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Untergang for GM?

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Picture that scene in the bunker. The Fuhrer railing at his generals, spittle-spewing maledictions about their treachery and lies. Cue GM CEO Mary Barra – poor woman – inside the tube towers, ashen-faced subordinates sitting around the big table… . How could this have happened? And (probably) Why must I be surrounded by idiots? Actually,…

Another “Option” Now Mandatory

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Rearview cameras are now mandatory – or soon will be, starting with model year 2018 vehicles (see here for more). The government takes the position that you and I cannot back into a parking spot or out of a driveway without driving over a small child . . . unless we have the assistance of…

Do Away With Dealers?

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Did you know it’s illegal to buy a new car from the manufacturer? That’s right. In most states (48 states) so-called direct-buys are unlawful by statute. It is a crime to not go through a dealership. Or rather, it’s a crime for you – if you decided to manufacturer a car – to try to…

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 –…

Going Limp

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I’ve read that it’s an effective defense tactic to go limp – become deadweight – in the event someone’s trying to force you to go with them. It’s advice directed mainly at women facing the prospect of a kidnapping/sexual assault – the object being to make it harder for the thug to have his way…

It’s Never Enough

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Are new cars “dirty”? The average person probably thinks so, if he reads – and believes -  coverage of the Obama regime’s latest fatwa regarding tailpipe emissions standards. Here’s the lead from Automotive News, one of the majors covering, well, automotive news. Or so they claim: “In the Obama administration’s (sic) latest push to clean…

“Clover” & “Gil”

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The other day, Prison Planet published an article about government trolls who are paid to post disruptive comments on contrarian (anti-government/anti-corporate) web sites. We’ve long suspected such trolls have attempted to cause problems here. Now we have proof. EPautos’ most legendary troll, of course, is Clover. He’s been posting his non sequiturs here for years.…

Seatbelt Laws and Gun Control

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First, an acknowledgement. A reader suggested this – I’m merely taking the ball down the field… . Getting pulled over for no other reason than you weren’t wearing a seatbelt is now a routine thing. People accept this as normal, even reasonable. Well, most people do. I can assure you that the reverse was once…