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Weekly Roundup, Friday 15 March 2019

Stones (in both foreground and background) and sheep (everywhere) – we’ll see these in Kilmartin Glen, on our Scotland’s Highland Highlights Tour this September. Good morningWow, what a wild and crazy week this one has been, with the added dimension, for me personally but hopefully not for you, of (hopefully just) experiencing another kidney stone event.  These seem to be occurring with increasing frequency.The extraordinarily dysfunctional nature of Obamacare was driven home to me.  When it bec...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, UK, London, Obamacare, France, Scotland, Hotels, China, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 March 2019

A section of the brightly colored houses and shops facing out to the harbor in the lovely little town of Tobermory, on the Isle of Mull. We’ll spend two nights here on the Scotland’s Highland Highlights tour in September. Good morningAnother week with a disrupted review – the product I was testing abjectly failed at the thing it was primarily intended for.  To be fair, I have to give the manufacturer a chance to respond – maybe it is a bad unit, for example.However, there’s lot we do have this w...
Tags: Travel, Google, South Korea, Spacex, Elon Musk, Scotland, Russia, Miscellaneous, Cars, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla, Nasa, Earth, David

Weekly Roundup, Friday 1 February 2019

The Loire River, the longest in France, which gives the valley its name.  Details of our September “land cruise” tour of the Loire Valley are now available, here. Good morning While there are no attachments to this morning’s nice long newsletter, that is due to a quirk in how these emails work.  I’ve actually been very busy this last week preparing the pages of information for our lovely Loire Valley “land cruise” in late September. You can see the main tour page here that sets out all the det...
Tags: Travel, Europe, England, London, Australia, France, China, Germany, Israel, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Chicago, David, Prague

Weekly Roundup, Friday 12 October, 2018

An Air Niugini Boeing 737 missed the runway but safely landed in the water – see story, below. Good morning First computer problems then medical problems (an ankle) forced an unplanned silence upon me, but here I am, happily back once more and sharing another selection of the great and the grim. Simultaneously on the great and grim side of things, we had a cancellation off our Christmas “Landcruise” of Northern France and Belgium.  As I do in such cases, I’m happy to give half the deposit as a...
Tags: Travel, Google, Facebook, Lyft, Europe, Halloween, UK, Indonesia, Australia, France, Miscellaneous, Disney, Cars, US, Newsletter, Bloomberg

Weekly Roundup, Friday 14 September, 2018

The world’s most underwhelming tourist trap? So says a new report. See last item, below. Good morning It has been another busy week here at the Travel Insider Galactic Headquarters. To my amazement, I found myself actually liking the latest release of new iPhones, so much so that I’m staring at my now four year old iPhone 6+, complete with cracked screen, and wondering if it is getting close to an appropriate time to replace it.  But that’s a two part issue, because while I do believe the new i...
Tags: Travel, Apple, Lyft, Japan, Supreme Court, Congress, Berlin Wall, Miscellaneous, Cars, Newsletter, Paypal, Earth, Munich, Current Affairs, New Zealand, Mars

Weekly Roundup, Friday 7 September, 2018

Should passengers be pre-screened for infectious diseases prior to long flights? Please answer the reader survey below. Good morning I hope you had a great long weekend, and that there’s still a generous measure of Indian summer for you to enjoy. It is certainly way too soon to start feeling the winter blues, but it is not way too soon to start planning an escape from that phenomenon.  And have I got great news for you – our Christmas Land Cruise has reduced in price! The Euro/USD exchange rate...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, New York, Cdc, Mexico, Berlin Wall, Africa, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla, Munich, Atlantic

Weekly Roundup, Friday 24 August, 2018

Happy birthday today to my daughter, Anna. Good morning The rapid passing of time is never more noticeable than on this day each year, it being today my daughter’s 14th birthday.  As many as you of course know, possibly with grandchildren as well as children, one looks at one’s children with amazement, still vividly remembering what they were like so many years previously, and marveling at how they became so much older, so quickly. I hope yours give you as much delight as mine does me. Talking ...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Facebook, Elon Musk, China, Germany, Berlin Wall, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, San Francisco, Newsletter, Tesla, Taiwan, Current Affairs, Ryanair

