had bought 4 new tires for the Jeep, BF Goodrich AT KO and one of them was
a display model that ended up being a 2 year old "new" tire
which had silicon tire dressing on it which I did not want on my tires.
One other tire had a brownish tinge on it, which was a year old (unused
tire). They offered to replace the display model. When I was in the store
I asked to look at the new tire before they installed it. I looked for the
DOT numbers found on the white letter side, and saw that it was a 2013
which was what I was told when I asked if the tire was in stock yet. I
also noticed a bit of a tinge of brownish occuring even on this new one.
BF Goodrich website says this is normal. I ok'd the install if they would
clean that the new one and the other one. They look great and I am now
pleased. The one thing I loved about doing business with Sears Palm Desert
California was that the center was not overloaded with customers and the
staff was friendly and they have a comfortable waiting room. I had to ask
another customer though to get the TV remote to up the volume as I
couldn't get it to work. He had no problem. We figured out that the angle
of the remote to the TV was being blocked where I was sitting and not
where he was sitting. A great start to my Saturday.
who believes that the oceans will rise 8 feet, or even inches if arctic
ice melts, clearly could not have looked at the world's oceans and the
mass from this perspective as it shows how big the oceans are compared to
the ice which is more like a drop in a bucket.
large team of scientists used a deep ice core from the Western Antarctic
Ice Sheet Divide to produce records going back some 2,000 years. Their
analysis shown that recent melting in that area, which has caused a good
deal of hysteria* in climate alarmist circles, is in fact normal."
you can save just one bird, it's all worth it" so they said. Turns
out, that's about all that's saved, 1%. In the Gulf of Mexico oil spill
they spent millions of dollars trying to save them using detergent. Dawn
detergent used it as a part of their feel good about the product by
mentioning it. It all presents such a feel good ideal, save the birds,
great for TV and magazines, but the study indicates that only 1 in 100 end
up surviving. Next spill, how about we let nature take it's course, and
start using using those millions to help people instead? A study indicates
that they are better off being killed to spare them the misery. Though I
would dispute that waste of money as well, at least it sheds light on the
reality of the bird brianed idea that we can save them.
has been there for a long time, and it's sitting on ice buried in snow, in
a large frozen tundra. If global warming was an overall phenomena as
compared to a local occurrence we wouldn't have such evidence of global
According to wunderground.com, Nico, Antarctica had the lowest temperature ever
recorded anywhere on Earth. It was April Fool's Day at -96 degrees. If we are suffering from "global warming"
as many alarmists claim, why is the lowest
temperature ever recorded taken on April 1, 2013 on Earth a minus 96 degrees
Also of note, a record low was set in Garrison, North Dakota, USA, at 8
degrees Farenheit breaking the previous record low set in 2008 of 12
Numbers don't lie. The planet is experiencing both global warming and
global cooling, thus global normalization as it always has.
CO2 for sale
Greenhouses are buying CO2 to make their plants grow better. Quick,
someone notify the sustainability experts, all we have to do now is sell
all the green house gasses to green houses and create more green houses to
capture the green house gasses which are killing our planet.
The indigenous Indian Tribe was pushed out of the territory they lived in
for thousands of years. They lived off the land and were forced out due
to man's thirst for horsepower during the industrial revolition.
The winds of approval hit the seas, allowing wind farming to proceed and
Donald Trump who owns a golf course there says the pristine views will
be destroyed and it will not be good for Scotland's tourism. He has also said
that the wind farms just outside of Palm Springs have destroyed the beauty of
I bought "new" tires at Sears only to find that one of them had
silicone tire shine on it and one of the others had a dirty brownish look. The
other two looked like new tires and still look new after weeks of use. In
discussing this with 2 different managers at Sears in Palm Desert, they both
insisted that the dirty tire was "normal". I feel it's not normal,
it's a dirty tire. The other was a display model and should have never been
really sold to me without informing me that it had tire dressing on it.
