Saturday, July 26, 2014

Time For Left-Lane Sanity


The Vancouver Sun, July 23, 2014


'B.C. could learn something from countries that have made it illegal to both camp in the left lane and pass on the right side - the laws have fostered...'


'Now is the time for the evolution of lane discipline on B.C. highways. Summer means more travellers, including recreational vehicles, trucks pulling boats, and everything from two-wheelers to big rigs. Washington state has recently announced a crackdown on left-lane bandidts.

Soon we should expect news concerning the recommendations resulting from the B.C. Rural Highway Safety and Speed Review, which was launched in late 2013 by the provincial government.'

Does this mean that some BC drivers, over 10% perhaps, evolved from something other than human? 

I philosophically wonder on my weekday drives from Maple Ridge to Vancouver and back. 

Does this mean I need to develop hybrid theology in regard to evolution and Biblical creation?

I do not hold to Darwinian Evolution but when it comes to the driving issue...


Just wondering.

'Left-lane bandits are a scourge on B.C. roads because they endanger other drivers by interrupting traffic flow, frustrating otherwise law-abiding drivers, causing unnecessary and potentially dangerous lane changes and increasing crash risk. They render roads inefficient by increasing travel time, complicate matters for emergency vehicles, and they can be at the root of road rage and aggressive driving.'

Some are dangerous drivers as they slow down traffic and those in cars especially can be guilty of riding the breaks while not at intersections, potentially causing multi-car accidents.

These drivers frustrate other law-abiding drivers that attempt to use the left lane to legally get to required destinations in time.

You know, such as work, when one has a potential two hour round trip journey.

These 'insane' type drivers could produce road rage in some law-abiding citizens because these offenders are potentially causing not only potential lateness for law-abiding drivers but potential property damage and potential personal harm to the law-abiding driver if an accident should occur.

This frustration builds up day after day. 

It seems to me that in our local culture here in it least a large minority of cases there is a serious lack of driver etiquette. 

It is also troubling to see this among 'professional truck drivers' or those that drive commercial vehicles while I am on my way to work especially.

Driving home late at night the commercial vehicles are more willing to stay in the right lane, but then the problem is simply avoiding late night construction that has been going on for several years.

Another issue...

I digress.

During the day, some of these drivers have their huge rigs in the left lane! And this is well before a turning lane or a change in lanes, it is simply as if they do not know, or or do not care about reasonable driving laws and rules.

Proverbs 15:22

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

22 Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they [a]succeed.


'This menace is represented in two subsets: those who do not know better and those who do. While the former exhibit a type of negligence or distracted driving, which may be remedied by education and awareness, the latter is sometimes pathological and anti-social through behaviour. For them, laws and enforcement are necessary.'

Yes, some drivers are just poorly trained drivers. In regard to the pathological and anti-social, here I will opine that in our society there will be too many people in our society driving that will be intoxicated from alcohol, or are under the influence of illegal drugs or under the influence of prescription or over the counter drugs that impairs driving ability. 

Also, having struggled with sleep apnea in the past I had enough common sense to know when to sleep it off and not drive, but I realize having studied the subject and discussed it with many medical professionals that many in society would not even realize that they have a sleep disorder. Therefore some persons could be driving with a sleep disorder.


'Public perception in B.C. of the role of speed in crashes has been shaped by years of Speed Kills propaganda and aggregated statistics. Most speed related crashes have a host of other factors underlying them. Keeping the left lane clear won't make our roads less safe, but it will make them safer.'

Yes, propaganda, Ian Tootill has it right. Speed kills some of time, but so does basically just being an 'idiot' on the road and disrupting traffic I would reason...

Switching lanes and driving too slow probably would be issues as well I gather.

Cited '

Partly to blame are drivers who interrupt traffic flow (whether fast or slow), increase speed variance and force vehicle interactions that result in other drivers having to make a minimum of two lane changes to avoid them.'

At least the 'maniacs' that drive far too fast, although a menace, are gone and out of the way and a driver should be on the alert for these drivers, often sports cars, at all times.

