Tesla CEO Elon Musk must be getting tired of fighting bad reviews of his cars. In 2011 Tesla sued the BBC’s ‘Top Gear’ over a segment where two of their roadsters allegedly broke down on the show’s test track. Musk defended his company once again this month on Bloomberg television. He claims a misleading New York Times review of the Tesla Model S cost Tesla $100 million.So, the true and complete business model is: (1) Make a hugely expensive and completely unusable car that turns into a brick when you drive it. (2) Sue everyone who figures out that the car is unusable. (3) Profit from court settlement! And as long as I'm being silly, let's repeat the Tesla Owner's Song: Oh give me a place where the wind turbines race, where the birds and the bats die and scream; where subsidies pay for my Latté Grandé, and the bursting dams kill human dreams. Home, home is my range, where the volts charge my batteries quick, I can quietly roam, thirty miles from my home, then my Tesla turns into a brick.
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.