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(BizPac Review)   Next to march through DC....truckers. How many big rigs can fit on the 14th Street bridge?   (bizpacreview.com) divider line 33
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2013-09-19 01:19:50 AM  
They even have a Facebook page.

/skeered now.
 
2013-09-19 08:48:51 AM  
static.arstechnica.net
 
2013-09-19 09:10:10 AM  
Better watch out. I hear they have eleven long-haired Friends of Jesus in a chartreuse Microbus.
 
2013-09-19 09:21:44 AM  
What exactly are they protesting about again? The new "Arab" Miss America? or what?
 
2013-09-19 09:28:09 AM  

Jairzinho: What exactly are they protesting about again? The new "Arab" Miss America? or what?


They don't make it terribly clear, do they?

My husband runs a freight matching business, so he kind of keeps an eye on the industry. My guess is that some of the recent regulations on owner operators and small companies (new surety bond requirements, hours on restrictions) are pissing off the smaller guys.

I'm not saying the new regulations are good or bad. Only that it will drive some of the smaller companies out of business.

Perhaps that's what this is all about?
 
2013-09-19 09:36:26 AM  

Jairzinho: What exactly are they protesting about again? The new "Arab" Miss America? or what?


I saw a video of Glenn Beck talking about this yesterday. It was a usual list of fringe right wing complaints (impeach because of Benghazi, fire Eric Holder, remove from any government office Muslims who don't swear allegiance to the Constitution), but the last one was "fuel prices". He didn't specify any of the details about fuel prices though.
 
2013-09-19 09:39:14 AM  

phenn: I'm not saying the new regulations are good or bad. Only that it will drive some of the smaller companies out of business.

Perhaps that's what this is all about?


which regulations now?

/or are you just CNNing right now?
 
2013-09-19 09:49:46 AM  

unexplained bacon: phenn: I'm not saying the new regulations are good or bad. Only that it will drive some of the smaller companies out of business.

Perhaps that's what this is all about?

which regulations now?

/or are you just CNNing right now?


They will have to carry a large surety bond, for starters. That would be tough for, say, a married couple with one truck. They also have to get some GPS/Tracking system installed in each truck. Apparently, those are pretty expensive.

And, I don't CNN.  ;-)
 
2013-09-19 09:58:20 AM  
OWS did it first.  I'm sure the truckers arrests will be viewed the same way by the Tea Party.  Right?
 
2013-09-19 10:01:18 AM  
Per their Wherevent page, their goal is "Restore the Constitution, Defund Obamacare, Lower Fuel Prices." Yeah, not a whiff of astroturfing there.
 
2013-09-19 10:53:13 AM  
Brilliant plan to shut down DC on Columbus Day weekend, when the city is largely shut down anyway.
 
2013-09-19 10:56:00 AM  

phenn: unexplained bacon: phenn: I'm not saying the new regulations are good or bad. Only that it will drive some of the smaller companies out of business.

Perhaps that's what this is all about?

which regulations now?

/or are you just CNNing right now?

They will have to carry a large surety bond, for starters. That would be tough for, say, a married couple with one truck. They also have to get some GPS/Tracking system installed in each truck. Apparently, those are pretty expensive.

And, I don't CNN.  ;-)


oh ok, so there was new regulations put out, do you have a link?

It sounded like you were guessing that a new reg spurred this from your previous post.
It doesn't seem like these truckers are talking about what you're talking about...My attention is split, I may be missing it.
 
2013-09-19 11:40:40 AM  
unexplained bacon:
oh ok, so there was new regulations put out, do you have a link?

It sounded like you were guessing that a new reg spurred this from your previous post.
It doesn't seem like these truckers are talking about what you're talking about...My attention is split, I may be missing it.


This was the best I could come up with. But, reading the other comments, it doesn't sound like that's actually what they're on about.
 
2013-09-19 11:51:07 AM  
Trucks? The 14th Street Bridge couldn't handle a 737:
www.airdisaster.com
www.findingdulcinea.com
 
2013-09-19 11:59:14 AM  

phenn: unexplained bacon:
oh ok, so there was new regulations put out, do you have a link?

It sounded like you were guessing that a new reg spurred this from your previous post.
It doesn't seem like these truckers are talking about what you're talking about...My attention is split, I may be missing it.

This was the best I could come up with. But, reading the other comments, it doesn't sound like that's actually what they're on about.


Thanks for the info.

Looks like these truckers are protesting teabag style, but are missing a possible honest issue. D'oh.
 
2013-09-19 11:59:15 AM  
I'm seeing a trend with these protests here
img.wonkette.com
www.usnews.com
static.prisonplanet.com

Can't all they just skip the buffet and go back to some old-fashioned protest on foot like this?
thesocietypages.org
 
2013-09-19 12:02:25 PM  

phenn: Jairzinho: What exactly are they protesting about again? The new "Arab" Miss America? or what?

They don't make it terribly clear, do they?

My husband runs a freight matching business, so he kind of keeps an eye on the industry. My guess is that some of the recent regulations on owner operators and small companies (new surety bond requirements, hours on restrictions) are pissing off the smaller guys.

I'm not saying the new regulations are good or bad. Only that it will drive some of the smaller companies out of business.

Perhaps that's what this is all about?



Anyone who is fighting to keep a trucking job right now is fighting a losing battle. 10 years from now, truckers will be replaced by self-driving trucks. Give it up guys, go home, and learn a new skill.
 
2013-09-19 12:05:11 PM  

unexplained bacon: Looks like these truckers are protesting teabag style, but are missing a possible honest issue. D'oh.


