Question of the day..

What are the “vines” that bind?

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             (Michael Savage – radio talk show host)

In a conversation this morning while blathering with my long time friend Ed who lives in New Hampshire, I was asked if I ever listened to Michael Savage on the radio? To which of course I could only reply in the negative, ..as listening to the radio, ..even while driving in my car has never been one of my things, (as) ..I am more of a talker, ..than a listener.

Which of course, admittedly is not one of my more admirable traits.

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Ed and I served together in the U.S. Army from day one in basic training, ..until I was unceremoniously excused from duty via a 60 m.m. mortar round on 12, November 1965 in the beautiful Republic of South Vietnam.

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 (Ed and I)

Ed and I were the official mortar magnets of our platoon as we were the lucky fellows in the weapons squad who were issued the renowned M-60 “sieve makers” …

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(Sieve). 

According to Webster: “sieve,” A utensil of wire mesh or closely perforated metal, used for straining, sifting, ricing, or puréeing.

Now that I have provided you all with a “chewable” chunk of awesome information about Charlie Companies, – “Dynamic Duo,” ..let’s move on to what I’ve learned about Michael Savage, ..as requested of me by my friend Ed?

The first thing I learned upon googling Michael Savage, ..is that Michael is not a Savage.

Michael Savage (born Michael Alan Weiner; March 31, 1942) is an American radio host, author and political commentator. He is the host of The Savage Nation, a nationally syndicated talk show that aired on Talk Radio Network across the United States.

By 2009 The Savage Nation had an audience of 8 to 10 million listeners on 400 stations across the United   States, making it the second most listened-to radio talk show in the country at the time.

Beginning October 23, 2012, after several weeks off the air, Michael Savage returned through a new syndicator, Cumulus Media Networks.

By April 2013, according to the radio industry’s Talkers Magazine, he had 3.5+ million weekly listeners, putting him in a six-way tie for sixth place, and six talk show hosts getting 7.5+ million weekly listeners.

He holds master’s degrees from the University of Hawaii in medical botany and medical anthropology and a Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley, in nutritional ethnomedicine.

As Michael Weiner, he has written books on herbal medicine and homeopathy; as Michael Savage, he has written four political books that have reached the New York Times Best Seller List.

Savage has summarized his political philosophy in three words: borders, language, and culture.

Savage has characterized his views as conservative nationalism, while critics have characterized them as “fostering extremism or hatred.”

He opposes illegal immigration to the United States, supports the English-only movement and argues that liberalism and progressivism are degrading American culture.

(Sidebar). Sounds like a younger version of me, only with money and an education.

Continuing…

Although his radio delivery is usually characterized as confrontational and politically themed, he also ruminates on medicine, nutrition, music, literature, history, theology, philosophy, sports, and culture, and tells personal anecdotes.

Since 2009, Savage has been barred from entering the United Kingdom, for allegedly “seeking to provoke others to serious criminal acts and fostering hatred”.

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 (Piers Morgan, ..and/or, – British liberal Jackass).

(Sidebar) Now if we could just get the U.S. government to bar Piers Morgan from the United States, ..I believe “we” might be close to even?

Continuing…

On September 27, 2012, Savage’s talk show left the airwaves after he won a legal battle with his longtime employer, and his attorney said discussions with new networks are already under way.

Savage began an occasional series of video webcasts via “Ustream” on September 30, 2012.

On October 17, 2012, Savage and Cumulus Media Networks announced that they had made a deal and the program would be returning to the air as of October 23, 2012.

Final Question: Why hadn’t I heard about Michael Savage?

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Alluding to my earlier comment; “I’m a talker not a listener.”

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

Intriguing Definitions..

According to Webster: “in·trigu·ing,” (in context) To arouse interest or curiosity.

According to Webster: “def·i·ni·tion,” (in context) A statement of the meaning of a word, phrase, or term, as in a dictionary entry.

