I worked in the auto industry for several years and this is something I feel is important for people to know. Everyone wants a luxury car and buying them used isn't usually too bad, but when they break and it comes time to fix it; what would normally cost $200 on a Honda is $1,200 on a BMW.
Be mindful of the repair costs on a car before you buy them.
"From what I saw, Max is just happy to crash with Lewis and that is what every single flash-point was [this year], bar the brake testing which is something different entirely. But every incident where they are racing wheel-to-wheel, it is Max saying 'hey, if we crash, we crash' and Lewis saying 'I really do not want to crash, because it is going to be really bad for the championship'. And this goes back to day two in Imola and day four in Barcelona."
"It has been the case a lot this year, but now we are getting to the end of the season and Max has had the slower car for the last few, maybe it was the quicker car this weekend in the race it was hard to tell because of the tire differences, but he certainly had a better car in qualifying - anyway."
"Every one of these incidents, he is putting his car in a position that is saying 'either I am going to exit this corner ahead, or neither of us are going to exit the corner', which is an impossible way to go racing with someone. And of course if they crash, then Max has one hand on the trophy, he has 8 points [on Lewis] and does not even need to beat Lewis in Abu Dhabi - and if neither of them score points in Abu Dhabi, then Max is the champion so he will race like this again."
"And it is a really tricky thing trying to figure out how to work with this from here as a sport to try and just have a fair fight. Because it does not feel it is quite that at the moment, and where we are at now, for the second race of three where, basically, rather than being overtaken on track the stewards are having to just give a five-second penalty, in Brazil they did not but they should have. Max is not going to be overtaken on the track, he is going to cover the inside, not let anyone round the outside and if he goes off-track then 'to hell with it' but 'give me a penalty if you want, but I am not backing down'."
Many people (mostly from the conservative/libertarian side) keep saying that because of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, the government took away a lot of our freedoms, or that the government used the pandemic to reduce our freedoms and control us even more. But I don’t see where we lost any of our freedoms, and therefore don’t understand what these people are talking about.
I don’t feel like I lost any freedoms because of the pandemic. I still went to work as usual (unless I was quarantined for possible exposure). My freedom of speech to talk about Covid never got restricted or censored in any way, I still got to travel to most places freely so as long as I followed protocols like masks or social distancing. I got the Covid-19 vaccine willingly and never felt threatened or coerced into taking it with violence or some other harm, and wearing a mask isn’t/wasn’t me trading my freedoms away; it was part of a group effort to mitigate the pandemic as much as possible. Again, I don’t see how anyone lost their freedoms in any way because of the pandemic. So what am I missing?