The schooling system is broken, it has more leaks than a house after the Three Stooges are through with it and does little good in it's present state. Here is a quick story (I have been wanting to work on my literary skills in the area, it isn’t important to read. For the discussion go to the bolded section heading and start reading there) [more]
If one believes that the case for rails is strong (see part 2 of the series) then the question becomes: [more]
Fear not, oh railroad enthusiasts, part 3 is on it's way! But it did get temporarily derailed for this: [more]
As mentioned in part 1 of this mini series: this is a response to lemoneater’s post a couple weeks back on the topic of rail lines. This is part 2 (for part 1 click here), what I see as the future of rail. So, without further ado: [more]
For all wondering, this is part one of a response to lemoneater’s question some weeks back. I would have posted this as a comment, but it is a bit too long for that, IMO (and is interesting enough to share with everyone, I think). This section is history, the second will be the future of rail.
So without further ado
In the past one heard about the enormous fortunes of the railroad barons, but railroads seem to have diminished in importance today. Even in my own lifetime of thirty some odd years I've noticed fewer and shorter trains. Where is the political power they wielded? What happened? Are they still a force to be reckoned with?
They were once quite powerful, and rich. Men such as Andrew Carnegie (yes he was in steel, but he got his start on the railroads), Jay Gould, and Cornelius Vanderbilt made their livings on the rails.
These men, and their companies (save Carnegie, he did not own a rail company) had extreme power, and weilded it to bend government to their will. For instance in the case of the American Railway Union’s strike they persuaded president Grover Cleveland to use the Army to break up the strike. Further they managed to convince the government to outlaw unions and strikes numerous times as they "endangered the nation" or similar nonsense. [more]
For those who have noticed, I have recently returned. Kind of. And in my return I immediately noticed that there has been no improvement of CAPS over the past quarter year. In fact they have slipped back in several ways. Normally I would brush this off and deal with a miserable user interface to get at the knowledge that the minds here share. But when it comes to charms, that is just going to far. [more]