'Americans are right not to trust self-driving cars'


I have never purposely listened to Rush or any other political extremists on either side. A coworker listened to the thankfully no longer existent Air America. Another total load of drivel!


Oh yeah, I used to listen to Air America as long as I could stand it. I’ve very seldom heard more hateful speech but the good folks of Minnesota I guess thought differently. I like to listen to a lot of folks on both sides but my favorite was always Bruce Williams. I miss him. Kind of an egotist but took on both sides and called them as he saw them. Back when I was on the road a lot and listened to the radio. Talk kept you awake a lot better than music stations on long drives.


With nearly 30 years military aviation experience I am familiar with redundant systems. They are mainly hydraulic (primary with 2 backups). That is former standard for Air Force. I was a passenger in an “Old Dog” 1960s vintage C-141 over the North Sea in 2000. When the enlisted crew members pulled people out of their seats, ripped insulation panels off, and shoved large steel pins into the extended landing gear I knew there was a serious problem. Primary and number 1 backup hydraulic systems had failed. The aircraft’s flight control systems were also hydraulic. We made a successful emergency landing at Keflavik Naval Air Station Iceland. My then retired Grumman OV-1 Army Mohawks had no redundancy with the exception of multiple radios. The only hydraulics were landing gear and aerodynamic speed brakes. The heavy Grumman “iron works” landing gear could be dropped and locked by gravity and the speed brakes were not a major problem. Control surfaces were old school “fly by wire” braided steel cables.


I always heard your frog in the pan as the frog in a pot of cold water set on the burner. Similar to the camel’s nose under the tent.


Cell phones with people lined up to get the “latest greatest” as a stupid status symbol.


Everything. It concerns eventually forcing the technology on everyone by political means.


Styling changed every year to keep up with the potential buyer’s obsession with keeping up with the joneses. It was embarrassing for the next door neighbor to have a year newer car. Marketing genius. Now days when a car model can remain unchanged for up to 10 years a very well maintained 10 year old car can appear new.


I think you have your past and future mixed up. Precedent (also known as “stare decisis”) is reliance on an issue that has already been decided. A “slippery slope” argument makes an argument for a circumstance that hasn’t happened, and is unlikely to happen due to the fact that it’s not logically connected with the issue.

No, I have it just right, Whitey.

Consider, for example, a hypothetical Bill-of-Rights-eroding law designed to make it easier to arrest terrorists, or drug dealers, or pedophiles. The “slippery slope” argument says that, ultimately, such heinous laws will ultimately be used against ALL OF US, so be dang sure you can live with the law applied to you, personally, before supporting it. “Legal precedent” is the mechanism by which the “slippery slope” is attained. “Equal protection under the law” says that we can’t have laws that only are applied to “really bad dudes”; they apply to all. Which is why the ACLU spends so much time defending scumbags–they know such laws will ultimately affect the rest of us.


What an incredibly stupid idea. My 1990 Mazda gen2 RX7 GTUs was the opposite in engineering. Lightweight rotary engine located behind the front axle achieving 50/50 weight distribution. It was an impressive car in the “twistie’s”.