Volkswagen Successfully Follows up Big Lie With Even Bigger One

How a dusty government agency defeated a big bad company.

Image via Wikimedia

Last Friday, Volkswagen woke the world up with news of a surging scandal: the company revealed it had sold 500,000 cars with specialty diesel engines, designed to skirt “pesky” American emission standards (there to prevent “pesky” climate catastrophe). Predictions for the company were dire, but not apocalyptic. This Tuesday, however, Volkswagen disclosed that they had “accidentally” lied, yet again. It wasn’t 500,000 cars they’d have to recall, it was err—umm—11 million.

Currently, Volkswagen has offered $7.3 billion dollars to help cover the costs of a crisis. But that’s a sentimental pittance for a company whose stock sunk by about 20%, this Tuesday alone. According to The New York Times, Volkswagen only revealed its duplicitousness after being “discovered” by the Environmental Protection Agency: “VW made the admission only when the Environmental Protection Agency took the extraordinary action of threatening to withhold approval for the company’s 2016 Volkswagen and Audi diesel models, according to letters sent to company officials by the E.P.A. and California regulators.”

Image via Wikimedia

For all of Volkswagen’s now painful attempts at transparency (“Manipulation and Volkswagen—this must never happen again,” Martin Winterkorn, Chief Executive, said in a video statement), it’s unclear how the company will survive the rapidly mutating crisis. The cars involved produced as much as 40 times the allowed amount of nitrogen oxide, putting consumers at risk of asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema. Several lawsuits have already begun, and others are on their way.

If there’s one thing consumers can learn from this shockingly toxic episode, it’s the “good guys” seeking to catch the “bad guys” didn’t come from market forces. They were from traditional “bloated” government agencies like the EPA, the ones our current Republican candidates can’t wait to defund, then destroy.

Share this on Facebook?

(Via: The New York Times)


He photographed Nazi atrocities and buried the negatives. The unearthed images are unforgettable.

He risked his life to leave a "historical record of our martyrdom."

via Yad Vashem and Archive of Modern Conflict, 2007

In September 1939, the Nazis invaded Poland. By April 1940, the gates closed on the Lodz Ghetto, the second largest in the country after Warsaw.

Throughout the war, over 210,000 people would be imprisoned in Lodz.

Among those held captive was Henryk Ross. He was a Jewish sports photographer before the Nazi invasion and worked for the the ghetto's Department of Statistics during the war. As part of his official job, he took identification photos of the prisoners and propaganda shots of Lodz' textile and leather factories.

Keep Reading Show less
via Imgur

Every few years there's something that goes mega viral because people can't decide what it is.

There was the famous "is it blue and black, or white and gold" dress?

There was the audio recording that said either "yanny" or "Laurel."

Keep Reading Show less

Rochester NY Airport Security passing insulting notes to travelers caught on tape

Neil Strassner was just passing through airport security, something he does on a weekly basis as part of his job. That's when a contract airport security employee handed him a small piece of folded cardboard. Strassner, 40, took the paper and continued on his way. He only paused when he heard the security employee shouting back at him, "You going to open the note?"

When he unfolded the small piece of paper, Strassner was greeted with an unprompted insult. "You ugly!!!"

According to Strassner, and in newly released CCTV of the incident, the woman who handed him the note began laughing loudly.

Keep Reading Show less
Creative Commons

National Tell a Joke Day dates back to 1944 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt was having a meeting with Vice-President, Henry Wallace. The two men were tired and depressed due to the stress caused by leading a country through world war.

During a lull in the meeting, Wallace said, "Frank, to cheer you up I have a joke I'd like to share."

"Let's have it, Henry," Roosevelt replied while ashing his cigarette.

"Why did the chicken cross the road?" Wallace asked. "Not sure," Roosevelt replied.

"To get to the other side," Wallace responded.

Roosevelt laughed so hard that the bourbon he was drinking sprayed out of his nose and onto the floor of the oval office.

Keep Reading Show less
Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash

Coal mining is on the decline, leaving many coal miners in West Virginia without jobs. The Mine Safety and Health Administration says there are about 55,000 positions, and just 13,000 of those jobs are in West Virginia. The dwindling amount of work is leaving some struggling to make a living, but the Appalachian Beekeeping Collective is giving those coal miners a way to find new jobs and make a supplemental income as coal mining diminishes.

The Appalachian Beekeeping Collective trains coal miners and other low-income residents in mining communities to keep bees. Some coal miners are getting retrained to work in the tech industry, however beekeeping allows coal miners to continue to work in a job that requires a similar skill set. "The older folks want to get back to work, but mining is never going to be like it was in the '60s and '70s, and there is nothing to fall back on, no other big industries here, so all of these folks need retraining," former coal miner James Scyphers told NPR. "Beekeeping is hands-on work, like mining, and requires on-the-job training. You need a good work ethic for both."

Keep Reading Show less