Port of Oakland work stoppage gets chaotic

Photo from an earlier work stoppage by at the Port of Oakland by independent drivers.

A work stoppage at the Port of Oakland became somewhat chaotic this morning.

An Oakland police officer had his foot run over by a vehicle crossing a picket line, but opted not to press charges against the driver.

“He’s fine,” said Officer Johnna Watson, a spokesperson for OPD. “He continues to work.”

The incident occurred in front of the gate area of Berths 57, 58 and 59, near 1999 Middle Harbor Road. Picketers gathered early this morning (Wed/27) as part of a work stoppage staged by independent truck drivers who fear job loss on Jan. 1, when their trucks fall out of compliance with new clean-air regulations that will take effect at the port.

Asked for the name of the police officer and the identity of the driver, Watson said, “We’re not going to share any of that information.” She added, “It’s an unfortunate accident. The officer does not want to charge the driver with anything. His primary goal and function was the safety of the protesters in the roadway.”

One of the picketers said a vehicle struck her as it drove across the picket line, but police did not apprehend the driver.

“It all happened really quickly,” said Effie Rawlings, the woman who was struck.  “We were on the picket line. We were walking in circles. There were police there. This one person in a car was trying to pass through. The car lurched into the picket line and hit me. It knocked me off my feet into some other people.” Rawlings said she was bruised and sore but not seriously injured.

She said she did not get a good look at the driver or the vehicle, which continued driving after the collision occurred.

It is unclear whether this was the same vehicle that also ran over the police officer’s foot, but Rawlings said both incidents occurred in the same timeframe. While she did not see the police officer get his foot run over, Rawlings said she did witness the officer’s reaction. “I saw him walking away, making some noise about it. He was kind of cursing and whatnot.”

Watson said police did not receive any reports of anyone else being struck by a vehicle.

The picket began a little after 5am today (Wed/27). The work stoppage was staged by independent truck drivers who are seeking emergency assistance to help them comply with clean-air regulations that will take effect on Jan. 1. Since many cannot afford engine upgrades that would bring them into compliance with the rule change, many will be unable to work at the port as a result.

The Oakland Police Department issued at least five citations to picketers, for blocking traffic. Elizabeth Flynn, who served as a spokesperson for the picketers, estimated that between 50 and 70 gathered at entranceways throughout the port. Watson said police estimated there were 30 to 40 picketers as of 6:30am.

As the Guardian reported in this week’s paper, the California Air Resources Board made $58 million available in 2011 to assist financially strapped truck drivers in obtaining compliant vehicles. Although only $10 million was spent for this purpose, the remainder of that funding was reallocated, and is no longer available for truckers facing possible job loss.


First the BART tragedy, and now this.

Greedy workers don't just cost us too much, but they can injure or kill people with their selfish tactics.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 2:23 pm

Those truckers sure are greedy! Next time you have to piss in a bottle at work let me know. Until then, comment only on things you have a clue about.

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 4:20 pm

How is that not greedy?

Posted by Guest on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 4:23 pm

who ran over his foot. Cops are usually quick to throw the book at anyone for the slightest infraction. You ask an officer why you're being arrested, and they charge you with assault on a police officer for asking. And yet, in this case, it's all fine and dandy. You can tell which side the cops are on.

Oh, and since I don't have a lot of time to mix it up and respond to all the trolls who are sure to flame me, ley me just give a pre-emptive "fuck you" to all you trolls.

Posted by Greg on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 8:28 pm

All the cops I have ever met are pro union, as their union saves the worst officers jobs, just as unions do across the employee spectrum, you need to get out more Greg and meet the people you rotely love and disdain. I might open you eyes.

Posted by Matlock on Nov. 27, 2013 @ 9:51 pm

Reads like a sly way of dismissing the complaint of the protester who was hit. See? Even a cop -- who *obviously* is a far more valueable person! -- doesn't mind. All for a good cause: keeping the commies down and all.

Anybody know what has happened to the SF cops who tried to paper-over that young bicyclist Amelie's killing at the hands of a trucker?

Posted by lillipublicans on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 2:05 am

Mark Goldes' proofless claims regarding his Aesop Institute's make-believe strictly ambient heat engine do not represent any new technology, or even a new pretense - they merely represent a rather old pretense.

"Before the establishment of the Second Law, many people who were interested in inventing a perpetual motion machine had tried to circumvent the restrictions of First Law of Thermodynamics by extracting the massive internal energy of the environment as the power of the machine. Such a machine is called a "perpetual motion machine of the second kind". The second law declared the impossibility of such machines."


