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4CA - Queensland's Home for Fake News Led by John "Cueball" Mackenzie

13 August 2013

IPSWICH MAYOR PAUL PISASALE PUSHING STUPID IDEA UNDER BANNER OF "PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY"

Paul Pisasale's morbid fascination with John MacKenzie has been the subject of Cairns gossip for some time.  MacKenzie so adores Pisasale - you'd think that he'd learn how to pronounce his name properly.  This despite Pisasale's support for Mayor Val Schier and the Sleepy Manning-scuttled Entertainment Precinct.  Schier and Pisasale shared a lot of positive qualities.  Pisasle's Facebook is jammed with hundreds of photos showing him "being Mayor" - opening new businesses, welcoming new residents, conferring with constituents, and supporting their young people.

Manning, with NO web presence, is Mayor Invisible.  He refuses to attend most public functions, unless it brings together the over 70 crowd.  Pathetic.   

Pisasale today took a libertarian position about a most
unusual topic - the wearing of helmets by bicyclists.  Shouting the fool's argument "common sense", Pisasale makes the argument that "recreational bicyclists" shouldn't have to wear a helmet - saying "people should be responsible for their own actions, responsible for their own health".  Children shouldn't have to wear a helmet - "that's up to the parent to decide".  

Then sadly, Pisasale decides to bolster his argument with a flat-out lie:  "(No) other country in the world does not have helmet except Australia". [sic]  Sorry Paul, that's bullshit.  Please don't lie to us, mate.  Or at least do it in English!

Bicycle helmet laws have reduced serious injury to bicyclists; known fact.  (Of course fluoride and children's vaccinations have proven track-records too, but that hasn't stopped the wacky brigade from undercutting these laws based on "personal responsibility", either).

In a perfect world, the "personal responsibility" argument seems like "common sense".  But you've got to apply some logic and brainpower to the analysis, which neither Pisasale nor MacKenzie seem to be able to do in this case.

So when Mr. Libertarian No-Helmet takes a spill and cracks his head open on a kerb, a government-paid ambulance is called, government-paid emergency technicians scoop him and spilled brain matter up off the street, and take this sorry-arse libertarian to our government-financed hospital where government-paid doctors and nurses attempt to treat Mr. Libertarian of his "common sense".

Then many of these "victims" receive long-term care, disability payments, and carer's assistance from - WE, THE TAXPAYERS.  Yes Mayor Paul, sometimes personal freedoms have a wider impact on the whole of society, that requires the rest of us to take actions to minimise the cost of YOUR stupidity on us.


FAMOUS FOR BEING FAMOUS AND
STILL WITH BAD TEETH
AND CROOKED SMILE
This is true for the dickheads that BASE jump from buildings with a handful of parachute, hoons spinning their tyres and then losing control of their "common sense" driving into a crowd of onlookers, and 15 year old school dropouts who decide a solo boat trip "around the world" (that failed to even meet the standard due to abject stupidity) with expensive Naval support when it goes wrong shows more common sense than an education and perhaps some orthodontistry.

These are the same bicyclists that commonly refuse to obey traffic signals, ride the wrong direction, zoom down footpaths, and other irresponsible behaviour.  Perhaps they should be wearing full gridiron football suits in addition to the helmets.  There is no cause to wear less.


Sorry Paul, you're offbase on this one.  Government has to make rules in the best interests of us all.  And the majority, showing their "common sense", don't think we should be paying the bills for other people's inability to make their own "common sense" decisions.  


21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Apart from this non-issue, Mckenzie desperately tried to whip up some hysteria about asylum seekers, but there were no takers, not even the loathsome "Chops". Fortunately some old geezer rang up about crocodiles, so McKenzie could have a rant and let off some steam..

Kathie said...

Can you imagine Cairns without helmets being compulsory? Seriously, show me one person that hasn't had a near miss with a japanese tourist riding a bicycle - they alone need the helmet law let alone the rest of society

Ivor said...

No other country in the World does not have helmet except Australia ???

Anonymous said...

How about those Penguins in Madagascar, they wore helmets in some scenes

Anonymous said...

It's a non-argument, as a society we dealt with this years ago. The bike helmet issue is essentially the same one as car seat-belts, motorbike helmets etc which has broad community consensus. Most see the common-sense in complying, others must suffer the consequence of fines (or worse) for not. Simple really ...

Anonymous said...

The logical extension of the helmet laws is that society should dictate all parts of a person's lifestyle, from non fatty foods to avoiding being a prop in a rugby scrum. We don't want injury now, do we?

