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The Acela Express isn’t that elite

Salena Zito writes in a NY Times op-ed:

Nearly everyone getting on the Acela Express that day is either on their way up the ladder or, more than likely, already at the top; they are wealthy, successful, powerful, in the crosshairs or on the boards of what moves and shakes this country.

I’ve ridden the Acela Express many times, and this is ridiculous hyperbole. Most of the people riding the train were cubicle drones like me. And I certainly wasn’t moving up any ladder.

My most memorable trip on the Acela Express was when two guido types almost got into a fight because one accused the other of making noise in the “quiet car.”

Written by Lion of the Blogosphere

April 2, 2017 at 8:39 am

Posted in Labor Markets

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  1. > two guido types almost got into a fight because one accused the other of making noise in the “quiet car.”

    Well, was he?


    April 2, 2017 at 8:41 am

    • I am sure the accusation was valid.

      Lion of the Blogosphere

      April 2, 2017 at 8:48 am

      • Dooes Amtrak enforce that rule or do they rely on ticket prices to screen out offenders? I find it so infuriating when public transporation refuses to enforce its rules and maintain order.


        April 2, 2017 at 6:19 pm

      • I guess it depends on the conductors: many of them are tough prole types who aren’t afraid of confronting a passenger.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 2, 2017 at 6:31 pm

  2. The American Airlines and Delta Airlines shuttles between New York, Washington and Boston definitely attract a very upscale crowd.



    April 2, 2017 at 8:54 am

  3. The Acela Express is just a sad attempt of the US to emulate real high-speed trains like the Shinkansen or TGV anyway.


    April 2, 2017 at 11:01 am

    • Rail generally doesn’t make very much sense. Most intercity routes are better served by air travel, but for the rest diesel buses with dedicated lanes can go 90+ mph more efficiently and take more people on non-stop routes directly from point to point. But buses are “prole” so we get utterly pointless rail lines and noise about high speed rail instead.


      April 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      • The Acela is the most convenient way to get from midtown Manhattan to Washington DC.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 2, 2017 at 2:54 pm

      • Yes, but you could also take a 100 MPH non-stop diesel bus directly from the WTC to, say, Tysons corner. Which would be vastly more convenient than the Acela. No that many people actually need to go from right near Penn Station to the Capitol building, nor do they want to stop in Wilmington and Baltimore.


        April 2, 2017 at 3:06 pm

  4. I know guidos like this, and I can picture exactly how it happened.

    Unfortunately (haha) not too many guidos in my social circle.

    Being prole is more fun! But sometimes they can be intolerable.


    April 2, 2017 at 11:20 am

  5. To paraphrase a famous Zito quote, you took her literally but not seriously.

    Dave Pinsen

    April 2, 2017 at 11:26 am

  6. Why the damn rush. What’s the appeal of super fast trains. Just take it easy.

    When I lived in Philadelphia, and had to travel to New York, I would avoid Amtrak and take the local to Trenton, cross the platform, then take the Trenton local to Penn Station. Took about 45 minutes longer but cost 1/3 the price.

    Now we have the senile Jerry Brown throwing $64 Billion at a bullet train when an airplane will do the job better at a fraction of the cost. And the infrastructure for the airplane is already in place and paid for.

    Oh, I get it. The Chinese are building bullet trains so we have to prove that we can keep up.


    April 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm

    • That’s how I get to Philly. Way cheaper.

      And why do I go to Philly – that prole town? I think the Philadelphia Museum is better than the Met, for certain things, and they have a lot of great cultural attractions. The colonial atmosphere is much more palpable, as much as Boston, without Boston’s goddamn snottiness.

      I like Philly!


      April 2, 2017 at 2:43 pm

      • Make sure you pay a visit to the Barnes museum. One of a kind. And it is now located in Center City. You may have to make an appointment though.


        April 2, 2017 at 4:58 pm

      • I only just heard of it, oddly enough. I thought it was located near the museum. Did they move it?

        It’s been a while but I believe the Philadelphia Museum’s American art collection is superior to the Met. I recall they had a lot of Eakins, Homer, Singer-Sargent.


