Month: May 2020

Traffic Light Cameras – The Evil Racket to Take Your Money

The proliferation of traffic light cameras has been justified as a safety policy, but it’s also about money. These cameras are becoming a nice little money-spinner for local governments and the companies that make and operate the cameras. Insurance companies also benefit as tickets give them a pretext to increase auto policy premiums. You’re being fleeced, and you have every right to be upset about it!

Traffic Camera Tickets – An Opportunity That’s Too Good to Resist

There are two easy ways for local governments to increase revenue from traffic cameras at intersections. The most insidious is to deliberately shorten the yellow-light time. While independent researchers have confirmed that longer yellow lights lead to much less red-light running – which is what we’re supposedly trying to reduce – several towns have done the exact opposite and reduced yellow-light times in order to trap more motorists and make more money writing … Read More

AGC Studios to Finance Scott Free Thriller ‘Panopticon’

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Signaling its second project bound for Cannes’ late June virtual market, AGC Studios will fully finance and co-produce criminal justice thriller “Panopticon,” AGC chairman-CEO Stuart Ford announced Thursday.

Sales arm AGC International is handling international sales; CAA Media Finance, which arranged for the film’s financing, will represent a domestic sale. The two companies will co-represent Chinese distribution rights  

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Set up at Scott Free Productions, and based on a screenplay from Emily Jerome which made the 2017 Black List, “Panopticon” will be directed by Andrés Baiz, a founding father of Colombia’s modern-day cinema who made one of its highlights (“The Hidden Face”) and has gained large international profile directing 12 episodes of “Narcos” and now four of “Narcos: Mexico.”

Active casting is ongoing with production scheduled to begin in Fall 2020 on a feature which aims to take a

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Polarized Sunglasses – Who Invented Them?

Polarized sunglasses, like many great inventions, are used by many of us without a second thought. But did you ever stop to think about where polarized sunglasses come from? Somebody had to come up with them.

Actually, we owe the creation of polarized sunglasses to four men. In the 1750s, James Ayscough experimented with using tinted glass to correct vision problems.

Many scientists of the time were studying the properties of light and color. In 1808, Etienne-Louis Malus, a French physicist and mathematician, he discovered that light waves from the sun, which usually vibrate in all directions, can be aligned into one direction when it is reflected off something, like water. According to Malus’ law, the intensity of light transmitted through a polarizing filter depends on the angle of the filter in relation to the light.

While Malus’ law is important in the study of optics, it remained for Scottish … Read More

Costly Electric Vehicles Confront a Harsh Coronavirus Reality

(Bloomberg) — At a factory near Germany’s border with the Czech Republic, Volkswagen AG’s ambitious strategy to become the global leader in electric vehicles is coming up against the reality of manufacturing during a pandemic.

The Zwickau assembly lines, which produce the soon-to-be released ID.3 electric hatchback, are the centerpiece of a plan by the world’s biggest automaker to spend 33 billion euros ($36 billion) by 2024 developing and building EVs. At the site, where an East German automaker built the diminutive Trabant during the Cold War, VW eventually wants to churn out as many as 330,000 cars annually. That would make Zwickau one of Europe’s largest electric-car factories—and help the company overtake Tesla Inc. in selling next-generation vehicles.

But Covid-19 is putting VW’s and other automakers’ electric ambitions at risk. The economic crisis triggered by the pandemic has pushed the auto industry, among others, to near-collapse, emptying showrooms and

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