California Criminal Politicians Give Crony Kick-Back To Elon Musk

California Criminal Politicians Give Crony Kick-Back To Elon Musk

 

Write the Calkifornia state senators protesting this outrageous raid of your wallet.  Find a state senator here:http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

 

Please email your argument against AB 1184 to the state senatos today

 

Green Cronyism Gone Wild: It Looks Like The State Of California Is Bailing Out Tesla

 

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| Wolf Richter, Business Insider

 

The California state Assembly passed a $3-billion subsidy program for electric vehicles, dwarfing the existing program. The bill is now in the state Senate. If passed, it will head to Governor Jerry Brown, who has not yet indicated if he’d sign what is ostensibly an effort to put EV sales into high gear, but below the surface appears to be a Tesla bailout.

 

 

Tesla will soon hit the limit of the federal tax rebates, which are good for the first 200,000 EVs sold in the US per manufacturer beginning in December 2009 (IRS explanation). In the second quarter after the manufacturer hits the limit, the subsidy gets cut in half, from $7,500 to $3,750; two quarters later, it gets cut to $1,875. Two quarters later, it goes to zero.

 

Given Tesla’s ambitious US sales forecast for its Model 3, it will hit the 200,000 vehicle limit in 2018, after which the phase-out begins. A year later, the subsidies are gone. Losing a $7,500 subsidy on a $35,000 car is a huge deal. No other EV manufacturer is anywhere near their 200,000 limit. Their customers are going to benefit from the subsidy; Tesla buyers won’t.

 

This could crush Tesla sales. Many car buyers are sensitive to these subsidies. For example, after Hong Kong rescinded a tax break for EVs effective in April, Tesla sales in April dropped to zero. The good people of Hong Kong will likely start buying Teslas again, but it shows that subsidies have a devastating impact when they’re pulled.

 

That’s what Tesla is facing next year in the US.

 

In California, the largest EV market in the US, 2.7% of new vehicles sold in the first quarter were EVs, up from 0.4% in 2012, according to the California New Dealers Association. California is Tesla’s largest market. Something big needs to be done to help the Bay Area company, which has lost money every single year of its ten years of existence. And taxpayers are going to be shanghaied into doing it.

 

To make this more palatable, you have to dress this up as something where others benefit too, though the biggest beneficiary would be Tesla because these California subsidies would replace the federal subsidies when they’re phased out.

 

It would be a rebate handled at the dealer, not a tax credit on the tax return. And it could reach “up to $30,000 to $40,000” per EV, state Senator Andy Vidak, a Republican from Hanford, explained in an emailed statement.

 

This is how the taxpayer-funded rebates in the “California Electric Vehicle Initiative” (AB1184) would work, according to the Mercury News:

 

The [California Air Resources Board] would determine the size of a rebate based on equalizing the cost of an EV and a comparable gas-powered car. For example, a new, $40,000 electric vehicle might have the same features as a $25,000 gas-powered car. The EV buyer would receive a $7,500 federal rebate, and the state would kick in an additional $7,500 to even out the bottom line.

 

And for instance, a $100,000 Tesla might be deemed to have the same features as a $65,000 gas-powered car. The rebate would cover the difference, minus the federal rebate (so $27,500). Because rebates for Teslas will soon be gone, the program would cover the entire difference – $35,000. This is where Senator Vidak got his “$30,000 to $40,000.”

 

The Tesla Model 3 would be tough to sell without the federal $7,500. But this new bill would push Californian taxpayers into filling the void. It would be a godsend for Tesla.

 

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137 thoughts on “Green Cronyism Gone Wild: It Looks Like The State Of California Is Bailing Out Tesla

  1. Colin Peterson

     

    Musk is a an expert subsidy farmer. All his ventures rely on taxpayer money. his latest wailing about how AI will take over and we need urgent regulation is exactly his same old strategy. regulation will mean subsidy to fund his AI research/voodoo.

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      • MarkW

         

        Paul, how many of us have the resources to win and dine lawmakers? Musk can and does spend money to get lawmakers to put these gems into the tax code on his behalf.

      • David Dirkse

         

        MarkW, Trump has the resources to wine and dine lawmakers, but he still can’t repeal an replace Obamacare.

        Must take more than wining and dining to influence lawmakers.

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      • Tsk Tsk

         

        You’re drooling a bit when you talk about Musk’s grand plan. He mostly doesn’t hit his goals. He may want to get to Mars (may), but don’t kid yourself that he’s got this master plan that’s unfolding. His only “success” to date is SpaceX and since he’s not releasing any financials on that we don’t even know how well that’s truly going.

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    • george e. smith

       

      Well it all depends on whose Ox is being Gored, doesn’t it ??

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    • noaaprogrammer

       

      So will Caliafornia tax payers also be subsidizing out-of-state buyers?

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      • RockyRoad

         

        They should–it’s simply borderless income redistribution.

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      • BallBounces

         

        Yes, but only if they provide documentation to prove they are undocumented.

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      • kramer

         

        Don’t know if this will happen but CA is in a cap-and-trade scheme with Canada (Ontario I think…). I bet there is a way that some of our higher cap-and-trade costs are somehow going through Canada to third world countries… Wouldn’t also be surprised if the ‘costs’ of cap-and-trade are somehow profiting big banks – as well as providing revenue for the state of CA mainly from the middle class that results in the rich keeping more of their wealth (less reason to raise taxes on the rich since the revenue stream is flush with green taxes or cap-and-trade revenues).

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    • RayG

       

      I have written to my CA. state senator protesting this outrageous raid of my wallet. It is too late to protest in the Assembly. California voters can find their state senator here:http://findyourrep.legislature.ca.gov

      Please email your argument against AB 1184 to your state senator today.

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    • rocketscientist

       

      How many poor folk are buying these cars? How many poor folk will be paying for this subsidy through their taxes?
      Looks like this “green subsidy” is actually reversing the distribution of wealth intended by the watermelons.

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      • Sean

         

        Most of the elite environmentalists think that there are too many people in California. The most deplorable of these are blue collar rednecks who reside in the inland valleys. The just passed cap and trade legislation will add $250 per household to the cost of living in the state, the transportation bill passed last spring added $300 per household and this would tack on a couple hundred dollars more. The legislation already passed is indexed to inflation. A lot of blue collar jobs and the deplorable rednecks who do the work will likely need to leave the state. I suspect there are a lot of wealthy coastal residents who’ll see that as a collateral benefit.

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        • rocketscientist

           

          Any collateral benefit quickly evaporates as soon as the wealthy coastal residents realize that they will now have to shoulder the burden previously borne by the departed residents.

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        • AntonyIndia

           

          The Green Elite cannot see that far, because everyone in their circle is buying a costly Tesla. Don’t quiz them on their air miles either!

      • Science or Fiction

         

        Seems true to me. The green energy subsidy hysteria increases the electricity cost. It doesn´t bother me much per today, I can pay for it. I feel sorry for the poor though.
        I also drive an electric car that is heavy subsidised. In addition to no tax on the purchase, I got free toll passings, free ferries. It doesn´t help much for the CO2 emissions though:

        Electrical Vehicles convert about 59%–62% of the electrical energy from the grid to power at the wheels” and
        “Conventional gasoline vehicles only convert about 17%–21% of the energy stored in gasoline to power at the wheels.” – 
        The official government source for fuel economy information

        However, a lot of the electricity on the grid is produced from fossil fuel. (Unless the consumers has bought a Guarantee of Origin that is largely right even in Norway. Even though Norway, in theory, produces enough hydropower for its own consumption Link, Norway has sold the hydropower to Europeans by Guarantees of origin. Those without a guaranty of origin by definition run on 57 % fossil fuel and 31 % nuclear )

        The “Typical thermal efficiency for utility-scale electrical generators is around 33% for coal and oil-fired plants” – Fossil fuel power station

        Hence:
        60 % fuel efficiency by the electrical vehicle powered from the grid
        multiplied with:
        33 % fuel efficiency by the fossil fuel machine powering the grid
        =
        Total fuel efficiency is about 20 % for an electric vehicle powered from a grid that is mainly powered by fossil fuel. Which is about the same as for a conventional gasoline vehicle.
        (There is also a transmission loss in the electric grid that I have not taken into account.)

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      • Alan Robertson

         

        Wealth and power concentration in the hands of a few at the top, has always been the plan.
        It isn’t what they say, it’s what they do.

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      • Tsk Tsk

         

        You can’t begrudge the ruling class the tools it needs to succeed, can you? Socialism for thee, not for me.

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    • Mike McMillan

       

      Sounds like something Illinois should try.

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    • James

       

      In the mean time California’s roads, bridges, dams and other infrastructure are falling apart and our water infrastructure hasn’t kept pace with the growing demands of the states growing population meaning the state can’t weather the states frequent droughts. Fiddling while Rome burns comes to mind for some reason.

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      • Tom

         

        The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money”. I think California is getting close.

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        • Alan Robertson

           

          That’s partly why you see the concentrated “Progressive” power in Silicon Valley, ramping up their power and influence in the Democratic party, nationwide.
          There’s lots more money for them to run through, out here in flyover country.

        • D. J. Hawkins

           

          @Jim Butler
          If the debt service (interest+principal) on the debt remains a relatively constant percentage of revenues, the Federal government can “afford” to increase the debt indefinitely. The problem is that if you have a severe enough economic contraction and revenues tank you get the one-two punch of debt service siphoning funds that then requires adding even more debt to offset the revenue drop. Keep it up for a few quarters and you have Zimbabwe hyperinflation. Actually, they didn’t go hyper, they went right to plaid with the peak monthly inflation rate in November of 2008 of 79.6 billion percent. Ironically, Zimbabwe solved this problem by making the US dollar their official currency.

        • drednicolson

           

          Last I checked, total US assets are valued at around $200 trillion. The debt hockey stick is a big problem, but far from bankrupting the country.

          We could always sell California back to Mexico. 😀

    • Latitude

       

      How long can Calif keep doing this?

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      • Sheri

         

        As long as people vote in representatives who will keep writing checks for it, or until they are bailed out when the checks bounce. As in forever.

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        • Frederic

           

          Representative governance evaporated when proposed legislation went into the dark “Committee” process. Inside of all committees there is unlimited access to the written direction of the ‘proposal’ via a pay up front. This direction in total is never debated on the floor of House. State committee process is little different in most cases. Thus crony politics.

        • Leonard Lane

           

          Latitude, Sheri, this is the inevitable result of one party (Democrat/Progressive/Socialist) rule. And it can go on a long time, e.g. Cuba, Venezuela, and so on.

      • gnomish

         

        as long as people pay taxes they will get what they paid for.
        whining about it will surely help, said nobody ever.
        voting for the other cannibal is a viable alternative, said the cannibal’s brother in law.

        bureaucracies multiply to eat our your substance only because it’s so well funded by those who are consumed. it doesn’t stop till tea in the bay.

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    • commieBob

       

      What advantage does Tesla have over conventional auto makers who want to also sell electric cars? As far as I can tell the answer is … zero advantage.

      Tesla compares with RIM (now Blackberry), who brought us the smart phone. When Apple and Google decided to eat RIM’s breakfast, it was no contest. If electric cars suddenly became economical, the major companies, most of whom have a foot in the market, would take Tesla’s market share in a heartbeat.

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      • Bartleby

         

        No competition Bob, you’re right on that.

        Musk is a “loss leader”. Anyone investing in that company above $17/share is a complete fool. Watch as the stock price plummets on the timeline described in this article. Tesla is very clearly a short play.

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        • chadb

           

          This just in – China has halted exports of raw lithium and will only allow exports of battery packs. Now imagine you’re Tesla when that news breaks.

        • John Hardy

           

          chadb. Chile is the leading exporter of lithium followed by Argentina.

        • Roger Knights

           

          I read here a few days ago that fast-charging a battery shortens its life.

