Friday, October 22, 2010
However, this story has a point, one that you REALLY need to pay attention to.
I'll summarize at the bottom.
And they wonder where the jobs went...
THIS IS WALMART'S SHIP
You must read the ending...
The Emma Maersk, part of a Danish shipping line,
is shown in the photos below.
What a ship -- no wonder "Made in China ' is displacing North American made
goods big time. This monster transports goods across the Pacific in just 5
This is one of three ships presently in service, with another two ships
to be completed in 2012.
These ships were commissioned by Wal-Mart to get all their goods and stuff
from China . They hold an incredible 15,000 containers and have a 207 foot deck
beam!! The full crew is just 13 people on a ship longer than a US Aircraft Carrier (which has a crew of 5,000)
With it's 207' beam, it is too big to fit through the Panama or Suez Canals .
It is strictly transpacific. Cruise speed: 31 knots.
The goods arrive 4 days before the typical container ship (18-20 knots) on a
China-to-California run. 91% of Walmart products are made in China .
So this behemoth is hugely competitive even when carrying perishable goods.
The ship was built in five sections. The sections floated together and then
The command bridge is higher than a 10-story building and has 11 cargo crane
rigs that can operate simultaneously unloading the entire ship in less than two
Country of Origin - Denmark
Length - 1,302 ft
Width - 207 ft
Net cargo - 123,200 tons
Engine - 14 cylinders in-line diesel engine (110,000 BHP)
Cruise Speed - 31 knots
Cargo capacity - 15,000 TEU (1 TEU = 20 cubic feet)
Crew - 13 people
First Trip - Sept. 08, 2006
Construction cost - US $145,000,000+
Silicone painting applied to the ship bottom reduces water
resistance and saves 317,000 gallons of diesel per year.
A recent documentary in late March, 2010 on the History Channel noted that
all of these containers are shipped back to China , EMPTY!! Yep, that's right.
We send nothing back on these ships. What does that tell you about
the current financial state of this country? Just keep buying those imported goods (mostly gadgets) until you run out of money.
Then you may wonder what the cause of unemployment (maybe even your job)
in the U.S. and Canada might be??
Ok, I'm back, what you just read is utter bullshit, Oh, the ship exists, but it doesn't belong to Walmart, it belongs to Maersk, it DOES NOT recross the Pacific Ocean EMPTY, on it's way back to China, (it doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure that one out) Walmart doesn't commission ships, the "SHIPPER" commissions ships.
In fact, this seems to be part of it's sailing schedule:
Why did I say there was a point to all this?
Take a look in your home, at your belongings, a lot of which you bought because you were told that this was the "latest thing". Take a look in your driveway.
If these products are, as I expect, Chinese goodies, fashion items, keeping up with the Jone's crap, with a European made POS for a car in the driveway, YOU are directly responsible for the state of the economy.
Well... your ego (or fragile excuse for an ego) certainly hasn't us helped any.
I work in transportation, including recent, heavy involvement in "inter-modal" freight, (the containers you see on this ship.) I KNOW what we ship and we ship a LOT of stuff. The problem is, why?
We ship cotton, LOTS of cotton, my company has been involved in cotton since 1943... Where does this cotton go? Hong Kong or some other Asian port, its made into clothing and sent right back.
We ship RECYCLABLE goods and LOTS of them. They are made into what ever and sent right back HERE... WE recycle... we listen to the stupid Greenies and THEY are sending our JOBS overseas... Thanks fuckers...
Did you realize that your city, (most of them) CHARGE you to gather your recyclables, then they SELL them to the 3rd world... who sells them back.. TO YOU...
Finished goods? no... not so much... REALLY... we don't ship a lot of finished anything. We just ship... JOBS.
Think about it.
Try buying American, the job you save, may be yours.
Wednesday, October 13, 2010
Saturday, October 2, 2010
(as you read this little story, substitute the words "Obama the Rat" for the words "A Mouse or The Mouse"every time you see it and it will make more sense to you)
A mouse looked through the crack in the wall to see the farmer and his wife open a package."What food might this contain?" The mouse wondered. He was devastated to discover it was a mousetrap.
Retreating to the farmyard, the mouse proclaimed this warning: "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The chicken clucked and scratched, raised her head and said, "Mr. Mouse, I can tell this is a grave concern to you, but it is of no consequence to me. I cannot be bothered by it."
The mouse turned to the pig and told him, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The pig sympathized, but said, "I am so very sorry, Mr. Mouse, but there is nothing I can do about it but pray. Be assured you are in my prayers."
The mouse turned to the cow and said, "There is a mousetrap in the house! There is a mousetrap in the house!" The cow said, "Wow, Mr. Mouse. I'm sorry for you, but it's no skin off my nose."
So, the mouse returned to the house, head down and dejected, to face the farmer's mousetrap... alone.
That very night a sound was heard throughout the house - the sound of a mousetrap catching its prey.
The farmer's wife rushed to see what was caught. In the darkness, she did no see it. It was a venomous snake whose tail was caught in the trap.
The snake bit the farmer's wife. The farmer rushed her to the hospital.
When she returned home she still had a fever. Everyone knows you treat a fever with fresh chicken soup. So the farmer took his hatchet to the farmyard for the soup's main ingredient...
But his wife's sickness continued. Friends and neighbors came to sit with her around the clock. To feed them, the farmer butchered the pig.
But, alas, the farmer's wife did not get well... she died.
So many people came for her funeral that the farmer had the cow slaughtered to provide enough meat for all of them for the funeral luncheon.
So, the next time you hear someone is facing a problem and you think it doesn't concern you, remember - when one of us is threatened, we are all at risk. We are all involved in this journey called life. We must keep an eye out for one another and make an extra effort to encourage one another.
And the mouse however looked upon it all from his crack in the wall... and laughed.