The faster drivers are dangerous but usually tend to be isolated by their own speed.

But the slow drivers range from almost anyone to large commercial vehicles. It is continual work to avoid them to stay safe, again those that ride the breaks are a continual danger.


'In some countries, not only is it illegal to camp out in the passing lane, but passing on the right is against the law. In those countries, not coincidentally...'

Sanity prevails.


'Not so in B.C. Why? Better driver training and testing, as well as clearer messaging, could turn around a confrontational driving element we seem to have on B.C. roads.' Better training would be the reasonable direction. Cited 'Ironically, while slow drivers and those who disrupt traffic flow are frequently cited as the No. 1 concern by the driving majority, police seldom ticket motorists for impeding traffic. Why would they when the applicable section of B.C.'s Motor Vehicle Act is so vague that the courts have not supported convictions for the charge?'

Let me guess...

There is more government money in handing out tickets for supposed $peeder$ than in punishing left-lane violators?

Let me guess...

It is easier work to hand out speeding tickets than to target left-lane violators?


'Ian Tootill is co-founder of Sense BC, a grassroots drivers' advocacy group.'


Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Top Five Most Valuable Sports Clubs 2014

Forbes 2014

Forbes ranks the top fifty.

#1 Real Madrid Value: $3.44 billion

Real Madrid from site



'Commercial revenue is padded by a $41 million-a-year kit deal with Adidas and a shirt sponsorship with Emirates worth $39 million annually. Madrid is planning a $540 million renovation to its stadium, Santiago Bernabeu, which is expected to be completed in 2017.

This revenue is besides ticket sales and television and other media revenues.

Phony Madrid has been stuck in the third division for approximately forty years and has a virtually worthless club value. Their main kit is pink with army green virtical stripes. Their alternate kit is four different shades of brown...

#2 Barcelona Value: $3.2 billion

Barcelona from site

Menorca, Spain-Facebook


'In April, Barcelona's board voted to expand Camp Nou stadium to a capacity of about 105,000 from 99,000 as part of an $800 million renovation of its grounds.'

'Hey Jose. I cannot find a seat in this place!' (Words never to be stated in a serious tone).

Reads like a recipe for debt...

But now Barcelona have Messi, Neymar and Suárez and so they should be a very powerful scoring machine especially when Suárez is not off on his 'brunch' breaks...

By the way, the logo looks like something outdated from 1971, in my opinion.

It looks like a fat Real Madrid or something...

These two vastly successful club teams are now the pride of Spain with the national team now back to its former historical in the tank status.

Good thing Europe has so many quality national sides and will probably keep the Word Cup at least until Qatar 2022...

I noticed something, Latin teams have won 15 of 20 FIFA World Cups, impressive. Only others, Germany with five and England with one.


#3 Manchester United Value: $2.81 billion

Manchester United site


'Adidas will pay United $1.3 billion over 10 years starting in 2015 in the richest uniform deal in the history of sports.'

The richest uniform deal team but for a few years now, no longer the richest club.

And only seventh place in the English Premier League last year.

And so far this off season I am not convinced they are going to challenge for the English title even with new manager Louis van Gaal from the Netherlands.

My thinking and reasoning is however that the club will contend for the English title and the UEFA Champions League again within the next few years.

The main reason?

$$$$ or make that British pound signs....

#4 New York Yankees Value: $2.5 billion

New York Yankees, Wikipredia


'The enterprise value of YES, the regional sports network 20% owned by the Yankees, was $3.9 billion for 80% acquired by 21st Century Fox in November, 2013.'

And yet the club is barely above .500 this year (boo hoo)...

The Yankess have been in slight decline the last few years.

 #5 Dallas Cowboys Value: $2.3 billion


'The Cowboys struck a 25-year stadium naming rights deal with AT&T last year for an estimated $500 million.'

My deduction is that within that deal time the stadium will never be called 'Cowgirl Stadium' or 'Brokeback Mountain Stadium'

Viewed live Manchester United and the Yankees at their home stadiums, although it was the previous Yankee Stadium.