They are trying to build an oil pipeline through native lands in North Dakota. And people are taking a stand. If you are so inclined, please make a donation to the medic team for an ATV that can carry wounded protestors out in a stretcher. Please also share this on social media. Thanks!
I'm reading a Lonely Planet travel guide that briefly covers every nation on Earth. I was on Azerbaijan and wondered how Azeris travel from the "mainland" to its exclave of Nakhchivan, since they're separated by Public Enemy Number One-- Armenia.
So I asked our resident Azeri, Tarlan. He tells me that the Azeri government has heavily subsidized air tickets from Baku to the exclave for $30-$35US one-way. The plane does not fly over Armenian airspace. And if you prefer to travel by land, there is a roadway through Iran that connects mainland Azerbaijan with Nakhchivan.
Incidentally, Tarlan is working as a marshal this weekend in Sector 2 of Abu Dhabi near the pit exit. This is the third race he's worked in 2016 (Bahrain and Azerbaijan being the first two)!
The annual January 1 event is no more. I will miss it not only because of the cars, but it was a great way to hit reset with life, act as navigator, and shoot the shit about everything for hours on end.
In a Citroen XM. I think PS was telling us about some peacenik Cold War room exchange program.
In a Porsche 930.
Taking a break and watching the cars zoom by.
In a 1981 Honda Accord.
Alfa Romeo diesel van.
I rode in this M5.
Rode in this GTV6.
I can't remember if I attended. I did ride in a modified E9 BMW at some point.
With all global warming-restricting regulations and tax incentives on their way out, I have decided to get the BMW i3 over the Toyota Land Cruiser. It's the responsible thing to do, environmentally. With a leased i3, I believe I get a $2,500 rebate from the State of California. There is a $7,500 federal tax credit too. The manufacturer gets that credit and passes the savings onto me via lower lease payments.
I just requested an extended test drive, which allows me to test an i3 for two days. I am interested in examining the room in the back seats as well as the trunk. Parents out there-- How often do you have a stroller with you in the car? I'm not sure a stroller will be able to fit behind the back seat. The TSX wagon will be the primary baby hauler, but we may have to use the i3 once in a while.
Another issue I want to check is how the car transitions from all electric to gasoline-powered range extender. Will the power loss be substantial enough to constitute a safety issue?
If I do get the i3, it will be with the range extender and Tera package (leather seats) and tech package (navi).
I've never heard of this Alex guy before but his review is clear and comprehensive.
From a big picture point of view, every great civilization must come to an end. I was lucky enough to live in the U.S. in the 1980s and 1990s and had a great time. And even today, life is not bad.
I'm vowing to live a more positive life. More time with my growing family. More time reading books. More time interacting face-to-face with friends. A lot less time on Twitter. And I'm going to try to not read any news for the next four years. Maybe ignorance is bliss.
I really hope that out of sheer incompetence and laziness, nothing sinister is done by the Trump administration.
I blame the Democratic Establishment for foisting upon us a nominee that was not only unliked and unlikeable, but had a long track record of promoting war over peace, free trade over decent paying domestic manufacturing jobs,....
We have utterly failed the working men and women of this country (of all races, ethnicities, religions, and sexual orientation).
Eight years behind schedule. But an important first step. CCTV not only did a story on the first plane delivered, but the second one as well. Wiki write-up here.
But then, in my research, I discovered the Shanghai Y10. This promo is fascinating because it shows China in the early 1980s, when it was poor and underdeveloped. The footage of Lhasa and its airport is positively pre-historic. The disclaimer at the end states that the plane IS NOT A COPY of the Boeing 707. Wiki write-up here.
Young Stroll will be replacing Massa next season. His father, a Canadian billionaire, has spent $80 million on his son's racing career so far. From Autoweek:
The report claims his father, the fashion mogul and billionaire Lawrence Stroll, bought the Prema F3 team and installed well-known Ferrari engineer Luca Baldisserri to oversee Stroll's rise. Young Stroll was then the clear No. 1 driver this year, benefiting from F1 engineers seconded to his F3 campaign and a special simulator installed at Williams' Grove base.
He also embarked on a round-the-world test program with a 2014 Williams, supported by a staff of 20, five Mercedes engineers and two engines prepared specifically by Mercedes. Stroll's F1 test program went to Silverstone, Hungary, Monza, Austria, Barcelona, Abu Dhabi, Austin and Sochi.
1977: Houston police picked up a belligerent drunk named Joe Campo Torres, a Mexican-American. He resisted arrest so the cops beat the shit out of him. When they brought him to jail, the jailer refused to admit him and told the cops to take him to the hospital first.
The cops didn't. Instead, they took him to the bayou, kicked the shit out of him again, uncuffed him, and threw him in the water. At trial, it was revealed that one of the cops shouted out at the scene that he wanted to see if a wetback could swim. Torres's body was found two days later.
Two cops went on trial. They were each fined $1.00.
1978: On the one year anniversary of the death, there was a Cinco de Mayo celebration at Moody Park. An anti-police riot ensued.