Monday, May 19, 2008

Tesla: A Man Ahead Of His Time

See the man reading under a huge electrical discharge from a Tesla coil ~ That man is it's inventor his name was Nikola Tesla. (yes, they named a band after him)

One of the greatest geniuses this world has ever known and yet most people have never heard of him.

Basically you can thank this man for every thing in your house that has an electric motor in it, from the Furnace to the mixer, your hairdryer etc...

You see he developed all the inner workings of all of the AC motors that we use today and so much more.... fluorescent lights, spark plugs, long distance radio, remote control etc etc etc.

You know Marconi as the inventor of the radio right? Only because In 1904, the US Patent Office reversed its decision and awarded Guglielmo Marconi the patent for radio, Tesla had it first. In 1945 this error was corrected offically, but Marconi still gets credit today even though he based his work on Tesla's.

He was actually working on but never finished building (ran out of money) a method of transmitting electricity without wires... This along with sooo many others secrets died with him.

You've heard of Westinghouse right? George Westinghouse bought all of Tesla's patents (and never really paid him, Long story)

Tesla designed and managed the construction of the worlds first large scale AC generators, these were installed at Niagara Falls and are still in use to this day....

There was a big disagreement between Tesla and Edison (you know, the light bulb guy) Edison was promoting DC (direct current) and Tesla was promoting AC (alternating current) not to get too technical but basically AC can go a lot further. Tesla won, IE all the things in your house run on AC current. Tesla worked for Edison until Edison refused to pay him. (Another Long Story)

Now, Tesla was so far beyond his contemporaries and even by today's standards Tesla could get electricity to do things that the scientists still scratch their heads about.

So the next time you turn on a light, or use a household appliance like your blender or mixer or fan or drill, pick up the phone, remember the genius who died at the age 86 flat broke who made it all possible.

Wake Up Home Of The Free!

Economic short term planning is destroying the American Industrial Base. It would seem that CEO's are thinking and planning for simple short term gains. Sure, if you layoff half of your workforce and cut your maintenance and R&D budgets in half your quarterly profits are going to rise and all the shareholders will get a bigger dividend but what about next year when you can no longer supply the same quality in your products or produce the same amount of products.

The whole downsizing theory is a short term profit stunt that will continue until there are no assets left to sell off, no employees left to layoff and no industry at all. Does the CEO with a two year contract care? I doubt it. He made his millions and his bonuses doing exactly what he was contracted to do. Make a profit for the shareholders at all costs. After he's gone what happens to the shareholders when there is no industry left to profit from?

The argument that always seems to pop up is market demand. "Demand is shrinking so we don't need "X" so we can sell it all off and make a profit this quarter" For me that is total shortsighted BS, Where is the sales force and why aren't they taking a chance on breaking into new markets? Take a look at the historical example of IBM. They had a product, not a great product in fact there were much better products in the market. What they did have, was a Grade A #1 sales force that created new markets. Companies that never even knew what a computer was or did and got at long with out one for years had to have one after the IBM sales rep was finished with them.

Where is the reinvestment? If you want customers to buy your product you have to make better then your competitions product, so much better that no body would even think of buying your competitors product. How do you do that? Capitol reinvestment in research and development. Making your products newer and better all the time. Reinvesting in your equipment to make it more efficient and produce a higher quality product. Investing in your employees to reduce your turnover rate and maintain your core knowledge and keep it from going to your competition.

This isn't rocket science... Short term planning and short term profits are foolhardy.

The American industrial base is dying thanks to short term planning and profits,

Manufacturing is the river from which all financial gain flows.

Shipping all the manufacturing overseas throws quality out the windows tied to an anchor and nobody seems to care.

The whole WTO and global market is BS. For example if a foreign country lets say China subsidies its industrial base and encourages their companies to dump products on the US market at a net loss in order to drive the US competition into bankruptcy and the WTO condones this and complains when the US levy’s a tariff?!? This is suppose to be fair and balanced?!?

Right now Japan, China, Russia and Brazil are subsidizing their manufacturing base (IE the government is giving them money, IE they can make products at a much much lower cost) then shipping them to the US (Think about that, they can pay to ship the products across the ocean and still sell them cheaper) Not to mention that most of the workers in these countries are making a dollar a day. It would seem that the WTO (World Trade Organization) will not be happy until all the Americans are working for a dollar a day as well.

Tariffs are there for a reason. To protect the US manufacturing base against unfair trade practices. Why aren't we using them?

At one point America built everything.... The quality was fantastic. Engineered obsolescence was unheard of. From the consumer standpoint you bought something and it lasted a life time. The engineers worked with slide rules and drafting tables and didn’t know all the variables but they did know that if they built it twice as strong at they think it needed to be that they would be safe the result of this was very durable products.

Where did it all go so very very wrong???

Well as they say that’s my two cents.

Where we come from

The unanimous Declaration of the thirteen united States of America
When in the Course of human events it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the Laws of Nature and of Nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness. — That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among Men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed, — That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shewn that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security. — Such has been the patient sufferance of these Colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over these States. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his Assent to Laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his Governors to pass Laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his Assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other Laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of Representation in the Legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their Public Records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved Representative Houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected, whereby the Legislative Powers, incapable of Annihilation, have returned to the People at large for their exercise; the State remaining in the mean time exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavoured to prevent the population of these States; for that purpose obstructing the Laws for Naturalization of Foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migrations hither, and raising the conditions of new Appropriations of Lands.
He has obstructed the Administration of Justice by refusing his Assent to Laws for establishing Judiciary Powers.
He has made Judges dependent on his Will alone for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of New Offices, and sent hither swarms of Officers to harass our people and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, Standing Armies without the Consent of our legislatures.
He has affected to render the Military independent of and superior to the Civil Power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his Assent to their Acts of pretended Legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by a mock Trial from punishment for any Murders which they should commit on the Inhabitants of these States:
For cutting off our Trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing Taxes on us without our Consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefit of Trial by Jury:
For transporting us beyond Seas to be tried for pretended offences:
For abolishing the free System of English Laws in a neighbouring Province, establishing therein an Arbitrary government, and enlarging its Boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule into these Colonies
For taking away our Charters, abolishing our most valuable Laws and altering fundamentally the Forms of our Governments:
For suspending our own Legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated Government here, by declaring us out of his Protection and waging War against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burnt our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large Armies of foreign Mercenaries to compleat the works of death, desolation, and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of Cruelty & Perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the Head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow Citizens taken Captive on the high Seas to bear Arms against their Country, to become the executioners of their friends and Brethren, or to fall themselves by their Hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavoured to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian Savages whose known rule of warfare, is an undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these Oppressions We have Petitioned for Redress in the most humble terms: Our repeated Petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A Prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a Tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have We been wanting in attentions to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our Separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, Enemies in War, in Peace Friends.
We, therefore, the Representatives of the united States of America, in General Congress, Assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the Name, and by Authority of the good People of these Colonies, solemnly publish and declare, That these united Colonies are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States, that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, they have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do. — And for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.
John Hancock
New Hampshire:Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts:John Hancock, Samuel Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island:Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut:Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York:William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey:Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania:Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware:Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland:Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia:George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina:William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina:Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia:Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton