If you have read me for a while, then you know I am a big fan of Thomas Edison. I think there should be a national holiday devoted to him, if simply for THIS:
But, like Steve Jobs, Edison was not only a great inventor, he was a shrewd businessman, and could sometimes be ruthless.
As many inventors find out, your ideas can be stolen with ease. And the big guys do it without remorse. It takes more than just genius to get an invention out into the world.
Sometimes, it takes a bit more.
For instance: What did Thomas Edison do to the great Nikolas Tesla? Read and find out:
From The 48 Laws of Power:
When Tesla met Edison in New York, the famous inventor hired him on the spot. Tesla worked eighteen hour days, finding ways to improve the primitive Edison dynamos. Finally, he offered to redesign them completely. To Edison this seemed a monumental task that could last year’s without paying off, but he told Tesla, “There’s fifty thousand dollars in it for you—if you can do it.” Tesla labored day and night on the project and after only a year he produced a greatly improved version of the dynamo, complete with automatic controls. He went to Edison to break the good news and receive his $50,000. Edison was pleased with the improvement, for which he and his company would take credit, but when it came to the issue of the money he told the young Serb, “Tesla, you don’t understand our American humor.” And offered a small raise instead.
Tesla’s obsession was to create an alternation current system (AC) of electricity. Edison believed in the direct current system (DC), and not only refused to support Tesla’s research but later did all he could to sabotage him. Tesla turned to the great Pittsburgh magnate George Westinghouse, who had started his own electricity company. Westinghouse completely funded Tesla’s research and offered him a generous royalty agreement on future profits. The AC system Tesla developed is still the standard today but after patents were filed in his name, other scientists came forward to take credit of the invention, claiming that they had laid the groundwork for him. His name was lost in the shuffle, and the public came to associate the invention with Westinghouse himself.
A year later, Westinghouse was caught in a takeover bid from J. P. Morgan, who made him rescind the generous royalty contract he has signed with Tesla. Westinghouse explained to the scientist that his company would not survive if it had to pay him his full royalties: He persuaded Tesla to accept a buyout of his patents of $216,000 a large sum, no doubt, but far less that then $12 million they were worth at that time. The financiers had divested Tesla of the riches, the patents, and essentially the credit for the greatest invention of his career.
The name of Marconi is forever linked with the invention of radio. But few know that in producing his invention, he broadcast a signal across the English Channel in 1899–Marconi made use of a patent Tesla had filed in 1897, and that his work depended on Tesla’s research. Once again Tesla received no money and no credit. Tesla invented an induction motor as well as the AC power system, and he is the real “father of radio.” Yet none of these discoveries bear his name. As an old man, he lived in poverty.
So, yes. Tesla remained a Nobody. Unwise to the ‘businesses’ of stealing ideas.
And I often wonder who was the REAL Tesla behind Bill Gates?
The world owes just as much to Nicolas Tesla as they do to Thomas Edison. But sometimes genius, just can’t get away from the lab…their minds won’t let them.
Nevertheless….there is one man who knows Tesla’s and won’t let anybody forget his name.
Thanks to Elton Musk, we now remember the name of Tesla. And we know that Elton Musk, follows the path of them both.
Listening to the doomsday whining about the failure of the GOP Obamacare lite, I got to thinking about two men; Reagan and Edison.
But before I remember Ronald Reagan and Thomas Edison today, let me say this:
I think, after hearing about the “failure” of the Trump/Ryan health care repeal failing all day…I’m actually hopeful. It’s a GOOD thing it failed. FINALLY. It’s being debated as all legislation should be. And anybody with a brain knows it. While the cable news networks are all crying that this is the end of the GOP, it’s all nonsense.
Good thing I’m not on TV, I would be saying “Hey, remember, Obama GAVE us this nightmare, do you think we can fix it in a day?”
This should give us hope, not despair. Better a good plan, than one that will cripple us further. Everybody knew, except President Trump and Paul Ryan, that universal health care in America will leave the almost destroyed middle class bearing even more of a burden than they do now. I would LIKE to think that President Trump will see that his wish for universal health care is not what the people voted for. This country is not the America of 2000, the year Trump wrote about his desire for universal health care in his book. I would hope he sees, that even though it’s what he thinks is best, is NOT what America wants. Nor, is it in line with free markets.
So, yes, I’m happy tonight. You can’t fix stupid in a day. Mr. President…WE CAN WAIT.
