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Oh Dear, Nissan’s Product Strategy Has Been Revealed! COTD

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I’m sure you’ve read it by now, but CNN published one heck of a hot take where a writer more or less called for the death of manual transmissions. Among his reasons was, seemingly, the idea that manual transmissions are the tool of polluting men with massive egos, which seems to ignore the reality that lots of women love manual transmissions, too. I said it in our rebuttal and I’ll say it here, cars aren’t inherently a guy thing and Mr. Hockenos shows that some folks have a way to go in realizing that. Anyway, the comments have been a wild read on their own, but one stands out.

British roadster and Airstream owner 3WiperB has found a way to maximize profits before…uh, saving a starving transit system?

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Clearly there should only be one car model available to everyone. It should be silver, have 5 seats, have a government approved powertrain unit (ICE if elephants are in charge at the time, and electric if donkeys are in charge that that time), and adequately get you from point a to point b. Suck any fun and individuality out of cars so our commutes can be horrible too. Why have any choices at all? Scratch all that. No cars for anyone. Take the bus.

Mechjaz made me choke on some Gatorade with this response, and that totally didn’t help my sore throat:

Nissan execs, reading your comment:

“Guys, who posted the product strategy online?”

Earlier today, David wrote about the liftgate of the new Toyota 4Runner. He made a comment about fuel economy, but Luxobarge pointed out something humorous:

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…they get fuel economy similar to that of a Nimitz-class carrier…

In fairness to the Nimitz, it’s nuclear powered, which means it’s a zero-emission vehicle, which in turn means it gets to park in the good spaces at Whole Foods.

Thank you for that mental picture. It brings a whole new meaning to “urban assault vehicle.” Finally, we take a stop at the article about the Francis Scott Key Bridge collapse. This comment is not a joke, but something that may take up the rest of your day. Tim R makes a good point:

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NTSB seems to be one of our better run federal agencies.

As does DadBod:

You should check out USCSB

Admittedly, one of the things I do with my free time is read National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) investigations on plane crashes. Yes, these investigations are very dark, but they are full of fascinating information and a lot of what you read can help you be a better driver, rider, or pilot. These investigations aren’t just to determine a cause but teach lessons so that hopefully, something like the incident under investigation doesn’t happen again.

Meanwhile, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (USCSB) has investigations posted to YouTube and every one of them is a watch.

Have a great night everyone.

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DadBod
DadBod
20 days ago

The new phone book is here! I’m important!

Dhunt
Dhunt
20 days ago
Reply to  DadBod

Wish I could get that excited about nothin’

Tim R
Tim R
20 days ago

I can retire now that my many years of posting inane comments on the web finally paid off with an award

Scottingham
Scottingham
20 days ago

Diesel aircraft carriers have a range of several thousand kilometers before needing to be refueled.

Before needing to be refueled, nuclear powered aircraft carriers have a range of… THREE DECADES.

It’s the best example of the mind-bending power density of fission.

Urban Runabout
Urban Runabout
20 days ago
Reply to  Scottingham

Why can’t I have a fission-powered convertible again?

Scottingham
Scottingham
20 days ago
Reply to  Urban Runabout

You know why! My question is, why can’t we have fission powered container ships.

Cayde-6
Cayde-6
19 days ago
Reply to  Scottingham

Some countries don’t let nuclear-powered ships dock in their ports. Granted, most of those countries don’t have a need for icebreaker ships…

Scottingham
Scottingham
17 days ago
Reply to  Cayde-6

This is true and the most likely impediment towards wiping out 10% of global emissions. Yay short shortsightedness!

Lotsofchops
Lotsofchops
20 days ago
Reply to  Urban Runabout

*sigh* can’t believe I still see this question. I refer to the interactive documentary known as Fallout 3. Go ahead and damage one of the nuclear-powered cars and see what happens.

James Carson
James Carson
20 days ago
Reply to  Scottingham

From a quick search, refuelling can take up to three years. Generally includes amild overhaul…

Scottingham
Scottingham
20 days ago
Reply to  James Carson

After 30 years, I’d hope so!

James Carson
James Carson
20 days ago
Reply to  Scottingham

Range anxiety begone.

Regorlas
Regorlas
19 days ago
Reply to  Scottingham

My favorite bit of trivia: because refueling happen so rarely, there’s no gas cap equivalent in the ship structure. Welders cut a hole in the flight deck directly above the reactor. Then cut a hole in the deck below that. Repeat until the reactor area is accessible to a crane. Lift old bits out and new things in. Once that’s done, weld everything back.

Iotashan
Iotashan
20 days ago

If you ever go back to AirVenture…. I spent like 2 hours watching an NTSB investigator giving a presentation on investigations he went through. It was mesmerizing. Somewhere between “Engineering Disasters” and those real life murder mystery shows.

https://www.eaa.org/airventure/eaa-airventure-news-and-multimedia/eaa-airventure-news/eaa-airventure-oshkosh/2022-07-22-ntsb-lessons-learned

Iotashan
Iotashan
20 days ago
Reply to  Iotashan

Without all the dramatic pauses and stupid repeating things before/after commercials of course. Everything was matter-of-fact and geared towards pilots, and saving lives…. but still as a dumb member of the public I couldn’t do anything but sit down and watch & listen.

EmotionalSupportBMW
EmotionalSupportBMW
20 days ago

If you’re a big fan of deep dives into engineering disaster- could not recommend the podcast w/ slides “Well there’s Your Problem” enough.

IRegertNothing, Esq.
IRegertNothing, Esq.
20 days ago

Brick Immorter is another one to check out for deep dives into accidents, particularly maritime.

Aaron
Aaron
20 days ago

And now, it’s time for the goddamn news.

I can’t recommend WTYP enough to anyone interested in engineering. Likewise, Lions Led By Donkeys is a great one for military history.. with occasional guest Yay Liam!

Last edited 20 days ago by Aaron
IRegertNothing, Esq.
IRegertNothing, Esq.
20 days ago

When the NTSB comes to town, everyone involved in the incident better be ready to catch some hands. I think they’ve even faulted themselves a few times for not pimp slapping a responsible entity hard enough in a previous investigation.

Wuffles Cookie
Wuffles Cookie
20 days ago

Er, no one should be ready to catch hands when the NTSB comes to town- their mission is very explicitly to improve transportation safety and their investigations require honesty and transparency to do this. Honesty and transparency are hard to come by when you could face legal repercussions for telling the truth.

As a result, we have 49 U.S. code § 1154, part (b) which states:

No part of a report of the Board, related to an accident or an investigation of an accident, may be admitted into evidence or used in a civil action for damages resulting from a matter mentioned in the report.

The NTSB does not pimp slap anyone, and it would be extremely bad if they did. Several countries have learned this the hard way with their investigation boards, such as New Zealand with the Air New Zealand flight 901 crash, Canada with the Arrow Air flight 1285 crash, and India, Pakistan, and Indonesia with essentially every investigation they do. Your investigatory body charged with improving safety must be a) independent and b) unable to impose any legal consequences as a result of their investigation or safety will not improve and lessons paid for in blood will not be learned.

Tim R
Tim R
20 days ago
Reply to  Wuffles Cookie

There’s a show I’ve seen in reruns called “Aviation Disasters”. It spends a lot of time on the investigation part. It’s fascinating how good they are at working through the root causes and making changes to procedures to avoid them in the future

Aznriptide859
Aznriptide859
20 days ago
Reply to  Tim R

There’s also a blog/subreddit run by a user named AdmiralCloudberg which goes into almost-PHD-thesis-levels of explanation of the causes of those crashes. Definitely good coffee reads.

Jb996
Jb996
20 days ago
Reply to  Tim R

YouTube channel MentourPilot
Is pretty good for aviation incidents.

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
20 days ago
Reply to  Wuffles Cookie

Excellent point.
One of the things I hate about the US legal system is that in civil liability cases often the evidence is sealed so that no lessons are learned.

Stef Schrader
Stef Schrader
20 days ago

Meanwhile, the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board (USCSB) has investigations posted to YouTube and every one of them is a watch.

Aaaaaaand that’s one of the fastest “subscribe” clicks in modern history.

Bobblehead
Bobblehead
20 days ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

Their animations are fire. Which, coincidentally, is often what they are investigating.

DadBod
DadBod
20 days ago
Reply to  Stef Schrader

Total time suck. Amazing.

Luxobarge
Luxobarge
20 days ago

I’d like to thank the Academy for this COTD…

Data
Data
20 days ago
Reply to  Luxobarge

Where the academy is compose of a tail light fetishist, a rusty Jeep connoisseur, and a Smart car enthusiast/Renaissance Woman for her varied interest and knowledge on campers, aircraft, and motorcycles.

Weston
Weston
20 days ago

NTSB is also responsible for pipeline safety (it’s considered a mode of transportation, just for fuel instead of people) and has really good trainings on family assistance after disasters.

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
20 days ago

USC has a Santa Barbra campus?

StillNotATony
StillNotATony
20 days ago
Reply to  Hugh Crawford

And I think their mascot is the Banana Slugs!

Hugh Crawford
Hugh Crawford
20 days ago
Reply to  StillNotATony

That’s UCSC, University of California Santa Cruz, that mascot is the banana slug. USC , The University of Southern California has as its mascot Trojans.
Easily confused I suppose.

Cayde-6
Cayde-6
19 days ago
Reply to  Hugh Crawford

For when you want to catch both Affluenza AND STI’s!

Rabob Rabob
Rabob Rabob
20 days ago

Some people kind of tried this. Worked until 1991.

Luxobarge
Luxobarge
20 days ago
Reply to  Rabob Rabob

It’s charitable of you to describe that system as “working.”

3WiperB
3WiperB
20 days ago

Hopefully the dripping sarcasm in my comment came through. Mechjaz had such a perfect reply!

Mechjaz
Mechjaz
20 days ago
Reply to  3WiperB

Sometimes, we reach toward Glory, only to find that Glory had already been reaching toward us.

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