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Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: November 14, 2019, 06:41:20 PM »
iced - Can. - 1 The state of electrical lines prior to them being "downed". 2 Vehicles that can't be accessed in typical Canadian winter weather. (see Jan. Feb, Tesla Blog reprts.)
Terry :)

The rest / Re: Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?
« on: November 14, 2019, 08:49:52 AM »
The most terrifying example I've seen was an autonomous sniper rifle that was fed a large number of facial recognition files. When it recognised a face it aimed and shot the individual.

The technology should be illegal, but it's our governments that are developing and deploying it. Rather than asking if it will fall into the wrong hands we should accept that the wrong people are those that develop such devices.

This is the stuff of nightmares, not dreams.

Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: November 14, 2019, 07:42:35 AM »
To be totally & terminally terse - YES :)

No "conspiracy" required, simply another rather overt example of a coup d'etat to wrest away the resources of another weak country for the enrichment of powerful oligarchs.

Are examples really required at a time when The Trumpster boasts openly of stealing Assad's oil, and Bank of England refuses to return Madero's gold deposits even as they covet his oil deposits? Evo left his country, unwilling to meet Gaddafi's fate or plunge his country into years of conflict.

General Butler understood that it was all a "racket"generations ago. More recently John Perkins' "Confessions of an Economic Hit Man" is an excellent short read that offers many contemporary examples of legitimate democracies overthrown when their policies came in conflict with greed of international corporations.

Consequences / Re: Weird Weather and anecdotal stories about climate change
« on: November 13, 2019, 10:05:27 PM »
I've spotted the very camera shy Nessy. Who knew that she'd been hiding in Venice!

Policy and solutions / Re: Batteries: Today's Energy Solution
« on: November 13, 2019, 09:59:52 PM »
The future for Li-Ion batteries looks rosy as just days after announcing an end to Bolivia's lithium "deal", Evo Morales the countries 1st indigenous leader was deposed and fled to Mexico.

Morales had never been popular with the European Elites who traditionally governed the impoverished country. He was hugely successful at raising over 50% of Bolivia's poor above the poverty level, and it was the poor that objected to selling cheap lithium ore rather than manufacturing and selling batteries. This however could take years to develop and industry needs lithium now.

Since Bolivia's lithium will be primarily used in the manufacture of EVs, a greater good is assured. The fate of a Socialist Regime in a poor nation, and the future of some millions of impoverished indians is just one of the myriad costs of doing business in today's fast paced marketplace. :'(


Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: November 13, 2019, 02:29:57 AM »

I was at a presentation last year where a number of journalists & former journalists laid out the facts about the numbers of their colleges who had been let go. Sad times for those who prefer a well written piece from knowledgeable sources.

Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: November 13, 2019, 02:21:39 AM »
Yea Only Kia, and Toyota, and Jaguar, and Mazda, and Tesla, were able to win over the German competition this year.

Of the 10 prizes offered for vehicles, 5 were won by the Germans, and 5 by foreign competition. Almost like one prize for everyone that participated. The best car in show & best compact were both won by BMW and Audi also won in 2 categories. Skoda, and the above listed each won in a single category.

See KiwiG's post above.

The rest / Re: Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 12, 2019, 11:37:21 PM »

Keeping Biden in check is imperative.

Other countries haven't settled for lower care levels, or longer wait times, they simply supply better care at lower cost. American voters aren't particularly stupid, they just grew up in a propaganda bubble that is making a few of them obscenely wealthy even as it reduces everyone else to penury.

I was told by Nevada's best doctors that I had <6 months to live. I promptly sold everything and came back to Canada for a final look at the country of my birth. That was in 2004!

In my first week back my cancer had been confirmed and the operation completed. It was a few months before my neurological problems came out of remission and could be treated - a treatment that was simply far to expensive for my HMO to offer. Within a few months I left my cane behind and could actually run - not too far or to fast, but running, not hobbling on a cane!

At the moment it's been 10 years since the cancer has last reappeared, and my CIDP hasn't raised it's head for even longer. I'm still a very long way from being healthy, but I've outlived the majority of my peers in Las Vegas & I'm sure that when my time does come I will have had the best care available anywhere, and my family won't be out a nickel.

I've been very ill in both countries. I've experience with both plans. Anyone voting for the status quo in the US is simply the victim of a very evil propaganda campaign & the successful lobbying efforts of Big Pharma and the AMA.

Keeping people healthy is much less expensive than trying to keep them alive for a few weeks or months after years of neglect have taken their toll. Don't fall for any of the BS that's being fed to you.

Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: November 12, 2019, 10:15:29 PM »
Any idea what it's class consisted of? Duckduckgo doesn't find anything for today under "Model 3 received a 1st place in its class".

The rest / Re: Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 12, 2019, 09:44:27 PM »
Gabbard with 6% in today's Quinnipiac New Hampshire poll, good for 5th place (top 4 below). She's just one poll away from qualifying for the December debate. Biden, Warren, Sanders, Buttigieg, Harris, and Klobuchar have already qualified. Gabbard, Yang, and Steyer need one or two more polls in the next month or so.

Biden 20%
Warren 16%
Buttigieg 15%
Sanders 14%
I'm unsure whether Tulsi is running for a chance to challenge for presidency, or for a chance to influence the debates & possibly be chosen as a VP partner. We need a candidate that's serious about peace.

Her expertise is strongest WRT foreign policy, and having her on the ticket could shore up any perceptions of foreign policy weakness that every candidate with the exception of Biden might face. Her progressive credentials are also strong and there is the very real possibility that the DNC will shove a Corporate Democrat into the top position & find that they need someone on the ticket to keep the Progressive Democrats from sitting out the election.

I'd find a possible Saunders/Tulsi ticket to my liking, but could be persuaded to support almost any Democratic ticket that included either in either position. Tulsi's age relative to the leaders is another positive.

I personally detest Biden and would have a difficulty supporting him regardless of whom he was partnered with. I still feel that Warren would lose the election, primarily because of her Pocahontas baggage. She says many of the right things, but Trump and the Republicans will beat her like an overstuffed pinata.

I'm Canadian and have enough troubles with our elections. The wife's Canadian Citizenship hasn't come through yet but she's determined to sit this one out, though if Tulsi or Saunders should appear on the ballot I might be motivated to try to change her mind.

I doubt that there is a Canadian that would settle for "similar care as (Americans) are receiving today". Medical personnel would certainly be up in arms.
Two of the 5 specialists I see formerly worked in the States, neither plans to return.

I've been told that some of the European health care services are superior to Ontario's.

Consequences / Re: Conservative Scientists & its Consequences
« on: November 10, 2019, 07:30:17 PM »
Remember that the "Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences" is awarded by "The Svergies Risbank Prize in Economics in Memory of Alfred Nobel", a very conservative group that has no connection to the Nobel Committees that chooses actual Nobel Prize winners. There is no "Nobel Prize in Economics".

The name of the prize was obviously intended to deceive.


I think that Musk's preoccupation with stock price has confused many. Kimbal and Elon have faced margin calls according to recent depositions about Tesla's bail out of SolarCity. Elon actually claimed (under oath) that he was "illiquid" just prior to Tesla's "miracle month".

When the jockey and his brother owe it all to the bookies it can affect the race. 8)

Policy and solutions / Re: Robots and AI: Our Immortality or Extinction
« on: November 10, 2019, 06:15:38 PM »
And Killbot Hellscape has lapped the field!! :'(

Policy and solutions / Re: The Hyperloop
« on: November 10, 2019, 06:11:09 PM »
But Elon has had verbal approval for the Ny-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop since 2017. New York to DC in less than 1/2 hour.

“Just received verbal [government] approval for the Boring Company to build an underground NY-Phil-Balt-DC Hyperloop,” [/size]Musk wrote in a July 20 tweet.[/color][/size] “NY-DC in 29 mins.”[/color]

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 10, 2019, 05:57:13 PM »
616,000 sites and not one in my home state of Ohio.
But so many in the arid deserts of the SouthWest. :)

Not all of the squirrels are in the woods. ;D

Policy and solutions / Re: Robots and AI: Our Immortality or Extinction
« on: November 10, 2019, 05:05:00 PM »
Asimov is spinning in his grave. :-\

Consequences / Re: Places becoming less livable
« on: November 10, 2019, 04:36:30 PM »
Lula was released from prison yesterday!

Sorry - no link.

The rest / Re: Economic Inequality
« on: November 10, 2019, 04:17:16 PM »
Some may recall my post in June about a friend, now dead.,1482.msg207954.html#msg207954

I went by an stuck my head in the door, found her crying. They're coming after his wife for the medical bills. the only money left is from a life insurance policy, and the couple had some equity in the house. Both together fall far short of the bills. They gonna put her on the street.

What really worries me is that there are firearms in the house, and she might use one on herself.  I might have to go over and take em away, tell her that i'm gonna get them appraised. Hate to see another death of despair.

