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([personal profile] mirabile Mar. 27th, 2017 09:29 pm)
What a long couple of days we've had. But! The contractor and his partner came out today and tore down two walls and the ceiling ACK. We have an electrician coming out, though I'm not sure when because first the county has to give permission for him to do the work, and on Friday someone is coming out to bid on insulation -- a special foam for sound proofing. It's really scary, isn't it? The whole remodeling bit. I guess I'm glad we've started but I'll be even gladder when it's finished.

It will be finished, right? One day? I mean, it's only one room.

I just finished watched the third season of Grace and Frankie. I enjoyed the heck out of it! It's wonderful to see the characters again and watch them change and grow. Plus it's funny. Plus wow, what a gorgeous lifestyle they have. I am deeply envious of that house on the beach in San Diego.

Time to sleep. Tomorrow is a mother's day for me.
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I prefer streaming/direct downloading to torrenting and was just wondering if anyone has any good free proxys that i can use

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([personal profile] shallowness Mar. 28th, 2017 06:45 am)
Agents of SHIELD 4.9 Broken Promises

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And it's slowly dawned on me this morning that I could have set the alarm for half and hour later.

A Ford transmission lawsuit settlement is on the way as the automaker agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit concerning Ford Focus and Fiesta dual-clutch "PowerShift" transmissions that jerk, hesitate and shudder.

The settlement, once approved by a federal judge, will include about 1.5 million model year 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Ford Focus cars with automatic transmissions that caused Ford to issue two customer satisfaction programs.

Customer satisfaction program 14M01 extended the warranty coverage for the transmission’s input shafts, clutch and software calibration in Fiesta and Focus cars manufactured prior to June 5, 2013.

Then the 14M02 program extended the warranty on the transmission control module to 10 years or 150,000 miles for specific 2011-2015 Fiesta and 2012-2016 Focus cars, but the plaintiffs say neither program fixed the shuddering and jerking.

Lead plaintiff Omar Vargas filed the initial transmission lawsuit after complaining about the PowerShift transmission lunging or jerking forward when attempting to decelerate. The plaintiff says the transmission also hesitated and jerked when attempting to accelerate.

Ford marketed the Focus and Fiesta transmissions as combining the best features of automatic and standard transmissions, but Vargas said he started having problems with his 2011 Ford Fiesta soon after his lease began and made multiple visits to Ford dealers to have the transmission repaired.

The lawsuit alleges Ford knew the PowerShift transmission was defective and a safety hazard but concealed that knowledge from consumers. However, Ford denies there are problems with the dual-clutch transmissions and has agreed to settle the class-action lawsuit to save on the time and expense of additional litigation because the automaker had already dealt with other similar lawsuits.

Another suit alleging the same claims, (Klipfel v. Ford Motor Company), was first filed in San Luis Obispo Superior Court in 2015, then that suit was moved to the Central District of California and Ford promptly filed a motion to dismiss. Ford’s motion to dismiss was denied and the parties later agreed to consolidate the Vargas and Klipfel lawsuits.

Ford Fiesta and Focus Transmission Lawsuit Settlement Terms

Owners and lessees of 2011-2016 Ford Fiesta and 2012-2016 Ford Focus cars will have options such as cash payments and reimbursements, credits towards the purchase of new vehicles and the repurchase of affected cars through an arbitration process that allows claims to be submitted for up to six years from the date of original sale.

The settlement, once finalized, entitles affected owners to cash payments from Ford for the hassle of taking their cars to dealers for repairs that didn't work, even where owners have incurred no out-of-pocket costs. In addition, the transmission settlement provides affected Fiesta and Focus owners two types of repairs.

Owners who have three or more service visits for a replacement of one of the primary transmission parts will receive $200 for the third service visit, with increasing payments for each additional visit. Instead of cash, an owner may receive a discount certificate toward the purchase of a Ford vehicle for twice the cash value.

All total, owners may collect up to $2,325 in total cash payments or $4,650 in discount certificate value.

Affected owners who have had at least three software flashes performed by Ford dealers will receive $50 starting with the third software flash, with an additional $50 for each subsequent software flash, up to $600.

The settlement also provides owners a way for Ford to repurchase or replace their defective Fiesta or Focus through a settlement-created private dispute resolution (arbitration) program paid for by Ford. This program will allegedly resolve the claims of each qualifying owner based on his or her state’s lemon law and do it in one or two months, compared to a typical lemon law action in court that would take a year or longer.

