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I have to admit that I haven't had to take Muni on a regular basis in almost three years and now that it's back in my life because of work I don't like what I see. While for me it's rather efficient, it's the way it takes you from one place to another is what bothers me.I have to admit that I haven't had to take Muni on a regular basis in almost... more
The federal government is about to become the country’s worst backseat driver. Congress wants to put tracking devices in the car of every American, and that’s not even the scariest provision in a new bill being passed around Washington.
The US Senate has already signed off on a new legislation that, if cleared by the rest of Congress, will see to it that the government gets its eyes and ears inside every automobile in the country. Senate Bill 1813 calls for the installation of mandatory recorders and communication devices in Americans’ cars that could connect the whereabouts and actions of the country’s drivers with whomever the government wants to grant access to. It doesn’t stop there, though — another provision in the proposed bill will give the government the power to revoke passports from Americans behind on their taxes, essentially making it impossible for the indebted to escape the country.
It’s being touted around the capital as the Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century Act, or MAP-21, and Congress is considering it under the explanation that the bill will “reauthorize Federal-aid highway and highway safety construction programs.” In the abstract drafted on Capitol Hill, however, the act is described as having provisions necessary “for other purposes.” And while no lawmakers explicitly explain the benefits of some questionable content within MAP-21, what the government could get away with if the bill is passed is something eerily Orwellian.
If you’re not scared yet, then here is another eye opener: the US Senate has already approved the bill by an overwhelming vote of 74-22, leaving only the House of Representatives to vote in favor before government-sanctioned blackboxes become as common as carburetors and calibrated friction brakes. At this rate, it won’t be long before every Beetle and Buick in the country is being tracked by Big Brother.
Section 53006 of MAP-21 calls for a “vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure communications systems” deployed in the country’s cars in the near future. A copy of the bill is available online, but it isn’t until the bottom of the text that things start to get creepy. That section calls on several congressional committees — including the Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation of the Senate and the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure of the House of Representatives — to hear in three years’ time arguments in favor of the deployment of the communications system in question. At that point, a designated person will be asked to recommend an “implementation path for dedicated short-range communications technology and applications,” which includes “guidance on the relationship of the proposed deployment of dedicated short-range communications to the National ITS Architecture and ITS Standards.”
Sending short-wave signals to other automobiles and data hubs is one thing, but the act is also asking for mandatory event data recorders in every car. That’s the actual name, in fact, of what Congress says they want every car to have in the very near future.
“Not later than 180 days after the date of enactment of this Act, the Secretary shall revise part 563 of title 49, Code of Federal Regulations, to require, beginning with model year 2015, that new passenger motor vehicles sold in the United States be equipped with an event data recorder that meets the requirements under that part,” explains the act.
The section goes on to establish that the ownership of data collected by those devices will be the sole property of the owner of the automobile, but other provisions clearly authorize a challenge to this. A court may be granted access to that information “in furtherance of a legal proceeding,” and elsewhere in the bill it says that “the information is retrieved pursuant to an investigation or inspection authorized under section 1131(a) or 30166 of title 49, United States Code.”
Two years after those devices are made mandatory, Congress will also hear a report that will explain “the recommendations on what, if any, additional data the event data recorder should be modified to record.”
Those without drivers licenses won’t be spared from civil liberty infringement if MAP-21 makes it out of the White House with Obama’s approval— another section says that Congress can confiscate the passports of Americans delinquent in paying their taxes. Although the US was built from the ground up by refugees escaping persecution, persons plagued by hardships in the near future won’t be afforded that same ability to escape Uncle Sam’s strengthening stranglehold.
Under Section 40304, the US State Department is allowed the powers to revoke passports from anyone determined by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) of having “a delinquent tax debt in an amount in excess of $50,000.” Fifty-grand might seem like a big number for 99-percenters, but it isn’t all that outrageous or uncommon. After all, the Washington Post reported in 2010 that out of the 18,000 employees on Capitol Hill, 638 of them were behind on their taxes. What’s more, though, is that of those working within the House of Representatives, the average delinquent was indebted to the country to the tune of $15,498.
"If you're on the federal payroll and you're not paying your taxes, you should be fired," Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah) exclaimed at the time. Two years down the road, though, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nevada) is requesting that a citizen’s ability to travel abroad be brought to an end for being behind on their taxes. Reid was the author of Section 40304 and is presumably outside of the 4 percent of congressional staffers that owed the feds in 2010, but opponents of the act are saying that stripping passports from poor Americans isn’t a provision that is necessary for MAP-21.
“It takes away your right to enter or exit the country based upon a non-judicial IRS determination that you owe taxes,” constitutional attorney Angel Reyes tells Fox Business. “It’s a scary thought that our congressional representatives want to give the IRS the power to detain US citizens over taxes, which could very well be in dispute.”
