Thursday, August 30, 2018

2013 Ford Shelby GT500 Trinity 5.8L V8 - Power Of Three

As a note to say oh the things that can be done as a team working together.
The Ford Shelby GT500 Trinity 5.8L V8 engine! 

"Trinity was the code name for the United States' first nuclear test and was one of 
the best kept secrets in history. Ford chose the same code name for the 
2013 Mustang Shelby GT500 project because it wanted the same level of secrecy
and probably the same over-achieving gain in power."

~~~~~If you doubt there's a horsepower race going on, this article ought to clear it up. For all the green hubbub about soybean seat cushions and cars that plug into walls, the age-old truth that high-performance machinery is always in style has never had so much boost behind it.

And, quite literally, never has a Ford production gasoline engine had as much boost as the new 5.8-liter V-8 in the 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500.This new development of the modular engine family is the most powerful production V-8 in the world. That's quite a claim for a mass producer such as Ford, but the perfect accomplishment for its in-house performance arm, the Special Vehicle Team.

And, quite literally, never has a Ford production gasoline engine had as much boost as the new 5.8-liter V-8 in the 2013 Mustang Shelby GT500.This new development of the modular engine family is the most powerful production V-8 in the world. That's quite a claim for a mass producer such as Ford, but the perfect accomplishment for its in-house performance arm, the Special Vehicle Team.

While the engineering boss in the corner office at SVT, Jamal Hameedi, notes his team's goal wasn't setting a world horsepower record, they knew they had to go big when upgrading the GT500 Mustang. Not only were the other guys in town working hard on their ZL1, Ford's own Boss 302 was edging toward GT500 performance. So the Shelby GT500, although impressively upgraded for 2011 with an aluminum block and 550 hp, was scheduled for a complete makeover as a 2013 model to go on sale in mid-2012.

This re-engineering of the GT500 is all-encompassing, covering handling, braking, performance, and aerodynamics. In fact, we sense the upcoming GT500 will still be a Mustang, but one galloping so far ahead of the traditional ponycar herd that it'll run more with thoroughbred exotics than everyday quarter horses. It's aiming to be the ultimate Mustang, and we'll eat its 10-rib blower belt without butter if it isn't.

The joys of driving the new GT500 are still months away for us, however, and Ford is still teasing us enthusiasts with details. But as part of the tease, SVT graciously agreed to give us the cook's tour through the Shelby's new 5.8-liter V-8; the story you are reading is the result. It's a story impossible to write without SVT's cooperation, and we know you'll add your thanks to ours in being granted all-access to SVT's engine building team.

And to note into the future Ford is looking to change to electric for the Mustang.

Monday, August 27, 2018

Amor fati

