Posted by: coastcontact | August 27, 2016

The Downsides Of Turbocharged Automobile Engines

There seems to be a fad among auto manufacturers to build engines that of Direct Injection or Turbocharged engines.  The Honda Civic will offer a turbocharged 1.5-liter four in all models except the basic L model as the standard engine.  Buyers should research the downsides of both of these technologies.

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  2016 Honda Civic at Los Angeles Auto Show

Increasing concerns for the environment, global supply of oil, CAFÉ standards, and fuel prices have forced many manufacturers to implement new methods of reducing tailpipe emissions and fuel consumption from their cars.

One such method is the use of turbocharged engines. Once exclusively the domain of performance cars, turbocharged engines have exploded in popularity on the mainstream car market. A turbocharger is a component that allows a smaller sized engine to produce power comparable to a much larger sized engine without, in theory, compromising the fuel economy.

Though turbocharging is capable of providing such benefits, there are certain complications with the technology that consumers should be aware of:

1.Turbocharging puts additional strain on the engine due to an increase in heat and pressure properties. The result is that turbocharged engines require more extensive maintenance, such as more frequent oil and spark plug changes, than naturally aspirated engines.

2.Turbocharged engines have low tolerance to short driving trips that don’t allow the parts to warm up to operating temperature. They require regular extended use, ideally highway use, in order to maintain proper performance and reliability. They also require a warm-up/cool-down procedure that involves careful, low rpm driving.

3.Turbocharged engines have more components than naturally aspirated engines, such as turbochargers and intercoolers, which increases the potential for repair expenses over the long-run.

4.Finally, though turbocharged engines are marketed as fuel efficient alternatives to comparably larger, naturally aspirated engines, in real world driving, the actual gains are minimal at best. In some cases, turbocharged cars actually wind up being the gas guzzlers.

You may be wondering why car manufacturers don’t clarify these concerns from the beginning. The answer is that turbocharging used to be more or less exclusive to sports cars and, thus, sports car owners; people who generally could be counted upon to have a certain degree of automotive knowledge. Nowadays, your run-of-the-mill family SUV, complete with a child seat and roof rack, can have a high-powered turbocharged engine. If the dealership told the average car buyer all of this information, few would likely listen to it, and others wouldn’t even buy the car.

Car manufacturers would love to have you believe that turbocharged engines are some kind of ultimate solution to the tug-of-war between power and efficiency, but there’s no question, they don’t work for everyone.

Source for this article primarily from  but Consumers Reports also offered similar advise.

Here is something that should scare every “non-White” person in America.  It is the rise of White Supremacist organizations.  They have been in America since 1866 when the KKK was founded.  The success of such groups is proven when they are discussed in detail by a Canadian newspaper.

Over the last few months, the so-called “alt-right” has become one of the most prominent factions of the conservative media. The movement’s leading outlet is Breitbart News, whose chairman, Stephen Bannon, has just become the CEO of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.


WASHINGTON—A certain set of values is enjoying a resurgence under a new, tech-savvy label.

The new face of white supremacism is a green cartoon frog.

His fans call him Pepe. On Twitter, you can find him dressed in a Nazi uniform, denying the Holocaust, disparaging Mexicans and Muslims and blacks, mocking feminists, and wearing a Donald Trump campaign hat.

The memes are made by supporters of the “alt-right,” a web-savvy racist movement with a fondness for bigoted harassment. It’s having the best month of its young existence.

Last week, Trump handed the leadership of his campaign to Stephen Bannon, head of Breitbart News, a website Bannon has described as “the platform for the alt-right.” On Thursday, Hillary Clinton claimed in a major speech that the alt-right had “effectively taken over the Republican Party,” which sent Google searches for the term skyrocketing.

“Millions of people are Googling #AltRight and thinking through our ideas for the first time,” Richard Spencer, the “white nationalist” credited with popularizing the term, wrote on Twitter. “If that’s ‘losing,’ I’ll take it!”

They have a whole hodgepodge of ideas. Some of them — immigration should be halted or sharply curtailed; political correctness has run amok; feminism, multiculturalism and “globalism” are destructive — are within the bounds of mainstream conversation. At its core, though, the alt-right movement is about this: a belief that “white identity” and “white culture” are under threat and need to be aggressively defended.

