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Everything posted by Perspektiv

  1. This bothered me, because of the flip flopping, many would wind up distrusting their governments further. I was in China when it was safe to travel, and everyone was wearing a mask and they kept infection rates low, as a result. That's the key. Mass adoption for indoor use. Ultimately, they buy time to get those with weakest immune systems, vaccinated.
  2. Speak for yourself. I would be first in line to take a bus who's exhaust notes match their service level.
  3. It isn't. Guns aren't evil either, but you put them in the wrong hands, and they will have a devastating effect. Reality is that without money, there is very little that you could do.
  4. Someone genuinely smart, will likely not have the risk tolerance required in order to successfully run a large business. I look at my wife as an example. She is smart yes, but she has king sized balls (figuratively speaking o_O). She sees the opportunity at the end of the massive risk, most simply will not be willing to take. She's feisty, so will happily sharpen her elbows in the heat of competition and use people trying to take her legs from under her, as fuel to expand further. It takes a mix of smart, emotional intelligence and a bit of crazy and ballsy to do the trick. There is a reason why there are so many immigrant entrepreneurs. They literally came over with little for many, so have nothing to lose. Many often are also not spoonfed and had harder lives (you wouldn't flee your country otherwise), which gives them the intestinal fortitude. My wife bought a dilapidated property for dirt cheap. It is worth 5 times the cost she paid for it a decade ago, but she made a couple catastrophic mistakes which cost her nearly 10 grand. I bailed her out, but the attitude of the person will determine how far they go. She was angry, devastated, even but it was a rather small loss. She learned so many lessons, and was quick to apply them to her current restaurant that she opened. To me, grades are trivial. I dropped out of high school. I had to go to adult high school for a diploma, then took a college for the quickest and most relevant certificate I could get in business. The certificate mattered little to me, but I knew it mattered to employers. I learned my most valuable skills on my own time. I went to libraries. Read tons of books. Booked spots at free seminars. Talked to people who had done what I was aiming to do. Knowledge is free, or real knowledge. "Leveling the playing field" in terms of education, won't make anyone any smarter. There are certain things you can't teach.
  5. Its literally desperation. Its one of his few allies that will gladly openly and very publicly be Russia's cheerleader and provider. Russia needs all the allies it can get. For its other allies, its business as usual, but they skirt the "special military operation" so carefully as to not damage their interests internally. North Korea doesn't have much going for it, regarding international interests. Its a match made in dictatorship heaven.
  6. I don't think most people would want to bike in the winter. I used to be one of those nut jobs, and there is nothing practical about prematurely rusting out your wheel bearings, chain, pedal and brake components. The cold you get used to, but its just not practical. Drive or take the bus, or if lucky enough to work close to home, walk.
  7. Heh, seriously. I don't see what is wrong about pointing to how something can get better.
  8. Maybe that was the entire point. Control their minds, you can control their bodies.
  9. Sadly, funny because its true. The latter reminds me of this:
  10. The backlash hasn't remotely been the same. But maybe I live under a rock. But from my vantage point, Israel's condemnation has been ferocious. Words like genocide. Pressure to decouple from them, financially. Global protest movement. Again, maybe I live under a rock, but it hasn't remotely been the same, in my opinion.
  11. I just don't think mass adoption is the true goal, regarding EVs. If it were, governments would welcome competition, like from China. This would drive prices down, and truly make the technology compete with ICEs. Slowing this down to me, is like Samsung and Apple phones, that have a comfortable monopoly here in the west. There aren't many Chinese phones competing with them, even though Huawei, is a strong competitor. I hadn't even known they had more advanced phones than what I saw in our market, until I went to China. So, let me get this straight. I can get more bang for my buck for a phone just like my Samsung Galaxy, for less, or in paying more get way more features? Shut up and take my money! I get you don't want to hurt the domestic brands, but there needs to be an awareness that unless you make EVs better and affordable to all who can afford a car, you will never get mass adoption (if this is in fact the goal, vs voting brownie points for virtual signaling about it).
  12. Unfortunately. Once we are, it will likely make no sense to drive freight trucks that aren't fully electric (the sheer weight of batteries make these unfavorable, due to many making their money based on payload).
  13. Hydrogen cars are far more inefficient than EVs. I just don't see how this technology takes off. The future is EVs, and they start to make more sense when battery technology allows for these to be be made lighter, less flammable and cheaper and cleaner to mass produce.
  14. I think there is a double standard to this. Israel is attacked. Crickets. I don't recall the protests about cheering Gazans. Nothing. Israel retaliates? The rest is history. Calling Hamas animals, isn't acceptable publicly. Screaming "from the river to the sea", in essentially chanting for the entire destruction of Israel, again. Very weak public denunciation. The message is harsh, but the pointing to the hypocrisy and double standard, is spot on. Hate speech doesn't belong in Canada, period. Regardless of what side of the fence that you're on.
  15. At that price point, clients will expect perfection. I mean Porshes undergo meticulous quality control, to name one. I mean, it borders on obsession to watch them meticulously go over gaps in door alignment. They have zero tolerance for anything less than the best. Mercedes and BMW have similar standards. Fiskar tanked due to multiple issues, but this was one of them. When you engineer a product, you must surprise the buyer with the things they don't expect, but all the things that are assumed as to working better do just that. IE you buy a bike. You expect the derailer to work. The brakes. One thing you shouldn't have to consider, is the handlebars turning freely. The brake cables not constantly getting caught. You will be pleasantly surprised if they considered a light material, and were expecting something heavy. If competing with German ICE luxury brands, better be on your A game, or get left in the dust. I know I am getting a car that handles as beautifully as it drives comfortably.
  16. Another issue is QC issues, due to tight budgets. Lucid Motors which was tagged as to being a Tesla killer is the latest, in premium EVs being mired in dismal sales. One of the common gripes, being spending hundreds of thousands for a car that has doors that don't latch properly. Gaps that weren't properly set. Etc.
  17. Technically lithium batteries, chocolate and many other common items like Nike sneakers are made with slave labor. At least EVs would be slave labor you could feel good about.
  18. Thats a lie, Chris Christie would get stuck halfway in.
  19. What about apologies to the middle class and to business owners for the discrimination due to his horrible policies? To the environment. For his woke nonsense climate crisis panic pushing, while flying on plush vacations routinely, burning through more gallons per hour than the average Canadian would burn in a month or more. Also to free thinkers. For calling any dissenting view, "unnacceptable" or "alt right".
  20. I think you would lick a politician's nutsack for a cigarette.
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