According to Webster: “dic·tion·ar·y,” A reference book containing an alphabetical list of words, with information given for each word, usually including meaning, pronunciation, and etymology.

According to Webster: “con·ser·va·tive,” Favoring traditional views and values; tending to oppose change.

According to Webster: “lib·er·al,” Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; Favoring proposals for reform.

Reality in the 21st Century: “def·i·ni·tion,” What the Obama administration decrees.

Reality in the 21st Century: “Obama Administration,” Both the Dictionary and the Bible.

Reality in the 21st Century: “con·ser·va·tive,” angry ignorant people who work for a living.

Reality in the 21st Century: “lib·er·al,” angry ignorant people who live off the labor of angry ignorant people who work for a living.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

Upgrading and Murphy’s Law..

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According to Webster: “Mur·phy’s Law,” Any of certain humorous axioms stating that anything that can possibly go wrong, will go wrong.

History…

The perceived perversity of the universe has long been a subject of comment, and precursors to the modern version of Murphy’s law are not hard to find.

Recent significant research in this area has been conducted by members of the American Dialect Society. ADS member Stephen Goranson has found a version of the law, not yet generalized or bearing that name, in a report by Alfred Holt at an 1877 meeting of an engineering society.

“It is found that anything that can go wrong at sea generally does go wrong sooner or later,” ..so it is not to be wondered that owners prefer the safe to the scientific ….

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Sufficient stress can hardly be laid on the advantages of simplicity. The human factor cannot be safely neglected in planning machinery. If attention is to be obtained, the engine must be such that the engineer will be disposed to attend to it.

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Mathematician Augustus De Morgan on June 23, 1866 “Supplement to the Budget of Paradoxes,” The Athenaeum no. 2017 page 836 col. 2 [and later reprints: e.g. 1872, 1915, 1956, 2000] wrote: “The first experiment already illustrates a truth of the theory, well confirmed by practice, what-ever can happen will happen if we make trials enough.” In later publications “whatever can happen will happen” occasionally is termed “Murphy’s law,” which raises the possibility—if something went wrong—that “Murphy” is “De Morgan” misremembered (an option, among others, raised by Goranson on American Dialect Society list). 

American Dialect Society member Bill Mullins has found a slightly broader version of the aphorism in reference to stage magic. The British stage magician “Nevil Maskelyne” wrote in 1908:… 

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(Nevil Maskelyne).

“It is an experience common to all men to find that, on any special occasion, such as the production of a magical effect for the first time in public, everything that can go wrong will go wrong. Whether we must attribute this to the malignity of matter or to the total depravity of inanimate things, whether the exciting cause is hurry, worry, or what not, the fact remains.”

The contemporary form of Murphy’s law goes back as far as 1952, as an epigraph to a mountaineering book by John Sack, who described it as an “ancient mountaineering adage”: …

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 (John Sack).

“Anything that can possibly go wrong, does.”

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 (Fred R. Shapiro)

Fred R. Shapiro, the editor of the Yale Book of Quotations, has shown that in 1952 the adage was called “Murphy’s law” in a book by Anne Roe, quoting an unnamed physicist:

he described [it] as “Murphy’s law or the fourth law of thermodynamics” (actually there were only three last I heard) which states: “If anything can go wrong, it will.”

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(Anne Roe). 

In May 1951, in Genetic Psychology Monographs volume 43, page 204, Anne Roe gives a transcript of an interview (part of a Thematic Apperception Test, asking impressions on a photograph) with Theoretical Physicist number 3: “…As for himself (Fred Shapiro) ..he realized that this was the inexorable working of the second law of the thermodynamics which stated Murphy’s law

‘If anything can go wrong it will’.”

Anne Roe’s papers are in the American Philosophical Society archives in Philadelphia; those records (as noted by Stephen Goranson on the American Dialect Society list 12/31/2008) identify the interviewed physicist as Howard

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(Howard Percy “Bob” Robertson).

