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Innovative Treatments to Successfully Target Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma



Malignant Pleural Mesothelioma (MPM) is the most common type of mesothelioma with past asbestos exposure representing the major risk factor. While the search for new therapies that target the genes and processes driving MPM has been slow, two new approaches, which are immediately available to you, are showing significant improvements over standard treatment in clinical trials.

Before we discuss these enhanced treatment options, we must first briefly explore two key aspects of MPM progression: Angiogenesis and Epigenetic Regulation.


You’ve likely heard of Angiogenesis. It is the physiological process that tumors use to recruit new blood vessels in order to sustain their continual growth. They do this by manipulating the over-expression of genes that initiate and direct the growth of new, leaky blood vessels from existing ones. This new supply of blood not only allows the tumor to grow, but also provides a mechanism for the tumor cells to metastasize (travel through the body).

The process of angiogenesis is governed by its own unique combination of genes, separate from those involved in the normal formation of new blood vessels (a process known as vasculogenesis). This, it turns out, provides us with an opportunity for successful treatment through the targeting of these unique gene combinations.

One of the most specific and critical regulators of angiogenesis is the family of vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFs), which regulate endothelial proliferation (the formation of new blood vessels), blood vessel permeability, and survival.In MPM,over-expression of VEGF is common and correlates with lower remission rates and reduced overall patient survival. Clearly, effectively targeting VEGFs would result in limiting the blood supply to tumors thus successfully prohibiting their growth. And that’s just what we are seeing in current clinical trials. (More on that in a bit.)

Epigenetic Regulation:

A significant development in MPM treatment involves studies that focus on manipulating the processes of gene regulation, commonly referred to as epigenetic regulation. In MPM, tumor suppressor genes (the genes that, when functioning properly, naturally prohibit the growth of tumor cells) are silenced due to three key forms of epigenetic regulation:

1. Removal of acetyl groups by histone deacetylases (HDACs);

2. Inhibition of histone acetyltransferases (HATs), which add acetyl groups; and

3. Addition of methyl groups by DNA methyltransferases (DNMTs).

In MPM, the over-expression of HDACs coupled with the inhibition of HATs is considered a key process that leads to disease progression. The over-expression of DNMTs occurs in most cancers.

The benefit of targeting epigenetic processes is that they are reversible. Unlike a mutated gene which cannot be reactivated, it is possible to reactivate tumor suppressor genes that have been silenced by epigenetic processes. Thus, effective treatment must include some process whereby tumor suppressor genes are supported to maintain their function and reactivated in cases where they have already been silenced.

To this end, there are numerous clinical trials currently exploring the use of unique combinations of drugs to inhibit the silencing of tumor suppressor genes and to stop the flow of blood to tumors. Current clinical trials using HDAC and VEGF inhibitors are showing significant benefits in patient survival. For example, Vorinostat, an inhibitor of HDACs, has recently been shown to be beneficial for advanced mesothelioma patients whose cancer has progressed after standard chemotherapy.

The continued development and incorporation of these new drugs as part of standard treatment will undoubtedly be realized over the next few years. In the meantime there are some very simple and effective natural measures that you can take immediately that will directly and powerfully influence the growth of cancer.

While clinical trials provide the basis for current molecular-targeted therapies, plant phytochemicals (also known as: Nutraceuticals) provide an exciting option as an additional means of gene regulation.

Science has identified the following nutraceuticals as having a significant effect in slowing the mechanisms involved in MPM progression. Thus it is imperative, as part of your treatment protocol, that you ensure these substances are a part of your daily diet in the appropriate combinations.

The following section is a list of nutraceuticals that have been shown to directly affect epigenetic regulation and angiogenisis in various cancers.

In order to inhibit DNMTs to maintain tumor suppressor gene function, we must consume the following foods:

Apigenin (Parsley, Thyme), Curcumin (Tumeric, Ginger, Mustard), EGCG (Green Tea, Nutmeg)

Genistein (Soy), Resveratrol (Red Wine, Grape Skins), Sulforaphane (Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages)

In order to inhibit HDACs to maintain tumor suppressor gene function, we must consume these foods:

Allyl Mercaptan(Garlic), Curcumin (Tumeric, Ginger, Mustard), Genistein (Soy) Sulforaphane (Broccoli, Brussels Sprouts, Cabbages)

In order to activate HATs to reactivate tumor suppressors, we must regularly consume these foods:

Curcumin (Tumeric, Ginger, Mustard), EGCG (Green Tea, Nutmeg), Genistein (Soy)

In order to inhibit VEGFs to prevent further angiogenesis, we must ensure that these substances are a part of our daily diet:

Curcumin (Tumeric, Ginger, Mustard), EGCG (Green Tea, Nutmeg), 6-Gingerol (Ginger)

In Conclusion:

There are many molecular pathways and genes involved in MPM. Above we have explored just a few. However, including a daily diet of the nutraceuticals listed above will go a long way to improve your statistical chances for remission and disease prevention, as these nutraceuticals are revealing themselves to be significant in the treatment and prevention of many forms of cancer.

