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Old 06-21-2018, 03:19 PM
 
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BostonMike7,

You are in that rare 2% of the population that knows how to fix stuff without injuring himself.
I know. Doing my best to make sure my three sons are also part of that small group.
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Old 06-21-2018, 04:04 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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Who cares about the world trade, we have to end this madness of DEBT spending and FAKE growth. Can you people get in your head that maybe is time to stop spending and start saving? All nations grow and rest; and when they rest, they SAVE. 2001-PRESENT was "supposed to be" a SAVING CYCLE, with higher interest rates, less spending and more saving, strengthening the local currency.

Yes, most of you believe in PERPETUAL GROWTH; how else do we AVOID recession, right? We don't avoid recession or depression; we SURVIVE recession and depression. If it doesn't kill you it makes you stronger.

When our FED fools find a way to supplement 17-years of growth with 17 years of VIRTUAL growth - i.e., interest rate suppression, and theft of national recesses from the future - then they disturb the balance of nature, and CREATE MONSTERS.

What I can't understand is how could you people think that this manipulation since 2001 is OK, is normal?????
Have you all collectively lost your minds or are you really that blind and unaware what is going on since 2001. Answer = MANIPULATION, DEBT ORGY AND SOCIALISM FOR THE RICH!!!
Plus, the federal government used to run on import duties and excise taxes. An income tax is a new thing, historically. If the cost of all imports went up 25%, we would not have to worry about deficit spending. The federal budget would be very nearly balanced. We import $2.3 trillion of stuff every year. A 25% import duty would be $570 billion in additional revenue.
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Old 06-21-2018, 05:57 PM
 
Location: 5,400 feet
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Red China has been quietly buying gold by the TON!. They are rebuilding their infrastructure at an amazing rate. My son has traveled to Guangdau (sp?). He goes there from Shanghai by a mag-lev train that runs through the rice paddies at 280 MPH and does not touch the ground. Meanwhile, we are hauling oil in tank cars on railroads that are limited to 15 MPH because the railroad ties are rotten and you can pick railroad spikes out of the ties with two fingers and push them back in with your thumb.

China has a maglev train, one. The system is less than 20 miles long and cost over $1 billion to construct in 2004. So, that's more than $50 million per mile 14 years ago, and the net operating cost have exceeded $1 billion/year. That's why they only have one such train and will likely never have another.
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Old 06-21-2018, 07:00 PM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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China has a maglev train, one. The system is less than 20 miles long and cost over $1 billion to construct in 2004. So, that's more than $50 million per mile 14 years ago, and the net operating cost have exceeded $1 billion/year. That's why they only have one such train and will likely never have another.
I think the point is that the US has not nationalized its rail system like all other developed countries, and thus has a really bad rail system that does not serve our economy well. There is a small rail system that serves my area, the Central Oregon and Pacific. They pulled all the money out of the rail system without doing repairs until it failed, then just closed rail served to the coast. Lumber mills had to close because there was no rail service. A large bridge component manufacturer had to close because there was no rail service. The deep water port of Coos Bay lost hundreds of millions of dollars in business because there was no rail service.

The US rail system has been deteriorating for 75 years. You cannot trust private money to run transportation services. Stockholders are short sighted and oriented toward quick profits, not toward spending money on improvements that won't pay off for 20 years.
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Old 06-22-2018, 06:11 AM
 
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Because it was built by the Chinese?
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Old 06-22-2018, 06:35 AM
 
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The era of the $49.95 microwave oven at WalMart will soon be over. You probably can't fix your old one if it quits and it will be really handy to have a new spare still in the box when it dies. Pick your product. If it's made in China, your new one will cost a lot more that it costs today.
No problem here - buffalo chip campfire in OK.
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Old 06-22-2018, 01:14 PM
 
Location: Lower East Side, NYC
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It doesn't seem worth it to build rail between cities except for on the East Coast in America.

Now, I'm one that hates cars and a lot that goes into them, but how often do people really go between cities and moreso sans the East Coast, who would get onto a train that would take possibly a day vs flying for a couple of hours. Even if the line from New York to Chicago were some fancy maglev, I'd still take a plane because it's faster and likely will still be cheaper.

I just don't think cross country passenger trains in America are economically feasible. I'd say we should instead focus on investing into our cities public transit where people are actually taking the bus, train, maglev, w/e. Maybe work on trying to get air travel faster without sacrificing passenger comfort. Possibly also try to curtail the air companies from reducing our services.
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Old 06-23-2018, 04:25 AM
 
Location: Myrtle Creek, Oregon
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It doesn't seem worth it to build rail between cities except for on the East Coast in America.

Now, I'm one that hates cars and a lot that goes into them, but how often do people really go between cities and moreso sans the East Coast, who would get onto a train that would take possibly a day vs flying for a couple of hours. Even if the line from New York to Chicago were some fancy maglev, I'd still take a plane because it's faster and likely will still be cheaper.

I just don't think cross country passenger trains in America are economically feasible. I'd say we should instead focus on investing into our cities public transit where people are actually taking the bus, train, maglev, w/e. Maybe work on trying to get air travel faster without sacrificing passenger comfort. Possibly also try to curtail the air companies from reducing our services.
I was actually thinking about freight rail, not passenger rail. Maybe some areas don't have a problem with truck traffic, but I-5 is often so congested with trucks there is little room for cars. Traffic jams happen even way outside of cities. Our rail freight system is in such shabby shape that it is a drag on the whole economy.

The heartburn I have with air travel is that it is so inconvenient. Getting to the airport, parking, checking luggage and getting through security can easily take a couple of hours. After a two hour flight you have to disembark, find your luggage, rent a car or pay a cab for a ride to where you are actually going. Then you just hope your flight isn't delayed or canceled because it snowed in Duluth or rained in Florida. Buying a comfortable seat costs a fortune. If the US had even average 80 mph commuter trains, air travel would be a lot less popular.
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Old 06-23-2018, 09:35 AM
 
Location: Brawndo-Thirst-Mutilator-Nation
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I will ALWAYS find cheap stuff that fits my needs......except for gas.

I don't have a microwave, but if I wanted to buy one....I would go down to the Salvation Army and most likely pick-up a decent one for 10 or so bucks.
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Old 06-25-2018, 04:19 AM
 
Location: Cebu, Philippines
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Remember a few years ago when all TV broadcasters had to switch to digital, and people with existing TVs had to buy either a new compliant TV or a converter box? A hundred million households, maybe $200 each for one or the other. Twenty billion dollar windfall for the country exporting all those TVs and converters. Anybody wanna guess what country that was?
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