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My recommendations as posted, with one change of mind.

Addendum: The results are coming in.  Looks like overwhelming losses for all props except 1F.

A body-building contest in Belgium was canceled after a doping official showed up and literally every single contestant grabbed his bags and ran out of the room.

Maybe sports organizations should just throw in the towel, as suggested on SNL some years back. I can’t embed the video without the download I have on my home computer, but here’s the link.

42 miles per gallon fed standard minimum?  That’s the rumor.

They’ll probably exempt SUVs, but hopefully with that vast a difference market forces would address the problem.

I wonder if that means Obama is giving up on GM and Chrysler.  GM’s bankruptcy plan is due at the end of the month.

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Meanwhile, South Korea is trying something really cool – slotless slot car (anybody else remember those as a kid?) recharging systems for electric cars built and installed right on the roads.  You recharge as you drive over them or idle over them at intersections or where traffic slows down.

Vehicles with sensor-driven magnetic devices on their underside can suck up energy as they travel over the strips without coming into direct contact.

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The non-contact transfer of electricity, also called inductive charging, works by magnets and cables on the underside of the vehicle making a connection with the current in the recharging strip to receive power as they travel over it.

It is employed in some brands of electric toothbrushes that are sealed and water resistant, which do not need to be plugged into anything but use a magnetic connection to receive energy while resting in a cradle.

And no, you wouldn’t be electrocuted by walking on them.  Nor would they short out in the rain.

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