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by af773atmsp
Thu Sep 17, 2020 1:35 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Airlines launch ‘flights to nowhere’
Replies: 77
Views: 11004

Re: Airlines launch ‘flights to nowhere’

I'd do it if the price is right, but only on a clear day and the flight just goes around my region. It'd be cool to get a bird's eye view of the Twin Cities.

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by af773atmsp
Tue Sep 08, 2020 12:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Here’s what the 2020 election boils down to ...
Replies: 40
Views: 1464

Re: Here’s what the 2020 election boils down to ...

One thing the GOP and Democrats can agree on: doing everything in their power to make sure 3rd parties never get a chance to have a strong following and we, the voters, end up in a bind like 2016 and this election.

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by af773atmsp
Fri Sep 04, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Campaign promise: Draining the swamp
Replies: 7
Views: 538

Re: Campaign promise: Draining the swamp

Trump drained the swamp. He drained it into a larger and more toxic swamp.

Another example: Mitch McConnell's wife Elaine Chao is the Secretary of Transportation.

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by af773atmsp
Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:02 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread
Replies: 1138
Views: 315737

Re: KL 744 Phase out News and Discussion Thread

I'm pretty late, but I noticed PH-BFI was stored back in December. I flew on this plane AMS-ORD in September 2018, and it was my first flight on a 747. Even though it cost several hundred dollars more than on a different airline, it was well worth it especially since it was the closest I could get t...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Aug 14, 2020 9:58 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sleeper Trains U.S.
Replies: 30
Views: 1486

Re: Sleeper Trains U.S.

I could see sleeper trains catching on in the U.S if we had the political will to simply increase track capacity. If there was a sleeper train between Chicago and the Twin Cities I would definitely take that. It may be more expensive and slower than flying but after trying roomettes on the Empire B...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Aug 14, 2020 7:27 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sleeper Trains U.S.
Replies: 30
Views: 1486

Re: Sleeper Trains U.S.

I could see sleeper trains catching on in the U.S if we had the political will to simply increase track capacity. If there was a sleeper train between Chicago and the Twin Cities I would definitely take that. It may be more expensive and slower than flying but after trying roomettes on the Empire Bu...

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by af773atmsp
Thu Aug 13, 2020 4:43 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Train Derailment in Scotland
Replies: 12
Views: 896

Re: Train Derailment in Scotland

Could they not have a slow order after a heavy rain storm to prevent a derailment like this from happening, or would that not be feasible from an operational standpoint?

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by af773atmsp
Sun Aug 09, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: RST (Rochester, MN) New Air Service Announcement 8/10
Replies: 29
Views: 5128

RST (Rochester, MN) New Air Service Announcement 8/10

Saw on Rochester Airport's Facebook page there will be a new air service announcement on August 10th. Any guesses what it could be? Guesses I've seen so far: -Sun Country to somewhere warm -Sun Country's bus service to MSP, though I'm not sure that would count since it's not actually new air service...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Aug 04, 2020 1:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: I’m a sucker
Replies: 25
Views: 1356

Re: I’m a sucker

Back in 2015 my Volkswagen Passat needed too many expensive repairs so I sold it off. Even though I was going to be studying in Norway in a couple months and my family was fine with just two cars, for some reason I thought I absolutely needed a new car. I worked at a dealership and was told one of t...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Jul 13, 2020 12:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Popular movies that are now seen as Politically or socailly bad
Replies: 99
Views: 4315

Re: Popular movies that are now seen as Politically or socailly bad

Any movie that sexualizes high schoolers and makes it seem like men are obligated to lose their virginity before graduating high school.

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by af773atmsp
Sat Jul 11, 2020 7:17 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Dash Cams Become Mandatory in New Vehicles?
Replies: 11
Views: 595

Will Dash Cams Become Mandatory in New Vehicles?

Correct me if I'm wrong, but aren't all new vehicles now required to have rear view cameras, at least in the U.S.? Is it only a matter of time before dash cams become mandatory in new vehicles to prevent insurance fraud and have a better chance at finding the cause of an accident?

