Will ElioMotors hit the price, efficiency and production targets?

Posted By on March 1, 2015

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Really just love the above camera angle of the Elio … a new micro-car company making its public relation rounds and aggressively taking pre-orders. I’ve mentioned Elio previously and am anxious to see, drive and OWN the little commuter car. There are plenty of details to be concerned about since their targets are aggressive for any car manufacturer … let alone one that has not been built yet. Still, I’m “all in” and optimistic.

Today we are going to spice up the day with a topic that is important to us and our fans and seems to have a few people flummoxed as to the logic and communication behind it. That topic is our $6,800* retail selling price.

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Borrowing 13 Hours in Bengazi from library on Overdrive app

Posted By on February 28, 2015

IMG_0386The Overdrive app on my iPad is one of my favorite reading and “listening” apps on any of my devices (previously commented). It is super for those who would love to spend more time going to the public libraries but have trouble finding the time to go. Have a “FREE” way to borrow from libraries on an e-reading device (iPad in my case) makes downloading books and audiobooks very convenient – but the fairly long waits and 14 day loaning period is a challenge.

I’ve been waiting a couple months for either the text or audio version of “13 Hours in Benghazi” and just “checked it out.” Looking forward to the audiobook AND not forgetting what “we” (U.S. State Department and Whitehouse) allowed to happen to our ambassador and staff in Libya. Shameful!

What will the new FCC Internet regulations cost the taxpayer?

Posted By on February 27, 2015

A debate over controlling free and open access to the “pipes of the Internet” is not as simple (or probably as inexpensive) as it sounds. While the Federal Communications Commission considered views for and against regulating the Internet on Thursday, called net neutrality,” the commission voted in favor by 3-2. In comments, FCC chairman Tom Wheeler said that this policy will ensure “that no one – whether government or corporate – should control free open access to the Internet.” 

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Initially I hear “neutrality” and “open access” and it seemed like a no-brainer. As a consumer, I want high speed for everybody and a level playing field … but the argument is a bit more “nuanced” said Max Levchin, PayPal co-founder commented on CNBC Thursday morning. Those in favor are looking to keep “the pipes” open to all and prevents providers from throttling or pricing heavy data users if they require more bandwidth. Think NetFlix or YouTube as heavy users; the public wants the low cost content, but this requires ISPs opening their “pipes” to these content provider selling their services and using their routers, switches, airwaves and wires. Most consumers just want to be able to receive what they want when they want it without overpaying.

Now the cynic in me wants the open pipes and equal access to all … even if some companies use more bandwidth than others. I understand that the “pure content providers” feel disadvantaged if providers of both content and bandwidth control access and speeds … but don’t have much faith that the government regulates things all that well and that ultimately we’ll suffer due to more regulations, higher overhead costs and even more complaints (think regulated phone companies, airlines, post office, utilities, etc).

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Archive: Small one couple coffee maker with no reserve tank

Posted By on February 26, 2015

hamiltonbeachflexbrewEver since getting my Keurig Coffeemaker back in 2009, I’ve used it nearly everyday … and multiple times a day at that. It makes making single cups of coffee easier and keeps my coffee drink habit to cups rather than pots! I purchase a variety of specialty coffees or cans of coffee (usually Chock Full o’’’ Nuts) and have been thinking about a second smaller unit for the boat since making a single cup would be easier than getting out the percolator or boiling water to pour through a drip basket

The smaller Hamilton Beach 49981A Single Serve Scoop Coffee Maker’ target=_blank>Hamilton Beach Flexbrew was mentioned by a fellow sailor as small and without the reserve water tank … something they liked. It does run on 110v but could operator for the short brew cycle on the inverter? There are other brands so probably should continue to look around?

Adding Exxon ($XOM) to a long hold dividend paying portfolio

Posted By on February 25, 2015

With oil prices down and the stock market in rally mode (particularly these top 5 Nasdaq stocks), it might be Exxon5day150224time to nibble on a few of TheStreet Ratings best Oil and Gas companies (below). 

I’ve been watching a few of the “big oil” companies figuring it was time to start building a more diversified core dividend portfolio and Warren Buffett’s selling his $3.7 Billion investment in Exxon (XOM) opened the door to a sale price on XOM, one of the “better than a bank” 3% dividend stocks … but I suspect continued low oil prices will keep downward pressure on the stock. Yes there is risk, but holding a consistent dividend payer while waiting for oil to rebound is something I can comfortably go to sleep with.

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Jobs and improving wages depend on corporate tax reform

Posted By on February 24, 2015

CEO Steven Mollenkopf spoke with Maria Bartiromo on Sunday Morning Futures this past weekend about his company Qualcomm Inc. ($70.94 -0.58 -0.81%) and dealing with taxes and low interest rates impact his business decision making.

