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Comment: Re:Doublethink (Score 1) 677

by LWATCDR (#49536777) Attached to: Except For Millennials, Most Americans Dislike Snowden

"That's because the elderly suffered much more stringent brainwashing as children that leads them to say that they "support those who fight for our freedom" while also promoting a police state worse than Orwells worst nightmare."
It is not just the elderly it is everyone that is not really young.

What it could be is older people tend to see more potential unintended results of actions. I have to say that your post is an almost prototypical propaganda tactic of making villains out of those that disagree with you.

Comment: Re:Buying cars based on fuel price... ugh (Score 5, Informative) 618

by LWATCDR (#49528831) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Your Imperial gallon is larger than a US Gallon.
So he Mazda 6 gets 46 mpg on gas in UK terms.
The Chevy Cruze Diesel gets over 55 mpg.
Also the US uses a different testing method than the EU so often the same car with the same engine will get better ratings in the EU.

Comment: Re:Buying cars based on fuel price... ugh (Score 3, Interesting) 618

by LWATCDR (#49528453) Attached to: Cheap Gas Fuels Switch From Electric Cars To SUVs

Because paying $540 dollars a month is better than paying $580 a month.
The other fact is that pure gas cars are getting really good milage. The Mazda 6 is rated at 40mpg on the highway. The new CX-5 CUV is over 30mpg hwy.
My Chevy Cruze is averaging over 33 mpg for me.
 

Comment: Re:I took a high speed train recently... (Score 1) 189

by LWATCDR (#49528161) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

They are not just complaining about no stops. They are also upset about those noise, and the "danger", and the risk of first responders being stuck waiting for a train.
I could also complain about the mass transit system as well. It takes 30 minutes to take a bus from my office to the mall but only 15 minutes to walk it. BTW before anyone says just walk this is south FL so think lots of heat and rain time of year.

Comment: Re:I took a high speed train recently... (Score 3, Insightful) 189

by LWATCDR (#49523019) Attached to: Maglev Train Exceeds 600km/h For World Record

The real issue is that they do not really seem to want them to really work.
For example the Florida High Speed rail project that Florida "rightly" refused to build was nothing but welfare for Disney. The "first leg" was the Orlando Airport to Disney!
Now they are trying to build one that goes from Miami to Orlando but the people in three counties that are not getting stops are protesting it. This train would run on existing tracks so it should not cost an Arm and a leg but NIMBY is in full force.
BTW I do live in one of those bypassed counties and while I would like for them to add stops I can see why they might not want to at first since the counties have a lower population than ones with stops.
If they really want them to work they should pick real routes like Dallas Houston, LA SF, and yes Miami Orlando.

Comment: Re:Probably best (Score 1) 649

by LWATCDR (#49518323) Attached to: Automakers To Gearheads: Stop Repairing Cars

Since too many people found my typo amusing let me tell you why are are wrong.
1. Summit racing is full of pistons, cranks, cams, and heads for LS engines.
2. Google build LS and you will find lots of hits.
BTW the current suggestions are to find an iron block LS engine like the LQ7 out of a truck since they are more common and cheaper than the aluminum versions out of cars and you can bore them out more. Replace the pistons and rods since they tend to be the weak point on the engines unless you found an LS7 or 9 which used forged pistons and ti con rods. The right heads and cam will really give you good gains with little money. Some of the stock heads are very good and can often be found cheap. The stock intakes are actually pretty good and of course headers will help but not as much as the old days since modern exhaust manifolds are very good compared to the cast iron logs used back in 60s, 70s, and 80s. Of course SBCs are still around but with electronic ignition and often efi. Both are available from the after market. The Ford Coyote engines also have a large following and lots of parts available. Ford is still selling Winsor short blocks and crate motors as well and they also have a huge aftermarket. I am not up on mopar and frankly the big blocks have been pushed out to the extremes. You can build a 454 LS small block and a 460 Winsor so big blocks are not a big advantage unless you are going to push past 500 cid which is pretty rare and very expensive.

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