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where is this coming from?

Follow the money™?
Follow The Proggies/Fabian Socialists yearning to disempower the Proletariat/Morlocks?
Whence comes the Driverless Cars movement?

The original article comes from Time onine fanzine, behind a subscribers-only wall, so…. [try this linky: here — a partial article: or try glooging the title, Ready or Not, Driverless Cars Are Coming ] I will quote from other articles’ quotes.

The Time article is littered with phrases like this:

”weaning America off its “long-standing romance with its cars”

Here’s a simple question; Why would anyone want to do that?

The great open road. The option to go wherever one wants whenever one wants, following one’s will, one’s own perceived needs, one’s Freedom. Individually. It’s the quintessential American Thing.

Who would want to take that away from anyone?

Sure, there is a risk. Being alive is a risk.

[from Bloomberg with predictable ax-grinding] While motor-vehicle deaths dropped 22 percent from 2005 to 2010, gun fatalities are rising again after a low point in 2000, according to the Atlanta-based Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Shooting deaths in 2015 will probably rise to almost 33,000, and those related to autos will decline to about 32,000, based on the 10-year average trend.

Interesting connection…

Moar from Time:

…”plenty of other objections will provide ammunition as America’s libertarian id struggles to hold on to the keys.”

America’s libertarian id ?!? Now *that’s* offensive.

Because the ultimate — cited — motivation for restricting Freedoms is Safety. For your Saaaafety, you will not be allowed to [insert your own list here]. No expectation of “Please, don’t be a dope.” or “Use good judgement.” or even “Use the sense Ghod gave a goose.”

Or:

Time author Matt Vella notes that “there is no ‘right to drive’ enshrined in the U.S. Constitution.
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So, clearly, I have no Right to move around freely as I wish, or to eat steak and ice cream for breakfast, or to wear my underwear as a hat.

I also have no Right to work at my chosen occupation [or even to choose an occupation that suits me] to earn my food and shelter; that’s not in the Constitution, is it? Yet, I also have no Right to starve to death; not there either. Such a conundrum…

oh… wait…

Amendment IX

The enumeration in the Constitution, of certain rights, shall not be construed to deny or disparage others retained by the people.

hm… talk about a conundrum.

Dopey-looking 'Driverless' 'Car'

I keep hearing that “driving is a privilege, not a right.” I don’t know where that came from. Moving about freely, even across state lines, is a right, no? When a horse or buggy [or shank’s mare] was the only available means to do so, the only restrictions were could ya buy it and feed it? I can buy and feed the currently available, commonly used equivalent; what’s the difference?

.Gov-constructed roads is the difference. I’d be happy to pay a toll relative to the amount of my use of the roads. Including that part that of road use by the trucks that bring most everything I buy, which ought to be included in the price of the products.

What I’m not happy to do is pay a “road tax” which then goes into the General Fund to be looted by whichever legis-whore is most well-connected. But enuff about Kleptofornia.

Imagine your local DMV. Imagine every time your laptop or fone goes Blue Screen of Death. Now imagine those two in charge of your car as you hurtle down the freeway at 60. [also imagine them in charge of your medical care — but that’s a story for a different day…]

This won’t be one of those sudden changes, like the first iFone. It’s gonna be the slow inclusion of Saaaafety features like “lane warnings” [ how irritating is that?!?] and speed warnings already standard on many cars. Can’t even buy a car without a “back-up camera”. When did we get too lazy to look behind us? Or a self-parking car?!? rly? Who can’t parallel park? [yes. Teh Stoopud. fuggem avoid ‘em.]

Along with actually learning to drive, do a controlled skid, maintain speed on mountain roads, etc, my dad gave me three requirements before he let me drive alone: I had to change the oil, change a tire, and parallel park. I practiced for hours. I *know* where my car is. Who *wouldn’t* make their kids do the same? *I* did. They’re good drivers.

Current iterations of the ‘driverless’ car require the driver to have his hands on the wheel and be paying attention. wtf? How soul-crushingly boring would that be?!? Not to mention pointless. Gonna give me the Saaaafety of a “driverless” car, I gotta be able to read or sleep — or be so very damn drunk I can’t hit the floor with my hat. Otherwise, what *IS* the point?

Ask yourself, cui bono?

T’aint me. T’aint you.

9 Comments!

  1. MikeG
    Posted March 14, 2016 at 11:07 am |

    Re-igniting my love for the open road next month. 14 hours to Mississippi. Why? Because I can, and a blues festival. But mostly because I can.

  2. MikeG
    Posted March 14, 2016 at 11:10 am |

    Oh, and dang you, Claire! Qui bono? I had to look that up. I don’t come here to LEARN stuff!

  3. DougM (quiet, keeps to himself, kind of a loner, nobody thought he’d do anything like this)
    Posted March 14, 2016 at 12:19 pm |

    More trying to convince the peasantry that they’re basically too incompetent to be trusted with freedom.

    The Constitution doesn’t give rights, it recognizes and protects the ones we’re born with.

    The constitutional justification for the FedGov regulating “public accommodations” (even private businesses, even totally within a state) was to assure the rights of Jim-Crow-era negroes to travel and to cross state lines; i.e. freedom of independent movement is a friggin’ right, not a dagnab privilege (reasonable regulation for health & safety is allowed, so is denial via adjudication).

    Has Bernie called for free driverless cars, yet?

  4. dick, not quite dead white guy
    Posted March 14, 2016 at 12:34 pm |

    Cue song
    “In the Year 2525″
    In the year 2525, if man is still alive
    If woman can survive, they may find
    In the year 3535
    Ain’t gonna need to tell the truth, tell no lie
    Everything you think, do and say
    Is in the pill you took today
    In the year 4545
    You ain’t gonna need your teeth, won’t need your eyes
    You won’t find a thing to chew
    Nobody’s gonna look at you
    In the year 5555
    Your arms hangin’ limp at your sides
    Your legs got nothin’ to do
    Some machine’s doin’ that for you
    In the year 6565
    You won’t need no husband, won’t need no wife
    You’ll pick your son, pick your daughter too
    From the bottom of a long glass tube…

    The combination of the exponential march of technology and the non-stop nibble nibble nibble of Progthought will bring that nightmare run by elites, maybe even the singularity of intelligent machines reproducing themselves out of free will independent of elites, long before the dates in that song.

    Nice thought-provoking essay, Claire.

  5. Fawkes News
    Posted March 14, 2016 at 1:02 pm |

    ^^ What Doug said.

  6. Maxredline
    Posted March 14, 2016 at 3:15 pm |

    Bicycles. The wave of the future.

    http://maxredline.typepad.com/maxredline/2016/03/perfectly-porkland.html

  7. Posted March 14, 2016 at 3:57 pm |

    What did the man say? “They can take my car keys from my cold dead hands”? Is that what he said? – ditto.

  8. ZZMike
    Posted March 14, 2016 at 9:08 pm |

    “Here’s a simple question; Why would anyone want to do that?”

    The people who want to control us, that’s who. As to the why, the Who leads directly to the answer.

  9. Claire: rebellious pink pig with car keys - and a *cause*
    Posted March 15, 2016 at 9:48 am |

    yer walcomb, MikeG! ; >
    [hey -- I've learned so much from y'all on this Porch I'm tickled I could return the favor..]

    The Constitution doesn’t give rights, it recognizes and protects the ones we’re born with.

    [worth repeating ][daily]