Saturday, December 14, 2019
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“Drivers” Who Aren’t . . . Who Gets the Bill?

Another auto-piloted Tesla has crashed into another car - two cars, actually - over the weekend. The Tesla’s “driver” - in quotes to ironicize the obvious - was reportedly “checking on...

How They Used to Make ‘Em

They don’t make ‘em like they used to - and in many cases, not at all. Have you ever wondered what happened to them? And why? Station wagons - You can still buy...

2020 Cadillac XT6

Cadillac already has a three row SUV  . . . so why make another one? Probably because it needs a different kind of three-row SUV. One that’s almost as big - and...

Revenue Collection and Something Else

It used to be that roadside mulctings were primarily, even exclusively, motivated by simple money-lust. Traffic enforcement as a kind of random tax-raising effort. Many towns and even cities in the United...

The Panopticon Expands

Precedent always becomes practice. Having established as legitimate the use of cameras to robotically ticket people for “speeding” and “running” red lights - timed to go red quickly, so as to ensnare...

2020 Fiat 124 Spider

People who buy economy cars don’t especially care that lots of other people are driving the same car; if anything, it’s confirmation that they bought the right car. But people who by...

The Throughput – and Other – Problems

There was an interesting story over the holiday about electric cars piled up at "fast" chargers  . . . waiting in line for other EVs to finish "fast" charging. This brings...

A Pat on the Hood . . . And a Warning

I had to go outside and give my ’02 Nissan pick-up an affection pat on the hood. It has reached the point of being more-than-free transportation. This is a point that...

Electric Cars Cost More Than Too Much

Electric cars are costing us more than just too much money. They’re also costing jobs. Just in time for Thanksgiving, Audi announced the end of 9,500 of them - to help finance the...

And So They Drooled

Pavolv’s dogs salivated whenever they heard the bell - even in the absence of food. They had been conditioned to associate the sound with the appearance of food. The press reacts similarly...
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