Bullet Train between Dallas and Houston

rotor

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Nov 1, 2015
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Supercollider was pretty much done when I applied for work there.
Rode the train in Germany (work related trip), milk run between small towns. Did take the 'bullet' train but it was regulated slow due the major wreck they had. Took the DART to visit buddy at VA hosp., bunch of muggers on board and severely crowded on rush-hour trip back. Some guy did give me a seat that I promptly gave to a pregnant lady. Guy I was with wanted to carry but VA doesn't allow it. Oh, yea, pot smokers on board downtown that just waiting for you to object so they can bust you one. Yea, I've ridden NYC subways, long time ago but not now. Didn't ride buses in Soul but subway and busses the only way for most to get around and out to where they live.
Not the Autobahn but the chunnel train where you drive on and get transported.
I rode the NY subways when I was a kid too, but I rode on the safe area, between cars, not in them.
 

popper

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So Texas Central exercised options to buy property before funding was acquired (against law in bill) then sold property to Japanese company. And is seeking Fed $ at the same time! Deal STINKS.
 

Aus_Schwaben

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Jan 31, 2019
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Not just the DOT (of course). Let's just say I have some first-hand experience working for a company, that sub-contracts to another company, that is contracted by some department that is in the business of breaking things.

The intermediate sub is woman owned. I'm not privy to all of the levels of sub-sub-sub in the particular situation I'm in, but I'm going to guess no small amount of money is siphoned off between me (getting paid) and the Federal budget line-item that is the ultimate source of the money.

So.. yeah.. they re-sub it to us expendable male types that know how to get the objective accomplished, all while singing the praises of great non-male owned business "success".
In the DC Metro area - Northern VA, DC, and MD - the dirty little secret about the "minority set asides" is that when the minority owned business get near the end of its window (five years I think), they "sell" the business to someone else in the family and bid as a "new" minority owned business. That is, instead of competing with other businesses with their newly gained government contract expertise, they get to bid on the set asides for another five years.

That is why there were businesses that won government contracts in the name of a three year old.
 

Aus_Schwaben

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Maybe you're looking at it the wrong way?
How much would you pay to get the hell out of Houston (apologies to the fine people of Hondo)?
I know folks who love driving to and from Houston. They think 290 is a NASCAR race but without the pesky rules and safety regulations.
 

gambler

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In the DC Metro area - Northern VA, DC, and MD - the dirty little secret about the "minority set asides" is that when the minority owned business get near the end of its window (five years I think), they "sell" the business to someone else in the family and bid as a "new" minority owned business. That is, instead of competing with other businesses with their newly gained government contract expertise, they get to bid on the set asides for another five years.

That is why there were businesses that won government contracts in the name of a three year old.
That sounds like chicanery and tomfoolery to me.....surely that kind of stuff is not allowed in our government contracting is it ?
 

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