“What the #AltRight means is that whites no longer are going to cower and will defend our own race,” wrote one supporter, who tweets under the handle Identitarian. “The #AltRight’s message isn’t one of hate, but one of love: Whites learning to love and support our own race.”

That means different things to different people. The umbrella movement encompasses everyone from veteran neo-Nazis to men’s rights activists to “intellectuals” who want to create a white “ethno-state” to a troll army of anonymous students who claim they are puncturing political correctness by heaping racist abuse upon black Ghostbusters actress Leslie Jones or anti-Semitic abuse upon Jews.

Jones felt compelled to briefly quit Twitter after she was subjected to a vicious online mob incited by Milo Yiannopoulos, a Breitbart editor sympathetic to the alt-right. Jewish journalists Julia Ioffe, Ben Shapiro, and Jonathan Weisman have been deluged with Holocaust memes and threats of violence.

“They think it’s all in good fun, too. They are anti-Semitic, they know what they’re doing is anti-Semitic, but they think it’s funny,” said Marilyn Mayo, a research fellow at the Center on Extremism of the Anti-Defamation League.

Mayo described the alt-right, whose size is unknown, as “a subgrouping under the white supremacist movement.” But she said it is different from previous groups in its youthfulness, its social media fluency and how it is trying to influence conservative discourse rather than withdrawing from conventional politics.

“Even though the alt-right rejects mainstream conservatism, they still want to be a part of the conversation. That’s why they’re calling themselves the alternative-right,” Mayo said.

The movement is also different, extremism expert Brian Levin said, in its embrace of people of diverse political views. Anxieties about globalization and the changing complexion of America are spread across a far broader swath of the population than a “mere Hitlerian group” could ever hope to reach, he said.

“It’s almost a siren call: give me your libertarians, your hardened bigots, your ultraconservative disenfranchised, and we will embrace you,” said Levin, director of the Center for the Study of Hate and Extremism at California State University, San Bernardino.

Some prominent figures on the mainstream right have angrily attempted an expulsion. Conservative pundit Erick Erickson has called the alt-right the “Alt-Reich,” likening it to Nazism. Stuart Stevens, chief strategist to Mitt Romney’s 2012 campaign, says the movement is nothing more than old-fashioned “hate.”

“There is no ‘alt-right.’ It’s just rebranded racism. It’s like calling slaves ‘agrarian interns.’ No,” Stevens wrote on Twitter.

Much of the alt-right rejects the suggestion that it is racist. But its own definitions meet the criteria. In a Thursday statement, American Renaissance, a publication founded by alt-right “white nationalist” Jared Taylor, said, “There is very broad overlap between the races, but they differ in average levels of intelligence and in other traits.”

Such people now have a toehold in public life. Though Clinton may have been exaggerating when she claimed the alt-right now runs Trump’s party, he has given white racists a legitimacy they have not enjoyed in decades.

“The bottom line is: this movement, which has hardened bigots within it, has now become part of the mainstream political process,” Levin said. “The Klan, or even people who wore swastikas, just couldn’t get through the door. These guys have their foot in the door.”

Posted by: coastcontact | August 26, 2016

William Golding

William Golding, British Novelist, Playwrite, and Poet

Posted by: coastcontact | August 25, 2016

2016 Projected Electoral Votes

A poll from Quinnipiac University released on Thursday gave Hillary Clinton a massive advantage over her Republican counterpart, Donald Trump, just 75 days before November’s election.

Hillary Clinton has a 80.0% chance of winning the 2016 presidential election.

Updated 8/23/2016

Electoral Votes from Swing States: 112


270 Votes Needed to Win

Hillary ClintonElection Forecast 8-25-16


Donald Trump


Democrats, Don’t be too cocky!

Michael Dukakis is here to remind you why to stop overreacting to the recent election polls.  Flying high out of the 1988 Democratic National Convention, the forecast looked sunny for the then-Massachusetts governor. A Gallup general election poll released July 26, 1988 gave Dukakis a 17-point lead over George H.W. Bush, the Republican nominee.

