A Week Of FUD — #Pravduh About #Tesla Report 15 – CleanTechnica


Published on December 17th, 2018 |
by Chanan Bos

December 17th, 2018 by  


Only a week to go till Christmas and Tesla failing seems to be on the wish list of certain journalists, but because their paycheck probably comes in part from fossil fuels, a lump of coal is all they will get for their troubles.

Some of the headlines that we saw this week were so outrageous that they have no place in the mainstream media, a tabloid maybe. This is what we mean:

  • Apple buys Tesla and a solar flare wipes trillions from the economy: 10 outrageous predictions for 2019 (Callum Burroughs)
  • Elon Musk has stopped meetings to watch ‘Monty Python’ clips (Mark Matousek -20% neutrality index score)
  • Elon Musk apparently has a heightened sense of smell, which means people can’t wear perfume or cologne in job interviews (Graham Rapier -35% neutrality index score)
  • Tesla employees were reportedly told not to walk past Elon Musk’s desk because of his wild firing rampages (Isobel Asher Hamilton -67% neutrality index score)

The first one is just an author’s predictions for 2019, which is again not news, just for fun. The Monthy Python clips are hardly surprising and not really worth headline attention, and the whole thing is apparently out of context. The last two are just total, utter FUD. A lot of it is coming from an enormous WIRED FUD piece that is just so unbelievable that Tesla is actually considering filing charges (according to said article).

Tesla’s statement on this matter is very appropriate and should be kept in mind: “If employees really weren’t able to disagree with Elon, rather than ramping Model 3, Tesla would currently be focused on building cyborg dragons, implementing a company-wide policy banning blue shoes, and playing Monty Python videos on a 24-hour loop in all of the break rooms.”

Also, we wanted to emphasize that each week we are sharing the raw data (headlines and scores). You can scan through yourself if you want to double check our findings or just see the headlines. And you can check out our own Tesla stories for more context and comparison. For details on our methodology and broader context about this weekly analysis, see our previous Pravduh About Tesla report.

#Pravduh About #Tesla
Report #15 (December 8–14)

The next matter on our itinerary is tracking the authors who covered this news. While the whole list is too long to put here since there are many authors who have written just one or two pieces about Tesla, here are the 39 who published more than 7 articles about Tesla since we started tracking on September 1st, ranked from least positive to most positive:

The neutrality index goes from -100% to positive 100%. In this system, 0% is neutral. The number of negative/positive articles and percentages are also still displayed. This system provides a good breakdown of how authors are positioned.

For this entire section, note: At major media outlets, there are often headline writers who control this part of articles, but we find tracking the authors is interesting and potentially useful for considering what kind of stories the authors tend to write.

What Changed With Tesla Last Week

Aside from the summary in the intro, here’s a summary of Tesla news and potential news ordered by day.

You can consider for yourself what were objectively the important updates in the “Tesla story” last week.

The more these #Pravduh About #Tesla reports get shared online through social media, the more people will take notice. If there is an ongoing heavily negative slant about Tesla in certain outlets — even as Tesla has so much positive news to share — people should be aware of this and approach each new story with that in mind. This is why we’re doing this work.

Again, here is the data from this past week in case you want to have a closer look at the raw data.

For details on our methodology and broader context about this weekly analysis, see our previous Pravduh About Tesla report.

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About the Author

Chanan grew up in a multicultural, multi-lingual environment that often gives him a unique perspective on a variety of topics. He is always in thought about big picture topics like AI, quantum physics, philosophy, Universal Basic Income, climate change, sci-fi concepts like the singularity, misinformation, and the list goes on. Currently, he is studying creative media & technology but already has diplomas in environmental sciences as well as business & management. His goal is to discourage linear thinking, bias, and confirmation bias whilst encouraging out-of-the-box thinking and helping people understand exponential progress. Chanan is very worried about his future and the future of humanity. That is why he has a tremendous admiration for Elon Musk and his companies, foremost because of their missions, philosophy, and intent to help humanity and its future. He sees Tesla as one of the few companies that can help us save ourselves from climate change.

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Asian shares inch higher ahead of meetings by Fed, China’s economic policymakers – MarketWatch

Asian markets rose Monday on hopes that the Federal Reserve would re-evaluate its hawkish stance at a meeting later this week, following signs of slower global growth.

