An Overview About Fixing Your Classic Cars

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So you have an old beauty that is merely sitting in the garage do you? We’ll if you’re like numerous other classic car owners,”she” needs to be “discovered” again before you can begin dealing with sprucing up your vintage car.

Once you have actually done an extensive examination, you now know exactly what should be fixed. You are now able to begin looking for the parts that you will need to obtain, to get your automobile running once more. Look online if you want to get these parts at the most affordable cost and readily available.

You are now prepared to start working on your car. Make certain to work on one specific area each time, to steer clear of confusion. Additionally, you ought to begin dealing with everything under the hood first, after that concentrate on mechanical problems followed by cosmetic ones. The last action must be painting your auto. You would not wish to scuff up a brand-new paint job while working on your automobile would you?

With your car in operating order your restoration is now complete. Take that baby out for a test drive to see to it that everything is functioning the way it is expected to.

Good Job!

‘They’re demolishing homes and building penthouses’ – BBC News

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The causes of the Grenfell Tower fire will be investigated by a public inquiry, but many residents blame the attitude of the council and its redevelopment of their estates. Across London, campaigners are clashing with local authorities and developers as they seek to protect their homes.

“What regeneration means in London is knocking down houses and building penthouses,” says Ali Kouchakpour, 30. “The deeper meaning to me is mass demolition. People losing their homes or being forced out.”

Ali has lived on the Silchester Estate, in North Kensington, across the road from Grenfell Tower, all of his life.

The cladding on the tower, which is thought by experts to have spread the fire, was part of a much wider – and controversial – scheme.

Image caption Under regeneration plans, Ali’s house would be knocked down.

Under Kensington and Chelsea council’s plans – put on hold after the fire – Ali’s home, along with three tower blocks and the lush communal garden in the middle of the estate, would have been demolished.

The most radical version of the long-standing redevelopment scheme envisaged an extra 800 homes being built.

But while the council pledged to maintain the amount of floor space given to social housing, residents say none of the additional properties would be for social rent.

And some worry they will be pushed out, or “decanted” in council speak, to make way for wealthier private owners – never to return.

‘State-led gentrification’

It is a picture replicated on developments across the capital.

According to a recent study by the London Assembly, regeneration projects given planning permission between 2004 and 2014 saw a huge reduction in the number of social rented homes – from 30,431 to 22,135.

At the same time, there has been a tenfold increase in the amount of private housing.

“This is state-led gentrification,” says Dr Paul Watt, from Birkbeck, University of London. “And the primary results are a net reduction in social housing and a large increase in private housing for sale or rent at inflated prices.”

Dr Watt, who has studied the changing landscape of council estates for more than 20 years, blames political decisions going back 35 years, by both Labour and the Conservatives in central and local government.

“The dominant view is, ‘These estates are failed estates, they’re eyesores, they’re crime-ridden, we need to get rid of them and recreate London’s Victorian streetscapes by knocking them down,'” he says.

Though developers can make “huge profits”, Dr Watts says, the new housing can be smaller and less substantial than the homes being knocked down.

‘Same cabal’

Kensington and Chelsea council’s new leader, Elizabeth Campbell, has promised the council will “increase the amount of socially rented housing in this area”.

But critics of the local authority’s housing policy say it could be doing far more. It has 270m in reserves sitting in its own bank account and last year added just 60 low-cost social rent homes to its stock.

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Image caption Tanya Thompson has been part of the Save our Silchester campaign

The council is currently redeveloping two old car parks in the centre of the borough. But of the 84 new flats being built on the land it owns, just seven will be available to council tenants.

And residents need persuading that the new leadership will mean a new approach.

On Wednesday, many people who attended the fractious first full council meeting after the fire called for the Conservative group that runs the council to resign and for new elections.

Tanya Thompson bought one of the council properties at the foot of Grenfell Tower over a decade ago. “It’s the same cabal,” she says of the council. “It’s the same people.”

Her husband, Piers, delivered a 2,000-strong petition to the council meeting demanding a residents’ veto over the plans to raze the Silchester Estate.

‘It’s like Monaco’

But in a city with an acute shortage of social housing and in a borough with almost 3,000 people on the housing waiting list, what should the council do?

Conservative politician Shaun Bailey, who grew up on the west London estates near Grenfell Tower, says there are no easy answers.

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Image caption Residents say they value the green space at the centre of their estate

“It is going to be tough to help everybody in central London. There are 8.6 million people, set to grow to 20 million by 2030. Where are we going to put these people?” he says.

Child poverty rates in parts of the borough are above the London average, but land values are “like being in Monaco”, according to Mr Bailey.

