Undertoad Wednesday Jan 1 12:47 PM
1/1/2003: Maglev debut
MaggieL Wednesday Jan 1 03:25 PM
Re: 1/1/2003: Maglev debut
CNN says: <i>" The 30-kilometer (18-mile) Transrapid Maglev Line, a high-speed transport system, links the downtown area with Shanghai's Pudong International Airport in just eight minutes. That compares with an hour for a trip by road."</i>
wolf Wednesday Jan 1 03:30 PM
I would think that the reason for the length of time on the trip is more related to the need to STOP the maglev train. Accelleration should be a relatively smooth and quick process, but you can't stop one of those things on a dime ... However, I am having a good chuckly imagining all the passengers squished up against the front of the car following a sudden stop. *ick*
xoxoxoBruce Wednesday Jan 1 09:41 PM
China, like most communist countries and two-bit dictatorships spends a fortune on show off projects while the people suffer.
juju Thursday Jan 2 03:17 AM
Didn't they paint grass green during the Olympics one year?
dave Thursday Jan 2 06:33 AM
They painted grass green in a bid for the Olympics.
Jacque Strapp Thursday Jan 2 10:04 AM
I would imagine that the reason it takes longer than you'd think for the trip is that the train can't accelerate and decelerate (sp?) instantly, it has to do it gradually or risk injuring or killing its passengers and crew, or shaking the train to pieces.
43% Burnt Thursday Jan 2 12:22 PM
jaguar Thursday Jan 2 05:57 PM
China is neither communist (except by name), not has a 2 bit distatorship. Your views on wealth there are also rather outdated, go there, it's an eye opener. A city like Shanghai is as rich as any major US city.
MaggieL Thursday Jan 2 06:43 PM
Urbane Guerrilla Friday Jan 3 05:45 PM
Urbane Guerrilla Friday Jan 3 05:51 PM
Oh, nobody's arguing whether China is still a dictatorship -- it is. However, it does have a budget considerably larger than two bits. China would manage to be a much bigger economic player were the Chinese to junk their dictatorship and get libertarian -- but that's going to take a while and probably take some blood too. At 1.2 bil and counting, bloodshed is something China can afford.
jaguar Friday Jan 3 07:18 PM
Maggie, well unless all major US cities have lost 90% of their worth in the last 48 hours.... I think I can infer a rough standard of living on par with western Europe, if you have information to the contrary please do tell.. If you want to get anal Iíll change it to any major European city but that defeats the purpose which was to penetrate a few people's myopia in the first place.