NTSB report seems to pin blame on Norfolk train car.
Every major corporation has ESG and DEI statements. Our civilization is collapsing under the weight of incompetence and illogic that these initiatives bring.
Get woke, go broke, poison the folk.
Another great article. Does anyone know of a mutual fund to invest in that is anti-woke, anti-ESG and anti-DEI? Or specific corporations? I am not sure there are many public companies that still exist that don't fall for this crap. I sold all of my stock because I can't stand all these companies that hate me. I'll take 4.3% in my Schwab Money Market over investing in this crap even though I'm sure Schwab is woke too.
Pretty big smoking gun but doesn’t explain why & how it happens in East Palestine as White Noise predicted a year ago
Great article, and it sounds exactly like what's happening.
Mr. Shaw bowing down to Larry Fink
Link tweeted! https://twitter.com/aynrandfan/status/1628818554282999808?s=46&t=FNLUe3d9hdGT084TDcDcJw
When the trial lawyers finish with them, I wonder how many of those diversity hires will get laid off when the red ink starts running from the settlements? Karma is real.
May I offer a different perspective.
Having worked on a Class 1 railroad (freight) as a conductor and locomotive engineer, I can tell you, this type of neglect and negligence, was happening long before ESG and DIE, were "popular".
Could they have played a part, sure, but probably less so, than the every day work practices, pushed by a greed driven company and a "do just enough" unionized work force.
Decades of complacency and pushing maintenances and crew schedules to breaking points...to maximize tonnage moved, plays a major part here. Additionally, the cost of preemptively fixing a problem, sometimes seem larger, than the looming...might happen, might not...crash and subsequent lawsuits.
Here's a scenario for you.
Each car of a train has 2 brake shoes per wheel. They understandably wear down. There is a minimum tolerance, before they need to be replaced. Lets say a train crew gets on a train, that is out in a siding (away from a depot), at 2am and doesn't notice that the brakes in 1/3 of the cars are close to the limits. Or they notice, report it and are told, write it up and log it in your end of tour report. This is normal, as the work is usually done at larger depots...not out in the field.
More likely, on a 120 car train, at 2am, the conductor is just making sure the brake shoe IS THERE, not that it's within a 1/8" to being out of limits. Half way into the trip and coming down a steep grade with a 17,000+ ton train, the engineer finds he doesn't have as much braking power as might be expected, with good brakes. Accidents happen.
There are track side hot bearing detectors, and flat spot detectors, that identify these issues, as a train passes. Here's the rub (especially on single track - one track serving trains going in one or both directions.), stopping to investigate (which crews do) or make repairs, is a productivity/schedule killer for the company. Yes there are sidings, but the push will be to get the train to/close to, the next depot, so ALL the cars in the train are not delayed.
The RR pays penalties to shippers, if certain freight is not delivered on time. Again, the gamble is...the chances of a wreck and lawsuit are small, so the delay looks more grave, by comparison. Airlines take the same calculated risks in every flight, you just don't know it.
There are 101 reasons, that these accident happen, and ESG/DIE are the least of them.
I've picked up a consist of power (string of motors for my train) from the roundhouse (motor maintenance facility) and found major safety issues in each motor, that would be violations, had I started the trip with them. How could that happen at the facility, that is responsible to fuel, clean, fix and check them, for readiness and operability?? Apathy, company policies to turn motors around as quickly as possible and no company accountability.
It may not be popular, but it's a matter of odds...flip a coin enough times and you get a ratio of heads and tails. Same with accidents, where humans, old-poorly maintained machinery and a system of profit at any cost, exists.
Last item I always tell people...There is only ONE place in the entire universe, that you can be hit or killed by a train...that is ON THE TRACK. Stay off the tracks!! There is no good reason EVER, to stop on the tracks. If you are stopped on them (because you are stupid) and the gates start to come down, get out of the car and get off the tracks. Did I mention you should stay off the tracks?? Ok, enough said, you have been warned.
See the most recent comment under my post.
The cargo was "mislabled." The killer train was ILLEGAL. This was a criminal act.
Read the list of the biggest owners of Norfolk and Southern. That's the biggest tell of them all. And then remember how killing off the little people and their businesses and means of survival was high priority Fake-demic. But let them Big Box Companies flourish. Kind of says it all, doesn't it.
It the War on All of Us.
Just common sense alone dictates that DEI is a poor agenda to follow. Case in point, the US population is roughly 13% blacks, therefore, you will by statistics have a smaller pool of qualified individuals within this 13% to draw from! So you are forced to hire unqualified people if you want to maintain a certain race ratio.
Take a good look at the ad that shows the fugly black woman in charge. They wanted to take the credit well now they can take the blame.
Can we find the names of the 'experts' that decided to burn the toxic sludge? Just SOME accountability would be good in that cesspit of a country
Those poor victims - most will get very sick, possibly die. The gov't, already murdering us with shots, doesn't care.
What about the fallout? My daughter is in DC. Is her water safe?
From the article: Forget about the mushroom cloud and toxic gasses they helped to launch over East Palestine. In its ESG section, Norfolk Southern has won plenty of award