320 Blog Posts From the John Carr Tag


I can’t drive 30

I can’t drive 30

A government traffic engineer told me his team used to routinely review speed limits until they noticed nobody in authority was acting on staff reports. A key feature feature of California’s speed trap law is a requirement to review old speed limits. In New England speed traps don’t expire, they get seniority. Six months ago […]

Close to the edge

Close to the edge

The first eight miles are easy. And then the highway ends. Governor Sargent killed it in 1970. The remaining mile and a half to work is about the limit of my tolerance for urban commuting. They are paying me enough to put up with that much, but the east half of Cambridge might as well […]

Today’s the fourth of July

Today’s the fourth of July

“Today’s the Fourth of July. Another June has gone by. When they light up our town I just think what a waste of gunpowder and sky.” That was Aimee Mann. The opening of her song “4th of July” matches my holiday mood. It’s not a day of celebration for me. Where is our yellow vest […]

Choose your victims well (continued)

Choose your victims well (continued)

More from the “everybody does it” department. A Missouri sheriff was sentenced to six months in prison for tracking important people instead of nobodies. There is a massive infrastructure dedicated to tracking Americans. The sheriff used a private company, the ironically named Securus. They do not keep your information secure. Why should they? You are […]

It’s OK when we do it

It’s OK when we do it

In Massachusetts, a corrupt police officer stayed out of prison by arguing everybody did it but he was unlucky to get caught. In California, another officer complained about lack of professional courtesy when he was caught transporting illegal immigrants. Heath McAuliffe was one of many in Massachusetts State Police Troop E who lied about making […]