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Driving factoids inspired by the Busway

Now that the busway is beginning to take shape, a few facts about driving from the book "Traffic: Why We Drive the Way We Do (and What It Says About Us)" by Tom Vanderbilt.

*Men lean on the horn more quickly than women as do drivers of expensive cars. People driving convertibles are less likely to honk (probably because they can't roll up the windows and lock the doors if someone decides he wants to punch their lights out).

*Fog makes objects appear to be moving slower than they really are. (You want to see slow you should see me when I'm in a fog.)

*Older drivers are more likely to grant the right of way, and drivers in general are more likely to be courteous when the other car has a lot of passengers. (Drivers are also likely to be really, really courteous if the car has a bumper sticker that reads: "Insured by Smith & Wesson.")

*Drivers tend to drive closer to bicyclists who are wearing helmets. (Wonder how close they drive to cyclists who have an "Insured by Smith & Wesson" sticker on the back of their bike?)

*Finally, studies have shown that if you can remove just 1 percent of cars on the road you can achieve an 18 percent improvement in traffic flow. (Hello, busway.)

New America's Cup Fan

The Weak has never been a big fan of sailing. In fact, The Weak's all time favorite description of the sport is: "Sailing is like standing in a cold shower ripping up hundred dollar bills." That said, the telecasts of this year's America's Cup races were really exciting, although what was actually going on remains somewhat of a mystery. Also, what's with the helmets? Way to go Oracle. Now can we get the competition back to Newport.


According to a UConn poll released last week, 53 percent of those surveyed nationwide said they view Obamacare, unfavorably, while 38 percent had a favorable view.

A May poll by CNN found a similar result, 54 percent opposed, 43 percent in favor, but delved a little deeper into the numbers and found 16 percent of those opposed to the law were so because it wasn't liberal enough.

Also, according to a story by Connecticut Health I-Team, Connecticut consumers who buy health insurance on the new Affordable Care Act exchanges will pay some of the highest premiums in the country.

The reasons given for this include, Connecticut has some of the highest medical costs in the country, and has more mandated health benefits.

Confused? Join the club.

But should Obamacare be killed, as ultra-conservatives in the House are advocating with their threats to shut down the federal government, or even default on the national debt? Who is right, here, Republicans or Democrats?

If you are an average person and don't follow politics too closely, here is something you might consider:

What party created Social Security, and what party was vehemently opposed?

What party created Medicare, and what party was vehemently opposed?

What party created Obamacare, and what party is vehemently opposed?

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