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CRAZY BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for September 26, 2019

Action, Events, Controversy, Rides and Reader Reports

By Bandit,Wayfarer, Rogue, Bob T., Sam, Barry Green, Mark Lonsdale, Andy, Laura, the Redhead and the rest of the crew

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I apologize for not writing a Weekend Round-Up
or posting a chapter about the Salt Torpedo. The week peeled away from me, and I had an ominous task on Wednesday. I had a VA hearing about my disability rating.

Although it all worked out, we fucked up and didn’t do the correct homework. I did some other homework with Dr. Hamster's help, but it was for a claim, not the hearing. I have 60 days to procure the proper documents for the judge or die trying.

I was forced to crawl out of the sack at 5:30 for the 6:30 run to Wilshire Blvd. It took right at 2 hours to drive 28 miles. If I had walked out the door at 5:30 it would have taken 32 minutes, incredible.

This week was full of accomplishments and progress on the Salt Torpedo. The firewall is just about done, but I ran out of TIG welding fuel and had to haul the gigantic tank to the welding supply for a refill. We also had to run to Phillips Steel for a sheet of .090. They said they could bend it to our specifications. It’s taken longer, but I will pick it up tomorrow. Lead started to arrive this week, but the shipment was incorrect forcing me to reach out to the company for a fix.

I had my Nissan van serviced this week. Nissan has a problem. They claimed that the NV2500 would get 17-22 mpg. It doesn’t and folks complained, so they quickly changed the reports on the stickers to a notice that they will not publish this info because they are not reporting to the EPA. It’s bullshit, and I’ll bet they are about to get their asses sued. They can’t duck reporting.

Plus, by ducking the issue sales will plummet. Who is going to buy a van when they won’t tell you the mileage? I ended up making multiple trips to the dealer, before I could peel out to Wellington to find out about our Salt Shaker vinyl stickers and then to Phillips steel, where the short blonde smiled at me and said they haven’t picked up our shield yet. When she smiled, I melted and nodded and returned to my van empty-handed.

I’ll return everyday if she will always smile. Makes my day. Let’s hit the news:

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NMA REPORT: BEWARE LICENSE PLATE READERS--Our worst fears about automatic license plate readers (ALPR) are coming to fruition, and no one in public understands just how much our privacy will be invaded.

This summer, I warned everyone on my blog, and in the NMA Weekly E-Newsletter #554, that police in Arizona were using ALPR's to "grid" entire neighborhoods.

But the following news brings public surveillance to a whole new level.

Last month, Rekor Systems announced that they had launched the Rekor Public Safety Network (RPSN) which gives law enforcement real-time access to scanned license plates.

"Any state or local law enforcement agency participating in the RPSN will be able to access real-time data from any part of the network at no cost. The Company is initially launching the network by aggregating vehicle data from customers in over 30 states. With thousands of automatic license plate reading cameras currently in service that capture approximately 150 million plate reads per month, the network is expected to be live by the first quarter of 2020."

RPSN is a 30-state, real-time law enforcement license plate database that contains the information of more than 150 million people.

And the scary thing—it is free!

"We don’t think our participants should be charged for accessing information from a network they contribute to, especially when it provides information that has proven its value in solving crimes and closing cases quickly,” said Robert A. Berman, President and CEO, Rekor.

Want to encourage law enforcement to spy on everyone? Give them free access to a massive license plate database.

RPSN's AI software uses machine learning to predict when and where a hotlisted person or a person of interest will be.

"Rekor’s software, powered by artificial intelligence (“AI”) and machine learning, can also be added to existing law enforcement security camera networks to search for law enforcement related hotlists as well as Amber Alerts and registered sex offender motor vehicles."

The Westchester County New York Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center alone collects "more than 25 million license plates each month."

A post in Traffic Technology Today revealed that Rekor plans to go to great lengths to convince police departments to track millions of motorists.

"In 2020, the RPSN will be fully compliant with the federal 2019 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) law, which bans the use of certain foreign-manufactured cameras used in critical infrastructure."

Rekor's 2019 NDAA sales pitch, is both disturbing and despicable. It reveals just where they and law enforcement stand when it comes to using ALPR's to spy on millions of motorists.

A recent article in The revealed how police in Louisiana use license plate readers to track motorists in real-time. Eric J. Richard had been driving his white Buick LaCrosse on Interstate 10, when he was stopped by Louisiana State Police Trooper Luke Leger for allegedly following a truck too closely. During the roadside interrogation, the trooper asked where Richard was coming from.

"I was coming from my job right there in Vinton," Richard replied. The trooper had already looked up the travel records for Richard's car and already knew it had crossed into Louisiana from Texas earlier in the day. Based on this "apparent lie," the trooper extended the traffic stop by asking more questions and calling in a drug dog.

