"Many of the cars that were traded in during Cash for Clunkers were
perfectly functioning cars in good condition, and excellent candidates
to have their engines and other parts recycled. With the engine
destroyed, many clunkers bypassed the recycling companies and went
straight to junkyards to be crushed and shredded. The ARA issued a
report when the CARS program was announced saying that a much more
efficient program would have been to encourage recycled parts usage. The
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration explained at the time
that the engines must be destroyed to prevent the vehicles from being
resold and taking the road again. For any dealer that did not follow
that law, there was a hefty $15,000 fine per infraction against them."
A graphic on MSNBC's Andrea Mitchell Reports proclaimed that Felix Baumgartner traveled "faster than the speed of light" during his historic freefall to Earth. Baumgartner actually broke the sound barrier. But, it's a relatively harmless mistake (try the veal folks).
A Heritage Foundationarticle reports on the source of funding for Matt Damon's latest anti-anything-American film which, this time, condems the oil industry.
"Matt Damon's 'Promised Land' Condemns Fracking, Funded by Arab Royalty A new film starring Matt Damon presents American oil and natural gas
producers as money-grubbing villains purportedly poisoning rural
American towns. It is therefore of particular note that it is financed
in part by the royal family of the oil-rich United Arab Emirates."
It's sorta like the American Dental
Association funding a movie showing the horrors of fluoridated water.
Adding insult to inury, according to Phelim McAleer of The New York Post, the film's script had to be altered after some inconvenient facts got in the way (bold added):
"...'Promised Land' was about fracking and now I can reveal that the
script’s seen some very hasty rewriting because of real-world evidence
that anti-fracking activists may be the true villains.
In courtroom after courtroom, it has been proved that anti-fracking activists have been guilty of fraud or misrepresentation.
...So, according to sources close to the movie, they’ve come up with a
solution — suggest that anti-fracking fraudsters are really secret
agents employed by the fossil-fuel industry to discredit the
In the revised script, Damon exposes
Krasinski as a fraud — only to realize that Krasinski’s character is
working deep undercover for the oil industry to smear fracking
At $40K a pop, the Chevy Volt is NOT priced for the 99%'ers. According to GM, the average income of the Chevy Volt buyer is $170,000/yr. Tax breaks for the rich, anyone?
So, I got a chuckle out of this piece by MSNBC contributer, Rick Aristotle Munarriz that pumps up the Chevy Volt by denigrating gas stations (they're a hassle and dangerous). Not really a selling point 99%'ers in $12-20K cars can take advantage of. But, hey, let 'em eat cake:
"Gas stations are a hassle. Taking five minutes out of a commute to refuel may not seem like a lot of time, but it adds up in a world where time really is money. (And then there's the radio programming that gets interrupted.)
There's also a safety issue. Robberies, assaults, and worse happen routinely at gas stations around the country. You'll never see an electric-car maker try to drive that controversial point home, but it's true."
Today, Google inexplicably chose to NOT celebrate June 6th as the date of the Normandy invasion, a truly important historical event, and instead featured a graphic commemorating the 79th anniversary of the first drive-in movie theatre.
I imagine that if you Google "D-Day," the first link would be to the Wikipedia page for the character list from Animal House.