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Yet Another Reason to Bury the Bullet Train in California

What started as a $33 billion project, then recently mushroomed into a $98.6 billion project, that only one week later mushroomed into a $117.6 billion dollar project, now has another problem.  This problem, no doubt, will again raise the already astronomical costs of the bullet train that Californians will not only get stuck paying for, but will probably be stuck subsidizing for almost eternity.

It now seems that the grand plan to tunnel under San Jose, California isn’t so grand after all. According to yet another study:

“We have looked at this very thoroughly and done very detailed engineering for this,” said Dan Leavitt, the authority’s deputy director, about the tunnel option. “It is not a constructable scenario for high-speed rail.”

In a nutshell this means the transportation hub in San Jose will need to be built above ground, which means that they’ll have to spend more money buying up property that they would not have had to purchase if the underground station was viable.

Meanwhile, in what appears to be a fit of delusion, instead of telling the state to shove it, the City of San Jose will continue to spend more tax dollars studying this, even though budget problems have reduced the number of police and fire personnel on duty.

The Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown also appear to be delusional about this costly and unneeded train to nowhere. It is  seriously not funny that this fiasco continues to spend money needed elsewhere.  California’s budget deficit is now expected to have a $13 billion budget deficit by mid-year that will cause $2 billion in automatic spending cuts, many in education.

Meanwhile, the Board of Regents of California State University, who raised tuition 15.5% last November just voted yesterday to again increase tuition by another 9%. This is a total increase in just one year of 25.5%.  If you want to know what this costs students in dollars here it is:

The price of a year at CSU has risen steadily for years. Next fall, basic tuition will be $5,970. With a mandatory fee averaging $1,047 across the 23-campus system, the price will stand at $7,017. That’s more than triple what it cost in 2002-03.

It is a total shame that the State Legislature and Governor Jerry Brown don’t pull the plug on the bullet train boondoggle that continues to grow in size and cost and may accelerate putting the State of California into bankruptcy before it’s over and done with. Talk about fiddling while Rome burns, this has to be it.

The only thing green about this project is the obscene amounts of money that will be spent on a boondoggle that will only green the pockets of unions, who evidently have much of California’s government in their hip pockets.

Let’s not forget the United States debt just hit $15 trillion yesterday. How about paying bills before spending on boondoggles?

We urge you to read more of the gory details of this CO2 Insanity at the source below.

Source: San Jose Mercury News

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$5 Billion Peed Away on Weatherizing Program

Flush those tax-dollars down!

Here’s more money peed away by the Obama Administration who evidently strive to live up to the statement “There’s a sucker born every minute.”

Per Fox News we find  out how more of your hard-earned tax-dollars are being flushed because no one’s watching what’s going on…….

President Obama’s $5 billion stimulus injection into a decades-old program to help lower energy bills for millions of low-income families by retrofitting their homes to improve efficiency has been plagued by cases of mismanagement, waste and fraud in several states.

So how bad is it?

“It’s a complete cesspool of waste,” Leslie Paige, vice president of Citizens Against Government Waste, told “When it’s over, we will never know how much went down the tube. They cannot track the money. By the time they get to it, a lot of the money will be gone.”

Well, I have to wonder how much of this ended up in those good buddies of the Obama Administration like Democratic contributors and unions? The way their accounting works, no one will probably ever know and no one will probably ever get in trouble over it.

You can read the rest at the link below.

Source: Fox News

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Wooly Bully

Wool Coffins?

Uno, dos, one, two, tres, quatro

Hainsworth told Charlie about a thing he has.

Has a big door and it’s made from wool.

Wooly bully, wooly bully.

Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.

Hainsworth told Charlie, “Let’s don’t take no chance. “

We lined it with cotton, so you won’t want to scratch.

Wooly bully, wooly bully

Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.

Charlie told Hainsworth, “That’s the thing to do.

Get you someone really to pull the wool with you.”

Wooly bully, wooly bully.

Wooly bully, wooly bully, wooly bully.

Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs might have written a song about wool coffins like the above. Seems Prince Charles likes the thought of itching for eternity.

The cotton-lined coffins, which are reinforced with recycled cardboard, edged in jute and can be embroidered with personalised woollen name plates, are all made from British wool sourced from sheep farmers across the country.

I say, can I try that one out? I need a nap.

Think they’ll use one of them when the Queen passes on? I seriously doubt it. Prince Charles seems to get weirder by the minute, too. He’s having a 12 day festival at Clarence House. Want to take a guess on what’s on display?

“He was really impressed with the coffins and asked for them specifically to be at the garden party,” she said. “He sees it is a way of being environmentally friendly all through your life. At the same time it supports British farmers which is a big area of interest to him.”

Well, I guess next time I have a garden party I’ll decorate with wool coffins.  How sheik can you get?

Probably will be OK until some “warmer” starts complaining about sheep farts emitting methane gas into the atmosphere and causing global warming that is “unprecedented.”

Source: The Telegraph

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I’ll Huff and I’ll Puff and I’ll Blow Your House Down!

OK, so it’s not CO2 Insanity, but I found it interesting, so here it is.

The Big Bad Wolf would be very disappointed these days and the Three Little Pigs would be very happy because even if the Big Bad Wolf could blow a hurricane that straw house would have held up.  Per this article in Times Online

Scientists have ruined the plot of a children’s fairytale by proving that straw houses do not necessarily blow down, even when subjected to an awful lot of huffing and puffing.

The first straw housing estate is being planned after tests showed that walls built of straw bales can be made strong enough to withstand hurricane-force winds. A two-storey straw house constructed at the University of Bath moved only 4mm (0.16in) when subjected to a force exceeding four tonnes, equivalent to 120 MPH winds.

Not only does it offer great protection from the Big Bad Wolf, it’s even energy-efficient.

The heating bills for this type of straw house, which has walls almost half a metre thick, are 80 per cent lower than for modern homes made from bricks and breeze blocks. The carbon footprint from the construction and materials is also far lower because straw locks in carbon as it grows.

And they’re durable,

He added that the homes should last more than 100 years if they remained occupied and any leaks were quickly repaired. In Nebraska there are several straw bale buildings dating from the early 20th century.

Quick to set-up.

The BaleHaus design used by the university requires eight panels for each story. Once the concrete foundations are in place, it can be assembled in four days, compared with a minimum of four weeks for a conventional home.

The price isn’t bad either!

An affordable housing co-operative in Leeds is planning to submit an application within three months for 20 straw homes in the Kirkstall area of the city. A single-storey apartment will cost £60,000 and a four-bedroom terrace home £160,000.

Sounds pretty interesting.  Of course you’re going to have the carbon effect from growing the straw, tilling the soil, harvesting (equipment running), but all in all, regardless of the carbon footprint, or whether you believe in global warming or not, it sounds interesting.  The article doesn’t go into this depth, but I’d make an assumption that you’d be saving a lot of trees that eat CO2, and regardless if you believe in global warming or not, saving trees is OK by me!

Not to mention it’s kind of a cool looking house.

Source:  Times Online

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