Cool Video: 2014 Corvette, Astronauts and an Epic Road Trip

This very cool web video from Motor Trend combines several of my favorite interests History, Space Exploration and Corvettes in one story:

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Seeing the Astrovette in the video reminds me of this MCT post from last summer.


Also, watching the video reminds me of the trip I made to the Kennedy Space Center in 2012. I took the Then and Now tour las time, and need to take one of the other tours offered.

Sunday Morning Links: Soviet Era Auto Advertisement

Since the 2014 Detroit Auto Show (a.k.a. the North American International Auto Show) kicks off tomorrow, a few vintage Soviet era auto advertisement photo’s are in order to provide a little contrast. Via Petrolicious:

Since the collapse of the Soviet Union in 1991, car ownership in Russia has tripled and that has brought a larger interest to the vintage car culture. We love the look of these vintage advertising photographs featuring Soviet-era cars such as Ladas, GAZ Volgas, Izh 2125 Kombis, and ZAZ Zaporozhets.

The strong and affordable trademark Lada was created as a joint venture between Italy and the Soviet Union, and these cars are still very common in Russia today. Big, sturdy Volgas were created to replace the GAZ Popeda and were a symbol of a higher social status. Aside from being driven by wealthy Russians, these Volgas were typically used by KGB officers and taxi drivers. The Izh 2125 Kombis were small family cars based on the Moskvitch 412 and were built in the Izhevsk Machinebuilding Plant, which also happened to produce Kalashnikovs, cannons, missles, and other guided shells. Zaporozhets cars were the most affordable option for Russians, and these cars are still warmly remembered as the Russian “people’s car”.

The “people’s car?” Remind you of a particular political party and politicians who want us driving around in battery powered enclosed golf carts?

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Now, on to the links:

ChrisWy: Adverse Selection in Obamacare is worse than we thought
WWTFT: The Obligatory 2014 Predictions
TheCL: The Ultra-Constitutional Constitution
WixomWeb: Military Channel to Drop ‘Military’ from Name…
CH2.0: Ted Cruz Speech to the Texas Public Policy Foundation
Timmy: Thinking through Thomas Piketty

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Bunker: Wasserman-Shultz spins her head into orbit in defending Obama’s scandals
Asylum Watch: The Government-Media Complex __ The Greatest Threat To Freedom
TMGGB: Common Core and Google’s Bottom Line
CC: Boehner’s Doublespeak Proves We Have No Conservative Party
FCBZ: Pig Virus Increasing in US Because of Cold & Wet Weather

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Jen: Jumping to Criticize Levin, Feehery Wants Spotlight on Self
Tom: Prison Break
Jason: Michigan State Senator Supports “Under God” In Nation’s Pledge
Tree: A Liberal Success Story

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Zilla: Long Time No See
LaS: Four Angry Men Making Music
PR: Democrats – Party of Scandals and Murders
Spellchek: U.S. State Dept. identifies chief Benghazi suspect a terrorist and posts $10 million dollar reward

If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

Government’s view of the economy could be summed up in a few short phrases: If it moves, tax it. If it keeps moving, regulate it. And if it stops moving, subsidize it.

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The entire EV fiasco is a perfect example of Reagan’s famous quote.

Via Capitol Commentary:

States are quickly learning that promoting electric cars is coming with a high price tag. Colorado has joined a growing number of states that are imposing fees on electric and alternative vehicles to recover “lost” gas tax revenues.

The problem state lawmakers face is that the value of the gas tax is falling due to inflation and rising construction costs. This is coupled with the fact that gasoline consumption is falling. According to the Energy Information Administration, U.S. drivers and businesses used about 133 billion gallons which is 6 percent below 2007’s record-high consumption levels.

Perfect. Our wonderful government has spent billions of dollars propping up EV companies through a myriad grants and subsides to get people into “green” and “sustainable” enclosed golf carts and now they find out they are losing an opportunity to fleece we the people through gasoline taxes they are looking at new ways to get their hands on our wallets.

Video: Reverse Racers Race In Reverse Video

This is a mind bender…

DAFs’ early, crude CVTs do have the one big added bonus of allowing the cars to drive as fast backwards as forwards, which makes them reverse-racing kings.

It’s already weird that the cars are racing in reverse, but the real fun here is that the video has been reversed as well, which means it appears like an almost-normal vintage Euro crapbox race, but with massive and flagrant violations of the laws of physics.

And here is the aforementioned video.

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Too cool.

