Zombie Electric Car

Why won’t this thing die already? I found the elusive Chevy Volt. This is the first time I’ve actually seen one of these stupid public-financed meter/hookups being used. At a time when MBTA fares are increasing and service is being cut. How much was the GM bailout again?

64 Replies to “Zombie Electric Car”

  1. Fuck, that’s clever. The guy hooks up the extension cord on the traffic side of the car.

  2. JOKE:

    A foursome of men is waiting at the men’s tee while a foursome of women is hitting from the ladies’ tee.

    The ladies are taking their time.

    When the final lady is ready to hit her ball, she hacks it 10 feet. Then she goes over and whiffs it completely. Then she hacks it another ten feet and finally hacks it another five feet.

    She looks up at the waiting men and says apologetically, “I guess all those f * * * * * g lessons I took over the winter didn’t help.”

    One of the men immediately responds, “Well, there you have it. You should have taken golf lessons instead!”

    He never even had a chance to duck. He was only 43

  3. eh, one piece of rolling junk is pretty much the same as the next, in my book anyway. at least that one don’t make a lot of noise. i guess.

    crisis of capital, someone has to print and provide capital for western manufacturing. i guess.

    it’s all a matter of getting what you can while you can. at this point, only the banks get capital while producing nothing. i guess.

  4. this is how capitalism works. not that i have any real problem with it. the world needs junk food. just like it needs electric cars.

  5. put her in the volt and i’ll reconsider after a few test drives.

    wow, the last second or two of that guy’s jump to sidewalk must have hurt something awful. fire will make you do stupid stuff like that.

  6. Not to be a poo head but the corp food graph has a mistake and leaves off 2 really big companies. Hains-Celestial and Smuckers. The mistake being Gen Mills does not own Pilsbery that is owned by smuckers.

  7. and Small Planet Foods is owned be GenMills that seems to be missing too. They have brands such as lara bars, Cascadian Farms, Muir Glenn and others.

  8. I belong to a food co-op/health food store where a lot of attention is paid to sustainability. Recently, the co-op finalized plans to move out of the downtown area to a large, new, “green” building on the outskirts of the city. So much for walking to the store for a lot of inner-city people.

  9. yup, there’s going to be quite a lot of americans stranded in a lot of far away places. not to worry, GB, the co-op will be moving back soon.

  10. from ClubOrlov:

    here is a poem by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Slavoj Žižek:

    The Interrogation of the Good

    Step forward: we hear
    That you are a good man.
    You cannot be bought, but the lightning
    Which strikes the house, also
    Cannot be bought.
    You hold to what you said.
    But what did you say?
    You are honest, you say your opinion.
    Which opinion?
    You are brave.
    Against whom?
    You are wise.
    For whom?
    You do not consider your personal advantages.
    Whose advantages do you consider then?
    You are a good friend.
    Are you also a good friend of the good people?
    Hear us then: we know
    You are our enemy.
    This is why we shall
    Now put you in front of a wall.
    But in consideration of your merits and good qualities
    We shall put you in front of a good wall and shoot you
    With a good bullet from a good gun and bury you
    With a good shovel in the good earth.

  11. Epic fails. Can you spell P-A-I-N?

    I have some recent Big Island dare-devil diving videos that i’ll forward to JR for posting on ZK.

  12. there are only two kinds of energy in the known universe: solar (star power) and gravitational (e.g., tidal). ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) is actually a hybrid form, combining solar with the results of gravitational effects. estimates vary, but perhaps up to 5 TW of thermal power is available for exploitation. humans currently use about 15 TW, so we are in the ballpark of 33% of human use (i.e., lotsa power), but OTEC is capital intensive in an era of diminishing capital.

    tech question du jour: do you know why OTEC is a hybrid form?

    note to CIA/DIA spies: this is not a trick question. good luck trying to get an easy answer from your super computer data bases, as i haven’t yet published the answer.

  13. But did you also know Brittan now employs a small hovercraft which they use to spy into people bedrooms.

  14. I am a bigtime apple (malus domestica) fan. The disease-resistant varieties available for growing now are amazing. I especially like Pristine and the other PRI creations.

  15. someone once told me that virtually all domestic apple trees are a result of grafting with some type of dwarf tree. appletrees, supposedly, in thier natural form reach about 80 feet, kinda like the tulip trees that we see around the northeast. i have no idea if any of this is true.