~~~~~One of the strangest yet most intriguing aspects of Friedrich Nietzsche’s ideas is his repeated enthusiasm for a concept that he called amor fati (translated from Latin as ‘a love of one’s fate’, or as we might put it, a resolute, enthusiastic acceptance of everything that has happened in one’s life). The person of amor fati doesn’t seek to erase anything of their past, but rather accepts what has occurred, the good and the bad, the mistaken and the wise, with strength and an all-embracing gratitude that borders on a kind of enthusiastic affection.

~~~~~Amor fati (lit. "love of fate") is a Latin phrase that may be translated as "love of fate" or "love of one's fate". It is used to describe an attitude in which one sees everything that happens in one's life, including suffering and loss, as good or, at the very least, necessary, in that they are among the facts of one's life and existence, so they are always necessarily there whether one likes them or not. Moreover, amor fati is characterized by an acceptance of the events or situations that occur in one's life.

This acceptance does not necessarily preclude an attempt at change or improvement, but rather, it can be seen to be along the lines of what Friedrich Nietzsche apparently means by the concept of "eternal recurrence": a sense of contentment with one's life and an acceptance of it, such that one could live exactly the same life, in all its minute details, over and over for all eternity.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

A Clockwork Orange, Durango 95, and my Proper Horrorshow

Back in the 90's when I had my black 1990 Nissan 240sx I would get chased a lot
in broken arrow. That was the norm back then. You would hear the rednecks say
"JapCrap cars!" a lot but others in the 90's had 300ZTT's, Supra's and etc.
So they where kicking their asses at the time. My 240 was not stock and only 
weighed 2840 Lbs and so many times at a stop light against a Mustang I would start in 
2th gear going into 4th. It could do that. That was like going 62 mph to 118 mph 
so that mustang had to stop and shift. There was no power when you shift and so 
I would pull ahead everytime they shift! I took off the speed Governor also! 

Anyway I was used to being chased by people wanting to race my car
and so I took off as it was a issue to them not me! Being that, I was also going
to Dallas a lot back then and on my way somewhere between Oklahoma City
and Dallas on the highway I would be chased by someone. So I would hit it
not looking back as I was flying at a high rate of speed! And so I was gone!
This happened so much that it got irritating. I would be enjoying the drive
going up and down with the slight dips in the road listing to mariachi bands
on the radio from Dallas when someone would get on my ass!

So being irritated I would say see ya and hit it looking ahead!
I was in college at the time. And I told a friend in our group and so
this guy who was studying for a law enforcement degree overheard me.
He said those might be cops as small towns didn't have the budget for official
highway patrol cars so they use their own cars in that most where American cars
that people in small towns drove... I said BS that was entrapment as they where
not displaying they where a cop so they where just fishing. True!

So I was outrunning the cops like 50 times! The guy said I must be on a lookout
list... What kind of car do you drive. A Black Nissan 240sx... They might have a
photo of a black Nissan 240sx on the bulletin board for the lookout! 
My friend that was with me fell over LOL LMAO!!!!!!

The guy took me to the college library and showed me the state law book on
driving a unmarked car! I said BS they are withholding my rights thats
entrapment they where not targeting a specific vehicle my friend again
LOL LMAO!!!!!!

Also when I had my old red 1986 Nissan 200sx I was coming home from 
Dallas at dusk when on the highway there was a truck that lost it's load,
pipes of all sizes. I had no time to stop so I floored it and I hit the first pipe 
that brought my car up then I hit the other pipe that brought me up higher 
and so on going higher. The cars tires made the Blapppp sound 
as I hit the pipes. I flew for a small bit then I came down like I jumped a ramp! 
I yelled woohoo after I came down and flew on my way home!

In my past I got chased a lot by many but there is just too much to say here!
So I had my A Clockwork Orange car scenes before many times!
Im fun to know because I must live lively!

~~~~~Durango 95… Proper Horrorshow
There’s a bit of an accidental filmic mini theme emerging this week. So for Friday’s offering meet the The Probe, star of Stanley Kubrick’s epoch making film “A Clockwork Orange” .

This special low slung piece of period imagineering was built by engineers Dennis and Peter Adams. Launched at the London Car Show of 1969, it shared a stand with manufacturer Marcos. The Adams brothers had worked for Marcos – and with this pet project wanted to see how far they could push design under their own brand.

The original issue, the Probe 15, stood just 29 inches tall. Such a ridiculously low profile meant that their couldn’t be doors fitted, so drivers were expected to climb into the cockpit via the siding roof, a bit like the setup in the Pininfarina’s Modulo concept.

The body was made of a mixture of plywood and resin and the mechanical underpinnings were pure Hilmann Imp. The 900 cc unit and running gear would have given the Probe a terminal velocity of a very unspectacular 85 MPH.

The Probe 16, which came next, was a full five inches taller than the original and rocked a more powerful Austin 1800 engine. The package retained the ethereal feeling of science fiction and make-do-and-mendthat fitted the early seventies era perfectly.

Only three Probe 16s were ever completed – one apparently bought by American composer Jimmy Webb, one by Jack Bruce of Cream. The third was, of course, used by Kubrick, though no one seems to know where this car ended up.

