Tuesday, April 16, 2013

infrastructure marathon


INFRASTRUCTURE MARATHON

When did Yankees turn into such little girls?  A few wind storms come through DC and they act like it was worse than Katrina.  A mild hurricane floods a subway tunnel or two and that’s all you heard about for months, Hollyweird celebs solemnly proclaiming you would indeed be a heartless Republican fat cat if you didn’t immediately donate ten bucks through your cell phone ( this was merely a repeat from the Haiti earthquake, but nobody paid attention back then because in reality no one gives a crap about the place.  Sure, they talk all cool in Frog but they also eat mud pies which is not sophisticated food like garlic snails ).  Of course, if you had a cell phone to donate it meant you were flat broke from that payment or it was an Obammy Phone and you can’t convert SNAP benefits into dollars through the Red Cross ( although Tyrone the corner pimp can perform such transactions with ease and a minimal fee ).  Now, two people get blown up and this is all anyone can talk about.  Okay, I get it, these are people someone knows and loves.  Blah, blah.  So are swollen belly African kids but no Gott Damn Yankee bitch cares much about them.  But be that as it may, even as marathon runners or spectators were getting killed, I’d wager aforementioned Tyrone was busy shooting some honkey tourists in another part of town and on the nearby freeway drunk idiots were busy killing fellow motorists.  So why are people so bored they have no life and are standing around watching a bunch of sweaty people stumble past so much more important than drivers or mugging victims?

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Okay, I get it.  We could have a million people a year smear themselves face first into the asphalt going seventy-five miles an hour and folks would still drive.  And since Obammy The Kenyan got elected Black folks have a free pass on killing Whitey, as long as they are discreet about it ( and if they are caught, it better be by a Black officer ).  But why is the media going on non-stop with this crap?   A few people died today.  Just like yesterday and certainly as they will tomorrow.  Worry about something important.  A few Yankees got killed.  Let’s celebrate, but quietly.  Don’t make a spectacle like the Brits celebrating Thatcher’s demise ( ding dong, the witch is dead ).  Okay, on to a minions comment.  I suggested that a community was better off blowing bridges and tearing up roads and isolating themselves during the die-off, opening up if necessary for trade after things settle down.  The response was that what you eliminated was far better than any replacement so you shouldn’t damage it ( and, it was hard work to perform the initial removal and the replacement unit ).  These are valid points of course, but only to a certain point.

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What we have in place now for an infrastructure certainly looks impressive.  Of course it is a façade that can barely be maintained.  I would argue that if our Oil Empire can’t keep these structures safe and operational ( that bridge that just up and collapsed in Yankeeland a few years back is not the exception but the rule ), they aren’t worth keeping around.  The attitude will be, hey, we can never replace this or duplicate this, so let’s not blow the sucker.  But it was made for cars and the car era is winding down.  It was also built with giant machines that can’t stay in operation.  As much as it pains you, it is smarter to rebuild, because then you rebuild in a way that you can continue maintaining that infrastructure.  What is in place now can’t be sustained after the collapse.  The whole reason we are in trouble now is because we keep saying “we can’t afford to rebuild, so let’s just keep patching it and praying it doesn’t collapse”.  If you use the excuse of keeping out refugees to tear up the roads and tunnels and bridges, then you’ll force yourself to rebuild better insofar as sustainable maintenance.  We long ago picked quantity over quality and everything is halfassed and rickety.  And can only be fixed with petroleum.  Look at farming.  It is all centralized and dependent on long distance transportation.  That will be sustained until it can’t be.  People will starve and only then will the survivors tear down suburbia and replant around smaller cities.  Our roads and such are in the same position.  Eventually they will have to be replaced smarter.

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Look at twisty mule trails up and down mountains with rock pile bridges at the bottom crossing streams.  A hell of a way to transport goods to market, and rather inefficient compared to a semi load over asphalt.  But it will endure with minimal upkeep and it won’t be torn to crap from wagon wheels or from too much weight traveling at too high of speeds ( another example of corporate profits being subsidized by taxpayers ) too often.  All efforts put into keeping present day infrastructure are better off being put towards rebuilding ( and, all military fortifications are of course at an extra cost ), because the difference is slowing decline or preventing it almost altogether.  In the long run, your energy expenditure is probably less ( and, think about it, you could be the one on the bridge when it falls ).  The era ahead will include a draw down period, a scavenger society.  But if you don’t run away from that as fast as possible it will take you down with it ( look at the early films on the apocalypse, survivors looking for cans of food years after the end.  That energy should have gone to producing food ).  Don’t lose sight, with all your Industrial Era supply stockpiling, that it is merely stocking for a transition period.  Everything from now will eventually need to be replaced, and there will always be a cost.

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4 comments:

  1. A few wind storms and they act like it's Katrina..

    I found this blog, http://witsendnj.blogspot.com/ , which talks about ozone pollution damaging trees. If this lady is right it might help explain why power outages are more frequent and longer lasting with smaller storms. How are the trees around there? A lot of them around here are dead corroded skeletons, especially older ones. Maybe it's a bunch of hippy hug a tree bs but might be something to it, can't see, smell, or taste ozone pollution but it must be bathing the landscape. Have to dig back in time for the better posts with pictures of trees and evidence.

    If nothing else it's another 'we're doomed' conspiracy to add to the pile.

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    1. What trees? You mean the larger bushes? Look at the bright side, dried out firewood just waiting to be cut down.

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  2. Lord Bison;

    While I agree that energy is the great decider on who lives better and worse depending on the factors of ready availability, supply, and security of the extraction/refinery site, I disagree that after the collapse all those who are left standing, will automatically revert to pre-industrial methods of transportation. While I respect Kunstler's dream of transcontinental railroads moving everything and everyone across the continent at the rate of San Francisco to New York in three weeks, I know it will take decades if not centuries to accomplish. However regional rail is a reality now and with Standard Gauge of 4' 8 & 1/2" being available all over North America from the Yukon to the Guatemalan Border. Since all locomotives from a Baldwin Locomotive Works 0-6-0 Southern Pacific Railroad 1215 Steam Powered to a brand new General Electric Genesis 800 series Diesel-Electric. While the capital expense of the refurbishment of a museum piece would be staggering in the present; after a collapse, this method might be the answer to regional mobility. In fact there are many examples of working steam locomotives right near your location at the Northern Nevada Railway Museum, in Ely, White Pine County. With the safeguarding of the personnel at NNRM, you have the expertise and skilled operators for immediate use. Definitely something to consider since railroads have been king of land transportation from before the first civil war to the advent of the Interstate Transportation System. Keep keeping it real James!

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    1. And if I'm not mistaken, coal is nearby also. Of course, I don't know how it is mined so it might be unfeasable without the big machinery.

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