A Tacomic Look at LeMay - America's Car Mausoleum: CAR OF THE WEEK

Climate Change Awareness We'd Like to See via Tacoma Weekly
posted May 21, 2013
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Often I've enjoyed a brisk flip through of the Tacoma Weekly only to have my eyeballs molested by the LeMay CAR OF THE WEEK.  Now i've never been to the LeMay Mausoleum but I imagine judging by website search that their stance on human caused climate change needs improvement. Shit is getting real and we're all paying for that museum so lets make sure it's telling the whole story.

Previously on The Tacomic...

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by KevinFreitas on 5/21/2013 @ 7:48am
It's actually a fantastic museum -- and I'm not even a car guy. I'm a fan of the look/design of older cars. Think of it this way: someday this may be the only place cars exist! :)

by NineInchNachos on 5/21/2013 @ 7:55am
let us hope!

"America is a car culture. It was raised on the road, whether on family
road trips to see relatives or through commerce that shuttled from city
to city on trucks. The Car of the Week takes a look at one of those
vehicles as a way to not only look back at automotive changes but the
history that created them."

by Adam the Alien on 5/21/2013 @ 7:57am
Like Kevin, I'm not a car guy, but I enjoyed visiting the museum with my grandpa. They did, I noticed, have a section devoted to alternative fuel cars, but we spent so long looking at the really old cars that we didn't have time to check it out. As such, I cannot attest to whether or not it addresses environmental issues with any quality. But it's there, at least.

by NineInchNachos on 5/21/2013 @ 8:13am
looks like an opportunity for a Third Thursday visit!

by NineInchNachos on 5/21/2013 @ 8:20am
things to consider via fb...

Alexsander von Mausheim Automobiles are the ultimate expression of purposeful design. Art meets function.

If this whole country was crammed into the geographical space
equivalent of Europe, we would have a better and more effiecient mass
transportation system, and therefore, less cars and a corresponding
reduction in the urban sprawl that accompanies them. But we don't.

planet will most likely self correct, and wipe out the vast majority of
human population one way or another. It is written. (By me. Just now.)

RR COMMENTARY: The Tacomic calls on American leaders to throw open the borders immediately and take in all climate change refugees.

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/21/2013 @ 8:25am
Cars are a significant part of the global economy. You can be sure that capitalists, people motivated by profit, do not want to destroy the environment, or the people that buy their products.  

by NineInchNachos on 5/21/2013 @ 8:29am
like how cigarette companies wouldn't poison their clients to death?

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/21/2013 @ 8:34am
Cigarettes, compared to cars, are more harmful to the destiny of mankind.

by NineInchNachos on 5/21/2013 @ 8:35am
cars are giving our sky lung cancer mofo.  Do the research!

by Mofo from the Hood on 5/21/2013 @ 8:40am
National Public Radio is the real crisis.

by NineInchNachos on 5/21/2013 @ 8:48am
NPR is the scooby gang revealing that the monster at the end of the cartoon is us.  Shoot the messenger! 

by JesseHillFan on 5/21/2013 @ 10:43am
Best and most truthful (no matter how many people dislike it) Tacomic yet.
I have been thinking about this for the past several years.Car's were not a problem back in the early 1950's when our American population was slightly under half as much as today
 or when 22% of the population owned one but now it is around 10 times that number.
They will insidiously exterminate numerous  species by the end of the 21st century and even threaten the extinction of mankind.
Certainly mankind on its present path will be facing mass starvation on a huge scale.
Motor vehicles are not the only bad source of anthropogenic carbon dioxide emissions but a significant major source.
The problem is that there are over one billion motor vehicles on Earth being used and their numbers are expected to double within two decades
 especially from large emergent nations like China and India.

This is why my future car substitute will be an

I refuse to drive a car and threaten the Earth because it's global suicide and global suicide is insane.
Only lunatics or the ignorant drive cars.

by cisserosmiley on 5/21/2013 @ 11:00am
LeMay is OK, but as a cultural historian I need more 'life' in the exhibits. Maybe a famous tailpipe suicides display or a digital scoreboard displaying how many tons of co2 are being released. Either way, entry fee is tooooo high!

by NineInchNachos on 5/21/2013 @ 11:19am
just TRY it!

by NineInchNachos on 5/21/2013 @ 11:20am
Ted Bundy's gold VW bug? 

