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    Trump voter: We’ve got a crazy man driving the train
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    Trump voter: We’ve got a crazy man driving the train

    September 10, 2019


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    China Wants To Build Underwater Train To America

    September 7, 2019


    China can do a lot of things but America
    unused a new who I guess proposal without but China wants to build and underground train to America underwater
    travel could be the next frontier up
    international travel if these futurists or dove you know find
    their way and the whole idea is a state-run
    Chinese news outlet said basically think they’re proposing
    running China Russia Canada America Line that would be 8 thousand miles long 1800
    miles long and the trans-siberian railroad the tunnel that you know China would
    help poor beneath ICC’s will be four times the
    length traverse for the English Channel now everybody in tiny thing to do this but
    the rest the world like I’ll I don’t know what their nano I’m with the rest of the world but baby
    I’m a skeptic we see each other P happen before people
    wouldn’t believe we could do a lot of things okay people
    never believed when they built Penn Station in New York
    City they get extra credit on all under the Hudson River that could
    connect New Jersey and New York underground right people
    believe that could happen and how look it happen yes it did so this is indeed possible that this
    thing could happen arm but it will be one astonishing rail construction costing us truly I’m
    and I’m assuming that cost the price tag was in the trillions of dollars arm now where the Chinese will embark on
    this astonishing road construction and nobody knows but they’re laying down ten thousand
    there are already laying down tens of thousands a tracks hi sry let’s all across the
    country which and I had to get on my bandwagon here I he to get on my high horse but I must America we want to continue being the
    world’s economy can we please hi bag build some
    high-speed rail lines China got on Japan gotta India getting ready to get out Europe
    have them us train right train lines stock in the
    dark ages come on y’all we get them we will in washington to do something profound do something astonishing do something
    remarkable how bennett do we have to get by the
    theater she meant when it comes to high-speed well creates jobs grows our economy awesomesauce getting to New you getting
    from she usually get from Chicago teed watch for to from Chicago to Washington
    Carver New York n and hour-and-a-half be a high-speed
    rail that’s happening all across the world why can’t it happen fear I just don’t
    understand I’m preaching to the choir getting up my
    high horse now well home

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    Donald Trump vs. Hillary Clinton Town Hall Debate Cold Open – SNL

    August 31, 2019


    [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
    >>HELLO AND WELCOME TO THE SECOND AND WORST EVER
    PRESIDENTIAL DEBATE. I’M MARTHA RADDATZ.
    >>AND I’M ANDERSON COOPER. AND BEFORE WE BEGIN, WE JUST
    NEED TO DO ONE LAST THING. [ LAUGHTER AND APPLAUSE ]
    >>MUCH BETTER. NOW LET’S GET THIS NIGHTMARE
    STARTED. PLEASE HELP US WELCOME THE
    CANDIDATES. REPUBLICAN NOMINEE DONALD TRUMP
    AND — CAN WE SAY THIS YET?>>PROBABLY FINE.
    >>– PRESIDENT HILLARY CLINTON. [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]
    ♪ ♪
    >>THANK YOU. THANK YOU BOTH FOR BEING HERE.
    >>THANK YOU. I’D LIKE TO BEGIN BY ATTEMPTING
    A CASUAL LEAN. [ LAUGHTER ]
    GOT IT!>>MARTHA, TONIGHT I’M GOING TO
    DO THREE THINGS. I’M GOING TO HUFF, I’M GOING TO
    PUFF, AND I’M GOING TO BLOW THIS WHOLE THING.
    >>NOW TONIGHT’S DEBATE IS A TOWN HALL, WHICH MEANS WE’LL BE
    TAKING QUESTIONS FROM VOTERS IN THE AUDIENCE.
    THEY ARE UNDECIDED, UNCOMMITTED AND NOT REMOTELY CAMERA READY.
    >>SECRETARY CLINTON, WE’LL START WITH YOU.
    YOUR QUESTION COMES FROM PATRICE BROCK.
    >>HELLO. MY QUESTION IS, DO YOU FEEL THAT
    YOU ARE MODELING APPROPRIATE AND POSITIVE BEHAVIOR FOR TODAY’S
    YOUTH?>>HI, PATRICE.
    LET ME START BY WALKING OVER TO YOU, JUST AS I PRACTICED.
    [ LAUGHTER ] RIGHT LEFT, RIGHT LEFT, RIGHT
    LEFT, LOOK, SPEAK. OKAY.
    NOW YOU’RE A TEACHER?>>NO.
    >>YOU HAVE KIDS?>>NO.
    >>YOU LIKE KIDS?>>NO.
    >>YOU’VE SEEN KIDS?>>YES.
    >>GREAT. OKAY, WE’RE BONDING ALREADY.
    MY FRIEND, PATRICE, I STRIVE TO BE A POSITIVE ROLE MODEL FOR ALL
    CHILDREN. CHILDREN LIKE MY DAUGHTER
    CHELSEA, AND MY GRANDDAUGHTER CHELSEA JR.
    >>MR. TRUMP, SAME QUESTION. DO YOU FEEL YOU’RE MODELING
    APPROPRIATE AND POSITIVE BEHAVIOR FOR TODAY’S YOUTH?
    >>NO. NEXT.
    >>SO YOU DON’T CARE ABOUT THE KIDS?
    >>ANDERSON, I LOVE KIDS. OKAY, I LOVE THEM SO MUCH I
    MARRY THEM. I’VE BEEN HELPING KIDS MY WHOLE
    LIFE. IN 1992, I HELPED A KID NAMED
    KEVIN McALLISTER FIND A HOTEL LOBBY.
    REMEMBER THE DOCUMENTARY “HOME ALONE II, LOST IN NEW YORK.”
    >>OKAY, MOVING ON, MR. TRUMP, WE RECEIVED A LOT OF QUESTIONS
    ONLINE ABOUT THE AUDIO TAPE THAT WAS RELEASED LAST WEEK OF YOU
    BRAGGING ABOUT SEXUALLY ASSAULTING WOMEN.
    >>LISTEN, WHAT I SAID IS NOTHING COMPARED TO WHAT
    BILL CLINTON HAS DONE. OKAY?
    HE HAS ABUSED WOMEN. AND MARTHA, ANDERSON, HOLD ON TO
    YOUR NIPS AND YOUR NUTS, BECAUSE FOUR OF THESE WOMEN ARE HERE
    TONIGHT. FOUR OF THEM.
    >>WAIT, I’M SORRY. WHO’S HERE?
    >>MISTRESSES? BILL, HOW COULD YOU?
    OH, HOW WILL I GO ON WITH THIS DEBATE?
    I’LL NEVER BE ABLE TO REMEMBER MY FACTS AND FIGURES NOW.
    OH, DONALD, NO! GET REAL, I MADE A STEAL.
    THIS IS NOTHING. HI, GIRLS.
    [ CHEERS AND APPLAUSE ]>>MARTHA, SHE IS TRYING TO
    SILENCE THESE WOMEN, BUT THEY NEED TO BE RESPECTED AND THEY
    NEED THEIR VOICES HEARD.>>AND WHAT ABOUT THE WOMEN
    ACCUSING YOU OF SEXUAL ASSAULT?>>THEY NEED TO SHUT THE HELL
    UP. [ LAUGHTER ]
    >>ALRIGHT, LET’S MOVE ON. OUR NEXT QUESTION IS FROM
    KEN CARPOWICZ.>>THANK YOU.
    I’VE GOT A BORING ONE. THE AFFORDABLE CARE ACT IS NOT
    AFFORDABLE. WHAT WILL YOU DO TO BRING THE
    COSTS DOWN AND MAKE COVERAGE BETTER?
    >>WELL, KEN, THAT’S ACTUALLY A GREAT QUESTION.
    I AGREE THAT OBAMACARE CAN BE APPROVED, KEN.
    BUT, KEN, IT DOES HAVE ITS BENEFITS.
    AND NUMBER ONE, INSURANCE COMPANIES CAN’T DENY YOU
    COVERAGE BECAUSE OF A PRE-EXISTING CONDITION.
    NUMBER TWO, WHICH IS A BIG DEAL IF YOU HAVE SERIOUS HEALTH
    PROBLEMS. AND NUMBER THREE —
    [ LAUGHTER ] SORRY.
    I THOUGHT I — AND NUMBER THREE, WOMEN CAN’T BE CHARGED MORE THAN
    MEN. I THOUGHT I — WOMEN CAN’T BE
    CHARGED MORE THAN MEN FOR HEALTH INSURANCE.
    AND NUMBER FOUR –>>OKAY, LET’S TAKE ANOTHER
    QUESTION, THIS ONE COMES FROM JAMES CARTER.
    >>GOOD EVENING, MR. TRUMP.>>OH, NO.
    >>MY QUESTION IS, DO YOU BELIEVE YOU CAN BE A DEVOTED
    PRESIDENT TO ALL PEOPLE?>>THAT IS A GREAT QUESTION,
    DENZEL. THANK YOU FOR THIS QUESTION
    ABOUT THE INNER CITIES.>>MY NAME IS JAMES AND I DIDN’T
    ASK ANYTHING ABOUT NO INNER CITIES.
    >>THE INNER CITIES ARE A MESS, OKAY.
    JUST LAST MONTH I WAS IN DETROIT AND EVERYWHERE I LOOKED, THERE
    WERE VIOLENT CRAZY PEOPLE AND A LOT OF THEM HAD GUNS, AND THEY
    WERE SCREAMING HORRIBLE THINGS LIKE “TRUMP FOR PRESIDENT.”
    >>I THINK YOU WERE AT ONE OF YOUR OWN RALLIES.
    >>MARTHA, THIS BLACK MAN IS ATTACKING ME.
    ALSO, SPEAKING OF BLACK MEN, DO YOU KNOW WHO ELSE SHOULD BE PUT
    IN JAIL? HILLARY CLINTON.
    SHE’S COMMITTED SO MANY CRIMES. SHE’S BASICALLY A BLACK.
    >>SECRETARY CLINTON, DO YOU WISH TO RESPOND TO THAT?
    >>NAH, I’M COOL. BECAUSE AS MY BEST FRIEND
    MICHELLE OBAMA ONCE SAID, WHEN THEY GO LOW, YOU GO HIGH!
    GOD I LOVE THAT QUOTE. ALMOST AS MEMORABLE AS WHEN I
    SAID “TRUMPED UP, TRICKLE DOWN ECONOMICS.”
    JUST A COUPLE OF EQUALLY FAMOUS QUOTES FROM A COUPLE OF EQUALLY
    LOVEABLE WOMEN.>>OKAY, AND NOW SINCE EVERYONE
    HAS BEEN SO GOOD, IT’S TIME FOR A SPECIAL TREAT.
    >>THAT’S RIGHT. LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, PUT YOUR
    HANDS TOGETHER, FOR THE ONE, THE ONLY, MR. KEN BONE.
    ♪ ♪ Y’ALL READY FOR THIS ♪
    ♪ ♪
    >>OH, MY GOD, HE IS SO CUTE.>>I REALLY NEEDED THAT RIGHT
    NOW.>>NOW, WAIT, KEN, YOU’RE NOT
    GOING TO TURN OUT TO BE A WEIRD LITTLE CREEP OR ANYTHING, ARE
    YOU?>>MAYBE.
    >>GOD, WE CAN’T HAVE ANYTHING NICE.
    >>OH, WELL. WELL, WE HAVE TIME FOR ONE FINAL
    QUESTION, AND IT COMES FROM CARL BECKER.
    >>GOOD EVENING, MY QUESTION IS FOR HILLARY.
    TONIGHT DONALD TRUMP SAID YOU SHOULD BE IN JAIL, HE SAID YOU
    HAVE HATE IN YOUR HEART, AND HE FOLLOWED YOU AROUND THE STAGE
    LIKE A SHARK. SO MY QUESTION, WHAT DO YOU LIKE
    ABOUT HIM?>>WELL, THIS ONE’S ACTUALLY
    EASY. DONALD TRUMP AND I DISAGREE ON
    ALMOST EVERYTHING, BUT I DO LIKE HOW GENEROUS HE IS.
    JUST LAST FRIDAY, HE HANDED ME THIS ELECTION.
    >>MR. TRUMP, ONE THING YOU LIKE ABOUT SECRETARY CLINTON?
    >>I LIKE THAT SHE’S A FIGHTER AND SHE DOESN’T GIVE UP, WHICH
    IS WHY I NEED ALL MY SUPPORTERS TO GET OUT AND VOTE ON ELECTION
    DAY. MARK YOUR CALENDARS, WRITE IT
    DOWN, HERE’S THE DATE, IT’S NOVEMBER 35th.
    AND LIVE FROM NEW YORK, IT’S SATURDAY NIGHT!

