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Join the Campaign for Unrestrained Travel and avoid the tyranny of Big Seatbelt

Fascist Stalinist propaganda like this is common http://carpoolwithbill.com/tag/buckle-up

I have become aware due to my own diligent research on the internet (literally hours and hours) about a massive conspiracy by greedy and unscrupulous engineers. I am talking about the fearsome, faceless safety-industrial complex I call Big Seatbelt.

They have managed, under the guise of “public safety”, to get it made mandatory in all states and territories of Australia to wear these dangerous devices, which maim and harm thousands of people every year while the so-called ‘Safety Engineers’ and their corporate masters in Big Seatbelt rake in the profits. There are whole companies who do nothing but make and install seatbelts which we are powerless to stop. Look at this graph which shows a reduction in serious injury and death from 1981. Think it shows seatbelts “work”? Well, deaths and serious injuries were coming down anyway, due to better cars and roads as well as healthier people who could survive accidents better.

Road deaths and injuries were going down anyway dpti.sa.gov.au

When I was younger I had heaps of traffic accidents. They were almost like a rite of passage. I don’t remember anyone getting harmed. There’s no real evidence that anybody much got injured on the roads in the 1950s and 60s. It’s almost like the medical-safety-industrial complex wants us to forget how great things were on the roads before the crushing weight of mandatory belting up was forced on us.

There are even articles in medical journals about the severe and appalling injuries you can sustain from seatbelts, but I don’t see any doctors speaking out. Guess why? Yep, they’re only looking up from having their snouts in the Big Pharma trough for long enough to gulp down more swill from Big Seatbelt. To quote from a major Australian study:

Children restrained by a lap-only belt, or young or small children restrained by a lap-sash belt are more likely than those in recommended child restraints, to suffer a specific cluster of injuries referred to as the lap-belt syndrome including tears and perforations to the intestine and its mesentery, injuries to abdominal organs such as liver, pancreas, kidneys, and spleen and fractures, distraction or dislocation of the mid-lumbar spine and spinal cord injuries (1,2).. More recently, reports of serious neck and cervical spine injuries due to the sash portion of adult lap-sash belts have also been described (5,6).

Our right to be at liberty is under threat from the Government, the Police and politicians who keep us enslaved to seatbelts. We need a Campaign for Unrestrained Travel to ensure that all the facts are heard.

We’re not anti-seatbelt, we’re pro-choice.

People, that is those who are not already brain-dead drooling puppets of Big Seatbelt and their shills, need to wake up and make up their minds not to be told what to do. Mothers need to follow their instincts in deciding whether to belt up their children. I put a restraint on my child once, and it was like he was afraid of me for days afterwards. To quote Jeff Jacoby from the Boston Globe

Already the government confiscates the largest part of your income, controls what you can watch on TV, decrees the curriculum your child must study, tells you what to do with your trash, decides what contraceptives you’re allowed to buy and may throw you in prison if you enlarge your house without permission. A compulsory seat belt law may be only a minor encroachment on our freedom compared with the ones we’ve already accepted. At least let us resist the minor encroachments.

So join me in spreading the word about these fiendish and dangerous devices. Sure they’ll try to tell us that their “science” shows these hellish and cruel restraints save lives. Sure they’ll tell us that by chaining ourselves into the car we’re contributing to the good of society. I don’t buy it, coming from those with so much money invested in it. And neither should you. If these arguments are good enough for anti-vaccination groups who can collect for charity, then they are good enough for my Campaign for Unrestrained Travel. Donations open next week.

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26 Comments sorted by

  1. Chris H

    Psychologist

    Tell it to the windscreen 'coz the face ain't listening. Possibly 'coz it's gone through the windscreen.

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  2. Adam Henschke

    Researcher, Applied Ethics at Charles Sturt University

    I thank Michael Vagg for his courage and integrity to stand up against the tyranny of Big Seatbelt - they have been holding us back for far too long.
    I have been inspired by Michael Vagg to speak up against one of the worst tyrants of all time - Oxygen! I hate the fact that my breath-choice has been stolen from me! I beg us all to stand up against Big Breath and end the tyranny of oxygen!
    If you don't agree with me, then clearly you hate freedom.

