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Wednesday, April 8, 2020

Elon Musk and the Breath of Life




Friends, don't miss my latest article, which examines the role of Elon Musk and Tesla -- which has been essentially unhelpful -- in New York's pandemic response.  It bears repeating that we live in a state where taxes are very high...but government services are often poor.  Often, the reason is corruption and cronyism, and Musk, sadly, is a key beneficiary.

https://artvoice.com/2020/04/08/elon-musk-and-the-missing-ventilators/

 And here's another great analysis of those exceptional Swedes and their refusal to lock down.  It sure looks like their death rates are more exemplary than they are cautionary:

https://www.nationalreview.com/2020/04/coronavirus-response-sweden-avoids-isolation-economic-ruin/?fbclid=IwAR2Iw_xgas2E1N1z1yjBu1VsHzduv86T9wt2Qzfee1lbOVPLmJkwCDDhZ2M

13 comments:

  1. Dr. Nick

    I keep telling you, get out of New York!

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  2. Ha ha. But the CDC says I'm a prisoner here!

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    1. Looks like our only option now is to send in a special extraction team for you. Stand by for further instructions.

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    2. Sadly, Ray, we are prisoners until our esteemed governor says so. Don't forget me, Ray, send your team here too, LOLOL.

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    3. On second thought, I better not send an extraction team in. It might turn out like the time Rambo was trying to get these prisoners out of Vietnam and he got double crossed. Let me rethink this.

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    4. LOLOLOL. Thanks Ray, grin.

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  3. Anders Tegnell,"You can’t keep a lockdown going for months — it’s impossible.”---hmm...well obviously he hasn't spoken to our esteemed nipple piercing governor who got his haircut. I have had enough of "Its only been 39 days (today) people, get over it."

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  4. In the end, any government that is not prepared for a pandemic at all times, is an incompetent government, period.

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  5. Ha! An extraction team... Ray, when all is said and done, Linda, Jack, and myself just might show up at your doorstep as refugees from Bolshevism one day. I trust you'll give us a hearty Mid-Western welcome (both barrels of it?)!

    It's been observed that never before (admittedly, I haven't checked) has the whole population been quarantined in response to a disease which primarily threatens a small minority. And, if this is the new normal, will we be hiding under our beds every time flu season starts? Mr. Tegnell is right: this can't go on much longer. Even the Europeans have figured that out.

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  6. Dr.Waddy et al: It always excites my imagination and memory when I drive by the huge Tesla establishment in Buffalo (championed by dreamy Cuomo but so far apparently very far short of any of his casual promises) and I think of how it was when Republic Steel was effecting very objective and obvious production of STEEL itself on that very site (and who can deny its fundamental, essential, worth, why even today?). I had the privilege of working there for 6 months and I'll never forget it. It may be awhile before the present edifice redeems itself as did that now gone plant and all who worked it for so much of their lives.

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  7. Jack, how neat that you worked on that very site! You've seen the vicissitudes of American industry play out in your lifetime, to be sure. Here's hoping this pandemic will be the wake-up call we need to reestablish our industrial base and achieve greater self-reliance.

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  8. And if Elon Musk can play a small role in that resurgence, hey, that would be great!

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  9. Dr. Waddy: It would be. I think in the long run capital intensive enterprises must be based on very solid planning and experience and not doctrine driven conjecture and dreaming about ideals. Before the advent of big government that probably was the way it was. Big government may be needed in time of crisis but to the left the present,ever polluted with the real life faults obvious in the discernable "now", always falls short of what the future can be thought to promise. The left would thus have us ever in a state of crisis, being as we are so remiss by comparison. And in real crisis like that which we face now, its, ehh, cavalier attitude toward painfully evolved moral standards makes it blithe to take full tactical advantage to arrive at that happy state where all fantastically perceived future perfection is pursued only and consummately. And woe to any who doubt; "that cannot be tolerated". A sign in one of Pol Pot's infernal execution chambers said "why you are a chap who dare to thwart the revolution!".'Nuff said: it is the definition of the left.

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