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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…

If They Want Your Money . . .

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There is always a catch. You may have heard about Attorney General Eric Holder’s recent announcement that states would no longer be able to cite federal asset forfeiture laws to snatch people’s cash and property without so much as charging them with a crime  – let alone actually going to the trouble of convicting them…

Tax Per Mile Cometh!

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Oregon – home of things uber trendy – has become the first state to begin dunning motorists by the mile rather than by the gallon. The “pilot” program begins July 1 — and will be implemented by the Oregon DOT in partnership with something called Sanef ITS Technologies America and Intelligent Mechatronic Systems. Sounds a…

Back Door For “Real” ID

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You may have thought – hoped – you could dodge the creepy “real” ID driver’s license the feds have been pushing since the terrorists who hate us for our freedoms gave the feds the excuse they needed to take away our freedoms. Including, for instance the freedom to travel. Without permission, that is. Without being…

Equal Time For Tesla?

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Will I, as an online car colonoscopist, be forced by the FCC to give “equal time” to people outraged by my doubleplusungood articles about Tesla and electric cars generally? Will men in black visit me if I “deny” what they call “climate change” (such a convenient term given that climate changes constantly in whatever direction,…

Blame Nixon

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The American automobile industry has loved Uncle long time now. But it was not always so – at least, not to the extent we’ve come to accept as normal. There was a time – some of you will remember it – when the car companies would actually resist government intrusions into their business, even going so…

The Fumes of the Founding

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Most people are not liberty-inclined. Not anymore. America has become a nation of, by and for control freaks – populated by the people I style Clovers. If they don’t like something, if they want something, if they don’t want people doing something, they will casually urge that violence be deployed to make the necessary adjustments. This has…

Machine Gunning a Tesla

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There is an episode of the TV show Top Gear involving a Prius hybrid and automatic weapons. God, I wish I could afford to do the same to a Tesla. Unfortunately, I (and thee) are too poor to afford a Tesla. But that doesn’t mean we won’t continue to be forced to “help” Elon Musk…

How Much Power Do You Need?

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Not much, it turns out. 60 horsepower – about what a circa 1984 Aries K car’s engine produced – is sufficient for A to B getting there and back. More is certainly nice – and definitely fun – but hardly necessary. Not in the USSA, anyway. Land of “defensive driving” and checkpoints and safety abounding. Eighty is…