"White Line Fever" In the NY MTA

"White Line Fever" In the NY MTA

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Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#1 Dec 3, 2013
White Line Fever

The driver of the Bronx train going 82 MPH says he was suffering from White Line Fever.

He zonked off.

Maybe he got into a trance watching the rails ahead of him....

Course the movie the “White Line Fever” talks of the wider corrupt tractor trailer transportation system driving all the poor bastards at the bottom to go into a trance...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#2 Dec 3, 2013
WSJ: "I think anybody who's ever driven a car and sort of gotten to that place where you're not really conscious, and then you snap yourself out of it, that's in effect what happened," this person said. "That is exactly how Billy described it.

Most people are terrified if they zone out they will quickly get really hurt and damage their car.

The survival instincts...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#3 Dec 3, 2013
So the run began at 6 am...it is less than a 2 hour run into NYC. It is not like being in a tractor trailer driving for 16 hours.

Maybe a MTA budget crisis...not hiring enough train drivers?

To get where this guy came from, you know he was the kind of guy who did whatever he was told by management?

A pathological management pleaser?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#4 Dec 3, 2013
The weak link in these state and city authorities is they are basically exempt from independant safety oversite by the feds and basically everyone.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#5 Dec 3, 2013
It is hard to sue a state authority, basically exempt from the courts?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#6 Dec 3, 2013
So management and the Unions are planting “White Line Fever” stories in the media to send signals to each other and shape the outcome of the event.

It is the beginning of a negotiation?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#7 Dec 3, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Line_Fever... (film)

Isn’t it delicious and sexy “White Line Fever” has so many meaning...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#8 Dec 3, 2013
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White_Line_Fever -(film)

This line is screwup so there is the trucking meaning and football meaning....plus getting dazed on the road.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#9 Dec 3, 2013
link
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#10 Dec 3, 2013
You got to know there are big bad NYC cold blooded lawyers who have the guts to play this game even before the human blood on the ground gets dried.

They are reptiles!
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#11 Dec 3, 2013
Panel Appointed by Cuomo Says Corruption Is Commonplace in Albany

By THOMAS KAPLAN

Published: December 2, 2013

A panel appointed by Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a stinging assessment of the state’s political culture on Monday, saying it had found evidence of probable wrongdoing and recommending sweeping changes to New York State’s elections, ethics and campaign finance laws.

Document: Investigating Corruption in Albany

The panel, the Commission to Investigate Public Corruption, which Mr. Cuomo appointed in July after a series of scandals involving members of the Legislature, described a political system in Albany where money is dominant and misconduct has become commonplace.“The commission’s preliminary observation is that both the general state of our political system, and the way business is transacted within it, cry out urgently for reform,” the report found.“New York needs comprehensive reform to restore the public trust.”

The commission’s study offered a bleak picture of New York’s government. The panel said its investigation, which is continuing, had found “deplorable conduct, some of it perfectly legal yet profoundly wrong; some of it potentially illegal,” and promised to refer some findings to law enforcement.

While providing limited details, the report described “a pay-to-play political culture driven by large checks,” in which wealthy interests exchanged campaign contributions for legislation; candidates spent campaign money on personal items like clothing and cigars; and the Board of Elections consistently failed to enforce election laws. The report suggested that campaign finance laws were so lax that fund-raising can amount to “legalized bribery.”

The panel, also known as a Moreland Act commission, laid out a menu of suggestions for discouraging corruption in the state capital, previewing what was expected to be one of the major debates in the legislative session that will begin in January.

Legislative leaders have accused Mr. Cuomo of using the commission to try to coerce them into passing legislation. Some of the panel’s recommendations resembled proposals that Mr. Cuomo has already tried, unsuccessfully, to get lawmakers to approve.

Among its recommendations, the commission called for overhauling campaign fund-raising laws, including further limiting how much money can be contributed and putting in place a system of public financing for elections like the one used in New York City.
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#12 Dec 3, 2013
As hard as i might be for that driver, he's got to get his own lawyers and then get out to give press briefings yesterday...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#13 Dec 3, 2013
Right, he’s got a bunch of short stops...half an hour or less of driving...this kind of high intensify schedule trains your brain to stay alert...

It is way different than driving for hours upon hours...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#14 Dec 3, 2013
I think this guy was forced to put in a inhuman number of work hours into the job within the last week or month...

Or he is working two jobs...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#15 Dec 3, 2013
We are talking about a guy doing 60, 70, or 80 hours per week...
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#16 Dec 3, 2013
So from Poughkeepsie to the crash the train made nine stops. Poughkeepsi(the start)to the crash is 55 miles. The distance between stops averages 6 miles. This guy was pretty busy stopping and accelerating his train.

It was going 60 mph two minutes before the crash...then accelerated to 82 mph.

Did he intentionally crash his train to punish his bosses...sabotage?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#17 Dec 3, 2013
Some kind of shift change two weeks prior, for the driver from afternoon start to 6am morning.

Was he mad at that?

A easy shift to a hard one?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#18 Dec 3, 2013
Did the idiot try to commit suicide by train?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#19 Dec 3, 2013
Did some MTA bigwig or politician give their crazy cousin kid a train driver job?
Mike Mulligan

Brattleboro, VT

#20 Dec 3, 2013
cousin's kid

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