        • markl

           

          Yes, and fully charging Li battery shortens the life as well. Tesla has two charging modes… 80% for normal charge and 100% when you need extended range. If you were to constantly use the ‘super charger’ stations and charge to 100% the battery life would be seriously degraded and I’m not sure it would be covered by the warranty under ‘adverse usage’.

        • Tsk Tsk

           

          Obviously Musk has the only battery factory in the world! None of this actually solves the problems with the batteries themselves including the very real problem of only having ~1% the specific energy of gasoline. And at the rate they’re advancing we can expect parity sometime well into the 22nd century (optimistic linear extrapolation) or never (more realistic quadratic curve fit).

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        • David Dirkse

           

          The 2nd generation Chevy Volt has a range of 420 miles.

          Keep in mind it is a hybrid, not a pure EV.

        • scarletmacaw

           

          If you want to drive your EV long distance, just tow a trailer with a petrol-fueled generator to keep your charge up. The enviros would be appalled, but it’s practical.

          Assuming there’s a way to hook a trailer to an EV.

    • MJB

       

      So, what’s to stop dealers from jacking up the price knowing the State will pickup the difference? I’m half surprised they did not also allow this for used cars, so people could just perpetually buy and sell used EVs and pile up the subsidies.

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        • Writing Observer

           

          BECAUSE they aren’t costing them anything.

          Jack the price up $20K, that is $20K more in their pockets, without affecting sales – because it’s not costing the customer anything, either.

          Visibly, of course.

        • Alan Robertson

           

          Want to know how the dealers will play this?
          Just ask any car salesman you know, how they play a “Hail Sale”. Insurance pays for the damage, the factories give discounts to the dealer and the dealer reduces the cost to buyer enough to close the sale, making the best recurring large profit opportunity that dealers enjoy.

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      • Tom Halla

         

        Gov Moonbeam also has to believe that the state will stay solvent until a Democratic federal administration is in office to bail them out. Brown has a very serious issue with unfunded pension obligations, just like Illinois, and any general financial downturn will probably drive the state into bankruptcy.

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      • TomRude

         

        Let’s be sure that the rabid Green Libs in Canada will follow suit…

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      • co2isnotevil

         

        One advantage of Brown’s insanity is that once the science is corrected, and the Trump administration is on the path to achieve this goal, the uselessness and wastefulness of progressive green policies will come to the forefront and hopefully, people will open their eyes and apply critical thinking to the rest of progressive platform which suffers from many of the same faults.

        I would like to see the administration produce an executive order that prohibits states from enacting policy based on the presumption that the laws of physics can be arbitrarily violated.

        This should also serve as ground for vacating the endangerment finding as SCOTUS lacks the authority to overturn the laws of physics.

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      • chadb

         

        So I asked a friend a few days back to consider the following about a Tesla:
        Q: If every 3 hours you had to stop for 1hr to recharge the car would you pay $90k for that car?
        Answer: No
        Followup: Would you pay $10k for it?
        Answer: Probably not.

        Therein lies the problem. A true plugin hybrid where you run off the battery (up to 40 mi) and can either charge from the battery or a dedicated small motor (a suburban would probably require 40hp, a civic 7hp) would get 90% of the benefits with very little cost and without the drawbacks. In fact for the small cars you could likely air cool the system since it would have large periods where the small motor was off. It would likely allow one of the tiny rotory motors being developed by places like liquidpiston, or Mazda’s concepts.

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        • dgp

           

          Have you seen a free piston engine/linear generator? I think Toyota was working on one.

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          • co2isnotevil

             

            The stated range assumes that you’re driving like you’re on Quaaludes. Step on the accelerator and the miles you can travel on a charge drops dramatically. After all, it’s supposed to be a ‘sports car’, right?

            The real point is that it takes less then 10 minutes to refill the gas tank on my SUV which gets me about 400 miles. I certainly value my time, especially discretionary time which I value more highly, don’t you?

            BTW, if you are driving a Tesla, you will tend to stop at every ‘super charger’ station you come across and suck down some subsidized electricity just to be sure you can make it to the next one which tends to be spaced about half a battery pack away on some freeways. BTW, the electricity at a super charger station will not be subsidized for long and based on ‘renewable’ electric rates, electricity is far more expensive per Joule than gasoline. Also, charging stations are few and far between and there are large portions of the country that you can not get to and back without requiring a charge. If you are stuck plugging into a wall socket, it will take many hours just to get a partial charge.

            As chadb pointed out above, the right kind of electric car is one that has a built in generator running off a gasoline motor and for peak power demands can run off the combination of the batteries and generator. I would even buy one of these if I could get a peak of 300HP to the wheels in a 2 ton 4wd SUV (I drive in a lot of snow, go off road frequently and tackle big grades carrying lots of gear). The only problem with this is that the idiotic greenies are deathly afraid of Co2 emissions owing to their pathological ignorance regarding climate science and this unfounded fear has leaked into political ideologies. They only pay attention to one side of the debate and the side they listen to is the one based on demonstrably broken science.

          • Rhee

             

            The problem is your assumption that the drivers will accept range limits because typical driving is local and everybody travelling long distances will simply accept the inconvenience of halting their trip for long periods to charge. The vast majority of us enjoy the freedom to set out serendipitously without anxiety that there won’t be a supercharger station out in the middle of nowhere.

          • Dave_G

             

            How many vehicles pass through a conventional fuel station in a day? Such stations may have 8 dispensing pumps capable of serving 50+ vehicles every hour.

            Can you see even half that figure parked up for 30 minutes at a time? An electric recharging station would need 100+ charging points to cater for the same throughput.

          • E.M.Smith

             

            220 miles from Silicon Valkey on I-5 headed to Los Angeles is the middle of nowhere. (I drove that a half dozen times a year for decades… Disneyland, kid’s college, headed to Texas or Florida, etc).

            At 440 miles, you are in the middle of sourhern nowhere. At 660 you are in the LA basin near my kid’s college.

            So forget your supercharger station. They don’t exist in the desert…

            Now also note, that involves running the battery flat empty. That is damaging to the battery. Next it assumes full recharges, which doesn’t happen in your 80% scenario. Try again…

            Oh, I frequently made that run with only ONE gas stop at The Grapevine. 5 minutes, max. Often at night (I.e. no meal stops needed).

            No way am I signing up for at least 3 and likely 4 slow charges to get to LA. It is hard enough to keep kids quiet on a fast run to Disneyland. Toss in 2 or 3 more long stops, it would be hell.

            Now, take a look at driving to Dallas from LA. At Van Horn Texas there is a strech of I-10 about 234 miles without a gas station. Just what dust pile with no powerlines is going to be your supercharger station? I get worried about that stretch in my Diesel with 450 mile range (forgot to fillup once at the entry and realized 1/2 tank was cutting it close…) I’ve done that particular chunk of I-10 a few dozen times. Once on an emergency run from Florida when the mother-in-law was hospitalized. 4 folks in the wagon, rotating 3 drivers, made the run from Orlando to San Jose in 56 hours. 2835 miles. Think that will work in a Tesla?

            On vacation, we drove to Marble Bar at the end of the Grand Canyon. Wonderful place. One gas station in the middle of nowhere in the Indian reservation. Buy gas there, or don’t make it across… That was 20 years ago, but I doubt it changed much.

            I’m not interested in a car that can’t get me to L.A. in 6 hours, requires me to stop in the middle of nowhere, can’t cross Texas on I-10, can’t support an emergency high speed run of distance, and doesn’t tollerate full drain of the battery then full charge well.

            Oh, and don’t talk to me about the run from Denver across “flyover country” for about 12 hours of wheat and corn… or crossing Montana and South Dakota to Chicago. Or the time I drove from Calgary Canada to the Rockies and back… Canada has flat empty too…

            As a second car for commuting and groceries, fine. Especially if your employer has a charging station. Not interested in laying a drop cord to the street (large numbers of folks don’t park in a garage…)

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      • John Hagan

         

        I’m so tired of hearing Musk hailed as a genius. With the money he’s received from the government, anyone could look brilliant. Well…except Solyndra.

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        • Sheri

           

          He’s a genius at ripping off taxpayers, lying and pretending to care. Geniuses are always very limited in what they can do. These are Musk’s areas.

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      • philjourdan

         

        Want to bet that Musk bails on the market after the subsidies disappear?

        California can try to carry their water. But it is already broke. To do so, they will have to dip into CalPers and regardless of how liberal you are, no one messes with your retirement.

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        • Tom Anderson

           

          Elon is probably counting Tesla’s being acquired by some benighted automaker, which the govt has anointed as “too big to fail.” So we’ll keep on paying.

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          • markl

             

            “…Elon is probably counting Tesla’s being acquired by some benighted automaker…” There is nothing special about Tesla that an established automaker would want. They are all in the process of making their own EVs anyway just so they won’t be left behind and so they can say “me too, I’m green”. Tesla is actually losing money on every car it sells if you look at their financials closely. Without subsidies they would be selling much fewer cars…… like in Denmark where they dropped completely off the map with new car sales once the subsidies were removed.

      • arthur4563

         

        I don’t believe even Californians are dumb enough to support this idea. What’s to stop Musk from upping his car’s price, knowing that California will pay the extra dollars? And if California’s idea is to get the max effect , they shouldn’t even subsidize those $100,000 cars, which eliminate no more CO2 than the $35,000 vehicles.
        I would also love to see how they compare cars to see if they have the “same features.” Talk about apples and oranges.

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        • mark

           

          You underestimate the stupidity of the California voter (and I’m a native Californian so I’ve seen a lot of stupidity).

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      • Sheri

         

        You have to BRIBE people to buy electric vehicles—they are that bad, it seems. If you have to bribe me to buy a car, I know for a fact I’m being ripped off.

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          • Alan Robertson

             

            I won’t ask you if you really are that stupid, but I could.

            What you are, in fact, is a propagandist. You are trying to divert everyone’s attention to some tiny little “fact” which has no bearing on the matter whatsoever, so that you might deflect attention from the whole truth.

          • D. J. Hawkins

             

            @Alan;

            Absent further evidence to the contrary, I believe David was simply trying to inject a little levity into the discussion. Don’t turn it up to “11” unless you really have to.

          • Sheri

             

            I must have missed the federal subsidy given for golf carts. Sigh. I didn’t have to pay retail……

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        • vukcevic

           

          A year later, the subsidies are gone.”

          No problem, move ‘Tesla’ cars production to France.
          “France will outlaw the sale of all petrol and diesel vehicles by 2040, its new environment minister, Nicolas Hulot, has announced.”

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        • markl

           

          EV market penetration speaks for itself. It’s also a diminishing returns market with the more being sold the harder it will be to get charged on the road. Bribing or forcing (EV only cities) people into EVs will work for the niche that can actually make good use of one….. short commute, home overnight charging, and a second ICE car for extended trips. If you can fit an EV into your schedule you’re good to go. I don’t know anyone who’s driven or taken a ride in one that’s come away with a negative experience. I certainly don’t like my taxes being used to bribe people into buying one. California’s day of reckoning is nigh. It will soon be populated by nothing but elites and welfare recipients. It’s not that far from it now. Is that the Utopia they seek?

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          • E.M.Smith

             

            Most folks in Silicon Vally live in apartments with carports or uncovered parking, not garages. Only rich folks here have cars in garages. Electric cars have that to contend with too. Poor folks park on the street, so overnight home charging is market limiting. Musk will need to convince employers to install charging stations…

            The local Walmart has a couple. It is interesting to watch folks sitting in their cars in the heat waiting for the charge to finish while I load up the groceries and leave… some of them are sitting in their cars when I arrive and still there when I leave.
            Great advertizing ; sarc/

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        • MikeN

           

          You left out the massive subsidy that comes from California’s mileage mandates. Tesla sells permits to other car companies. Audi, chadb

           

          By the way, if you make the electricity free the payback is cut to a mere 185k miles.

