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TSi+WRX,

Please forgive me, but I must respectfully disagree with your assertion that everyone has to have or should have a "rabbit."

To draw an analogy from business ethics--as it relates to sales and marketing (on the Internet and elsewhere)--by any given company whose sole intent is on maximizing its sales revenues, profits, and a return to its shareholders above all else will often send shills to do their dirty work as they remain insulated from the ensuing (or collateral) damage that results (to other competitors or any entity that is perceived as a threat).

Allen, I think you can I could both agree that we've seen this already play out and continue play out on other online forums and communities such as rd.net (which is the reason I chose to create this forum, something you already know).

When agenda-driven shills (ie; hired guns) are sent to do their marketing (often destructive) on the behalf of whom they represent, chaos often ensues and little if any productive knowledge is much harder to find or ferret-out. Which is often their goal, as the most calculating and unethically-run companies [which] have a long-term plan (ie; 'TC's sales & marketing' grand strategy) and enough resources to sell through it.

In other words, they prefer more "heat" (ie; controversy) than light (ie; illumination) and in that [with] chaos truth is often the first casualty.

This is why I created Speed Trap Hunter, to help in providing that illumination (without the [planned] controversy) in plain view.

Do you see what I am driving at, here?

Any company that employs a TC marketing strategy that resorts to ruthless tactics is obviously incapable of playing on a level playing field so they send their shills (ie; their "rabbits") to do their dirty work, all the while staying in the background and remaining insulated and prepared to sacrifice any and all such "rabbits" and endure potential collateral damage (unintended consequences) when the times come (in the interest of self-preservation), and it always eventually does come.

I look at this as cowardice behavior. Just like the black vehicle that I videoed, who wouldn't get out of the left-lane so that I could safely pass and then only after being forced to pass on his right, sped-up, tailgated, and tried pushing me, all the while he staying back in the perceived comfort of being "deep" in the background.

As my video demonstrates, I caught on to the behavior, realized that I had a bogey on my six and made a conscience decision to no longer let myself be his rabbit, because at the end of the day, I really can't stand cowards or bullies (who are often cowards themselves).

Keeping a level head while you are driving is important, it prevents you from making mistakes and subjecting yourself to the risk of having an accident or receiving a potential speeding ticket.

Being situationally aware is also important knowing where the true threats are. You don't need a rabbit to do that. Just an innate skill, courage, and fortitude.

When our government needs the military to [defend and protect our Constitution] get the job done quickly and effectively, they send in the U.S. Marines. There is a crystal clear reason for that.



The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.



I haven't yet met or known a Marine who hadn't had the moral-character, the code (of ethics), the loyalty (to the overall mission), the honor (to distinguish between right and wrong and choose right) such that they would be prepared to send some other(s) into the vanguard of the battle to do their work for them. Semper Fidelis.

In our society where people or companies seem increasingly unwilling or unable to take responsibility for their own actions and decisions (ie; requiring taxpayer bailouts), I prefer taking a different tack, setting a different example not only for my own sense of moral clarity but to others on how they themselves should act.

If and when the time comes, that I personally wish to "speed," I assume the risk, I am confident of my own driving skills, and I do not rely on others to act as human-shields while serving my interests.

For me, it comes down to character, I believe either you have it or you don't. That is something that I see in black and white.



Thanks for allowing me to rant a little bit on this subject (even if we don't see eye to eye on the subject), but this particular subject is a particularly sore one [for me] at this moment, in time. It's not personal.

Please drive how you feel comfortable.

STH

Note: TC => Total Control
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