Seriously.

Well, I doubt it will be much of a turnout. Getting a semi gassed up is no small investment. Plus, most owner operators can't afford to be off the road for things like this.
 
2013-09-19 12:09:41 PM  

MithrandirBooga: Anyone who is fighting to keep a trucking job right now is fighting a losing battle. 10 years from now, truckers will be replaced by self-driving trucks. Give it up guys, go home, and learn a new skill.


A lot of them are. We get the ICC list of new authorities every quarter. By the time my husband gets the new list, half of the old one is already out of business. Families who just let the truck get repoed and walk away.

Pretty sad.
 
2013-09-19 12:44:33 PM  

Paris1127: Trucks? The 14th Street Bridge couldn't handle a 737:
[www.airdisaster.com image 250x186]
[www.findingdulcinea.com image 195x250]


Judging from those pictures, I'd say it handled them just fine.

The 737s handling the 14th Street Bridge though...well, they seem a bit banged up.
 
2013-09-19 01:38:19 PM  
Last gasps of independent trucking? This seems familiar.

historyrat.files.wordpress.com

Parity!
 
2013-09-19 01:41:28 PM  
Wow.

That much derp has been clincally shown to cause permanent nerve damage.

How much worse do these knuckle draggers think they can make traffic in DC?
 
2013-09-19 02:16:16 PM  
Led by this guy!

runningheavy.com
//Ah, breaker one-nine, this here's the Rubber Duck.
 
2013-09-19 02:35:55 PM  
Whatever happened to that biker ride through DC, anyways? I saw a bunch of noise all over the place in the run-up to it, but the day of, not a peep.
 
2013-09-19 02:36:39 PM  
Tow trucks. Tow trucks everywhere!
 
2013-09-19 02:37:47 PM  

grumpfuff: Paris1127: Trucks? The 14th Street Bridge couldn't handle a 737:
[www.airdisaster.com image 250x186]
[www.findingdulcinea.com image 195x250]

Judging from those pictures, I'd say it handled them just fine.

The 737s handling the 14th Street Bridge though...well, they seem a bit banged up.


To be fair, the plane didn't make a direct hit, it swiped the road deck, not really damaging the bridge itself. As for the cars stuck in a traffic jam, well...
 
2013-09-19 03:20:00 PM  

1000 Ways to Dye: Whatever happened to that biker ride through DC, anyways? I saw a bunch of noise all over the place in the run-up to it, but the day of, not a peep.


A friend of mine went and posted some pics. They actually had a pretty big turnout.
 
2013-09-19 05:29:56 PM  
Independent truckers are doing OK, but the industry as a whole is being bled out.
Newly trained drivers are pretty much $9 dollar/hour slaves for 10 hours a day and if you don't like it you can just step off. And that's for living in your truck as well as driving 10 hours per day. Trucker health is terrible because of the long hours of sitting and the nature of the road food combined with little to no exercise.
It's a stupid existence.
 
2013-09-19 09:00:11 PM  
Four days after the crowded Sept. 11 biker rally that far surpassed the paltry showing at the so-called "Million Muslim March," the truckers set up a Facebook page Truckers To Shut Down America."

Didn't zero people show up for both rallies?

Right wingers, don't you feel bad about having to lie all the time?  Just a little?
 
2013-09-20 08:41:33 AM  

phenn: 1000 Ways to Dye: Whatever happened to that biker ride through DC, anyways? I saw a bunch of noise all over the place in the run-up to it, but the day of, not a peep.

A friend of mine went and posted some pics. They actually had a pretty big turnout.


Were these private pics like Facebook, or are they available somewhere else? Because I'd like to see them, considering all I've seen so far are stupid Facebook wall posts with irrelevant pictures that can't be fact-checked.
 
2013-09-20 09:07:06 AM  

Triple Oak: phenn: 1000 Ways to Dye: Whatever happened to that biker ride through DC, anyways? I saw a bunch of noise all over the place in the run-up to it, but the day of, not a peep.

A friend of mine went and posted some pics. They actually had a pretty big turnout.

Were these private pics like Facebook, or are they available somewhere else? Because I'd like to see them, considering all I've seen so far are stupid Facebook wall posts with irrelevant pictures that can't be fact-checked.


Facebook, unfortunately. Certainly no 2 million, mind you. But, looked like a few thousand.

Of course, the standard complaint is that the media is blacking it out, reporting smaller numbers. I don't think they are. It honestly looked to me like a few thousand.
 
2013-09-20 09:33:22 PM  

blasterz: Per their Wherevent page, their goal is "Restore the Constitution, Defund Obamacare, Lower Fuel Prices." Yeah, not a whiff of astroturfing there.


Obviously no one would want a Constitution without coaxing from the Koch brothers.
 
2013-09-20 11:11:04 PM  

MithrandirBooga: phenn: Jairzinho: What exactly are they protesting about again? The new "Arab" Miss America? or what?

They don't make it terribly clear, do they?

My husband runs a freight matching business, so he kind of keeps an eye on the industry. My guess is that some of the recent regulations on owner operators and small companies (new surety bond requirements, hours on restrictions) are pissing off the smaller guys.

I'm not saying the new regulations are good or bad. Only that it will drive some of the smaller companies out of business.

Perhaps that's what this is all about?


Anyone who is fighting to keep a trucking job right now is fighting a losing battle. 10 years from now, truckers will be replaced by self-driving trucks. Give it up guys, go home, and learn a new skill.


Didn't you say that the Detroit and other cities are not bankrupt?  I don't know if your advice is of any merit.
 
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