Elon Musk, Tesla, Sued For Fraud Over Tweets, Going Private Transaction

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It’s not just Tesla cars that burn easily, Elon Musk’s credibility has gone up in flames too. (Picture source: https://electrek.co/ )

 

On Thursday (9 August), on the back of a dramatic move by Bullshitter – in Chief Elon Musk, who out of the blue Tweeted that he was taking his electric car / solar panels / space exploration company private, Tesla stocks initially spiked thanks to Musk’s claim that “funding was secured” for the massive buyback needed to take the company off the stock market, then slumped when it emerged that there had been no prior discussion with investors or members of the Tesla board. It quickly became clear that Musk had no funds secured and has already maxed out his company’s credit. Then somewhat more sinister rumours emerged anbout Musk’s motives and gossip in financial markets suggested Musk and Tesla may soon be sued by both traders who had taken short and long positions on the company when the dust finally settles.

To be short on a stock, in very simple terms, means traders have made forward contracts to sell at an agreed proce stock they do not own, in the expectation the market price will fall and the stock needed to cover the contract can be bought more cheaply than the contract price. A long position is simply making a forward contract to buy a stock at a fixed price, anticipating that by the contract date the prive will have risen above that, and the stock can be resold for a quick profit.

In news that emerged yesterday first half of this prediction came true when we learned buth short and long sellers of Tesla stock had filed actions against Tesla and Elon Musk alleging the Tesla CEO and anointed Messia of Silicon Valley tech fanboys had fraudulently engineered a scheme to squeeze short-sellers – something Musk has previously indicated he intended to do – through his shock announcement to take the electric car company private.

The lawsuits were filed three days after Musk’s shocking tweet in which he proposed a record $72 billion transaction that valued the company at $420 per share, and that “funding” had been “secured.” One day later, Bloomberg reported that the SEC had inquired from investment banks about whether this funding was indeed “secured”. the alternative would indicate an attempt by the CEO to launch a short squeeze by materially misrepresenting wishful thinking as reality.

Subsequently on Friday, Bloomberg (again) reported that Tesla’s Board of Directors had only begun canvassing investors and banks about funding of an MBO-type transaction, implicitly confirming that Musk may have misrepresented facts, opening up the company to legal action.

In one of the lawsuits, plaintiff Kalman Isaacs said Musk’s tweets were false and misleading, and together with Tesla’s failure to correct or retract them amounted to an “attack” designed to “completely decimate” short-sellers. The lawsuit filed by Isaacs, and a second one filed by William Chamberlain said Musk’s and Tesla’s conduct artificially inflated Tesla’s stock price and violated federal securities laws.

In the confusion following Musk’s tweet a rumour circulated that Musk had secured an agreement with the government of Saudi Arabia to fund the delisting transaction, but the Saudi Royal House quickly denied any interest in such a deal.

 

Another Tesla Spontaneously Combusts, Killing Driver

When it rains, it pours, or in the case of Tesla, it spontaneously combusts.

Less than a week after a Tesla Model S erupted in flames following a “horrific” crash in Ft. Lauderdale, Flordia,, fatally trapping the two teenagers who died inside, in a similar accident to one that happened in Mountain View, California, last December, while a second Model S rammed a stopped Salt Lake City firetruck at 60mph, mercifully without any fatalities, the Swiss tio.ch reports that yet another Tesla has burst into flames after crashing on the A2 highway near Bellinzona, killing the 48-year-old German driver who, like the Florida ten nagers, was trapped inside because flames spread too quickly after the collision to permit escape or any rescue attempt.

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Tesla crash in Switzerland, note the total destruction of the car

According to the Swiss publication, the 48-year-old German driver, from Baden-Wurtermberg, lost control of the vehicle a few meters after the Monte Ceneri tunnel, crashing into the central guardrail, an accident that was remarkably similar to an October 2017 crash in Austria, in which a Model S also burned down, however without any fatalities.

The car then overturned and caught fire, fatally trapping the driver.

According to the Facebook page of the Bellinzona fire department, the flames were once again started by the lithium-ion batteries after the crash. The Fire department explains that “the violent impact of Lithium Ion Batteries could probably have caused a phenomenon called “thermal runaway”, i.e, a rapid and unstoppable increase in temperature (think in terms of a reactor core meltdown in a nuclear power station.).” It is becoming clear that the lithium ion batters used in electric cars are a highly unstable power source.