“When I was allegedly 15 points ahead, I never was really. It was because I had come off a pretty impressive primary victory,” the 82-year-old former governor said, adding, “You’re obviously going to get a bit of a bounce if you win, and I’m sure [Trump]’s getting that kind of a bounce, since he’s won the thing.”

The Dukakis/Bentsen ticket lost the election by a decisive margin in the Electoral College to George H.W. Bush and Dan Quayle, carrying only 10 states and the District of Columbia.

Posted by: coastcontact | August 21, 2016

We Didn’t Get the Sarcasm

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 05: Donald Trump attends the "Celebrity Apprentice" Red Carpet Event at Trump Tower on January 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 05: Donald Trump attends the “Celebrity Apprentice” Red Carpet Event at Trump Tower on January 5, 2015 in New York City. (Photo by Mike Pont/FilmMagic)

It was all a big joke.

Donald Trump didn’t really mean he would build the greatest wall along the Mexican border.

Mexicans aren’t all thieves and rapists.

Trump doesn’t really want to stop all Muslim immigration.

Trump doesn’t really want to renegotiate NAFTA.

Trump doesn’t really intend to deport all illegal aliens.

Trump actually thinks TPP is a great idea.

NATO is an important treaty.

Putin is not our friend. He has never met him.

Barack Obama was born in Hawaii.

Trump really does not want to be president of the United States.

You are all fired for believing his sarcasm.

“Why the hell can’t you take a joke?”

Posted by: coastcontact | August 21, 2016

Mel Brooks at 90 Years Old

Mel Brooks at 90

Mel Brooks Looks Back: ‘Blazing Saddles’ Could Never Get Made Today

The 90-year-old comedy master opens up about his upcoming ‘Blazing Saddles’ event at Radio City Music Hall, political correctness, and the state of comedy today.

Craig Modderno, Daily Beast


08.20.16 10:35 PM ET

In a world gone mad, Mel Brooks, now 90, is determined to get people back on his laugh track. Earlier this year, members of the Writers’ Guild of America voted for the 101 funniest screenplays of all time. Brooks was the only writer to have three scripts he wrote or co-wrote in the top 12: his Oscar-winning original screenplay for The Producers, Blazing Saddles, and Young Frankenstein.

On September 1st at New York’s Radio City Music Hall, after a screening of Blazing Saddles, Brook will discuss why the classic western sendup is still a riot 42 years after its theatrical debut. If that weren’t enough, a coffee table book of Young Frankenstein will debut this fall.

Brooks is one of precious few to capture the EGOT, taking home Emmy, Tony Grammy, and Academy Awards. Like Don Rickles, Tony Bennett, and his close friend Carl Reiner, who co- created the 2000 Year Old Man bits, Brooks represents an era of show business that will pass when they do. But until that day comes, this old man river of laughs just keeps rollin’ on.

What did Warner Bros. executives think when they first saw Blazing Saddles?

Mel Brooks: They wanted to bury me and the film. The head of distribution told the owners not to release the picture but they only did because it was already booked in theaters and they didn’t have a picture they could replace it with. Only John Calley, an extremely filmmaker-friendly executive at the studio, championed it. The rest of the executives wouldn’t acknowledge me on the lot even when Blazing Saddles became a huge money maker.”

Why did they hate the film so much?

I actually got notes from the studio head in vivid detail who said, “Lose the fart scene, cut out any racial and ethnic jokes, edit scenes where a horse and an old lady get punched,” and my favorite note: “Can you reshoot Black Bart with a white actor?” If I had made their changes the film would have been just 14 minutes long! I stupidly threw all their notes in the trash. Imagine the book I could have written on them today. Then I had a screening on the lot for anyone who worked there, so the executives couldn’t think I was faking the results. The screening proved everything the big shots hated was funny beyond belief, and yet the big shots didn’t believe the comic tastes of their own employees. I only got my first royalty check recently, which meant it took all these years to show a profit. Hopefully my next check will be in three figures!

And Richard Pryor, of course, was your first choice for Black Bart.

The studio didn’t want him because they said he was unreliable due to his personal problems. I fought hard for Richard and was going to quit the film but he told me not to because he needed his screenwriter fees to pay his mortgage. Then we had a long and expensive search to find the right actor for his part. When Cleavon Little auditioned, Richard was in the room and gave me a signal that he was our man!

