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Why Punish People for “Speeding”?

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Why should anyone be subject to punishment merely for driving “x” speed? Is it not of a piece with punishing someone for merely consuming alcohol? The justification usually given is that “speeding” might cause harm. Ok, sure. The same is true about drinking beer. Someone (generally) might drink beer and beat his wife. But we…

Our Muskian and Google-ized Future

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No sane person “hates” – as I have been accused of “hating”-  electric cars or self-driving cars or air bags or any other technology or device. Hating them is as irrational as hating guns. They’re all morally neutral. Tools. What irks is being force-fed electric cars, self-driving cars – and so on. It never seems to…

Bad Karma

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What if you build it – and they don’t come? Send the bill to the taxpayers! Twice. This is how you make money in the New America. Well, the green America. Don’t earn it. Steal it. The “business model” is simple enough: Glom on to a politically high-fashion issue – electric cars, for instance. Then…

Changing of Our Guards

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This weekend we celebrate the changing of our guard. Which, when you stop to think about it, is more than a little odd. Do the inmates of Rikers Island throw a party when they get a new warden? To celebrate the changing of the color of the uniforms worn by their cagers? And yet, we…

The Chicken Tax

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Ever wonder why the biggest market for pick-up trucks (that’s us, the U.S.) has so few trucks available? Yes, yes, there are the big ones – mostly made by the Big Three. But how come the others – smaller brands, smaller trucks – have been so reticent about cashing in on this most lucrative (highest…

Mandatory In-Car Breathalyzers by 2020?

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Drunk driving checkpoints presume you’re drunk until you demonstrate otherwise to the satisfaction of a cop. In about five years – maybe sooner – your car may take over that job. NHTSA – the federal agency that brought you shrapnel-spewing airbags you’re not allowed to say no to – has revealed its next decision-made-for-you in the…

State Permission Slips

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Licenses are chicken and egg. To qualify for, say, a road racing or heavy truck (commercial) license, one must already have attained the necessary skill. The license is a kind of after-the-fact “yep, he can do that.” But the fact is he could already do that. Was he any less able as a road racer…

If Distracted Driving is Bad…

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We’re told it’s not safe to text while drive because that’s a distraction. But how about all these buzzers and flashing lights and (yes, it’s true) suddenly vibrating seats and steering wheels? Many new cars comes equipped with some – or all – of the following: Blind Spot Detection Lane Change Assist Lane Departure Warning Cross…