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Skeptical Quote of the Week:
A scientific idea may require a lot of reasoning to work out an appropriate test, may be difficult to test, may require the development of new technological tools to test, or may require one to make independently testable assumptions to test --- but to be scientific, an idea must be testable, somehow, someway. ' Berkeley University's Understanding Science webpage 'What is Science?'

I love asking questions. I don't know the answers to lots of them, but it seems as if a lot of people
think they've solved problems that haven't really seemed to stay 'solved.'

So... I ask questions. Here are a few to contemplate...

  • You don't like "Zero-Based Budgeting" or "Bottoms-Up Justification"?
    Why not figure out the real cost of all government programs by adding up everything that goes into
    the creation and maintenance and upkeep of every program on a yearly basis?

    And then calculate the required taxes and subsidies accordingly?

  • Trying to sell me on the idea of Light Rail?
    Why do you never include data on the portion of ongoing operating expenses that won't be covered ... ever ... by riders' fares?
    And that's after the land acquisition and construction and other capital (rolling stock, etc.) gets paid for...

  • How are toll roads' tolls set?
    For example, how do NC's per-mile toll rates compare to those of other states, and why? (Like the NJ Turnpike or Garden State Parkway, for example...)

  • Recent letter to the editor of the Raleigh News&Observer...
    'Why should or would any State Legislative body ever be given the power to draw its own election maps or boundaries?'

  • When someone claims there are 'more' or "more devastating" hurricanes or tornados...
    Compared to What?
    Why do they never factor in the Increase In Value of all the homes and infrastructure that were added between "back then" and "today"?
    As in... cities and farms which have grown along side rivers that flood, or the expansion of home construction on ocean fronts?

  • Ever been to central Colorado?     Take a look at Vail or Eagle, CO...
    How many roundabouts are there near the center of Vail? I see five.
    How many near the center of Eagle? I count five there, too, with another one further down route 6 to the west...
    Roundabouts in Eagle where traffic used to back up at signal-controlled intersections?
    Since the roundabouts were built, I've experienced no more backups or delays at those intersections.
    No more lines of cars backed up for the full length of the exit lane off the Interstate.
    So why the great reluctance to put more roundabouts in Raleigh, NC?

  • Driver's Education Question:     Have you ever noticed that on a high-speed divided highway, around rush hour times, most of the backups and slowdowns occur as you approach the merger of an on-ramp to the highway?
    So, entering traffic tries to merge but the right-lane drivers don't like anyone to get in front of them, so merging traffic backs up.
    Some frustrated right-lane drivers try to merge left one lane, but they're now going slower, so it's hard to merge, and when they can merge, traffic in that lane has to slow down to let them in.
    So why can't drivers figure out that the fastest way home is to stay in the left-most lanes especially around mergers and on-ramps?