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Car of the Year

02/12/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

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The Car of the Year (COTY) choices made by the different magazines and organizations are always interesting. This year, 2016, the results were as surprising as the outcome of United States presidential elections if only that the odds on the predictions were long.

There are many different classes for which awards were made, included Small Cars, Electric Cars, Executive Cars, Sports cars, MPVs and SUVs. But here we’ll look at Car of the Year, usually chosen on top of the classes. Read more…

Trump vs May vs Farage vs Dorrach

23/11/2016. Category: People. Topic: .

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The vibrancy of the 2016 US presidential elections continues to reverberate across the planet. Elected liberals still can’t make head or tails of the results while conservatives are claiming the dawn of a new age in politics.

At stake are the billions of dollars the United States annually contribute to a variety of international causes and actions. Who has bitten the hand that will be holding the feed in the near future? Read more…

11/8/16 – Sad day for USA and the World

09/11/2016. Category: People. Topic: , .

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“The people have spoken. The bastards!”

That might sound like a quote from Hilary Clinton on the news that she lost the race to the White House to Donald Trump. But it was someone else who said that.

The race did not start and did not end well for Clinton. And while the mainstream media editorials and polls had her leading almost up to the end it is now clear that their methods were askew. They should have listened to William Faulkner’s advice: “In writing, you must kill all your darlings.” Read more…

Toyota Hilux moose test

31/10/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: .

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This is fantastic material for conspiracist.

After losing WWII, the Japanese devised a cunning long-term plan to destroy their old enemy, the Allies. Over decades they crafted cute little cars and pickups that crept into the hearts of the Americans and Europeans. The Toyota Camry and Corolla, Hondas and Nissans have consistently featured well in the rankings of top car sales charts.

With the unsuspecting Americans and Europeans tightly enclosed behind the locked doors of their cute little imports the Empire struck back. Read more…

An appointment with the Justice Minister

31/10/2016. Category: People. Topic: .

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Here’s the plan: you dress up like an Arab, fly to Israel, throw a bag of instant popping popcorn at a Jew, get bashed up immediately, get thrown in jail… and then you make your move.

Considering the treatment you would have received and with clearly visible scars you insist on pleading your case privately with the Justice Minister in her chambers. There you can feast your eyes. Read more…

Edgeless smartphones 2016

26/10/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

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You’ve crossed the t’s and dotted the i’s on your latest long-term mobile phone contract. You carefully unbox your latest acquisition and admire its beautiful lines. Then you set it up to your liking and log on to the internet… only to discover a newer, smarter, even more attractive smartphone. Darn!

Chances are that one of those newer model that caught your eye is an edgeless smartphone. They simply look awesome, don’t they? Read more…

Donald Trump and the rise of white identity in politics

25/10/2016. Category: People. Topic: .

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Racial bias increasingly reflects attention to the welfare of one’s own group rather than animus toward other groups.

Many political commentators credit Donald Trump’s rise to white voters’ antipathy toward racial and ethnic minorities. However, we believe this focus on racial resentment obscures another important aspect of racial thinking. Read more…

University of Cambridge Open Access making research freely available

11/10/2016. Category: Raves & Rants. Topic: .

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The University of Cambridge has received its 10,000th Open Access submission – highlighting its commitment to making research freely available to anybody who wants to access it, without publisher paywalls or expensive journal subscriptions.

The Open Access movement has been growing in strength in academia for many years, and it is increasingly being mandated by funding bodies and government. Read more…

Lost addthis social share button counts after moving to https

10/10/2016. Category: Gadgets. Topic: .

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So, you finally installed a SSL certificate and moved your website from http to https. Good move! But now all the count numbers on your addthis social sharing buttons have gone back to zero!

Don’t worry, there’s a quick fix thanks to an organic gardener.

Why did the count numbers go back to zero? Because the sharing services are tied to the root of the URL of the page and stores the data recorded for each specific URL. Read more…

New Triumph Bonneville T100 vs T120

04/10/2016. Category: Wheels. Topic: , .

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Triumph expanded their award-winning Bonneville range with the launch of the new Bonneville T100 at the Intermot 2016 motorcycle show in Cologne, Germany.

At only 11 kg (24 lbs) lighter than the T120 the new T100 is not quite a baby T120; they share the same chassis. In fact, the official specifications report the T100 wheelbase at 5 mm (0.2 in) longer. The T100 seat also is 5 mm higher than the 785 mm (30.9 inches) stated for the the T120.

Looking at pictures and videos, it’s hard to tell the difference. The T100 looks every bit as good as the T120. Read more…

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