Front Page of New York Times

Tuesday, June 25, 2002 3:18 PM

I was reading through my NY Times, and I came accross a large picture of mind eraser @ SFEG. Well, the front page of the health and fitness section states a headline, "When brain trauma is at the other end of the Thrill Ride". I read through the article, and they take quote (and i stress quote) "taz's tornado (6.5 g's), runaway mountain (5.2 g's), batman and robin (5 g's), Face/off (5 g's), Invertigo (5 g's), and Two Face: the flip side (5 g's).

Now, as I read through, I could tell this was tainted by Markey. Same Statistics, Same old lines. I would also like to point out that 3 of the rides listed are exact clones. Guess they ran out of material, becuase there isn't enough to prove a considerable threat.

The threat isn't the point. It's the point that these people are warned about going on rides if they have any sort of pre-existing problem.

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How much more floorless can they get?

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 3:27 PM

I'll try to remember to dig this up when I go back to work on Thursday and see how it reads. If it's horribly offensive, or otherwise poor journalism, I'll write a letter to the Times.

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~~~ Maddy ~~~

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 3:30 PM

You can view the article to by going to: http://www.nytimes.com/2002/06/25/health/25ROLL.html

also available is this image which shows the examples which you listed above along w/a diagram of the brain:
http://graphics.nytimes.com/images/2002/06/24/science/020625_sci_ROLLERch.gif

btw, you posted this topic twice

EDIT: Forgot to mention that you have to SignUp for NYTimes.com if you already havent. (you'll see the screen when you click the article link) and btw its free!

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John
Albany Entertainment:
http://home.nycap.rr.com/albanyent

*** This post was edited by CalvinJ23 on 6/25/2002. ***

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 3:32 PM
There was something in my local paper too. The Atlantic City Press wrote something on thrill rides and injuries, this was sunday. Sounds like similar articles. It said the Chiller pulls 5 g's and it did mention Tazs Tornado pulling 6.5 g's
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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 3:42 PM

Hehe - I thought the Times was a subscription based website.. Oh well :)

Anyway, this article seems to be no more or less offensive than anything else that's been published. It's the same story being told again and again, but in a way that suits its market. It's almost not worth bothering with, as it's something I hope tomorrow's debate my take care of.

Sometimes, it's pretty easy to attack a story's point of view. This situation, though, I feel like I'd have to through each individual paragraph and point out the errors, and it's an exercise in minutia - The space shuttle's launch force is exerted for a period of several minutes, the statistics assembled thus far are horribly flawed, the sampling is biased, etc.

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~~~ Maddy ~~~

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 3:46 PM
It's odd. They say the 5Gs are harmless when lasting about 2-3 seconds, yet they go on to list rides that excede or meet 5Gs. Now as we all now, the high Gs on coasters only last for fractions of a second. It's amazing how much BS the press can make up and how they can "turn" harmless fun (or anything) into a horrible, evil monster.

EDIT: I had not gone to the 2nd page when I posted (hell, I didn't read the whole thing...yawn). Oh well...

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*** This post was edited by The Shy One on 6/25/2002. ***

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Tuesday, June 25, 2002 7:29 PM
Hum.... i saw soemthin like this in Newsweek a while back. It had basically the same statistics, but went futher back than 5Gs. It was an interesting article, but i think i've read the same thing online somewhere. Its too bad, coasters are deffernly not in anyway dangerous.
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Wednesday, June 26, 2002 8:51 AM

I like how they point out that the more you ride the more you're at risk. They say that most patrons go on several rides a day. What about us that go out to amusement parks two or three times a week? We must have an insanely high risk factor.

Eric

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You don't have to shout. Do you know how many internet etiquette laws your breaking by typing in all caps like that? Well........your breaking one. Don't type in all caps.

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Wednesday, June 26, 2002 9:13 AM

I cannot believe the NYT article didn't mention Titan at SFOT - that ride in majorly intense - I was seeing stars on that one.

By the way no one mentioned that the same day the Cyclone was on the front page of the NYT as well as an accompanying article with picture telling of the 75th Anniversary (which is today!).

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Wednesday, June 26, 2002 10:17 AM
Either way, Titan doesn't pull that high of a G-force, it's just for an extended period of time...

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