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EARTH DAY CANCELLED BIKERNET WEEKLY NEWS for April 28th, 2022

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By Bandit, Rogue, Wayfarer, Sam Burns, Mike Pullin R.I.P., Laura, the Redhead, Bob T., Bob Clark, Barry Green, Wicked Bitch, J.J. Solari, and the rest of the gang
4/28/2022


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Hey,

Life is amazing, treacherous, full of love and hate.
This year is a tremendous example of our many plights from Covid to the Ukraine. I’m watching a documentary series called the Butterfly Effect. It’s about the turning points in Man’s history and how each one effected societies, countries and the world.

If you have kids or grandkids, the year is a stark lesson including how we think and process everything happening around us. I have some troubled neighbors. I’ve tried to coach them on how they can change their minds about anything. So far, it's not working. Maybe they are bi-polar.

I don’t think it would be a bad notion to sit down with your kids and listen to their thoughts and concerns about life in America and the world. Hear what they say and let them know if they are troubled, they can change the way they think through mindfulness and meditation. It’s a bit of a workout, but very possible. Also, let them know you will always listen.

As bikers, we have our choppers or race bikes to take us away from whatever the world throws at us, until we are banned. That creative process is our escape from what the world or our politicians have in mind. Try to ignore much of what the world says. Focus on your next ride, your next run or race. Join and support your local or national motorcycle rights group. Let them know you appreciate their efforts to keep us riding free.

Let’s hit the news:




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The LAST EARTH DAY--
April 22, 2022, will be the last Earth Day that assumes human carbon dioxide causes dangerous climate change because next year a Montana climate lawsuit will prove this assumption is false and change the world.

Our Children’s Trust (OCT) of Oregon uses children as plaintiffs in climate change lawsuits. OCT has pending state actions in Alaska, Florida, Montana, North Carolina, Utah, Virginia, and Washington and is working to file similar lawsuits in all 50 states.

The first active OCT lawsuit, Held v. State of Montana, will begin on February 6, 2023. Montana’s Attorney General Austin Knudson is preparing to strongly defend Montana.

OCT filed a climate petition in Montana’s Supreme Court in May 2011, claiming they took their case to the state Supreme Court because a climatological tipping point was imminent. Now, eleven years later, no tipping point has occurred.

The court rejected OCT’s 2011 petition because I organized a public intervention to OCT’s petition. Among the intervenors were many Montana elected officials, including Matt Rosendale who is now Montana’s US Congressman.



Montana’s Supreme Court rejected OCT’s 2011 petition ruling,

“If they cannot prove a connection between eliminating Montana’s minute carbon emissions, and reducing the pace of global climate change, then public trust doctrine cannot, even under their own flawed legal theory, apply.”

OCT’s 2022 lawsuit thinks it is still 2012 and lists former governor Steve Bullock as a defendant.

The significance

Held v. State of Montana may go down as the most significant climate-change trial in history because it will influence every subsequent climate trial around the world.

If the plaintiffs win, they will put Montana’s economy in reverse. Energy costs will go up, state income taxes will go up, education quality will go down, and the IQs of Montana’s children will go down as the schools brainwash their malleable young minds to believe junk physics.

The plaintiffs want all Montana’s electricity, transportation, heating, cooling, and industrial production to run on 100% renewable energy by 2050.

This is ridiculous, of course, because producing and installing wind machines emits more carbon than the machines will save during their lifetime. And killing thousands of predatory birds is not “caring for the environment.”

The carbon fuels that they want to eliminate are the most efficient and cost-effective energy source we have, and we have it in abundance in Montana and the Bakken.

They don’t want Montanans to have small nuclear-powered stations that will be available by 2025 to provide abundant low-cost energy.

The argument

Thanks to the plaintiffs and their attorneys, this trial will force the alarmist scientists to face their scientific opposition, which they have so far avoided.

The plaintiffs must prove carbon fuels are the dominant cause of their listed harmful weather and climate events.

The defense must prove this plaintiffs’ theory is wrong.

I read all hundred pages of the OCT lawsuit. They present their scientific case in about 20 pages.

