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Stimulus bill includes hi-speed rail! But where?

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Not to Iowa, unfortunately (reasonably, though, since Iowa has no multi-million-person population centers). But just imagine the tens of millions of people who could be served! Compared to auto or air, it’s a huge environmental savings.

And on weekends, think of, say, the football traffic on the Chicago Hub Network.

clipped from www.huffingtonpost.com

High-speed rail corridors

High-speed rail corridors

After much clamoring by energy hawks, who knows what it was that finally brought high-speed rail to the stimulus — perhaps a little nudge from ol’ Amtrak Joe? — but it got in, to the tune of $8 billion.
And now the question is, where will the expansion be?
the areas that will get a leg up should be the Federal Railroad Administration’s officially designated high-speed rail corridors
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What possibilities do you see?


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Nobody knows you’re a dog

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h/t moliticon!
clipped from www.unc.edu

http://www.unc.edu/depts/jomc/academics/dri/idog.jpg
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December 20, 2008 at 11:42 pm

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Meet Jet-Man

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I was pretty sure I could fly when I was little. Only for brief soars, nothing pretentious—rather like the Wright brothers’ first attempts—but they seemed auspicious.
This fellow never gave it up.  Check out the startling video if you knew it was true, too.

clipped from www.cracked.com

Jet-Man

Real Name: Yves Rossi
Yves Rossi is a Swiss professional pilot and aeronautical engineer (we hope, since he designed his own jet pack) who, claiming to be inspired by his hero Batman, realized the first jet-pack-powered flight. [...]

Jet-Man’s jet pack is capable of flying at a speed of 160 mph for up to six minutes. After those six minutes, Yves has to activate his secondary power, the Go-go-gadget-oh-please-God-don’t-let-it-fail-parachute since there is no way to land the jet pack without becoming a red and chrome stain on the ground.

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h/t Cakebelly at Clipmarks

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September 19, 2008 at 7:19 pm

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