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delft

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Railway Gazette reports the start of the building of the first US high speed railroad on January 6:
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. Present was the Governor of California Jerry Brown who, when he was governor in the 1980's, proposed the project.
According to the wiki (
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) the line is to be 840 km ( 520 mi ) long between SF and LA and is to open in 2029. When lengthened to Sacramento and San Diego the length will be 1280 km.
I also looked at the wiki for the Beijing-Shanghai PDL:
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. This has a length of 1305 km. It was first proposed in the early nineties but was long delayed by years of discussions about possibly using maglev among other matters. Building started in 2008 and the line opened in 2011.

Investing in a project that takes many years to complete incurs interest costs that makes a project more expensive. You shouldn't look at the current artificially depressed interest rate, that's just a result of economic "planning", but at what might be achieved if you spend your money differently.
 
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solarz

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These were the twitter and Facebook CentCom accounts. Hardly military grade protection on those.

The US Military uses those to disseminate info...military members are not expected to post sensitive info there. They are not like hacking the CENTCOM servers or computers themselves.

If those guys were smart, instead of posting pro-ISIS messages, they should have posted misinformation designed to look like it came from the US Military. That would have caused far more chaos. Twitter hacks are a dime a dozen these days.
 

t2contra

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Chinese man in a coma was woken up by the smell of money

January 13, 2015 3:51PM

One sniff of a 100 yuan bill and Xiao Li awoke from his coma.

Money talks ... One sniff of a 100 yuan bill and Xiao Li awoke from his coma.

MONEY is a powerful thing.

A Chinese man, who was in a coma for more than a year, suddenly woke up when nurses waved some cash under his nose.

One sniff of a 100 yuan bill — worth $19AUD — was all it took to bring back Shenzhen resident Xiao Li as he lay unconscious in his hospital bed, Central European News reports.

“It was extraordinary,” said chief medic Dr. Liu Tang. “I’ve never seen anything like it in 20 years as a doctor.”
Doctors couldn’t find anything else that would wake the man until they tried the money.

Show me the money ... Doctors couldn’t find anything else that would wake the man until they tried the money.

Li fell into his coma in August 2013 after spending nearly a week at an internet cafe without sleep. He passed out as he was researching business ideas, according to CEN.

For months doctors searched for a way to awaken Li, but to no avail. It wasn’t until his family revealed what he loved most in the world that they found their key to success.

“We had asked his family what really drove him, and they were very clear that it was money,” Tang said. “When we learned about his fondness for money, we experimented with notes and change.

“Memories of smell and sound can be very powerful stimulants,” he added. “We found that a crisp, new 100 yuan note crumpled under his nose worked best.”

While Li’s family continues to hope for the best as he continues his therapy, doctors urged them to remain cautious.

“He still has some way to go before he is discharged,” Tang explained. “But he is making good progress.”
 

Miragedriver

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At first glance Shooters Grill, a gun themed restaurant in Rifle, Colorado might even look like your average food establishment, but look closely and...
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Entrepreneurs Lauren, 28, and Jayson Boebert, 34, (pictured) opened the gun-themed restaurant in May 2013. Initially the staff did not used to carry guns...
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.. But only a month after launching, “there was an altercation in our back alley that ended with a man losing his life," says the 28-year-old owner Lauren. And what could possibly be the best solution to avoid people being killed in your back alley? Obviously, you ensure your staff knows how to shoot. Well, at least that was the answer for the owners of Shooters Grill.
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When Lauren started looking into getting a permit for a concealed weapon she discovered that she could already openly carry guns in her own restaurant: "I learned that in Colorado you do not need a permit to open carry so I took my gun to work the next day."
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But the restaurateurs claim to be responsible gun owners and ensure all of their waitresses take a concealed weapon training class.
Above, members of the staff Antonia Booth, Dusty Sheets, Lauren Boebert, Jessie Spaulding and Erin Schmalz pose for a group photograph after a target practice.
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Back to bottling my Grenache
 
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