Rumour has it that there are a number of Probe shells still kicking around in people’s back yards – and a version was apparently pieced together last year. Any word to where this iconic oddity might be would be greatfully appreciated.

Saturday, August 18, 2018

I Wanna be your lover. Not just be your friend!

It's ok to take in a few lovers if you want them! It's about the point of value,
taking in the good in your life. Society needs and is growing up.
Accepting the cause and effect in ones life of why a lover is needed is
gold and is ok these days. If not people need to grow up about it!

It's ok to have lovers being the reason they are there.
Lovers makes stable as life is better not alone.
Lovers protect the lover keeping her out of harms way. Protecting her
from herself in reality from going over her cliff or making something better
than that cliff. Something better. Being open and true, educated about it is
needed as it's a life long thing. It makes for life long lovers as it's accepted 
for what it is.

If there is a attraction in that you look at her and she looks at you, talk!
Tell him to sit down for that talk because life is better with more support.
That is the point to take in that good like the warm sun on a cold day!

A life with lovers these days is in the same light of being gay in the 1950s!
But we are not in the 1950's so society is growing up not wanting to go back.
And I hope more people see the acceptance of something with a purpose
and knowing not, is just treating people bad. For why? Not being grown up!

~~~~~Having Multiple Devoted Boyfriends Is Wonderful, 
Polyandrous Women Confirm

Like Jislaaik, Andromeda's ideal relationship scenario would be with three husbands. As Andromeda's name suggests, polyandry can contain elements of goddess worship, as well as men's rights activists' worst fear: female superiority. "There is a couple I worked with in couple's therapy. They had a set-up where it was a man and a woman. The woman had other male lovers, and they did a lot of worshipping to Lakshmi," says Dr. Renye. Lakshmi is a Hindu goddess associated with wealth and fortune. "There was an element of in their relationship where it was almost the expression of abundance of wealth through the devotion to Lakshmi, which was symbolized through the devotion to this woman."

Dr. Renye works in San Francisco, and most of the other women spoken to for this article either live in New York City or Colorado. Some women in less progressive areas of the country report difficulties finding men to enter their desired relationship model. "I haven't had the privilege to find my two or three men," says Rachel, a 28-year-old from Georgia, adding that she's been called a slut and whore for bringing the idea up. "I really haven't had too many experiences with [polyandry], as it is very difficult to find a man or men who are open-minded [and] can also deal with the idea of being involved with a woman who has more then one man."

If you're a woman looking for multiple men to devote themselves entirely to you, established communities of polyamory or kink may be your way in, as both promote the communication skills and the open-minded attitude necessary for polyandrous relationships. "Honestly, in the kink community, it might be easier for women to have multiple male partners," says Jislaaik. "I had been hearing from cuckolds and other men who had no problem with the idea of women with multiple partners, while they remained exclusive to her. It's possible, after all."

When asked if she's seen female clients have success at polyandry, Dr. Renye, like Jislaaik, says that most of them had come to the relationship structure through established polyamorous communities. When asked what advice she would give to women seeking polyandrous relationships, Dr. Renye responds, "If that's what's desired, create it—because it's possible, but no matter which people are seeking in love and sex, there is inevitably somebody else out there who is also seeking that."

And what about the men? "To the man, I would call it as a psycho-spiritual development exercise. It would be a practice," she says. "[Observe] his feelings and experience and communicate about it."

And of course, remember to worship your goddess.

Friday, August 17, 2018

Ol' Man River Tulsa Going Outward and the Tears

As a point of Causality treating others bad in that they just live within their means,
Who said you need it anyway. Low pay is low sales and all related to it.
Pushing for jobs that many poor can't reach cause all sorts of issues.
The job markets are changing going up but with no support for the workers
that can't afford those changes keeps the growth down.

Why are we heading for the 1900's again? Isn't it about time we all get brought up!
All of us! And so that BS that is against you should not be tolerated!