Percy “Bob” Robertson (1903–1961). Robertson’s papers are at the Caltech archives; there, in a letter Robertson offers Roe an interview within the first three months of 1949 (as noted by Goranson on American Dialect Society list 5/9/2009).

The Robertson interview apparently predated the Muroc scenario said by Nick Spark (American Aviation Historical Society Journal 48 (2003) p. 169) to have occurred in or after June, 1949.

The name “Murphy’s law” was not immediately secure. A story by Lee Correy in the February 1955 issue of Astounding Science Fiction referred to “Reilly’s law,” which “states that in any scientific or engineering endeavor, anything that can go wrong will go wrong”.

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(G. Harry Stine – aka Lee Correy). 

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 (Lewis Strauss).

Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Lewis Strauss was quoted in the Chicago Daily Tribune on February 12, 1955, saying “I hope it will be known as Strauss’ law. It could be stated about like this: If anything bad can happen, it probably will.”

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(Arthur Bloch).

Arthur Bloch, in the first volume (1977) of his Murphy’s Law, and Other Reasons Why Things Go WRONG series, prints a letter that he received from George E. Nichols, a quality assurance manager with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. Nichols recalled an event that occurred in 1949 at Edwards Air Force Base, Muroc, California that, according to him, is the origination of Murphy’s law, and first publicly recounted by USAF Col. John Paul Stapp. An excerpt from the letter reads: …

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(John Paul Stapp).

John Paul Stapp, M.D., Ph.D., Colonel, USAF (Ret.) (11 July 1910 Bahia, Brazil –13 November 1999 Alamogordo, USA) was a career U.S. Air Force officer, USAF fligh surgeon and pioneer in studying the effects of acceleration and deceleration forces on humans. He was a colleague and contemporary of Chuck Yeager, and became known as “the fastest man on earth”.(Source, Wikipedia).

The law’s namesake was “Capt. Ed Murphy,” a development engineer from Wright Field Aircraft Lab.

Frustration with a strap transducer which was malfunctioning due to an error in wiring the strain gage bridges caused him to remark – “If there is any way to do it wrong, he will” – referring to the technician who had wired the bridges at the Lab. I assigned Murphy’s law to the statement and the associated variations.

“The History of Murphy’s Law” …

According to the book “A History of Murphy’s Law” by author Nick T. Spark, …

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 (Nick T. Spark).

Nick T. Spark is an American documentary filmmaker and writer. Films he has written, directed or produced include Regulus: The First Nuclear Missile Submarines (2001) and the Emmy award winning The Legend of Pancho Barnes and the Happy Bottom Riding Club (2009)… 

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(Sidebar) …

As Nicholas Spark was born in 1965 and Pancho passed away in 1975, it is doubtful (at least in my opinion) that Nick Spark ever met Pancho personally, whereas having lived in Mojave, California from 1960 through mid-year 1966…

(Except for the (two years) I spent in the (U.S. Army) fulfilling my military obligation)…

..during which time my father was the manger of the Mojave airport while I was manager and operator the “fuel and flight line Services,” accordingly I knew both Pancho Barnes and her son Bill personally. Although Pancho no longer held a pilots license or flew, being a long time friend of my mother and father, she was a regular visitor to the airport.

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(Pancho Barnes – Circa 1925 – highly retouched).

Continuing..

In addition to being a contributing editor to Wings and Airpower magazines, his articles have appeared in the Annals of Improbable Research, Naval History, the Journal of the American Aviation Historical Society, and Proceedings.

People he has interviewed include President Gerald Ford, British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, Secretary of State Colin Powell, and numerous test pilots including Charles “Chuck” Yeager. In 2007 Spark was interviewed on National Public Radio, concerning an article he wrote about the USS Panay incident.

Spark is probably most well known for the four-part article Why Everything You Know About Murphy’s Law Is Wrong, detailing the history of Murphy’s law.

