October 2007


Terrorism: More people die of aspirin and you have the same odds of being killed in a terrorist attack as dying in an avalanche

There is no question that a government that stresses the risk of terrorism to rationalize everything from suspending Constitutional rights to justifying a record national debt clouds the eyes of most every caring citizen and creates just what the terrorist want; terror. But what really is the danger of terrorism?

 

First, no rationale human supports terrorism. Secondly, death from such acts creates more hatred than fear among many of those who have lost friends and loved one. Thirdly, Terrorism is a form of war and must be treated as such. Finally, terrorism can never be stopped by violence. Killing the leader or leaders of a terrorist group does not stop the group from committing more atrocities. It may make some who believe an eye of an eye feel better, but it won’t stop the movement over the long haul. The keys to stopping terrorism are negotiations, cultural awareness, and education.

 

However, the point of this article is not on the pros and cons of terrorism and how it works, but on the cold, sometimes cruel, statistics that it has produced

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Realistically, the number of people who are killed by terrorism is beyond small when considering the risk of dying by other causes. There were about 3500 Americans killed by terrorists over the past decade. Add to this the number of American service men and women killed in combat against terrorist and you have a figure of less than 7000 from a population of 300 plus million. In other words, should America’s financial priority be in fighting terrorism or finding solutions to problems that harm far more people?

Now remember that this does not have to be an all or nothing solution. The important consideration is whether or not preventing terrorism is financially worth the current investment, not to mention the manpower implications. And, when does terrorism become a significant enough problem to warrant additional funding?

This table is of deaths from 2003. Compare these figures to the losses due to terrorism and than note that the government spends far more on the war against terrorism than all other areas below.

Motor vehicles and transportation related deaths 48,000

Gun related deaths 29,000

Falls 17,200

Drowning 3300

Fire/smoke 3400

Poisoning 3700

Heart disease: 652,486

Cancer: 553,888

Stroke (cerebrovascular diseases): 150,074

Chronic lower respiratory diseases: 121,987

Accidents (unintentional injuries): 112,012

Diabetes: 73,138

Alzheimer’s disease: 65,965

Influenza/Pneumonia: 59,664

Septicemia: 33,373

Tobacco 435,000

Poor diet and physical inactivity 365,000

Alcohol 85,000

Microbial Agents 75,000

Toxic Agents 55,000

Suicide 30,600

Adverse reaction to drugs 32,000

Murders 20,000

Illicit drug use 17,000

Anti-Inflammatory Drugs 7600

Would the money spent to fight terrorism be better spent reducing one of the above categories? With the election coming soon this might be a good time to provide elected officials with some realistic input. 

 

 

Does it make anyone feel better to know that the odds of you being killed by a terrorist is 0.0001%?

http://students.washington.edu/brandond/terror.html

http://www.anotherperspective.org/advoc530.html

http://www.sixwise.com/newsletters/05/07/13/the_six_most_feared_but_least_likely_causes_of_death.htm

Simple and successful school fundraisers

by Alan Haskvitz

http://www.reacheverychild.com

It isn’t a secret—schools always need additional funding for activities. What isn’t well known is how to raise funds without stepping on the toes of community businesses, taking away from class time, and tying-up human resources best used elsewhere.
With that in mind, I have found some exceptional fundraisers. Remember the keys to a good fundraiser are: good bookkeeping, motivation and thank yous. And if you can get something inexpensively and sell it for more, you are champion fundraisers.

My favorite fundraiser is the No Bake Sale – Bake Sale. It is easy, all profit, and the parents appreciate it. First, create a list of baked goods and complete cards with the item names and prices, for example, “Carrot Cake, $5.” The parent selects this baked item NOT to make and sends $5 instead. You respond with a note thanking them for the carrot cake. Offer a variety of baked goods from “First Marriage Wedding Cakes” to “Crestfallen Angel Food Cake.” The students can name the items and research how much they would cost to make, so it is educational as well.

