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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Tue Feb 19, 2013 8:31 pm

Let's put our ducks in a row:
  • There are people out there who want to collapse the U.S. dollar and have another oil crisis (a la the DHS Insider).
  • Japan and China are quarreling over the territorial rights of islands between the two countries.
  • China wants U.S. citizens disarmed and some U.S. politicians are looking to make that happen.
  • North Korea continues to test rockets and their nuclear technology, presumably to combine them for warhead delivery.
  • Russia had a nuclear sub in the Gulf of Mexico.
  • And now this-

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We're in for some interesting days ahead.

I hope there is an advanced civilization watching over Earth because we're going to need them to step in or this will come to fruition.
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Post  Simcik on Tue Mar 12, 2013 1:07 am

So, Avanti, sounds like Cali is about to fall off into the Pacific. Got an extra room here if ya need it!

No, seriously, heard about a big quake, though it is south of you by quite a bit - be safe and keep us up to date if you can.
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Wed Mar 13, 2013 1:27 am

Yeah, I'm good.

This should open the lil V6 [2.8] earthquake not too far away, but I couldn't feel a two-eight even at that distance. People closer to Laguna Seca would've felt that one … yes, that is Hollister on the map.

Folks northeast of San Diego, they had the ol 289 [4.7] earthquake; that would've been noticeable.

Conversation in NCIS:LA (sea. 2 ep. 20) about an earthquake.
Kensi Blye: [about an earthquake] Crack of dawn. Shoke me right out of bed. You guys didn't feel it?
G. Callen: I was on a run.
Sam Hanna: Deep sleeper.
Marty Deeks: You forget I'm from Califor-nigh-yay. We don't get out of bed for anything less than a 6.
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Tue Apr 16, 2013 5:41 pm

Died from an overdose of sex.
http://videos.huffingtonpost.com/husband-dies-after-rape-by-6-wives-517426893
Squid, it reminds me of your "acceptable ways to die" list.
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Fri Jun 21, 2013 2:48 pm

http://blogs.laweekly.com/informer/2013/05/monica_amestoy_masturbation_flight_united_lawsuit.php
"… and the man in question was across the isle from her … The teen feared that the guy might actually shoot his ejaculate on her, describing it as possible offensive contact with his sperm."

It's safe to presume this Monica isn't going to work in the porn industry.
If his ejaculate can clear an aisle, damn! I bet he aims for the ceiling fan every night.
"Ain't you them kids that have been whackin' off in my toolshed?"
Squid, how dare you!? She's young and impressionable. You scarred that poor girl for life.
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Post  Simcik on Fri Jun 21, 2013 7:38 pm

http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2013/06/jeep-recall-unintended-consequences

The Jeep Recall is BS. Nothing but gov't strongarming.

Guess someone at the UAW is pissed that Fiat wants to buy them out early, and the goons have been sent out... This whole thing is ridiculous. There have been very, very few accidents - and most of them involve aftermarket parts - yet Jeep is getting raked over the coals for it.
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Post  TuxTshirt on Fri Jun 21, 2013 8:39 pm

Welcome to the age of entitlement and the age of "public perception=fact."  I'm sure you all can imagine the bullshit I hear and see everyday.  We had a rental customer bring a car back today with a blown out tire and dented rim that claimed the (brand new) tire blew out all on its own.  And, that the dent was caused by the tire.

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Post  Simcik on Fri Jun 21, 2013 10:04 pm

Oh yeah, I'm sure you see a ton of that shit...

Did you ever have much issues with the 6.7L Cummins up there? See, everybody and his puppy-dog down here with any kind of money (read "oilfield workers") had one, and most people had no need for it. All they did with it was drove it to the job site, let it sit, and drove it home. They never towed, they never really used it. Anyway, they'd leave the truck idling all day and night on the job site, thinking it was just like all the old diesels they'd seen before...

It wasn't. It had the new emissions controls on it (basically a high-end catalytic converter) to meet the new EPA regs, and it had to get HOT to keep from clogging. Idling produced the most soot, so it wasn't recommended to let it idle for very long. And it was recommended that at least once a week you drove for a solid hour at highway speeds to heat the system up and blow the soot out (it wasn't soot when it came out). Anyway, failure to do this would cause the truck to lose power (Think of it as putting a plug in your exhaust pipe.) and run bad. (Later systems would actually sense this and detune the engine until it was reset.) We would see one of these trucks everyday (at least in the city, where people didn't drive far - it was less of an issue in the country) and people would want Dodge to buy them out of their truck or warranty the repair (which could be very extensive and costly - one truck I saw required a whole new engine and exhaust system).

