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Wed Jan 22, 2020, 09:59 AM

Trump says Elon Musk is like Thomas Edison: 'He's one of our great geniuses'

Source: CNBC

President Donald Trump told CNBC on Wednesday that Elon Musk is one of the world’s “great geniuses,” he likened the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX to Thomas Edison.

Musk is “one of our great geniuses, and we have to protect our genius,” Trump said in an interview with “Squawk Box” co-host Joe Kernen from the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland.

“You know, we have to protect Thomas Edison and we have to protect all of these people that came up with originally the light bulb and the wheel and all of these things. And he’s one of our very smart people and we want to cherish those people,” the president said.

In a 2008 interview, Musk said Edison and Nikola Tesla, for whom he named his electric auto company, were both role models, but he preferred Edison. Tesla, the scientist, was a rival of Edison.

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Reply Trump says Elon Musk is like Thomas Edison: 'He's one of our great geniuses' (Original post)
Calista241 Jan 22 OP
MontanaMama Jan 22 #1
Javaman Jan 22 #3
marble falls Jan 22 #28
MontanaMama Jan 22 #36
marble falls Jan 22 #37
Archae Jan 22 #2
Floyd R. Turbo Jan 22 #15
Docreed2003 Jan 22 #4
OnlinePoker Jan 22 #7
AtheistCrusader Jan 22 #10
OnlinePoker Jan 22 #22
AtheistCrusader Jan 22 #23
rsdsharp Jan 22 #13
Yavin4 Jan 22 #38
bullwinkle428 Jan 22 #9
Backseat Driver Jan 22 #30
bucolic_frolic Jan 22 #5
karynnj Jan 22 #6
Aristus Jan 22 #21
mr_lebowski Jan 22 #26
deurbano Jan 22 #8
AtheistCrusader Jan 22 #11
deurbano Jan 22 #39
brush Jan 22 #12
mr_lebowski Jan 22 #32
brush Jan 22 #42
jmowreader Jan 23 #47
samnsara Jan 22 #14
underpants Jan 22 #16
SoCalNative Jan 22 #17
captain jack Jan 22 #18
Bernardo de La Paz Jan 22 #19
Dukkha Jan 22 #20
Kablooie Jan 22 #24
Sloumeau Jan 22 #25
mr_lebowski Jan 22 #33
marble falls Jan 22 #27
truthisfreedom Jan 22 #29
Calista241 Jan 22 #41
bucolic_frolic Jan 22 #31
empedocles Jan 22 #34
Turbineguy Jan 22 #35
Politicub Jan 22 #40
Initech Jan 23 #46
jmowreader Jan 23 #48
Initech Jan 23 #49
jmowreader Jan 23 #50
Initech Jan 23 #51
BHDem53 Jan 22 #43
dustyscamp Jan 22 #44
SCVDem Jan 22 #45

Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:01 AM

1. But is he a stable genius?

Because then he’d be really special.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:09 AM

3. and does the orange "genius" still think he's smarter than musk? lol nt

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #1)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:09 PM

28. Poop. You beat me to it.

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Response to marble falls (Reply #28)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 02:09 PM

36. Great minds marble falls...

We're on the same team.

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Response to MontanaMama (Reply #36)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 02:27 PM

37. Where do I get one of those great minds for myself!!!

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:09 AM

2. Edison was a miserable SOB as well.

He treated his employees like shit.

Exposing them to needless harm from radiation, even AFTER the harm of radiation had been established.

And taking credit for inventions his workers had created.

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Response to Archae (Reply #2)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:56 AM

15. An honest millionaire.



Cross posted in the Lounge

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:10 AM

4. Couldn't he have gone with someone else instead of Edison?

I don't know....um....Tesla????

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:27 AM

7. He'd never do that...Tesla was a foreigner. n/t

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:48 AM

10. So is Musk?

(Apologies in advance if I missed some sarcasm)

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #10)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 12:03 PM

22. Definite sarcasm. n/t

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #22)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 12:10 PM

23. Right-o.

I was hoping that was the case, and I was just being dense.

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Response to OnlinePoker (Reply #7)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:52 AM

13. So was Musk -- at least until he was 17.

He was born in South Africa and currently holds citizenship in three countries: South African, Canadian, and US.

So maybe he's 2/3 "foreign."

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Response to rsdsharp (Reply #13)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 02:43 PM

38. When Trump said "our", he means White .

As in Musk is one of our White geniuses.

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:47 AM

9. Chump's uncle John was actually a pretty brilliant guy, in the field of

electrical engineering and physics. Proof that intelligence is not always hereditary...

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/John_G._Trump

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Response to Docreed2003 (Reply #4)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:13 PM

30. You'd think the only guy whose genius he'd recognize would be

John Henry Patterson.

Cha-ching!

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:10 AM

5. Both hold UPenn degrees, no?

a lot of alumni bro support from all institutions goes unnoticed

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:20 AM

6. I am so glad he is in favor of protecting the people who came up with the wheel

Not to mention, what does he mean by "protecting"? Years ago, Arno Penias, Nobel prize winner, walked the halls of Bell Labs Murray Hill.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 11:19 AM

21. I would have thought the patent had expired by now.

I mean, companies around the world are producing generic, off-market wheels.

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Response to karynnj (Reply #6)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:02 PM

26. Surprised he didn't throw 'fire' in the list there ...

Freaking idiot ...

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:46 AM

8. The wheel?!!!

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Response to deurbano (Reply #8)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:49 AM

11. Trump has read the documentaries in The Far Side.

Clearly Thag is an American.

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Response to AtheistCrusader (Reply #11)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 04:03 PM

39. That's a possibility. Or maybe he visited the Creation Museum...

SO much historical accuracy, and less reading comprehension required!

