Saturday, August 26, 2023
When Lori Lindsey bought a tavern in New Mexico in 2007, she acquired the restaurant, the museum, and a steam locomotive that was parked and abandoned in 1959 when the mine shut down and the town was abandoned
CBS News shines a light on the restoration of the Threatt Filling Station, which was once the only Black-owned gas station on Route 66, a haven in the era of Jim Crow, in Luther, Oklahoma
Friday, August 25, 2023
In the wake of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, Denis Sharonov, a former Russian agriculture minister, fled to start a new life in the US. These days he can be found in Michigan, making his living through truck driving.
a recent study found that an additive in tires called 6PPD, when exposed to oxygen and ozone, morphs into 6PPD-quinone, a toxic chemical that quickly killed 90 percent of young salmon in laboratory tests.
"About 5 years ago we learned of this study that was being done up in Washington State that found large quantities of salmon die off as a result of this chemical additive in tires," said Warner Chabot, the Institute's Executive Director.
The California Department of Toxic Substances Control agreed and recently put tire manufacturers on notice that they need to find a safer alternative--which currently doesn't exist. The problem is, 6PPD is extremely important as a preservative that keeps tires from drying out and crumbling. Without it, tires could quickly become a safety hazard.
And rather than fight the issue, the US Tire Manufacturers Association is leaning into the challenge. In a statement, they acknowledged the problem and said, "We are committed to collaborating with researchers and regulators in California and Washington to better understand this material, fill knowledge gaps and determine next steps."
"We are dancing on the edge of extinction for salmon in California," said Chabot. "Anything and everything we do is important and urgent and necessary."
The timeline is pretty tight. The State has given manufacturers until March of next year to at least submit a study of possible alternatives or face having their tires taken off the market in California. So, the race is on to find chemicals that can help, rather than harm, the environment.
Pilot Flying J operates more than 650 retail locations and is the largest operator of travel centers and travel plazas in North America, and today they started shutting down locations run by Mountain Express who just filed for bankruptcy
This comes about eight days after the retailer requested the court’s permission to cease all operations and terminate its employees after its proposed $49 million sale to Arko Corp. — parent of c-store retailer GPM Investments — failed.
According to court documents, some of the major retailers whose fuel supply contracts with Mountain Express have ended include Pilot Company, BP, Chevron, Gulf Oil, Marathon Petroleum and Phillips 66.
Founded in 2000, Alpharetta, Georgia-based Mountain Express Oil formerly distributed fuel to 855 locations around the country, including 27 travel centers, and operated about 171 retail stores.
I went and got a haircut, then, on the way to the post office, I got a puncture in the middle of my tire's tread face. Dead center.
Could have gotten that plugged, but, for the time spent at the tire place, and the remaining life left in my front tires, I got them replaced. They might have been good for another 10 k... so, about this time next year, they would be bald. Right in time for the rainy season.
The stuff I can report that is sorta good news, I got them in sept 2021, and they haven't went up much, just 10%. So, about 1/2 the rate of inflation.
The little compressor in the trunk of my 2015 Hyundai, and the nice little additive can of Dunlop brand fix a flat,
made a very good seal on that puncture. Serious.... not any air leaked while I drove across the city to get to my Tire Depot. I've been going there for about 25 years.
So, new tires, fresh amount of tread and they should last 35000 miles before going bald, didn't wreck the rims driving on tires that would not inflate, I learned the factory compressor and fix a flat is good enough to get you up and running.
And they still, 2 months after learning about the tires I will need for the 69 Dodge, have a dozen in stock around town. I'm still waiting for the rims to get to the USA, and into Summitt's inventory, then shipped out to me.
here's what IMCDB shows, and the foot measuring device (Brannock device) isn't on the bike
Looks like someone tried to imagine what the bike would have had been, if the show had been big budget
Thursday, August 24, 2023
very different... maybe a fun garage build from spare tractor parts, maybe a simple easy way to get through crop fields for a look at the crop, or to spray
In the episode, Clutch Breath, the leader of The Banditoes motorcycle gang falls for Eden's character and refuses to leave town without her
Hofer's studies covered everything from photographic technique to art theory. She didn't just learn composition and the underlying theories of aesthetics, she also learned the chemistry involved in producing prints. Beginning in the early 1960s she became one of the first fine art photographers to adopt the use of color film and the complicated dye transfer printing process as a regular practice. Throughout her long career, Hofer continued to shoot in both color and black and white – determining which was the more apt for the picture at hand.
The National Motorcycle Museum (aka personal collection of the late John Parham) in Iowa, will close its doors for the final time this September, it was open for about 34 years, but like most things, when that person dies that made it, it dies too
This September 6-9, its remaining 300-plus motorcycles, cycle cars, midget racers, servicars and dispatch tow three wheelers, scooters, whizzers, Mini Bikes, motor wheels, streamliners and land speed racers, board track racers, an Ed Roth trike, one airplane, two Von Dutch helmets, out boards, motors, tin toys, pedal cars, posters, and thousands of petroliana items will be at the Mecum auction block at an offering to be held on-site at the Iowa-based museum.
4 dead, including the gunman, a 28 year police sgt with Ventura PD, and 6 wounded last night following him murdering his wife in a bar. Why? She filed for divorce last Dec, and was probably going to get one of the two homes and 1/2 his retirement.
I bet if any reporter can get ahold of their divorce papers, we'll find he was going to lose most of his assets and 1/2 of his retirement check.
“We were sitting there listening to the band and all of sudden, from behind us, we hear shooting. A bunch of shooting,” Fruichantie said. “I thought it was just firecrackers, she didn’t say anything.
then, “He walked over to a gray pickup truck, opened his passenger door, and then I saw a couple people walking out. I saw two bodies drop.”
Rosales said about a minute later, two or three deputies pulled up. That’s when he said the shooter "without hesitation just started unloading" on the deputies, who returned fire. The gunman was armed with what appeared to be a rifle, Rosales said.
Wednesday, August 23, 2023
getting ranked as having the worst drivers, is because of factors such as:
Mississippi has the highest percentage of uninsured drivers (30%) of any state.
New Jersey is home to the U.S.’s best drivers, receiving the highest score for Safe Driving Choices and having the highest percentage of drivers with insurance (96.9%). The state also has an above-average Safe Driving Habits score.
Minnesota has the highest score for Safe Driving Habits, meaning it has lower rates of unrestrained and distracted driving fatalities and higher rates of seatbelt use.
Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Crime Data Explorer." Accessed May 31, 2023.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "Fatality Facts 2021 State by State." Accessed May 31, 2023.
Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. "Fatality Facts 2021: Males and females." Accessed June 6, 2023.
Insurance Research Council. "Uninsured Motorists, 2021 Edition." Accessed May 31, 2023.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Overview of Motor Vehicle Traffic Crashes in 2021." Accessed May 31, 2023.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Fatality and Injury Reporting System Tool (FIRST)." Accessed May 31, 2023.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "Seat Belts." Accessed May 31, 2023.
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. "NHTSA Early Estimates for Traffic Fatalities in 2022." Accessed May 31, 2023.
National Safety Council. "Seat Belts." Accessed June 6, 2023.
U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration. "Highway Statistics 2021." Accessed May 31, 2023.