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    1. Lorna Jarrett

      Former PhD candidate, physics teacher

      In reply to Adam Henschke

      I agree, it's shockingly dangerous stuff. BTW I learned to drive with several cylinders of the stuff (medical grade) usually in the boot of the car. Right over the petrol tank.

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  3. jerry sprom

    logged in via email @gmail.com

    Michael,
    Its a hard fight against Big Seatbelt, they are big and powerful and entrentched. Not to mention the inescapable fact is that in accidents and emergency situations seatbelts work and save lives. It's just better to avoid these A and E's in the first place.

    Just be sure that if you are in an A or E you have some 'complementary' safety features in your car like drivers airbags, side airbags, side impact protection and even electronic stability control. Thankfully, in some parts of the…

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    1. Sue Ieraci

      Public hospital clinician

      In reply to jerry sprom

      Actually, jerry sprom, it's more of a conspiracy than you think.

      "Drivers airbags, side airbags, side impact protection and even electronic stability control" - they are not "complementary" - they are all products of the same public health-industrial complex that manufactures and sells motor vehicles.

      And, you know what's worse? Motor vehicle manufacturers conduct their own safety tests.

      Oh, and next time a homeopathy manufacturer funds an ad for injury prevention, in the interests of public health, please let us know. We would all be very "complimentary" to them.

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  4. Stephen Lehocz
    Stephen Lehocz is a Friend of The Conversation.

    Interested public.

    No no no no, - the seatbelts are the ultimate safety factor.

    Trials show that they are the ultimate in safety. With seat belts you don't need the complementary or alternative safety equipment. The alternate safety equipment just does not work and don't do anything. I now don't need to worry about the speed I drive at, how much I drink, my tyre wear, road conditions, traffic, the condition of my brakes, the condition of my suspension et al. As it has been proven beyond a doubt that seatbelts will protect me from everything. No alternative safety equipment needed.

    Nothing else is needed as seatbelts have been proven to work in countless tests. :)

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    1. Tobin Richard

      Software Development Manager

      In reply to Stephen Lehocz

      Indeed! No need to attempt to prevent accidents occurring in the first place. The seatbelt will save you.

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    2. Sue Ieraci

      Public hospital clinician

      In reply to Stephen Lehocz

      Hmmmm. Isn't it mainstream medicine and industry that does the research on injury prevention and vehicle safety? Who does the research on driving speeds, driver alertness, alcohol effects, airbags and vehicle conditions? The CAM industry? Well, no.

      Does the chiropractic "spinal research foundation" do any preventative research on spinal injury? Well, none that I have seen. Is it a mainstram neurosurgeon who is fronting the ads about driver safety and speed? Indeed it is.

      The nay-sayers here have missed the whole point.

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    3. Sue Ieraci

      Public hospital clinician

      In reply to Stephen Lehocz

      No - Luke Weston has nailed it below.

      Again, please show me any public health or injury prevention campaign run by the society of homeopaths.

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  5. Tobin Richard

    Software Development Manager

    Driving a ton of metal at 100km/h is inherently dangerous. No country has shown a way that you can effectively prevent accidents from occurring. Mandatory seatbelt laws have successfully been exported to the rest of the world for that reason.

    It's interesting to contrast the inherent danger of driving with other activities. For example, riding a bicycle is not inherently dangerous. The Dutch, the Danes, the Japanese, etc. have shown that you can prevent serious accidents from occurring with proper…

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    1. Lorna Jarrett

      Former PhD candidate, physics teacher

      In reply to Tobin Richard

      "cycling need not be any more dangerous than walking"

      LOL LOL *ouch* - jeez dude don't make me LOL , you nearly burst my stitches!

      Yup, real stitches where my chin met the tarmac at the bottom of a wet hill earlier this week. Sure, I might have slipped if I'd been walking down the hill but I'm damn sure I wouldn't have hit the road half as hard as I did taking a short flight over the handlebars.

      Incidentally I did have a helmet on. Just not a full-face one.

      Otherwise I agree - there needs to be far more focus on getting motorists to take responsibility for their behaviour towards cyclists.

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    2. Tobin Richard

      Software Development Manager

      In reply to Tobin Richard

      That whooshing sound I heard while I ate breakfast was me missing the real target of this article.