According to TreeHugger your daily commute isn’t killing the planet, it’s killing you

Really TreeHugger…

Jane E. Brody at The New York Times counts the many ways long commutes and dependence on automobiles is bad for our health, such as “losing hours a day that would be better spent exercising, socializing with family and friends, preparing home-cooked meals or simply getting enough sleep.”

If you have a longer commute to work and need to leave the house early in the morning and are worried about not getting enough sleep,here’s a novel idea. Go to be earlier.

It’s painfully obvious TreeHugger is run by a bunch of clueless hipster 20-somethings who’ve never had a real job.

The hipster’s article concludes.

The solution are the things TreeHugger is all about. Bikeable, walkable, mixed-use neighborhoods with short commutes and good public transit for getting around the city or to visit surrounding areas. As time goes on, both the science and the people are supporting this sort of urban design.

Uh, o.k.

It seems that in TreeHugger world do you uproot your family and sell your home every time you find a new job rather than drive an extra 45 min’s a day.

Cash for Clunkers: $1.4 million per job is not exactly the most efficient way to create jobs

Free markets are the only way to go:

A Brookings Institution study found the $2.85 billion program “provided a short-term boost in vehicle sales, which were pulled forward from sales that would have occurred in subsequent months. There was a small increase in employment but the implied cost per job created ($1.4 million) was far higher than other fiscal stimulus programs.”

The study — from researchers Ted Gayer and Emily Parker — said the “Car Allowance Rebate System,” or CARS did little to boost employment. This is at least the fourth major study since 2012 that has raised questions about the value of the program.

The study said far more jobs could have been created using other government stimulus programs — increasing unemployment benefits (at $95,000 per job); $80,000-$133,000 per job created for cutting employers’ payroll taxes; $222,000 per job created for reducing employees’ payroll taxes; $200,000 per job created for providing additional Social Security benefits; or $222,000 per job created for allowing the expensing of investment costs.

The study estimates the sales led to 3,676 “job years” — sales supporting a job for a single year — between the automaker and auto parts sector, or at a cost of $1.4 million per job. “This suggests that the CARS program was far less cost effective at creating jobs than other fiscal stimulus programs,” the report said.

None of those other ‘stimulus’ programs were very cheap either.

Heaven forbid they pass a tax cut to get more economic activity. I guess they are afraid people will get use to spending their own money rather than politicians spending it for them.

Eight governors spending our Money on EV ‘Infrastructure’ ostensibly to spur EV demand

Bastiat is rolling in his grave at this moment…

San Francisco — The governors of eight states including California and New York pledged Thursday to work together to create charging stations and other fueling infrastructure needed to get 3.3 million zero-emission vehicles on those states’ roadways by 2025 to curb greenhouse gas pollution.

Representatives from all eight states were gathered in Sacramento to sign a memorandum of understanding that would create a task force meant to help increase charging infrastructure, roadway signs and other changes in an effort to buoy the market for electric cars, hydrogen fuel-cell electric vehicles and plug-in hybrids. By 2015, there are expected to be more than 200,000 zero emissions vehicles on roads across the U.S.

The other states involved are Massachusetts, Maryland, Oregon, Connecticut, Rhode Island and Vermont. The eight states together represent about 23 percent of the U.S. auto market.

The idea of where spending public money replacing ‘infrastructure’ for cars when we already have more than enough ‘infrastructure’ is laughable. What the governors are proposing is a classic example of Fredric Bastiat’s broken window economics parable and unfortunately a much too large portion of the electorate buys into this nonsense.

This story illustrates the reason why people in government love the global warming hoax. Politicians and bureaucrats can implement all kinds of new spending, regulations and taxes that will line their donors pockets combating a (non) problem that will supposedly manifest itself years in the future, and the politicians and bureaucrats responsible for the massive scam are long gone.

One last point, if our intrepid clutch of leftists governors get anywhere close to their goal of 3.3 million EV’s on the road, it will be fun watching all the little eco-warriors lining up at the recharging station for hours waiting for drivers ahead of them to complete the charging process.

Sitting for an hour or two at a ‘charging station’ waiting for your EV to charge doesn’t sound like a good time. Especially when you have places to be and things to do.

Going Green without thinking it through: Iowa city spends $16K on EV chargers, sees a $13 return


The city of Des Moines, Iowa has only seen a $13 return on its investment so far after spending $16,000 last year on three electric car charging stations.

The ChargePoint units, installed in front of the Franklin Avenue Public Library and funded by a mix of city, state and library money, have been used just 13 times since last spring, the Des Moines Register reports. Each use generates one dollar of revenue.

A thousand+ year payback isn’t exactly considered a smart business plan…