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Old 06-20-2006, 02:00 AM   #71
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there really isn't any good reason for not wearing a helmet, Occassionally I don't. I wear a full face and my vision isn't impaired at all. Taking unnecessary risks and becoming injured becomes a burden on all of us unless your independently wealthy and can afford to support yourself and pay your medical expenses. about a month ago I watched a biker sitting at a light get hit from behind launching him face first into the car infront of him. Fortunately he had a full face and suffered minor bruises. I'm sure it would have been different without the helmet as he hit hard. Not sure if I want helmet laws but you can argue all you want, smart bikers wear them.
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Old 06-20-2006, 02:02 AM   #72
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I don't even encourage people to ride motorcycles, much less ride without helmets. My son doesn't ride, and neither does my daughter. They have no interest. I have no interest in them riding. Everyone that asks me if they should ride a motorcycle, I tell them to forget it. It's dangerous and takes too much skill and attention to have a chance of survival. Wearing a helmet doesn't change those odds all that much. Ask Larry Grodsky. I do it cause I'm addicted, just like you are to cigs. Lung cancer you say? What about emphysema? COPD? Ever hear of those? Nice long, slow, painful deaths. Suffocate in your own blood for years, or feel like a fish out of water gasping for breath. And the good part is that your mind is so perfectly healthy, that you feel every agonizing second. Good health to ya!
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Old 06-20-2006, 02:25 AM   #73
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If you could get an honest answer from at least half of the riders who go without a helmet, they would tell you the reason why is because of image. (This is particularly true of the harley riders who spend countless hours polishing the chrome and combing the tassels on their handlebars but don't want to be "bothered" with the helmet.) I have even talked to people who say they wear a helmet if they're going riding by themselves, but leave it at home for group rides. You've just gotta love rebellious conformity.
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Old 06-20-2006, 02:31 AM   #74
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If it pours, and it's tequila, I'm in. I'm sure they have some stuff down there I never heard of that's kick ass. You doing the resort thing now? Cool.
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Old 06-20-2006, 02:44 AM   #75
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So do you REALLY want an honest answer as to why someone won't wear helmets, or the one you want to hear? I have a Harley, and it's probably has more miles than what you ride. Why do you speed? Because it's cool? cause all your friends do it? do you do stand-ups in traffic to impress the chicks? I bet you do. Gotta love rebellious stupidity.
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:07 AM   #76
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:16 AM   #77
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"You can't know if she was checking her mirrors from the video"



True. The assumption (and that is what it is) is made from the fact that the helmet cam shows she is not panning side to side to check areas the mirrors do not cover. Rookie mistake.



Also, on every motorcycle I have owned, glancing in the mirror and keeping your head stationary only shows a very small area behind. Some side-to-side movement of the head is required to get the full(er) picture of what is happening behind you.



She was doing neither.



"how often do you expect a car to suddenly flip a U turn in the middle of the freeway"



Every time I ride. I always expect a cager to do some really dumb and very often they have exceeded my expectations.



"Why don't you read her critique of the accident"



I did. Like every critique/response I have ever heard from bikers that had been involved in an accident, the bike rider is never at fault or the accident was unavoidable.



Take the individual that speeds past a gas station and hits a car turning left in front of him. Duh, like cars never turn left into gas stations? Of course, that idiot will also tell you it was not his/her fault, but the accident could easily be avoided by if said rider had been riding slowly through a what is a very obviously dangerous section of road.



Ride in multilane traffic and not being aware of cagers is dumb. No ifs, buts or maybes.



"before you second guess."



She landed on her a$$ no? What is second guessing about that?

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Old 06-20-2006, 03:40 AM   #78
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looks to me like they both sliped on something
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Old 06-20-2006, 03:44 AM   #79
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I am *SO* glad you guys are finally able to "get along" and Play Nice together...............
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:19 AM   #80
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Parental smoking still a threat to kids' lungs By Anne Harding

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NEW YORK (Reuters Health) - A new international study of more than 20,000 children confirms that exposure to cigarette smoke before and after birth impairs their lung function, and that parental smoking remains a serious public health issue.







The effects of smoking during pregnancy last up to age 12, while exposure to cigarette smoking after birth further worsens lung function, Dr. Manfred A. Neuberger of the Medical University in Vienna, one of the study's authors, told Reuters Health.



It is difficult to tell, Neuberger noted, whether the impairment of lung function resulting from prenatal and early life exposure is permanent, given that many individuals with parents and siblings who smoke will have started smoking themselves by their teen years.



The researchers analyzed results from a subset of children who had participated in the Pollution and the Young Study, including a total of 22,712 children from eight countries. The findings appear in the American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine.



Children whose mothers smoked during pregnancy were 31 percent to 40 percent more likely to have poor lung function than children born to non-smokers, the researchers found. Early-life exposure independently increased risk of poor lung function to a lesser degree, by 24 percent to 27 percent.



Sixty percent of the children in the study had been exposed to cigarette smoke before birth or in early life, the researchers found. "Considering the high number of exposed children, this indicates that both environmental tobacco smoke exposure and smoking during pregnancy remain a severe public health problem," Neuberger and his team conclude.



The findings are a "stark reminder" that legal efforts to reduce exposure to cigarette smoke in workplaces aren't protecting the group of people at greatest risk from passive smoking, young children, Drs. Mark D. Eisner of the University of California, San Francisco and Francesco Forastiere of the Rome E Health Authority in Italy write in an editorial accompanying the study.



"Children are primarily exposed to tobacco smoke in the home, where legal restrictions do not apply," they note.



SOURCE: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, June 2006.

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