*When I was a kid, I’d sit and watch my grandmother while she sat and watched the microwave, marveling at its ability to heat a cold cup of coffee in one minute — WHILE THE INSIDE OF THE OVEN REMAINED COOL TO THE TOUCH, she’d say. “Ma” would tell stories of being a kid in rural Illinois and heating things up over a fire while I thought “What kinda prehistoric world was THAT?” and I’d watch movies like Back To The Future II depict what “the future” would look like.
While the Detroit manufacturer has been testing related technologies for about 10 years, their new testing program reflects their interest in moving self-driving cars from research to advanced engineering. Continue reading →
*And the innovations just keep on coming. And here you thought vending machines were only for those tasty snacks. Betcha’ never, eva…eva…thought you’d have an opportunity to buy a vehicle from one.
Well this, my dears, is now a reality.
A company called Carvana, based in Atlanta, has only been around for two-and-a-half years, but they are making a lot of noise because of their interesting business practice. For example: their car delivery service allows customers to purchase a vehicle online, and then its delivered to their doorstep for a seven-day, no questions asked, test drive.
I’m going to just give y’all a moment to digest that, K?
*Many of us may wonder what it is exactly that makes us do some of the things we do. I mean, we know there are mind altering drugs, so we know that when people delve into that world, their mind is going to be … well, altered. And they are probably going to do things they wouldn’t otherwise do.
Then there are the actions of the parents of adults in this story. The parents who decided to release a video (scroll down) showing their adult son and his friend, both high on a cocktail of drugs, accelerated the car they were driving up to speeds of 90 miles per hour, before crashing it into a concrete wall that killed them both instantly.
Nevertheless, the parents did.
Their son was Michael Owen, the young father of a five-year-old girl named Lily Rose Iris Owen. You hear him in the video (scroll down) saying, “you’re doing 90 boy, slow down.”
Those were his last words. They were spoken to the unlicensed driver and pal who lost control of the car. Continue reading →
*If you’ve never heard of ride-sharing, app-based taxi services like Uber and Lyft, you probably don’t get out much.
They are pretty much taking over the world.
And John Zimmer, who co-founded Lyft, even goes as far as saying that in five years, most millennials won’t own a car. They will see no need for it.
“You could actually start seeing the majority of millennials in the next five years or so saying there’s no reason I should get a car,” Zimmer told Mashable recently. “The car used to be the symbol of American freedom. Now it’s like …owning a $9,000 ball and chain, because you have $9,000 in expenses on your car every year.”
Sounds like something someone with a ride-sharing business would say.
*We knew it would only be a matter of time. After all, we were getting a little too comfortable with being able to access rides by just using an app on our cellphones. Instead of standing on a corner trying to hail a taxi.
Some see it as a little too convenient to be able to let a driver know exactly where to pick you up; and be able to hop into the front passenger seat as if the driver is a friend or relative.
Then, to top all of that off, being able to have the driver take us anywhere we need to go, for a fraction of the price we would’ve paid using a yellow cab.
That’s not only competition for the yellow cab companies, its outright slaughter.
So is it any surprise forces are working overtime behind the scenes to shut this service down…or at the very least, get more control of it?Continue reading →
*Oh crap. Don’t our elderly African Americans have enough to contend with than being victimized by corporate conglomerates?
Perpetrators see the elderly are easy targets, and they are often victimized by ruthless thugs in the neighborhood. So its surprising when these thugs turn out to be large companies. But Donald and Gloria White allege this is exactly what is happening to them. They are accusing Seattle BMW and BMW Financial Services of participating in fraud and identity theft and they have been fighting this crime alone for the past 8 years.
Here’s what they say happened.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith allege that a 2005 BMW-X5 SUV (valued at $60,000) was purchased in their name by Stephen Wong, Paul Tan and Phong Pham of E-Stone, LLC, who they say conspired with several employees of Seattle BMW and BMW Financial Services.
The couple only became aware of the purchase nearly 2 years later after they tried to re-finance their home, in order to cover treatments for Mr. White’s prostate cancer medical expenses.
“I should be focusing on my medical condition, but instead I am being forced to represent myself in this case, filing countless documents into the courts and submitting complaints that have been repeatedly and still being overlooked,” says the ailing Mr. White. who built his professional reputation as a general contractor. Continue reading →
*Hey, I don’t know about you, but I am shopping for a car and I’ve got my “Must haves.” For one, it has got to be good on gas. With the price of fuel starting to rise again, I’m looking for a ride that will look like the meter hasn’t even moved even though I’ve driven it 20-miles. Its also got to be reliable, not cost a lot of money (many of us can’t afford a brand new car yet), and its gotta be cheap to maintain.
I’ll bet I’m not the only one who thinks about these things. So I’ve put together a list of cars that will keep you rolling in the right direction for hundreds of thousands of miles.
*Now you know that anytime a convicted criminal asks the court to keep him in jail because his sentence was “too lenient,” the court needs to listen. The man making the request had killed a retired librarian as he sped away from police in hot pursuit. Now, per his request and explanation that the plea deal offered by prosecutors was too lenient he will spend more time behind bars.
Joshua Brazeal, his family members and the loved ones of the 79-year-old woman he killed all agreed that he deserved a harsher sentence.
Brazeal was speeding away from police on August 19 when he accidentally crashed his stolen car into the vehicle belonging to Geraldine Strader, a longtime Kansas City librarian. Strader, a pillar of the community, succumbed to her injuries.Continue reading →