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When You Can’t Give ‘Em Away…

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When you have to resort to paying people to buy something, it ought to tell you something about the value of the thing you’re trying to “sell.” Such thoughts apparently haven’t occurred to GM, which continues to describe the Volt-based (and twice-as pricey) Cadillac ELR electric car as a “combination of leading technology with stunningly attractive…

Bicycle Licenses…

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How come they don’t require bicyclists to have licenses – and carry insurance? Put another way – in the language of Cloverism (authoritarian collectivism; see here for a fuller explanation) how come they’re allowed to ride free of such conditions and controls? After all, drivers are not. Shouldn’t consistency apply? Operating a car is considered a conditional…

The End of AM/FM Radio?

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A new car without a radio? It sounds as unthinkable as a new car without floor mats or a heater. But there is a real danger that your next new car might come without an AM/FM receiver. Or, might cost you extra. Seriously. As unthinkable as it sounds – and as undesirable as it would…

The Insurance Agenda?

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Without all this insurance, most of us would be pretty rich. Or at least, not poor. But that (us being poor, or at least struggling) may be exactly what’s wanted. It is very hard to acquire capital assets, avoid debt and build up savings when one is forced to spend a large and growing percentage…

“Parental” Car Controls…

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It’s being touted as “parental control” technology – a way for worried parents to keep tabs on their teenaged drivers. But what’s good for the proverbial goose (the 17-year-old) is just as good for the gander (his parents).  And if recent precedents – and trends – are any guide, will be exactly that. People never…

A Driving Lesson For Clover

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How does one pass another car safely and legally? Thanks to Clovers (see here to learn more about them) it is a functional impossibility. First, Clovers impose deliberately unrealistic, under-posted speed limits on most roads in order to frustrate and criminalize virtually all drivers all the time. To make driving an unpleasant, slow-motion grind. This is…

Hands Up!

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You have probably seen crowds of people with their hands up – a protest meme over police trigger-happiness. Apparently, it has been taken literally … by the other side. As hallucinatory as this may sound, if you’re pulled over in the city of Topeka, Kansas for any reason – including non-criminal trivialities such as having an…

No More “Speeding” For You!

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Someday – and that day might be closer than you want to know – we’ll look back fondly on speed traps. Because at least you could speed. Give the finger – via the accelerator pedal – to ridiculous, dumbed-down/one-size-fits-all velocity maximums laid down by bureaucrats whose prime directive always seems to be to suck the…

Cars We Might Be Able To Buy

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There is no such thing as a free market. Not in the United States, at any rate. You are free to buy what they (the people who comprise the apparat of government) allow you to buy. Nothing more – and nothing less. But what might we be able to buy if we did have a…

Live Agent Connectivity

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Things necessarily begin somewhere. Usually, that somewhere is a backwater of some kind; only a few people are involved and the majority either are unaware it’s happening at all or they don’t care because hey, it’s not happening to them. Until, one day, it does. Over the road truckers were the first to be on…