I Love It!!! More Bad News for Tesla

For over two years now, I have been saying what an overpriced piece of crap the Tesla car is and that it remains alive solely through the life support of government subsidies. For those of you who are new readers, check this out.  

I try to keep you all posted on every bit of bad news about this scam of a company but it's hard to keep with it all.  Another quarter of operating at a loss - $47 million this time.  This won't go on forever, even with the subsidies.  Even Elon Musk isn't that stupid.  Sooner or later, he's gonna have to pull the plug.

The Tesla is doomed to the same fate as the 1970's AMC Pacer.  Everyone who wanted one, already bought one in the first years of production, and most of them will learn from experience not to repeat the same mistake. 

All I can say is HA, HA!!!!!!!!

source: National Legal and Policy Center

Elon Musk still hasn’t given up his quarterly earnings schtick – in which he glosses overongoing failures and points to his latest tech idea(which is not really new) – and why should he? No reason to quit until it’s clear Wall Street has stopped worshiping.
Oh, sure, after another dismal performance (operating loss of $47 million) for Tesla Motorsduring the most recent quarter, its stock price took an immediate dive of 9-10 percent. But while that merely returned the electric automaker back to irrational exuberance territory – as compared to the drunken sailor highs it has enjoyed in recent months – it didn’t take long for some market analyst to restore the inflation.
Update!!!  Update!!!

Tesla burns cash, loses more than $4,000 on every car sold

That's nothing.  The federal government loses $7500 on every Tesla sold.
source: Reuters

It's crunch time for Tesla Motors.
The Silicon Valley automaker is losing more than $4,000 on every Model S electric sedan it sells, using its reckoning of operating losses, and it burned $359 million in cash last quarter in a bull market for luxury vehicles. The company on Wednesday cut its production targets for this year and next. Chief Executive Elon Musk said he's considering options to raise more capital, and didn't rule out selling more stock.
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Tesla and Its Subsidies

source: National Review
Tesla and Its Subsidies Tesla Model S Signature (Bill Pugliano/Getty) SHARE ARTICLE ON FACEBOOKSHARE TWEET ARTICLETWEET PLUS ONE ARTICLE ON GOOGLE PLUS+1 PRINT ARTICLE EMAIL ARTICLE ADJUST FONT SIZEAA by PHIL KERPEN January 26, 2015 12:00 AM Most of the taxpayers who are subsidizing Tesla cars cannot afford to buy one. It’s natural to assume the enemy of your enemy is your friend, especially when the enemy in question is big government. So it should come as no surprise that many conservatives have rallied to the side of Elon Musk and his electric-car company, Tesla Motors, in their fights to change state auto-retailing laws so they can sell vehicles directly to consumers, without using franchised auto dealerships. Bans on direct sales don’t make much sense, and it would be great to have a less regulated automotive market. But it is dangerous to allow Tesla to portray itself as a free-market champion, because the company is actually a prodigious harvester of government favors and handouts.

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Trump May be Our Last Best Hope

Author's note:  Just didn’t feel like proof reading.  You’ll be able to figure it out.  Also - this is a great companion piece read it.

Why won’t Donald Trump win the Republican nomination?

Do you want the short answer?  Here it is:  Because in general, conservatives and especially Republicans, are a bunch of pussies.

I’m sure that most of you already know that, and that’s all one really needs to know, at least that’s all one needs to know to answer that particular question. Since it already appears that it is a foregone conclusion (at least to most liberal and conservative pundits and Washington insiders) that the next Republican nominee for president will be someone other than Trump, we are dealing with a moot question. Or are we?

Regardless of how you feel about Trump, the answer to the above question is more troubling than whether or not he actually moves into the White House in 2017.  Many conservatives question Trump’s motives and many liberals question the motives of his supporters.    I question the motives of Trump’s detractors.  I sense that they are more disingenuous than Trump on his worst day.