Given the success of current clinical trials being conducted using molecular-targeted therapies this is also an important avenue to consider as an adjunct to standard treatment. Many clinical trials can be accessed from your home town through your current treatment specialist after a brief registration and testing process.

It is essential that you talk to your doctor before considering any changes to your diet as these nutraceuticals, while typically enhancing of any standard therapy, can interfere with prescription drugs.

If you would like more information on the use of nutraceuticals to enhance your life-expectancy or to have a personalized nutraceutical diet prepared for you, we welcome you to contact us @ [email protected] We are also happy to arrange to consult with your treatment team to share the most current information on enhanced treatment options and clinical trial access with them.

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No Win No Fee – Pros and Cons




A contingent fee agreement also known as a no win no fee agreement involves an arrangement where the client will only pay their legal fees when they win the case and won’t have to pay their solicitors if they lose. In some cases extra fees have to be paid if they are arranged by the solicitor such as court fees or expert fees that were arranged beforehand.

Whenever a no win no fee arrangement is considered, it’s best to know exactly what’s in it for you and what’s in it for your solicitors. Acknowledging the fact that there are going to be advantages and disadvantages to both parties. Below are a list of pros and cons regarding no win no fee claims, you should read the whole article as it’s vital you know all the correct information regarding this arrangement.


– The most obvious advantage to No Win No Fee arrangements is that you won’t have to pay if you lose. This is typically accomplished through the use of “After the event” insurance.

– Useful if you don’t have any extra cash in deposit for legal fees. You can seek justice without having to pay significant amount in fees.

– The Solicitor that’s working for you has strong incentive to win the case because there is motivation in the form of significant monetary gain.

– If you win, the success fee is paid for by the losing party so you don’t have to cover the costs.


– Not always guaranteed to find legal representation especially if the court case is deemed to be difficult to win as the solicitor is unlikely to take on a harder case when his time is on the line.

– You might have to pay the costs of the other party winning if you choose not to get insurance.

– Solicitors will control the situation and plan how they want it to go. They might have strategies you might not agree with but still go ahead because they are the ones going into the red if the case is lost.

There are both advantages and disadvantages to going with a no win no fee agreement. As you can see from above, it’s better used in some situations versus others. You have to consider the interest of all parties. If you think you have a very good chance of winning and choose not to use it, then you would be out of pocket if you lose. Having a No Win No Fee deal would have been the better choice in this case.

Whatever the situation, this article lays the foundation to what is important to know about No Win No Fee arrangements. If you enter into an arrangement without knowing full well what you’re getting into then you’re setting yourself up for disaster. As a final tip to end this article, always check the solicitors experience and get one that has a good record of winning court cases that are similar to yours.

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The Four Types of OSHA Workplace Violations




OSHA stands for Occupational Safety and Health Administration, an organization that is responsible for enforcing health and safety regulations in workplace environments. Employers, employees, and manufacturers are all obligated to follow the OSHA guidelines and support safety in the workplace. These regulations are set in place to maintain safe workplace environments and prevent serious injuries and fatalities. Workplace accidents can range in severity, from minor wounds to serious life-long injuries or even death. People can lose their lives, their loved ones, or their ability to work or perform naturally in everyday tasks. For this reason, it is important to support the OSHA regulations and do your part to protect yourself and other by maintaining proper safety standards at work. Continue reading to learn more about OSHA regulations and the four types of violations companies face if they are not up to code.

OSHA Violations

There are four distinct types of violations a workplace can be assigned by an OSHA inspector: Willful, Serious, Repeated, and Other-Than-Serious. All four of these violations range in severity, but should equally be avoided at all costs. Willful violations are assigned when known OSHA regulations are consciously ignored. Although the discretion was known about, no one took action to remedy the problem. This would call for a Willful OSHA violation.

