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If you care about the hobby of motor racing, you should be paying attention to this.  I'm not telling you to automatically go sign the petition, but at the very least you should know how the government might affect the industry.
 
Our Government is out of Control! Help Protect our Motorsports Freedoms! Click here to sign the petition - http://1.usa.gov/1LhxOOu.

It is rare to see abject stupidity on display like this EPA proposal and all motorsport fans need to help defeat this.

Washington, DC (February 8, 2016) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has proposed a regulation to prohibit conversion of vehicles originally designed for on-road use into racecars. The regulation would also make the sale of certain products for use on such vehicles illegal. The proposed regulation was contained within a non-related proposed regulation entitled “Greenhouse Gas Emissions and Fuel Efficiency Standards for Medium- and Heavy-Duty Engines and Vehicles—Phase 2.”

The regulation would impact all vehicle types, including the sports cars, sedans and hatch-backs commonly converted strictly for use at the track. While the Clean Air Act prohibits certain modifications to motor vehicles, it is clear that vehicles built or modified for racing, and not used on the streets, are not the “motor vehicles” that Congress intended to regulate.

“This proposed regulation represents overreaching by the agency, runs contrary to the law and defies decades of racing activity where EPA has acknowledged and allowed conversion of vehicles,” said SEMA President and CEO Chris Kersting. “Congress did not intend the original Clean Air Act to extend to vehicles modified for racing and has re-enforced that intent on more than one occasion.”

SEMA submitted comments in opposition to the regulation and met with the EPA to confirm the agency’s intentions. The EPA indicated that the regulation would prohibit conversion of vehicles into racecars and make the sale of certain emissions-related parts for use on converted vehicles illegal. Working with other affected organizations, including those representing legions of professional and hobbyist racers and fans, SEMA will continue to oppose the regulation through the administrative process and will seek congressional support and judicial intervention as necessary.

SEMA has started a White House petition demanding that the EPA remove this proposal. We need to get 100,000 signatures in order for the White House to respond. Would you be willing to sign the petition and share the link with your co-workers, friends, and family members. It would be a huge help to our effort.

This car is a Factory Five Mk1 Roadster that was registered and driven on the street as well as raced successfully at drag races.

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And it looks like a way to target the manufacturers of "race only" parts.  Frankly, the no-tamper rule is BS.  VW's issues notwithstanding, I'd much rather have an actual test (not a visual, but a sniffer, with or without a dyno), than being told "no, you can't do anything".
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And this is why you always hire a structural engineer.  Sympathetic resonance can be a crazy thing!

Tacoma Narrows Bridge, aka "Gallopin' Gertie" immediately prior to collapse on November 7th, 1940
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+Mike Wallace That's great! I love that. I need to start the same trend amongst graphic designers here in the US...as their commitment to create good design.
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How many tens of thousands of dollars are poured into this Lego collection, and why do I suddenly feel the need to emulate it?

My Lego Collection http://imgur.com/gallery/XGG3B

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Gotta retire well to spend a years payment to LIVE on Legos. But yep. 
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Posting without comment.  Make sure to have your sound turned up!

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Who would have thought that in the year 2016 the Donald would run for president, and his face would end up on a dumpling? What a time to be alive…
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I love this
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The baby jacana is possibly the cutest fluffy critter around. Look at those enormous feet!

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+Marcelo Lopez I'm not sure of the details, sorry! It's just a photo I found online and wanted to share with my Google+ friends.
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This is the most unreal demonstration of knife skills I've ever seen. Pretty sure there's some witchcraft going on to produce the thing at 1:05, at least.

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From my understanding, to be a chef in Asia, means to spend years as an apprentice. Those years are spent doing many things, but cutting and chopping. To get the right sizes, or consistencies is major. An apprentice knows he is advancing when he or she gets her first set of knives. Just try to borrowing a knife from a chef . You will see, right there, how serious it is: You will get cut with it. 
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Friendly reminder for all you online holiday shoppers: if you have a tracking number for a package, you can plug it directly into Google.  It'll take right you to the page for the company it's being shipped through (yes, it's smart enough to figure it out for you!) with the relevant package info.

Happy shopping!
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+Jim Gomes yeah, but it isn't 100% reliable. I've had a few orders that didn't show up in my Purchases tab, and so they never gave me that Track Package option or showed me the estimated delivery date. Also, not all tracking codes come via email, like if a friend is sending a surprise and messages you the code.

But generally I do find that too be one of the nice features of Inbox. :)
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This is such an incredibly clever way to join pieces of wood with no nails or adhesive! I would love to have a play set of wood blocks like this... It's like Lincoln Logs but a million times better.
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But nailguns are so much fun! :D
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I'm not sure whether I should be amused or horrified. Be sure to watch the gifs of how they're made!

Would you eat one of these "unicorn poop" bagels?

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And I want the funfetti cream cheese!
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This hidden world of libraries is fascinating.  I want to go check out the Mechanics' Institute Library in San Francisco now, partly for the library itself but in large part because of the interesting people and activities I think I might find there.

http://qz.com/592459/the-secret-world-of-membership-libraries/
Before Andrew Carnegie, most libraries in America were subscription-based. As free public libraries sprouted up across the United States, membership libraries mostly died off, but 19 non-profit membership libraries still exist.
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+Daniel Davis actually that's a good point.  When I was a student at Peabody Conservatory, we were not allowed to use the George Peabody Library, despite it literally being inside the building where we gave our performances.  It's one of the most beautiful libraries in the world too: https://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/c/c1/George-peabody-library.jpg
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This image of the Christmas "ice moon" over San Francisco is unreal. I wonder where the photographer went to snap the shot.

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Treasure Island... I'm pretty certain. http://jedi-tenken.deviantart.com/art/City-346216757
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I've never before really appreciated how spectacular islands can be. Each one in this list is fascinating, and the photos are literally out of this world!

Be sure to check out the island within an island, the jewel-like Maldives, the underwater sand dunes in the Bahamas, and the Chilean island that punctures the sky.
 
(PHOTOS) Islands are some of the most beautiful, peaceful, violent, desolate and unique places on Earth.
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The one in the thumbnail there looks like the perfect lair for an evil genius Superman.
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Soon-to-be architect, Google/Android nerd, car chick, harpist, experimental gourmet, world traveler, extroverted introvert.  Half of the Android dev team Sudo Make Me An App.  You may not be prepared for whatever I'm about to do, but you'll have a good time and find it interesting, I promise.  :)
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Personally responsible for getting at least a dozen people on Android phones. Changed my car's brakes in the parking lot at Home Depot. Drive stick, and have taught many others. Can eat habanero peppers straight up. Play the harp. Have the best boyfriend in existence.
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