[extropy-chat] SUV's are killing their drivers.
brian_a_lee at hotmail.com
Thu Aug 19 13:45:08 UTC 2004
I'm not sure if this was a joke post or not.
But I think that cars are tools, and choosing an improper, unsafe tool is
I equte SUV-defending with fat people who talk about glandular problems
while eating McDonalds. Of course fast food isn't necessarily the problem,
but eating it every day is unwise.
Just like SUVs have thier purposes, but no way should they equate for 25% of
US auto sales. SUVs kill their drivers and passengers because they are more
unsafe than comperable sedans. That's pretty simple analysis.
I'm not advocating a ban on SUVs, but currently SUVs have several major tax
incentives going for them. So effectively the gov't wants you to buy a
dangerous, gas-guzzling SUV and my taxes subsidize SUVs.
>From: Everitt Mickey <evmick at earthlink.net>
>To: ExI chat list <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org>
>Subject: [extropy-chat] SUV's are killing their drivers.
>Date: Wed, 18 Aug 2004 20:09:46 -0500
>BillK apparently said.
>>Why should we care whether in certain specific circumstances an SUV
>>might be preferred? The road death figures show that SUVs are killing
>>their drivers in increasing numbers.
>You know?....this kind of non logic really ticks me off.
>Real extropians oughta know better.
>Since WHEN can an inantimate object display any type of violition? Do guns
>kill people? Do trucks kill people? Does aspirin kill people? Does TV
>kill people? Is it a great conspiricay of the inantimate to kill off
>humans? NO....in actuality stupid people kill themselves (which in the
>long run is a good thing)and others...(which is a bad thing) ....but by
>ascribing this logic to their actions they are releived of
>guilt...yeaa!...verily my brothers and cistern....gain martryr
>status......holy victimhood.... and are free to go about killing more
>Worse....this type of thinking gives the (can't think of a sufficiently
>bad descriptive adjective....<bleeding
>hearts?...no.....liberals?...No....<@#$%&*>....yeah...but inappropriate to
>the venue) ......er......"people-who-know-what's-best-for-everyone-else"
>ammunition so that they can make MORE AND More and more and more RULES.
>To my way of thinking this attitude is similar if not identical to that of
>the Bad guys of 911 fame. After all THEY know god's will....they....<urp>
>Etc. etc. etc....yammer yammer yammer.....
>This really gets my goat. <throwing cap on ground....jumping up and down
>Evmick....in the wastes of New Mexico....where "killer dust storms...and
>killer sun....and Killer...."
>"Against stupidity....the gods themselves contend in vain"
>"For centuries engineers have been trying to foolproof technology.....so
>far the fools are winning"
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