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Test Drive: 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 28 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

The Caddy’s big V-8 is in a class by itself, producing triple digits more hp than its next-closest rivals. And so much more torque, it’s embarrassing (to the competition) to make the comparison.

Test Drive: 2013 Cadillac CTS-V Coupe

Power is everything – when it comes to the Cadillac CTS-V.

Its 556 hp (and 551 lbs.-ft. of torque) supercharged 6.2 liter V-8 make a BMW M3′s 4 liter, 414 hp – and 295 lbs.-ft. of torque – V-8 seem almost  . .  . fey.

Stirring up Envy

Written by Robert Jackson Smith on Wednesday, 26 June 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

To the extent that we allow governments to consume wealth through taxation and profligate spending, we make ourselves poorer in the long run.

Stirring up Envy

I find it interesting that the U.S. Congress is taking notice of Apple, Inc.’s tax planning (avoidance, not evasion) and questioning Apple’s motives.  It would be one thing if Congress were asking Apple executives how they came to be one of the most successful (profitable) companies in the world, with an eye toward improving the way the U.S. government is run, but no! They want to find a way to change the rules to squeeze more money out of Apple!  (Make applesauce and juice out of them!)

Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Written by Eric Peters on Monday, 24 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

For 2013, Toyota has upped the ante with the Avalon hybrid. No longer just a softly-sprung highway lounge, the new hybrid model combines good performance and redesigned styling at what is for this class of car a reasonable price.

Test Drive: 2013 Toyota Avalon Hybrid

Here’s what’s cool about the new Avalon hybrid:

The Unconventional Way Bitcoin Can Make You Wealthy

Written by Daniel Shafrir on Wednesday, 19 June 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

Current economic policies are undermining the shaky foundations of national fiat currencies, including the dollar. The situation is making alternatives, like Bitcoin, more attractive.

The Unconventional Way Bitcoin Can Make You Wealthy

Prologue

I am reminded of Sisyphus, King of Ephyra (later, Corinth), who was referred to by Homer as the craftiest of men. He committed terrible crimes against mere mortals and ‘worse’ still, and with great cunning, he offended Zeus and cheated Death. For his crimes he was eternally condemned to thrusting a heavy boulder up a hill, only having it come rolling back down as he got near the top. Had his earthly actions against his fellow men not violated the non-aggression principle, I could have probably warmed up to him as some sort of tragic hero, doing all he can to live life as he wanted it, while beating the gods at their own game. But given his crimes as a ruler over men, it does seem appropriate that his punishment is an ever-repeating cycle of arduous labor, engendering within him hope of a brighter future, yet concluding with dashed dreams and a return to square one. After all, to this day, rulers are notorious for repeating past mistakes while expecting different outcomes (a condition humorously defined by Einstein as insanity). 

Must Have Gadgets for Traveling Business Owners

on Wednesday, 19 June 2013. Posted in Gadgets, Small Business, Business, Sci/Tech

Travel tech is much more than just the smart phone, iPad, or laptop you have in your bag. To stay secure and efficient when on the road, there are many gadgets you should consider adding to your kit.

Must Have Gadgets for Traveling Business Owners

Those who run businesses know that it's more than a full-time job. It’s no longer the 9-5 and because our lives are filled with work, family and daily tasks, it’s important to keep organized. As mobile technology continues to grow, so should we. Just because you’re not at the office doesn’t mean you can’t get anything done. There are gadgets for just about anything nowadays, and if you want to stay ahead of the game investing in some of these gadgets might not only make your business run smoother, but could keep your organization streamlined. As a researcher for Bob Knows Phones, an iPad repair company, I research these gadgets and find those that create value and usability for savvy business owners. Below are just some of the gadgets I uncovered for both businesses small and large!

Test Drive: 2014 Ford Escape

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 18 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

For 2014, the Ford Escape is a sportier alternative to the others in this segment – and a higher efficiency alternative to the one other in this segment that’s comparably sporty.

Test Drive: 2014 Ford Escape

The current Ford Escape shares virtually nothing with the previous Ford Escape – except a name and the Blue Oval badge. Conceptually, aesthetically and functionally, it’s a very different vehicle.

Test Drive: 2013 Nissan Altima

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 12 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

It is debatable whether the practical enhancements will make up for the less lively personality of the new Altima – which is no longer as distinctive to drive as the old Altima.