Weekly Roundup, Friday 17 August, 2018

Is the world flat or round? Increasingly, people believe it to be flat (see item below). Good morning You surely saw some of the news covering the theft and crash of a Horizon Air commuter plane last Friday night.  Alas, what you didn’t necessarily see was much in the way of sensible informed commentary – a lot of what was promulgated by the instant experts was, alas, specious nonsense designed merely to advance their respective special interests, rather than thoughtful discussion. So, as alway...
Tags: Travel, Google, Europe, UK, Hollywood, Science, London, Australia, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tech, Tesla, Eu

Weekly Roundup, Friday 10 August, 2018

Nowhere in the world will be more than 3 1/2 hours away from anywhere else if Boeing’s new HST comes to fruition. Good morning I hope your summer is proceeding apace and that you’re not being impacted by the fires and smoke coming from them that seem to be filling so much of California at present. We have the usual sprinkling of fires here in WA too, but orders of magnitude less than the 300,000+ acre main fire and many slightly smaller ones in California currently, making in total for the larg...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Elon Musk, New York, London, California, China, Germany, Miscellaneous, Cars, US, Los Angeles, Newsletter, Tesla, Bloomberg, Taiwan Roundup: May 28, 2018

In this week’s Roundup! –Final Report from Australia on Redflex Speed Cam Hack– –WV Audi finds Bureaucrats Commuting on Taxpayer Dime– –CA Gas Tax Repeal Efforts Heats Up– Friday, May 25, 2018 Australia: Final Report Issued On Redflex Speed Camera Hack The government official responsible for maintaining public confidence in photo enforcement on Thursday released the results of his investigation into last year’s hacking of speed cameras in Victoria, Australia. Speed camera commi...
Tags: Corruption, Supreme Court, Australia, California, Miscellaneous, West Virginia, Autos, Victoria Australia, DENTON Texas, Redflex Traffic Systems, Gas Tax, Red-Light Cameras, Speed Cameras, TheNewspaper, Yellow Light Duration, Aargauer Zeitung

Speed Trap at a Crossroads: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #489

Parkers Crossroads is a quiet little Tennessee hamlet (pop. 330) adjacent to Interstate 40, located about midway between Memphis and Nashville. Blink for an instant and you might miss Exit 108, the only direct access to Parkers Crossroads from the interstate, as you motor by. Not too many have had to worry about that, though, because the PC police─and by that we don’t mean “politically correct” police─have stopped more than their share of passersby for alleged speeding infractions. Parkers Cross...
Tags: Miscellaneous, Tennessee, Autos, Nashville, Memphis, Henderson County, Speed Traps, NMA, Roadblocks, Tennessee Department of Safety, National Speed Trap Exchange, NMA Weekly E Newsletter, Parkers Crossroads, Tennessee Code Anotated Title, Interstate Authority Agreement for Parkers, Interstate Authority

NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for May 25, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup: –Trump and Automakers Reaffirm National Mileage Rules— –Prelim Report on Fatal Uber Crash has been released by the NTSB— –Trump weighs new tariffs on imported cars/parts based on national security concerns— –NTSB recommends seat belts on all new school buses– Click on the color headline to read the full story. NMA Driving News Stories of the Week Trump, Auto Officials Re-Affirm Goal of National Mileage Rules California’s top air-quality official held a series...
Tags: Amazon, Uber, Florida, Technology, Minnesota, Maryland, Safety, Colorado, California, Washington, White House, Massachusetts, Milwaukee, Miscellaneous, America, Los Angeles

Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for May 23, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup –National Survey shows Americans have increased their fear of AVs— –AV backers push for federal framework— –AAA survey says drivers are distracted by in-car tech— Click on the colored title to see the full story NMA Car of the Future Story of the Week National survey shows increasing fear of driverless vehicles There’s a growing distrust of driverless vehicles similar to an autonomous bus that crashed on its first day of testing in downtown Las Veg...
Tags: Apple, Lyft, UK, Technology, Miscellaneous, US, America, Fuel, Tesla, Intel, United States, New Jersey, Auto Industry, Distracted Driving, Autos, Ohio

