We’ve got some real challenges ahead in the coming years in my opinion…
Oppression from Government agencies on our roads (yes, I said *OUR* roads – we’ve paid for them many times over after all, haven’t we?) seems to be going forward in an inexorable march to steal the money out of our pockets, and to subtly control us into a state of compliance.
I know that sounds a bit dramatic but it seems to be precisely what’s happening!
A Vision of The Future?
Did you know that in China, they’ve been busy rolling out a “Social Credit Score” system?
It ranks a persons “social score” based on their behaviour according to the Government!
Some examples of what can affect your “Social Credit Score” are:
- “Bad driving”;
- “Buying too many video games”;
- Posting “fake news” (i.e. something the Government disagrees with) online.
(that last one is particularly hilarious given that all Governments are masters at spewing propaganda…)
So essentially, the Government are saying that if you do something that’s not in line with what they want you to say or do, there will be serious consequences – even for the slightest infraction.
Some of the consequences of a low social score are: your Internet speed will be crippled; you won’t be allowed to buy plane tickets; your kids will be banned from attending the ‘best’ schools; you won’t be allowed to get a “good job”.
Your pet dog could even be seized by the Government!
The list goes on…
And the even scarier thing is that this is all enforced by a vast network of CCTV with advanced face recognition.
The cameras can identify a “Citizen” (Subject) in a crowd of thousands of people and apply a social score penalty using AI.
Even if the target is walking away from an “enforcement” camera, the Chinese have developed “gait recognition technology” to identify people by the way they walk!
Now — be honest — you think I’ve either lost the plot or that I’m exaggerating, don’t you?!
If you do, check out this article from The Independent here
But you’re probably thinking “but Adam, China has a Communist Dictatorship and we have a Democracy”.
Well, I agree. Shades of grey apply here, and I’m sure that the oppression from the Government in China is much worse than from the Government in the UK…
But the question is how much worse is it?
And *crucially* are we wandering towards this sort of totalitarianism — and eventually even worse? — or away from it?
I’ll leave you to ponder the answer for yourself…
The point is – and correct me if you disagree – we don’t want ANY Government oppression. We don’t want to be controlled, manipulated or extorted at all …do we?
I think those of us over the age of 40 or so can see with our own eyes that we are moving more and more towards the Government exerting control over us, because we can remember when it was nowhere near as bad.
My personal opinion is that we must fight against attempts by the Government to control us whenever we see it, because the next generations will not know any different if we allow it to continue.
I’m starting to believe more and more that Speed Cameras are a significant part of subtly controlling the population.
Sure, they are definitely there to extort money from us, but — intentionally or not — aren’t they gradually increasing our tolerance to being controlled?
Let me know what you think in the comments!
Highways England Don’t Need Excuses Anymore?
I was driving down to my parents on Saturday and there was the standard congestion on the M25 that’s *caused* by the “smart motorway” speed cameras.
I noticed that they didn’t even bother with one of their fake excuses (“pedestrians in the road”, “obstruction ahead”, “low flying pig” etc).
Now, they seem to be content with just displaying the word “CAUTION” next to a “50mph” symbol…
Have they normalised the 50mph speed limits (and the dangers they cause which we’ve talked about before) so much that they no longer feel the need to give one of their fake excuses?
With all that said…
We don’t have to be at the mercy of this. The power really does lie with us and we are – at least for now – the masters of our own destiny.
I know that the above might sound a little depressing but I’m anything but!
When you get it straight in your head what’s happening and decide to fight it, it actually feels extremely liberating!
I’ve got a lot more to say on this but I understand it might not be for all Members.
So I’ll shut up for now and tell you some very good news…
TALEX 3 is Due to Launch in 2020!
We’re just ironing out some final tweaks – it can take a while going back and forth with the factory – and then we’ll be ready to launch!
The plan is to do a pre-order Deal to BTST and DriveProtect Members with a big discount on the RRP :-)
I’d also like to present more TALEX and BTST services to Members in 2020.
I don’t really know what they’ll be yet, although I do have a few ideas.
Over the last couple of years I’ve discovered through deep research many truths about life that most people have probably never thought about.
It’s been quite mentally exhausting, but just recently I feel like I’ve come out the other side of this learning experience with my mind well and truly opened!
And do you know what? I’ve never been more motivated with BTST (by which I mean TALEX and DriveProtect as well) in my life!
Our Members are often some of the smartest and open minded people you’ll ever come across.
So, I’d like to thank you for being a Member.
Without you, there would be no BTST, TALEX, or DriveProtect.
I don’t forget that.
Here’s to a great 2020, where we are all the masters of our own destiny!
All the best,
P.S. I’m genuinely interested to hear what you think about what I’ve talked about above — let me know in the comments!