Friday, February 20, 2009

Lansing Mayor freaks out

What the hell dude? Is it an election year or what?
Maybe Michigan is the only state where UAW workers don't quite get why the auto industry is on it's ASS.
Yes. The big three sent thousands of jobs to Mexico, Canada, China, everywhere.
And why?
Because you can't sustain a 2000$ loss per car. I wish I had benefits for life after I work for 22 years. Wouldn't we all? I predicted this for the last 2 or 3 years. I reported on this a dozen times, predicting that the UAW would sink the big three. Was it only the UAW? no but it was a major contributing factor. That and a really stupid marketing and manufacturing plan based on selling 45,000$(US) pick-up trucks and 60,000$(US) SUV's which were actually pick-up truck frames with more seats that got an awesome 6-14 miles per gallon, depending on the model you bought.

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Obama went to Canada, blah blah blah

OTTAWA – President Barack Obama stepped cautiously in his first foreign trip Thursday, refraining from asking Canada to rethink...

Forget that crap...who is the "mountie" in the background???

Cache of Ice Age fossils found in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES – Scientists are studying a huge cache of Ice Age fossil deposits recovered near the famous La Brea Tar Pits in the heart of the nation's second-largest city.

Among the finds is a near-intact mammoth skeleton, a skull of an American lion and bones of saber-toothed cats, dire wolves, bison, horses, ground sloths and other mammals.

My best friends said this was one of the coolest places to go in Los Angeles. The DDDN crew missed this stop when we traveled there last year. Perhaps we will go again.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

R.I.P. Pontiac and Saturn

Jalopnik sources tell them GM's viability plan set to be released at 5:00PM Tuesday, will kill the Saturn brand by 2011. Pontiac will also go away as a division. But the nameplate will sorta live on. So basically, what we've heard is the brand meant to compete against the foreign brands is dead — Saturn goes away in 2011.

GM claims that Saturn, Hummer, Saab have created a 1.1 billion dollar loss. I would love to know how much of that loss was Saturn. I know they have a very loyal brand following. I'm pretty sure they could survive if they didn't have the albatros of GM hanging around their neck.

Bummer Hummer (those vehicles suck), kill Saab (or sell, or reorganize), kill GMC (every vehicles they make is just a rebadged Chevrolet anyway), and if you must kill Pontiac. Basically you need to kill any thing that makes a duplicate of another car. You don't need duplicate pickup trucks, you don't need Tahoe, Suburban, Denali, Yukon, SRX, 9-7X. One of those would take care of the entire market need. It's just stupid to produce 18 models of the the same vehicle across 8 brands.

So surf the Pontiac boards and watch the Firebird fans cry their collective tears for a marginal so-called "muscle car" that is just a restyled Camaro that you can order with a V6.

You can also watch the Saturn die-hards save their vehicles with a specialty company that continues to make parts for them for at least 15 years. Land Rover fans have at least 6 or 7 companies that still make parts for their old models. I know it will work if someone steps up to do it.

So if you were considering buying a Saturn...whatever.....rethink.

What the HELL is wrong in Lubbuck

You all remember how Auburn fired Tommy Tuberville, who was 85-40 as head coach, with a guy who was 5-19 in two years in the Big 12 North? You all remember how fucking stupid that was? Well, move over Auburn, because the brain trust in Lubbock is about to screw an Akita sideways.

They don't deserve a great coach like Mike Leach. I hope he goes pro and has a long and happy career doing it. Idiots.

Monday, February 16, 2009

"Shadow Life"

Aliens may be living among us, but we do not know it because they are microbes that do not have the standard biochemistry of Earth-dwelling organisms.

As well as the many forms of life based on DNA that are known to science, the Earth may have been home to a second creation of organisms that make up an unremarked realm of “life as we don’t know it”, according to Paul Davies, of Arizona State University, a cosmologist and theorist of extraterrestrial life.

Such “weird life” would never have been identified by scientists because the techniques they use for studying microbes are based on the familiar biological processes that drive the living things we understand, Professor Davies told the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Chicago.

The identification of such life on Earth could aid efforts to find life on Mars or elsewhere in the solar system. A second terrestrial creation would also indicate that life arises easily when the conditions are right, suggesting that it is common throughout the Universe.

This is really cool, click the picture for the whole article. I've always thought there is much more on this planet that we don't know about, that we should research and investigate first before we try to figure out what's on other planets. I want to know what the deal is with that underwater lake in the Gulf of Mexico.

Under water lake, video goodness: