Oh fuck me up the Khyber Pass!
The European Commission on Monday unveiled a “single European transport area” aimed at enforcing “a profound shift in transport patterns for passengers” by 2050.
Fuck right off.
The plan also envisages an end to cheap holiday flights from Britain to southern Europe with a target that over 50 per cent of all journeys above 186 miles should be by rail.
Cunt off. Do just do that you utterly raving cunts. Not long since I bought a model ornithopter from a bloke at the Galata tower in Istanbul (and no I didn’t get the now defunct Orient Express to Istanbul, I went on a Boeing 737). So why was he selling it there?
According to the Seyahatname of Ottoman historian and traveller Evliya Çelebi, in circa 1630-1632, Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi flew as an early aviator using artificial wings for gliding from this tower over the Bosporus to the slopes of Üsküdar on the Anatolian side, nearly six kilometres away. Evliyâ Çelebi also tells of Hezarfen’s brother, Lagari Hasan Çelebi, performing the first flight with a rocket in a conical cage filled with gunpowder in 1633.
Because you see flight has been a dream of humanity since forever. I think that story is dubious but the point, the desire of it isn’t. There is also a coda to it. The sultan at first thought to richly reward Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi for his feat but then thought otherwise… I mean ordinary folks flying! Where will it all end? Well, in 1903 it was nailed by Orv and Will on Kill Devil Hills. I’m reserving a post here for December 17th but Orv and Will did it off their own bat. Who spotted the Flyer? The lifeguard team on the beach and a mooching teenager. Aviation historians have reckoned that the Wrights spent $1000 to fly. It is a matter of public record that the US Navy spent $50,000 on their attempt which involved a very early bath in the Potomac for the director of the Smithsonian. He launched from a boat using a $10,000 steam catapult. The Wright brothers spent $4 on a wooden rail from the local timber merchant. And it worked. And the world took off.
And that is why the likes of Orv and Will are hated by government of any form. Four hundred years ago, just over a hundred years ago, now, by 2050, whatever it’s the same old nonsense and the same on at least two continents. Three if Hezarfen Ahmet Çelebi crossed the straits to Asia… Who knows but he gave it a go!
Top of the EU’s list to cut climate change emissions is a target of “zero” for the number of petrol and diesel-driven cars and lorries in the EU’s future cities.
Siim Kallas, the EU transport commission, insisted that Brussels directives and new taxation of fuel would be used to force people out of their cars and onto “alternative” means of transport.
“That means no more conventionally fuelled cars in our city centres,” he said. “Action will follow, legislation, real action to change behaviour.”
Do the fuckers also have a final solution to the “Jewish Question?”
The Association of British Drivers rejected the proposal to ban cars as economically disastrous and as a “crazy” restriction on mobility.
“I suggest that he goes and finds himself a space in the local mental asylum,” said Hugh Bladon, a spokesman for the BDA.
“If he wants to bring everywhere to a grinding halt and to plunge us into a new dark age, he is on the right track. We have to keep things moving. The man is off his rocker.”
Mr Kallas has denied that the EU plan to cut car use by half over the next 20 years, before a total ban in 2050, will limit personal mobility or reduce Europe’s economic competitiveness.
Mr Kallas is right. It will not reduce our economic competitiveness – it will send us back to the fucking stone age.
Orville Wright died in 1949. Will died in 1912 but Orv saw the fire-bombing of London, Hamburg, Dresden, Tokyo and the nuking of Japan. Orv saw the first jet-pilots kick the tyres and light the fires. Orv saw what he had wrought upon the world. What did he see? The Wright Brothers were the sons of a bishop. Their dream of flight was a dream of helping to bring peace to the world by facilitating travel around it. A noble ambition. Cars and flight made the last century much as railways made the one before. What is making this century?
Cunts if you ask me. Utter cunts.
And why? Why can so many people hate freedom so much?
I don’t know exactly what Orv saw but I know what I see. I see the endarkening. And yeah, I’m sure that is one of my mine but Perry at Samizdata nicked it. Well I’m having it back because the endarkening doesn’t happen on my fucking watch. No way. Or his.
Anyway! Why put the stop line at 2050? Because like every control order they have ever done, they get away with it because of time. They are saying it now to put the myth into the sphere. They are saying it now so that children as yet unborn shall learn it and be old enough to put it in place. In that they are clever. For anything that kicks around in the public whatnots for that long gains a perverse reality.
Even if it is insane.