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    A Vision for High Speed Rail
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    A Vision for High Speed Rail

    October 10, 2019

    THE PRESIDENT: In addition to
    Ray LaHood and Joe Biden, Rahm Emanuel, all of who have worked
    on this extensively, I also want to acknowledge Jim Oberstar and
    Rob Andrews, two of our finest members of Congress, both people
    who understand that investing in our infrastructure, investing in
    our transportation system pays enormous dividends over the long
    term. So I’m grateful to them. (Applause.) You know, I’ve been
    speaking a lot lately about what we’re doing to break free of our
    economic crisis so to put people back to work and move this
    nation from recession to recovery. And one area in which we can
    make investments with impact both immediate and lasting is in
    America’s infrastructure. And that’s why the Recovery and
    Reinvestment Plan we passed not two months ago included the most
    sweeping investment in our infrastructure since President
    Eisenhower built the Interstate Highway System in the 1950s. And these efforts will save
    money by untangling gridlock, and saving lives by improving
    our roads, and save or create 150,000 jobs, mostly in the
    private sector, by the end of next year. Already, it’s put Americans back
    to work. And so far, we’re ahead of
    schedule, we’re under budget, and adhering to the highest
    standards of transparency and accountability. But if we want to move from
    recovery to prosperity, then we have to do a little bit more. We also have to build a new
    foundation for our future growth. Today, our aging system of
    highways and byways, air routes and rail lines is hindering that
    growth. Our highways are clogged with
    traffic, costing us $80 billion a year in lost productivity and
    wasted fuel. Our airports are choked with
    increased loads. Some of you flew down here and
    you know what that was about. We’re at the mercy of
    fluctuating gas prices all too often; we pump too many
    greenhouse gases into the air. What we need, then, is a smart
    transportation system equal to the needs of the 21st century. A system that reduces travel
    times and increases mobility. A system that reduces congestion
    and boosts productivity. A system that reduces
    destructive emissions and creates jobs. What we’re talking about is a
    vision for high-speed rail in America. Imagine boarding a train in the
    center of a city. No racing to an airport and
    across a terminal, no delays, no sitting on the tarmac, no lost
    luggage, no taking off your shoes. (Laughter.) Imagine whisking
    through towns at speeds over 100 miles an hour, walking only a
    few steps to public transportation, and ending up
    just blocks from your destination. Imagine what a great
    project that would be to rebuild America. Now, all of you know this is not
    some fanciful, pie-in-the-sky vision of the future. It is now. It is happening right now. It’s been happening for decades. The problem is it’s been
    happening elsewhere, not here. In France, high-speed rail has
    pulled regions from isolation, ignited growth, remade quiet
    towns into thriving tourist destinations. In Spain, a high-speed line
    between Madrid and Seville is so successful that more people
    travel between those cities by rail than by car and airplane
    combined. China, where service began just
    two years ago, may have more miles of high-speed rail service
    than any other country just five years from now. And Japan, the nation that
    unveiled the first high-speed rail system, is already at work
    building the next: a line that will connect Tokyo with
    Osaka at speeds of over 300 miles per hour. So it’s being done; it’s just
    not being done here. There’s no reason why we can’t
    do this. This is America. There’s no reason why the future
    of travel should lie somewhere else beyond our borders. Building a new system of
    high-speed rail in America will be faster, cheaper and easier
    than building more freeways or adding to an already
    overburdened aviation system — and everybody stands to benefit. And that’s why today, with the
    help of Secretary LaHood and Vice President Biden, America’s
    number one rail fan, I’ve been told — (laughter) — I’m
    announcing my administration’s efforts to transform travel in
    America with an historic investment in high-speed rail. And our strategy has two parts:
    improving our existing rail lines to make current train
    service faster — so Rob can, you know, shave a few hours over
    the course of a week — but also identifying potential corridors
    for the creation of world-class high-speed rail. To make this happen, we’ve
    already dedicated $8 billion of Recovery and Reinvestment Act
    funds to this initiative, and I’ve requested another $5
    billion over the next five years. The Department of Transportation
    expects to begin awarding funds to ready projects before the end
    of this summer, well ahead of schedule. And like all funding decisions
    under the Recovery Act, money will be distributed based on
    merit — not on politics, not as favors, not for any other
    consideration –purely on merit. Now, this plan is realistic. And the first round of funding
    will focus on projects that can create jobs and benefits in the
    near term. We’re not talking about starting
    from scratch, we’re talking about using existing
    infrastructure to increase speeds on some routes from 70
    miles an hour to over 100 miles per hour — so you’re taking
