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Eric Peters is a freelance car/bike/political columnist. He escaped the corporate-owned media Big Boys years ago. Without the censorship of the corporate tools

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Like Cordwood

2 days ago

The old lady in the iconic Burger King commercial used to screech Where’s the Beef?
Well, where are the bodies?
Of not-elderly/otherwise-healthy people stacking up like cordwood. I drove by my local hospital yesterday in downtown Roanoke (it’s a big regional trauma center, Roanoke Memorial) and did not see refrigerator trucks of corpses or any sign that anything was out of the ordinary.
This Black Death – as it’s been advertised – is supposed to be so remorselessly lethal that, by now, surely there’d be clear evidence (bodies) stacking up such that we’d all realize that acquiescing to virtual imprisonment, losing our jobs – and destroying the economy – is a price that has to be paid.
Well, that’s what we’ve been told. In the

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The Cat Leaves the Bag

7 days ago

Hysterical headlines today – Sunday, March 21 – about the number of Americans supposedly identified as having been infected with Coronavirus. The modifier supposedly used because the tests being used to identify the virus are of dubious reliability. But, regardless – 25,493 as of today. A big number, banner-headlined across the Internet.
But there’s another number you have to look for, which isn’t being banner-headlined around the Internet.
307.
That’s how many Americans have supposedly died from WuFlu so far. The modifier added – and italicized – to emphasize the fact that it is not known whether it was the WuFlu that killed all these people or old age/underlying infirmity pushed over the edge by what would otherwise have just

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Per the Conman

9 days ago

I have reports of – and have seen – armed government workers in my state (VA) menacing businesses that dare to transact business. Free exchange is now a criminal offense. Of course, it has been for some time – depending on the free exchange involved. But it’s now general.
You face armed government workers – and their arms – for attempting to serve people a cup of coffee. The AGWs are prowling around local restaurants, menacing the proprietors if more than ten people are within.
The “locking down” (a term once reserved for inmates of prisons) of America passes almost without comment – and little objection. The government decrees that people are no longer free to associate; to freely transact business.
Else Hut! Hut! Hut!
Because

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Corona Coincidence?

10 days ago

What to make of what is going on – which is going very fast in a very ugly direction?
It’s all too convenient. Two weeks ago, Orange Man seemed and probably was electorally invincible. Nothing his NPC opponents tried worked. The Orange Man ridiculed them, publicly, in his Orange Man way – leaving them bug-eyed with exasperation. One is reminded of people in the ’30s who could only refer to FDR as that man in between gasps of hate.
The “climate crisis” wasn’t selling, chiefly on account of lack of evidence, the lack made up for by an abundance of emotional rhetoric. Its purveyors had been reduced to desperation tactics such as shoving an emotionally damaged teenaged girl on stage whom they figured (correctly) few would openly

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What 911 Didn’t …and the ‘Climate Crisis’ Couldn’t

12 days ago

An economic pandemic is spreading that will kill the livelihoods of millions of Americans – who will soon be unemployed, their businesses bankrupt, their savings consumed.
The American way of life itself is in the balance – not just for a few days or weeks or months, but quite possibly forever.
And quite possibly, on purpose.
The end of free travel. The end of free association. No more gathering in groups – which would include political gatherings. A national “lockdown.” The strong possibility of forced “testing” and forced vaccination – with who knows what’s in those needles. Soviet-style food queues. A Soviet-style police state – to deal with “unrest.” For our saaaaaaaaaaaaaafety!
Cui bono?
It is all congealing – faster than

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The Corona Car!

13 days ago

There actually is a Corona – not the virus, the car.
Toyota sold it as recently in as 2001, in Japan – and before Corona acquired other connotations. It was slightly larger and nicer than the more well-known Corolla, which Toyota still sells everywhere. You have probably seen third-gen Coronas (1964-1970) in ’60s Godzilla movies. Well, models of Coronas being stomped on by a guy wearing a rubber Godzilla suit.
Anyhow, now might be a great time to go shopping for a new Corona car. Not a refurbished Corona. A whatever-you’re-interested-in new car.

