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  • Tesla's Troubling Risk-Reward Profile [View article]
    John "Frothy" Petersen, and you do make a lot of our days lighter as witnessed by your followers, both pro and con.
    Jun 11, 2012. 09:02 AM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Troubling Risk-Reward Profile [View article]
    JP, I would never have attributed that "willie" comment to you!
    Jun 8, 2012. 03:20 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Troubling Risk-Reward Profile [View article]
    I was not comparing the products, but I was comparing the reservation process. They are the same and each will have a cancellation rate, whatever that might turn out to be. I promise you 100% conversion is out of the question.
    Jun 8, 2012. 02:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Troubling Risk-Reward Profile [View article]
    good observation comet, I agree with your comment!
    Jun 7, 2012. 02:07 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Troubling Risk-Reward Profile [View article]
    Did you say shriveled willie? that is not a good picture! Tickerman give us a break! way too much info.
    Jun 7, 2012. 02:01 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Troubling Risk-Reward Profile [View article]
    Sorry, maybe I was mistaken, but thought I had read that the first production model would be released on 6/22/12. I'm sure prototypes have been tested, but actual production models require a lot of manufacturing engineering to deliver the numbers required to meet the forcast.
    How many will be delivered by 7/22/12, and will quality control have debugged the process in order to deliver the finished product. Is there a time limit on the reservation for delivery. Just questions that invariably pop up as the manufacturing ramp up begins.
    Jun 7, 2012. 11:01 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Troubling Risk-Reward Profile [View article]
    Are the reservations hard? or can you cancel and get your deposit back? I would be very surprised that with a product as yet untested, unproven, would require hard nonrefundable deposits.
    Jun 7, 2012. 10:43 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Troubling Risk-Reward Profile [View article]
    JP let me tell you from experience, things NEVER go perfectly, and they always cost more. I see a recipe for a serious cash flow short fall. As you point out, the deposits have probably already been spent, unless they were required to escrow the funds until hard non refundable contracts were signed.
    When the call goes out for toy buyers to step into an expensive unproven product with real funds at risk, I suspect there will be many deposit refund requests.

    In the Real Estate world we did many reservation programs with deposits refundable till contract provisions, our plug number for conversion to hard contract was 70%. I'll bet they have a lower conversion rate that 70%. Driving in the HOV lane just ain't worth this level of exposure!
    Jun 7, 2012. 10:13 AM | 5 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Gift Box: Inefficiency Wrapped In Hype [View article]
    when science allows us to call up energy from wind and solar when we need it, then and only then can we refer to it as an alternative source. Until then it will remain a duplicated source with the real source being a conventional power plant, that must be there when we don't have sun or wind. You know there are just sometimes when you absolutly must have a real energy source that you can rely on. On a dark, quiet day, I still want to have a dependable power source rather than having to watch TV by candlelight
    Jun 4, 2012. 03:08 PM | 3 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Tesla's Gift Box: Inefficiency Wrapped In Hype [View article]
    Well said pool shark, I concur and the earth was here long before mankind and uninhabitable, the air was poisoned with chlorine gas and volcano's filled the atmosphere with gas and ash. Air as we know it is 100,000 times as clean as before vegetation.

    We survived an ice age a mere 10,000 years ago. I think it's safe to say the climate has warmed since those frozen years.
    To put a little more perspective to this picture, to try and offer up climate conclusions based on approximately 100 years of climate records and perhaps 25 years of computer modeling and you can go back to your beach example.
    The life span of an American, approximately 72.5 years is barely a tick on the planets clock. Yet you can actually hear seemingly intelligent people express global warming conclusions based on a warm winter in the NE.
    Jun 4, 2012. 01:57 PM | 2 Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Delta Staring Down A Money Pit With Its Refinery Deal? [View article]
    flyenlow, what a great and timely quote, how insightful from Roosevelt's time into the tabloid world of 2012, where it seems that appearances trump outcomes every time, where everyone get a trophy just for involvement, where even Nobel prizes are awarded for the anticipation of some performance yet undone. There is a reality and it is undeterred by the cosmetics of the day. Good is good, right is right, and to quote another great American, Ronald Reagan, "It is amazing what can be accomplished when no one claims the credit for it" Sorry to get off subject here but Teddy's quote tore me up!
    May 29, 2012. 03:56 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Delta Staring Down A Money Pit With Its Refinery Deal? [View article]
    I have no argument with Delta's move into the refinery business. I'm sure the expertise to crack petroleum to Jet A and save Delta money is there. I'm frankly shocked at the CEO of Delta avocating another regulatory agency controlling the speculation of commodities, as if the government intervention is the cure all for airline fuel pricing.
    Give me a break! As SN pointed out, Mr. Anderson and my favorite airline would be much worse off without the liquidity of the markets were he at the direct mercy of middle eastern oil producers for his crude. His volume purchases from the Saudis wouldn't get him enough leverage to influence price of crude.
    I'm afraid boys and girls that the " crack spread" might be occurring a little lower upon the CEO's body. Got a problem call the regulators they will make everything right for us, wuups looks like to donated to the wrong party last cycle!
    May 25, 2012. 12:27 PM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • Is Delta Staring Down A Money Pit With Its Refinery Deal? [View article]
    Anderson's comments are so typical of "experts" who don't have a clue, and he would be willing to turn a commodity market over to a group of politicians and bureaucrats who understand even less than he does!
    How can this be possible that a seemingly intelligent CEO who just ventured his shareholders money on a refinery, comes out with a statement exposing his ignorance regarding oil markets? This also indicates that perhaps there are others high up in Delta who agree with him. I hope these are not the folks who train the pilots!
    Your comments considering the speculations on Natural gas as Jet fuel were on the mark. What a concept Mr president, just as many "speculators" make money when oil goes down as make money when oil goes up. Just as with every commodity or stock.
    May 25, 2012. 11:21 AM | Likes Like |Link to Comment
  • EV Dreams And Industrial Metal Nightmares [View article]
    Keep your fire extinguisher handy!
    May 16, 2012. 01:07 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
  • EV Dreams And Industrial Metal Nightmares [View article]
    The evolution of the EV seems to have taken a new direction. It appears that even though the population of EVs are growing at a snail's pace, there may still be enough owners out there who would support a simple, effective and economical, all purpose fire extinguisher. Now here is another investment opportunity for the DOE?
    May 11, 2012. 01:57 PM | 1 Like Like |Link to Comment
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