Send the list home and have parents decide what not to make. You can also send the list to others in the community. Obviously, it is all pure profit and pure fun, especially the “Oops I Burned the Turnovers” which usually go for $10 and the $15 pan of “Brown Knees.”

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Daylight saving time: Its changing its time

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You think that the technology free for all about Y2K was bad just prepare yourself for the new dates for Daylight Savings Time to be implemented. And, it changes every year. The Republican congress and president passed a law that extends Daylight Savings Time by a month starting in 2007 when it beings the second Sunday in March and ends the first Sunday in November. This is supposed to save energy, but that is questionable.

Here are valuable sights that explain the program and how to help your computer cope.

By the way for quality computers that have been programed to avoid this mess and have US based customer service go to http://eracks.com

The computer mess changing Daylight Savings Time is going to make.

http://www.eweek.com/article2/0,1759,2098954,00.asp

How to adjust your computer

It may not be automatic as government has changed the dates.

http://support.microsoft.com/gp/cp_dst

Time zone changes for your computer

http://support.microsoft.com/kb/928388

Time zone lessons and a quiz

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/chinese_ny.html#5

About Daylight Saving Time

www.timeanddate.com/time/aboutdst.html

History of day with nice table of times changes that effect both Europe and the US. Note that the time of the change is changing dramatically over the next few years.

http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/b.html

Government site that explains energy savings

http://www.energy.ca.gov/daylightsaving.html

Sites that explain the negatives of Daylight Savings Time

http://www.standardtime.com/

http://arstechnica.com/news.ars/post/20070403-the-daylight-savings-change-no-savings-no-point.html

Table of time changes by country

http://www.worldtimezone.com/daylight.htm

Huge and sophisticated time change link

http://www.twinsun.com/tz/tz-link.htm

More technology links

Technology organizations and grants

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/tech_day.html

Free software and lessons.

http://www.reacheverychild.com/computers/index.html

2008 Convertibles

by

The Car Family

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Make your garage happy this holiday season, put something under the roof that will make the neighbors feel old and nothing says that better than a shiny new toy whether it is a Bentley, Mercedes, Audi, or for the self-actualized, a Pontiac convertible. Regardless of what model you choose two things are assured. First, you are going to make your insurance agent very happy and secondly, a relative could have gotten it for you cheaper.

With the most major arteries clogged what you are seen driving is just as important as how fast it goes. So the ideal holiday car is one that articulates style while waiting for the (circle all those that apply) rockslide, floodwaters, movie star gawkers, accident, fire engines, out of state RVs, undressing surfers, and/or crashed Ferraris to be cleared.

Only a couple of decades ago the car industry had written off convertibles as too dangerous due to potential deaths and injuries due to rollovers. Imagine if they had that same safety interest when they started tossing top heavy SUVs on the public which are so unsafe that the government, always slow acting, is forcing manufactures to offer some sort of stability control. That being said, there are now a terrific, entertaining, and fabulous group of convertibles available, including those with retractable hardtops. Here is a review of almost every convertible with the exception of the Ferrari—who wants to pay $100,000 over list, the Porsche, you can’t test our cars because you wrote they weren’t so good, and the restyled Mitsubishi. Pretty much all the others have felt the weight of our rears in their seats.

For the size doesn’t matter buyer the Mazda MX-5 (nee Miata) now comes with as a hardtop convertible that tucks into the briefcase sized trunk. You get room for two and your bottle of STF 50 sun block and not much else. On the other hand that’s all you need. With Mazda’s $22,000 flingable flyer the sky’s the limit for this young at heart tanning machine.

Want something even minier? Try the MINI Cooper convertible. You can order yours with a turbocharger if you fancy playing tag with the big dogs. Either way its Bulldog stance, retro interior, and road-hugging ride make the MINI both frugal and exciting. A perfect car for that tight parking space, too, and you don’t have to challenge your credit limit with a starting price around $22,700 for the fuel sipping 115 horsepower Brit.

