Category Archives: Technology

The Incentives Coming . . . by Eric Peters

The incentives are coming for electric cars, and the disincentives are coming for cars powered by internal combustion engines. From Eric Peters at ericpeters.com:

It’s pretty clear what is going to happen to new cars now that Joe Biden has been selected president. They will get smaller – and smaller engined. They will also cost more – and more of them will be electric. These developments follow inevitably from Uncle Joe’s pending reversal of the Orange Fail’s policies, including the OF’s efforts to prevent California Governor Gavin Newsome from setting new car “emissions” standards for the rest of the states.

They are actually not “emissions” standards in the sense generally understood – i.e., harmful gasses coming out of the tailpipe. Unless you consider nonreactive carbon dioxide a contributor to smog and breathing problems – in which case you need a refresher course in high school chemistry.

Also high school English.

In any event the insistence on ever-lower “emissions” of C02 will result in all of the things mentioned above coming to fruition as the only way to reduce these “emissions” is to make engines smaller – as has already been occurring – or to not make them at all and make electric motors instead.

That’s what’s coming to showrooms near you – and everyone else – soon. But what about what’s in your garage?

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Flying Blind, by James Howard Kunstler

We’re transitioning to a more decentralized way of life, and nobody in Washington gets the joke. From James Howard Kunstler at kunstler.com:

Events are in the driver’s seat now, not personalities. Gil Scott-Heron was right way back in the day when he said, “the revolution will not be televised.” Only what he called “revolution” turns out to be collapse, led by the disintegrating news business, so that the people of this land are flying blind into a maelstrom of hardship. Everything is going south at once here, and you probably don’t know it.

If you think we’re headed into a transhuman nirvana of continuous tech-assisted orgasm, social equity, and guaranteed basic income, you are going to be disappointed. Our actual destination is a neo-medieval time-out from all the techno-dazzle of recent decades. It’s not as bad as you might think. The human project will continue at a lower pitch, probably for a good long while, but minus most of the comforts and conveniences we’re used to, and with very different social arrangements. You can waste your energy hand-wringing and wailing over all this, or summon the fortitude to go where history is taking us and make something of it.

The old economy is wrecked. Many Americans already know this because they’ve lost their businesses and their livelihoods. What used to be there isn’t coming back. But there will always be ways to make yourself useful providing things and services that other people need, just not within the crumbling armature of the economy we’re leaving behind. There will be a lot of debris left in the way to overcome, especially the crap we’ve smeared all over the landscape.

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Not As Green As You Think – Global EV Push Sparks Cobalt Chaos, by Tyler Durden

Take a look at what goes into the electric cars’ lithium-ion batteries and how those minerals are mined and it may well change your mind that this is a “green” technology. From Tyler Durden at zerohedge.com:

Global cobalt prices per metric ton are up more than 20% since the beginning of this year as increasing electric vehicle demand has strained global supply chains.

WSJ spoke with auto and battery experts about cobalt, a metal found in lithium-ion batteries. Besides EVs, the blue metal is found in virtually every consumer electronics like cell phones, laptop computers, and tablets.

Ying Lu, an analyst at London-based commodity research firm Roskill, was quoted by WSJ as saying, “demand is not going to shrink any time soon, while the supply remains tight mainly due to logistics disruptions in South Africa during the pandemic.”

As explained by InsideSources, every EV battery contains cobalt, with most of it mined in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

DRC has sustained years of destabilization as the Congo government and armed militants duke it out over the control of mines. Much of the DRC cobalt is then hauled to South Africa and shipped to China for processing.

It’s not just automakers and suppliers buying cobalt from DRC, many are trying to recycle cobalt from old batteries and exploring other regions around the world for alternative sourcing.

As a reminder, the Trump administration has signed an executive order in the US mining industry, highlighting America’s dangerous overdependence on China for rare-earth metals.

In 2016 and 2018, massive interest poured into EVs with the Model 3 Tesla launch. Cobalt prices nearly quadrupled in that timeframe before crashing down in 2019. A recent move higher in prices could suggest that speculators have entered the market with the idea that President Biden’s effort for a greener economy could result in higher demand for the metal.

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Another Mega Group Spy Scandal? Samanage, Sabotage, and the SolarWinds Hack, by Whitney Webb

What’s really going on with the SolarWinds Hack? From Whitney Webb at unz.com:

The devastating hack on SolarWinds was quickly pinned on Russia by US intelligence. A more likely culprit, Samanage, a company whose software was integrated into SolarWinds’ software just as the “back door” was inserted, is deeply tied to Israeli intelligence and intelligence-linked families such as the Maxwells.

