Japan: Shinkansen bullet trains, 28 min

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https://youtu.be/FHh92knjQZU?t=245 Japanese Shinkansen bullet trains have been running for 50 years since 1964. Running at 200 mph, these trains do not deviate more than a second and have not had a single fatality.

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Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm


Demandside, don't you know that if the Gods of Capitalism wanted you to have trains on our continent that could travel faster than 28 mph, they would've moved mountain, earth and the entire tax code to benefit their plans to build it, milk it, and sell it back to the public first? Good heavens, if we start talking about plans like that socialist lawyer for the railroads and the socialist up in them VT hills, who knows what this coiuntry will have to endure, trains that are comfortable, timely, efficient, safe and affordable. Damn radicals, what's next. Real, workable and affordable northern euro-style "socialism" like the kind Germans enjoy and doesnt' threaten their ever-growing private sector?

LOL, before I left for Germany to live there for three years in Wiesbaden as an AF dep., my mom and two brothers and I took the NYC from Dayton, OH to Springfield, MA. Geesh, our once proud system was already starting to creak, moan, and eventually croaked due to abuse and neglect at the hands of its "owners" who left the rest of us picking up their tabs if we wanted to have any semblance of some working passenger rail service. When we arrived shortly afterwards, I took a walk around the hotel we were staying at and visited Wiesbaden's train station, then operating with 12 tracks, and the public space was immaculate. I was only eleven, but no worries. I got to ride the GI "Duty Train" out of Frankfurt twice to Berlin on trips there with my family in '63, the Boy Scouts the following summer.No problems. Let me back up to the mid fifties when my dad took us all up on a combined business trip to Wiesbaden from Morocco where he was stationed for three years. He did his business, took off his uniform and hauled us all off to the Alps taking a fast diesel train out of Frankfurt's rapidly repaired cavernous Hauptbahnhof, which is twice the size of nearby Wiesbaden's. I've never forgottent that trip which was taken when I was only five. We arrived in Munich later that afternoon, and though the station, one of Germany's other "biggies" with 20 tracks, lost its shed due to the damage caused by bombing. (Frankfurt's should've been called "Old Ironsides" for the beating it took while managing to survive. Nevertheless, the station was spotless, and this was only 11 years after Germany surrendered.

Let's jump to taking Boston's MBTA suburban trains in from Norwood to South Station, which at one time, was one of the largest and busiest terminal stations in the world. It was built when the city was the nation's leading port for immigrants coming from Europe. Ah, but when I was there, the station head house was but a small portion of its old self. The rooms were dingy, reeking of urine left by homeless drunks and just plain slobs who couldn't hold it after drinking too much during happy hours.

The old joke "who won the war" told often by Americans living in Germany less than 20 years after the Nazis packed it in, had a much darker meaning for Americans, who like myself, got to experience the best and worst concerning the essential, but often neglected task of making sure our railroad system doesn't look like the barely cleaned up aftermath of a B-17 daylight raid. Yeah, who's winning todays infrastructure wars. Germany, France, Austria, Russia, Spain, Italy, UK, Scotland, (Scandanavian nations), Poland, Baltic countries. But the same good folks who never fail to vote against increased spending for rapid rail systems, also never fail to vote tax breaks for their wealthy pals in big business. Don't get too alarmed if the Germans rightly claim the right to at least hum Deutschland Über Alles when it comes to railroad bragging rights.

Hate to rub it in, but we also pounded the hell out of Japan's passenger system, and well ...

Nov. 1, 2010 9:01 am

Germany has another target in it's sites.

Germany is still fighting fascists, but American fascists (US corporations adore fascism), news/worst-storm-retail-history-terrifying- will hit the fascists where they live. But American consumers will win.

They save money by requiring customers to bring their own shopping bags and bag their own groceries, and customers at Aldi pay a 25-cent deposit to use carts. The deposit is returned when customers return the carts, so Aldi doesn't have to pay employees to round them up and return them to the front of the store.

Carts returned to their storage place means no car dings, and more customers because all of the parking places full from lazy Americans leaving carts in them will now have cars aka customers. I can hear it now "You mean I have to walk the cart back myself? Harummpf!" -

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Jul. 31, 2007 3:01 pm

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