|Bill's Question About Politics|
Some twenty years ago the Dutch conducted an experiment in the city of
Amsterdam. The government purchased a number of
bicycles, painted them orange and left them all around town for anyone
to use free and, supposedly, leave them out for
someone else. The idea was to discourage driving even further in a city
where people use bicycles and public transport
extensively anyway. The experiment was a test of its kind, with many
city officials all over Europe waiting to see if it'll work. It
didn't. Although the bicycles were clearly marked and distinctive
looking to prevent theft, bikes were disappearing anyway.
Why would someone steal a bike he cannot use, wondered the Dutch before
abandoning the experiment.
Well, EB's friend has a theory that CIA was behind a covert operation to
thwart the experiment. The CIA was working on
behalf of the auto industry and the oil companies.