Auctions: Army’s first surplus Humvee auction brings in $744,000

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The first public auction of surplus US Army Humvees has came and went, and to call it a rousing success would be a major understatement. Auctioneers IronPlanet Inc., unloaded 25 trucks on behalf of the Department of Defense’s Defense Logistics Agency.

Bidding started at a meager $10,000 for the privilege of driving home in America’s most iconic military vehicle. With $744,000 changing hands, the average Humvee crossed the block for just under $30,000, while the highest winning bid was $41,000, for a 1994 vintage, and the lowest winning price was $21,500, Military.com reports.

If those prices seem a smidge low, it’s because they are. A quick check of AutoTrader revealed that, nationwide, the cheapest Hummer H1 was up for grabs for $31,300, while the most expensive, a 2006 H1 Alpha, was going for $149,995.

Of course, there’s a good reason you might want to consider the civilian model, as Military.com explains it. AM General, the Humvee’s manufacturer, is pretty unequivocal on its website, saying, “The Humvee was designed for a military mission and was not designed to meet civilian safety standards.” It gets worse, though.

“AM General does not endorse nor support the sale of these military vehicles to the general public or private entities. AM General further opposes any use of these military vehicles by individuals or entities outside of the military context for which the vehicles are designed. AM General does not sell the military vehicle or service parts for the military vehicle to the general public.”

Somehow, though, we doubt that will stop those that are truly interested in the brutish military vehicle. The 25 Humvees sold in this first auction had simply been gathering dust at Utah’s Hill Air Force Base, according to Military.com. Considering this auction’s success, and the fact that there are apparently 4,000 more surplus Humvees sitting about, we doubt this will be the last time the military turns to auction houses to unload inventory.

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Former Baylor star Isaiah Austin, who suffered career ending medical condition added to ”NBA 2K15”

 

The player once looked at as a potential first round draft pick star Isaiah Austin was forced to hang up his sneaks this summer due to a career-ending medical condition.

While Austin was unable to pursue his dreams of competing in the NBA, we now can get a glimpse of what that might have looked like thanks to a video game. On Tuesday, 2K Sports announced that Isaiah Austin is available as a playable free agent on all platforms on NBA 2K15. What a great way to honor a great young man and an unfortunate cease of events to end his career. Thanks to 2K. Check out the trailer below.

 

Struggling Devils Take Exception To The Boos At The Prudential Center

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The natives are getting restless in Newark.

The Devils are winless in their last five games (0-3-2) and have won just twice since Nov. 22 (2-7-4). On Wednesday night they heard it from their disgruntled fan base, getting booed during a 2-0 loss to visiting Ottawa.

New Jersey (11-16-6) now sits in sixth place in the Metropolitan Division, 16 points behind first place Pittsburgh, and is tied with Tampa Bay for most games played in the Eastern Conference.

At least one veteran was disappointed by the fans’ reaction during the loss to the Senators, a game in which the Devils owned a 34-16 shots advantage but had no answer for Ottawa goalie Craig Anderson.

“They were booing. They were disappointed. So were we. Trust me,” Elias told NJ.com. “But we didn’t deserve that today. The effort was there. We were the better team. We understand it, but it wasn’t deserved tonight. I didn’t appreciate it.”

Defenseman Eric Gelinas agreed.

“That’s tough. I don’t think we played a bad game,” Gelinas said. “We dominated the entire game. I think we played well. They got an early power play goal and that was the game-winner right there. It’s just a matter of scoring.”

Gelinas hit the nail right on the head. The Devils have scored just 11 goals over their last seven games. Michael Cammalleri, who was signed to a multi-year contract during the offseason to provide a complement to Jaromir Jagr, leads the team with 11 goals, but has missed the last two games and 10 overall this season due to injuries.

Elias, who has 396 goals and 995 points during his 18-year career, has just three goals in 27 games this season.

Coach Peter DeBoer, who was booed during pregame announcements, said there’s no way his team deserved the reception it received from its fans.

“That’s as (good) as we can play and not win,” DeBoer said. “They came out and wanted to make a statement about us being at home and I thought the effort was there and the execution was there. They did everything we asked them to do, other than the result. You can’t fault them. They showed up and, I thought, gave everything they had tonight.”

The schedule doesn’t get any easier for the Devils as they play Tampa Bay, Washington and the Rangers over the next nine days.

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Report: Analyst slashes Tesla sales forecast by 40% due to fuel prices

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While falling gas prices are cause for celebration among Americans, many of whom are seeing their budget for Christmas presents burgeon on account of the cheap fuel, it’s decidedly bad news for Tesla Motors.

The electric car manufacturer’s fortunes are being seriously impacted by the low cost of petrol, with one of the firm’s biggest fans on Wall Street, Morgan Stanley’s Adam Jonas, now slashing his expectations for the Palo Alto, CA-based company. Jonas has a long record of being bullish on the brand, but that hasn’t stopped him from lowering his forecast for the company by a whopping 40 percent. In other words, Jonas thinks Tesla will only be able to sell 300,000 vehicles by the end of the decade rather than the half a million that was originally forecast.

“While nobody buying a Model S today is doing so to save on their monthly expenses, the longer-term story is far more dependent on the volume success of the Model 3,” Jonas wrote, according to CNN Money. “Oil price is a factor for Model 3.”

Gas prices might not be the only factor that could hurt the Model 3, though. Jonas seems to think that Tesla won’t be able to sell its more affordable model for anything less than $60,000, which is a far cry from the $35,000 price that the company has targeted.

Jonas doesn’t elaborate on why Tesla might miss its target so drastically, but it does help to explain his bearish attitude – if gas prices remain low, there’s not really any incentive for customers to join the Tesla family. That’s doubly true when the cost of joining said family is twice as much as expected.

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Marina And The Diamonds Makes The World Happy With The Most Beautiful & Serene Video EVER!

Wow. We’ve got no words for this one.

Just kidding we’ve got a lot of ‘em and they’re all along the lines of gorgeous, serene, beautiful, soulful, and so on and so forth.

Marina and the Diamonds has dropped a brand new new music video for her song Happy (she’s actually in it this time!) and it’s safe to say we’re pretty freakin’ obsessed with it.

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Not only is the song a brilliant ballad, but the video is the perfect compliment to it!

Seriously! What are you waiting for?!? Ch-ch-check it out (above)!!!

Now let’s fast forward to April 2015 so we can hear the REST of her new music!!

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