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NOW WOKEISM IS AFTER (DRUM ROLL)… STEAM LOCOMOTIVES

I knew when I saw this article that was passed along by P.A.I. that I would be blogging about it. (And thank you to P.A.I. for sending it along).  Most readers here know I have a fascination with steam locomotives, and with the odd fact that various countries around the world are restoring their old steam rolling stock. The USA, UK, Germany and Italy have engaged in this activity, to name but a few. In the USA in particular, various railroads, led by the Union Pacific Railroad, have undertaken such restoration and have in effect (re-)created the infrastructure to build and maintain these old mechanical beasts of  burden. Pretty much everywhere such activity has been done, it has been under the guise of supporting some sort of "railroad heritage" activity.  Not that these old girls aren't capable of pulling their own weight (and a lot of it); consider this:

One interesting thing about these restorations is also their conversion to burn much cleaner oil not coal. But that's not the point of the above video. The engine in this case is a 4-6-6-4 articulated locomotive, single-handedly pulling a freight train of 143 cars by itself. The freight train it encounters coming in the opposite direction and going downhill is similarly large, but being pulled by several diesels...

... we'll get back to that.

But now, for some reason, wokeism has discovered that all these steam engines are huffing and puffing all over the place once again, and, of course, are claiming that steam locomotives are racist:

Yes, steam trains are now to be declared racist

And we have at the top of this article a picture of a restored British steam engine to "prove" the point. Get this:

Steam engines are the latest to face ridiculous reassessment for their part in the Industrial Revolution and the imperialist expansion of the colonial powers, with a research project launched to highlight their links to slavery.

I pity the poor trainspotters. You know, those nerds in anoraks who stand on bridges and hang around railway stations so they can scribble down the latest sighting of iconic choo-choo trains such as the Flying Scotsman, the Mallard or the Tees-Tyne Pullman.

I mean, what harm did those freaks ever do anyone? They travel all over the world, these people, looking for exotic locomotives. Who knows what hideous histories might be hidden within those chuffing bits of metal?

Steam bursting out of funnels is suspiciously white and may not be as innocent as it looks.

And someone is now paying real money to investigate the inherent racism of steam. The cash – surprise, surprise – is coming from a university fund. The White Rose Consortium is shovelling £9,000 into Britain’s National Railway Museum in York to investigate its collection of steam engines for any links to slavery and colonialism.

The author of the article then notes that there may be another target for looney wokeness to put in its crosshairs:

Is there no end in sight for this track of woke nonsense? Surely it’ll all have to run out of steam soon? Where, really, is there left to go?

Oh, hang on a second, though... Most of the slave trade occurred way before the age of steam, when ships relied on sails to get from Africa to the colonies. For God’s sake, don’t tell the wokey managers of a university fund – they’ll try and cancel the wind next…

But for those of you who know my "steam locomotive restoration" hypothesis, I don't think that British Rail or Union Pacific are going to all the expense to build the infrastructure to restore these machines to working service just so they can sponsor publicity stunts for Railroad Heritage Days. The return on that investment would seem to be negligible. Then there's the added expense of training people to operate them. And in the case of the video posted above, we're not looking at a steam engine pulling a few passenger cars for a fun excursion down memory lane. We're  looking at a very large freight train being pulled by a very powerful steam locomotive...

... to show it can still be done, if need be. We're looking at a "proof of concept" experiment, a beta test. Can this old girl still do it?

Answer: yes she can.

And that's my hypothesis: these old locomotives are being restored because of the necessity to maintain the ability to move massive amounts of freight in case your local Chinese communist dictator goes "a little funny in the head" (to paraphrase Dr. Strangelove) and orders an EMP to take out the USA or UK. That will take down your local diesel electric locomotives or trucks, but it won't do one whit of good against a steam locomotive. The Challenger locomotive in that video will still be huffing and puffing its way over the pass, pulling its freight, while the oncoming diesels and freight will be dead in their tracks.