Jesus - I'm sorry for him, sorry for her, sorry for you, sorry for their friends & fearful for any family they might have. - are they now in line for the bill(s)?

When I left 15 years ago the misnamed Health Care System was broken. I watched friends die from botched procedures, misdiagnosis, & suicide after botched procedures and misdiagnosis took their toll. Almost all had comprehensive HMOs & at least no one went after their modest estates.

I "saved" a neighbor from suicide, but I'm unsure that I did him a favor. He died 2 operations and 5 years later, after adjusting to pooping into an odiferous bag taped to his side.

I hope this isn't too goolish, but would they have escaped this outcome if he'd survived until 63, or whatever the minimum age is for Medicare/Medicaid? Would lowering the minimum age for these programs help in a case like this?

Stay busy sidd.
Know that your posts are very much appreciated. You've opened many eyes, and many hearts.

The rest / Re: Brexit...
« on: November 09, 2019, 07:22:46 AM »
I'm saddened seeing the EU weakened

Well, the whole Brexit debacle caused a die-off of all the anti-EU parties outside of GB. More people now realize without EU it would be even worse. I don't see the EU weakened.

The world needs a strong EU.

The rest / Re: Brexit...
« on: November 09, 2019, 01:57:01 AM »
I'm saddened seeing the EU weakened and Britain being drawn further into the American camp.

I think Europe will swiftly recover, in part thanks to her growing cooperation with Asian markets. Britain's influence on the world will fade, particularly if the EU tightens the screws. The gigantic moat that once protected the Island Nation will increasingly serve to isolate her from a prosperous  Eurasian continent.

American influence in Europe is waning. NS2's completion will demonstrate just how far Europe has gone in rejecting American demands. Europe's adoption of Huawei's 5th generation internet is another milestone marking Europe's integration with Asia, and her rejection of American edicts. Britain & America are again missing the boat.

Getting Hungary and Poland on board will be a formidable task, but a sufficiently high carbon tax and pressure to meet the Paris Accord's goals will eventually lead to their rejection of coal generation. Pricing pressures will then wean them from American LNG.

Britain I hope will once again muddle through. Not as the world leader she once was, & not as the regional power that she presently is, but hopefully as more than the lesser partner in a crumbling Atlantic hedgenemony.


The rest / Re: Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 09, 2019, 12:02:15 AM »
Gabbard qualified for the November debate in the last few days, so we're still at 10 candidates. Only O'Rourke and Castro are missing from last month's 12.
Good to hear!
Should widen the scope of the debate & might draw out some candidates WRT their positions re. regime change coups, or the advisability of fighting for our oil - that's presently under their sand. ::)

I don't think anyone believes that she can win a chance to run as a Presidential candidate, but she'd be an asset as the Vice Presidential candidate on almost any ticket. If the DNC decides that it needs the help of Progressive Democrats in November, placing Tulsi in the second slot could motivate voters that otherwise might sit this one out.

With Tulsi running we can't entirely rule out the possibility of Peace in our Time.

The rest / Re: Political theatre/wrestling
« on: November 07, 2019, 07:14:42 PM »
You may not be familiar with Carters meddling in foreign aid, but Reagan's chicanery WRT providing foreign armaments was very well publicized. Both flew in the face of Congressional mandates.

It ain't good, it ain't unusual.

More important is the political blowback leading into an election. When Presidents are regularly expected to lead their country into foreign wars with no congressional oversight, the constitutional niceties went out the window some time ago.

Selective prosecution/persecution leaves a tainted smell.

I'm 73 and moved back to this part of the world after a 41 year absence. I was more aware of the changes than those that slowly adjusted to the change. That said the oldsters have memories of when things were different, young people just read it in books.

As far as muscle mass, I think total mass - mainly the accretion of fat -  is the best insulator. I'm considerably larger than I was earlier even though my muscles have certainly atrophied. Personally neurological problems make determining temperature changes difficult. Saves lots in proper winter attire. ;)

The rest / Re: Political theatre/wrestling
« on: November 07, 2019, 06:42:08 PM »
Is there a President that didn't put strings on foreign aid?
From Carter to Reagan it's just something that American presidents have always done.

Trump's a lousy President. Not as terrible as the Bushs, Reagan or Clinton, but certainly not good. Will Pence be an improvement? Will the Democrats have an easier race against a shiny new Pence, or an old shop worn Trump?

Holding an impeachment allows the Republican Senate to decide which incumbent they wish to have as their flag bearer. Is this really a winning strategy?

