Saturday, April 29, 2017

Hmmm...I Wonder?

24 FEB 2017
Tesla Inc. is the manufacturer of autonomous driving electric cars.  Elon Musk is the co-founder and CEO.  One of his manufacturing facilities is in Freemont, CA and another is the giant "Gigafactory" located in Nevada.  The facility in Nevada is referred to as Gigafactory #1.  Another facility in Buffalo, NY which produces solar energy products is referred to by Mr. Musk as Gigafactory #2. On February 24 he stated Tesla needed three more in Europe, one in China, and another here in the United States.  When asked on Twitter where another US Gigafactory might be located he said, "Something on a tristate border might work.  Gigafactory plus nearby supporting supply chain needs a very large workforce." 

Hmmm...I wonder if Mr. Musk was referring to the Ohio-Kentucky-West Virginia tristate area as a possible location for a Gigafactory?

26 MAR 2017
Ro Khanna is the freshman congressman from California's 17th District, which includes most of Silicon Valley and all the big tech companies such as Google and Apple.  On March 26th Mr. Khanna visited the Ohio-Kentucky-West Virginia tristate area to see what that part of the country might have to offer the technology industry - and how Appalachia can reap its benefits in the form of jobs and tech training.  Tesla's corporate office and Freemont manufacturing facility are also located in Mr. Khanna's district.

Hmmm...I wonder if  Mr. Khanna has ever had any discussions about a Gigafactory location with Mr. Musk?  

26 APR 2017
Braidy Industries Inc. is an eco-friendly, state of the art aluminum alloy manufacturer.  On April 26, 2017 Craig Bouchard, Chairman and CEO of Braidy Industries along with Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin announced the construction of the nations first Greenfield aluminum rolling mill in over three decades.  The mill will be state of the art and produce low-cost high quality auto body sheet aluminum, plate and ultra-high strength alloys for the Aerospace industry.  Did I mention that Mr. Musk's Tesla vehicles rely heavily on aluminum parts and components and that he also owns Space-X, an aerospace company.  The new Braidy Industries mill will be located in the Eastern Kentucky tristate area town of South Shore, Kentucky.

Hmmm...I wonder if Mr. Bouchard and Governor Bevin have had any discussions about a Gigafactory location with Mr. Musk and Congressman Khanna?

Saturday, April 22, 2017

Never Woulda Thunk It

I've watched in horror the assassination of a President, watched with awe a total eclipse of the sun and watched with amazement as the first man stepped foot on the moon.  But I never dreamed I'd live to see this...

For the first time since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution a major industrial nation went a full day without using coal to generate electricity.  Last Friday was a coal-free day for Britain.   It is believed to be the first time the nation has not used coal to generate electricity since the world's first centralized public coal-fired generator opened in 1882 in London, England.       

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

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Friday, April 14, 2017

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

It Ain't Trump's Fault...It's Sam's Fault

You've probably heard all the reports lately about how thousands of Mexican immigrants are returning to Mexico because they fear President Trump will have them arrested and deported.  But the real reason they are leaving is SAM (Semi-Automated Mason).  Yup, a robot brick layer that can lay 3,000 bricks a day compared to 500 by your average Mexican...

Monday, April 10, 2017

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Tuesday, March 28, 2017

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Friday, March 3, 2017

Let's Do Some Math

The Tesla Model 3 is an all electric four-door sedan with autonomous driving capabilities. Tesla has priced the base Model 3 at $35,000 and $43,000 with self-driving Autopilot. Production is scheduled to begin July 1. However, Tesla has received over 400,000 pre-orders so you and I will probably not be able to buy one for at least a couple years. But just for giggles, let’s do some math.

You want to buy a Model 3 with Autopilot ($43,000). You own a car that’s paid off and has a trade-in value of $5,000. You also have $5000 for a down payment. Thus, you are going to have to finance $33,000. A loan amount of $33,000 at 3.11% for a 60 month term will cost you approximately $600 a month once you figure in tax-title-license. That’s a pretty big car payment. So, let’s do some more math.

Tesla is currently selling discounted auto insurance on it’s current models. The discount is based on the crash rate reduction as the result of Tesla’s Autopilot. Tesla’s Model X with its first-generation Autopilot has shown a crash rate reduction of 40%. Thus, Tesla is selling insurance with their cars at a 40% discount. It’s been estimated that the Model 3 with second-generation Autopilot will have a 90% crash reduction rate. Let’s say your car insurance costs $1200 a year. That’s $100 a month. If Tesla sells you 90% discounted insurance you would only be paying $10. Take the $90 savings and put it towards your car payment and you’re down to $510 a month. That’s still a pretty high car payment. So, let’s do some more math.

