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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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 03/27/2015 6 26 - -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 03/15/2015 39 2 - -
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 "...
GearheadGrrrl 08/09/2014 21 23 1 -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 06/15/2014 23 44 - -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 04/14/2014 2 5 - -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 11/30/2013 231 346 6 -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 11/22/2013 2 3 - -
Busted Logistics=Bankruptcy?
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 11/03/2013 27 55 1 -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 09/22/2013 25 7 1 -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 08/30/2013 288 136 1 -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 07/10/2013 123 79 - -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 03/18/2013 6 13 - -
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- ...
GearheadGrrrl 12/28/2012 31 3 - -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 12/26/2012 8 11 - -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 12/24/2012 6 7 - -
Blizzard Thread...
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 12/20/2012 48 25 - -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 12/01/2012 102 65 3 -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 10/30/2012 23 31 1 -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 10/27/2012 10 8 - -
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 09/02/2012 11 16 - 103
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,...
GearheadGrrrl 07/17/2011 22 9 - 73
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-
GearheadGrrrl 01/21/2010 4 3 - 16
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 11/26/2009 6 2 - 6
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'...
GearheadGrrrl 11/25/2009 30 5 - 48
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 ...
GearheadGrrrl 09/07/2009 14 6 1 42
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