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Carmageddon: Hidden War Between Motor Cars and People

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There is a silent, ongoing, global war between motor cars and people. It is silence because, though it kills many times more people than armed conflicts and terrorist acts combined. It seldom hits the headlines in the way they do. It is ongoing because it rages and will continue to rage around us day and night. And it is global because, though it started in the rich world just over a century ago, it has spread throughout the world and is now spreading like wildfire through poor countries.

I have called this was Carmageddon, from the Biblical word Armageddon, a dramatic and catastrophic conflict, especially one seen as likely to destroy the world or the human race. This article is a brief description of Carmageddon and four theatre of war.

THEATRE OF WAR

The First, Motorcarnage, the daily killing on the roads, is the one we are most aware of. The second is oil wars: large and small armed conflicts in pursuit of the world’s remaining oil reserves. Third, there is a global ecoside, the part played by cars in climate change and global warming, probably the most serious threat to human life in history. Finally, there is social ecoside, the degradation of communal life and culture brought by our dependency on cars to move ourselves around.

MOTORCARNAGE

The killing vaguely comes into our sub consciousness in the “Daily Traffic” we hear on the radio, which tells us where to expect delays or which alternative route we can use where there has been a violent incident involving motor vehicles: ‘’ there has been a terrible collision on the M2 near Bellville, expect some delays, or take an alternative route through so- and- so…’’ it seldom mention the victims.

Deaths due to motor vehicles exceed those due to armed conflicts by several folds. Annual traffic deaths number more than 1.2 million, those due to armed conflict around 310,000 1. In 2004, terrorist acts killed 1907 people around the world, a 3- fold increase over the year before. 2 Most of those killed and maimed by Motorcarnage do not belong to the car-owning classes; militarist would see these deaths as ‘’collateral damage’’ overwhelming, they are from poor countries and poor communities in rich countries. In 2002, for example, of all children killed, 96% were from low- income and middle- income countries, and in rich countries, the rich for children in families without a car is twice that of children in car owning families. 3 Motoring journalist often

Climate change already kills an estimated 160,000 people each year 6 but the future looks even more interesting. Once again it will be the poor, the people who don’t belong to the car-owning classes. Who will suffer the most?

Refers to motor cars as weapons. For example, Dennis Droppa says the BMW 5M is ‘’more than just a cruise missile’’ it has ‘’the ammo to take on the super charge E- 55 even though the Benz outguns it’’. His colleague, Michelle Lupini agrees. ‘’ I reckon the BMW 5M has to be the ultimate driving weapon on the road today. 5Many other cars has been refers to as weapons.

OIL WARS

Examples of oil was include the illegal and occupation of Iraq, the repeated attempt to overthrow President Hugo Chavez in Venezuela, the botched coup attempt in Equatorial Guinea, and the struggles between local communities and oil companies in Nigeria and Latin America.

We can expect oil wars to escalate for three reasons. Firstly, the world’s oil production is predicted to peak soon (if it hasn’t already). After the peak, oil production will decrease. Secondly, demand will continue to increase, particularly in light of rapid economic growth and the motorization of the new superpowers like China and India. This will mean massive increase in oil price, with far reaching effect on the life of everyone. Thirdly, the US sees control of oil as a major strategic issue in terms of its foreign policies. The west coast of Africa with its oil reserves is likely to be a contested area in future oil wars.

GLOBAL ECOSIDE

Cars are among the largest contributors to carbon dioxide and other emissions from combustion of oil and play a large role in climate changes.

Climate change already kills an estimated 160,000 people each year 6 but the future looks even more interesting. Once again it will be the poor, the people who don’t belong to the car owning classes. Who will suffer the most? The intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change is the foremost authority in this field. IPCC model show the climate change will threaten health ‘’particularly in lower income populations, predominantly within tropical/subtropical countries.’’ They confidently predicts that climate change will lead to an increase in heat-related death and illness, more epidemics of infectious disease after storms and floods, make significant impacts from the displacement of populations in response to rise in sea level and greater storm activity. (Concluded next week) Culled from DNA. com

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14 Comments on "Carmageddon: Hidden War Between Motor Cars and People"

  1. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 14th Jan 2021 6:34 pm 

    Dims putting up ads:
    https://images.dailykos.com/images/905764/story_image/HawleyBB.jpg?1610659498

  2. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 14th Jan 2021 6:55 pm 

    Fat Boy gimps moving out of White house:

    “Get out, you odious fuck toads!

