The air has been abysmal this weekend and now I’m panicking over every irritated breath!
Has anyone else noticed the air to have a “cloudy” consistency lately? I live in Berekely and whenever I look out into the hills , the air looks to be filled with “smog” and has a haze throughout. This has been like this for a month or more. I thought it might be because of wildfires- but it doesn’t seem that’s the case. Also thought it might be fog- but it’s a more consistent haze that doesn’t seem to dissipate. Anyone else notice this? Anyone have any theories as to what might be causing this ?
I'm trying to import my 2005 Ford Mustang GT from Canada to California, have the federal requirements figured out, but the big question mark is whether or not it will pass California smog - if it doesn't then the car is basically scrap metal in CA, so I'd rather figure out if I can pass it first before importing it.
What I was thinking of doing was having a smog test done nearby here in Canada and seeing if it meets the pass/fail requirements specified here. Is there anything else I should be aware of about the smog test before trying to import the car?
I'm currently keeping a close eye on the 2000 XJ featured in the link below. However, I'm in San Diego and it's in Pennsylvania and I've never gone through the process of bringing a car into California. So I'm curious to know if you guys could come up with any reasons why this vehicle, or one like it, wouldn't pass CA Smog.
Also, anyone that has any experience with buying XJs or similar vehicles from online auctions, if there are any tips you could share with me, I'd be very grateful.
I made an impulse purchase in TAN, because I felt like the renewable/green ship was floating away from me. It's not a large position, right now, and is small enough that I feel like I can reallocate if I need to. I'm planning on DCAing into it, along with my holdings.
Would something like ICLN, QLCN, or SMOG be a better renewable ETF because they have exposure to other industries like wind power, bio fuels, and/or geothermal? TAN has great returns over the last 1 year/5 years which is why I jumped the gun. I've now started realizing the others have more diversity, lower expense ratios, and/or less weight in their top 10 holdings.
I'm not investing in renewables because I'm emotionally attached to the idea, so feel free to tell me one or the other isn't worth it. I am anticipating though that both funds will do well in the coming years. I'm curious if anyone thinks one will do better than the others, and why. Thanks.
I was listening to episode 218 last night, when Gareth and Dave wrapped up the episode with some profound insight into the american mentality when it comes to sacrificing health, peoples lives, and the environment for the sake of the economy. Listening to this excerpt while thinking about the United States response to COVID is very fitting.
Starting at 42:30
Dave: So I don't know if people react to it differently in America, because this reminds me of the car episode where people just kept dying and not wanting to change, so I don't know if thats an american thing, or if its a world thing, where you just stay in it until it's so fucking obvious that something is horrible.
Gareth: I think that is a stronger american mentality than most places. I think that for sure. I really do think that when you go to countries, it's little stuff, but you can just tell that (government) gives more of a shit about the people, its just palpable, its just evident. But here, i think we need to be slapped across the face repeatedly before we wake up. We respond to tragedy or catastrophe, so we do. I mean, if we truly wanted to solve our problems, what we should do is set up a convincing U.F.O., have them land on earth, and have them to tell us to clean up our act.
Dave: Thats not a bad idea.
Gareth: Thats the sort of tactic that would make us go, OH SHIT - WE GOTTA DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS
Dave: Thats sort of like how 9/11 changed our foreign policy.
I went in for a smog check, and the mechanic billed me for additional labour besides the smog because he said he had to reset the ECU and do a drive cycle to get the car to pass. However, the odometer IN and odometer OUT was exactly the same. Is it possible for them to complete a drive cycle without ticking the odometer?
Vehicle: 2009 Honda Civic, Automatic, ~110k miles
This was (and well, still is) my father's project car since he was a kid, but he told me of this issue a bit ago and has pretty much stopped working on it completely since then. To be honest I don't know much about this engine except that its original. Oil is clean and spark plugs recently changed. If it helps (and the glove box is original) its the 20th anniversary commemorative edition with the convertible top, but idk if these versions had anything more than a fancy glove box. I'm also not 100% sure it is an Rs, as the rear bumper was replaced in an accident and it wasnt given one with the Rs badge, but he has repeated expressed that its not a z28. We changed front bumper and fenders (but not the skirts yet, they need cutting) which is why the paints dont match. If you have ideas on why it only smokes on startup, I'll talk to him about it and see what we can do.