Q. WOULD YOU SEND 38,000 PEOPLE A YEAR TO AN EARLY DEATH? JUST TO MAKE AN EXTRA $100 A CAR? A. NOW GUESS WHAT DIESELGATE IS REALLY ALL ABOUT!

Guess this.  All those “great” German car manufacturers, Mercedes and BMW and Porsche and Audi and Volkswagen joined together in a great illegal “car-tel “ to eliminate competition and increase profits between them.

And  ole Mephistopheles, great at smelling greed – ran right up to them.  And, sure enough, without a second’s concern the Mercedes, BMW, Porsche, Audi and Volkswagen car-tel made their pact with the devil – they’d send the devil an extra 38,000 souls a year in exchange for $100 a car more.

Nah, ya gotta be kidding, right?  You gotta  be crazy!

Yup, crazy.  The great German car-tel knew what size tank they needed for the catalyst to capture all the nitrogen oxides in their diesel cars to satisfy emissions standards.  But, to save money, they all agreed years ago to only make smaller-sized tanks for ad-blue, in order to save (make) an extra 80 euro a car!  The car-tel agreed even though they could no longer physically remove enough nitrogen oxides to satisfy emissions standards.

Yup, the great German car-tel simply decided to ignore  those pesky laws of chemistry and follow the devil’s law of greed, but with a twist – they only had to give up the public’s souls; not theirs.

(oh, but the great German car-tel was really concerned about the public ”need” in one respect. A proper sized tank was too darn big; and would interfere with the trunk size – so that a golf bag couldn’t fit in the trunk!  And, ya gotta have a trunk big enough for a golf bag; damn the nox.  I think they call it ‘customer care’.)

And thus was born the defeat devices to cheat on nitrogen oxide emissions.  There was no technical problem meeting the standards.  There was a greed problem.  And even when caught out there was still a truth problem.  All cried out, but we really tried; there were just technical problems and/or we were only trying to protect the motor, etc., etc., etc.

But,the real basis for Dieselgate :  the great German car manufacturers’ great greed
to make an extra $100 on a car !
“let the punishment fit the crime” !

(38,000 deaths: https://www.theguardian.com/environment/2017/may/15/diesel-emissions-test-scandal-causes-38000-early-deaths-year-study

EU & German cartel authority investigation:  http://www.spiegel.de/spiegel/vw-audi-porsche-bmw-und-daimler-bildeten-ein-kartell-das-auto-syndikat-a-1159389.html)

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THE COASTS vs THE HEARTLAND (after Aesop, The Lion & the Boar) – A HOUSE DIVIDED AGAINST ITSELF, CANNOT STAND

It’s well known that every 4 years the American People watch 2 Teams contest to see who has the say-so in running the place.

Well , it came to pass that the American People finally realized that their two rival Teams weren’t really rivals, but engaged in a shadow contest where they simply traded off running the place.  We also realized it was all about the Teams and their bootlickers taking, not sharing, the spoils of the American People’s hard work.  We finally realized their skill lay in fooling the People into thinking that they were acting for America’s and the People’s benefit and well-being.

And so an upstart Outsider, not a Team Player, joined in the contest.  And the 2 Teams laughed it off.  But the Teams were as the Blind Men to the Elephant. So, strange and mysterious as it seemed to them, they found that this Elephant knew that the Teams were really only out for their hide; and they only gave the American People the scrapings from their plates.

And the second that the two Teams realized they had been blind and that the Elephant was choosing the Outsider, the “rivals” decided to “team up” and hog tie the Outsider.  And so they chummed the waters with all kinds of bait to see if they could get the Elephant to attack the Outsider.

And, by god, it worked.  But not on the American People – they voted for the Outsider.  But all the Teams’ bootlicking groupies attacked. The bureaucratic state bit into the Outsider and frustrated his every policy move. The law enforcement and judicial state bit into the Outsider’s friends, co-workers and sympathizers – telling the American People that where there’s smoke somewhere else there’s fire from the Outsider.

It’s now become a regular shark feeding frenzy – their blood lust out of control.  The Teams, the media remora, the Establishment are crazed with the smell of blood and make as if it’s open season to hunt down and kill the Outsider and the Heartland.

