Open Thread - Thurs 28 Sep 2023 - Strikes and Bikes
Strikes and Bikes:
So, Biden visited the picket line for the UAW. A first, or something. Wonder if he knew he did it? *sarcasm* The Guardian thinks the visit may resonate with blue-collar workers. It might, I guess. Or maybe the railway workers might have some thoughts.
I have to admit, if I were a UAW member I'd be kind of insulted. I mean, Biden spoke for like, 87 seconds. I'd be insulted because Biden's Democrats have been almost always 'all-talk no-action' about labor and unions for so long, but now, with an upcoming election, we're supposed to believe they/he care(s)? Beyond votes? Beyond election day? bullmumblemumblesh#t!
As Eric London for WSWS said in an article entitled: Biden’s visit to UAW picket line: A warning to autoworkers a couple days ago:
Judging by the response of the UAW bureaucracy and corporate media to Joe Biden’s brief visit to a UAW picket line in Michigan Tuesday, the president and ex-Delaware senator has transformed himself overnight from a longtime representative of the corporations into the greatest champion of the working class since Karl Marx himself.
Cornel West went to the picket line as well, and had a bit to say about that in this interview on status coup news:
Have other presidential candidates been to the UAW picket lines? I haven't been paying close attention in the last few weeks, so I probably missed it. Let me know in the comments! Woo, I just read (at 1 am on Thursday) that Trump went to the picket lines instead of participating in the second Republican Debate. This strike is definitely going to be political fodder for the election!
Bikes (or, Not Cars)!
The other day I was researching cities and towns with bike paths, good walking areas, areas with no cars allowed, etc. I ended up finding a youtube channel (Not Just Bikes) which talks about bikes, planning, city and town design and more.
The channel has a lot of really good videos. Most are somewhat long (10-30 minutes) but worth the time if only for the views of so many great places, like this one, which explains a bit about what makes some urban places great, and what makes other urban places suck. And check out all nice those cities!
Thanks for reading and here's the open thread - and remember, everything is interesting if you dive deep enough, so tell us about where you're diving!