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Fill ‘Er Up With Human Fat


Just when you thought you have heard it all, Forbes.com has a story about how a Beverly Hills doctor powered his SUV using his patients’ spare tires.

Beverly Hills doctor Craig Alan Bittner turned the fat he removed from patients after liposuction into biodiesel that fueled his Ford SUV and his girlfriend’s Lincoln Navigator.

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Fill ‘Er Up With Human Fat


Just when you thought you have heard it all, Forbes.com has a story about how a Beverly Hills doctor powered his SUV using his patients’ spare tires.

Beverly Hills doctor Craig Alan Bittner turned the fat he removed from patients after liposuction into biodiesel that fueled his Ford SUV and his girlfriend’s Lincoln Navigator.

Read all about it >>>Here

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How to Fix a Flat

NY Times Op-Ed Columnist Thomas L. Friedman rants on about the proposed bailout of the Detroit auto industry in his column today. While I don’t always agree with what he has to say, I am with him on this. Those of us that can remember the Chrysler bailout in the 80’s remember what a big deal it was then, now we’re talking all of  Detroit. When will it end?

“Last September, I was in a hotel room watching CNBC early one morning. They were interviewing Bob Nardelli, the C.E.O. of Chrysler, and he was explaining why the auto industry, at that time, needed $25 billion in loan guarantees. It wasn’t a bailout, he said. It was a way to enable the car companies to retool for innovation. I could not help but shout back at the TV screen: “We have to subsidize Detroit so that it will innovate? What business were you people in other than innovation?” If we give you another $25 billion, will you also do accounting?

How could these companies be so bad for so long? Clearly the combination of a very un-innovative business culture, visionless management and overly generous labor contracts explains a lot of it. It led to a situation whereby General Motors could make money only by selling big, gas-guzzling S.U.V.’s and trucks. Therefore, instead of focusing on making money by innovating around fuel efficiency, productivity and design, G.M. threw way too much energy into lobbying and maneuvering to protect its gas guzzlers.

This included striking special deals with Congress that allowed the Detroit automakers to count the mileage of gas guzzlers as being less than they really were — provided they made some cars flex-fuel capable for ethanol. It included special offers of $1.99-a-gallon gasoline for a year to any customer who purchased a gas guzzler. And it included endless lobbying to block Congress from raising the miles-per-gallon requirements. The result was an industry that became brain dead.

Nothing typified this more than statements like those of Bob Lutz, G.M.’s vice chairman. He has been quoted as saying that hybrids like the Toyota Prius “make no economic sense.” And, in February, D Magazine of Dallas quoted him as saying that global warming “is a total crock of [expletive]….”


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>How to Fix a Flat

>NY Times Op-Ed Columnist Thomas L. Friedman rants on about the proposed bailout of the Detroit auto industry in his column today. While I don’t always agree with what he has to say, I am with him on this. Those of us that can remember the Chrysler bailout in the 80’s remember what a big deal it was then, now we’re talking all of  Detroit. When will it end?

“Last September, I was in a hotel room watching CNBC early one morning. They were interviewing Bob Nardelli, the C.E.O. of Chrysler, and he was explaining why the auto industry, at that time, needed $25 billion in loan guarantees. It wasn’t a bailout, he said. It was a way to enable the car companies to retool for innovation. I could not help but shout back at the TV screen: “We have to subsidize Detroit so that it will innovate? What business were you people in other than innovation?” If we give you another $25 billion, will you also do accounting?

How could these companies be so bad for so long? Clearly the combination of a very un-innovative business culture, visionless management and overly generous labor contracts explains a lot of it. It led to a situation whereby General Motors could make money only by selling big, gas-guzzling S.U.V.’s and trucks. Therefore, instead of focusing on making money by innovating around fuel efficiency, productivity and design, G.M. threw way too much energy into lobbying and maneuvering to protect its gas guzzlers.

This included striking special deals with Congress that allowed the Detroit automakers to count the mileage of gas guzzlers as being less than they really were — provided they made some cars flex-fuel capable for ethanol. It included special offers of $1.99-a-gallon gasoline for a year to any customer who purchased a gas guzzler. And it included endless lobbying to block Congress from raising the miles-per-gallon requirements. The result was an industry that became brain dead.

Nothing typified this more than statements like those of Bob Lutz, G.M.’s vice chairman. He has been quoted as saying that hybrids like the Toyota Prius “make no economic sense.” And, in February, D Magazine of Dallas quoted him as saying that global warming “is a total crock of [expletive]….”


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