December 28th, 2012

#3733: This must be a new definition of "on target"

If reality refuses to play out the way you want, just ignore it. "IPCC's climate projections on target so far," goes the headline of this Arse Technica piece.

Well, guess what?

This:



And this:



The actual real data don't support the IPCC's predictions, so naturally the global warming crowd is just declaring that the IPCC was right. Otherwise they'll all have to go get real jobs.

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Three decades' worth of paperwork required to reopen a literal gold mine. Jeeze louise.

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Jesse Jackson apparently thinks guns are magic doomsday weapons. Where the hell can I get an AR-15 capable of bringing down a building? I definitely have to get me one of those!

And "I think about Newtown, for example, they have three or four gun ranges. There are no gun ranges in Chicago." And just whose fault is it that there are no gun ranges in Chicago?

Everywhere else in the country guns are becoming ever more legal and violent crime rates are dropping. Illinois has only just been forced to come up with a way to allow civilian carry of weapons; it's the least-free state in the union, yet Jesse Jackson and his ilk want to further disarm the law-abiding citizens by banning weaponry seldom used by criminals for any reason.

I mean, I can just about guarantee--even without seeing the statistics--that most of the five hundred murders committed in Chicago this year were not committed with semi-automatic rifles like the AR-15. It's just not the kind of thing a criminal is going to carry around, least of all because they're not cheap guns. (Og built one for about $500, and at that he needed tools and expertise not available to the average gangbanger.) Concealing one is a bit of a problem, too, even if you've got one with "the shoulder thing that goes up".

*rolleyes*

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An interesting proposal. The country voted for socialism in November; let them have it...and the taxes that go with it.

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I must patronize Hobby Lobby. I'm gonna have to find one near here and go buy something from them. Their stand against Obamacare's anti-religious abortifacient requirement is laudable.

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Karl Denninger says Spain is about to pop. And when it pops, Europe is in trouble, because it's shot its bolt trying to prop up Greece.

Not good.

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From the Rockauto.com monthy newsletter:
The $525.42 Air Filter

I enjoy looking under the hood of a new car and puzzling over which systems or parts might cause trouble down the road. Aftermarket part manufacturers often provide the solution to the puzzle after a few years when they release new parts designed to fix the problems. Dorman’s part number 258519, an air filter housing for the 2005 to 2007 Ford Focus, recently caught my attention. It demonstrates how tough it is to make predictions. Back in 2005, I could have stared under the hood of a new Ford Focus for a long time and would never have thought to look at the air filter housing. After all, the air filter housing on my ’86 Ford is still a fully functional plastic box after 26 years of use.

Dorman decided it would be a good idea to offer a new air filter housing for the ’05 to ’07 Ford Focus because the original air filter housing is a completely sealed unit. It is impossible to simply open the box and change the air filter. Why Ford chose to do it this way is a bit of a mystery. I asked at a Ford dealer’s service department and they presented it as a benefit: “You never have to change the air filter on that car.”

Searching through Ford Focus enthusiast forums, one explanation I saw was that Ford wanted the Focus to be classified as a partial zero emissions vehicle (PZEV) in California. Those rules required the car’s air intake system should never require maintenance. “Never requires maintenance” was equated with “make maintenance impossible.” That sounds crazy enough to possibly be true! Luckily no government organization specified that a PZEV never needs gasoline or Focus owners might have discovered their gas caps were welded shut!

Further questioning at the Ford dealer uncovered there is an indicator on the Ford Focus original air filter housing that indicates when the filter is clogged. The dealer sells a complete replacement air filter housing for $525.42. Frequently driving down dusty dirt roads in an ’06 Ford Focus could be costly!

The replacement Dorman 258519 air filter housing currently is $120 at RockAuto, but that is a one-time expense. The next time the engine air filter needs to be changed, the ’05-’07 Focus owner can just insert a new filter by Auto Extra (61946107), Fram (CA7098) or WIX (46107) and save more than $500!
Dorman’s part number 258519

I will keep futilely puzzling under the hoods of new cars, but this Focus example might show if you plan on keeping any brand car for a long time, then pick a popular model (like a Focus) or at least a popular engine. If enough of the cars are still on the road, then the aftermarket parts makers will probably develop affordable solutions for most problems.
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This just makes my brain hurt. "You never have to change the air filter!" ...except if you ever do have to change the air filter it's going to cost you over $500 for the part alone.

This is idiocy!

No big surprise that it's moronic regulations from California that prompted Ford to do this stupid shit. WTFF.

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Last night, I did some rearranging of the furniture in Mom's room, and now there's a space big enough for the computer desk in there. So guess what I'm doing today?