“There are so many people that fall into that situation, and I think that’s too invasive. Especially coming out of a bad economy there are a lot of people behind on a lot of things,” adds financial adviser Clark Hodges to Fox.
There are other damning provisions in MAP-21, including a “Stop Taxhaven Abuse” section that says the government can kick any foreign jurisdiction out of the US financial system if it wants to. For American residents up to date on their income taxes and not invested abroad, however, the real dangers lie within the very real possibility that the government will soon be able to track every single automobile on the nation’s roads. Earlier this year, the US Supreme Court ruled that law enforcement requires a warrant if they want to install GPS tracking devices on the cars of suspected criminals, but with that decision quickly collecting opposition, a loophole might have just been brought to light by forcing consumers to purchase cars with tracking systems already installed.
Before the Supreme Court shot down the feds’ plea to allow unwarranted monitoring of automobiles in January, Justice Stephen Breyer said that a decision to not do so would be dangerous for everyone in the country. "If you win this case then there is nothing to prevent the police or the government from monitoring 24 hours a day the public movement of every citizen of the United States. … So if you win, you suddenly produce what sounds like '1984',"explained Breyer.
http://rt.com/usa/news/congress-map-cars-1813-484/The federal government is about to become the country’s worst backseat driver.... more
By Kenneth Quinnell
Members of the United Auto Workers expressed extreme displeasure with Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's comment that rather than bail out the auto industry, "we should have let Detroit go bankrupt." They said that Romney doesn't understand that the bailout didn't just save companies and jobs, it saved careers and families. They went further to say that when conservatives like Romney attack unions, what they are really attacking are working people.
The full press release:
UAW members reacted strongly to Mitt Romney's claim that "we should have let Detroit go bankrupt," when the economy and the auto industry were about to collapse.
"He's trying to rewrite history and attack President Obama and the UAW for successfully saving the auto industry," said UAW President Bob King. "He is misleading voters about the president's bold and decisive rescue of the auto industry and about sacrifices made by workers. But voters deserve the truth."
Even prior to the emergency rescue loans, UAW members made deep sacrifices beginning in 2005 to save the company, giving up pay increases, overtime pay, holidays, agreeing to a reduced pay and benefit structure for new hires, and other concessions. President Obama demanded additional concessions and shared sacrifice from both labor and management in exchange for the loans.
In return, America's carmakers retooled to create the energy-efficient cars of the future and repaid their outstanding loans years ahead of schedule.
Rescuing the auto industry saved more than 1.4 million jobs up and down the supply chain.
"There's not a person in Michigan who doesn't have a sister or brother or cousin or friend who is tied to the auto industry," said Stacie Steward, a UAW Local 1700 member and an electrician from Chrysler's Sterling Heights Assembly Plant (SHAP) in Sterling Heights, Mich. "Every Michigan citizen should be appalled by what Mitt Romney said."
"It's an attack on American workers," said Jeff Klayo, also of Local 1700 and from SHAP, which was scheduled to close before Chrysler received the loans. "We're out there trying to get the American dream. We're trying to keep our jobs, for a good wage for our family, put food on our table, pay our taxes, continue to work for the company and get the rewards.
"If the company's successful, we can be successful. If the company takes a downturn, we take a downturn with it," he added.
"The president's rescue loans helped the auto industry survive the darkest hour of its history and return to thriving operations today," said King. "These workers from SHAP are evidence. They, along with hundreds of thousands other workers who depend on the auto industry for jobs, were facing a very uncertain future, but today, they are making the Chrysler 200, one of Detroit's new, hot-selling models. UAW members completed negotiations with the domestic automakers this fall with a strategy to make the company successful and to share in its success. And that strategy paid off."
"Americans deserve to know the truth," King added. "The emergency loans worked. GM is once again the world's top carmaker. Its 2011 profit was its largest ever. The auto industry added more than 200,000 jobs in the last two-and-a-half years, and 2011 was the strongest year of industry job growth since 1994. Demand for their cars is going up, so GM, Ford and Chrysler are starting to run three production shifts a day at many plants. Added shifts and new facilities mean jobs for thousands more workers in Michigan, Ohio and other places across the country."
Romney seems to care more about appeasing his allies in the business community than helping out actual working Americans. Good to see that working Americans are fighting back against the lies that Romney and other conservatives are spreading about them.
"I am thinking Romney is going to get his Ass handed to him in his own State!!!" =)By Kenneth Quinnell Members of the United Auto Workers expressed extreme... more
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Los Angeles is leading the nation on green transit, with its Metropolitan Transit Authority recently becoming the nation's only major transit agency whose entire bus fleet is equipped with alternative fuel technologies.
As proud as we should be of this accomplishment, however, L.A. continues to "miss the bus" when it comes to leveraging its investments to make the city a national center for green manufacturing jobs.
