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Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sacramento, CA) – Today, Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago and Laura Friedman jointly introduced legislation to change the criteria by which local governments are able to provide critical medical care to homeless individuals who are mentally ill.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Jonathan Lopez - TopSpeed

Elon Musk’s latest venture, The Boring Company, is offering up presales on a new branded “flamethrower,” accumulating some 10,000 orders in just two days. Musk promises the device is legal and not eligible for regulation by the ATF, but one California politician doesn’t want them in the Golden State.


Wednesday, January 31, 2018


State Assemblymembers Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) and Laura Friedman (D-Glendale) introduced legislation Wednesday to change the criteria by which local governments are able to provide critical medical care to homeless individuals who are mentally ill.

AB 1971’s introduction comes a day after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to approve such legislation.

“It is inhumane to be a bystander when we have the power to do something to save lives in this vulnerable population,” Santiago said. “We need to ensure there is proper medical care for homeless individuals with mental illness who are suffering on the streets with serious physical ailments.”

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

By Fiona McIntyre - New Civil Engineer

Billionaire entrepreneur Elon Musk’s tunnelling plans have taken an unexpected turn after his tunnelling firm, The Boring Company, began selling flamethrowers.

The company’s move into merchandising began last year when it sold 50,000 branded baseball caps. At the time Musk promised on Twitter that if 50,000 were sold, the company would start selling flamethrowers.

Now it appears Musk has made good on his promise, selling the flamethrowers for $500 (£353) each. According to Musk, more than 17,500 flamethrowers have been sold since they went on sale on Saturday.

Reaction to the stunt has been mixed, with Californian Assembly member Miguel Santiago immediately pledging to block sales of the flamethrowers with new legislation.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

By Inside Edition Staff - Inside Edition

Tesla billionaire Elon Musk's new invention — a flamethrower — is stirring up a firestorm while selling like hot cakes. 

Musk's company, The Boring Co., has already sold 15,000 in pre-orders, according to his personal Twitter account. 

At $500 each, the flamethrowers will be shipped in the spring.

The visionary behind the Tesla electric car and the Space-X rockets even appears in an Instagram video promoting the flamethrowers.

The idea of selling one to the general public seems so off-the-wall that many have been wondering whether it's all an elaborate joke. 

Skepticism was also raised after Musk tweeted out comments like: "When the zombie apocalypse happens, you'll be glad you bought a flamethrower. Works against hordes of the undead or your money back!"

Other head-scratching tweets have been met with suspicion.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

By Jennings Brown - GIZMODO

Elon Musk has already made millions selling a really small flamethrower (which is actually just a really big blow torch), but one incensed California assemblymember wants to put a stop to sales in his state.

On Saturday, Musk announced he was selling the $500 flame-sputterers, which are a fundraising merchandise for his tunnel-digging business, The Boring Company. A spokesperson for the company told Gizmodo that as of this morning, it has sold 15,000 “flamethrowers”—$7.5 million’s worth.

Musk tweeted that the short range of the flame (seemingly around two to three feet based on Instagram posts) means the device doesn’t violate ATF’s flamethrower regulations.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

By Samantha Masunaga - LA Times

Elon Musk knows his audience. He just sold tens of thousands of hats emblazoned with the name of his Boring Co. tunnel business, then followed up by slapping his brand on something far less practical: flamethrowers.

The Los Angeles entrepreneur — who also leads SpaceX and Tesla Inc. and has a flair for showmanship — said Monday that his tunneling firm had pre-sold 10,000 Boring Co.-branded flamethrowers since Saturday, pulling in $5 million.

Musk's fans flocked to his side project even as one of his main ventures flounders. Tesla received many pre-orders for its new Model 3 electric sedans, but it has yet to ramp up output of the cars as promised. Musk has said Tesla is in "production hell."