Karma For Facebook?

I don’t believe in karma, per se, but I do think actions (should) have consequences. As I write this, it’s about 2 1/2 hours before the stock market opens in the US. Facebook’s earnings call yesterday produced a host of disappointing results and the stock declined sharply in after-hours trading.

Between the Cambridge Analytica scandal and other similar issues and the effects of the new European privacy rules for Internet users, Facebook will have difficulties ahead, as it should IMO. Did you know that Facebook might have data about you even if you don’t have a Facebook account? Do you see why I don’t have an account and am such an anti-Facebook person?

My mother liked to recount sayings from her childhood in Poland. One of them was, when translated into English, “If you need the thief, you cut him down from the gallows.” As I wrote recently, I have been considering dancing with the devil (Facebook) in order to drive more readers to this blog. How much do I need the thief?

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Another reason why I like reading Hemmings. This article is about New York car dealer Perry Fina and his “handbuilt” cars.

In the early 1950s, as many Americans were developing a taste for sportier cars, Fina decided he would build his own luxury sports car. He only managed to get two cars built, a coupe and a convertible. The convertible, which has been restored, is about to be sold at a Bonhams auction. Take a look:

Photo from the Hemmings article and courtesy of Bonhams. What a car!

I know the automotive world has changed, that regulations, technology and obesity (yes, I wrote that) have led us to a world of homogenized SUVs. I don’t have to like it, though. To me, cars like the Fina roadster are an expression of the human need to be creative. It’s too bad that creativity seems to be off the list in terms of developing automobiles.

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