Larger five passenger convertibles from Chrysler and Ford are best sellers due to their pricing, relaxed fit comfort levels, and easy egress. No surprises and plenty of standard features make the new 235 horsepower Sebring and 210 horsepower six cylinder Mustang practical driveway decorations for those who like their vehicles traditional while coveting that topless lust. Priced around $30,000 and $24, 000 respectively and ideal for those who just want to get there with a little style and ruffled hair. The Mustang is the nosier of the two with its rough and ready exhaust and a V8 that promises the joy of acceleration. However, it is deer unless you go with the base model. Our test GT was priced over $30,000, well over. It is good looking and can be equipped to your taste, but overall this Ford is going to have its hands full when the competition from Chrysler and General Motors enters into the fray in a few years. Get the base model, the very good six-cylinder engine, and drive a bargain. The Sebring is very large and has a fair amount of cowl shake on tax deprived roads. It is ideal for a large family or those who need room for four adults. Much better than the previous Sebring, the new ones is for those who like to cruise.

Hard top convertibles are hot and the Pontiac GT is one of the best sellers. But be prepared to pay $30,000 for the privilege of watching the metal top fold gently into the trunk to reveal its solar appeal. The 217 horsepower engine gets over 27 mpg. Cute, but the trunk space is Speedo sized. Until a new Firebird emerges, this is the best open Pontiac you can buy and can be well worth it in the long run. Don’t look for a hot rod or canyon cutter, though.

A bit more expensive, but hey, it’s the holidays, are hard top convertibles from Volkswagen and Volvo. We especially liked the Volkswagen Eos, as it not only had the metal top folding option, but a glass sunroof as well. So cool and priced well at about $30,000. The 200 horsepower engine is responsive, gets about 26 mpg, and likes to play. It is easy to see that the Eos is going to be a good seller for Volkswagen and resale promises to be high.

The Volvo was another matter. It was bigger and pricier at $43,000. Competent and eager to please the typical driver, the 227 horsepower Volvo has also been rated one of the safest convertibles you can buy. Spacious and well equipped, the C70 returned 18 mpg for this hardtop convertible with a glued to the road ride. When you compare the ride and handling of the Volvo to the Sebring in terms of performance, handling, and room there is no question they are very similar. So where does the extra $12,000 for the Volvo go? Probably into the abundance of safety features and a more elegant interior as well as that retractable hardtop. The Volvo won’t offend anyone and makes you feel good, but don’t race any Saabs. Speaking of which, the $39,000 Saab is one of our favorites, though it does not have a retractable hardtop. Sharp handling, able to attract attention especially in Electric Blue, this is an underrated driving experience with its turbocharged 210 horsepower engine. Great seats and a responsive engine help offset the 9-3’s large turning radius and dependence on premium fuel. Best of all, its still a bit quirky.

Covet moving to the head of the class? Try the $82, 000 BMW 6 Series convertible. This understated yet elegant convertible is stunning inside and out. Its 360 horsepower may not be as fast as Santa’s reindeer, but he doesn’t have Real Time Traffic information that suggests alternative routes around holiday traffic. And, I’m sure the view out of the BMW’s windshield is better. Fast fun for those who like to drive and don’t mind 19 mpg on high-test fuel.

If you willing to deal with the slow shifted SMG seven speed transmission BMW has put into the M6 convertible, you can count on 500 horsepower, a multitude of transmission, engine output, and ride settings, and a swift power soft top. We highly recommend that you drive this stunning four-passenger convertible and see if you can live with the iDrive and the shifting of the SMG. If you can this is one super fun ride that can get you to 60 mph in less than five seconds. The cost, over $105,000 and that doesn’t count the $3000 gas-guzzler tax. We got 14 mpg, but enjoyed every ounce. However, we never could master the transmission and the way it takes over for you by blipping the throttle for downshifts and being slow to upshift at times. Hopefully, this lovely engine will find happiness with a manual transmission shortly.