The article goes on to say that police had no reason to track Mr. Richard, but they did so because they could.

And that should frighten everyone!

Rekor lets law enforcement know where your friends and family are, where your doctor's office is, where you worship and where you buy groceries.

How is that for Orwellian?

It is time to face the facts: ALPRs are not about public safety. They constitute a massive surveillance system designed to let Big Brother track our every movement.

Editor’s Note: The opinions expressed in this newsletter are those of the author.

By guest writer Joe Cadillic of the Massprivatel Blog

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THE LATEST FROM THE HAL ROBINSON ARCHIVES—No one could draw like the master. Check out his art in the 5-Ball Racing Garage.


James "The Tileman" wearing our Jak shirt vest.
James "The Tileman" wearing our Jak shirt vest.

Greta To UN: ‘How Dare You?… You Have Stolen My Dreams-- Greta blistered the United Nations for stealing her childhood and dreams, claiming that we are on the verge of a mass extinction and climate apocalypse. She has no clue that the UN invented the climate hysteria scam in the first place. ? TN Editor

A visibly angry Greta Thunberg berated world leaders as she addressed a UN climate summit on Monday, accusing them of betraying her generation by failing to tackle greenhouse gas emissions and asking “How dare you?”

The Swedish teen, who has become the global face of the growing youth movement against climate inaction, began by telling her audience: “My message is that we’ll be watching you,” eliciting laughter.

But it was soon clear that the tone of the message would be very serious.

“This is all wrong. I shouldn’t be up here. I should be back at school on the other side of the ocean,” the 16-year-old, who is taking a year off from her studies, said.

“You come to us young people for hope. How dare you?” she thundered.

“You have stolen my dreams and my childhood with your empty words, yet I’m one of the lucky ones. People are suffering, people are dying, entire ecosystems are collapsing.

“We are in the beginning of a mass extinction, and all you can talk about is the money and fairy tales of eternal economic growth. How dare you!”

She added that in her talks with leaders, she had been told that the youth were being heard and the urgency was understood.

“But no matter how sad and angry I am, I do not want to believe that, because if you really understood the situation and still kept on failing to act, then you would be evil, and that I refuse to believe.”

Thunberg, who often appears uncomfortable in the limelight and is seen as a reluctant leader, then detailed the various targets that were being missed, heightening the risk of “irreversible chain reactions beyond human control.”

--Technocracy News

NEWS FROM THE MASTER, ATOMIC DICE-- I have the pdf scan of the lined drawing, he inked it so I can’t change it unless we redraw. I hope you like it! He can move to color now. This can be used by a T-Shirt designer, they can add the colors you want if you need it now.

Also, Big Fish designed our shirts, you and I talked about it in our last email. We just got them this week, here is a pic. They were hand dyed and hand sewn, no screen printing - what a fantastic company! They took a picture of a painting Bob did in 2014 and recreated it for us.


AMA Hall of Fame bikes go on the road in September

Two of the oldest motorcycles in the collection of the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame drew crowds Sept. 7-8 during The Old Car Festival at the Henry Ford in Detroit.

A 1914 Triumph TT and a 1919 Cleveland Lightweight joined a variety of automobiles from the 1890s to 1930s at event at Greenfield Village.

"Both of these models were used during World War I as courier bikes," said Daniel Clepper, collections manager at the AMA Motorcycle Hall of Fame.

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Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo Powered by General Tire is this Weekend in Pomona

POMONA, Calif. (September 24, 2019) — The wait is over for off-road enthusiasts as the Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire, revs up this weekend at the Fairplex in Pomona, Calif., “bringing the Off-Road world together.”

The Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire ranges from off-road racing to rock crawling, trail riding to sand sports, motorcycles and UTVs, to camping and adventure travel. In addition, attendees have the unique opportunity to meet and talk with the most knowledgeable people in the off-road industry. Show goers can also experience the dynamic world of off-road thru ride-alongs, racing demos, celebrity appearances, live music, industry media events and product giveaways all weekend.

The Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire is the greatest collection of off-road companies, parts, equipment, gear, action and experts ever assembled in America. Hundreds of aftermarket performance vendors will be in attendance, along with thousands of hardcore off-road enthusiasts gather for a full weekend of all things off-road.

Off-Road Expo Highlights

Lucas Oil Off-Road Racing Demos will take place all weekend at the MAV-TV Proving Grounds, with professional drivers in purpose-built race trucks. The high-horsepower, earth-shaking Pro 2 Class will be showcased, along with Pro Lite, UTV and Kart Classes. Driver autograph sessions will follow each round of demos.

