Ford & Firestone Revisited

Ford & Firestone Revisited

When does cancer start? At the cellular/molecular level, probably. Which makes discovering the moment of conception — so to speak — difficult to pin down. Political cancer is easier because we can see it and sometimes even touch it, at the critical moment when it could have been given a bleach bath or something else […]

The Airbag Body Count Upticks – And Will Again

The Airbag Body Count Upticks – And Will Again

Sixteen actual Americans have been killed by Takata air bags so far. The latest victim in Buckeye, AZ. As opposed to the hypothetical Americans not actually killed by VW’s “cheating” on Uncle’s emissions certification tests. More actuals are going to die, too — from the air bags. It’s inevitable; the odds are heavily stacked. There […]

The Last Diesel

The Last Diesel

Jaguar has decided — and just announced — it will no longer offer a diesel engine in the XE sedan, which was one of the last passenger cars still available in the U.S. with a diesel engine. Mercedes, BMW, and Audi having dropped their diesel offerings well ahead of Jaguar. The reason why they dropped […]

Elon’s Three Card Monte

Elon’s Three Card Monte

Elon is in the news again — but not for the right reason. The SEC is angry with him over his Tweets — which ought to anger Tesla shareholders even more (not because of the SEC’s investigating Elon but because of the effect of Elon’s Tweets on the value of their stock). But why isn’t […]

Millennial Repo

Millennial Repo

An interesting data nugget percolated the other day about a “sharp worsening” — that is to say, an increase — in the number of car loan defaults among borrowers under 30 years old. According to Bloomberg Financial News, the rate for the Millennial demographic was 4.04 percent last quarter vs. 2.36 for the general population, […]