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Electric Pegasus

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Pegasus was a horse with wings who was supposed to be able to both run and fly. Of course, he could do neither – because to be a horse means not being able to fly. A horse is too heavy too fly. He’s built for running. Which brings up Tesla… again (god help me). As…

The Veal Pen… aka What Clover Believes

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A reader submitted the following in response to an article I wrote deriding “for profit” law enforcement:  “Clover (for newbies, the term is EPautos.com inside baseball; it refers to a persistent troll who is also an authoritarian control freak … in other words, the the typical American today) could likely come up with the idea that his safety is…

“Good People”

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I’ve mentioned my neighbor, the state cop, before. We know one another; I’ve been over to his house – and he to mine. He has an old bike – and we’ve hung out in our respective garages talking bikes (and cars). He seems to be a nice guy and probably is a nice guy ……

For-Profit Policing

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You’ve heard of greasing the skids? A bill introduced in the Texas legislature would do just that – giving cops credit card readers, as an adjunct to their radar detectors. Instead of just, license, registration and proof of insurance, please – it’ll be: License, registration, proof of insurance… and Visa or Mastercard, please. And no,…

The Right to Resist

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If  someone attacks you, it is unquestioned  that you have a right to defend yourself. If, in the process, the attacker is injured – even killed – it’s fundamentally on him. Why does this maxim not translate to our interactions with cops? Why is it that they may attack us – and even if it is lawless attack, we…

Worst New Car “Safety” Features

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Some of you might remember the ’90s sci-fi flick, Demolition Man. It starred Sylvester Stallone and portrayed a future world obsessed with “safety.” That’s our reality, today. If you’ve seen the movie, you probably remember the scene where a car crashes and a gazillion air bags inflate. That was comedic back in ’93. It’s our…

Vidcast: Airbags

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People are angry at Takata – the company that apparently sold defective air bags to various car companies, including Honda and Toyota. But they ought to be angrier at the people who forced them to buy air bags in the first place – and who will never be sued, much less jailed, for the harm to…

Ferguson

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Darren Wilson may be a decent man, out of uniform. I do not know him, so I cannot say. He is, however, a cop. A law enforcer. That is known. And that is why he is reviled. Not as a man per se, but as an archetype. For what he represents. For similar reasons, Michael Brown is mourned by many.…