Greetings fellow GAG'ers. I don't share my personal life much, but as an editor on this website for over six years now, I felt it was time to confess something I did in my personal life.
I wanted to let you know about a personal decision I recently made. I don't really feel like discussing it, but I want to put my position out there. Please be respectful. I realize this is a lengthy post, but I just have to get this off of my chest.
I'm taking the brakes off my car. This isn't a rash decision, so please listen up.
A few weeks ago I saw a car accident. Two vehicles went through an intersection at the same time. Both cars slammed on their brakes at the same time, and collided. Fortunately, no one was seriously injured.
Then it occurred to me-if they had just gone through the intersection full speed without stopping, they wouldn't have collided. Sure, there would still be a slim chance of the cars crashing, but by the drivers slamming their brakes, and causing a sudden stop with a slight ric-o-chet afterwards, this led to the crash. Don't let any mainstream media news source tell you any different.
So, I decided to do my own research and what I found was staggering: Hundreds of people every year are seriously injured by unnecessary braking. Back in December, 2009, I'll never forget this incident. I was driving in the snow and I just lightly tapped my brakes and it caused my car to COMPLETELY LOSE CONTROL. My brakes could have very easily gotten me killed. Even more astoundingly, is how often brake pads will warp and distort rotors, causing bumpy rides and squeaky wheels.
I also found out that late in the 19th Century, brakes weren't even used on vehicles! People would control their vehicle's speed with downshifting, and engine braking. Maybe it's just coincidence, but back when engine braking was used there were almost no automotive fatalities. There were NEVER brake caused car accidents in the late 1800s.
After doing some more digging, I found a nefarious plot-Mechanics: The very people who we trust to work on and care for our cars - get PAID to install and change brakes! You might THINK they care about our safety, or our cars - but they're just in it for the $149.99 brake pad installations.
So I talked to my "mechanic" about taking the brakes off my car, and I was disgusted by how poorly he treated me. Apparently, he's one of those shady CNN Mechanics. He accused me of being ignorant, when I was the one that looked up how much rotational torque brakes can put on your rotors. He didn't even know how much torque a rotor can take before being warped!!! He said(and I quote) "rotors are designed to be compressed, that it isn't actually a problem" just completely dismissing me, and my car. I told him it's my choice anyway, and there is nothing that sonofabitch could do about it.
Then he had the NERVE to say that my personal choice had consequences, and that I would affect everyone around me. Well I've had it with him, so I'm looking for a new mechanic who isn't glued to CNN. The problem is, so many mechanics are bought, and paid by the automotive industry, that ALL of them are insistent about my car having brakes. Most of them won't even look at my car for other reasons, saying that a brakeless car could cause damage to their shop and other cars. I think this is a bunch of bullshit, they just don't like those who believe in alternative braking techniques, and it's discrimination.
Now of course big government is getting involved, saying that I must have brakes. That this isn't just about me, and that I could hurt people. What happened to personal freedom? What happened to liberty? It's time to rebel against Big Auto, and the government.
Look, if your brakes worked, why do I have to have them? Either brakes work, or they don't. It's that simple.
So, all I'm saying is, do your research. Don't just listen to the media, and Big Auto. I made a personal decision for my family, we just said no to brakes. We'll be using natural remedies like Gravity, and putting our feet on the ground to stop. After all, if that was good enough for me when I was on my bike as a kid, it's good enough for me, and my family in my beautiful, freedom-loving 2015 Chevy Malibu LS.
Please keep the comments respectful!
Note: This myTake is complete sarcasm, and an attempt to mock how ridiculous the anti-vaxxers come off. Please, the sooner you're vaccinated from COVID-19, the faster we end the COVID-19 Pandemic.
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If only everyone had vaccinated themselves from the flu we wouldn’t have gone through 100 years of it.
A better analogy is you take your car into the shop for an oil change and the mechanic tells you he needs to a flash the CPU and that will make the car safer. You’ve never had an issue but you don’t know much about cars so you figure what the heck, he’s a professional. A day later your car is dead, you take it in an he tells you it has nothing to do with the work he did yesterday and makes you feel crazy. He fixes it but things aren’t quite the same. Next oil change he tells you he needs to flash the CPU again and it will make the car safer. You’re reluctant but you figure maybe the first time it really was a fluke. A day later your car is dead again. You bring it back and he assures you that it has nothing to do with the work he performed and he refused to fix it without charging you. You’re mad but you have no choice and pay the money anyway.
A year later a new mandatory update is released. They say it is the only thing that will keep you safe driving. You refuse because every time they mess with your car it ends up broken. But instead people treat you like you’re an absolute moron for not trusting the experts and the government wants to take your license away for even questioning why this update is mandatory.
This was a half assed analogy but the takeaway is this, the majority of people who are hesitant are not hesitant because they listen to Alex Jones or talking heads on biased news programs. They’ve been let down by institutions before and some have suffered extensive injury from medical malpractice from doctors and multi-billion dollar corporations and “experts”. These people aren’t going to be bribed into taking it and coercion only angers them even more. They are fully aware of the dangers of Covid and many if not most of them already had Covid at least once.
Personally I had to drive into the office and work throughout the lockdowns because we were “essential” and the entire team got Covid in Sept 2020. Now a year later despite being forced to work in a risky environment for the last year wasn’t good enough and our work was ready to fire us for not complying.
If you want the vaccine, that is totally your choice. But it should absolutely be a choice. This isn’t airborne Ebola and the vaccine isn’t a sterilizing vaccine that makes you fully immune and stops you from spreading it, mandates cause division, anger and distrust. Instead of entertaining the possibility of alternative treatments, this response has done so much damage to public trust, if we get another pandemic with a significantly higher mortality rate, it is going to be far more devastating than anyone can imagine.
"This was a half assed analogy but the takeaway is this, the majority of people who are hesitant are not hesitant because they listen to Alex Jones or talking heads on biased news programs"
See, this is where I disagree. I think a majority of the people hesitant about vaccines (not just the COVID-19 vaccines either) are hesitant BECAUSE of the propaganda people spread on the internet. In the pre-internet days, most people trusted vaccines. These same people have no problem trusting doctors, or medical professionals when it comes to other health issues.
I definitely agree with you that taking a vaccine is a personal choice. However, your personal choice has consequences-the same way a personal choice to remove brakes from your car will have consequences.