On May 7, 2016, a 40-year-old Canton, Ohio, man had just left a family vacation in Walt Disney World in Orlando and was behind the wheel of his Tesla Model S, which he nicknamed “Tessy,” an all-electric compact vehicle that he had put 40,000 miles on in the first nine months he owned it.
Google the phrase “stupid unsafe acts” and you get about 174,000 results. That’s a bit scary. Included are links to “People Doing Stupid Things,” “Stupid Human Beings Doing Unsafe Things” and “Hilarious pictures from around the world show workmen who somehow cheated death.”
As if you haven’t noticed, this is the year of The Angry Voter. Google the phrase “angry voters” and you get about 35,800,000 results. “To be a citizen means to specialize in the venting of spleen,” The New York Times recently reported.
Congress in October gave the nation’s railroads three more years, and possibly up to five, to install a mandated safety system that would automatically slow trains running at unsafe speeds, and which safety experts say could have prevented May’s fatal Amtrak derailment in Philadelphia.