The Little Train That Couldn't Anymore

Tyler Durden's picture

While much has been made of the seemingly paradoxical stability of railroad traffic as the broad economy stagnates (and turns down - as we discussed yesterday), it appears the little train that could for the last four years has finally decided it can't anymore. Of course, there is an obvious cyclicality to the pattern but still the unprecedented plunge in rail traffic this week must be somewhat concerning.



(h/t @Not_Jim_Cramer)

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Snakeeyes's picture

One of many signs that the US economy isn't recovering from the Great Recession. Of course, Obama's tax and regulate policies aren't helping any.

blindman's picture

must be the cheap price of diesel fuel.
this is what the new recovery looks like.
score one for the glaciers !

Conman's picture

Sad when 3.50/gal is "cheap". I'm not that old and i remember sub $1 gas.

Conman's picture

Forgot to add that trains run on deisel too and pull more cargo weight per gallon than trucks do. Do people still think trains run on caol or wood on steam engines?

Kimo's picture

Great future career prospects for an Oiler.  Lots of travel.

Law97's picture

The next big energy revolution won't be cold fusion, it will be biodiesel made from refined useless eater blubber.  Since it's renewable and carbon neutral, there's probably a tax credit too.

Matt's picture

I always thought that would be a badass concept for a zombie apocalypse film, where the main anti-hero character, after slaughtering a couple dozen zombies to save a bunch of children, loads the zombies into a big incinerator in the back of his vehicle as fuel.

MeelionDollerBogus's picture

It's already done.

It's just not shaped & programmed to actually hunt humans.

Now if we just mulch & feed humans into it, it will indeed work.

JackT's picture

Did gas jump 0.30/gallon for anyone else since last week? At the rate this bait is sinking they should be giving it away for free

A Lunatic's picture

Things will pick up once they start shipping human cargo to the re-indoctrination camps..........

duo's picture

so that's why Warren Buffett is buying railroads

Uber Vandal's picture

That, or where else can you buy tens of thousands of route miles of infrastructure, capital assets, goodwill, copyrights, timber rights, mineral rights, and water rights for that price.

Usually, when railroad lands were sold in the past, they never relinquished the mineral rights.

jimmytorpedo's picture

It would make a funny strip mine.

1 kilomtere deep, 400 kilometres long, 3 metres wide.

(or in amerikan; 0.6 mile deep, 240 miles long, 10 feet wide)

Uber Vandal's picture

I believe you are thinking of the right of way, and even that is usually much larger than just the physical area that the roadbed and tracks were on.

When the railroads were being built in the mid to late 19th century, the goverment awarded them millions of acres of land to open areas up for settlement.

secret_sam's picture

Old-tymey socialism. 

Now that flying sucks so much, though, I wonder how attractive it could be to start a container-shipping service for people...hmmm...bolt a chemtoilet to the floor, put 20 or so folks in each container, and show movies the whole way to the vacation camps out in the Pacific Northwest...?

Go Tribe's picture

To the oil fields and coal mines, where they'll work for free for their obamatator.

H E D G E H O G's picture

+11 million, yeah, another Final Solution...............

blindman's picture

it was woolfatwitz in the oval office with
the check book.

mt paul's picture

casey jones

must be out of cocaine 

FinalCollapse's picture

Allez Good, Bitchez. SP500 on the way to 2,000. Nothing to see, move along.

Charlie Munger- Suck It Up!

fuu's picture

Warren still has Becky though.

kaiserhoff's picture

Sure, so why doesn't the tight mofo buy her a boob job?  Sheesh, some people.

Joe_in_Indiana's picture

I'm embarrassed, my daughter went to the same high school she did.

otto skorzeny's picture

was Quick into blowing rich  old dudes back then too?

Joe_in_Indiana's picture

Don't know, but she was a cheerleader back then also!

Seasmoke's picture

Take a break Driver 8

GrinandBearit's picture

Take that Berk-sure.

wisefool's picture

Drought outlook terrible for western half of missisipi watershed. Extrodinary methods to clear and deepen channel are working, for now.

