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  • California High Speed Rail- Update

    09/13/2017 3:23:12 PM PDT · by ptsal · 28 replies
    Update on the California High Speed Rail Project Thursday, September 28, 2017, 11:30 AM to 3:00 PM University of California Center - 550 East Shaw Avenue, Fresno (Stanislaus/Tuolumne Room) Join us for lunch and an update on the High Speed Rail Project presented by California High Speed Rail Authority Environmental Staff. After lunch attendees will be taken on a tour of construction sites in the Fresno/Madera County area. Since adoption of the Final EIR/EIS, the project has progressed into the design/build phase with four active construction packages. This presentation will update us on the current High Speed Rail work happening...
  • Rio's $700 million village was turned into luxury condos now reportedly 'shuttered' and 93% vacant

    07/19/2017 1:38:10 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 58 replies
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | July 19, 2017 | by Scott Davis
    The Rio Olympics continue to be an example of why more and more cities are wary of hosting the games. Rio 2016 has essentially become a financial disaster, with the games costing $13 billion in a mix of private and public money, according to a June Associated Press report. Much of the Olympic infrastructure is abandoned or underused, including the $700 million athletes village that was supposed to be turned into luxury condos once the games were over. Stephen Wade of the Associated Press recently reported via Twitter that the athletes village was "shuttered" and that only 7% of the...
  • F-35 buzzing over the house.

    05/05/2017 4:10:33 PM PDT · by DAC21 · 57 replies
    Chino Airshow | 5/5/17 | DAC21
    F-35, P-38 2 x P-51 and Mitchell B-25 flying over the house in formation.
  • Infrastructure overhaul may top $1 trillion, cut red tape: Trump

    04/04/2017 10:38:55 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 14 replies
    Reuters ^ | April 4, 2017 | By David Shepardson
    President Donald Trump vowed on Tuesday to cut red tape to speed up approval of infrastructure projects and said his overhaul could top $1 trillion on roads, tunnels and bridges, one of his 2016 election campaign promises. Trump, a real estate businessman before he was elected, did not provide further details on the amount or where the money would come from. Trump said building a highway can require dozens of approvals and take 10 to 20 years, a process he vowed to speed up. Trump said he would not fund projects that cannot be started within 90 days. The administration...
  • Head of US military kit-testing slams F-35, says it's scarcely fit to fly

    04/04/2017 7:53:17 AM PDT · by johnk · 33 replies
    https://www.theregister.co.uk ^ | 3 Apr 2017 | Richard Chirgwin
    Gun: fail. Flight: fail. Software: fail. Schedule: fail. Budget: fail. Plus 270 more fails... ďThe Services have designated 276 deficiencies in combat performance as ďcritical to correctĒ in Block 3F, but less than half of the critical deficiencies were addressed with attempted corrections in 3FR6Ē, the report states... The problem with the wing design makes the F-35 a challenge to fly at around the speed of sound: ďAll F-35 variants display objectionable or unacceptable flying qualities at transonic speeds, where aerodynamic forces on the aircraft are rapidly changing. Particularly, under elevated 'g' conditions, when wing loading causes the effects to...
  • A Startupís Plan To Cut Air Freight Costs In Half With 777-Size Drones

    03/27/2017 4:49:23 PM PDT · by COBOL2Java · 46 replies
    Fast Company ^ | 03.27.17 | 2:30 PM | DANIEL TERDIMAN
    Commercial passenger jets fly at an altitude of around 30,000 feet or higher. Imagine sitting in a window seat of one of those giant aluminum tubes a few years from now as it makes its way across the Pacific Ocean. Picture looking down about 10,000 feet below. You just might see what one startup thinks could be the future of international cargo transport. The idea is simple: Shipping by air is fast, but expensive. Boat is much cheaper, but very slow. So why not send all those boxes and packages on an un-piloted, amphibious Boeing 777-sized drone that can...
  • California's Boondoggle Bullet Train Goes Off The (Fiscal) Rails

    03/21/2017 8:09:19 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 71 replies
    IBD ^ | 03/21/2017
    State Waste: The Golden State's vaunted bullet train project, planned to connect San Francisco to Los Angeles, may be in its financial death throes. If so, it's probably the best fiscal news for the Golden State in years. To say that Gov. Jerry Brown's pet project, the so-called high-speed train, is troubled would be an understatement. From the very beginning, it has been a testament to political hubris, fiscal irresponsibility, outright lies and abysmal planning. The bullet train idea was floated on a blustery gust of political promises in 2008, when proponents put the high-speed rail to the state's voters...
  • Mobile-built Austal LCS stranded in Singapore (US Navy ship)

