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pile those children up —
simple denial shall rule!
vehicles of death.
it’s been a long time since the unabomber days. but who really got the message? all ted wanted you to know was that the auto industry was KILLING us.
"Car Crash Stats: There were nearly 6,420,000 auto accidents in the United States in 2005. The financial cost of these crashes is more than 230 Billion dollars.
2.9 million people were injured and 42,636 people killed. About 115 people die every day in vehicle crashes in the United States — one death every 13 minutes."
"The United States is home to the largest passenger vehicle market of any country in the world.Overall, there were an estimated 254.4 million registered passenger vehicles in the United States according to a 2007 DOT study. This number, along with the average age of vehicles, has increased steadily since 1960, indicating a growing number of vehicles per capita.
New York City is the only locality in the country where more than half of all households do not own a car (the figure is even higher in Manhattan, over 75%; nationally, the rate is 8%)."
In 2005, the Chrysler Group employed 83,130 people and sold 2.83 million vehicles globally, generating .4 billion in revenue.
In 2005, the Ford Motor Company had a total revenue of 8.1 billion.
GM is headquartered at the Renaissance Center in downtown Detroit, employs approximately 327,000 people, sold 9.17 million cars worldwide, and had a 2.6 billion revenue for the year 2005.
AAA travel estimates
"The AAA estimates that the average American travels 12,000 miles a year.
The average vehicle in 2009 gets between 20 and 25 miles per gallon.
Take 22.5 miles per gallon as an average, and divide 12,000 miles by 22.5, for a total of 533 gallons used a year.
At .50 a gallon, the average American spends ,333 on gasoline each year. At .75 a gallon, he spends 67, and at a gallon he spends about ,600."
and then an addendum which "proves" that sanctioning items is not only a form of domestic terrorism in a "citizens’ democracy" (but we’re a republic heheheh), but that people WILL stop driving if it hits their pocket book hard enough. we will choose to spend money in our own neighborhood (or, as is the real goal, we’ll hole up in front of energy cartel-based electronic systems of entertainment and reduce all of our concepts of mobility through a form of voluntary imprisonment) The AAA notes that "the amount of travel by Americans falls when the price of gasoline nears , which would lower the 12,000-mile average."
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) "32,885 people died in traffic crashes in 2010 in the United States (latest figures available), including an estimated 10,228 people who died in drunk driving crashes, accounting for 31% of all traffic deaths last year."
the death in my own extended family of an amazingly talented and bright young man has caused untold havoc and grief in my own world and my relatives. it’s unspeakably sad.
Ways to Avoid being a Drunk Driver*
With lack of adequate public transportation in many cities, it is sometimes difficult to get home late at night. Here are some suggestions:
Get a designated driver
Drink at locations within walking distance of your home
Call a cab
Search for services that will take both you and your car home if you are drunk
Look for public transportation in larger cities
Ask the bartender for help and let him know if you are the designated driver
Offer to pay for a cab or drive friends home if they are drunk
Drink nonalcoholic beverages
(*in australia it’s called "driving drink". think about that. a much more accurate statement! if you’re asking yourself if you’ve had to much to drink to drive, you’re drunk or "drink enough" to know better than to drive. remember, the majority of incidents involving alcohol-related driving fatalities are not caused by chronic drinkers. it’s oftentimes people using impaired judgment because they don’t often consume alcohol only periodically and binge.)
back to the automobile and some of the parts of its history we seem to have misinterpreted, at the time and still now.
for instance, i could go on and on about the reasons that ted sent letter bombs.
and you must you know this by now that ted is a man.
he wasn’t the unabomber.
he never made up a nickname.
he wrote people and begged them to change.
he was really serious about this.
and then the wilderness he had retreated to was redeveloped by land developers.
and maybe it drove him to want to become a political martyr (political martyrs do not seek their own death, they seek the death of an idea that has become entrenched in the actions of others).
he knew that someone had to do it.
he knew that people have to die in order to change things that the majority is in denial about.
he also knew that when other human populations around the world followed the example of the united states of america, the real looming threats would be concretized and realized and thoroughly embedded. he foresaw the costs and he sent letter bombs to try and stop it by bringing media attention to his efforts.
