Elon Musk’s robotics event panned as slick sideshow of nothingness

It’s crazy that, after all his lies about pie-in-the-sky projects, the financial press is still mostly credulous about all things Elon Musk.

This time it’s the Wall Street Journal running an article about Musk’s big two-legged anthropomorphic robot event that everyone who knows anything about robots laughingly said was a sham. There was this paragraph slipped into the larger article:

Mr. Musk, who has been instrumental in popularizing electric vehicles and pioneered landing rocket boosters with his company SpaceX, also has a record of making bold predictions that don’t immediately pan out. Three years ago at an event about automation, he projected that more than a million Tesla vehicles would be able to operate without a driver by the middle of 2020, positioning the company to launch a robot taxi service. That hasn’t happened.

That “don’t immediately pan out” LOLOL.

You mean like his ridiculous tunnel in Las Vegas?

Or his unbreakable truck glass?

Or any number of other lies he’s Tweeted to manipulate his stock price?

Robotics experts mostly panned his Sept. 30 robot event, with many of them saying that a two-legged humanistic robot makes no sense from the standpoints of design and usability.

One of the big questions around Tesla’s humanoid robot is its central purpose, said Chris Atkeson, a Carnegie Mellon University robotics professor. If Tesla’s main goal is to improve manufacturing, a quadruped likely would have been easier to build than a humanoid robot, in part because additional legs make it easier to balance, he said.

So this is all likely another sham meant to prop up stock prices until everyone figures out Musk is selling snake oil again.

Brett Favre’s alleged involvement in stealing funds meant for poor people just gets shadier and shadier

It never ceases to amaze me the ways that powerful well-to-do people will try to work the system in their favor even if it means taking money from poor people in the poorest state in the union — with the (alleged) added assistance of a powerful Republican then-governor.

Text messages entered Monday into the state’s ongoing civil lawsuit over the welfare scandal reveal that former Gov. Phil Bryant pushed to make NFL legend Brett Favre’s volleyball idea a reality.

The texts show that the then-governor even guided Favre on how to write a funding proposal so that it could be accepted by the Mississippi Department of Human Services – even after Bryant ousted the former welfare agency director John Davis for suspected fraud.

“Just left Brett Favre,” Bryant texted nonprofit founder Nancy New in July of 2019, within weeks of Davis’ departure. “Can we help him with his project. We should meet soon to see how I can make sure we keep your projects on course.”

When Favre asked Bryant how the new agency director might affect their plans to fund the volleyball stadium, Bryant assured him, “I will handle that… long story but had to make a change. But I will call Nancy and see what it will take,” according to the filing and a text Favre forwarded to New.

The newly released texts, filed Monday by an attorney representing Nancy New’s nonprofit, show that Bryant, Favre, New, Davis and others worked together to channel at least $5 million of the state’s welfare funds to build a new volleyball stadium at University of Southern Mississippi, where Favre’s daughter played the sport. Favre received most of the credit for raising funds to construct the facility.

This is in addition to the $77 million in additional funds for the needy that were allegedly misspent by a shady non-profit with Republican connections.

$77 million + $5 million in a dirt-poor state like Mississippi would have helped an awful lot of needy people.

Note also that Mississippi’s current GOP Gov. Tate Reeves “abruptly fired the attorney bringing the state’s case when he tried to subpoena documents related to the volleyball stadium.”

Reeves famously hates poor people and helped precipitate and then ignore the water crisis engulfing poor Jackson, Miss. residents.

Meanwhile, Favre appears to be so crooked I fully expect him to run for Republican office in the near future. The GOP base LOVES Republicans who cheat poor Black people and then paint the poor Black people with the age-old racist brush of being shifty and lazy.

Sports hero Brett Favre is alleged to have misappropriated funds meant for the needy to instead build a state-of-the-art volleyball complex at the university where his daughter attends.

Ga. governor signs off on Hyundai’s fleecing of his state’s taxpayers

Now that incumbent Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp overwhelmingly won his primary over Sonny Perdue — thus helping to prove that Trump is not all-powerful — we can go back to loathing Kemp.

He’s still a Trump toadie, despite having political courage and principles just that one time when he stood up to Stop The Steal nuts. (It doesn’t take all that much courage to look at someone and say, “This is not what the law says.” The only reason it needs to be celebrated at all is because it stands out so much from normal everyday GOP corruption and narcissism. It’s not that Kemp is that principled, it’s that people surrounding him in his party are so devoid of scruples.)

To that end, it’s important that everyone point out that Kemp’s deal to build a Hyundai assembly plant in Ga. is a massive give-away to Hyundai that will create jobs at a shocking cost of $228,000 per job. And it will rob state public works programs to pay for making Hyundai richer.

For that kind of a shitty deal, you have to wonder who’s getting paid off where.

The folks at ITPI are on the case:

Take Georgia’s new big, shiny $1.8 billion factory deal with South Korean automaker Hyundai. The state’s republican governor Brian Kemp is making it sound like a win-win for all involved.

“We are proud to welcome Hyundai Motor Group to Georgia as we forge an innovative future together,” Kemp said in a press release. “We will continue working to make Georgia the premier destination for quality companies who are creating the jobs of today, tomorrow, and beyond.”

But when you actually look at the terms of the deal—which is the largest subsidy package for an automotive plant ever in the U.S.—your head can’t help but hurt. There’s a reason Georgia officials wouldn’t reveal what incentives Hyundai had been promised until after the agreement was signed.

Here they are:

  • Local governments are giving Hyundai more than $472 million in property tax breaks.
  • The company will also receive more than $212 million in state corporate income tax credits. (Get this: If Hyundai doesn’t end up owing that much in state income tax, Georgia will instead give the company personal income taxes collected from the company’s workers.)
  • The state and local governments spent $86 million to purchase the plant site
  • Georgia will spend $200 million on road construction and improvements, plus $50 million more to help fund construction, machinery, and equipment.
  • Sales tax exemptions on construction materials and machinery expenses are estimated to cost $396 million.

All in all, Georgia and four counties will be giving Hyundai about $228,000 per job created.

You can read the rest of the article at this link.

Ga. Governor Brian Kemp signs-off on a plan to let Hyundai raid his state’s treasury .