This article, which Spark later adapted into a short book, explains the genesis of the popular adage which apparently originated at Edwards Air Force Base during the United States Air Force’s Project MX981 to research high g-force issues in 1947–1949 under the direction of “The Bravest Man in the Air Force”, physicist and medical doctor John Stapp.

Differing recollections years later by various participants make it impossible to pinpoint who first coined the saying Murphy’s law. The law’s name supposedly stems from an attempt to use new measurement devices developed by the eponymous Edward Murphy. The phrase was coined in adverse reaction to something Murphy said when his devices failed to perform and was eventually cast into its present form prior to a press conference some months later — the first ever (of many) given by Dr. John Stapp, a U.S. Air Force colonel and Flight Surgeon in the 1950s.

These conflicts (a long running interpersonal feud) were unreported until Spark researched the matter. His book expands upon and documents an original four part article published in 2003 (Annals of Improbable Research (AIR) on the controversy: Why Everything You Know About Murphy’s Law is Wrong.

From 1948 to 1949, Stapp headed research project MX981 at Muroc Army Air Field (later renamed Edwards Air Force Base) for the purpose of testing the human tolerance for g-forces during rapid deceleration.

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The tests used a rocket sled mounted on a railroad track with a series of hydraulic brakes at the end. Initial tests used a humanoid crash test dummy strapped to a seat on the sled, but subsequent tests were performed by Stapp, at that time an Air Force captain. During the tests, questions were raised about the accuracy of the instrumentation used to measure the g-forces Captain Stapp was experiencing.

Edward Murphy proposed using electronic strain gauges attached to the restraining clamps of Stapp’s harness to measure the force exerted on them by his rapid deceleration. Murphy was engaged in supporting similar research using high speed centrifuges to generate g-forces. Murphy’s assistant wired the harness, and a trial was run using a chimpanzee.

The sensors provided a zero reading; however, it became apparent that they had been installed incorrectly, with each sensor wired backwards. It was at this point that a disgusted Murphy made his pronouncement, despite being offered the time and chance to calibrate and test the sensor installation prior to the test proper, which he declined somewhat irritably, getting off on the wrong foot with the MX981 team.

In an interview conducted by Nick Spark, George Nichols, another engineer who was present, stated that Murphy blamed the failure on his assistant after the failed test, saying, “If that guy has any way of making a mistake, he will.” Nichols’ account is that “Murphy’s law” came about through conversation among the other members of the team; it was condensed to “If it can happen, it will happen,” and named for Murphy in mockery of what Nichols perceived as arrogance on Murphy’s part.

Others, including Edward Murphy’s surviving son Robert Murphy, deny Nichols’ account (which is supported by Hill, both interviewed by Spark), and claim that the phrase did originate with Edward Murphy. According to Robert Murphy’s account, his father’s statement was along the lines of “If there’s more than one way to do a job, and one of those ways will result in disaster, then he will do it that way.”

The phrase first received public attention during a press conference in which Stapp was asked how it was that nobody had been severely injured during the rocket sled tests. Stapp replied that it was because they always took Murphy’s law under consideration; he then summarized the law and said that in general, it meant that it was important to consider all the possibilities (possible things that could go wrong) before doing a test and act to counter them. Thus Stapp’s usage and Murphy’s alleged usage are very different in outlook and attitude. One is sour, the other an affirmation of the predictable being surmountable, usually by sufficient planning and redundancy. Hill and Nichols believe Murphy was unwilling to take the responsibility for the device’s initial failure (by itself a blip of no large significance) and is to be doubly damned for not allowing the MX981 team time to validate the sensor’s operability and for trying to blame an underling when doing so in the embarrassing aftermath.