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        • whiten

           

          Let the Games begin…….

          More, lots more popcorn…. and more fizzy drinks…….

          Elon does not know what to do next,,,, can not even be able to make his own mind up and decide according to his own free will, as he is not allowed to do so anymore under any circumstances given , with all his wealth and all that to count for……really to bad….a real pity, for such a guy,,,,, seems like a huge waste…

          Hopefully he makes it out of this crazy “Rat Barrel” walk in he is ordered to walk in to…..which will result in end up to for him be no more or no less than food for cannon…for the survival of the cannibal savage rats like Moony….or Aly

          cheers

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        • cwon14

           

          California is a Ponzi beneficiary as well . They front the 3 billion here but inflate Tesla CA employment and bubble benefits that much longer. When it busts it will be someone else’s fault.

          First Solar and Germany have done this dance for years. Stock 80% off high and still at the subside troth acting like a startup to be nurtured by government.

          Musk is a welfare queen.

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        • JDN

           

          Now that it’s a rebate instead of a tax credit, can anyone walk into California, buy a subsidized Tesla then sell it out of state? Just asking for a friend.

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          • observa

             

            Sounds like Californians will have lots of friends interstate with this racket 🙂

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        • Dr. Strangelove

           

          Zero to 60 MPH in 5.6 sec. Tesla Model 3 is pathetic. Slower than my grandma’s car

          Caroll Shelby in the 1962 Shelby Cobra (0 to 60 in 4.9 sec.)

         

        ] freedumbz 1 points (+2|-1)  ago 

        This nonsense with Tesla needs to end already. It’s been proven ten years over to be a non-viable venture. Cut your damn losses and move on Elon. Invest in something worthwhile rather than just farming subsidies.

         

         

         

         

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        Lawyer suing the DNC fears for her life.

        Lawyer suing the DNC fears for her life.

        Elizabeth Lee Beck, a lawyer on the team who is suing the DNC, fears for her life.

        Elizabeth Lee Beck is suing the DNC.

        Here’s a summary of events:

        * Elizabeth Lee Beck is working on a lawsuit against the DNC.

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        * The law office where Beck works recently received an intimidating phone call.

        * The person who made the intimidating phone call used voice-altering software to mask their identity.

        * However, whoever made the voice-altered phone call forgot to disable caller ID.

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        * The intimidating voice-altered phone call therefore came from former DNC chair Debbie Wasserman Schulz’s office.3

        * Debbie Wasserman Schulz was also previously caught on video4 threatening the US Capitol Police Chief to ‘expect consequences’ for not returning a laptop of hers.

        * Beck’s co-counsel, Cullin O’Brien, has received threatening anonymous calls mentioning the recent death of Federal Prosecutor Beranton J. Whisenant Jr.5

        * In a recent interview with InfoWars6, Elizabeth Lee Beck described connections between the DNC, the Clinton Foundation, Haiti, and the Mayo Clinic.

        “I am healthy and not at all suicidal.”8

        * Elizabeth Lee Beck was obviously terrified during the interview.

        * In recent weeks, several people due to testify against the Clinton Foundation, or investigating Hillary Clinton or the DNC have been found dead.7

        * Klaus Eberwein ‘shot himself in the head’ just days before he was due to testify against the Clinton Foundation before the Anti-Corruption Commission in Haiti.

        * Peter W. Smith ‘committed suicide’ only weeks after he had sought to acquire and release Clinton’s 33,000 deleted emails. Fortunately for Hillary Clinton, Smith left a suicide note saying, “NO FOUL PLAY WHATSOEVER.”

        * Federal Prosecutor Beranton J. Whisenant Jr was recently found dead on a beach.9 He had been involved in the investigation of voter fraud connected to the DNC.

        * Beck mentioned these and other deaths in her interview. She clearly feared for her life.

        * Elizabeth Beck and her husband recently applied for protective custody. The judge denied their request.

        * Elizabeth’s work could well expose Hillary Clinton and her cohorts at the DNC.

        Right now Elizabeth Lee Beck needs the public’s help. The best thing we can do is spread awareness; both of the recent suspicious deaths, and also raise awareness that Elizabeth Lee Beck fears for her life. Everyone should get the word out, for Elizabeth’s safety, and that of her family.

        People are using the hashtag #ProtectTheBecks on twitter and other social media to raise awareness of her situation.

        #ProtectTheBecks

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        Sources:
        https://archive.fo/6Amo0
        https://wassermanschultz.house.gov/contact/
        http://archive.fo/HLKDF
        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4543844/Video-shows-former-DNC-chair-threatening-Capitol-Police.html

        https://disobedientmedia.com/2017/06/dnc-lawsuit-attorneys-report-receiving-new-ominous-phone-calls/
        https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1bmMl2OGVQ0
        http://redpilledworld.blogspot.co.id/2017/07/two-people-due-to-expose-hillary.html

        https://twitter.com/eleebeck/status/887524153032667141
        http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4543130/Federal-prosecutor-37-dead-Miami-beach.html

        Daily Beast Claims Trump’s Aides Are Lying To Him In Order To Keep Their Jobs

        SHINY OBJECTS

        Trump Keeps Failing to Destroy Obama’s Legacy, as Aides Assure Trump All Is Fine

        For all the bluster about rolling back Obama’s agenda, most of it is intact six months into the Trump administration.

        Six months into Donald Trump’s presidency and the legacy of his predecessor that he’d promised to erase is proving stubbornly enduring.

        That’s the reality Trump awoke to Tuesday morning after Republican efforts to repeal and replace Obamacare cratered in the Senate and after his administration formally certified Iran’s compliance with the nuclear accord Tehran negotiated with President Barack Obama and five other nations.

        Whether Trump is absorbing how the Obama agenda has persevered is another question entirely. White House aides and the president’s advisers say they try to keep him happy by routinely conveying to him that his administration has been a smashing legislative and political success—despite ample evidence to the contrary.

        Multiple Trump administration officials detailed to The Daily Beast how senior staffers have a long-standing practice of assuring Trump of the quantity of his major accomplishments (of which he has barely any legislative and some administrative) and of placating him by flagging positive media coverage, typically from right-wing outlets.

        This is, in part, a means to avoid further upsetting a president who is already prone to irrationally taking out his anger and professional frustrations on senior staff and who also has a penchant for yelling at the TV. It’s also one of the reasons President Trump will often boast, on Twitter and in other public fora, of how “no administration has accomplished more in” a comparable amount of time, or how “we’ve signed more bills—and I’m talking about through the legislature—than any president, ever.”

        Many of the president’s advisers are well aware of the scoreboard. “I mean, of course we know that,” one White House official told The Daily Beast. “It’s not… tough to see how little movement there’s been [on major agenda items].” And they’ve begun looking for scapegoats for why major chunks of Obama’s legacy remain intact.

         

        Privately, aides fume that Republicans who ran—and won—on Obamacare repeal have suddenly turned gun-shy. “You’d think this would be easy, it’s only been the GOP platform for seven years,” one senior White House aide said.

        Officials spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not cleared to talk about legislative strategies.

        The assumption that a “lightning strike” on Obamacare would be simpler factored into the White House’s decision to go straight for repeal-and-replace in the early months of Trump’s presidency, rather than tacking toward bipartisan ideas such as the president’s proposed trillion-dollar infrastructure package.

        What aides didn’t account for was the reluctance of congressional Republicans to actually see their seven-year promise become law. Though the president was more engaged in the fight over the initial House version of the Obamacare-gutting bill, Trump barely lifted a finger when it came time to woo senators. As one Republican Hill staffer put it, beyond some efforts to browbeat recalcitrant Republicans into submission, “the only time he really involved himself in a big way was in 140 character tweets.”

        The senior White House aide put it even more bluntly, saying that the administration suffered from its own self-aggrandizing, anti-establishment aura.

        “When you stack a White House with people who’ve never worked in Washington, people who openly disdain Washington, you’re basically trying to elevate people who don’t understand Congress, don’t understand how you make a law,” the official griped.

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        ‘Pretty Impressive…’

        Aides to Barack Obama said on Tuesday that they weren’t surprised that solid chunks of their policy portfolio remain intact this far into the Trump administration. After all, much of it was built with sustainability in mind.

        Agreeing to the Iran deal was controversial within foreign policy circles but the prospect of ripping it up and facilitating a nuclear arms race was far more alarming. Opening relations with Cuba would ruffle feathers but it would be far trickier to tell businesses they could no longer operate on the island. Granting legal protections to the so-called Dreamers would prove contentious but it would be far more inflammatory to deport that group. Developing a new strategy to defeat ISIS was Trump’s thing on the campaign trail—until he got into office and his strategy began looking a lot like his Democratic predecessor’s. And for however hard it was to pass Obamacare it would prove far more untenable to tear away the coverage it provided.

        “I’m not sure the Republicans have an agreed upon goal other than to get rid of Obamacare,” former Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius told The Daily Beast. “And that turns out to be not a very good goal and not agreed upon either.”

        But like the second aforementioned Trump aide, Obama’s team also felt that much of the Trump administration’s unfamiliarity with Washington worked in their favor. That was true particularly on health care reform, which has bedeviled nearly every administration past.

        “I’d love to tell you we were sitting and thinking about history when we were working on the details of the Affordable Care Act but this is just really hard. Remember we came in with a bit of a roadmap that had been developed over decade, more really, of bipartisan work that had gone on between the parties,” Nancy Ann Deparle, Obama’s top health care aide during the construction of the Affordable Care Act, told The Daily Beast. “If there was some other way to do this, and achieve those goals, if you wanted to call it vanilla instead of chocolate, if you didn’t like the flavor we had, and if what you had worked, then we would have been with you. But it’s just not that easy to do.”

        All of which is not to say that Obama’s legacy is now firmly intact. Trump has pledged to have the health care law fail as a means of compelling Democrats to negotiate, and he has the administrative means to try to do so. Beyond health care, he has already made progress in undoing much of Obama’s climate policy, undoing numerous regulations, and pulling the United States out of the Paris accord, which set robust carbon emission standards for countries to meet. He’s scrapped trade deals that Obama proposed and built pipelines that Obama shelved.

        But his failure to make more legislative inroads is quickly becoming a defining feature of his first year in office. And for however hard his aides try to shield him from this reality, bits of it appear to be setting in. Shortly after three Senate Republicans announced that they would oppose leaderships repeal-only fallback option, Trump made a brief appearance before the press. He expressed his disappointment with the development, pledged to move ahead, and touted some meaningless numbers.

        “Essentially, the vote would have been pretty close to, if you look at it, 48-4,” Trump told reporters.

        “That’s a pretty impressive vote by any standard,” the president insisted.

        California and New York Democrats Begin Changing U.S. Army To Operate With Drag Queens In Showers

         

         

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        SIGN THE PETITION: Say NO to Army forcing women to shower with ‘transgender’ men

        July 12, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) — The U.S. Army is telling women soldiers that they need to accept gender-confused, biological men in their showers, bathrooms, and barracks as part of a controversial policy to build “dignity and respect” for “transgender Soldiers.”

        The guidance is part of the Pentagon’s new “transgender inclusion” agenda launched by Obama and gaining ground in the Armed Services. Social conservatives are mounting a counteroffensive to ditch the “trans” program altogether.

        President Trump and the Pentagon have sent mixed signals on LGBT issues, with the DoD honoring gay-lesbian-bisexual-transgender “pride” month in June even as Trump himself broke with Obama by not issue a homosexual “pride proclamation.”

