Friday, April 19, 2019

Fractal Stupidity

My rule of political scandal is that it has to at least be a little bit stupid. There are the takes, the countertakes, and then the third level of take is "THIS IS SO STUPID WHY ARE WE EVEN TALKING ABOUT IT" which can inspire a whole additional layer of countertakes until the mass of takes is so great that cable news just implodes on itself.

Such it is with almost anything Elon Musk does these days. His "loop" proposals are also so stupid that I CAN'T EVEN BELIEVE I HAVE TO TALK ABOUT HOW STUPID THEY ARE and as you peel back the layers you find even more additional layers of stupid.

But the answer to why are we even talking about it is because he's a supposedly rich guy and people in power listen to rich guys and there is some chance that some dumb stuff they thought about while tweeting on the can becomes an immense public boondoggle.

What if I proposed digging two 35-mile tunnels that would begin and end right next to two train stations that currently have service between one another? And this tunnel would be right underneath an existing highway? But this tunnel would be used to skim cars along tracks at speeds no one has achieved yet? And it would move fewer than two trains’ worth of people per direction per day?

You’d probably say something like hey, Aaron, that’s very stupid. And you’d be right.

But what if Elon Musk proposed this?