Which brings us to what may, perhaps, be the real reason that wokeism is targeting these old engines. If you, as I do, view wokeism as a kind of internal fifth column, and perhaps ultimately under the direction of hostile powers or agents, the last thing you want your targeted enemy to have is a system of redundancy if the unthinkable should occur.

There is, of course, a flaw in my hypothesis, and it's worth mentioning (once again). While steam will still run, the semaphor signaling system, and the automated turnout controls on modern railroads are still electrical and remotely operated. Long (long) gone are the days of a little shack in the countryside near a turnout, with a person there who pushes or  pulls a lever at scheduled times to control the turnout, or who physically raises or lowers a semaphor for the engineer to know track conditions and traffic ahead. Unless of course they're already hardened... or they're training personnel for the analogue operations of rail systems...

See you on the flip side...

49 thoughts on “NOW WOKEISM IS AFTER (DRUM ROLL)… STEAM LOCOMOTIVES”

  1. Sorry for little bit offtopic
    There are a lot of sightings happening this year. I think already 60+ happened this year inside India

    https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/india-news-watch-ufo-spotted-in-ludhiana-residents-claim-they-saw-shiny-unidentified-object-in-sky/375462

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Gwoa91Zp0A

    When leaks used to happen in India

    https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/lucknow/extra-terrestrials-invade-up-says-ib/articleshow/19397236.cms

    Some excerpts from the link

    “he sleuths who had worked on muhnochwa do not rule out the possibility of the presence of an extra-terrestrial body (ETB) with electro-magnetic (EM) effect in at least three per cent of the cases. While the Indian agencies were yet to admit the presence of ETB, foreign research agencies, intelligence reports said, have already been to the affected areas, met the victims and collected necessary data.”

    “Sources said that after going through the video tape provided by the wife of a lawyer in Mirzapur and another frame recorded by a resident in Sitapur, which had a flash of light speeding through one end of the lens to another within a second, an intelligence team reached Sitapur on August 7 and set up a an indigenously-designed observatory.”

    “A base of a mixer grinder was fitted with lights of the colours that the victims had narrated before the team varying from orange, yellow, green to the most common red and blue combination. The apparatus was put at a height in total darkness. The idea behind the exercise was that the extra-terrestrial body may take note of something resembling it and might come near it. And it did. At 1:05 am a flash of light neared the apparatus. “It was like the photocopier top plate with that sharp light while taking impressions,” revealed a member of the team while drawing a parallel.”

    “The team, comprising forensic experts, serologists, medico-legal experts, electronic engineers and physicists equipped with night vision devices, zero light video cameras and telescopes apart from other gadgetry, was witness to the “light” which was seen thrice.”

    “Out of 80 people, 65 were found to have suffered physical injuries and there were three who tried to overpower the ETB. “All the three had suffered hundreds of scars, as if caused by a blade, on the palm and it was inexplicable by any team member,” said an expert who examined the injuries adding that this was what raised possibilities of an ETB being out there. But there is still a long way to go before these experts could come up with anything conclusive on muhnochwascare. However, Dr NK Mehrotra, professor, department of physics at Lucknow University, said that such possibilities were remote.”

  2. Speaking of mis-applied tech. Saw this last night.

    https://twitter.com/ScienceIsNew/status/1458512267150966786
    The Taihang solar farm in China is built right into the local mountains and reduces 251,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide emissions every year.

    Impressive. And from my limited experience with hybrid cars and grid tied pv, ridiculously impractical. Even if they could make the electrical production timely and well used, the banksters will steal all the profits and bankrupt them as they did wind farms in Spain and everywhere else.

    Comments down the thread on that are noteworthy.

  3. Thank you Doc.
    Beautiful old – er rather young girl. Sleek and quick trotting that load up that hill. Curious what the life expectancy and maintenance requirements are on those girls. Even more impressive is the size of her fuel car – if that was what that car right behind her was.

    Current business partners are a variety of mechanics. All working on large trucks down to small engines. What we and most of our clients yearn for at least 10 years now is a return to local manufacturing. The trauma we will see needed to bring that about is scary. The actual process of bringing that about is scarier. And a huge relief.

