Winter Tires not just for Canadians

Winter tires are also recommended for Americans too says Consumer Reports with only 21% of Americans considering winter tires vs 58% in Canada. CR explains AWD is not a substitute; winter tires provide a minimum 20% benefit.

Update Nov 21, 2019: AMA recommending studded tires for all winter tire purchases. For the next time you need new winter tires: “…technological advances have made today’s studded tires much quieter and far gentler on typical road surfaces.” Stopping distance is extra 5 meters over non-studded winter tires:

Taking The Passion Out of Politics

When H.S. Dent explains that politics follows an 80 year cycle, it takes all the passion out of it. It’s no surprise that we have no control over large events and explaining that events occur in cycles re-iterates this. What Dent’s cycle says is that there is an 80 year four-season economic cycle and liberals are favored in the summer & fall seasons (good times, bubbles; e.g. Post great depression to the 1960s) while conservatives are favored in the winter and spring season (recessions, high inflation, lagging innovation; e.g. 1970s – current day).  This helps explain why waiting for the government to make a decision that affects personal situations is extreme folly since the political lean required may take decades to come about.


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