June 23rd, 2009

Claymore, Claire

Wrong Answer

National Transportation Safety Board, March 23, 2006 (official report here): "Because the 1000-series, Rohr-built, passenger railcars, which will comprise 26 percent of the Metrorail passenger railcar fleet when all the cars are delivered, are vulnerable to catastrophic telescoping damage and complete loss of occupant survival space in a longitudinal end-structure collision (as occurred at the Woodley Park station), the Safety Board believes that WMATA should either accelerate retirement of Rohr-built railcars, or if those railcars are not retired but instead rehabilitated, then the Rohr-built passenger railcars should incorporate a retrofit of crashworthiness collision protection this is comparable to the 6000-series railcars."

Metro General Manager John Catoe, June 22, 2009, after confirming that the lead car on the moving train was a 1000-series Rohr-built car (reported here): "I have no basis to suspend the use of 1000-series cars at this time."

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Claymore, Claire

On the need for peaceful responses to peaceful protests

I try and follow the events in Iran over Twitter and linked news feeds, periodically, as I manage between other distractions.  (I have developed a severe attention deficit, but I spend most of my time at the computer reading articles and social network updates these days.)  I've been following ABC reporter Lara Setrakian on Twitter (@LaraABCNews), and this entry struck me:

They arrested a busload of people. There were many intelligence folks in the crowd.They'd point to a person and the basijis would arrest
There's been talk of basijis using paint guns to mark people present at protests.  I wonder if this is related.  At a glance, the statement reminds me of National Geographic's June 2009 "Riot Tact" article, which I quoted here.  It's something I've been thinking about since government responses to the protests began; they should be following these standards for crowd control, not attacking people and creating escalation.  It's clear that escalation isn't what they want, but they're still handling things very badly, as evidenced by this tweet just prior:
About 2000 of us walking around the circle, only shouting Allaho Akbar until they were forced to disperse us with tear and pepper gases#iran
Given that the government surely doesn't want severe violent escalation for a variety of reasons, it might be nice if governments such as those in Sweden and England, and organizations such as the University of Liverpool's School of Psychology — educational home of Dr. Clifford Stott, who has helped develop and implement these methods — would enlighten the police, the basijis, and the Imam's personal guard of this approach.