpopular; in a 1955 referendum, 83 percent voted to keep driving on the left. Nevertheless, on 10 May 1963, the Swedish Parliament (Riksdagen) approved the Prime Minister Tage Erlander’s government proposal of an introduction of right hand traffic in 1967, as the number of cars on the road tripled from 500,000 to 1.5 million, and was expected to reach 2.8 million by 1975.[6] A body known as Statens Högertrafikkommission (HTK) (“the state right-hand traffic commission”) was established to oversee the changeover.[7] It also began implementing a four-year education programme, with the advice of psychologists.[4]

    RHD Volvos and Saabs were for export. A few RHD sports models were brought in privately to North America for rallying and road racing, RHD being an advantage on certain road courses, which is why RHD 289 Cobras are not rare in the US. They are more likely to have real documentable road racing history and thus are eligible for more vintage events (and often worth even stupider money).

    Another market in right hand traffic (LHD) countries for RHD vehicles is mail delivery vehicles. Rural carriers have to supply their own vehicles and for a while Subaru offered RHD models otherwise US spec, and US legal, to rural mail carriers, but dropped the option fairly quickly. Any other RHD Japanese vehicle found in the US is a >25 year old private JDM import or a conversion done using a halfcut.

    The USPS is now destroying its old vehicles rather than offering them for sale, citing pwoduct wiability, despite having sovereign immunity as a government agency. The old Jeep DJs are now almost all either junked or used to build a trail rig, converted to 4WD and LHD. Finding a stock one is virtually impossible anymore.

  139. @MarkinLA
    Track and field always played fast and loose with the rules on "amateurs". The European circuit found some way to get money to big names. They usually gave gifts that could easily be converted to cash or paid for "expenses" well above what things really cost. However, they were still at a disadvantage to Eastern block national teams.

    By the time of Carl Lewis you could get paid in ways such as advertising but had to have controlled accounts that supposedly only covered training expenses. Now you can be fully professional.

    Yeah, Carl Lewis was a long time ago. It also had something to do with eligibility to compete in the Olympics, hadn’t it?

    • Replies: @Brutusale
    Long before Lewis was Steve Prefontaine and his battles with the AAU.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2015/05/29/more-sports/track-field/prefontaines-legacy-still-growing-40-years-death/#.XFxJDFVKiM8

    This guy should be name-checked as one of the greatest professional athletes ever.

    A 40-kph sprint in the World Cup. At 34.

    https://talksport.com/football/388155/cristiano-ronaldo-records-the-fastest-top-speed-of-any-player-at-the-fifa-world-cup-in-russia/

    All the skills videos about Ronaldo are entertaining, but the goal at the 1:20 nark is amazing. Full-tilt sprint with defender a step behind, take a long pass over the shoulder and VOLLEY a laser just inside the post.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ta2KBoy_G5c
  140. @Pericles

    I remember the ill fated attempt to create a professional track and field league.

     

    There actually is one in the outside world, beyond your awful, terrifying, looming, enclosing Wall ... oh that's still to be built, is it? Anyway, it's known as the Diamond League.

    There has always been professional running in Australia- and ,to a lesser extent, Scotland- which historically was quite separate to mainstream amateur track and field athletics of the international kind .
    Since the end of amateurism the two forms of the sport now have an amicable relationship with runners competing in both forms .
    Pro running Australian style has a few interesting differences to the international version of the sport

    In the past some of the best Aussie runners were pro and were never seen internationally

  141. @woody weaver
    Babe Ruth ingested performing enhancing drugs which allowed him to hit 700 home runs: Hot Dogs and Beer. Imagine how well Usain Bolt would perform on such drugs.

    That’s it! Where’s the asterisk???

  142. @Pericles
    Yeah, Carl Lewis was a long time ago. It also had something to do with eligibility to compete in the Olympics, hadn't it?

    Long before Lewis was Steve Prefontaine and his battles with the AAU.

    https://www.japantimes.co.jp/sports/2015/05/29/more-sports/track-field/prefontaines-legacy-still-growing-40-years-death/#.XFxJDFVKiM8

    This guy should be name-checked as one of the greatest professional athletes ever.

    A 40-kph sprint in the World Cup. At 34.

    https://talksport.com/football/388155/cristiano-ronaldo-records-the-fastest-top-speed-of-any-player-at-the-fifa-world-cup-in-russia/

    All the skills videos about Ronaldo are entertaining, but the goal at the 1:20 nark is amazing. Full-tilt sprint with defender a step behind, take a long pass over the shoulder and VOLLEY a laser just inside the post.

  143. @Anon
    Second City Cop is an anonymous cop blog maintained by a current Chicago cop and a retired Chicago cop.

    https://secondcitycop.blogspot.com/

    There are a ton of posts and it's very actively maintained. There is so much inside baseball in the posts it seems legit. (On the other hand, the bloggers would just know internal gossip more than facts, I'd think.) The superintendent of police, Eddie Johnson, an affirmative action idiot if you've seen his press conferences, is called "Special Ed" in the blog (and, I assume, in the force, at least by the white cops).

    There have been at least a couple of posts on Jussie Smollett.

    A post on Special Ed's press conference ends:


    Well, that's just bullshit. Would you like to know what detectives are telling us?

    It never happened. CPD is wasting hundreds of man hours to solve a Grindr date gone bad. The "victim" is refusing all forms of cooperation, his "ear witness" isn't cooperating, the Hollywood press is running with a non-existent narrative. The "persons of interest" are all but unidentifiable and left the area 20 minutes before the "attack," not to mention the anonymous witness who saw a "hillbilly looking" character that not a single camera in a one mile radius has a picture of.

    And that's just from a couple of people working the case.
     
    After the release of the suspect photos the blogger posts Nessie and Bigfoot photos and comments:

    So on the second coldest night of the year, a Hollywood actor, bundled up against -20 degree wind chill, was recognized by two "fans" in the dead of 0200 hours, on Lower Water Street (a known hangout for the seedy underbelly of MAGA supporters?) who happened to be carrying a canister of bleach and a piece of string, just in case they ran across a black, gay, Hollywood actor wrapped up against the elements in a place known more for homelessness than for the star set being seen in public.

    Sounds completely believable, especially the part about this being "MAGA country" hours after the first interview and the insistence that body cameras being turned off (for a guy who makes his living in front of cameras) and the seeking of medical attention after (A) turning down an ambulance and (B) heading to the hospital hours later. Our contacts say that the "persons of interest" happened to wander into a camera frame and seem to have had nothing to do with the event in question - but the bosses want to look like they're doing something to appease Rahm and the Hollywood money people - Empire is losing money and viewers - so it's "All Hands on Dicks!"

    In other news, another two percentage points were shaved off the clearance rate.
     
    "Clearance rate" is the percentage of crimes (all crimes? murders?) solved. Apparently it's pretty low in Chicago, 15 percent. So he's saying that it will drop to 13 percent because cops have been reassigned to the Smollett case by Special Ed.

    Good comment.

    Second City Cop has been running for years and is legit. It’s also a major thorn in the side to the local Powers That Be.

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