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About taxes, Mollenkopf commented that the high current U.S. corporate tax rates (graph below) encourage investment and job creation overseas rather than in the United States. He said that companies make business choices to hold income offshore where taxes are friendly to business and in some cases "borrow" money at record low rates in the U.S. in order to return money to shareholders. It make perfect business sense.

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As many (including me – post from 2012) have stated many times before, corporate income tax rates need to be lower or inline with worldwide rates to encourage corporations to invest and earn their profits domestically rather than internationally. One would think that with a newly elected Republican congress that a friendly business relationship and job creation would be a top priority? Perhaps they need a little more pressure from those who lost a job or have seen stagnate wages this past decade?

The hatch screen idea and a Whale Gusher Mk3 pump rebuild

Posted By on February 23, 2015

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While getting sidetracked from the Whale Gusher Mk3 pump rebuild (soaking and cleaning), I started working on Encore’s hatch screen idea since it will soon be bug season on the sailboat in Florida. I’ve been mulling around a few way to “frame” the fiberglass screen material and ending up forgoing the stainless steel for galvanized wire (cost and availability) … and this works well, I’ll look for some “no-see-um” screen and aluminum wire. I still need to source the grommets, suction cups and “bungee or line pinch clamps” in order to hold the screens in place, but I did work on straightening the coil of heavy wire and then forming it around a plywood form.

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Enjoyed the 3 wide racing in the #Daytona500 this afternoon

Posted By on February 22, 2015

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Joey Legano took the win in 2015’s NASCAR’s season opening race, the Daytona 500, with an exciting finish with the yellow flag waving due to a wreck in the rear of the field.

The racers bunched for a restart after cleaning up with 3 laps to go and there was no looking back for Legano. “The car was really fast” said Joey in the after the race appearance. There was some super exciting and unbelievable three wide racing as the leading cars all pushed each other around during those final few laps. Great race … congratulations to the “young” Joey Legano (and to his supportive dad and family).

Clearing snow again and again this February weekend

Posted By on February 22, 2015

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As predicted, we pick up our share of snow in the Cincinnati area on Saturday. I was hoping to make it through the winter without having to put the chains and snowblower on the old John Deere, but realized Friday night that it was not to be. Thankfully all operated as it was suppose to as we picked up an additional 6” early Saturday morning (to the existing few inches) and after the first morning plow this morning watch the snow continue to come down most of the day. By afternoon southwestern Ohio area was in a level 2 snow emergency and by evening I was shoveling another 6 or so more inches. Enough! I think it is time to head down to the boat … except that Judy and Mark on Windbird anchored in Dinner Key (Miami) waiting for a weather window to cross to the Bahamas reported 42 F! Brrr.

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Pano photo – Where’s the pool?

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Gov Scott Walker is appealing as a national GOP candidate

Posted By on February 21, 2015

CNBC interviewed Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday morning (video below) as America is beginning to talk and take note of him as he makes the media rounds. GovScottWalkerheadshotIt is early, but for Walker getting a little better better name recognition is a way to keep dollars growing for a potential (and likely) campaign run to become the GOP presidential nominee.

The biggest surprise to those belittling him is just how savvy and likeable Gov Walker is as a candidate. The criticism that he didn’t finish his state college education and left in his senior year to start work for the Red Cross may actually be his biggest strength when it comes to gaining support from working class America – at least for those who pay attention to Mike Rowe. “How are those  Ivy League educated president doing lately?” The last couple haven’t exactly left a positive impression, especially for those still suffering through never ending wars, a recession, a flood of illegals keeping wages low and a “supposed rebound”  and a new Obamacare law that has disproportionally hurt the middle class.

Heading into Iowa (the first primary), the polling has conservatives of that state showing a healthy respect for Walker’s record as the governor of Wisconsin. Most Republicans admire his tenacity in facing the strong union challenges and by sticking to his principles during previous elections … and the recall attempts. As the GOP field starts to narrow,walkerbutton2016 it would be great to see the fresh face of an experience executive espousing conservative principles and leading rather than a politician pandering to and pitting one group against the other? For once it would be rewarding to elect a president with policies that would actually help beleaguered working Americans, rather than advocating for income redistribution schemes or electing based on political legacy and name recognition like either a Clinton or a Bush (no offense Jeb).

It’s time to change the status quo in Washington DC … and I like what I’m hearing and seeing from Scott Walker.

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Desultory - des-uhl-tawr-ee, -tohr-ee

  1. lacking in consistency, constancy, or visible order, disconnected; fitful: desultory conversation.
  2. digressing from or unconnected with the main subject; random: a desultory remark.