What other help did Pryor give you on Blazing Saddles?

When I was getting so much pressure to change the script due to it being offensive to blacks, Pryor stuck behind the work. He said the script, which three other people wrote besides us, was hilarious and if it was compromised in any way then we weren’t going to make the movie we all believed in.

But didn’t you cut one big line from the final edit?

Yes. For some weird reason, and I still can’t explain why… well, there’s a scene in Madeline Kahn’s dark dressing room where she’s below frame making Cleavon very happy. She tells him with satisfaction how big he is, and his initial response, which I cut, was: “You’re sucking on my arm!”

What’s the biggest misconception about Blazing Saddles?

That we shot it in black and white, then we later colored each frame with big crayons.

Do you think Blazing Saddles would ever get made in politically correct 2016? 


How do you feel about Hillary and Trump running for president in 2016?

I don’t do political humor. It’s too passé.

Who makes you laugh today?

Dave Chappelle, Amy Schumer, Sarah Silverman, Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Maya Rudolph, Zach Galifianakis, Louis C.K., Melissa McCarthy, and Harpo Marx.

What have you learned about pitching projects in today’s Hollywood?

Never go to a studio executive’s office. If you go there, you have a big NO awaiting you. If they come to your office, you’ve got a 50/50 chance for a green-light for your project.

What was your most unusual pitch meeting?

I went to Alan Ladd, Jr., who was running Fox at the time, and pitched him Silent Movie. Even though Young Frankenstein had made him a lot of money, Laddie was very reluctant to do the picture. He said between the slapstick in that film and a non-talkie, it seemed like I really wanted to return to vaudeville, so he said no. I quickly told him I could get Anne Bancroft, Liza Minnelli, Dom DeLuise, Marty Feldman, Marcel Marceau, Paul Newman, and Burt Reynolds, who was the hottest star in Hollywood at the time. I was lying of course, like I’m doing to you now, but Laddie said he’d make the picture if I got all of them. Newman loved the idea of driving a go-kart and not having any dialogue to memorize. I paid Reynolds $25,000 for a day’s work and then told him I need him for three more days. Burt was having fun taking a shower with Dom, me, and Marty in the film, of course, I think—so he stuck around.

Didn’t you have a strange meeting when you tried to pitch Young Frankenstein to Columbia Pictures?

The short version is they wanted to make it but wanted to make it for two million dollars less than its small budget—money Fox made just on the 40th anniversary DVD. My last words at the meeting were, “And we’re going to make it in black and white.” As I’m walking down the hall I realized I was being chased by thirty executives telling me I had no green-light if I wanted to make it in black and white. And this was when Blazing Saddles was making millions of dollars daily, money that somehow disappeared immediately when I asked Warner Brothers when I would receive a royalty check.

With truly unlimited source material, why didn’t you ever make a sequel to History of the World: Part I?

Nobody asked me to. The film made good money. I’d enjoy doing a sequel to that and Spaceballs. There’s still so much you can satirize in both movies.

Do you feel any of your pictures are underrated?

The Twelve Chairs. It was a nice, sweet film with a funny performance by Dom DeLuise—his best, I believe, other than when my wife Anne Bancroft directed him in Fatso. My favorite film nobody saw is Life Stinks. I play a multimillionaire who makes a bet with a peer that he can survive on the streets as a homeless person. You root for this guy and you laugh with him, not at him. You know, basically all my films are about greed versus humanity. I never want people to leave one of my productions feeling depressed. If you come out of the play The Producers humming “Springtime for Hitler” and having a smile on your face, then I’m a happy man. Do you realize the last time I was at Radio City Music Hall was when The Producers won more Tonys than any play in history?! That place is bigger than some New England states. I’m going to be there with Blazing Saddles September 1st. I may be a 2,000-year-old man but I can still see empty seats. Since I’m not getting paid for this fantastic interview I’m giving you, then do your best to help me fill those seats. Is that too subtle?!

OK, but only if you answer one final question: Is it true that Dustin Hoffman was going to receive his first starring role in The Producers?

