PEDESTRIANS RULE!

Consider – why do freeways in the USA have signs at the on ramp that say “NO PEDESTRIANS”?

Do you suppose it is to call attention to that fact for drivers, pedestrians, or everyone? I bet you said for everyone. But why is there a little sign there and not on all the other roads? I bet you already know the answer to this one too; it is to remind everyone that on that special roadway cars rule, no pedestrians are allowed to go there because a car will surely strike and kill them.

But why is this sign needed? Surely any fool knows that walking on the freeway is an invitation to disaster, what possible good can this little sign do?

I am so glad you asked! That little sign on the entrance to the freeway is one of many steps that have indoctrinated a faulty and evil concept into our culture, this concept we teach our young even today: “Watch out for cars!”

Why should a child be held responsible to watch out for a mindless fool behind the wheel of 2 tons of steel? I argue the law is already quite clear – the child ALWAYS has the right of way (except on the freeway, where those little signs are). Or shall we argue this point? If a child on a bike falls in front of your car, is it ok to run him down? What if he crosses on a red light? What if the errant one dares to wander outside of the white lines painted on the road for his protection – what harm can the child possibly do to your speeding or stopped hulk of steel?

On the other hand, a motor vehicle racing to the next red light can cross over one of those white lines and destroy a family in a moment, forever. So who should watch out for whom? Again, the law is already clear, a pedestrian has the right of way. So why are thousands, no, TENS OF THOUSANDS, of pedestrians and bike riders being killed or maimed every year on American roads by cars and trucks?

I suggest it is because we have been teaching a faulty idea, to the wrong people. Instead of teaching pedestrians and bike riders, and pets that will never learn anyway, why not teach the operators of these behemoths to WATCH OUT FOR LIVING THINGS?

After all, it is already their responsibility, legally and morally, to YIELD TO PEDESTRIANS. Or do we have to argue about this again? Ok, please list all the circumstances in which you feel it is ok to run over a person:

Hmm, hopefully you came up with a pretty short list. I hope we all agree; it is better to not run over people with cars. So let’s take some concrete actions to protect people from machines. I propose we set aside the right 10 feet in each direction of every roadway (except those with the little “NO PEDESTRIANS” signs) for pedestrians and bike riders. Back in the 70’s we started that along with making them accessible for handicapped people.

But somehow this is just never a priority. Instead, more roads are built for more cars that consume more of everything and the spaces in front of our homes have become killing zones, unsafe for children, pets or any other living thing.

Neighbors are now isolated from each other inside their powerful weapons of mass destruction, racing the machinery to maximum consumption spewing clouds of toxic waste into the air and water that is supposed be part of the commons. Observe traffic and marvel – if people behaved this way in line at the bank or grocery it would surely result in a brawl! Racing each other, darting in and out, speed up, slow down, always seeking an advantage here or there to shave a few seconds off their trip – this is sanity?

In any case, for someone who chooses not to participate in this madness, the law is already clear, PEDESTRIANS HAVE THE RIGHT OF WAY. It is high time this law is enforced and the infrastructure improved to provide safe passage over public roadways for people that choose to walk or ride a bike. PEDESTRIANS RULE!

Peace!

Tim

Support Bush Crime Regime – CONSUME!

Consumerism is the engine that drives the American economy. The Bush regime knows this and that is why they sent the current stooge, George W., out in front of the cameras to do the only thing he ever did well, cheerlead.

Or have we forgotten that was his one accomplishment in school, head cheerleader? It still is. The grinning idiot seems delighted and still-surprised at how gullible his flock is. George gets out the bullhorn and good ol’ boy slang to lie us into war with chants and slogans just like it was a Texas high school football game. Over 60 million people adore him. This calls into question what it is that people are really looking for in a leader.

This Bush Crime regime has been proven to be the most brutal dictatorship in US history, committing war crimes leading to indictments all over the world and leading to our refusal to join the international court. Rigged elections and corrupt politicians are the name of the game, and best liar wins. Right now the Bush crime family has the market on deception cornered. They are masters at it. Just watch c-span any day congress is in session to see the masters of deception hard at work spinning tales and making up shit to justify the moral crimes they are committing.

Consumers are the engine that drives this insane rush to ‘expand freedom’ and ‘liberate’ people who just happen to be living on top of some resource we need from the tyranny of a way of life that may be tens times older than the dubious democracy we have in these United States of America.

United Consumers of America would be more fitting. I propose we recognize two political factions described as United Consumers of America and United Conservationists of America. That way we will still all be the UCA, but some will be right with the land while the rest would be the gluttonous pigs they are.

The gluttons are easy to spot – they are fat and mean and drive oversize cars and stink and voted for the Bush crime family to rein four more years. These selfish wal-mart loyalists enjoy bloody red meat and detest ‘tree-huggers’ with a passion. These are the kind that will blast their horn at a bicycle rider to get them out of their way. They will pull into a crosswalk without bothering to notice if someone wants to use it, and god save the poor bastard that is in the gluttons path if he is in a hurry.

Of course this stuff all happens with people that have Kerry bumper stickers and Keep Tahoe Blue stickers on their SUV’s too. In fact, when I volunteered on the Kucinich campaign one of their chief IT guys turned out to be employed by a large defense contractor! To his credit he at least confessed this amazing fact on his own, but he continued to work for them, justifying it by the money they paid him. Hello, ever hear of a fellow named Judas?

Anyway, that is my point. Petroleum consumers are supporting the Bush warlord family. The consumer economy requires vast amounts of cheap energy that tends to pollute and wreck things. Plus people have gone to war over it for decades now, and no matter how ‘green’ your life is, if you are a petroleum glutton you are part of the problem.

Petroleum gluttons fly on jet aircraft, refuse to obey speed limits, drive oversized vehicles with no regard to efficiency, race from red light to red light, drive a car when walking a riding a bike would be just as well, consume with no regard to full life cycle cost of things.

Let’s get this clear, we will never run out of oil. It will become scarcer and more expensive, but we will not run out. Ever. What we will run out of is clean air, water, safe public roadways, healthy lifestyles, healthy communities etc.

Let’s all make a choice today to just use a little bit less of everything. This is the best way to disarm the petroleum warlords, stop funding them!