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General Transport on Facebook

Posted by Zane Hunker on March 29, 2013 at 4:40 PM Comments comments (0)

For General Transport the website will be headquarters and Facebook will be the field office. The benefits there can't be ignored. Photos are easier to upload and swap out. People can also like the page, comment and share it more easily. The look and feel are a bit different, but the dream is the same.

Trees and Plants

Posted by Zane Hunker on March 21, 2013 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

There is much talk in the world about changing our energy dependence from oil to electricity, natural gas, biofuels and other sources. While transportation is a big consumer of fossil fuels, industry, agriculture, electricity generation and heating are also big consumers of that energy, more so collectively than transportation. Though it isn’t responsible for most of the consumption of fossil fuels by itself, transportation presents unique energy challenges through the obvious fact that vehicles move. It’s much easier to reconfigure power to something that is stationary than to a machine that has to move and meet various speed, range and capacity requirements.

Oil is a miraculous substance. It’s energy potential was built up for millions of years under the Earth’s surface crushing all those dead plants and animals just for us to extract it, refine it a bit, and then burn it off quickly soon after. Once located it takes only about 2% of oil’s energy to pump it out of the ground, at a production cost of $2.00 a barrel. An equivalent of a teacup of oil can lift a ton 9 feet. When John D. Rockefeller’s Standard Oil was first refining kerosene for lamps, the byproduct gasoline was thought of as merely a dangerous, useless substance. Rockefeller saw that danger as energy potential. Today many industries use oil as well as cars, trains, ships and airplanes. Plastic uses 10% of all oil extracted. We are living in the oil age.

We will have to diversify our energy portfolio, not only for environmental reasons but economic as well. Those 2% energy and $2.00 production cost figures are disappearing the more we have to drill and shake the earth’s guts to get that black gold. The toothpaste tube will have to be squeezed harder and harder. We will never run out of oil, it will just get prohibitively difficult to extract.

Co2 is a greenhouse gas but not as harmful as carbon monoxide. Trees and plants eat Co2 and crap oxygen. Even if the planet warmed a little bit, those trees and plants would enjoy it as much as they did at the time when the dinosaurs where running around before they all died and got turned into this thing called oil. The rainforest full of trees and plants produces a lot of oxygen, but it uses a lot of that oxygen, it’s the mineral and material discharge from the Amazon into the ocean that feeds the plankton that really produces a lot of our oxygen. If the ocean warms up, then we’ll have to rely a little more on those trees and plants for our oxygen.

Cars, trains and ships will be more easily converted to electricity than airplanes. The mere principal of a jet engine doesn’t exist without fossil fuels. In the future, high speed trains will carry more people and goods on the ground. Short range electric propeller planes will continue to connect us to nearby cities and otherwise inaccessible locations. When we do need to hop over to the other side of the planet, space planes will be launched upward quickly by magnets and deliver us to our destination within the hour. For that short time in space we will be able to look down on our big blue planet full of trees and plants and feel good about how we’ve preserved life for ourselves and progressed a little as well. Then we will brace for re-entry, land, depart our globe hoping craft and go on with our lives.


Long Term, Widespread Prosperity

Posted by Zane Hunker on March 8, 2013 at 3:35 AM Comments comments (0)

Wall Street used to be described as the engine of the economy. At one time, investment fostered inovation that then created long term, widespread prosperity. These days, short term gains create prosperity for a dwindling hyper-rich few. Out with innovation, in with consolidation. It's all about how much they can skim off the top. The Wall Street of today is really the sludge that's clogging that engine. Economic activity that was once the child to be nurtured is now the carcas to be devoured.

2 main factors have taken us to this point, outsourcing and big online business.

Outsourcing has made products cheaper while creating massive job losses here in the US. Money kept from exploited labor goes straight into Wall Street's pocket. Efforts to justify this practice have been made through spreading words like "free trade" and "global economy" don't be fooled, all these words mean is "Exploiting cheap labor in terrible parts of the world in order to sell things cheaper is wonderful!!!"

Big online business is a godsend to the greedy, it allows maximum exposure, high volume, minimal physical assets and few employees which all means high profits and low risk. In terms of manpower and physical assets, Apple, Google, Amazon and Facebook are tiny. Many people consume the products of these companies while few are actually employed by them. While the economic opportunity created through the innovation of these companies must be considered in it's own right, it would be much greater if more people were employed in general.

Outsourcing and big online business are the sugar highs for the globe prancing fat cats. Meanwhile, folks are struggling. It doesn't have to be this way. We must realize the symbiotic relationship between good people, and a good economy. They aren't just units of consumption and productivity, these are people that want to build a better world.

In this world, people need to go places, they need the jobs that build the vehicles to get'em there. This is a world that values strength, integrity, hard work, risk, inovation and a real physical presence. Big factories, tons of steel and thousands of workers are all wonderful things. Many good people can go to jobs that take care of their families. These workers can afford what they build. The company cares about them so they care about the company. Profits generated by this company go back into the inovation that once again creates long term, widespread prosperity.   


Zane's Introduction

Posted by Zane Hunker on February 25, 2013 at 2:40 AM Comments comments (0)

I'd like to welcome everyone to the General Transport blog. For those who I haven't met yet, my name is Zane. Among other things I'm the founder of General Transport. For me, this is more than just a company, it's many things, it's my past story, my present passion and a big part of my future legacy. Through my child and teen years I was enrolled into, then kicked out of many schools, most of them were more like institutions. I had no friends, but I made up for it with imagination. I had a binder of drawings that meant the world to me, they meant hope. I carried that binder full of hope under my arm everywhere I went. Everything else at that time was a fight, it was as if I held hope under one arm to swing a fist into the fight with the other arm.

On a nature preserve you can see an ecosystem functioning harmoniously. For me, General Transport is a transportation preserve, here is an ecosystem of transportation designed to function harmoniously. That hope that I've carried with me for so long now is the deep desire to bring that ecosystem of transportation beyond the preserve and into the world. Hope for me is a world full of vehicles that you and I will create together. That's why I built this blog. I want to hear your ideas. What is presented here is just what I've come up with so far. The plans are still on the drawing board just waiting for your ideas on how to improve them. One day I want what we will create to drive on all streets, move up in all buildings, climb all cables, roll on all rails, sail on all seas, fly in all skies, crawl to the ends of the earth and then blast into space!