Fiat 500 – 500 Days Left?

Fiat 500 crash

A few years ago, I wrote about the new Fiat 500 that was being brought in to the US with much fanfare from the media and newly merged Fiat-Chrysler group. Even the pre-humiliated Charlie Sheen was doing commercials for the car as Chrysler tried desperately to bring Fiat back to the American market.

There was one problem with their plan. Fiat still sucks and the 500 may be one of the worst pieces of junk that they’ve ever tried to peddle to Americans. I’m old enough to remember the Fiats of the 70s. They were cute, but broke down constantly and the whole fiasco ended when Fiat retreated to the European market where taste in automobiles is a wee bit different.

Fiat has taken the podium for at least one category since they returned, and that is the #1 ranking in Consumer Reports  for least reliable automobile. And not by a small margin. They completely blew away the competition. Ultimately, there is no way you can make it here after taking that prize. Reliability has always been a key component to survivability in this market.

One of the other problems with the little go cart was safety. It faired very poorly in crash tests, so no intelligent parent would put their child, or their teenager, or themselves in one of these.

The 500L Crossover, the last version of the 500 to be dumped on the American market, and the final hope of Fiat, has turned out to be an absolute disaster. Initial enthusiasm waned quickly as the market for idiotic buyers quickly ran out. Sales have plummeted for Fiats in the last year and it’s clear that they won’t be around much longer.  Unless they can come up with something better, which in their eyes is probably this joke of a car, they will be gone within two years.

Imagine how much money they spent on dealerships, networks, marketing, etc..  It’s enough to make Bernie Sanders go in to a complete meltdown.

 

Are Liberals Forcing the Robot Revolution?

Robots Only Hiring Desk

As the left rages for its radical raise in the minimum wage, economics continues its relentless quest for equilibrium.

Like almost everything in the progressive ideology, this issue is based on feelings, not facts. The facts will end up putting a veto on such a massive raise, whether directly or indirectly.

If the workers at the bottom of the barrel are given a salary increase of almost 100% overnight, what do you think the rest of the employees are going to want? The rational response from everyone else is to demand a similar raise, which of course they won’t get as it would most likely bankrupt the employer. Eventually, this will foster hostility in the workplace and much greater anger toward employers by the more skilled workers who will end up being totally screwed. The Minimums will laugh at them.

But not for long.

Ultimately, the employer will be faced with raising prices considerably and reducing payroll. This may lead to going out of business, and it will look to replace workers as quickly as possible.  The first step would be layoffs so that the business can operate with the bare minimum number, so those remaining will have to work harder. The second step is the adoption of robots to replace the minimums.

Take a look at the fast food industry as the perfect example since it has the largest number of minimum wage employees.

Momentum Machines, a California based manufacturer of robots, has clearly stated that their machines are meant to completely replace humans. They are faster, cleaner and much, much cheaper. There are no health care costs or employment taxes, just maintenance and replacement. They don’t get hurt and sue. They don’t call out sick and they don’t ask for huge wage jumps. They don’t ask for wages, period.

Is a hike in the minimum wage needed? There’s no doubt that it is currently too low and needs to move up, but jumping too quickly will cause serious disruptions in the economic system and it will have a devastating effect on the lives of millions of people. Those same people may never be able to get back in the game, because once the robots replace them, there will be no economic motivation to return to the human resources based business model.

With the recent legislation in California and New York, it won’t take long to find out whether or not I’m right.

Is Phish the Worst Band of All Time?

Phish Phreaks

That’s a tough title to take home, but they are certainly in the running.

As a long time Deadhead, I’ve always wondered about the love affair with Phish from many in the Dead crowd, and after really, really trying to like them, and listening to all of their songs, I can attest to the fact that they just plain suck. There isn’t an ounce of talent among these frauds, but their idiocy is only matched or surpassed by their fan base.

In case you’re a fan and have found yourself offended by that statement and ready to head to your safe space, just listen to this song and tell me that it is not the work of an absolute joke. A 5 year old could write a better song during recess.

Lyrics:  http://phish.net/song/simple/lyrics

That same 5 year old could sing it, play the instruments, and do harmony with herself better,  too.

So, if you aren’t familiar with Phish and need a consolidated version of their music, I suggest this video.

What Phish Sounds Like to People Who Don’t Like Phish

As gut wrenchingly funny as that video might be, the sad fact is that it’s pretty much the truth. These clowns have become millionaires by getting stoned off their asses, climbing on to a stage and playing absolute garbage to flocks of drug-addled, adoring dimwits.

I wish I had thought of it.