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22 Jul
Helmets and head injuries: a thread.

A driver last week challenged my assertion that motorists and their passengers suffer half of all head injuries.

It was a fact that Iโ€™d carried in my head for years, but I wanted a source.

So I checked, but here in UK there are no ...
2/ routinely collected statistics on the types of injury suffered by different types of road user.

The best I could find was an old webpage on the Bicycle Helmet Research Foundation but few if any of the original studies are online.

It says:

:: The road users most at risk ...
from head injury are pedestrians and young drivers. (Morgan 1988; Ramet and Vallet, 1987).

:: In England, Scotland and Wales, six times more pedestrians and 18 times more motor vehicle occupants suffer lethal head injuries than cyclists. Pedestrians and motor vehicle...
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7 Feb 19
@Kevin_O2L I agree it is complex but your your simplification is misleading *and* wrong. The president of the European Parliament is elected from MEPs (whom we vote for) every 30 months; the president of the European Council (made up of democratically elected heads of state) is elected ...
@Kevin_O2L every 30 months; the president of the Commission is appointed by the Council, with the European Parliamentโ€™s approval; finally, the presidency of the Council of the European Union is held in turn by a member state, not a person.

In the UK, we donโ€™t have a direct say in who ...
@Kevin_O2L is PM (Mayโ€™s first term, Gordon Brown) but we may vote for a party they lead at the time of the election; we donโ€™t have a direct say in the people who form the cabinet (which, after all, is government).

At county level we donโ€™t have a say in who is council leader or who ...
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8 Jul 18
Thread: This story in today's @thesundaytimes raises ethical questions. It's about car drivers and passengers in some makes of popular small car being more exposed to diesel soot and other toxins thanks to flawed filters in the air con. thetimes.co.uk/edition/news/fโ€ฆ (ยฃ) 1/14
The three cars named as being particularly poor are the Ford Fiesta, VW Polo and Toyota C-HR, while the Mercedes H-class scored highly. The Toyota filter was worst, removing just 1% of particles compared with the Mercโ€™s 90%.
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