Tesla CyberTruck, Like its Customers, “more valuable dead than alive”

The apparent economic plan of Tesla is to take as much money from customers before killing them so they can’t complain about being swindled. This is the latest insight from their CyberTruck fiasco.

Repeatedly this car company has demanded an advance fee based on future promises, amassing wealth without delivering, and then customers end up burned to death in the products made significantly below par let alone promises.

What did the Tesla promise of the “safest car on the road” mean in reality? The least safe.

Tesla deaths compared to all other EVs shows the obvious problem. It’s about accountability for lies, all about the Tesla CEO who regularly lies. Source: tesladeaths.com

I posted that graphic and news in 2021, and eventually the mainstream press picked it up. Washington Post, for example, realized basically nearly all crashes and every death in the NHTSA data on ADAS is from Tesla.

Tesla is the worst engineered electric vehicle on the road, by far. Killing far more people than all other brands combined. Source: Washington Post

Likewise, the CyberTruck is being constantly cartoonishly billed as a survival concept. Yet in reality it can’t handle even the most basic threats like a bump in the road. Literally, its under-engineered control arms and axles (or more) trivially fail.

Tesla CyberTruck default control arm design (cheap car part) already failed from predictable stress

Things are different now for Tesla however, as economists and financial analysis are starting to say the cruel market truth out loud, the advance fee fraud scheme is fraud.

…why bother selling [new vehicles] at all? Why not leave it as a concept? Quite a few analysts say the thing would be more valuable to Tesla dead than alive; Jefferies’ Nitij Mangal argued earlier this month that cancelling the project would be “climbing out of self-dug holes”.

When Tesla took millions in advance payments on the Roadster, the Semi and the Truck it likely didn’t care at all whether it could ever actually deliver. Deadlines passed years ago for hundreds of thousands of units and yet… no penalty, just attention and more investing in a future that will never come.

The total units delivered for all three is under 100 total, most of which have been failing or are failed. It takes three Tesla Semi and a diesel Semi towing them to do the work of one Volvo or Mercedes. Seriously.

The Tesla CEO told Wall Street he didn’t believe in concept cars, as a kind of promise that his company always would deliver whatever it dreamed. That presumably was his way in 2017 to prime victims into putting $250,000 in his hands for a Roadster fraud.

Did you like the new Tesla Roadster so much that you want one of the first ones in 2020? That’ll be $250,000 up front, like right now, thank you very much.

Did you catch that “first ones in 2020”? It’s basically 2024 and there’s no signs of a Roadster.

Smart bets are this Roadster will never be produced at scale at all, just like the doomed CyberTruck.

Tesla looks about as good as SpaceX hitting its publicly announced target of landing on Mars by 2018, 2019, 2020, 2022, 2023…

Turns out Tesla is the exact and cruelest opposite of whatever they promise. Kind of like when Hitler said he would never be so barbaric as to use the guillotine, right before he ordered them installed in every prison to behead 16,000 people who would dare to call him a liar.

Tesla presumably wants nothing alive because of how that represents accountability, much like any criminal organization extracts wealth illegally and operates above the law. Delivery of late and failed products, and witnesses to such crimes, pose a direct threat to Tesla because evidence.

Is Charlie Munger Going to Hell?

The FT offers this insight.

Charlie Munger, Warren Buffett’s veteran sidekick, died this week. The vice-chair of investment group Berkshire Hathaway had a penchant for zingy aphorisms. The one I always remember is: “Capitalism without failure is like religion without hell.” […] Some Europeans do not get the success/failure-yin/yang thang.

To which I say, this writer is clearly a few cards short of a full deck. Their most remembered aphorism is broken with simple logic.

Religion says going to hell is punishment, whereas capitalism says repeated failure is common and even necessary to reach success. Does anyone say try going to hell a few times to get heaven? No, because then people would live without fear of failure, accept “go to hell” threats as a step to heaven.

A sad yet poignant commentary on worker sacrifice and lack of any hope in American anti-capitalist corporations. Source: “Hell: A Preview”, New Yorker

Also, some basic wisdom about world religions poses a huge problem for the aphorism.

Taoism uses Yin/Yang to show an indivisable whole, a duality represented as parts in balance and inseparable to prove that fear of division (e.g. any moral dichotomy of good versus bad) is an unreal perception.

