by Edward Niedermeyer
On a beautiful day in May 2015, I drove the 13 hours from my home in Portland, Oregon, to Harris Ranch, California, halfway between San Francisco and Los Angeles. At the time, Tesla was touting a battery swap station that could send Tesla drivers on their way in a fully powered vehicle in less than the time it takes to fill up a car with gas. Overtaken by curiosity, I had decided to spend a long Memorial Day weekend in California’s Central Valley to see if Elon Musk’s latest bit of dream weaving could stand up to reality.
There, amid the pervasive stench of cow droppings from a nearby feedlot, I discovered that Tesla’s battery swap station was not in fact being made available to owners who regularly drove between California’s two largest cities. Instead, the company was running diesel generators to power additional Superchargers (the kind that take 30 to 60 minutes to recharge a battery) to handle the holiday rush, their exhaust mingling with the unmistakable smell of bullshit. … (continue at Slate)
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One back at you: looking at the possible ancestor of all tetrapods. http://www.skeptophilia.com/2022/06/a-fish-out-of-water.html
(Click link at site for original story, which then goes to Nature piece https://www.nature.com/articles/s41586-022-04781-3)
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And, something also more serious?
Per the Amber Heard-Johnny Depp trial, and how much expert witnesses are paid based on that, I’ve readjusted estimates on Elizabeth Loftus. She may be an expert witness millionaire. https://socraticgadfly.blogspot.com/2013/08/did-elizabeth-loftus-watch-clockwork.html
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