Silicone tire dressing products make the tire appear more black but they tend
to wear off unevenly, show high and low spots of shine, and streaks. I decided
I didn't want any silicone on my tires when they are new. Maybe when they are
years old but not when new. They agreed to only replace the one tire, and
would only try to clean the dirty one. It has a dirty rusty look to it. Looking at the BF Goodrich website
regarding how to read the dates a tire was made, I had to do some sleuthing to
get this image below to show up. They have the picture location address at the
wrong spot. There are 12 letters/digits after the DOT code, usually on
the whitewall side of the tire. If you can't find this whole 12 digit number
on one side, look on the other. The 9th and 10th digits indicate the week of manufacture while the last 2
indicate the year.
Here is how they say to read it when the tire is made during the
Next time I buy tires I will definitely make sure they show me
the dates of all four tires before installation and look them over to make sure
they all look new and not dirty. As a customer who expects exceptional service
and new looking tires when they are sold as new, I think that tires should
probably be no more than 6 - 12 months old and they all should match, and again,
Peaker power plants & shale
Natural gas is typically the choice fuel to create electricity. When burned
it emits carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide. It's called "clean"
energy but it's only "cleaner" than others like coal, not really
"clean", it's a hydrocarbon gas mixture!
"A peaker plant may operate many hours a day, or it may operate only a
few hours per year, depending on the condition of the region's electrical
grid. Because of the cost of building an efficient power plant, if a peaker
plant is only going to be run for a short or highly variable time it does not
make economic sense to make it as efficient as a base load power plant. In
addition, the equipment and fuels used in base load plants are often unsuitable
for use in peaker plants because the fluctuating conditions would severely
strain the equipment. For these reasons, nuclear,
coal, biomass and electrochemical energy storage systems are rarely, if
ever, operated as peaker plants."
As a peaker plant — able to run a maximum of 116 days a year once it
begins operating next winter — Sentinel and its eight 90-foot-tall
smokestacks could spew more than 1 million tons of carbon dioxide per year,
according to the final approval from the California Energy Commission.
That’s the equivalent of adding 188,334 cars per year to the valley’s
roads, using formulas from the Environmental Protection Agency.
A Taiwanese driver unloads a truckload of bamboo without
getting his hands dirty. Could this explain why the Orient has it over America
on productivity? I would imagine American unions wouldn't allow this for a
Greening the planet through use of carbon
Turns out, we have been making the planet more green directly due to the fact
that we are using more fossile fuels! Easy proof is seen by looking at Palm
Springs area 50 years ago saw nothing but sand, and today, it's a lush paradise.
That would never have happened without cars, gas stations, and electricity. Same
with Los Angeles which is an irrigated desert and many other places around the
Take a look at the video and see how it finally shatters
when it reaches a certain speed. The reason it shatters is not because of
the RPM'S going up, and causing outward stress as you might think, but rather, the wobble
effect, even though the CD seems completely flat. It's due to factors of the bearing
being not balanced absolute perfectly and the CD not being perfectly
balanced in weight. Though those amounts are extremely small, they play a
big roll when the item is spun at higher revolutions and thus the CD
finally shatters due to the vibrations.
you don't put the correct size tires on without doing the mods it will
throw off your speedometer and can mess with the abs example...computer on
the truck will "think" the truck is going slower than it
actually is therefore not applying the brakes correctly in an emergency
The European Union has proposed limits on how noisy tires should be. I
could see this coming to the US and become a problem with using mud tires
on the road. Goodyear Duratrac's say they meet the requirements.
This vehicle (Jeep?) was able to submerse in this canal
and pull itself out!
Liberals pay more
A business owner charges liberals $1 more for their
healthy smoothies, donates the money to conservative causes. This concept
could backfire though as liberals could also start adding fees for
Bad coal, bad
It's like everyone is now talking to coal as if it's a
spoiled unruly child. I don't see what the big problem is with coal energy
yet Canada's leaders apparently do as they are phasing it out. I wonder if
they know anything about the problems with San Onofre nuclear power plant
which is shut down. What happens when these nuclear plants fail? They
cannot rely on wind for a constant supply. I like the idea of having many
sources of energy to make a reliable constant supply. Having a coal plant
operating is a good idea.