Every day, I roll my mouse over a mousepad that I bought in Ft. Myers, Florida, in the gift shop at Thomas Edison’s winter home. It’s frayed around the edges, and worn, and yet, it’s one of my favorite things. It has a picture of Edison and the words:
“There is always a way to do it better….find it.”–Thomas Edison
That’s what ‘we the people’ should be demanding of Congress. Hey guys, start over. FIND a better way.
There’s another favorite item of mine, and it’s a book called The Notes. It was a collection of Ronald Reagan’s Private Collection of notes that he kept in his desk, mostly quotes from others that he used to live his life by.
Let me share a few of President’s Reagan’s favorites.
Regardless of theoretical pretensions, socialism is nothing but the application of dictatorial power— Leonard Read
(Universal health care IS socialism.)
The germ of dissolution of our Fed. govt. is in the Fed. Judiciary, an irresponsible body working like gravity, gaining a little today & a little tomorrow, & advancing its noiseless step like a thief over the field of jurisdiction until all shall be usurped from the states & the govt. of all be consolidated into one. –Thomas Jefferson
(9th Circuit Court, Obamacare.)
It will be of little avail to the people who laws are made by men of their own choice if the laws be so voluminous that they cannot be read, or so incoherent that they cannot be understood: if they be repealed or revised before they are promulgated, or undergo such incessant changes that no man who knows what the law is today can guess what it will be tomorrow. –Alexander Hamilton
(Obamacare is HOW many pages long? Thousands?)
And last but not least:
A nation can survive its fools & even the ambitious but it cannot survive treason from within. For the traitor appears no traitor: he speaks in an accent familiar to his victims & wears their face & their garments….he rots the soul of the nation. He works secretly & unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city: he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to be feared. –Cicero
And so the infection of the ‘deep state’ is now to be feared. But hey! Thomas Edison didn’t give up. And because he didn’t give up to find that better way, the whole world was born anew.
Come on Congress…turn that light back on…go back to work…And Mr. President…
You KNOW….there has GOT to be a better way…FIND IT.
I would not be doing my parent’s memory any favors if I did not remember the day in history that Pearl Harbor was attacked. My father ran off at fifteen to join up to go fight the ‘Japs’, as did his father and his brother (who was killed in the Pacific) and my mother’s first husband was wounded and so he divorced her (his idea) and then she met my father while he was on leave on a boat on the Mississippi…in his sailor’s suite..and that’s why I’m here. My father’s rubbery legs were just too hard to resist.
Anyway, I couldn’t resist finding out what else had happened on the infamous day, so here’s a few of the events that interested me, with some really nebulous Nobody thoughts:
43 BC – Marcus Tullius Cicero (b. 106 BC), Roman orator and politician assassinated.
(We honored him with a salad dressing, and a city in IL, which contains a big prison. .)
1787 – Delaware becomes 1st state to ratify constitution
(And now, one of the first to ratify gay marriage)
1808 – James Madison elected 4th US President and George Clinton Vice-President
(Any relation to Bill? And if so..what happened to the gene pool?)
1868 – Jesse James gang robs bank in Gallatin Missouri, kills 1
(Who was shot by Jesse just for fun, but to this day it’s denied)
1877 – Thomas A Edison demonstrates the gramophone
(OMG–imagine…no recording of ANYTHING? I simply can’t. Because of Tom Edison, we got to see video pictures of Pearl Harbor being bombed.)
1937 – Red Sox acquire the contract of 19-year-old Ted Williams
(Who now lies frozen without his head. Or his head lies frozen wo his body..which is it?)
1934 – Wiley Post discovers jet stream
(COME ON…I think they knew about that LONG before Wiley.)
1941 – Japanese attack Pearl Harbor (a date that will live in infamy)
(Even if we wanted to forget it, the Japanese would never let us.)
1945 – Microwave oven patented
(Mr. Tortino will forever be grateful)
62 – Great Britain performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
(Uh..WHY did we let the Brits test THEIR bombs on OUR soil? Didn’t we win the war? Couldn’t they have tested in on one of their many empires? What? )
1968 – M Dodd returns a library books his Great grandfather took out in 1923.