They have not improved their science since 2011 while scientists on my side have made significant improvements. We are going to destroy the dark side in this lawsuit.



My easy-to-read book, Climate Miracle, is about how to win climate debates and shows how Montana can easily win this lawsuit.

Global warming in Deadwood.
Global warming in Deadwood.



Conclusions

Climate alarmism is a political war and truth is the first casualty of a war. They reject climate truth to achieve their political goals.

The plaintiffs use fear to sell climate fiction. Montana’s defense will show the truth about climate change, and this truth will change the world.

Climate fiction will make us slaves. Climate truth will make us free.
They started it. Montana’s ‘gonna’ finish it.

--Ed Berry, PhD, Theoretical Physics, CCM





HARLEY-DAVIDSON HOMECOMING EVENT AND 2023 DATES ANNOUNCED
Four-Day Festival in Milwaukee Celebrates Harley-Davidson's 120th Anniversary and Kicks Off the Annual Homecoming Event



MILWAUKEE, WI (April 25, 2022) – Harley-Davidson will celebrate its 120th Anniversary by launching the Harley-Davidson Homecoming™ event, an annual four-day festival filled with music, food and moto-culture. The inaugural event will take place at multiple venues throughout the Milwaukee area on July 13-16, 2023, and welcomes riders, enthusiasts, and fans to meet in Milwaukee for a huge celebration.



“We invite everyone, riders, non-riders and fans around the world, to join us in Milwaukee next summer for the Harley-Davidson Homecoming where we will celebrate 120 years of our incredible brand,” said Jochen Zeitz, Chairman, President and CEO of Harley-Davidson. “This will be the first in a series of unforgettable annual events in Milwaukee. Stay tuned for more details in coming months, and we look forward to celebrating with you in 2023.”

To find lodging options in Milwaukee visit https://www.visitmilwaukee.org/homecoming/. Camping and RV parking information is available at Wisconsin Campgrounds https://www.wisconsincampgrounds.com/. Note that most reservations are not available to book until one year in advance of event.

Harley-Davidson recently launched “The Road to Harley-Davidson Homecoming Challenge” where riders and non-riders alike can participate in chances to earn virtual badges, win daily and monthly prizes and enter a sweepstakes for a chance to win a grand prize trip to Milwaukee to participate in the Homecoming event. For sweepstakes Official Rules, program and prize details and more information regarding The Road to Harley-Davidson Homecoming Challenge, download the Harley-Davidson App, or visit H-D.com/ride.







HOW MUCH IS YOUR MOBILITY FREEDOM WORTH?--Alarmed by the recent wave of unjust, unfair, and unnecessary government actions? It’s no secret: items on the agenda include EPA overreach, powertrain and fuel mandates, banning off-roading, and even your basic right to preserve, restore or modify your vehicle.

Or how about this story: Although the State of Kansas Admits This Guy Is Innocent, It Still Wants To Destroy His 1959 Corvette. Drastic recourse must be taken RIGHT AWAY—or we may ultimately lose the automotive freedoms we cherish.

--NMA

Click to join.
Click to join.







SUPPORT GOOD TIMES—Supports Titties and Beer. Don’t you?

This cool art is available on a T-shirt at the Support Good Times web site.
This cool art is available on a T-shirt at the Support Good Times web site.







SEMA LEGISLATIVE BREAKING NEWS--
Kansas Signs into Law Bill to Ease Titling Procedures for Antique Vehicles

UPDATE: Oklahoma Advances Bill to Allow Military Vehicle Titling to Senate Floor

EPA to Expand E15 Ethanol Fuel Sales into Summer

Province of British Columbia Proclaims “International Collector Car Appreciation Days” in July 2022

Michigan Introduces Bill to Reduce Registration Fee for Most Vehicles

California Introduces Resolution Celebrating Automobile Cruising’s History and Culture

Illinois Fails to Pass Single Plate Bill as Legislature Adjourns



Virginia Signs into Law Anti-Hobby Exhaust Noise Bill

Governor Glenn Youngkin signed into law SAN-opposed legislation (H.B. 632) to reform enforcement of Virginia's exhaust noise laws. H.B. 632 repeals a 2020 bill which prevented law enforcement from stopping motorists solely for exhaust noise violations. Virginia prohibits mufflers that use an “excessive or unusual level of noise” and mandates that mufflers must be identical to their factory setting, comparable to factory equipment, approved by the Superintendent, or meets or exceeds standards of SAE International, ANSI, or the U.S. Department of Transportation.