But the railroads are going to do just fine for the next 2 years based on drought forecast.

Cardinal Fang's picture

So, do those two red dots coincide with Obama's Inauguration Days? Hmm. We're just heading for a replay of 2009. Beware the Ides of March.

Rustysilver's picture

Don't worry, it's only Warren Buffet's trains that are not running.  Data will be adjusted.

Racer's picture

Is that because they stopped two trains crossing and uncrossing borders without unloading?

Motorhead's picture

Where's Mussolini when you need him?

(Or, it was due to "the weather".)

IamtheREALmario's picture

Was it the warm weather and less coal being shipped across country?

Umh's picture

It's just like a damn ink blot some people see all kinds of things that aren't actually there.

q99x2's picture

Military shipping is complete. They're ready to start killing us.

CoolBeans's picture

Hold on!  I have just a little more ammo to buy.....when I can find some.

jubber's picture

must be good for yet another all time high for the Dow Transports tomorrow then?

kill switch's picture

Completely OFF TOPIC,,,,BUT

Fred Reed has done it again..

How to Marry a Third-World Woman

And Live Happily Every After--Somewhere Else

January 14, 2013

Some years ago, encouraged by readers, I decided to write a book with the above title, and then decided I'd rather do other things, like drink red wine and sit with Vi on the roof-top patio and supervise the sunset. I mean, what if it didn't do it right? So I didn't finish the book. But I had knocked out a few chapters, and now I figure I'll post them occasionally when I can't think of anything else.

Chapter One

Why would a man deliberately set out to marry a woman in the Third World—or, if you prefer, the “developing world”? For any of several reasons, which men talk about in private but not when they might be overheard:

(1) North American women (say these men) have been so corrupted by angry feminism that they have the appeal of a menopausing crocodile with the hives. Yes, there are gradations, and many exceptions, but you don’t find out whether she is an exception until, if she isn’t, it is too late. And yes, the men having these views often have had bad experiences, and remain angry. Nonetheless they tend to have similar opinions:  The average American woman these days is charming as a hung-over ferret but less useful (ferrets kill mice).  We all know the signs. There are the frequent complaints about sexism, discrimination, machismo, the throwaway snotty remarks about the male ego, immaturity, and fear of commitment (they have the last one right, God knows). You get the feeling that too many gringas are coiled like rattlesnakes, looking for slights about which to be enraged. Together these constitute what I think of as “the chip.”

You have to be crazy to tie yourself to such a creature—stark bug-fuck.

(2) The lack of femininity. The word is hard to define, but the quality is impossible to mistake. American women seem to want to be either androgynous horrors or smaller men with the appeal of a truss ad. On the street they dress in those awful Brooks Sisters business suits with the ugly blazers and little shoulder pads. You see them in restaurants, drinking too much and yelling, “He’s a fucking piece of shit,” apparently in the belief that talking like a jock in a rural locker room makes them one of the guys. Some of us don’t want to date one of the guys. We want to date a woman.

They don’t want to be feminine, don’t know what the word means and, if you bring the subject up, they say—spare me—“You just want a submissive woman.” No, actually, I don’t. Submissive women are boring. I just don’t want a squalling, hair-trigger bitch.

How much of this are we supposed to take? That is, if we have a choice? And we do.

(3) The courts make it dangerous to marry an American woman. If you marry one, the odds are fifty-fifty that it will end in divorce. Given the nature of US broads, the only worse outcome is that it might not. The odds are about two to one that she will file. The odds are overwhelming that you will be raped in court, forced to pay child support, very  possibly not allowed to see your children, stripped of your home, have your pension attached and your passport confiscated. Women are vicious in divorce. Whether they are morally inferior to men can be debated—they don’t fight wars or bomb cities, for example—but in terminating marriages, they are heartless and often sadistic.

