Lion of the Blogosphere

Here’s a good reason to own a car

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SJW types often expound upon how great it would be if no one owned cars. But what happens when you have to evacuate a city because a hurricane is approaching? As pointed out by this Wired article, it sucks to be in that situation without a car.

In good weather, lack of access to car can mean lack of access to jobs and education. But it can be a matter of life and death when local governments assume residents can get themselves out of harm’s way by hitting the road. As New Orleans’ Times-Picayune reported about the area’s emergency management plans in in July 2005, a month before Hurricane Katrina killed at least 1,800 people: “City, state and federal emergency officials are preparing to give the poorest of New Orleans’ poor a historically blunt message: In the event of a major hurricane, you’re on your own.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 14, 2018 at EDT am

Posted in Weather

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  1. Well, SJWs think hurricanes are caused by global warming, so they think if everyone in the world followed their environmental prescriptions, evacuation of cities wouldn’t be necessary. They also think it was racist that NAMs who were too poor to own cars couldn’t evacuate New Orleans during Katrina, so presumably they’d prefer to even up the score by making white people unable to own cars too.

    Hermes

    September 14, 2018 at EDT am

  2. Lion, stop exaggerating about SJWs, OK? Some SJWs bitch about car ownership, but most don’t. Their thing is most gender and racial equality, and nowadays, the TGM (transgender madness as I call it).

    gothamette

    September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Disagree. Almost every SWPL and SJW has at one time given the mandatory “cars are bad” speech.”

      Course, that always falls away once the SWPL has enough money to actually buy a car.

      Justice Duvall

      September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  3. Yes, but make sure you get your gas before the storm rolls in:

    Stan Adams

    September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  4. I now live in a metro area where public transportation is sporadic and slow, and you must have a car to survive. While this does have disadvantages (fuel costs, maintenance mainly) I don’t miss the subway at all: sharing a cramped space with a mentally unstable and/or drugged homeless people, shitty entertainers demanding tips, or a hypersensitive thug looking for a fight.

    markus

    September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  5. Even better would be own a motorcycle. With car you can get stuck in traffic jam out of the city or the roads can be in too bad condition to drive them by car.

    With motorcycle you can avoid the jams and you can drive in much worse roads.

    tmmm

    September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • True. But motorcycles are limited to two people and not much fun in a downpour. It’s better to own a car and beat the traffic. Which means not waiting until the last minute. Then, again, even the worst traffic jams ease up eventually.

      destructure

      September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  6. The people who died in New Orleans from Katrina could have easily walked out before or after the hurricane. Literally a ten mile walk. The lesson is don’t be obese and mentally retarded.

    bobbybobbob

    September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Or elderly.

      Tanturn

      September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • I would file that under “mentally retarded.” Realizing that you’re going to be 80 and unable to walk ten miles someday involves making arrangements for being cared for. You have half a century to plan for it.

        bobbybobbob

        September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

      • 10 miles is a long way for someone who’s out of shape. Add in the fact that summer temps frequently top 100F in New Orleans and I don’t think most people could have done it. A lot of people would have had heat stroke.

        destructure

        September 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • I’m going on a business trip next month with a guy who had to purchase an extra seat because of his weight. I’m actually with Lion somewhat in believing that behavioral fixes for being overweight are limited, but if it got to the point where I was shelling out hundreds of dollars extra just to participate in a normal activity, I’d go red alert and try any diet or surgical solution available.

      He’s a smart guy, too; one of the few significant value creators where I work. I guess he just has selective blindness in hacking out a solution to this particular problem.

      Jokah Macpherson

      September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  7. From what I can gather, black people (i.e. “the poor”) are either exempt from, or receive discounts for, utilitiy, phone and broadband bills. (With Philandro Castille, we also saw that states are willing to overlook constant driving on suspended license violations by blacks). The question therefore Is, why wouldn’t they also be exempt from auto registration and insurance bills, thus leaving all of them free to have a car? Conceivably, there could be a program whereby all trade-in cars with, say, 150,000 miles are collected for distribution to “the poor,” who would pay a one-time fee of $100, in return for dna sample, GPS tracking, etc.

    Office of Strategic Assessment

    September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • The poor will cause more accidents and more breakdowns of their cars, unless you presume they had to get scheduled maintenance as part of their ownership responsibility, but then you’re assuming they have the capacity to have responsibility to begin with. Not likely if they’re raised under these dumb educational institutions.

      A Dilettante

      September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

    • Last thing we need is more idiots on the road with zero financial consequences to reckless behavior.

      Panther of the Blogocube

      September 16, 2018 at EDT pm

  8. Hurricane Sandy showed one big disadvantage of car ownership. Tens of thousands of people who didn’t move their cars to higher grounds had the cars flooded and destroyed. This was especially bad because unlike other types of property, a wrecked car often means financial catastrophe due to inadequate insurance payouts.

    Peter

    ironrailsironweights

    September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  9. No. One would be better off evacuating on a bicycle. They can move through the traffic jams that would predictably happen. Look it up. Every single time a hurricane happens, the highways can’t meet peak demand and people get stuck on the roadways. Often times some of the vehicles break down and block the exit! Ride your bike to a friend’s house 40 miles outside of the city and then get in a car.

    If you must drive, never use a major arterial while evacuating. Use a less trafficked roadway that leads in a direction of less population and high land. Then go where you need to go.

    Never follow the herd in an emergency. You’ll put yourself at the mercy of a lot of people who don’t have a clue how to deal with a very intense, fast paced, and stressful situation.

