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Thursday, January 27, 2005

I am full of righteousness today. I found myself seething at a Dell television commercial promoting their open-all-hours customer service which seems to suggest that their helpdesk cubicles are full of operators with blond hair and American accents. I don't know how they can get away with that; every time we've called Dell, we've reached an outsourced CSR in India.

I also worked myself into a state posting this on ETS regarding SUVs:

See, the "safety" thing is what really pisses me off. It's so fucking selfish. People in SUVs are safer in crashes, however, they do a pretty good job of killing the occupants of the cars they crash into. In this way, it is SUVs which kill people, along with the idiots who drive them.

  • Light trucks crashing into cars accounts for the majority of fatalities in vehicle-to-vehicle collisions
  • 2,000 people would still be alive if their vehicles had been hit by a heavy car instead of an SUV

    Federal information shows that although light trucks account for one-third of all registered vehicles, traffic crashes between a light truck and any other vehicle now account for the majority of fatalities in vehicle-to-vehicle collisions. Of the 5,259 fatalities caused when light trucks struck cars in 1996, 81 percent of the fatally injured were occupants of the car. In multiple-vehicle crashes, the occupants of the car are four times more likely to be killed than the occupants of the SUV. In a side-impact collision with an SUV, car occupants are 27 times more likely to die.

    So the only way to be safe against the millions of SUVs on the roads would be to buy an SUV myself? Fuck off. God, they make me so angry.

    As far as I'm concerned, SUV drivers are only slightly less selfish and irresponsible than drunk drivers. I have a tiny fuel-efficient car. If some bastard fucknut SUV driver crashes into me, I'll probably die. And he/she will probably go out and buy a bigger SUV.

    Anyone who would still insist upon owning an SUV after knowing all this is probably a complete prick. And pricks drive like pricks. So not only do they drive dangerous vehicles, they drive them dangerously.

    Fuck SUV drivers.
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