If you enjoy tech or trains then you will forgive the length of this post.
Please discuss the text and reports below from silverdoctors.com and thenanfang.com/blog/ …My thoughts are colored red for emphasis and to easily identify my comments.
Discussions such as those below reveal a potential improvement in jobs for transportation and other engineering/manufacturing growth industries outside of the “West” – as the West economies falters – that demonstrates a failed U.S. policy that is destructively focused on:
propping up Wall Street, Taxation, war, terror, militarized police, mass surveillance, GMO, Drugs, Ebola, and fear based policies.
Domestic businesses are failing, failing, and failing…
No wonder Americans are unhappy and the international community plans to distance themselves from the U.S. control.
Shifting institutional leadership to the BRICS is an obvious effort underway.
Note the distinction:
While many praise BRICS as Saints, I consider this effort similar to one Mafia boss losing control to a rival gang… ~Ron
Russia And China Want To Build The Longest High-Speed Railway In The World To Connect Them
China and Russia are considering building a high-speed rail line thousands of kilometres from Moscow to Beijing that would cut the journey time from six days on the celebrated Trans-Siberian to two, Chinese media reported Friday [17 Oct 2014].
The project would cost more than $230 billion and be over 7,000 kilometres (4,350 miles) long, the Beijing Times reported — more than three times the world’s current longest high-speed line, from the Chinese capital to the southern city of Guangzhou.
The railway would be a powerful physical symbol of the ties that bind Moscow and Beijing, whose political relationship has roots dating from the Soviet era and who often vote together on the UN Security Council.
They have strengthened their relationship as Western criticism of Russian President Vladimir Putin mounts over Ukraine and other issues.
[…] China is now keen to promote the export of its technology, and has been building high-speed rail networks in Turkey and Venezuela.
NOTE: The idea of MAGLEV transportation has been around since the early 1900s.
The Japanese bullet train, or Shinkansen, as it is commonly known, is a marvel of modern public transportation, with regular speeds reaching nearly 200 mph, or 300 kph. This high-speed rail system is estimated to carry between 150 and 200 million passengers per year, and is becoming a standard of travel throughout much of Japan. Originally proposed in the early 1940s, the first bullet trains were not opened until the mid-1960s, and have undergone many improvements and upgrades since their implementation. –wisegeek
Look around the world and see the USA technology is 3rd rate!
As in undeveloped third world-ish.
Moscow Just Took a Quantum Leap Into the Future
If Moscow is doing it…
If Beijing is doing it…
If New Delhi is doing it…
If Cape Town and Brasilia are doing it…
Then maybe this “prepping thing” has gone mainstream where “mainstream” matters most.
You’ve got to remember, that when you think “mainstream”, you cannot do it in terms of what’s happening in America and much of Europe any longer. The words “Western” and “relevance” are quickly divorcing themselves from one another, after enjoying a longstanding, cozy romance.
So let’s take a gander at the newest move that Moscow is taking, to reassert her role as a world-class power player.
Whether you realize it yet or not, railway travel is going to be an enormously important factor in the years ahead, for a host of reasons. There will come a time when many will simply not be able to hop in their car, and literally travel across a continent. The cost, at some point, will be extremely prohibitive. From the factor of “peak oil”, which many studious, and well-read analysts talk of, to the fact that those in the West are simply less able to afford that new car(or the gas which fuels it), the keen importance of a rock-steady railway sector is quickly becoming apparent again.
That’s precisely why when the Watchman saw this headline, I absolutely had to bring it up in the Truth HQ:
Make no mistake brothers, this story has unbelievable implications for the world, and the direction of our new century.
Let’s break this headline down a bit, and do it greater justice than this brief story did.
The Long and Winding Railway
First of all, take notice of this paragraph within:
TOKYO — A planned $10 billion Russian high-speed rail system is a key project covered under the strengthened cooperation that Russia and China agreed to Monday.
This is not simply Russia deciding they’d like to lay down more track. This is a joint-state venture, being pursued from the very top levels, between arguably the two biggest players of the BRICS. This is another example of how the policies which the West is currently pursuing against Moscow (and to a lesser extent, Beijing) is pushing Russia and China much closer together, in ways that were unimaginable even 10 years ago.
Lulz! But, Watchman, Russia doesn’t even have high-speed railway technologies! Their technology is horribly dated! How is this a big deal?
First of all, in case you hadn’t noticed, the United States, the “indispensable nation”, is literally in the stone age, when it comes to railway technologies.
Don’t believe me?
Here’s a look at a high-speed railway snapshot from China:
Or what about this one?
Or lastly, this?
That last train above, by the way, can reach speeds of over 300 miles per hour. That’s half the speed of a Boeing 727 passenger jet! Just imagine sitting inside the bullet of a gun, while eating your poached eggs with Hollandaise sauce, and being fired through the air, and you’ll have some idea of what it’s like to travel on a 21st century railway.
Now, just for fun, let’s do a comparison with a look at some Amtrak trains here in the States!
Prepare to be blown away, by this…
Or this one!
Short on words here, patriotic citizen brothers and sisters?
Let me help you think of a few.