Let’s say the average price of gasoline in the US is $2.35/gallon and you drive 15,000 miles in a year. That’s about $1400 a year or about $115 dollars a month. Now let’s say the average cost of electricity in the US is 12 cents per kWh. Therefore, the average Tesla Model 3 owner driving 15,000 miles in a year pays about $540 a year to charge it. That’s about $45 a month. Take the $70 savings and put it towards your car payment and you’re down to $440 a month. Still too high a car payment? Let’s do a little more math.

Let’s say when you had payments on the car you currently own you were paying $300 a month payments. You won’t be able to buy a Tesla Model 3 for at least two years. Continue driving you current car and put the $300 in the bank. In two years you will have saved $7200. You originally had a down payment of $5,000. Now you have $12200. Now, let’s redo all this math keeping in mind you were originally looking at a $600 a month car payment.

Tesla Model 3 with Autopilot costs $43000, less your trade-in value of $5000 is $38000, less your down payment of $12200 is $25800. A loan amount of $25800 at 3.11% for 60 months is approximately $470 a month once you figure in tax-title-license. We’re going to save $90 a month on insurance a put that towards our car payment. We’re down to $380 a month. We’re going to save $70 a month buying electricity instead of gasoline. Put that towards our car payment and we’ve cut that $600 a month car payment almost in half.

Can you afford NOT to buy a Tesla Model 3? 

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Monday, February 27, 2017

Dueling Headlines

For you folks who aren't familiar with Governor LePage he's a businessman, not a career professional politician and he's known for his political incorrectness. Remind you of someone else you've heard of?
P.S. These are actual news headlines...

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Save 90% On Your Auto Insurance

I’m not kidding. In the near future you could be paying 90% less for car insurance. Here’s how.

Have you ever gone into Best Buy and bought an electronic device such as a computer or smartphone and purchased insurance in case you drop it and break it? Now you’re saying, “Yea, but what does electronic device insurance have to do with auto insurance?” In just a few years our streets, roads and highways will be filled with four-wheel electronic devices. That’s right, cars powered by a battery that you will plug in a night so you can use it the next day. They will also have an array of cameras and sensors controlled by powerful computer chips allowing you to take your hands off the wheel and sit back and relax. Self-driving autonomous electric vehicles. Sounds like electronic devices to me.

As pictured above, Tesla has been manufacturing and selling all-electric vehicles for several years now with self-driving capabilities. Their cars are high end luxury vehicles that have been sold worldwide and Tesla has been offering car insurance in select markets which is customized to match the performance of its self-driving “Autopilot” technology. Tesla’s first generation Autopilot has resulted in a 40% crash rate reduction. Thus, they are selling their own insurance at a 40% discount over traditional auto insurance rates.

Starting July 1 Tesla will begin production of the Model 3. It will be an all-electric mid-size sedan starting at $35,000 with self-driving capabilities as an option. However, it has been announced that the Autopilot technology on the Model 3 will be Tesla’s ‘second generation’ Autopilot which will reduce crash rates by 90%. Company officials have hinted that if a 90% crash rate reduction is achieved, it will offer Tesla Model 3 buyers insurance that would be priced 90% below conventional auto insurance rates. Wow!

Wouldn’t you like to pay 90% less for auto insurance? Here’s some real world dollar savings. The national average annual premium for car insurance is $1325. If everyone drove a Tesla the national average annual premium would be $132.50. That’s only about $30 more than if you bought just one cup of Starbucks coffee a week for a year. Michigan has the highest car insurance rates in the nation. If you owned a Tesla Model 3 in Michigan, you’d pay $273.80 for car insurance. Maine has the lowest car insurance rates in the nation. If you owned a Tesla Model 3 in Maine, you’d pay $80.80 for car insurance.

Here’s something else to think about. Electricity for an all-electric vehicle costs about 40% less mile-for-mile than gasoline for a conventional gas powered vehicle. I don’t think I’m going to be able to afford NOT to own a Tesla Model 3. 

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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Perfect Storm

Perhaps President Trump’s biggest promise for “Making America Great Again” is putting millions of Americans back to work again. Hopefully he sees the storm that's brewing.

In 1962 life expectancy was 70 years. That meant when you retired at 65 the government expected you to draw your Social Security checks for five years and that was it. You were dead and done. Today, according to a recent study on life expectancy published in The Lancet medical journal, by 2030 life expectancy will be nearing 90 years due to higher quality health care and advancements in medical technologies. By 2030 most people will start drawing their Social Security checks at age 67 unless Congress increases the retirement age again. If they don’t that means the government will have to send out Social Security checks for not just five years, but for 23 years. Currently, more and more people are working beyond retirement age. Seems to me there’s going to be a lot of working age Americans waiting a lot of years for a lot of jobs that a lot of retirement age Americans are not going to be giving up. Looks like there’s a storm brewing.

