As nature abhors a vacuum, my brain abhors sloth (the lack of activity, not the animal). To me, life is not about doing as little as possible, even–or maybe especially–when retired.
As such, I have decided (was compelled, you choose) to offer a post today. Yes, some of my motivation is to reach one million words on this blog. In addition, I would like to write 200,000+ words on the blog this year, something I have never done.
This CNBC article reports that General Motors–you know, the company committed to an “all-electric” fleet by 2035–will invest $500 million in a plant in Texas to build the next generation of the Cadillac Escalade and other large SUVs. Apparently, these will be powered by Internal Combustion Engines.
Let’s see: an $800 million investment in the next generation of gasoline-powered small-block V-8 engines, a $1 billion investment in the next generation of large pickup trucks powered by ICE technology and now a $500 million investment in the next generation of ICE-powered large SUVs. That’s $2.3 billion of investment in a technology that, supposedly, is being phased out. “Don’t watch the man behind the curtain.”
Why doesn’t GM just admit they have come to the realization that the American consumer, for the most part, does not want to buy electric vehicles (at least not now)?! We all know the answer to that question, but I judge people/businesses by what they do, not by what they say.
I don’t have a subscription to The Wall Street Journal, but they have reported that China is going to build a spy base in Cuba. The Journal is hardly a tabloid publication only loosely wedded to the facts. They must have double-checked and triple-checked sources before publishing the piece.
Of course, the US, China and every major country on earth are engaged in spying. Still, the number of people in this country who worship the Chinese government, who want to use their system as a model for our country is beyond disgusting. The Chinese government is not the friend of anyone except Puck Futin. They are not to be trusted.
At this time last year I was in the middle of writing the Threes And Sevens series about US automobile history. The fifteen posts were published between April and August.
I am thinking, just thinking at this point, about a companion series called Zeroes And Fives. It would start in 1930 and end in 2000, meaning this series would also have fifteen posts.
If I had more information I would like to make Zeroes And Fives about the world automobile industry and not just the US, but my detailed historical automobile volumes are only about the US. My best source about the entire automobile industry is Beaulieu, but that is arranged alphabetically by make and not chronologically. I always research such posts, but I am not interested in spending many hours for each entry.
I would also try to include more information about what was going on the US and the world. As always, I welcome thoughts from you on what you would want to read in a Zeroes And Fives series. For that matter, I welcome thoughts from you about what you want to read regardless of topic.
If I write this series, here is one of the cars certain to be shown for 1930:
What is it? Well, some of you no doubt know, but the rest of you will have to wait until I begin the series, IF I begin it, at all.
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