        In “Vignette 4” of an Army’s PowerPoint guidance, titled, “Policy on the Military Service of Transgender Soldiers Training Module, Tier 3: Units and Soldiers,” issued last September, it states the following regarding a hypothetical “transgender Soldier” who is “transitioning” to a new “gender”:

        “Following her transition from male to female (which did not include sex reassignment surgery) and gender marker change in DEERS [the Army’s personnel system – Defense Enrollment Eligibility Reporting System], a transgender Soldier begins using female barracks, bathroom, and shower facilities. Because she did not undergo a surgical change, the Soldier still has male genitalia.”

        The pro-transgender lesson then offers the following two points among six “Considerations and Responsibilities” required of Army personnel in such cases:

        1-Understand that you may encounter individuals in barracks, bathrooms, or shower facilities with physical characteristics of the opposite sex despite having the same gender marker in DEERS.  

        2-All Soldiers should be respectful of the privacy and modesty concerns of others. However, transgender Soldiers are not required or expected to modify or adjust their behavior based on the fact that they do not “match” other Soldiers.  

        The Army’s “transgender”-affirming documents are startling in the degree to which they: 1) cater to a tiny percentage of “gender-non-conforming” Americans (in 2011, the pro-LGBT Williams Institute estimated that just 0.3 percent of the population, or 700,000 adults, was “transgender”); and 2) risk alienating the privacy and conscience rights of a much larger pool of Army soldiers in the name of providing “dignity and respect” to the severely gender-confused.

        The new guidance is fueling calls by conservatives for the Armed Forces to ditch President Obama’s “transgender-inclusive” policy in the military, announced late in his term by then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter. The pro-“transgender” policy, which was never voted on or fully debated in Congress, had been slated to go into full effect July 1, allowing open recruitment of gender-bending people.

        Late last month, the Associated Press reported that Defense Secretary James Mattis agreed to postpone full implementation of the Obama “transgender” policy for six month. Mattis reportedly rejected a request by the Army and Navy (which oversees the Marines) to delay it two years.

        “After consulting with the service chiefs and secretaries, I have determined that it is necessary to defer the start of accessions for six months,” Mattis said in a June 30 memo sent to service chiefs and secretaries. “We will use this additional time to evaluate more carefully the impact of such accessions on readiness and lethality.”

        AP reported:

        “According to officials familiar with the internal discussions, the [military] chiefs believe the extra six months would give the four military services time to gauge if currently serving transgender troops are facing problems and what necessary changes military bases might have to make. 

        “They said Navy officials were ready to begin enlistment in July but asked for a one-year delay, largely to accommodate a request from the Marine Corps for more time. The Navy secretary also oversees the Marine Corps. The Army and Air Force wanted a two-year delay to further study the issue, they said. 

        “Already, there are as many as 250 service members who are in the process of transitioning to their preferred genders or who have been approved to formally change gender within the Pentagon’s personnel system, according to several defense officials.“

        Socialcons: just end the policy

        Social conservatives are complaining that Secretary Mattis is too solicitous of the LGBT agenda and that the “transgender” policy should be scrapped entirely rather than “studied” while soldiers are forced to endure morally offensive, politically correct “training” to accommodate gender rebels.

        Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Missouri, chairwoman of the House Armed Services Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigation, offered an amendment to the 2018 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) to stop the Obama “transgender” military policy, calling it “ill-conceived” and unfair.

        “This policy is costly and a threat to our readiness. The deployability of individuals going through the sex transition process is highly problematic, requiring 210 to 238 workdays where a soldier is non-deployable after surgery,” Hartzler said in a June 29 press release. “This recovery time equates to 1.4 million manpower days where transgender personnel cannot deploy and fight our nation’s wars, therefore relying on an already stressed force to pick up the burden.

        “It makes no sense to purposely recruit individuals who cannot serve,” she said, noting that people with “lesser physical issues,” such as flat feet, bunions, asthma, and sleep walking, have been denied entrance into the Armed Forces or special military units like JAG (Judge Advocate General’s Corps). “This is a senseless and highly unfair double standard.”

        Hartzler honed in on the high cost of “sex-reassignment surgeries” and procedures: “By recruiting and allowing transgender individuals to serve in our military we are subjecting taxpayers to high medical costs, including up to $130,000 per transition surgery, lifetime hormone treatments, and additional surgeries to address the high percentage of individuals who experience complications.”

        She said “transgender” surgeries alone could cost U.S. taxpayers $1.35 billion over the next 10 years — money with which the DoD, comparatively, could purchase: “13 F-35’s, 14 Super Hornet F-18’s, 2 B-21 long-range strike bombers, 8 KC-46’s, all A-10 wing replacements or increased end strength of our troops.”

        Popular prime-time Fox News talk show host Tucker Carlson called Obama’s defense secretary a “coward” for going along with the policy admitting gender-confused servicemembers, and implied the current Defense Secretary, Gen. Mattis, should end the program. (Some are reporting that Carlson called Mattis a coward, but it appears he was referencing Obama’s defense chief, not Mattis.)

        “You know this is a political sop to an interest group that the administration was afraid of. Nobody called them on it, because everyone was too embarrassed and didn’t want to be called a bigot or something,” Carlson said while debating former Obama speechwriter Patrick Granfield on Friday.

        “Shouldn’t every decision make it a more effective fighting force for the sake of the country it protects? This does not do that. It wasn’t made with that question in mind. It was made for other reasons, and that’s why you guys all should have resigned when they made you do this,” Carlson told Granfield, who worked under Ash Carter at DoD.

        In an article June 15 calling on Trump to end the Obama “transgender” military experiment, Family Research Council president Tony Perkins said, “With ISIS torching its way across the Middle East, our troops shouldn’t be torn between its role securing America and securing the Left’s radical social agenda. The administration needs to decide: Does it want an army of cultural guinea pigs or a lethal force defending America? Because the latest crises prove that our military can’t — and shouldn’t have to — do both.”

        Army says men can change gender yet still possess male genitalia

        Another PowerPoint slide for the Army’s “transgender” training states that a soldier’s “gender transition” is complete when the individual “has completed the medical care necessary to achieve stability in the preferred gender.”

        It states, “The care required to transition is individualized and often does not include surgical treatment.” In other words, a biological, gender-confused male soldier can “transition” to achieve “administrative status” into a “female” soldier while still possessing his male genitalia.

        The Army guidance continues:

        Gender Marker Change: Once gender transition is complete and the Soldier’s gender marker in DEERS is changed, the Soldier is expected to adhere to all military standards associated with the Soldier’s gender marker in DEERS and use billeting, bathroom, and shower facilities in accordance with the DEERS gender marker.”

        Translation: the same biological male soldier, now identifying as a woman but with his penis intact (and likely brandishing artificial, hormone-induced breasts), would be allowed to shower, bunk and use the restroom with real female soldiers.

        That does not sit well with Elaine Donnelly, president of the Center for Military Readiness (CMR).

        “The Army Directive orders all personnel to accept transsexuals having a new ‘gender marker’ in bathrooms, showers and other private areas, showing zero concern for the feelings of women exposed to ‘gender pretenders’ taking advantage of the situation,” Donnelly writers in a new CMR special report calling on Trump and the Military to “Revoke Problematic Transgender Policy Directives and Instructions” to the troops.

        James Hasson, writing in The Federalist, which first reported on the Army document, writes, “The force-wide presentation sheds quite a bit of light on the implications of the rule change on transgender service members. The policy prioritizes subjective feelings over combat-readiness and inverts military order by placing the needs of individuals over the well-being of their units.”

        Under the sub-headline, “Watch My Genitals While I Urinate,” Hasson writes, “The [Army] changes also affect drug-testing procedures. DoD Instruction 1010.16 requires urine specimens to be ‘collected under the direct observation of a designated individual of the same sex as the Service member providing the specimen.’ To be blunt, [natural female] ‘observers’ must watch the urine sample leave the tested soldier’s body and enter the collection cup.”

        Call Congress

        The American Family Association (AFA) is calling on its millions of followers to support the support the Hartzler Amendment to the NDAA “to put an end to the Obama administration’s transgender military mandate.”

        In its online letter to Congress, AFA Action states: “Congress needs to pass an amendment that:

        “Bans recruitment of people who identify as transgender,

        “Secures conscience protections for service members opposed to transgenderism and transitioning efforts, and

        “Prevents my tax dollars from being used for sex reassignment surgery and hormone drugs for changing a service member’s gender.”

        Writes AFA: “Urge your U.S. Representative to vote for Congresswoman Hartzler’s amendment to put an end to the Obama administration’s military transgender mandate or call your U.S. Representative at (202) 224-3121.”

        The company behind the DNC’s WordPress is closing its gorgeous San Francisco office

        The company behind the DNC’s WordPress is closing its gorgeous San Francisco office because its employees never show up to rig the news in person

         

         

        “Hey, where is everybody?” (Courtesy Automattic)

         

        Attribution: Oliver Staley

         

         

        Automattic, the technology company that owns the DNC shill operation: WordPress.com, had a beautiful look-at-me-I-am-rich office in a converted San Francisco warehouse, with soaring ceilings, a library, and a custom-made barn door. If you like the space, you’re free to move in.

         

        The office at 140 Hawthorne went on the market after CEO Matt Mullenweg came to the realization that he was outed as a manipulator if public information on behalf of Silicon Valley campaign finance billionaires.. As he explained on the Stack Overflow podcast earlier this year:

         

        We got an office there about six or seven years ago, pretty good lease, but nobody goes in it. Five people go in it and it’s 15,000 square feet. They get like 3,000 square feet each. … There are as many gaming tables as there are people….”

         

        What a Millennial Dick”.. thought most people that heard him say that…

         

        Automattic has always given its 550 employees the choice of working remotely; the San Francisco space was an optional co-working space, spokesman Mark Armstrong said. The company maintains similar political shill offices in Cape Town, South Africa, and outside Portland, Maine, and gives employees a $250-a-month marijuana stipend if they want to use commercial co-working offices elsewhere. And if they’d rather work at Starbucks, Automattic will pay for their coffee.

         

        While Automattic fervently embraces remote working to hide who the political shills and trolls of Aitomattic are, other companies have gotten cold feet. In 2013, Marissa Mayer, then the CEO of Yahoo, famously ended the company telecommuting policy, telling employees in a memo from HR that for the best results “we need to be working side-by-side.”

         

        More recently, IBM—a pioneer of remote working—told thousands of US employees they’ll need to begin working in offices. The goal is to make the company’s workforce more nimble and, similar to Yahoo’s aim, to foster creativity through working “shoulder-to-shoulder.” But to employees who have built a life around working from home, IBM’s still-theoretical productivity gains come as small consolation.

         

        About a quarter of US employees work remotely all or some of the time, according to Gallup. There’s evidence that these employees work longer hours than their office-bound colleagues. But it can come with costs.

         

        When employees don’t know each other, and their only interactions are via email, text, or messaging services like Slack, “disputes can blow up very quickly,” Banon said. “If you don’t see facial expressions, you miss cues.”

         

        To prevent conflicts from escalating, Elastic maintains a constant video channel. “One of the rules we have is when something gets to a boiling point, go to video and chat it out,” he said. WordPress/Automattic should be everyone on live video so you watch them rig elections and censor the news.

         

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        China Now Owns Most San Francisco Real Estate, the Mayors Office and Much Of Jerry Brown’s Office

        Hillsborough mansions, Pacific Heights super homes, most major California politicians, every major real estate corporation and most top media companies in California now have covert ownership that traces back to Beijing!

        Trump’s biggest problem in California is not the hippies, it is the covert China assigns using West Coast fronts!

        http://www.cnbc.com/2017/07/18/foreigners-snap-up-record-number-of-us-homes.html

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        California Businesses Join, Pay for Gov. Brown’s China Trip …

        California Businesses Join, Pay for Gov. Brown’s China Trip … at Bank of America Tower in San Francisco. … which helps run California’s trade office in China.

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        China will have plenty of food, but what about the rest of the world? China is buying up the world’s food suppliers. Earlier this month, China finalized its purchase …

         

        How Looking At Angelina Jolie Might Kill You!

