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    Lithium USB Power Bank

    I carry two power banks, a 40k mAh, and a 10k mAh, as well as a 4K mAh battery case on the iPhone 6 I use as a portable stereo and a 10k mAh battery case on my cell phone (iPhone 8 Plus) and I’ve never had problems with them. I bought them from reputable brands and I have no fears about them...
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    Trip report - Southwest Chief #4 / Lake Shore Limited #448 LAX-SPG

    I eat using a set of 1940s Oneida silver plate and a 1930s set of Homer-Laughlin China. Both are extremely easy to clean in the sink. The silver requires a polish about once a month- takes about ten minutes. Lends a sense of occasion to just plain eating. Also it’s a lot cheaper than new...
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    They do need replacing, sure. But I have often felt that the problem with launching trains is proof they will work. If I can cobble together a reliable service with third tier cars, I can provide a proof of concept to justify the capital expenditure for new cars. If I don’t have the cars to...
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    More Night Trains for Europe

    It’s a lot easier to launch new night train services in Europe as there is a lot of still serviceable sleeper cars available on the sidelines, both from discontinued sleeper services in mainland Europe, and retired (but not completely used up) Eastern European (I.e. Comecon) sleeper cars that...
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    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    I think you might be eating in the wrong restaurants. It’s not a problem I generally encounter, although I avoid sit-down chains like the plague.
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    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    Your point would be valid if my point was an entirely recent phenomenon; it isn't. Amtrak has been threatened with discontinuations and elimination since at least May 1st, 1971. I do not dispute you, at all. Just because I am identifying a empathetic reason for why some at Amtrak are grumpier...
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    New dining options (flex dining) effective October 1, 2019

    Imagine you work for Amtrak. Positions are being cut left and right. There is a high likelihood the long-distance network will not be here a year from now, and if it is there will be much fewer positions to fill. How positive would your employee attitude be?
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    Draft Reauthorization bill (TRAIN act) release by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committeee

    Sorry, I misplaced the decimal point. It’s 20 billion/328 million = $60.9756 Per, rounded to the nearest round number, or $60/$11000 (average tax bill) = 0.005454 or 0.5%. 10606/11000 = 0.9641 = 96.4%. I shouldn’t do the math in my head so much and use a calculator more often. @willem
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    Draft Reauthorization bill (TRAIN act) release by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committeee

    In this circumstance, it would be like having a burning house that we're worried about water damage because a dam just burst and a tsunami is bearing down upon it. It doesn't really matter which one destroys it first.
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    Draft Reauthorization bill (TRAIN act) release by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committeee

    You can't borrow money by printing a treasury bond and setting an interest rate, and calling it a day. In order to actually borrow that money, somebody has to give you it in exchange for the authorized bond. I can assure you the last place I would put my money is in a US Treasury bond at the...
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    Draft Reauthorization bill (TRAIN act) release by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committeee

    I am not being paid the big bucks that an economics professor is paid to explain to you where you are mistaken. Money can only be created in a vacuum to a certain extent; when we are talking about $20 billion (~$60 a person, or 0.05% of the average taxpayers tax bill), yeah, that can just be...
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    Draft Reauthorization bill (TRAIN act) release by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committeee

    What I can say to that is that I wish economic policy was as simple as you seem to think it is. The money doesn't magically appear; it needs to be borrowed or printed, and either way it needs to be created; the debt is real and either needs to be paid through borrowing or by devaluing the...
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    Draft Reauthorization bill (TRAIN act) release by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committeee

    For money to be appropriated, it must exist. This is going to be something of a problem in the near future.
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    Texas Central Railway

    To drive more ridership, you’d need more people to want to be in Texas. Few are so crazy.
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    COVID-19 (Coronavirus) Pandemic: Amtrak Food Service Discussion

    Which, unless the job is specialized, and more in demand than in supply, (ashamed to say this, but as a white, English-as-first-language, specialized house cleaner is why my wife makes a decent living) tends to require one to be in a Union.
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