~~~~~If You Want To End Racism, Stop Forgiving Racists
We live in a moment of crises. Police continue to gun down and taser African-Americans. Whites have called 911 on blacks for something as routine as having too many coupons at the checkout or sitting in their own homes. The Department of Justice threw its weight behind states that have targeted black voters for disfranchisement and removed or blocked more than one million citizens from the ballot box. The Supreme Court followed up by sanctioning the massive voter purges in Ohio that violated federal law and also left in place Wisconsin’s extreme and racist partisan gerrymandering.

Meanwhile, white nationalists are proudly running for national office. Add to this President Donald Trump’s campaign of terror against asylum-seeking immigrants at the U.S.-Mexico border, reports of sexual abuse and torture of the children ripped away from their families and evidence that some of the records to reunite them were destroyed. No wonder so many Americans are asking, begging to know: How did we get here?

Forgiveness got us here.

Counterintuitive though it might sound, the American penchant for unconditional forgiveness is at the root of our present turmoil. We have tended to forgive those who waged the most sustained, brutal assaults in the name of white supremacy, without requiring them to repudiate their beliefs or actions in return. We have rationalized that forgiveness, that generosity, as “moving on” and as helping the nation to heal. But misusing forgiveness does neither.

~~~~~How America's heartland loses black people
My life in Tulsa, like many other people who grew up in flyover cities, has been an assemblage, full of extended departures. Graduate school at Oxford, work in Egypt, work in Mexico, and now Harvard, management consulting and journalism have all taken me away from Tulsa.

But each time I landed in Tulsa’s two-terminal airport after countless connecting flights, a wave of nostalgia would warp Tulsa’s annoying pain points into loveable quirks.

Walking from my gate to the airport’s only five baggage carousels, I’d think to myself “there are Chick-Fil-A restaurants as far as the eye can see”, or I’d consider the fact that few restaurants were open beyond 10pm as indications of homeliness and family-friendly fun. I’d drive, smiling until my cheeks were sore, watching drivers trade in defensive driving for polite, graciously slow driving. And upon leaving on any one of these extended departures, an odd feeling remained that I’d be back one day – one day for good.

All I could recall were dozens of my classmates asking me: '​Aren’t you from Oklahoma? Are there really black people in Oklahoma?'
But on my most recent trip to Tulsa in May, Terence Crutcher’s September 2016 death and the subsequent acquittal and reinstatement of the police officer who killed him still lingered in my head. All I could recall were the dozens of my classmates who had heard about Terence’s murder asking me: “Aren’t you from Oklahoma? Are there really black people in Oklahoma?”

I could no longer muster the optimism to view these pain points as anything but painful, and the notion that I’d be back for good one day seemed ever so distant.

On 9 May, the Tulsa public school board voted 4-3 to change the name of Robert E Lee Elementary School to retain Robert’s last name, Lee. If you’re not familiar, Lee was a legendary leader in the Confederate army, which fought to retain the rights of Americans to enslave people.

Oklahoma wasn’t part of the Confederacy and as such, there can’t be any true nostalgia for the glory days when blacks were considered three-fifths of a person.

Once the school board reached its conclusion, the tension was palpable and it extended far beyond the reaches of that room. And those tension-induced tears dripping down the superintendent Deborah Gist’s cheeks felt like antagonistic and disingenuous demonstrations of sympathy or maybe guilt for what had happened. And the school districts’s most recent efforts to more fully change the name ring as misguided attempts to right a wrong that never should have been. The hung heads of the minority of school board members with the courage to resist such an unclever placation represented the weighty burden of having to remind the world that Tulsa does have black people and cares about them. .

After that school board vote, I started to look at everything I formally touted and appreciated quite differently.

As a former Tulsa apologist, I’d dutifully read the annual report of Tulsa’s Future, “an ongoing public-private regional economic development plan led by the Tulsa regional chamber”. The group has goals such as creation of jobs with roughly half of those new jobs with wages above $50,000 and generating capital investments in excess of $1bn for new and expanding projects.

But right after the letter to investors, there sat nearly three pages of pictures of the board – and not one person shared my skin’s hue. I had to wonder, who is representing my and my people’s experiences on this committee? Who’s there to ensure that a representative share of those jobs go to people who look like me? Or who will stand up and decry when those billion dollars in capital investment aren’t invested in areas where black people, like me, live?

Later that week, during a lively First Friday full of art, music and food, I walked around Tulsa’s Arts District, which until relatively recently was called the Tulsa Brady Arts District, named after a former wealthy magnate and known racist. When I left on my first of extended departures, the Arts District felt eerily vacant. It sat next to Greenwood Avenue, which was the main hub of Black Wall Street, a portion of Tulsa that pre-its 1921 race riot represented the then zenith of black accomplishment and wealth in segregated Tulsa.

People avoided Brady, not because it was dangerous but because there was nothing there. Now it’s teeming with a startup incubator, numerous refurbished concert halls and transplants from other cities frequenting the district’s art galleries and bars. But as I walked in that area, the feeling of being a speck of pepper amid a sea of salt became overwhelming. I wondered if anyone around me felt bad that little kids, black, brown and white alike, would walk into a building pseudo-named for a Confederate war hero.