6 Great Touring Motorcycles for Long Trips

Many motorcyclists enjoy cross-country trips. For generations, the “road trip” has offered riders a way to enjoy their bike, see America, and have the road-trip adventure of a lifetime. A long motorcycle trip can broaden your horizons and give you a new verve for life. Whether you’re taking a journey of self-discovery or hitting the road for vacation, long rides are easier on a “touring” bike. Long Rides on Touring Bikes If “crotch rocket” bikes are the sprinters of the motorcycle world, tourin...
Tags: Hollywood, Miscellaneous, America, Pandora, Tips, Autos, Bmw, Honda, Yamaha, Goldwing, Milwaukee Eight, Harley Davidson Electra, Harley Davidson Electra Glide, Electra Glide, Earl Baldwin

NMA’s Weekly ATE Racket Report for May 22, 2018

Compiled by NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker and NMA Communications Director Shelia Dunn The ATE Racket Report is a weekly feature of the NMA blog. We want to bring the issues of automated traffic enforcement to our supporters in a more coherent up-to-date fashion. This past week… NMA’s Driving in America Blog featured this post: Writing Editorials against Automated Traffic Enforcement (and other Topics that Support NMA Positions). Gives some great tips putting it all together f...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Safety, Congress, Milwaukee, Miscellaneous, America, Iowa, Wisconsin, Autos, Chamber of Commerce, Nhtsa, Fort Worth Texas, Jim, St Louis Missouri, Orlando Sentinel Roundup: May 21, 2018

In this week’s Roundup! –NTSB examines school bus fatalities– –Traffic school has no safety benefit– –TX AG says no more public money for toll roads– Friday, May 18, 2018 NTSB Investigation Examines Preventable School Bus Fatalities The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) will meet Tuesday to discuss a pair of tragic school bus accidents that took a dozen lives in 2016. While some school administrators have cited school bus fatality numbers as a reason to install stop a...
Tags: Privacy, Safety, Miscellaneous, US, Autos, Rental Car, Road Safety, Driver's License, Ridesharing, US supreme court, Great Britain, Fourth Amendment, School Bus, Ntsb, CHATTANOOGA Tennessee, Ken Paxton

The Court Stands Up For Motorists: NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #488

“Few protections are as essential to individual liberty as the right to be free from unreasonable searches and seizures. The Framers made that right explicit in the Bill of Rights following their experience with the indignities and invasions of privacy wrought by ‘general warrants and warrantless searches that had so alienated the colonists and had helped speed the movement for independence.’” Those words are from the majority opinion of the U.S. Supreme Court as delivered by Justice Anthony Ken...
Tags: Supreme Court, Privacy, Miscellaneous, United States, Autos, Rental Car, Illegal Search, Driver's License, National Hockey League, Kennedy, Fourth Amendment, U S Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, District Court, Paterson New Jersey, Anthony Kennedy

Check those Tires! National Tire Safety Week

Summer is right around the corner. Warmer weather brings people out of their homes and on to the highways. Last year, AAA reported that more people than ever were planning to hit the road, with 80 percent of American families planning road trips. Many National Motorists Association members will be among this group, setting their sights on a new destination and heading off on a new adventure. Next week also marks the annual National Tire Safety Week, running May 21-28, 2018. This year’s theme is ...
Tags: Safety, Miscellaneous, Tennessee, Tips, Autos, AAA, Abraham Lincoln, Car Care, NMA, Shaina Sklar

