Cos-mobile April 1, interview about the sorry state of infrastructure and politics
DA- Glad to have you back.
DT- It’s good to be back.
DA- Don’t you think it’s silly when people turn on the tv to see an interview with you that you talk not about substantive issues as transport infrastructure. After all you are a developer- you produce stuff that is important to peoples’ lives, so there’s a plausible connection to things that matter- namely the infrastructure.
DT- I know- it stinks. All they want me to talk about in the media are things that really don’t matter, not broadly anyway. Such as some beauty pageant. Or the idea that the most important thing about our current POTUS is the location of his birth- yet can never even mention the gross failure to discuss our infrastructure- with discussion of additions somehow beyond the pale of even a mention.
Whose idea was it for a monument to Honda, right at the spot where we used to have a GM factory assembling Chevy’s Nova and their variants, you know, Pontiac Ventura-Phoenix, Oldsmobile Omega, Buick Apollo-Skylarks.
DA- Ah yes, the Chevy Nova 1976-78 9C1 police suspension package. Vastly under appreciated solid US American construction. Right at that factory they had at that site just to the north of its landing in Westchester. Before they replaced those solid 1975-1979 rear drive 1970-1981 F car front chases with the front drive x cars. A study of these automobiles spoke volumes about business and design philosophies.
DT- Now we have this opportunity to improve the rail transit network. We’ve been discussing it for years. Tie together the heavy rail of the New Haven, Harlem and Hudson lines of Westchester with an I-287 corridor to Suffern and upstate. And of course design in such rail connections into a Cross Sound Crossing to the Route 135 corridor in Suffolks County, to tie into the Long Island Railroad braches and continue to the Beach. Improving our roads means improving those we got and adding new ones, and with a Cross Sound Crossing we will get highway and rail. Likewise with the much needed link across southern Long Island and Brooklyn tunnel to I-78 in New Jersey, connecting Newark and JFK airports. Both the Cross Sound and Cross Harbor projects ought to be post 911 security priorities. $30 billion would go a long way towards paying for a commuter heavy rail from Suffern to Seaford – Jones Beach Park and a full I-287 corridor encompassing the existing I-287 and Route 135 corridor upgraded and connected with a Cross Sound bridge or tunnel and so continued as a tunnelway across-beneath a Brooklyn Linear City and across the harbor to I-78 in New Jersey.
DA- But shit. Cuomo fails to take a look at the FEIS’ lack of a cost benefit analysis of the lower deck option, never-mind it only costing something like a mere $200 million (5% on a 5$ billion project), with way more potential capacity- bang for the buck compared to a supplementary or separate parallel structure. And these stupid outward canted “H” towers intruding upon the vertical clearance of whatever roadway gets attached to its median space.
DT- Talk about rubbing our faces in it while making it an even worse design- and they arrange these self congratulatory- masturbatory manufactured accolades to prop this up? Cuomo and those responsible for ordering these designs should perhaps be fired, or at least just go back to the 2011 designs with the lower deck. Have a referendum on the aesthetic issues of arched or towered spans. Upscale by 15-20% with the lower deck design. The cartoonists ought to have a field day with that “H” tower design.
DA- In a nutshell- right now, two groups are holding the region hostage- a few in Nyack against the duel deck; and those in Rye and in LI opposed to even a drilled tunnel that’s routed around them. INVESTIGATE BOTH. Investigate whatever the political connection is in Nyack against the duel deck with the Cuomo administration behind such overly weighty political influence.
DT- Why people in general are so unaware is a reflection of a worse problem of that as having a long history in a press, and in various types of organizations, long in the service of such special interests.
With many people focused many upon the veneer. Why Mercedes and BMW ended up taking much of what used to belong to Lincoln and Cadillac. A malaise marked by the dropping of the speed limits and by extension our expectations and realizations of happiness and or despair.
DA- It’s a lot like the lower of build quality of our automobiles and appliances- and the de-listing de-emphasis upon history, sciences, and math in schools. The forgetting of the importance of build and material quality. You know, like that new exhaust system purchased through Meineke, and within 6 months its rusted through junk. Perfectly fine machinists, workers. But somewhere up the command chain a serious lack of regard for material property- reflecting problems with understanding the production process, such as curing rates, and or basic raw material quality and or preparation likely reflecting problems with the educational systems.
It goes at our educational ideology. That part about gloating about Sharon Tate’s death was not a positive foreshadowing. A focus upon jealousy and revenge, rather than an overall betterment for as many as feasibile.