I wondered if anyone around me felt bad that little kids, black, brown​​ and white alike, would walk into a building pseudo-named for a ​​Confederate war hero
I knew from that day on, my life in Tulsa, should I ever have one again, would be lived as an agitator. Representation on that Tulsa’s Future board by anyone would disrupt the white homophily. We’d be agitating just to have a voice – an understanding that our lives matter just as much as anyone else’s. Agitating to ensure that prospective investors who would eventually receive that Tulsa’s Future’s packet know that there are in fact black people here and that these reminders wouldn’t be relegated to the fatal results of police incidents that claimed the lives of Terence Crutcher, Joshua Barre and Eric Harris.

So while at first my anger was informed simply by another occurrence of black folks not mattering in that school board meeting, I realized that Tulsa and its leadership, like the leadership of these cities that are on their way back to relevance, bent on recruitment love – people with similar skin tones, backgrounds and even perspectives.

What really angered me was that the composition of Tulsa’s cast of leaders looked nothing like me and that its black leaders are relegated to the margin.

Not changing Robert E Lee completely to something else didn’t bother me nearly as much as the realization that every black child in Tulsa attending Tulsa public schools must now negotiate learning in the midst of a school system and a leadership too feckless to put asunder the dark racial history of our country’s past.

And in all of that, I’ve watched Tulsa try to recruit people who look like me. Not too long before the events of that school board meeting, my fellow black Tulsans who still lived there sent text messages asking about “Dream Tulsa”. They were looking for me and others to send word that Tulsa was “bringing a group of black entrepreneurs and innovators from around the nation”.

At first, the notion of attracting black people to Tulsa with all that rested on its shoulders seemed a stretch too far. I thought: “How are they going to convince any black person to move there? I left and don’t want to go back – and I’m from there.”

What Tulsa is doing isn’t dissimilar from many other flyover cities trying to entice coastal elites to consider making places like it home. Promising close access to decision-makers, affordability and a town on the move, these cities offer these new recruits an opportunity to take Tulsa to its next level, whatever that may be. But how can a city that can’t change the name of a school to something that truly sheds the vestiges of its racist past expect to bring the sweeping progress a city like Tulsa needs?

Tulsa is building one of the country’s largest, privately funded parks (though its transit system’s accessibility might plague its efforts at inclusivity), benefits from a state that mandated universal pre-K before any other state, and just became home to Bob Dylan’s archives.

And amid the clamor of good, all I can hear is me stumbling over words when people ask me if I’m from Oklahoma. Even its recent achievement to raise taxes for teacher raises, came after 26 years without tax hikes and a public education system ranked 47th in funding.

Suddenly the quirkiness is just an assemblage of annoying factoids about the place that raised me. My once slighting appreciation for my one-terminal airport seems like an indicator of Tulsa’s satisfaction with an insufficient norm. Its 1921 race riot that wiped out Tulsa’s thriving black community called Black Wall Street seems not far removed.

The herculean efforts of the city to attract me and others like me just won’t be enough to encourage me to continue agitating, to constantly enter rooms as the only black guy, and to persistently question if my blackness makes me any less of a Tulsan.

***Note And those tension-induced tears dripping down the superintendent Deborah Gist’s cheeks felt like antagonistic and disingenuous demonstrations of sympathy or maybe guilt for what had happened."

I am sure it's just stress as her job is stressful being the economic situation on the poor
and of the kids in Tulsa. Tulsa is a war zone now! It had nothing to do with racism 
being her education level and not a living in a home with a Confederate flag in front.
She is not bad being by default high up in education you just know more and why 
things are as they are so it's just stress from all being a mess that can't really
be changed the economic situation in Tulsa.

You can't go forward in education and make those changes in education fairly as
long as you get those people like in small towns don't want to grow thus noting
why they vote against their best interest not being able to take care of their family.
They like it that way they like to suffer! Those types are out there holding 
others back! Changes don't happen overnight and so is ok because it will in time 
or it will end in a natural selection wiping out the bad voting habits by 
default from having nothing burning out! And also is the poverty holding it back.
People are not educated not for being lazy it's just they could not afford their 
education in the first place. Like having credit it takes money you have to buy 
something and if you only have a $1 in the bank you can't buy things!

So you see the stress in running the education system in a war zone of Tulsa!
Her tears was hers more likely! And is ok we are talking about Tulsa!!!!

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Nearly $100,000 Worth Of Ramen Noodles Stolen

How much Ramen do I eat? Not a lot lately being I read the label and so
know how much salt and fat it has. I would only use half the spice packet
but still the stuff was not good for a long term diet so I avoid it.

But to steal $100,000 of ramen is a bit out there or not looking ahead to
any future pay raises many get. Ramen might seem to be the jackpot but
not in the long run!