The liberals are easy to see through.  The only thing they’re scared of is Trump winning, but only because that would necessarily mean that they lost.  They don’t care about women or Mexicans any more than anyone else.  The only concern they have for these (and any other) groups of people, is getting their votes so they can keep steamrolling this country towards socialism.  (If you haven’t figured that out yet, ask yourself “How come none of their programs have ever been successful?  How come we haven’t reduced the poverty rate, in spite of the trillions of dollars we have thrown at it?  How come our large cities, run by Democrats for decades, are crumbling, crime ridden, bankrupt disasters?”)

The anti-Trump conservatives are a bit harder to figure out.  There is a certain percentage that simply have favored another candidate from the beginning, and just like with the liberals, a Trump victory necessarily means their guy loses, but the majority of what I’ve been hearing from the right involves a lot more Trump bashing than singing the praises of any other Republican presidential hopeful.  Why?  Because in their minds, anyone would be better than Trump.  Why?  See the answer to the question at the beginning of this piece.

Many conservatives have taken their political ideology’s namesake too literally.  It’s supposed to refer to one’s standpoint on economic and social issues, not how to run a campaign.  It’s called a race for president for a reason and just like at the Daytona 500, you run as hard and fast as you can.  You capitalize on your strengths. You take chances - If you want to win.  You have to, because the rest of the field wants to win too. That’s what Trump’s doing, and a lot of people don’t like it.  They’re afraid of what Trump will do the “Republican brand”.  What a bunch of crap!  To them, the Republican brand is more important than winning the election.

Let me tell you what the “Republican band” means to the majority of Americans.  To liberals, it means racist, sexist, homophobe.  Trump can do no more damage to image of Republicans in their eyes.  They’re already maxed out on their disdain for all things conservative - Nothing to lose there.  

To an ever increasing percentage of conservatives, the Republican brand means uninspiring, gutless, weenie.  It means Barack Obama doing whatever he wants despite of who controls the House and Senate.  It means a never ending stream of weak presidential candidates, more concerned with not offending anyone than solving our country’s problems or even winning the election for that matter.  Dole, McCain, Romney - how’d they do?  Well, at least they didn’t tarnish the Republican brand.

Then there are the logical, practical, anti-Trump Republicans, who say Trump probably would not win against Hillary Clinton, the presumptive, or rather, possible, Democratic presidential nominee.  That may or may not be true, but assuming it is, we should be asking, “Who has the best chance of beating Mrs. Clinton?”  Suddenly, Trump looks much better.  This (and all other recent) presidential elections will not be decided by the well informed, and it will not be decided by those who have been consistently loyal to any political party or ideology. It will be decided by least informed people in this country. People who refer to themselves as “independents”, but only because they do not have the knowledge or the backbone to let others know what side they are on. Those who watch reality TV.  People like those in the video below.

Knowing this, it is obvious that this election will go to whatever candidate puts on the best show - as long the vast majority of that candidate’s party stands behind him.  Liberals have no problem with this.  Clinton, Sanders, or whoever - they will enthusiastically back their candidate no matter who he/she is.  

Here’s where many conservatives are too smart for their own good.  They will spend more time running down any Republican who isn’t their guy during the primary season, than they do criticizing the Democratic candidates. They tend to not back a candidate that does not act the way they do, and certainly will not support anyone that has a core of support that consists of people they feel are less intelligent than they are.  We all know people like this - self centered, egotistical, narcissists who are more concerned with how they appear than who wins.    These people do more to damage the chances of a Republican victory than any amount of shabbily dressed liberal protesters walking down the streets, chanting, and carrying homemade signs.  Conservatives so often, are their own worst enemies.

Another question:  If not Trump, than who?  Let’s take a look at Walker since I’m from Wisconsin, and am most familiar with him.  Walker would be an excellent candidate if presidential races were decided entirely by logic and reason, but the past two elections have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that this is not even close to being the case.  

