2015-05-15

Amtrak & people's exhausting need for revenge

Some really measured reactions to the Amtrak accident on Morning Edition, "who in their right mind would trust Amtrak now...?"*

And of course the usual, Philadelphia mayor calling the driver, "reckless and irresponsible," and later admitting no such responsibility, "[Nutter] said he was not prejudging the outcome of the investigation."  No, not at all. Just calling as he sees it, I'm sure.

And snarkily "... safety advocates said a positive train control system could have prevented the crash ..."

Boehner threw his hands up in the air saying, "Well obviously it's not about funding. The train was going twice the speed limit. ..."  even as "House Republicans voted to cut one-fifth of Amtrak's budget, and rejected attempts [...] to fund [...] "positive train control" that federal investigators have said could have prevented Tuesday's crash."

And Democrats, as usual, tried hard to do the right thing but failed because Republicans are so mean.

And the engineer doesn't remember, but will be ever? ""The normal thing is that the person doesn't remember the moment of the accident or right after," says clinical psychologist Javier Rodriguez Escobar of trauma therapy team Grupo Isis in Seville,"

* Bloomberg gleefully pointed out that garbage collectors are more likely to die on the job than police men. I'm more concerned about the air craft pilots and yet flying is very safe; Amtrak engineers do not seem to have their own category -- perhaps they're hidden in "Operating engineers" section.








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