Because of Corona.
Unlike toilet paper – which is becoming scarce and expensive – new cars are stacking up and so becoming less expensive, because people – who are staying home – aren’t

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The Anti-Corona

16 days ago

It’s hard to sustain a state of panic, a sense of imminent doom, when the sun is shining, the breeze is warm – and you’re getting your classic car ready for spring.
This is a necessary and therapeutic annual ritual. Like the first green shoots and buds on the trees, it marks the end of the dead season and the beginning of a new beginning. We could all use a lot of that right now.
The basics first. Air up the tires, check all the fluids; a general walk-around and close inspection. Cars that sit for weeks and months have different needs – and develop different problems – than regularly used cars.

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Rueing the Sherpa

17 days ago

As hysteria about Coronavirus spreads – faster than the disease and possibly more dangerous than the disease – I’m really regretting having sold my dual-sport Kawasaki KL250 Super Sherpa (the Lesser Known Kaw) a few years ago.
A motorcycle that can go off road – can go places even a jacked-up 4×4 truck can’t – is the perfect tool for dealing with Hut! Hut! Hut! WuFlu “checkpoints” and national prison “lockdowns” pretexted and justified by what may prove to be a contrived panic, contrived for just that purpose.
Nahhnlevven – when “the enemies of freedom” supposedly struck – was messy and too local. If you weren’t in NYC or DC it was abstract. But a continental plague or fear of the same is just the ticket for penning in the

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Uncle Again…or Me for a Change?

18 days ago

Ever get tired of being mulcted? Yeah, me too. So I decided to stop being mulcted . . . at least a little bit. And decided to spend some of my money on something besides being mulcted… well, some of what’s left over of my money after being mulcted!
Repeatedly – serially – mulcted.
Uncle steals about 30 percent of every dollar the average person earns, in federal (including FICA “contributions”) and state income taxes.
With what’s left over, we buy things – which are taxed again at the time of purchase. Then taxed again – when it comes to vehicles – for a title (to something we already own – at least, supposedly) and then taxed once more to “register” it and again (in many states) for the mandatory privilege of “registering” it

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The Narc in Your Next New Car

20 days ago

For years, the insurance mafia has been trying to get people to voluntarily plug a driving monitor into their car, using the prospect of a “discount” as an inducement. Most people don’t fall for this because they understand that the “discount” is of a piece with advertising that promises you’ll save “up to 20 percent” but actually save you nothing or very little – while always paying more.
Well, your next new car may come standard with the driver monitor already plugged in. Embedded, actually – which means you can’t remove it. Or say no thanks to it.  If you buy the car, you buy the embedded narc.
Allstate and Nationwide just announced they’ve “partnered” with Ford to pre-wire most 2020 (and likely all 2021) model Ford and

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A Not Ludicrous EV

21 days ago

Electric cars can make sense – when they’re not made nonsensical by trying to directly compete with non-electric cars, which current technology doesn’t permit but which the various mandates and subsidies attempt to force-fit.
The Citroen Ami is an electric car that doesn’t try to compete directly with IC cars and so eliminates all of the electric car’s functional and economic deficits – while at the same time offering several functional and economic advantages vs. a non-electric car.
That makes it a sensible electric car.
This was once upon a time supposed to be the point of the thing before virtue signaling “concern” about the “climate”came to be the EV’s primary selling point. Which became the EV’s primary selling point

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The Nonconsent of the Governed

25 days ago

The urban-rural problem waxes; it is like a bad marriage and the only solution is a divorce. But while the rural “man” would happily leave the marriage on reasonable terms and peaceably, the urban “woman” will never allow the “man” to leave.
It begs the question about consent of the governed – the supposed basis for legitimate government (assuming for the sake of discussion such a thing exists).
The answer to this question pretty much establishes the illegitimacy of the government.
In my home state of Virginia, for example, the rural (and geographic) majority of the state does not consent to being disarmed and criminalized by the government in Richmond – which represents Richmond and Northern Virginia.
90-plus percent of the

