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Fixing The Problem

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And yes, it is a problem. Whether you are a “law and order” type or otherwise. In fact, especially if you are a “law and order” type. Because, simply put, cops are not subject to the same law and order as the rest of us – and that is a problem. For them as much as us.…

When Uncle “Cheats,” it’s OK

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Apparently, it’s ok for Uncle to “cheat.” Not on emissions tests, as VW is being stoned to death for doing, but on federal fuel efficiency requirements (CAFE, in Uncle-speak). Would you believe he is not only going to triple the “gas guzzler” fines applied to any automaker that doesn’t make the CAFE cut – the…

Is The Fix in?

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Trump is no dummy. Because he did not pick Newtie. Had he done so, he might as well have put Romney at the head of the ticket and retired to Mira Lago. The selection of Pence shows that while Trump is no Libertarian, he’s not another “bipartisan” – and so Born to Lose  – Republican. With Pence,…

Sexual Assault is a Crime … Except Sometimes

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Sexual assault is a crime… except when it’s done by an armed government worker (that is, a law enforcer). How else to describe the horror visited on a South Dakota man named Dirk Sparks? He was suspected of having ingested a “drug” arbitrarily decreed to be illegal by the same government that just as arbitrarily…

“Healthy Choices”

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People have been trained not to think with precision – to use words sloppily – a necessary bit of groundwork for authoritarian demagogues to succeed. For example, it is easy  – because people don’t think about it precisely – to characterize Libertarians as “selfish” because they (supposedly) don’t want to “help” others. You know, like Democrats…

One Thing at a Time

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If you’ve ever restored an old car or a motorcycle – a basket case that needs everything – you know the importance of focusing on one thing at a time. Because it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the totality of the mess. The last bike I restored (a ’75 Kawasaki S1 triple) I started with just the…

Crunch Time

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Uncle admits that his current fuel economy fatwas have added $1,800 (laughable; it’s much, much more) to the price tag of every new car – a sum that renders the savings achieved at the pump an irrelevance. The current MPG mandatory minimum is 35.5 MPG (average) vs. 27.5 (what it was back in 2010, before…

But Why Aren’t People Buying Electric Cars?

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Trump is ascendant not because he’s a freedom jouster but because the people are exasperated with a clueless (and contemptuous of them) party apparat that for years has been trotting out one inbred Bush after the next, with Bush-like things in between such as Mittens and Ted. This is not a cheer for Trump. It’s…

Along For the Ride

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A guy was killed by his auto-piloted Tesla last week (new story here) and Uncle is looking into it. Of course he won’t do anything about it. Because “if it saves even one life” is very selectively applied. It applies only when whatever the danger happens to be is something Uncle wants to use as…