What you missed on 7.30.14
Filed under: Nissan lets us sample a diesel Frontier prototype
Hey. You. Yeah, you. Do you think Nissan should build a midsize pickup truck with a diesel engine? Yeah, so do we. And we just got the chance to drive just such a beast, though it’s anything but a production model at this point. This particular example is fitted with a 2.8-liter four-cylinder from Cummins, and it puts out 200 hp and 350 lb-ft of torque, enabling it to tow as much as 7,000 pounds.
There sure is a lot we don’t know about the next generation of Chevy’s extended-range electric vehicle. What we do know, though, is that it ought to be making its auto show debut sometime soon. How soon? Likely either Los Angeles later this year or else Detroit, Chicago or New York in early 2015, according to an anonymous source.
It’s nicknamed the Blood Muscle auction because the cars, which will be sold each to the highest bidders on September 12, were attained by the president of a blood-testing company who is now incarcerated for alleged bribery. There’s a Boss Mustang, a trio of Yenko Chevrolets and our personal favorite, a Plymouth Superbird, among others, up for bidding.
- Parents of terminally ill child sue after son dies following make-a-wish-style ride
- Jaguar shows the face of its upcoming XE S sports sedan
- New drifting world record set in Toyota GT86
Indian Roadmaster returns for 2015 with ‘Proven power and endless chrome’ [w/video]
It’s a busy summer for Polaris – it’s got a three-wheeled gunner called the Slingshot coming out under its own brand name, its Victory Motorcycle division is expected to launch something shortly, and now a new luxury tourer has rolled to the top of its Indian Motorcycle brand. Called the Roadmaster, the name recalls the original Indian bike of that name made from 1947 to 1953. True, Indian did produce a Roadmaster redux in 2010, but this one for 2015 is a very different bike.
Seeking to knock back any question of its bona fides as “the ultimate in luxury motorcycle touring,” Indian has loaded it up with “proven power and endless chrome,” as well as a long shopping list of features: LED lighting, keyless ignition with remote saddlebag and trunk locks, a power adjustable windscreen, heated grips with ten settings, adjustable passenger floorboards, and almost 38 gallons of weatherproof storage start things off.
Power comes from the company’s Thunder Stroke 111 engine, a 111-cubic-inch V-twin with 119 pound-feet of torque, and according to a dyno run by Motorcycle USA, 73 horsepower. It will come in three colors when it appears in dealerships later this year, those being Thunder Black, Indian Motorcycle Red and two-tone Indian Motorcycle Red and Ivory Cream. It will wear a sticker price of $26,999 – a $7,000 drop from the last, much less luxurious Roadmaster effort.
If you happen to be at Sturgis, Indian will unveil the Roadmaster on August 2. While you wait, you can watch the first TV spot for the new bike and there’s a press release below with more information.
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Chartboost, Chukong Link Up To Bring Mobile Game Cross-Promotion To Chinese Developers
Now the world’s biggest smartphone market, China represents a wealth of still-growing opportunities for mobile game developers. While app developers in the West are fretting that the so-called “Gold Rush” is over, China’s market is still growing rapidly with north of 800 million active smart devices. But the mainland Chinese market is pretty impenetrable to… Read More
Elon Musk to get spot on The Simpsons
It’s hard to believe that The Simpsons is moving into its 26th season, but there’s good news for auto enthusiasts, especially of the EV variety. The show’s executive producer, Al Jean, confirmed on Twitter that Tesla Motors CEO Elon Musk would have a guest spot on the show in the upcoming season. Even better, it sounds like a pretty significant role.
Elon Musk in ep 1/11 and not a “kiss ass” celebrity guest star turn: Burns tries to kill him, and we reveal Musk’s master password.
- Al Jean (@AlJean) July 29, 2014
According to Automotive News, Jean first announced the episode during a panel at San Diego Comic-Con. It’s titled “The Musk Who Fell to Earth” and has Mr. Burns somehow losing all of his money to the Tesla boss. With his name prominently in the title, it gives the indication that Elon’s role is going to be a lot bigger than just muttering a few lines in one scene and then walking away.
This is technically Musk’s second appearance on The Simpsons. An earlier episode featured Elon Musk as a fragrance of the fictional ASK Body Spray. Tesla put up a screenshot of it on their blog and said, “You know you’re famous when you get featured on the Simpsons.” Apparently, the CEO is an even bigger deal now with this guest-starring gig.
Of course, The Simpsons has made at least two, great contributions to the automotive world – the Homer and the Canyonero. Our only hope is that Musk can somehow feature EV versions of them both in his episode.
House Republicans Vote To Sue Obama Over Health Care Law
Source: www.ibtimes.com – Wednesday, July 30, 2014
(Reuters) – The Republican-led U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday cleared the way for the launch of a lawsuit accusing President Barack Obama of overstepping his authority in carrying out his landmark healthcare reform law. The 225-201 vote, along party lines, to authorize the suit will allow House lawyers to draft legal documents over a five-week summer recess starting on Friday.
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Israel and Gaza: U.S leverage is limited
Source: www.miamiherald.com – Wednesday, July 30, 2014
President Barack Obama’s call for a ceasefire to Israel’s assault in Gaza got him nowhere. Secretary of State John Kerry returned to the U.S. empty-handed after a try at a truce, amid a volley of ridicule from the Israelis.
Tunnels and Sovereignty
All the chatter about disproportion in war, laced with macho innuendo about size, stature, relevance and subordination–is of course a sideshow compared to the horrific slaughter and existential threat of the Gaza-Israel war.
