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Tall Boys

'15 F-150 ladder pic

The other day, I rolled my 1976 Pontiac Trans-Am out of the garage for a drive. As I backed it out, I looked left at the brand-new Nissan Sentra “press car” (review here) that was parked on the pad. It made my antique muscle car seem small. In part because the Sentra – like almost…

Crippling Technology

'85 Civic

So much would be possible – if it weren’t for the government. Government, remember, is not composed of experts in much of anything – except control and manipulation. Politicians and bureaucrats are not people who do things. They force others to do things. In the car world, you have the ridiculous spectacle of non-engineer mechanical imbeciles dictating…

Good Men

good men lead

Can a good man spend his days doing bad things and remain a good man? What if he chooses to spend his days doing bad things and could at any time elect not to do the bad things? Could decide – I am not comfortable with this; this isn’t for me – and quit, without risking anything…

The Other Side of The Thin Blue Line

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Call it Karma – or maybe just payback. Either way, it’s bad news. Last Friday, an Alabama cop pulled over a guy – apparently, over a traffic infraction. The guy argued with the cop; a fight broke out. The guy got the upper hand and beat the cop senseless. What’s remarkable about this incident – which got…

History Repeats

Hummer H1 pic

Do you know why SUVs became so popular? It wasn’t because of their, er, sportiness. Or even their utility. It was because they provided a way to get the size (especially under the hood) that American buyers wanted but which the government was doing its damndest to deny them via fuel efficiency mandates. The story goes like…

The Bio-fuels Boondoggle

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If something’s desirable it ought not to be necessary to force people to buy it. Chipotle, for instance, doesn’t need to spend millions in de facto bribes (“campaign contributions”) to wheedle Congress into passing burrito subsidies. Nor are you forced to eat at Chipotle if burritos and bowls are not your thing. The market has…

What’s The Carbon Footprint of The PopeMobile?

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The Pope, it’s said, wears Prada. And travels by Mercedes, too. But apparently, he’d prefer you (and millions of other ordinary human beings) not. Because “global warming.” Er… make that “climate change.” The new – more general – term for the allegedly human-caused alteration of the planet’s weather. “Global warming” had to go because global…

They’re All Government Motors Now

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GM gets ribbed a lot (and rightly so) for being “government motors” … having accepted (no, demanded) enormous sums of taxpayer money in order to avoid bankruptcy. The bailouts were the corporate equivalent of EBT (which conservatives somewhat oddly or at least, inconsistently, dislike . . . their ire apparently reserved for needy and greedy humans rather than…

Hacked

Charlie Miller (right) a security researcher at Twitter,  and Chris Valasek (left), director of Vehicle Security Research at IOActive, have exposed the security vulnerabilities in automobiles by hacking into cars remotely, controlling the cars' various controls from the radio volume to the brakes. Photographed on Wednesday, July 1, 2015 in Ladue, Mo. (Photo © Whitney Curtis for WIRED.com)

Well, I told ya so. First they hacked the Google car. Now, it appears, they – “they” being hackers – could, in principle at least, take over half-a-million Jeeps (and other Fiat-Chrysler vehicles) equipped with in-car WiFi. They’ve already done so in fact with one. According to a report just published on wired.com a guy…