Headlines last 2 days allude to the “Biden Government” suddenly being all concerned and worried about the 115,000 members of the Ironworkers, Railway workers and some 10 other unions going on strike.
Mind you they have a legitimate grievance with the operators. When COVID 1.0 hit, everyone panicked and these unions agreed to halt all pay increases and keep working 24/7 through the “crisis”. Well here we are almost 3 years on with raging inflation and they want their postponed increased wages. Who can blame them?
This kind of snagged my interest, seeing I worked in the RR equipment manufacturing sector for seven years back in the 1990’s.
Most of America has no knowledge of the present day rail industry nor how it impacts daily life while being pretty much invisible to most. One has to pause to consider the following:
1, With the pipelines for transport of oil and fuels being blocked by Biden, an ever larger amount of oils is moved by rail.
2. Roughly 60% of our electricity still comes from coal (helloo EV industry) , the rest from Hydro, Nuclear, Natural Gas and lastly, intermittent solar and wind. That coal moves from the mines to power plants mainly by rail.
3. If you plan to purchase a car, truck or pretty much any machinery, it moved across the nation by rail.
4. All that Chinese and other imported material, movers by rail from coasts to inland.
5. Food (as in beef and pork) moves to the processing plants by rail then onward by rail and truck. Note that many of the refrigerated truck trailers move piggyback on rail which is more efficient, then gets delivered to end point by semi local haulers with tractor trailers.
6. Want to supply an undeclared war? Why all those tons of munitions and other flash bang stuff, yes, it moves by rail.
So, why all this sudden concern?
Well, if you think it is over feeding, warming and maintaining an economy for the population you are grievously in error.
The sole reason for the sudden concern is optics ahead of the midterm elections and money, both required to support the corruptocrats of both parties. Let’s guess how many unions will be pissed off were all rail transport suddenly cease? Pretty much all of them perhaps with the exception of the NEA and SEIU government unions.
My assessment of the whole tempest is that it is being created and managed for political gain. Keep an eye out for recommendations and full court press by the government controlled media bleating “the government” must bail out the RR and send them cash for wage increases to “ensure that commerce keeps moving”. The fun part is that what Biden has just done (see news link) is simply delay by executive order a work stoppage. All that does is push the coming strike closer to the mid-term elections.
Of course, with the unspoken rule that all them union folks (all unions, not just the RR) will be kicking back 10% to the D party, or “the big guy”, take your pick.
Pass the popcorn, this is going to get more interesting.
Apologies for using CNN business, it was open and available for added background.
And who has benefitted mightily from the pipeline cancellations and wage freezes? It’s Warren Buffett, owner of BNSF railroad.
Yup. Good ol’ Warren and his Fidelity empire. I figure he is close to the end of his run, but then you have Soros who seems to be a vampire. A few good funerals would go a long ways to righting what is going wrong in the world..
Oh this Soros crap again.
Im still waiting, Terrapod
Ill ask again.
In what specific nation is George Soros wanted for currency fraud.
I realize you may feel safe and insulated in your island fortress, but we here have a few concerns about outside money influencing elections. While Soros is a U.S. citizen, (something I question given actions towards the destruction of the constitution), you will find that almost the totality of his “donations” go to support rabid left wing policies and politicians.… Read more »
While Soros is a U.S. citizen, (something I question given actions towards the destruction of the constitution) Funny that a naturalized citizen is questioning the citizenship of someone else. Wouldn’t that bring YOUR citizenship into question too? Where exactly has Soros “destroyed” the US Constitution? Do you have any examples beyond just basic Right-wing hyperbole? Did he change the text… Read more »
I’ve been here on this site since 2002. If you go back through the archives, you will see the NUMEROUS times people here called me a ‘traitor’ because I was against the war. That was never me, I am proud to say Deej..and back then i agreed with the war..now? In retrospect..it was a gigantic fucking mistake. Well..they do say… Read more »
You stated that George Soros is wanted overseas for currency fraud…you also stated that the Australian government ignores the rule of law to stay in power…and so far, all you’ve done is to prove you are so full of shit that I can smell it from here.
Prove it or shut the fuck up.
As far as the rule of law and staying in power is concerned..we just had an election and the government was changed..so that kinda makes you look stupid, doesnt it?
Admit it Terra..you know jack shit about anything outside ‘Murica.
Oops, correction – Berkshire Hathaway, but for all I know, they could own Fidelity too 😉
Roughly 60% of our electricity still comes from coal (helloo EV industry) , the rest from Hydro, Nuclear, Natural Gas and lastly, intermittent solar and wind. That coal moves from the mines to power plants mainly by rail. Incorrect. Roughly 60% of our electricity comes from FOSSIL fuels as a whole, which breaks down like this: http://nicedoggie.net/wp-content/uploads/2022/07/fuel-sources.png Only 21.8% of… Read more »
SOMETHING TO LOWER THE TEMPERATURE: Since we are all suffering from a heat wave, I thought I would put up something funny. Military scientist dupes colleague into hiring ‘really hot’ hooker on Air Force base so he can cheat on wife Dr. James Gord was a senior US Air Force hypersonic missile scientist at Spectral Energies. He allegedly tricked his… Read more »
*looks outside at cold and rain*
The world is not the United States and it’s winter here.
I know. I realized that after I posted. But most of us are living under a heat wave, so chill out.
Most of us?
Half the planet is in winter.
To be fair, Bren, the majority of “us” are here in North America, where Summer officially started a month ago, and things are warming up. Here in Washington, we are being warned of another “heat dome” forming next week. “Heat dome” is a newfangled term for “fucking hot”, I guess, because such a thing is kinda unheard of in this… Read more »
I checked, lo and behold, Terra got it right this time. Oh well, you know what they say about broken clocks…in other news, some guy in Canada just went nuts shooting up homeless people. More and more I am starting to wonder if Dredd’s universe is leaking over..what they call “futsies,” cases of “future shock” where people basically snap and… Read more »
The vast majority of the world’s population lives in the northern hemisphere. Only about 10 percent of all people live in the southern hemisphere, which includes Australia, the southern portion of Africa, Antarctica and most of South America. The northern hemisphere is composed of Europe, most of Asia and Africa, North America and the northern portion of South America. https://www.culturalworld.org/do-more-people-live-in-the-northern-or-southern-hemisphere.htm… Read more »
Question: Since both Fauci & Biden have COVID after being vaccinated FOUR times, shouldn’t they be in quarantine, as we were for 2 years?