"A perpetual motion machine of the second kind is a machine which spontaneously converts thermal energy into mechanical work. When the thermal energy is equivalent to the work done, this does not violate the law of conservation of energy. However it does violate the more subtle second law of thermodynamics (see also entropy). The signature of a perpetual motion machine of the second kind is that there is only one heat reservoir involved, which is being spontaneously cooled without involving a transfer of heat to a cooler reservoir. This conversion of heat into useful work, without any side effect, is impossible, according to the second law of thermodynamics."


Goldes' make-believe strictly ambient heat engine would be a perpetual motion machine of the second kind, as defined above. Goldes is not developing any such engine; he is merely developing a pretense - as usual.

A block of ice just below the freezing point is far above absolute zero, so it actually contains plenty of heat. Can we take advantage of this to boil a pot of water, by setting it down on a block of ice?

Expecting an ambient heat engine to do any work, with only one heat reservoir, is exactly equivalent to expecting a teapot to boil water by absorbing heat from a block of ice.

Both processes are ruled out by the very same law - the Second Law of Thermodynamics.

An engine that only uses ambient heat would need to be able to DECREASE the entropy of the universe. The Second Law tells us that we can never decrease the entropy of the universe, or of an isolated system.

As a consequence of this law:

"It is impossible for any device operating on a cycle to produce net work from a single temperature reservoir; the production of net work requires flow of heat from a hotter reservoir to a colder reservoir."


In the make-believe strictly ambient heat engine there are not two heat reservoirs at different temperatures; no reservoir would be available at any temperature other than the ambient temperature. No matter what cycle we design with this constraint, we will find that the cycle would have to be able to decrease the entropy of the universe in order to do any work.

The formulation of the Second Law of Thermodynamics as a constraint on entropy change is one of the most beautifully simple, and well-established, laws of physics.

The Second Law tells us that we can never build an engine that does some work with heat taken from a heat reservoir, without also transferring some heat to another reservoir at a lower temperature.

An equivalent statement is that we can't decrease the total entropy of an isolated system.

The entropy change differential due to heat transfer to or from a reservoir is inversely related to the temperature at which the transfer occurs. The consequence is that transferring heat INTO a cold reservoir produces a larger GAIN in entropy, than the LOSS of entropy that occurs due to transfer of the same amount of heat FROM a hot reservoir. This noteworthy and remarkable inequality enables a heat engine to use some heat to do some work without violating the Second Law - as long as it can make use of two different heat reservoirs, at different temperatures. The ambient-heat-powered engine only involves a single reservoir, at a single temperature (at any given moment). Use of heat from the single reservoir would reduce the entropy of the reservoir, and with no colder reservoir, the engine has no way to compensate by increasing the entropy anywhere else. Therefore we know for certain that the engine will disappoint us. It will never be able to do any work.

In Mark Goldes' patent application for his "POWERGENIE" horn-powered tuning-rod engine, he described the tuning-rod as "an energy transfer and multiplier element."

But of course, for the tuning-rod to "multiply" energy, it would need to disprove the law of conservation of energy. (Obviously the Patent Office should never have allowed such a description.)

Goldes' use of the term "energy multiplier element" reflects his pretense that the "revolutionary breakthrough" of the amazing "POWERGENIE" could disprove the law of conservation of energy, by presenting the world with a working "energy multiplier."

Goldes even claimed in 2008 that the POWERGENIE had been demonstrated already in an electric car, driven 4800 miles by his energy-multiplying horn-powered tuning-rod.

But it seems that most people, for some reason, had difficulty accepting the notion that the law of conservation of energy could be proven false.

And Goldes no doubt noticed that the Second Law of Thermodynamics - that "the entropy of an isolated system tends to increase with time and can never decrease" - is much less clear to most people than the conservation of energy.

So now, after leaving aside the pretense that he could somehow "multiply energy" with a magnetized tuning-rod, Goldes has chosen to focus, instead, on the pretense that he can disprove the Second Law with an engine powered only by ambient heat.

Once again: Expecting an ambient heat engine to do any work, with only one heat reservoir, is exactly equivalent to expecting a teapot to boil water by absorbing heat from a block of ice. Anyone who claims to be developing a "prototype" of such an engine is only developing a pretense, and nothing more.

There is no "new science" in any of Goldes' "revolutionary breakthroughs." There is only pseudoscience and pretense - and nothing new, at all.



Posted by Guest on Nov. 28, 2013 @ 6:44 am

These truckers should all move to Oakland.

It's only 10 minutes away on BART.

I'm sure they'd be much happier there.

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