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Electric cars don’t make sense

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If a car is only good for 100,000 miles (and electric vehicles, at most, have their batteries warranted for 100,000 miles), and you can get a gasoline-powered car that gets 35 mpg (like a Honda FIT, which is about the same size as these electric cars), and the electric car uses 30 KwH per 100 miles, and gasoline costs $3.00 gallon (more than it costs currently in most states) and electricity is 20 cents per KwH (which is less than what Con Ed charges me), then we get the following lifetime costs

Gasoline: $8,571
Electricity: $6,000

So over the lifetime of the car, the electric car saves $2,571 in operating costs, but the upfront cost for the electric car is approximately an additional $16,000 (assuming $33,000 for a Chevy Volt and $17,000 for a Honda FIT). So electric cars just doesn’t make any sense.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

September 5, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Business

Former Overstock.com CEO Patrick M. Byrne’s press release from last week

“Sara Carter has published two articles relating the following claims of mine:

1. Starting in 2015 I (operating under the belief that I was helping legitimate law enforcement efforts) assisted in what are now known as the ‘Clinton Investigation’ and the ‘Russian Investigation’ (in fact, I am the notorious ‘missing Chapter 1’ of the Russian investigation). It was the third time in my life I helped the Men in Black: the first was when my friend Brian Williams was murdered, and the second was when I helped the M.I.B. shake up Wall Street a decade ago. Unfortunately, this third time turned out to be less about law enforcement and more about political espionage conducted against Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump (and to a lesser degree, Marco Rubio and Ted Cruz).

2. In July 2018 I put the pieces together. I immediately (last July) came forward to a Congressman and a senior military officer, to the Department of Justice this April, and (upon my Omaha Rabbi reminding me of my duty as a citizen late this June) to a small set of journalists this summer. Ms. Carter was among them. Her two stories are accurate.

Having confirmed Ms. Carter’s two articles, I have fulfilled those citizenship obligations of which my Rabbi reminded me. I will speak no more on the subject. Instead, having lived in places lacking Rule of Law and having witnessed the consequences of its absence, I plan on sitting back and watching the United States Department of Justicere-establish Rule of Law in our country.”

http://investors.overstock.com/news-releases/news-release-details/overstockcom-ceo-comments-deep-state-withholds-further-comment

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 23, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Business

Yeah, people believe the crap they say they believe

This came up once again in comments responding to my post about how the Business Roundtable no longer believes that the primary purpose of corporations is to create shareholder value.

I would say that both sides of the liberal-conservative divide don’t believe that the other side is sincere in their beliefs. Liberals think that conservatives are only full of hate, and everything they say is just bullshit to hide the fact that they are full of hate. And hardly anyone in the United States who isn’t Muslim takes seriously that the people running Iran believe in the literal truth of the Koran and that the 12th Imam is coming soon.

Remember that most corporate leaders live in liberal power centers like New York, Boston, Seattle, any city in California, and they don’t watch Fox News or read Breitbart. They believe what other people in those places believe.

I would say that 60% of corporate leadership has drunk the Kool-Aid, 30% are sociopaths who don’t believe in anything except making themselves richer and more powerful, and 10% have not drunk the Kool-Aid but they are a powerless minority.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 20, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Business, Psychology

Our corporations go further left

Two news stories today demonstrate this.

1. The Business Roundtable has renounced its previous doctrine that “corporations exist principally to serve their shareholders.” Now, the purpose of corporations includes “diversity and inclusion” and protecting the environment. “Generating long-term value for shareholders” is now only one of five bullet points.

This was signed by CEOs of 200 corporations, including Amazon, American Express, Apple, American Airlines, AT&T, and those are just the corporations that begin with the letter “A.”

2. The NY Times gleefully reports that Toyota, Fiat Chrysler and General Motors want the tougher gas mileage regulations imposed by Obama and California, and not the weaker Trump regulations. And Mercedes Benz is reported to be planning to join the liberal coalition against Trump.

Once again, I ask, why do Republicans keep trying to lower taxes for these big corporations?

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

August 20, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Business

Is microwave popcorn just a fad?

