Electric cars don’t just plug in. They can also be unplugged – so to speak – and not necessarily by their owners.
Lost in the Oceania-is-at-war-with Eastasia mass formation psychosis now forming over Keeeeeeeev! was a telling Tweet that appeared – and disappeared – urging Elon Musk to remotely disable every Tesla in Russia, so as to teach the Russians a lesson.
One lost on Americans.
Electric cars will tether Americans not merely to electrical outlets but to a leash – the other end of it held by those who have the ability to yank it, at their pleasure. Like Elon Musk, who is considered by some to be a kind of libertarian techno-hero a la Tony Stark, the fictitious Iron Man. But if so, why would he design electric cars that are connected cars?
Many such reasons can be imagined – among them that Elon is the scion of a family of managerial technocrats who have been working on ways to manage us for the past 100 years.
All that’s needed for them to succeed is the tech (check) and the excuse.
As for instance, the next “pandemic.”
During the last one, now waning, it was harder to lock down the populace because people were still mobile. This writer was able to defy the lock-down orders issued by the state Gesundheitsfuhrer – Ralph “Coonman” Northam – by getting in his unplugged and thus disconnected truck and driving it the 30 miles to the coffee shop he wanted to support by showing up to buy coffee. If he’d had a plugged-in/connected electric truck, it would have been easy to lock it down – by transmitting an “update” as these ethereal remote-commands are styled.
Understand – before it’s too late – that this is one of the main reasons why electric vehicles are being so aggressively shoved down our throats (by shoving non-electric cars off the market; that’s being done via regulations which are making it increasingly difficult to offer any vehicle not at least partially electric). It is for precisely the same reason that digital money is also being aggressively pushed. Both take control away from you and endow those who now control you with the power to coerce you by implicitly threatening you at all times with what amounts to loss of privileges as the price of disobedience, at any time.
The technology and the technological infrastructure already exists, to do this. Everything that is online, for instance, is or can be instantly known. And punished. Your views, for instance – as via your Tweets, comments or (as in the case of people such as this writer) your published thoughts. Any Wrongthinkful thought expressed online can trigger a punishment meted out via anything else that is “online” – such as your electric car. Such as the electric power that is now also connected, online.
Everything intertwined online and over-the-air being so much easier to centrally control.
Your thoughts – and your actions – via your mobility. Intertwined with your ability to buy and sell. All conditional upon your obedience, expressed overtly – as by wearing a Face Diaper when “mandated.” Also implicitly, as by knowing you’d better not publicly say you don’t “stand with” Keeeeeev! or whatever other thing it’s made clear it’s obligatory to support or at least, not question out loud.
Electric vehicles are the essence of this. They are not – as is often disingenuously (or simply, ignorantly) styled, “simpler” vehicles than engined vehicles. Yes, certainly, electrics have fewer moving parts. But it is their electronically controlled part – the battery pack – which is the critical part.
It can be “updated” – as in, via the airwaves – to grant its owner more range, as was revealed when Tesla so graciously did just that a few years back, as a hurricane bore down on Florida and Tesla owners were worried they might not have enough range to escape from Florida.
That was nice. But implicit in that is not-so-nice. The same ability to remotely increase an EV’s range can also be used to reduce it. To zero, if those who control it want to so reduce it.
And there is nothing you can do about it, if they do.
Non-electric cars are also increasingly vulnerable to being unplugged, too – since many of the newer models are also set up to receive “updates” (that is, instructions) remotely, over which you have no say-so. The car receives – and obeys.
And so do you – if you own such a car.
But EVs are uniquely and more completely controllable because of what makes them go and also what they need in order to go. That being electricity – which is not under your control in the way that fuel (gas and diesel) is, once bought. Electricity isn’t stored. It flows, in real time – continuously. Until it stops flowing. As when the power is cut off.
Then there is no electricity.
Maybe you capture your own – via panels and such. Which won’t be enough – unless you have an array capable of catching a huge amount of it. Which few if any homes have.
And even if you do catch it enough, your EV can still catch an “update” – and then it won’t matter how much electricity you have. It will be like having a 100 gallon of drum for a car with a locked-up engine.
This is where things are headed. Unless they’re stopped. And that will only happen if enough people finally understand what this electric car business is really all about.
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