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    Re: What electric cars have to compete with

    The Beetle's mileage ended up more like 30 mpg. Today's Tata Nano virtually duplicates the Beetle's chassis, gets 70 mpg, and the production cost is about a tenth the Beetle's.
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    Re: What electric cars have to compete with

    These mileage marathons demonstrate the phenomenal energy density of gasoline. It would take about 200 lbs. of batteries vs. 8 lbs. of gasoline to hit those mileage numbers, which means half the...
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    Re: What electric cars have to compete with

    Any electric cars with a 3,000-mile range?
  4. Re: There are sport bikes, cruisers, and choppers, and then there is just plain stupi

    That's because they are.
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    What electric cars have to compete with

    MARSHALL, Mich. Power management company Eaton, along with the Society of Automotive Engineers (SAE), announced the team from Penn State Behrend in Erie, Pennsylvania, achieved 3,014 miles per...
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    Re: How has White Privildge affecred your life

    Doesn't explain blond jokes, or Hitler having dark skin.
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    Re: How has White Privildge affecred your life

    "White privilege" is a concept that easily degrades into a semantic argument. I think that the larger idea is that those who write the laws tend to write laws that basically apply to someone else,...
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    Re: Have you ever needed a tow?

    I've been towed several times, starting at age 10. As for a commercial towing gig, might note that these guys rely mainly on towing insurance, and tend to massively overcharge. Dunno what it...
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    Re: 1916, ford plant

    Tesla is still trying to figure it out.
  10. Thread: Taking up

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    Re: Taking up

    Depends on the type of sawdust. Used to use this method, but not recently. Others suggested a can of dried horse manure. Never tried that one. Another one that works like slick seam is toilet...
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    Re: SoCal The Land of the Whitest Privilege

    Most New Yorkers live in gated communities. They call them apartment buildings.
  12. Re: USA way more eff'd up than I had previously thought!

    Well, his wife is a Commie.
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    Re: How has White Privildge affecred your life

    Wearing a corduroy jacket downtown, I used to be singled out by panhandlers. They usually hit on me for bus fare to Ann Arbor.
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    Re: How has White Privildge affecred your life

    Actually, it was 1948.
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    Re: going postal

    I sort of remember they went for about $900,
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    Re: Reduced by $50,990 California Dreaming

    FWIW, southern California saw the median house price drop some 40% 10 years ago.
  17. Re: Puerto Rico's death toll is 4,600 and rising

    Might note that the "death toll" is a statistical estimate of more people dying during the months after the hurricane than happened during a comparable period the previous year. The actual cause of...
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    Re: Tariffs on friends and neighbours.

    Finally managed to push the Canadians back across the river with the war of 1812. Ford started Canadian operations with the Model T--mainly to circumvent tariffs.
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    Re: Spinnaker pr0n, no really. . .

    Looks to me like the work of Alberto Vargas, whose work began in the 1930s and became notorious as "nose art" on WWII bombers, later an iconic part of post-WWII Esquire magazine. It's a terrific...
  20. Re: I sailed this Privateer 26 yesterday. Too much character in a boat?

    Weren't Privateers sold as kits, and finished off by the owners?
  21. Re: Public restrooms - my john smith thread of the month

    Try Starbucks.
  22. Re: All Scientific Research Funded by NASA Is Available For Free

    ICBMs for all.
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    Re: "All lives matter. "

    Urban statistics are skewed by the demographics of the city. Chicago's south side Black neighborhoods are among the worst in the western hemisphere, and combining the statistics with middle-and...
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    Re: The Trump Rationale

    Interesting piece--for a minute I had thought the OP wrote it, but pasting works, I guess. Problem is I know lots of people who voted for Trump, and have a pretty good feel for why. None of them...
  25. Re: Trump Wants To Investigate The Effect Of Imported Cars On National Security

    I think Trump is taking advantage of liberal's taste for foreign cars.
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    Southern autoworkers and yankee autoworkers all work in plants in the U.S. The tariffs would be an incentive for more foreign companies to increase their production in the southern U.S., where most...
  27. Re: Trump Wants To Investigate The Effect Of Imported Cars On National Security