Here's where the rubber meets the road: Today, not a single MTA bus is manufactured in L.A. Instead, our fleet is built across the country in states like Alabama and Minnesota. That means our taxes and fare dollars go to pay the salaries of workers in those states rather than to workers here at home. With the region suffering 13 percent unemployment, this is an equation we must change.
Here's the opportunity: Over the next several years, local agencies around the country will begin preparations for another major shift - this time updating to all-electric buses. If L.A. plants its leadership stake early, we will be able to capitalize significantly on that investment.
Recently, I attended the World Electric Vehicle Symposium in Shenzhen, China. What I learned there surprised me. I found that the world's transportation leaders are far more excited about the potential of electric buses than electric cars.
This is because, increasingly, officials in Europe and Asia are realizing that shifting municipal support to manufacturing buses is a more efficient strategy to check air pollution, address traffic and create local jobs that pay well.
The environmental benefits of electric over compressed natural gas (CNG) are substantial. Here in L.A., converting our fleet of more than 2,000 CNG buses to electric would reduce carbon emissions by well over 400,000 metric tons - roughly the equivalent of taking 83,000 cars off the road.
So what should we take from this on a policy level?
Thanks to the Federal Transit Administration's "Buy America" requirements, 60 percent of the value of each bus on our streets must be created in the U.S. So by law, manufacturing of the next generation won't be outsourced to a factory across the globe - it will happen domestically. The only question is where.
Currently, there are very few electric bus manufacturing plants in the United States, mainly because at the moment there isn't sufficient demand. However, global trends tell us that will soon change.
If we act, Los Angeles has a clear opportunity to capture this market. This will require making a commitment to electric buses and leveraging that commitment to ensure that those buses are manufactured here. We aren't competing against China or Europe - we are competing against fellow American cities and states that have previously beaten L.A. to the punch in terms of leveraging the economic benefits of public transit dollars.
At the meeting of the MTA Board of Directors this week, we will propose a new pilot program, in which the agency would order up to 30 electric buses for trial circulation. This pilot will allow us to see if the technology works and equally importantly find out, as some studies seem to show, that electric buses might be cheaper to operate over their life cycle than combustion buses.
Cheaper costs of operations mean lower fares for our riders. Should the board approve the proposal and the pilot prove successful, Los Angeles will position itself to negotiate a large-scale manufacturing contract and bring the nation's first major electric bus plant to the L.A. area. That contract alone could mean thousands of jobs in the green economy for area residents.
Five years down the line, cities across the country will be making the transition to electric buses as a matter of sound public policy. At that point, we can either be the country's manufacturing center for electric mass transit or we can find ourselves still ordering from plants in Alabama and Minnesota.
On the last day of the Electric Vehicle Symposium, leaders from Copenhagen were given an award for their commitment to next generation mass transit, exemplified by the city's commitment to a fleet of electric buses. Inspired by the scene, I expressed my belief that Los Angeles is ready to expand the Copenhagen model to a significantly larger scale. Almost immediately, I was swarmed by manufacturers eager to talk about developing L.A.'s next fleet. These companies want to work with us, and they want to be here generating employment opportunities.
This is a chance for Los Angeles to step to the environmental forefront, create jobs for Angelenos and make public transportation affordable. Let's make sure this is one bus we don't miss.Los Angeles is leading the nation on green transit, with its Metropolitan Transit... more
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LINK : http://www.collegecrunch.org/money/20-painless-ways-to-save-money-on-gas/Cars are terrible. Sure, they can be sleek and beautiful, and there's a certain... more
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The more hybrid cars and battery electric cars are on the road, the more battery pack we'll eventually have to deal with. It's still a better problem to have than to have to deal with vehicles that burn significantly more non-renewable fossil fuels, with the waste products going straight in the atmosphere. :http://www.treehugger.com/files/2010/10/toyota-begins-nimh-battery-to-battery-recycling-in-japan.phpThe more hybrid cars and battery electric cars are on the road, the more battery pack... more
Toyota recall is to fix the problem of possible slow brake fluid leakage from the brake cylinder. The current Toyota recall includes Toyota Avalon, 2005, 2006.
http://www.wokay.com/business/toyota-recall-vehicles-once-twice-and-again-41396.htmlToyota recall is to fix the problem of possible slow brake fluid leakage from the... more
2011 Automotive Hot List: The Departed...
--If there’s one constant in this world, it’s this: We live in a world of constant flux. In the automotive world, however, we’ve all grown accustomed to seeing the same group of manufacturers introduce new models each year. You know the names. But for the 2011 model year—thanks largely to the huge economic downturn that began in late 2008—four well-known American nameplates have gone the way of the Edsel, so to speak.
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US military vehicles left Iraq through Kuwait to end the longest war of the world that is over. Iraq war started when the president of Iraq, Saddam Hussain who was initially planted by America opposed the Americans strategy to penetrate in Iraq freely
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New innovative ways are being worked on to speed up the ferrying of soldiers from base to the battlefield. According to a Discovery ..
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