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It’s unclear if the car had its autopilot engaged at the moment of the crash, although now that both the NTSB and NHTSA are looking into last week’s tragic Tesla crash which killed two teenage boys under similar circumstances, we are confident the answer will be available soon. Several Tesla accidents have involved the car going out of control while autopilot was driving. This spate of accidents, along with others in self driving cars from other manufacturers is probably a bigger setback for the autonomous car nerds than electric vehicles in general

As was reported yesterday, Max Schwall, the Tesla exec who until last week had been Tesla’s “primary technical contact” with both the NTSB & NHTSA, resigned quietly and moved to Tesla’s competitor Waymo. Commenting on this departure, we wondered if it suggests that the “company’s troubles with government regulators may be set to escalate.”

Judging by the trio of crashes in just one week, two of which fatal, it’s a safe bet the answer is “yes.” This leaves Elon Musk’s dreams of world domination, like his cars in the crash scene pictures, in total meltdown.

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Tesla just months from total collapse, says hedge fund manager

Another Tesla demonstrates the makes built in barbecue feature neds some work (picture source: Zero Hedge
Another Tesla demonstrates the makes built in barbecue feature neds some work (picture source: Zero Hedge

The American electric-car company Tesla will be bankrupt within four months unless its CEO Elon Musk “pulls a rabbit out of his hat,” according to hedge fund manager John Thompson. “Companies eventually have to make a profit, and I don’t ever see that happening here, this is one of the worst income statements I’ve ever seen and between the story and the financials; the financials will win out in this case.” the head of Vilas Capital Management told Market Watch.”

Thompson manages $25 million and his Tesla short is the fund’s biggest position. He has been betting big against the electric automaker for years.

Last April, Tesla stock hit a record high of around $300 and continued to grow to $389.61. Nevertheless, Thompson’s fund still managed to churn out a 65-percent gain for the year. Since then, Tesla has fallen sharply and Thompson is confident his bet is about to pay off. Tesla shares were down more than 8 percent at Wednesday closing to $279.18. The hedge fund manager said that if his prediction comes true, his fund could surge by another 50 percent. He noted that he is investing $500,000 of his own money.

“Tesla, without any doubt, is on the verge of bankruptcy,” Thompson told clients in an email. He explained that funding will be hard to come by in the face of problems in delivering the Model 3, declining demand for the Model S and X, extreme over – valuation on the stock market, and a likely downgrade of its credit rating by Moody’s from B- to CCC.

Another fatal crash earlier this month that left a Tesla Model X smouldering on the shoulder of the southbound lane of Highway 101 in Mountain View has hammered Tesla shares to their lowest level in a year while pushing the yield on its debt above 7% (though an ill-timed downgrade from credit rating agencies also had something to do with that).

Once again, Tesla finds itself under scrutiny from the U.S. National Transportation Safety Board. The last brush with the regulator ended without incident – the agency ruled that a fatal Florida crash was the result of driver error, and that Tesla’s controversial autopilot software (which has been implicated in several fatal accidents) was not at fault, though this verdict should be treated with some scepticism as it is based on the fact that the car was on autopilot, which is not a technology sold as offering full vehicle autonomy. It seems odd therefore that a judge can say the driver was at fault when in fact the car should have a failsafe mechanism to prevent stupid drivers from abusing what is intended to be an electronic assistant.

As two teams from the NTSB sift through the evidence gathered from the site of the latest demonstration of Tesla’s self – immolating feature, the company said in a blog post published Tuesday night that it hasn’t been able to analyze any of the data collected from the scene – and therefore doesn’t yet know what caused the crash – because the car was so badly damaged, as Bloomberg reported.

The company hasn’t been able to retrieve the vehicle’s logs and is working with authorities to access them. Tesla hasn’t disclosed whether the driver had engaged Tesla’s partially autonomous driving system, known as Autopilot, when the crash occurred.

Interest in the effectiveness of self-driving technologies is at crisis thanks to a deadly Uber Technologies Inc. accident that happened days earlier involving an autonomous car and a woman who was crossing the street with her bicycle.

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Are Manchester’s Gaybour Council A Bunch Of Dicks?

Street art in Manchester by Wanksy (image source Manchester Evening News – now censored)

Greater Manchester Council has since its inception been controled by the Gaybour party. Consequently in allocating funds to public spending projects in the conurbation, anything to do with ‘The Gay Village’ or the city’s ‘Gay Pride Day’ celebrations has been given far more than it deserves, projects relating to ethnic minorities have been well funded (gotta keep buying those votes) and anything that would benefit non – minority citizens is relegated to the ‘can’t be arsed’ list.

This has resulted in some problems, for example The Manchester Evening News recently ran a story about the mumber of people who complain about the state of the city’s roads. “The roads of Manchester are in an appalling state, especially around Bury. I have cyclist friends who have been hospitalised’ one resident comented on the website, “They damage vehicles. Sometimes it’s hard to know which pothole caused the damage because there are so many.

