Is the phasing out of amalgam fillings in Ireland for environmental reasons, or is it a cover to prevent a public outcry with regards to their safety?
Let’s look at the subject.I’ve highlighted pertinent passages to draw attention to the risks and non-risks of mercury in the environment and with human health. There primary decision is to reduce environmental mercury and dentistry is a readily identifiable source of waste mercury, although not the primary source of it.Mercury contamination in the environment is a threat to human health.The secondary purpose is to limit its use to the most appropriate situations to reduce any potential effects on human health.But, it should be clearly noted that no organization, anywhere in the world mandates the removal of existing fillings because they are an imminent risk to the health of people who have them.Use of mercury-based dental fillings to be phased outThe move is part of the Government’s adherence to the Minamata Convention, a United Nations agreement dating from 2013. It aims to protect human health and the environment by reducing, or eliminating altogether, the use of the chemical element, mercury.Mercury is the only liquid metal and, while safe when used in dentistry, has been associated with incidents of poisoning, as in the Bay of Minamata in Japan where, in the 1950s and 1960s, a disfiguring disease was identified to be associated with industrial-scale mercury poisoning.As part of a European Union regulation implementing the convention on a phased basis from July 1st, dentists will no longer use dental amalgam, a constituent part of silver-coloured fillings, in teeth of children under the age of 15, or of pregnant or breastfeeding women.People who already have mercury-based fillings are advised to do nothing.While the compound was “a safe, reliable and durable filling material, and has been used successfully for over 100 years”, the Health Service Executive confirmed yesterday that use was being phased out.“Initially, this will involve restricting the use of dental amalgam in children under 15 years, and pregnant and breastfeeding women. However, dentists in Ireland can still use dental amalgam when deemed strictly necessary by the dental practitioner based on the specific medical needs of the patient,” the HSE said in a statement.“The new regulations on the use of amalgam are being brought in primarily for environmental reasons with the aim of reducing the amount of mercury in the environment. Many people will have amalgam fillings which continue to work very well. Their removal is to be avoided because it usually leads to the creation of a larger cavity.
Can I fill out a police report online for a stolen vehicle so I don't have to go up to the police department here in Tulsa, Oklahoma?
No.Says who? The website for Tulsa PD that I found in a couple of seconds using Google.It says stolen vehicle reports will not be accepted online. It says to call the stated phone number to have an officer sent to your location. It does appear to be a pretty clear answer. See the link.Report a Crime OnlineI was a Police Officer in Oklahoma. We always required someone to come in, show ID and ownership documents if there was any question then sign the report. Why? If someone decided to lodge a report of a stolen vehicle as revenge or for any reason that was not legitimate, it could place someone in serious danger. If any law enforcement saw a vehicle entered into NCIC as stolen they must take precautions as if a dangerous person is in possession of it. The FBI maintains the NCIC system and their criteria must be met before a vehicle gets entered.National Crime Information Center (NCIC)This is not a boyfriend or roommate who borrowed it and is late coming back or a teen breaking a family rule situation, but reporting a stolen vehicle that could be with a real criminal who may have it to escape after a robbery, murder or anything else. A high risk stop will be done in most cases and multiple guns would be pointed at people. This is serious, life and death stuff. Mess around and make a false report and it won't simply be the local police on your case.Do you think taking an online report from someone who doesn't feel like making the effort to do a stolen vehicle report in person is a good idea? How can they ensure that the reporting party is the owner and not some trollish jerk who doesn't mind placing lives in danger to get his kicks? If it was you and your family at gunpoint in the dark being made to get prone in the street, would you be okay with that being done on the basis of an online report? I surely would not be okay with it.
Why is there no satellite data has been made public or available to the Dutch Safety Board on the crash of MH-17?
It is a mystery to me. The USA immediately said after the event Rebels in the area had done it and they had the evidence. All you can assume the US admin was lying as they often do and the evidence they have certainly does not support there early statements or proves Obamas statement about having proof false. Who knows? The truth may come out one day.
Why is there a sign on our highways telling you to call a number to report littering, but the number goes to the Department of Public Safety, who has no idea why? How would you prosecute something like that anyway and what's the point?
That a number on a sign doesn't go to the right office doesn't negate the value of what the sign is indicating, to wit: that littering is against the law and violators need to be punished.If the police isn't around, is it ok to steal? If the sign has the wrong phone number, is it acceptable to litter? Obviously not in both cases.Call the department in question, talk to the person in charge, call your Congressman or whoever if this is important to you.Or, let it solve itself by it's natural momentum, but either way, littering is still against the law, plus it's disgusting.
Is it ever okay for a police officer to break the law out of a professed concern for public safety?