Unique Driving Restrictions in the United Kingdom

If you are planning to drive in the United Kingdom (UK) there are a number of rules, regulations and restrictions which every motorist needs to be aware of to be able to drive safely and legally – not to mention some unusual rules of etiquette to follow. We caught up with Darren from the UK’s Big Motoring World who gave us some advice for venturing out on the UK roads. Firstly, if you are bringing a car from abroad, and you wish to drive in the UK, you need to know that we drive on the left an...
Tags: Europe, UK, Safety, Scotland, Miscellaneous, Stephen King, United Kingdom, Northern Ireland, Distracted Driving, Tips, Autos, Texting, Cell Phone, Driver's License, Insurance Companies, Darren

NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for May 18, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup: –US Supreme Court Upholds Ride Sharing Privacy— –Close to 50,000 People in Waco, TX could be headed for jail due to non-payment of traffic fines— –Truck Driver Shortage will affect all of us– –TX AG says no more public funds can be used for toll roads— –CAF Settlement shines light on NYCPD transparency– Click on the color headline to read the full story. NMA Driving News Stories of the Week US Supreme Court Upholds Ride Sharing Privacy Drivers of borrowed veh...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Supreme Court, Privacy, Safety, California, Oregon, White House, Virginia, Massachusetts, Miscellaneous, Sacramento, America, Fuel, Georgia, Walmart

Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for May 16, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup –Trump tells Automakers he’s still open to talks with CA on CAFÉ— –Consumers Union raises concerns about safety and transparency with driverless cars— –How do we fix the language of driverless cars?– Click on the colored title to see the full story NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week Trump Tells Car Executives He’s Still Open to Talks with California President Donald Trump told a group of auto company executives that he is open to talks with ...
Tags: Apple, Technology, Safety, California, Washington, Massachusetts, Miscellaneous, Sacramento, San Francisco, Fuel, Mit, Infrastructure, Canada, Ford, Auto Industry, New Zealand

NMA’s Weekly ATE Racket Report for May 15, 2018

Compiled by NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker and NMA Communications Director Shelia Dunn The ATE Racket Report is a weekly feature of the NMA blog. We want to bring the issues of automated traffic enforcement to our supporters in a more coherent up-to-date fashion. This past week… More fallout from the Florida Supreme Court Decision supporting Red-Light Cameras. The Daily Commercial, a newspaper for Lee and Sumter Counties (Leesburg), published an editorial entitled: Don’t Reviv...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Technology, Privacy, Safety, California, Oregon, Senate, Miscellaneous, Georgia, Legislation, United States, House, Distracted Driving, Davis, Autos Roundup: May 14, 2018

In this week’s Roundup! –Dealing with a Disgraced Cam Company– –FL outlaws license plate frames– –NH Court strikes down interstate roadblock– Friday, May 11, 2018 Maryland, Virginia Schools Deal With Disgraced Camera Company The Federal Bureau of Investigations continues to unravel the corruption scandal that has thus far brought two felony guilty pleas related to the multi-million-dollar school bus camera bribery scandal in Dallas, Texas. In October, FBI agents raided the Dall...
Tags: Corruption, Florida, Safety, France, Miscellaneous, Fbi, New Hampshire, Autos, Dallas, Court of appeal, Road Safety, Woodstock, Nhtsa, Miami Dade County, Dallas Texas, Maryland Virginia

MA Inspection Station Cameras Spy on More Than Just License Plates: NMA E-Newsletter #487

From guest writer Joe Cadillic of the MassPrivatel Blog. Since October 1, 2017, Massachusetts vehicle inspection sticker stations have each been required to purchase five cameras to record vehicles in real-time. The new system called ‘Mass Vehicle Check‘ (MVC) requires inspectors and stations to spend between $5,710.00 – $8.141.00 dollars on government-approved surveillance gear. Forcing vehicle inspection stations to pay for government surveillance cameras sounds familiar. It reminds me of poli...
Tags: Technology, Privacy, Massachusetts, Miscellaneous, Autos, Facial Recognition, Driver's License, Boston Globe, Boston TV, MVC, RMV, NMA, License Plate, Project Green Light, Joe Cadillic, Applus Technologies