“The council are not being mean,” he says. “There is simply nowhere to build.”

In a borough where the average house price is more than 2m, the council says it is committed to “finding more social housing stock and, where we can, building it together with private and government support”.

Where this commitment to regeneration leaves social housing tenants and the mixed communities who’ve made their homes on London’s council estates is a different question.

“Whether it’s by conscious design or not is difficult to gauge,” says Dr Watt. “But the net effect will be you’ll get fewer poor people in the area. I suspect in some cases it is by design.”

Watch the Victoria Derbyshire programme on weekdays between 09:00 and 11:00 on BBC Two and the BBC News channel.

Read more: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-40654103

Battle for Florida: Trump and Clinton home in on crucial state as voting begins

The two candidates have differing strategies in a state where turnout among Hispanic voters could sway the entire election and its a must-win for Trump

In Little Havana, a vibrant Latino neighborhood just west of downtown Miami, a queue of a couple of dozen prospective voters had formed outside one of Hillary Clintons field offices.

Sandwiched between an insurance company and immigration counsel office, the group had arrived for tickets to a free Jennifer Lopez concert. But there was one caveat: to attend the Saturday evening show, at Bayfront Park on Miamis Biscayne Bay, fans were first required to visit a Clinton campaign field office.

theIt was one of the many creative ways in which the Democratic nominees campaign was seeking to engage likely voters in the critical battleground of Florida, a state with a key role in determining whether Clinton or her Republican opponent Donald Trump is elected on 8 November as the next president of the United States.

Florida

Inside this modest campaign space, one of 82 Clinton field offices in the Sunshine State, yellow-painted walls bore signs that read phrases such as Juntos Se Puede (Together We Can) and Why build a wall against Hispanics when they built this country?

English or Spanish? a volunteer asked as two sisters stepped into the office hoping to secure a pair of concert tickets. Spanish, they responded.

Azalia and Lucia Rodriguez, both US citizens originally from Nicaragua, had already made up their mind. Trump had hit a nerve, they said, within Floridas sprawling Hispanic community.

If you dont vote, thats an extra vote for Trump, said Lucia, a 19-year-old college student. I have family members that might be deported, and just to be safe I wouldnt vote for him.

Azalia, a 27-year-old in real estate, put it even more bluntly when asked why she was voting for Clinton: Well, Im Hispanic and I dont like what Trump says.

Turnout among Hispanic voters might sway the outcome of the election in a state where one of the fastest-growing demographics in the country holds substantial influence. A half-dozen volunteers worked the phones in both English and Spanish, targeting a list of likely Clinton supporters while making a strong push for the early voting process that began on 24 October.

The Obama campaign worked out of the same office in 2012, recognizing a shift in demographics. While the Cubans who dominated the area typically voted Republican, a younger generation has in recent years leaned Democratic; and non-Cuban Hispanics, a reliably Democratic voting bloc, also increasingly live in the area.

In 2000, a controversial recount in Florida determined whether Al Gore or George W Bush would become president. Sixteen years later, the state is still vital terrain in the presidential race Trump, trailing Clinton in other must-win swing states, needs to secure the states 29 electoral votes to have a path to victory.

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But roughly 15 miles away, a Trump field office in West Miami one of 29 paid for by Republican Party of Florida, was bustling not with likely voters but with volunteers making do with limited resources.

A handful unloaded boxes containing just under 110,000 door hangers, while others were constructing Trump-Pence yard signs. But of over a dozen phones, only two were occupied.

Many of the volunteers, comprising mainly older Cubans, complained of an election that was rigged.

The media was in Clintons pocket, the volunteers argued, and even the Republican establishment was colluding to defeat the real estate mogul who earlier this year defied all odds to become the GOPs nominee for president.

Im here for Donald Trump, not for the Republican party, said Abraham Alvarez, a 47-year-old ramp supervisor at Miami international airport who for the last month has been volunteering for the campaign unpaid.

Have you heard of the New World Order? he added, invoking the conspiracy about a globalist elite that plans to take control of the world through authoritarian rule. The whole establishment, theyve been working on this for a long time.

To Floridians like Alvarez, the election had already been rigged in Clintons favor.

It is highly unlikely that the outcome on 8 November will be anything like that of 2000, when the result of the month-long recount over Floridas electoral votes was ultimately decided by the US supreme court after vicious partisan squabbling over hanging chads and butterfly ballots. Trumps campaign trails Clinton in the majority of public polling.

But the campaign is nonetheless likely to be just as hard-fought in a state such as Florida, which in many ways resembles a confederation of fiefdoms.