  4. Last week I read that DeSantis was considering nullifying OSHA in Florida. First thoughts went to CAF’s ideas that this is all about dissolving the Fed and all their liabilities TO US. And while I see that as painful, looking at the attack that pharma is waging on all of us, it quickly becomes a relief to see federal authority dissolved. Worrying about smaller states being more vulnerable to absorption and attack from outside (CCP) seems pointless considering the level that folk like Newsome and Aus governors already have been bought out.

    And then I see this just now.
    https://www.thegatewaypundit.com/2021/11/oklahoma-national-guard-wont-impose-bidens-vaccine-mandate-defying-pentagon/

    1. Unfortunately the Big Pharma and Private corporation CDC have played us like they have for years. Profitting from the planscamdemic they created. Dr Dave Martin had some interesting ideas on Antitrust laws against these criminals. Wonder why the Woke AG Garland is not applying the laws to these people. Very interesting points about what our government is doing.

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KKX2TAoTTww

    2. OSHA sure does love cutting our power cords in half for the tinniest nicks in our extension cords. I won’t break mine out anymore on commercial jobs because of that.

    1. Along the lines of Covid, its been reported that over 50% of the deer in Iowa are infected with Covid. Makes you wonder what those deer hunters are going to do with nothing to kill.(lol) Have they added the Covid to the chem trails now? I live in deer hunting territory in Illinois, and so far they are in good shape for the kills.

      1. Plenty of em too. I’m in western suburbs. Was arguing out the idea on twitter last night after someone posted the article. It’s over 80% of the deer sampled in some areas. Think it was NYT.

        Yep here it is.
        https://archive.md/6j4SA
        And of course where their inferences take it is that there needs to be a mass culling and restrictions of access to wildlife for peasants. Similar to killing and burning all Englands cows for Neil Fergusons vCJD false flag and China’s destruction of entire chicken and also pig crops over their paranoid predictions.

        1. Yep… I’ve suspected for a while that all the “zoonotic” disease talk was about justifying mass culling of animals — the animals that small farmers depend on for a living and that might compete with lab-grown meat — and also about creating an excuse to push people out of rural areas and round them up into smart cities. And besides, since we’re back in feudalism, you can’t have the peasants poaching the king’s deer! Those are Rockefailure’s UN-protected wildlands, dontcha know…

        2. It might be moving south. Having grown up in deer and duck country ( and water and land snakes), I was never aware of deer being that sociable with one another but who knows. The land and water is becoming very polluted in some areas, but I still love romping through the woods by myself.

  5. Woke are the over schooled and under educated and their masters are willing thralls who willingly sold themselves to gods who lust after human sacrifice. Throw want to be Morlocks for good measure as well.

  6. This is going to be on my mind for awhile, as I agree they can’t be doing this as a stunt. How could they think this will positively effect the bottom line? Anything that quickly leaves only steam trains working would lead to zombie hordes swamping the few trains still working, so it can’t be that. The only thing I can think of is it’s part of a plan to switch completely back to a lower tech level.

    most importantly:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GKKrzS9DLLs

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uwnHDonqX6I

    1. “Lower tech” – I would love a return of typewriters in a office that could open its windows, file papers in cabinets, and be full of people going about their work, sometimes chatting or simply just being there. My “office” nowadays is a little room in my home complete with modems, monitors and keystroke gathering software that makes sure I’m sitting at my desk working quickly and silently my allocated hours. I work for an international IP company and process patents that are responsible for the monsters we are all reading about now. It’s all about profit, control and utter greed.

      1. I cannot agree more. I work as a patent illustrator; gone are the days of actual ink & pen, t-square and triangle. In over 21 years in the biz I have rarely come across anything that was specifically for the improvement or betterment of our fellow man. Everything is about the fast buck and greed. I find it repugnant. Sitting at behind a computer console everyday (and now, often remotely) has helped to rob us of our humanity.