And all the while, sitting watching the feeding frenzy and waiting for it to be over are the vultures.  They helped the Teams by adding their own chum – exposing Team embarrassing info about how they slice and dice the People to gain political advantage; and feeding the Teams with false salacious and misleading info.

But boy have the vultures really been busy while the sharks’ feeding frenzy bleeds and weakens America and the American People.  They’ve gobbled up Crimea and good parts of Ukraine and Moldova; they’ve gobbled up Syria and Iraq and Yemen.  They’re setting missiles and atoms  to check America from being able to protect South Korea and Japan and Southeast Asia; and ditto for the Middle East.

And the Outsider and the Elephant, us, the American People, have been crying out to the Teams – stop.  Realize that your feeding frenzy is tearing America apart.  If you do this, we will lie weakened and the vultures won’t even have to wait, but will eat us alive.  The Heartland called out “United we Stand; Divided we Fall.”

But the Teams, so intent on denying the Outsider and regaining power wouldn’t listen, particularly to biblical wisdom – A House Divided Against Itself, Cannot Stand. Instead they put down the American People as foolish for such ‘sentimental pap’.

And so it came to pass:

The Politicians and their Groupies wouldn’t stop their feeding frenzy;
and America became food for the Vultures -Russia, China, Iran, etc.

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9/11 IN MEMORIUM: A LETTER HOME (after Sullivan Ballou 1861)

There was found among the ashes a letter written when that time stood still.  It is a letter home – to America – from an unknown American to us all, the American Family.

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MY LETTER HOME   —   had there been time ….

NEW YORK, SEPTEMBER 11, 2001
MY OWN VERY DEAR SARAH:

WE ONCE SHARED A LETTER WRITTEN TO ANOTHER SARAH.  WHO WOULD HAVE THOUGHT. …

THE INDICATIONS ARE PRETTY STRONG THAT I’LL PASS – WITHIN THE HOUR. SHOULD I STILL NOT BE ABLE TO REACH YOU, I FEEL COMPELLED TO WRITE SOMETHING THAT MIGHT GET THROUGH WHEN I’LL BE NO MORE.

MY MOVEMENTS FROM HERE MAY BE STAIRWELL DOWN AND OUT – OR IT MAY BE ONE OF PAIN AND DEATH TO ME. NOT MY WILL,  BUT YOURS, O GOD, BE DONE.

IF IT’S NECESSARY THAT I SHOULD DIE – JUST FOR LIVING IN MY OWN COUNTRY, WELL, NOW, I THINK I’M READY. I HAVE NO MISGIVINGS AND NO LACK OF CONFIDENCE – NOW, IN THIS AMERICAN EXPERIMENT WHICH WE’VE BEEN LIVING IN. AND MY COURAGE DOESN’T FALTER. I SEE NOW HOW STRONGLY AMERICAN CIVILIZATION NOW LEANS UPON THE STRENGTH OF ORDINARY PEOPLE,

AND NOW – ONLY NOW – HOW GREAT A DEBT WE OWE TO THOSE WHO WENT BEFORE US THROUGH THE BLOOD AND SUFFERING OF EVERY CONFLICT, FOREIGN AND DOMESTIC.

AND I NEVER REALLY THOUGHT IT WOULD PASS TO ME… O GOD … BUT I’M WILLlNG – PERFECTLY WILLING – TO LAY DOWN ALL MY JOYS IN THIS LIFE, TO HELP MAINTAIN THIS LAND, AND TO PAY THAT DEBT.

BUT YOU, DEAR SARAH, HAVE TO HELP ME NOW, WHEN I COME TO IT SO LATE. WHEN I KNOW THAT WITH MY OWN FATE I LAY DOWN NEARLY ALL OF YOUR JOYS, AND REPLACE THEM IN THIS LIFE WITH CARES AND SORROWS — WHEN, FROM FAMILY GONE FROM IMMIGRANT TO AMERICAN, I HAVE THAT DEBT TO OFFER AS THE ONLY SUSTENANCE TO OUR DEAR CHILDREN.

