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The Glaucomic Google Car

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Old people tend not to drive fast. Or even the speed limit. They sometimes drive into things, too. This is understandable. They are, after all, old. One day – if we’re lucky – we’ll all be old. What grates is the deliberate obliviousness of some older drivers. Nothing like getting caught behind an old coot…

The Nihilism of The State

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The public has been very effectively conditioned to literally worship cops (e.g., “New York’s Finest”) as “heroes” …”the thin blue line”… this ludicrous image of a cohort of self-sacrificing Spartans staving off the ravening hordes. In fact, it is they who raven us. The typical cop is a nihilistic job-holder … at best, morally indifferent to spending his…

Like a Kid-Touching Priest…

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Years ago, when I worked as an editorial writer at The Washington Times, I got to know the curmudgeonly – and brilliant – writer Sam Francis. One of his most astute observations was that we suffer under a system of anarcho-tyranny. He meant by this that the government does as it pleases, regardless of “the…

GM Commits Seppuku

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Here’s one way to get around the high cost (and hassle) of owning a car… Don’t. Bizarrely, GM – a company that makes cars – thinks it’s time to stop selling cars. Rent them to people instead. By the hour. It is investing in this idea, heavily. The automaker reportedly spent $500 million to buy a…

The “Virtual” Showroom

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Computers aren’t going to kill us all – they’re just going to replace us. Well, most of us. I just read an article in Automotive News about Cadillac’s plan to turn many of its smaller-town dealerships into “virtual” showrooms. No cars actually there to see or test drive. Just tablets and such for prospects to virtually kick the…

Morlocks Need Eloi

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Automated braking, Lane Keep Assist, Park Assist, Back-Up Cameras, Traction Control, ABS… all this technology is, is idiot-proofing. It operates at the level of an idiot, too. A skilled/competent driver not only doesn’t need it, he can often outperform it. Skill and competence, are, however, not what’s wanted. They are the opposite of what’s wanted. What’s being engineered, arguably.…

Mandatory Automatic Braking For All!

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I recently wrote about the Fading Away of the manual transmission (see here). As it turns out, I was wrong. Manuals will not fade away. They will be regulated out of existence. Here’s how – and why. Federal bureaucrats intend to mandate automated braking in all new cars – if the car companies don’t install…

Race Cars are Doomed… Because Uncle

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Uncle does not want you to modify your car. Even if it never gets driven on the street. This is new. But first, some background. Uncle – as manifested by the Environmental Protection Agency – has long decreed that any modification to a street-driven car is illegal (under the Clean Air Act) if the modification entails…

When Eight Air Bags Aren’t Enough

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They”re running out of places inside new cars to put more air bags  – so now they’re looking at putting them outside the car (news story here). These bags would deploy externally – to cushion the metal-to-metal impact between cars, thereby – so it’s thought – lessening the impact forces ultimately transmitted into the passenger…

Cheap Gas… Big Problems

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Some happy news: Gas is officially cheaper than it’s ever been. In my area – southwest Virginia – it is about $1.59 per gallon as of Feb. 7. Of this, about 60 cents (18.4 cents federal, 36 cents state)  is taxes, so the actual gas costs about $1 right now. Back in 1967, the low water…