  16. if i was designing an OTEC, i’d use warm surface water to expand a refrigerant, then let it sink to be with it’s cold water buddies. i guess.

  17. Your friend is basically right. Virtually all growers, from commercial to backyard hobbyist, now use trees that have been grafted to dwarfing rootstock of some sort. I used to pick apples at orchards when standard sze trees (on their own roots, or some other standard-size rootstock) had not yet been replaced. We used 20′, or so, wooden ladders with a pointy upper end to climb to reach the fruit. Some varieties like Macintosh and Delicious are genetic giants. You would have to leave the ladder to climb and reach the higher fruit. Not quite as tall as tuliptrees, but tall nonetheless. I like M26, M7, and M111 rootstock.

  18. use of the earth’s gravity field alone is too simple to be the answer. it involves gravitational fields between other bodies, like the sun and other planets. tidal forces are an example, but not the answer.

    dave, your second comment best describes what is called “closed cycle” OTEC.


    Partners help each other undress before sex.

    However after sex, they always dress on their own.

    Moral of the story: “In life, no one helps you once you’re screwed.”


    When a lady is pregnant, all her friends touch the stomach and say “congrats”.

    But, none of them come and touch the man’s penis and say “Good job”.

    Moral of the story: “Hard work is never appreciated.”

  20. The RFK shooting new angle is interesting. And if past holds true with this being in CA courts anything could happen. This is the state which released Geronamo Pratt after all when the judge realized how corrupt the case was.

  21. Im most likely taking my dad to the Denver Ferrari show in June. Then the next day the train museum. Cant wait to get a few photos and contrast the wasted humanity through time.

  22. yeah, i’m not up on the details of oceanic thermoclines, and such, i guess.
    anyways, there’s a lot of shit that will never get built. thank god. i guess.

  23. the really funny thing about the volt is that it’s coal powered. but you probably already knew that.

  24. yes, i called them “coal cars” when they were first announced. and they will end up like the internet and all other grid-connected devices once the electrical grid fails due to lack of affordable oil and knock-on effects.

    Richard Duncan probably guessed right. blackouts and its over.

  25. Duncan, Richard
    Title The New Depression : The Breakdown of the Paper Money Economy

    Is this the same author you are talking about Dr?

  26. http://www.richardduncaneconomics.com sets off my anti-virus program.


    Richard C. Duncan, Ph.D.1
    Pardee Keynote Symposia
    Geological Society of America
    Summit 2000
    Reno, Nevada
    November 13, 2000

    wiki sez:

    Richard Duncan is chief author of the Olduvai theory, a prediction of rapidly declining world energy production. He has an MS in Electrical Engineering (1969) and a PhD in Systems Engineering (1973) from the University of Washington. He has taught engineering, worked for Lear Jet and Boeing, and worked in power system engineering. In 1992 he founded the Institute on Energy and Man.

    The Olduvai theory holds that the ratio of world energy production per capita, which he denotes by the metric e, would begin to decline around 2007 as the extraction rates of fossil fuels fall increasingly behind demand, causing catastrophic social and economic collapse, starting with massive electrical blackouts worldwide. He suggests that humans would eventually revert to a stone-age style of living after the majority of the world’s population dies off over the coming century.[1]

    He bases his theory on the fact that a steep rise in global population and petroleum use almost parallel each other but population increases at a slightly faster rate than does energy use.

    Duncan’s research data, compiled in partnership with geologist Dr. Walter Youngquist,[2] have become widely used resources for those studying past and current trends in oil production and depletion.

  27. Well I don’t know about “stone age” though. I’m thinking more like Somalia without the frills.

  28. yup, nuke-free Japan as of yesterday. and, it may stay that way. only problem is what are they using to keep the lights on, instead? probably moron coal and crude oil.

    in a 3-2 vote, the US NRC approved two moron nuke plants to be built in the US. they claim they will be Fukushima-proof. but will they be societal collapse-proof? the chair of the committee voted no.

  29. I was at a outdoor lacross game last night and during the anthem some people looked at the actuall flag but most looked at the jumbo tron. Were they satluting the flag or the TV? My wise kids both said theTV.

  30. not sure why, but eurotrash/electroswing is the only popular music that i can listen to these days.

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