IS IT WEAK AND DISHONORABLE TO WRITE, NOT RUN, WHEN THE BANNER OF MY NEWFOUND PURPOSE FLOATS UNKNOWN (BUT PROUDLY, IN THIS SPACE LOST TO MAN) — THAT MY UNBOUNDED LOVE FOR YOU, MY DARLING WIFE AND CHILDREN, SHOULD STRUGGLE IN FIERCE, THOUGH USELESS, CONTEST WITH MY NEWFOUND LOVE OF THIS COUNTRY?

I CAN’T DESCRIBE TO YOU MY FEELINGS THIS DAY OF DAYS,  THIS NEW AMERICAN SABBATH — WITH ,THOUSANDS STUCK AROUND ME, MANY OF THEM MEETING THAT LAST CALL, PERHAPS, OF DEATH.   BUT I AM CERTAIN THAT DEATH IS TAUNTING ME –  SO HERE I AM COMMUNING WITH – GOD, MY COUNTRY, AND YOU

BUT, I NEVER EVEN THOUGHT, EVEN CASUALLY, AND NEVER IN MY HEART, THAT THERE WAS A WRONG MOTIVE IN JUST LIVING OUR LIVES AND ENJOYING THE HAPPINESS OF THOSE I LOVED.

AND NOW I KNOW. TOO LATE.  BUT NOW I NEED OTHERS TO BEAR MY WITNESS.(I REMEMBER) ‘SARAH, MY LOVE FOR YOU IS DEATHLESS,   IT SEEMS TO BIND ME TO YOU WITH MIGHTY CABLES THAT NOTHING BUT OMNIPOTENCE COULD BREAK. ‘

YET, I KNOW NOW, ‘MY LOVE OF COUNTRY COMES OVER ME LIKE A STRONG WIND’, BUT TOO LATE TO BEAR ME TO THE BATTLEFIELD.

AND SO I PLEAD: CALL UPON OTHERS TO BREAK THE CHAINS OF THEIR OWN LOVE AND BEAR ME – NO – BEAR ALL OF US – IRRESISTIBLY TO THE FIELD OF BATTLE.

PLEAD:  A PURE LOVE OF OUR COUNTRY.

CALL: ‘OUR TIRED, OUR POOR, OUR HUDDLED MASSES YEARNING TO BREATHE FREE, THE WRETCHED REFUSE OF THEIR TEEMING SHORE; CALL UPON THESE THE HOMELESS, TEMPEST-TOSSED’ – NOW BECOME AGAIN ONE NATION.

CALL AND THEY WILL OBEY: FOR OUR SACRED PRINCIPLES THAT WE, ONE NATION INDIVISIBLE, HOLD IN THE NAME OF HONOR THAT WE LOVE MORE THAN WE FEAR DEATH.

I HAVE, I KNOW, BUT FEW AND SMALL CLAIMS UPON MY FELLOW AMERICANS, BUT SOMETHING WHISPERS TO ME – PERHAPS IT’S THE GAPING HOLE TO COME IN ALL OUR KIDS’ LIVES – THAT THEY WILL DO THIS DUTY WHICH I HAVE FAILED.

I PRAY TO DIVINE PROVIDENCE THAT THEY WILL RETURN TO THEIR LOVED ONES UNHARMED. IF THEY DON’T, MY DEAR SARAH, NEVER LET THEM FORGET HOW MUCH I LOVE THEM NOW, AND WHEN MY LAST BREATH ESCAPES ME IN THIS LITTLE CORNER OF HELL, IT WILL WHISPER ‘MY BROTHER, MY FRIEND, MY AMERICA.’

O, AMERICA, THE MEMORIES OF THE BLISSFUL MOMENTS I HAVE LIVED AMONG YOU COME CREEPING OVER ME, AND I FEEL MOST GRATIFIED TO GOD AND TO YOU ALL THAT I HAVE ENJOYED THEM SO LONG. AND IT’S HARD FOR ME TO GIVE THEM UP AND BURN TO ASHES MY NEWFOUND HOPES OF FUTURE YEARS, WHEN IF ONLY GOD HAD BEEN WILLING, I MIGHT HAVE COME TO LEARN WE CAN’T LIVE IN PRIVATE JOYS, UNLESS WE ALSO LIVE TO DO PUBLIC GOOD AND COME TO SEE OUR LAND ENJOY OUR GOOD WORKS.