          1. I apologize, I’m unable to give you an opinion on that. I’ve watched a single presentation (the thesis being that the insurance companies are behind everything) by him. What are your thoughts on the matter? I’d like to know if JPF and/or CAF have an opinion.

          2. I’m about 15 hours into David Martin. (Thousands on Doc and hundreds on CAF) Everything I have seen so far is plausible. And I’m yet to find holes in his narratives. Everything I’ve seen so far reinforces all that CAF and JPF have posited. As for insurance companies, they are the iteration of Vanguard’s tentacles that he focused on. For most investors (learned from Buffett) insurers are the bottom line in all business. It’s been the Brit way for centuries.

            My concern is that DM is a another limited hangout and/or opposition controller. A gate keeper of a slightly different kind.

  7. Robert Barricklow

    Ironically, wokeism is being powered; exclusively, by industrial strength hot-air.
    Ironically, it is organized by an industrial strength of university stupidity, lead by an over-bloated administrative hegemony in “higher” education. This administrative arm has originated “Social Impact Funds, Cleantech Start-Ups”, and other targeting organizations.
    Yet, education? Lost somewhere in the administrative wokeism shuffle.
    In the midst of this wokeism steamroll?
    Wall Street’s “stakeholder capitalism; Citizens United on steroids.
    Picture of the “Pope” surrounded by Rothschild’s banking family in Europe, pledging to “change” capitalism for the “good”.
    Forget about separation of Church & State; it’s so yesterday, so traditional.
    Forgotten in the capitalism change for the good are wokeism non sequitur’s like externalities, unintended consequences of their actions making important business decisions.
    Instead, the woke banksters are using ESG: environmental, social, and governance] social credit scores for businesses.
    And where is China in this?
    Well, I can tell you
    Mickey Mouse is saying a Big thank-you! for its Chinese cheese!
    The real threat, behind wokeism.
    W/an EMP attack, you’ll need analogue technology to fill in what disappeared.

    Students at universities across the country are now using codes on their essays to protect their identities from the growing woke crowds.

    Woke policy judgements are treated as real facts.

    People woke up from the American dream,
    only to forget what it was all about.
    It’s easy enough for woke magicians to disappear the American Dream.
    The real magic, is bringing that dream back.
    And, be able to function after an EMP attack.

  8. Actually an EMP would not stop diesels, which after all run on oil; it would however stop Northeast Corridor passenger service (Washington DC to Boston, the old Pennsylvania RR) in its tracks (pun intended).

    As for wokeism, well they are the very definition of Lenin’s useful idiots.

    As for steam locomotives, I’m very glad they are being preserved but without a huge investment in R&D for a new generation of them, and all that building a new fleet of them would entail, but I don’t think they would replace diesels unless there has been some breakthrough in their efficiency and maintenance costs that would make them viable en masse.

    1. Sorry that’s incorrect.
      EM / Microwaves are used to disable vehicle engines by knocking out the spark plug and the electric circuits. This stops the engine firing and the pistons in the internal combustion chamber cannot turn.
      Many cases of it witnessed and reported by reliable witnesses across the world.
      Best film demonstration of it was in Close Encounters of the Third Kind.
      Also can be used to start up appliances – Hoovers. Also demonstrated in the movie.
      Where is Hoover at the COP26 in Glasgow?.Urgently needed to deliver a New World Order.

      1. I stand corrected, indeed that’s true regarding diesels. Traditional steam engines would be impervious to EMP, though only a handful have survived, and given the sorry state of affairs in the US, I could easily see any new generation of engines including electronics which would defeat the whole exercise.

        And yes, directed microwaves are also great for dropping airplanes out of the sky among other things.

    2. Curious how aircraft have been EMP hardened. Didn’t we read of Russians hardening their systems decades ago? Imagine the tech behind protecting against EMP tech has advanced as well (except in the US systems of wokeness of course).

      Also curious if steam engine systems are not many more times efficient and workable given improvements in materials science and machining tech.

