Peter Santilli not a journalist due to anti-government views?

Everyone should be troubled by the government’s view that those opposing it are threats, can never be journalists, and thus do not have protections that mass media journalists get. Peter Santilli has been¬†indicted for his roles in the Bunkerville standoff and Malheur National Wildlife Refuge occupation. He says he has a radio show with 65,000 […]

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Dead mall

Retailer bankruptcies, dead malls, broke shoppers

We keep hearing the economy is improving, yet major retailers are going under. Since 2015, they include Aeropostale (800 stores), Pacific Sunwear of California (600 stores), Body Central Corp (256 stores), Anna’s Linens, Radio Shack, and more. This puts thousands more out of work, making local economies worse. A major culprit here are the usual […]

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Voting booth

On voter fraud and falsifying voter records

Can elections be stolen and rigged? Sure. However, falsifying voter registrations in bulk to influence a result is not only real iffy, I’m not even sure it can be done. Here’s why. 1) The voter registrations would need to be tampered with continually, starting early on. Yes, many state voter registration systems are ancient. They […]

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Test-driving autonomous vehicles for safety is not practical

Rand Corporation says autonomous vehicles would need to be test-driven hundreds of millions of miles to determine reliability and safety. Clearly, that’s not possible, and even if it was, would not conclusively prove safety. Thus, alternative methods need to be created and regulations for autonomous vehicles should be flexible and adaptive. Under even aggressive testing […]

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Flamin’ Groovies. A great rock band you never heard of

The Flamin’ Groovies formed in 1965, recorded several excellent albums, are now viewed as a precursor of punk, influenced a bazillion bands, toured for most of the 1970s, then blew up after too much cocaine and too many years living out of suitcases. They barely spoke for 30 years, then said forget what happened, let’s […]

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A strange, weird, contentious election. Maybe a harbinger too

This is the strangest presidential election in U.S. history. Internal factions in both parties are snarling at each other. Neither party is listening much to what the other says, except for possible ammo to attack it with. Candidates who usually would be third party (Trump and Sanders) are making serious runs. Discontent bordering on rebellion […]

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Cummins plans plug-in hybrid systems for heavy trucks

Plug-in hybrid systems for Class 6 trucks could boost mileage 50%. This would be a seriously big deal. Cummins is developing the technology now using a $4.5 million grant from the Department of Energy. If successful and implemented widely, this would cut trucking costs sharply and help the environment too. Imagine the savings in fuel […]

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