Test Drive: 2013 Nissan Altima

Here’s some weirdness:

The 2013 Nissan Altima coupe is no longer available with more than a four – and only with a CVT automatic. But you can still get a V-6 in the Altima sedan.

GM’s $9,800 Car . . . The One We’re Not Allowed to Buy

Written by Eric Peters on Wednesday, 05 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business, Opinion, Eric Peters

You can't tell how much government costs without perspective. To get some, take a look at the GM Sail, a great car, under 10K, that US consumers are not allowed to purchase. The cost? Your freedom and your wallet.

GM’s $9,800 Car . . . The One We’re Not Allowed to Buy

How much is the EPA and DOT costing you?

One way to quantify this is to consider a car GM builds – but which you can’t buy. Well, not unless you move outside the United States – and beyond the diktats and fatwas of the EPA and DOT.

How Inflation Affects Wages

Written by Robert Jackson Smith on Tuesday, 04 June 2013. Posted in Economy, Business

We continue to live in an age of inflation, with no end in sight. There are consequences for this, but are we prepared to accept them?

How Inflation Affects Wages

Inflation, i.e., the expansion of the paper (and electronic) money supply, affects wages in several ways:

Test Drive: 2013 Ford C-Max

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 04 June 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Hybrid buyers faced a Hobson’s Choice: Buy a Prius – and enjoy great gas mileage. But accept The Slows and the baggage that comes with owning an Al Goremobile. With the 2013 Ford C-Max, hybrid buyers have a better option.

Test Drive: 2013 Ford C-Max

Toyota should be worried.

For the first time since the Prius hit the streets more than a decade ago, there is another hybrid that’s arguably a better hybrid. Because it’s a different kind of hybrid.

A Law for Almost Everything

Written by Ira Katz on Monday, 03 June 2013. Posted in Economy, Business, Opinion, Guest Column

The constructal law offers a useful framework for understanding the natural world while also offering insights into economic behavior.

A Law for Almost Everything

One of my favorite professors during graduate school in the Mechanical Engineering and Materials Science Department at Duke University was Adrian Bejan. Dr. Bejan was an émigré to the US from Ceausescu’s Romania. He then received all of his higher education at MIT to prepare himself for his magnificent academic career. He is truly an original thinker and incredibly prolific (over 500 scientific papers and 25 books!). He has received many engineering awards and honorary degrees.

Test Drive: 2013 VW Passat

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 31 May 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

It’s a car for Americans who want more room (and perhaps more power) in a German-brand car – but without the otherwise inevitable German-brand price tag.

Test Drive: 2013 VW Passat

The old Beetle was designed as “the people’s car” – for European people. It was very small – and very small engined. The current Passat, on the other hand, was specifically designed for the American people – and is actually made in America (TN).

The Four-Wheeled Fine Print

Written by Eric Peters on Tuesday, 28 May 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Buying a new car? Then watch out for the gimmicks and the fine print that make that great deal you're being offered a bit suspect.

The Four-Wheeled Fine Print

Offers on TV (and radio and in print) showcase the big numbers and best deals in very large type – with any stuff that might not be so appealing scrunched down into micro-sized print at the every bottom of the page. Or read-through at warp speed by an announcer who might as well be speaking Klingonese, as far as your ability to follow what he’s saying.

Spend Less on Driving

Written by Eric Peters on Friday, 24 May 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business, Opinion, Eric Peters

Driving a car costs an enormous amount of money, and it isn't getting any cheaper. But there are some ways to save.

Spend Less on Driving

Driving can be fun; it’s often necessary. But rarely is it cheap. From buying a car to maintaining it to paying the seemingly endless (and myriad) fees associated with the “privilege” of being “allowed” to use the damn things – repetitive/annual taxes, insurance-at-gunpoint, etc. – many of us end up spending a far-from-small fortune to get from A to B.

Test Drive: 2013 Infiniti JX35

Written by Eric Peters on Thursday, 23 May 2013. Posted in Automotive, Business

Infiniti-minded buyers interested in not-too-big – but not too small – will be pleased to discover there’s now a model at Infiniti stores that meets their needs.

Test Drive: 2013 Infiniti JX35

No car salesman ever wants to find himself admitting to a customer that he just hasn’t got what they’re looking for . . . but the guy down the street does.

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