Hundreds of thousands of Volkswagen diesel cars on the road in the United States with “defeat devices” are spewing 10 to 40 times the allowed amount of nitrogen oxide into the air — and will never be repaired. Because most recalls are optional, many owners won’t bother to comply.
From 2000 to 2008, the Government Accountability Office found on average that about 30% of defects were not fixed within 18 months of a recall. For some recalls, the failure-to-fix rate rose above 70%.
Volkswagen diesel owners are particularly likely to forgo repair of the emission problem because the solution will actually reduce their cars’ fuel efficiency.… Seguir leyendo »
Controversy over a Russian law that prohibits advocacy of homosexuality threatens to overshadow athletic competition at the upcoming Sochi Olympics. Thoughtful world leaders, including President Obama, have criticized Russia for stigmatizing gay identity.
Many of these critics find it hard to believe that in 2014 a modern industrial government would have this kind of medieval language in its statutory code:
●“Materials adopted by a local school board . . . shall . . . comply with state law and state board rules . . . prohibiting instruction . . . in the advocacy of homosexuality.”
●“Propaganda of homosexualism among minors is punishable by an administrative fine.”
●“No district shall include in its course of study instruction which: 1.… Seguir leyendo »