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How Sharpton Gets Paid To Not Cry ‘Racism’ At Corporations

 

 

 

 

 

” Want to influence a casino bid? Polish your corporate image? Not be labeled a racist?

  Then you need to pay Al Sharpton.

  For more than a decade, corporations have shelled out thousands of dollars in donations and consulting fees to Sharpton’s National Action Network. What they get in return is the reverend’s supposed sway in the black community or, more often, his silence.

  Sony Pictures co-chair Amy Pascalmet with the activist preacher after leaked e-mails showed her making racially charged comments about President Obama. Pascal was under siege after a suspected North Korean cyber attack pressured the studio to cancel its release of “The Interview,” which depicts the assassination of dictator Kim Jong-un.

  Pascal and her team were said to be “shaking in their boots” and “afraid of the Rev,” The Post reported.

No payments to NAN have been announced, but Sharpton and Pascal agreed to form a “working group” to focus on racial bias in Hollywood.

“ Al Sharpton has enriched himself and NAN for years by threatening companies with bad publicity if they didn’t come to terms with him. Put simply, Sharpton specializes in shakedowns,” said Ken Boehm, chairman of the National Legal & Policy Center, a Virginia-based watchdog group that has produced a book on Sharpton.

  And Sharpton, who now boasts a close relationship with Obama and Mayor de Blasio, is in a stronger negotiating position than ever.

“ Once Sharpton’s on board, he plays the race card all the way through,” said a source who has worked with the Harlem preacher. “He just keeps asking for more and more money.” “

 

 

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Government Sells Last Of Its GM Shares

 

 

 

 

 

” U.S. taxpayers no longer own any of automaker General Motors. The Treasury sold the last of its remaining 31.1 million GM shares today. It started with 500 million shares in 2010.

  The taxpayer loss on the GM bailout is $10.5 billion. The Treasury department said it recovered $39 billion from selling its GM stake, and had put $49.5 billion of taxpayer money directly into the GM bailout.

  The total bailout rises to $51 billion, including another $1.5 billion that Treasury put into programs to keep GM suppliers afloat and to make sure owners’ warranties were honored, plus some into the old GMAC finance company that’s now known as Ally — separate from a much larger Ally bailout.”

 

    The only winners in this “too big to fail” bailout fraud were Obama’s union cronies . The stockholders and taxpayers took a bath . The $10.5 billion that is admitted as loss does not take into account the loss to middle management that didn’t have a friend in Barack and lost their retirement packages nor does it reflect the loss bondholders were forced to undergo as Obama essentially stole their assets to preserve his union crony’s golden parachute benefits . Corruption all around . 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Industrial Design: “American Look” 1958 General Motors Populuxe Classic Film

 

HT/ Iowahawk

 

 

” Industrial design is the use of a combination of applied art and applied science to improve the aesthetics, ergonomics, and usability of a product, but it may also be used to improve the product’s marketability and production. The role of an industrial designer is to create and execute design solutions for problems of form, usability, physical ergonomics, marketing, brand development, and sales.

The first use of the term “industrial design” is often attributed to the designer Joseph Claude Sinel in 1919 (although he himself denied this in interviews), but the discipline predates 1919 by at least a decade. Its origins lie in the industrialization of consumer products. For instance the Deutscher Werkbund, founded in 1907 and a precursor to the Bauhaus, was a state-sponsored effort to integrate traditional crafts and industrial mass-production techniques, to put Germany on a competitive footing with England and the United States…

Notable industrial designers

A number of industrial designers have made such a significant impact on culture and daily life that they have attained a level of notability beyond that of an average designer. Alvar Aalto, renowned as an architect, also designed a significant number of household items, such as chairs, stools, lamps, a tea-cart, and vases. Raymond Loewy was a prolific American designer who is responsible for the Royal Dutch Shell corporate logo, the original BP logo (in use until 2000), the PRR S1 steam locomotive, the Studebaker Starlight (including the later iconic bulletnose), as well as Schick electric razors, Electrolux refrigerators, short-wave radios, Le Creuset French ovens, and a complete line of modern furniture, among many other items. Richard A. Teague, who spent most of his career with the American Motor Company, originated the concept of using interchangeable body panels so as to create a wide array of different vehicles using the same stampings. He was responsible for such unique automotive designs as the Pacer, Gremlin, Matador coupe, Jeep Cherokee, and the complete interior of the Eagle Premier. Viktor Schreckengost designed bicycles manufactured by Murray bicycles for Murray and Sears, Roebuck and Company. With engineer Ray Spiller, he designed the first truck with a cab-over-engine configuration, a design in use to this day. Schreckengost also founded The Cleveland Institute of Art’s school of industrial design. Charles and Ray Eames were most famous for their unique furniture design, such as the Eames Lounge Chair Wood and Eames Lounge Chair.

Another example is German industrial designer Dieter Rams, who is closely associated with the consumer products company Braun (where he worked until 1995) and the Functionalist school of industrial design. He is famous for his “ten principles to good design”, in addition to designing many iconic products at Braun. More recently, Jonathan Ive, the Senior Vice President of Design at Apple Inc., is credited for designing products for the company, which has a strong philosophy in aesthetics. His designs include the iPod and iPhone…”

 

 

 

 

The Dirt On ‘Government Motors’

 

” Maybe the most disturbing news in “American Turnaround,” Ed Whitacre’s new book that describes his stint as head of General Motors, is how naïve he was about what it means to run a company that’s been bailed out by the federal government, and is now regulated by the anti-business types who populate the Obama administration.