    Hit the bricks, pricks!

    Just slip out the back, Jack.

    Drop off the pee tape, Lee, and set yourself free.

    And so forth.”

  3. FamousDrScanlon on Thu, 14th Jan 2021 7:34 pm 

    I’ve lost 3 family members & 1 friend to Carmageddon & 1 cousin was turned into a brain injured, diabetic, quadriplegic in a car wreck.

    I don’t blame the cars. It’s just a thing.

  4. Duncan Idaho on Thu, 14th Jan 2021 8:34 pm 

    ‘No Reason for This—Other Than Greed,’ Says Sanders as GAO Shows Medicare Pays Twice as Much as VA for Same Drugs

  5. Cloggie on Fri, 15th Jan 2021 2:43 am 

    The car is a global disaster. It has ruined cities, not to mention pollution and immense assault on resources, just to carry an 90 kg person around in a metal harness of 1500 kg.

    There is a reason why Venice is the most popular city in the world… because there are no f* cars:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HDpX9dnJHmk

    There is a reason why oil Valhalla KSA has decided to build a 170 km long car-free city from scratch:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2021/01/13/neom-the-line-a-city-170-km-long/

    Because the car sucks.

    The autonomous driving van-taxi (TAAS, transport as a service) will provide the way out of the car hell. No more privately owned cars. If you need transport, order a car with your smartphone and wait for it to arrive. Much cheaper per mile than in your own clunker.

    Covid has shown that you can run a productive society via the internet and cloud, rather than the ritual daily commuter nightmare. Peak Big City was 2020. You don’t want to be found dead in a big city.

  6. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 15th Jan 2021 10:17 am 

    Fluoridated water isn’t just good for teeth — it can lead to higher incomes, too
    https://www.salon.com/2021/01/14/fluoridated-water-isnt-just-good-for-teeth–it-can-lead-to-higher-incomes-too/

  7. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 15th Jan 2021 10:18 am 

    “I can no longer sit back and allow Communist infiltration, Communist indoctrination, Communist subversion and the international Communist conspiracy to sap and impurify all of our precious bodily fluids”

  8. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 15th Jan 2021 10:41 am 

    “Finally, the Irish raised over $3 million to purchase water, food, and medical supplies for the Hopi Reservation and the Navajo Nation. Both tribes have been hard hit by COVID-19.

    The money was payback.

    In 1847 the Choctaw Nation sent $170 to Irish families caught up in the 1845-49 potato famine that killed more than a million people, and forced more than a million others to emigrate. The Choctaw were the first tribe to be forcibly relocated to Oklahoma in 1831, the so-called “Trail of Tears,” in which thousands died of disease and starvation. When tribal members heard about the famine they raised money and sent it to the Quakers to be distributed.”

  9. Duncan Idaho on Fri, 15th Jan 2021 10:42 am 

    hint:

    It costs $28,455 an hour to fly an F-35.

  10. Davy on Fri, 15th Jan 2021 6:51 pm 

    No one cares about your stupid robot car fetish cloggo. Not happening, and its not going to happen.

  11. REAL Green on Fri, 15th Jan 2021 10:56 pm 

    I care about clogs stupid robot car fetish davy. and its allready happenning

    dumbass idiotic hick

  12. Cloggie on Sat, 16th Jan 2021 1:20 am 

    That’s what older brothers are for!

    https://www.rechargenews.com/wind/equinor-becomes-top-dog-in-us-offshore-wind-with-2-5gw-new-york-round-win/2-1-944340

    “Equinor becomes top dog in US offshore wind with 2.5GW New York round win”

    Equinor of Norway giving the Americans a renewable leg up.

    https://www.evwind.es/2021/01/14/engie-commissions-3-gw-renewable-capacity-in-a-difficult-global-pandemic-context/78946

    “ENGIE commissions 3 GW renewable capacity, in a difficult global pandemic context”

    Engie of France giving the Americans a renewable leg up, by building 2 GW new renewable capacity.

  13. Cloggie on Sun, 17th Jan 2021 6:14 am 

    Automatic transmission coming to biking:

    https://deepresource.wordpress.com/2021/01/17/vanmoof-s3-the-automatic-transmission-bike/

    People ranging from liberals to green-right folks (like yours faithfully), will love it.

  14. Don Jr on Wed, 20th Jan 2021 1:21 pm 

    Fuck nuckle orange stain gone hallelujah!!

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