In the next legislative session, the SEMA Action Network (SAN) will be seeking to implement a fair testing procedure and decibel limit for vehicle owners accused of unreasonable exhaust noise violations. Accordingly, please encourage others to get involved now by signing-up with the SAN without cost or obligation.

Thank you to those who voiced concerns with lawmakers about this effort.

--SEMA







VOTE NOW! for your favorite bike and help pick the winners of the Coker Showdown!

Take a moment and vote for your favorite bike from the ten Coker Showdown finalists!

Voting ends on April 30th, 2022.

The winner gets a $500 Lowbrow e-gift card, and two runner ups each get a $250 e-gift card!
 
Scope out this wide array of bikes sporting Coker Tires, it is quite the mix of wild machines!

VOTE NOW

PS - Help us spread the word! Share www.lowbrowcustoms.com/cokershowdown on your favorite forum, group, corkboard, or in a heated barroom discussion so like-minded weirdos can vote on their favorite bike!





THE INFRASTRUCTURE FILE IS OPEN--Tale of Two Cities' Smart Intersection Programs

Pittsburgh, PA, and Lakeland, FL have instituted smart intersections but are handling them differently. As more cities become connected, i.e., having elements of infrastructure and society interconnected digitally via the internet, intelligent signaling might revolutionize traffic flow, for better or worse.

Market analysis firm Navigant Research has projected that smart signals will become a $3.8 billion global business in 2028. The USDOT mandate announced earlier this year requiring that municipalities dedicate a percentage of their infrastructure spending to Complete Streets programs might spur this growth industry.

In 2012, Pittsburgh installed smart signals at nine intersections utilizing the Rapid Flow Technology Surtrac (Scalable Urban Traffic Control) System, a briefcase-sized box at each junction. It gathers information on vehicular flow and uses it to adjust traffic signals in real-time—it's a decentralized adaptive traffic control system. In the initial tests, city traffic engineers found that travel time dropped by 26 percent, intersection wait time decreased by 40 percent, and vehicle emissions were reduced by 21 percent. Pittsburgh was ripe for trying the system, which was developed at Traffic21, a nearby Carnegie Mellon University's transportation research group.

Here’s how Surtrac works: Each intersection node utilizes a traffic camera to monitor traffic in real-time. The Surtrac computer in the suitcase node crunches a range of scheduling options and then continuously evaluates the signal timing while sending the information to neighboring nodes at other intersections. Surtac basically brings computational analysis closer to the data sources, improving response times while regulating unpredictable urban traffic. The current system only looks at traffic flow and does not (yet) surveil individual vehicles.

In 2022, Pittsburgh has grown its Surtrac program to 50 smart intersections, and plans are for the city to invest $30 million for 150 more. Currently, 22 cities use Surtrac—it's relatively cheap and easy to install and maintain.

On the other hand, Lakeland utilizes a similar system but with a twist. Recently, officials announced that the city received a $500,000 grant from the state to expand its Intersection Avoidance Safety Program. Located east of Tampa, the city of nearly 108,000 will expand its program to include 25 additional high-impact intersections that work in conjunction with the city's red-light camera program.

Similar to Surtrac, the Intersection Avoidance Safety System has sensors that measure the speed of a vehicle and its distance from an intersection. It predicts whether the driver will run the red light or be clear of the intersection in time. If so, it alerts the signal controller to extend an all-red phase, which means that all directions at the junction have a red light. This forces any driver approaching the intersection to stop.

In February 2021, the city council authorized these AI sensors to be placed at four of its red-light camera intersections. A city spokesperson said at the time, "The person who is running the red light, to begin with, gets a ticket, so it doesn't reward bad behavior. However, it does reward the person who may have been T-boned.”