What says love more than his and her Mercedes convertibles? In this case the so fast $90.000 6.3 CLK AMG and the stunning retractable hardtop equipped SL 550 roadster. The SL550 has a new seven-speed automatic, a $94,800 price tag, and a 382 horsepower engine. A study in chic understatement, this convertible has everything from stability control to deployable rollover hoops. A great choice for the well kept. In the other corner of the garage is the “What has god wrought?” CLK AMG with 495 horsepower to propel this four-seat convertible to 60 mph fewer than five seconds while looking so innocent. Gas mileage, well better then we expected at 22 mpg in mixed driving.

The only Porsche we can recommend is the 911. The Boxter and the rest are very pricey and don’t offer the performance of other vehicles in their price range. You are paying a lot for the Porsche name at the dealer and at the service bay so why not get one of the truly great Porsche’s and buy the Cabriolet? It is solid, swift, and actually not too bad on fuel consumption. If you can afford the $137,000 get the turbo version and never have to use your rear view mirror again. Those flashing red lights are for you.

Last, and easily the most sexsational holiday vision for your driveway is the Bentley convertible. No need to decorate your dwelling, simply park this beauty out front and watch the traffic slow to view the true spirit of giving. Yep, it is expensive at $190.000, but you had 12 months to save, which is the real reason the holiday season is at the end of the year. The Bentley is a study in outrageous numbers. Two turbochargers, four wheel drive, six speed transmission, a dozen pistons being rammed into action by enough exploding hydrocarbons to make Exxon stockholder’s shout in glee, 15 mpg, 552 horsepower, and I didn’t’ even mention the gas guzzler tax. Whether it is humiliating the Highway Patrol helicopter, or just maxing out your gas credit card, this is the vehicle for those who aspire to show their true love of consumption in this season of giving.

Family conference: There are a few convertibles we couldn’t get for testing and that includes the updated Jaguar, Honda 2000, and the Mitsubishi Eclipse Sypder. The Volkswagen Beatle, Lexus, Toyota Solara, and PT Cruiser are all long in the tooth and don’t have much new to offer even though they are good value with the base engine. That being said our test revealed that buying a convertible no longer has to be considered a summer only decision. Much better top construction and a more solid chassis make the decision to own a convertible as ease as for a sedan or coupe. We especially like the hard top convertibles that blur the distinction between coupe and convertible and offer both glamour and practicality.

The convertibles can be grouped into four main areas. First, the bang for the buck category. This is where the Mustang convertible reins supreme. Not as smooth as the others, it nevertheless is fast fun. Second is the price is no object classification. The BMW M6 is quick and elegant, the Mercedes CLK AMG is a bargain, and the Mercedes SL and Bentley convertibles make those insurance payments feel almost worth it. Of these the quick CLG 6.3 AMG is the best combination of go fast and look good. The final category is based on friskiness. These cars are just plain fun to drive fast or slow. The Mazda MX-5 is the best here with the Volkswagen Eos surprisingly almost as fun. The last area is for those convertibles that are essentially for touring. The Chrysler Sebring, Volvo, and even the Saab fit here. The former two have plenty of room, but the Saab is just too cute to ignore.

Regardless of which classification fits, this is a great time to buy a convertible. And, they hold their value better than most other models. The only cavet is that they have reduced side visibility and are nosier than their hard top cousins. But hey, that’s what a high output stereo is for. Pass the sun block.

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BMW M6 Convertible:

Is it Technology Overkill?

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Call us spoiled, but when we get into an $115,000 BMW convertible with a growling V10 engine and 500 horsepower encased in an attention getting body and shod with huge tires we would like to be able to drive it as we see fit. Unfortunately, we never could figure out the infamous SMG transmission, which does the shifting, and thinking for you despite a multitude of available personal settings. Here is what we highly recommend. Buy this car when it comes with a manual transmission and see if you are able to order it without the iDrive, too. In other words, this world class BMW is an example of technology overkill best left to passively driven sedans and tipsy SUVs. The M6 is a driver’s car of the first order. Let the driver prevail. BMWs are meant to be driven and this one spent too much time thinking.

