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  • Dec 14, 2017 10:44 AM
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    Mueller is working on it...
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    This article by Bloomberg Technology is of interest. Basically what it says is that the batteries needed to support Musk's new trucks do not exist yet. There is nothing on the technological horizon that would begin to fit into Musk's trucks and meet the specifications he needs not only in the battery output but in the Superchargers needed to recharge the batteries quickly. What he is banking on is that there will be technological breakthroughs in the next two years that will meet his claimed standards.

    Musk has taken the approach that his scientists will eventually get there, but at what cost? He has designed a space age kind of truck. Now all he needs is for the battery technology to catch up. That may take much longer according to article.

  • Nov 09, 2017 03:21 PM
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    Trump tweet?
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    What is perhaps less known is that Doug Jones ran a great campaign on the issues, and he articulates his positions very well. I saw him in a Q/A session this afternoon, and felt that his message was refreshing. He is a middle of the road moderate that says he wants to listen to and work with everyone to find common ground. For those issues that are so absolutely divisive that progress cannot be made, then he said we should agree to disagree and move on. That may be harder in actual practice, but I really liked his forthrightness and mannerisms in answering questions sincerely. I think he will serve Alabamans and the country well.
  • Dec 09, 2017 08:27 AM
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    Thanks Dockadams -- According to the website above, there is no transmission and no clutch and no big motor. Rather each wheel has its own electric motor that can act independently of each other. Maybe I am misunderstanding the article.

    On maintenance, I read an article on electric cars and the view is that they will put a lot of traditional service technicians out of jobs because there is no need for oil changes or transmission fluid changes. There will always be a need for tire changers though. So I suppose that extends to big trucks as well although it's hard to see that there will be reduced maintenance...it will just be of a different kind.

  • Sep 28, 2017 09:36 AM
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    Yes we don't know what is in the final version, and certainly the devil is in the details. Trump, however, made a strong pitch today inviting several families to come up one-by-one to the microphone to express their support for the plan and proclaim their gratitude for Trump for making it happen. Really nauseating.

    The essence of the bill -- if we can accept that prior versions haven't changed much -- is that it indeed gives tax cuts to many middle class and poor families now, but those cuts are temporary and phased out over ten years while the even bigger tax cuts for corporations are made permanent. The details of such things as the elimination of the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act are not known yet.

    And there are many deductions that are offset by a loos of deductions in other areas. It will be interesting to see how much this adds to the deficit. The figure of $1 trillion has been mentioned many times, but do we really know?

  • Dec 09, 2017 08:27 AM
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    Dockadams -- Thanks for sharing your knowledge and insight of the trucking industry. Hopefully Elon Musk has someone like you on his advisory team. I expect that the technology will progress perhaps at a slower pace until some critical mass is reached and then it could take off in a bigger way. I suppose it really depends on the cost/benefit of fossil fuels versus electric in all driving conditions.

    As the technology develops and the highway infrastructure adapts to the increased volume, resources will become more quickly available. For example, if a truck runs out of battery charge on a highway somewhere, instead of a single function tow truck, there may be some multi-purpose built tow trucks that have recharge capability.

  • Nov 09, 2017 03:21 PM
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    Arizona -- Thanks for sharing. I recall reading it back in 2011 when you posted it. It's as true today as it was then.

    Another thought, Doug Jones if he was savvy enough, could cement his victory by calling it "God's plan". He could put the message out that Roy Moore had fallen from God's grace, and that he instead wanted Doug Jones to carry out his work in the Senate. If they can put together a slick campaign along those lines that it was God's plan all along for Jones to win, then perhaps the evangelicals will be gullible enough. Everything that happens is God's plan...hey?

    It's getting into the brains of the evangelicals while they are still pondering the election.

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    It is easy to understand why Roy Moore is in denial. His god has failed him. He really believed that it is was his god's will that he be in the Senate and is struggling with the outcome. Perhaps he believes that voter fraud prevented his win. That's something that always seems to ring a bell with Republicans. We'll wait and see.

    The New York Daily News had a good article on Moore and his Evangelical flock before the election. Everything that happens is somehow "God's plan."

    The evangelical right is winning in the name of a version of Jesus they alone create — as Roy Moore illustrates

    I won't paraphrase. It's an easy quick read, but nevertheless very true. Liberals struggle to understand the minds of these Evangelicals who have to think everything that happens is God's plan...even the mass shooting at the Texas church: "Well, they're in a better place with sweet baby Jesus now".

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    Doug Jones margin of victory is hardly a mandate for the future of other Democrats in Alabama or elsewhere, but there is hope.

    Listening to the various Moore supporters before the election, they believe that Roy Moore is doing God's work. They do not believe the accusers. And quite predictably Roy Moore refuses to concede.

    "God is always in control," he told supporters, and "what we've got to do is wait on God and let this process play out."

    Votes were still coming in, Moore said, "and we're looking at that. It's not over, and it's going to take some time."

    The 2 percentage point loss means that if Roy Moore wants a recount, he and his supporters will have to pay for it. The recount process, however, could indeed take some time which would delay the seating of Doug Jones in the Senate.