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Industry Insiders: FedGov Cut Tugboat Budget 40%- Could have Prevented Baltimore Ship-Bridge Catastrophe

Industry Insiders: FedGov Cut Tugboat Budget 40%- Could have Prevented Baltimore Ship-Bridge Catastrophe

Insiders in the Maritime Industry are laying the blame for today's cargo ship crash into the Francis Scott Key Bridge in Baltimore, on Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigeg.

A contact in the field of marine and domestic logistics just told me (verbatum) -- [Foul language warning]:

"They pulled the Tugs off of the Dali and because its not a "major" ship but a 10k ship.  They made the decisions to pull the tugs.

Tugs on the ship would have prevented this.  Guess who funds the Tugs? Secretary Pete Bootyjuice. The DOT cut the tug budget 40%. The Tugs would have been able to slow / even stop the ship.

He is to blame for this. He effectively just buttfucked (pun intended) that port."

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orion700ak
2 days ago
I’m an Alaskan. Dillingham is an isolated village on the west coast. I worked near there and also in Nome. In 2007 one gallon of orange juice was $12 in Nome. Everything in those areas is flown in. That’s why it’s expensive and always has been. Prices in places on the road system aren’t much higher than florida.
LadyMaid77
Yesterday
Thank you so much for explaining this. At least I can go back to just worrying about the Atlantic Ocean rising next week where I live in Virginia. LOL

These days there are many things to be upset about. But I'm focused on the Lord Jesus getting us through. God bless!
Paul Lambert
2 days ago
In fairness to Hal, now that I re-read the article, he does not make any claim that these prices are extraordinary in the context of a remote town in Alaska. Rather he is simply pointing out that food in Alaska is expensive and that those of you in the lower 48 might have to expect such prices in the future.

On a related note, however, I notice that the food being highlighted in the video is a bunch of unnecessary comfort food and the like. Certainly, a town like Dillingham on the coast and at the mouth of a freshwater river might have fish and crustaceans, as well as some hunted meat in the nearby lands. I would rather talk to some old Indian or Yupik or whoever else has a tradition in the area to find out what they ate. I would rather have a caribou steak than a peanut butter sandwich at those prices!
Eagleblack
3 days ago
Not to worry, after Putin takes back Alaska things will settle down.
PRIMEDELINC
3 days ago
These prices always like that in remote stores cz they have to fly there stuff
mike farrell
3 days ago
Thanks, Joe, for your wonderful economic policies. I know they have to ship everything in, but fuel prices make that even worse.
Adster
3 days ago
i got hairy legs, come on man
Rok
3 days ago
Coming to a town near you. Are you ready?
Eagleblack
3 days ago
I'm ready. you bet ya.
Red Deer
3 days ago
After seeing this I assume house prices will tumble.
Maybe an opportunity for someone with a boat, (a really big boat) to ferry groceries from Seattle to Dillingham. Who knows, maybe Walmart of Costco will help out.
Whydah
3 days ago
I watch several Discovery Channel programs on Alaska. Seems like everyone depends on gasoline to survive.... snow mobiles, airplanes, and boats. Fragile lifeline if you ask me. Its a disaster waiting to happen when things go bad. Even the Inuit depend of fuel. The old ways are mostly forgotten.
Bmm61@yahoo.com
3 days ago
As an Alaskan since 1991, I can tell you that some places in Alaska that aren’t on the beaten path are expensive like this. However, we traveled to Florida recently and our food is probably 10-30% more expensive than there when we are on the road systems. Alaska has already been the last stop in the line, so it isn’t surprising, just expensive…
Sludgehammer
3 days ago
I want some fucking jalapeño poppers, mutherfucker.
Paul Lambert
3 days ago
Well, look. I checked out Dillingham, Alaska, online. Predictably, the town is not connected to the road system. The only way in or out is by boat or aeroplane.