No, if the officer had a legitimate argument that their actions were necessary to preserve public safety (whatever those arguments might be) then the law would allow for it and it wouldn’t actually then be illegal.From the circumstances you have given, that officer had no rights to enter and search that vehicle. There are only really three ways for them to do it legitimately1/ With consent - which obviously they didn’t have here2/ With a search warrant - doesn’t sound like they had on of these either3/ With a suitable legal power - but that would only apply if the owner was present or the circumstances allowed for it.To expand on the last one, if the officer stopped the car and suspected illegal weapons, which presumably breaches the law where this happened, then provided they have sufficient grounds to suspect the weapons are in there they may search - no fishing trips, there has to be pretty good reason to suspect them being in there. The key point is that the owner is present and it is the owner that is effectively the subject of that suspicion.With no owner present and no warrant, the only things I can think of to justify entering the car would be to save life - such as rescuing a child from a hot car.I have to say this sounds like someone who was either incompetent, criminally minded (was he stealing from the car) or perhaps (and this is a real stretch so it probably isn’t the case) - mistaken, in which case your friend can make representations to the force the officer works for.We the police do not have unfettered powers to do anything we like - just as well really, if we did people would demand some pretty miraculous results.
MH-17: What is the Dutch Safety Board and how did it come to be the investigator of the crash?
Many of us were expecting the ICAO to take this one itself. The ICAO has been the ruling international safety organization for over 100 years, since 1947 as a "specialized agency" of the UN. It writes the book and sets the standards. It is not primarily an investigator itself, there are several countries that have top flight agencies of their own. But ICAO tends to take the hot ones, and has investigated such major non-accidents as Libyan Arab Airlines Flight 144 shootdown, Korean Airlines Flight 007 shootdown, and France's UTA Flight 772 bombing.Whose call is it? By law, the investigation is organized by the country on whose terrain the plane crashes. That would be Ukraine. This law applies even when such country is a leading suspect in the crash. The customary investigator can pass the responsibility on to a country of its choice.Ukraine made its choice and signed a private contract with the Dutch Safety Board. It provided that any report resulting from the investigation be subject to veto by Ukraine, that could not be concealed as the investigators had to justify continually saying "no comment." It appears from examining the report that another requirement would be that no evidence would be considered from the manufacturer of the suspect weapon, or from any other entity based in the Russian Federation.Who or what is the Dutch Safety Board? This eminent organization was created 12 years ago after a fire in a fireworks warehouse. It decided to add air safety to its repertoire quite recently, when the existing air safety board was shut down. (I don't know why nor whether any experienced staff was part of the amalgamation.) It accepted the commission from Ukraine with almost two whole years of nominal experience in airplane safety. It is self-described:“As of 2012 the DSB actively investigates accidents and incidents related to aviation, construction and services, crisis management and aid provision, defence, human and animal health care, industry and networks, pipelines, rail transport, shipping, and water. The DSB has the authorization to investigate accidents and incidents in any conceivable field.”It has investigated ignition failure turning on aircraft engines, workers smelling gas, a plane that bumped its belly on a ditch during takeoff, a near miss during taxiing. Its biggest task was investigating a two-seater that crashed on a golf course during an acrobatic display. Two dead. Outcome of investigation: unable to determine cause.Experience with fatal crashes of passenger airliners, not so much. Actually, none. Reconstructions of crashed airliners made, none. Still none. It didn't bother to pick up the remains of MH-17.If the ICAO didn't take the investigation, another country with casualties was Australia, who has a first-class, experienced air safety board that has done many thousands of investigations and frequently handles black-box analysis for other boards.Reasons for choice of the Dutch Safety Board: a mystery. However Tjibbe Joustra, the head of the Board, is a man after Ukraine's heart. He was terminated from his civil service job as head of the Dutch bureaucracy tasked with all government interactions with workers—unemployment insurance, retraining, etc.,—when caught in a huge scandal. He had dismissed a large contingent of the staff of the bureau and used the money for a Byzantine redecoration of his own offices with gold and marble.He cleared the Minister over him of complicity, confessing to having misinformed him, for which he was given a sumptuous gold handshake that included guaranteed employment in other government bureaucracies. He has since been appointed to several posts, many simultaneously which shows what sinecures they are, and one of which was the Dutch Safety Board.A Poroshenko wet dream, this guy. Corrupt, luxury-loving. But maybe a blackmailer, too. His separation agreement only mentions one job, after a year. He’s been showered with . . . not exactly “jobs” but positions carrying a salary, some of them really funny juxtapositions. Somebody making up jobs you don’t have to show up for to keep Tjibbe Joustra happy. I always thought we’d never seen Yanukovich’s golden john because it didn’t exist, but maybe Tjibbe’s got it.Tjibbe has his own Wikipedia page, which diplomatically and noncommittally (but with a raised eyebrow) lays out all the facts. _________________________________________________________*Actually, MH-17 is the name of the route, not the plane. But I figure it's the name of the plane now.