        April 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      • The PMA is a small museum compared to the Met.

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 3, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    • Right about trains but wrong about Jerry Brown. He’s not senile, just a hater of autos and in the pocket of the unions. They probably have some cocksmoking info on him, too.


      April 2, 2017 at 4:18 pm

      • I have long wondered about Jerry Brown in that regard. He did spend time in a Catholic seminary as a youth and he finally got married at age 75, an age when the libido is in the can, and throughout the 80s and 90s he had a strange frenchman as mentor/companion who shared a residence Still, if Brown is homosexually inclined I would not be surprised if he never acted on that inclination. He does strike me as a very disciplined man. He would have made an excellent priest, bishop, cardinal.


        April 2, 2017 at 6:53 pm

  7. Screw the Acela and all bullet trains.

    This is the type of futile Japanese engineering that is supposed to demoralize us and make us feel that we are falling behind.

    Check this out.

    A secure bike rack that thieves don’t mess with will do the job better.

    We will never be able to do some things that the Japanese and Chines do. We don’t have that gadget oriented mind that the east Asian has.

    I don’t care if the Chinese go to the moon and we will never get there again. Let’s concentrate on the matters that ail this country. Lack of prowess with highly engineered gadgetry is not one of them.


    April 2, 2017 at 2:04 pm

  8. Completely agree with you about Zito’s ridiculous hyperbole. There is so much of that shit around. The vast majority of what you read, even the supposedly non-controversial and reality-based, is poppycock.


    April 2, 2017 at 2:44 pm

  9. This is OT but I thought of it as a result of reading “cubicle drones.”

    Remember in Obama’s autobio he wrote about the great job he had in NYC right out of Columbia, and how much he gave up when he moved to Chicago to become a community organizer? It was some publishing house. Whatever – when he was running for the presidency in early 2008, someone who worked with him debunked the story entirely. Obama did work there but he was a lowly cubicle drone. The guy supported Obama so it wasn’t as if he was a Republican out to destroy his candidacy, just a guy who thought the truth should be non-controversial.

    It’s astonishing to me that this was only nine years ago. The idea that someone could simply tell the truth with no agenda is out the window. That’s the worst thing that Obama’s presidency did to us, IMO.


    April 2, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    • I did find an article in the NY Times about Obama’s early years – anyone can look it up. It’s from 2007 before Obama became God incarnate, so it is surprisingly skeptical and non-adulatory. The article points out the many exaggerations and falsehoods in his autobiography.


      April 3, 2017 at 3:58 pm

      • Maybe I’m not a good Googler because I couldn’t find it. I remember reading a NYT 2008 article about Obama’s time at Columbia, but I couldn’t relocate that either. One assumes these are all being collected to add to the Third Testament of the Bible, about when the Lightbringer came to Earth.

        Mike Street Station

        April 4, 2017 at 7:59 am

      • LOL. Here it is:

        I found it via Google, but Bing overlooks it.


        April 4, 2017 at 2:08 pm

  10. More OT, more Trump truth:

    I happen to know someone who went to Columbia during the years Obama went there, studied poli sci, and said that he never saw Obama – and he told me this long before Trump made it an issue. Obama was referred to as Barry. He was registered. But this acquaintance never saw him.


    April 2, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    • Steve Sailer speculates that because of his Indonesian background, Obama was being groomed as a CIA asset while in college, thus the absence from campus.


      April 2, 2017 at 4:25 pm

      • I think there is something to this.Less to do with his “Indonesian” background than his mother, who was some kind of CIA asset.


        April 3, 2017 at 3:54 pm

  11. I think you focused on the wrong part of the article.

    It certainly is the case that rail lines go through the most industrial and least picturesque sides of towns. The backs of factories, bridges designed for function not appeal, and general slag heaps near the sidings. Graffiti that is never removed because it is out of sight.

    It is a jarring contrast that we use those lines for passenger transport as well, so I guess if the “elite” sipping a craft IPA arent really elite, at least it is a valid point that they are fairly comfortable as they zip past countryside that has been gutted.