Theodore John "Ted" Kaczynski ( /kəˈzɪnski/ ka-zin-skee, or ka-chin-skee; Polish: Kaczyński, pronounced [kaˈt͡ʂɨȷ̃skʲi]; born May 22, 1942), also known as the "Unabomber", is an American mathematician, social critic, and Neo-Luddite who engaged in a mail bombing campaign that spanned nearly 20 years, killing three people and injuring 23 others.
Kaczynski was born in Chicago, Illinois, where, as an intellectual child prodigy, he excelled academically from an early age. Kaczynski was accepted into Harvard University at the age of 16, where he earned an undergraduate degree, and later earned a PhD in mathematics from the University of Michigan. He became an assistant professor at the University of California, Berkeley at age 25, but resigned two years later.
In 1971, he moved to a remote cabin without electricity or running water, in Lincoln, Montana, where he lived as a recluse while learning survival skills in an attempt to become self-sufficient. He decided to start a bombing campaign after watching the wilderness around his home being destroyed by development. From 1978 to 1995, Kaczynski sent 16 bombs to targets including universities and airlines, killing 3 people and injuring 23. Kaczynski sent a letter to The New York Times on April 24, 1995 and promised "to desist from terrorism" if the Times or The Washington Post published his manifesto, Industrial Society and Its Future (also called the "Unabomber Manifesto"), in which he argued that his bombings were extreme but necessary to attract attention to the erosion of human freedom necessitated by modern technologies requiring large-scale organization.
The Unabomber was the target of one of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s costliest investigations. Before Kaczynski’s identity was known, the FBI used the title "UNABOM" to refer to his case, which resulted in the media calling him the Unabomber. The FBI pushed for the publication of Kaczynski’s "Manifesto" which led to his brother and his wife recognizing Kaczynski’s style of writing and beliefs from the manifesto, and tipping off the FBI. Kaczynski dismissed his court appointed lawyers because they wanted to plead insanity in order to avoid the death penalty, as Kaczynski did not believe he was insane.[not in citation given] — LOL, sorry to interrupt, but this is so funny!!!!! >>>>>When it became clear that his pending trial would entail national television exposure for Kaczynski, the court entered a plea agreement, under which he pleaded guilty and was sentenced to life in prison with no possibility of parole. Theodore Kaczynski has been designated a "domestic terrorist" by the FBI. Some anarcho-primitivist authors, such as John Zerzan and John Moore, have come to his defense, while holding some reservations about his actions and ideas.
so i guess a lot hasn’t changed in our lifetime yet in terms of figuring out how to stop the auto cartels. but i do think the "managing" effects of the fall-outs from the automobile industry and our love of high speed travel have improved. we can thank ralph nader for that, but it will never give us back our lost freedom from rushing about madly.
i dream of a car-less city. an auto-less town with high speed transport and distribution systems that are pre-formatted to create a community and social arena the focuses on the prosperity of feeling content without yearning for excessive materialism or distraction or energy dependent forms of entertainment.
but when you add up all those massive numbers up above (i left out the whole litigation industry because it was too boring and scary to look into insurance and the first ten minutes were just bs redirects with no numbers — pete, lance this one for me!!! you’re good with this stuff), it doesn’t seem like it will happen soon.
how in the world can public transport compete with such a blistering economy boom booster like the automobile?
and if we really think about what the automobile really means (the ability to travel great distances away from the ones we love and then return to them), no wonder they have been giving cars away for almost FREE over the past 15 years! fking boomerang economics!!!! hahahahaha how can you lose?!!?
it’s the exact same holy trinity (the open-ended errand-running of materialism) as slave ships that stop in one spot to pick up a commodity after dumping the slaves.
****The first stage of the Triangular Trade involved taking manufactured goods from Europe to Africa: cloth, spirit, tobacco, beads, cowrie shells, metal goods, and guns. The guns were used to help expand empires and obtain more slaves (until they were finally used against European colonizers). These goods were exchanged for African slaves.
The second stage of the Triangular Trade (the middle passage) involved shipping the slaves to the Americas.
The third, and final, stage of the Triangular Trade involved the return to Europe with the produce from the slave-labor plantations: cotton, sugar, tobacco, molasses and rum."*****
so yes, i guess the threat is still normal…
but i’m asking you, what kind of cool things can old cars be used for or turned into?
americans have the resources for greatness parked outside in our front yards!
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