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“Good People”

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I’ve mentioned my neighbor, the state cop, before. We know one another; I’ve been over to his house – and he to mine. He has an old bike – and we’ve hung out in our respective garages talking bikes (and cars). He seems to be a nice guy and probably is a nice guy ……

For-Profit Policing

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You’ve heard of greasing the skids? A bill introduced in the Texas legislature would do just that – giving cops credit card readers, as an adjunct to their radar detectors. Instead of just, license, registration and proof of insurance, please – it’ll be: License, registration, proof of insurance… and Visa or Mastercard, please. And no,…

The Right to Resist

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If  someone attacks you, it is unquestioned  that you have a right to defend yourself. If, in the process, the attacker is injured – even killed – it’s fundamentally on him. Why does this maxim not translate to our interactions with cops? Why is it that they may attack us – and even if it is lawless attack, we…

Worst New Car “Safety” Features

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Some of you might remember the ’90s sci-fi flick, Demolition Man. It starred Sylvester Stallone and portrayed a future world obsessed with “safety.” That’s our reality, today. If you’ve seen the movie, you probably remember the scene where a car crashes and a gazillion air bags inflate. That was comedic back in ’93. It’s our…

Vidcast: Airbags

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People are angry at Takata – the company that apparently sold defective air bags to various car companies, including Honda and Toyota. But they ought to be angrier at the people who forced them to buy air bags in the first place – and who will never be sued, much less jailed, for the harm to…

Ferguson

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Darren Wilson may be a decent man, out of uniform. I do not know him, so I cannot say. He is, however, a cop. A law enforcer. That is known. And that is why he is reviled. Not as a man per se, but as an archetype. For what he represents. For similar reasons, Michael Brown is mourned by many.…

When Air Bags Kill

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Well, how ’bout it? If you’ve been anywhere near a TeeVee or radio lately, you’re probably aware that the explosive devices government forces every car company to build into its cars sometimes… explode defectively. These “safety” devices send shrapnel – literally, metal shards; just like a grenade or mine – toward people’s faces at high velocity,…

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…

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”…

Is Alloy Your Ally?

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You may have read about 2015 Ford F-150, which will have an aluminum rather than steel body. It will be significantly lighter than the same truck made of steel, aluminum weighing a lot less than steel. Even better, while aluminum isn’t forever, it usually lasts really long time. Rusted out floorpans (and beds) are about to…