    Railroad deaths in America on the rise
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    Railroad deaths in America on the rise

    August 26, 2019


    REPORT “OUTFRONT.”>>Reporter: TUESDAY’S AMTRAK CRASH IS JUST THE LATEST IN A STRING OF HORRIFYING ACCIDENTS ON U.S. RAILS.>>ALL OF A SUDDEN, IN THE PLINK OF AN EYE, I WENT FROM ONE SIDE OF THE TRAIN TO THE OTHER SIDE OF THE TRAIN. >>Reporter: ACCORDING TO THE FEDERAL RAILROAD ADMINISTRATION, ON AVERAGE THERE HAVE BEEN 31 AMTRAK TRAIN DERAILMENTS A YEAR. OF VARYING DEGREES SINCE 2006. SO FAR, THERE HAVE BEEN NINE THIS YEAR PRIOR TO THE MOST RECENT INCIDENT. AND WHILE AMTRAK OWNS AND OPERATES ABOUT 80% OF THE 457 MILES OF TRACK BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND BOSTON, CALLED THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR, SOME OF THE MOST RECENT FATAL CRASHES HAVE INVOLVED COMMUTER TRAINS OPERATED BY OTHERS. IN FEBRUARY, JUST NORTH OF NEW YORK CITY, A METRO NORTH COMMUTER TRAIN SLAMMED INTO A VEHICLE THAT WAS STOPPED ON THE TRACKS, KILLING THE DRIVER AND SIX COMMUTERS. IN DECEMBER 2013, FEDERAL SAFETY OFFICIALS SAY A METRO NORTH TRAIN JUMPED THE TRACKS IN BRONX, NEW YORK, AS IT BARRELED AROUND A CURVE, TRAVELING THREE TIMES THE POSTED SPEED, KILLING FOUR. WITH MORE THAN 11 MILLION PASSENGERS TRAVELING ALONG THE NORTHEAST CORRIDOR BETWEEN WASHINGTON AND BOSTON EACH YEAR, IT HAS BECOME ONE OF THE BUSIEST, MOST COMPLEX, AND TECHNICALLY ADVANCED RAIL SYSTEMS IN THE WORLD. ENGINEERING PROFESSOR GEORGE BIBEL SAYS WHILE TRAVELING BY TRAIN IS LARGELY SAFE PASSENGERS SHOULD BE MORE CONCERNED ABOUT THE STATE OF THE TRACKS THAN SPEEDING ENGINEERS. >>WHILE MOST DERAILMENTS ARE CAUSED BY EQUIPMENT ERROR, RAIL PROBLEMS ARE A COMMON ONE. THE RAILS CAN FRACTURE FROM METAL FATIGUE OR THEY CAN MOVE AROUND AND SHIFT OR ANYTHING ELSE THAT MOVES. COMMON ONES ARE WHEELS, BEARINGS, AXLES.>>Reporter: COINCIDENTALLY, THE SITE OF TUESDAY’S CRASH IN PHILADELPHIA IS IN THE SAME AREA WHERE THE NATION SAW ONE OF ITS DEADLIEST TRAIN ACCIDENTS IN HISTORY. IN 1943, A TRAIN TRAVELING FROM WASHINGTON TO NEW YORK

    Video shows cop and suspect fight it out before arrest
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    Video shows cop and suspect fight it out before arrest

    August 24, 2019


    HE’S IN CUSTODY. >>>AND A HARLEM STREET FIGHT GETTING SERIOUS SCRUTINY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU SEE WHO PULLED THE FIRST PUNCH. VIDEO SHOWS IT LOOKS LIKE IT’S THE NEW YORK POLICE OFFICER. OFFICIALS TELL OUR NEW YORK AFFILIATE WPIX, THE OFFICER WAS TRYING TO ARREST THE MAN. HERE’S THE VIDEO. HE WAS TRYING TO ARREST THE GUY IN THE RED SHIRT BECAUSE HE WAS CARRYING A KNIFE BUT THE MAN WOULD NOT FOLLOW THE OFFICER’S COMMANDS AS YOU’LL SEE IN THE VIDEO. LET ME PLAY A PORTION OF THIS ENCOUNTER WHICH IS NOW UNDER REVIEW HERE WITHIN THE NEW YORK POLICE DEPARTMENT. TAKE A LOOK.>>YOU GOT MY I.D.!>>EXACTLY.>>COME ON, MAN. THAT’S SOME [ BLEEP ], MAN.>>WHY YOU DO THAT TO ME?>>YO!>>I DIDN’T DO NOTHING.>>NO.>>GET OUT OF HERE.>>NO, NO.>>[ BLEEP ].>>YO, THAT’S SOME [ BLEEP ]. THAT’S SOME [ BLEEP ]. THAT’S SOME [ BLEEP ].>>COME ON.>>LET’S GO. LET’S GO. HURRY UP.>>THAT’S SOME [ BLEEP ], MAN. THIS IS SOME [ BLEEP ]. THIS IS SOME [ BLEEP ], MAN. THIS IS SOME [ BLEEP ]. THIS IS SOME [ BLEEP ]. THIS IS SOME [ BLEEP ], MAN. THIS IS SOME [ BLEEP ]. THIS IS SOME [ BLEEP ].>>I’VE GOT EVERYTHING ON CAMERA I’VE GOT EVERYTHING ON CAMERA. I’VE GOT EVERYTHING ON CAMERA. I’VE GOT EVERYTHING ON CAMERA. I GOT EVERYTHING ON CAMERA. I’VE GOT EVERYTHING ON CAMERA. I’VE GOT EVERYTHING ON CAMERA. I’VE GOT EVERYTHING ON CAMERA. I’VE GOT EVERYTHING. I’VE GOT EVERYTHING ON CAMERA. LOOK, LOOK, HE’S MESSING HIM. HE’S MESSING HIM.>>ALL RIGHT. SO THAT IS THE MAJORITY OF THE VIDEO HERE. WITH ME NOW, DAVID KATZ, FORMERLY WITH THE DEA AND FIREARMS AND TACTICAL INSTRUCTOR. LET’S DISCUSS WHAT WE JUST SAW. I KNOW THAT BILL BRATTON, NYPD POLICE COMMISSIONER DID NOT SEE ANYTHING INAPPROPRIATE FROM THE OFFICER IN THE VIDEO. CLEARLY IT APPEARS THE OFFICER PULLED THE FIRST PUNCH. DO YOU AGREE WITH BRATTON?>>CLEARLY. >>WHY?>>YOU DO NOT HAVE THEICER USE IS NECESSARY, ONLY THAT LEVEL OF FORCE TO EFFECT THE ARREST. >>WHAT ABOUT THE LAW AS FAR AS WHEN YOU’RE APPROACHED BY POLICE AND THEY ARE NOT EXPLAINING TO YOU WHY THEY WANT YOU TO BE ARRESTED, WHY THEY ARE APPROACHING YOU IN THE FIRST PLACE? I WANT TO PLAY SOME SOUND. THIS IS FROM THIS MAN’S FRIEND. YOU HEAR HIM SAY, I’VE GOT THE WHOLE THING ON CAMERA, I’VE GOT THE WHOLE THING ON CAMERA. THIS IS WHAT HE SAID.>>WHEN YOU WATCH THE VIDEO IN THE FIRST PLACE, YOU ASK HIM FOR HIS I.D. FIRST OF ALL, WHEN YOU STOP A MAN, TOUGH TELL US WHY YOU STOP US. YOU DO NOT TELL US WHY YOU STOP US BUT ASK FOR I.D.>>SO, AS AN OFFICER, ARE YOU REQUIRED BY LAW TO EXPLAIN TO SOMEONE WHY YOU WANT TO ARREST THEM, WHY YOU’RE APPROACHING THEM AND IN THIS CASE IT’S APPARENTLY BECAUSE IT’S A KNIFE.>>THAT’S A GREAT QUESTION. CONSTITUTIONALLY, YOU ARE NOT. SOME STATES LIKE NEW YORK REQUIRE YOU OR REQUIRE YOU TO BUT ONLY IF THE CIRCUMSTANCES PERMIT IT. SO, FOR EXAMPLE, IF I CAN, YOU’RE UNDER ARREST FOR WHATEVER CHARGE. YOU EXPLAIN THE NATURE OF THE CHARGE, YOUR AUTHORITY. BY THE WAY, IT’S THE SAME FOR A CIVILIAN ARREST. BUT IN THIS CASE, IF YOU’RE TRYING TO AND THE PERSON RESISTS, YOU DON’T