NMA Driving News Weekly Roundup for May 11, 2018

In this week’s Driving News Roundup: –Researchers say Draeger Breathalyzer is flawed— –Fed Stats show alcohol, seatbelt use more relevant than speed during crashes— –US House votes to overturn rule against car loan discrimination— –Texas AG says state tax dollars cannot be used to build toll roads— –A new kind of motorist trap in Arkansas—a Window Tint Trap– Click on the color headline to read the full story. NMA Driving News Stories of the Week Researchers say a breathalyzer has flaws, casting ...
Tags: Florida, Texas, Technology, Mississippi, Privacy, Colorado, California, Boston, Milwaukee, Miscellaneous, US, America, Fuel, Tesla, Infrastructure, Vw

Weekly Roundup, Friday 11 May, 2018

The TSA apologized for the cultural insensitivity of asking a Sikh to remove his turban at airport screening.  Now try walking through with a baseball cap on and see what happens.  Article below. Good morning Spring is in full fling, and I hope your summer, due to officially start in just a few weeks on Memorial Day, is shaping up to be a great one.  But, please, cast your mind a wee bit further ahead, for the early and late fall, too.  What are you doing then? How about a trip to Moldova, to O...
Tags: Travel, Google, Amazon, Europe, Elon Musk, New York, Science, London, Tibet, Mexico, France, China, Air Canada, Miscellaneous, Cars, US

Car of the Future Weekly Roundup for May 9, 2018

In this week’s Car of the Future Weekly Roundup –Safety Advocates want the Senate to apply brakes on the AV Start ACT— –17 States sue Feds over vehicle emissions— –Automakers tell Trump Admin that they don’t want roll back on vehicle emissions— –UK lawmakers are considering a ban on all non-EVs by 2040 Click on the colored title to see the full story NMA Car of the Future Stories of the Week Safety Groups Ask Senate to Apply Brakes on Autonomous-Vehicle Bill A coalition of safety advocates, tran...
Tags: Lyft, Europe, Elon Musk, UK, New York, Technology, Safety, Obama, Congress, California, Senate, Germany, Boston, Virginia, Massachusetts, Miscellaneous

The new face of Do-It-Yourself garages

The concept of DIY automotive work is nothing new. In the 1970s, auto enthusiasts could readily find hourly workspace; allowing them to replace their own oil, change brakes, or drop a transmission. Hobby shops on military bases provide similar services for active members. As rent and insurance costs increased, and vehicles became more complex, these independent DIY shops shut their doors, leaving automotive repair work to professional mechanics and those lucky enough to have the tools and home g...
Tags: Facebook, Instagram, Miscellaneous, Tips, Autos, Car Care, Andrew Koretz

NMA’s Weekly ATE Racket Report for May 8, 2018

Compiled by NMA Foundation Executive Director James C. Walker and NMA Communications Director Shelia Dunn The ATE Racket Report is a weekly feature of the NMA blog. We want to bring the issues of automated traffic enforcement to our supporters in a more coherent up-to-date fashion. This past week… Florida Supreme Court spikes the Red-Light Camera Challenge. The court decided that the use of for-profit contractors in running a city’s photo ticketing program (including who views the actual infrac...
Tags: Florida, Abc, California, Senate, Miscellaneous, Georgia, Legislation, High Court, Pennsylvania, House, Aclu, Iowa, Autos, Ohio, Rhode Island, Providence Roundup: May 7, 2018

In this week’s Roundup! –FL Supremes Spike RLC Challenge– –Top 10 Phote Enforcement Felons– –IA Supremes ruling means gridlock Saves Speed Cams– Friday, May 4, 2018 Florida Supreme Court Spikes Red-Light Camera Challenge The photo enforcement industry picked up another win before state high court judges on Thursday. This time, in Florida, the Supreme Court decided that the use of private, for-profit contractors in running every aspect of a photo ticketing program is consistent ...
Tags: Corruption, Florida, Supreme Court, Washington, France, Miscellaneous, Iowa, Autos, Terry Branstad, Chevy Impala, Chicago Illinois, Redflex Traffic Systems, Southern Avenue, Iowa Department of Transportation, Red-Light Cameras, Speed Limits

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