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    High-Speed Failure

    High-Speed Failure

    More in the high-speed rail follies (h/t Charlie Sykes), from the LA. Times:

    California’s much-vaunted high-speed rail project is, to put it bluntly, a train wreck. Intended to demonstrate the state’s commitment to sustainable, cutting-edge transportation systems, and to show that the U.S. can build rail networks as sophisticated as those in Europe and Asia, it is instead a monument to the ways poor planning, mismanagement and political interference can screw up major public works. For anti-government conservatives, it is also a powerful argument for scrapping President Obama’s national rail plans, rescinding federal funding and canceling the project before any more money is wasted on it.

    But the L.A. Times assures us that it all can be salvaged if they just start over.  And it is worth the expense and effort, because Obama has a dream and we can’t let the conservatives win the future:

    Obama’s inspiring vision of a nation crisscrossed by bullet trains, providing cleaner, safer and cheaper competition to airlines and reducing reliance on gas-guzzling automobiles, is in serious jeopardy as a new Republican majority in the House looks to slash his funding plans. In this environment, California is a test case for whether high-speed trains can succeed in the U.S. — and so far, the state is failing the test.

    Well, if Obama’s dream of high-speed rail can’t be salvaged, there’s always his dream of windmills.

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    The guys at The Onion came up with a much better proposal, high-speed buses on the existing highway system:,18473/

    jakee308 wrote, "Have you ever noticed how Liberals always want to turn the US into Europe? Why is that?"

    Because liberals slavishly worship and ape the arrogant European intellectuals and upper class, and have absorbed their contempt for the USA for being bourgeois and bitterly clinging to guns and religion, and their envy of us for being far more successful.

    This has been a standard California boondoggle since the 1980s. They put out a bond, get paid to do a bunch of 'initial studies', discover that the problem is insoluble due to land ownership issues and they'll never be able to eminent domain it because of all the wealthy connected people, and then the money runs out and you apply for more bonds to 'study the matter.'

    Wing In Ground-effect (WIG) aircraft;
    High Speed rail without the rails. 🙂

    If we really want to do "high speed" rail, go for gravity trains. In theory underground vacuum tunnels could allow magneticly suspended trains to up trillions of dollars travel at orbital velocity with minimum energy input.

    Of course you need to pony up a few trillion dollars first. Or maybe put all the unemployed people to work digging,,,,,,

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