Seriously, are those photos of a super-power, or stock footage from the Island of Sodor? I mean, photos like those above are a superb way of telling the world:
Yeeeeeesss, Keep on shouting USA! NUMBER ONE! USA!
One more piece of evidence:
Speeding from Beijing to Moscow on New Bullet Train
Posted: 10/16/2014 by http://www.thenanfang.com/blog/speeding-from-beijing-to-moscow-on-new-bullet-train/
Nobody can say China isn’t ambitious. After boldly announcing plans to build an underwater train that travels from China to the USA, the country has unveiled another large-scale, cross-border infrastructure project: a high-speed rail line from Beijing to Moscow.
Now that is NEWS!
China and Russia have signed a four-party agreement that laid the groundwork for the new rail corridor. The trip will cover more than 7,000 kilometers and last two days.
Construction will take 10 years. The first step is to build a rail line between Moscow and Kazan, the capital of Tatarstan, Russia.
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This is a problem that has been building for decades and continues under the Obama administration.
Policies have been strangling small business creation to death, and as a result the number of Americans that are self-employed keeps going down. Check out this chart:
Keep in mind that throughout this entire time the U.S. population has been growing. Thus, the numbers in the chart above should be going up steadily as the population grows. Yet, the entrepreneurial numbers continue to decline. We are mindful that U.S. domestic manufacturing and worker participation has also declined.
This is systemic, this is problematic, this is policy…
I did some research and discovered:
There may be many commuter, and railway transportation plans across the U.S. that I am not aware of.
There are some fast trains (not Maglev) currently operating in the U.S.. Yet the old rails remain and thus slower speeds, Maglev technology has not replaced them.
Coral Gables-based All Aboard Florida, and the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) are hosting meetings between Central and South Florida in October and November 2014 to finalize an environmental-impact statement needed before construction can begin on the West Palm Beach to Orlando portion of the 240-mile intercity passenger rail.
I have low expectations from the materials I have read:
“The start of service set for 2016 will find All Aboard Florida running 32 rail departures a day between Miami, Fort Lauderdale, West Palm Beach, and Orlando.”
All Aboard Florida plans to build a moderately high-speed (110-125 mph) train dedicated to passenger rail.
What happened to 200 – 300+ mph speeds?
Smaller inter city rail systems are more active but the shorter distances are reasons to keep the speeds and costs lower, thus using existing rails is prevalent, rather than constructing advanced rails or tunnels.
However some cities are using the “monorail” system:
Above is a standard metromover mass transit automated people mover train system found in metropolitan cities such as Miami, Jacksonville, and other cities.
Construction of Miami Central Station, the new Tri-Rail/Amtrak hub at Miami International Airport (MIA), hopes to have a rail hub linking to all points, the giant Miami Intermodal Center has been under construction for three years…
Below is a promotional pitch to politicians for the expansion of the Tri-Rail commuter rail to the Florida East Coast Railway.
Because, the plan to connect the Florida cities via faster rail has been proposed multiple times over 4 decades, and still counting! The speeds they are talking about is not an incentive to leave the private cars on dealers’ car lots. It would help to implement a state wide or nationwide rail/bus ticket pass as incentives for increasing passenger usage.
Fifty Years After The Bullet Train, Japan Approves Plan To Build Super-Speed Maglev Train Line
Forbes Asia 10/19/2014 http://www.forbes.com/sites/saritharai/2014/10/19/fifty-years-after-the-bullet-train-japan-approves-plan-to-build-super-speed-maglev-train-line/
Japan’s government has just approved plans to build the world’s fastest train line using magnetic levitation technology, an endeavor that will make the industrial center of Nagoya, 178 miles away, a suburb of Tokyo, effectively. It could potentially be the future of public transport.
The go-ahead to the Central Japan Railway (called JR Tokai), the company building the maglev train, came from the government’s transport ministry on Friday. Construction on the Tokyo-Nagoya line will begin next year and the train line will cost over $50 billion to put in place. The train will run at speeds of over 300 miles an hour and will cut the journey time to Nagoya to 40 minutes, down from 1.4 hours currently. The train is to start operating in 2027 and will eventually link Tokyo to Osaka, beyond Nagoya.
Japan is feting its celebrated bullet trains, the Shinkansen, a full five decades after the first bullet train was unveiled in time for the 1964 Olympics. Stupendous as it is, Japan’s bullet train system is no longer the world’s fastest nor does it carry the highest number of passengers. China and other countries have stolen a march over Japan with speedier trains. –Forbes Asia
After all this reading I gather that China has a great potential to advance fast transportation technology with their massive population able to generate a reliable market of demand to provide profits for investors.
The U.S. is on a path to continue to export war, as the military industry is the primary infrastructure and it also protects monetary policy. That may mean another world war profiteering because of those narrow interests.
My sense is many nations do not wish to be held down by the WEST (U.S.-NATO) Allies from advancing technologically and enjoying a higher living standard.
In that light BRICS may look very appealing to many nations.
If the current world war escalate to full military engagement among the nuclear powered mightiest militaries across the Earth then the U.S. has a lot to lose as the 1.3 Billion Chinese population would awaken as a military manufacturing Juggernaut for survival.
This war must end to avoid the nuclear confrontation. ~Ron