Monday, June 24, 2013

Top rankings, DART's failure, Perry vs. NY, South vs. North, and more

Some smaller misc items this week:
"Bluntly put, if the South can finally shake off the worst parts of its cultural baggage, the region’s eventual ascendancy over the North seems more than likely. High-tech entrepreneurs, movie-makers, and bankers appreciate lower taxes and more sensible regulation, just like manufacturers and energy companies. And people generally prefer affordable homes and family-friendly cities. Throwing in a little Southern hospitality, friendliness, and courtesy can’t hurt either."

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4 Comments:

At 8:01 PM, June 30, 2013, Anonymous Rich said...

At least with light rail, it's easier for automated services to replace workers who extortionately threaten to go on strike. Northern California's presently in a pickle due to strike threats by BART workers:

http://www.bart.gov/news/articles/2013/news20130628b.aspx

Japan's trains require few human employees... That enables efficient workers to remain competitive in their own races against the machines.

 
At 8:23 PM, June 30, 2013, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

Actually, even better is a free market in competitive commuter bus services by multiple companies. Even if one has a strike and gets shut down, the others can pick up the slack.

 
At 8:25 PM, June 30, 2013, Anonymous Rich said...

What you're saying makes a lot of sense, Tory. And competing services can innovate regarding use of automatic pilot technology. It seems to have come a long way since the good ole' days:

http://cdn.mos.totalfilm.com/images/a/automatic-pilot-650-75.jpg

 
At 8:39 PM, June 30, 2013, Blogger Tory Gattis said...

LOL! Future automated buses should have those!

 

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