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by af773atmsp
Mon Jun 08, 2020 4:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Minneapolis To Disband Police
Replies: 174
Views: 6814

Re: Minneapolis To Disband Police

It seems some people are assuming this will happen at a flip of a switch. It'll be a long process, and this is just the first step.

After seeing the way police around the country treat peaceful protestors, I think any kind of reform that keeps the police would just be a bandaid.

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by af773atmsp
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:27 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 34965

Re: Another day another police killing

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEwsWOpZShw

As far as I know there were no fatalities and only minor injuries. The truck driver was taken to the hospital.
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I don't know what this truck driver was thinking driving into a crowd of protestors on a highway bridge, but hopefully we'll know soon. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cEwsWOpZShw

As far as I know there were no fatalities and only minor injuries. The truck driver was taken to the hospital.

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by af773atmsp
Thu May 28, 2020 5:14 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another day another police killing
Replies: 863
Views: 34965

Re: Another day another police killing

Not a good day for my city. Disappointed but not surprised a small number of people are taking advantage of this by looting and vandalizing. I know people are angry and they have every right to be, but violence and property damage aren't going to help the cause.

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by af773atmsp
Mon Aug 05, 2019 12:38 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 18130

Re: Another mass shooting in El Paso

So what country are you from? Do yo live in the USA or are you a foreigner? Mike Drop I live in the USA. If anyone wants to label me un-American go right ahead, but at least I'm trying to actually make this country better while others would rather live with the status quo and pretend everything is ...

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by af773atmsp
Sun Aug 04, 2019 7:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 18130

Re: Another mass shooting in El Paso

You know what's worse than a weak country? A weak country that doesn't admit it's weak and does nothing to try to improve itself. That is how I see the USA. So what country are you from? Do yo live in the USA or are you a foreigner? Mike Drop I live in the USA. If anyone wants to label me un-Americ...

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by af773atmsp
Sun Aug 04, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Another mass shooting in El Paso
Replies: 180
Views: 18130

Re: Another mass shooting in El Paso

You know what's worse than a weak country? A weak country that doesn't admit it's weak and does nothing to try to improve itself. That is how I see the USA.

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by af773atmsp
Wed Jul 10, 2019 4:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Ice Cream product tampering
Replies: 13
Views: 1411

Re: Ice Cream product tampering

Airstud wrote:
Definitely a good start to tackling the problem of prison overcrowding.



And what do you suggest? Tell them to stop it or we’ll say stop it in a more aggressive tone?

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by af773atmsp
Sun Jul 07, 2019 8:31 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California has officially lost it...Muralgate
Replies: 47
Views: 3260

Re: California has officially lost it...Muralgate

If people hate the mural that much put a tarp over it so then at least it can be shown whenever. There, I saved them $600K. You're welcome.

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by af773atmsp
Thu Jul 04, 2019 9:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 2417

Re: Any e-bike owners or users?

This is an issue especially on major urban trails. Walkers, strollers, and strollers holding kids, runners, wheel chairs and bicycles all sharing the same 10 foot (?) right of way. A bicycle going much faster than a runner simply does not fit in. My guess is that such trails should have a 15 mph li...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Jun 29, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 2417

Re: Any e-bike owners or users?

Dutchy wrote:
30km/h? That is fast for a bike. Do you use a helm?


Yes I use a helmet.

If I had to guess my average speed on a one-way trip it would probably be 10-11 miles per hour. I hit 20 where the road is straight for a long length and there's no major intersections I have to worry about.

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by af773atmsp
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:50 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any e-bike owners or users?
Replies: 32
Views: 2417

Any e-bike owners or users?