And finally, the transmission lawsuit settlement provides owners who believe they were either improperly charged for repairs or denied repairs that should have been covered under Ford’s New Vehicle Limited Warranty a way to pursue these warranty claims in a more limited arbitration.

Ford will also cover the cost of the arbitration and the arbitrator is authorized to award an owner reimbursement for out-of-pocket costs and complimentary repairs or warranty extensions by Ford.

Additionally, the settlement provides full reimbursement to owners who replaced a third clutch after having had two clutches replaced within the 5-year/60,000 mile powertrain warranty for certain vehicles. The replacement clutch will come with a 2-year warranty.

Although Ford has agreed to the settlement terms, a judge still must make the settlement final. Fiesta and Focus owners with questions should contact one of the law firms that represent the plaintiffs, or wait for mailed notifications.

The plaintiffs are represented by Capstone Law APC, Berger & Montague P.C., and Zimmerman Law Offices P.C.

The Ford transmission lawsuit was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California - Omar Vargas, Robert Bertone, Michelle Harris and Sharon Heberling, et al, vs. Ford Motor Company.

Posted by /u/Slimy_Shart_Socket

I've been driving my manual car for about 9 days total now, pretty much every day. I've become fairly smooth and proficient at it, still make the odd mistake here and there but I know I will get better with practice. I know where the biting point of my clutch is, I can do hill starts without the e-brake now, I can keep with traffic, I can drive smoothly when I concentrate. I just had a couple of stupid questions:

  1. When you get into a different car that you haven't driven, you don't know where the biting point is, what the throttle is like, etc. Do you still drive it like you would your own car? Or do you take a bit slower? I'm kinda concerned about when I go to test drive my next manual car.

  2. Would a car with more power/torque be easier to drive because you don't have to give it as much throttle when starting out?

  3. When your first starting from a stop, how much RPM do you aim for? I've been aiming for 1500-2000 RPM.

  4. One of my goals driving manual is to learn how to heal toe, how to launch a car properly, etc. I know I need to get better at the basics first, but how long were you driving manual before you started to learn heal toe downshifting? How long did it take you to become good enough at it?

I wanted to buy a 400hp V8 Pony Car in the Summer of next year. I was originally planning on getting the Automatic for drag racing. But I am having so much fun driving manual I think I might go for the stick now. If I do go for a manual Pony car then I want to try all different forms of motorsport. My primary focus will be drag racing, but I would want to try drifting, auto-x, and track driving.

What can I learn/practice now, with my manual car, to help me prepare for whatever V8 Pony car I buy, for all the different types of motorsports I want to try? I can think of 3 off the top of my head. Launching a car with a stick, shifting quickly, and heal toe shifting.

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Democracy in Color and the American Majority Project Research Institute just released their roadmap for retaking the House and state legislatures through mobilizing progressive voters in key states.

Their report focuses on the 17 states and 13 congressional districts that Democrats won or lost by single-digit percentages in 2016. Their perspective is that rather than trying to persuade white swing voters, we should work on getting minorities and other progressives who don't vote (yet) to actually get to the polls.

They link to a number of local and state organizations that have proven success in registering and mobilizing new voters, and want to expand those and start similar organizations in other states that need them.

There's a great overview article about it at The Nation.
([syndicated profile] piracyreddit_feed Mar. 28th, 2017 04:02 am)

Posted by /u/xepheratu

I went to their twitter and looked at whats going on because I saw something about memovies on the bottom of the page. Turns out they're moving to memovies because of the fake sites.

Heres a screenshot.

Heres there twitter if you wanna check it. Go to their likes. They deleted their tweet for some reason.

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([personal profile] snickfic posting in [community profile] thisfinecrew Mar. 27th, 2017 09:15 pm)
News / analysis - health care
* More States To Expand Medicaid Now That Obamacare Remains Law (Forbes)

* How Right-Wing Media Saved Obamacare (Atlantic). The title is a wild misrepresentation of the contents, but it's an interesting summary of what exactly right-wing media has been saying all these years about Obamacare.