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Floridas northern panhandle is the heart of the old south. Live oak trees are draped with Spanish moss and residents speak in slow southern drawls. South Florida is as much a part of the Caribbean as the United States, and Spanish is as widely spoken as English.

In between is an ethnic hodgepodge: north of Miami, in Palm Beach and Broward Counties, there are heavily Jewish enclaves descended from transplanted New Yorkers; in Orlando, there is a rapidly growing Puerto Rican community fleeing the islands economic crisis, while in the Villages, there is an entire city of over 150,000 residents who are all transplanted retirees.

Recognizing the state is beholden to neither the Democrats nor the Republicans, both Clinton and Trump graced Florida this week as the clock ticked closer to election day.

Trump held a rally on Tuesday in Tallahassee, an island of Democratic blue in deep-red north Florida where the presence of the state capitol and Florida State University makes the sleepy city comparatively liberal.

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Supporters cheer Donald Trump during a rally at the Antique Car Museum property on Tuesday in Tallahassee. Photograph: Mark Wallheiser/Getty Images

There, speaking in front of a farm wagon laden with pumpkins to mark the fall season, Trump made a non-specific pitch for early voting: Early voting in Florida is under way so make sure you get out and vote. We have a thing going on that theyve never seen before.

A more effective pitch was made by volunteers standing at the entrance to the rally who stood holding clipboards with forms for attendees to sign up for absentee ballots.

Clinton made a two-day swing through the state, with stops that included Broward County, a formerly Republican stronghold now solidly Democratic, and Palm Beach, home to Trumps opulent Mar-a-Lago resort.

Her venues were also strategically chosen: across the street from Clintons event in Broward on Tuesday was a polling center which hundreds who attended her rally immediately visited to vote early.

Nate Williams, 37, was accompanied by his six-year-old daughter.

She dont like Donald Trump, what he said about women, he said of his daughter, who clutched a Barbie doll while standing by his side. He was referring to the controversial tape of the Republican nominee bragging about groping women without their consent.

She dont really know the comments, Williams said. She just knows he said some real negative things about women.

Betty Joseph, a native of Haiti residing in nearby Tamarac, said she was concerned about the implications of a Trump presidency.

I believe that would be civil war, she said, emerging from the polling site after voting for Clinton. With his mouth, it could cause a lot of trouble for the country.

Early voting has long been a key indicator in Florida. In 2012, 4.8 million Floridians cast their ballots before election day, a total higher than the turnout in 44 other states.

But while Republicans have typically held the advantage in early voting, data available thus far finds Democrats encroaching on their lead. Republicans were ahead in early voting by just over 18,000 votes on Tuesday, whereas in 2008 their edge exceeded 113,000 at the same time. Hispanic participation in early voting was also up from previous cycles, likely favoring Clinton based on most public polling of the group.

Democrats also held a seven-point lead over Republicans in new registered voters, according to a memo distributed this week by Clintons Florida operation. The campaign also touted closing the longtime Republican advantage in vote-by-mail ballot requests and returns, with roughly 406,000 Democrats having returned their ballots versus 421,000 Republicans.

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Supporters of Hillary Clinton try to shake hands with the candidate at a rally at Palm Beach State College in Lake Worth, Florida, on Wednesday. Photograph: Robyn Beck/AFP/Getty Images

Even so, polling points to a competitive race with Clinton ahead of Trump by 3.5 points according to an average of public surveys compiled by various trackers.

Speaking in Coconut Creek on Tuesday, Clinton warned her supporters not to take matters for granted.

Its going to be a close election, she said at Broward Colleges North Campus, across from the early voting site. Pay no attention to the polls. Dont get complacent.

Underscoring her commitment to Florida, Clintons campaign confirmed she would return to the state as early as Saturday.

Trump, for his part, followed his Florida tour with a jaunt to Washington DC in order to cut the ribbon at his new hotel.

But the Republican nominee has not entirely ignored the need to organize voters at his rallies in the Sunshine State.

Before an event in September, inside an aircraft hangar in Melbourne, Florida, over two dozen Trump volunteers were making phone calls in an adjacent office while a crowd of thousands gathered outside listened to the Rolling Stones on loop as they awaited the former Apprentice host.

Trump supporters have long viewed crowd sizes as an indicator of their candidates prospects, despite little correlation between the number of attendees who show up at a rally and those who turn out to vote.

But as Stella Bueller of Sopchoppy, Florida, told the Guardian at Trumps rally this week: If you go back to high school, youre at a pep rally and whos the most popular guy? Everyone knows and he ends up being homecoming king. Its the same.

Brian Ballard, Trumps Florida finance chairman, said he felt confident about Trumps chances.