    existing rail lines, you’re upgrading them. And many corridors merit even
    faster service, but this is the first step that is quickly
    achievable, and it will create jobs improving tracks,
    crossings, signal systems. The next step is investing in
    high-speed rail that unleashes the economic potential of all
    our regions by shrinking distances within our regions. There are at least 10 major
    corridors in the United States of 100 to 600 miles in length
    with the potential for successful high-speed rail
    systems. And these areas have explored
    its potential impact on their long-term growth and
    competitiveness, and they’ve already presented sound plans. I want to be clear: No decision
    about where to allocate funds has yet been made, and any
    region can step up, present a plan and be considered. The high-speed rail corridors
    we’ve identified so far would connect areas like the cities of
    the Pacific Northwest; southern and central Florida; the Gulf
    Coast to the Southeast to our nation’s capital; the breadth of
    Pennsylvania and New York to the cities of New England; and
    something close to my heart, a central hub network that draws
    the cities of our industrial heartland closer to Chicago and
    one another. Or California, where voters have
    already chosen to move forward with their own high-speed rail
    system, a system of new stations and 220 mile-per-hour trains
    that links big cities to inland towns; that alleviates crippling
    congestion on highways and at airports; and that makes travel
    from San Francisco to Los Angeles possible in two and a
    half hours. And by making investments across
    the country, we’ll lay a new foundation for our economic
    competitiveness and contribute to smart urban and rural growth. We’ll create highly-skilled
    construction and operating jobs that can’t be outsourced, and
    generate demand for technology that gives a new generation of
    innovators and entrepreneurs the opportunity to step up and lead
    the way in the 21st century. We’ll move to cleaner energy and
    a cleaner environment, we’ll reduce our need for foreign oil
    by millions of barrels a year, and eliminate more than 6
    billion pounds of carbon dioxide emissions annually — equal to
    removing 1 million cars from our roads. Now, I know that this vision has
    its critics. There are those who say
    high-speed rail is a fantasy — but its success around the world
    says otherwise. I know Americans love their
    cars, and nobody is talking about replacing the automobile
    and our highways as critical parts of our
    transportation system. We are upgrading those in the
    Recovery Package, as well. But this is something that can
    be done, has been done, and can provide us enormous benefits. Now, there are those who argue
    that if an investment doesn’t directly benefit the people of
    their district, then it shouldn’t be made. Jim, you know some of those
    arguments. (Laughter.) But if we followed
    that rationale, we’d have no infrastructure at all. There are those who say, well,
    this investment is too small. But this is just a first step. We know that this is going to be
    a long-term project. But us getting started now, us
    moving the process forward and getting people to imagine what’s
    possible, and putting resources behind it so that people can
    start seeing examples of this around the country, that’s going
    to spur all kinds of activity. Now finally, there are those who
    say at a time of crisis, we shouldn’t be pursuing such a
    strategy; we’ve got too many other things to do. But our history teaches us a
    different lesson. As Secretary LaHood just
    mentioned, President Lincoln was committed to a nation connected
    from East to West, even at the same time he was trying to hold
    North and South together. He was in the middle of a Civil
    War. While fighting raged on one side
    of the continent, tens of thousands of Americans from all
    walks of life came together on the other. Dreamers and risk-takers willing
    to invest in America. College-educated engineers and
    supervisors who learned leadership in war. American workers and immigrants
    from all over the world. Confederates and Yankees joined
    on the same side. And eventually, those two sets
    of tracks met. And with one final blow of a
    hammer, backed by years of hard work and decades of dreams, the
    way was laid for a nationwide economy. A telegraph operator sent out a
    simple message to a waiting nation. It just said, “DONE.” (Laughter.) A newspaper proclaimed:
    “We are the youngest of peoples. But we are teaching the world to march forward.” In retrospect, America’s march
    forward seems inevitable. But time and again, it’s only
    made possible by generations that are willing to work and
    sacrifice and invest in plans to make tomorrow better than today. That’s the vision we can’t
    afford to lose sight of. That’s the challenge that’s
    fallen to this generation. And with this strategy for
    America’s transportation future, and our efforts across all
    fronts to lay a new foundation for our lasting prosperity, that
    is the challenge we will meet. “Make no little plans.” That’s what Daniel Burnham said
    in Chicago. I believe that about America:
    Make no little plans. So let’s get to work. Thank you, everybody. (Applause.)

    NEW RECORD!!! WELL OVER 150 RATS Caught by My Mink and Dogs!!!
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    NEW RECORD!!! WELL OVER 150 RATS Caught by My Mink and Dogs!!!