This is also true of the Eskimo communities in northern Canada. They too are small communities that are remotely located. This means that small quantities of goods have to be shipped or flown in at tremendous cost and there is no economy of scale. A pack of six fresh apples can cost 17 dollars in Iqaluit.

Not to say that such prices are not coming to the lower 48, but that only means that the prices in Dillingham will rise even higher.
CityBoyGoneCountry
3 days ago
Very thoughtful response.
Thank you.
R.H. Smith
3 days ago
I was skeptical but I looked up a grocery store in Alaska (link below) and that is the prices. It's like that up in the upper peninsula of Michigan too (always has been) it costs more to get the stuff here.


https://greatlandgrocery.com/product-category/breakfast-cereal/
Plshepus
3 days ago
That is standard Alaska prices. Anyone that has travelled or lived in Alaska knows this
dmosey
3 days ago
This is classic fearmongering. Do some simple research and you'll find that this store has always been more expensive. Checked the reviews on Google Maps and you'll see reviews from years ago about how expensive this place is. This isn't "coming to a store near you" as the article wants you to believe. This is what really frustrates me about sites like this. They survive on keeping people in a constant state of panic and needing to get the next headline.
ConsLibertarian
3 days ago
Coming soon to a store near you.
dmosey
3 days ago
A bit of fearmongering going on here. This store has a history of super high prices. Check Google Maps. The name of the store is 'Alaska Commercial Company'. You'll see reviews from years ago mentioning how expensive this store is, not only because it's in Alaska but also a more remote part of Alaska.
magoettel
3 days ago
That's crazy, but Dillingham is remote flying or boat in, not accessible by trucking. Like Naknek/King Salmon. (I see others commented below on this too.)
boxer7
3 days ago
Wait and see the people panic when that happens down here. With the inflation and supply chain issues it's only a matter of time. Ninety five percent of the people are totally clueless concerning what's about to drop one their heads! I wouldn't want to be anywhere near a city when this all happens.
Woodman
3 days ago
hey LassieLou! Are you sure that your roe deer is free of this
Damned shell game disease is massively spreading to you. It has already arrived in Scandinavia.
LassieLou
3 days ago
Hi Woodman! Yep, pretty sure it's chronic wasting disease free,we've had a few cases in the county..but it's a pretty big county. I'd really rather have an elk for the winter,but there's so many people that have moved in,and spread out everywhere,the animals are really having a hard time adjusting to it. Their calving areas have houses & garages built on them. Or are fenced out.Also the over population of wolves are a problem,it's really quite sad :cry:. Add to that the only three small business' were bought up by a bunch of lawyers from CA during covid......and are now putting in a "destination R.V. park"(which will end up being less than three miles from our house) We'd move but not really anyplace to go,with my gardens,green house,berries,we're set up ok...and we're getting to damn old to start over again......that old age sneaks up on a body! LOl
LassieLou
3 days ago
Everything cost's more in most small towns in MT,too. The cost of getting it into these smaller towns is outrageous,to say the least.We have two grocery stores,in the closest town......when you look at the "weekly flyer" there's nothing of any use for everyday life. However,traveling 3 hours one way to save a few bucks,by going into the "bigger cities".......sometimes it's just easier to pay the extra $$$,to stay safe & not get mugged on the way!! LOL
My plan is add more potatoes & carrots to the garden,and get an extra deer tag for hunting season......back to the old spuds & venison diet!!
Jefferson
3 days ago
I like the borscht survival garden: beets, carrots, onions, potatoes, cabbages...they can all be stored for a while ..I'm a vegetable farmer so I grow almost every vegetable...winter squash, flint corn (supplies both grits and flour), and dry beans are good survival food as well. And of course the canned ones like tomatoes and cucumbers...
JFY
3 days ago
Well, I have no doubt that inflation will shoot through the roof soon, but Alaska is about as far off the beaten path as you can go while still actually being somewhere. Most stuff has to be flown in or brought in by boat.

