“Unexpectedly” Minimum Wage Raise Is Closing Businesses

Oh wait, isn’t that what people said would happen? $15 minimum wage hike is hitting, hurting NYC restaurants.

Since the $15-an-hour minimum wage hit New York City in December, Liz and Nat Milner say, they’ve been forced to slash their full- and part-time staff to 45 people from 60. Quality has suffered, they admit, and customers have noticed: They’re not coming in like they used to, and when they do, they’re spending less.

No more freshly made tortillas. Just ones purchased from the supplier. Do you think anyone noticed?

Pay more and get less. Sounds like the strategies of the Left summed up in one sentence.

Rules limit the amount of time employers can train wait-staff, so they can’t even ensure that the service in their establishment is uniform. Which also impacts quality. And costs have gone up. So businesses are cutting hours, and staff and closing completely. (Hat tip to Wirecutter – And the liberals never saw this coming…)


They Underestimated the Number of Cars That Would Be Stolen

Rent a car via an app. What could go wrong? ‘car2go’ leaving Chicago at the end of the year.

In a post on its website, the company said it was pulling out of Chicago and four other North American cities after it “underestimated the investment and resources that are truly necessary to make our service successful in these complex transportation markets amid a quickly changing mobility landscape.”

Back in April there was a story about them losing vehicles. Rent a Car Via an App? They Are Stealing Them, Not Renting Them. In April they were trying to locate 100 “missing” Mercedes Benz.

The other cities? Austin, Calgary, Denver and Portland. Let me think… What do all these cities have in common?

Hat tip to Second City Cop, who says.

Oh yeah – 100 vehicle thefts of high end cars that resulted in something like zero prosecutions. That was a winning business model for sure.

Because you know, actually prosecuting people for breaking the law is unfair. That seems to be the position of Crimeshea, otherwise known as State’s Attorney Kim Foxx.

I Don’t Think This What the Green-New-Deal Folks Had in Mind

But it technically is a hybrid. Lamborghini Hybrid Uses Supercapacitors in Place of Batteries.

The Lamborghini Sián (pronounced “Shaan”) is not exactly a gas-saving marvel, though it is a marvelous machine.

The car’s Sián moniker, meaning “flash or lightning” in Bolognese dialect, denotes the first electrification of a Lamborghini production car. While most hybrids use electric motors to downsize the accompanying gasoline engine, in this case Lamborghini combines it with a massive V12 engine. It incorporates titanium intake valves and is rated at 785 hp (577 kW) at 8,500 rpm—the highest output ever from a Lamborghini power plant. Combined with the additional 34 hp from the hybrid system, the Sián delivers a total of 819 hp (602 kW), enabling it to reach a top speed of over 350 km/h (217.5 mph).

The electric part of the hybrid system takes advantage of regenerative breaking, and aids in acceleration from a standstill. Instead of 2000 to 3000 charge cycles of an lithium-ion battery, a super-capacitor should last through millions of cycles. They don’t have the energy density of a battery, but what they do have is speed for charging and discharging.

Sixty-three of these incredible machines will be built with a price tag of $3.6million. In case you have some spare change. Will they be eligible for tax incentives? (Are we still giving people $7500 bucks to buy a Tesla?) Hat tip to SiGraybeard.

Free Enterprise or Government Control

And if you look at history, which no one does, government control NEVER works. Home Depot co-founder: Bernie Sanders is the ‘enemy of every entrepreneur’.

The co-founders of Home Depot believe if Bernie Sanders were president when they tried to open their business in 1978, the home-improvement retailer may never have existed.

The mention all the usual suspects when it comes to government control.

Hat tip to Oppo at IMAO, who has more info on Bernie’s plan to destroy the housing industry in America.

Problems with Wind Turbines

What happens when engineers with grand ideas don’t talk to people who maintain stuff in real life?

So in my pinball-like movement around the internet, caused by my searches, and friends’ emails, I stumbled across Discovery UK video about problems with the composite blades that make up modern wind turbines. That is a long, but professionally done video. The only problem is the Pollyanna view of the people talking in the video.

It seems that the engineers didn’t think wear and tear on wind turbines would be an issue when they were built. Someone in that video even says that they thought wind turbines would be maintenance-free once installed. (That is spoken like someone who never got outdoors on the water.)

Salt spray. Hail storms. Particulate matter in the wind. All that combined with the fact that the blades are moving at about 150 MPH or better, means that the leading edges are going to deteriorate.

They talk about “poor performance” in the Discovery UK video, but I can’t help but wonder if unbalanced blades, and the resulting strain on drive shafts doesn’t account for at least some of the Wind Turbine failures you can see in videos everywhere. Aside from blade failures (which can be spectacular) there are number of fires that seem to break out in the hub of the turbine. Some of them are spectacular as well. (Glass reinforced plastic can burn really well.)

So after seeing the Discovery UK video at the top, where there was an “Up Next!” selection from YouTube that included turbine failures, I went looking. And it wasn’t hard to find problems.

But I’ll control myself and only talk about one. One. Incredibly. Stupid. Problem. Galled stainless steel fasteners. (OK, I won’t be able to limit it to one issue.) How galled fasteners may affect wind-turbine O&M.

Standard stainless steel bolts and fasteners have a tendency to gall under certain conditions because of their specific properties. Thread galling can occur with standard fasteners when pressure and friction cause the bolt threads to seize to the threads of a nut or a tapped hole.

Severe galling, known as “cold welding,” can also cause the two surfaces to fuse together. This makes the joint impossible to remove without cutting the bolt or splitting the nut.

That article is clearly from a management perspective, but it is from last month, and in an “engineering” publication. And it must be news to someone, unless they are just really desperate for articles.

Now I’m not an engineer. I have a degree in mathematics and I spent most of my career doing Information Technology stuff. Well, and managing people. But even I know that galling is a problem. Which is why there are anti-seize compounds. And more expensive anti-galling fasteners. I haven’t found examples of stainless bolts being driven into tapped holes in aluminum structures, but I wouldn’t be surprised to find that done either. In a salt-water environment, that kind of thing (which I have seen done) doesn’t work out in the long run.

I haven’t seen mention of stress fractures in the stainless. They probably won’t show up for a bit. I have seen a 1/2 inch by 3 inch piece of stainless so riddled with fractures that my friend was able to break it into 2 pieces by hitting it on his thigh. Sailboat fittings can see a lot of stress, but probably not as much as you find on a turbine hub, 300 feet in the air, off the coast of Scotland.

Oh, and those damaged blades, which apparently need to be replaced every 10 years or so, can’t be recycled. Sioux Falls landfill tightens rules after Iowa dumps dozens of wind turbine blades.

This year, 101 turbine blades have been trucked to the city dump. But with each one spanning 120 feet long, that’s caused officials with the landfill and the Sioux Falls Public Works Department to study the long-term effect that type of refuse could have on the dump.

Then there are the complaints about turbines on the great lakes suffering leaking gearboxes and dumping a not insignificant amount of used oil into the water.

Environmentally responsible engineering, apparently carried out by people who don’t have much experience with the environment.

They Keep Telling Me That Gang Violence Is Due to Bad Economic Prospects

So aside from a booming economy, what can be done? NYCHA crime surges as Harlem’s Wagner Houses become gang battleground.

While the city enjoys a 4% decrease in serious crime so far this year, NYC Housing Authority complexes saw a 5% increase in the seven index crimes, according to NYPD data through Sept. 1.

Murders surged 17% compared to the same period last year, and shootings were up 13%. Citywide, murders were down 4%, and shootings up 8%.

More cops would probably help, but then accusations of “over policing” were being thrown around a few years ago.