    August 13, 2019

    today was a record-breaking day like
    record shattering like blow it out of the water oh my gosh my name is Joseph
    Carter and I am the minke man when I was a senior in high school I started
    learning about the American mink I was told that mink were horrible vicious
    little animals who were impossible to tame challenge accepted
    I’ve been in love with me ever since I get mean from fur farms and give them a
    new life in this new life my mink live as naturally as possible even hunting
    for their dinner the way a wild mink would so come join me on my adventures
    as we learn more about this intense little predator amazing American mink
    now if you’re really wanting to dive into mink and learn the nitty-gritty
    details I would strongly recommend you read my book the new sport of mink
    Andrey if you would like to support us you can buy a shirt or hat or consider
    becoming one of my faithful patrons just go to the links in the description below people often ask me why I prefer to use
    greyhound mixes over terriers that is why I prefer to use greyhound mixes no
    matter how fast their short little legs run no terrier can quickly cover ground
    like a long-legged lurcher that fast black dog is my boss and he’s
    what’s called a bull lurcher he is one-quarter pit bull three-eighths
    greyhounds and three-eighths whipping any dog crossed with the greyhound er
    whippet is termed in lurcher the advantage of using a bowl archer like
    boss is the pit bull helps give him some of the toughness and drive of a terrier
    and also some of the speed of the greyhound this little white dog named Neela is a
    Jack Russell terrier owned by my buddy Matthew he has his own channel called
    Matthews mink Manor we keep Neal on the leash most of the time because she likes
    to dive under the cement when she sees a rat we don’t want to have an accident if
    the cement unexpectedly slipped off the tractor oh just get dogs good girl in the last
    good great there’s just one more that’s still alive back down good girl Neela drop it drop us bus bus the point of your brindle dog is my
    little puppy shurni she’s a Dutch Shepherd and she’s just here to watch
    the older dogs in action she’s only five months old in his far too young to be
    catching rats herself good girl yes yes good girl bucket yes good girl another
    one bucket yes bucket bucket yes good girl bucket bucket yes yes yes yes yes there’s a few
    I don’t know where to go good job Neela Connie was jumping through the air out
    drop out struck out girl good dog okay go ahead summer anything under their players once we
    tried to avoid the rats suffering whenever possible and put them down as
    quickly as we can contrary to what some people would think
    using mink and dogs for pest control is far more humane than the commonly used
    modern methods the squeaks of rats disturb some people but the same people
    take no thought whatsoever for the hours of torment suffered by a poisoned rat
    dying down in its burrow where nobody can see or hear good kupuna gosh oh there’s a bunch right there good job
    Neela good job boss good girl Neela good jobs Oh boss
    no come here come here good boy come here it’s good boy get down Warda cops
    it dogs you’re going under the hay down to the next one yeah your girl
    yes speaker oh please Ganguly okay pretty good start to today huh
    as we continue along moving sections of cement the escaping rats move on to the
    next section eventually congregating in large enough
    numbers that it’s helpful if we start using the mink along with the dogs yeah
    we need to start doing me oh my gosh in order to be as efficient and safe as
    possible we prop the cement up with a railroad
    tie so there’s no risk of it slipping off the tractor we then release the mink
    under the gap created the mink enters the gap and begins catching rats the
    rats who try to escape the mink run into the dogs waiting outside
    typically the mink flushes the rats in a slower and more orderly fashion than
    just lifting the cement with the tractor wood giving the dogs more time to catch
    the fleeing rats yeah good boy yeah good boy this make
    his name spot because he has a little white spot on his chin just like his
    father Rocky he’s a fearless hunter but I like his
    father he’s quite large and so has some obvious difficulty squeezing into tight
    little places good job I’m sorry a job spawn
    good boys get alcohol I ran a good boy we have a but Alfie okay move the
    cameras back good job good job
    there’s one good jobs new watch stop boy boss boy
    boss oh you didn’t bite me I just grabbed
    Kate alive oh my gosh how did I do that you may
    wonder why we lift the cement for their mink instead of just letting them
    squeeze down the rat holes a bunch of rats will sometimes bottle up in the
    dead enemy and the meat wat to sit down there killing them one by one
    which is quite time-consuming when dealing with large numbers of rats it’s
    quite helpful to use the much larger and more powerful buck minigame
    the buck creeks are so large that they typically can’t fit down the Brat
    burrows and so only dummies are embarrassed if we don’t want the cement got okay oh yeah yeah yeah fuck Neil Neil Neil I got one Oh give us good job Neela oh there’s so
    many oh these are all the lies look these are all alive smart leave any next bus bus business good job Neela yeah yeah yeah yeah here let me chase one over there here
    drop this was a really holy no bites none ever does like people
    often wonder about the disease risks involved with catching rats most of the
    diseases people worry about either aren’t typically found in my area or
    aren’t carried by rats at all hantavirus is only carried by a very small handful
    of specific rodent species the deer mouse being the only one in my area the
    plague is not typically carried by the brown rat but is instead carried by the
    black rat which doesn’t live here either rabies is almost never carried by any
