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Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: #OldNews about Alcohol and Planes

A warning against drunk driving. 6 Sept. 1949. Netherlands.@trouw #OldNews pic.twitter.com/yIFzzXo516 — John Klein (@JohnKleinRegina) March 23, 2016 Roughly, it says: “Alcohol makes lumps. Whoever is not satisfied, can see it in this photo, which was acquired last night after a driver who was under the influence of liquor, first drove to the gate of […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: #OldNews about Alcohol and Planes

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Hyperloop vs. High Speed Train

The California high speed train won’t arrive until 2029 at present estimates from the designers. So, Musk has a better idea for less money, that can be built faster. . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Hyperloop vs. High Speed Train

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

For ages now Canadians have been conditioned to accept that we “need” more pipelines to move more oil. Otherwise we’ll continue to exhaust train crews and have bombtrains in every town. Canadian oil production to keep rising even if pipelines not approved: National Energy Board https://t.co/Sa4Me2FjDR #business — Regina Leader Post (@leaderpost) January 27, 2016 […] . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Laying Down A Deadly Bluff

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Solar All Over California

On our Amtrak trip through southern and central California, I watched the dry and irrigated fields fly by me at 133km/h. We stopped for the night in Bakersfield (the most conservative city in America, some figures show), and it was 41 degrees even with the sun down. The cement around the pool at . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Solar All Over California

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Are Canada’s Rails Safe?

All signs are pointing to no. And the railway companies are starting to ship way more goods much more explosive than Canadian grain.

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada’s Car Culture Criticized

Glad to see some Danes standing up for Canada.

A Canadian stands up for the Danes.

The Danes stand up for themselves.

A few points have arisen as a result of this discussion, largely in defence of “car culture.” I’d like to address them if I may:

We love our cars!

That’s great. What is . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Canada’s Car Culture Criticized

Susan on the Soapbox: The Orient Express!!!

This is the Orient Express…well not the original Orient Express with service from Paris to Vienna and the Balkans or its successor that travelled from Strasbourg to Vienna. Those trains are long gone. This is the Venice-Simplon Orient Express and Mr and Ms Soapbox are on board at this very moment!

Much to Mr Soapbox’s . . . → Read More: Susan on the Soapbox: The Orient Express!!!

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Canada PetroState vs. United States of America

Americans hear this on their news last night. “Feds Issue Tighter Regulations For Trains Hauling Highly-Flammable Crude”

Canadians are told this of their explosive oil in unsafe train cars. “B.C. municipality chaffs at railways’ requirement for secrecy about dangerous cargos traveling through town”

You have to wonder if the Harper Conservatives really don’t give a . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Canada PetroState vs. United States of America

Things Are Good: High Speed Rail Coming to……Texas?

Texas is an American state best known for its gun-loving, big truck driving, cowboy, remember the Alamo culture. It is the last place I’d expect high speed rail infrastructure to actually get support in the USA. The good news here is that not only are Texans in favour of high speed rail – the private . . . → Read More: Things Are Good: High Speed Rail Coming to……Texas?

Cowichan Conversations: Counterfeit Cash-I Hear That Coal Train Coming

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Corporate Responsibility

Do corporations kill? Unfortunately, yes, they can. A corporation is a person in our crazy legal system. How do we best punish a corporate person, for killing people?

Burkhardt had drawn criticism for forwarding the responsibility for the explosion on to others. He told the Toronto Star earlier in the week that it was the . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Corporate Responsibility

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: The Harper Government Must Be Right On Track #cdnpoli

This morning, I dealt with indignant HarperCons on Twitter, while they didn’t take my advice about the validity of claims by a certain tweeter not shy of bending the truth a lot to fluff his dear leader.

Sorry for what you’re about to see, because if you drill down a little more into these timelines, . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: The Harper Government Must Be Right On Track #cdnpoli

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Harper’s “Public Event” “photo opportunity” (Cameras and photographers only) #cdnpoli

Where is this event you ask?

Lac-Mégantic, Québec

3:15 p.m. – Prime Minister Stephen Harper will participate in a photo opportunity.

Why is Harper there?

You could say that Harper’s PMO has all the tact of a runaway train.

– Hat tip to Daniel J.

. . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Harper’s “Public Event” “photo opportunity” (Cameras and photographers only) #cdnpoli

Saskboy's Abandoned Stuff: Runaway Train

Lac-Mégantic, Quebec was partially levelled by a massive oil explosion from a train that became detached from its locomotive and rolled into the downtown. The locomotive experienced a fire before the detachment from the oil laden cars.

Questions need to arise about the safety of unattended, automated locomotives.

” Everybody who didn’t make it back . . . → Read More: Saskboy’s Abandoned Stuff: Runaway Train

Cowichan Conversations: Enbridge is a Loser No Matter how the Bitumen Travels!

Richard Hughes Political Blogger

Are the winds of change blowing? PM Harper says science will determine the outcome not politics. Uh huh, sure Steve. This after gutting the funding for research

BC Point man James Moore PC MP is uttering sentiments of concern, the Conservatives are losing this on the ground and our . . . → Read More: Cowichan Conversations: Enbridge is a Loser No Matter how the Bitumen Travels!

The Equivocator: David Merner and the Conversation the Liberal Party Needs to Have

David Merner (left) and Alberta Liberal Party president Todd Van Vliet (right.)

“It’s funny, I thought I would be running as a pro-business, pro-environment West-coast Liberal but it looks like I’ve become the ‘cooperation candidate.‘” That was former LPC(BC) President David Merner’s reaction when I told him that I had read Gloria Galloway’s . . . → Read More: The Equivocator: David Merner and the Conversation the Liberal Party Needs to Have

DeSmogBlog: Coal Train to Boardman: EPA Warns of "Significant" Public Health Threats in Northwest Coal Export Proposal

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As demand for coal in the United States has cooled off in recent years, coal mining companies have been scrambling to deliver their dirty loads to customers abroad. But what does this mean for communities along the transportation routes, particularly at the ports and export terminals where the coal is offloaded . . . → Read More: DeSmogBlog: Coal Train to Boardman: EPA Warns of "Significant" Public Health Threats in Northwest Coal Export Proposal