Now the case has been taken up by a street artist who as a tribute to his hero Banksy calls himself ‘Wanksy’. The graffiti merchant whose real name is not known has been dicking about for several weeks in the Ramsbottom area, spraying giant nusgers around the worst potholes. He told the M.E.N:“They damage vehicles. Sometimes it’s hard to know which pothole caused the damage because there are so many.When I’ve finished in Ramsbottom, I’ll move on to the rest of Manchester.”

He added: “I wanted to attract attention to the pothole problem and make it memorable. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus. It’s also speedy, I don’t want to be in the road for a long time. It seems to have become my signature. I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem.

Speaking to Radio Manchester he said, “He added: “I wan to attract attention to the pothole problem. Nothing seemed to do this better than a giant comedy phallus. It’s also speedy, I don’t want to be in the road for a long time. It seems to have become my signature. I just want to make people smile and draw attention to the problem. It seems to be working, judging from the Facebook fan page.”

Some people may have been offended, but not as much as motorists who have had to fork out for a new tyre or face a bill of several hundred pounds for repairs to their car suspension.

And of course if it make Manchester’s Gaybour council look like knobs and aleterts a wider audience to the reality that the elitist Labour party doesn’t give a flying fuck about the concerns of ordinary voters, the protest has the full support of Boggart Blog. So here we go with a small exhibition of Wanksy’s best works. (See more at the Facebook fan page gallery – click ‘Back to album’ top left for slideshow)

Google Driverless Car Project – there are still a few snags to be ironed out

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Google have bought some real cars but there are still a few snags to be ironed out

Ok, we’ve been pretty scathing about the Google driverless car project, basing our view on the prototype Wankermobile revealed amid much hype and even more ROTFLOAO among people who drive proper cars. The future of personal transport was going to look like the kind of toy car that might be found in a Kinder egg if the publicity could be believed.

Since then Google backed off the idea that they were going to build their own ‘mobility-scooter-with-a-roof’ type vehicles and bought some proper cars from real car manufacturers to convert into computer driven models.

And now they are claiming to be on the verge of putting the first commercially viable self-driving car on the road again. And again the Search Engine company are not being entirely truthful, there are many problems to be resolved before Google computer driven car can take to the roads, and some of them could prove insurmountable.


Google’s latest driverless car abandones the Wankermobile prototype (see end of article) in favour of putting electronic natigation and control systems in read cars.

We’ll leave aside the practicalities like the technology not working in bad weather or the fact that computers have no way of interpreting meaning therefore the cameras, microphones and sensors that react to stimuli cannot tell if a sound is a police or ambulance siren or a domestic burglar alarm going off, not can they tell whether a police officer is waving them to slow down or a grandma is waving to her family as they walk away from her door.

Even the most advanced prototypes, and those developed by Mercedes and Toyota are way ahead of Google, are having a hard time interpreting emergency sirens. If they are ever to be allowed onto real streets, autonomous cars will need to be able to respond appropriately to police instructions or the needs of emergency service.

Those things can easily be dealt however with providing the world is prepared to adapt in order to accommodate Google. From our point of view the real driverless car killer will be insurance. Because the driverless cars are not truly driverless but rather are driven by machines, who will be responsible in the event of an accident. because despite Google’s claims that their technology is infallible and will eliminate accidents, there will still be accidents.

There will always be accidents, that is why car insurance is mandatory.

Quite how insurance would work when cars have no human in control remains unclear. The question of who pays out in the event of a crash involving a driverless car is still being debated and is seen as a major barrier to letting them loose on highways. Would the car maker, the component manufacturer or the owner of the data centre that was providing mapping information be liable. Or would the person sitting in the car be held legally responsible for it even though they were not in control. I can’t manufacturers or computer operators taking responsibility and holding humans responsible for cars they are not driving is not going to be a selling point.

Several problems that will arise if these vehicles ever become popular spring to mind. Radar is increasingly being used on cars, eventually cross interference will render them navigation systems unreliable. Likewise a street full of Lidar units all spinning laser beams across each other will interfere. Several friends still involved in the industry have worked with Lidar type units and can tell you they don’t work when its raining or foggy.

Then there is the problem of perception. While science fanboys (and girls) will continue to wax lyrical about a future in which we are all slaves to machines (or in their language free to do kewel things like spending fortunes playing computer games with in-app billing on our iPhones)the majority have a more down to earth view of technology’s potential and limitations.

If recent surveys are to be believed, driverless car developers have failed at the first hurdle as it seems much of the public would be reluctant to ride in one of the cars. Half of Britons responded that they would be unwilling passengers in driverless cars over safety concerns, with 16 per cent professing to feel ‘horrified’ by the notion of unmanned vehicles driving on British roads. Four in ten would not trust an autonomous car to drive safely, believing it would jeopardise the welfare of drivers, cyclists and pedestrians, a survey from price comparison site uSwitch.com found.

