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ANGELES CREST HIGHWAY: a motorcycle rider’s perspective (with movie)
Jul 27th, 2013 by Warren Swil

Scenic route popular with

bikers in Southern California

The Angeles Gest Highway – where the movie was shot. Click image to enlarge.

ONE OF THE MOST SCENIC drives in the greater Los Angeles area is also a favorite for motorcycle riders of all shapes and sizes.
The Angeles Crest Highway from La Canada-Flintridge is a two-lane stretch of road winding its way through the San Gabriel Mountains some 66 miles to Phelan, a tiny village in the Mohave Desert.
It is California Highway 2.
On most weekend days, throngs of bikers from all over the region pack it full; auto drivers, beware!
Some of the bike riders are indeed reckless. The mountain passes have been the scene of many fatalities over the years. But, in most cases, it is the riders’ fault.
We witnessed at least one such rider when I rode the route with a group of about 20 lead by the Satyrs M/C of Los Angeles on July 21.

WATCH THE MOVIE BELOW THE FOLD


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Transformed LA Athletic Club epitomizes downtown renaissances

REVAMPED HISTORIC BUILDING NOW TRENDY LOCALE FOR URBAN HIPSTERS
One of L.A.’s most historic buildings, the exclusive Los Angeles Athletic club, has undergone a major renovation.
Designer Tracy Beckmann led a small group on a guided tour of the exclusive club on Tuesday.
The overall effect of the new decor is an unusual combination of avant garde and traditional. Old and new. Antique and modern. Get all the details here.


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Consumer watchdog finally on the job (with video)

PRESIDENT WELCOMES NEW CONSUMER WATCHDOG TO HIS TEAM
At long last, after a three-year battle with Congressional Republicans, consumers have a financial watchdog in Washington, D.C.
President Barack Obama took great delight in chiding the GOP during comments Wednesday at the White House about the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s new chief.
Get all the details here.


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‘The Newsroom’ created by Aaron Sorkin is must-see TV (with video)

BRILLIANT DRAMA CAPTURES AMERICAN ZEITGEIST
If Fox News DOESN’T LIKE “The Newsroom,” do you need more of a reason to watch it? I don’t.
Creator/write/director Aaron Sorkin not only begins with a great script, he adds superb production values to produce a gripping drama that keeps one glued to the screen while receiving an important message.
Watch a video clip here and get In the (K)now!


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Oil output boom may threaten move to renewable energy

U.S. SET TO BECOME BIGGEST PRODUCER
Oil production in the U.S. is booming. If present trends continue, this country may become the world’s largest producer of oil in less than eight years.
Without the threat of either limited supplies or higher prices, it is reasonable to expect the incentive to switch to cleaner, more climate-friendly energy sources, will wane.
This is an issue that needs a great deal of further discussion.
That starts here.


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Space shuttle Endeavour draws crowds at new home (with video)

L.A.’S NEWEST ‘ATTRACTION’ PACKS LEARNING WITH FUN
A visit to the retired space shuttle Endeavour at its new resting place in the California Science Center near downtown Los Angeles sure beats a trip to Disneyland. It is proving to be a popular attraction this summer, with Angelenos and visitors alike. Watch a video of its trip from LAX across town.


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Scholar presents scathing indictment of journalism (with video)

AMERICAN JOURNALISM IS FAILING, NOTED MEDIA SCHOLAR SAYS
Award-winning University of Southern California scholar Norman Lear delivers a scathing attack on American journalism during an appearance on Bill Moyers’ Journal. He says the media is not providing news the public needs to know. Watch a video of the segment here.


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Vancouver has city center like few others (with video)

SMART PLANNING, SOOTHING WATER MAKE DOWNTOWN VANCOUVER SPECIAL (with video)
Not many downtowns can offer the same combination of attractions, ambiance and elegance as Vancouver, B.C.
Perhaps it is the soothing effect of all the water – downtown is surrounded by it – or the fact that Manhattan is 3,000 miles away.
Watch the video and decide for yourself.


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Banking regulators get tough with giants – finally

GIANT BANKS MAY BE REINED IN – EXPECT A FIGHT
So little has been done to improve the soundness of giant banks, that another financial crisis is almost inevitable. But a potent new weapon against too-big-to-fail banks in the form of tight new capital requirements with no wiggle room has been proposed by three federal agencies.
If it survives an expected onslaught by the banking lobby, we may just avoid another financial meltdown.
Get the details here.


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Snowden, Assange give middle finger salute to U.S.

WHISTLEBLOWERS DESERVE PRAISE, NOT PERSECUTION
Good luck to both Edward Snowden and Julian Assange as they seek refuge from those who pursue them in the name of all of us, the citizens of the United States.
Both Assange and Snowden have revealed information that is of vital importance to the American public. They should not be pronounced guilty – and persecuted ¬– before justice has had its say.


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