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January 31, 2007

Link of the Day - Historical Weather Data

2006_old_farmers_almanac327x480 The Farmer's Almanac allows you to search for historical weather data, be it yesterday or 20 years ago.  Fantastic!

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January 10, 2007

Link of the Day - U.S. Dept. of Transportation 2005 Highway Statistics

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The U.S. Department of Transportation has an incredible website which includes highway statistics for 2005.  When you click on the above link, you'll have access to the following statistics on subjects such as:

  • Motor Fuel
  • Motor Vehicles
  • Driver Licensing
  • Finance
  • Roadway Extent, Characteristics and Performance
  • Metric Tables
  • National Household Travel Survey

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January 04, 2007

Link of the Day - Tort "Deform"

Tort_deform Tort Deform is a fantastic website which, again, debunks the myth of the frivolous lawsuit.  Many, many entries delineating how there really is no such thing as a frivolous lawsuit.  Well thought out, well documented.

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January 01, 2007

Cell phones and driving

"Blah Blah Blah," says the lady into her cell phone. Cars try to avoid her crazy driving. She never stops talking on her cell phone. Animation by Steven Mussey

Although funny, this video makes some very important points.

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Motorcycle Crash: It Happens So Fast

He loses it on a curve and hits a barrier going pretty fast. www.upyourvideo.net

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McDonalds Coffee Case - The Truth

Mcdonaldscoffeelawsuit I found a some fascinating blogs and sites which lay out why "frivolous lawsuits" are nothing more than a myth.  Corp Reform, Not Tort Reform highlights why frivolous lawsuits are mythological urban legends.  The legal system has many, many safeguards against the filing or maintaining of meritless lawsuits.  This article discusses these safeguards in detail. 

Findlaw has written a fascinating article debunking The McDonald's Lawsuit Myth. Things are not always what they seem or are publicized to be.  In this case, a 79 year old grandmother spilled 190 degree coffee in her lap and suffered third degree burns.  McDonald's knew for years that the temperature of their coffee was unfit for human consumption at this temperature but, since many people like their coffee very hot, they chose profits over safety.  To be sure, at the time of this tragic incident in 1992, McDonald's served up $1.3 Million in coffee daily! 

The plaintiff in the famed McDonald's case, Stella Liebeck, only wanted McDonald's to pay for her medical bills.  They refused and she was left with no alternative but to sue them or walk away and let others suffer the same fate.  Take a look at in the McDonald's Blog in the Corp Reform blog and read the pros and cons as perceived by the writers/readers.  Please read ALL of the opinions before you make up your own mind. 

You may also want to read Mythbuster or a 1994 Wall Street Journal which, again, go through the facts of the McDonald's coffee case.

Your comments are most welcome.

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Link of the Day - Insurance Profits Soar 2006

ProfitsrisingInsurance companies posted a $429 BILLION profit for the third quarter of 2006.  Click Here to get the full story.  Please note that we are talking BILLIONs, not Millions here.

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