  9. The latest news being reported today, here in the UK, is the number of COVID-19 infections per 100,000 of the population in each district during the last 2 weeks. Media such as Sky News are calling those districts with high numbers of infections “COVID hotspots”.
    However, all the data proves is that people in those high districts are coming forward in greater numbers and are being tested and therefore infection status is being captured more by the test and trace system.
    Many English conurbations and metropolitan areas have lower infection rates reported than those of rural towns and cities. Note: London’s districts (boroughs) have particularly low rates.
    It could be more informative and illuminating for the media to report, by district, the number of deaths from any cause where the person had contracted COVID-19 in the past 28 days and clearly identify those districts and boroughs with high levels of deaths.

      1. The Health agencies are reporting the number of positive COVID-19 infections per 100,000 of each district’s population. They collect the data from the Test and Trace system.

          1. To clear this up, once and for all, and give total transparency about COVID-19 pandemic threat, the Health Agencies should instruct the media and news channels to report as follows:

            Clearly show on a map of the UK those districts (“Hot Spots”) which have low uptake of the vaccine per 100,000 population but have a high number of deaths per 100,000 of the population from any cause where the person had also contracted COVID-19 in the past 28 days.
            It could be a game changer.

          2. I am replying here because I can’t reply below. Maybe a limit?

            But, yes we need transparency and to stop the wordsmithing.

          3. Transparency requires honesty in data and analysis.
            Currently they are testing unvaxxed many times more than vaxxed with tests that are notoriously 70% to 97% false positive. They run CT cycle threshold on PCR high (40 cycles) on vaxxed and 20 to 27 on unvaxxed. They test unsymptomatic unvaxxed frequently and rarely test vaxxed even with symptoms.

            These are all fraudulent protocols.

            Right now cv19 deaths are dropping while cases (with fraudulent reporting) are rising. Where deaths are rising are where vax rates are highest. Also all other cause mortality is showing a higher excess death rate than at cv19’s worst reported death rates. Fancy that. People when not dying of rare but safe and effective vax deaths are dying of other causes after more than a year of untreated diseases.

            Meanwhile CDC was forced to admit last week through FOIA’s that they have zero evidence of a single case of an asymptomatic (aka healthy) person transmitting disease to another person let alone to a vaxxed person. And there is plenty of evidence of vaxxed transmitting the magic disease to everyone else vaxxed and unvaxxed.

            The inflection point is coming. A critical mass of folk are going to get hurt enough for folk to realize we have all been and are being lied to in all possible ways by the single most powerful, wealthy and HOSTILE entities known to us on this planet.

            I’m guessing a sudden undeniable (and they will deny it anyway) magnitudes of order larger group of damaged and dead children will flip that switch. The question we’re all waiting to see answered is whether or not there will be enough power left in the newly awakened populace to run a more effective version of Nuremberg trials. If not, another era of totalitarian genocide looks likely. Dan Andrews, Ardern, Newsome, Xe, Macron, Bojo,…….. all of them look more than willing to be their next Stalin. Ironic that supposed dictators of past decade or so seem to be last strongholds against medical apartheid. Belarus, Brazil, Romania,….. Florida?

  10. Babel's Bankster

    I heard from a friend yesterday that ‘wokeness’ has now arrived at Lloyds of London!! These old steam engines and the lines they run on are extremely popular in the UK with normal people. I expect these woke cretins will short shrift if they try and ban or attack them. They just casn’t stand the fact that the Victorians invented the modern world, and their generation has produced NOTHING except vile art and codswallop. I wish they’d go away.

      1. From a partisan perspective, wokeism is a beautiful thing. However it seems that peak absurdity is quite close, therefore a cold shower of reality may dampen its positive aspects.

  11. I posted very clearly earlier this week about the next 3 existential Threats facing Planet Earth and why our Commander in Chief must take urgent and decisive action.
    The Woke agenda, in some of its forms, is a kind of subterfuge and has infected our institutions and places of research.
    Make no mistake, it is being orchestrated and fueled by those that will do us harm.

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