Tesla Motors is being courted by four Southwestern states for its $5 billion gigafactory, but there’s another state that is kissing Tesla goodbye.
The New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission voted Tuesday to ban the direct sale of vehicles in the state, becoming the third state in the nation to prevent Tesla from selling to consumers. That would force Tesla, founded by billionaire Elon Musk, to sell its cars through dealers.
Instead, Tesla will stop selling cars in New Jersey on April 1, according to Dow Jones. That means the auto company won’t have access to one of the nation’s most lucrative markets for luxury vehicles, while well-heeled New Jerseyites will have to pick up their Teslas somewhere else.
Chris Christie has banned Tesla from selling its car to consumers in New Jersey. Texas, Arizona and Virginia have already passed similar laws.
The law forces all car sales to pass through a middleman, an auto dealer. The Coalition of Automotive Retailers has been lobbying hard to make it illegal for people to buy cars without going through their stores first.
What next in America’s “deregulated free market”? Banning the sale of books online without going through bookstores? Banning the sale of clothes online without going through physical stores?
that is really retarded…. cant even sell your product without having someone else broker the deal and take their cut.
A vigil meant to commemorate the memory of a teenager who was fatally shot in the head while in police custody last month turned to panic Thursday night when police in full riot gear deployed tear gas to disperse the mostly peaceful crowd.
Jesus Huerta, 17, died of a gunshot wound to the head on November 19 in Durham, North Carolina. The police department has said that Huerta shot himself, an assertion that has become a subject of outrage in the community because Huerta was at the time handcuffed in the backseat of a patrol car when he was shot. The vehicle was parked behind a police building at the time of his death.
A police report filled out by Officer Samuel Duncan noted that Huerta had been searched at the time of his arrest, and no gun was found on him. Huerta is the third minority man to be killed in shootings involving city police within the past four months.
Police Chief Jose Lopez attempted to calm nerves during a press conference last week but only seemed to do the opposite when he said police were trying to determine if Huerta shot himself intentionally or by accident.
“I know that it is hard for people not in law enforcement to understand how someone could be capable of shooting themselves while handcuffed behind the back,” he said. “While incidents like this are not common, they unfortunately have happened in other jurisdictions in the past.”
Seeking answers and an opportunity to mourn, about 150 protesters joined Huerta’s friends and family to march for a second time on the Durham Police department Thursday. Both the police and the demonstrators previously maintained that the rally would be a peaceful one, with those involved apparently hoping to avoid the few vandalism arrests that dominated headlines following the first march.
Yet as 7:30 pm approached, some protesters began to lob firecrackers and at least one bottle at police officers, some of which were wearing full face shields and other tactical equipment. One demonstrator carried a sign that read “Murdered by Police,” waving it as an officer used a loudspeaker to warn that anyone who walked on police department property would be arrested for trespassing.
The Huerta family pleaded with protesters to remain calm, with many of those on hand respecting their wish and leaving as police fired tear gas in response to the fireworks. Six people were arrested, four of whom were teenagers, according to the Durham News Observer.
Evelin Huerta, Jesus’ sister, issued a statement Friday calling on Chief Lopez to resign over the incident.
“The actions of the Durham Police Department last night, led by Chief Lopez, were a tried and true tactic to intimidate and spread fear into our community,” she said. “The Durham Police cannot be trusted to investigate my brother’s death, and we need a federal investigation.”
Batman Villains as children, from left to right: Joker, Hush, Mr. Freeze, Black Mask, Mad Hatter, Penguin, Riddler, Scarecrow, Two-Face.
Whoa, John, could you help me place these scans?
Certainly! I’m a bit envious of this photoset as I meant to do this at some point and then forgot. They’re all perfect choices, save for one (guess which one I’m gonna be picky about?) First, though, here are the stories they’re from, to the best of my knowledge:
Joker: The Brave and the Bold #31 by J. Michael Straczynski and Justiano. It’s one of a handful of questionable possible looks into the Joker’s childhood, the best still being the short prose story “On A Beautiful Summer’s Day, He Was…” You can read some of it here, if you’re so inclined. It’s not a bad story, just kinda “eh,” as I recall. Personally, I don’t like the idea of the Joker being sadistic and evil before he became the Joker, whether he’s a child or an adult, but eh, that’s me.
Hush: From Paul Dini and Dustin Nguyen’s “Heart of Hush,” the story which elevated my feelings on Tommy Elliot from “ugh, go the fuck away,” to “ugh, someone beat the living shit out of him and then make him go the fuck away.” Sorry, you know I love me some bat-villains, but Hush is just a loathsome little twerp, and the best I can say about him is that it was a sheer delight to watch him get crushed by the end of that story.
