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Weekend 193.0 (Planes, Trains and Automobiles)

(1) Window of the World

(2) FIAT Drive In

(3) Ryōmō Line

(3a) East Japan Railway Company

(3b) Iwafune Station

(3c) Tribute to Makoto Shinkai (Part III)

(4) Tony Parsons jets into Heathrow airport as writer-in-residence

(4a) Heathrow writers-in-residence give new meaning to airport novels

(5) The One Airport to Avoid Is… (WSJ)

Weekend 192.1

(1) Trouble on the China Express (WSJ)

In a blistering essay titled “The Derailed Country,” posted online this past week and then quickly removed by censors, Han Han, one of China’s most popular bloggers, mocked the leadership for what he characterized as a heartless approach to development. “They think: ‘We built this. We built that. You don’t need to care what happens along the way, or who gets the benefits, as long as you get to use it,'” Mr. Han wrote. “Why aren’t you grateful? Why all the questions?”

Limestone Commentary (Rails as a Metaphor)
I stopped writing about politics (and have been happier for it) but everything in this article about China’s government could be written (or said) about the U.S. in terms of graft/corruption, abject obtuseness, lack of transparency, doublespeak, and shameless bias of the fourth estate.

‘Do not be desirous to have things done quickly,’ said Confucius, China’s most famous philosopher, some 25 centuries ago. ‘Desire to have things done quickly prevents their being done thoroughly.’ China’s leadership is now suffering the consequences of ignoring this traditional wisdom.

More Limestone Commentary
Not sure expediency is an attribute of good democracy, particularly of late against a rash of manufactured crises.

You don’t ever want a crisis to go to waste; it’s an opportunity to do important things that you would otherwise avoid. — Rahm Emanuel

Thomas Friedman was devastated…

China’s High-Speed Rail, Highly Suspect

Related
High Speed Rail To Nowhere…Winning The Future A Wasted Billion At A Time

Thanks China!

“The US government has a technology, called a printing press, that allows it to produce as many US dollars as it wishes at essentially no cost.”
– Ben Bernanke

Red Ink

A Weakened U.S. Goes to the G-20

The American leaders are under the illusion that their Keynesian spending and easy money policies actually have worked, 10% unemployment notwithstanding.

It surely must have occurred to some Europeans that lectures on fiscal rectitude from the Americans display a modicum of hypocrisy. The German Bundestag is hearing the same sorts of voter complaints about bailouts that the American Congress is hearing. The concept of a huge debtor nation, the U.S., offering to help a bunch of smaller debtor nations solve their sovereign-debt problems seems a bit incongruous. But it doesn’t seem to trouble the Obama administration or the Democratic majority in Congress.

Related
Paul Ryan’s Budget Blues
The Keynesian Dead End

“By reaching into virtually every sector of economic life, government is injecting uncertainty into the marketplace and making it harder to raise capital and create new businesses.”

– Ivan Seidenberg, CEO Verizon Communications, Inc.

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