    Drunk on tracks
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    Drunk on tracks

    August 18, 2019


    information the tying one on usually doesn’t tie up the commute for thousands of people but one British man did it Paul Davies with ITV News tells us how it happened it looked like a body on the busy railway line outside Epsom station only a witness noticed the body was snoring former company director Kevin creswell was drunk when he wandered onto the track lay his head on the rail and went to sleep a police helicopter filmed the chaos that ensued trains on four lines had to be stopped and diverted railway workers had to disconnect power as mr. Cresswell’s foot was just a few inches from the third live rail and through all the drama he slept on even when a train passed just a few feet from where he slept oblivious to the noise oblivious to the risk and unaware that thousands of commuted journeys were being disrupted eventually when the track was safe police officers and paramedics were able to reach him and only then did he wake up Kevin creswell says he’s deeply ashamed of what he did that day he says he’d been drinking so heavily he has absolutely no recollection of walking onto the track here and then lying down to sleep on it british transport police say he’s incredibly lucky not to have been electrocuted he feared of outstretched his leg he would have touched the third rail and had been electrocuted 750 volts if he had have moved his leg one foot he’d have been dead a recovering alcoholic kevinc Roswell was told he could have been sent to jail instead he was fined and ordered to undertake community service ball Davis ITV News Epsom everyone needs a little help every now and then that’s especially true when it comes to the 3 R’s and homework for school kids the controversial way one company is helping tutor kids

    China’s New “Silk Road”: Future MEGAPROJECTS
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    China’s New “Silk Road”: Future MEGAPROJECTS

    August 18, 2019


    Having recently completed both the world’s
    most extensive system of expressways and the planet’s longest high speed rail network,
    China is now looking beyond its borders for opportunities to keep building. President Xi Jinping announced at a recent
    summit that Beijing has sealed megaproject deals with 65 countries throughout Eurasia
    and Africa to construct ports, power stations, rail lines, roads, and all the tunnels and
    bridges needed to connect them back to mainland China. At a total cost of over $1 trillion, the One
    Belt, One Road initiative is unprecedented in size and scope. So is the bold funding mechanism: China will
    use its large, state-run banks to provide most of the financing, a risky move, when
    you consider how few of the nations in the O.B.O.R. could afford something like this
    on their own. “Oh,” say the leaders of economically-challenged,
    underdeveloped Laos, Yemen, or Ethiopia — or the blood-soaked regime of Bashar al-Assad
    in war-ravaged Syria — “you want to loan us billions of dollars to build some cool
    stuff in our countries? Of course, why not!?” China is hard-selling the project as a way
    to boost its westward connections, an update of the silk road trade route that played a
    significant role in developing China and the rest of the region 1,000 years ago. But many analysts see this comparison as little
    more than a marketing pitch. Al Jazeera clip: “Is the real point of this,
    East-West service then simply to boost China’s westward connections? [Pauline Loong] “Well I wouldn’t say simply
    to boost China’s westward connections, but I totally agree with Charles that it’s more
    a PR stunt. To call it the “Silk Road,” that’s really
    brilliant—evocative of romantic camel travels in the past. When, you know, you have these lovely silks
    and trade and so forth. And it’s good, because look at all the headlines
    it has been getting, but in practical terms, it’s early days yet.” [Bryce] Aside from the lessons China learned
    from its own recent infrastructure boom, Beijing is also drawing inspiration from the American
    Marshall Plan which financed the rebuilding of Western Europe after it was decimated during
    the second world war. That program was worth the equivalent of $130
    billion in today’s dollars and ensured the US had reliable export markets for the manufactured
    goods and machinery its growing economy had become dependent on producing. China’s modern version — first announced
    in 2013 — is the signature initiative of President Xi Jinping. Several projects have already been completed. Earlier this year London became the 15th European
    city connected directly to China through an ever-expanding global rail system, meaning
    freight trains loaded with goods can now arrive after a 12,000km journey all the way from
    the east coast of the landmass. And, at a cost of $4 billion, China also just
    completed Africa’s first transnational electric railway, which runs 466 miles from Djibouti
    to Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia. Chinese companies designed the system, built
    the line, and supplied the train cars. The many other projects under the O.B.O.R.
    umbrella include: A $6 billion, 260-mile railway connecting
    eight Asian countries. Desperately needed power plants to address
    Pakistan’s chronic electricity shortage, part of a larger $46 billion investment by
    China in Pakistan aimed at offsetting the American and Japanese-backed building boom
    happening in neighboring India, China and Pakistan’s mutual rival. Train lines will connect Budapest to Belgrade,
    Serbia, providing another artery for Chinese goods to reach Europe after arriving in a
    Chinese-owned port in Greece. And — in a move that adds prestige to O.B.O.R. — China is financing more than a third of
    the $23.7 billion cost of the Hinkley Point C nuclear power plant in southwest England. Part of the challenge in analyzing whether
    this building boom is ultimately good for the world is its sheer complexity. Nothing like this has ever been done before
    in human history. Yes, providing underdeveloped countries a
    chance to have better transportation infrastructure, or cleaner power plants is a good thing. But, by funding infrastructure that’s designed
    to enhance commerce and trade — instead of basic services many of these countries
    need more, like clean drinking water, affordable housing, and better education — China’s
    motives seem to favor the wealthy, elite business class. Here are other factors that explain why China
    is undertaking a project of this magnitude: The Communist Party has staked its reputation
    on non-stop economic growth. Since they hold all the power, the Chinese
    people expect them to deliver. But with its domestic megaproject boom nearing
    completion, China must find new buyers for all the steel, cement, and construction machinery
    its economy produces, or many of its factories could grind to a halt. It has decided the solution is One Belt, One
    Road, but lending hundreds of billions of dollars to many countries with weak credit
    ratings and unstable political systems is very risky. Which reveals an underlying sense you get
    when you look closely at One Belt One Road: China’s increasing desperation. The country’s national debt is already very
    high, but borrowing continues to accelerate at historic levels as state owned banks loan
    more and more money to state owned companies. The prime example of the risks associated
    with the tight rope the Communist Party is trying to walk was the government bailouts
    issued during China’s recent stock market collapse. That crisis was caused by the same sense of
    impatience that’s driving O.B.O.R.—the Party’s need to feed the insatiable economic
    growth monster. Using its powerful propaganda machine, Beijing
    urged its own people to invest their savings heavily in its immature, unstable market—causing
    inexperienced citizens to treat investments in companies like bets at a casino, creating
    a huge bubble that, naturally, burst. The government then suspended trading for
    a while and pumped billions into the system to avoid a total collapse. So really, when you step back, the core motivation
    for One Belt, One Road boils down to the Communist Party’s need to buy itself more time in
    order to come up with its next scheme to prop up the economy, because when it inevitably
    slows down, which it’s already starting to do, the Party’s promise to deliver a
    fantastic economic dream world will have been proven false for everyone in China but the
    elites. The silver lining is that many of the ventures
    China has undertaken will pay long-term dividends, like building up its high-tech manufacturing
    sector, with the anticipation that when OBOR’s transportation networks are complete, it will
    be ready to use them to deliver higher-cost goods like iPhones, drones, and green energy
    technologies to the rest of the world. The other major motivating factor here is
    the unmistakable opportunity to gain even-power status with the United States in Asia. The election of Donald Trump, and then his
    decision to walk away from the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal that would have hurt
    China, are massive geopolitical mistakes—completely unforced errors that China intends to take
    full advantage of. When it first announced the O.B.O.R. back
    in 2013, Barack Obama had just begun his second term and the US pivot to Asia was in full
    force. With rivals like Japan, South Korea, and Vietnam
    challenging China’s efforts to control maritime trade routes, it was clear China was being
    hemmed in on its Eastern flank. Despite the election of Trump, this is still
    true. So by instead turning instead to the vast
    land mass to the west for new opportunities, China minimizes its reliance on maritime trade
    routes that could be cut off in the event of a destabilizing military conflict. At the end of the day, China is all about
    business. It doesn’t matter if you’re a democracy,
    a dictatorship, or a failed state, China wants to work with you. But this willingness to embrace some of the
    world’s more unsavory characters could backfire. Just look who Xi is sitting next to at the
    O.B.O.R. summit: Russia’s Vladimir Putin and Turkey’s Erdogan—two men who look
    more and more like dictators clinging to power with each passing day. That’s not a good look for China, and it
    reminds us that the Communist Party is even less transparent. But in a world where the President of the
    United States is a bumbling fool, these partnerships create much less of an image problem now than
    they would have just a few months ago, when the widely admired Barack Obama was leading
    the free world. If you ask the Chinese, the O.B.O.R. is all
    about peace, an embrace of the concept of coop-etition. A generation ago it was unthinkable for a
    country to invest billions of dollars on infrastructure in another country, but in our hyper-globalized
    world, dominated by interconnected markets, it may become the norm, especially when we
    consider the intangible benefits—greater economic interdependence lowers the risk that
    groups of countries will want to fight with other groups of countries, many of whom are
    bound together by military alliances. Every one of these projects increases China’s
    soft power, giving Beijing more and more leverage in any future negotiation or military conflict. The many foreign seaports it will build and
    manage for the next half century will be particularly valuable chess pieces. Its understandable that Chinese policymakers
    are romanticizing One Belt, One Road as a crowning achievement for their nation—further
    recognition that it has regained its former status as a great civilization that deserves
    recognition around the world. But the reality is that it still has a long
    way to go. Combined, the following factors may weaken
    the optimistic sales pitches being made to foreign officials: a recent Oxford business
    school study argued that half of Chinese domestic megaprojects actually destroyed, not generated
    economic value; a few of China’s previous efforts to build megaprojects in foreign countries
    — like the A2 motorway in Poland — failed miserably; landowners and their representatives
    in the national assemblies of host countries are pushing back hard against attempts to
    take away their land; and public demonstrations against some the projects are beginning to
    take root, and spread. Another dose of reality that should sober
    Beijing is that— after analyzing China’s overleveraged financial position — its credit
    rating was just downgraded by a major agency, whose analysts concluded that its borrowing
    is raising red flags, and its economic growth will continue to slow down. Of course, none of these speed bumps is going
    to stop the Communist Party from attempting to execute their great leap. They are committed 100% to embracing a fundamental
    history lesson — one we were all reminded of by Brexit’s improbable win and the unlikely
    ascendence of Donald Trump — that fortune favors the bold—at least, in the short run. Thanks for watching. Get caught up on all of China’s major domestic
    megaprojects with the mini-documentary I made last year, which started some interesting
    conversations. To learn even more, and to support our work,
    sign up for a free 30-trial of Audible.com — linked below — and you’ll get one
    free audio download, like the great courses on The Fall and Rise of China. Until next time, for TDC, I’m Bryce Plank.