    03/16/2017 10:47:51 AM PDT · by pabianice · 40 replies
    al com ^ | 2/22/17 | Harress
    An Austal-built Littoral Combat Ship (LCS) and crew are stranded in Singapore because of a change in training standards propelled by a series of recent engineering breakdowns throughout the LCS fleet. The USS Coronado, built in Mobile nearly five years ago, deployed to the Pacific Rim in June last year to relieve the LCS Fort Worth. The Coronado and its crew were supposed to arrive back in the home port of San Diego by Thanksgiving but could now end up being abroad for an indefinite period as they wait for a relief crew to be trained to the new Naval...
  • Texas Bullet Train Project Reaches Key Milestones in Land Option Program

    03/14/2017 2:33:48 PM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 43 replies
    North Dallas Gazette ^ | March 13, 2017
    DALLAS ¬ĖTexas Central, developers of the state¬ís high-speed train, announced on February 7th that it reached a signiÔ¨Ācant milestone in its land option program, the result of collaborative and ongoing engagements with property owners and stakeholders along the project¬ís potential route. The company said it has reached option agreements on about 30 percent of the parcels estimate to be needed for the bullet train¬ís route in the 10-county stretch between North Texas and Houston. Negotiations have resulted in option agreements in all 10 counties, including 50 percent of the parcels for the proposed route in Waller and Grimes counties. Grimes...
  • The dream of high-speed rail in California is taking longer and costing more

    03/14/2017 12:36:14 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 50 replies
    San Jose Mercury News ^ | March 14, 2017 | By KURT SNIBBE
    In 2008, Californians approved a high-speed rail project that has become one of the largest infrastructure projects in the nation. The dream of taking a train from Southern California to San Francisco in about three hours is chugging along, but facing new barriers. The original plan voters opted for in 2008 was titled the Safe, Reliable High-Speed Passenger Train Bond Act for the 21st Century. When voters approved the measure, the estimated cost of the project was $40 billion. The 2016 business plan reviewed by the Legislative Analysts Office estimated a cost of $64 billion. WHAT IT WOULD TAKE TO...
  • Obama wanted to be the high-speed rail president. It might be Trump instead.

    02/11/2017 4:53:52 PM PST · by repentant_pundit · 54 replies
    McClatchy ^ | FEBRUARY 10, 2017 | CURTIS TATE
    Could Donald Trump be the president who brings high-speed rail to America? The Obama administration spent nearly $10 billion to improve passenger rail service across the country. While it accomplished that goal to some degree, it did not build the faster trains passengers can ride in Europe, Japan and China. Trains in other countries can travel 200 mph or more, but no train in the United States as yet travels faster than 150 mph. Most go much more slowly than that. Trump has proposed a $1 trillion investment in U.S. infrastructure, and he has expressed interest in improving roads, bridges,...
  • California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun, a confidential [tr]

    01/14/2017 6:33:36 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 59 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | January 13, 2017 2:45 PM | Ralph Vartabedian
    Californiaís bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated ó as much as $3.6 billion more. And thatís just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter, just north of Bakersfield, could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning,...
  • California's bullet train is hurtling toward a multibillion-dollar overrun...

    01/13/2017 1:38:01 PM PST · by BenLurkin · 68 replies
    latimes.com ^ | Ralph Vartabedian
    Californiaís bullet train could cost taxpayers 50% more than estimated ó as much as $3.6 billion more. And thatís just for the first 118 miles through the Central Valley, which was supposed to be the easiest part of the route between Los Angeles and San Francisco. A confidential Federal Railroad Administration risk analysis, obtained by The Times, projects that building bridges, viaducts, trenches and track from Merced to Shafter could cost $9.5 billion to $10 billion, compared with the original budget of $6.4 billion. The federal document outlines far-reaching management problems: significant delays in environmental planning, lags in processing invoices...
  • Navy's New $4 Billion Stealth Warship Breaks Down (Again)