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A Millennial Moment

26 days ago

There is something worse than a generation gap. There is a worldview gap.
My generation – Generation X – was the last pre-computer generation and the last generation to reach adulthood before the Safety Cult had metastasized into a mainstream religion. When we were teenagers, we were expected to learn how to drive – because the cars wouldn’t do it for us.
We rose to the challenge.
Most of us learning to drive in cars with manual transmissions because back in the ’80s when we were teenagers, most of the cars within a teenager’s budget had manuals.
It was sink or swim.
Or suffer the humiliation of riding the bus with the 14 and 15-year-olds. Oh, yes. In that better, vanished time a kid was able to drive himself to school the day he

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The Elon Exemption Passes

27 days ago

Colorado just passed a new law specially designed to advantage Elon Musk, Rivian and anyone else “selling” electric cars. They will be permitted to “sell” them directly to “buyers” (in air quotes for the same reason you’d put DMV “customer” in air quotes) but everyone else will be forbidden to do so.  
Thus, Elon et al will not have to spend money on physical dealerships and the staff and so on (or pay the property taxes) that everyone else is required by law to spend money on before they’re allowed to make any money selling cars – which they actually do, in spite of all the hobbles placed in their path.
EVs, of course, only “sell” because they’re given away – using other people’s money to “buy” them. Without all of that

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And They Ask Me Why I Drink….

28 days ago

What follows began as a reader question about electric cars and their “low maintenance.” I replied to this reader here. She replied to me, below. Since the topic is of general interest, I decided to give it the Treatment, in the manner of fungicide.
First, Samantha, who writes:
I have an engineering degree and you don’t fool me for one second. The engine (in an IC car) is by far the most expensive part of the car. In electric and hydrogen cars, they’re maintenance free. You’re selling horses in the dawn of the age of the motor car.
I’m not selling anything, Samantha. Nor trying to “fool” anyone.
I never claimed the engine in an IC car isn’t “by far the most expensive” part of it. Do you know what a straw man argument is? I did

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The Update

February 29, 2020

One of the things about new cars that’s inarguably fantastic is how they sound. Not their engines, of course. For that you need an old car – one without catalytic converters and with a carburetor!
Nothing fuel-injected will ever sound better than the sound of a big a four barrel’s secondaries opening up. Listen my children and you shall hear . . . the sound that makes the entire Persian Gulf stand up and cheer!

But nothing that’s old can match the sound of a new car’s audio system. We have come a long way in that department.
It’s not just the sound, either.
New car stereos usually have Bluetooth capability – which means you can wirelessly pipe your music into the stereo from your phone or an iPod and that way avoid listening to

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Who Gets the Ticket?

February 28, 2020

What happens when the driver isn’t “speeding” – but the car is?
Who gets the ticket?
It’s a question bound to come up soon in traffic court given the fact that some new cars – like Sammy Hagar back in the day – can’t drive 55.
Or rather, can be tricked into driving 85 when the speed limit is 35.
How do you trick a car to drive 50 MPH faster than the posted speed limit? By using black electrical tape to change the “3” to an “8” on a speed limit sign. McAfee (the computer anti-virus software company) researchers Shivangee Trivedi and Steve Povolny did exactly that and it fooled the apparently not-so-smart automated speed control system built into a late-model Tesla electric car.
Its Traffic Aware Cruise Control uses a camera to

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Anti-Automobile Road Coating

February 25, 2020

Why so liberal with the road salt – especially when it’s not even snowing?
Last week, there was a rumor of snow. The possibility – 60 percent chance – of “up to an inch” that never materialized resulted in a hosing down of every road with a salty brine  carried by huge tanker trucks followed – for saaaaaaaaafety – by a smaller truck with flashing yellow lights.
The sign on the back of the truck reads: Pre-Storm Treatment.

