Somehow we’re supposed to believe that having a roof rack reduces gas mileage by 25%.

I am pretty sure they meant gas mileage is reduced by having a loaded roof rack.

But 25%?!?!?!

You mean to tell me a Camry that gets 32 MPG will go to 24 MPG? Sorry, that’s a crock of shit.

However, a Hummer, which gets 8 MPG and can carry a shit ton of weight “COULD” get top heavy and go to 6 MPG but how many Hummers (the 4 wheeled variety for you pervos:-) ) are on the road?

They might be convenient, but roof racks are eating up serious amounts of gas every year, a new report has revealed – so much so that they’re responsible for draining 100million gallons of US fuel last year alone.

For individual drivers that cost is even bigger: depending on the configuration, roof racks can use up to 25 percent of a vehicle’s fuel.

And for the US, that problem is only going to get worse, Autoblog reported Thursday.

Roof racks affect fuel usage by adding to the car’s drag – that is, slowing it down, as air that would usually glide around the aerodynamic body of the car gets caught on the rack, pushing against the car, whether it is carrying something or not.

That means the engine has to fight harder to get up to speed, chewing up the gas – and eating into America’s ever-dwindling supplies of oil.

And things will get worse, according to the scientific research paper, which was published in Energy Policy.

Usage of roof racks is on the rise – with an expected increase of 200 percent by 2040.

That will undo a lot of the work being done to create energy-saving and energy-efficient cars

According to the paper, the good done by fuel cell cars – which use self-contained hydrogen-and-oxygen ‘cells’ that create no emissions and are expected to save energy – will be counteracted by roof racks.

That’s because the drag created by racks will use up six times the amount of energy that fuel cell cars will save.

And electric vehicles can expect to lose 40 percent of their fuel savings to racks in the future.

But there is some hope, according to the authors of the paper, Yuche Chen of the National Renewable Energy Laboratory and Alan Meier of Berkeley Lab.

They suggested that car manufacturers can help by making their racks more aerodynamic and easily removable.

They also said that energy efficiency labeling will help warn consumers of the cost.

And while they said having the government minimize roof rack usage is ‘extreme,’ they believe a combination of policy changes and improved design could save 1.2billion gallons of gas in the US between now and 2040.

That would be almost 11.8 million tons of CO2 emissions – the same amount 86,717 modern cars would emit in the US over that period – Autoblog said.

Government interference is a controversial topic, but that 25 percent fuel saving will look very tempting to many Americans.

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A mother got her tits in a wringer when a teacher agreed with what a student said.

Apparently the student refused to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance and said he did so because if Trump gets elected he’ll send Knee-Grows back to Africa.

The mother wants us to believe he’s not stood for the Pledge for several years citing South Carolina’s debate about the Confederate flag… if we’re supposed to believe her son came to these decisions on his own as opposed to being brainwashed by his racist mother.

Given she’s 1. black and 2. from Puerto Rico (currently about to go bankrupt because it pays so much social welfare benefits) who wants to go out on a limb with me to think she’s on welfare here, too?

A mother in small-town South Carolina claims a high school science teacher urged her son, a freshman, to “go back to Africa” after he refused to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance because, the student told the teacher, “Donald Trump is going to send us back to Africa.”

The kerfuffle occurred on Tuesday at Battery Creek High School in Beaufort, S.C. (pop.: 12,361), reports The Beaufort Gazette, a local newspaper.

The unidentified 14-year-old boy’s mother, Nicole Whitmore, said about half the students in the — also unidentified — science teacher’s Tuesday morning class at Battery Creek High refused to stand for the Pledge or recite it.

Whitmore told the Gazette her son announced to a friend that the patriotic, 31-word oath is irrelevant to him because “Donald Trump is going to send us back to Africa.”

According to the mad mom, the science teacher then shot back that the student should “go back to Africa.”

Whitmore describes herself as black and Puerto Rican.

The science teacher is white, she said.

“I didn’t take kindly to it, and my son didn’t take kindly to it,” Whitmore told the Gazette. “You don’t tell my son to go back to Africa knowing you’re a different color than he is. I’m Puerto Rican and black, I know what I went through. I don’t want my son going through anything discriminative.”

Whitmore noted that her son has refused to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance or recite it since he was in the seventh grade. He has several reasons. Among them is his anger about South Carolina’s perpetual debate over the Confederate flag.

Whitmore and her son are also mad because they say Trump has denigrated recipients of food stamps. Whitmore, a full-time employee at a local Burger King, is food-stamp recipient.

School district officials say they are investigating the Tuesday incident, which apparently ended with the freshman serving some sort of punishment in a separate room.

“My son is 14 years old, a freshman at Battery Creek,” Whitmore told the Gazette. “This teacher is supposed to be an educator. He’s supposed to teach him better.”

School district noted that, since the Tuesday fracas, they have also admonished teachers that students don’t have to stand up for the Pledge of Allegiance, or recite it.

A 1943 Supreme Court case, West Virginia State Board of Education v. Barnette, held that the Constitution protects students who don’t want to salute the American flag or say the Pledge of Allegiance in school. That case involved a student who belonged to the Jehovah’s Witnesses.

The Pledge of Allegiance is a source of frequent friction at America’s taxpayer-funded public school.

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1. Vilify the place/person/activity.

2. Then move reminders to another, less visible location (and don’t advertise where it is.)

3. Then remove it to a storage location.

4. Then destroy it.

Steps 1 and 2 have already taken place here.

