eric

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

Working on Cars – Tips That Might Help

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Experience is a great teacher. Here are some things I’ve learned over the years working on cars that may help you avoid hassles when working on your car: * Remove the fill plug before you remove the drain plug – This applies mostly to manual transmissions and rear axles, which typically have a drain plug…

Cloverific Grade School Primer

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The following is interesting on several levels: First, contemplate the atrocious – borderline illiterate – construction of this instruction; the Cloverific short-bus cadences: “That means you are a member of our country.” “How can you be a part of giving back for the freedom you have?” “Good citizens take part in their community… that you show…

Heroes Seize Woman’s Bank Account Just Because They Can

IRS seizes woman’s entire bank account because she deposited money ‘suspiciously’ ARNOLDS PARK, IOWA — A woman’s entire bank account was seized by the Internal Revenue Service — without so much as a criminal charge — because the agency claimed she deposited money “suspiciously.” This is the plight of Carole Hinders, who has been running…

2015 BMW M235i

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The best fights are not one-round knockouts. They’re the savage slugfests. Rocky vs. Apollo Creed. The new M2 vs. the new M4. It’s not what BMW intended. But the match-up is inevitable. Both of these super coupes are powered by the same basic superlative straight six (the V-8 is gone in lower-tier M BMWs thanks to Uncle…

Half My Sticker Stack – Plus Winter Clover!

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Is gone! Anyone else out there want an EPautos sticker (or two) for their car or toolbox? Many more need homes! Will you help? Meanwhile, a very special thank you to one of EPautos’ regular supporters – “MB” – who just made a very generous donation. It’s supporters like MB who keep me from living in a van by…

More Heroes in Action

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Here two Heroes arrest/cage a biker over the trumped up charge of – wait for it – “obstructed license plate.” The swine confected this “crime” so they’d have an excuse to confiscate the biker’s camera, which contained video of other bikers “speeding”… the infuriated porkers couldn’t get those bikers. So they hassled this guy –…

Rap and ELF

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Maybe music can be – has been – weaponized?  I literally can’t stand to be in the same room – in the same vicinity – where there is rap “music” playing. The repetitive droning monotonous ugliness of the extremely low frequency beat that can be physically felt and which is a much-desired attribute of this form…

The “Peak Oil” Con

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I’ve been reading about “peak oil” being imminent since the ’70s. Oil may indeed be a finite resource but the relevant question is: How much is left? It appears there’s more than previously reckoned. Perhaps a great deal more. Keep in mind (and assuming for the sake of discussion, benign motives) that the “peak oil”…

FLorida Heroes Conduct “Live Shooter” Drill

To acclimate kids to random official terror: “We actually thought that someone was going to come in there and kill us.” WINTER HAVEN, FL — Classrooms full of students and staff members were terrified when gun-wielding police officers unexpectedly charged in and locked down their middle school — an event that was actually part of…