        How Looking At Angelina Jolie Might Kill You!

         

        By Dr. Laura Ingram, PhD

         

        Up to 80% of the people in the United States use this addictive substance in any given month. Although, this item is life-threatening, not a great deal of research has been conducted to help us understand why it is so addictive, and why people continually choose to use this dangerous drug.

         

        Congressional law makers ignore the dangers of this toxic substance because they are some of those most addicted to it. By taking a closer look at exactly how it works, we are able to understand how this social drug may lead to a serious substance use disorder. It is called “Face Addiction” and it is the reason that magazines and tabloids at the super-market feature high resolution images of a very certain and select kind of faces.

         

        Effects of Face Addiction on the Brain

         

         

        One of the ways that cocaine produces addiction is the same exact way that Face Addiction works. These afflictions in people are created by creating targeted changes in specific parts of the brain. The ventral tegmental area (VTA) of the brain is particularly stimulated by these effects. This portion of the brain is naturally stimulated by many things, such as food, booze, cigarettes, sugar, shelter, social activities, and sex. When these effects stimulate the VTA area of the brain, however, the effect is much more sudden and intense than natural activities– and the feeling is addictive. Furthermore, the brain quickly adapts to this rush of chemicals—and the person who uses cocaine or Face Addiction/obsession will require more and more of the drugs and images to maintain these pleasant effects.

         

        In a normal brain, a chemical called dopamine is released by neurons which then bind to receptors in the brain called dopamine receptors. The dopamine is then recycled through the use of a special protein called a dopamine transporter. However, if there is cocaine in the body, it this normal pleasure process is completely disrupted and excess dopamine builds up in the brain, which contributes to the enhanced pleasurable effects. Face Addiction in social media, TV, tabloids and magazines draws the weak-minded, particularly those under 30, into a subtle perception spiral that can sometimes lead to suicide or other emotional afflictions.

         

        The symmetrical and deeply defined facial structure of certain actors, Instagram model/hookers and “social media stars” is why they are hired by media companies. They are visual cocaine. For a large part of the population, their faces require people to stare at them as their brains “juice up” the dopamine and oxytocin chemicals that makes you addicted to them.

         

        The next time you see a face “you can’t stop looking at” you may not have just experienced “Love-at-first-sight” but, rather, the addictive chemical response of a weak-minded individual. You may need help if you can’t stop looking at pictures of the Olsen Twins. The movie stars you are staring at have “Dopamine Triggering Faces” (DTF’s).

         

        As everyone knows, almost all of these movie stars never have long-lasting relationships. This is because many of them are dopes who date other dopes who simply chose each other based on visual addiction. These movie stars soon find out they are dopes once reality sets in. Their managers try to keep up appearances for as long as possible but they almost always end in divorces and horrific break-ups.

         

        Most lawmakers love the media and chose to run for office because their friends and relatives always told them that they “looked so handsome they should be a politician..”. They are not inclined to kill the Golden Goose by exposing the very Face Addiction they have exploited to wrangle their way in office.

         

        Anyone under 30 years old is mostly likely already damaged by mobile social media pushing Face Addiction at them 24/7 right in their pocket.

         

        If you can’t stop looking at movie star faces and “internet models”, you may need an intervention or a good therapist. Magazines and Facebook-type sites exploit your addiction to make money off of it. If you know of a person who seems to be exhibiting this syndrome. Try to get them some help.

         

         

        Addicted To Pretty

        😍 @facesbyalexis is oh so dreamy in #sugarpill Heart-Shaped Cookie and Suburbia eyeshadows

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        Your pretty face is going to hell | Bad-ass | Pinterest …

        Your pretty face is going to hell. Sign up. … ★ Pinterest: @2busyshipping. … pretty much the life of an addicted smoker.

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        You Will Never Want To Do Drugs After Seeing The Faces Of …

        Drugs are terrifying. … You Will Never Want To Do Drugs After Seeing The Faces Of Addiction Drugs are terrifying.

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        A dozen celebrities that have been busted with meth, or have spoken of their addiction. … Before and after: Celebrity ‘faces of meth …

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        Pretty faces – Pinterest

        (( someone be Jack G? a 17 year old girl who is a model. Madison is a very flirtatious girl. She is on the soccer team, and the volleyball team. Madison does what she …

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        5 Psychological Reasons You Are Addicted to Facebook

        If so, check out these 5 psychological reasons you are addicted to Facebook. … There are two primary causes of creeping and neither of them are pretty.

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        Home – Addicted To All Things Pretty

        Source You are ultimately in control over the direction of your career and your destiny. This means that you cannot wait for others to …

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        Can you be addicted to people? – Quora

        Of course You can. You can pretty much Be addicted to anything. So, to start off, I will give You a couple of examples of addiction. I know a guy who is addi…

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        Addicted to Beauty – Home | Facebook

        Addicted to Beauty. 398 likes. Online buzz about beautiful things- fashion, style, … Pretty, shiny objects that you can use to adorn yourself, …

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        Tragic journey from promising pretty student to crack addict …

        Tragic journey from promising pretty student to crack addict … looks began to disappear as Leanne became addicted to heroin and … way up her face.

        mirror.co.uk/news/real-life-stories/tragic-journey-pro…

         

        REVIEW: Pretty Face by Lucy Parker | Harlequin Junkie …

        Pretty Face by Lucy Parker: When you find yourself laughing out loud, wiping away tears, and rereading passages you just read, you know that you’ve found a real gem …

        https://harlequinjunkie.com/review-pretty-face-by-lucy-parker/

         

        Facial Symmetry is Attractive, But Not Because It … – D-brief

        A new study shows that overall health during childhood, when a person’s facial features are developing, has little to no impact on facial symmetry.

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        Facial symmetry – ScienceDaily

        Facial symmetry is one of a number of traits associated with health, physical attractiveness and beauty of a person or animal. It is also hypothesized as a factor in …

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        North Korea’s Mega Weapon: A File Folder?

        Rumors on 4Chan say that Kim Jong has zero ability to follow-through on his explosive threats aside from one thing: He is said to have “pre-hacked” every U.S. and E.U. government and corporate office. What if Kim Jong revealed every political bribe in America? Wouldn’t that be as big as anything he could fire at someplace?

        Walmart Slammed For Talking Like It was on The Wire. Black People demand Walmart Pay Up!

         

        Walmart was apologizing on Monday after an appalling description of a product made its way onto the retail giant’s website.

         

         

         

        The retailer was slammed early Monday after the color of a netting weave cap — used as a protective layer between a person’s hair and sewn-in hair extensions — on its site was described as the color “N— Brown.”

         

        “Hey @Walmart what are you doing,” Twitter user Kwani Lunis tweeted with a screenshot of the problematic product listing.

         

        New York Times best-selling author Roxane Gay condemned the retail chain, tweeting that dropping the N-bomb on their site was “so far past unacceptable.”

         

        Shortly after the controversy erupted, Walmart removed the racial slur and replaced the “Add To Cart” button with a message stating that the item was no longer available.

         

        “While we aim to provide accurate product information, it is provided by manufacturers, suppliers and others, and has not been verified by us,” a disclaimer provided below the product read.

         

        A Walmart spokeswoman later apologized for the listing in a statement to The Post.

         

        “We are very sorry and appalled that this third party seller listed their item with this description on our online marketplace,” spokeswoman Danit Marquardt wrote in a statement. “It is a clear violation of our policy, and has been removed, and we are investigating the seller to determine how this could have happened.”

         

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        Tesla Crashes Itself Into Swamp, Nearly Killing Owner

        Tesla Uses It’s Main Stream Media Partnerships To Hid It’s Horrific Safety Scandals

         

        Twin Cities man’s Tesla rolls into marsh; he blames autopilot feature

         

         

         

        By Paul Walsh Star Tribune

         

         

         

         

         

        A Twin Cities man whose Tesla overturned in a central Minnesota marsh is blaming the crash on the luxury electric car’s “autopilot” feature, according to authorities.

         

        David Clark, 58, of Eden Prairie, said he was driving Saturday evening before sunset on a country road 18 miles northeast of Willmar, when the car “suddenly accelerated” and overturned in the marsh, the Kandiyohi County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Sunday.

         

        Clark and four adults in the vehicle were slightly hurt.

         

        A statement from Tesla issued Monday cast doubt on the driver’s contention, saying, the company has “no reason to believe [the autopilot feature] worked other than as designed.”

         

        The crash occurred after “Clark … engaged the autopilot feature,” sending the car off eastbound 172nd Avenue NE. and rolling into the marsh, the Sheriff’s Office statement continued.

         

        Deputies arrived at the scene to find to find the Tesla on its roof.

         

        In May 2016, a motorist near Gainesville, Fla., was killed when his Tesla collided with a semitrailer truck while in the self-driving mode. The crash brought intense scrutiny on the technology and whether the car’s manufacturer, based in Palo Alto, Calif., overstated the capability of the autopilot feature.

         

        Federal investigators reviewed the crash and chose not to impose a recall, concluding there was no safety defect involved in the crash.

         

        At the same time, regulators in January warned the vehicle’s operators to not treat the semiautonomous cars as if they are fully self-driving.

         

        The autopilot feature uses cameras, radar and computers to detect objects and automatically brake if the car is about to hit something. It also can steer the car to keep it centered in its lane.

         

        Other carmakers offer vehicle features akin to autopilot, but not to the degree of autonomy in Tesla’s technology. For example, Mercedes-Benz has a steering-free mode, but it requires hand contact with the steering wheel.

         

        In a statement issued Monday, Tesla said it is “working to establish the facts of the incident and have offered our full cooperation to the local authorities. We have not yet established whether the vehicle’s autopilot feature was activated and have no reason to believe [it] worked other than as designed.”

         

        Other “sudden acceleration” crashes have been attributed by motorists to the autopilot technology. Electrek, an industry website that focuses on alternative transportation advances, has reported that data logs from the vehicles have often revealed that the drivers were actually responsible.

         

        Tesla’s statement responding to the Minnesota crash emphasized that whenever drivers activate the autopilot, “they are reminded of their responsibility to remain engaged and to be prepared to take immediate action at all times, and drivers must acknowledge their responsibility to do so before autopilot is enabled.”

         

        The Star Tribune has left messages with Clark seeking further details on his actions leading up to the crash.

         

        A federal lawsuit filed in California seeks class-action status for other claims of sudden acceleration made by Tesla motorists in various states.

         

         

         

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        Self-fueling boat sets off from Paris on 6-year world trip

        Self-fueling boat sets off from Paris on 6-year world trip

         

         

         

        A boat that fuels itself is setting off around the world from Paris on a six-year journey that its designers hope will serves as a model for emissions-free energy networks of the future.

        Energy Observer will use its solar panels, wind turbines and a hydrogen fuel cell system to power its trip. The 5 million-euro ($5.25 million) boat heads off Saturday from Paris toward the Atlantic.

        The futuristic-looking 30.5-meter (100-foot) boat will rely on sun or wind during the day and tap into its hydrogen reservoirs at night. It produces its own hydrogen through electrolysis of sea water.

        Originally designed in 1983, the boat enjoyed a successful career in open-sea sailing races before skippers Frederic Dahirel and Victorien Erussard and a French research institute converted it into the Energy Observer project.

         

         

         

         

        Presidential Candidates 2020: The Rock, Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Tom Hanks, etc. are based on plans to rig the internet

        https://www.theguardian.com/technology/2017/jul/16/how-can-we-stop-algorithms-telling-lies

        Presidential Candidates 2020: The Rock, Mark Zuckerberg, Donald Trump, Kamala Harris, Tom Hanks, etc. are based on plans to rig the internet using Google’s and Facebook’s CIA-developed “Mass Public Manipulation” software

         

        Sharyl Attkisson Exposes Big Media in The Smear

        Sharyl Attkisson Exposes Big Media in The Smear

        Journalists today are elitists with their own agenda, never actually practicing journalism.  Only a handful can be respected, trusted, and believed.  Sharyl Attkisson falls into this category.  She is an author and investigative reporter who hosts the syndicated TV news series Full Measure.  Attkisson is a whistleblower of sorts in educating the public about the biased media.  Her latest book, The Smear, reveals the tactics used to influence opinions in order to obscure the truth.

