Thursday, January 19, 2017

Southern Pacific freight train led by a GE U33C

Seen in L.A. in 1979.  The General Electric U33C was a Co-Co type of which 375 were built between 1968 and 1975 of which SP was the largest purchaser with 212.  The prime mover power output.was 3,300 hp.


East African Railways, Kenya, metre-gauge Garratt

A total 34 of this 4-8-2+2-8-4 type were built in 1955 by Beyer Peacock, denoted class 59. "Withdrawal started in 1973 with the last locomotive (Mount Gelai) removed from service in April 1980."


cars on Ventura Boulevard, L.A., 1950s

The original caption said this also shows Studio City so it may be close to the Laurel Canyon intersection.  A lot has changed since this was taken!

cars at Loyola University, L.A., early 1960s

1951 Nash Ambassador

"But it's the throaty roar of a big block that makes a car exciting."
Yes, Hank pulled me with the powerful sound of his motor"
"You two aren't teenagers anymore, you should think dignified."

1954 Nash Ambassador

will the Trump era see not just good relations with Russia, but less intervention in the affairs of other countries?

An end to the U.S's self-appointed role of World Policeman has been a platform plank of the US Liberterian Party for decades.

The "military-industrial complex" as described by President Eisenhower in 1961 has seen the U.S. get involved militarily in approximately 82 countries since WW2.   The basic strategy has been: if the country's government is friendly to us we'll support them, if it's hostile we'll destabilize them or have them ousted.

During the years of the Cold War and its superpower rivalry this made sense.  But with the Cold War over, the need for military spending has diminished.  And that's been bad for business on the part of the arms manufacturers. These have been more than happy with Obama and Hillary, however.

Obama with Secretary of State Hillary not just continued the George W. Bush administration's military involvement in foreign countries, but dramatically increased it.  Under Obama there has been the biggest military build-up against Russia's frontiers since Hitler's in 1941.

How much the CIA has been responsible for Obama and Hillary's actions is hard to judge but it must have been significant. Trump has been openly critical of the CIA so it's no surprise its chief has been critical of Trump.  We agree with Trump, though: the CIA with Dubya and Hillary destabilized the whole Middle East.

Relations with Russia should improve with Trump in power and that should be good for reestablishing if not human rights -- which in some countries like North Korea, Saudi Arabia and Iran just won't happen --  then at least stability and peace everywhere.

Here is another interesting RT interview with Australian filmmaker John Pilger.

Skoda 706 mtc 3 truck ad

'moonlight' in Westport, early 20th century

It's more likely late afternoon.  For colour pictures of the wharves and ships in the 1950s, see the book New Zealand Maritime Images: the golden years.