by JesseHillFan on 5/21/2013 @ 12:15pm
Ted Bundy likely had a overall anthropogenic carbon emissions reducing effect because he wiped out several dozen human females 
which had they lived would have greatly contributed to anthropogenic climate change.
Here is Ted's VW BTW.

by tuberqlosis on 5/22/2013 @ 10:07am
I doubt would survive a bike trip home thanks to blindspots created by the fact that this city wasn't built for cars, but streetcars. I enjoy my walking! Which I call "hiking" in Tacoma.

by JesseHillFan on 5/26/2013 @ 2:27am
"With the posted speed limit 35 mph, I was only averaging 15."  
-A demonstration of the failure of automobile dependency.Gridlock and metamorphoses making the tragic world of Soylent Green a reality. 

by Chris.Tacoma on 5/26/2013 @ 7:00pm
If cars lived in museums like this one and nowhere else, I would be okay with that.

by JesseHillFan on 5/28/2013 @ 8:30am
Insight into the Kinetic Energy formula Ek=1/2mv^2 shows why heavy and fast cars are a bad and inefficient concept.A good program about this here.
Absolute stupidity and energy wastage needing a 2 ton vehicle to move a person from point A to Point B (like from Tacoma to Seattle).
Even with 4 passengers it's wasteful.Under the formula you need 9 times as much energy to go 60 mph as compared to 20 mph (doesn't include aerodynamic drag which would make it even worse and more inefficient).
I advocate a 20 mph national speed limit !

by NineInchNachos on 5/29/2013 @ 8:21am
“It used to be a symbol of freedom. But now, when gas prices are high, you know, it can feel like you’re shackled to your car,”WSDOT: Traffic on state roadways at 10-year

Williams-Derry says aging baby boomers, stagnating incomes, and growing awareness about climate change are other likely contributors. New mobile technologies that make it easier and more convenient to use transit may play a part, as well.

The new reality, says Williams-Derry, means transportation planners should rethink the assumption that building more highways is the best use of scarce transportation dollars.

“Highway megaprojects are bankrupting the rest of the transportation system. We’re spending far more money to build new highways than we are in fixing the existing highways,” he said.

Williams-Derry says since people are using their cars less, money spent on transit, bike, and pedestrian facilities could be a better investment in the long run.

by NineInchNachos on 5/29/2013 @ 8:28am


by JesseHillFan on 5/29/2013 @ 12:56pm
"America's so-called "love affair" with the automobile, which long ago degenerated into a toxic, consuming obsession, is harming our bodies, our cities and our planet."""The most environmentally damaging thing each of us does every day is get in our car and drive," says Cotter. "And 40 percent of trips are under 2 miles. What the hell are we doing? And I'm an American too, I'm guilty of all those things. But there's not a lot of options.""
From this new article about the ELF Velomobile.

by NineInchNachos on 6/1/2013 @ 7:57am

says many many bridges around USA can be taken down... complete
collapse by removal of just one beam because these old designs have no
structural redundancy. Too bad Edward Abbey is dead... would make for a
thrilling Monkey Wrench Gang book sequel. Snap us out of our automobile love affair
dependency sleepwalking!

by NineInchNachos on 6/1/2013 @ 8:02am
Via Tacoma News Tribune ex-food critic...

by JesseHillFan on 6/1/2013 @ 4:30pm
Rob Cotter and the ELF at TEDXAtlanta (talks about the ELF and bad faults about automobiles) new video.I'd Bike to Work if Only...: Rob Cotter at TEDxAtlanta

Also a story here on Komo News about a toddler squished to death today (June 1st 2013) in Tacoma by the motor vehicle addicted dependent mother.

by NineInchNachos on 6/6/2013 @ 9:43am
consultant sez:  put more cars in museums !

by JesseHillFan on 6/30/2013 @ 3:46pm
A story I saw at the Organic Transit Facebook page.

The End of Car Culture from The New York Times.

by NineInchNachos on 8/17/2013 @ 8:29am
learn to swim.

learn to swim.

by NineInchNachos on 9/6/2013 @ 8:44am
all hope is with young people

cars belong in a museum!

by NineInchNachos on 9/25/2013 @ 9:37am

go go seattle!

by Mofo from the Hood on 9/25/2013 @ 9:10pm
Tell young people that walking, riding bicycles, and public transit is best for them.

Call it "Building One's Own Life On One's Own Terms."

by JesseHillFan on 10/10/2013 @ 12:46am
Study: World temperatures go off the charts around 2047

Why have children when they will grow up it will be on a dying planet.