As a diversion from the doom 'n' gloom surrounding the auto industry, I have been enjoying the History Channel's new season of Ice Road Truckers in which brave people drive heavily-laden trucks across frozen Canadian Far North roads - in just the few weeks the winter season allows - rushing supplies to natural gas fields. The seasoned veterans call this the 'dash for the cash' (a year's salary can be made in under two months) and there's a parallel between that and the ongoing talks about auto industry consolidation this week.