The association with the 1948 incident is by no means secure. Despite extensive research, no trace of documentation of the saying as Murphy’s law has been found before 1951 (see above). The next citations are not found until 1955, when the May–June issue of Aviation Mechanics Bulletin included the line “Murphy’s law:

“If an aircraft part can be installed incorrectly, someone will install it that way,”

..and Lloyd Mallan’s book, Men, Rockets and Space Rats, referred to: “Colonel Stapp’s favorite takeoff on sober scientific laws—Murphy’s law, Stapp calls it—’Everything that can possibly go wrong will go wrong’.” The Mercury astronauts in 1962 attributed Murphy’s law to U.S. Navy training films.(Source, Wikipedia).

Editorial: …

Now then I ask you, ..wasn’t that a fun ride? ..with my “puter” presently restricted to one monitor, ..I can’t really get serious about (my purpose) ..to create, and/or, ..publish something, or, anything worthwhile, especially with graphics, ..with “only” one monitor, ..although short of a monumental nightmare, ..it is well beyond the realm of (realistically acceptable) to an old guy set as deeply in his ways as myself, ..so today I chose to treat you all to my rendition of a “Shaggy Dog Story.”

I hope you enjoyed today’s read? ..and I also hope that you’ll keep in mind…

Murphy's Law 3a

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Crusader Rabbit…

Hard Drive Crashed ! ! !

Got anoter on order, ..shipping time, ..three to seven days.

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CRUSADER RABBIT…

Question of the day..

Can you imagine a gang banger without a gun?

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of course you can't

According to both government and national law enforcement statistics, ..gangs, ..and “gangbangers” ..are predominantly comprised of America’s disenfranchised minorities, ..and/or, (African-Americans) and (Hispanic Americans), …

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..demographics, both of which unequivocally voted to reelect Barack Obama for another four years.

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According to Webster: “log·ic,” Valid reasoning.

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 If Barack Obama and the progressive liberal ilk in America are successful in eliminating the Second Amendment from the U.S. Constitution, ..I can “personally guarantee,” ..that Barack Obama and the “progressive liberal ilk” ..in America will not stop at confiscating the arms of law-abiding citizens, (he and they) ..will (continue their onslaught) ..against gun possession until “no one in America” ..possesses a firearm except for those, ..who “deem themselves” authorities.   

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According to Webster: “guar·an·tee,” A promise or an assurance.

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According to Webster: “au·thor·i·ty,” (in context) The power to enforce laws, exact obedience, command, determine, or judge.

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..and/or, Obama in a Nutshell. 

Because when you’re the president of the United States, the most powerful nation on the planet, drive-by shooting…

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..takes on a whole new dimension.

 

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow.

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Question of the day..

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Why does 75% of America’s (voting age) population choose to be ignorant?

According to Webster: “ig·no·rant,” (in context) Unaware or uninformed.

Alluding to the (old) adage, ..that, ..bad, ..and/or, undesirable events (beset the world) in threes?

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I give you my three (personal opinions) ..as to why 75% of America’s voting age population chooses to be ignorant.

Number One Answer: It’s simpler.

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Don’t listen to what’s being said, don’t look out your windows and definitely refrain from sharing your opinions.

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Second Reason: Americans are Distracted.

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…by Technology. 

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 …by Ignoring the Elephant in the Room. 

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 …and by Gluttony.

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Third Reason: Unadulterated Fear.

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 …fear of the Government.

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…fear of Reprisal.

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 …fear of the Unknown. 

…like whether or not your grandchildren will end up living under a bridge…

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..because the Obama administration milked the country dry.

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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More Green (lost) on Green..

You youngsters out there may not recall Burt Bacharach?

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 Bert composed a song entitled…

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Blue on blue..

..first recorded by Bobby Vinton in 1963, it was a great song.

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Although I’m sure that you will never hear (this) on the radio, ..this is my (altered) version dedicated to Barack Obama.

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Green on green, headache after headache
Green on green, now that Fisker is bankrupt
Green on green, headache after headache

All because Obama is ignorant and corrupt.

I walk along the street, that we used to drive
Two by two, Fords and Chevys pass-by…
And as they’re passing by with a blue cast to their exhaust.