(It was probably a book about Cicero. I wouldn’t have returned it either)
1973 – Wings release “Band on the Run”
(Nobody could figure out why Paul McCartney was running…unless it was from drug charges. He should move to Colorado with his new wife, and do a new version of Rocky Mountain High…Colorado…)
1987 – Palestinian uprising against Israel in West Bank
(For those of you who do not read history…newsflash…this will never stop. )
1988 – Mikhail Gorbachev cheered by Wall St crowds upon arrival in NYC
LOL! A communist cheered by Wall Street! Proof that Wall Street LOVES a good communists because a free market President would have never bailed them out!
1990 – Ted Turner & Jane Fonda announce their engagement
(And they lived happily ever after until he found a woman with bigger boobs.)
And so, today, something might happen.
Let’s just hope it not a repeat of Pearl Harbor.
To all the vets from all the wars
We love you all.
It’s not rocket science: When Obama and his green buddies decided to throw “stimulus” into GM to make electric cars, anybody who had any sense would have said—-Uh…Thomas Edison tried to make a battery driven car: Been there, done that. You remember Thomas Edison don’t you? The progressives want you to forget him because he was the quintessential entrepreneur…He only lit up the world as we know it, and because he invented the motion picture, we get to see Obama and Michelle this week on the View!
If Thomas Edison thought it wasn’t worth the effort, what makes you think Obama could do it? After all, in my 50-year old house, I cannot turn on my computer if my printer is on. And god forbid someone decide to vacuum the rug on Christmas Eve…all the outside Christmas lights blow out.
A Chevy Volt plugged into my garage would blow out my whole neighborhood. I’d have to buy a new house to just plug the Volt into….and it’s been known to blow up a few houses.
Hey…didn’t that brilliant mind of Obama’s job Czar Jeffery Immelt–didn’t he realize we’d have to rewire millions of homes to use these worthless electric cars? NO…all he saw was big electric bills coming his way. That’s what’s your suppose to do when you’re CEO of General Electric. Build everything in China, and get our government to fund electric cars.
Obama insisted on making those electric cars..so he doled out the money….
Washington agreed to provide $25Bn in cheap loans to the companies who make electric cars. So far, $8.4Bn has been committed. The rest of the money will be doled out before 2019. The money is being lent by the Federal Financing Bank (FFB). Because the loans are guaranteed by DOE, there is no risk of repayment to FFB. As a result, the loans are excluded from the calculation of the debt limit. The 25 ‘large’ is all “off balance sheet”. A very neat trick indeed!
People aren’t stupid—So, it came as no surprise this week when two companies who had been trying to force electric cars onto the market have decided to take their losses and call it quits. Guess what? Nobody is buying them. What are Leonardo DiCaprio, Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Dustin Hoffman, Harrison Ford and Tom Hanks going to do when they want to trade in their old Prius’?
Yes, after all the taxpayer’s good money…GM is dumping the Chevy Volt. Buy one now, and get a big discount…
GM’s discounts on the Volt are more than four times the industry’s per-vehicle average, according to TrueCar estimates. Edmunds.com and J.D. Power and Associates say they’re about three times the average. Discounts include low-interest financing, cash discounts to buyers, sales bonuses to dealers, and subsidized leases.
And Toyota is right behind. They are getting rid of their electric cars:
“The current capabilities of electric vehicles do not meet society’s needs, whether it may be the distance the cars can run, or the costs, or how it takes a long time to charge,” said, Uchiyamada, who spearheaded Toyota’s development of the Prius hybrid in the 1990s.
How do you like that? It took those two companies THIS long to figure that nobody was going to buy a car that had to be charged every 50 miles, and plugged in?
What? The Japanese are just as stupid as GM?
I don’t know which company is more lame. Toyota didn’t need an electric car, and it doesn’t make me feel any better that these great minds running the world are such idiots.
Nevertheless…don’t think they’ve given up. Remember…they passed Obamacare, which now means that our government can force us to buy anything, according to the Supreme Court.
I expect that IF Obama is kept in office, we will see….
Nissan aims to offer its electric cars globally by 2012, in its long-term plan.
Nobody plans to put my mandated electric car on top of my house at Christmas time, with a Big Santa Claus sitting in the seat, decorated and lit up with my finest Christmas bulbs…
And then…I plan to vacuum.
Not many candidates are talking about our very poor educational system. They all give lip service to it, but the fact is, it’s an overgrown behemoth bureaucracy of cancerous stagnation, that decade by decade, does nothing but leave too many forever in “service” jobs.
