The North American Union (abbreviated NAU) is a theoretical continental union of Canada, Mexico and the United States similar in structure to the European Union, sometimes including a common currency called the Amero. Officials from all three nations have said there are no government plans to create such a union, although the idea has been discussed and proposed in academic and scholarly circles, either as a union or as a North American Community.<br><br>I supposed I should now run into my fallout shelter in fright? <br>The sky is falling? That afterwards, we should commit suicide over rumors of a World Union?<br><br>As for the NAFTA superhighway, has anyone traveled down I 35 and I 45 in Texas recently? If not, I suggest you take a trip on them. And while you're in Texas, travel to Laredo, El Paso, Brownsville, or any other American border city and watch the large number of trucks crossing the border.<br><br><br><br>Another highway is needed. <br><br><br>The concept for the Trans-Texas Corridor, shown here in an artist's rendering, calls for separate lanes for cars and trucks; rail with separate lines for passenger, high-speed freight, and commuter traffic; and a utility zone.<br><br>Meanwhile, Gov. Perry's Trans Texas Corridor is dead. It's leading proponent, the ex-Texas Depatment of Highways commissioner died a few months ago. He had far future thinking ideas (1), and a means to finance (2) such a huge project at the State level.<br>(1) Seperate roads in the same right-of-way for trucks and cars, freight rails and passenger rails, and room for various utility projects (water & oil pipelines and electric lines).<br>(2) Financed by using tolls, a user tax, and operated by private corporations.<br>But the State Legislature never passed one bill in support of it, and passed legislation to allow local publically supported transportation authorites the first opportunity to operate any toll roads.<br>So, as it stands today, the Trans Texas Corridor project is dead.<br>Much like Texas's High Speed Rail project died, with no means for governmental support to help finance such huge capital projects.<br><br>The earliest rails, all airways, all shipways, and all highways in America were built with some government support. To suggest any new projects of this kind can be built without some government support is foolish.<br><br><br>
You needn't worry, Celandine, I watched all 13 installments. I just disagree that they are all worthy of hand-wringing at this time. I'm one who watches conspiracy theories from time to time, because I like to see who is saying what, and because once in a while I learn something from them. In many cases, there is something worth taking seriously. For example, I'm 100% certain that there was more to 9/11 than some loony Arabs with a death wish and jihad on their minds, piloting planes into the WTC and Pentagon. In other words, those buildings came down due to something other than airplanes. That much is completely obvious to anyone who spends some time studying the evidence. I've seen some amazingly detailed websites discrediting all who believe as I do, but they're just wrong. There's just one problem. We don't know WHO helped it out. And it's going to be many years before we do, if we ever do. It could just as easily be an Arab conspiracy as an American conspiracy. Or a French conspiracy. Or a Jewish conspiracy, or a Native American conspiracy... yadda, yadda. Common sense eliminates some of those, but when push comes to shove, we don't know the answers. Basing a whole string of suspicions on one possible set of suspects just isn't worth my time right now. <br><br>When you find one part of an argument to be incorrect -- as I just did in regard this 13 part series -- it makes me much more hesitant to accept the other parts without similar vetting, and I just don't have time to fact-check the whole darned 13 part video right now. But in time I probably will do that, because that's my nature. I'm not interested in blaming someone. I'm interested in learning what happened. Whoever gets the blame as a result of my learning those facts is the one I will lay my bets on. Not a day sooner, though. Until I can go through every part of those theories and extract the data for myself, analyze it, document it, and reach my own conclusions, I will not spread them around as probable facts or suggestable possibilities. I might post them as "interesting theories," but that's about as far as I'm willing to go. <br><br>I generally post this kind of thing in hopes of getting feedback that helps lead me to the truth. Don't be sucked into these things. I'll give you an example that just makes me sick at my stomach. Alex Jones posted a series of videos and theories about the Bohemian Club near San Francisco. He showed a movie of a ceremony complete with human sacrifice. He shot the video himself, and he told about the horrific sights he saw. Nobody gets in to the Bohemian Club. It's guarded and locked down, because the richest and most powerful people in the world go there -- including the Bush family. <br><br>There's just one problem with his theories and deductions of what he saw and filmed. They're f[/i]ucking full of sh[i]it. I've been to the Bohemian Club about a half-dozen times. I've seen the ceremony he filmed. It's a freaking pageant. It's just guys like you and me... well, not like you (the Bohemian Club is male-only), but like me and any other guys, out in the woods, getting drunk and putting on a show. Cremation of Care is the ceremony by which all these busy CEOs and politicians are supposed to get the idea to let go of their worries and relax and enjoy the woods. "Care" is an effigy that is burned up in a ceremony resembling a druid procession and some fictional burning at the stake of a criminal that's convicted for causing stress and worry. That's the whole sum and total of it. Period. Then everyone cheers and runs back to their campsites and starts loading themselves up with gourmet food and gin fizzes. (every campsite has a bar and bartender) Alex Jones is full of pure, adultrated, feces of the bovine male. Also known as bullsh[i][/i]it. <br><br>But if you watch his videos, you'll want to believe. Trust me, he's making a fortune on that crap. And there's nothing to it. I once saw a picture of a railroad car used for carrying automobiles on one of his websites. It looked like the interior of a long passenger car with no seats, but instead with chains attached