In 1962 Sam Walton opened his first Walmart store in Rodges, Arkansas. Back then every small town in America had a Main Street bustling with people and store fronts brimming with products. Since then Main Street has had most of its storefronts boarded up and the people have disappeared to the aisles of Walmart just outside of almost every small town in the country. Today, Walmart is the largest employer in America, employing 1.5 million people. That’s a staggering 1% of the entire U.S. workforce. Imagine how many people would be out of work if someone came along and put Walmart out of business, along with Sears and Kmart and Macy’s and Home Depot and Costco and Lowe’s and etc. Here comes Amazon.

It is estimated that Amazon can sell and deliver the same amount of merchandise as the above mentioned retailers utilizing one tenth the manpower. They do this by utilizing 50,000 robots in their distribution warehouses that work 24 hours a day with no pay and no benefits. Are you an Amazon Prime member that guarantees you free shipping to your door in two days? No wonder Amazon is eating Walmart’s lunch along with the rest of the retailers mentioned above. I don’t think all those millions of retirees in 2030 will be working at Walmart or any other big box store. Sounds like there’s a storm brewing.

In 1962 very few cars had seat belts installed, very few had air conditioning, and the only thing remotely electronic was an AM radio as an option. Today we are on the verge of self-driving autonomous driving vehicles. Kevin Ashton, a professor at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, predicts we will all own self-driving cars by 2030. Just imagine. We won’t need any more drivers. No more truck drivers. No more taxi drivers. No more bus drivers. And because there will be no more accidents we won’t need as many police, as many EMT, as many body shops, as many insurance agents. That’s an awful lot of jobs that’s going to just plain disappear. Sounds like there’s a storm brewing.


Wednesday, February 22, 2017

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Who Is And Who Ain't

The Chunks Are Getting Bigger

President Obama, in an interview with Bill Maher before the election last November, said that “if I watched Fox News, I wouldn’t vote for me either.” After the election he explained why he thought the Democrats lost the election to Donald Trump. He said, “In this election, working-class white voters turned out in huge numbers for Trump. And a big reason is Fox News is in every bar and restaurant in ‘big chunks’ of the country.” Well, I hate to say it, but (not really, I love to say it)...the ‘big chunks’ are getting bigger.

According to the latest Nielsen ratings announcement, Fox News has done something no other cable news network has come close to accomplishing. They are celebrating 15 years in a row as the most watch cable news network. And here’s the kicker. In January Fox News averaged 2.8 million viewers, up 35 percent from the previous year. In addition, they had 14 of the top 15 in cable news in total viewers and 8 out of 10 top programs for the 25-54 demographic. Like I said, the ‘big chunks’ are getting bigger.

And if this trend of 35 percent increase in viewership continues, especially in the 25-54 demographic, it won’t be too long before these big chunks will be showing up in places like New York and California. I’ll guarantee you this, the movers and shakers in the Democrat Party are much more worried about ‘bigger chunks’ than the are about Donald J. Trump.

Saturday, February 4, 2017

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Big Joe

Big Joe ain't no dummy.  He nails it...

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Elitist Attitudes

"I'm better than you."  Precisely why Trump won...

Why Did Trump Happen

Trump happened because you banned super-sized sodas.  Because you banned smoking in parks.  Because you banned offensive ideas in parks. He happened because you branded people who oppose gay marriage ‘homophobic’ and people unsure about immigration ‘racist’. Because you treated owning a gun and never having eaten quinoa as signifiers of fascism. Because you thought correcting people’s attitudes was more important than finding them jobs. Because you turned “white man” from a description into an insult. Because you used slurs like “denier” and “dangerous” against anyone who doesn’t share your eco-pieties. Because you treated dissent as hate speech and criticism of Obama as extremism. Because you talked more about gender-neutral toilets than about homeless veterans. Because you beatified Caitlyn Jenner and demonized Chris Kyle. Because you policed people’s language, rubbished their parenting skills, and slammed their religious beliefs. Because you had a hissy fit when someone mocked the Koran but laughed when someone mocked the Bible. Because you said criticizing Islam is Islamophobia but Christians are just a bunch of “bitter clingers”. Because you kept telling people “You can’t think that, you can’t say that, you can’t do that”. Because you decided everyone needs to get a trophy just for showing up. Because anyone who disagrees with you is deplorable.

Donald J. Trump happened because he is not a politically correct politician. You can protest all you want. He’ll never change...much.

Donald J. Trump is the President of The United States. Get use to it. If you don’t, he’ll happen again in 2020.

Inspired by Brendan O’Neill