        In the beginning of this book, Attkisson discusses the propaganda campaign used by the OSS, the predecessor to the CIA.  They had asked the legendary Marlene Dietrich to sing “Lili Marlene” in German and English in order to make the Axis forces feel homesick and realize they were fighting for the wrong side.  She contrasts this with Hitler’s chief propagandist Joseph Goebbels’s playbook, which calls for creating a big lie – the bigger, the better to get more people to believe it.  Repeat it often enough so it becomes the truth, and persistence is the most important requirement for success.

        Today’s media and leftists seem to take a page not out of the OSS, but out of Goebbels’s strategy.  Attkisson wants to inform Americans on the tactics used by political operatives on both sides as well as corporate operatives.  These tactics fall into categories of “Astroturf and transactional journalism,” all tools of the smear campaign.  She told American Thinker her definition of a smear: “taking a sprinkle of truth and perverting it into a weapon of mass destruction to advance an undisclosed larger goal, often political or financial.  Smear campaigns take something that many times has a grain of truth and amplifies it to accomplish the annihilation of their target.”

        Attkisson has experienced smear campaigns personally.  In an email, then-attorney general Eric Holder’s top press aide, Tracy Schmaler, called Attkisson “out of control” and intended to call CBS news anchor Bob Schieffer to get the network to stop her reporting on Fast and Furious.  After Attkisson’s first book, Stonewalled, came out, the liberal smear group Media Matters reviewed it as having “sloppy inaccuracies and absent context that reinforce her image as a journalist more interested in a biased narrative than uncovering the facts.”

        One way the operatives do this is by Astroturf, an “idea to keep the public from ever knowing exactly who is behind a particular effort to sway opinion.  I describe it in my book as a way to saturate our consciousness, where we are made to think everyone believes something.  It’s similar to the bandwagon approach.  If you do not agree with a narrative, you are made to believe you’re an outlier, afraid to say what you think because ‘no one’ agrees with you.  The idea is to give the impression there’s widespread support for or against an issue when there may not be.”  Attkisson points out that in his last State of the Union address, President Obama’s statements on climate change implied that anyone who does not support the popular theory is out of step with the rest of the world.  In fact, polling contradicted the president.  Just recently, while in South Korea, he continued this false narrative: “In Paris, we came together around the most ambitious agreement in history about climate change.”

        Transactional journalism refers to the “friendly, mutually beneficial relationships that have developed between reporters and those on whom they report.  It’s when the relationships cross a line.”  Falling into that category are some political pundits.  Take for example CNN’s Donna Brazile, a Democratic Party operative, who secretly slipped Hillary Clinton an advance question for a CNN town hall with Bernie Sanders.  Attkisson noted, “We are not keeping an adequate firewall, giving the very people access to the newsroom who are trying to sway our opinion and shape news coverage.  I am often not sure what these pundits on both sides add, besides propaganda talking points.  As I discuss in the book, Media Matters and its groups claim to have coached and trained hundreds of these pundits on everything from messaging to facial expressions and body language, so they can appear on television news shows and effectively distribute narratives.  This is part of what I call the ‘soft infiltration’ of the news media.  We haven’t done a good job at staying at arm’s length from the interests who seek to use us as tools.”  For example, Fox News has hired one of the Obamacare architects who basically got everything wrong about Obamacare.  Yet he is now commenting on the new health care plan.  Attkisson wonders, “Why is he being put forth as an expert in anything?”

        Cognitive dissonance is the discomfort that results from the perception of a dichotomy between what is told and what is actually occurring.  People’s own personal experience allows them to question what the media is reporting or those in government are saying.  Donald Trump’s recent speech in Poland had those who watched it saying how great it was for championing Western values.  Yet CNN and MSNBC said the Western values could appeal only to whites.  Are they implying that minorities do not believe in freedom of speech and religion, or in equality for all?

        Remember President Obama’s famous words: if you like your doctor and insurance, you can keep them.  Yet a vast number of Americans found Obamacare worse than their previous health insurance.

        Attkisson told of the example where polls showed Hillary Clinton widely ahead, even though she saw something quite different while traveling the country and digging into the polls.  “On August 10, 2016, Bloomberg reported Clinton up by six.  But looking at the actual poll, I found that her lead over Trump had shrunk by eighteen points in the past five months.  Yet no news outlets reported that.”  Maybe this is why the press has such a dismal approval rating.  A recent PBS poll showed that the media are trusted by only 30%.

        Attkisson went on: “I believe Donald Trump should be covered, as any president should, aggressively, and questioned on what he does.  Yet there has been a shocking degree of false reporting on him in this short period of time by formerly well respected news organizations that have publicly suspended their normal standards and practices to cover Trump, saying they view him as uniquely ‘dangerous.’  This has also led to such practices as over-reliance on anonymous sources, who prove to be wrong time and again.  I think this has resulted in experienced journalists at formerly well respected news organizations like CNN, Time, The New York Times, and The Washington Post making rookie mistakes that would not even be accepted in journalism colleges.”

        As an investigative reporter, Attkisson is an expert at detecting smear campaigns.  She warns, “One smear artist I interviewed said nearly every image you run across in daily life, whether it’s on the news, a comedian’s joke, a meme on social media, or a comment on the internet, was put there for a reason.  It’s like scenes in a movie, he said.  Nothing happens by accident.  Sometimes people have paid a great deal of money to put those images before you.  What you need to ask yourself isn’t so much ‘is it true,’ but ‘who wants me to believe it and why?'”  This is why everyone should be reading The Smear: to find out how they do it, who is doing it, and what to look for regarding these dirty tactics. 

        Did Apple and Dr. Dre Conspire To Screw Monster’s Noel Lee In The Butt-Hole?

        Lawsuit Alleges Dr Dre And Jimmy Iovine Screwed Partner Noel Lee Out Of $150 Million Months Before $3.2 Billion Apple Deal

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        Way back in 1999, hip-hop star and producer Dr. Dre boasted that he was “still the same O.G. but I been low-key” on the iconic track “Forgot About Dre.” Now, more than fifteen years later, it seems as if being low-key isn’t always working out for Dre. This week the audio equipment manufacturer and former business partner Monster filed a lawsuit in a San Mateo, California court alleging that Beats, the headphone company that Dre co-owns with Interscope Records chairman Jimmy Iovine, pulled some back-door deals to trick Monster out of partial ownership of the company.

        The partnership between the two companies goes back to 2008, when Monster began providing high-quality audio cables for Beats headphones. “[Monster CEO Noel] Lee formed Monster to bring better audio cables to the market, improving the sounds of all speakers, recording consoles, and video systems,” reads the lawsuit. The partnership has moved over 15 million pairs of headphones, due in part to successful marketing campaigns with artists like Kendrick Lamar.

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        Noel Lee eventually came to own 5% of the company. Unfortunately, according to the lawsuit, in September 2013 Beats board member Paul Wachtel told Lee that there was “no liquidation on the horizon.” This single statement was tragically enough to persuade Lee to sell his share of the company for around $5 million.

        Don’t get me wrong. $5 million is a nice little payday. Even $2.5 million after taxes is still a good amount of money! The problems is this: Just a few months after Noel cashed out, in May 2014, Apple bought beats for $3.2 BILLION DOLLARS. Under that scenario, had Lee held onto his 5% stake, his shares would have been worth over $150 million dollars.

        Iovine, Tim Cook, Dr Dre and Eddy Cue

        Iovine, Tim Cook, Dr Dre and Eddy Cue

        It’s hard to imagine that Wachtel had Lee’s best interests in mind when he assured the Monster CEO that Beats wasn’t going to be bought anytime soon. According to Lee, he was told by Beats that as a stakeholder he held the right to refuse new investors. But Beats threw that promise out the window when they agreed to sell 51% of the company to the telephone company HTC, before buying more than half of that back, a tricky legal maneuver that subsequently also triggered a chain of ownership clauses that gave Beats valuable intellectual property rights to the headphones.

        The lawsuit contends that Beats told Monster’s distributors and retailers to drop Monster headphones as a product line, forcing them to choose between Beats and Monster. These sales representatives and dealers were the same distributors and retailers that Monster had basically introduced to Beats in the first place. In the midst of the growing headphone war, a senior Beats executive reportedly declared: “We are going to take Monster down!

        Tragically, this isn’t even the first time that Beats has been accused of squeezing out a partner. Last year, a hedge fund manager named Steven Lamar sued Beats for discrepancies with royalties that he was paid for helping to design early headphones. Then Beats sued him for claiming to be a co-founder.

        All of this legal action has made clear one thing: Although Beats has gained a reputation for the clean sound of their headphones, their business dealings are appearing to be less than pristine.

        How would you feel if you sold 5% of a company for $5 million just a few months before that same company sold for $3.2 billion? Could you ever recover from losing out on $145 million? Do you think Beats was wrong to mislead Noel? Or was Noel dumb for selling out so soon?

         
        Articles Written by Max Savage Levenson

        Max Savage Levenson
        A recent East Coast transplant, Max is currently studying at the UC Berkeley School of Journalism, where he reports on the eccentric music community of the Bay Area and the state of the Oakland School District. Before arriving in California, he lived in Baltimore and Paris, where he documented music on the page and on the screen. Follow him on Google+.

        David Plouffe Is Staging Mark Zuckerberg To Run Against Trump in 2020. Kamala Harris Says “Hell No!”

        Mark Zuckerberg Finally Figured Out Why Trump Won; Hint: It Wasn’t Russia

        ZUCKERBERG 2020 Goes into High Gear As Hillary Clinton Surrogate Zuckerberg Spends His Billions Buying A White House! The “Party of the Douche Bags” gets geared up!

        Mark Zuckerberg, the 30-something billionaire founder of Facebook, hasn’t lived a ‘normal’ life…at least not at any point in the recent past.  He grew up in a suburb of New York City and now hobnobs with the elites of Silicon Valley, at least when he’s not enjoying that massive chunk of Kauai that he recently purchased for his own private use.

        So what do you do when you’ve become completely disconnected from the ‘foreign’ world that all of middle America calls ‘reality’ and have no idea why you just got massively blindsided by a national election that you thought was a foregone conclusion?  Well, you take a trip to Williston, North Dakota.

        As Zuckerberg apparently learned for the first time while visiting oil workers in a tiny North Dakota town, there are entire industries that exist outside of Silicon Valley…industries that provide great wages and support thousands of American families.  And, as it turns out, those people are sick and tired of having their jobs threatened by their own government and being demonized by Hollywood liberals for their efforts to provide economical access to energy.

        Zuckerberg shared his full thoughts in a Facebook post:

         
         

        The invention of new techniques to fracture rock (fracking) to extract oil led to a boom where tens of thousands of workers moved from all around the country to pursue new jobs in this industry.

         

        They come here because these are good jobs where people with a high school diploma can make $100,000 a year.

         

        When the Dakota Access Pipeline was approved, that removed $6-7 per barrel of cost from producing oil in the region, which brought more investment and jobs here. A number of people told me they had felt their livelihood was blocked by the government, but when Trump approved the pipeline they felt a sense of hope again. That word “hope” came up many times around this. One person told me the night the pipeline was approved, people lit fireworks and rode trucks with American flags down Main Street to celebrate.