I wouldn't be surprised if there are more caribou, deer, elk, moose, whatever, etc., than people.

When I was a kid growing up in Seattle, I remember that Alaska was the absurdly remote place where a very few adventuresome guys in their early 20's would go to work all summer on fishing boats to make a good buck... and some of them never came back. Boats capsize, etc., from time to time.

You had to have a very good reason to go there, and then people would question your sanity.

The best way to hedge your bets against inflation is to buy volume when certain articles are discounted, and to grow as much of your own food as space and time permit.

Many people think canning is incredibly complicated but nothing could be further from the truth.

Even people in apartments can grow some things vertically in containers. There are a ton of videos on how to do that and it cuts your expenses down and makes you more resilient.
Carlton412
3 days ago
Dillingham is out in the weeds of Alaska. Flying everything in will be very expensive.
Lexy
3 days ago
The rising cost of food, down to the basic staples, hurts me every trip to the supermarket. Its been that way for a couple of years.. certain foods are gone completely. We have a garden so have begun growing a few things of our own. This will not stop and preparation is key. Transition to communism is tough.
NonParticipem
3 days ago
Been like that forever- when I go to the convenience store on that amazing fishing lake in Eastern AZ that's an hour minimum from the nearest small town- that is much higher priced than the bigger town 2 hours from that...which is higher priced than metro Phoenix which is 4 hours from that town...see? Transportation and the lack of ease to get products delivered to far away and remote areas costs. Basic economics, always relative.
Igorbzo
3 days ago
Reality is about to set in... WOW
Meh716
3 days ago
Revelation 6:6 says it’ll cost a days wages to buy a loaf of bread in the great tribulation. This is only the beginning y’all . 🙏Jesus : the way, the truth , the LIFE! And that’s more than confessing Him . It’s walking as He walked . He commands us to LOVE our enemies… to resist NOT evil …. To forgive ALL… or He won’t forgive us . Serious words for serious times . Matthew 5.
Igorbzo
3 days ago
Amen, and Amem...
bogwon
3 days ago
thanks for getting the word out. the fewer people that come here will increase our chances after the TPTB work their magic.
Sludgehammer
3 days ago
That’s nothing…an Eskimo kiss now costs a walrus tusk and 5 fish heads! It’s outrageous!
Slim Pickins
3 days ago
Good one, Sludge!
stevekerp
3 days ago
I expect prices will spike, then products will simply not be available.

"Ten dollars for peanut butter? That's outrageous! At Mike's Market, it's only $8 ..."

"Well, why don't you buy it at Mike's?"

"They're sold out."

"Well, when I'm sold out, I sell it for $5"
Paul Lambert
3 days ago
Yeah, that is an old Irish joke - the details differ, of course.

The punchline is: "Fine, I'll come back when you haven't got any".
jhjones10
3 days ago
Dillingham is on the western coast of Alaska. Prices have always been much much, much higher, there, and other remote Alaskan locations. Can someone provide costs from Anchorage or Fairbanks to show a more realistic comparison?
Roberto2
3 days ago
Good call
WilliamtheResolute
3 days ago
I think the inner big blue cities will be subsidized as long as possible while the more affluent suburbs will be paying the subsidy...resulting in the accelerated destruction the middle-class.
Slim Pickins
3 days ago
EVERYTHING costs more in Alaska, it's their price for living so far from the rest of the world! Everything has to be shipped from the lower 48, either by ship or plane!
DanPayne
3 days ago
Everything has always been expensive in Dillingham/Naknek. Supplies arrive by boat, barge or plane.
joeyvick75
3 days ago
shit rolls down hill
Gunner
3 days ago
those prices are such a vile fucking RIPOFF just like Everything else thanks to the actions of this criminal, dog shit gov't. Hope everyone enjoys.
OVERCOMER
3 days ago
HAL, The answer to your question is YES!!!!!!!! HOT-VERY-HOT-INFLATION
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