    Ursala

    September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  10. Really depends on the place you live, when I lived in dense cities with proper public transportation I didn’t need a car, it was too expensive and useless, when I live in the suburbs it is a necessity. The interesting places are ones with dense population but not so good public transport like Tel Aviv, in that case the best thing to use is either electric bikes, electric scooter or a moped for commuting to work but also having a small car for long distance travels with the family.

    Hashed

    September 14, 2018 at EDT pm

  11. New York City is pretty much the only place in America where not having a car is a viable lifestyle.

    JayMan

    September 15, 2018 at EDT am

  12. Not every middle class neighborhood is near public transport. How you going to get close enough to burgle without a car?

    Curle

    September 15, 2018 at EDT pm

  13. Having your own car is an American way of life. Love huge 80s cars. Yeah, those were real American cars. Those were the best!

    Yakov

    September 15, 2018 at EDT pm

    • When people ramble about NYC rents in comparison to cheaper cities, people forget that, in NYC, you don’t keep a car. Somewhere else, you pay the rent and the car.

      What is less expensive? Cheaper rent plus car or NYC rent?

      Bruno Brazil

      September 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • One thing us brazilians don’t understand is the american choice of designing cities in a way that you DEPEND on a car. This doesnt exist anywhere in the world.

        Maybe is the fact that most people in the third world cant afford cars and the population is extremely concentrated in a few cities. Remember, México city is bigger than any American city.

        Bruno Brazil

        September 17, 2018 at EDT am

      • Cars are a lot less expensive than Manhattan rent. I could buy a new car every year for the price of a studio apartment in Manhattan.

        Plus cars SAVE you money because you can drive to Costco and stock up and cheap stuff.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        September 17, 2018 at EDT am

  14. I have impaired eyesight and will never have the privilege of driving a car.

    I left the USA because I felt like as much of a second-class citizen as any of the more recognized ethnic or religious minorities, and was surely deprived of just as many social and economic opportunities.

    Imagine an employer who suddenly assigned a worker who was in a wheelchair, and had been working on the ground floor, to a location on an upper floor of a walk-up building. And when the worker mentioned how impossible that would be, the boss said, “Hire a home health aide to carry you up the stairs every day.”

    That would never happen. Such an employed would fall afoul of disability-related laws; Arnold Diaz would be on TV humiliating them and saying, “Shame on you!”

    But that is basically what happens to people who can’t drive cars. It happened to me: had a job two miles from home, ride a bicycle there every day, and then with almost zero notice I was orded to work at another location 20 miles away. “You can’t take a cab?” the boss said. No, 40 miles in a taxi per day would consume almost my entire daily wage. I had to quit.

    It is really dsiappointing seeing SJW types go to bat for all kinds of discriminated-against minorities while nobody cares about people who can’t drive. I can’t think of another demographic who is treated this badly by American society but gets no attention or sympathy from anyone.

    Kyo

    September 17, 2018 at EDT am

    • Does the need of a reliable car justify those stupid suprime loans? I doubt someone who depends on a car wants to drive something that breaks down constantly, forces you to be late at the job and gets you fired for unpunctuality.

      Bruno Brazil

      September 17, 2018 at EDT pm

    • ‘I left the USA because I felt like as much of a second-class citizen as any of the more recognized ethnic or religious minorities, and was surely deprived of just as many social and economic opportunities.’

      Mate, you are over sensitive. If you have a disability, you can expect to be accommodated within reason. Besides that you have to compensate for your disability. Tough luck, mate. I don’t expect anyone to go out of their way to accommodate my religion, I try to make it worth their while to do so. Yours or my disability doesn’t need to become everyone else’s liability, you know. Say, an HVAC mechanic cannot drive, if he is a very good troubleshooter, makes sense to get him a driver, otherwise makes sense not to hire him. This is very simple. Look, this is the beauty of America: you gotta prove yourself every day and nobody rests on laurels. You did an excellent job today and you got paid for it. Tommorow is a new day and you gotta prove yourself again and do an excellent job. This is what made America great. This is very simple.

      Yakov

      September 17, 2018 at EDT pm

      • If you have a disability, you can expect to be accommodated within reason. Besides that you have to compensate for your disability.

        I did; I compensated by moving to a society where not being able to drive is less of a problem. In this society I have to speak a foreign language all day (as you do in the USA, I think) and be the “wrong” ethnicity, but those handicaps are small compared to the handicap of not being able to drive a car in the USA.

        Kyo

        September 18, 2018 at EDT pm

    • It is really disappointing seeing SJW types go to bat for all kinds of discriminated-against minorities…

      SJWs are the brainwashed zombies of davos.

      the point is to have a small set of “identities” and harp on them ad nauseam. discrimination is ubiquitous in the US and perfectly legal as long as you don’t belong to one of the groups in that small set.

      “racism”, “homophobia”, “sexism”, etc. don’t mean anything. they’re just a way to…

      1. shut up and marginalize people who speak the truth.

      2. distract the masses from the real issues.

      3. confuse the members of these groups into thinking that the koch brothers and jamie dimon are good people.

      sergei brin finds this deeply offensive.

      September 17, 2018 at EDT pm

  15. Might be insteresting for Lion to move to Boston. Cheaper rents than NYC and possibility to survive without a car:

    https://www.quora.com/Can-I-get-by-without-a-car-in-Boston

    BrunoBrazil

    September 17, 2018 at EDT pm


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