Last year I used electric bikes in Italy (specifically the region between Asti and Alba) and Copenhagen, and I had such good experiences with them that I wanted to buy one. Well last week I finally did, for $2,450 (there's cheaper ones, but the one I bought fit my needs the most). It's a Blix Aveny ...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:41 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Coolest college experiences
Replies: 20
Views: 2483

Re: Coolest college experiences

For me it was studying abroad in Oslo in 2015. The first week was a bit rough because of homesickness, depression that had hit pretty hard that summer, and dealing with a bunch of paperwork so I could actually stay in Norway for the amount of time I did. After that first week however it was pretty a...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Jun 25, 2019 3:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Sanders's plan to eliminate school debt
Replies: 42
Views: 2663

Re: Sanders's plan to eliminate school debt

People want to pursue their passions, and if their passion doesn’t include a high paying job or getting a degree that’s more marketable then why force them to do that and they end up debt free or debt light but still miserable? I’m not saying eliminate all debt, but we need to bring education costs ...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Jun 17, 2019 4:02 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 45 is 73 today
Replies: 6
Views: 1368

Re: 45 is 73 today

Yet he acts like a 3 year old.

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by af773atmsp
Sat Jun 01, 2019 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate
Replies: 104
Views: 5165

Re: Kids Calling Out Leadership Failure on Climate

Millennials and Generation Z'ers taking over political offices can't come soon enough.

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by af773atmsp
Mon May 20, 2019 1:45 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: AF schedules 77W for CDG-MSP
Replies: 3
Views: 1733

AF schedules 77W for CDG-MSP

Starting in July AF's CDG-MSP service is switched from a 789 to 772ER, however according to the MSP Spotting Facebook group there are at least a few dates in early July when it's scheduled as a 77W. I checked and indeed it shows a 77W for at least July 2nd and July 6th. Apparently I predicted the fu...

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by af773atmsp
Wed May 01, 2019 3:00 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Cop who shot Justine Damond in MSP found guilty
Replies: 22
Views: 2417

Re: Cop who shot Justine Damond in MSP found guilty

[photoid][/photoid]Clearly he should not have been a cop if he's that jumpy. Seems like people (and unfortunately especially for black people) just have to stand like statues to not get shot. Want me to give you my ID? Sorry it's in my pocket, you might think I'm pulling out a gun and then you shoot...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Apr 29, 2019 5:31 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: What on earth is going on at the NRA?
Replies: 35
Views: 2758

Re: What on earth is going on at the NRA?

Maybe we’ll get lucky and the whole organization will implode on itself.

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by af773atmsp
Tue Apr 16, 2019 1:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Notre-Dame cathedral on fire in Paris
Replies: 121
Views: 16643

Re: Notre-Dame cathedral on fire in Paris

Huge thank you to the firefighters for saving as much as they did. Better to have some of the building survive than none at all.

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by af773atmsp
Sun Apr 07, 2019 2:19 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Blue Lives Matter Flag at SFO Security Checkpoint
Replies: 41
Views: 3412

Re: Blue Lives Matter Flag at SFO Security Checkpoint

No one forced them to become cops. There are many more dangerous professions that make a far greater contribution to society and don't cause so many utterly needless deaths. I try to stay out of these discussions usually, but... I gotta ask a question here. Um... like what? I think a better way of ...

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by af773atmsp
Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:28 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: WOW Air Ongoing Developments Discussion Thread
Replies: 1113
Views: 184858

Re: Wow Air to attempt relaunch as new company

smokeybandit wrote:
What will they name it if WOW is out? GEE? GOSH? WHOA?


Worse. OWO Air or UWU Air. People will hate it yet constantly talk about it.

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by af773atmsp
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Blue Lives Matter Flag at SFO Security Checkpoint
Replies: 41
Views: 3412

Blue Lives Matter Flag at SFO Security Checkpoint

I was heading to MSP from SFO last night and as I passed through security at the International Terminal I noticed on a desk in the center of the room were two miniature flags. One being the American flag, the other being a Blue Lives Matter flag. Is this an anomaly, or is it common for security chec...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Christchurch (New Zealand) Mosque Shooting
Replies: 158
Views: 13411

Re: Christchurch Mosque Shooting

Very sad news. This looks similar to July 22nd 2011 in Norway.

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by af773atmsp
Tue Mar 12, 2019 3:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Norwegian State Railways (NSB) Name Change
Replies: 3
Views: 767

Norwegian State Railways (NSB) Name Change

The state rail operator in Norway NSB (Norges Statsbaner, in English Norwegian State Railways) announced that along with its subsidiary Nettbuss the two will have a new name. That name will be... Vy. Vy apparently means outlook in Norwegian, and something about looking towards the future. Not surpri...