    “Outside, a different Acela corridor rolls by — one roiled by isolation, decay and societal changes, a world ghosted by technology, corrupt politicians and bad city planning.

    Shuttered machine shops, refineries, steel mills and manufacturing plants near Trenton and Philadelphia slide past the window like a kaleidoscope of sorrow; scores of once-charming century-old houses are now covered in graffiti and dot areas in and around Baltimore, Newark and Wilmington, Del. “

    Lion o' the Turambar

    April 2, 2017 at 3:54 pm

  12. I’m not a guido but I called a Jewish guy on the ‘no cell phones’ rule in the locker room at the JCC. He was outraged, and ran to the nearest staff member to report me – presumably only an a-hole would invoke the policy.

    Mel Bel!i

    April 2, 2017 at 4:08 pm

  13. For the past 30 years, I’ve lived within 3 blocks to ten miles of my workplace and the last train ride I had was the Baltimore to DC Amtrak twenty years ago; so I don’t have much recent train-travel experience. Though I remember the Boston subway system was reasonably efficient, inexpensive, safe, and clean in the 80s.

    I certainly wasn’t moving up any ladder.

    Tell me about it! Due to a couple of layoffs & blown opportunities, the “Great Recession,” and crushing competition, my salary has been flat since 1999!

    E. Rekshun

    April 2, 2017 at 4:12 pm

  14. OT: Wow, from Foreign Affairs, one of the Cuck’s leading publications

    “The Case Against Immigration”. Not just illegal immigration, all immigration. Never thought that I would see the day.


    April 2, 2017 at 5:02 pm

    • Daniel, that was written by Stve Camarota, research head of Mark Krikorian’s Center for Immigration Studies. Good guys, good organization.

      PV van der Byl

      April 2, 2017 at 8:10 pm

  15. prole train (regular amtrack) prole bus (greyhound) striver train

    grey enlightenment

    April 2, 2017 at 8:03 pm

    • Whole Foods is now Prole Foods.

      Those with deep pockets in NYC shop regularly at markets like Dean & Deluca and Citarella Market. Ironically, they were founded by proles.


      April 2, 2017 at 9:51 pm

      • This is completely not true. When you get the chance to put down your poutine and stop trouncing Ameristan, go to Whole Foods at Columbus Circle and see the ridiculous crowds of wealthy people trying to buy their overpriced groceries.


        April 3, 2017 at 9:09 am

      • Some of the readers here don’t seem to get my comments. Relatively comparing, Whole Foods is low class, when you compare it to high-end gourmet markets like Dean & Deluca and Citarella. Whole Foods is an expensive Walmart that runs on organic. D&D and Citarella are artisanal markets.

        Whole Foods is what people in Greater America consider high end, and it’s what discerning New Yorkers consider “generic” and not very exclusive.


        April 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm

      • How does Fairway, The Amish Market, Brooklyn Fare, Zabars fit in?

        Lion of the Blogosphere

        April 3, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      • They are a class below Whole Foods.

        High end businesses should hire an attractive staff with courtesy, along with their high quality products, to justify their high prices. Their business environment should run smoothly and professionally.

        Zabars is a good example that does not conform to this business code, despite their foodstuffs being sold at high prices.


        April 3, 2017 at 8:13 pm

  16. Proles are everywhere. Just open your eyes.


    April 2, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    • Just like the movie, They Live.

      Mike Street Station

      April 4, 2017 at 8:02 am

      • 80s pop culture was both creepy and cornball. Many of the shows were rehashed with the same story line, especially when it comes evil extraterrestrials taking over planet Earth. They Live took place in Los Angeles, where aliens are disguised as humans where only one guy knows about them through his sunglasses. A similar theme was found in the V miniseries, where space lizards hide under a layer of human skin, while they are colonizing Los Angeles. Their true nature is to be discovered by one guy who infiltrates into their spaceship, while these reptiles take over our healthcare system, law enforcement and politics. The famous motto from the series was “The Visitors are our friends.”

        The 80s was very prolish, but White America was at its apex.


        April 4, 2017 at 9:26 pm

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