No question this is an exotic convertible that is capable of staying with the best of its competition. It is certainly priced better than the smoother Bentley, but is dearer than the Mercedes CLK AMG 6.3. Does it drive better than those? Well, in an all out race it would be our first choice. But around town the Mercedes wins and when it comes time to draw attention the Bentley takes the honors. The M just looks too much like the standard 6 Series, which isn’t at all bad, but for the tens of thousands more you are charged you should get some recognition on the open road.

The brakes are awesome, the cockpit comfortable and well though out except for the iDrive being too close to your elbow and a cupholder that needs to be stuck into the center console area. Gas mileage was worse than the V 12 Bentley as we were lucky to get 14 mph. Of course, there is a $3000 gas-guzzler tax on the M.

If you drive hard the SMG transmisson works well. You can shift for yourself using tabs in back of the steering wheel or just leave it in drive. Either way the shifts and engine retardation is difficult to modulate and wearisome in heavy traffic. Even with the torque rich V10, which is much smoother than that in the Viper, the electrohydraulic shifts are never achieved quickly. The transmission has so many features that it even blips the throttle on downshits without your input. We have read sarcastic comments from other drivers/owners who claim that the SMG is terrific and so we urge you to temper our review by driving one yourself. Personally, we’ll wait for the stick shift.

BMW has seen fit to enable you to turn off the stability control so you may burn up the expensive tires faster. Yes, you can easily drift the BMW with the DSC turned off, but this is a $115,000 car that weighs close to 4000 pounds and despite the terrific and well weighted steering, you can’t flirt with the laws of physics without consequences. We did notice a little side stepping motion when quickly cornering over rough pavement. Again, this is a big car with a lot of weight to control and so such actions are not unexpected.

Is the M6 convertible better than the more expensive Porsche Turbo convertible? Yes, the Porsches are hard to drive and don’t even think about those maintenance costs that the BMW dealership provide free for three years. Porsche has been making a lot of money from its product line and so there is an abundance of people out there willing to pay the piper, but for our taste the BMW is a better vehicle and nearly as fast. By the way, we just saw a Mitsubishi Evo humiliate a Porsche Cayman and it reminded us of the mastery required to drive a Porsche well. The BMW does not require that degree of talent and it is so much easier to drive in traffic.

Is the M6 better than the Bentley or Mercedes? No, but it could be with a standard transmission. You put a six-speed manual in the M and you are going to have the best luxury convertible regardless of cost for those who want to drive fast and still have ample luxury. It would be a win-win-win situation with that last win being on the street or track.

The M, which stands for Motorsport, brings with it better performing engines, a sporty and very well tuned suspension that you can regulate from hard to medium to soft settings–and you are really going to notice the difference. The engine is a 5.0-liter all-aluminum V10 producing 500 horsepower at a very high 7,750-rpm with 383 pound-feet of torque. This is an engine that loves to be used and thus the poor gas mileage figures. The exhaust note is unique, just as the Viper, and not nearly as throaty as the Mercedes V8 AMG or the husky Bentley’s.

On the street the suspension is incredible. We left the electronically adjustable suspension in the comfort mode for daily driving, but in the mountains we stepped up the stiffness with the sportier setting and were quickly rewarded as the nearly two ton convertible carved corners with ease. On the other hand, if you opt for the more sporty settings the car loses it nice guy image and starts to hug the road and every imperfection with fendish delight.

The 19-inch double-spoke wheels with 255/40 tires in front and 285/35 tires in back are what immediately draws your attention when looking at the M convertible. The understated body kit has a very low front air dam that is going to scrape most driveway entrances unless you are careful. There is also a rear diffuser that is demur. This car is virtually identical to the untampered with 6 Series at first glance. We would have preferred a bit more recognition for its potential abilities.

Mom’s view: Did I mention I hated the transmission, but loved the car? If not here it is, this is one muscle bound vehicle that keeps its shirt on and lets its muscles show by its actions, not by its looks. It is clean looking, gathers gawkers by the dozens, and has a fine interior that doesn’t shout rac ecar. The leather is well done, the sport seats have a 14-way power adjustments with lumbar support and a pull out thigh support, and seat heaters, one touch power windows, a navigation system that offers real-time traffic updates, a somewhat complicated dual-zone automatic climate control that requires you to use the iDrive for outlet settings, a 13-speaker Harman Kardon stereo system, Bluetooth wireless, and a steering wheel that can be adjusted to tilt and telescopes as well. Very comfortable to ride in but more fun to drive.

