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Beware of Binding Arbitration Clauses

Forced binding arbitration clauses are never to the benefit of consumers.  It is difficult to believe that any company concerned about the welfare of its customers would want to eliminate a customer’s access to the Court System (our third branch of government). Opt Out of Forced Arbitration

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Measuring the Efficiency of Production

Higher gas mileage does not automatically equate to improved efficiency.  Energy is used in every step of the production line.  Just building a car uses a large amount of resources and energy. The Cost of Lighter Vehicles

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Repossession Surveillance

Who knew we were being watched so closely in public?  Few honest people try to hide their license plates, but one would imagine even fewer want them constantly scanned by repossession companies or anyone else.  I expect similar issues will soon be addressed with respect to facial scanning software. The Repossession Industry’s Surveillance Network

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Do Smart Cars Make Dumb Drivers?

It makes sense that after a certain amount of interface between driver and car, a driver cannot focus on the road.  The question is, “how much?”  Until we are all in driverless cars, assuming that catches on, it is comforting to know AAA is pushing back against the waves of technology distracting our driving. http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/insurance-companies-fear-the-smart-connected-car-how-much-distraction-is-too-much/?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660&ftag=TRE4eb29b5 [..]

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100% Driverless Cars by 2026?!

I guess it won’t matter what we do with our phones if we’re not driving our own cars. http://www.smartplanet.com/blog/bulletin/a-pipe-dream-analyst-says-well-all-be-driven-by-our-cars-by-2026/?tag=nl.e660&s_cid=e660&ttag=e660&ftag=TRE4eb29b5

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Cigarette Butt Litter

At cleanup events on Ballona Creek, cigarette butts are far and away the most numerous and consistent trash. It is impossible to clean them all up and they flow straight into Santa Monica Bay.  These filters that collect the worst part of cigarette smoke enter the ocean in unimaginable numbers.  Hopefully, Assemblyman Mark Stone will make [..]

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