Saturday, April 12, 2008

Dept. of Utter Stupidity

From the Wired Online blog feed:
Congress thinks electric cars are too quiet and pose a threat to pedestrians and cyclists, not to mention all those people with iPods and cell phones surgically attached to their ears. Its solution? Have the Department of Transportation require hybrids and EVs to make more noise.
So, if a certain generic kind of vehicle might potentially threaten a few individuals because of choices that they freely made, the vehicles must be changed to overcome those personal choices. But if a different generic kind of vehicle is proven to be actively harming all of us, right now, it's business as usual and here's another subsidy and don't forget to top up your tank for the weekend. Bah.

There are Americans who are intelligent and concerned and capable of recognizing the truth even when makes their accountant uncomfortable, I know this because I have met them; but there sure as hell are none such in American politics.

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Blogger Zhoen said...

Could not agree more. Those who want to govern should on no account be allowed to do so.

April 12, 2008 at 4:47:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Lioness said...

How very teet-gnashing stupid, I often have a hard time believing some people actually survived into adulthood.

April 12, 2008 at 5:17:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Snark said...

Back off of my iPod, feds! And I just got my teeny-tiny but gas-burning car paid for. In five years I put 30K miles on it. Gimme a break.

April 12, 2008 at 10:22:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Blogger JoeinVegas said...

I'm concerned about those bicycles sneaking up behind me on the sidewalk, where I think I'm save. Maybe they should require bikes to have cards pinned on so they are hit by the spokes and make that motorcycle noise, or a little bell that dings continuously. And what about those darn joggers coming up behind and surprising me too? Make them put bells on their toes or something.

April 13, 2008 at 2:20:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Savtadotty said...

I'm old enough to remember "What's good for General Motors is good for America," and plus ca change, plus ca reste la meme chosea. It seems I'm living in a rerun.

April 13, 2008 at 2:40:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Dale said...

No politician with national ambitions could ever talk about cars the way they need to be talked about.

April 13, 2008 at 4:38:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger rb said...

London response- cushion everything:

April 14, 2008 at 2:27:00 a.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Beth said...

What Dale said. It would be hard to imagine this article appearing here in Quebec, where cars are not a religion.

April 14, 2008 at 3:44:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Pacian said...

Also, what if they crash and the electricity gets out?!

April 14, 2008 at 9:40:00 p.m. GMT+2  
Blogger Udge said...

What's really needed is a kind of Personal Responsibility Legislation:

1. You are responsible for your actions and for the consequences of your actions.

2. Deal with it.

I can't imagine that passing, though.

April 16, 2008 at 10:40:00 a.m. GMT+2  

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