To explain both my horrified reaction to the Gaza casualties and support for Israel’s operation to destroy the tunnels, I am looking for even imperfect references that might resonate with Brazilian readers.
But at the outset I’ll state some points that seem lost in the tendentious noise: Hamas is not a legitimate representative of the Palestinian people: just ask the Palestinian Authority. Hamas is a terrorist organization that lost upwards of $200 million in monthly revenue when the post-Morsi Egyptian military government shut down the tunnels from Egypt to Gaza.
Israel is a sovereign state, which for some elusive reason, allowed Hamas to build an elaborate system of tunnels that now extends deep into Israeli territory. The purpose of the tunnels is not to smuggle money and stuff to break the economic siege. The tunnels are for military attacks against Israel, from inside of Israel. Israel’s unsustainable occupation of the West Bank, a moral and ethical blow to its democratic bona fides, does not justify these terrorist tunnels.
I can’t describe the cynicism better than this Washington Post editorial: “The depravity of Hamas’s strategy seems lost on much of the outside world, which–following the terrorists’ script–blames Israel for the civilian casualties it inflicts while attempting to destroy the tunnels. While children die in the strikes against the military infrastructure that Hamas’s leaders deliberately placed in and among homes, those leaders remain safe in their own tunnels.”
Now, a more parochial thought experiment that might illuminate Israel’s challenge. The United States and Mexico share a 3,110 kilometer border (Brazil’s Bolivia border is 3,423 kilometers). The Mexican paramilitary cartels, known to use terrorist tactics to intimidate Mexican civilians, police and competitors, have also built tunnels for illicit traffic, including weapons and people, in and out of the United States. The cartels generally target only Mexicans on Mexican territory.
What if the cartels decided to use the tunnels to retaliate against the U.S. Border Patrol or civilian targets on the American side of the border? Or what if they started firing rockets across the border? What would be the proportionate response? I know sovereignty-loving Brazil prides itself on its peaceful borders, but is it a stretch to contemplate how Brazil might respond if Bolivian paramilitaries used force against Brazilian targets? Hard questions, imperfect analogies.
Back to Israel and Gaza. Yes: Israel has missed opportunities to support moderate Palestinians in building a modern government on the West Bank. Still, might Israel be given some benefit of the doubt in its imperfect defense of its own sovereignty?
This article was originally published in Portuguese in Folha de São Paulo. It is originally available here.
FCC Chair Asks Verizon To Explain ‘Disturbing’ Plan to Slow Wireless Speeds
The chairman of the Federal Communications Commission on Wednesday called Verizon’s new plan to reduce speeds for certain data-guzzling wireless customers “deeply troubling” and asked the company to justify the policy.
Verizon said last week it would begin slowing speeds for wireless customers with unlimited data plans who stream large amounts of high-definition video on their phones. The company said the policy would start in October and would only apply to customers who are in the top 5 percent of data users and are connected to cell towers with high demand.
The company said the policy was for “network management” and told customers they could switch from an unlimited plan to a usage-based plan, which would not be affected. Usage-based plans, however, are subject to data caps and financial penalties for customers who exceed them. Such plans have become a lucrative part of many wireless carriers’ business models.
In a letter Wednesday to Verizon Wireless, FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said he found the company’s new policy “disturbing” and suggested it may be a “loophole designed to enhance your revenue streams.”
Wheeler asked the company to explain how the new policy does not violate rules the company agreed to follow when it was given permission to use the wireless spectrum to offer 4G wireless service. Under those rules, Verizon is barred from interfering with customers’ wireless experience, except for “reasonable network management” like maintaining security and reducing congestion. Verizon could be fined up to $1.5 million if it is found to be violating FCC rules, according to an agency spokeswoman.
“It is disturbing to me that Verizon Wireless would base its ‘network management’ on distinctions among its customers’ data plans, rather than on network architecture or technology,” Wheeler wrote.
“I know of no past Commission statement that would treat as ‘reasonable network management’ a decision to slow traffic to a user who has paid, after all, for ‘unlimited’ service,” he added.
The rules Wheeler cited are unrelated to the debate over net neutrality, the idea that Internet providers treat all Web content the same.
Verizon wireless spokesman Thomas Pica declined to comment on Wheeler’s letter, saying the company had not yet reviewed it.
“However, what we announced last week was a highly targeted and very limited network optimization effort, only targeting cell cites experiencing high demand,” Pica said in an email. “The purpose is to ensure there is capacity for everyone in those limited circumstances, and that high users don’t limit capacity for others.”
A Haunted House 2 2014 480p BRRip XviD AC3-EVO
Release Group: EVO – (P2P)
Release Name: A.Haunted.House.2.2014.480p.BRRip.XviD.AC3-EVO
Release Date: July 30, 2014
Size: 1.31 GB
Genre: Comedy | Horror
Video: XviD | 720×384 | 1 697 Kbps
Audio: English | AC3 | 448 Kbps
IMDB Rating: 4.7/10
RT Critics: 2.1/10
Directed By: Michael Tiddes
Starring: Marlon Wayans, Jaime Pressly, Cedric the Entertainer
Having exorcised the demons of his ex, Malcolm is starting fresh with his new girlfriend and her two children. After moving into their dream home, however, Malcolm is once again plagued by bizarre paranormal events.
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England’s Greg Rutherford wins long jump gold at Commonwealth Games despite being ‘held together by tape’ at Hampden Park
Source: www.dailymail.co.uk – Wednesday, July 30, 2014
He might have been ‘held together by tape’, but that did not stop Greg Rutherford adding the Commonwealth title to his Olympic long jump gold last night.