Walker won in Wisconsin back in 2010 in what was essentially a single issue campaign.  Should state employees continue to be able ride the benefit gravy train at the expense of taxpayers or not?  It was easy for voters to understand and remained the key issue as Walker survived a recall and later won reelection.  That couldn’t have happened had there been multiple major issues to make things murky. Despite what you may have heard, the voting public was not so evenly divided on the issue, and the fact that Walker won his recall election within a matter of a few hours after the polls opened proved that.  The liberals made a lot of noise and caused the media to grossly underestimate the negative feelings Wisconsinites held towards the state employee unions.

The 2016 presidential race is not the Wisconsin gubernatorial race of 2010.  There are many more issues on the table and right now, it is much more difficult to predict how the voters will behave.  So far Trump has managed to keep the media and the public focused on just the issues that he wants to talk about. Issues in which more people support his views than the mainstream media will ever care to admit.  He just might be a lot smarter than any of the anti-Trump people, liberal or conservative, say he is.  He has been able to steer the course of the debate simply by saying things to piss off those who don’t like him, and by doing this he just might be able to keep the main issues in this election simple enough, and in a small enough number for those stupid people in the middle to understand.

It is somewhat ironic that it is the “intellectual elite” conservatives that created the vacuum that caused Trump to be a contender in the first place.  Like I said before, liberals support their guy no matter what.  For decades now, conservative pundits have been distancing themselves from any conservative candidate who makes an off color remark.  We lost a lot of candidates that way, and scared even more people away from running for office.  Even worse our current roster of conservative politicians and commentators is made up mostly of timid weasels who are more concerned with how they are looked upon by the liberal media establishment than the truth, what’s best for our country, or supporting other conservative candidates who aren’t afraid to say something controversial.

Whether you like Trump or not, he just might be able to help the conservative cause more than anyone else at this time.  He is breaking new ground on how a conservative can behave.  Instead of apologizing and retracting statements, he doubles down and fires back.  So far this has been much more effective than the traditional conservative cowering.  If he succeeds, he just might be able to neutralize some of the liberals most effective weapons - the branding of someone they disagree with a racist, sexist, homophobe, or whatever, instead of logically arguing the issue.  If Trump can do that, teach conservatives that it is better to fight back than shy away when liberals start name calling, that alone will be more valuable to conservatives in the short and long run than anything any of the other Republican candidates could ever possibly do.

Stock in Fake Moon Landing Stories Skyrockets

source: Fox News

Apollo 14 astronaut claims peace-loving aliens prevented 'nuclear war' on Earth

Edgar Mitchell (NASA)
From “The Day the Earth Stood Still” to “Close Encounters of the Third Kind” to “E.T.,” pop culture is filled with stories about friendly, curious extraterrestrials visiting Earth to learn more about mankind. For Apollo 14 veteran Edgar Mitchell that plotline is less fiction than it is reality. The sixth man to walk the surface of the moon told Mirror online that he believes peace-keeping aliens visited our planet to prevent a nuclear war between Russia and the United States.
The idea sounds far-fetched, but Mitchell claims that military insiders viewed strange flying crafts cruising over U.S. missile bases and the White Sands facility in New Mexico, the site of the first-ever nuclear bomb detonation in 1945.
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Unions, Liberals - Where you when we need you?

I spent most of my life in areas dominated by union culture.  I grew up twenty miles from Kenosha, WI.  Once, during one of my earliest days of school, the teacher had each person in my class tell a little about themselves, including where their fathers worked.  As I recall, about half of the kids dads worked for American Motors.  Most of the rest of my life, I have resided near Janesville, WI, where General Motors was the largest employers, until the Janesville plant closed in 2008.

Between the stories I heard about UAW workers (often from the UAW workers themselves) and what I learned about the Wisconsin Education Association during the protests of Scott Walker and Act 10 during his first term, I think I know about the worst unions and liberals have had to offer.

