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Bikes Like They Used To Make ‘Em . . . Again!

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People get into bikes for many reasons, but probably two of the big ones are fun – and affordability. The fun is directly proportional to the affordability, too. A bike you can buy outright eases stress. Big payments for the next several years adds stress. And stress is the mortal enemy of fun. As motorcycles…

Libertarian Themes In Recent Films

This is a list of some films I’ve seen that I think may be of particular interest to Libertarians, Anarcho-Capitalists, and Austrians. They all have some libertarian angle or another, and bring to life what it means to live under force, rather than to live under voluntarism, laissez-faire, and the non-aggression principle. Libertarian Themes In Divergent…

If You’ve Never Bought a Truck Before . . .

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Trucks, like high-performance sports cars – like minivans for that matter – are specialty vehicles. Which means they’re compromised vehicles. Some things, they’re very good at – usually, much better at them than a jack-of-all-trades family car. A high-performance sports car, for instance, can be driven faster around a race track (or your favorite winding…

Nine-Year-Old Clover

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Here’s the next generation of Clover rising. He reminds me of Parson’s brat from 1984. The one who shrieked, “thought criminal!” at Winston while he was trying to unclog the sink drain… and who probably was responsible for his father’s subsequent arrest by the Thought Police: “A 9-year-old Connecticut boy who saw cars whizzing down…

The Test Ride . . . And How to Get One

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One of the weird things about buying a new motorcycle is buying it before you’ve actually ridden it. This happens a lot with bikes. It almost never happens with a car buy – because it’s contrary to practice and what people expect. With cars, a test drive is obligatory, part of the process. In fact,…

Should New GM Be Liable for The Misdeeds of Old GM?

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The unfolding fiasco over GM’s apparent shoving-under-the-rug of a potentially life-ending defect with the ignition switches in millions of its vehicles brings up the interesting issue of moral hazard and how it applies to corporations. Or, doesn’t. The defect – which has resulted in a tsunami recall of 1.6 million GM vehicles – could (and…

Hose Heroes?

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Cops (enforcers of the law) are far from “heroic” . . .  but what about firemen? Are they “heroes”? People are taught – pressured – to regard them as such. It has become an almost religious fetish – very much like cop worship. But the image and the reality are two very different things –…

SC Hero Shoots 70-Year-Old Over Walking Cane

CLOVER, SC — A senior citizen was shot during a traffic stop when a police officer stopped him for expired tags and mistook his walking stick for a gun. The incident occurred on the evening of February 25th, 2014. As 70-year-old Bobby Dean Canipe drove down Highway 321 with a female friend, he was pulled…

New Things to Know About New Cars

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You’ve heard of Moore’s Law? Applied to computers, it states that processing power doubles – roughly – every two years. A similar law – not yet named – arguably applies to new cars. Well, to the technology being fitted to new cars. Pressure – from consumers and Washington – to change things up is pretty…

Air-Cooled vs. Water-Cooled

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Most of us have  a preference for one – or the other. I own – and have owned – numerous examples of both types. There are pros – and cons – either way. My ’76 Kawasaki Kz900 is, of course, air-cooled. To be precise, it is air and oil-cooled – as all such bikes are.…