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Glad to be in Florida

A dozen or so protesters in Maryland block an Interstate highway to protest climate change. A few were arrested, as was this guy, who just wanted to get to the job he was required to go to as a condition of his parole:

Thanks to my governor, a dozen protesters don’t get to veto thousands who want to travel.

This is why I carry cans of pepper spray and tear gas grenades in my truck. Blocking traffic and refusing to allow people to pass is actual coercive force. In Florida, we don’t have to put up with that shit.

7 replies on “Glad to be in Florida”

If language is violence WTF is this? Engage in civil disobedience if you believe that’s the way you need to go but don’t do the crime if you can’t do the time. Are you proud of what you’re doing? then you won’t mind giving me your name and DOB to go along with the mugshot I’m going to take of you so I can make sure the local constabulary does not drop the ball during your prosecution. Bitch.

The good guys really need to develop non-contact mobile weaponry (sonic/aural type weapons come to mind) that can be vehicle mounted and used on shitbags like these. Stuff like that isn’t difficult to build if one has electronics background, and the effects are generally non-life threatening and do not cause permanent injury if designed and operated within certain limits. Maybe it doesn’t get them out of the road, but if fucks with them. And sometimes that’s enough.

Not that I really care if these jerkoffs get injured or killed for obstructing traffic, but sometimes one is better served by a non-lethal/less injurious option if appropriate and available. Tear gas grenades and the like are workable and effective, but risks own-goal blowback (unless you are carrying a mil grade gas mask at all times). It is also guaranteed to get the cops and judges pissed off at you, causing further undesirable hassles. A concealed non contact sonic weapon has a certain level of plausible deniability to it. It could also be removed and hidden quickly to thwart a subsequent investigation. We are going to have to learn to be sneaky fuckers to achieve any level of success.

Hm…

Seeing BRD’s comment, plus the previous post on EVs… What else can be electrified on or around a vehicle…?

Plus some echoes of memory of an older movie (Robocop, was it, with the car security system? Megavolt? Magnavolt?)

Hmm…

I had an idea some 20+ years ago to conceal alternating electrodes on the underside of exterior vehicle door handles (the recessed type that were hinged upward as on many cars in the 80’s and 90’s, not the “loop” type so commonly found now) that would be connected to a high voltage generator ala a stun gun. Concept being that the “stun surface” under the handle would be armed anytime the car was in gear, and the doors were locked. Think of it as car jacking deterrence for the opportunist who walked up along side your car and attempted to open the door to pull the driver out, or take the passenger seat and then proceed to hold the driver at gunpoint while demanding transport, money or whatever.

It was poo-pood by those I was having the conversation with as stupid, paranoid, unnecessary, and even unsafe (though I outlined failsafe measures that would disarm it in a crash where medical personnel needed access to the car interior).

Low and behold, within a few years I saw where a coachbuilder that did uparmoring on limos and such had done exactly what I had conceved of. Now, maybe I wasn’t the first to have the idea, and maybe there was already a patent filed on it. But the point is someone did it, proving that my idea had practical value after all. Not that I ever doubted it.

Just run these goddamned pieces of shit down. Seriously. The world would be a far better place if they were dead.

I don’t actually know what the applicable laws are in my state. But back when Missouri police just stood back and watched while BLM blocked highways, I made my decision: it’s going to suck for anyone in my way.

My state’s highway department started putting up concrete walls – taller than normal Jersey barriers – and those thick steel cable on I-beam fences to trap traffic on the interstates. Once you’re on one of those sections, you’re stuck when traffic stops. I’ve been stuck that way a couple of times, luckily for less than an hour. Fortunately I wasn’t low on fuel.

This also means that the only access by fire and ambulance crews is to come in from the access road – when there *is* an access road – and climb the walls, ford the ditches, etc. Some places, they have to drive to the next ramp, up to 15 miles away, and then back in. And, of course, the wreckers always have to do that; they can’t do their job over a wall.

In the last 20 years I’ve noticed a lot of serious choke points in my local traffic grid. I’m now cynical enough to believe they are planned.

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