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What Could We Do?

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I’ve had numerous responses to articles I’ve written asking me, “Ok, so what’s the next step?” I respect your intelligence, so I won’t say … voting. We have about as much real choice at the ballot box as a condemned prisoner has when offered the option of being gassed – or hung.  It will not…

GM is Watching You…

I have never liked GM’s OnStar system – in part because I don’t like the idea of my car that I paid for having someone else’s “black box” recording (and transmitting) data about how I drive, where I drive and even when I drive. I also don’t like that GM force-feeds OnStar to every buyer…

Left on Red

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Well, why not? If the way is obviously clear in both directions, if it’s obviously safe to enter the intersection, make your turn and proceed. . . why not proceed? Because of The Law. It is (usually) illegal to make a left turn on red. Sometimes, a right turn, too. But why is it illegal?…

400 MPG… Or Conspiracy Theory?

Maybe the conspiracy theorists were right after all.  That was the first thought to pop into my head as I read about an engineer named Steve Fambro – and his 400 mpg hybrid Aptera two-seater. Yes, you read that right. 400 MPG. Really. The mileage of the snarky little gullwing coupe is about five times…

The New RoboCop Car

If you’re old enough – or just like old movies – you’ll get a deja vu kick (in the head) when you read about the new Carbon Cop Car, the E7. It will bring forth memories of the black-clad U.S. Police Force from Escape From New York (Kurt Russell/Lee Van Cleef classic) or maybe Mad…

Can’t We All Just Get Along?

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St. Rodney the Divine posed this question almost 15 years ago and it’s just as relevant today. Road manners in the United States are atrocious. Obliviousness, incompetence and deliberate passive-aggressiveness make the experience of getting from “a” to “b” unpleasant, stressful and more time-consuming than it ought to be. And more dangerous, too. New laws…

Why the Majors Love Mandates

I’ve written previously about the add-on cost of government-mandated “safety” equipment such as multiple air bags and (most recently) stability control, tire pressure monitors and (soon) back-up cameras and (very possibly) in-car Breathalyzers, too. It’s hard to pin down the exact per vehicle cost of these things – chiefly because they’re not listed as individual…

Sgt. Schultz says…

Say nothing… nothing! To cops, ever. Anything you say can and will be held against you. Remember that? You ought to. Even if you haven’t been formally arrested (merely “detained,” as in the case of a traffic stop) it does you no good and very possibly much harm to give any information to the cop…

One Memory of 911

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People who were there at the time of, say, JFK’s assassination will tell you they have distinct memories of certain moments that they will carry with them forever. It may be something trivial, like the dangling thread on the bright yellow jacket worn by the woman standing beside you. It may be something said –…

Prius Math

Does the Prius hybrid make any cents at all? Maybe. If everything lines up right. The new (current generation) Prius is first of all – in my experience, at least – much more fuel-efficient in real-world driving than the earlier models. I test drove one of the first ones years ago in the same conditions…