~~~~~Study reveals that eating too many instant noodles can actually kill you
We've all heard the warnings before, but now it's official. You may love the taste and convenience of instant noodles, but you definitely won't love what it does to your body. A recently published study revealed that eating too many of the popular snack is not only unhealthy, but it can actually cause some very serious problems for you, possibly even leading you to a premature death.

Researchers from Baylor University and Harvard University have some very stern warnings for the millions of instant noodle eaters around the world. Just published in the Journal of Nutrition are results of a study conducted by analyzing the diets and health of 11,000 South Koreans aged between 19 and 64. The reason South Koreans were the subjects of the study is simple — in 2015, they ate an average of 76 packages of instant noodles a year, which is about one every five days, by far the most in the world. Unfortunately, consequences of this are already manifesting itself. Apparently, many women in the study were at risk for metabolic syndrome, whose symptoms includes high blood pressure, high blood sugar, excess body fat around the waist, and abnormal cholesterol levels. All of this, of course, can lead to diabetes, a heart attack or even a stroke, and none of those is worth having just for a quick fix of instant noodles. Oddly enough, the men in the study were not found with a higher incidence of metabolic syndrome, which the researchers attributed to the biological differences between men and women.

But noodle-loving men all over the world still have much to fear. In India, NestlĂ©’s Maggi brand had seven times the legal amount of lead in their products. The government immediately banned the noodles from public consumption, noting their hazardous effects on the human body. Back in South Korea in 2012, a cancer-causing substance known as Benzopyrene was found in six different brands of noodles produced by Nongshim, South Korea's largest instant noodle and snack company. Because of this, all of the company's problem brands were recalled, not only in South Korea, but all over the world. Pretty scary stuff.

The list of bad-for-you ingredients in instant noodles goes on and on. Eating too much of anything isn't going to be good for you, but when scientists tell you that you're going to die if you don't be careful in your consumption of something, it's probably time to make some drastic changes.