Meet Elon Musk

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  1. The real scam is that more than 20 years ago Panasonic developed a nickel metal hydride battery for automotive use that would give 200 miles range and was perfectly safe, unlike lithium ions in Teslas. Chevy built the EV1 using those Ni-Mh batteries, Toyota built electric Rav4s using them, and there were few other models from other makers, but only built in small numbers, a few thousand at most. Production halted because the patent for those ni-mh batteries was bought by Texaco and they refused to license anyone to produce them, effectively killing the product. We should have had affordable ni-mh powered electric cars for over 20 years but instead, we have the Tesla….

  2. John, have you worked on or ridden in a Model T ? Getting stuck, flat tires, conking out, won’t start, … Musk is building the most advanced robotic factory in the US, has a space fleet, did PayPal, produced a streamlined solar management system, among many other things. He is our modern day Henry Ford. And he just got a contract with Chicago to do the Boring for a tunnel. I would say he is much more diverse than Ford. I would also add, that the hiring practices of his companies do not automatically give credit for college degrees.
    I’m not sure you are aware of current corporate atmosphere for government money. There are tons of companies getting more and doing less. Wal-Mart is one, Amazon is another. How about Raytheon, or Boeing ?
    Musk is not the bad guy out of that group. He gets things done. Things we can use. Also, most countries have mandates for production of electric cars. Get used to them.

  3. You and your friends below would have hanged Henry Ford. You are the same ones who stalled medicine by outlawing cutting open corpses. Frauds one and all. Fearful and sheltered, afraid of the daylight, you stock up your caverns in the ground and the unknown is regarded as terrifying, and the adventure of life as a waste of time. To those of this ilk, routine and habit is considered the fortress of your souls. The village would starve waiting for your creativity.

  4. Space X lands two rockets in the upright position simultaneously, and is a fraud,… but religion is real ?
    That’s some squirrels logic right there. I think Musk is comfortable making history, while others are eager to rewrite it until comfortable, then cement their feet in it. Ah, the warm comfort of emotional assurances. The safe box.

  5. 2 young non-HS grads working in a bike shop were the first to get a working airplane. The government of the US would not acknowledge it, because they were spending millions with a large facility and all kinds of academics to get one going. So, the young Wright Bros shipped their plane to France and flew it there.
    Afterward, the US gov had no choice but to recognize their achievement.
    The engine that the plane used was also designed and built by a non-hs grad. Kodak, built by George Eastman, the beginning of photography, and he also quit HS before graduating as did Henry Ford, Mark Twain, and many of our countries most notable inventors, and entrepreneurs, UPS started with drop outs on bikes, then exploded by using dropout Fords Model T.

    • A manned mission to mars under government management is far less likely than if a private company does it.

      In fact, NASA is a waste of our money. Currently , for the average person, astronomers and astrophysicists have zero use. We should be much more advanced technologically by now. Patents and government are quicksand for invention.

    • Although history says it was 1903, The Wright Brothers probably didn’t actually manage to fly until 1908, whereas Santos-Dumont flew in Paris in 1906 in front of a thousand spectators and Gustave Whitehead flew in Connecticut in 1901.

    • There is a lot of motivation involving billions of academic money, that hates to have the uneducated origins of most of our inventions talked about. Wright Bros shipped it to France, then came home and flew for NYC.
      Why would they do that ?
      The father of micro-biology never went to school and ground his own lenses by hand. The inventor of the equatorial sextant, still the primary tool for oceanic navigation, never went either. Twain quit at age 11.
      Academia and religion squelch invention and creativity. Ford quit at 15 Eastman at 16. Tons and tons more examples of almost every useful invention we have.

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