Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Off The Rails : U.S. Railway Crisis Blamed on Lack Of Funding, Crumbling Infrastructure

Endless illegal wars, congressional theft, IRS and a myriad of other scandals suck the life out of America as it continues to circle the drain, transforming into a Third World nation    

RT
05/13/2015

The US is no stranger to fatal railway accidents: over the last decade, dozens of lives were lost, and hundreds of people injured in train wrecks. All this is due to lack of funding, infrastructure and development, critics say.


Rescue personnel assist injured passenger
The latest Amtrak train crash has left at least six people killed and dozens injured, with the cause of the crash remaining unknown.

It came on the eve of the railway budget bill that could see the funding for Amtrak slashed by 20 percent, from $1.4 to 1.13 billion.

In comparison, China’s railway budget for the next fiscal year is an estimated $128 billion, the Atlantic news portal reported.




The issues that the rail system faces in the US are an alleged lack of the federal commitment to build the high-speed efficient transport links, plus crumbling infrastructure – the latter even became the focus point of a recent documentary ‘Falling Apart’ on CBS.

The documentary stated that the flailing transport system is largely due to “decades of neglect” by the government.

A striking example that the film provided was that 70,000 bridges in the country need to be either replaced or dramatically repaired.




Another problem of the rail system is population density: the US is far less dense than, for instance, Spain or France. Nevertheless, even in the most densely-populated areas of the country, the railway network has been reported slow and inefficient.


Over the last decade, the US has witnessed several major train wrecks that caused both casualties and, in some cases, a serious impact on the environment.

In April 2002, a train crash in Crescent City, Florida, killed four people and left 142 injured when 21 cars of Amtrak train derailed due to broken brakes.

Days after that crash, another one in Placentia, California, left two people dead and 22 injured.

In 2003 and 2005 in Chicago, two Metra train crashes left two people killed and almost a hundred injured, having occurred at the same spot. The engineer, who was responsible for the first crash after he sped despite warnings, carried on working for the US railway system.




A major chain reaction crash involving six vehicles and a 50-car train in Lafayette, Indiana, in 2008, left two people dead. The rural crossing where the accident took place has seen five other fatal crashes since 1984.

Later that year, the Chatworth train collision left 25 killed and 135 injured. Two trains crashed head-on and the incident prompted new safety regulations on railway, Positive Train Control, which was signed just a month after the crash.

In November 2009, 116 cars of Union Pacific Railroad derailed, causing a major transport links closure for several days.

Three years later, the Midland train crash in Texas left four killed and 16 others injured, hitting a parade float headed to an event dedicated to war veterans.

In 2013, the Fairfield train crash saw 60 people injured, five of them critically, when a Metro-North commuter train derailed and crashed into a second train in Connecticut.


In December later that year, a major derailment happened at Spuyten Duyvil, New York City, when the conductor fell asleep, with four killed and 63 injured in the crash.




Over 2014, about 25 derailments were reported across the country, causing dozens to be injured.

In January this year, a deadly train wreck was reported near Odessa, Texas, in which at least 10 people were killed.

A month later, a New York Metro-North train hit a car and caught fire, killing six people, while in March an Expo Line train in Los Angeles collided with two cars, causing at least 21 injuries.



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White House Categorically Denies Obama Lied About Bin Laden Killing

Cat is now out of the bag, only a matter of time before the truth comes out  

THE INDEPENDENT
By Adam Withnall
05/12/2015

The White House has strongly denied an article by a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative journalist that claims Barack Obama lied to the public about the killing of Osama bin Laden.


Babbling idiot Earnest can't keep track of his 
own lies, much less Obama's
Seymour Hersh’s article, published in the London Review of Books, alleged that the government of Pakistan played a key role in helping the US assassinate the former al-Qaeda leaderand that he was in fact an unarmed “invalid” when he was shot by US Navy Seals in 2011.

These, among other claims attributed to an unnamed retired official from the Pakistani intelligence services, directly contradict the story President Obama told of how bin Laden died in a fire-fight after a secret incursion by a small American team. During a press conference at the White House, Obama spokesman Josh Earnest dismissed Mr Hersh’s article as “riddled with inaccuracies and outright falsehoods."


He quoted a CNN security analyst who said of the 10,000 word article: “What’s true in the story isn’t new, and what’s new in the story isn’t true.”

Ned Price, a spokesman for the White House’s National Security Council, also issued a strong denial late on Monday.


CNN "analysts" pillars of trust

“The notion that the operation that killed Osama Bin Ladin was anything but a unilateral U.S. mission is patently false,” he said. “The president decided early on not to inform any other government, including the Pakistani Government, which was not notified until after the raid had occurred. This was a US operation through and through.”

Price declined to comment on any of the other assertions in the article, including that Navy Seals were given rules of engagement implying they should shoot bin Laden on sight regardless of whether he tried to defend himself and that he was “unarmed” and “an invalid” at the time.