    Howard Zinn – You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train- A People’s History
    Articles, Blog

    Howard Zinn – You Can’t Be Neutral on a Moving Train- A People’s History

    August 13, 2019


    Welcome to books of our times produced by the massachusetts school of law today we shall discuss two books by one of america’s
    most famous historians of any political stripe and certainly the most famous american
    historian from the left howard inn the two books are you can’t be neutral
    on a moving train a personal history of our times and failure to quit reflections of an optimistic historian professors zinn is also the author of one
    of the most famous and in the schools one of the most widely adopted works of
    american history called a people’s history of the united
    states which has sold over a million copies howard thank you very much for coming up here you know on this show howard
    i’ve had people uh… or this and other shows i’ve had
    people as famous as uh… eugene mccarthy and the famous federal judge
    richard posner and uh… I want to say that it’s a
    real privilege to have you because what you have done you have
    worked something of an intellectual revolution in this country no less than posner has in a different
    field and and no less than uh… than eugene
    mccarthy worked a revolution in politics uh… in nineteen sixty seven and eight so i’m delighted to have you here and
    let me start out by asking you this as a man of the left as they used to say in the
    britian one would think that that that somebody
    with your views uh… would be extremely disappointed with the way history has
    gone and uh… with the way in which you might foresee that it could go in the
    future and yet you’re not you are a very optimistic guy and you talk a lot about uh… things
    always change and uh… the importance of small acts which cumalativley mount up
    why don’t you get into all these reasons why you’re so optimistic about american
    history in the future for the future ok probably probably the word optimistic is a little misleading because it… suggests something that i don’t really believe
    and that is things will be ok tomorrow
    next week next month i’m optimistic in the long run in the short run i see what everybody
    sees i see all the things that make people depressed i see all the things that make people
    pessimistic i see the wars i see the starvation
    i see the of the uh… the terrible violence that is going on the sickness of society i see all of
    that but uh… but i think the reason that i am
    optimistic for a long run is that i’ve also in my lifetime i don’t like to say this but my lifetime
    has now spanned many decades and in my lifetime i’ve seen enough
    change to suggest that more change is possible i was in world war two i saw a victory there when it looked impossible i was in the
    civil rights movement involved there for seven years living in the south and saw marvelous developments and triumphs that nobody ever expected i was in the
    movement against the war in vietnam and there too it seemed impossible but the war finally ended and we had a great movement against that war and uh… and also maybe more important even today as we are in the midst of a war a war which is very depressing because we see no end to it and we see an administration in power which seems determined to have war after
    war after war in order to maintain american supremacy
    in the world and yet in the midst of the situation
    today i see signs in the united states and certainly all over the world of people who are aware of what is
    happening and who do not go along with it then they’re not going along with it
    doesn’t mean that that they have yet succeeded in changing our policy right howard I want to go back to that the
    whole question of war in just a moment but before we before we get there and and i think that what i’m about
    to ask relates to it you talk a lot about the importance of what you call
    small acts that do not receive national publicity and the way in which those acts show that there’s
    something stirring underneath and ultimately cumulatively cause people in
    the nation to change and you’ve seen a lot of this in your
    own history why don’t you elaborate about that when i was talking about that i guess i was thinking primarily about
    my experience in the south moving to atlanta georgia in nineteen fifty six before there was a civil rights movement
    the montgomery bus boycott had taken place but now things were quiet and there was no real expectation
    of a tumultuous change in the south but uh… i saw it in atlanta signs of unrest of dissatisfaction my students at spellman college were quite
    reserved polite you might say controlled yeah at the
    same time it was and is a woman’s college it was a woman’s spellman college
    is a woman’s college at the same time it was obvious that these
    students although they were not get breaking out of they’re controlled situation had enormous resentment inside at the segregation in the south at the humiliation the people of color endured every day
    in the south and uh… and they began to act in small
    ways that were not noticed and i was involved with them though they the social science club at spellman
    college decided uh… we’ll try something small we’ll try desegregating the atlanta
    public library and they carried on a campaign which ultimately succeeded yeah it’s the kind of thing that
    didn’t make headlines n like the sit-ins or freedom rides and so on
    but these little forays and these later on I discovered these had
    taken place will over the south to put it another way before the famous nineteen
    sixty sit-ins there were many sit ins that
    didn’t attract attention yeah before the freedom rides they were attempts at freedom rides
    which didn’t lead to anything big right so i came to the conclusion that it’s very important that people engage in even the smallest of actions even if they don’t seem to bring any
    immediate results because its these small actions that build
    and build and build that eventually come to fruition you talk a lot on a related subject about the need of human beings in
    this democracy and i suppose it would go to any
    democracy to seize the day as it were and if
    necessary in the street and build a democracy themselves because you say democracy will not be handed to you by
    the courts by the congress by the executive by the governors it is not
    given to you by the constitution and therefore people must go out
    and sometimes in the streets earn democracy themselves why don’t you elaborate on
    that point of view that you express i think the way you express is is
    an accurate representation not everybody expresses accurately what i
    say but you’re doing it funny i have
    the same problem on my point is that we grow up we go to school we got a junior high school and the teach us about uh in my day they used to call it civics
    I don’t know if they still do yeah but they teach us about government they teach us about democracy they talk about the three branches of
    government and the you know the checks and balances and they give you the impression that
    this is what democracy is about that you can put democracy on the blackboard
    yep and make a diagram and show the
    executive and the judiciary and the legislative and the arrows going well of course historically that’s not how changes come
    about the experience of black people is one striking example of it even after the fourteenth and fifteenth
    amendments were added to the constitution after the civil war it didn’t matter the law wasn’t going to be enforced by
    the president of the united states and so in order to make the fourteenth
    and fifteenth amendments come alive black people had to take it unto
    themselves which is what they did in the fifties and sixties yeah yeah and this is also true of
    the labor movement with the labor movement perhaps even more dramatic because the
    labor movement didn’t even have amendments to the constitution that gave
    them rights in a way that black people finally got rights in the fourteenth and fifteenth
    amendments and working people with no
    constitutional rights the constitution after all is not a
    document that favors the economic needs of people roosevelt saw
    that that’s why he proposed at one point an economic bill of rights no the constitution does not provide
    a right to health care or to housing or to food and so our working people had to go out
    and strike and boycott face the police face the national guard they had to do it themselves that’s how
    the eight hour day was won you know you make a point that i
    find very striking because it’s exactly the same point made by the most capitalistic of people
    but they make it from the other direction you make the point that that people
    overvalued the present and extrapolate that the future will be exactly like the
    present and taint so which is one of the
    reasons that you are optimistic in your love for the long term and the funny thing is you read about
    the stock market and they say yeah that’s exactly the problem that people have on
    the stock market day they think whatever’s going on today is just going
    to keep going on and its not true it’s just a a sort of a typical uh… human
    typical human thing but let’s talk just a little bit
    about the war since you did bring it up and then we’ll go back to a couple other
    things you say that the some method of well i’ll put it this week doing away with
    what if we can is is the central issue of our time your not a pacifist as i
    understand it but you do have a great revulsion uh… at war as do some of the rest
    of us what caused you to develop to develop this revulsion let me say for the audience’s
    sake you’ll elaborate this that actually in in world war two when
    you were a young kid you were eighteen you just graduates from high school you had a job in a shipyard building american naval
    which would have deferred you from combat and from joining the service in fact you worked on the u_s_s_ iowa
    which is one of america’s most powerful battleships it the one that the turret blew up
    just a few years ago and yet you you went off you took
    one of the most dangerous jobs in the war you were flying i think a
    bombardier if i remember correctly b-17s those people did not have a long life
    span there was the worst casualty rate probably in that then them in the infantry so you started off as sort of gung
    ho in favor of our
    military and you’ve gone a hundred and eighty in
    the other direction why don’t explain what what motives what has motivated you and
    what continues to motivate you when i was gung ho as you say and enlisting in the force in world war they called it the army air corps at that time in world
    war two it wasn’t because i was a militaristic general it was because i
    believed that this war this specific war world war
    two was absolutley necessary in order to defeat you know what
    seemed the most horrible phenomenon of modern times and that is fascism nazism and so enthusisastically i joined and and i flew bombing missions over europe
    and but what happened is that at the end of the war uh… i began to have more
    complicated thoughts about war i say more complicated thoughts because
    it’s not that i went simply from being pro or to antiwar it’s just that it seemed to me looking back on the world war two as
    i did shortly after it was not simply a good war you may notice that studs terkel in his oral history which is entitled a good war puts
    quotation marks around the good war so many other people he interviewed
    who were in world war two later expressed doubts about the purity of
    that war if I may interject something we’ve had a historian a fellow who wrote a history of
    world war two on these shows howard and there seems to be
    absolutely no question whatsoever that in the pacific on both sides it was a