A Confederate monument will be removed from a spot near the University of Louisville campus where it has stood since 1895.

The stone monument honoring Kentuckians who died for the Confederacy in the Civil War will be moved to another location, University President James Ramsey and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer said during a surprise announcement Friday. The monument is capped with a statue of a Confederate soldier.

“It’s time for us to move this monument to a more appropriate place,” Ramsey said while standing in front of the stone memorial, which sits next to the university’s gleaming Speed Art museum that just completed a $60 million renovation.

Governments and universities across the country have re-evaluated displays of Confederate symbols following the racially motivated slayings last summer of nine black parishioners at the Emanuel AME church in Charleston, South Carolina.

The tall, obelisk-style monument will be disassembled and cleaned while it is in storage awaiting a new location, which has not been determined. It was given to the city by the Kentucky Woman’s Monument Association.

Ricky Jones, a professor of Pan-African studies at the university, said he has been pushing for removal of the statue since he arrived at the university in the late 1990s.

“I can’t tell you how happy I am,” Jones said after the announcement Friday. “I think this statue being on the campus is somewhat akin to flying the Confederate flag over the (university’s) administration building.”

Jones wrote in a newspaper opinion piece last week that the statue is a “towering granite and bronze eyesore glorifying the nadir of America’s past.”

Jones and Mayor Fischer noted that the university was much smaller when the statue was put up at the turn of the century, and the campus has developed around it.

University and city officials have been working on the removal for several weeks and there was even construction equipment parked alongside the base of the monument on Friday during the announcement.

Kentucky is the birthplace of both Abraham Lincoln and Jefferson Davis, the only president of the Confederacy. Both are honored in the state’s Capitol rotunda with large statues. Following the Charleston church shootings, leaders from both political parties called for the removal of the Davis statue. But a state commission voted 7-2 not to remove it.

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Not a single White House reporter is a republican.

Yet we’re supposed to think they are not biased!

Not a single member of the White House press corps is a registered Republican, according to survey results recently published by Politico.

Those results are buried in a story this week on President Barack Obama’s relationship with the press. An infographic posted in the story reveals that not a single one of the 72 members of the White House press corps surveyed by the Virginia-based trade publication identifies with the GOP.

Of the journalists surveyed, more than a quarter are registered Democrats and 13 percent are not members of any political party. Sixty percent are not registered to vote, but 72 percent of those polled said they think reporters should vote in elections they cover.

Twelve survey respondents said they plan to vote for Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton. Three said they support her rival Bernie Sanders. Two plan to vote for Sen. Ted Cruz (R., Tex.) and one supports Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

Nearly 9 in 10 respondents said they expect Hillary Clinton to be the nation’s next president.

A separate survey of campaign reporters revealed a bit more partisan diversity, but Republicans are still widely outnumbered among the 80 journalists surveyed.

Eight percent of those campaign reporters said they are registered Republicans, compared to 21 percent who said they are Democrats. Twelve plan to vote for Clinton, one for Sanders, one for Trump, one for Cruz, and one for Kasich.

Eighty-six percent said they expect Clinton to win.

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Sports Authority is shutting its doors:

When struggling retailer Sports Authority filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy last month in the face of more than $1 billion in debt, the company indicated that it had two options going forward.

One of those was to shed underperforming stores and emerge from bankruptcy as an intact, but pared-down company. The other was to sell everything and cease operating.

On Tuesday, the company appeared to choose the latter.

In a hearing in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Wilmington, Delaware, an attorney for the Englewood, Colorado-based sporting goods chain indicated that the only option for the company was to close all of its stores.

“It has become apparent that the debtors will not reorganize under a plan but instead will pursue a sale,” said the attorney, Robert Klyman.

The abrupt abandonment of a reorganization plan follows Sports Authority’s announcement in March that it would close 140 of its 464 stores in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to help pay off $1.1 billion in debt.

Phil Lempert, a Santa Monica-based analyst of consumer behavior and marketing trends, figures consumers haven’t seen the last of major retailers shuttering. Just last week, Sport Chalet announced the closure of all 47 of its stores in California, Nevada and Arizona. That chain is based in La Cañada Flintridge.

“With the minimum wage going up to $15 an hour and more people turning to online shopping, more stores are going to close,” Lempert said. “It’s fine to say that everyone should have a living wage. But the money has to come from somewhere.”

Lempert said a growing number of retail outlets have fallen victim to “showrooming,” where customers will walk into a store, try on the shirt or jacket they like and then order it online at a significant discount.

“These stores have to look at not at how they will compete with other brick-and-mortar stores, but how they will compete with Amazon,” he said. “It’s become a holistic environment where people can buy things on their mobile phones and then have the products delivered by the time they get home.”

Matt Carlson, president and CEO of the National Sporting Goods Association, said Internet sales have fueled increased competition for brick-and-mortar retailers. And online retailers have a big advantage. Their overhead costs are far less and their customers often don’t have to pay sales tax on their purchases.

Figures from the National Sporting Goods Association reveal that in 2009, 10 percent of all sporting goods purchases were made online. The following year that jumped to 12 percent and in 2014 it hit 15 percent.

One equity analyst who could not provide his name as it would violate his company’s policy, said Sports Authority’s store closures will be a “huge” hit for the industry.

“There are a lot of suppliers that will left hanging,” he said. “When you have 464 doors closing, there’s no where else to go to make up for that loss of sales volume.”

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