Mister Freeze: Paul Dini again, with art by Mark Buckingham, from the Mr. Freeze one-shot that came out to tie in with the release of Batman & Robin. It’s a good story that nobly tried to make the comic version of Victor more like his animated counterpart, but sadly, no one at DC paid any attention and they continued to write him like a grinning one-note villain. My only criticism of Dini’s book is that he had Freeze accidentally kill Nora during a fight with Batman so that he could actually have a twisted motivation for wanting to kill our hero.
Black Mask: That’s from his very first appearance, right before he tries to pet a rabid raccoon, because it wears a mask, you see. I always used to hate Black Mask until I read his origin (which I reviewed here, if you want to see for yourself!), which endeared me to the character for reasons that the writer probably hadn’t been intending. I wish the new version of Black Mask that everyone loves still retained a bit of the theatricality and philosophy of the original.
Mad Hatter: Now that’s the only one I’m not sure about, but I *think* (and correct me if I’m wrong here) that it’s from the recent new origin story by Gregg Hurwitz and Ethan Van Scriver that ran in The Dark Knight. It was recently collected in Batman: The Dark KnightVol.3:Mad, but I would strongly advise against reading it as it’s an ugly, nasty, pointless story for several reasons, including shit like this. Unfortunately, Hurtwitz has also given the Scarecrow and Penguin similarly nasty new origins, so don’t read them unless you’re hardcore interested in all versions of these characters or you’re a masochist for bad stories.
Penguin: Joker’s Asylum: Penguin, written by Jason Aaron, art by Jason Pearson. One of the best Penguin stories ever.
Secondly, that child isn’t Harvey, but rather his heretofore-unknown evil brother, Murray, who is thankfully never heard from again. Now, granted, if you read the original page where this scan comes up, it looks like this is Harvey insofar as a line of dialogue that’s supposed to be said by him is instead given to Murray, but one look at this page will tell you that it’s obviously a mistake. This evil little kid is Murray Dent, not Harvey.
Now, if I could have chosen an image for li’l Harvey for this otherwise-perfect photoset, I would have absolutely gone for something from Batman/Two-Face: Crime and Punishmentby J.M. DeMatteis and Scott McDaniel. Something from either of these pages:
Or this later page:
Bahhh! I had been meaning to put together a photoset like this as well and have people try to guess who everyone was. I even had a couple of the pictures rattling around in my queue for the past few weeks. Ah well. Congrats to whoever finally did!
Correcting Internet DisInformation: The American Space Pen / The Russian Pencil
thank you for this.
And then from his initial investment of >$1,000,000, the Fisher Pen Co. was able to make a lot of money and grow the overall size of the U.S. economy and create lots of jobs.
So essentially a story that is supposed to be about government inefficiency turns out to be a story about how the U.S. government worked with a private company to make space travel safer while also stimulating economic growth.
The moral of the story is not that the Soviet Union was more efficient. The moral of the story is that by failing to allow private investment in innovation, the Soviet Union was doomed.
Incidentally, Paul Fisher, who invented the Fisher space pen, was a fascinating guy. He had this plan to eliminate income and property taxes with a progressive asset tax and even ran for President. And the Fisher Space Pen Co. is still a going concern, still employing people, and still generating a return on Fisher’s million-dollar investment.
Libertarian idiots love this myth because they think it’s some great example of government inefficiency.
thecakeisalie said: What's your honest opinion about the Cosmos premiere? I was surprised to hear it got modest ratings, with a chunk of the viewers tuning out at the half way point. Why do you think that is? Do the "controversial" animation sequences have anything to do with it?
My honest opinion is that it was brilliant. I don’t think it’s an overgeneralization to suggest that most people are visual learners in terms of animation (bright lights, VFX) being able to grab someone’s attention span while engaging them with stimulating information simultaneously, which COSMOS did and does exceptionally well.
I have absolutely nothing bad to say about the first episode. The beginning gave me chills the moment I heard Carl’s voice and the end was crushingly emotional personally, because Carl’s impact on Neil resonates with me on a profound level. When I was led into the cosmic perspective via Carl and some significant others - Neil being one of them - I can’t say “I never looked back.” In fact, the accessibility of the cosmic perspective and the pursuit of science literacy has continued to lead me back to several other origins beyond the beginning of the observable universe: life on Earth, our geologic history, chronological history, trials/tribulations of our human history, origins of our species’ religions/myths/superstitions, and the long history of science - most notably - astronomy, as we learned of our actual place in the cosmos.