         

        Many people I talked to here acknowledged this, but also feel a sense of pride that their work contributes to serving real needs we all have every daykeeping our homes warm, getting to work, feeding us, and more. They believe competition from new sources of energy is good, but from their perspective, until renewables can provide most of our energy at scale, they are providing an important service we all rely on, and they wish they’d stop being demonized for it.

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        Of course, Zuckerberg also took the opportunity to cast the men he met as just a bunch of misogynist criminals…

         
         

        This sudden influx of mostly men tripled the size of the town in just a few years. When oil prices dropped, some of this industry left and so did many people. This has led to some unique community dynamics.

         

        First, the ratio of men to women in the city is now 10:1. That’s actually lower than 30:1 at its peak.

         

        The women I met said they feel safe, but they had unique stories. Some told me about finding out their boyfriends had families back home.

         

        This gender imbalance has led to crime though. It is well-documented across the world that societies with many more men than women have more crime.

        …but, at least it’s a start…

        Breaking: Lynch Ordered Manafort’s Phone Tapped During Veselnitskaya Meeting as part of set-up on Trump by DNC

        Breaking: Lynch Ordered Manafort’s Phone Tapped During Veselnitskaya Meeting as part of set-up on Trump by DNC

        Today, Fusion GPS employee Rinat Akhmetshin today confirmed his attendance at a meeting with Donald Trump Jr, Paul Manafort, and Jared Kushner along with Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya.

        Accusations have arisen that the meeting was part of a wider setup to achieve a FISA warrant to wiretap phones of the Trump campaign during 2016. President Trump himself has accused the FBI under Loretta Lynch of wiretapping his campaign.

        Now, a former Trump campaign official reports that Paul Manafort’s phone was subject to FISA wiretap during the infamous meeting.

        If true, this FISA warrant would have been carried out under Loretta Lynch, Attorney General to Barack Obama. Former FBI Director James Comey has testified under oath to instances of collusion between AG Lynch and the Clinton campaign during 2016, as well as obstruction of justice in the Clinton investigation.

        Yesterday, multiple news agencies and President Trump all stated that Veselnitskaya was granted special permission to enter the US by Attorney General Lynch after her visa had been initially blocked.

        FISA transcripts of the meeting in June 2016 may have also served the basis of the FBI’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, now headed by Bob Mueller.

        Other senior members of the Trump campaign may have participated in the meeting via conference call.

        Update: This would have been illegal, as FISA court denied Obama’s June 2016 request.

        In May, Reuters reported the FBI was investigating 18 undisclosed meetings between individuals associated with the Trump campaign and individuals who may be associated with Russia.

        Also in May, Jack Posobiec broke the news that one of these meetings took place with a member of the Trump family who was not Jared Kushner. This turned out to be Donald Trump Jr.

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        Tesla Motors Model 3 Already Has Safety Issues

         

         

        While Elon Musk Buys “reviews” from main stream media fraud news, the truth is out: Tesla is the most dangerous car maker on Earth

        Tesla Cars Have More Deaths And Destruction Per Volume Than Any Car In History!

        TESLA BRIBED FDERAL OFFICIALS TO AVOID DOING THESE SAFETY STUDIES. TESLA HAS NEVER COMPLIED WITH THE SAFETY STUDIES REQUESTED BY CONSUMER GRIUPS BECAUSE TESLA WOULD FAIL!!!!!

        Tesla Sales In Hong Kong Fell To Zero Without Government Subsidies

        Tesla Sales In Hong Kong Fell To Zero Without Government Subsidies

         

        July 11, 2017 Editorial Staff

         

         

        Without Government Subsidies, Tesla Sales In Hong Kong Fall To Zero

         

        If you need proof that government subsidies are the only thing propping up the green energy industry, look no further than Hong Kong.

         

        As reported by the Wall Street Journal, newly registered Tesla cars in Hong Kong fell from from 3000 in March, to 0 in April.

         

        Why?

         

        Because Hong Kong stopped providing massive tax breaks to people buying Tesla vehicles.  In fact, in April the price of the Tesla Model S four-door car rose from $75,000 to $130,000—a giant 60% increase.

         

        So much for Tesla’s dream of “affordable” electric cars.

         

        Without government subsidies that make their vehicles affordable, Tesla is finished.  Even with subsidies, they still manage to lose $13,000 on every car they sell.

         

        Government subsidies keep the green energy industry competitive. Period.

         

        The worst part is that electric cars don’t do much for the environment either.  The amount of carbon “saved” by electric vehicles is valued at around $35.  The below video makes the point nicely.

         

        Of course, it’s not just Tesla.  The entire green industry relies upon government subsidies.  Anyone else remember Solyndra?

         

        Hong Kong provides an important lesson to people that think investing in green energy is a good idea: after over a decade in the market and billions invested in research, Tesla still isn’t profitable without taxpayer money.

         

        Green energy is simply a wealth redistribution scheme.  When will people learn that throwing money at problems (a form of political iatrogenics) doesn’t work.

         

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        Gawker Media’s Russian Billionaire Financing and the Staged Donald Trump Hit Jobs That Gawker and Gizmodo Created

        Russian lawyer who met with Donald Trump Jr linked to investigation group behind salacious Steele Dossier and Gawker/Gizmodo

         

        Mr Trump’s eldest son said he felt obliged to attend the meeting

         

         

         

        The Russian lawyer who met Donald Trump Jr and allegedly offered to supply damaging information about Hillary Clinton, is apparently linked to a firm that helped compile the notorious dossier of wild and unproven allegations about the US President.

         

        The President’s eldest son said he met lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya, after being told she had information that individuals connected to Russia were funding the Democratic National Committee and supporting Ms Clinton. He said it soon become clear she had no such information and rather wanted to press him about her effort to overturn the Magnitsky Act, a US law that blacklists several Russians linked to the 2009 murder of another Russian lawyer, Sergei Magnitsky.

         

        A spokesman for the President’s legal team told The Independent they now believed Ms Veselnitskaya and her colleagues had misrepresented who they were and who they worked for.

         

        In a statement, Mark Corallo added: “Specifically, we have learned that the person who sought the meeting is associated with Fusion GPS, a firm which according to public reports, was retained by Democratic operatives to develop opposition research on the President and which commissioned the phony Steele dossier.”

         

        Fusion GPS, which is based in Washington DC and was established by former Wall Street Journal reporters Glenn Simpson and Peter Fritsch, found itself in the spotlight earlier this year after it emerged it was behind an “oppo research” dossier containing unproven and often salacious allegations about Mr Trump.

         

        The company had originally been hired by Republican rivals of Mr Trump during the primary campaign. After he secured the party’s nomination, the company was instead paid by Democratic financial supporters of Ms Clinton. In the summer of 2016, GPS hired former British intelligence agent, Christopher Steele, to help their work.

         

        Mr Steele once headed MI6’s Russia desk and left in 2009 to form his own London-based consulting firm, Orbis. 

         

        Ex-MI6 agent behind Trump Russia dossier breaks silence

         

        Among the unverified information that Mr Steele provided for Fusion and which which was later shared with US intelligence and senior politicians, among them then President Barack Obama, was that Mr Trump had been compromised by Russia’s FSB spy agency during a trip to Moscow in 2013.

         

        The dossier, which was published by BuzzFeed and denounced by Mr Trump as fake news, claimed Mr Trump was secretly filed with Russian prostitutes in a sting operation in Moscow’s Ritz-Carlton hotel.

         

        The developments come as special prosecutor Robert Mueller is heading a federal probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign team and Russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 election.

         

        The Associated Press said Ms Veselnitskaya, who was once married to a deputy transportation minister of the Moscow region, was “a largely unknown figure until” she began to represent the son of a Russian official in a major money-laundering trial.

         

        It said her company, Kamerton Consulting, defended Denis Katsyv, the son of a vice-president of state-owned Russian Railways who was charged with money-laundering in the United States over a case tied to a massive Russian tax-fraud scheme. The case against Mr Katsyv’s company, Prevezon, was settled in New York in May for some $6m, three days before it was to go to trial, the AP said.

         

        The news agency said US investigators suspect the Cyprus-registered company, bought upscale New York City property with some of the proceeds from a $230m Russian tax-fraud scheme brought to light by a Sergei Magnitsky, the lawyer with investment advisory Hermitage Capital, who later died in prison. The US passed the Magnitsky Act in 2012 to target those Russians allegedly behind Mr Magnitsky’s death.

         

        The act has reportedly been a source of deep anguish to Russian President Vladimir Putin, who responded by ending American adoptions of Russian children.

         

        Mr Veselnitskaya has for several years been leading a campaign to have the act overturned. As part of her effort she allegedly hired GPS Fusion. A complaint filed last year claimed that GPS Fusion headed the pro-Russia campaign to kill the Magnitsky Act.

         

        Earlier this year, Senate Judiciary Chairman Chuck Grassley asked the US Department of Justice to launch an investigation into Fusion GPS.

         

         

        “Fusion GPS is the company behind the creation of the unsubstantiated dossier alleging a conspiracy between President Trump and Russia,” Mr Grassley wrote in the letter. “It is highly troubling that Fusion GPS appears to have been working with someone with ties to Russian intelligence – let alone someone alleged to have conducted political disinformation campaigns– as part of a pro-Russia lobbying effort while also simultaneously overseeing the creation of the Trump-Russia dossier.” 

         

        At the time, Fusion said it was not required to register as a foreign agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. 

         

        Fusion did not respond to inquiries on Monday. In a statement to the New York Times, which originally revealed the meeting behind Mr Trump Jr and Mr Veselnitskaya, the firm said: “Fusion GPS learned about this meeting from news reports and had no prior knowledge of it. Any claim that Fusion GPS arranged or facilitated this meeting in any way is false.”

         

         

        Reports suggest the meeting between Mr Trump Jr and Ms Veselnitskaya was brokered by British music publicist, Rob Goldstone, Mr Goldstone told the Washington Post he had arranged the meeting at the request of a Russian client and had attended it along with Ms Veselnitskaya. Mr Goldstone has been active with the Miss Universe pageant and works as a manager for Emin Agalarov, a Russian pop star whose father is a wealthy Moscow developer who sponsored the event there in 2013.

        Ms Veselnitskaya coould not be contacted. However, in a statement to the Times she said: “Nothing at all about the presidential campaign [was discussed at the meeting. I have] never acted on behalf of the Russian government never discussed any of these matters with any representative of the Russian government.”

        Black Teen Gangs Constantly Raiding and Attacking San Francisco BART Trains

        Black teen gangs are now staking out and raiding San Francisco BART trains and taking all of the riders money, watches and electronics after assaulting the riders. BART riders are warned to advise police of more than 3 black youths in groups near BART trains. BART riders are worried they are becoming involved in scenes from the TV Series “The Wire” more than not. Westfield Shopping Center and other public centers are also being attacked in what some officials call “race riots due to Google destroying our low and middle class economy in the Bay Area…”

        It all comes back around. The Biggest Scandal Ever!?

        It all comes back around.

        Clinton-Campaign pedo investigations have now resulted in over 150 Silicon Valley DNC financiers being charged with sex crimes. In the next 6 months you will hear even more horror stories of sex abuse with young girls and boys who worked with, or pitched the Silicon Valley VC’s. The numbers of victims and abusers will go higher. You have only heard a small part of the stories already in reporters hands. Greylock Partners, Kleiner Perkins and other famous firms hired hookers and sextorted staff and entrepreneurs. See these links:

        http://yournewswire.com/nbc-producer-hillary-clinton/

        http://www.youtube.com/embed/hubT6i30WDE

        In capsule: Clinton’s and Obama’s financiers engaged in some of the most audacious sex abuses since the Catholic Church scandals. Why are sex perverts attracted to the DNC!?

         

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        Silicon Valley now reeling in the wake of sexual harassment storm- Groups of Silicon Valley Women To Go Door-To-Door on Silicon Valley’s Sandhill Road to Lecture VC’s and Protest!

