the section break pages are quite nice
Saturday, September 09, 2023
Book review, The Motorcycle, 120 Years of Motorized Masterpieces From the Haas Moto Museum (book will be released on Oct 17th)
the section break pages are quite nice
Based on the design of the 1929 Majestic, Bryan Fuller made an electric motorcycle with transparent polycarbonate wheels and hub-centric steering
Cristian Sosa crafted this around a 100 year old Douglas opposed cylinder engine, and added an AMR500 roots supercharger, bolted it up to a ’58 Triumph gearbox and primary
when cops ask minorities to snitch on each other, the minorities have every right to say, "you first"
has anyone told the cops that on the side of the car it says "protect and serve" not "what the fuck are you looking at"
Real Time With Bill Maher: Anniversary Special
Friday, September 08, 2023
Well, I also might be a bit more focused than someone who isn't actually interested in vehicles, but just works to earn a paycheck. I spend my spare time looking at vehicles, because I enjoy it.
Standing ovation for retired Riverside Police Department motorcycle officer Shawn Casteel who sued the City Of Riverside, because police supervisors retaliated against him for speaking out against ticket quotas. The jury heard enough evidence to award him 2.8 million dollars.
Casteel had been with the Police Department for 20 years, earning a coveted spot as a motorcycle officer in 2007, the lawsuit says. Starting in 2011, he said, the Police Department began violating the state law. Casteel complained about the practice up the chain of command.
“For refusing to meet the unlawful quota, and for speaking out against it, (Casteel) was retaliated against, and subjected to adverse employment actions,” the lawsuit says. “(Casteel) has also suffered extensive general damages in the form of anxiety, stress, anguish and mental suffering.”
The lawsuit was filed in 2019. Shawn Casteel retired from the department in 2022, said his attorney, Matthew McNicholas.
Casteel said supervisors prevented him from being promoted, caused him to lose overtime opportunities and pay and wrote negative evaluations after he protested. Casteel also said his health suffered as a result.
Section 41600 of the state Vehicle Code says law enforcement agencies may not require officers to make a specific number of arrests or write a specific number of traffic or parking tickets. Also, agencies may not compare the number of arrests or citations by one officer against the totals of another in evaluations.
“It’s a complete vindication for Shawn,” McNicholas said. “He stood up for motorists and he’s the one who suffered the harm. It’s a victory for motorists of Riverside, and hopefully, they will no longer be subjected to ticket quotas.”
The city, in its written response to the lawsuit, said Casteel failed to go through internal complaint and grievance procedures.
“I respect the jury’s decision, but I’m disappointed,” Police Chief Larry Gonzalez said Thursday. “I really stand by what I testified to in court: This department does not engage in quotas or retaliation and everything we do is lawful and appropriate.”
The trial lasted a little over two weeks at the Historic Courthouse downtown.
This came despite, in Ili’s opinion, Casteel being the “poster child” of the traffic division. He said Casteel was assigned to events at elementary schools and churches, parades and discussing traffic safety with the public. Casteel also had teaching positions in the department.
Because of those assignments, Casteel wrote fewer tickets than other officers
Jim Bueermann, a consultant to police departments nationwide and a former Redlands police chief, acknowledged what many motorists suspect — that some departments have had quotas.
If their multibillion dollar managers (each costs over a million a year to the corporation) who have only one job to accomplish per their hiring agreement, raise the profit margin of the corporation, were worth their annual salaries, this 8 billion wouldn't matter.
Ford is asking owners of vintage Gen 2 and Gen 3 models to send Ford photos of their F-Series pickups earlier this week, in order to use them in the 2024 truck reveal publicity
Thursday, September 07, 2023
The Land Cruiser Heritage Museum (Salt Lake City) has about 100 examples of all the variations, from around the world
The goal of the museum is to acquire and display one of every model of Land Cruiser ever produced, which is well over 100 models.
Tesla has agreed to a deal allowing Honda to use Tesla’s North American Charging Standard port, which is currently being standardized as SAE J3400
Back in June manufacturers started making it official, that the Tesla charging port and connection would be their standard from now on, Rivian, Ford, Fisker, Mercedes, Nissan, Polestar, Volvo and GM
SAE’s adoption will make it easier for electric vehicle charging station manufacturers and operators to implement the port while also making charging for EV owners more consistent and reliable.