Archive for the ‘Pitt’ Category

Importing Pollution

Friday, January 24th, 2014

Years of demand for cheaply- made Chinese good has wrought a completely unforeseen and utterly unpredictable side effect: Pollution from loosely-regulated factories in, say, Beijing isn’t just hovering over Beijing. It blows- literally- over thousands of miles away, and seems to be, according to the U.S. National Academy of Sciences, increasing smog in Los Angeles and other areas in the Western U.S.

I wonder if all those ineffective-looking face masks people are wearing these days are made in China, too?

3 Wheeled Wonder

Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Since GM isn’t using it for anything productive, entrepreneur Paul Elio is planning on retooling their Shreveport, LA plant to produce these neat 2 seaters:

Purportedly it will meet all Federal Safety and emissions regulations, get 49 mpg city/ 84 highway, and be cheaper to register since technically it falls under the “motorcycle and trike” classification of most DMVs.  At a planned MSRP of $6800, its less than 1/3 the price of a new Prius, too.

Another really interesting concept here is the payment schedule- buyers would pay a nominal down payment, and then receive a credit card which charges them triple the current gas price whenever they fill up, with the surplus used to pay down the vehicle loan.

All he needs is another 200M to get it off the ground. Peanut money, really…

The ultimate AMC

Tuesday, October 15th, 2013

While I secretly long for an AMC to call my own, I’ll be very open about my desire for this car.

Oh mama. It’s the Holy Grail of Kenosha.

Bull Roast?

Monday, October 7th, 2013

So I checked the alumni page and don’t see anything about the annual bull roast. The Mrs. and I are planning on heading up to the Rochester area for Thanksgiving, will anyone else be around and want to get together Wednesday night for some deceased animal warmed with fire?

Henry’s Truck

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

While all the flower children are swooning over the latest electron-car from Deutchland, I decided to upgrade my truck situation:

One of Henry Ford’s finest: a pre-emissions 7.3 liter (444 cubic inches for us “Muricans) high- pressure injection turbo-diesel, Four Wheel Drive, crew cab, and tow package.  250 horsepower, and 505 pound-feet of torque.  The F350 by itself weighs in at 6400 pounds, and is capable of hauling 3500 more pounds of cargo and passengers, or towing 15,000 pounds worth of trailer.

Yeah.  Should be adequate for my peak needs.

Hot Dog

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Even 800 miles away in South Kackalacki, we aren’t immune to the “too rediculous to be made up” continuing saga of Anthony Weiner’s weiner.

This is what passes for political discussion in one of this country’s most powerful and influential states? Seriously?

Gah! They’re talking about him _again_ on NPR. Enough already!

America!

Saturday, July 27th, 2013

Bicyclist Mows Down Pedestrian, Gets Probation and Service

Friday, July 26th, 2013

I fail to understand how somone can mow down a pedestrian in their car and do hard time, while a guy who does the same thing on his bicycle gets probation and community service. This bicyclist needs to be brought to Justice! Can’t the federal government bring charges against him on some sort of Hate Crime grounds? I’m surprised there haven’t been riots and demonstrations about the injustice of it all, especially in a place like San Francisco.

Man steals cop car, tries to run over officer, bites another.

Thursday, July 11th, 2013

Normally I’d come up with my own pithy title for this Word Press entry, but I thought and thought and couldn’t come up with anything better than the original news article’s. So here you go, a little Thursday morning news of the weird from South Kackalacki. Quote of the Day:

“Changes will be made to the patrol cars so that the windows cannot be rolled down from the inside.”

You think?

Powerful Like a Gorilla

Friday, June 28th, 2013

In the ongoing arms race that is the creativity and absurdity of themes for LeMons cars, one California (big surprise) team created an all-out real-life replica of “The Homer”, the monstrosity of a car that Homer Simpson created during his short tenure as an automotive designer.

It’ll be hitting the race track this weekend, and trading paint at 100mph, just like real art cars should.