    Both the GATT and WTO agreements include an exception for tariffs levied in the interests of national security. It's a loophole that is pretty much up to the nation willing to try it.
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    U.S. automakers pulled out of military manufacturing decades ago. There is an irony here in that the low tariffs, exchange-rate advantages, etc. were originally part of the Marshall plan, which was...
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    The issue is that the U.S. has a 2.5% tariff on imports today, while the major countries exporting to the U.S. have tariff's against U.S. imports of more than 10%. That said, the bulk of cars...
  30. Re: Thoughts on sailing without a "lifeboat"?

    Their are several compact life rafts for coastal cruisers that take little room and provide great life-saving backup. That said, we carry an inflatable dinghy, use it all the time for getting...
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    Re: Bring Back The Buggy Whip Industry MAGA

    Of course, nobody uses coal except the U.S.: https://www.eia.gov/todayinenergy/detail.php?id=35852
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    Re: "Presidential" Quote

    This whole issue is another example of what Trump said vs. what he later said he really meant to say. It is a great prelude to going into negotiations over nuclear weapons.
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    Re: American Aristocracy

    I think the article pointed out that the "burden" of health care has made medical professionals in the U.S. quite wealthy, more so than any other country. Might as well toss in lawyers, who benefit...
  34. Re: School Shooting in Dixon, IL, Birthplace of the sainted Ronnie Reagan!

    Reagan was proponent of gun control.
  35. Thread: Food waste

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    Re: Food waste

    Forgotten Harvest is a Detroit organization. I don't know if anything like it exists elsewhere. It has lots of local support--seems as if it there would be other similar organizations. Are there?
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    Re: The best auto writer dies

    I would go with Peter Egan and Cousin Denise, but Wolfe wrote about Neal Cassidy and Ken Kesey behind the wheel; arguably topping them at their own game.
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    Re: The best auto writer dies

    Just noticed this was already posted. Still worth noting he launched a genre.
  38. Thread: Food waste

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    Re: Food waste

    There is a group around here called "Forgotten Harvest", which takes in surplus food from grocery stores, farms, etc., which is near mandatory expiration dates, etc. and reprocesses it for...
  39. Re: Scientists Have Captured on Film an Enigmatic Jellyfish That Looks Like a Plastic

    Most jellyfish look like a plastic bag.
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    Re: Welfare quesion

    A friend of mine wanted to name one of his children "Margarita".
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    The best auto writer dies

    https://www.nytimes.com/2018/05/15/obituaries/tom-wolfe-pyrotechnic-nonfiction-writer-and-novelist-dies-at-88.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=photo-spot-region&re...
  42. Re: Why is our current president vowing to save CHINESE jobs?

    More detail:https://www.nytimes.com/2017/03/07/technology/zte-china-fine.html
  43. Re: Why is our current president vowing to save CHINESE jobs?

    It was Obama who shut down the suppliers to ZTE.
  44. Re: 90+ politicians have been killed in the run up to July elections...

    It's an interesting web site. I didn't know it was the 50th anniversary of the Tet Offensive--being celebrated this week as a major victory for their side.
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    A radical communist web site supported by Chavez?? Maybe we have assumed too much about certain people's political leanings.
  46. Re: This Boston Dynamics Robot Gets More Fresh Air And Exercise Than Most of Us

    Robot's wondering why they didn't give him some wheels.
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    Re: Just bought a 2001 Mercury Grand Marquis

    There is no Honda with similar size and capacity. If there was, it would have much poorer fuel economy, judging by the rest of their model line.
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    FWIW, there have been five politicians killed in the runup to some 3,500 local elections in Mexico according to the Washington Post--not 90....
  49. Re: Lowering fuel economy standards for cars?

    How about rationing fuel, as was done in WWII? That gets to the point of reducing the nation's consumption of fossil fuel.
  50. Re: Lowering fuel economy standards for cars?

    All that is true. The downsizing preceded the first effort at federal fuel-economy regulations by several years. The first round of emission standards produced a dramatic worsening of fuel economy,...
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