to the floor. The caption said it was a carrier being rigged for humans, to take them to concentration camps, a-la Nazi Germany's Holocaust. Well, I was a railroad brakeman in my young years, and I saw many such railroad cars. They are automobile carriers, and the chains are there to make the cars stay put. (freight trains are anything but smooth, unlike passenger trains)<br><br>You see what I mean? Ya gotta be careful listening to this stuff. But I'll give the makers of "Zeitgeist" credit for identifying 9/11 as a conspiracy. It's just that I don't know whose conspiracy it was. And neither do they. We all have our suspicions, but until we have a shred of proof, we're just empty voices. But those buildings had a lot of help coming down. Not just planes and jet fuel. Maybe some day we'll know. Until then, it's an unsolved crime, and in this country you're innocent until proven guilty. That includes Dubya and his gang of crooks. <br><br>Shooshie<br><br><br><br><br>[color:green]Pictures and things</font color=green>
TxDot is currently holding public hearings regarding the TTC, up and down the project APE (Area of Potential Effect). And this is ongoing from last year. I know you read your local paper, so you know TxDot is getting clobbered with criticism from farmers, small towns, private landowners, toll road opponents and everybody who despises this gigantic threat of eminent domain so that a private consortium from Spain can build the monstrosity and pull the profits.<br><br>No, TTC is not even close to dead, but folks are taking advantage of a state law that allows them to organize and force TxDot to address their concerns. With any luck, TTC will die the slow and painful death it deserves. I'm on the road, literally, at least six months a year and I know our highways are in dire need. But TTC is not the solution.<br><br>Let me add, we've worked contract exclusively for TxDot for the last 5+ years, so I know WTF I'm talking about.<br><br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:white]xx</font color=white>[color:blue]I always deserve it. Really.</font color=blue><br><br>
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Luckily, it appears Hood County doesn't have much to fear from the TTC project.<br>But, we're in need for more highways just the same. US 377, two decades ago just a two lane highway, is overcrowded as a four lane highway, with no hope in the near future for improvements. <br>The local North Texas Council of Governments made the mistake to have a meeting in Granbury a month or two ago. What should have been a 30 minute drive from Ft. Worth, and hour from Dallas, was a 6 hour ordeal. They didn't arrive until way past the time the meeting was supposed to end. They couldn't believe how much traffic there was on it. But they offered and suggested no help. The traffic on it comes from the overflow of traffic that can not be supported on the existing freeways (I 30, I 20, and I 35W), that past Hood County 30 miles away. So, something has to be done, and soon. The only finances available that can be found in the very near future is from private-public partnerships, which I know isn't popular with most Texans. And that's the rub, with the increasing price of gasoline, no sane legislator wishing to get re-elected is going to suggest increasing gas taxes at the pump to finance new highways soon.<br>I wonder how much the slowdown in economic growth can be attributed to the sorry state of US highways?<br>If we're not going to find a way to finance new highways, we're going to have to start cutting back on the number of vehicles on them. That means some form or rationing, or placing tolls on free interstate highways. I bet that would be more unpopular than public-private partnerships on new highways.<br><br><br>
they, they, they<br>who are they?<br>what language(s) do they spit?<br>what do they eat?<br>do they have more energy than you?<br><br>We create our fate<br>they are jealous.<br><br>[color:green]Cleansed by the grassroots hardcore.</font color=green>
<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>The North American Union (abbreviated NAU) is a theoretical continental union of Canada, Mexico and the United States similar in structure to the European Union, sometimes including a common currency called the Amero. Officials from all three nations have said there are no government plans to create such a union, although the idea has been discussed and proposed in academic and scholarly circles, either as a union or as a North American Community.<br><br>I supposed I should now run into my fallout shelter in fright? <br>The sky is falling? That afterwards, we should commit suicide over rumors of a World Union?<br><br>As for the NAFTA superhighway, has anyone traveled down I 35 and I 45 in Texas recently? If not, I suggest you take a trip on them. And while you're in Texas, travel to Laredo, El Paso, Brownsville, or any other American border city and watch the large number of trucks crossing the border.<p><hr></blockquote><p>I guess you misread me, Ron. Perhaps if you read the rest of the thread, or at least my posts. <br><br>Shooshie<br><br><br><br><br>[color:green]Pictures and things</font color=green>
Yes, you are lucky, because it's not plowing under a town or farmstead near you anytime soon. But look at the size of this SOB. Those shaded areas are the APE. The proposal calls for a 1200 foot ROW for parallel rail, trucking, toll and utility lines ripping up from the border through to the northeast.<br><br>I'm not against public-private financing solutions, as long as the "private" isn't another country. Obviously, I am opposed to this behemoth approach that you see on the map. And also note, I've link you to the real deal, not one of the sites that would just as soon burn TxDOT to the ground. <br><br><br><br><br><br><br>[color:white]xx</font color=white>[color:blue]I always deserve it. Really.</font color=blue><br><br>
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<blockquote><font size=1>In reply to:</font><hr><p>t's too bad that anyone would mock it or deride it without having seen it. <p><hr></blockquote><p>Frontline: Bush's war can be summed up thusly – "In case you missed it the first time, we at Frontline feel Rumsfeld and Cheney are tools. And Bush is a monkey ..." <br><br><br>***********************<br><br>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uK6l2Sfb7I4
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