June 22, 1987, The New York Times:

“Microwave popcorn is a fad,” said Debra A. Kumm, manager of West Bend Company, a maker of popcorn poppers. “It will last until people read the labels and realize what chemicals microwave manufacturers put into their popcorn.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

July 21, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Business

Amazon.com is full of counterfeit goods, even books

Maybe I should say especially books, because they are pretty easy to copy, however the copied books, if they are copied form a paper version, are usually are riddled with scanning errors and bad formatting.

A few months ago I bought a RII wireless keyboard, received a counterfeit from Amazon even though I selected Amazon.com as the seller. I returned it and obtained a genuine product from a seller at Walmart.com.

From now on, I assume that if any product is commonly counterfeited, buying it at Amazon will give you a counterfeit.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 24, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Business

Republicans love what?

Republicans love CEOs.

CEOs love legal abortion.

Does that mean that Republicans also love legal abortion?

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gm writes in a comment:

being anti abortion is for dumb proles, ceos are usually not dumb or prole so it makes perfect sense

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

June 11, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Business

Lion was right about Amazon HQ2, always believe the Lion

Back in February, I wrote about Amazon’s HQ2 debacle:

Notice that there’s no backup plan announced. Bezos isn’t going to abandon New York City for Las Vegas or Omaha. Nope, it appears that he’s just going to move into New York City anyway, but quietly, without the tax breaks, and without the big splashy showmanship of building a huge Amazon campus in Long Island City. So the liberal protesters were right, De Blasio and Cuomo didn’t actually need to suck Bezos’ **** in order to lure him here.

Commenters disagreed.

Brendan wrote:

He’s still going to NY? News to me.

gothamette wrote:

I’m sorry but I’m as lost as others are about the still staying in NYC part. Where’d you get that from?

Well of course I was right.

Reported today by the NY Post:

After walking away from a deal to build a headquarters on the Queens waterfront in Long Island City, Amazon is back to shopping for office space on Manhattan’s West Side, sources tell The Post.

The tech giant has been in talks with owners of two shiny new skyscrapers located just one block west of Penn Station — the newly built One Manhattan West and its soon-to-be sister project, Two Manhattan West, sources tell The Post.

The online retailer is seeking “at least 100,000 square feet or much more” — just to start, one well-placed source said.

So it’s just like I said. Amazon is going to come here anyway, even without De Blasio and Cuomo sucking Bezos’ ****.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 29, 2019 at EDT am

Posted in Business, New York City

PF Chang’s

Ate at one in New Jersey, so delicious, it’s amazing how a big corporation can make far superior Chinese food than actual Chinese people, but they do. And with a much more modern and upper-class aesthetic.

The waitress was a very pleasant black girl with pink hair, so much better than the waitpeople in Manhattan who act like they’re doing you a favor by serving you.

I love PF Chang’s! I love cultural appropriation!

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

May 25, 2019 at EDT pm

Posted in Business

Robocalls: Has Andrew Yang been reading my blog?

A while back, I wrote:

Why doesn’t Donald Trump do something about this?

Why can’t we create a system where it’s impossible to spoof caller ID?

Why can’t phone service providers figure out that a huge number of robocalls are coming from a certain entity and put a stop to it?

But Andrew Yang talks about the issue on his website:

It’s ridiculous that companies can call us all day every day pitching us unwelcome services, particularly when the calls are automated. Our time is the most valuable resource we have. Companies need to value our time the same way that we do. If you call me you’d better be human.

You may say, no way is he reading the blog, this is just an obvious problem. Andy politician with common sense would address it.

But if it’s so obvious, why has no other politician besides Andrew Yang ever mentioned the issue? Donald Trump has ignored the issue. He obviously doesn’t read my blog. Is Andrew Yang the only politician with common sense?

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Andrew Yang actually hasn’t addressed the technological and legal issues. That the calls come from outside of the United States, they spoof caller IDs, and our telecommunications network, for whatever reason legal or technical, is unable to stop them. But at least he mentions it as a problem for government to solve.

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

March 18, 2019 at EDT pm

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