According to Scientific American wind
power has grown from 400 MW of provincial power six years ago to more
than 2,000 MW now. By 2030, it is projected to provide roughly 10 percent
of Ontario Canada province's electricity supply.
I have to wonder if when these statements about wind power
are made are they talking about the total provided for the entire year, or
are they talking about the total possible if the windmills were actually
producing 24 hours a day, or are they talking about the total produced
only when the wind blows and is actually producing energy?
Here is an interesting concept in redesigning the wheel
but I wonder if something like this hasn't already been done and maybe
even patented before, like before rubber was readily available and put
into productive use for tires.
A biofuel train crossed the border 24 times back and forth
between Canada and the USA without ever unloading it's cargo. Why would it
do such an energy inefficient thing with such energy efficient products?
I'm watching some guy on TV who's trying to sell me on
solar for my home. In the presentation he shows an incandescent bulb,
talks about the heat generated by "old fashioned" bulbs. He said
the incandescent bulb would last 2000 hours. The LED 50,000 hours but that
one bulb would cost 50 dollars! He went on to say that bulb would last an
average home 50 years.
Not trusting anything any salesman says to me anymore at fact
value, I did the math. That bulb is said to last 5.7 years if turned on and
left on all the time according to the "life expectancy" of the
Cities have been installing LED bulbs for years in traffic lights at
great expense, and so many of them after a year or so start blinking,
where the LED's burn out and then the entire unit has to be replaced, not
in 50 years, more like 2 years. Each bulb contains not one, but many LED's
so the entire unit needs to be replaced when some of them go out.
Why is wind energy not being
fined for killing birds?
A 2008 study by the Fish and Wildlife Service that
estimates wind farms kill nearly a half million birds per year in the
United States yet the wind sector has not been fined under the Migratory Bird Treaty Act and the Eagle Protection
Act which can bring fines up to $250,000. Government has not prosecuted a
single case against the wind industry while they have prosecuted oil and natural gas providers for similar infractions.
He says his Jeep was cured of the dreaded death wobble by
replacing the bushing with polyurethane bushings for $10. This excellent
very short video shows it before the change. You can see the bushing move.
In 1978 a law was passed in the hurricane Sandy area that
mandated disaster planning in case of a catastrophic weather event. Due to
budget constraints not much was done such as building a breakwall out in
the ocean. In 2012 the weather event happened. If one looks back at the
period of time that law was created it was not based on carbon dioxide, it
was based on how climate cycles and huge storms come around every 20, 50,
and 100 years. The term "100 year storm" was not developed
during "awareness of climate change". Today all of these
"new storms" are blamed on carbon dioxide spinning around in
circles up above our heads and some are claiming that our oceans will rise
6 feet in our lifetimes due to carbon dioxide spinning around in circles
up above our heads.
Wrangler Duratrak tires review
do extremely well in the
General Grabber at2 tires do
extremely well in the mud
Pro comp all terrain tires
review don't get stuck in snow
Reading about tires I came across a Q & A page where
someone had a vibration issue yet when they looked the car over it seemed
everything was fine. The answer given was to first have the tires
balanced. Then the next answer that was given was more about
I ran into this issue once, had the tires balanced and
checked, then replaced all the shocks, wheel bearings, $500 + later and it
was still not fixed. It was bad universal joints. Check universal joints
FIRST. Driving a car with bad universal joints can be dangerous so make
that a first step.
Other things that can cause vibration are brake rotors,
suspension, and steering parts.
The shipping route located in the United States is drying
up due to the ongoing drought in that area. If it continues, which it
probably will not due to winter coming, it could stop a lot of shipping
through there. In the global warming scheme of things, it should really be
reversing flow from the rise in the oceans.