    race war joh i dont know if you had john dower on
    no we had donald miller on you had donald miller i said i see well john dower hum wrote a book about that fact just what your talking about there were atrocities on both sides and history is always written almost always written from a
    nationalistic point of view and so when we write our history or when journalists talk about world war two it always the japanese cruelties the bataan
    death march and so on which is true of course but what they omit of course is our cruelties and our atrocities and uh… so in john dower wrote a book called war
    without mercy which deals with that redresses that balance in fact what begins my thinking rethinking about war was right after the war when i read john hersey’s hiroshima
    mmm-hmm and john heresy had gone to hiroshima after the bombing and he interviewed the people who were the
    victims of that bombing and who were still alive and his account of it was so personal so human so harrowing that i who had accepted thee bombing of
    hiroshima when it happened in our world i don’t have to go in the pacific now
    yeah the wars over yeah and i didn’t think about the human
    consequences of that bombing and that made me rethink my own missions and realize that i had never understood the human consequences of the bombing missions that i was
    flying yeah i didn’t realize that i was bombing really indiscriminately and all this talk about which they still talk about you
    know precision bombing accurate bombing we only bomb
    military targets was all nonsense it was nonsense then
    and its still nonsense now they started
    saying that in those days because of what was then a big new device but
    norden bombsite that’s right and actually we were engaging as were the british
    in area bombing to a large extent you know when you talk about hiroshima
    there are people who can say and its not my purpose to get into that discussion
    here but merely to point out that there are people who say that that that the
    atomic bombs may have saved millions of lives on both sides but be that as it may you participated in the bombing of rouen
    afterwards you could find no legitimate excuse for that
    bombing at all and it took hundreds as i understand it of uh… allied french lives on the
    ground yes I don’t want to bypass hiroshima
    ok because it is still one of the great myths in
    american culture that we saved lives by bombing hiroshima and nagasaki we did not i’ve done a lot of
    research on that the most elaborate research
    job on that done by gar alperovitz and a crew of scholars makes it clear we did not save lives japanese were about to surrender
    we killed several hundred thousand people unnecessarily and i want to say something else about that
    which goes not only to hiroshima but to bombing in general i think i would ask people who say we had to do it in order to save lives i would say well if it was in august nineteen forty five and you knew that we could end the war with japan more quickly
    because that’s what it was about ending it more quickly not ending it we knew it would end the japanese were on their way to defeat but ending it more quickly by dropping a bomb would you be willing to kill a hundred
    thousand american children to end the war more quickly well the answer to that is obvious nobody would
    say yes but you’re willing to kill a hundred
    thousand japanese children in order to and the war the war more quickly what does that mean what does that say about the way we think about other people what does that say about war was it say
    about a willingness to kill other people because their lives are not
    as important as ours okay i i know you didn’t want to hiroshima
    but i couldn’t let that go because it’s such an
    important myth in american culture what what that brings me to is this and i must say i think there should be more writing on one side
    of the other about the question of whether the japanese were about to surrender and
    what would the casualties have been but putting that to one side for a moment my understanding is that and
    i think you probably agree with this and my intent here is to ask why you
    think it’s true is that that much of the rest of the
    world much is an ambiguous wrod i don’t know what other word to use much of the rest of the world considers
    america as the premier terrorist in the world today and uh… and the as i understand
    that has a lot to do with our use of bombs and other kinds
    of really vicious weapons whether it’s uh… better or worse to
    kill people one way or another that’s another question but uh… an i right in thinking
    that that you yourself because of the massive bombs because because of the fact that you inevitably kill
    civilians thats what i’m trying to say you inevitably kill civilians
    do you think that it’s fair to say that and americans certainly don’t want to hear
    this we certainly don’t want to hear this do you think it’s fair to say that much of
    the rest of the world considers us major terrorists i think there’s no question
    about it but i mean recent polls of the past few years have have shown that people of other parts of the world consider president bush more dangerous then osama bin laden more dangerous than saddam hussein now why is that i mean to american ears that’s unimaginable but what they see they see the united states having suffered a terrorist attack nine eleven terrible terrorist attack they see the united states responding by
    its own terrorism not by focusing upon who did this attack let’s
    find a not treating it like a police operation or an international
    police operation but simply going ahead and bombing
    afghanistan killing three thousand or more civilians in afghanistan without any particular effect on
    al-qaeda osama bin laden terrorism and then they see us going into iraq and now i have not just recently seen
    figures by an organization that has worked very hard to compile figures on the civilian dead in iraq as a result of this very short
    war and they come up with figures like ten
    fifteen twenty thousand civilians americans don’t even know this because all we
    focused on is the fact that everyday we lose another two one three soldiers you know several hundred by now
    but when the rest of the rest of the world
    knows this better than we do they get better news than we do they don’t listen to fox television they don’t listen to c_n_n_
    they have much better news sources they know what the united states has
    done and also i think this is also true they have a memory of vietnam which is being lost in the united states
    yeah to me it’s interesting that in our culture and on television
    and in the movies they’re bringing back world war two in
    a very heavy way saving private ryan you know and and the the stories of d_-day and the hundred and first airborne bringing back world war two why because world war two immediately conjures
    up the image of a just war and the enemy as hitler they don’t bring up vietnam and and but among europeans and i think
    lot of people in the world who opposed the american war in vietnam to a far greater extend and earlier than
    americans did they still remember that the united
    states was responsible for killing several million people in vietnam they can’t forget that they see the history of
    the united states in vietnam central america supporting death squads in central
    america results being hundreds of thousands of
    lives being lost in guatemala el salvador they know this in a way that american’s
    don’t you know there were three million people dead in
    vietnam and i suppose had we not intervened the figure would have been a few
    hundred thousand perhaps as many as a million but
    three million not a chance not a chance and people don’t remember
    the havoc that our sanctions wrought in the last ten years on iraq putting aside the question whether
    saddam hussein is a good man or a bad man nobody’s going to say anything but
    saddam hussein is horrendously evil but it was children who basically bore the brunt as i understand it
    who basically bore the brunt of our sanctions there heres another instance of how the media have kept the american people really
    ignorant of what has been going on because what you talked about the
    sanctions of going on for ten years and by the way under both democratic and
    republican administrations you know before people get to idealistic and romantic about the democrats these sanctions according to the u_n_ perhaps a million people and several
    hundred thousand children we
    take a quick break for a public service commercial we’ll come right back and we’ll continue
    discussing this this subject stay with us we’ll be right back with
    howard zinn those of you who watch books of our time
    know that many of our programs are about books that deal with history this
    reflects not just might own interest in history but also the widespread belief
    that we would do better if our leaders knew more about history this belief is one of the most important reasons the
    massachusetts school of law is starting a new and unique college called the
    american college of history and legal studies a c_h_ ls a c_h_ ls will be a senior college
    offering only the junior and senior years of undergraduate education it will focus entirely on american
    history including the history of some important fields of american law it will offer specific pathways to law
    school for those who choose to become lawyers including entrance into law school
    after the junior year for those who do well at achls and and education which
    rigorously prepares those who choose other fields than law it’s teaching will be entirely by the
    discussion method in which all students participate as it msl itself and other fine law
    schools if will have very small classes of only fifteen
    to twenty students it’s tuition will be only ten thousand dollars per year much lower than almost any other college
    offering a bachelors degree you can view ACHLS’s catalogue on
    line at the web address on your screen achls will be opening in salem new
    hampshire which is on the new hampshire massachusetts border
    in august of two thousand ten if you would like further information
    about achls or would like an application call write or email maureen mooney at the phone number or address
    on your screen welcome back howard before the break you had mentioned that a we had both
    mentioned americans don’t like to hear certain things about our society because we tend to
    grow up with a view of america as being almost solely a righteous and virtuous
    country and to some extent i think that
    that comes up from the media and to some extent it comes from the vast miswriting for
    should save one-sided writing of american history and uh… i take it
    that that this had something to do within a your decision to write the book that’s called a
    people’s history of the united states am i my right in that and
    wanting i’m right or wrong why don’t you explain how you came to write that book and what
    impact it has had it has after all sold a million copies which for and history uh… book is pretty amazing you know i think i came to write that
    book because i was looking for a book like
    it and couldn’t find it and i suspect that a lot of books are written for that
    reason you know if if you’re looking for a certain kind of book it’s not there so i’ll
    sit down and write it take a few
    days out of my life but why were you looking for a book like
    that well i was looking for a book like that
    because and i think this came from my experience
    in the south here i was in the midst of all sorts of incredible dramatic events
    going on from atlanta and my students involved in the sit-ins
    and myself involved too in demonstrations picket lines and then i left atlanta and went down to albany
    georgia to cover the demonstrations in albany georgia i became involved with sncc the student