I know that America’s grandkids will have to bear the cost.

Green on green, headache after headache
Green on green, now with our treasury depleted…
Green on green, headache after headache
How do we tell our grandkids that they’ve been cheated.

Night after night we wonder what we could have done

To protect the children of our daughters and our sons

As I think about it now, especially in the still of the night

More intelligent voters would have staved off our grandkids plight.

Through a vale of tears our grandchildren’s futures disappear
and I’m as sick as I can be…

Green on green, headache after headache
Green on green, now that we are broke
Green on green, headache after headache
If it weren’t for Obamacare, I could afford to have a stroke.

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Fisker Automotive, Inc. is an American automaker based in Anaheim, California. The company’s first product is the Fisker Karma, one of the world’s first production plug-in hybrid electric vehicles. It debuted at the 2008 North American International Auto Show, creating the premium green car segment in which most major manufacturers have since announced they would compete.

History…

Henrik Fisker co-founded the company in 2007 with business partner Bernhard Koehler (Fisker Coachbuild) and Quantum Technologies after securing a relatively small investment from Gianfranco Pizzuto, an Italian businessman, and Palo Alto Investors. Henrik Fisker is responsible for designing many premium cars such as the Aston Martin DB9 and V8 Vantage, Artega GT and BMW Z8. He also served as design director and sat on the board at Aston Martin.

Investors…

Fisker Automotive’s investors include Leonardo DiCaprio, Palo Alto Investors, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Qatar Holdings, LLC, A123 Systems and Ace Investments. In April 2012, Fisker announced it had received US$392 million in a recent round of financing, which is in addition to US$850 million in private investment it had received in previous rounds.

In July 2012, Fisker shut down all production and hired financial adviser Evercore Partners to find new partners and investors but in December 2012 Fisker claimed it was not for sale. With government credit lines suspended and no income, company officials have sought further government loans and subsidies, and continued to search for investors, lenders, and buyers, and still hopes to find customers in China, England, and continental Europe. By the end of 2012, the search for funding continued, and Fisker had to cease development of the second model line which was around 90% complete.

U.S. government loan

In 2009 Henrik Fisker mentioned plans for another plug-in hybrid, a “high-volume vehicle for a lower price”, subject to getting a U.S. Department of Energy grant to build about 100,000 vehicles annually in the United States.

Fisker received a US$528.7 million conditional loan in September 2009 from the Department of Energy’s US$25 billion Advanced Technologies Vehicle Manufacturing Loan Program (ATVM).

A total of US$169.3 million is for engineering work with primarily USA suppliers to complete the Fisker Karma, design tools and equipment, and develop manufacturing processes. The DOE announcement of the conditional loan went on to reveal the code name for the new vehicle: “The second stage includes a $359.36 million ATVM loan for Fisker’s Project Nina, involving the manufacture of a plug-in hybrid in the U.S.”, expected to reduce pollution corresponding to 30,000 fewer cars.

For comparison, the US$465 million ATVM loan to Tesla corresponds to 5,000 fewer cars. “Project Nina” was later revealed as the Fisker Atlantic.

Fisker’s ATVM loan has attracted some controversy. Politicians and journalists have drawn comparisons with similar loans received by the now-bankrupt solar cell manufacturer Solyndra.

After drawing US$193 million, the government froze Fisker’s credit line in May 2011 after it was determined that the company had not met milestones set as conditions for the loan and hired Houlihan Lokey to assist in monitoring Fisker’s progress.

The loan received additional scrutiny for being awarded for the manufacture of luxury vehicles that are too expensive for much of the general public. Fisker investor Ray Lane responded that the issues were being blown out of proportion due to election year politics. (Source, Wikipedia).

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(Fisker Karma) 

Question: Does this look like an automobile you could purchase with food stamps?

Think about it, I’ll be back tomorrow

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Crusader Rabbit…

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