SCORE Baja 1000 Exhibit will Salute Legends of the Baja, along with Unveiling of the Baja 1000 course map for the 2020 race and will feature a book signing, celebrity autograph sessions and more.

Pro Terra Crew drivers will tear it up at the MAV-TV Proving Grounds all weekend. Watch these wicked off-road trucks and buggies get big air on the closed-circuit course and meet the drivers in the autograph session following each demo.

Rubicon Experience presented by 4-Wheel Parts, Ride along the Rubicon Trail and get a firsthand experience of what it feels like to be in a rig built for extreme off-road conditions. Anyone over 15-years-of-age can sign up at the Rubicon Express booth all weekend.

Performance Marketplace – Leading off-road vendors will fill the expo with the latest in 4x4 aftermarket parts, accessories, services and the newest industry innovations.

Dirt Alliance features live action, off-road driving demonstrations from a wide array of expert dirt pilots from various disciplines. Meet the drivers and see their trucks up close at the Dirt Alliance booth all weekend.

Show-N-Shine – The O'Reilly Auto Parts Show-N-Shine area will be bustling with custom trucks and Jeep vehicles, ready for Pro-Judging.

Miss Off-Road Expo Contest presented by Shreddy, with lovely ladies of off-road gathering at the Main Stage on Sunday to compete for the Miss Off-Road Expo crown. This year's contest will be hosted by Shreddy's Blake Wilkey.

Music/DJ on the Main Stage and plenty of Giveaways all weekend

The Lucas Oil Off-Road Expo powered by General Tire will take place Saturday, September 28, from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday, September 29 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Fairplex is located at 1101 West McKinley Avenue in Pomona, Calif.

Discount tickets are available at participating O'Reilly Auto Parts stores for $16/adults and $6/children (ages 6-12).

Discount tickets are also available online at for $16/adults and $6/children (ages 6-12), with kids 5-under free. Ticket fees apply to online tickets.

At the gates, tickets are $20/adults and $6/children (ages 6-12), with kids 5-under free.

Events sponsors include: Lucas Oil, General Tire, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Bert’s Mega Mall, Rockford Fosgate, Rugged Ridge, Hercules Tires, Fox Shox and eBay Motors.

BIKERNET GUN NUT REPORT--The National Rifle Association (NRA) called Democratic presidential hopeful and former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-Texas) the “salesman of the month” after an Arizona gun store capitalized on his proposed mandatory buyback of assault weapons.

Alpha Dog Guns in Tempe, Ariz., announced that just four hours after launching a promotional discount called the “Beto Special” — spurred by O’Rourke’s now-viral comments about his buyback proposal — it sold out of AR-15s and other rifles, owner Matt Boggs said Thursday on “Fox & Friends.”

The NRA tweeted a photo made to mock the former congressman by calling him the “AR-15 salesman of the month,” adding the caption: “Possibly even of the year.”

Boggs told Fox & Friends that the strategy didn’t mean to “be a political statement by any stretch of the imagination.”

“I just happened to hop on Facebook and see his comments, and I was like, ‘Well maybe I’ll sell 20 rifles and see what happens,’” he said.

O’Rourke made headlines last week for defending his proposed mandatory buyback program during the third round of Democratic presidential primary debates.

"I am, if it's a weapon that's designed to kill people on a battlefield. If the high-impact, high-velocity round shreds everything inside of your body ... when we see that being used against children," O'Rourke said, asked if he was proposing a mandatory government buyback of certain guns.

He continued: “Hell yes, we're going to take your AR-15, your AK-47. We're not going to allow it to be used against our fellow Americans anymore,” prompting cheers and applause from the audience.

A number of Democrats have come out in opposition to O'Rourke's proposal, with Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Wednesday telling reporters that he doesn’t “know of any other Democrat who agrees” with O’Rourke’s proposal to confiscate assault-style weapons.

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So, problems with a gov. agency,VA. My med. records are lost and my VA doctor says the discoloration on my arm is from the 'spray that won't hurt you'. We can't give it a name. Just turned 73, i made it home when others did not, so i can't bitch.

i have had sub. too EASYRIDERS since the beginning, so i guess we just write it off as money gone. Guess i will go for a ride, have a good weekend.

Alex Jemery
Deland, FL
Friday, September 27, 2019
Editor Response Thanks AJ, riding is the best freedom meditation.
Talking about tv shows.. The Mayans is ok, but really does not stand up to the SONS OF ANARCHY.. Just my opinion.

mike pullin
charlotte, nc
Friday, September 27, 2019
Editor Response And a good opinion it is.

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