Kinetic Energy Weapons ( cars )

This is just a rant about a pet hate of mine: how easy it is to get a driver’s license, and how shit most people are at driving.

Here’s the thing: KE = (1/2).m.v^2

— what does this mean?

  • KE = Kinetic Energy — ie: the amount of energy in a massive body in motion at some given velocity;
  • which is equal to half the mass of the object ( in kilograms ) multiplied by its velocity ( metres per second ) squared;

— which in turn gives an answer in joules of energy.

  • So, let’s say that on average:
    1. your car weighs 1000 kgs;
      you’re travelling at 60 kph;
      and you’re an idiot;

    — what this means is that you’re an idiot in charge of a kinetic energy weapon, capable of doing anything up to: (1/2).1000.60^2 = 1,800,000 joules ( 1.8 MJ ( megajoules ) ) of damage to a stationary object … and if we increase your speed to 100 kph, that becomes 5 MJ ( approximately tripled for a bit over a 50% increase in velocity ).

    So why the fuck do we put so many useless drivers behind the wheel?

    That’s right:

    1. Politics;
    2. Profit;

    — because we make more money by selling more cars and fuel etc., and politicians get more votes by letting you have something that no one in their right mind should let you have, given that you’re too much of a narcissist to keep your attention on the road, and too much of an imbecile to drive well even if you did.

    So for all those people out there who keep hitting stationary objects, rear ending other cars while texting or doing their makeup, or whatever other distraction is stopping you from paying attention to what you’re doing … and for all those whom not only cannot drive 20kph faster than the speed limit ( in ideal circumstances ) safely, but whom are also so useless behind the wheel, that you drive 20 kph below the speed limit in ideal circumstances — please, PLEASE, P L E A S E! Go hand back your drivers license, or take some more lessons, or something, because if all of you were off the road, there would be no road rage, there would be few or no accidents, and we wouldn’t need a speed limit, because everyone else is wise enough to judge what is safe for their vehicle, driving ability, and the conditions of the road at the time they’re driving.

    You say you want a zero road toll ( deaths from driving related accidents )? FINE! Then hand back your license because you’re no fucking good at it!

    Yet more evidence capitalism will fail to achieve sustainability

    More than a decade ago, maybe as much as 2 decades ago I heard of some European automobile manufacturers taking responsibility for the materials used in their vehicles, by way of recalling all end of life vehicles and recycling every single component. Now I don’t know how accurate the story was, as it was second hand information at best when I received it, and I can’t even remember where I heard it. But it gave me an idea.

    More than 5 years ago I started suggesting ( and publishing ) the idea that manufacturers should be made to show technical cause for the use of any and all non-biodegradable and/or toxic materials — ie: they should be required to show that materials are chosen for technical not economic reasons, so that the best materials for the job are used, even if something else is cheaper, where those cheaper options are toxic and/or non-biodegradable — as this would ensure the maximisation of materials innovation for biodegradable and non-toxic options.

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    Poverty is a full-time job

    I’m disappointed in my fellow humans that after everything we’ve seen over the past few decades — and all the history that came before — that what I’m writing about here still needs to be explained to some people … I cannot fathom how anyone could actually genuinely be stupid enough not to get it, without actually suffering from some kind of serious brain damage, birth defect of mental retardation — or perhaps brainwashing … and that’s it, isn’t it … people are indeed brainwashed.

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    Those little fucking stickers on fruit

    There are things that bother me, because they are stupid, pointless, irresponsible, and shouldn’t be happening in the first place.

    How many million pieces of fruit do you think are eaten daily in the western world? For argument’s sake, let’s just conservatively say it’s 1,000,000 from conventional farms and mainstream supermarket retailers – it’s probably much more than that, but that’s fine, we’ll just say it’s 1.

    Each of these pieces of fruit has a small plastic ( non-biodegradable ) sticker on it, with a number that means absolutely nothing to the consumer. So we’ve just taken a perfectly biodegradable packaging ( the skin ), and added an utterly pointless ( to the consumer ) non-biodegradable component. Continue reading “Those little fucking stickers on fruit”

    Apologies re wiki spam

    Apparently some idiot was using my wiki subdomain to send spam, and apparently the people who coded the wiki media CMS didn’t think to automatically block any function by default with such a gaping security flaw in it, nor to warn anyone with big flashing letters on the screen during the install to say “if you don’t do this immediately, people will be able to just use your domain as a source of spam without even needing to know your login passwords”. Continue reading “Apologies re wiki spam”