That being said, there is at one place where it would be refreshing to see a union and some loud-mouthed liberals squawking about workers rights.  Read the story below and see if you don’t agree.  I’ve worked at some places with tough bosses and less than desirable working conditions, but I have never even came close to experiencing anything even remotely like this.

source: The New York Times

Inside Amazon: Wrestling Big
Ideas in a Bruising Workplace

The company is conducting an experiment in how far it can push
white-collar workers to get them to achieve its ever-expanding ambitions.

SEATTLE — On Monday mornings, fresh recruits line up for an orientation intended to catapult them into Amazon’s singular way of working.
They are told to forget the “poor habits” they learned at previous jobs, one employee recalled. When they “hit the wall” from the unrelenting pace, there is only one solution: “Climb the wall,” others reported. To be the best Amazonians they can be, they should be guided by the leadership principles, 14 rules inscribed on handy laminated cards. When quizzed days later, those with perfect scores earn a virtual award proclaiming, “I’m Peculiar” — the company’s proud phrase for overturning workplace conventions.
At Amazon, workers are encouraged to tear apart one another’s ideas in meetings, toil long and late (emails arrive past midnight, followed by text messages asking why they were not answered), and held to standards that the company boasts are “unreasonably high.” The internal phone directory instructs colleagues on how to send secret feedback to one another’s bosses. Employees say it is frequently used to sabotage others. (The tool offers sample texts, including this: “I felt concerned about his inflexibility and openly complaining about minor tasks.”)
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In reality, a union could never help the employees at Amazon in the long run.  It could only make the company less competitive and ultimately fail, but it would be fun to witness the two opposite ends of the spectrum go up against each other.

Life has taught me that whatever group of people that has the upper hand, will abuse the other to the point of breaking them.  Neither management nor the organized workforce has any more decency or compassion than the other.  They are both selfish to the point of their eventual ruin.
Whether it’s the employer or the employee that gets the short end of the stick, complacency and desperation are always the two ingredients necessary for such inequities to exist.  In the past, automakers let the unions take advantage of and almost destroy them.  Today, workers are afraid to stand up for themselves because of the tight job market.  Remember the song, “Take this Job and Shove it”?  People used to think like that - "I'm not gonna put up with your shit. I just go down the street and get another job that probably pays more."  Not anymore, because they’re afraid they won’t be able to get work elsewhere.

By now, it should be clear to everyone that the only answer to such problems is freedom and a strong economy.  Workers should be free to form unions if they wish, but investors should also be free to start up nonunion companies if a union dominated industry has become too inefficient.  

Most importantly, the government should keep out of the way of private enterprise and let the economy grow.  Nothing simultaneously ensures the rights of workers to be treated fairly and promotes strong, healthy industries but a robust economy. 

One last thing: We'll always have to deal with stupid people. They'll be around no matter what happens. Check out the comment (especially the part highlighted in yellow) that this moron left regarding the Amazon article.


 Seattle 23 hours ago
Work is not daycare for adults. This country was not built on 40 hour work weeks and treating the office like a social club.

America needs more companies like Amazon that demand more from employees and rewards them accordingly. Our nation's Silicon Valley culture isn't perfect and can burn people out, but is also the reason we have Apple, Microsoft, and Google keeping us competitive.
Tesla is on the brink of kicking our oil addiction that has crippled us with years of war and environmental catastrophes. Should we force them to work forty hour weeks and keep us in the automobile stone age for another generation or two?

Yes, Amazon clearly could afford to make tweaks to their work/balance culture, but it is not mandatory for anyone to work there. Workers aren't being tricked off the farm into boarding a bus to sew zippers onto jackets for pennies a week, they are at the top of their skill sets and aware of the achievement culture.

Stack-ranking and the ability to have your feedback about management taken seriously by management might force out a few employees before their time but is infinitely preferable to having dead wood in the office watching soccer games all day while managers run a department into the ground.
Readers need to understand that for a company to offer six months of paternity leave, Christmas parties, and free snacks, it must have someone in the office actually doing the work. We should be thankful a few companies in America are still putting in the hours. 

       For all you idiots out there, Tesla is not on the brink of anything other than being one of the biggest ripoffs of tax dollars in history.