The Canadian gov. is as guilty as any other when it comes to ignoring the voters while bending over for Big Oil.
I hope that the last election taught Trudeau some valuable lessons, but I doubt that it has.
BTW - I'm overjoyed that Merkel, and the EU stood up to Trump's bullying.  :)

Policy and solutions / Re: Robots and AI: Our Immortality or Extinction
« on: November 07, 2019, 06:05:46 PM »
I wonder if there have been studies comparing those who grew up in ~egalitarian societies with those from apartheid cultures? Would the results be applicable to future cultures when androids walk amongst us?

Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: November 07, 2019, 05:50:51 PM »
I'm glad to learn I'm not the only one following Tslaq. A good asset if you consider that both sides of the story may have merit.

HBO has a doc on AI called "The Truth about Killer Robots". It includes a short interview with the late Isaac Asimov, the first Autonomous Tesla death, an AI machine gun that kills when it's facial recognition is triggered, & a bomb disposal bot delivering a lethal explosive to a suspect in Dallas. An interesting, informative & ultimately terrifying glimpse into the near future.
Asimov's 1st law of Robotics never even made it out of the gate, now some are ready to consider it a win when an autonomous vehicle racks up fewer kills / mile than the average human driver.

My generation's males grew up with an enduring love of cars. We didn't/don't want to be passengers, we want to tame and drive the beasts. I understand that testosterone levels have dropped in succeeding generations, but receiving your first driver's permit - not a passenger's permit - is still a glorious rite of passage.

I drove a cab for a short period of time, and can assure you that passengers are more appreciative (leave larger tips) when they can engage in a conversation with the driver.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 07, 2019, 04:34:48 PM »
Here is the solution:

Pump water into the Great Basin in the US. Use the reservoir as a huge hydro battery.

Energy storage. Sea level rise mitigation. Elimination of Nevada. 3 for 1.
Without Nevada gambling debts to pay off, what would motivate all of those bright young minds in SillyCone Valley to return to their cubicles? They come to town driving $100K show cars & leave in $Million Dollar Greyhounds.

Nevada's prostitutes and gambling halls have provided the necessary motivation for California's nerds since Bugsy Siegel built his Tropicana & San Bernardino got religion.
Terry ::)

The rest / Re: Elections 2020 USA
« on: November 06, 2019, 11:59:13 PM »
How will the dynamics change when the DNC appoints their Corporate Democratic candidate? Will Bernie toe the party line again? Can the same be expected of Tulsi?
Will their followers enthusiastically support Pelosi's candidate, or will they sit this one out and plot their revenge in 2024.

Will Pelosi's pick be campaigning against Trump's withdrawal from the Paris Accords, or will the emphasis be that Trump has surrendered in Syria? It will make a difference to me.

Bernie and Tulsi
Candidates that could win - if they were allowed to run.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 06, 2019, 11:23:06 PM »

California's largest gain seems to be in "Non-Coal Imported Energy".

Over the last 20 years California has become increasingly less capable, or less willing to produce the electricity she consumes. Shutting down large Nuclear facilities in an earthquake country makes perfect sense, and coal needs to go - but importing electricity to fill the gap(s) is going to be increasingly expensive as the producing states find their own needs expanding.

Importing additional electricity will require more long distance, high voltage lines. The kind that may ignite fires that generate GHG even as they destroy lives and infrastructure.

Cutting back on electrical use is the only way to mitigate the problem that I can see, but will more efficient appliances, thicker blankets of insulation and low wattage lighting have any effect if EVs flood the market?


Policy and solutions / Re: Electric cars
« on: November 05, 2019, 03:20:20 AM »
Only in a retrograde, stagnant society would individuals still be expected to provide their own hardware for something as basic as transportation. This is the way things have been done since the earliest days of horse and buggy. The expense of owning, maintaining, and garaging a family's cars can take substantial chunk out of many family budgets, money that could be put to better use.

Think of the efficiencies that would be realised by municipalities if personal vehicles, except for mobility scooters, were eliminated.

China is just now breaking this ancient paradigm by providing E-Buses, Trollies and HSR so that within decades cars, garages, and parking will seem as outmoded as oxcarts, harnesses and carriage houses.

Progress, ain't it wonderful! :)

The rest / Re: Who should be the Democratic nominee for President in 2020?
« on: November 05, 2019, 01:09:14 AM »
I think we passed by the world's last chance some decades ago, without so much as a whimper.

