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    President Biden

    That you are unable to discern my knowledge of cars and motorcycles suggests to me that you are the kind of driver who has never rebuilt an engine, never changed a clutch, never jury-rigged a carb or a broken throttle by the side of the road, never tried your hand at tuning four carbs on a Honda CB750 at the same time, or marveled at the incredible simplicity of the Fuji 488. When did you turn into such a dicklick anyway? You used to be kinda cool in the old days. Male menopause? I'm surprised you didn't bitch about Lady Gaga that she didn't insert anything about Canada into the National Anthem.
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    President Biden

    You must be a good friend, lots of guys would have been upset at their friend if they didn't have the decency to die with the car.
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    President Biden

    That was excellent. Who was the guy in the newer Corvette?
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    President Biden

    It's the same one I saw, he talks about electric Corvettes at about the 1:00 minute mark. I like Biden, there is something familiar about him, that video really captures him, especially when he talks about his dad and his son. He's the Slightly Mysterious Friendly Neighbor Guy.
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    President Biden

    I smiled the whole way through that until he started talking about electric vehicles and then I realized it was a campaign ad. There is no such thing as an electric Corvette. There will be a chunk of fiberglass or carbon fiber that a Corvette-like shape, and they have shoved an electric motor and a battery in there, and it will fly like a raped ape, but it will not be a Corvette. Corvettes are powered by water-cooled gasoline engines. If they transition the icon of the GM Performance Industry over to an electric car that is fundamentally unchanged from a Tesla or a souped-up Leaf, then they will kill the brand. I've no doubt that they will sell a lot of them, but it will be the beginning of the end for Corvette. What might work is this ... bring back the Corvair, tell Ralph Nader and the Pirgs that they are great people, but in this one they can go fuck themselves, because the new Corvair is going to be powered by an electric motor, and it's going to be one of the safest cars on the road. That might work. But electrifying the Vette is as dumb as electrifying the Mustang, regardless of how many they sell. The electric drive is essentially the cell-phone-ization of the consumer automobile. Tesla is able to do it because they are the Apple iPhone of the industry. But the fundamental nature of performance cars is that they are fundamentally evil. That the person who drives that vehicle is responsible and "good" because he or she has the ability to tame that beast. The only future for electric performance cars is for them to go ultralightweight. Shitcan the batteries, replace with capacitors, and power the whole setup with a high-performance gasoline engine to pump as many horsepower as possible in the kilowatt alternator and then pump that power down a nitrogen-cooled superconducting pathway to the bank of ultracapacitors that power the electric engines. THAT car can be called a Corvette.
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    President Biden

    289 ... it's a good engine for pulling trailers, someone put it on the bumper because that's what people did back in the 1970s when they needed to pull one of those little fiberglass Casitas or those little pop-up campers they weighed less than about 1,800 lbs., you could get away with the bumper mounts, and it was dirt cheap, just buy the ball, get the SpeedieCo turn signal set for $7.95 at the KOA Kampground store, and you were good to go to pull small trailers. And actual frame-mounted hitch, draw, bar and pull would have put you back a solid $50, and that was 1970s money, when gas was $0.50/gallon. Passenger cars pulled trailers back then, it's just what they did, now the passenger cars are SUVs. With a frame-mounted hitch, the same 289 from your Mustang was in my mom's Mercury Comet Station Wagon. That engine pulled our 1968 or so Globestar Travel Trailer, it must have weighed a good 3000 lbs. That you had a '67 Mustang means you are not trailer trash. If you still have your dream car from when you were a kid, then that means you would have learned to fix cars, and there would be strong indication that you were, at some point in your life, a dirty-handed union-made worker, and possibly trailer trash, but you would wear that label with pride. I still have the Globestar that my dad bought in 1968-something, so I guess I'm solid trailer trash. A cottonwood tree grew through the hitch triangle, it's been so long since I've actually moved it.
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    President Biden

    I didn't see it, but that's a smart move from Biden, you can't show fear from a bunch of nutcakes who want to hasten the end times. It's not 1963 anymore. I'm sure they have laser sights, heat signature sensors, and window reflectors sensitive enough to hear a housefly get a hard-on to screw a pile of rat shit. They made sure that he was secure, it's not just a show of force for the President, but for the $2-something billion per year that us Yanks spend on our Secret Service. Yeah, they may have had to take the edge off in Colombia. But not D.C., that's their office. They keep stuff locked down in D.C. ... that shooting of that woman, that was apparently from one of Pence's Service guys, right? Sucks, Trump or not, it's unfortunate when anyone gets killed in these things, obviously Sicknick, but even that Air Force woman who tried to get in. I can't imagine that they would have shot her unless she posed an immediate threat of some kind that the others didn't. But maybe, shit happens, and ultimately nobody is perfect. but I think the general training of a Secret Service agent is probably 10x the training of an average city cop that kills someone with a knee to their neck. I only know that when I do business in D.C., that I always get the feeling that it's a city without a lot of tension. It seems a place where the business of government is done with sufficient integrity and efficiency that things just work. Biden should walk down the sidewalk, it's his home, and people have a right to be unafraid in their homes. (Assuming they're somewhat wealthy. If they're poor and they live in a ghetto in Camden or Baltimore, apparently they don't have that right, because the United States of America has decided to bypass the economic progress of certain Americans.)
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    President Biden

