Old 12-04-2012, 02:19 AM   #1
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I posted this image to RP.net yesterday afternoon, and got a comment from Blair Kooistra. And then, two rebuttals were posted by two other gents.

I haven't offered any thoughts, however (and probably won't).

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Old 12-04-2012, 02:41 AM   #2
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So much for political bashing passing with the election. Economies march on and evolve to the conditions around them.... that is nothing new; ask the owners of the Eire, C&O and Pennsylvania Canals how they felt when the NYC, B&O and PRR opened for business.

My main criticism of railfans complaining about our country's shift away from an industrial economy to a service one; are we more worried about the loss of middle class jobs or the loss of something cool to photograph? I don't know what Blair does for work, so this isn't directed at him, but so many railfans I know who complain about the loss of railroad/mining/metal working/etc jobs themselves work behind a desk, never to be caught dead working a physical job.

BTW, as for Papa John, management in the industrial age weren't exactly loved by the working class either;

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homestead_Strike
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ludlow_Massacre
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Blair_Mountain
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pullman_Strike

... the list goes on.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:41 AM   #3
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I posted this image to RP.net yesterday afternoon, and got a comment from Blair Kooistra. And then, two rebuttals were posted by two other gents.

I haven't offered any thoughts, however (and probably won't).

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Regardless of business practices, Papa John's Pizza is terrible. Great photo. Need more like it on RP.
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Old 12-04-2012, 02:41 AM   #4
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Not taking sides either way as far as the comments go, but in my humble opinion, Blair was out of line. There are sites and forums for political discussions, and those are the places to raise those kinds of issues - not here. I like to look at train pictures to lower my blood pressure, not raise it. I'm surprized the screeners approved that comment.

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If that comment raises your blood pressure then for your sake don't ever venture into the comments section of yahoo or any other online news site stories........
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If that comment raises your blood pressure then for your sake don't ever venture into the comments section of yahoo or any other online news site stories........
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Perhaps the man could relinguish naming rights to the stadium in order to give his employees a little insurance. Or at least stop giving Peytom Manning and the NFL all those free pizzas.

Great shot, by the esy!
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My main criticism of railfans complaining about our country's shift away from an industrial economy to a service one; are we more worried about the loss of middle class jobs or the loss of something cool to photograph?
I think its more the loss of a way of life that allowed someone to work where they chose all their working life (if thats what they wanted) and then retire on a guaranteed company pension. I don't know L&N history, but how long was that facility open for ?

Sadly, we live in a far less predictable world today.
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I don't know L&N history, but how long was that facility open for ?

Sadly, we live in a far less predictable world today.
South Louisville Shops was built and opened in 1905, to replace older shop facilities near downtown Louisville. They were closed in 1987 when CSX moved to consolidate their shop work in a smaller number of locations. In fact, a new running repair shop at Corbin, KY picked up some of South Louisville's work (but not heavy repair).
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To me, the comment feature on RP is for comments on the photo and the subject, not a forum for politics, religion, etc. Fortunately, RP affords us the ability to delete comments that should not have survived the screening process. Snarky, insulting, demeaning or political comments deserve the heave-ho.
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