QOTD: Can You Hit ’em Where They Ain’t? (Bottom of the Barrel Edition, Pt. 1)

This week marks the first of a three-part QOTD series where we’ll discuss everyone’s favorite topic here at TTAC: used cars. And for this first installment, we’re on a tight budget.

This week’s post about the current state of the used car market painted a grim picture of things. The growing supply of off-lease vehicles, which was anticipated by people who think about supply and demand, is meeting with greatly increased demand. Used car prices are thus on the rise, not helped by new car transaction prices that recently increased to a heady average of $36,848.

All this puts pressure on the used car buyer. But are there still gems out there? As buyers ford through the rough and sometimes dirty waters of the classified ads and used car lots, where should they turn? We aim

... read more at: https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2018/09/qotd-can-you-hit-em-where-they-aint-bottom-of-the-barrel-edition-pt-1/

Buick Cascada Sales Decrease 32% To 1374 Units In Q2 2018

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... read more at: http://gmauthority.com/blog/2018/08/buick-cascada-sales-numbers-figures-results-q2-2018/

Used 2014 Lincoln MKX for Sale

The 2014 Lincoln MKX is a five-passenger crossover SUV offered in one trim level.

Standard equipment includes 18-inch alloy wheels, keyless ignition/entry, rear parking sensors, a power liftgate, auto-dimming mirrors (driver side and interior), dual-zone automatic climate control, leather upholstery, heated and ventilated power front seats (with power lumbar support), driver memory functions, a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel and manually reclining second-row seats. Electronic features include voice commands (Sync), Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity, the MyLincoln Touch infotainment system (includes a configurable instrument cluster and a central 8-inch touchscreen) and a 10-speaker audio system with a CD player, satellite radio and a USB/iPod interface.

The Premium Equipment Group (Equipment Group 101A) adds polished 18-inch wheels, adaptive xenon headlights, blind-spot monitoring and rear cross-traffic alerts, automatic wipers, a rearview camera, interior mood lighting, a heated power-adjustable steering wheel, upgraded leather upholstery

... read more at: https://www.edmunds.com/lincoln/mkx/2014/

Used 2013 Cadillac SRX for Sale

The 2013 Cadillac SRX is a compact luxury crossover SUV available in four trim levels, including Base, Luxury, Performance and Premium.

The base model comes equipped with 18-inch alloy wheels, automatic headlights, roof rails, keyless entry, remote engine start, dual-zone automatic climate control, premium vinyl upholstery, an eight-way power driver seat, a reclining and 60/40 split-folding rear seat, cruise control and a tilt-and-telescoping steering wheel. The CUE infotainment-control system with an 8-inch display is also standard, as are OnStar, Bluetooth phone and audio connectivity and an eight-speaker sound system with a CD player, satellite and HD radio, two USB ports and an auxiliary audio jack.

Move up to the SRX Luxury and you get front and rear parking sensors, blind-spot and cross-traffic alert, a rearview camera, rain-sensing wipers, a panoramic sunroof, keyless ignition/entry and a power liftgate with adjustable opening

... read more at: https://www.edmunds.com/cadillac/srx/2013/

Drive-by shootings concern Killeen military family

The first shooting happened less than a month after a military family moved in to their rented southeast Killeen home. Since the first time someone fired shots at their home on Vail Drive in March, the Schuknecht family has been terrified by two more incidents of drive-by shootings, including one on Saturday.

“After this last one, we went to a hotel for the night,” said Becki Schuknecht. “They had an indoor pool so the kids could have some fun without worrying about anything.” Two of the three incidents left at least one bullet hole in her children’s rooms.

After the first two incidents Schuknecht was able to shield the knowledge from her two youngest children. “By the third time, they all knew, which was stressful.”

The children sleep in their parent’s bedroom now. “They won’t go into their bedrooms or bathrooms because of the bullet in the wall. They’re terrified,” Schuknecht said.

The family

... read more at: http://kdhnews.com/news/crime/drive-by-shootings-concern-killeen-military-family/article_d1d01a4a-425e-11e8-96f8-cf4d0d31be37.html

‘Total set up’: Macquarie Bank rocked by ‘extortionary’ executive’s #MeToo lawsuit

“With Weinstein being just one of hundreds of thousands of ‘bosses’, as … Robert Ansell in this case is, it is easy to see the direct dangers of allowing cases involving sexual harassment … to remain confidential under the guise of arbitrations,” McLaughlin’s lawyer, Jonathan Sack, wrote in one of dozens of court filings collated by Fairfax Media.

Five months later, after McLaughlin had spent $US6000 on failed mediation, the case took another dramatic turn.

While she was on holiday in April, McLaughlin was told that another staff member would conduct her end-of-year appraisals as some of her team had complained about her.

She shot back an email: “This is a set up and you know it. And because I did not simply accept the paltry 1/2 severance policy of $73,000 to go away, I need to suffer the indignation of this blatant retaliation?”

She met the bank’s US head of human resources, Austin Dowling,

... read more at: https://www.smh.com.au/business/companies/total-set-up-macquarie-bank-rocked-by-extortionary-executive-s-metoo-lawsuit-20180814-p4zx9y.html

Cultural-Appropriation Outrage over a Prom Dress

Women in Qionghai, China, attend a cheongsam show ahead of International Women’s Day, March 7, 2018. Inset: Keziah Daum in her prom dress (Stringer/Reuters; inset via Twitter)

It shows that people are desperate to be offended.

I am very critical of China’s government. It’s corrupt, authoritarian, and in some respects totalitarian. I have deep reservations about Chinese culture as well. The Chinese government bans sex-selective abortions — i.e., killing females in utero — but Chinese people still do it in staggering numbers. China also practices ethnic discrimination that would be instantly recognizable as a kind of Jim Crow or apartheid if the majority Han Chinese were white and minorities such as the Uighurs were black. I could go on, but you get the point.

The reason I bring all of this up is that I want to

... read more at: https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/chinese-prom-dress-cultural-appropriation-controversy/