When the experts say the "current availability and
quality of climate observations and impacts data are inadequate for large
parts of the globe" one has to wonder who keeps telling us that
global warming is unequivocally real.
I always wonder whenever I hear about wind mill megawatt
numbers how it compares to nuclear or other sources like natural gas. One
thing to keep in mind is that the wattage is not equal to power output.
Arctic ice now expanding according to
Now Arctic ice expansion is being called "another
worrying trend in climate change".
Chevy Spark gets 38 mpg and has 84
It's bigger than a bicycle and safer and it's not
Public lands will be getting fast permitting by those
currently in the White House for solar farms. The winners are the
companies that will be building these farms. They will get truckloads of
free cash from the rest of us who support this system of redistribution.
How is this helping the little guy?
A Danish wind turbine company that received $50 million
from the United States treasury's stimulus funds has laid off over 800
workers in the US and Canada. They say demand for their products have
plummeted. I remember it being said by many "green energy"
fussbudgets that wind energy would create jobs and be sustainable, but it
seems that just like corn crops that need water, wind farming needs an
endless supply of energy subsidies to be SUSTAINABLE. It's yet
another example of the horrible drought conditions that are rendering the
jobs in green energy sector as unsustainable.
Go to any gas station and you see gasoline fuel pumps with
hoses and nozzles that sit there overnight and are there in the morning.
There is little incentive for anyone to steal them as they are not worth
much to a thief. Contrast that to electric vehicle charging stations which
have similar "hoses and nozzles" but they are made of expensive
copper wire. Thieves are taking air-conditioner parts these days now,
certainly they will take these thick copper wire power cords for
recharging electric cars. It seems the cords need to be locked up every
night, or locked and pass codes given to unlock or put away each
night. I see nothing but problems with these cords for charging
vehicles. My greatest concern though is about children and the elderly
tripping over these thick heavy electrical cords. Take a look one:
Electric car batteries can be damaged
The electric car has been deemed to be an answer to
"dependence on foreign oil" yet those that constantly proclaim
that solution to America's problems rarely if ever explain that swapping
dependence on oil for dependence on batteries can cause a whole new set of
concerns, some of which could cause the entire concept of replacing
gasoline powered vehicles with electric ones to hit a wall.
need to basically be left plugged in when not in use or risk battery
depletion which can cause the battery to be not just drain and need
recharge, but end up becoming what they call "bricked". That
means the battery is useless at that point and has to be replaced.
Another thing that should be
understood, is that electric vehicles that are left plugged in always draw
energy from the electric grid, which oddly enough, uses mostly fossil fuel
to create power.
One of these electric car tax subsidized companies states
on it's charging instructions: "Plugging it in every night eliminates
the risk of damage that could be caused by over-discharging the
A new replacement battery for an electric car can cost a car owner as much as
According to recent studies 15,000-12,000 years ago the
Antarctic Peninsula experienced significant warming. Dr.
Will they free us from
foreign oil? Not really. The idea that making our cars run on
electricity - renewable energy would depend on foreign minerals. We might
take note that our dependence on Canadian oil is
not creating any problems. Canada provide us more oil than anyone. A
move to so called clean energy would enslave us into buying
lithium from Bolivia. Wars would break out over lithium.
History would again repeat itself as has consistently happened with gold, farmland,
everything of value, all of which is in limited supply, when they become
unfairly controlled by only a few people, governments, corporations.
I stopped dreaming of a cleaner brighter future when I realized our future is
bright the way it is
1,100 miles on pristine energy
Lance Mackey starts off his dog sled race in the
Iditarod in Alaska using pristine friendly energy, dogpower!
Leading the sheep down a slippery
About 700 sheep have been employed by Turin officials
to keep the grass verges and lawns in city parks neatly trimmed. Officials
in Turin said they were paying too much in gardener fees to cut the
grass in just one of the bigger parks. They are saving a
bundle. Where will the savings go? Build homes for the
homeless? Buy iPods for everyone at city hall? Who knows but
it's going to make the German Shepherd business boom!