Emergency personnel work at the scene of a deadly train derailment, Wednesday, May 13, 2015, in Philadelphia. The Amtrak train, headed to New York City, derailed and crashed in Philadelphia on Tuesday night, killing at least six people and injuring dozens of others. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Originally posted by Robert Reich
We still don’t know what caused the Amtrak train derailment that left at least seven dead and many more injured. It could have been human error. But other nations have sophisticated public transportation systems that minimize the consequences of human error. We don’t. Perversely, a Republican House panel yesterday approved a measure to cut funding for Amtrak.
The bigger story is that the nation’s backlog of maintenance on infrastructure is huge and growing, according to the American Society of Structural Engineers. 45% of households lack access to public transit. One in 9 of America’s bridges are structurally deficient. Of the 84,000 dams in the U.S., 14,000 are “high hazard” and 4,000 are deficient. 42% of the country’s major urban highways are considered congested, and 32% of major roads in the U.S. are in poor or mediocre condition. There are 240,000 water main breaks in the U.S. each year, and many water mains and pipes are over 100 years old.
Why are we letting our infrastructure fall into such disrepair? We’re the richest nation in the world. But much of that wealth is now in the pockets of people who have lobbied hard to keep their taxes down. Moreover, we spend more on our military than the next 10 biggest economies put together spend on their militaries (including Russia and China).
It’s time for another post. And this time, I’m going way outside the box.
I have a very odd addiction: Riding the Wave. I will start surfing the web “wave” from one trivial subject to the next. For example, here’s a weird walk thru my surfing that leads to the video I’m including here.
Started out at IMDB to look at trivia about Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid movie which, due to one of the comments sent me to:
- George Roy Hill (Was he mean)
- World War II (What exactly was that war all about)
- Battle of Midway (Sounded real important)
- Aircraft Carriers (again, sounded real important)
- Crew on carriers
- What do all those hand signals mean
- Why do the flight deck staff have different colored vests
- Why do the vests have a hole in the back
- Video of the ‘shooters’ on deck
And after I watched this video, I knew it just had to be stuffed onto my blog. How incredible these guys do this for a living.
What is going on in Boston is our country’s belief system in progress. Our Declaration of Independence tells us we must overthrow any power that deprives us of our life, liberty and pursuit of happiness.
Listen to how Thom puts it:
What a wonderful video. At first I thought, “Dancing Priests? Why?” But, bored as I was, I clicked on it. It was great!