What's being determined now is whether our descendants spend their years searching for food in an increasingly hostile world, or spend their short brutish lives trying to avoid radioactive hot spots.

Ignoring Ike's final warning probably sealed the world's fate. :(  Hansen's ignored address to congress simply capped the timeline & illuminated an alternative method of bringing about our extinction. :-X

Pax Americana was a beautiful dream that rapidly devolved into an endless nightmare. America's next president can't undo what his predecessors have done - at least not within the time allotted.

Which candidate can dismantle the hideous Department of War, even while unraveling a century of capitalistic excess thickly spread across the various nations and cultures of the world? - and accomplish all of this while AGW increasingly disrupts the climate that nurtured civilization.

We need a lasting peace and willing cooperation across the world today.
We needed an end to global CO2 emissions some time ago.
We may hope for some form of palliative care, but the time for a cure was in the last century.

The rest / Re: Russia, Russia, Russia
« on: November 04, 2019, 11:00:37 PM »
A Scottish investigation finds that the Integrity Initiative, a program under the Institute for Statecraft running as a Scottish Charity provided 'no public benefit' in it's campaign to counter supposed Russian disinformation by publishing Anti-Russian disinformation.

(The comments are interesting)

It's a step in the right direction, a small step admittedly, but it us in the right direction.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 03, 2019, 03:15:54 AM »

Here in Canada high rise living has been promoted as an ecologically responsible choice. Many buildings cater to Boomer empty nesters who want to do the "right thing", as long as the view from the rooftop atrium isn't affected.

Convenience is more of a concern than cost. While AGW is worrying, this is normally expressed in elevator conversation or possibly at the voting booth. Mexico and the US are sometimes seen as too violent to visit, so many are flying to southern Europe rather than driving to Arizona. Not less expensive or ecologically defensible, but a convenient choice that maintains the tradition of heading to warmer climes during winter.

Renewable energy is appreciated, as long as no turbines or solar panels mar the view. Hydro is still the prefered source for electricity & the building's boilers run on western gas. With energy costs wrapped with the rent there is no incentive to conserve. ACs whir and rumble for 24 hours all summer and balcony doors on the upper floors stand open through the winter.

In Ontario we've ended coal generation, but the only wind turbine that I regularly see has been locked horizontally for the 15 years that I've been here. The only large solar array is on the roof of a local trucking company warehouse. I suppose they sell it back to the grid.

I was born in '46 when the Baby Boomers first arrived, by 2034 the last of us will be 70 and others will be taking over the reigns. Before then something needs to be done to shake us from our complacency.

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 02, 2019, 11:27:32 PM »
What can people in cities who live in 'poor' neighbourhoods in high rise flats do? The minorities, what can they do?

Not a Problem!

First any number of pulleys are strung from windows and balconies to ease the delivery of water and food.
2nd The government delivers needed food/milk on a daily basis so no refrigeration is required.
3d Windows that can't be opened are broken out, then replaced with blankets during cold periods.
4th Children join their classmates and hike to and from school under the leadership of an adult.
5th Children are fed 2 nutritious meals at their year round schools.
6th Freight tricycles provide light transportation. Ox carts are utilized for heavier loads while bicycles move the masses.
7th Each building develops a health team/fire team to provide care & isolate structural deficiencies.
8th Urban gardening/vertical gardening to reduce transportation & refrigeration.

The above were but a part of the adjustments Havana made during the 'Special Period'.
Surely we can do as well. ::)

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 02, 2019, 05:25:02 PM »
Do you also mean me with "Can You Survive Off-Grid with Tesla Solar & Powerwalls?" ?
What an enormous house.
I see 3 garage doors.. wow.
Tt seems to me another commercial for the well-off.
Not quite a commercial. Commercial advertisements risk legal action when they make false claims for their product.

BTW, is that 3d garage door sized to fit a Hummer?

Policy and solutions / Re: Coal
« on: November 01, 2019, 03:21:22 AM »
With Nord Stream 2 as well as the Russian/Turkish pipelines now moving forward Europe will soon have access to cheap gas, enough gas in fact to allow them to finally close their coal generating plants.
By trying to force the EU, and Germany in particular into buying expensive (American) LNG, the Americans may inadvertently have forced her allies into an energy partnership with Putin. Rather than isolating Russia, America may find herself and her expensive LNG in search of customers.


Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: November 01, 2019, 12:41:47 AM »

You've described a 100 amp service that at ~230 V can handle a ~23 kW load. If your base load, including water heater, HVAC, clothes dryer, oven, stove, pool pump, hot tub heater, microwave, toaster, reefer, garage door opener, lighting, flat screen and whatever other doo dads you're powering doesn't exceed 75 Amps or <~18 kW, then charging an EV at 5 kW won't cause a problem (unless a few motors start at ~ the same time).

If the 25 Amp circuit you've described runs to the garage you won't even need to call an electrician!

The electrical service you've described has apparently been overbuilt by ~25%. It's unlikely that any utility company will have left such wide margins when building their infrastructure.

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:19:47 PM »
I'm amazed that there is only a single pork abattoir in all of So. Cal. Would there be any upside to forming some type of co-op with a slaughterhouse available only to small herds, or possibly only for closed herds?
A friend's chicken hatcheries were threatened by Newcastle back in the (70s)? and I remember the strain he was under.

This too shall pass

Consequences / Re: Climate change, the ocean, agriculture, and FOOD
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:28:57 AM »
Any chance of this bug infecting long pig?

On a more positive note, Bruce may soon be wearing a top hat. ::)

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 31, 2019, 10:16:56 AM »
At home, I have a 40 Amps 3phases 230V breaker (120 Amps altogether), and behind that, I have 30 x 16 Amps + 4 x 10 Amps breakers, or 520 Amps. On the road, we probably have a similar ratio based on the fact that all houses don't use electricity together, and the fact that electical motors need much more power to start than to run. When loading EV, you use many Amps (typically 3x16 Amps) and if each house loads an EV at the same time, there is no way for the network to provide that power in addition to the usual needs.
I've lived in American homes with 60 Amp, single phase service. The whole subdivision's electrical service was/is designed for this modest load. Upgrading the neighborhood will be both time consuming and very expensive. Upgrade the city, the state and the country & it will beggar the consumers.

Will the poor family in the middle of the block pay the price for these upgrades?
Will the aging coal generating plant be retired when the need is so great?

PG&E is having problems just maintaining what infrastructure it has. Who will pay for the massive expansion required should EVs live up to their promise?


Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: October 31, 2019, 09:37:53 AM »
A million RoboTaxis - and just the beginning?


Musk was dream-chasing again. It's in the nature of the beast. Not a big deal - unless people were dumb enough to take it seriously given the known actual and planned production capacity of Tesla.

Meanwhile - I note Tesla has a website just for its solar roof and is taking orders. I wait for news on actual real live installations before raising a muted hurrah.

Unfortunately many are "dumb enough to take it seriously", which makes it a serious concern for everyone.

Tesla has quite a history of taking orders (& deposit$) for products that have never made it out the factory door. Your muted hurrah, should it come, may be drowned out by roars of appreciation voiced by Hollywood extras hired by the hour. :(

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: October 31, 2019, 07:17:05 AM »
Beware any research by the Atlantic Council. Their purpose is misdirection, not research.

Remember the fantasies of Bellingcat?

Policy and solutions / Re: Renewable Energy
« on: October 30, 2019, 08:07:23 PM »
Your optimism is noted.

Have you seen any of Gerontocrat's charts?

Americans have no idea how terrible their system is. Canadians have no idea how wonderful their system is (at least in comparison).

It's not just the cost, it's the quality.

The rest / Re: Empire - America and the future
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:47:45 PM »
Thanks for the wonderous discussion.
Trump only stated what the American position has been for more decades than most can remember. Democrats and Republicans have wreaked havoc around the world for longer than I can remember - and I was born in the 40s.

Europe will be getting Russian gas by the 1st quarter now that Denmark has dropped her objections to Nord Stream 2.

Those investing in LNG ports will be saddened, the USofA will be pissed, and perhaps some coal generating plants will be shuttered. :)

How the mighty are falling.

Policy and solutions / Re: Tesla glory/failure
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:08:57 PM »

Re. your above.
The quote from Elon was, “In case you quick ahead a yr, perhaps a yr three months, we’ll have over 1,000,000 robo-taxis on the street.”


Yes, but the transcript shows that he corrected himself and quantified it to capable.

But that mole won't be whacked.

So, Musk walked back his claim by stating that by April, or possibly as late as July 2020 Tesla will be capable of having in excess of 1MM Robo-Taxis on the road?  ;D

Is that a statement that you're willing to defend?

He's a very Musky Mole and deserves a good whack. 8)

Consequences / Re: Forests: An Endangered Resource
« on: October 30, 2019, 07:10:29 AM »
Doesn't sound possible for someone who very recently, and under oath told the court that he had liquidity problems.
Is Kimbal somehow involved?

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