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Uncles Great and Small

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The assault on VW for “cheating” Uncle is metastasizing. The little Uncles – state governments –  are piling on. Five of them (New Jersey, Texas, New Mexico, Kentucky and West Virginia) have formally filed civil lawsuits over the TDI diesel emissions “scandal,” seeking millions of dollars in fines. 48 state-level attorney generals are “investigating” VW.…

Another Bubble… On The Verge of Popping

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Termites start low and work their way up. By the time you notice them, it’s often already too late to save the place. All you can do is rebuild, start over. This analogy may be useful in terms of understanding what’s going on in the car business… on the lower end of that business. And…

A Long, Hot Summer is Coming

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Whatever happens, it’s going to get ugly. If Trump is nominated, there will be riots – the Perpetually (and professionally) Aggrieved will take to the streets. If Trump is denied the nomination, there will be riots – as the people come face to face with the true nature of the system they were taught to respect since…

The Car Biz Goes Full Clover

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Well, that didn’t take long. The car companies have decided – on their own – to install automated braking in all the cars they make by the 2022 model year, just six years from now. They have come to love Big Brother. No, they have become Big Brother. Anticipating a federal mandate, they have decided to…

A Hero Story….

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I know a guy, a local guy, who has an older (1980s vintage) car that he bought with tinted windows. This guy is pretty poor and makes his living driving a truck. He is in his mid-50s and just trying to get by. I ran into him the other day and he had a story…

A Nationwide “Safety” Inspection Mandate?

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One of the most obnoxious trends lately is the leveraging of government force to pad the pockets of private businesses. Obamacare is perhaps the most grotesque example (pssst… you don’t get “free” or even “reduced cost” medical care; you are forced to buy an insurance policy, and that is something quite different) but it’s becoming…

No Diesels For You!

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Thanks to Uncle, you can’t buy a new diesel-powered Volkswagen right now – and maybe never again. VW has suspended sales of all its 2016 models powered by TDI (Turbo Direct Injection) diesel engines until they are “certified” by Uncle’s EPA, which may take awhile. Possibly, a long while. So, until further notice: No more Beetle TDI. No…

Mittens and the Media

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Have you noticed that major media web sites like CNN no longer publish reader replies to their stories? Could it be that they realized the false consensus maintained by print media was being eroded by allowing people to openly disagree with and question the propaganda being peddled by them?  No question. It wasn’t just that people disagreed.…

The Glaucomic Google Car

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Old people tend not to drive fast. Or even the speed limit. They sometimes drive into things, too. This is understandable. They are, after all, old. One day – if we’re lucky – we’ll all be old. What grates is the deliberate obliviousness of some older drivers. Nothing like getting caught behind an old coot…

The Nihilism of The State

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The public has been very effectively conditioned to literally worship cops (e.g., “New York’s Finest”) as “heroes” …”the thin blue line”… this ludicrous image of a cohort of self-sacrificing Spartans staving off the ravening hordes. In fact, it is they who raven us. The typical cop is a nihilistic job-holder … at best, morally indifferent to spending his…