Japan’s Nikkei 225 index

NIK, +0.62%

  added 0.6% and the Kospi

SEU, +0.08%

  in South Korea gained 0.1%. Hong Kong’s Hang Seng

HSI, -0.03%

  was up 0.1% while Australia’s S&P ASX 200

XJO, +1.00%

  was 0.9% higher. Shares were higher in Taiwan

Y9999, +0.14%

  and Singapore

STI, +1.21%

  but fell in Indonesia

JAKIDX, -0.13%


The Shanghai Composite index

SHCOMP, +0.16%

  rose 0.1% while the smaller-cap Shenzhen Composite

399106, -0.31%

  fell 0.4% ahead of this week’s China’s Central Economic Work Conference, where policymakers are expected to maintain a proactive fiscal policy and commitment to supply-side reforms.

Among individual movers, SoftBank Group

9984, +0.52%

  rose ahead of the anticipated IPO of its mobile unit later this week, while Samsung Electronics

005930, +0.51%

  gained more than 1%. Hong Kong-listed casino companies Wynn Macau

1128, -0.76%

  and Galaxy Entertainment

0027, -1.86%

  slid, as did stocks of Australian banks such as ANZ Banking Group

ANZ, -1.57%


On Friday, weak economic data from China and Europe fueled worries about the global economy, dragging shares to eight-month lows. Sentiment was also dampened by the mess surrounding Britain’s impending departure from the European Union. The S&P 500 index

SPX, -1.91%

  gave up 1.9%t to 2,599.95, its lowest close since April 2. The Dow

DJIA, -2.02%

  slipped 2% and the Nasdaq composite

COMP, -2.26%

  was 2.3% lower. All major U.S. indexes have fallen more than 10 percent from their record highs, reaching a mark known on Wall Street as a “correction.” Markets are awaiting the elusive “Santa Claus rally,” which usually makes December the best month of the year for stocks.

The Federal Open Market Committee is expected to raise its short-term interest rate — a benchmark for many consumer and business loans — by a modest quarter-point to a range of 2.25% to 2.5% after a meeting on Wednesday. This would be its ninth hike since late 2015. Markets will be watching any policy statement changes and a news conference by Chairman Jerome Powell. The central bank forecasts three more rate hikes in 2019, but softer global growth could cause a shift in its hawkish stance. Last week, China announced that its industrial output and retail sales had slowed in November.

“The ‘Santa rally’ which had been hoped for has proven to be frustratingly elusive, and now markets are quite happy, if not desperate, for at least a dovish line to be thrown by the FOMC,” Vishnu Varathan of Mizuho Bank said in a market commentary. Markets are “grasping straws led by hopes that there will be a material dial back of hawkish bias,” he added.

“The upcoming FOMC meeting and China’s policy-setting meeting, has been the most actively discussed topics around the markets this morning,” said Stephen Innes, head of Asia-Pacific trading at Oanda, in a note to clients Monday. “And both events have a smoothing effect on risk sentiment.”

“We should expect a raft of stimulus measures from China policymakers in an attempt to stabilize the domestic economy,” Innes added. “On the Fed front, the market is banking on a dovish hike which should be kind enough to stabilize equity risk sentiment into year end.”

Benchmark U.S. crude

CLF9, +0.39%

  added 12 cents to $51.32 a barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract dropped $1.38 to settle at $51.20 in New York on Friday. Brent crude

LCOG9, +0.46%

 , used to price international oils, gained 7 cents to $60.35 a barrel.

The dollar

USDJPY, -0.06%

  strengthened to 113.46 yen from 113.38 yen in late trading Friday. The euro rose to $1.1312 from $1.1306.

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California reverses course on plan to tax text messages – NBC News

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Californians can continue their carefree texting for the foreseeable future.

The state’s public utilities commission announced Friday that it would not tax residents’ cell phone plans, reversing course on a proposal to add a new monthly fee on texting in hopes of increasing funding to a program that finances services like 911 and subsidized phone rates for low-income Californians.

According to the California Public Utilities Commission, the tax would have cost customers an additional $1.40 for $20 of texting charges. But the utilities commission said a new Federal Communications Commission rule would not allow them to follow through on the idea.

The changed rule came Wednesday when the FCC said text messaging is an information service and not a telecommunications service. That means states have a limited authority over texting.

The California Public Utilities Commission had scheduled a vote on the measure for Jan. 10, but Commissioner Carla Peterman withdrew the proposal in light of the federal decision.

The FCC did not immediately respond to a request for comment, but the rule change gained the support of consumers, conservatives and members of the telecommunications industry.

The Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association, a trade organization whose membership includes companies like AT&T, T-Mobile USA, Verizon and Comcast, which owns NBCUniversal, previously told NBC News they opposed the plan.

“We hope that the CPUC recognizes that taxing text messages is bad for consumers,” said Jamie Hastings, senior vice president of external and state affairs for the association. “Consumers exchanged 1.77 trillion messages in 2017, making text messages one of the most common and effective means of communication for Americans.

“Taxing this service would burden those who rely on and use this service each and every day.”

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Delivery robot catches fire at UC Berkeley campus, students hold vigil – Mashable

A KiwiBot, an automated food delivery robot which is present on UC Berkeley’s campus, caught fire on Friday afternoon.

In a post, the company explained the incident was due to a faulty battery which had been mistakenly installed instead of a functioning one. 

The errant battery started smoldering while the robot was idling, leading to smoke, then fire outside the Martin Luther King Jr. Student Union.

“A member of the community acted swiftly to extinguish the flames using a nearby fire extinguisher. Within moments of the incident occurring, it had already been contained,” the post read.

“The Berkeley Fire Department arrived shortly thereafter to secure the scene, and doused the robot with foam ensuring there was no risk of re-ignition.”

Some people caught the incident on camera, where a crowd gathered around the blaze.

After the incident, students set up a candlelight vigil for the fallen robot. On Facebook, the robot was called a “hero” and a “legend,” according to The Daily Californian.

KiwiBot added that following the incident it pulled robots from service, and that orders in progress were delivered by hand. 

The company added no customers or members of the public were at risk, and that it has installed custom software to monitor the battery’s state.

Since 2017, KiwiBot has been used to deliver food around the UC Berkeley campus, where there are more than 100 robots operating as part of the fleet.

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California will require zero-emissions buses by 2040 – Engadget

This is no mean feat when zero-emissions vehicles currently represent just 153 out of the 12,000 buses serving Californians. As with cars, proponents are betting that electric and hydrogen fuel cell buses will become capable enough and cost-effective enough to completely replace their conventional counterparts. The deadlines are meant partly to spur technological progress — companies may not have much choice but to improve their buses if they want to remain relevant on state roads.

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Bankrupt Sears to pay $25.3 million in bonuses to executives – Atlanta Journal Constitution

Sears, which filed for bankruptcy in October, is planning to pay out more than $25 million in bonuses to its top executives.

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A federal judge has signed off on the company’s request to pay bonuses to some of its high-ranking employees, the Chicago Tribune reported.

Sears Holdings filed for Chapter 11 banruptcy protection in October after reportedly losing nearly $1.9 billion this year.

Sears plans to pay $8.4 million to 19 executives if the company is able to reach certain fiscal goals in the first six months of 2019. The retailer could also pay $16.9 million to another group of 315 top employees, the Tribune reported.

Sears has announced round after round of store closures in recent years. More than 228 stores have been slated to close since this summer alone.

Sears’ chairman and former CEO Eddie Lampert has submitted a bid to buy the remaining Sears locations, including one in Springfield.

>> Trending: Hospitals, universities invest millions in off-shore tax havens

The $4.6 billion proposal submitted Thursday by Lampert’s hedge fund ESL Investments could save 505 stores and Sears Holdings leadership said it hoped a bidder would keep them open.

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Sneaky parrot uses Amazon Alexa to shop while owner is away – WFLA

TAMPA, Fla. (WFLA) – A foul-mouthed parrot, who was kicked out of an animal sanctuary for swearing too much, is using technology to cause even more trouble.

The Times of London reports Rocco, an African grey, has been using Amazon Alexa to shop online while his owner was away. 

His owner, Marion Wishnewski told the newspaper she was shocked to find that her Amazon account suddenly had pending orders for various snacks, including watermelon and ice cream and also a kettle.

“I have to check the shopping list when I come in from work and cancel all the items he’s ordered,” Wischnewski told The Daily Mail.

Rocco was rescued by the National Animal Welfare Trust (NAWT) earlier this year after being found as a stray.  His foul mouth got him removed from the sanctuary, but Wischnewski, who works there, adopted him. 

She said Rocco’s love for Alexa goes beyond material things. He also uses the device to listen to his favorite music (Kings of Leon).

“I’ve come home before and he has romantic music playing,” Wischnewski said. “He loves to dance and has the sweetest personality.and romantic tunes.”

African grey parrots (Psittacus) are particularly noted for their advanced cognitive abilities and their ability to mimic speech. 


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