Theres certainly momentum, he said, citing not just internal polling but also enthusiasm for the Republican nominee as evidenced by the fact that roads were shut down around Trumps Tallahassee rally on Tuesday.

The veteran Republican lobbyist seemed less concerned about the campaigns rudimentary footprint on the ground, noting that the Republican National Committee, state party and local parties have always been the backbone of our get-out-the-vote effort.

Ballard cited conversations with Cuban American legislators to express confidence about Trumps ability to court at least a faction of Hispanic voters, noting the bloc is not monolithic. In fact, he thought, Trump would do as well as [Mitt] Romney, if not a little bit better.

But the volunteers who packed Trumps West Miami field office were somewhat less bullish.

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Donald Trump rallies with supporters at the Million Air Orlando airplane hangar in Sanford, Florida, on Tuesday. Photograph: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters

Jorge Garces, who emigrated from Cuba in 1962, acknowledged that the Republican nominees ground game lacks a little bit.

I dont know why, said the 64-year-old retiree. Sometimes we get as many as 12 volunteers a day, sometimes as little as three.

Garces was, however, energized by what he claimed was a bias within the media about Trumps roadmap to the White House as well as a desire among grassroots conservative voters to send a signal to the establishment in their own party.

I think the Republican party has lost its message, he said, and I think Donald Trump is throwing a molotov cocktail at Washington.

As for whether Trump would emerge victorious in Florida, Garces confessed he was concerned.

Kellyanne Conway, Trumps campaign manager, acknowledged in an interview with CBS this week that the path will be much harder without Florida. But that is an understatement, given if Clinton wins the state then Trump would have to virtually sweep the remaining battleground states, including seemingly safe Democratic areas like Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Colorado.

Complicating matters is polling showing Clinton giving Trump a run for his money in deeply red states such as Arizona, Utah and even Texas, diverting the Republican nominees attention with precious little time remaining before election day.

A Republican activist at the Broward College polling site, who declined to be named due to his involvement in local races, said he reluctantly cast his ballot for Trump this week. But after watching hundreds of Democrats queue up to vote early after Clintons rally across the street from where he stood, the activist feared the writing was already on the wall.

Florida will be his death knell, he said of Trump. When youre competing in Texas and Utah two weeks before the election, its over.

Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/us-news/2016/oct/27/florida-voting-clinton-trump-election

The 700 most amazing places on earth — and how I found them

  • Waitomo Glowworm Caves  (Martin Rietze)

  • Door to Hell  (Alamy Stock Photo Tim Whitby)

You dont need to travel the world to find extraordinary people, places, and things. I first learned this when I was 12 years old, sweating in the back of an old car with no air conditioning as my family made its way across South Dakota in 100 degree heat. 

I grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota. For my parents, vacations meant epic road trips through the upper Midwest to visit family and friends. Long drives through Wisconsin, Michigan, South Dakota, and North Dakota were all familiar routes. Once we even made it to the exotic land of Canada!

While not world travelers, what my parents knew was that some of the most wondrous places in the world are not on another continent but close at hand, in your own backyard. On that fateful road trip to South Dakota, we visited the otherworldly Badlands, and classic roadside attractions such as Wall Drug (where I first learned of the Jackalope) and the Corn Palace, which is as it sounds, a palace made of corn. 

Most memorable of all was a stop in Spring Green, Wisconsin at the House on the Rock. It took nearly five hours to walk through and was, and still is, a kaleidoscope of madness. Inside the house is a sculpture of a squid fighting a whale the size of the Statue of Liberty, a hallway extending out over the woods below designed to look infinite, and the worlds largest carousel. My 12-year-old mind nearly melted out of my ears.

It was these early road trip experiences that set me on a path seeking similar magical places throughout the world. Places that inspire a sense of wonder. 

It was this sense that the world was full of these beautiful, strange, little known places, a sense shared with my co-founder Joshua Foer, that led us to create Atlas Obscura, and along with Ella Morton, to write “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the Worlds Hidden Wonders.”

The book is collection of 700 of the most amazing places in the world, many of which most people have never heard of before. Among them are some of my favorite personal experiences of travel and exploration. 

I still remember clearly when, in 2007 while traveling in Italy with my wife Michelle, we visited the beautiful Chiesa della Santa in Bologna, Italy. The large, baroque church was totally empty. We were about to leave when we noticed a strange little side door and a buzzer on the wall. When we rang it, the little door suddenly slid open.

Wandering into the back room (and still totally alone) we found ourselves face to face with St. Catharine of Bologna, a 500 year old relic/mummy seated in a golden throne and surrounded by the bones of other dead saints. Saint Catherine has been sitting in her golden throne in the backroom of this church for over 500 years and is still there now. It was a beautiful deep experience. Its always worth investigating the strange little door.

