eric

Author of "Automotive Atrocities" and "Road Hogs" (MBI). Currently living amongst the Edentulites in rural SW Virginia.

Stickers!

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At last, official EPautos “No Clovers!” stickers are here… well, will be here soon. This is the finished product, the credit for which goes to EPautos.com regular Mithrandir:  I am in the process of getting the actual sticker dummied up. They should be ready to mail out within a few weeks at the outside. Anyone…

Rebalancing the Scales

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We are peculiarly at the mercy of police. Which goes a long way toward explaining why police are increasingly merciless. After all, they can get away with it. Physically. Financially. Legally. Consider: You are walking down the street, minding your business. A citizen accosts you. He physically assaults you. You have every legal right to…

Radio Gig 1

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Here’s a link to yesterday’s talk radio gig: http://mickelson.libsyn.com/tuesday-october-7-2014 Direct Download: http://traffic.libsyn.com/mickelson/mickelson-2014-10-07.mp3 I’ll be on the Tom Woods show again today – 10:30 east coast time. PS: I am still stuck on the stickers thing. I am not a graphic designer; have no experience “photoshopping” stuff.  Is there anyone out there who has the skill…

Make Your Automotive Dollar Go Farther!

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There’s not much we can do about the cost of buying a new car, but I can give you some advice that may help you reduce the cost of owning (and driving) it. * Be wary of “service advisors” – Often, these are in fact salesmen (and women). That is, they earn a commission on…

Scooter Clover

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Actually, it’s the Clover behind the scooter. The scooter can’t help that it’s slow. Its rider is given’ ‘er all she’s got, cap’n! But the SUV behind the Clover – ahead of me – is 180 proof. The scooter outran the Clover. Ramping up to the impossible speed of 45 in a 55… too speedy…

Brutal Assault Over Seatbelt “Violation”

HAMMOND, IN — After witnessing a motorist allegedly not wearing a seatbelt, police escalated to the point of shattering a window to extract a passenger when he claimed not to have an ID. “Oh my God, he’s pulling me over like I robbed a bank,” recalled Lisa Mahone, the driver and alleged seatbelt violator. “The…

Spam Protocols, Stickers and Other Stuff

Clover sticker Mark 2

I’ve re-enabled the “Captcha” thing – which weeds out spam by requiring people who are not registered users to manually enter numbers/letters presented via a visual prompt before their posts will be accepted. I hate that this is necessary – and I realize it’s a hassle. But unfortunately, it is necessary. The spam bots are…

Vidcast: The Disappearing Passing Lane

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Have you noticed? That formerly legal passing zones are systematically being painted over double-yellow? But it’s not just that. Safe, efficient passing as such has been targeted for termination – whether deliberately or inadvertently – via conflicting laws that allow legal passing only by doing so unsafely. Here’s what I mean by that:  If you’ve…