Watch who you hit

The star of next fall’s ad campaign against legal marijuana is going to prison for at least five years because he hit a cop running a speed trap. If he had killed a civilian, the minimum would be one year. Without a referendum on the ballot he could get probation. A common complaint about modern […]

Why the Hard Sell for the Self-Driving Car?

Why the Hard Sell for the Self-Driving Car?

Why the hard-sell for self-driving cars? The other day, Ford and Volvo announced they are forming a “coalition” — along with Google — to push not only for the development of self-driving cars, but for federal “action” (their term) to force-feed them to us. Why? The reasons are obvious: There’s money — and control — […]

States of denial

In one of the memorable scenes of the James Bond franchise, Bond is strapped to a table while a laser beam moves towards his double-0s. He defiantly asks, “Do you expect me to talk?” The villain replies, “No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.” I remembered this scene recently while reading yet another story […]

New Car Things to Know

New Car Things to Know

The Uncle-ized car (which is all new cars) has some “features” you may want to consider carefully before you buy in. Features that could hit you with cost — and hassles — once the warranty runs out. And otherwise, too. Let’s have a look at a few of these: * Direct injection – In order […]

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Review

2016 GMC Canyon Diesel Review

The easiest way to make a sale is to have something to sell that people want but no one else is selling. Like a diesel pick-up truck, for instance. There are very few — and only one that isn’t at least a 1500. It’s the mid-sized GMC Canyon (and its Chevy-badged twin, the Colorado) which […]