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Friday, October 01, 2021

Musk criticizes Biden, not Xi

Elon Musk dumped on Biden for not inviting him to some ceremony. This came days after Musk once again praised Red China.

He may be a billionaire, but he needs to ask himself the Kevin Alfred Strom question: "To determine the true rulers of any society, all you must do is ask yourself this question: Who is it that I am not permitted to criticize?"

CNBC reported on Sunday, "Elon Musk reassured Tesla’s commitment to China, saying the automaker will continue to expand its investments in the country.

"Musk’s comments came in a pre-recorded question-and-answer style stream at the World Internet Conference, hosted by the Cyberspace Administration of China.

"It’s the second time this month Musk was highly complimentary of the nation that’s imperative to his electric vehicle company, saying it’s a global leader in digitalization. Less than two weeks ago, Musk, during another pre-recorded stream at the World New Energy Vehicle Congress, said Chinese automakers were the most competitive in the world."

Musk said, "My frank observation is that China spends a lot of resources and efforts applying the latest digital technologies in different industries, including the automobile industry, making China a global leader in digitalization. Tesla will continue to expand our investment and R&D efforts in China."

No one invests in Red China because Red China owns and controls everything in Red China.

Musk is merely selling out It is a dumb move because he is trading freedom for comfort. Given Musk's bipolar politicking, he is the American billionaire most likely to wind up like Jack Ma.

While he is sucking up to Red China now, Musk has no fear of criticizing Biden.

Oh, he did not say FJB. That would have been cool. No, he was butt-hurt and tweeted, "Biden held this EV summit. Didn’t invite Tesla. Invited GM, Ford, Chrysler, and UAW. EV summit at the White House, didn’t mention Tesla once and praised GM and Ford for leading the EV revolution. Doesn’t it sound a little biased? It’s not the friendliest of administrations. Seems to be controlled by the unions."

Ah, unions in the USA are bad but slave labor in Red China is OK.

Fred Lambert pointed out the stupidity of Musk's complaint.

He wrote, "Forget about this meeting. All the automakers invited had agreed to phase out gas-powered vehicles in the US, and they were making the announcement.

"Biden was announcing: 'Look, I managed to convince these automakers to transition to electric vehicles and we are signing this order making it official.'

"Tesla doesn’t have to transition. It’s already all-electric. It really didn’t have much to do there, and the executive order is virtually meaningless anyway." 

Musk is too mercurial for his own good. I do not see his relationship with Chairman Xi ending well. The guy with the most nukes will win that one.

As TLC sang:

Don't go chasing waterfalls
Please stick to the rivers and the lakes that you're used to
I know that you're gonna have it your way or nothing at all
But I think you're moving too fast

And the water is falling. Al Jazeera reported, "A Chinese driver has successfully sued Tesla Inc. for fraud over his purchase of a second-hand Model S, adding to a run of setbacks for Elon Musk’s electric-car pioneer in one of its most important markets.

"A Beijing court found Tesla had misrepresented the condition of the car bought by Han Chao for 379,700 yuan ($58,700) on the automaker’s official used-car platform, according to a copy of the verdict Han posted to his Weibo account. The car was found to have undergone major repairs following an earlier accident, with the court dismissing Tesla’s defense that signs of welding indicated no structural change.

"Tesla was ordered to refund the cost of the car and pay damages of three times the purchase price – taking the total payout to more than 1.5 million yuan, according to the copy of the ruling Han posted. It’s the first time Palo Alto, California-based Tesla has been hit with such a large penalty in China, local media outlet Caijing reported. Calls to the ruling court, Beijing No. 2 Intermediate People’s Court, went unanswered. Tesla shares fell 0.6% to $776.84 as of 9:42 a.m. in New York.

"While Tesla has won legions of loyal fans around the world, in China it has also tangled with a number of vocal disgruntled customers, who have used social media campaigns to rally support. In the most high-profile case, a female customer clambered atop a Tesla exhibit at April’s Shanghai auto show in a protest that quickly went viral."

You play in their court, you play by their rules.

And if you complain, it is Jack Ma time, and all the money in the world cannot save you.

30 comments:

  1. Special Ed hasn't commented yet? Guess he's recovering from his bender.

    Good post Don.

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    1. Unlike you, Jeffery, I have a life.

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    2. Trolling Don's blog calling everyone Jeffrey?


      Some life.

      Lol

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    3. Jake! Good to hear from you. El douche is still butt hurt about me posting quotes of his garbage. I think I should put it on every article, but I don't want to get on Don's bad side.

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  2. Another perspicacious piece, Big D. Nicely done!

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  3. Every American contemplating to do business with Red China needs to read, "The Tragical History of Dr. Faustus." More than 400 years ago, Christopher Marlowe got it right.

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  4. Been saying this from the start.

    Shih's the wheel, not Zippy.

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    1. You love seeing yourself type, don't you?

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    2. What have you been saying oh defender of the Clintons?
      All I ever see is Jeffery Jeffery Jeffery followed by lies and distortions.

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  5. The Chinese will take Tesla's
    Tech , use it, and not pay a dime.
    Of course, as Evergrande slowly sinks into the tarpit
    that point may be moot.
    The gust of wind that sends the house of cards down.

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    1. Exactly. Any R&D Tesla does in China will be stolen in real time.

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    2. Great! So next year we’ll be able to buy a Chinese knockoff of the Tesla for $100, then the U.S. post office will deliver it to my door for an additional $10 in postage.

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    1. Or maybe the modern Philippe Pétain. Pétain was 84 when Hitler installed him. He was mentally unfit. Kinda like Xiden.

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  7. It’s hard for me to jump on musk’s ass along with everyone else when I recall he is damn near alone in getting us to space. All his innovations and optimism in his space machines is marvelous to behold. Go back and read Robert Heinlein’s “The Man Who Sold the Moon”. Not everyone will act as you would want them to and not every country will be politically as you wish them. Musk is building a way to get away from all this earthly shit and to the stars; how many of us can brag the like?

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  8. It wasn't "earthly shit" when Trump was running things.

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  9. Tripping off to the stars is about as silly as it gets. But, that fact notwithstanding, Musk's missile technology is "marvelous to behold," as Rdred said.

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  11. At my age, thankfully, I won't be alive to enjoy our electric car life. I can envision a traffic jam with electric cars, stopping and starting, heaters or AC on and if dusk or darkness, the lights on. Slowly but surely batteries become fully discharged and thus we see for miles a line of immobile vehicles and frayed nerves. So does someone from each vehicle run to the nearest charging station and fill an electric can with electricity and will there be enough electricity to fill all those needed cans since NIMBY has not permitted the building of any power plants. On that day there will be little wind for the windmill generators and it is dust so the solar panels are off line. Just musing in my more frequent satirical mood.

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    1. Everyone with an electric car will carry a gasoline-powered generator and a full can of gas in the trunk, to charge the batteries when they run down.

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