Another one of the most incredible places I have been is the Q’eswachaka, sometimes called the Last Incan Bridge. My co-founder Joshua and I got the chance to visit this bridge in 2010 as part of a trip across South America visiting some of the less travelled wonders there. 

The bridge is made of woven grass, spans 118 feet, and is suspended 60 feet above the raging river below. To create the bridge the four local villages gather together and braid a type of local grass into small, thin ropes. These are then braided into larger support cables. The bridge must be re-woven each year as it wears out in the elements. 

Most amazingly of all is the fact that the bridge has been being made in this manner for the over last 500 years. it was once a integral part of the Incan highway system that spanned the entire continent. Besides seeing and crossing the bridge, one of the most amazing aspects of the visit was meeting Victoriano the bridge-master. His father had taught him the craft of overseeing, and making the bridge as did his father before him. Even the most ephemeral things can last for millennia as long as someone passes down the knowledge.

Finally, is a small adventure I took just this year. I have lived in New York for over 12 years and live within half an hour of this site, but only recently took this trip. It is all too easy to ignore the wonders that are within a few miles of our own homes. 

City Hall Station was built in 1904 as a crown jewel of the New York City subway system. It was done up in tile, hung with wrought iron chandeliers, and lit with beautiful globe lights. A largely impractical station it was closed by 1945, left forgotten and unused. Today, if you stay on the 6 subway line past the very last stop (dont be nervous, its allowed) and look out on the windows on the right side of the car, you get to glimpse this beautiful station. For a magical moment you can experience a tiny piece of lost New York grandeur. It took me a decade to actually go look for myself, and boy was it worth it. 

What I have found after countless hours lost on back roads, or trying to visit a museum with nearly random hours of operation, is that despite the occasional frustration, in the end its always worth it.

The trip, the discovery, the reminder that world is big, and strange, and full of wonder is deeply rewarding.

Every single time. 

While these are a couple of examples of some of my more memorable trips and visits to the worlds hidden wonders, there are countless more wonders worth celebrating in “Atlas Obscura: An Explorer’s Guide to the Worlds Hidden Wonders.” You might be surprised by what discovery is waiting for you just around the corner. 

Dylan Thuras is the cofounder and creative director of AtlasObscura.com and co-author of Atlas Obscura: An Explorers Guide to the Worlds Hidden Wonders. Dylan has spoken at conferences, including SXSW and Applied Brilliance, about the changing nature of exploration. Previous projects include Curious Expeditions about traveling in Eastern Europe for a year, the meeting of the Athanasius Kircher Society, and World of Wonders, a series of videos and articles for Slate. Visit Dylan online at @dylanthuras.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2016/11/13/700-most-amazing-places-on-earth-and-how-found-them.html

Smart & Safe Tech: For cars, there’s safety in connectivity

To err is human; to drive is to be distracted. Sure, caution-red and hazard-yellow traffic signs are reminders of the roads dangers, but stick figures and s-curved arrows tell drivers only so much. They cant deliver updates on ever-changing variables like traffic, mechanical issues and backups caused by collisions. This information void is an attractive opportunity for products like Hum by Verizon.

Hum is such a cool and wonderful product to work on because it brings technology into the vehicle that hasnt existed previously. Its a new frontier for automobiles, says Travis Scarcliff, senior product manager at Verizon Telematics.

Ironically, this new frontier includes older vehicles. In a matter of minutes, starting at $10 per month, Hum+ can equip a 20-year-old car with safety features like roadside assistance, turn-by-turn hands-free navigation and GPS tracking, which are commonly pre-installed in todays new cars.

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Hum fits a need that exists for people to feel more connected, says Krys Card Grondorf, vice president of corporate communications at Verizon Telematics. The idea, she says, is to minimize distractions in the car while providing users with information they need to drive more safely. We need to feel more empowered on the road, and the way to do that is by connecting your vehicle.

But what do vehicles need to connect to? In Hums case, its Verizons 4G LTE network. Hum is essentially three components an onboard diagnostic reader (OBD), the free Hum app and a Bluetooth speaker. The OBD plugs into a port that has been standard in most vehicles since 1995 and gets diagnostics reports directly from the vehicle. If theres an issue, the app translates the reports into easy-to-understand messages that users can relay to mechanics.

One of Hums biggest selling points is its roadside assistance feature. I can check the app to understand whats going on with the vehicle, Card Grondorf said, but then I can actually call through to access a certified mechanic a live mechanic. Like its competitor, OnStar, Hums interface is simple. The Bluetooth speaker clips on to the drivers sun visor and features three main buttons: The blue one connects to the hotline of mechanics and towing companies; the red one connects to 911 and emergency services; the green one functions as a phone.