    non-violent coordinating committee they invited me to be on their executive
    board and i went to selma alabama and various
    towns in mississippi and and all these amazing things happening you were right in the middle of some of the most
    i mean that was like being at all the big battles of world war two
    so to speak yeah i felt like i was john reed writing ten days that shook the
    in the midst of those crowds at leningrad and so and so i i noticed that so many things that we’re going on were
    simply not being reported and uh… and I realized and extrapolated
    from that and i said in every year there must be all sorts of amazing things
    happening that never get into the newspapers that never get into the history
    books now and what they are mostly are the doings of ordinary people and the resistance of ordinary people and that our historians is like our newspapers
    and like our television tend to focus on the important people you watch public television and public
    television is supposed to be better more broad minded then commercial television when you
    watch commercial television public television and
    you see let’s say the lehrer news hour certainly spending more time on important subjects
    than commercial real estate but who do you see on the news hour you see important people uh… you know you see experts you se secretaries of state you see
    congressmen and senators the big shot theory of leading history
    exactly and history in the history books
    what are history books written on their writton on presidents this is the age of lincoln this is the age
    of roosevelt this is the age of jackson here are the founding fathers well instead of the talking about the founding
    fathers how about talking about shay’s rebellion how about talking about the
    farmers in western massachusetts who rebelled against the rich in boston instead of talking about george
    washington and the great victories in the revolutionary war or i should say not instead of but in
    addition to yeah how about talking about the soldiers in
    washington’s army who mutinied against the officers who mutinited because they were being treated like dirt and the officers were getting these
    resplendent uniforms and all this food etc and high pay where are those soldiers and those new mutinies in the history books and so i extrapolates from all of that
    than came to inclusion that doings of ordinary people what happens
    to ordinary people their victimization and also their
    rebellions aren’t there in the history books so i want
    to write about that i wanted to for instance the history books stress the economic miracle of the united states
    especially after the civil war that period after the civil war the united states becomes a great
    industrial power the railroads spanning the country and the steel mills
    going up but i wanted to read about and hear about the people who
    worked in the steel mills the people worked on the railroads the irish immigrants the chinese immigrants
    who worked on the transcontinental railroad who died in large numbers and i want to hear about the strikers of
    the eighteen seventy seven and the pullman car strikers and here’s an interesting thing interesting
    to me course after i began to read on my own and read the history of labor struggles
    in this country here and saw that they were not there in the history books i have a p_h_d_ in history
    went to graduate school as a history major and none of my history books today talk
    about the colorado coal strike of nineteen thirteen fourteen
    the ludlow low massacre yeah woody guthrie wrote a a song about the
    ludlow massacre but it was not in the history books one of the most dramatic events
    in american history the lawrence textiles strike here we
    are sitting we are in lawrence aren’t we near lawrence
    yeah we are in lawrence great textile strike in lawrence in nineteen
    twelve women immigrant women who seemed hopeless striking against the great you know textile companies yeah and winning wasn’t there in the history books so i wanted to bring that and and i take it uh… what you’ve done has had uh… a
    dramatic impact in the last ten to fifteen years because if i understand right high school teachers and
    college teachers all over the united states adapt your book as supplemental reading to sort
    of offset I think the key
    phrase is what you said in addition to not instead of but in
    addition to all the laudatory stuff that we read
    about america and our leaders here were all these other problems and here is what
    some of the small people were thinking and we’re doing and we’re suffering while all this was going on it’s interesting that when my book first
    came out high school teachers were very reluctant
    to use it not for themselves but you know they sort of school
    committees looking over their shoulders you know what are you giving our kids in
    fact some schoolteacher high school teacher
    in on on the west coast in wrote to me lajolla california wrote to me and
    said she was in trouble because she had used my book and kid brought my book home parents look at looked at the first chapter
    of the book which deals with columbus and of course there it’s a very different story i give of columbus
    not the great hero but the murderer the kidnapper her parents looked at this and said her mother was horrified you know columbus is a hero this must be a communist
    book right and she asked for an investigation of this teacher well that’s what happened then but over the years more and more high school teachers have begun to use
    my book and it has become i hate to say this respectable to use my book your done yes so it’s used in our schools and of course colleges all over the
    country but high schools are more difficult to enter because high schools are kind of
    totalitarian institutions yeah things are so controlled in
    high schools here but uh… i think you’re right that there’s been a change in education not enough of a
    change still but there’s been a change in now I would say that
    there are hundreds of thousands of teachers all over the country who are teaching in a different way they’re teaching the story of columbus they’re doing
    more black history more women’s history and i don’t attribute it simply to
    my book I attribute it to the movements of the sixties with many people more
    conscious of race sex all these people the sixties have gotten a really terrible
    rap from the conservative movement in this country in the last ten to twenty
    years and i i think the sixties are really
    responsible for much of a good that has gone on in the country you know in
    the last forties years its interesting what you say about the
    treatment of the sixties they’re trying to present the sixties and when i look at the sixties treated on television’s what
    i’ve seen emphasis on crazed kids yeah drugs yeah huh you know wild violence of course there we’re there but the sixties by and large a marvelous time in
    american history of when millions of people became involved
    in social movements non-violent social movements for change in a time of the flower children a time when generosity seemed to be a more
    prevalent when you’d stop on the road and give a
    ride to hitch hikers and people don’t do that anymore= the sixties were a
    wonderful period of new consciousness and social change and when
    people where much more cognizant of equality whether it’s for gays
    whether it’s for a racial minorities and women you name it end of the controlling
    nature of so much of what we have been taught you yourself seem to feel that
    education has been largely used in this country by the powers that be whoever they may
    be people with money people with position to uh… more or less brainwash i hate to use george romneys words
    brainwash children into accepting a place in the
    society as these people wanted to be and they gave all kinds of uh… holy toledo to teachers who would
    teach something different and that do you think there’s been any a
    diminution in this use of education aand the media to control control what the american
    people think and what the next generation thanks well it’s still still going on i just
    read about the teacher in school in north carolina who lost her job who was simply dismissed
    because she brought up in class the war she wanted to her students to discuss the war and no if you mustn’t talk about that and soon she got a letter
    saying you know this is unacceptable you’re out you
    know theres something the matter with that carolina because the state
    university down there and i’m only half kidding the university of north carolina
    has this new program where incoming freshmen read a particular book and then
    everybody in university discusses it during the first and two straight years now they’ve just caught
    hell because people haven’t liked the book
    that i don’t know even remember what the books were that were chosen but uh… the university just caught
    hades throughout the state for choosing whatever book they chose because
    these books didn’t reflect only well on our society it’s interesting that education in our country has always been pro-war pro-war in the sense of exalting military heroism these are our heroes these are the
    statues in our cities statues of military heroes kids
    grow up from elementary school on with kinda reverence for know the people who won the
    war yes can I ask you aquestion howard about that you make the most striking comment in
    one of the two books that uh… are the subject of today’s program maybe in both you say that there are leaders are
    addicted to war addicted to war why do you say that well sign of an addiction i suppose is when somebody keeps coming back to something
    that’s bad for you and can’t seem to get out of it and somebody who sees for instance a drug as a solution to their
    problems you know not looking for other solutions
    because a drug drugs are quick solution to problem that you have you know you you’re unhappy or depressed you know or you’re in pain and yes the drug will be a quick fix but war is a
    quick-fix war is a quick fix you’re attacked uh… her you know as in nine eleven oh what do we do instead of stopping and thinking
    intelligently about what caused this act what was behind it what can we do to eliminate the causes of it you go to that drug which you have
    always used and and war was the way to solve howard i was talking to
    somebody the other day and i was making some of these points that you are
    making and the person said to me and i’m interested
    in your response to this the person said to me look its kind of
    like a a play on the poor you will always have
    with you you will always have people in
    this world who want to attack us no matter what we do or how nice we try to be and therefore we we have to attack these
    people first or vitally or whatever what’s your response to that will first when they say there will always be
    people there will always be government’s i think that’s an important
    distinction must be made a lot of i think there’s a lot of
    thinking that goes on which puts the blame for war on people and you know even find biological
    impulses to violence and aggression and uh… i think that’s a lot of
    nonsense if that were true that is if people had an inherent desire to go to war nations would not have to compell them nations would not have to draft armies
    they would not have to seduce people with propaganda and persuade them that
    this is a just cause no no people’s natural tendency i think is not to engage in wars you know when they say well we must be
    engage in war because other countries engage in war well of course that
    creates the vicious cycle and they are not asking the question how can we
    get at the roots of war its like the present isreali palestinian situation you know the the palestinians are you know sending suicide bombers you