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:52 AM

12. See Tesla v Edison rap video below. Tesla's alternating current prevailed over...

Edison's lethal direct current.

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Response to brush (Reply #12)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:19 PM

32. Well, both are lethal, technically ...

AC 'won' because it travels distances along wires with significantly less loss of power due to friction. As well as being less dangerous, generally.

However, as I'm sure everyone knows, many, many things actually 'run' on DC power.

In the simplest sense, Power is created as DC, then we convert it to AC to carry it over distance, but then we convert it back to DC to use it, at least for many, many applications. Electronics in particular.

Really simple stuff like incandescent lightbulbs and ovens can run on AC directly (but that digital clock on your oven? that's running on DC), but a lot of things can't.

They kinda both 'won', IOW.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #32)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 06:06 PM

42. AC is more useful and generally less dangerous for public use though.

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Response to mr_lebowski (Reply #32)

Thu Jan 23, 2020, 01:28 PM

47. If you are producing AC power, it starts off that way

You can make electricity with either a generator or an alternator.

A generator always makes DC power, which you can feed to an inverter to produce AC.

An alternator always makes AC power. You can turn it into DC with a rectifier.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:54 AM

14. maybe he will be the first passenger on the rocket ship!

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 10:57 AM

16. Man, Thomas Crapper don't get sh/t?

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 11:02 AM

17. He's also crazier

than a shithouse rat.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 11:08 AM

18. Worst endorsement ever. Duck and Weave Musk.

Getting the Trump bump is like getting pushed off the edge of the Grand Canyon.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 11:13 AM

19. Musk is an IMMIGRANT from South Africa and Canada. . . . nt

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 11:18 AM

20. He is like Edison

and like Steve Jobs. They fund others to do all the work then take credit for everything as if it was their creation. I can see why the stable genius would admire that trait. Capitalists who stand on the shoulders of giants while trampling on the working class.

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Response to Dukkha (Reply #20)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 12:55 PM

24. Many of these guys are crappy in a human relationship kind of way.

But without their drive to push technical developments, whether they thought them up themselves or not, many things we have today wouldn't have been developed and we'd be living in a different world. Their efforts did provide new standards of life for everyone in the world.

There are certainly reasons to criticize their flaws but their contributions to the world have to be acknowledged as well.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 12:55 PM

25. Elon Musk Has Donated Nearly 7 Times As Much To Republicans This Cycle

[link:https://www.huffpost.com/entry/elon-musk-donations-republicans_n_5b4e4bd8e4b0b15aba897481|]

The billionaire “climate hero” has given nearly $90,000 to a party whose members largely dismiss climate science.

Billionaire tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, a man widely hailed as a world leader in the fight to combat climate change, has doled out nearly 7 times as much cash to Republican campaigns and political committees this election cycle as he has to Democratic ones.

Since the start of 2017, the CEO of Tesla and SpaceX has personally contributed $88,900 to Republicans, while he gave those on the other side of the aisle $13,300, according to a HuffPost review of Federal Election Commission data.


How much of a "genius" Trump thinks you are often depends on how you spend your money.

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Response to Sloumeau (Reply #25)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:22 PM

33. I would say 'damn near always' ... although 'how much you make' enters into it ...

Just in case someday you might throw some his way.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:07 PM

27. But is he a "stable" genius?

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:10 PM

29. He's already forgotten. Musk was part of a trump troop three years ago

But Musk backed out when he realized 45 is fucking out of his mind.

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Response to truthisfreedom (Reply #29)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 04:44 PM

41. He did that publicly. Who knows what was said or communicated in private.

The fact that Trump speaks so highly of him, leads me to believe we don't know all that there is to know here.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:17 PM

31. Kernen is a special Kudlow-class loser

What does Trump know about the wheel? When did he last hold a driver's license?

Tesla car bodies are an amalgamation of many parts. It's on YouTube. Not very efficient, and a bit expensive way of doing things.

Imagine if Edison had been Trump. Would we have light bulbs today? No. We'd be regressing, lighting with olive oil, Roman style.

The Roman Trumpius would not have have invented the wheel. The "wheel" would be triangular, and Trumpius would be selling billions of shock absorbers to smooth the ride.

No doubt Trump would have changed history at any point if he were there. All winners would be losers, and history would be the record of how losing ideas won to halt progress.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:34 PM

34. Ever wonder about the people feeding traitortrump these sound bites?

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 01:38 PM

35. Elon Musk must be

nearly as smart as trump then.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 04:29 PM

40. Won't someone please protect Edison?

We almost lost him at the Bowling Green massacre.

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Response to Politicub (Reply #40)

Thu Jan 23, 2020, 11:48 AM

46. I thought he was a combat pilot at the Revolutionary War.

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Response to Initech (Reply #46)

Thu Jan 23, 2020, 01:29 PM

48. He was also an admiral in the Swiss Navy

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #48)

Thu Jan 23, 2020, 02:27 PM

49. I was mocking Trump history.

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Response to Initech (Reply #49)

Thu Jan 23, 2020, 03:08 PM

50. I know...

I say we let it be known the Swiss Navy supports Joe Biden and watch to see how long it takes Trump to denounce the Swiss Navy.

He’s such a dumbass he’d believe the Swiss have a navy.

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Response to jmowreader (Reply #50)

Thu Jan 23, 2020, 04:19 PM

51. Not gonna dispute that one!

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 06:55 PM

43. One thing is for sure,

there aren't any wheels turning in his empty cranium. Or a lit light bulb, for that matter.

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 08:02 PM

44. A lot of Libertarians and other dude bros admire Musk

Trump giving Musk praise gives him some cred with them

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Response to Calista241 (Original post)

Wed Jan 22, 2020, 08:54 PM

45. Elon never shot

 

an elephant into space.

Edison sent one to the Great Beyond!

AC

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