      Now that I know what it is it doesn't seem at all ham fisted.

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    3. Tobin Richard

      Software Development Manager

      In reply to Lorna Jarrett

      I'm glad you're ok. Just as I'm sure you're glad I'm ok after slipping on the steps outside my local supermarket last week.

      Anecdotes and LOLing aside, my statement is backed up by statistics. Using the stereotypical example of the Netherlands it's plain to see that riding a bicycle is no more dangerous there than walking. Discarding the possibility that they are much better cyclists or much worse walkers, it shows just how much of a difference good infrastructure makes. It may also have something to do with the slow riding and upright bicycles the Dutch prefer but both of those are catching on here.

      There will always be ways to injure yourself doing either activity but cycling is not any more inherently dangerous than walking. To argue otherwise is to argue against decades of statistics from places where road engineers have focused on people instead of cars.

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    4. Lorna Jarrett

      Former PhD candidate, physics teacher

      In reply to Tobin Richard

      You're preaching to the choir Tobin, I've been known to cycle inside pubs.

      Of course, they don't have many hills in the Netherlands so possibly they're not getting to the same speeds.

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  6. Lorna Jarrett

    Former PhD candidate, physics teacher

    Chill people, it's a spoof. Have another look at the first sentence. Then all the ones after.

    Michael do I get a prize?

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    1. Lorna Jarrett

      Former PhD candidate, physics teacher

      In reply to Lorna Jarrett

      And the graph of course. Straight from "climate change denial101"

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    2. Michael Vagg

      Clinical Senior Lecturer at Deakin University School of Medicine & Pain Specialist at Barwon Health

      In reply to Lorna Jarrett

      Thanks for pointing that out Lorna! Don't feel too bad Richard, I have had a couple of tweets castigating me for my irresponsibility! It is of course a spoof, specifically aimed at vaccine denialists (from whom I have borrowed most of my points almost word for word) but generalizes well to most science denialists as well.

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    3. Tobin Richard

      Software Development Manager

      In reply to Michael Vagg

      You should wear people's confusion as a badge of honour. It's rare that someone can pull that off these days. :)

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    4. Sue Ieraci

      Public hospital clinician

      In reply to Michael Vagg

      In general, the anti-scientists don't do irony very well...

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  7. Tim Churches

    logged in via email @gmail.com

    Michael, perhaps out of fear for your personal liberty and enjoyment, you fail to identify the evil force which is behind Big Seatbelt. Well, I'll say the dread name for you.

    Nanny.

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  8. Luke Weston

    Physicist / electronic engineer

    We're not anti-seatbelt, we're just pro informed choice.

    By the way, here are some kooky anti-seatbelt rants we've copied and pasted off whale.to.

    And while we're at it, would you like to buy our "Love them, Protect them, Never Seatbelt Them" official t-shirts?

    How about our natural, organic, cytotoxic seatbelt-alternative salve? Big Seatbelt doesn't want you to know about it! Special price of only $49.95!

    How about some Scientology DVDs while we're at it?

    How about our subscription to our bi-monthly Living Wisdom magazine, which a whole bunch of suckers have paid me for subscriptions for but which has only actually been published three times over the last two years?

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  9. Antonio Manuel Santos Cristovao

    logged in via Facebook

    I am with you to the need to wake up and make up our minds not to be told what to do.
    More than safety the rules are important economic issues, public and corporations.

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  10. Harrison Pitts

    Archaeology Student

    Irony aside, I'm sure there'll be a Society of Concerned Parents pop their heads out from behind a Women's Weekly or an article on Yahoo7 to take up the war cry against seatbelts, along with vaccinations, GM foods, carbon taxes and anything else they might have half-heard about.

    Science and research... pah!

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  11. Luke Turner

    logged in via Twitter

    Tremendous article Michael. Great satire really, I was just cracking up laughing while reading the whole thing! So clever!

    But yes, you're spot on. I'm sick to death of all these bleeding heart whingers talking about their so-called "rights" and "freedoms". What a load of rot!

    These fools don't seem to realise that it's been shown time and time again that people simple can't be trusted to make sensible decisions for themselves. The average person needs someone to set down rules and regulations…

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