Lakeland is the first place in Florida and the country to use this particular system. In the next phase of the program, the city plans to explore a warning system that uses a driver's smartphone or some other in-vehicle technology to give an alert about a possible red-light runner.

Both Pittsburgh and Lakeland utilize artificial intelligence and surveillance to decide intersection timings. On the surface, improving traffic flow is a lofty goal. Still, if automated traffic enforcement becomes a part of the equation, these systems could justify another way for a city to make money off the backs of motorists. Incorporating in-car alerts could also cause distracted driving at a critical time when navigating traffic at an intersection.

These AI data inputs will likely change how arterial streets are configured to give priority to pedestrians and bicyclists under Complete Streets and Vision Zero programs. While the safety goals are laudable, Surtrac and similar systems will undoubtedly subject motorists simultaneously to more regulation and distractions. Sensory overload is not often conducive to driving safely, particularly at intersections where traffic converges.

--NMA

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Click to find out more.





All veterans should join.
All veterans should join.



NEWS FROM THE DAV--While on deployment in Kosovo, I suffered a traumatic brain injury and major damage to my lungs and other organs due to chemical exposure.

My recovery was extremely tough. I was in a coma for two months. I had to learn how to write and walk again … So when I returned home, I was bitter. I was angry. I really hated myself and everything else, and I went into a very deep depression. I even contemplated taking my own life.

DAV really saved my life and completely changed it.

Give Now
I participated in adaptive sports through DAV and found the inspiration I needed to turn my life around. Now, I have a new passion and purpose in life. And I pay it forward by showing up for my fellow veterans and their families as they heal.

I am DAV, and this is my story. But my story is just one. DAV helps more than 1 million veterans, like you, in positive, life-changing ways each year. As a member of DAV, you support your fellow veterans.

And sometimes, you even save their lives. Please make a special donation today to support DAV and your fellow veterans.

--Adam Greathouse
U.S. Army Veteran

If you are a veteran joining the DAV can change your life. I am a very positive example. Once you are signed up find your local DAV rep and meet with him or her. If you’re not blown away by their desire to help you, find another rep. –Bandit







GRAND NATIONAL ROADSTER SHOW FOR 2023--Make Plans to Join us February 3 - 5, 2023!

While it has only been three months since Grand National Roadster Show 2022, we’re already busy planning for 2023 and have some big news to share.

GNRS 2023 will be moving to February 3-5, 2023. That’s right, no more having to choose between joining us for our 73rd year or catching the playoffs. Same great event with the amazing cars, builders, entertainment and vendors you’ve come to expect with a new date.

Full details and ticket information will be made available in the coming months, so stay tuned and mark your calendars now!

Please note: if you have already made a hotel reservation with the Sheraton for GNRS 2023, the hotel has graciously agreed to transfer the reservation to the new date with the same arrival/departure day pattern.

However, you must contact Stacey Wang (Stacey.wang@sheraton.com) at the hotel between May 1 and May 31 to confirm the reservation on the new dates. Any reservation not confirmed by June 1 will be cancelled.

Thank you for your support and making GNRS one of the best car and bike shows anywhere! If we don’t catch you this at this weekend's Sacramento Autorama, we look forward to seeing you at GNRS on our new dates in February 2023!






TRIKES of the WEEK— From the master curator.





--Sam Burns
Trike Curator
Bikernet.com™





VENDOR SPOTS AVAILABLE IN STURGIS—We know of a cool spot directly across the street from the massive Iron Horse Saloon on Lazelle Street. Let us know if you need a spot.

--Bandit
KRB@Bikernet.com





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Reader Comments


I liked the mention of the DAV and hopefully we can continue to do notices and help the many Veterans who are also Bikers to be aware of the services the DAV offers and how they have helped Veterans get the Disability they deserve.

The system to apply for disability and forms are confusing even to some of those who help others file. The average Biker not knowing the lingo and the ins and outs is at a disadvantage.

Dealing with the VA Disability Department is like dealing with a cheap auto insurance company after a accident.

Rogue
Palm Bay, US-0-FL
Friday, April 29, 2022
Editor Response You're right. We need all the help we can get.
--Bandit

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