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A Sabot in the Gears?

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People sometimes accuse me of being a technophobe or even a Luddite because of my critiques of modern vehicles. But it’s not fear of technology that drives me. It’s cost-benefit analysis. Increasingly, the costs of all this technology are of little benefit – to me. I don’t feel the need for six (or even one) air…

Want To Avoid Getting Raped by a Cop?

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Why, just don’t get pulled over. This is the advice of George Brown, a captain of the Oklahoma State Police, shared during an interview with a local NBC News affiliate in the wake of revelations that three Oklahoma cops (see here) have been arrested for sexually assaulting women. Asked how to avoid being raped by a…

“Safety” Winners… And Losers

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Government is always a zero-sum game. There are winners – and losers. It is said – that is, we are told – air bags “save lives.” Well, yes. They do save some lives. Other lives have been lost as a result of air bags, though. Government decides who lives – and dies. Here’s another: Daytime…

The Diesel Dilemma

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The last time people began to sweat the cost of gas, they were able to turn to diesels. The cars delivered tremendous mileage (e.g., a VW Rabbit diesel was capable of 50-plus MPG, as good or better than a new Prius hybrid) and – perhaps as important – the fuel itself was cheaper than gasoline.…

Sports Fans

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Sports “fans” – most of whom are white – disgust me. The world is literally falling apart and all that matters to these dough heads is… the gaaaaaaaaaaame. Did “we” win last night? “We” are really looking good this season! Almost all the men I know, sports is their main topic of conversation. Which of course…

Direct Injection Debacle

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You may have noticed that new cars with gas engines “diesel.” They clatter and rattle a little at idle. It’s especially noticeable if you raise the hood (and remove the big plastic sound-deadening cover almost all new car engines are covered with). What you’re listening to is the sound of direct injection – which is…

Your Car Isn’t

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You paid for it – possibly making payments on it for years. It’s your car now . . . right? Maybe. But the data it contains effectively belongs to someone else. Don’t believe me? Then take a look at your owner’s manual – if you own (well, think you own) a new car. On page…

The Nine Archons

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I’ve never much liked priests. Those guys (and lately, gals) in black outfits who have anointed themselves the parsers and interpreters of the “word.”  Sound familiar? There are nine such in DC. It’s true they are a secular priesthood – but that’s actually worse in a very important way. You can tell a Catholic (or Protestant) priest…

Tipping Point?

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The work-to-reward ratio has been in steady decline for decades, but may have shifted decisively and perhaps irreversibly since the bottom fell out in 2008. It’s bad enough (but still tolerable) when they take 35 percent of your income, but the remainder is sufficient to provide for the necessities plus some extras. When you can still comfortably indulge…

Officer Go Fuck Yourself

Officer Go Fuck Yourself

Here’s a clip that “law and order” conservative Republican types might get something out of: A “hero” cop points a loaded assault rifle at journalists and threatens to “fucking kill” them. What would happen to an ordinary citizen who did such a thing? He’d likely be dead faster than you could say “officer safety.” If, that is,…