    know so we have to then attack palestinian territory and destroy
    homes and then the palestinians say well you
    see what they’re doing to us it’s a cycle and the united states has
    contributed to that cycle can i interrupt you for a sec
    excuse me i’m getting wild waves here that i have
    to break for the second commercial we’ll be right
    we’ll be right back with more with howard zinn those of you who watch books of our time
    know that many of our programs are about books that deal with history this
    reflects not just my own interest in history but also the widespread belief
    that we would do better if our leaders knew more about history this belief is one of the most important reasons the
    massachusetts school of law is starting a new and unique college called the
    american college of history and legal studies a c_h_ ls a c_h_ ls will be a senior college
    offering only the junior and senior years of undergraduate education it will focus entirely on american
    history including the history of some important fields of american law it will offer specific pathways to law
    school for those who choose to become lawyers including entrance into law school
    after the junior year for those who do well at achls and an education which
    rigorously prepares those who choose other fields than law it’s teaching will be entirely by the
    discussion method in which all students participate as it msl itself and other fine law
    schools if will have very small classes of only fifteen
    to twenty students it’s tuition will be only ten thousand dollars per year much lower than almost any other college
    offering a bachelors degree you can view ACHLS’s catalogue on
    line at the web address on your screen achls will be opening in salem new
    hampshire which is on the new hampshire massachusetts border in august of two thousand if you would like further information
    about achls or would like an application all write or email maureen mooney at the phone number or address
    on your screen came out has massachusetts school of law at andover offers an accessible affordable legal
    education to both full-time and part time law students when making admissions decisions
    msl looks at all aspects of the candidate’s qualifications and does not
    consider the flawed lsat at tuition of less than half of all the other
    law schools in new england it is by far the most affordable our
    teaching and standards are rigorous students learn to think clearly to write well and
    to advoate effectively for others decide today to make a difference welcome back to our discussion with howard inn
    howard you have taken the position which is awfully hard to argue with
    really that the media act as the handmaiden handmaidens to war with the latest example perhaps being
    this embedding of troops so american television was rah rah as we’re going forward in riding in the
    tanks and so forth but why don’t you elaborate
    historically and currently on your view of the media in this country being the
    handmaiden to war first of all its important to understand
    that the media the major media little
    media i’m not going to small newspapers small radio stations but major media have always been owned
    controlled by the people of wealth and uh… and therefore the the editorial positions the choice of news items has always been determined by the those people who control the press i think was a j liebling the writer
    who said freeing the press belongs to whoever
    owns the press and so back in the in the in the early part of twentieth century
    upton sinclair wrote a book called the brass check the brass check was something used in houses of
    prostitution in paris and he was talking about the press as
    prostitutes the press as selling out for money the press has well in fact at that very
    time talk about a press being pro war you know the hearts news papers and the
    pulitzer papers revved up the country for war with spain you provide the reporting i’ll
    provide the war exactly the uh world war one again the press played up the german atrocities
    and some of them turned out to be false you know the lusitania has been sunk a harmless passenger ship
    later turns out it was carrying war munitions and playing up the atrocities of the
    germans not saying anything about the british
    empire and that’s been going on today what we see is in this in when the war started in afghanistan to call it a war is actually a
    misnomer i mean this is the war between two equal
    parties the united states and afghanistan afghanistan is a helpless miserable
    country in the united states bombs afghanistan’s and its called a war what happens then is that executives in c_n_n_’s send out word to their reporters
    and i’ve seen this it was leaked by people in c_n_n_ sent word to the reporters saying let’s not reports civilian casualties
    in afghanistan we were bombing and we were killing
    civilians they were not to be reported and c_n_n_ began festooning the band the
    the stand of anchors c_n_n_ with american
    flags and and the media have been going along with war for
    a very long time actually the rest of the the rest of the world as i understand it apropos of that you know vietnam was in a sense
    different because reporters were investigating the truth and their editors
    and publishers at least didn’t block them from publishing
    from publishing it but the editorial and publishing publishers positions at least
    early in a war were world’s different from what you were
    reading from the uh… reporters at the new york times in time
    magazine and so forth but so that’s an interesting point in the early nineteen sixty eight the boston globe did a survey of something like twenty nine major american dailies not one of them called for the united states to get out
    of vietnam I’m particularly conscious of this because in
    nineteen sixty seven i wrote a book called vietnam the logical withdrawal
    and and and uh… suggesting strongly the united states would get
    get no major in nineteen sixty eight supported the idea of getting out
    of vietnam and you know this this really hasn’t
    changed but the rest of the world sees it
    sees it thru television see’s a very different war than americans
    see on fox and c_n_n_ c_b_s_ they see the civilian casualties they
    see the bombs falling and uh… so on so so you have a real disconnect i
    think between the way we thinking we’re a virtuous country see the war
    and the other countries see the war thats interesting you may remember that in
    the in the afghan war and in this war in iraq the united states bombed the offices
    of al jazeera the mid eastern television network they did not want that network too be able to show pictures of the results of our bombing i mean is this is the kind of thing that
    happens in a totalitarian state the soviet union nazi germany they shutdown newspapers
    shutdown televisions stations they want to control everything this the way the united states
    government has behaved in these wars howard what is your response to those
    people who say that that you and that people who
    believe as you do in include myself to a large extent
    in that we don’t see eye-to-eye on everything but i see eye to eye with
    you on an awful lot uh… what do you say to people
    who say well you’re being unpatriotic will you know i i think this also as part of our culture
    i think and that is a miss guided notion of what patriotism is i think that we grow up in
    this country very often with the idea which is inculcated from the beginning
    you pledge allegiance to the flag and say the star spangled banner and exalt military heroism you get an idea to be patriotic means to support
    whatever the government does and if you oppose the government if you criticize
    government your being on patriotic to think that way is a violation of
    basic democratic principles the declaration of independence establishes the democratic principle
    governments are artificial creations governments are set up by the people to
    ensure certain rights equality life liberty the pursuit of happiness when governments become destructive of
    those rights that’s what the declaration of independent says it is the right of people to alter or
    abolish the government if it’s the right of the people to alter or
    abolish the government then certainly it is the right of the people to criticize the government the government and the people you know i see on
    television young fellows going off to war as i did way back i see the television interviewer asks well young man how do you feel about going off to iraq well i feel that i owe something to my
    country it’s not your country that you’re
    fighting for when you go to war it’s your government mhm it’s halliburton it’s the great corporations it’s the people who benefit from war
    it’s the politicians it’s the industrialists it’s not the country would it be fair to say howard that you think that i know lincoln thought this it loads it up by my having said that
    but would it fair to say that you think that
    patriotism essentially consists of loyalty for the underlying principles of the
    united states and that to some extent at whole notion of patriotism has been
    hijacked by those who believe in uh… military action lincoln had it right mark twain had it right mark twain said this notion my my country right or wrong is absurd no and patriotism shouldn’t mean adhering as you were just saying to the principles of the country and i would i would suggest that one of our
    principles although we haven’t followed it through one of our principles should be to behave in the world like a peace-loving country not to initiate wars we have initiated wars it’s one
    thing when we’re attacked it’s another thing we initiate wars we
    initiated war in vietnam we initiated wars in panama and
    grenada in afghanistan in iraq twice we initiated those wars and tthe mexican the spanish word
    for the record the mexican war the spanish-american
    war no question about it the war in the philippines we initiated and uh… that we should consider that to go against
    principles our country should stand for howard do you think uh… the writing of
    history is fundamentally such subjective not only in the way that the things
    are said you know know what your stress in the first
    part of a sense versus what the tale of the sentence says not only in a way that things are said
    but also in a sense of what is put in and what is left out of the history books i think that that is the most important way in which
    history is distorted if you say something false in a historical description it can be verified or not verified
    be counteracted but if you leave something out the
    person reading it has no idea that you’ve left it out and if you you know if it’s tell the the
    story of the civil war and it’s all battles then you leave out the fact that during
    the civil war the u_s_ army did not only fight against
    the confederacy but it fought against the indians out west
    mmm-hmm committed massacres during the civil war and during the civil war more land was
    taken from the indians than any comparable period in american history that is left out of the books and native americans know what is left out
    black people know what is left out people interested in labor struggles
    know what is left out and they certainly leave out when they talk about world war one they leave out the huge movement against world war one that took
    place at that time howard we have to wrap this up this
    is why i wanted to do two hours rather than one but we cant so we have to warp this uh… i want to
    thank you very much for coming up here go and uh… recommend to everybody that these books are just intensely
    interesting failure to quit and you cannot be
    be neutral on a moving train and again i thank you for what uh you
    know you’ve opened the eyes of a lot of people in this country over the
    last fifteen twenty years thank you larry

