atomic_fungus (atomic_fungus) wrote,

#4580: Well, at least he stuck the dismount.

Today, as I was driving to work, I was driving down a rural road I usually traverse to get to the highway. Some distance ahead I saw...something...happen. Two large dark objects appeared to separate and one went backwards while the other went into the road I thought it might be a couple of deer crossing the road, only one ran into the other or something, but as I got closer I saw that whatever it was had stopped in the opposing lane.

...then I saw that the thing was a snomobile, sans rider. Its rider was picking himself up out of the snow beside the road, and then I understood what had happened: the guy riding the snowmobile had tried to power it over the plow drift and got bucked right off the back of the thing, while its momentum carried it into the roadway, where it stopped.

Anyway, the guy dusted himself off and got his snowmobile off the road, and everything was fine. Still, heck of a time not to have a dash cam.

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Speaking of which--watching an assortment of FAIL videos last night I ended up watching some Russian dash cam videos, and I have decided that the national sport of Russia is running red lights. An amazing number of the accidents I saw were entirely due to people ignoring red lights, or coming to a stop and refusing to wait for a green.

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West coast ports are still in "slowdown". I liked this bit:
Clearly, the adverse impact on the economy from a protracted slowdown - because it is not a full-blown lockout like in 2002 preventing Obama from using the Taft-Hartley Act to forcibly reopen the ports - will be massive, especially now that the bulk of retail vendors, many of them on line, depend on Just In-Time provisioning of mission-critical products and supplies.
Make no mistake about it: even if this strike were a full lockout, Obama wouldn't use the Taft-Hartley Act; he'd hem and haw and vote "present" in such a way that his union baby buddies weren't forced into doing anything they didn't want to do.

Besides, an economic catastrophe is in Obama's best interests. Remember, "never let a crisis go to waste".

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When I got home from work, Mrs. Fungus was doing a load of laundry. I didn't even know until she told me.


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