Do you remember your first kiss?

Do you remember your first kiss?
Do you remember your first kiss?

Thursday, 15 April 2010

Controversial - Speed Cameras

Category: Life

Controversial - Speed Cameras

Well it had to come about - my controversial blog. I can't stand all this stuff where we're all lovey dovey all the time, and there's nothing wrong, and everything in the garden's rosy. I for one, have strong views about certain things, and those things include speed cameras. I hate them - why do they exist?
Up till 2003 I had a clean licence - 21 years of unfettered and pleasant driving. Round about that time speed cameras started to pop up everywhere, and i mean everywhere. So, all of a sudden I had 6 points (got caught twice in five months) - for the non-Brits amongst you, thats half-way towards losing your drivers licence, which is a big, big deal.

So, my question is why? Why so many cameras? Are they serving any useful purpose?
And my answer - no, I don't believe that they are.
Lets look at some hard facts - in 1964, the year before they introduced a speed limit on the motorways, there were 17 deaths per day on average on the UK roads. Motorway speed limits were introduced in 1965 because people were using them as race tracks and subsequently killing themselves in large numbers. Cars at the time were not designed to stand up to any sudden impacts, and would literally impale the popor luckless victim inside, as they were full of sharp pointed, non cushioned items.

As we all know, cars have improved immeasurably since those heady days - they contain seat-belts, air bags, cushioned driver areas, soft steering wheels, etc etc. Have we seen an increase in the motorway speed laws to take account of these vast improvements in car technology. No we have not.
And what about the current death rate? Well, for 2004 (the last year for which I can find figures) the death rate was 3280, or 9 per day. 9 per day!! So despite the fact that roads are now 4 times as densely populated as they were in the mid 60s we have reduced the death rate by almost half!!
Has this had anything to do with speed cameras? No - this figure of 9 per day has been roughly constant since 1999, so - more speed cameras - no change to loss of life.

Ok, so far so good, nothing particularly controversial in the preceding facts - anyone could dig them out after half an hour on google. The more controversial bit is - 9 deaths a day on UK roads is not a bad thing - in fact its a good thing!! How can that be, i hear you cry - well, 9 deaths a day is the lowest per capita figure in the whole of Europe - therefore our streets are already safer than the streets of France, Germany, Italy etc, etc.
But, more importantly than that is Darwins theory. Ever since Darwin propounded his theory (that of natural selection) we humans have done our level best to ignore it. How? We don't just let the fittest survive, as Darwin suggested, we let everyone survive, the fittest, the not so fit, and the pretty bloody unfit as far as I can see. How will this state of things help the human race? Well it won't, we are not keeping the best, for future generations, we're keeping everything!!!!

We have no natural predators left in the UK. All the wolves, brown bears, scorpions and alligators have been ruthlessly destroyed or driven away. Therefore unlike other primates, there is nothing here to keep down our numbers.
Enter the car - it is perfect for the role - it is indiscriminate - it is loved by the population as a whole, and it is a killing machine. However it can't kill, if it is never allowed to drive above 30mph anywhere, because the nanny state is watching it all the time.
So, my advice - cancel speed limits, make every road a free for all - lets see if we can bring a little bit of death back to the road - and at the same time - have some more enjoyable motoring without having to constantly watch out for those fucking speed cameras!!

World Population

World population....
Current mood: confused

Population growth..that's what scares me...this is not a joke, just some
facts I picked up from from wikipedia

The world population is the total number of humans alive on the planet
Earth at a given time. According to estimates published by the United
States Census Bureau, the Earth's population hit 6.5 billion on
Saturday, February 25, 2006. In line with population projections, this
figure continues to grow at rates that are unprecedented prior to the 20th
century. Approximately one fifth of all humans that have existed in the
last six thousand years are currently alive. By some estimates, there are
now one billion (thousand million) young people in the world between the
ages of fifteen and twenty-four.

(This incidently, means, that there are more people currently alive on the
planet, than the total of everyone who has died....! How freaky is that!
This puts paid to the reincarnation theory for me..)

The last 70 years of the 20th century saw the biggest increase in the
world's population in human history. The following table shows when each
billion milestone was met:
1 billion was reached in 1802.
2 billion was reached 125 years later in 1927.
3 billion was reached 34 years later in 1961.
4 billion was reached 13 years later in 1974.
5 billion was reached 13 years later in 1987.
6 billion was reached 12 years later in 1999.
From the figures above, the world's population has tripled in 72 years,
and doubled in 38 years up to the year of 1999.

So in other words, it took 50,000 years for the population to grow from
say 0 to 1 billion. Then it only took 125 years to go from 1 to 2
billion, and so on and so on. This despite the fact that that the 20th
century was the bloodiest ever in terms of death by other than natural
WW1 killed approx 22 million
the great flu epidemic killed 25 million
WW2 killed approx 20 million
Stalin killed over 30 million peasants between 1939 and 1955
It is alleged that Mao Tse tung caused the premature deaths of over 70
million Chinese between 1950 and 1976.

So. what would've happened if all these people had not died prematurely????

There have been no massive disasters on this scale since the late 60s.
Nothing has happened to significantly reduce the world population, apart
from new "1 child laws" in China, and enforced vasectomies in India.

What does the future hold????
If we look at Darwinian theory - it says that any population will only
increase whilst there are abundant resources, as soon as the population
outstrips the resources, then massive cutbacks in population are
I think this will happen, not in 1000 years time nor 100 years time. I
think this will happen in our kids' lifetime!!! Scary.....