There is also evidence that shows that helmet laws have decreased bicycle use, increased obesity and caused secondary issues that outweigh the slight chance of a head injury.
And I wonder if I carry my self funded insurance certificate, would that over-ride any societal concerns about paying for the slight chance of injury that could occur and allow me to ride helmet-less?

KitchenSlut said...

This can be more complex than you think and prominent cycling countries like Holland don't have helmet laws. They have been a particular problem here for the hire schemes prominent in Europe where there are no compulsory helmet laws.

Research in the USA has suggested helmetless motor bike riders serve a socially useful purpose as organ donors and also save costs by dying young!

Anonymous said...

I grew up as an enthusiastic cyclist, sans helmet. I consider myself blessed to have survived the experience.

Every day when I rode to school I had to navigate the streets, awash in a sea of brain matter, spilled from the heads of my fellow riders. Quite traumatic for one of such tender years.

However, the desensitising effects of pedalling prone have served me well, especially when I line up at the Extreme Games. When I scornfully remove my lid and commence to ride down the footpath an awed hush falls over the crowd. "He's mad!" I hear the BASE jumpers shriek. I just nod and wink.

Anonymous said...

One might say the head is like an egg. When hitting the road or other surface the egg is likely to crack.

Penguins

Anonymous said...

A drunken King Hit outside of a nightclub through no fault of your own would probably have the same effect. Perhaps there should be a compulsory risk assessment for all entertainment venues and a law for patrons to wear helmets on a night out on the town.

Anonymous said...

Kevin Rudd was in town today apparently. Did he appear on 4 CA ? No, we got a spluttering, rambling Stench instead, who was in turn attacked by Bill from Bayview , because Stench apparently supports the wind farms at Emerald Creek. McKenzie was again trying to whip up anti asylum seeker sentiment today(apparently 5000 refugees are ready to invade Thursday Island), but he got no bites today either.Maybe Chops, Bill from Brinsmead and the rest of the regular crowd were having therapy today. As for riding without helmets, it would be a good idea once there is a complete, separate bike network throughout Cairns. But it will be hard to make this sort of exemption in a legal sense and it would be a nightmare to police.

Anonymous said...

King drunk ? Outside a nightclub ? Now that's a scary thought. Watch out , girls...

Anonymous said...

King drunk ? Outside a nightclub ? Now that's a scary thought. Watch out , girls...

Tony Hillier said...

Such behaviour! Yer man King's asking to be raped!

Anonymous said...

The latest loss to Cairns is the rumour that Education Queensland is closing down the Far Northern Regional office in Cairns and relocating it to Townsville similar to the police district closing and shifting down there. The local hillbillies that voted for the LNP are still too stupid to realise the shafting the Far North is also getting in health, TAFE and Primary Industries as well to name but a few of the services being 'streamlined'.

Anonymous said...

" The local hillbillies that voted for the LNP are still too stupid to realise the shafting the Far North is also getting ..."
It's all to do with paying back the huge debt that Anna, Desley and the boy treasurers Frazer left us with!

Anonymous said...

I call bullshit on your comment anon 20:26 Give us some evidence and don't give us fellow LNP mate Costello's proven bullshit "audit". All I see are Labor initiated projects going ahead like the hospital expansion and southern access upgrade and fuck all from the LNP.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 23:36

All on the state credit card you fuckwit!!

Vi L. Schumm said...

Anonymous 20:23 said...
"The logical extension of the helmet laws is that society should dictate all parts of a person's lifestyle, from non fatty foods to avoiding being a prop in a rugby scrum." This is not logic on your part. The question is the degree of risk and the consequences for all of us. The chance of an injury is indeed slight but the financial costs to society (the taxpayer) are enormous when it does happen (as HBW points out. With every form of risk of a line has to be drawn somewhere and the best evidence on risks and costs has given us the law we now have. As for your evidence that people are avoiding cycling because of the minimal costs of helmets, please show us.
And I wonder if I carry my self funded insurance certificate, would that over-ride any societal concerns about paying for the slight chance of injury that could occur and allow me to ride helmet-less?

Anonymous said...

Still not much of an explanation anon 7:14 More like a Tony Abbott slogan.

Anonymous said...

To Anon 7:14

Apart from being a useful infrastructure investment (unless you don't think that highways and hospitals are useful), you should look up the term 'countercyclical spending' which is when the State invests to balance a lack of private sector investment.

And State spending on credit, is no different from private spending on credit, as long as it is not excessive. and Australia's debt is amongst the lowest in the world.

Finally, I hope you're not the same clique who complain about lack of investment in the Far North.