“There are too many inaccuracies and baseless assertions in this piece to fact check each one,” he said.


Along with their "mainstream media" frauds and shills, the Obama White House inspires trust at every level

A Central Intelligence Agency spokesman has also commented on the report, telling the Wall Street Journal it was “utter nonsense”. Pakistani officials are yet to comment on the article.

Among the other claims made in Hersh’s article were that rather than hiding out in a compound in Abbottabad, bin Laden had been held captive by the Pakistan military for years as “leverage” against al-Qaeda and the Taliban.


After all, Obama has never been caught lying about anything before

Mr Hersh also reported that White House claims Bin Laden was still receiving information from and giving orders to al-Qaeda, and that a cache of secret details from terror activities was found in the compound, were “lies, misstatements and betrayal”.

“The White House had to give the impression that bin Laden was still operationally important,” he quoted the official as saying. “Otherwise, why kill him?”



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U.S. Fukushima 38 Miles From New York City - Indian Point Nuclear Power Plant : A Ticking Time Bomb?

After having been publicly warned for over a decade local residents will have only themselves to blame for not forcing the shutdown of this polluting monster   

GLOBAL RESEARCH
By Stephen Lendman
05/11/2015

All nuclear power plants are inherently unsafe – aging, poorly maintained ones most of all.


The ageing, rotting nuclear carcass at Indian Point
Entergy Corporation’s Indian Point nuclear plant is located 38 miles north of New York City. It was commissioned in 1974. It experienced numerous incidents warranting concern – the latest on May 9. A transformer exploded. Fire and black smoke were visible. The plant’s Unit 3 was shut down after the incident. Officials claimed no threat to public safety.

Nuclear experts cite Indian Point’s notorious history of unaddressed health hazards, safety violations, numerous accidents and pollution – issues persisting throughout its operating life.


Waste water emitted from its facilities killed millions of Hudson River fish and other aquatic life forms.

High levels of cancer occur in communities close to all nuclear power plants – notably in the case of Indian Point. Documented evidence shows infant mortality rates drop significantly in communities near shuttered nuclear plants.

Indian Point is located on or near three earthquake faults. Officially, the facility is built to withstand a 6.1 magnitude event. Seismologists predict an eventual major earthquake far more powerful than Indian Point can tolerate.

Experts want the facility closed. It’s outlived its useful period of serviceability, they say.

It needs to be shuttered to avoid a potentially catastrophic incident. Millions of New York City and state residents are at risk.


Decrepit spent rod pool at Indian Point
Imagine the possibility of turning the entire area into an uninhabitable dead zone – like around Chernobyl and Fukushima. 

Investigations conducted by the New York Daily News and others show Indian Point’s fire detection and suppression systems to be woefully inadequate. 


New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman called the facility’s failure to comply with federal fire regulations “reckless and unacceptable.”

US nuclear facility operators notoriously ignore vital safety regulations. People living in the vicinity of these plants face potentially major hazards. Information about them is suppressed. Nuclear expert Harvey Wasserman says “US reactors are riddled at thousands of key junctures with (so-called) ‘fire protection’ materials that burn while leaving a dangerous char that hampers fire fighters.”

“America’s toothless regulators have given reactor owners no reason to shore up their (woefully inadequate) fire protection.”

A 2011 Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC)/Riverkeeper report (conducted by Synapse Energy Economics) urged closing River Point – replacing it with safe alternative energy options.

The facility isn’t needed to supply New York with energy. A risk analysis assessment “compare(d) the human and financial costs of the Fukushima disaster to the potential risks of a nuclear crisis at Indian Point…”


Obama criminals, corporate MSM nuclear power shills continue to blame bogus "global warming" on the public, barbecues, cow farts

It showed the Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) “underestimates the danger posed to Indian Point from seismic activity.”

“An accident at one of (its) reactors on the scale of the recent catastrophe in Japan could send a fallout plume south to the New York City metropolitan area, requiring the sheltering or evacuation of millions of people, and cost ten to 100 times more than Fukushima’s disaster.”


Wind, solar and other renewable energy options would make New York much safer. They could be in use within 10 years or sooner, the report said.

New York has a surplus of electricity generating capacity. It permits plenty of time to phase in safe, reliable options. Indian Point’s license comes up for renewal this year for an additional 20 years. It’s currently running under a “period of extended operation” while relicensing proceedings continue.


They’re not expected to be completed before at least 2018 or later. Meanwhile, operations aren’t affected.

Hazards remain. Critics want Indian Point decommissioned before a potentially catastrophic one occurs.



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Micro - Apartments: A New Concept In New York And The Next Step To Total Enslavement

As with poisoned food and vaccines, "mainstream media" swine now attempting to convince Americans it's "O.K." to be pauperised, de-humanised, live in a cage  

AFP
By Brigitte Dusseau
05/13/2015

New York - 

New York, a city of exorbitant rents with more and more single residents, is about to get a brand new type of apartment: micro-units, for decades prohibited under zoning regulations.