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by af773atmsp
Thu Mar 07, 2019 2:45 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Any Horror Movie Fans?
Replies: 42
Views: 4807

Re: Any Horror Movie Fans?

I don't know if I have a favorite, but I recently watched Hereditary and I didn't sleep the whole night. Not a fan of watching horror movies and I'm not ashamed to admit I need to hold a pillow and hold it over my face for any potential jumpscares or disturbing scenes. I probably shouldn't watch hor...

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by af773atmsp
Mon Mar 04, 2019 7:35 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 60 Minutes Segment on Train Safety
Replies: 4
Views: 1445

60 Minutes Segment on Train Safety

As with the news reporting on something aviation related, I can see flaws when they report on trains. The segment focused on the crash of Amtrak's Silver Star in South Carolina one month ago. The cause was the conductor of a CSX freight train forgetting to throw a switch to allow the Amtrak train to...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Mar 01, 2019 2:42 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18997

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Except the rail is owned by Union Pacific.... What makes you think they would refuse a free upgrade to their track? With the right amount of money any railroad will say yes. How about disruption to business operations before, during, and after construction? In the short term, it solves some problem...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Mar 01, 2019 1:34 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18997

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Upgrading the Coast Line between LA and SF with 7 or so daily roundtrips and slashing the travel time in half to around 6 hours would be a huge improvement over the status quo and cost a lot less than CAHSR. If our government is too incompetent to build true HSR then we have to find a middle ground...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Mar 01, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18997

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Upgrading the Coast Line between LA and SF with 7 or so daily roundtrips and slashing the travel time in half to around 6 hours would be a huge improvement over the status quo and cost a lot less than CAHSR. If our government is too incompetent to build true HSR then we have to find a middle ground ...

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by af773atmsp
Tue Feb 26, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18997

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

GalaxyFlyer wrote:


Yeah, because airplanes never get stuck on the tarmac and people have to sit inside a metal tube for hours. :roll:

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by af773atmsp
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:25 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18997

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

At least the Coastline already has the right-of-way. Buy tilting trains so you can run at higher speeds.

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by af773atmsp
Mon Feb 25, 2019 3:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Did You Know The Nazi’s Killed 16,000 People By Guillotine?
Replies: 24
Views: 3059

Re: Did You Know The Nazi’s Killed 16,000 People By Guillotine?

Still barbaric, but at least quick and painless (in theory) unlike the gas chambers.

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by af773atmsp
Wed Feb 20, 2019 7:09 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18997

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Give some money to Minnesota so we can build our higher speed rail line between the Twin Cities and Duluth. It's actually shovel ready unlike most of CAHSR.

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by af773atmsp
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18997

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

To answer your question about the baggage, I guess it depends on your definition of HSR but in Italy I rode a train that reached around 150 mph and it was packed and people were leaving bags in the aisle, and I rode the X2000 from Stockholm and had the same issue. Easy fix is have more room for bag...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Feb 15, 2019 2:09 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?
Replies: 95
Views: 14029

Re: Will Airbus accept any more A380 orders ?

This is basically the same thing that we saw with the 757 fifteen years ago: Airbus has spent the last three years essentially scouring the world looking for anyone who'll take an A380 by some means.... and other than EK and NH, they've essentially come up dry. Airlines have long since been put on ...

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by af773atmsp
Fri Feb 15, 2019 12:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18997

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Interesting. So parts of the media and some people have spun this to make AOC look like she's a looney that wants HSR everywhere across this country including Hawaii and Alaska.

Nice to see people still love to blow things out of proportion.

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by af773atmsp
Thu Feb 14, 2019 10:38 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market
Replies: 216
Views: 18997

Re: California abandons plan for LA-SF HSR; air travel continues to rule the market

Clearly they should've been more specific in the Green New Deal because people keep thinking AOC and others want to build transcontinental HSR routes. I hope that's not their intention and I highly doubt it is, but they're certainly right in wanting to make air travel unnecessary (besides flight con...

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