As much as I love all of the awe-inspiring images returned from space probes and telescopes, I continue to gain more respect and adoration from the men and women of previous generations who - through true hardships in the harshest and some of the most ignorant of times - truly brought us closer to the understanding we have now and the advancements in knowledge we achieve due to their curiosity and persistence.
I do not at all think the animation sequences were “controversial” whatsoever. Those sequences were engaging and provided a nice narrative opportunity for Neil due to his ability to communicate science with clearly understood tone and inflection. I believe the problem with said viewers who “tuned out” halfway through was strictly due to the content surrounding the sequences themselves.
We have to keep in mind who this television broadcast is aimed toward: the scientifically illiterate and let’s just be honest - religious fundamentalists, creationists - who may be so blinded by the cherry-picked pieces of the Bible/scripture communicated to them throughout their childhood or feel-good church communities that they’ve not only overlooked the obvious nonsense played off as ‘historical fact’ and nonfiction, but have done so while not becoming any further educated beyond high school academia on the subjects we now have a multitude of miscellaneous subfields along with the technological advancements by which we can access this information on a global scale.
People - especially those indoctrinated and stubbornly, psychologically convinced of a predetermined bias - are going to get their feathers ruffled; and that’s OK. The first step in changing our society for the better is simply to initiate the conversation; and with a series like COSMOS presented in such a professionally-glamorous way, this will lay the foundation for days, weeks, months, and years ahead as we continue to steamroll into the future.
COSMOS is a celebration of science, yes. But, at its best, it’s a celebration of history, of US and of the precious time we have here “to take longer strides" (to pull from Kennedy’s powerful 1962 speech).
And actually, let me rephrase bits of Kennedy’s speech as it applies to here and now….
"It’s not surprising that some of us would have us stay where we are a little longer. To rest. To wait. But these countries we’ve labeled, civilization we’ve created, this species called homo sapein, were not established, built or evolved upon those who waited and rested and wished to look behind them. Our society was generated by those who moved forward, and so will space.
Carl Sagan, speaking in the 1980’s within his book ‘Cosmos’, said “Exploration is in our nature. We began as wanderers, and we are wanderers still. We have lingered long enough on the shores of the cosmic ocean. We are ready at last to set sail for the stars.”
If this capsule history of our progress teaches us anything, it is that humans, in their quest for knowledge and progress, are determined and cannot be deterred. The exploration of space will go ahead, whether we join in it or not, and to become a spacefaring civilization is the greatest adventure of all time, and no civilization which expects to survive and flourish can expect to stay behind in the quest for space exploration.
Those who came before us made certain our civilization in the future would ride the first waves of sustainable energy, the first waves of exponential growth, and the abundance of power through nuclear fusion. And this generation does not intend to founder in the backwash of the epoch of space exploration. We mean to be a part of it, we mean to lead it. For the eyes of the world have and will continue to look onto Mars, to the solar system, and to the cosmos beyond, and we have vowed that we shall not see it governed by a hostile flag of conquest, but by a banner of freedom and peace. We have vowed that we shall not see space filled with weapons of mass destruction, but with instruments of knowledge and understanding.
Yet the vows of this civilization can only be fulfilled if we in it are ambitious, and remain forever passionately curious. In short, our leadership in science and in industry, our hopes for peace and prosperity, our obligations to ourselves and others, all require us to make this effort, to solve these mysteries, to solve them for the good of all life on Earth, and to become a space-faring society.
We set sail on this new sea because there is new knowledge to be gained, and new rights to be won, and they must be won and used for the progress of all people. For space science, like nuclear science and all technology, has no conscience of its own. Whether it will become a force for good or ill depends on the human species. And only if we work together toward our journey to the cosmos can we help decide whether this new ocean will be a sea of peace or a new terrifying theater of war. I do not say that we should or will go unprotected against the hostile use of land or sea, but I do say that space can be explored and mastered without feeding the fires of war, without repeating the mistakes that humans have made in extending our writ around this globe of ours.
There is no strife, no prejudice, no conflict in outer space as yet. Its hazards are hostile to us all. Its conquest deserves the best of all humankind, and its opportunity for peaceful cooperation may never come again. But why, some say, become a spacefaring species? Why choose this as our goal? And they may well ask, why explore the deep ocean? Why, 37 years ago, send the Voyager spacecraft headed toward interstellar space? Why does Earth orbit our star?
We choose to go to space. We choose to go to space in and beyond this decade and do the other things, not because they are easy, but because they are hard; because that goal will serve to organize and measure the best of our energies and skills; because that challenge is one that we are willing to accept, one we are unwilling to postpone, and one which we must accomplish for our own species’ survival, and the others, too.
JFK’s “Moon Speech" (1962, reworked for 2014+ by Rich Evans)