A first building of 55 prefabricated studios spanning nine stories is due to welcome its first tenants in Manhattan in the fall.

Between 260 and 370 square feet (24 and 34 square meters), they come equipped with kitchenettes, shower rooms, storage, large windows, nine foot six (2.9 meter) ceilings and a Juliet balcony.

In New York, 31 percent of the population lives alone, both young and older people, according to the statistics office.



"We don't have the stereotypical nuclear family as we used to with two parents and two children," said Tobias Oriwol, project developer at Monadnock Development which is building the pilot.

"People are marrying later, people are divorcing, people are living longer, deciding to cohabitate," he said.

"But the housing industry keeps delivering two bedroom apartments, one bedroom apartments, three bedroom apartments, and these don't fit the needs of these new households in the city," Oriwol added.

At the Brooklyn Navy Yard, dozens of workers are building the micro-units, which will be transported by truck to the building site, which is owned by the city, at 27th Street in east Manhattan.


"Elites" and corporate criminals want to have more so you will will have to be satisfied with less - and Americans, as with the loss of their pensions, homes, health insurance and jobs simply bend over once more and take it in the ass

They will be assembled in two weeks in June. Then the roof will be put on, the brick facades added and the finishing touches added to the exterior and the layout before the first tenants arrive.

Inside each unit, everything has been meticulously thought out: in the kitchen there is a mini dishwasher, mini fridge, two hobs and a microwave but no traditional oven.

- Common Areas -

"We did a lot of research on what people wanted. We had to make choices," said Oriwol. "Our apartments are 100 percent usable, and meant to be lived in by today's people."

The tenants, who are expected to be of all ages and backgrounds, can rent additional storage space, and have access to a large communal kitchen, a TV room, a laundry, a bike shed and a gym.


Slow descent onto the streets; first the home, then the "micro-apartment," then the dumpster, then the gutter

"You may not need to host 15 people in your very own apartment, but you have the ability to do so in the rest of building," Oriwol explained.

Twenty-two of the studios will be classified as affordable housing while the other 33 will be offered at market price.

Studios in the neighborhood cost around $3,200 but "because these are smaller, it makes sense they will be cheaper," said Oriwol.

Developers and housing advocates are closely following.


The future for middle-class Americans

In New York, regulations designed to help families have prohibited the construction of housing units smaller than 37 square meters in much of the city since 1987.

Under this pilot program, then mayor Michael Bloomberg waived the zoning regulations for the site to test the market for this new housing model.

If the project is deemed a success, many hope that the regulation can be lifted altogether.

The regulation does not correspond to the needs of people today, says Sarah Watson, deputy director of the Citizens Housing Planning Council, a non-profit research organization devoted to housing problems in New York.

- Supply Mismatches Demand -

"Actually only 18 percent of the households in New York City are nuclear family with all children under 25," she said.

"A third of all of the households are a single person living alone, and on the other side, about a quarter is people sharing in some way, to fit themselves into the city," she said.

Current legislation also prohibits the cohabitation of more than three people who are not related. Watson says there is a "big mismatch" between need and supply that often inflates rent.

"There are so many single people and such a small amount of well-designed studios for them that actually the price of studios are inflated," she said.


Corporate MSM frauds and hacks will burn for
their contribution to the destruction of the
American middle classes
"If you artificially add five single people to share a unit then the landlord can get an lot more money for that unit."

If supply better matched demand, prices could also come down, she said.

Watson says that out of necessity, New York should offer more choice particularly with the city projected to absorb hundreds of thousands of new arrivals in the coming years.

The city that never sleeps, which is frequently a trend setter, is lagging behind other American cities on micro-units.


Boston, San Francisco, Seattle and Washington have already jumped on the micro-apartment bandwagon.

If the pilot is deemed a success in New York, then others will follow. And developers, never short of ideas, are already planning other micro-concepts, such as two or three bedroom 46-square-meter apartments, suitable for two or three roommates.



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ANDREW KREIG: EXPERTS REJECT FIRE AS CAUSE FOR 9/11 WTC COLLAPSES

The real truth on 9/11 slowly continues to bleed out

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The Geopolitics Of The United States, Part 1: The Inevitable Empire

The Empire and the inevitable fall of the Obama criminal regime

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STRATFOR Editor’s Note: This installment on the United States, presented in two parts, is the 16th in a series of STRATFOR monographs on the geopolitics of countries influential in world affairs.

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Geopolitics Of The United States Part 2: American Identity And The Threats of Tomorrow

A look back at 2011 predictions for the future in order to put events of today into perspective

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By Robert S. Finnegan

This e-mail outlines and confirms the acts of espionage against Indonesia and Indonesians by Akiko Makino and the others involved both in Kobe University and in AI Lab at University of Airlangga, Surabaya; Bahasa Indonesia original follows English translation...

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By Robert S. Finnegan

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