Serious violations are any workplace hazards that have the potential to cause serious or fatal injuries and accidents. Repeated violations are given when a workplace is guilty of the same violation more than once or on a repetitive timetable. And for all other workplace hazards, OSHA inspectors will assign Other-Than-Serious violations if they are capable of impacting the safety of the workplace, but not likely to cause serious injury or death.

It is common for employers to display OSHA regulation posters throughout the workplace to notify employees of their OSHA obligations and workplace safety rights. These posters will have information regarding workplace safety, OSHA requirements, and instructions for notifying superiors about workplace safety concerns.

Common Workplace Safety Hazards

There is a list of the most frequently violated OSHA requirements that are important to know so that you can prevent them as an employee or employer. The most common hazards that OSHA inspectors have to cite workplaces for the following:

Protection Against Falling

Many workplaces or vocations require working at elevated spaces, like construction workers and painters. For this reason, companies are required by OSHA to provide fall protection for employees working at heights greater than 6 feet. Employees that work above dangerous machinery must always have fall protection, no matter how high or low they are.


On the subject of heights and fall protection, another common violation construction companies get cited for involves the safety of scaffolding. On top of fall protection, scaffolding must also comply with weight capacity and several other safety features.


Continuing our discussion of fall protection and proper weight capacity, ladders are also commonly in violation with OSHA requirements. Not only must workplace ladders be able to support a certain amount of weight, they must also be safely designed in terms of cleats, rungs, and steps.


In factories or workplaces that use heavy machinery, OSHA requires that any dangerous moving part in a machine must be guarded with a shield or enclosure. This of course prevents burns, lost appendages, amputation, blindness, and other serious injuries.

Industrial Trucks

Things like forklifts, dozers, tractors, and other industrial trucks powered by an electrical motor or internal combustion engine must always be in compliance with OSHA requirements. These include fire safety and protection, maintenance safety measures, and more.

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Explaining Nonfeasance, Malfeasance, and Misfeasance in Tort Law




Tort law is an area of law that deals with civil court proceedings that provide relief for victims that have suffered harm from the wrongful acts of others. A tortious act is any misconduct or negligence that results in harm to another person or property. In terms of a resulting personal injury lawsuit, the person that suffers the harm is referred to as the plaintiff, while the defendant is referred to as the tortfeasor, or person who caused the harm.

In order for a plaintiff to win their case, their legal team has to demonstrate three elements: 1) they must establish that the tortfeasor had a duty of care to the victim, 2) they must establish that the tortfeasor breached that duty of care, and 3) they must prove that the breach of care caused the victims’ injuries and losses.

Within the areas of tort law, there are three terms that describe inaction, negligence, and criminal conduct in a personal injury case. These terms are known as “nonfeasance“, “misfeasance“, and “malfeasance.” Each term describes a different type of wrongdoing that causes harm to another person. Continue reading to learn the definitions of these personal injury terms, and some helpful examples of each.


Nonfeasance is a term used to describe “a deliberate or neglectful failure to act” where action is required, that directly results in or allows another person to be harmed or injured. A person is liable or guilty of nonfeasance under three circumstances: 1) the person had a duty of care to the victim, 2) they failed to act on their duty of care, or 3) the act resulted in the victim’s injuries. Just one of the above-mentioned circumstances is enough to be held liable for a person’s harm. An example of nonfeasance would be:

Amanda is a lifeguard at the local swimming pool. While doing her job, she notices an elderly person drowning. She fails to act and the elderly person suffers harm as a result. She can be held legally liable for the victim’s death or injuries since she had a duty of care to do her job as a lifeguard and rescue troubled swimmers.


Misfeasance is a little different from nonfeasance. While nonfeasance refers to a complete “failure” to act, misfeasance is a term used to describe a lawful act that is improperly performed, either by negligence or intention, causing harm to another person. An example of misfeasance could be:

Tony is a private chef. He cooks a risky dish of puffer fish for his clients. He is in a rush so he fails to properly prepare the venomous fish to industry standards, which results in poisoning his clients. Although the act of cooking puffer fish is legal, the fact that he improperly prepared the delicacy and served it to his clients is negligent. He had a duty of care to make sure the food was safe to eat, and breached that duty.


Malfeasance is easier to understand compared to the other two tort law terms. It describes an intentional illegal action or wrongdoing that causes another person harm. An example of malfeasance in terms of personal injury law could be:

Caroline and her friends do not like the new girl at their high school. They harass her, isolate her, and bully her excessively, urging her to end her life. As a result, the new girl attempts suicide, causing her serious injury. In this case, Caroline and the other teenage girls could be guilty of malfeasance, since their wrongful actions of harassment caused the new student harm.

