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Losing Autonomy

Thursday, September 22, 2016 4:19
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The lengths gone to to promote the farcical “proven” “consensus” on anthropomorphic global warming (AGW), now relabeled climate change, are truly remarkable.

Toyota provides a recent example, among many to choose from, of a business’ contortions to support the AGW hoax in revealing its new car powered by hydrogen made from sewage.

“In Fukuoka, Japan, the automaker is converting human waste into hydrogen to fuel the Mirai. The process is pretty simple. At a wastewater treatment plant, like the Fukuoka City Central Water Processing Plant, sewage is separated into liquid and solid waste. The solid waste, called sewage sludge, is exactly what it sounds like: a foul-smelling, brown lump. Most sewage sludge is thrown in landfills.

But in Fukuoka, microorganisms are added to the mix. These microorganisms break down the solid waste, creating biogas, about 60% methane and 40% carbon dioxide. Then, workers filter out the CO₂ and add water vapor, which creates hydrogen and more CO₂. They extract the CO₂ again, and voila: pure hydrogen.” Sewage sludge powered electric car

So … to protect the planet from the evil pollutant CO2, and save the planet from fictional AGW, we’re making poop cars and releasing copious amounts of, wait for it, CO2! in the process. We are Toyota and we are proud!

Really? Sadly so. But if it were just poop cars in the offing I’d be OK with that. The car would succeed … or not.

Unfortunately our “Betters” have another plan in store for us. That plan is the self-driving (driver-less) car, an invention that sounds pretty cool. Right? Well … maybe not.

Now there are already problems with self-driving cars. There has been at least one fatality,Self-Driving Tesla Was Involved in Fatal Crash, other accidents,
here,
and here, mostly because self-driving cars strictly following traffic laws causes accidents because humans don’t. Lastly, hacking is a major concern. Researchers hack Tesla Model S

But the problem I see with self-driving cars is far bigger than these issues. The problem I see is the loss of individual autonomy.

Addressing, in a recent essay, Lyft’s (an Uber competitor) projected move to self-driving cars, Lyft’s President predicted that personal car ownership would come to an end because using companies like Lyft would be so much cheaper than car ownership.

Lyft article: autonomous cars and end of personal car ownership

I suggest … no, I know, that a future as seen by Lyft is one where we will have lost our freedom of movement – our autonomy. Why? Because once we no longer have the freedom to hop in our car and take off to any destination of our choice, then we are relegated to using either public transportation of a service like Lyft or Uber to get around. But the problem with that is, again, that we no longer control where we are going. We will have given over that control to others.

The thing about others controlling something you use is that those who allow use may also disallow it.

And while those others in control of your movement, once private cars are gone, may initially be a private company, given the nature of government, it will not take long before government will take ultimate control of your transportation.

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