YES! Dustin came to my house late one night and threw pebbles at the windows of my upstairs apartment. Even then I knew better not to eat with an actor or give them my phone number. Dustin told me he had to drop out of my film, a movie I had spent years trying to get financing for, because he was going to Los Angeles to star in The Graduate. I yelled at him so loud it woke up my fellow renters. I screamed, “You mean you’re deserting me to spend the summer in Hollywood making love to the love of my life [Bancroft]?” Then I gave him my blessing by adding, “Good choice!”

Posted by: coastcontact | August 20, 2016

Two Political Parties – One Ruling Class

From THE SPARK, August 8, 2016. It is an opinion letter distributed from Studio City, California (Studio City is a district of Los Angeles). THE SPARK web site: “We want an end to capitalism. We want revolution made by the working class. We want socialism, we want communism.”

The following column was handed to me as I entered the Red Line subway in North Hollywood, California.  There is no reference to socialism or communism in this article.  It is a blast at the Ruling Class.  The two lines BOLDED by me are the critical and the two most important sentences in my opinion.

Donald Trump is everything the Democrats say he is: anti-worker, misogynist, and racist.  He’s vile in the way he maligns whole groups of people; repellant in his pretense to “defend the people who cannot defend themselves”; offensive in his contempt for women; and a ruthless businessman whose history is littered with people he exploited, harmed and cheated.

He claims that he is the only one who can fix the system because “nobody knows it better” than he does. Yes, he knows it – and has used it his whole life, just as the whole capitalist class has used it, to accumulate wealth at the expense of the vast majority of the population, all of us who must work for our living.

This multi-billionaire has spent the last year roaming the country, playing on and reinforcing racist attitudes in the population. He blamed immigrants for the unemployment in this country – in a ploy to hide the truth, that joblessness is created by bosses like Trump who push to squeeze more work out of fewer workers. He blames society’s victims for crime, rather than the system he knows so well and has benefitted from so much, which has impoverished large layers of the population, driving young people who cannot find work into crime. He blames the people in other countries for the wars that ravage the earth, rather than the American capitalist class, of which he is a prize member, a class that exploits people in sweatshops around the world and steals the wealth of other countries.

Trump is a real enemy of working people.

But if anyone believes that Hillary Clinton and the Democrats are our friends, they are living in a dream world.

The Democrats may have a “kinder” language than Trump – but that language is a lie. And behind the lie is a party that turned law and order into a recipe for jailing two generations of young people for whom this system would not provide jobs. Bill Clinton’s administration, supported by both Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, pushed through two “anti-crime” laws in the 1990s, which contributed to the shocking 800% increase in the number of people locked away since 1980 – the vast majority for “crimes” that harmed no one, destroyed nothing and took nothing.

The Democrats may pretend to be shocked at Trump’s bellicose language, but the Democrats eagerly joined Republicans to take us into wars that still ravage a large part of the Middle East, wars that have provoked the growth and bitterness of many who flock to ISIS.

At the Democratic Convention Bernie Sanders did what he has always done: talk radical, then fall in line. After calling Clinton the candidate of Wall Street – which she is – he called on his supporters to work for her election! Just like when he spoke against the wars in Iraq and Syria, but then voted the money needed to carry them out.

People worry that if Trump gets in office there may be an increase in overt acts of violence targeting immigrants or black people – and there may well be. But not because of Trump himself, but because behind Trump is a ruling class that has long tried to divide the working class, pitting one part against the other. And the Democrats have played that game as often as the Republicans: divide in order to rule.

This overheated election campaign presents us with the spectacle of two parties competing with each other, both of which are defenders of big business, of the banks, of big property owners and financial speculators.

The only ones not represented in this electoral farce, the ones who will have no voice are working people – that is, the big majority of the population. Voting for either of these two parties simply means we give a stamp of approval to our class enemies.

The big issue this election year, like so many years before, is that the working class does not have a party of its own. We need our own party, a working class party that will be built by all parts of our class: Black, White, Latino and immigrant.

Posted by: coastcontact | August 18, 2016

July 2016 Was Earth’s Warmest Month on Record

Global mean temperatures in July 2016 were the warmest on record not just for July, but for any month dating to the late 1800s, according to four separate newly-released analyses. A state of the climate report issued by NOAA Wednesday said that July 2016 was Earth’s warmest month in records dating to 1880.