    11/23/2016 10:52:43 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 79 replies
    Zero Hedge ^ | 11/23/2016
    For the second time in two months, The Navy's new $4 billion stealth warship has broken down. As Military.com reports, the ripped-from-the-pages-of-a-sci-fi mag-looking USS Zumwalt is now in Panama for repairs after suffering a breakdown while passing through the Panama Canal on Monday evening.Military.com's Hope Hodge Seck reports that a spokesman for U.S. 3rd Fleet, Cmdr. Ryan Perry, told Military.com that the commander of 3rd Fleet, Vice Adm. Nora Tyson, had instructed the†USS Zumwalt, the first in a new class of stealthy destroyers, to remain at ex-Naval Station Rodman in Panama to address the engineering casualty. "The timeline for...
  • Bath-built destroyer breaks down, towed out of Panama Canal

    11/23/2016 3:17:01 AM PST · by Daffynition · 85 replies
    BDN ^ | Nov 22, 2016 | Beth Brogan
    BATH, Maine ó The Bath-built USS Zumwalt, the first-in-class ďstealthĒ destroyer that left the Bath shipyard on Sept. 7, broke down Monday night while passing through the Panama Canal and was towed by tugs through the locks toward the Pacific Ocean. The DDG 1000, the first of a class of three destroyers that cost an estimated $22 billion combined, ďsuffered an engineering casualty,Ē the Navy Times reported. The Zumwalt was towed through the locks to Rodman, a former U.S. military base.
  • The USS Zumwalt Can't Fire Its Guns Because the Ammo Is Too Expensive

    11/07/2016 5:47:10 PM PST · by sukhoi-30mki · 71 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | November 7, 2016 | Kyle Mizokami
    Just three weeks after commissioning the USS Zumwalt, the U.S. Navy has admitted it is canceling ammunition specially developed for the ship's high-tech gun systems because the rounds are too expensive. . The guns, tailor made for the destroyer, will be unable to fire until the Navy chooses a cheaper replacement round. The Zumwalt-class destroyers were conceived in the late 1990s as the first of a new generation of stealthy warships. The radar signature of the 610 foot long warship is that of a 50-foot fishing boat, making the Zumwalts great for getting in close to an enemy coastline and...
  • U.S. Navyís New High Tech Destroyer Suffers ĎEngineering Casualtyí

    09/22/2016 6:11:49 AM PDT · by artichokegrower · 50 replies
    gCaptain ^ | September 21, 2016
    The U.S. Navyís new high tech destroyer has been sidelined for repairs after suffering a seawater leak in its propulsion system less than a month before its expected commissioning.
  • California's Boom Is Poised To Go Bust -- And Liberals' Dream Of Scandinavia On The Pacific

    09/16/2016 1:04:08 PM PDT · by jcon40 · 27 replies
    Forbes.com ^ | Sep. 15' 2016 | Joel Kotkin
    As its economy started to recover in 2010, progressives began to hail California as a kind of Scandinavia on the Pacific ó a place where liberal programs also produce prosperity. The stateís recovery has won plaudits from such respected figures as The American Prospectís Harold Meyerson and the New York Timesí Paul Krugman. Gov. Jerry Brown, in Bill Maherís assessment, ďtook a broken state and fixed it.Ē Thereís a political lesson being injected here, as well, as blue organs like The New Yorker describe California as doing far better economically than nasty red-state Texas. But if you take a look...
  • Colossal Stealth Destroyer USS Zumwalt Ready to Set Sail and Join the Navy

    09/07/2016 8:18:01 AM PDT · by sukhoi-30mki · 52 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 7, 2016
    <p>The largest and most expensive destroyer ever built for the U.S. Navy once headed to sea in a snowstorm during builder trials. Now, it's heading into the remnants of a tropical storm as it leaves Maine for good.</p> <p>The skipper is watching the weather as the stealthy Zumwalt destroyer prepares to depart from Bath Iron Works on Wednesday en route to its commissioning in Baltimore, and then to its homeport in San Diego.</p>
  • Another Travel Fiasco Courtesy of the TSA

    08/26/2016 10:32:05 AM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 43 replies
    The Daily Signal ^ | August 19, 2016 | Genevieve Wood
    I have long been a believer that, in most cases, a private company will do a more effective and efficient job than any government agency charged with the same task. My recent travel experience solidified that belief. It all started out with a half-empty water bottle at Ronald Reagan National Airport just outside the District of Columbia. I had checked in the night before, checked my bag at the curbside when I arrived, and now had a full hour to go through security. With Congress gone since late July and much of the District emptied out until Labor Day, I...