Now, Chrysler put warnings all over the truck and in the owners manual, but that still didn't stop people from filing a class action lawsuit. Last I heard, it was dismissed. Owner stupidity =/= Manufacturer Neglegance.

If anything, people should have been mad at the EPA. You really think Chrysler wanted to give up the 5.9L? Haha. No. It just couldn't make any power with all the emissions restrictions. Anyway, yeah, that one is the best example I can think of to illustrate the issue.
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Post  TuxTshirt on Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:46 pm

We weren't a Dodge dealer when most of the 6.7 issues occurred, however I'm very familiar with it.  The issue was that the DPF (diesel particulate filter) was getting clogged very rapidly for a number of different reasons.  You mentioned one about excessive idling.  A BIG problem was contamination.  Dust/sand would get into the fuel system and damage the super sensitive fuel injectors.  They also had EGR problems due to neglect.  People not changing out their fuel filters as scheduled and using the wrong air filters also caused problems. Eventually, if the fuel injector issues became bad enough, they would become like cutting torches inside the engine, and the engine would be destroyed.

Since then, Mopar went to a finer primary fuel filter and highly recommended adding an auxiliary fuel filter near the fuel tank.  They had a really good case because the issues were owner-induced 9 out of 10 times.  It's not like Dodge installed the contaminants in the truck when they built it.  Now, owners are more informed and some felt some pain.  I talked to a guy from Chrysler in the diesel training course I took and he explained it in pretty simple terms.  Dodge covered many DPF and engine replacements, but in cases of contamination and/or neglect, the owner had to pay for the fuel tank to be removed and cleaned, the fuel system cleaned, and adding an auxiliary fuel filter.  Dodge did good by many people but had to let them incur some cost to teach them some things.  That guy told me that Chrysler was eating 12 million dollars worth of engines per quarter during that fiasco.

All in all, the 6.7 is a wonderful engine.  Mechanically it's sound (of course) and there's truly A TON of untapped power wrapped up in that beast.

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Post  OLDFenderBender on Fri Jun 21, 2013 11:58 pm

Has there been a lot of electrical issues with the recent Ram trucks? I have a friend who almost had his truck catch fire due to the wire harness melting within a week of purchase...

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Post  TuxTshirt on Sat Jun 22, 2013 12:29 am

No, first I've heard.  That sounds like a freak thing.  It's VERY rare to have a dead short with no circuit protection.

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Post  Simcik on Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:01 am

I've had one issue with my truck, and it was caused by me, so, yeah, not really hearing of any electrical issues. Never saw that issue or something similar on the ones I sold either.

Now, I have seen stuff melt (not catch fire) when people wire up all sorts of aftermarket lights and stereos and such, but, ya know, 18-22 gauge wire is only built to handle so much current.

I really only have four complaints with my truck. I HATE the torque management system (I know why it's there, but its the principal...) that chokes the engine down. I wish I could leave my fog lights on when I turn my high beams on without having to do custom wiring. I wish there was a full-off for the stability and traction control in 2WD mode. And I wish I would have paid the extra $2000 for the crew cab...
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Post  Simcik on Sat Jun 22, 2013 1:10 am

And Tux, I forgot about the fuel-related issues. The guy that needed a completely new engine was running his own homemade bio-diesel.

He wanted Chrysler to not only pay off his truck, but reimburse him for what he had paid (he'd had it for just over a year) already (so, buy it back entirely) AND he wanted a new model (which was the updated body style), in a higher trim level and larger cab configuration, for about 60% of the sticker price... He was a moron. I'm pretty sure Chrysler ended up paying for some of his repairs (Not sure why???), but he kept his truck. And they made sure he understood that if the truck had this issue again, he was on his own, as it was clearly owner-caused.

There were a lot of guys that swapped K&N filters on their trucks and our service guys would pull it, put a paper filter in, and give the K&N back to the owner.