They do not—believe me—see you as having a right to know your kids. I talked once to a (female) divorce attorney. She confirmed what many in fathers-rights had told me: Men in divorce are invariably happy to give the woman access to the children. Women very often are not. They use them as weapons, and the courts support them in it. Stealing a man’s children is an excellent form of revenge. They use it to the hilt.

In court, every advantage lies with them. They are quite capable of accusing you of sexual molestation of the children as a legal tactic, and their lawyers will encourage them in it. “Child Protective Services” everywhere is in the hands of feminist zealots and they will work against you. Your support payments will be calculated by the courts based not on what you make, but on what the court thinks you could make. This is called “imputed income,” and you have probably never heard of it. Wait.

Don’t do it. You don’t have to. There are better women out there, much better.

(4) America is no longer a fit place to raise children. If you marry a gringa, she will in all likelihood expect to live in the United States. Your children will then go to the public schools, which are drug-ridden academic disasters with no hope of improvement in the time your kids will be in them.

Worse perhaps, they are propaganda mills instilling political correctness and weak character. You know the kind of thing: Sojourner Truth was the most important figure in the American Civil War, dodge ball is violence, Diversity is the only virtue of any importance, performance, grades, and competition are bad because some kids don’t do as well as others, schools exist to raise self-esteem, degraded English is admirable because it is what minorities speak and the purpose of schools is to make minorities feel good about themselves. The schools are run by women, usually stupid ones, and they try hard to feminize males. If you have boys, they stand a good chance of being forcibly drugged if they are bored and fidgety. The quality of the schools being what it is, they will be bored and fidgety. 

You won’t be permitted to raise them. The government will do it. After spending the first half of the day being indoctrinated in school, they will spend the next half watching the lobotomy box (unless you are one of the very few with the strength not to allow the damned things in your house.) This will program them with the moral values, tastes, and misinformation that Hollywood and New York think proper. It will keep them from reading and in many cases leave them unable to read—the flick-flick-flick of TV does not promote an ability to concentrate. The result will be that you will be afraid to say anything that runs against pc because they will look at you as a monster.

You think this doesn’t happen? I’ve got news.

Do you want them growing up as mall rats, bored, taking drugs, getting into sex at fourteen, and never doing anything but hanging out? Or would you prefer to raise them abroad where you have influence? And where, incidentally, they will become natively fluent in another language.

(5) If you are, say, fifty or fifty-five, would you rather date some hormonal train-wreck of an American woman of the same age, or a lovely Thai woman of thirty or thirty-five without the freaking attitude? (It didn’t take you long to answer that one, did it?) Sure, in a perfect world, in which we conspicuously do not live, maybe age shouldn’t matter. But we all know it does. Pretty, young, sexy, and agreeable –oh, dear god, yes, agreeable, please--is a potent combination. If you are looking at another fifteen years on the planet, why not enjoy them?

(6) Money goes a lot further in the developing world, the government leaves you pretty much alone if you don’t do something really stupid, you aren’t gummed up in the developing police state in the United States and, for many men, especially the independent and self-directed, the Third World is just plain attractive.

(7) Finally, you might be sick of what the United States is becoming. More people are than will admit it. The surveillance, controlled press, propaganda, ever-increasing burden of rules and regulations—some weary of it. If you are a man who wants out for these reasons, then you are not leaving in search of a wife, but you will probably want one eventually.

This book is not specifically a guide to expatriation. Details of visas and immigration law can be found elsewhere, though I'll include hints here and there, but these can change over time. However, you need to know what conditions to expect if you choose to live abroad, what life is like. And you need to know what the women are like, how to find them, how not to get the wrong one, the pros and cons and pitfalls. Read on.

W74's picture

Thank you for the post, this is awesome and true on all points.

otto skorzeny's picture

wasn't going to read it but glad I did

Matt's picture

That's an infinitely better ad than a Simon Black post.

object_orient's picture

*cry* I can't find a good woman, but it's not my fault. The 150+ million American women are to blame.

Buckaroo Banzai's picture

Well, it's not entirely their fault they were raised to be useless twats.

The only American women I've met who are worth a damn are southern women. God bless the south.