You've been bamboozled by the previous Clinton President. If you have been paying attention to what it costs you to rent or own your home, buy your groceries, and the other various market baskets of real life goods and services, you know that the cost of living has increased dramatically in 3 decades.
This guy figured it out that the government stats have no basis in reality. He found this out when a major aerospace company engaged him to figure out why its econometric model wasn't working. The truth is, the changes in what official government inflation stats measure were designed to reduce the official inflation number which reduces the required cost of living outlays for entitlements and benefits. Read this link to get the real story...
If I recall correctly, Consumer Reports was the same organization that demerited cars for having electric power windows because they said something to the effect that you'd be trapped in the event your car sank in a body of water.
It is sad that someone died while using Tesla's "autopilot" feature. But 1) evidence suggests the driver contributed to his own demise by ignoring or circumventing the warnings and safety features of the product 2) the product is only improved by the knowledge gained from this incident making future trips safer for everyone. 3) it is already evident that the rate of fatalities using this mode is already a 35% improvement over non-autopilot users. (1 fatality in 130 million miles driven vs. 1 in 96 million)
The real issue is "Living Wage". $15 an hour which is just starting to gain traction isn't even enough money to rent a family sized apartment in many cities. And $15 was a substantial amount over the current Federal minimum wage. When the minimum wage is hiked, the wages above it are also often hiked. The key is to get people closer to a Living Wage which is closer to $25/hour in some cities. As we've seen, the market failed to provide a living wage for a substantial portion of its citizens with more and more falling into the crevice of poverty.
My phone updates 12-20 apps a day. That's more than enough to keep up with.
I find it funny that these companies in the rush to automate exploited wage slaves out of their jobs forgets that the very product they sell depends on PEOPLE buying it. The more they push such people off of payrolls, the less number of people that will buy their product.
Fortunately, the current CEO of McDonalds has already discovered immediate increases in revenue and profits by increasing wages and benefits of their frontline workers.
It's actually the network of autodealers that don't want this to change. They are the ones spearheading legislation to lock out direct to consumer sales.
Under your proposed model, commodities would only be available for the short period of time after those farmers had harvested them. No storage, no long distance delivery. The rest of the year you do without.
The great value that our system of food distributorship in this country is that it provides a great abundance and variety of food commodities available for most of the year.
In the case of cars, the direct sales model would be preferable.
The US has benefited greatly from the existence and actions of the EPA. Air pollution standards have saved the lives or improved the health of millions, Water safety standards have done the same. But it is the corrupting of Government to forestall the effect of regulations by profit seeking corporations that is the root of the problem. CAFE standards were set more than 5 years ago. Why is Detroit playing their predictable behavior of doing nothing and when it comes time to implement, they whine and beg for delay or exceptions? Detroit even has free access to the intellectual property to effectively compete against Tesla and yet just wants to continue in its polluting ways.
Or give up on fossil fuels for your car. Problem solved.
Battery storage in houses, neighborhoods and at Grid substations will store Solar so that it is perfectly usable when the sun isn't shining.
Windmills in a large enough grid will always provide power. And when connected to Battery Storage, will always provide power when needed.
If modernizing the grid requires higher operating costs (or more correctly, capital recovery costs) then that is the cost of the externalities of using coal or other fossil fuels. e.g. it would be the correct cost to pay for electricity. If anything, if we fully account for the externalities of carbon and tax/price accordingly, then switching to renewables would likely save you money.
Innocent until PROVEN guilty. This person still has free speech rights as he is not (yet) a prisoner or even arrested. Just as Edward Snowden regularly interacts with conferences via telepresence so too should anyone else be extended that right.
If Chicago knows where he is (Slashdot seems to think they know where he lives) then they can issue a warrant and request extradition.
In case you haven't noticed, wind and solar spot rates are a fraction of oil and gas generated electricity and competitive with coal not counting coal's externalities which if fully accounted for would make using coal much more expensive.
To me, what is so interesting about Tesla's home/industrial battery offering (and other storage vendors) is the potential for off grid storage and creating micro-grids of neighbors. The ultimate F-you to the power companies that have refused to modernize their grids, refuse connecting solar panels to the grids and cling to fossil fuels.
If you can't learn to do it well, learn to enjoy doing it badly.