NEIGHBORS, FORGIVE ME MY MANY FAULTS, AND THE MANY PAINS I HAVE CAUSED YOU. HOW THOUGHTLESS AND FOOLISH I’VE OFTEN BEEN! HOW GLADLY I WOULD WASH OUT WITH MY TEARS EVERY LITTLE SPOT OF MY UNCARING ABOUT YOUR HAPPINESS; AND STRUGGLE WITH ALL THE MISFORTUNE OF THIS WORLD, TO SHIELD YOU AND YOURS FROM HARM.

BUT WE TRAPPED HER CANNOT. WE MUST WATCH OUR COUNTRY FROM ‘THE SPIRIT LAND’ AND HOVER NEAR YOU, WHILE YOU BUFFET THE STORMS WITH YOUR PRECIOUS FREIGHT OF FREEDOM, AND WAIT WITH SAD PATIENCE TILL PEACE COMES AND WE MEET TO PART NO MORE.  (REMEMBER, WE MEMORIZED) –

BUT, AMERICA! IF THE DEAD CAN COME BACK TO THIS EARTH AND FLIT UNSEEN AROUND THOSE THEY LOVED, WE, HERE, WILL ALWAYS BE NEAR YOU; IN THE SUNNIEST SUBURB AND IN THE DARKEST SLUM – AMIDST YOUR HAPPIEST SCENES AND GLOOMIEST  HOURS – ALWAYS,ALWAYS. AND IF YOU BE SAD, OR SICK, OR HURT AND THERE COMES A SOFT BREEZE UPON YOUR CHEEK, IT SHALL BE OUR BREATH; OR AS THE COOL AIR FANS YOUR THROBBING TEMPLE, IT SHALL BE OUR SPIRITS STANDING BY YOU.

AMERICA, DO NOT MOURN US DEAD; THINK WE ARE GONE TO LIGHT THE WAY TO VICTORY, FOR THEN WE SHALL MEET AGAIN,BUT ONLY THEN.

AMERICA, WE WAIT FOR YOU THERE ! FIGHT TO – LIVE FREE, OR DIE. COME TO US WITH VICTORY. COME TO US IN PEACE AND FREEDOM.

AS FOR OUR CHILDREN, PLEASE DON’T LET THEM GROW UP AS I DID, NEVER TO HAVE KNOWN YOU HAVE TO WORK HARD  AT FREEDOM.  AMERICA, I HAVE UNLIMITED CONFIDENCE IN YOUR CARE AND YOUR DEVELOPMENT OF THEIR CHARACTER. AMERICA, TEACH THEM TO LOVE AND CARE FOR ALL MEN OF GOOD WILL. TEACH THEM TO RESIST ALL MEN OF ILL WILL. BRING THEM TO DO GOOD DEEDS; AND MAY THEY LEARN THERE IS NO FREEDOM WITHOUT RESPONSIBILITY AND NO PEACE WITHOUT FREEDOM. I CALL GOD’S BLESSING UPON THEM. I REMEMBER – MAY THE LORD BLESS THEM AND KEEP THEM AND CAUSE HIS COUNTENANCE TO SHINE UPON THEM.

PARDON, THIS SO DISHONORS SULLIVAN BALLOU’S WORDS. BUT O SARAH, O SARAH….  TEARS LEAVE NO ELECTRONIC STAINS ; FEEL MY WORDS. LIVE MY WORDS. AND PRAY AMERICA, LIVE MY UNDONE GOOD DEEDS.  I WAIT FOR YOU THERE ! COME TO ME, AND LEAD OUR CHILDREN THERE.

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IS “ANONYMOUS” REALLY ALSO “ANONYMOUS” TO THE NYT?

Does a reading of the Interview Statement of NY Times Op-Ed Editor Mr. Dao lead one to infer that the NYT does not know “for a fact” who “Anonymous” is?

1. “The Op-Ed article was submitted to Times opinion editors last week through an intermediary, Mr. Dao said.”

