The story starts this morning with Secretary “Give me leather like Brinton” Pete is missing in action when the antiquated FAA system crashed and NOTAMS (Notice to Air Mission System) could not be issued to pilots around the nation. Thus a ground halt was ordered which prevented departures for several hours. From the FAA website:
FAA NOTAMS Statement
Wednesday, January 11, 2023
FAA STATEMENT 0850 EST
Normal air traffic operations are resuming gradually across the United States following an overnight outage to the FAA’s Notice to Air Missions (NOTAM) system that provides safety information to flight crews. The ground stop has been lifted.
The agency continues to look into the cause of the initial problem.
Nice. The US has already experienced a massive nightmare during the Christmas season thanks to Southwest Airlines ancient systems and the lack of sufficient staffing thanks to the clot shot being made mandatory by the government and now this.
But wait, there’s more.
The problem with America’s freight and passenger train systems are just now starting to make it into the mainstream news. Today, Amtrak made the news after leaving passengers stranded in the woods for almost 29 hours (per some reports):
BREAKING: A travel nightmare is unfolding right now on Amtrak. Passengers on the Auto Train have been stuck on board for 29+ hours, currently sitting in the woods in rural South Carolina. Passengers called the local police saying they’re being held hostage.— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) January 11, 2023
ABC posted the full story and accidentally released some real news which highlighted which caused some of the problem (bold lettering is for my emphasis):
The Amtrak Auto Train train, which departed Lorton, Virginia, at 5 p.m. Monday, was initially scheduled to arrive in Sanford, Florida, by 10 a.m. Tuesday. Only a few certified crews are able to operate the Auto Train, which carries passengers and their vehicles daily between the two destinations.
The CSX freight train collided with an unoccupied vehicle on the tracks in Lake City, South Carolina, shortly before 11 p.m. Monday, CSX said in a statement. No injuries were reported.
Auto Train service on Tuesday was canceled, while Silver Meteor and Silver Star trains that departed on Monday are operating on a detour and missing stops due to the derailment, Amtrak said.
Way, way, way back in December, Senile Joe, Amtrak’s best passenger asked the Pelosi House of Representatives to impose a settlement on all of the railroad workers. And so they did with RINO help and thus the mess we witnessed here is just the tip of the iceberg. Since only a few certified crews can do this particular route, when the engineer’s hours of service are up, they have to stop or the government penalizes them.
Yet the government also had to get involved in another situation with Union Pacific also. From FoodProcessing.com:
Foster Farms: Union Pacific Service Disruptions Could Mean Death for Millions of Chickens
Tension is mounting between Foster Farms and Union Pacific following the poultry farm’s repeated requests for UP to deliver livestock feed to its Traver, Turlock, and Delhi facilities in California. On December 29, 2022, Foster Farms filed a petition for emergency service with the U.S. Surface Transportation Board (STB) to help prevent losing millions of its chickens due to ‘continued deterioration’ in rail service from Union Pacific.
The STB, which regulates and decides disputes involving railroads, issued an emergency order on January 3 ordering UP to deliver animal feed to Foster Farms in order to avert a potential significant loss of livestock in California.
This wasn’t the first time the California-based Foster Farms asked for intervention. In June, the company filed a petition with the STB after it had experienced delays in feed shipments and nearly had to euthanize millions of birds because of it. According to the petition, 100-car deliveries of corn — which is used not only for chicken feed but also as corn feed for hundreds of dairy farms — weren’t showing up.
This is beginning to sound more and more like a certain book this author is quite familiar with.
Sadly, the derailment story in America is also becoming commonplace.
December 20, 2022 Chattanooga, TN:
🚨#BREAKING: Emergency Crews are Responding to a Massive Train derailment— R A W S A L E R T S (@rawsalerts) December 20, 2022
📌#Chattanooga | #TN
Multiple Authorities are on scene in Chattanooga TN after A Large Semi Truck got stuck on its tracks carrying a large bridge beam causing the Train crash and to get derailed pic.twitter.com/Yh9tigfoXj
January 10, 2023 Spokane, WA:
Railroad crossing pole laying on the sidewalk of S Spokane St. in Seattle, the scene of a train derailment. Power station also destroyed in crash. Still a big mess but crews able to remove portion of train blocking road. No one hurt. Police now investigating cause of the crash. pic.twitter.com/LuIqmxO36S— John HopperstadTV (@JohnHopperstad) January 10, 2023
Today, Houston, TX:
November, 2022 Louisiana:
Why did a train derail, spilling hydrochloric acid? The railroad says it still doesn’t know
January 3, 2023 Mississippi:
Train derailment blocks Market, Hospital streets in Pasagoula
January 1, 2023 Washington state:
Train derailed in Kennewick Sunday afternoon, no injuries
December 20, 2022 California:
Freight train derailment in Victorville, Calif., causing track closures as of evening Dec. 20
December 16, 2022 Alabama:
Fort Deposit train derailment blocks Bishop Bottom Road crossing
December 14, 2022 Alabama:
Train derails along Oldfield Road in Sylacauga
December 10, 2022 South Carolina:
NCPD: McMillan Ave blocked after train derails Saturday morning
December 2, 2022 Pennsylvania:
Norfolk Southern train derails, car falls off bridge onto road below in Marysville, Perry County
I could keep posting on and on, but I think my readers get the idea. We are now living the second half of the book Atlas Shrugged. Buckle up, the trajectory gets pretty ugly in the very last chapters if John Galt does not actually show up to save our society.