    small to medium-sized rodent rats included girl nila leptospirosis or Wiley’s
    disease though very common in wet areas with mild winters is almost unheard of
    here in the high desert of Utah with that being said there’s always
    going to be some risk of disease so my animals and I stay up-to-date on all
    available vaccinations you may wonder what we do at the end of the day with
    over a hundred dead rats and the answer is we either turn it into mink food or
    if possible we sell them to people with pet snakes good job there heads not near
    big enough to be very good job spot back at home my mink are kept in much larger
    and more spacious enclosures they get all kinds of enrichment like branches to
    climb on and pools to swim in and this is just our little transportation method
    for transporting a whole bunch of mink at once good girl good girl this is real yep a real shoes are in
    case we need something I can squeeze in a lot of places yeah pop your bus hey Raven hey Johnny what they told me
    was nice car good job Neela yeah good girl any luck yeah here job Oh this yellow dog is a one-year-old
    Greyhound named Lily Lily is plenty old enough to start hunting but she hasn’t
    mentally matured enough to take any interest yet we brought her along hoping
    that watching the other dogs having fun would eventually make her want to give
    it a try glad I’m wearing gloves I’d like to get
    bitch scared a second there you go no she’s getting them up oh she’s she being sucked good job Mysterio
    did you visit oh the queue mystery oh she got it out good job oh my gosh just goes to show they can start outside
    doesn’t mean they’re gonna be so this is the supplement week out of the bunch good job me lush good look oh good girl the mingkun dogs work as a
    team to help eradicate the rat infestation the dogs understand that the
    mink are an important part of their pack and that they must respect them at all
    times unfortunately not all of the mink
    understand this and some of the more aggressive ones try and bite their dogs
    to do their best to avoid the teeth of their feisty little hunting
    Connecticut’s good girl hiki sky you did an excellent
    job I did one is still there baby okay Johnny here being such good moral
    support she’s the cheerleader are you to dodge Geneva Tierney’s do such a good job to use to
    get used to the retriever you do be cheaper can you reach each direction
    every picture so look at all these guys man there’s
    tons of there’s forty these little guys we’re gonna go see if we can find a
    foster mother see this one’s actually old enough it’s already can be waned
    he’s fine we’ll just give him soft food but like these little guys they’re
    borderline they need a mother to nurse on and it looks like this is a this one
    this one’s old enough to wean but these little guys in they need a mother oh my
    goodness today was a record-breaking day like
    record shattering like blow it out of the water I cannot believe the luck that
    we had today oh my goodness so happy so Dominque did awesome jobs man they were
    they were knocking him out mama doesn’t like Maggie because she’s helped me
    doctor her a couple times give her shots things like that so she thinks she’s
    about to get a shot so she’s right now she’s on edge and she’s ready to bite
    anyone that touches her anyway so if I get bit that’s why anyway so just
    happiest can be journey that was a great introduction to routing for her as a
    little puppy she did a good job for just a little innocent puppy not doing much
    but bringing rats putting them in the bucket and kind of disappointed in Lilly
    she’s a year old now we were really hoping she’d get started at least a
    little bit today but I don’t think she even knew what we were doing she’s just
    kind of hung out boss and good old Neela man they were they were doing an awesome
    job all-around amazing day so appreciate you guys joining us and just a reminder
    Matthew he wasn’t able to join us today but Matthews mink Manor take it check
    out his channel I’ll put it in the link below but man what a wonderful day and
    look at all these rats all these rats in the cages are ones we caught by hand
    do you believe we caught all of those rats by hand and I only got bit like
    three times it was awesome so anyway thanks for joining us and you
    guys have a great day hey hey getting a bit girl boy so the
    grand total from that ridiculously amazing day of ratting was a hundred and
    eighty eight rats forty of which four babies so the lucky number for those of
    you who are going for the contest for the Hat is a hundred and forty eight
    adult rats or I should say adult and some adult rats because some littles
    adult rats work totally adult so we actually had several people that had
    correct guesses so we’re also gonna have surprises for the runner-ups but the
    first person to guess the right answer of a hundred and forty eight adult and
    some adult rats was Ray Lucassen I’m not sure that’s his real name but that’s a
    screen name didn’t have a real name on there so ray Lacoste send you one
    the next runner-up was Christina followed by Vince or probably goes my
    video if you look at his screen name I’m guessing that’s what he goes by will
    Freeman following this ow Emily H and Paulina yes sorry sorry
    calling they’re not sure to pronounce that so those are the winners the the
    person first person who got it right the sramek Austin he’s gonna of course get
    you know the Hat like we promised and everyone else we’re gonna have some
    wristbands we’re gonna be sending out to you for for being runners-up so
    appreciate you guys with this little competition I’ve never done this before
    I hope you guys enjoyed it and yeah I hope more than that sure hope you
    enjoyed the video that was that was an amazing day so if you are a winner
    message us on Instagram your address so the mailing address you’d like the prize
    to go to and we’ll go ahead and get these prizes out to you so appreciate
    you guys