DT- Which explains what is so wrong with society. I mean, look at the focus on the wrong things they have gotten people, including me, to bring that up-wrong as a distraction from something that the point of contention is based upon. AKA the issue of where the POTUS was born, as in Kenya , rather the United States, with the birth certificate issue of discrepancies so focused away from the related issue of who was the biological dad. I mean, none of us were there to witness just where he or any of us other than ourselves, was born. But look for yourselves at the photos of the POTUS, Obama Sr., Anne Durham, and that man of her acquaintance, Frank Marshall Davis. And why does this get some little attention, versus the issue of his birth certificate? A recent spin against questioning the parentage ties this with Frank Marshall Davis having taken nudes of Anne Durham against a backdrop of a Christmas tree with gifts in late 1960, and with the POTUS born August 1961, potentially the time of conception, assuming a 7 and a half or 8 month gestation. Not that that ‘s something to hold against the man, never-mind it raises the issue of him perhaps being some sort of Manchurian candidate. Who knows?
DA- But beware, the levels go deeper. Yes, no one would hold it against him who he was born to. But what about who was his early influence, and in what ways. I mean we already have him self described as some form of leftist. But what type? The type that question the level of technology and offer solutions not necessarily favored by the capitalist-mercantilist forces; or that which brushes such aside in favor of masturbatory Malthusianism that presupposes its own ignorance of physical reality as its basis for adopting the sort of neurotic yet over-confident Malthusianism of Ted Kysczinski- pride fully satanic in not wanting to split the pie up into to many slices, never-mind the actual size nor quality of the slice.
DA- As a barometer indicator of such an attitude- a thing you got to wonder:
What role did Obama play in the decision to kill Pontiac? He is seen in a childhood picture with an early 1960s Pontiac Tempest in the back ground said to belong to a family member. Initially the White House plan had been to retain Pontiac as a niche brand with only 3 or 4 basic models, with a focus upon superior performance, given the brand’s reputation with models as the GTO, and the Firebird, especially the Firebird Formula and Trans Am . Yet the word came down from high up in the administration to over- rule that, and outright kill Pontiac. I read that his favorite automobile as a teenager was Fiat, and have not found anything regarding his feelings towards Pontiac. He does not seem to have shared my personal preference for Pontiac; my dad had a 1959 Catalina; I have owned a 1970 and 1972 examples of Pontiac’s GTO and own a 1970 Firebird Trans Am.
DT- That someone high up in the Obama White House would turn a decision to keep Pontiac as a niche brand – G8, Grand Am, and Firebird/Formula-Trans Am et al – into an outright kill Pontiac order makes one wonder- did Barack or Michelle give the command because they allowed their passion’s to be so inflamed over a word “Pontiac” that refers to an “Indian” – re- earlier American – inhabitant of Michigan – but also has the added and irrelevant meaning of “Poor Old “N-word’ Thinks It’s A Cadillac”.
DA- Who knows?
That would really s*ck if it happens to be true. I knew damn few Fiat 128 teenage fans back during the late 1970s. That would be f*cked up if he held it against Pontiac and by extension all of connected with that marque in one way or another because of a joke against it by others.
DT- Welcome to the big top.
Welcome to the culture of resentments.
DA- Consider this- the real issue of one’s* intellectual evolution*, indeed, he was self described as a leftist- and that was at about the time of the worse excesses of the political “left” with the murderous regime of the Khmer Rouge. And his political circles cadra. That includes those that make crude statements about Sharon Tate’s death as some inevitable class war. Yet they never seem to say even a syllable about the betrayal to public health of the denial of freedom of medicine and diet. You know the type that are pro-choice on abortion. But not Cannabis. Nor Coca nor Opium.
The focus upon the birth certificate location distracts not just from the issue of the father, but also the issue of his early and early mid-life intellectual influences. Given his coming of age, graduating high school in 1979, right after the fuck’n Khamur Rouge butchered like 40% of Cambodia’s population to create their new socialist reality, jeez. That’s some time to be a hard core communist.
Is not it funny indeed weirdly ironic that they consider themselves pro big government yet aim so low in accomplishing anything new and big regarding a road project.
A communist of an elite that favored maintaining existing technologies and hoping for various forms of population reduction? That is my negative expectation of such a “New World Order”.
Wayne Root who went to Columbia at the same time made some good points. As have others about his later years as a professor of constitutional law at Harvard who said little. Said little.
And yet he rose rapidly. And was guided in language as a savior. And I saw family members get attached to this, becoming reverent Obama supporters. A video by Obama supporters getting young children to sing about Obama was widely criticized for its similarities to Hitler era supporters.
In this day and age of the internet and free to the user self publishing venues as blogger.com, there is less and less of an excuse that a political candidates writings should be so obscure.
Any political candidate should have a long ‘paper’ trail of writings accessible to the general public.
There's no excuse not to map these things out.
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