The “pre” part is accurate.
But the storm? Not one weather prognosticator had predicted anything more than a light dusting. If that. But it was enough to literally hose down the roads with an environmentally toxic salt brine (technically, magnesium chloride) that’s also exceptionally caustic to cars.
This

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The Pump Jockey Employment Mandate

February 20, 2020

One of the silliest and most obnoxious make-work laws on the books may soon be the law in Illinois. Maybe soon in your state, too.
It is already the law in New Jersey and Oregon  . . . where motorists aren’t allowed to pump their own gas. For saaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaafety!
And for other things, too.
The proposed Gas Station Attendant Act – yes, really – reads as follows:
“No gas may be pumped at a gas station in this state unless it is pumped by a gas station attendant employed at the gas station.”   
This isn’t full-service. It’s being forced to pay for services many of us do not want – leaving aside the money.
In addition to being fleeced, you’re forced to let someone you don’t know and likely have no interest in knowing paw your

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The Risk-Free Used Car

February 19, 2020

Should you even consider buying a used car that’s not “warranted” or “certified/pre-owned” (CPO)?
Many people won’t – because we live at a time when people have been conditioned to dread risk, however remote – and it’s not an accident. Because it’s very profitable to sell “warranted” and “certified pre-owned” (CPO) cars.
There is no free lunch.
People who buy “warranted” and “CPO” cars are paying for the warranty and CPO certification – which doesn’t eliminate the risk of paying for repairs, either. These warranties and certifications will cover some things – for some time. But not all things – and not forever.
The actuaries behind the warranties and certifications aren’t innumerate. They run the numbers. The warranties and

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How Insurance Impoverishes

February 7, 2020

One of the cleverest means by which the majority of people are kept in their place in an oligarchy – which is the system we live within – is via mandatory insurance.
It is one of the hidden mechanisms by which the majority are kept in their place. In a position tantamount to that of a feudal serf, who is permitted to work so that he may continue to pay his fief overlords.
And not cause any trouble by becoming too independent.
It is very difficult for the average person – especially the average young person – to accumulate capital in our system because after taxes – and mandatory insurance payments – there is very little capital left over.
Just as intended – or even if not. The effect is the same, regardless.
Capital is leverage –

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The End Has a Date

February 6, 2020

The story goes that when Julius Caesar crossed the Rubicon river with his legions and headed into Rome – something forbidden by the Republic – it signaled the end of the Roman Republic. A similar event has just occurred that heralds the end of the internal combustion-engined car.
Not because a lower-cost, more efficient and more practical alternative has been found – as happened when the Model T replaced the horse and buggy, without any bayonets shoved into the backsides of horse-and-buggy owners.
But because a higher-cost, less efficient and much-less-practical alternative has been found that requires bayonets shoved into backsides, for precisely those reasons.
Boris Johnson – the Caesar of Great Britain – has decreed that as of

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The Dignity of Risk

February 4, 2020

A reader took issue with me over my recent column about papier mache cars. He argued that:
“Cars and bumpers and hoods can be replaced. You cannot. Sure you can be repaired but given the large number of traffic fatalities, this can’t be ignored. Future generations will wonder at how we as a society/planet tolerated such huge dangers. Thousands dead each year.”
I am not suggesting people drive cars that are less – or more – crashworthy. I merely suggest that they be free to choose for themselves.
Obesity and diabetes “kill” thousands, too. Should the government be empowered to fine people who eat too much candy? Or to threaten everyone with fines who doesn’t exercise regularly? Some people (e.g., the loathsome Michael Bloomberg)

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Not Deep Enough

February 3, 2020

My shoulder aches – because my pockets have been picked. The pain is chronic because of the pain inflicted by the government, which it inflicts – so it says – to ameliorate suffering.
To “help” people.
It must say so because to say what it’s really doing – helping itself, to power, by reducing us all to a state of penury and dependence – would be . . . unwise.
But what am I babbling about?
It’s the same problem almost all of us whose pockets aren’t deep enough to leave money enough to help ourselves after the government has helped itself to our resources have.
I tore something in my shoulder – probably my rotator cuff. I don’t know, exactly – because I can’t afford to get an MRI, which costs about $1,000 if you aren’t “covered”

