Remember Hyperloop? Elon Musk’s Hyperloop suggestion is probably in the work by someone in the West, but in China, they’re testing super high-speed train that could reach 1000km/h. I think Chinese are combining the concept of Hyperloop and Maglev Train into one, and this could allow any Maglev train to travel in a vacuum which increases the speed of the Maglev train. This makes me wonder which is more efficient and cheaper to build, Hyperloop or Super High-speed Maglev train? I think Hyperloop requires digging a tunnel, but the Chinese could build durable but affordable materials to form a vacuum which encases the Maglev train.
Yahoo’s headline “Trump signals he’s open to mileage tax with praise of Oregon program” suggests that Trump is exploring the idea of having to tax people for driving to work. I don’t think this is a good idea at all. I know people who are going to work one hour away from home because their circumstances don’t allow them to work any closer to home. The moral of having to tax a poor person to try to get to work is so weird and not making any sense in any way at all in my opinion.
In my opinion, the gas tax is already a transportation tax because the more people drive the more tax they have to pay since they have to pump more gas. Adding a mileage tax on to the top of the gas tax is like double taxing an individual. What’s worse the mileage tax will make a poor person pay even more than they could afford for just going to work.
Luckily, the gas prices aren’t so high at the moment and so the gas tax isn’t a problem. I remembered sometimes back in my area people were panic when gas prices jumped near $5 if my memory serves me right. If the gas prices are going to jump back to $4 or $5, how are people going to fare with mileage tax and gas tax at the same time?
In my opinion, I don’t think mileage tax will help spur the economy in any way, and this will make the economy poorer in the long term. I don’t think you have to use any imagination to guess that if people fear of driving far to get anything or to have any fun, how would this spur the economy overall? Malls may stay even emptier and local tourism may feel the strain.
Unreasonable mileage tax will drive the economy poorer. It would make poor people who have to drive far to get to work poorer. It would also put poor people in a position of finding less productive jobs that are closer to their living space, thus it would reduce their spending power in general. Basically, I don’t think it’s a good idea at all!
Biking around? Me? You must be joking! I barely even walk. It’s a sad fact, but it’s true! So it’s unimaginable for me to even think about riding a unicycle, not a bicycle mind you, across China, but Ed Pratt, 21 years of age, did it. On his YouTube channel, he made video clips of his 5000km adventure across China, by himself, on a unicycle. Check out his last 20 miles out of China, heading toward Vietnam.
Check out a minority culture in China in which women rule the household, bringing in the doughs, while men take on the opposite role. According to Broadly, Mosuo is China’s last matriarchy.
Got a 4K display? If not, you can watch 4K time-lapse video of North America in a less than 4K glorious resolution. I’m sure it will be just as stunning as in 4K display. This video brought to you by 3motion user on Vimeo, and I have no affiliation to this person or Vimeo whatsoever. Nonetheless, it’s a cool video to share, and so check it out right after the break. Enjoy!!!
I’ve found an interesting YouTube channel of John Spencer. I like how he is attempting to travel around the world full time. His most recent episodes took place in China, but he had episodes on Japan and other places. I think John is very brave, because he could start any conversation with the local people in places that he’d traveled to. Anyhow, since I’m enjoying John Spencer’s 10 million miles journey videos a lot, and so I’m sharing some of his videos in this blog post for whoever may interest in John Spencer’s 10 million miles journey.