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Mesothelioma Diagnosis Options




Mesothelioma cancer is a very rare and dangerous type of disease that could attack the human body in some regions such as pleura, peritoneum and pericardium. The pleura are the lining of the lungs, the peritoneum is the lining of internal organs in the abdomen and the pericardium is the sac that contains the heart and the great vessels. Through this article I’ll give you general information on mesothelioma diagnosis options.

The diagnosis of mesothelioma cancer is very difficult because the presence of two reasons, the first reason is that the symptoms of malignant mesothelioma cancer take a very long time to be observed, it may take at least 35 years to appear.

The second reason is the fact of being the symptoms of malignant mesothelioma is very similar to other common types of diseases that not dangerous at all. In some cases, the patient shows no any symptoms which make it very difficult to discover mesothelioma in the right time. The early discovering of malignant mesothelioma cancer may help in the treatment process.

The options of mesothelioma diagnosis can be by using radiations such as x-rays, the using of CT scans, the using of Magnetic Resonance Imaging or MRI, and other methods that could be useful in the treatment process. this is the beginning of the correct treatment plan.

To know what the most effective mesothelioma diagnosis options, you must consult your doctor. As I mentioned above, the early discovering of mesothelioma cancer would be very helpful to get mesothelioma treated. So, let your doctor to test the tissue that surrounds the lungs to decide what the best strategy for treatment is.

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Can L&I Make Me Transfer to Another Doctor for My Workers’ Compensation Claim?




Can I choose my own doctor for my L&I claim?

Under the Medical Aid Rules of the Industrial Insurance Act, a person with a workers comp claim may freely choose or find their attending provider. Furthermore, WAC 296-20-065 outlines L&I’s policy for transferring to another provider. With certain exceptions, there’s no reason for a claim manager to deny the request to transfer to a different physician. However, if L&I denies the request, then they must provide the reason for the denial.

Transferring to another doctor or attending provider

As an attorney representing work injury claimants, I work hard to ensure my clients are happy with their attending physician. That means they can treat with a doctor that they choose and are comfortable with. However, as with everything else, nothing is set in stone. There are times when a work injury claimant must transfer to a different attending provider.

Specifically, WAC 296-20-065 allows the Department of Labor and Industries (L&I) or third-party administrator (TPA) to require an attending provider transfer. Explicitly, there are several situations that require transferring to another doctor:

1) If better physicians are available closer to the injured worker, and travel to the current doctor is impacting worker’s recovery.

2) When the current attending provider fails to follow L&I rules or guidelines.

3) If the work injury claimant is temporarily and totally disabled and is not making reasonable progress towards recovery and return to work.

4) The work injury claimant needs special treatment that the current attending physician is unable to render. Alternatively, the treatment may be outside the scope of the provider’s license to practice.

Important final remarks

To summarize, L&I or a third-party administrator can find that a transfer to another provider is necessary. When they do, if the workplace injury claimant fails to change his or her provider, or delays the process, then L&I may select the provider for them. Therefore, it’s very important for people with a workers’ compensation claim to get a good AP from the start. Make sure you are treating with a provider that has the appropriate qualifications and is easily accessible to you. Remember, that person must follow all the rules concerning your L&I claim. Finally, keep in mind that the job of the provider is to implement treatment plans and help you recover and get to maximum medical improvement.

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Personal Injury Lawyer Faces Sack For Assault




Peter Savage, a top Midlands personal injury solicitor may be struck off over a a previous conviction for assaulting a hotel manageress.

Mr Savage was convicted in August 2006 after a night out celebrating a win in court ended with him slapping Amanda Rymond in the face. In court Mr Savage pleaded guilty to the charges but went on to continue practising as a lawyer.

The assault occurred on the evening of the 21st of April 2006 when Mr Savage, along with a group of friends entered the Forest Hotel where Ms Rymond was duty manager.

After Mr Savage spilled a drink she asked him to leave. She recalls that “he had been drinking a lot and seemed very drunk to me. He was staggering about, falling into people. It’s a nice hotel and a lot of local people and business people go there for a relaxed drink after work.”

“I spoke to Mr Savage a couple of times during the evening. I’d been told he and some others were celebrating winning a big court case in London.”

“I offered to call him a taxi but he got angry. He raised his voice at some of the other customers and started shouting silly things.”