Just like the reality of Google Glass (recently withdrawn from the marketplace) – and almost all Google’s other great ideas that launch to enormous fanfare and then slip away into oblivion, people love to believe in the ‘Google Geeks’ beavering away at solving the world’s problems in amazingly innovative ways (One geek cited Google Maps as an example but maps have been around for several thousand years and Google were not the first to put them online,)the reality is that Google is a one-trick-pony and not a very good trick at that.

It is a commercially successful search engine even if the results it produces are manipulation to deliver the most profitable links rather than the best quality information.

The real genius of Google is how it managed to monetise it’s one trick – how much money it’s managed to shake out of a world of consumers by telling them that the service is ‘free’ when it actually holds businesses to ransom by threatening deindex them if they don’t cooperate. And of course, the costs of cooperating with Google are as always passed on to the consumer in the end.

These days Google sits on multi-billion dollar cash reserves generated by selling its shares to dupes rather than from trading profits. but with public outrage about the company’s tax avoidance growing the directors worry about how to spend the money.

It is run by middle class white men who are obsessed with delivering solutions for which problems must be invented and that nobody other than geeks could give a flying fuck about.

This automated car is just another step in the direction of the one speed society – where everyone is dragged down to the level of the lowest common denominator, everyone holds the opinion of the stupidest and most sheep like and we all do as we are told.

Oh dear. What have I done, badmouthing Google, one of the Geek tribe’s sacred cows? If The Daily Stirrer allowed comments, brainwashed trolls would be fighting each other to leave angry, rude, nonsensical abuse for anyone who refuses we will all be much happier when we surrender our individuality and let Google do our thinking for us.

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r as Google chairman Eric Schmidt put it: “I actually think most people don’t want Google to answer their questions. They want Google to tell them what they should be doing next.”

The Daily Stirrer is happy to tell Eric what he should do next: “Eric mate, fuck the fucking fuck off.”

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We Have Been Threatened – It’s Our Duty To Carry On As Normal

In the wake of the Charlie Hebdo atrocity several Islamist clerics in the UK and Europe have issued warnings that a similar fate awaits those who mock Islam.

Here at Boggart Blog not only do we take such warning very seriously, we also think it is morally unacceptable to mock any religion. After all the faithful take their beliefs very seriously and we should respect that.

Therefore our policy is to build bridges and to that end we are delighted to publish the news that Saudi Arabia has lifted its ban on women driving cars. In future women in the Wahabite Kingdom will be allowed to drive specially modified automobile, like the example shown below.

Je suis Charlie.

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Google’s Wankermobile Self Driving Car Can’t Drive Itself

People are starting to trust Boggart Blog and our friend Little Nicky Machiavelli. That’s because we are always right. And we always try to sound a weeny bit humble when we say I told you so.

Recently the usual types got a bit huffy when we mercilessly mocked the much hyped Google self driving car, or Wankermobile because it looked like the kind of car you would get out of a Kinder Surprise egg (only the Google jobbie wouldn;t go as fast). Oh you are anti – science, you are anti progress, you are anti-road-safety, they said. We’re not any of those. Fatsally has a very high tech BMW, it’s fast and runs clean and has lots of gadgets, even a Sat Nav which Sally does not use because she isn’t brain dead and can read a map (that’s through growing up with three brothers) I’m not against safety but the only two accidents I’ve had in a forty odd yeard driving career occurred whem my car was standing still and the ones that hit me we going well under the speed limit. So statistically the faster I’m going the safer I am.

And as for the science bit, well let’s have the latest on the Google Wankermobile. Things are not going well we hear. As usual then, those semi autistic clowns at Google obsessed over the technology and didn’t think the practical considerations through properly.

from Auto World News (my emphasis)

Apparently the famous Google self-driving car isn’t that close to giving us hands-free transportation after all.

While Google’s fleet has safely driven more than 700,000 miles, the autonomous model relies so heavily on maps and detailed data that it can’t yet drive itself in 99 percent of the country, according to an MIT Technology Review report.

“The public seems to think that all of the technology issues are solved” with Google’s self-driving vehicle, said Steven Shladover, a researcher at the University of California, Berkeley’s Institute of Transportation Studies. “But that is simply not the case.”

Chris Urmson, director of the Google car team, has volunteered details on the car’s limits. He hopes the car will be ready by the time his 11-year-old is 16, or old enough to drive in the state of California.

“It’s my personal deadline,” said Urmson, as quoted by the MIT Review.

The Google car depends on detailed preparations where the car’s exact route is mapped out before the trip, a process far more intensive than the effort needed for Google Maps. Weather is also an issue: Google’s much-touted self-driving car has never maneuvered snow, and it’s not yet safe to drive in heavy rain either.