The interior colors are quite bland, but go with the understated nature of the M Class. The adaptive xenon headlights are superior, but the stars of this car are the convertible top and the mysterious Power button that sits in the center console. If you go into the iDrive you can select the power options you want. If you go the P500 Sport mode you are opening up all 500 horsepower and a much more responsive throttle input reaction. The top is easy to operate. You just depress a small button under the center control stack and the top automatically raises and lowers and that includes the windows as well. The glass rear window can be left in place to use as a windblocked reducing the turbuleness in the cockpit when the top is down. It is very unique and does work while still giving you the ability to haul four passengers. The Mercedes has a portable windblocker that makes use of the rear area difficult if not impossible to access.

The top does take up a significant part of the trunk space, which isn’t all that great to begin with. The BMW M6 has 12.6 cubic feet of storage and 10.6 with the top down. Although this isn’t much, it is greater than most of the competition and shows how versatile this luxury speedster is despite its high performance.

Safetywise the M6 has the necessary, but defeatable, stability control with a “M” mode that lets you play longer and traction control, antilock brakes, front airbags, a rollover protection system, and front and rear parking sensors. The greatest safety feature it offers is its train stopping brakes and handling.

Overall, this bad boy is a well mannered reminder of what happens when you stuff a big engine into a tidy chassis with the help of some quality engineering friends. Unfortunately, that computer guy just won’t quite with the artifical intelligence tinkering. Above all ladies, if you use the more competition suspension setting think sports bra. I don’t think I have to say more about that.

Dad’s view: We didn’t put many miles on the BMW M6 convertible despite its obvious attractions. The transmission took the edge off every trip and only when we were alone or traveling in the mountains did the excellence of this convertible show its merit. There can be no doubt that this is the best convertible for performance enthusiasts for the price, The Porsche turbo might be a little faster, but just a little gravel on the road would equalize that and the BMW is much less expensive, has more room, and is easier to drive.

The engine is very demur considering its heritage. Taken from the engine building lessons from F1 competiton, the V10 really revs freely and with variable valve timing and a separate throttle butterfly for each cylinder the torque is almost linear. A remarable 8,250-rpm redline is easy to reach that you’ll find yourself thinking you are driving a four cylinder so quickly does that high number appear on the tachometer. The seven-speed automatic Sequential Manual Gearbox (SMG) can be shifted by using paddles or the nicely illuminated console-mounted shifter. The gear you are in is displayed crisply near the speedometer and it truly is needed because with so much power it is difficult to feel the differences between fourth and sixth, for example, in daily driving. You can program the transmission using the iDrive, but we never could get it to suit us. If you have a heavy foot don’t worry about it. This is one car that loves to be pushed. By the way, expect to pay a the pumps for this privledge as it can give you 12 mpg when provoked. When driven modestly, and why would you do so with this M, you can get over 20 mpg on premium. Fiture getting to 60 mph in about five seconds unless you spend countless hours perfecting your launch techniques. And mom always told us that practice makes perfect. In a quarter mile you are going to be doing over 115 mph as the big engine starts to reach its fun zone. Top speed is limited to 155. It is nearly as quick as the M6 coupe, which is a few hundred pounds heavier.

Young not working woman’s view: Let’s see; an Ivy League degree, masters in business management and information services, and I am still looking for a job in Tucson. With that in mind this car simply didn’t catch my interest. It was too potent for in town fun and attracted too much attention on the open road. Fast, yes, fun, well, all convertibles have a degree of fun built in, but city friendly, no. I loved its looks and would find the V8 version more to my liking. The price was also an obstacle. Personally, the BMW 3 Series convertible would be much better and with that double turbocharged engine its as quick as I would need. This M6 is the wrong guy at the wrong time. Its younger brother appeals to me more and I love that family tree. If I don’t get a job soon maybe the new 1 Series will be my suitor.