“I called him a taxi and went outside with him. He was very rude to me. But when the taxi came, just before he got in, he walked back over to me and slapped me hard across the face. It hurt but it was more a shock than anything.”

“I wasn’t expecting him to do something like that and I could hardly believe it. Nothing like that had ever happened to me before and thankfully nothing like it since.”

“He didn’t apologise and went to get into the taxi but myself and another customer managed to stop him and kept him there until the police arrived. He was then arrested and taken away.”

After the incident, Mr Savage pleaded guilty to assault in court, where he was fined £1,500 and ordered to pay £500 compensation and £50 court costs. The judge justified the large fine stating that “solicitors should know better than to behave in such a way”

The incident has now come to the attention of the Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) and Mr Savage faces a Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal. He could be struck off and banned from practising and faces fines of up to £5000.

The SRA said that “in cases like this where someone has been convicted in court we wouldn’t have to make a case but the Solicitors Disciplinary Tribunal would decide the punishment.”

Geoffry Negus, a spokesman for the SRA explained why the charges were being looked into by the SRA, saying that “it is important that solicitors’ conduct outside the workplace does not bring the profession into disrepute.”

While the SRA do take violent offences very seriously, it is possible that Mr Savage will escape being struck off as he has no previous blots on his record. He is also a member of the Association for Personal Injury Lawyers and is described as a very talented lawyer.

His area of expertise covers serious head and spinal injuries, fatal accidents and injuries to children. Mr Savage offered no comment on his current situation.

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Can I Sue Someone in Civil Court for Assault?




Assault is a crime, and anyone suspected of assault generally faces judgement in a criminal court room. However, an assault case can also be brought forth as a civil lawsuit against the wrongdoer. After all, the injuries a person can suffer from an assault can easily cause them a long list of damages and losses, including hospital and doctor bills, medical expenses, lost wages from missed work, pain, suffering, permanent disfigurement, and much more. For this reason, it is common for assault victims to pursue a personal injury claim against their attacker. Continue reading to learn more about this, and how to prove assault in civil court.

What is Assault?

The act of assault is not always a physical or violent act. A person can faces assault charges even if they never had actual physical contact with the victim. Most people assume that assault goes hand-in-hand with the crime of battery, but this is not accurate either. That is because assault is categorized as any type of intentional threat of violence or offensive act. Although assault can include both physical and non-physical contact, the factors that give such an offense validity are complicated.

You see, if a person threatens future violence, this is not sufficient enough to be considered assault. However, if a person delivers a verbal threat along with an action that implies they are capable of fulfilling the threat, this could be seen as assault in the eyes of the law. The threat of harm must be immediate. For instance, if a person holding a baseball bat threatens to knock you out with a baseball bat, and then smashes your car window or mailbox with the bat, this could be seen as assault. However, if the person does not have a bat, and only says they will knock you out with one, they would not be charged with assault.

Compensatory Damages

As mentioned, when an assault results in a victims injuries, which in turn causes them financial loss, it is possible that a civil court could award them with compensatory damages. In the case that a victim of a non-physical assault does not suffer injuries or damages, a court may decide to award them with nominal damages as an acknowledgment of the violation of their rights. In particularly egregious cases, punitive damages may also be awarded as a punishment to the assaulter.

What To Do

If you are or believe to be a victim of assault, do not waste anytime filing a police report. It is vital that you have your assault officially documented, as this can help you in court to prove your case. Once you have filed a police report, you must seek medical care immediately. Not only is this vital for your personal health and well-being, it is also necessary to have your injuries properly documented.

After you have stabilized from your injuries, contact an experienced personal injury law firm. They will have you come in for a consultation to determine your eligibility for compensation. They can help you obtain a fair settlement to cover your losses and damages that resulted from your injuries.

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Will Bankruptcy Reinstate a DL30 Driver License Suspension?




In the State of California, if you are in an automobile accident and you were at fault and you did not have enough insurance to cover all damages you caused, you will likely lose your driver license. Why? Well, the State of California has what is called a Financial Responsibility Law. The law provides that if you were at fault in an automobile accident you are responsible for all damages. If you have insurance to cover the damages, then your license is safe. But if you either did not have insurance or your insurance coverage was not enough to cover all damages you caused, you will likely lose your license.

If you had insufficient insurance, the person you injured will get a lawyer and the lawyer will sue you. If you were at fault, that person will likely get a judgment against you (unless he or she had a really bad lawyer). If you don’t pay that judgment within 30 days, the person who got the judgment against you goes to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, also known as the DMV, and has the DMV issue you a DL 30 license suspension until such time as you pay the judgment in full.