    Dangers lurk at railroad-highway crossings
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    Dangers lurk at railroad-highway crossings

    August 10, 2019


    TELLING US THESE SO-CALLED HIGHWAY-GRADE CROSSINGS ARE DECEPTIVELY DANGEROUS. AS CRASH INVESTIGATORS ARRIVE ON THE SCENE OF ANOTHER ACCIDENT BETWEEN A TRAIN AND A MOTOR VEHICLE, NEW CONCERNS TONIGHT ABOUT THE SAFETY OF RAIL CROSSINGS. IN CALIFORNIA IT WAS THE TRUCK DRIVER OFFICIALS SAY WHO TOOK AN INCOMPLICATIONABLE WRONG TURN. >>RATHER THAN MAKE THE RIGHT TURN ONTO WESTBOUND FIFTH STREET IT TURNED YOON TO THE RAILROAD TRACKS. >>THE DRIVER WAS UNHURT AND EXPERTS SAY WAS FORTUNATE TO GET AWAY FROM THE ONRUSHING TRAIN. >>THE POWER OF THE TRAIN IMPACTING A VEHICLE IS THE SAME AS A CAR — >>LIBBY OF THE GROUP OPERATION LIFE SAVER SAYS SO-CALLED HIGHWAY GRADE CROSSINGS ARE OFTEN LETHAL INTERSECTIONS. JUST THIS MONTH, A NET TROH-NORTH TRAIN COLLIDED WITH AN SUV OUTSIDE NEW YORK CITY, KILLING SIX PEOPLE. THE GOVERNMENT SAYS FATALITIES AT RAILROAD CROSSINGS HAVE DECREASED ABOUT 75% IN THE U.S. SINCE THE 1970s. BUT SAFETY EXPERTS SAY THERE ARE STILL ABOUT 2,000 INCIDENTS A YEAR AT THOSE CROSSINGS, MORE THAN 200 PEOPLE KILLED AT THOSE INTERSECTIONS LAST YEAR. AND A TRAIN HITS A PERSON OR A VEHICLE EVERY THREE HOURS IN THE U.S. WHY?>>WE THINK DRIVERS ARE VERY DISTRACTED IN THEIR CARS. CROSSINGS LIKE THIS, I THINK WHEN THE DRIVERS APPROACH, SOMETIMES DRIVERS ARE IN A HURRY IN THIS SOCIETY TODAY. PEOPLE FEEL VERY RUSHED AND THINK THEY CAN BEAT A TRAIN. >>OTHER FACT RZ? DIRECTOR SNIPE SAYS THERE AREN’T STANDARD BARRIERS OR SIGNALS AT EVERY CROSSING. TRAINS ARE QUIETER AND FASTER THAN THEY WERE. AND VEHICLE DRIVERS MAKE TRAGIC MISCALCULATIONS.>>WHAT IS IT THAT PEOPLE DON’T UNDERSTAND?>>IF A TRAIN IS COMING THIS WAY, IT CAN TAKE AN AVERAGE TRAIN UP TO A MILE TO STOP. THAT’S THE LENGTH OF 18 FOOTBALL FIELDS. SO IF A TRAIN SEES SOMETHING ON THE TRACKS, IT CAN’T NECESSARILY STOP IN TIME.>>DIRECTOR SNIPE SAYS IF YOU’RE STUCK ON A TRACK, SOME STEPS ARE OBVIOUS. TRY TO SOMEHOW GET THE VEHICLE OFF THE TRACK. IF YOU CAN’T, EXIT THE VEHICLE AND RUN. NOW, WHAT IS NOT SO OBVIOUS, LIBBY RECTOR SNIPE SAYS, IF YOU’RE STUCK AT A PLACE LIKE THIS, SAY THIS IS THE MOTOR VEHICLE HERE, AND YOU HAVE TO RUN AWAY FROM YOUR VEHICLE AND A TRAIN IS COMING THIS WAY, TRY TO RUN TOWARD THE ONCOMING TRAIN BUT DO IT AT A 45-DEGREE ANGLE SO YOU’RE RUNNING AWAY FROM THE TRACK. THAT WAY YOU CAN AVOID THE COLLISION COMING THIS WAY AND THE DEBRIS THAT IS ALL GOING TO BE COMING THIS WAY. IF YOU TRY TO RUN THIS WAY, YOU’RE IN TROUBLE. TOWARD IT BUT AT A 45 DEGREE ANG ANGLE. >>DRIVERS CAN ALERT THE RAILROAD THAT’S SOMETHING WRONG, RIGHT?>>MOST CROSSINGS HAVE AN EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEM WITH A TELEPHONE NUMBER ON IT WHERE VEHICLE DRIVERS WHO ARE STUCK CAN RUN TO THE SIGN, CALL THAT NUMBER. THAT’S ONE OF THE SIGNS THERE. IF YOU WANT TO KNOW WHAT IT LOOKS LIKE. IF YOU MAKE THAT CALL, THAT WILL ALERT THE RAILROAD THAT THERE IS

    A new high-speed train from China to US?
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    A new high-speed train from China to US?

    August 9, 2019


    SO MUCH. NOW WE BRING IN TOM FOREMAN, WHO LOOKED AT HOW THE HIGH SPEED RAIL LINE COULD ACTUALLY BE COMPLETED. IS IT POSSIBLE?>>LET’S LOOK AT THE BUILDING SITE FIRST, BECAUSE THIS IS WAY, WAY UP THERE RIGHT ON THE EDGE OF THE ARCTIC CIRCLE. THE BERING STRAIT SEPARATES NORTH AMERICA FROM RUSSIA. THE NEAREST POINT IS ABOUT 53 MILES WIDE. HOW DEEP IS THE WATER, DEEP COMPARED TO WHERE YOU PADDLE YOUR KAYAK. SO WHO WOULD HAVE TO BE INVOLVED IN THIS PROJECT? WELL, POLITICALLY AND ECONOMICALLY, PROBABLY THE U.S. AND CHINA, THE CHUNNEL, IS WHAT THEY WOULD PATTERN THIS AFTER IN ALL LIKELIHOOD. LET’S LOOK AT HOW THIS WAS CONSTRUCTED. IN THE U.K. AND FRANCE, EVEN AT THE NARROWEST POINT, TWICE AS LONG AS THIS, THE WATER IS SHALLOW. THEY WOULD HAVE TO START TO BORE THROUGH AND THIS IS WHAT THEY WOULD AIM THROUGH. THREE TUNNELS, ONE WITH TRAINS GOING IN ONE DIRECTION, THE OTHER IN THE OTHER DIRECTION. AND IN THE MIDDLE THEY BUILT AN ACCESS TUNNEL FOR EMERGENCIES AND SERVICES AND ALL SORTS OF WAYS TO GET BACK AND FORTH. IT IS A BIG, BIG PROJECT. THEY HAVE TO PUSH HERE IN THE WATER AND THEY HAVE TO PUT IN SHIELDING AS THEY GO. JUST A STEP AT A TIME CLAIMING THIS AREA WITH A BIG METAL TUBE IN A SENSE TO BUILD ALL OF THIS. IT IS A BIG, BIG, JOB, NO QUESTION, ERIN. >>IT IS INCREDIBLE, AT LEAST FROM AN ENGINEERING STANDPOINT, WHICH MIGHT HAVE GIVEN A LOT OF PEOPLE PAUSE. IT IS POSSIBLE. BUT THEN HERE IS THE QUESTION, TOM, HOW MUCH WOULD IT COST AND HOW LONG WOULD IT TAKE?>>YEAH, WELL, IT IS POSSIBLE. ALTHOUGH I WOULD LIKE TO POINT OUT YOU KNOW WHERE YOU ARE IN EACH OF THIS TUNNEL? YOU ARE IN THE MIDDLE OF NOWHERE. IF YOU LOOK AT JUST THE COST OF THIS THING IF YOU BASED IT ROUGHLY ON THE CHUNNEL, MAYBE $35 BILLION IF EVERYTHING GOES WELL. THAT IS NOT UNBELIEVABLE, NOT CRUSHING. BUT YOU MAY ALSO TALK ABOUT 20 YEARS TO COMPLETE, MAYBE, BUT BOY, BIG, BIGGEST HERE, ERIN. YOU KNOW WHY? BECAUSE THE IDEA FOR THE CHUNNEL CAME UP A GOOD WHILE BEFORE ANYBODY ACTUALLY STARTED DIGGING AS IN IT WAS FIRST SERIOUSLY PROPOSED BY NO NAPOLEAN. >>I DON’T THINK I