As Whitacre takes the job back in 2009, he thinks that the automaker’s government masters are rational people looking to help the company survive and thrive. Along the way, he finds out that they’re not.

In fact, their true goal wasn’t to maximize profits to ensure GM survives for the long term, but to keep control of the company as long as possible (the feds still hold a 26 percent stake today) to both keep its union allies fat and happy and to please its green buddies by forcing GM to produce hybrid vehicles that the vast majority of Americans can’t afford now, and never will.”

Detroit Auto Show 2013: The Sexiest Corvette We’ve Seen In Way Too Long

 

 

” If you didn’t know better, you might think there were only one car at the Detroit Auto Show this year, because the spanking-new Chevrolet Corvette is the only car anyone’s talking about here. Almost 60 years to the day after the very first Corvette debuted, General Motors has dusted off the Stingray name and attached it to the sexiest Corvette we’ve seen in far too long. “

Detroit Motor Show 2013

 

 

 

” After the four horsemen of the apocalypse rode into Detroit with the actual or near bankruptcy of all three, you might wonder why we still make this crazy pilgrimage to Motown. What can these failed deadbeats possibly tell us Europeans about building desirable cars? Actually, quite a lot. For although a lot of American cars still look like skips and contain lacklustre technology and poor build quality, they are really quite profitable. And that’s even on quite modest market sizes – American car-making break-even levels have tumbled.

So 2012 was the third straight year of market growth, with sales up 13 per cent to 14.5 million light vehicles. GM and Ford lagged behind with GM’s sales of 2.59 million units up 3.7 per cent and Ford sales of 2.24 million up 4.7 per cent. The big winner, albeit from an incredibly low base, but with a fine range of profitable sport utilities and pickups, was Fiat-owned Chrysler with sales of 1.65 million units up 20.6 per cent on 2011. Other strong sellers in the year include a revitalised Toyota, Honda and Volkswagen, as well as Kia and Hyundai.

Yet the US economy isn’t that strong, so what’s going on here? “Americans are genetically incapable of saving,” said an old friend who lives in LA. “The second they have money in their pockets, or even the hope of some, they’re out there spending it.” “

  A few weeks ago we linked to a photo essay of Detroit in decline . The pictures were both enlightening and depressing . Today we offer another trip into the bowels of civic decay . Whereas the previous post was grim enough, the new one offers a more in-depth exploration of the remains of a city in ruins . 

 

THE RUINS OF AN EMPIRE

 

 

” Motown has ran out of gas. The city looks like a ghost-town or a place that has been hit by a typhoon. Some areas even look like war zones. As I drive around downtown Detroit and in the adjacent neighborhoods below the infamous 8 mile road that defines Detroit’s northern border, I have post-apocalyptic visions. All I see are beautiful abandoned art deco buildings and Neo-Gothic skyscrapers, rusted factories, broken windows, desolated churches, evacuated schools, unoccupied hotels and motels, dried up gas stations, empty supermarkets and shuttered shops. I also see thousands of deserted homes. ”

 

Michigan Central Station

 

 

Fisher Body 21: This plant was built to house a body assembly line for Cadillacs and Buicks in the 1920’s and ceased operations in the 1974. The name was well known to the public, as General Motors vehicles displayed a “Body by Fisher” emblem on their door sill plates until the mid-1980s. Fisher Body is now officially a Detroit Police impound lot and faces an uncertain future. This plant was probably my favorite spot in Detroit.

 

 

Packard Plant

 

But They Are A Fun Ride 

 

 

 

 

  ” You’ve probably seen them hauling tourists around the streets of America’s biggest cities, but in spite of that carefree utility, the wartime history of the “Duck” is one of significant import. 

 

   In April 1940, GMC Truck Engineering began to build a prototype of model DUKW353 2½-ton 6×6 amphibious cargo/troop carrier truck for the U.S. Army. After completion in June, that prototype passed Army acceptance tests and a purchase contract was issued. Production started on Nov. 10, culminating a very short concept-to-production period. This model was nicknamed the “Duck” because its coded serial letters were “DUKW.”

 

   The first model DUKW353 “Duck” trucks were delivered in late 1943. The chassis was based on model CCKW353 with high forward controls. A central tire inflation system was available, which allowed the driver to adjust tire pressure from his seat. Lowered pressure provided better flotation and traction on soft ground. Initially, Ducks were built on Chevrolet’s Plant 2 assembly line in St. Louis, which previously built buses. (131,733 GMC trucks were produced that year, all of them military vehicles.)

 

   Loaded with troops and fighting equipment, Ducks were part of the first waves of assaults from New Guinea to Normandy during World War II.  And after those beachhead ballets were won, theses versatile vehicles continued to work, transporting tons of supplies from ships at sea to inland depots.”

Stimulus-Funded $300 Million Chevy Volt Battery Factory Has Never Shipped A Battery

 

” “Bin Laden is dead and General Motors is alive.” That’s what the Democrats keep telling us. Sure, their jingoism came back to bite them in Benghazi, but at least the GM part is still true.

Oh, wait.
Workers at LG Chem, a $300 million lithium-ion battery plant heavily funded by taxpayers, tell Target 8 that they have so little work to do that they spend hours playing cards and board games, reading magazines or watching movies…