@John Herrman But the way your piece comes across is this: because these external factors exist, bikers don't need to accept criticism of their actions.
@happymisanthrope It's not hypocritical, as I'm sure you are a fine and upstanding cyclist who never breaks traffic laws for your own convenience. But we seem to agree that cyclists who are assholes to pedestrians deserve to be yelled at, and that's all I'm going for here.
@happymisanthrope I'm surprised at the apparent lack of irony or tension between these two ideas: that cars are dangerous to bikes, so cars should respect bikes; and bikes are dangerous to pedestrians, so pedestrians need to get out of the way.
@Drew Robertson I can point to several examples of a pedestrian being killed or critically hurt by a cyclist e.g. riding on the sidewalk, going the wrong way down a one-way street, and so on. I know of zero examples of a cyclist hitting a wayward pedestrian and the cyclist dying, leaving the pedestrian largely unscathed.
@mushr00m I wouldn't agree, knowing nothing about the accident, because it is the biker's responsibility to avoid pedestrians, being heavier and faster. Much like it is the car driver's responsibility to avoid bikes.
Yes, I agree that cars don't respect bikes. How does it follow that, THEREFORE, bikes can be dicks to pedestrians? Are you serious?
@scrooge What the Fed did was to issue guarantees and expand/adjust the pool of US sovereign debt. They didn't really print money in any sense, and it's clear they didn't because inflation has remained at historic lows. Nonetheless it's widely regarded that the Fed acted decisively to avoid a meltdown in the banking sector, because they had the power to do so.
Now, say the sovereign bank has no control over its money supply -- what would this look like? You need only look to Cyprus. In the middle of a bank crisis, Cyprus -- a Eurozone country -- was unable to guarantee banks, because there was no way for them to create more Euros without the permission of the ECB. (Note that they need not have printed any more currency, as a guarantee may have been enough to backstop the banks, as in the USA.) So they had no choice but to confiscate funds from depositors (or, revalue accounts to reflect money that didn't actually exist), and the result was chaos. The irony is, this is the world that the Bitcoiners want to create.