Two egregious articles of spam journalism int eh past two days.
The first is the case of a Segway owner riding his device off a cliff. The media have leapt upon this as a case of Segways being lethal.
Segway: Is it safe to ride?
The death of James (Jimi) Heselden, the British owner of the company that makes the two-wheeled electric vehicle, has prompted the question.
Heselden, according to police, fell off a cliff in Englandwhile testing an all-terrain version of the Segway scooter Sunday. Heselden led a group of British investors who bought the company in December 2009.
A report published online today in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, says that injuries sustained while riding Segway transporters are on the rise, based on Washington, D.C., emergency room data.
and this article in Stuff
Safety concerns after Segway death
The Segway was supposed to revolutionise human transportation but now the owner of the company that makes them is dead and questions are being raised over the safety of the two-wheeled motorised machines.
Not long after it was revealed that the British millionaire owner of Segway Inc, James Heselden, died after driving one over a cliff, a new study has been published online in the Annals of Emergency Medicine reporting that injuries associated with the transporter are increasing.
I haven’t seen the calls from the media for mountain bikes and skateboards to be investigated for rising deaths and injury. Life has risks and it is impossible to mitigate them away, much and all as the greens and other meddlers would like to.
Another example was in The Herald today;
iPod warning after teen girl’s death
iPod users are being warned by police to be vigilant on the roads after the death of a young woman who was hit by a car while listening to music.
It is believed to be the third case in the past year in which a pedestrian or cyclist listening to an iPod has been distracted and killed.
Life support for Taranaki woman Cushla Marie Girling was switched off on Sunday night after the 19-year-old was struck by a four-wheel-drive in New Plymouth.
She was walking home in the rain from work at a bakery, listening to music on her iPod, when she was hit.
Using the logic of Malcolm Harbrow at no Right Turn, if the government doesn’t move to ban the listening of iPods when near roads, or Segways near cliffs then they are contributing to murder and should be prosecuted.