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  •  Why aren't the roads closed (1+ / 0-)
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    by authorities when conditions are this bad?

    "The greatest service which can be rendered any country is to add an useful plant to its culture" -- Thomas Jefferson

    by tommurphy on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 06:14:12 AM PST

    •  Because in this country we don't fund public (6+ / 0-)

      service well enough to have the people to monitor this closely. Fog can come of quickly; it can dissapate that fast also. It may be a small bank, or large.

      And how would you tell people? Some commuters listen to books on tape while driving; some syndicated talk shows that only give weather on the hour.

      Roads should not have to be closed for people to recognize dangerous considitions.

      "I believe more women should carry guns. I believe armed women will make the world a better place. Women need to come to think of themselves not as victims but as dangerous." Anna Pigeon

      by glorificus on Fri Nov 23, 2012 at 06:44:56 AM PST

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      •  Back when radio stations were live and local (0+ / 0-)

        and everyone drove with the radio on ---

        the word used to get out quickly when a weather hazard slowed traffic

        The live human at the mike didn't hesitate to interrupt the schedule with a warning

        whether passed on from the state police, or phoned in from some other ordinary live human at a truck stop or a pay phone.

        It was part of why we listened to the radio way back then -- Sort of a low-tech, lower-speed audio Twitter

        Now that we have cell phones and Twitter, think how even more effective, because so much more real-time,  radio like this would be!

        But it's too late, programming is all automated now :(

      •  The same service that you and I are referring to (0+ / 0-)

        didn't need to be publicly funded "back in the day" --

        Ordinary community radio stations, especially the AM ones with a small radius, passed any warnings on as a matter of course

        Like the radio station in "Northern Exposure" !

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