Travel to the u.s. gets safer, TSA calls in sick over shutdown

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Travel to the u.s. gets safer, TSA calls in sick over shutdown

Post by admin » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:24 pm

:lol:

Seems the TSA drones don't like assaulting passengers for no pay. Due to the federal shutdown, hundreds are calling in sick in "blue flue" style.

https://amp.cnn.com/cnn/2019/01/04/poli ... index.html
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Post by admin » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:37 pm

flying through say frankfurt airport in germany vs. the security circuse in the united states is night and day.

i went through frankfurt security on a day they were on high alert, just hours after the vegas shooting, and it was still about 1/10th the time and no one laid a finger on me, all while actuely being convinced that they were doing something to make flying more secure. their machines were so good that the security guy identified a bottle of hand sanitizer in a pocket of my backpack, and was able to point to it and ask specificaly if i was carring somthing with rubbing alcohol in it. the morons in the states would have had to conduct strip search, and probably have still overlooked the bottle.
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Post by admin » Fri Jan 04, 2019 8:51 pm

that is just the start of the list of problems arrising from the shutdown:

https://www.zerohedge.com/news/2019-01- ... us-economy

that list does not for instance cover the national parks, etc.

i am sure everyone is torn-up about the irs not conducting audits, especialy trumps family and friends. everyone expecting a refund, too bad.
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Post by admin » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:08 pm

the one i find most sad is the decision to leave the national parks open while sending the staff home, probably just because i spent so much time in national parks growing up. i still think they are one of the greasts things about united states, unmatched by anywhere else in the world.

now they are not even able to account for deaths in the parks. in fairness, serms 7 people a week die in national parks on average; but guess we wont know how many that realy is now.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/ ... own-wears/

it only takes a few days or weeks of humans running unconstrained in those places to do years, centuries, sometimes milium worth of damage that is simply not fixiable when trump gets around to it (e.g. hieroglyphs, thousand year old trees, poaching endangered spiecies, etc). i like what the joshua tree national park administrator said as he ordered the park closed (i use to rock climb there), "it is like leaving the Smithsonian treasures open and unguarded".
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Post by admin » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:52 pm

this sums it up:
Author Wallace Stegner said that “National parks are the best idea we ever had. Absolutely American, absolutely democratic, they reflect us at our best rather than our worst.” Now left unattended and gathering trash and human waste, the Trump administration has let them reflect us at our worst.
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Post by admin » Fri Jan 04, 2019 9:56 pm

it amazes me as i go through reading these articles how many national parks i have been to, and how many i forgot i was there or even realize they were national parks at the time i was there.

which just makes it all the more sad. everything from battle fields and historic buildings, to the big famious ones like Yosemite or the BWCA. i even lived in the middle of the black hills national forest for many years. like one foot over the property line in any direction was national park, and i could see mount rushmore from my front door. made for an incrediable large backyard to explore.
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Post by admin » Fri Jan 04, 2019 10:08 pm

in 2016, the Park Service hosted 320 million visitors: more than all of the Disney parks, major league baseball, football, basketball, soccer and Nascar combined
that is a hell of a stat.
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Post by eeuunikkeiexpat » Sat Jan 05, 2019 12:10 am

Too many freaking people in the States now, National Parks are nothing like they were 30-40 years ago with less people.
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Post by admin » Sat Jan 05, 2019 8:10 am

yea i tended to gravitate to the more remote, less traveled part of the parks even in the 90's due to the increase in people at the main entrances. it was at least fairly easy to still do if you did not need full infrastructure and could handle a little back country living.

after the mess i seen in europe with the tourism a couple of years ago, i can imagine the parks in the u.s. are nowhere near as vacant as they use to be. in the 80's though we would go weeks without seeing sign of another human in the BWCA. now there is probably a horde of chinese tourist taking photos of every bear, and the bear has its own youtube channel.
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Post by Donnybrook » Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:21 am

Have you looked at Torres del Paine lately? It is going the same way.

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Post by admin » Sat Jan 05, 2019 2:06 pm

Donnybrook wrote:
Sat Jan 05, 2019 11:21 am
Have you looked at Torres del Paine lately? It is going the same way.
it has a little geogrphical buffer zone to help stem the tied, at least for now.

what are you looking at to say get there from the northern hemisphere?

$5,000-10,000 u.s., 3-7 days of travel just to get there, another 3-7 days to get back?

sort of puts a damper on the middle class family of 4's quick economic two week vacation. the same protection will keep the mega mobs in check around the patagonia at least for a while.

by comparison you can get on a plane in say bejing, and be looking at yosemity or the Eiffel towar the next day, for a couple thousand dollars.

add in 99.999999% of the human species does not even know it exist, what is going to come to mind first at vacation time?
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Re: Travel to the u.s. gets safer, TSA calls in sick over shutdown

Post by HybridAmbassador » Sat Jan 05, 2019 5:11 pm

Ha,ha,haaa I remember a few years ago Obomber did the same thing by shutting down. Now Trmpster taking revenge and using the excuse saying, the Demos don't want to give me the "Wall" so I'm locking it down till they give me my $5 billion budget! His cabinet members beginning from Vice-Pence supposed to get a salary rise of at least 10% on his base salary but now they are on hold by Trumpster. The President won't need none of such money, he is super self sufficient so to speak....Oh and the economic forecast for the US for 2019, hear all Rosy...Good time rolling ? We will see, ha,ha,haaa ROTFL.
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