    If you don't know that Biden doesn't love his Trans Am, then you don't read the Onion, the even the Purple Font can't help you. May the heavens have mercy your onionless soul. Anyway ... does the actual Biden own a Corvette? Kinda cool, sort of puts him at a certain place and time in American culture if he owns a Vette ... he was upper middle class in the 1970s. There is no other way. If he actually had a Trans Am, he would have been middle-middle class in the 1970s. Camaro even in a trim level like LS, lower middle class in the 1970s, Chevy Vega, working class in the 1970s. Simca 1000? In that case, he was the son of a billionaire, ripped away from his family due to the prevailing politics of the day and the need for Cold War Security. But he has a Vette. Which one, do you know? I'm not going to Google it, I'm just going to guess, how close did I come? 1978 White Corvette with the 350 and the four speed manual?
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    President Biden

    Sure, instead of working to bring down the deficit, he's always out on the golf course ... err, I mean fixing up that damned Pontiac Trans Am of his. Yeah, she's a beauty, she has the 400 engine, he put a Holly 4-barrel carb in, and upgraded to Isky cams with the Edelbrock headers, but come on, he's supposed to be running the country, not fucking around with that car! If he really cared about the country, he would sell that damned car and help pay some bills around here.
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    The Corner

    The only thing that I noticed you posted was an article from the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, an organization I've supported since the 1990s BECAUSE of their work on NPT compliance. One of the physicists who trained me is on their board. Did I miss something else that you posted? In your own words, what are the U.S. noncompliances with the NPT?
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    Did You Know...

    I've no way to verify this, it was told to me a drunk food engineer in Finnegan's Wake bar in NYC back around 1992 ... He told me that Jiffy Pop had infringed on the patent of another, earlier brand of disposable pan popcorn, and in order to differentiate their product, Jiffy Pop added a natural anesthetic to their product called Eugenol (same stuff that's in celery that gives you a numb mouth) that vaporized in the air when the top aluminum foil opened and produced a drug-induced euphoria to the person shaking the pan. The addictive qualities of the gas and the euphoria it produced were noted, and Jiffy Pop managed to outlast the originator of the product. Similarly, when I worked in school book publishing, we did a competitive analysis of other publisher's books, we couldn't figure out why they were selling so well. We looked at the writers, artwork, printing, nothing seemed better than our product. But we did notice that wonderful aroma of their books. Turns out they added some expensive perfumes to the binding glue that were released when the book was opened and cracked the binding by the State Textbook Adoption boards. Dirty chemical tricks of smart corporations ...
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    President Biden

    I promised myself that I wouldn't listen to one of my favorite songs until Trump was out. It seemed heresy to play it when some millionaire, union-busting, golf-playing lazy-ass fat boy was where the buck was supposed to stop. So here were are. As you write, time to get to work ...
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    The Corner

    That's nonsense. There is nothing in the TPNW or U.S. Policy that requires that. NATO countries, Australia, Canada, U.K, etc., won't sign for two reasons ... they still view China and Russia as greater risks than nuclear weapons, and they have already signed the NPT, which already includes their agreement to the NPT's Article VI provisions which call for unilateral negotiations for the end of nuclear arms and complete nuclear disarmament. A position of dissent with the TPNW is that it weakens negotiations with Article VI of the NPT, which already has the nuclear states and non-nuclear states on-board. The TPNW splits those and then removes the Article VI negotiations. Also, there is no well-funded enforcement mechanism for the TPNW, but the NPT (which would include the Article VI agreements) already has the IAEA which has the means to inspect and enforce Article VI provisions.
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    The Corner

    "Duck dodge"? You claimed that the USA is noncompliant with the NPT, and then when it's clear you can't actually support your political opinion on that you change the subject. Again, I don't care, duck and dodge however you like, and I'm sure it worked to varying degrees with your students, as well as your baiting. As for the thread, it seems the "stake through the heart" is when someone has the audacity to disagree with one one your untenable positions. All you're doing is demonstrating the oxymoron of "political science."
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    Motorbikes you dream owning someday anarchy

    My friend gave me a ride in his WRX, I nearly puked, the acceleration in that thing coupled with the way he drove it like a dirt-bike was like nothing I had ever experienced. I don't know which WRX that thing was, but it was terrifying to be in the passenger seat.