We have a lot of people down here that drive diesels, yet have no need for one. They think it's cool. They have no idea why they should have to pay more for oil changes, many of them think they have spark plugs, and, well, yeah, they're just dumb. Of course, we also have idiots who pull tandem axle goosenecks with F-150s too, so yeah...
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Post  Simcik on Sat Jun 22, 2013 11:31 am

More on the Jeep recall.

http://www.allpar.com/news/index.php/2013/06/ditlow-protests-jeep-recall-agreement

Seems that the manufacturer repairing an aftermarket issue in response to a terrible collision that would have done the same to just about any vehicle isn't enough for people...

If they decide to test the fix, they should also test every other comparable vehicle for a  high-speed 18-wheeler impact in the rear. Let's see how many other vehicles need to be  recalled...

AND, the chance of something like this happening is why I try to leave several lengths between myself and the car in front of me if we have to stop and watch my mirrors closely. I hope that if I start rolling forward I can at least lessen the impact - I'd even consider stomping on the gas if it looked like it was gonna be bad enough...
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Mon Jul 01, 2013 6:52 pm

Yay, free cars for everyone! Whoops, sorry. I jumped the gun. Until then, 3D printing is helping to reduce the cost of cars.

This is actually über cool technology. As long as one item [of reasonable size] exists on this planet, we can use it with 3D printing and metallurgy to recreate another.
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Post  Simcik on Mon Jul 01, 2013 10:19 pm

3D printing is cool, but it's not the end-all-be-all. It's not THAT strong.
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Tue Jul 02, 2013 1:22 am

True, the material that comes out of the 3D printer isn't strong. You should either print a positive or a negative of your desired part, and if you printed a positive then it's time to create a negative mold. Whether or not you print a negative first depends if the printer's resin material can stand up to what you're going to be pouring. The 3D printed part isn't the finished product though it's a means to an end; you still have to be good friends with a metallurgist.

From the article:
"Ford uses the technology to print cylinder heads, brake rotors and rear axles <corrected> for test vehicles. Thanks to 3D printing, production time for one type of cylinder head, used in its fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines, is cut down from four to five months to three, shaving 25% to 40% off production time. Earlier casting methods required that the mold be cut from sand; 3D printing allows Ford to skip the cutting process and pour the metal directly into the molds."
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Fri Jul 12, 2013 6:04 pm

Oakland-based KTVU really screwed up. This happened today folks, on the station's noon news.


I like that the producer Tweeted, "Oh shit!"
The Desk

Jalopnik

And the Chicago Sun-Times also screwed up.
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Post  Simcik on Sat Jul 13, 2013 10:42 pm

Holy crap, that's sad...

I think the CST headline is just a play on words, not a mistake...
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Sun Jul 14, 2013 12:08 am

It's like in Brad Paisley's song "accidental racism" (which the following article references). I see what the CST were doing but replacing an "elle" with an "are" when dealing with an Asian airline can be seen as offensive. CST explained their stance and issued an apology.
It is true some people are so uptight we can't push a needle up their ass with a jackhammer, but that's the world as we know it.
http://www.inquisitr.com/837070/sun-times-headline/

A fire science instructor I had told of an account about an area chief hiring a black woman, and the chief asked, "So, how does it feel to be one of the gals?" And she lunged at the chief, ready to choke him. He didn't realize "gal" was offensive to black women until that point. He didn't use that term again and would have been in the wrong if he had.
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Fri Aug 16, 2013 8:38 pm

http://abcnews.go.com/Health/girl-ages-unravel-secret-eternal-youth/story?id=19974247

Why do I see ↓ happening?
[Cuffed guy] - "I swear officers, the Brazilian girl said she was thirty one!"
[Officers] - "Tell it to the judge; we're taking you in."
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Tue Oct 08, 2013 10:12 pm


Um, Squid? Stalker? Who's going to explain this one? I think somebody caught the AG duo in public.
Bay area KRON 4 has the story
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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:48 pm

Meteor explodes over Tucson. CNN has the story.
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Post  StalkerStang on Wed Dec 11, 2013 11:07 pm

Wierd, I didn't hear anything about it.

Tuscon is mostly dirt anyways lol.....

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Post  Avanti 63r1025 on Fri Feb 07, 2014 3:35 am

This was a Bank of America mailer misfire:

I know this is terrible but my mind can't stop from thinking, "Hey guys, any takers?"
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