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Inflation and Oil Changes

pouring oil

They tell us inflation – the benign-sounding word used to euphemize the deliberate devaluation of our money by simply creating new money (pieces of paper) out of thin air and flooding the economy with it – is “only” running about 2 percent of so annually. If so, why has the cost of a quart of…

But How Would Roads Get Built?

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Why is it that some people – most people, unfortunately – short-circuit when the idea of roads built by other-than-coercive methods comes up? McDonald’s doesn’t need to force people to buy Quarter Pounders. Those who want them, buy them. Those who don’t – don’t. My gym has a membership fee. If you want to use…

A New Species of Clover

bad driver pic

When things start going bad, they almost always get worse. Driving, for instance. Passivity and ineptitude behind the wheel have been almost deified as the apotheosis of “defensive” and “safe” driving. Not surprisingly, passive and inept driving is now the rule rather than the exception. One can never – apparently – be too “safe.” Hence,…

The Old Car Loophole – When Will It Be Closed?

dodge ad

They haven’t – yet – succeeded in “controlling” guns. Taking them out of our control, that is.  One reason for this is the ferocious pushback from gun owners, who are numerous and take the threat posed by even innocuous-seeming schemes such as “background checks” and bans of “high capacity” magazines (and so on) very seriously.…

Heebie Jeebies

Safety last

There is a downside to getting these brand-new cars to test drive all the time. I know what’s coming before you do. A hint, the leading edge. The camel’s nose under the tent. It’s just a whiff, sometimes. But the aroma is unmistakable. The smell of Uncle. His filthy presence, spoiling all the fun. It…

Hands in Our Pockets

Stealing from back pocket

Most of us would probably be ok, money-wise . . . if the government weren’t constantly taking so much of our money. Even when you try to live frugally, government makes life almost impossibly expensive. I’ll give you an example, True Story-style. Almost exactly ten years ago, I bought a used 1998 pick-up truck for…

Does “Speed” Really “Kill”?

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Yesterday I took one of my motorcycles out and rode it three times faster than the posted speed limit. According to the Clovers of this earth (read more about them here) I shouldn’t be sitting here at my keyboard typing this. I should be dead – since “speed kills.” Yet, I did not die  –…

Conversations With Clover – Part Deux

clover king

It is important to understand what we’re up against – those of us who oppose human interactions based on violence. And what we’re up against is . . . Clover. This Unknown Troll has plagued EPautos for years; but as annoying as he is, he does serve a valuable purpose. His posts give us insight…

Untergang for GM?

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Picture that scene in the bunker. The Fuhrer railing at his generals, spittle-spewing maledictions about their treachery and lies. Cue GM CEO Mary Barra – poor woman – inside the tube towers, ashen-faced subordinates sitting around the big table… . How could this have happened? And (probably) Why must I be surrounded by idiots? Actually,…