When you dig deeper into all this, and see what Europeans in fact DO get (e.g. quality of life balance, resistance to accelerationism), is that many (most, really) religions are practiced without any hell at all and for some perhaps obvious reasons:

  • “Jesus isn’t talking about heaven [and thus doesn’t believe in a hell] because he doesn’t believe – he’s a Jew – he doesn’t believe in the separation of soul and body. He doesn’t think the soul is going to live on in heaven.”
  • Hell was created by people positioning their religion to be more influential than family, community, and government. It’s a political tool, especially alluring among those seeking power and a way to undermine other effective forms of (moral) regulation.
  • Hell then becomes an escape from accountability, because for those spreading the idea it “has never been anything more than a strategy for sparing themselves the unpleasant task of confronting the real implications of the beliefs they profess.”

Vengeful eternal punishment, while many self-professed capitalists claim to love such an idea, is literally the exact opposite of their actual road to success (dependent on charity and good will of others such as family and government, saving them from true or permanent loss).

In that sense capitalism — where healthy market functionality matters more than ostentatious brags by a select few about their rapid and unstoppable privilege to repeatedly fail — is just one part of a life that is better described as many failures inseparable and infused with some success.

Capitalism typically requires acceptance of failure coupled to robust systems for recovery, very unlike how some outlier religions try to manipulate sentiment (undermine other social constructs) by using a fear of some vague future (theoretical) possibility of an absolute unescapable hell.

Unsafe by Design: Meta Quest VR Headsets Are a Sales Disaster

Microsoft DOS was a horrible, terrible, awful product from the 1980s. Why? It was a single-user product. If more than one user tried to use the system, it couldn’t distinguish them apart, let alone offer them a safe sharing environment (e.g. privacy).

Few realize that all of Wal-Mart stupidly ran retail sales using DOS (instead of, just for one easy example, CP/M-86 on the 4680). I can’t emphasize this enough. Wal-Mart intentionally put its most sensitive customer data through systems managed with zero ability to protect customers from harms.

The IBM 4680 deployments at Wal-Mart were managed by NCR techs who preferred and pushed the “ease” of single-user MS-DOS (i.e. layaway POS)

This was so unbelievably, incredibly negligent… Microsoft should have forfeited its profits to the millions of people harmed by Wal-Mart implementations of DOS.


…a security audit performed for the company in December 2005 found that customer data was poorly protected. …top-tier companies such as Wal-Mart were theoretically required to be in compliance with the standards by mid-2004. Wal-Mart says it received a number of deadline extensions. […] A hacker or malicious insider who compromised a point-of-sale controller or in-store card processor at one store, could “access the same device at every Wal-Mart store nationwide,” [auditors] wrote.

Deadline extensions were a huge mistake, a result of the “too big to be simple” problem. And it’s trivial to see the market imbalance, the profit-driven reasons why Wal-Mart threw all its customer data safety out the window.

None of us here are dictators (hopefully, and I doubt the CEO of Facebook comes here) meaning none of us live in a single-user world, so companies surely know (for over four decades already, or longer if we count time-share computers like Multics) they shouldn’t flog digital products that lack basic multi-user safety.

The 1960s and 1970s were supposed to deliver cloud computing, artificial intelligence and even driverless cars. Really. Source: “Claims to the Term ‘Time-Sharing’“, IEEE Annals of the History of Computing, Vol 14, No 1, 1992


We have to read headlines today of the utterly inhumane and detached Meta failing with their launch of a dictator-minded headset.

Part of the reason is that many shoppers aren’t comfortable trying one on in a store.

The headsets are prone to collect dirt and grime and smear your makeup. During the peak of the Covid-19 pandemic, people were especially resistant to put them on in stores, even though Meta paid to have cleaners on hand to sanitize the headsets between each use, said a former Meta employee who wasn’t authorized to speak publicly and asked not to be identified.

Dead as a dirty DOS means DOA.

Washed my dirty Quest head strap and ruined it. Can you not wash these things? Now what? …I noticed that my beautiful bald head was getting outbreaks of spots on the sides and then realized that my Quest head strap was pretty dirty. Most likely the culprit. […] Surely you’re supposed to be able to wash these things, right? They do get quite filthy over time…

Meta Quest literally makes even one single user unhealthy in multiple ways and can’t be cleaned. Yuck. Sharing? Fuhgeddaboutit.

The irony, naturally, is that Facebook is absolutely terrified of “in-authenticity” or dirty collisions whenever identities are setup on their time-sharing software platform. Unclean identity interferes with profits (advertisers hate paying for user overlap, as it’s basically fraud) so engineers have gone totally nuts over carving “real clean” differences into any software user identity. But then when it comes to actual human diseases, reactions and even death from sharing bodily fluids… Facebook is all like “here’s a wipe and spray, who cares just slop your face together with someone else you don’t know”.

