Archive for July 16th, 2008

16
Jul
08

Don’t Be a Gasoline Retard

Gasoline prices are pretty high in the US (and the rest of the world, except where subsidized by government). As such, people are actually looking at ways to make that tank full last longer. Logical things like keeping your tires properly inflated and your engine properly maintained seem somewhat mundane. Given that the price of gas has become emotional, scammers, hucksters and fraudsters are on hand right now to separate you from your money (and common sense). Remember, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

From Cracked.com are six really stupid ideas. Head on over for the full breakdown…

  1. Water4Gas
  2. Motoflow Fuel Magnet
  3. Draft Assisted Forced Stop
  4. Khaos Super Turbo Charger
  5. Bio Petro Improver
  6. Intake Twister & Tornado

Let’s just say that if you’ve spent any money for any of the things listed above, you have less money, have not helped your fuel consumption situation, and have created much doubt about the value of your intellect.

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16
Jul
08

DC Gets New Handgun Ban

One would think that a Supreme Court decision finding that the right to keep and bear arms is an individual right and that self-defense is a reasonable justification for having one is enough. Apparently, not so much. DC wants to make you register each and every gun. Pay for a “ballistics test” for each and every gun registered (so that you can find out if your gun was used in a crime…) and STILL have to keep the weapon broken down and locked unless the threat is immediate:

Under the proposed new law for the city, handguns would have to be registered by anyone entitled to have such a gun. If the owner expects to use the gun for self-defense within the owner’s home, the owner would not need a separate license-to-carry for that purpose.

However, any gun kept in the owner’s home would have to be kept unloaded and disassembled or else disabled by a trigger lock. The only time that requirement is not in force, under the proposal law, would be when the gun was “being used to protect against a reasonably perceived threat of immediate harm to a person” within that person’s home.

That provision, officials told reporters, was meant to allow a handgun owner to get the gun and load it — for example, if a burglar were at the door.  It would not allow the gun to be loaded or assembled or unlocked at all times it remained in the home.

How long will it take for the NRA to drag DC in front of the judge? More details are here.

16
Jul
08

Magazine Melange

You can tell a lot about a person by what magazines they read. Especially the ones they read on the “throne”. So what’s in your bathroom? In mine:

  • The Economist – I gave up on the crapola that is Time and Newseek long ago. The news to spewage ratio is pretty darn good with The Economist and they manage to keep their bias where it belongs.
  • Garden & Gun – A wonderfully printed jumble of Southern living and the things that make up Southern life. Cocktails, to magnolia blossoms, to lever guns, to fried shrimp.
  • Information Week – A weekly that gets skimmed and trashed in less than 5 minutes.
  • Double Gun Journal – A quarterly publication of gun porn; mostly stuff that is way out my reach!
  • Cooking Light – I love to eat. I love fat. I’m not going to give fat up completely, but this magazine gives me regularly good ideas about tweaking things that I want to eat.
  • Reason – Thought provoking libertarian articles. I don’t agree with all of them, but many of them manage to get me going…
  • Texas Monthly – Why not? Their restaurant reviews are pretty good and I like learning about the state I live in.

I let my subscription to Scientific American lapse because I got tired of all the Bush bashing. I no longer subscribe to any of the food/packaged goods industry trade rags.