Volkswagen investigators have determined that engineers cheated U.S. emissions tests in part because they could not figure out how to meet the standards, the company said today. Volkswagen Group chairman Hans-Dieter Potsch told reporters that engineers erred by developing manipulative software to fool regulators because they "quite simply could not find a way to meet the tougher" limits for nitrogen oxide pollutants in the U.S. Potsch said engineers should have persevered until they found a solution. He said the company has suspended nine managers who were "possibly involved in the manipulations" and he pledged to assign.... etc, etc, etcJesus. Even before the Web started to open new channels of info, this was OBVIOUS RATSHIT. Engineers ALWAYS persevere until they find a solution, and Kraut engineers MORE THAN ALWAYS. The only thing that stops an engineer or a Kraut is a SPECIFIC COMMAND FROM ABOVE. Couldn't find a way? More ratshit. There's always a way to solve a problem like this. There may not be a cost-effective way; the solution may cost .0000005 cents per vehicle. Corporate bean-counters can't find a way to spend an extra .0000005 cents because spending an extra .0000005 cents may cause the CEO's bonus to slow down its annual acceleration by .0000005%, which is UNACCEPTABLE INTOLERABLE ALL OPTIONS ON THE TABLE. There's your fucking couldn't find a way, in every fucking case. Presumably Potsch is counting on another characteristic of both Krauts and engineers. Discretion, enforced by careerism and NDAs. He knows that any VW engineer who brings out facts or lab records to contradict his nonsense will be permanently unemployable. We see similar nonsense in connection with Trump's attempts to break up the usual Robust Debate with a little bit of truth. After he said that some Brit cities are 'no-go' zones for cops, the Brit establishment came down on him with a lead weight, as seen in UK Telegraph. Impossible! No such thing! Meanwhile, other Brit papers were quoting British police officials who had already said the exact same thing. Does the Telegraph assume nobody reads the Express?
Polistra was named after the original townsite of Manhattan (the one in Kansas). When I was growing up in Manhattan, I spent a lot of time exploring by foot, bike, and car. I discovered the ruins of an old mill along Wildcat Creek, and decided (inaccurately) that it was the remains of the original site of Polistra. Accurate or not, I've always liked the name, with its echoes of Poland (an under-appreciated friend of freedom) and stars. ==== The title icon is explained here. ==== Switchover: This 2007 entry marks a sharp change in worldview from neocon to pure populist. ===== The long illustrated story of Polistra's Dream is a time-travel fable, attempting to answer the dangerous revision of New Deal history propagated by Amity Shlaes. The Dream has 8 episodes, linked in a chain from the first. This entry explains the Shlaes connection.