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But pressing buttons is optional. The Bluetooth speaker can give and receive voice commands, too. In the event of a collision which Hum recognizes when the OBD detects the deployment of an airbag or sudden changes in speed and direction the speaker asks if the driver is OK. If theres no answer, Hum notifies emergency services. Its done very quickly because of the speed, 2.5 GHz and 5 GHz, and reliability of the network, said Scarcliff, adding that the companys newest product, Hum x, can be used as a mobile Wi-Fi hotspot a feature that bumps the monthly price up to $15.

Yes, it can stream music and movies to up to 10 devices at a time, but at its core, Hum x, like Hum + is a safety product and service. One of Hums competitive advantages is its customizable system of safety alerts, including a speed alert, which OnStar lacks.

If you have a teen driver, you have the ability to set a speeding alert, and it alerts you when the car goes over that speed limit, said Card Grondorf. Parents can also set boundary alerts for specific days and times. All alerts are delivered to the driver via the Bluetooth speaker and to the user via text or email, depending on notification preferences.

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But Hum is less a babysitter than it is a teacher, one that educates you on how to drive better and even provides digital report cards in the form of individual safety scores that are accessible on the app. Scarcliff likes to refer to Hum as a personal assistant: It brings a whole new realm of functionality into the car.

When it comes to driving, Hum is banking on the theory that having access to more information means having fewer problems. It may sound counterintuitive, but this is a case where being more connected means being less distracted.

Katie Jackson is a travel writer. When she’s not working, she’s chasing after a Leonberger named Zeus. 

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/tech/2017/07/10/smart-safe-tech-for-cars-theres-safety-in-connectivity.html

Man in a bulletproof BMW saves 70 people from ISIS snipers

Irbil, Iraq (CNN)When Ako Abdulrahman came under attack from ISIS militants advancing around the Iraqi city of Kirkuk, he realized he needed protection.

The Kurdish Peshmerga fighter decided to invest in an armored car, but he had little clue the vehicle would end up saving the lives of dozens of people.
    After shopping around, he settled on a bulletproof BMW, and paid $10,000 for the early 1990s model at a car auction.
    “My friends were very happy when I bought the armored car,” he tells CNN. “We started driving in it to the front line near Kirkuk, not worried about ISIS drive-by shootings or roadside bombs.”
    Abdulrahman, 32, lives with his wife and four children in Taza Khurmatou, some 23 kilometers south of Kirkuk.
    On October 21, dozens of ISIS militants carried out a coordinated series of attacks on the oil-rich city, targeting security forces and civilians in several neighborhoods; 64 died and 86 ISIS militants were killed.
    More than 100 civilians and security personnel were wounded; many of them were left stranded because of ISIS militants’ indiscriminate firing, while others were trapped by the terror group’s snipers shooting from rooftops.

    ISIS sniper fire

    Abdulrahman knew he had to act.
    “I told myself, this is the right time to help people, this is the right moment to do it. I am a fighter and I have a bulletproof car, shame on me if I can’t help,” he says.
    He drove the armored BMW through the city, returning again and again to collect the injured, as ISIS gunmen peppered the vehicle with bullets.
    “I kept telling myself, my people are in danger, they need me, my city is in danger, I have to protect it.”

    Abdulrahman

    “I was happy with the certificate of appreciation from the governor, but I thought it’s insulting to give me money for something every Iraqi should do,” he says.
    He says he turned down an offer from the German auto manufacturer to trade his bullet-riddled car for a brand new BMW, explaining that the firm wanted to display his old car at its headquarters.
    Instead, he says, he opted to repair the original so he can keep using it.
    “I am not a hero, I am only an ordinary Iraqi who wants to defend his country from criminals and killers.”

    Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2016/11/07/middleeast/bulletproof-bmw-isis-snipers/index.html

    Space Jam at 20: ‘The perfect movie’ or one of modern cinema’s biggest follies?

    The odd combination of Looney Tunes, basketball, aliens and Michael Jordan remains a cult favorite with fans still calling for a sequel

    Nostalgia! Boy, does it come in handy at times like this. Why dwell on the impending doom ushered in by a Donald Trump presidency when you can travel back to a happier, simpler time maybe a time when cartoon characters played basketball with Michael Jordan?

    Yes, its the 20th anniversary of the theatrical release of Space Jam the alleged classic in which the Chicago Bulls icon Jordan teamed up with the Looney Tunes to play a collection of jacked-up aliens in a game of basketball where punches, kicks, slaps, and dynamite were all legal.