If you watched this video you cannot but conclude that: maybe that’s the plan.
As the film suggest: the problems of our education or lack of thereof, has not been a big concern of our government. It’s NEVER been on the top of any party’s agenda: the subject is dropped once the President gets in office. The reason: unions and the money they supply.
George W. Bush’s “No Child Left Behind” was noble in thought, it’s just that the schools had already left everyone behind so badly, nobody could catch up.
Higher education may be no better off. Both the so-called best online colleges and the so-called best traditional colleges are still not serving students well. Thirty percent of college and university students drop out after their first year. Half of all students never graduate.
Still, despite the odds, there are some who do not let our poor educational system get in their way.
There was a small piece tonight on Sixty Minutes about an autistic boy savant named Jake, who was going to graduate from college at age 14. He excels in higher mathematics. He had an unbelievable memory, which helped, but it was his passion and his love of numbers that is driving him to be probably the next Einstein.
“I am frequently asked about our system of education. I say that we have none. Our system is a relic of past ages. It consists of parrot-like repetitions. It is a dull study of twenty-six hieroglyphs.”
“Groups of hieroglyphs. That is what the young of this present day study. Here is an object. I place it in the hands of a child. I tell him to look at it. If we begin before we have hardened and dried his mind he studies the object with kindling enthusiasm. The mind of the child is naturally active. Why should we make him take his impressions of things through the ear when he may be able to see?”
(Later he claims that’s why he invented motion pictures…to teach.)
“The folds of the brain grow deeper through observation; they grow fallow from disuse. If we educate too abruptly–if we cram the mind with facts memorized for themselves alone, what comes? Pure atrophy.”
“The trouble with our educating as generally followed is that it does not give elasticity to the mind. It casts the brain into a mould. It insists that the child must accept. It does not encourage original thought or reasoning, and lays more stress on memory than observation.”
He goes on to say what happens to our kids from not being challenged but rather…bored to death:
Bad teaching promotes: “A flagging interest, which leads quickly to the habit of listening without hearing, of looking without regard to the existence or non-existence of interest. At present, most young leave their schools only partially educated, and rapidly forget a large part of that which they have been taught. They fail to learn because the methods of teaching are wrong. They forget because the methods of instruction have made them actually dislike knowledge. “
Now, remember, this was back in Edison’s day.
He goes on:
“Universities fail: Careful thought convinces me that this is because the men who run them never have been out in the great world of struggle. Professors usually are men untried in any sort of competition comparable with that which their students eventually must face. Speaking generally, such men cannot impart the right ideas to the boys, for they themselves are ignorant.”
Nobody Thinks this is one of the very reason we have failed in America: Too many of our teachers know nothing about the everyday world, or even how to use the subject they are teaching in the real world.
Not many algebra teachers can tell you HOW to use algebra, or why—or even who uses it and when. I know, I’ve asked almost every algebra teacher I ever knew, and they had no clue.
Too many of our leaders come from some of these many ignorant teachers, most of them from Harvard, who Henry Adams trashed with delightful abandon in “The Education of Henry Adams.” (You can imagine how I loved that.)
For instance: Daddy Bush, a Harvard alumni, while President, had never been in a grocery store. He was shocked, when he visited one, at the price of bread, and how the items were scanned by the cashier.
It’s hard to believe, how removed from ordinary life some of these people are.
Can you imagine what Edison would think of the schools system we have now? Where kids are not only not being taught how to think, they are being stuffed with meaningless crap like: recycling, diversity, global warming, sex, gender issues, and the trashing of our own history?
All you have to do is watch Jay Leno’s boardwalk to see all the college graduates who don’t even know how many moons the earth has.
“The main objection that I have against a college graduate is that he objects to work, especially if it is dirty. He does not want a job with much work to it, and when he does get a position, he expects to be appointed foreman at the end of the sixth week. Most of the men working for me have never gone to college. Those college graduate that I have usually show a lack of imagination. They scarcely have any suggestions to make in their daily routine which might lead to improvement in their various departments. “
And so, we are ruled by those Harvard constitutional lawyers who “scarcely have any suggestions to make their daily routine which might lead to improvement in their various departments.”
Nobody Thinks…that’s also the point: the daily routine of our leaders can’t get much better, and that’s why “we the people” need to think: Do I leave my child’s education to the public school system?
Or is there a better way?
“There is always a way to do it better..find it.”…Tom Edison.