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Papier Mache Cars

February 1, 2020

Flimsy construction used to be one of the defining attributes of a cheap car  – along with the absence of even basic amenities like air conditioning, which was a defining attribute of a luxury car not all that long ago.
Modern cars – even luxury cars – are all cheaply built.
If you’ve raised the hood of one, you will know all about it. The metal is so light it can be held up by a flimsy little metal rod – and the metal is so thin, you can see it flex and (if so inclined) could bend it with your bare hands. It’s often not much more substantial than a piece of cardboard; a cat walking across it might leave more than just paw prints.
Fenders are the same – and new cars don’t even have bumpers anymore. Something even the Chevettes

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Your Range Will Vary

January 30, 2020

Volkswagen got fined billions – and its executives and engineers were criminally prosecuted – for “cheating” on government emissions certification tests that involved differences of much less than 1 percent. Why is it that electric cars are allowed to cheat the public by double digits when it comes to what they claim about their range on a full charge vs. what they actually deliver?
As a car journalist – someone who regularly test drives new cars, including electric cars – I have known for some time that the range delivered by EVs in real-world driving is always much less than advertised.
About 15-20 percent less.
Other car journalists – at Jalopnik, which is owned by the SJW media conglomerate Huffington Post and so presumably

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GM Woke

January 22, 2020

If Bruce can transition into Caitlyn then GM can do basically the same thing – with the difference being Bruce probably paid for his own surgery.
GM is going to want your “help” paying for its transition.
In a few days, you’ll see what you’ll be paying for. The shaved Adam’s apple; the . . . augmentation. And the removal.
Behold!
The electric Hummer.
It is GM’s virtue-signaling plea for forgiveness. The bad ol’ GM wants you to forget all about those “gas guzzling” Hummers it made back in the early 2000s. It will now make a time-guzzling electric version of the same thing. Which is just as wasteful, by the way – but in a way that’s acceptable today.
But far more obnoxious.
The original Hummer never feigned virtue. It was what it

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Slow Going

January 21, 2020

If speed kills, why are people always  in such a hurry to get to the hospital? It seems to be the only time they’re in a hurry.
American drivers are marinated in the doctrine that any motorized movement  – not just acceleration – that doesn’t emulate the movements of a Galapagos tortoise is necessarily dangerous. This is based on the belief that most American drivers are so inept that allowing them to drive at all is dangerous. Hence the push to get them into driverless cars.
Meanwhile, they glaciate.
The guy behind the wheel of the car ahead of you puts on his car’s turn signal. After awhile, he begins to mosey over to the right. It is more like a senile drift than a turn. You could almost read at least the preamble to the

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Our Worser Half

January 18, 2020

Government is like a bad marriage you can’t get out of. An arranged bad marriage you didn’t even once upon a time think was a good idea that turned bad over time. You were forced into it – and you can’t leave it.
Just ask Mr. Lincoln.
So you end up doing your best to “make it work” – and are grateful for whatever small occasional concessions you can manage.
They are better than nothing, as the saying goes.
And yes – it could have been worse. For instance:
Our Worser Half was going to force us to buy nothing but hybrids and electric cars – by jacking up the price – via fines – of any new car that didn’t average at least 46.7 MPG – which is every car that isn’t a hybrid or an EV – by the 2026 model year.
This would have had a

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Minding Your Mood

January 16, 2020

Memory seats are nice. But how about mood minders? In-car sensors that assess your state of mind via eye movements, facial expressions, gestures – even your rising (or falling) heartbeat – and adjust the car accordingly?
Some of this is already here.
A number of new cars come standard with “drowsy driver” monitoring systems. Cameras embedded in the dash watch you as you drive; if the system thinks you’re getting heavy-lidded or distracted, a chime will sound and a warning light (it’s often a coffee cup symbol) comes on.

Soon, it’ll be much more than just a light and a chime.
At the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, the next Great Leap Forward was on display. In addition to cameras watching you, infra-red sensors will soon register your metabolic rate as an

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