    In the years since this 90-minute product placement was unleashed, its taken on a significance within the culture that might not be appropriate for a film where Porky Pig wets himself. Some have begged for the long-rumored sequel starring LeBron James to finally come to fruition. Others, such as the NBA player Patrick Patterson, have claimed that Space Jam is the perfect movie and is too sacred to ever replicate. It felt like it actually happened, he says in a piece for the Players Tribune.

    Could Space Jam have actually happened, like Patterson said? Could aliens really kidnap animated characters and force them to play sports? Is Bill Murray really capable of a crisp, Magic Johnson-esque behind-the-back pass? Is this movie even actually good, or have clinically depressed millennials turned Space Jam into an avatar for their dashed childhood hopes and dreams, a salve for the crushing disappointment that is literally everything about being an adult? Lets find out, shall we?

    The film begins simply enough, with a young MJ shooting hoops in his backyard in 1973. His father does what any self-respecting dad should do: he encourages his kid to keep practicing and developing his game. This portion of the film resembles a naturalistic sports movie, an underdog story about a young black child who wants to learn to fly.

    The journey for our hero is simple: after a stint as a minor league baseball player, Jordan must recapture his love of basketball in time to prevent the owner of a failing amusement park on another planet from kidnapping the Looney Tunes (Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, the Tasmanian Devil, Tweety Bird, etc) and forcing them to work as sideshow attractions. Why the Looney Tunes? Because said owner has a wall of TV monitors playing classic cartoons starring the Looney Tunes.

    You might be wondering how Jordan is as an actor. After all, this was his one and only cinematic starring role. Like Eminem in 8 Mile and Pamela Anderson in Barb Wire, he went out on top, an unquestioned master of his craft.

    Just kidding, hes terrible! It doesnt matter what the situation is: Jordan will crack a wry smile. He could be riding in Wayne Knights beat-up old car or being sucked through a hole in a golf course and spit back out in a parallel universe full of talking animals he will eventually smile. I have to assume this is a residual from his highly lucrative career as a commercial pitchman. At the end of an advert, the pitchman must smile, so that you, the potential consumer, will be aware that the product in question will render all of your pain and torment manageable. Heres Michael Jordan smiling at the end of a Hanes commercial. Heres Michael Jordan smiling at the end of a McDonalds commercial. Heres Michael Jordan smiling in Space Jam, in a scene where hes supposed to look imposing.

    The Looney Tunes dont fare much better. The script crams in every cliched old-timey joke the writers can think of, even referencing the movie Patton, which is, of course, every childs favorite movie. After Jordan travels to the Earths core, where scary cartoon land exists, hes examined by Daffy Duck to make sure hes as impressive a physical specimen as his reputation suggests. Daffy peers into Jordans ear canal and in addition to a fair amount of waxy build-up, theres a lone paper clip inside Jordans skull. Is this implying that NBA Hall of Famer and six-time NBA champion Michael Jordan puts metal objects inside his own ear canal? Was this a childhood injury? Will the paper clip prove to be crucial in the third act denouement?

    Absolutely not on all counts. Its just a cheap visual gag. Michael Jordan doesnt put paper clips inside his ears. That was a dirty rumor started by Karl Malone, who, to this day, is still upset he was not given a part in Space Jam.

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    Space Jam: Bill Murray, Bugs Bunny and Michael Jordan. Photograph: Moviestore Collection/REX

    The NBA players who did make the cut include Charles Barkley, Patrick Ewing, Muggsy Bogues, and the 7ft Mormon bust Shawn Bradley, whose presence in this film is more mystifying than even the presence of the sexy rabbit Lola Bunny, whom all the cartoons want to make love to. I dont mean to slut-shame an animated character, but the presence of a female Bugs Bunny in short shorts adds nothing to the film except a few scenes of male cartoons cat-calling her after she dunks and bends over to retrieve the ball.

    Sex isnt just for anthropomorphic, English-speaking critters. The minions of the owner of the amusement park (subtly named Moron Mountain) steal the basketball ability of the aforementioned NBA players, turning them from puny mutant punching bags into the Monstars a fearsome collection of meatheads and thugs. So, in other words, the 1994 New York Knicks. Patrick Ewing, stripped of his talent, seeks out the aid of a psychiatrist. Are there other areas of his life besides basketball where you find yourself unable to perform? the psychiatrist asks. Ewing takes a beat to consider his query before responding no. Never forget this powerful axiom: Patrick Ewing is never not horny.

