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|Will Teamsters and Railroaders End Indiana's Bigotry?
“To regulate Commerce with foreign Nations, and among the several States, and with Indian Tribes.” So sayeth what is commonly referred to as the "commerce clause" of the United States ...
|Goodbye Oil Trains: The 20% Solution
(from my Gearhead Grrrl blog ) If you've been following the press of late, you've noted the considerable angst generated by the unit oil trains that seem to be taking over the land. The "Chicken ...
|Transportation Constipation: the High Cost of Low Investment
You can still get from here to there, but you'd best not be in a hurry... The schedule of what was once one of Amtrak's most timely trains, the legendary Empire Builder, has become a joke. Last "...
|Trucking Safety: Asleep at the Wheel...
Unless you've been hibernating these last few weeks, you no doubt repeatedly saw the image of a runaway Walmart truck and a minibus with extensive side impact damage. That would have been just local ...
|Tax Time, Transportation Department...
T'is the season, as potholes, road construction, and income taxes conspire to unleash a perfect storm on our finances. And of those income taxes due tomorrow… Very little will go to even patching ...
|The Costco Effect...
You've probably heard of the "Walmart effect", where the kinder and gentler Walmart of at least a decade ago used it's massive buying power to lower prices for consumers. Since then Walmart has ...
|Gearhead Grrrl's Gift Guide...
(complete post with pix and more available at my blog. . Ya, I know, it's early... Holiday shopping has no business beginning until at least the majority of the thanksgiving turkey has been ...
Ran across this interesting story here on Walmart's logistics problems today: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2013/11/03/1252691/-There-is-mold-in-your-food-and-nobody-cares When most of us think of ...
|Our "Need for Speed"... Hardwired?
My last post on over at my GearheadGrrrl blog about gearhead lefties got me thinking... Clearly the "need for speed" and in general tinker and tweak anything that moves or at least has moving parts ...
|Autos: Pricing Themselves Out of the Market & Biting the Hands That Build Them... A Labor Day Lament
Been shopping for a new car lately, was a decade and 124,000 miles ago when I paid $17,000 including taxes for an '03 VW Golf TDI diesel. During that decade millions of workers lost their jobs and ...
|Some People Shouldn't Be Allowed to Run a Railroad... Or a Pipeline!
( crossposted from my Gearhead Grrrl blog ) Back in the 80s when railroads were going bankrupt left and right, Ed Burkhardt got a heck of a deal on a Canadian Pacific line from Chicago to the Saint ...
|Highway Hell, Rails to the Rescue!
Out in the middle of the Dakotahs is a brand spankin' new monster of a beef processing plant, Dakota Beef Packers. Like a lot of monster food industry plays in South Dakota, it was financed by ...
|Can Greens & Cyclists Cooperate?
Notice I used the term "Cyclists"... The next county over from me is in the planning stages of a big recreational trail project. To make it politically viable, there's something for everyone in it- ...
|Frac Sand Follies...
In the driftless area where Iowa, Minnesota, and Wisconsin meet along the Great River Roads the big news story this year has been a normally boring subject, sand. To us motorcyclists sand where we ...
|Santa Carries A Union Card...
And wears a brown UPS uniform, or Postal Service blue or a Longshoreman or railroader's fluorescent safety vest. Yup, after three decades of deregulation and union busting, union parcel carriers UPS ...
OK, nobody else has started it, so guess I'm gonna have to (weatherdude, please come back!). I don't have access to a lot of bandwidth through the 3G service that probably got installed out here in ...
|The End of Weather As We Knew It
(crossposted from my blog, www.GearheadGrrrl.com ) 1st of december, and went for a hundred mile or so ride around western Minnesota and into South Dakota a bit today. Took the Moto Guzzi Quota to ...
|Disaster Survival: The Gearhead Guide
If you've just barely managed to access this site on a smartphone from some distant cell tower that is still standing, has power, and a connection to the internet, this guide is for you. I'll ask my ...
|Obama Saved the Corvette & the Volt...
From "the Gearhead Voter Guide" over at my gearhead blog Well, it’s that time of the leap year again… presidential election time, with every congressional seat and a third of the senate up for ...
|Labor Day: Used up Cars, Overpriced Apartments, Old Trailer Houses, and Duct Tape...
Got a mailer offering an "owner loyalty bonus" from Ford today, at least they haven't forgotten that I bought a Ranger from them 15 years ago. The little Ranger hauler still sits ready in the ...
|Gearhead Gab: Timing Belt Tyranny!
Before I begin this mechanical manifesto, does your motor vehicle have a timing belt, and when should it be changed? If you don't know, dig out the owners manual and check it out. I've enjoyed 100,...
|Balancing Minnesota's Budget With Minnesota Energy
Like just about every state but energy rich North Dakota, Minnesota has a huge budget deficit. $1,200,000,000 huge-
|Gearhead Get Together & Campaign Sign Speed Tests Liveblog
It was a quite holiday week in Lake Wobegon... Until the annual Democratic High Speed Campaign Sign Tests began today! The tire smoke still hasn't cleared on the main street of Starbuck, Minnesota ...
|Gearhead Get Together tomorrow night at kos
Thanksgiving tends to drag by evening... After the kids are off to bed or wherever, the games worth watching on TV are over, and you're glad the republican relatives have finally left. And you haven'...
|Justice for Organizers!
It's Labor Day, a day to remember and fight for the working folks who make this country great. The cooks, teachers, bakers, truckers, janitors, community organizers... Community Organizers??? A few ...
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