2.  So the NYT had no direct contact with “Anonymous” !

3. So is the intermediary both the info source and the verification source of the NYT being “…confident that they were who they said they were,” [Mr. Dao] said.”  ?

 4. Is this not analogous to one important criticism of the Steele Dossier – that the intermediary, Steele, is both the info source and the verification source ?

Huh?  Kind’a sticks in your craw.

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TRUMP: AMERICA’S CORIOLANUS: “WITCH HUNT- ME !” – ‘I THROW YOU TO THE WOLVES’

Pride makes strange bedfellows.  Think of Trump thinking himself Tribune of the People; thinking the whole Patrician Political Class, DEM and GOP out to humiliate him, etc.  Well, Trump will instead – banish America to salve his pride !

He’s America’s Coriolanus:  America you are the traitors to my election fair & square.  (American version):

You Pols, you pack of curs.

Whose fake pieties and news I hate for rotten lies.

How dare you deadheads accuse me!  Collusion?

No, I deliver you and yours to Putin’s gentle plans.

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FIRST OBAMA – NOW TRUMP. THE MAGINOT LINE AND MUNICH: ALL OVER AGAIN !

Damn.  Sure looks like history repeating itself.  First, as great tragedy:  the Maginot Line and then Munich.

Now, as farce:  Obama’s new Maginot Line policies; and Trump’s Munich “agreements”.  These two men will go down in history as having proved to the world that America has, indeed, become a “Paper Tiger”.

France’s pathetic “strategic” Maginot static defense Line was to show the Germans that they had no designs on Germany.   Obama constructed his own Maginot Line. His “fortifications”: made out of paper, an “understanding” with Iran; unilateral withdrawal from all fighting, e.g., Iraq and Afganistan; and watch others engage in war/ do nothing, e.g., Syria and Ukraine; and “strategic patience” with North Korean atomic ICBM builders; and always putting lipstick on a pig – let anti-democratic Islamic fundamentalist forces take over a popular revolution and call them democratic, e.g., Muslim Brotherhood / Egypt.

Obama promised we would be protected with this “homeland security” defense against all enemies if we just hunker down behind his paper and his pretty words.  And why?  BECAUSE OUR ENEMIES WOULD NO LONGER BE ENEMIES IF THEY SAW WE HAD NO AMBITIONS VIS-À-VIS THEM AND SO THEY WOULD LEAVE US ALONE.

And, as day follows the night, they came after others too weak to protect themselves and no longer protected by America. And then emboldened, came after us – America – with a vengeance.

And so along comes Trump and takes the perps’ words as gospel.  So Trump goes to Kim Jun Un and declares he returned with denuclearization.  So Trump goes to Putin and declares he returned with no worries, no spies. All bark and no bite.

So , Trump channeling Chamberlain  ought to finally proclaim proudly to the American people:

‘My good friends, for the first  time in our history,
an American president has returned from North Korea and Russia bringing peace with honour.

I believe it is peace for our time…
go home and get a nice quiet sleep.’
let Russia and North Korea do their work “in peace.”

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EXTRA EXTRA : MATA HARI WRONGFULLY EXECUTED ! NOT A SPY – JUST A “CONFIDENTIAL INFORMANT”

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Startling News:

James Comey has asked Trump – for help !  Imagine that.  Comey, America’s Javert, along with his fellow FBI agents from the Clinton and Trump hunt, have once again shown that they will pursue justice – wherever it takes them.

Comey and co. have demanded that Trump petition the French President to posthumously pardon Mata Hari and admit that she was wrongfully executed!

Comey and co. have incontrovertible evidence that MATA HARI DIDN’T SPY.  All she did was sleep with French officers and politicians.  So obviously when not otherwise engaged, she also engaged in pillow talk: merely listened when they talked to her and/or merely asked them questions.

See, Comey and co. declare: NOT A SPY. She just colluded with these gents in conversation and so all she was is a “CONFIDENTIAL HUMAN SOURCE.”  All she then did was pass the talk on to her German handlers.  So, just an ordinary “confidential informant”; just like the FBI.

America can take pride in our very own Inspector Javert
for enlightening us that “loose lips may sink ships”,
but talking with the enemy is not a crime; much less spying!

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