26 Blog Posts From March 2016


TheNewspaper.com Roundup: March 30, 2016

TheNewspaper.com Roundup: March 30, 2016

Each Wednesday, we’ll publish quick summaries of the articles from the last week on TheNewspaper.com. We’re doing this because these articles are often strongly connected to the issues that Oostwestthuisbest members are interested in. Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Convicted Chicago Official Wants Redflex Exec To Pay Bribery Fine John Bills, the former Chicago, […]

More from the “missing the point” department

A resident of La Jolla, California persuaded the traffic board to block a speed limit increase on the grounds that the legally required measurement of the speed of free-flowing traffic measured the speed of free-flowing traffic. To avoid biasing results of a routine speed survey the city turned off speed feedback signs. That’s what they’re […]

Tough Love Harley

Cue Borat voice… great success! The ’80 Hardley appears to be functional. Possibly, ridable. Probably for not very long. But, still. I gimped the electrics to a state of “well, it works” … battlefield medicine, so to speak. The bike’s wiring harness was cut and re-routed and shorted out to such a Byzantine extent I […]

2016 VW Passat Review

Last year, VW nixed the so-so-fuel-efficient (but simple and inexpensive) 2.5 liter in-line five that used to be the Passat’s standard engine in favor of a slightly more fuel-efficient (but more expensive and complicated) four cylinder turbocharged engine. This year, Uncle’s nixed the extremely fuel-efficient TDI diesel engine that used to be optionally available in […]

Our big fear is drivers obeying the law

Last week in Wyoming a new law went into effect increasing the speed limit on most two lane state highways to 70. This week, WYDOT revealed the agency’s “big fear”: people might start driving 70 before crews had changed signs to match the new speed limit. This is a ridiculous statement. The requirement that WYDOT […]

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