The Volt looks hot

January 24, 2009

I hope they don’t mess with the current design.  It would be the sexiest sedan in the market.  Lots more pics here.

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The Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act will go into effect February 10.  It was passed after lead was found on toys assembled in China.  Among other things, it requires stringent testing of every batch of a product, whether the production run is 10 or one million.

Unfortunately it is the textbook example of a poorly written law, passed in haste, which places unbearable burdens on many business and favors large corporations over small businesses.

In fact, the biggest winners may end up being Mattel and other large toy manufacturers (which created the mess to begin with by outsourcing to unscrupulous Chinese suppliers), as most small and home-based producers are driven entirely out of the market.

If you wanted proof that our government answers to corporations (aka ‘special interests’), this is it.

This story is especially important to me:  My friend owns a successful boutique toy store, and he will be struggling to stay afloat when the law takes effect.  I shudder to think that my own business could one day be threatened so profoundly by a congressman or bureaucrat that didn’t think things through or was doing a lobbyist’s bidding.

I urge you please petition, call or write your congressman to delay and amend this disastrous piece of legislation.

More info at nationalbankruptcyday.com

Germany is installing 6 Multibrid M5000 turbines offshore from French company Areva.

Each produces 5MW (about 5,000 homes).  Blade diameter is 120M.  Carbon fiber is used throughout to make them lighter and stronger.  They are mostly assembled onshore, so a lot easier to install.

Obama keeps Blackberry

January 24, 2009

Ambinder has the details.  It’s NOT the clunky Sectera Edge from General Dynamics after all.

Says GigaOM.

It’s not that they have less money so much as they’re repurposing it to getting their later-stage companies past the crisis (there is no exit market right now).

What’s in a name

January 24, 2009

While on the subject of Fox News, I think I just figured what their name stands for.

F ear
O bstructionism
X enophobia

Doesn’t that just capture it perfectly?

We demand disclosure

January 24, 2009

The WSJ has now been fully integrated into the right-wing echo-chamber.

Recently I briefly caught Bill O’Reilly discussing the Minnesota recount.  He cited a WSJ article that “suggested” there was “cheating” in the recount, but presented it in a way that implied it was proof.  As if to say that the journal says it, therefore it’s true.

To make matters worse, he didn’t bother to mention that the Journal and Fox News are both properties of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corporation.

While we can’t stop Mr. Murdoch from destroying an American institution’s journalistic integrity, or Mr. O’Reilly from spouting utter nonsense, we can demand that they inform their viewers about this grave conflict of interest.

Not doing so each and every time is to grossly mislead viewers.

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