    The Looney Tunes (or Tune Squad, as they are referred to on the hardwood) hardly practice before what the announcers call the ultimate game. It shows, as the Monstars take a commanding lead in the first half. Its exactly what youd expect in a contest between the greatest player of all time and five brightly colored creatures that look like theyve gotten into Barry Bondss personal juice stash. The Tune Squad comes back to tie the game in predictable fashion thanks to a tepid Jordan halftime pep talk (and a clever gambit by Bugs where he pretends that a bottle of water is actually a special potion Jordan uses to play better). In lieu of any basketball skill, the Tune Squad uses explosives, deception, unchecked sex appeal, and the five-time NBA MVP to even the odds with the freakish beasts.

    The Monstars try their best to reclaim the lead, going as far as maiming their opponents, necessitating Jordan adding Bill Murray to fill the final roster spot. Murray is obviously having a great time acting with Michael Jordan and a collection of tennis balls on sticks where cartoons are supposed to be, so good for him. Jordan wins the game with a miraculous dunk from the half-court line over an impossibly large defender as the clock slowly ticks to zero. The Tune Squad absolutely benefit from a game clock that stretched the final ten seconds into about two-and-a-half minutes of screen time. Also, Michael Jordan develops the ability to stretch his arms like Reed Richards from the Fantastic Four, which came in handy in the 1998 Finals.

    Finally, Jordan stands triumphant, makes the Monstars return the NBA players talent (though I dont think Shawn Bradley ever got his back), and rejoins the Bulls as the credits roll. Is Patrick Patterson right? Is this the perfect movie? Only if your idea of the perfect movie includes Newman from Seinfeld being flattened by a giant alien ass and then getting reinflated with what looks like a leaf blower. I laughed once, and it was when the psychiatrist asked Patrick Ewing if he was impotent. Actually, I also laughed any time Larry Bird had to try acting. If you are truly invested in Space Jam getting a sequel where the Monstars are out for revenge, but uh oh, they didnt count on LeBron James, then I recommend you rewatch the original Space Jam. If, after Michael Jordans arm stretches 30ft to enable a physically impossible game-winning dunk, you are still prepared to greenlight this film tomorrow, then by all means, create a whitehouse.gov petition. I can see Trump making this a key tenet of his re-election campaign.

    Read more: https://www.theguardian.com/film/2016/nov/15/space-jam-20th-anniversary-michael-jordan

    Ferrari Driver Learns Tough Lesson About Parking In The Wrong Place

    A Ferrari driver in southeast England learned a valuable lesson about why you should always obey parking signs.

    The unidentified motorist reportedly ignored warnings against leaving vehicles on the ninth level of the parking lot at Brightons Marina overnight on Saturdays, due to the flea market that takes place there the following day.

    As the above video shows, he returned on Sunday morning to find his expensive sportscarsurrounded by stalls, vendors and shoppers.

    He had to drive through the marketmaking sure he didnt hit any customers or traders goods that they spread out on the floor, a witness who filmed the incident told video site Newsflare.

    Read more: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/ferrari-flea-market-brighton-video_us_5964916ae4b09b587d619718

    He Bought An Old Car, Gutted It, And Turned It Into This Thing We All Need

    If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.

    In 1996, Phil Weicker and Duncan Forrester set out to transform a 1982 Chevy Malibu into a hot tub car. The end results were less than stellar, but rather than giving up, the engineering duo gave it another go.

    This time around, the pair decided that they would overhaul a 1969 Cadillac. Their pet project, the “Carpool,” may have taken seven years of blood, sweat, and tears to complete, but the end results made it all more than worth it.

    This 1969 Cadillac was built for power and speed, making it the perfect fit for housing the world’s fastest hot tub.

    Read More: What This Guy Did With A 1967 Airstream Will Make You Entirely Jealous

    It became clear that transforming this aging Cadillac wasn’t going to be an easy task.

    Read more: http://www.viralnova.com/hot-tub-cadillac/

    Visual Effects Artist Creates Epic Video To Sell His Old Car, And Now 2 Million People Want To Buy It

    For most of us, selling a used car generally involves placing an advert on a popular website or in the classifieds section of a local newspaper. But when it came to selling his old SUV, Eugene Romanovsky decided to take things to a whole new level by creating the most spectacular advertisement for his 1996 Suzuki Vitara.

    Employing his skills as a visual effects artist, the Israel-based Latvian made an epic 2-minute video showcasing everything that his trusty car can (and cannot) do. From driving underwater to visiting outer space and even cruising alongside dinosaurs and featuring in Mad Mad: Fury Road, it’s really not surprising to learn that his video has been viewed over 2 million times since he recently uploaded it to YouTube. See for yourself below. Don’t forget the popcorn!

    Read more: http://www.boredpanda.com/sell-old-car-ad-suzuki-vitara-1996-eugene-romanovsky/