Young working/attending college male’s view: The iDrive screens are slow to react to input, the stereo loses reception at the drop of a hill, and this car’s interior can get hot in a hurry. The voice commands work fairly well, the Bluetooth is excellent, and the seats are acommodating. This car is a babe magnet of the first order. It is not really fast unless you decide to shift for yourself, but why bother. In most cases there isn’t many places you can exercise the magic 100 horsepower power button anyway, so relax and enjoy the attention. With little spare money this car was out of my range, but the free service for three years was a great incentive. Imagine what you would save over the Mercedes or Porsche during that time period. I also feel that the resale is going to be very good All in all, this BMW M6 convertible is a car to aspire to and one that only a few lucky owners will ever command. As for me, I am waiting for the new BMW 1 to arrive and with that big six cylinder optional engine and a price tag perhaps around $30,000 I am going to have a great time. Meanwhile, if you want a good deal on custom made servers and/or computers my company offers competitive rates and person costumer service in English. http://eracks.com/

Family conference: The M6 could be a daily driver or a weekend warrior, but unless you can conquer the transmission it is going to be frustrating. We found it extremely well sorted out with brakes and suspension, and ride quality first rate. The chassis is firm and the handling masterful. The engine does suck gas, but it is a V10 and that tempting power button near the radio constantly nags you with its 100 extra horsepower ready to romp. This is a real car in need of a real driver. No pretenders need apply. With a stick shift, this is an outstanding convertible with looks that both men and women can admire. And, you can get all of this in the form of a four-seater convertible to boot. As it now stands BMW stalwarts and F1 wantabes suit its mood best.

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H2 Hummer: Do You Need

Attention This Badly?

By The Car Family

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Hummer H2 reliability just took another tumble when Paul Sr. of Orange County Choppers tried to back his Hummer over a small snow bank and the GM product lost reverse gear and had to be towed. This was on national television no less.  After he was pulled out he decided to jump another snow bank and the short wheelbase, high sitting Hummer almost nose dived.  As of July 2010, Hummer H2 resale values reflect a loss of over $1500 a month.  Add to that high insurance rates, high license fees in some states where the cost of a tag is based on new car value or weight, and the ten miles per gallon fuel economy, and it costs a Hummer H2 owner about $500 a week to own.

THIS JUST IN…Large SUVs such as the Hummer are not legal on many residential roads. Most residential streets are limited to vehicles weighing less than 6000 pounds and the Hummer H1 and H2 weigh over this. Before you buy check you local ordinances or that vehicle you are considering buying may need a parking spot in the community storage lot. http://www.slate.com/id/2104755/

Hummer drivers have almost five times the average number of violations. Which means the worst drivers apparently drive Hummers, according to traffic reports. Makes you wonder how is buying these unsafe vehicles that only the Chinese now apparently are willing to own since a company from that country has bought the brand. Yep, if you are driving a Hummer you are now driving a Chinese vehicle.

Yet another problem with owning the gas hoggish, poorly built, and evil handling Hummer H2 is the fact that drivers of these impediments to travel is that they are 4.63 times more likely to get a traffic ticket than the average driver. No wonder resale is low and General Motors sold off the division at a huge loss.

http://articles.moneycentral.msn.com/Insurance/InsureYourCar/which-drivers-get-the-most-tickets.aspx?GT1=33004

Time Magazine lists Hummer H2 as one of worst vehicles ever made.

http://www.time.com/time/specials/2007/article/0,28804,1658545_1658544_1658542,00.html

This video of wrecked Hummer H2 shows how they collapse in accidents.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFEhwwgT4Fg

Hummer shot up….more negative reactions to Hummer H2 ownership. http://www.wreg.com/Global/story.asp?S=6814344