In mid-December of 2020, a massive hack compromised the networks of numerous US federal agencies, major corporations, the top five accounting firms in the country, and the military, among others. Despite most US media attention now focusing on election-related chaos, the fallout from the hack continues to make headlines day after day.

The hack, which affected Texas-based software provider SolarWinds, was blamed on Russia on January 5 by the US government’s Cyber Unified Coordination Group. Their statement asserted that the attackers were “likely Russian in origin,” but they failed to provide evidence to back up that claim.

Since then, numerous developments in the official investigation have been reported, but no actual evidence pointing to Russia has yet to be released. Rather, mainstream media outlets began reporting the intelligence community’s “likely” conclusion as fact right away, with the New York Times subsequently reporting that US investigators were examining a product used by SolarWinds that was sold by a Czech Republic–based company, as the possible entry point for the “Russian hackers.” Interest in that company, however, comes from the fact that the attackers most likely had access to the systems of a contractor or subsidiary of SolarWinds. This, combined with the evidence-free report from US intelligence on “likely” Russian involvement, is said to be the reason investigators are focusing on the Czech company, though any of SolarWinds’ contractors/subsidiaries could have been the entry point.

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The Deep State’s Stealthy, Subversive, Silent Coup to Ensure Nothing Changes, by John W. Whitehead

There’s a reason why the creepy dictators in all those creepy dystopian movies prize “order” and “stability.” From John W. Whitehead at rutherford.org:

“You have such a fervent, passionate, evangelical faith in this country…why in the name of God don’t you have any faith in the system of government you’re so hell-bent to protect? You want to defend the United States of America, then defend it with the tools it supplies you with—its Constitution. You ask for a mandate, General, from a ballot box. You don’t steal it after midnight, when the country has its back turned.”—Seven Days in May (1964)

No doubt about it: the coup d’etat was successful.

That January 6 attempt by so-called insurrectionists to overturn the election results was not the real coup, however. Those who answered President Trump’s call to march on the Capitol were merely the fall guys, manipulated into creating the perfect crisis for the Deep State—a.k.a. the Police State a.k.a. the Military Industrial Complex a.k.a. the Techno-Corporate State a.k.a. the Surveillance State—to swoop in and take control.

It took no time at all for the switch to be thrown and the nation’s capital to be placed under a military lockdown, online speech forums restricted, and individuals with subversive or controversial viewpoints ferreted out, investigated, shamed and/or shunned.

This new order didn’t emerge into being this week, or this month, or even this year, however.

Indeed, the real coup happened when our government “of the people, by the people, for the people” was overthrown by a profit-driven, militaristic, techno-corporate state that is in cahoots with a government “of the rich, by the elite, for the corporations.”

We’ve been mired in this swamp for decades now.

Every successive president starting with Franklin D. Roosevelt has been bought lock, stock and barrel and made to dance to the Deep State’s tune.

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How EVs Don’t Save Money, by Eric Peters

Electric cars don’t pencil out as well as you might have been led to believe. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Electric vehicles are being sold, in part, on how much they’ll save people in terms of maintenance costs.

This is a con on par with a “case” being synonymous with sickness.

EVs are not no or even low-maintenance relative to non-electric cars. They are different maintenance.

Instead of oil and filter changes, you change the battery pack. Which do you suppose will end up costing you more over the life of the life of the vehicle?

The latter italicized for reasons that will shortly become clear.

An oil/filter change generally costs about $50 ($10 for a filter, $5 per quart of oil times 5-6 quarts plus the labor, if you pay someone else to do it). Most non-electric cars need their oil and filter changed about once every 6,000 miles or so – about twice a year given the average 10,000-12,000 miles most people drive each year.

That works out to about $100 annually; over the course of ten years, you’d spend about $1,000 for oil and filter changes in this example vs. nothing for oil and filter changes, if you owned an EV.

But if you own an EV, it is probable you’ll have to replace the battery before ten years go by – because EV batteries don’t last that long in regular service before the regular discharge/recharge process reduces and then kills their capacity to retain charge.

And EV batteries cost a lot more than oil and filters.

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You Can Blame Big Tech Censorship on The Deep State Money Manipulators, by Charles Goyette

Much of Big Tech’s financial power comes from America’s fake money regime. From Charles Goyette at lewrockwell.com:

Forget the great teeming horde of anti-trust lawyers.  That is a beast better starved than fed.  And for the love of progress and prosperity, please, oh please, do not turn to federal regulators and their plague of unintended consequences.  In fact, the problem with the big internet censors, de-platformers, information monopolists, and enemies of free speech is much bigger than Section 230.