The average temperature for the globe was 0.87 degrees Celsius above the 20th century average. This beat the previous warmest month on record set in July 2015 which was 0.81 degrees Celsius above average.

Of course global warming deniers will find a way to explain these facts.  The realities of smog will also be denied.  Los Angeles has seen major declines in smog thanks to ever increasing smog control regulations.  China appears to understand the need to impose regulations.

Look at the map below.  Alaska is in the Record Warmest category.

Global Warming Map

Another article in the Los Angeles Times re-states what I have been writing about for a few years.

Workers at Bicycle Corporation of America assemble bikes - LA Times 8-14-2016

Workers at Bicycle Corporation of America assemble bikes for Wal-Mart, Target and other retailers. (Bicycle Corporation of America)

Here’s a little reality check on the current presidential campaign and promises by both Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton to bring back jobs from overseas.

It’s about a private Michigan company called Ranir, which makes, among other things, the business end of electric toothbrushes. After spending two years and millions of dollars to reengineer its toothbrush heads, Ranir brought back fully one-fifth of that production from China to its facility in Grand Rapids.

There’s just one catch: Thanks to the new robotic manufacturing process that Ranir adopted, it takes only four workers at the American plant to do the same job that almost certainly required dozens more in China.

The story goes that William Lee, an English minister, grew tired of hearing the incessant clicking of his wife’s knitting needles. Alternate versions of the story say that Lee was trying to win the affections of a lady who was more interested in her knitting than she was in him. In 1589, he modified the looms that were used to create rugs with hooks that would form loops that would be released during each pass of the thread, thereby knitting a whole row at once. Lee left his church work and went to secure the blessing of the queen (Elizabeth I) to ensure that no one else could create such a device and allowing him to make a healthy profit. Elizabeth denied his request and Lee went to France to try the same thing. Henri IV granted Lee the rights that he asked for, but was soon assassinated leaving Lee to die poor in 1610. Lee’s brother, James, took the idea back to England and was assisted by a man named Ashton in Nottingham in creating the first knitting factory. It wasn’t long before it was so cheap to create machine knitted clothing that many local hand-knitters were petitioning the government for limits of the business. (Sound familiar?) Lee’s design remained virtually unchanged until the 1700s when it was modified to include the kitting frame and later to accept other materials like lace and silk or create ribbed materials that could stretch.

Just as hand knitters in 1600 could not stop progress, today American factory workers are asking the United States government to stop progress. They might delay progress but in the end things will not be as they were during the industrial revolution.

Yes! It does hurt!


Posted by: coastcontact | August 13, 2016


This information was verified by  The Snopes staff says it is difficult to verify everything but for the most part this information is correct.

How they vote in the United Nations:        

Below are the actual voting records of various

Arabic/Islamic States which are recorded in both the US State Department and United Nations records:

Kuwait votes against the United States  67% of the time.

Qatar votes against the United States  67% of the time.

Morocco votes against the United States  70% of the time.

United Arab Emirates votes against the United States  70% of the time.

Jordan  votes against the United States  71% of the time.

Tunisia  votes against the United States  71% of the time.

Saudi Arabia votes against the United States  73% of the time.

Yemen votes against the United States  74% of the time.

Algeria  votes against the United States  74% of the time.

Oman votes against the United States  74% of the time.

Sudan votes against the United States  75% of the time.

Pakistan  votes against the United States  75% of the time.

Libya votes against the United States  76% of the time.

Egypt votes against the United States  79% of the time.

Lebanon votes against the United States  80 % of the time.

India votes against the United States  81% of the time.

Syria  votes against the United States  84% of the time.

Mauritania  votes against the United States  87% of the time. U S Foreign Aid to those who hate us:

Egypt, for example, after voting 79% of the time against the United States, still receives $2,000,000,000 (that is $2 Billion) annually in US Foreign Aid.

Jordan votes 71% against the United States and receives $192,814,000 annually in US Foreign Aid.

Pakistan votes 75% against the United States receives $6,721,000,000annually in US Foreign Aid.

India votes 81% against the United States receives $143,699,000annually in US Foreign Aid.



Perhaps it’s time to get out of the UN and give the tax savings back to the American workers who are having to skimp and sacrifice to pay the taxes. 

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