* Democrats should write their own “terrific” Obamacare replacement (Vox)

* The Death Of Trumpcare Is The Ultimate Proof Of Obamacare’s Historic Accomplishment (HuffPo)

* How Democrats Aided in the Demise of the GOP’s Health Bill (WSJ)

* John Bel Edwards made 300,000 people eligible for Medicaid within 24 hours of becoming Gov. His upset win in 2015 had huge consequences." (Twitter). Short thread with some really incredible statistics on the difference Medicaid has made to Louisiana.

News / analysis - not health care
* Pentagon Tells Congress to Stop Buying Equipment it Doesn't Need (

* LGBT seniors marked for removal from survey on elder care services (Guardian)

* Lacking Evidence of Voter Fraud, Legislatures Target Its Specter (NYT)

* Trump Administration Orders Tougher Screening of Visa Applicants (NYT)

* Federal Judge Sides With Trump In A Challenge To The New Travel Ban Executive Order (Buzzfeed)

* California Upholds Auto Emissions Standards, Setting Up Face-Off With Trump (NYT)

* Nobody Knew Governing Could Be So Complicated (Atlantic). On the difficulty of turning GOP obstructionism into GOP governance.

* Passing Tax Reform Will Be As Difficult As Repealing Obamacare (Forbes)

* Wisconsin judge orders state GOP to redraw gerrymandered legislative districts (Salon, Jan 2017)

* LGBTQ Advocates Horrified By Trump Administration’s Civil Rights Health Pick (HuffPo)

* 'The Resistance' Faces A New Question: What To Do With All That Money (NPR)

* 6 Big Takeaways From The RNC's Incredible 2012 Autopsy (Talking Points Memo, March 2013). This is fascinating to look back on from the perspective of the past election.
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Posted by /u/Neoking

So I'm an 18 year old guy who went to the Dallas Auto Show this past weekend. I got to test drive some pretty sick cars (including a gorgeous little Miata RF 6MT, Mustang w/ ecoboost, and Camaro ZL1 with my friend). However, I had a horrible experience with Acura and Subaru.

Acura told me I had to be 21 to test drive, which sort of pissed me off but I understood that due to insurance reasons that they explained. I told them that I'm an Acura customer who dailys a TL to try to get them to budge, but they didn't care. They weren't mean or rude but rather just really fucking empty and emotionless (Acura line was empty lol). But Subaru pissed me off soooo much more. The bitch behind the counter was so condescending by telling me I had to be 21. Even when I asked her why or the details surrounding this restriction, she repeated the same thing over and over again like 5 fucking times with this "fuck off" look on her face.

Mazda treated me like a fucking god. All the techs were super nice, there were leather seats, a wooden floor, iced tea, cookies, and once I got in that little Miata, she basically told me to let it rip in 1st and 2nd. That's what I call a good ass experience. It doesn't even matter if the WRX is better than the Miata because I've now established an association in my head - Mazda is fun, easygoing, and just really really cool. Subaru is full of dickheads who've got their heads up their asses for cars that are not that special.

Of course I can't afford any of these new cars right now, but in the future, you fucking bet I'll remember these experiences. Hell, I may not exactly recall every detail of my experience, but I'll remember these emotions, even if they are vague. I'll always get that really cold vibe from Subaru and a really warm and happy one from Mazda. Subaru alienated sooo many young people at that auto show, and their lines were basically empty. The mustang and camaro lines were pretty long though, but I had a great experience with Ford and Chevy as well. Mazda was still the best, and they seriously know how to treat customers of the present and the future. They just make you feel so great.

Oh and fuck Acura and their boring Accords and Civics if I didn't mention that.

EDIT: Oh, and I finally understand it. I get it guys - Miata is always the answer.

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([personal profile] tielan Mar. 28th, 2017 03:03 pm)
I feel like I wrote my [community profile] worldbuildingex fic around the wrong worldbuilding aspect.

Title: Paranormally Yours
Fandom: BBC Sherlock
Pairing: Molly Hooper/Eurus Holmes
Rating: G
Prompt: #102 - spark
Word Count: 1,000
Summary: Try as he might, Sherlock can't actually delete his sister's existence. Especially not when she's out there shaming the family name.
Warnings: canon setting AU, completely un-serious, vague reference to autopsies
Notes: Because I've just finished listening to the Black Tapes podcast and the idea of Eurus being an embarrassment to the Holmes brothers in a completely different way is hilarious to me.

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