The power Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, Google, and Apple (FATGA) have amassed to shut down political speech and conceal the corruption of their political darlings can be traced directly to the Deep State Money Manipulators.

That is the name my co-author Bill Haynes and I have given to the Federal Reserve in our new book The Last Gold Rush… Ever!  It is a deep dive into the decay of the dollar standard and the convergence of accelerants that are about to inflict unimagined financial pain on the lives of the American people.

As we explain, The Deep State Money Manipulators have been hiding in plain site for over a hundred years. During that time, they have been serial bubble blowers, inflating the dot-com and housing bubbles. They have quietly overseen the destruction of the dollar’s purchasing power. They have pumped unimaginable wealth to crony banks and played an essential part in America’s growing income inequality. Their interest rate manipulations have encouraged the formation of debt and discouraged capital formation, which is the engine of growth.

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The tech supremacy: Silicon Valley can no longer conceal its power, by Niall Ferguson

Do we want a world where tech oligarchs get to decide what we see and don’t see? From Niall Ferguson at The Spectator at zerohedge.com:

‘To see what is in front of one’s nose needs a constant struggle,’ George Orwell famously observed. He was talking not about everyday life but about politics, where it is ‘quite easy for the part to be greater than the whole or for two objects to be in the same place simultaneously’.

The examples he gave in his 1946 essay included the paradox that ‘for years before the war, nearly all enlightened people were in favour of standing up to Germany: the majority of them were also against having enough armaments to make such a stand effective’.

Last week provided a near-perfect analogy. For years before the 2020 election, nearly all American conservatives were in favour of standing up to big tech: the majority of them were also against changing the laws and regulations enough to make such a stand effective. The difference is that, unlike the German threat, which was geographically remote, the threat from Silicon Valley was literally in front of our noses, day and night: on our mobile phones, our tablets and our laptops.

Writing in this magazine more than three years ago, I warned of a coming collision between Donald Trump and Silicon Valley. ‘Social media helped Donald Trump take the White House,’ I wrote. ‘Silicon Valley won’t let it happen again.’ The conclusion of my book The Square and the Tower was that the new online network platforms represented a new kind of power that posed a fundamental challenge to the traditional hierarchical power of the state.

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Baby Social Media, by Raúl Ilargi Meijer

The social media censorship is going to far for many world leaders. Cynically you can say that’s because they think they’re the ones who should be doing the censoring. From Raúl Ilargi Meijer at theautomaticearth.com:

And just like that, Jack Dorsey and Mark Zuckerberg belatedly found they had fallen on their own swords, as these were already sticking out of their backs. Let’s see it as poetic justice. They thought they had the power- after all, they’re just private companies!- to restrict Donald Trump’s access to their organizations, and then ban him altogether, only to find that they themselves will now be restricted and perhaps even banned as a result.

They figured since most of the world doesn’t like Trump, it would applaud the moves as much as the US Democratic party does. But most of the world doesn’t. What it sees, what its leaders see, is a threat to everyone else’s freedom of speech, not just Trump’s. Those countries and their leaders have been suspicious of the might of US tech companies for longer, and they will now look elsewhere for social media functionality. It’s no accident that Facebook alone lost some $47 billion in market cap since the Trump ban.

This does not come from Trump supporters. Angela Merkel, not a Trump fun at all, summarizes the worries: “Her spokesman said Monday the German leader found it “problematic” that corporate managers could deny someone access under rules not defined by law.” That’s it right there, the heart of the matter: “law”. Twitter and Facebook act as judge, jury and henchman, and that is not legal, not even for private companies.

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“Targeted Messaging” . . . and so Much More! by Eric Peters

One more step towards making your car a mobile panopticon. From Eric Peters at ericpetersautos.com:

Soon, your car will not only track you in real time – and make sure you’re paid-up on your insurance and have all your “papers” in order – it will also sell you. Digital license plates – approved for use in California, Arizona and most recently, Michigan – will replace the old metal plate that you controlled with an LCD screen connected to a computer that’s connected (via WiFi) to you-know-who.

And controlled by you-know-who.

The screen can be configured to show more than just your number, Number 6.

It can also show “targeted messaging” – ads, in straightforward English, which these shysters avoid using like Dracula avoids daylight – which you’ll advertise as you drive. You become a free billboard as well as a leashed serf, always under the watchful eye of the government and corporations that “partner” together to mulct you and keep track of you.

Let the driver behind you know all about the latest deals on Amazon!

Your payoff? A “DMV approved” banner selected by you  . . . from a menu of politically correct messages.

“Wear a mask,” for instance.

You won’t be allowed to run unapproved messages.

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