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Thursday, April 2, 2009
Bye Bye Boxes?
So i've been thinking about a number of interesting events lately. Taken separately, they may not mean much, but as a whole, i think they are transpiring to remove something we see every day. I'm talking about Newspaper Dispensers.
You know the ones. They're out in-front of every grocery/liquor store. They're near bust stops, streets, and post offices. They're ubiquitous around plazas and malls. As a matter of fact, you probably see a few of them every time you leave the house.
Here are a few i snapped pictures of.





These timeless specimens may be some of the last of their kind. They are now becoming an urban endangered species.
How long will these boxes say around when their owners are falling? One by one? How much longer can they remain an asset to humans until their mere presence becomes a blight? How many people carry a dollars worth of quarters around in their pockets when the change is so useless, and in an era of plastic? How can they compete with the likes of new technologies that promise to bring you the latest news, wirelessly, to the palm of your hand?
This is by no means the end of paper, and there will always be a need for flyers advertising a garage sale or a band playing at a local bar. But i maintain, that within the next few years, these urban dwellings that have for decades housed your local sources of news, just like the news paper sellers of the past, Extra! Extra! First trans-Atlantic flight successful!, will be no more.



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DanceMomms  posted on  Tuesday, December 25, 2012

I'm torn on this one, I really am. On the one hand, emrolyeps have an obligation to provide an employee a workplace that is as safe as practical. Machinery should be safe to operate. Noxious fumes and gases should not be emitted by machines, chemicals being used, etc.OTOH, this interferes with the rights of the bar patrons. It smacks of we know what's best for you, so we'll make sure you can't smoke even though it's legal. There are inherent dangers in any job. A carpenter can put a nail though their shoe with a nail gun. A traffic cop can get run over. Or shot.To say that one person's freedom to smoke ends at the tip of the other person's pulmonary system oversimplifies things, I think. If you don't like that job, you can leave and go work on the waitstaff of a restaurant that doesn't allow smoking. Or you can get another job entirely. To force an employer to put guards, etc., on a piece of machinery so as to minimize the chance that a moment's inattention will cost you your hand is one thing. To force the machine to be designed in such a fashion that it is impossible to hurt yourself entirely is in many cases impossible. And here we're not talking about a machine; we're talking about other humans (the bar customers) who also have rights.Being a non-smoker and not spending too much time in bars, this doesn't affect me much and I lean towards Good let's make smoking as difficult as possible. Especially given that my father has COPD and fights for every breath, likely due to his (now ex-) smoking habit. But I am wary that my personal bias on this matter makes me too likely to thoughtlessly lean towards a limitation on personal freedom.





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