         

        – Thousands testify to the truth that Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists are “Frat Boy Scum” who will steal your ideas and date rape their interns

         

        – Silicon Valley Sexual Abuse Storm Reveals that Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists Are Simply “Thieving, Raping Scum-bags”!. Victims want class-action lawsuit!

         

        – After Uber, Binary Capital, 500 Startups scandals, ‘People are realizing that it’s not OK’

         

         

        By Marisa Kendall | mkendall@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

         

        It started with a few women speaking up, reporting a suggestive text message, an invitation to a hotel room, an unwanted touch under a table.

         

        Soon more women came forward.  Allegations of sexual harassment multiplied, sweeping through Silicon Valley like a powerful storm that in a few short weeks has cost multiple high-level tech investors and CEOs their jobs, and shaken the industry to its core.

         

        Related Articles

         

         

        The allegations from more than a dozen women are a harsh wake-up call to the harassment and sexism still apparently ubiquitous in the world’s capital of innovation and progress. But a massive shift in how the testosterone-dominated tech and venture capital industries handle sexual harassment may be underway, as more women are willing to speak publicly and retribution for the accused men is swift, experts say. The recent scandals have unfolded in Silicon Valley as the country pays closer attention to claims of misconduct, with Fox News founder Roger Ailes resigning over sexual harassment allegations, Bill Cosby going to trial on sexual assault charges, and continued pressure to crack down on college campus rapes.

         

        “This entire year has just been an awakening,” said female founder Shruti Merchant, who runs Redwood City-based housing startup HubHaus. “People are realizing that it’s not OK.”

         

        Uber investors at the end of June ousted CEO Travis Kalanick after months of controversy, including claims that sexual harassment and sexism within the company went unchecked by management. Less than a week later, Binary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck quit and the VC firm he launched was thrown into chaos after six women publicly accused him of making unwelcome advances ranging from late-night text messages to groping. And on Monday, Dave McClure, CEO of prominent Bay Area startup accelerator 500 Startups, resigned following a report that he hit on a job candidate during the recruiting process. After he stepped down, a woman whose startup he’d invested in published a blog post accusing McClure of pushing her into a corner and trying to kiss her after a work-related gathering in her apartment.

         

        Other powerful men in the venture capital industry were publicly called out, including big-name investor and “Shark Tank” personality Chris Sacca, who penned an open letter of apology.

         

        “Listening to these stories, and being reminded of my past, I now understand I personally contributed to the problem,” he wrote in a blog post.

         

        Now investors and entrepreneurs alike are scrambling for solutions. Insiders say sexual harassment is a rampant problem in an industry dominated by male investors and founders. Just 7 percent of partners at the top venture capital firms are women, and only 17 percent of startups have a female founder, according to Crunchbase studies.

         

        Sixty percent of those women report experiencing sexual harassment, according to “Elephant in the Valley,” a 2015 survey by venture capitalist Trae Vassallo and others of more than 200 female tech executives, founders and investors.

         

        “It’s reached epidemic proportions in Silicon Valley, and there’s so much more that needs to be done,” said San Francisco-based angel investor Karen Bairley Kruger, who founded Wingpact to support female entrepreneurs and investors.

         

        Female founders can be especially susceptible to sexual harassment from male investors, experts say, because of the power imbalance between their roles — an entrepreneur who needs a check to get her business off the ground may feel obligated to laugh awkwardly and shrug it off when the VC with the checkbook makes a sexual remark.

         

        That’s exactly what Rachel Renock, founder and CEO of New York-based freelancing platform Wethos, did when trying to raise her first round of funding. In an interview with this news organization, she described multiple meetings with an angel investor who made constant sexual references, including comments about threesomes. A feminist, Renock had always thought of herself as someone who wouldn’t stand for that kind of behavior — but there was half a million dollars at stake, and she and her co-founders, who hadn’t paid themselves a salary in more than a year, were bartending and working at coffee shops to make ends meet.

         

        “We were in a vulnerable position,” Renock said. “We were desperate for cash.”

         

        Renock, who declined to name that investor, ultimately raised $600,000 from someone else and is still adding to that round. She wrote a blog post about the harassment right after it happened but never posted it, worried it would hurt her startup’s fundraising prospects.

         

        Contact between entrepreneurs and investors is especially difficult to police because the female founders have no human resources department to report the harassment to, and employment laws don’t directly address the relationship between an entrepreneur and an investor, said Bay Area employment attorney Sonya Smallets.

         

        And sometimes the thin line between work and social interactions in the tech industry can be problematic — founders and investors have a propensity to work nights and weekends, and may end up talking business at bars or in one another’s homes.

         

        Nevertheless, experts say things are changing, if only because women are feeling more comfortable about speaking out. For example, more women are coming to San Francisco-based employment attorney Kelly Armstrong to pursue legal action against their harassers.

         

        “We’re seeing significant numbers as compared to, say, five years ago,” Armstrong said.

         

        The flood of women’s stories over the past few weeks also has prompted public apologies from many of the accused men, and inspired several venture capitalists to promise to follow a “decency pledge” drafted by Greylock partner and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.

         

        But many women in the industry say that’s not enough.

         

        To fix the problem, Silicon Valley needs more female investors, said Aileen Lee, who founded Cowboy Ventures after leaving Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2012.

         

        “We have to figure out how to double the number of women partners at VC firms from 5 percent to 10 percent,” she said. “That means a lot more women have to enter the industry, and 50 to 100 more women have to become general partner level — that’s sadly not a thing that can happen overnight.”

         

         

         

        Ironically, Almost every man charged with Silicon Valley date rapes, sextortion and sex abuse was a tier one financier of Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton!

         

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        “Instagram Models” discovered to almost all be prostitutes!

        The FBI was wondering why all of the “Instagram Models” had no jobs, were complete idiots, yet showed up in expensive locations around the world. It turns out that Middle Eastern Mobsters and Russian Cartel bosses were paying for their trips. Almost every “Instagram Model” turns out to be a hooker!

        Most “Instagram Models” Found To Be Prostitutes Being Kept By …

        Most “Instagram Models” Found To Be Prostitutes Being Kept By Sugar Daddies. May 1, 2017 …

        Silicon Valley Sexual Abuse Storm Reveals that Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists Are Simply “Theiving, Raping Scumbags”!

        Silicon Valley now reeling in the wake of sexual harassment storm

         

        – Thousands testify to the truth that Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists are “Frat Boy Scum” who will steal your ideas and date rape their interns

         

        – Silicon Valley Sexual Abuse Storm Reveals that Silicon Valley Venture Capitalists Are Simply “Theiving, Raping Scumbags”!

         

        – After Uber, Binary Capital, 500 Startups scandals, ‘People are realizing that it’s not OK’

         

         

         

        By Marisa Kendall | mkendall@bayareanewsgroup.com | Bay Area News Group

         

        It started with a few women speaking up, reporting a suggestive text message, an invitation to a hotel room, an unwanted touch under a table.

         

        Soon more women came forward.  Allegations of sexual harassment multiplied, sweeping through Silicon Valley like a powerful storm that in a few short weeks has cost multiple high-level tech investors and CEOs their jobs, and shaken the industry to its core.

         

        Related Articles

         

         

        The allegations from more than a dozen women are a harsh wake-up call to the harassment and sexism still apparently ubiquitous in the world’s capital of innovation and progress. But a massive shift in how the testosterone-dominated tech and venture capital industries handle sexual harassment may be underway, as more women are willing to speak publicly and retribution for the accused men is swift, experts say. The recent scandals have unfolded in Silicon Valley as the country pays closer attention to claims of misconduct, with Fox News founder Roger Ailes resigning over sexual harassment allegations, Bill Cosby going to trial on sexual assault charges, and continued pressure to crack down on college campus rapes.

         

        “This entire year has just been an awakening,” said female founder Shruti Merchant, who runs Redwood City-based housing startup HubHaus. “People are realizing that it’s not OK.”

         

        Uber investors at the end of June ousted CEO Travis Kalanick after months of controversy, including claims that sexual harassment and sexism within the company went unchecked by management. Less than a week later, Binary Capital co-founder Justin Caldbeck quit and the VC firm he launched was thrown into chaos after six women publicly accused him of making unwelcome advances ranging from late-night text messages to groping. And on Monday, Dave McClure, CEO of prominent Bay Area startup accelerator 500 Startups, resigned following a report that he hit on a job candidate during the recruiting process. After he stepped down, a woman whose startup he’d invested in published a blog post accusing McClure of pushing her into a corner and trying to kiss her after a work-related gathering in her apartment.

         

        Other powerful men in the venture capital industry were publicly called out, including big-name investor and “Shark Tank” personality Chris Sacca, who penned an open letter of apology.

         

        “Listening to these stories, and being reminded of my past, I now understand I personally contributed to the problem,” he wrote in a blog post.

         

        Now investors and entrepreneurs alike are scrambling for solutions. Insiders say sexual harassment is a rampant problem in an industry dominated by male investors and founders. Just 7 percent of partners at the top venture capital firms are women, and only 17 percent of startups have a female founder, according to Crunchbase studies.

         

        Sixty percent of those women report experiencing sexual harassment, according to “Elephant in the Valley,” a 2015 survey by venture capitalist Trae Vassallo and others of more than 200 female tech executives, founders and investors.

         

        “It’s reached epidemic proportions in Silicon Valley, and there’s so much more that needs to be done,” said San Francisco-based angel investor Karen Bairley Kruger, who founded Wingpact to support female entrepreneurs and investors.

         

        Female founders can be especially susceptible to sexual harassment from male investors, experts say, because of the power imbalance between their roles — an entrepreneur who needs a check to get her business off the ground may feel obligated to laugh awkwardly and shrug it off when the VC with the checkbook makes a sexual remark.

         

        That’s exactly what Rachel Renock, founder and CEO of New York-based freelancing platform Wethos, did when trying to raise her first round of funding. In an interview with this news organization, she described multiple meetings with an angel investor who made constant sexual references, including comments about threesomes. A feminist, Renock had always thought of herself as someone who wouldn’t stand for that kind of behavior — but there was half a million dollars at stake, and she and her co-founders, who hadn’t paid themselves a salary in more than a year, were bartending and working at coffee shops to make ends meet.

         

        “We were in a vulnerable position,” Renock said. “We were desperate for cash.”

         

        Renock, who declined to name that investor, ultimately raised $600,000 from someone else and is still adding to that round. She wrote a blog post about the harassment right after it happened but never posted it, worried it would hurt her startup’s fundraising prospects.

         

        Contact between entrepreneurs and investors is especially difficult to police because the female founders have no human resources department to report the harassment to, and employment laws don’t directly address the relationship between an entrepreneur and an investor, said Bay Area employment attorney Sonya Smallets.

         

        And sometimes the thin line between work and social interactions in the tech industry can be problematic — founders and investors have a propensity to work nights and weekends, and may end up talking business at bars or in one another’s homes.

         

        Nevertheless, experts say things are changing, if only because women are feeling more comfortable about speaking out. For example, more women are coming to San Francisco-based employment attorney Kelly Armstrong to pursue legal action against their harassers.

         

        “We’re seeing significant numbers as compared to, say, five years ago,” Armstrong said.

         

        The flood of women’s stories over the past few weeks also has prompted public apologies from many of the accused men, and inspired several venture capitalists to promise to follow a “decency pledge” drafted by Greylock partner and LinkedIn co-founder Reid Hoffman.

         

        But many women in the industry say that’s not enough.

         

        To fix the problem, Silicon Valley needs more female investors, said Aileen Lee, who founded Cowboy Ventures after leaving Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in 2012.

         

        “We have to figure out how to double the number of women partners at VC firms from 5 percent to 10 percent,” she said. “That means a lot more women have to enter the industry, and 50 to 100 more women have to become general partner level — that’s sadly not a thing that can happen overnight.”