This is not the first time I’ve pointed to a major product design culture failure at Meta related to selfish unregulated greed (e.g. their “Incel” edition of RayBan glasses). It’s a deep-seated management problem related to their awful origin story: one man creating an unsafe space where he could coerce and control the thoughts of targeted women.

The CEO and founder allegedly got his start in technology by collecting digital pictures of women without their consent and using that to intentionally target them with harm by exposures inviting public ridicule and shame. Source: Facebook

In other words, don’t enter or use Meta unless you are the Meta CEO… or until the whole thing is forced to accept multi-user personal data storage ethics (e.g. the anti-monopolist action that forced Microsoft to decouple browser and OS). That’s a lesson as old as the very first vote to remove tyranny and replace it with representation and accountability. Or, if you prefer computer history, as old as Multics.

WFP Operations on Brink of Collapse Amid Escalating Sudan Crisis

I’ve previously discussed a global focus on Gaza relative to a lack of attention on violence elsewhere. It’s an issue that is having a direct and profound impact on upwards of 6 million displaced people around Sudan. This crisis in Africa, particularly highlighted in a stark new warning from the World Food Programme (WFP), appears to be so overlooked now that a reported 1.4 million people crossing the border to escape Sudan are on the brink of collapsed support systems.

In just the last six months of conflict in Sudan, as many refugees have fled into Chad as had crossed the border in the preceding 20 years starting from the outbreak of the Darfur crisis in 2003. This brings the total number of refugees in Chad to over a million, making the country host to one of the largest and fastest-growing refugee populations in the whole African continent.


Dwindling funding and soaring immense humanitarian needs, is forcing WFP into making brutal choices. In December, WFP will be forced to suspend assistance to internally displaced people and refugees from Nigeria, Central African Republic, and Cameroon due to insufficient funds. From January this suspension will be extended to 1.4 million people across Chad – including new arrivals from Sudan who will not receive food as they flee across the border.

Chad is one of the poorest countries in the world, and it’s been quietly facing millions of refugees who arrived in just the past few months to escape “ethnically motivated” violence against civilians.

The fighting between two rival military factions that had started in Khartoum in April rapidly spread to other parts of the country, including the western Darfur region where it reignited long-standing ethnic and inter-communal tensions. West Darfur State has become the epicentre of conflict in the region with reports of widespread violence against civilians.

The border town of Adre, Chad this year for one example reported a population of 40,000 people. In just three months after April it had to take in more than 200,000 refugees.

Source: Google Maps

Notably, the level of terrorist violence in the region of Chad is at an unbelievable high, which the Wilson Center earlier this year attributed in some part to… divisive effects of social media platforms as well as the presence of Russia.

The Sahel now accounts for 43 percent of the world’s terrorism deaths—more than South Asia and the MENA region combined. That percentage is on the rise. […] So why is this region particularly vulnerable to terrorism? Many are quick to blame ethnic and religious conflict made more destructive by the growing availability of weapons from outside the region. But there are other contributing factors that are fueling deeper stressors and frustrations within and between communities. Weather extremes, unpredictable growing cycles, desertification, and diminishing arable land all contribute to the sense of declining economic opportunity that many feel—especially the region’s youth. Instead of using their authority to resolve disputes and build inter-communal understanding, many political leaders, armed with social media, appear all too ready to exploit these pressures for their own political gain. […] The Russian paramilitary organization Wagner Group is… suspected of operating—or soon to be—in Burkina Faso and Chad.

To put that in perspective, in fifteen years the latitude just south of the Sahara Desert has risen from barely any terrorist activity to the most in the world. That’s the kind of alarming spread happening without sufficient attention, fueling the humanitarian crises, which I suspect time will show was linked to Hamas’ invasion of Israel and terrorist attacks on civilians.

Think of this map as a large blue arrow pointing to the North-East:

Source: OECD

Indeed, according to reports, Adam Barima was murdered in Sderot by Hamas as he was walking in the street. This innocent Masalit man had fled to Israel to escape genocide in Sudan.

And in a particularly shameless disinformation campaign, videos of violence in Sudan are being fraudulently relabeled as Gaza and spread by social media platforms.

The claim a video shows an Israeli bombing of Palestinian children gathered at a water tank in eastern Gaza is false. It shows footage of the Sudanese military bombing the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces at an airport fuel depot in the capital Khartoum, as reported by Al Jazeera Sudan on October 12.

Misleadingly circulating a video of violence in Sudan as purported evidence of Israel attacking Gaza not only fuels ignorance of genocide in The Sahel but also detracts attention from the genuine challenges facing the growing millions displaced around Sudan, diverting focus from crucial issues within the region… which further exacerbates tensions towards and in the Middle East.