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Tesla All Fired Up…

Hindeburg

Tesla is all fired up. Literally. At a demo for media in Paris, a Model S went up in smoke. Caught fire, burned itself to a smoldering slag heap. At a media event (see here). Where – one assumes – there were reporters on hand. Not much reporting took place. To find out about this auto da…

Now Uncle is “Investing” in Tesla

Barnum lead

Elon Musk may be the ultimate crony capitalist – the PT Barnum of our time. But to give PT his due, he was an honest con man. He never used the government to make his marks hand over their money. People stepped right up without a bayonet in their backs. Elon, on the other hand,…

Who Watches the Watchmen?

authoritah

It’s one thing to be told you must obey the law. But what being told to obey a cop who is acting contrary to the law? This happens routinely – and (usually) without consequences. For the cop, that is. Here are a few examples: In many states, it is still legal to “open carry” – that…

A Big Got Damned Difference

Hillary face

A reader – a Libertarian friend – chastises me for supporting Trump over Hillary; for supporting any candidate who isn’t a principled Libertarian. I thought some of you might be interested in a principled Libertarian’s thoughts on this business:  Dear X – Here’s a stark difference to consider: Hillary is a murderer. A mass murderer.…

Moby Dick in Your Glovebox

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The fact that a new car owner’s manual is novel length – some are longer than Moby Dick – says a lot about how out of hand things have become. Is this degree of complexity necessary or even desirable? More to the point, who has the time to deal with it? To actually read  730-plus…

Public Roads as Tesla’s Private Test Track

Tesla Introduces Self-Driving Features With Software Upgrade

Logic – let alone reasonableness – is not one of government’s stronger suits. There are many examples of this, but here’s a newsie one: The use of public roads as test tracks for Tesla (and Google) self-driving car technology. On the one hand, government rigidly persecutes “speeders” on the basis (so it is claimed) that driving…

The Car Bubble … and Cash for Clunkers II?

meth head

A guy who smokes meth can pull a week of 15 hour days. But come next week… . That’s how artifical “incentives” work on the economy. On the macro level, it is the Boom – and Bust – business cycle, whose unnatural peaks and valleys are caused by manipulation of money and credit, which causes…

We Can Live With Communists

Libertarian

A Libertarian can live in peace with a communist or a fascist – or even a Republican or a Democrat. Let ‘em get together, buy a compound, admit like-minded people to their group and do their thing. God bless ’em. The Libertarian will not bother them. He won’t tax ‘em, regulate ‘em or attempt to…

First They Came for the V8s…

could have had a V8!

First they came for the V8s. They were common, once. Most cars – ordinary family cars – usually had one under the hood. High school kids drove V8-powered used cars. Anyone Gen X or older will remember. And then they were gone. Well, not entirely. V8s are still around –  but they’re no longer common.…

Fixing The Problem

reforming cops lead

And yes, it is a problem. Whether you are a “law and order” type or otherwise. In fact, especially if you are a “law and order” type. Because, simply put, cops are not subject to the same law and order as the rest of us – and that is a problem. For them as much as us.…