The Sacramento Bee ran this story. 20 Cases of Hummer wheels falling off. This time in newspaper’s parking lot. Yet another danger of buying a Hummer H2

http://blogs.cars.com/kickingtires/2006/07/hummer_wheels_f.html

For more about problems with Hummer H2 ownership go to

http://www.motorists.org/new/carreviews/index.html

Hummer Recalls from Lemon Autos

http://www.lemonauto.com/complaints/gm/hummer_h2.htm

Hummer owner kills child: States Hummer too high to see youngster in crosswalk

http://www.streetsblog.org/2007/02/14/four-year-old-killed-by-hummer-shouldnt-have-died-in-vain

Consumer Guide Gives the Hummer H2 a 2 out of 10 on its value in class scale. The lowest listing.

http://consumerguideauto.howstuffworks.com/2007-hummer-h2-3.htm

Hummer drivers most likely than any to die in a roll over

http://www.lilith-ezine.com/articles/2006/SUVs-Dangerous-01.html

Videos of Hummer H2 Problems from wheels falling off, to front end collapsing, to lack of rear visibility problems resulting in thousands of dollars in parking lot crash and more.

More Hummer problems Government is investigating

http://www.yourlawyer.com/topics/overview/hummer_h2

Hummer stuck in Boston snowstorm. Despite four wheel drive traction lacking.

http://www.car-accidents.com/pages/accident_story/12-9-03.html

Watch Hummer H2 front-end collapses during off-road climb. Is the Hummer a tough truck? Watch this video and try to imagine how much they had to pay to tow it out.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v4R2TZhpbVA

Poor visibility causes this parked car accident

Notice attitude of Hummer driver. Was this hit and run?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HKhpHHLDW1A&mode=related&search=

Photo of Hummer that lost wheel on the road

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K7kveya46Jc&mode=related&search=

Hummer Owners go on trip. Five crashes

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OClIsm36ALo

Large SUVs to Avoid

http://www.ifcar.net/toppicks.worst.htm

More bad news on resale value

http://www.carlist.com/autonews/2005/autonews_145.html

Cars that are no longer hot.

http://autos.msn.com/advice/article.aspx?contentid=4025077&topart=sports

Day of the Dead

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alan_Haskvitz

For all holiday links

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/pumpkins.html

For education discounts on new computers and servers built to order with USA tech support go to

http://eracks.com/

How Mexicans celebrate the Day of the Dead

http://www.public.iastate.edu/~rjsalvad/scmfaq/muertos.html

Day of the Dead lesson plan

For elementary

http://teacherlink.ed.usu.edu/tlresources/units/Byrnes-celebrations/Day.html

Elaborate lesson plan for upper elementary and middle school

http://edsitement.neh.gov/view_lesson_plan.asp?id=740

Art lesson

http://www.crizmac.com/free_resources/papelpicado.cfm

Day of the Dead Batik Lessons

http://www.artsonia.com/teachers/lessonplans/plan.asp?id=1257

Lesson for primary students

http://pbskids.org/mayaandmiguel/english/parentsteachers/lessonplans/celeb.html

Coloring lessons

http://www.crayola.com/educators/lesson_plans/detail.cfm?id=1128

This is a download for primary, elementary. Very nice packet. Slow loading

http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dead/teachers/teacherpacket_edited.pdf

Day of the Dead link site

With crafts

http://www.ed.uiuc.edu/ylp/97-98/97-98_units/97-98mini-unit/HMcCarty_DiaMuertos/El_Muertos.html

Other Mexican Holidays

http://school.discoveryeducation.com/lessonplans/programs/mexicanholidays/

Link page

http://holidays.mrdonn.org/dayofthedead.html

Images, photos, art

http://www.mexconnect.com/mex_/feature/daydeadindex.html

Videos

http://www.azcentral.com/ent/dead/mixquicindex.html

Day of the Dead Powerpoint

Fairly sophisticated

http://www.winthrop.edu/vpa/Theatre_&_Dance/Student%20Info/Artsball/Power%20Point%20History.ppt#426,3,Slide 3

For additional holiday resources go to

http://www.reacheverychild.com/feature/pumpkins.html

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