You don’t have to be drunk. You don’t have to be driving recklessly. If you were driving, sober and with utmost care, and you get into an accident that is your fault and you don’t have enough insurance to cover damages you cause to another person, you can get a DL30 license suspension. Not only your license, but also the license of the owner of the car can be suspended.

In effect, California’s Financial Responsibility Laws force you to pay a judgment caused from an at-fault accident or else you won’t be able to drive. What about if you need to drive and cannot afford to pay the judgment? Do you have to ride the bus?

Fortunately, the federal bankruptcy laws provide you with a remedy of relief. Will bankruptcy reinstate a DL30 suspension? Yes it will. If you have received a DL 30 license suspension, you can file bankruptcy on the judgment and then there is no more basis for the DL 30 license suspension.

In the past, some state DMV’s have attempted to enforce DL-30 license suspensions even after a bankruptcy. You no longer have to worry about that. The United States Supreme Court has squarely laid that issue to rest, holding that a state may not enforce a DL30 license suspension based on an unsatisfied judgment after a bankruptcy. To do otherwise would frustrate the purpose and spirit of the bankruptcy laws, which is to eliminate debt (including judgment debts) so you can have a fresh financial start.

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The Dangers of Drift Racing




The Dangers of Drift Racing

Drifting, or drift racing, has received considerable media attention over the years, especially in films and TV programs. Watching a car gracefully slide across the road is an impressive sight. For professional drifters, this is a dangerous sport. For amateurs, it is particularly hazardous. It is possible to learn and practice drifting on certain tracks but street racing is strictly illegal in most other places throughout the U.S. Law enforcement officers will not hesitate to arrest individuals who are engaging in street racing.

Why is drifting so dangerous?

When you drift around a curve, you don’t slow down as much as you would normally, which means you are going much faster than normal when you come out of the curve. You could easily lose control of the car and smash into a wall or another vehicle.

Also, not every car is suitable for drifting. Driftable cars must have excellent suspension and rear wheel drive. Drifting balds the tires at a much faster rate, so you will have to replace them more frequently. Drifting with the wrong kind of car drastically increases the risk of crashing or spinning out of control. Successful drifters must also know when the car’s weight will shift and be able to regulate the throttle.

Drifting in movies and TV shows looks really easy to do but is in fact a very difficult feat to accomplish. Single or multiple car accidents that result from failed attempts at drifting can be particularly messy. When a driver acts recklessly on the road and causes an accident, that person may be responsible for any and all injuries and damages that result from his or her dangerous behavior.

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Traffic Law to Come – Biometric ID Hieroglyphics 3D Barcodes – Future Driver’s Licenses




A few days ago, I was talking with a fellow think tanker about the future of traffic law and biometric ID cards. We got to talking about hieroglyphics for some reason, and the ancient Egyptians. My acquaintance suggested that perhaps the hieroglyphics were nothing more than 3D barcodes, and each of those pictures could represent a tale or story, and when put together they could perhaps be a third meaning, or a combination of meanings.

We then got into the topic of newspaper ads which had little boxes in the corner which were essentially barcodes that you could put your iPhone upto using a special app and it would then direct you to a website, or a certain page on a website. When looking at the box, it doesn’t look like it’s a barcode printed on a piece of paper, rather it looks like a hieroglyphic attempting to be 3-D. Now then, wouldn’t it be great if the biometric driver’s license of the future, along with passports, and other records used such a 3-D style barcode.

By going from 2-D to 3-D, would mean that the owner of the driver’s license could put much more information into the 3D barcode like picture, and it might even allow authorities of various databases to expand that data as needed to do their job. Such as a TSA scanning unit, one for the IRS, one for doing mobile electronic banking, and one for traffic police, or border crossing, and best of all the amount of data which could be put into that little 3-D barcode would be significant. It also could not be read unless someone was directly over it.

In other words someone couldn’t walk by your pocket, and read it, the only way to actually read it would be to stick the card into a scanning unit, which clamped onto the card and held it in perfect position to then read it. Okay so, it would be just like a directional RFID chip, and only good at super close range with the proper technology. Inherently a system such as this would provide better security for the holder of the card, and it could be used by authorities without sharing databases.

Each time a card was read it could go through the system, and be seen by various authorities of various agencies individually, without the original scanner or employee who was looking at it even realizing, or even having access to that information. It would also do quite well for HIPPA considerations and medical records. Indeed I hope you’ll please consider all this and think on it.

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