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  1. I'm sure there are extraterrestrial beings... though I'd probably think they'd be more in the form of bacteria than anything intelligent that can follow us around and come down here and surgically install things in humans. If they are trying to make themselves known, then why not just make themselves known? And if they're trying to study us or something and be secretive, then why the rather obvious signs like a rock inside someone's body?
  2. I was just thinking about this a bit. I think it would be better if the central corridor LRT was put underground for major portions of its route. Of course it would be above ground over the river and along more residential areas, but wouldn't it serve better in the long run to have run underground near the downtown areas/University? It would certainly be able to travel faster thanks to uninterrupted track and lack of pedestrians/cars... say up to 55mph. This would increase efficiency greatly and provide for more connectibility to future lines (into St. Paul neighborhoods, for example). I just don't understand the anemic plans for public transit. The 30 year plans include only 2 commuter rail routes and 3-4 LRT lines with a major focus on bus transportation. WHo knows what the state of buses and transit will be like in 30 years.. not to mention that 30 years is a very long time to spend on menial things like a few LRT lines. The 30 year plan should include major expansions to the transit system so that in 30 years one can travel in any direction out of the city on rail of some kind. Call it nostalgia or just a more efficient, practical way of getting people where htey need to go.. BRT is only effective along freeway corridors, and not everyone lives next to a freeway.
  3. Where do they get their water for all this? Do they desalinization plants? Considering that most of hte city is built right up along the coast, that would provide an infinite water source in the desert. I also wonder how much of an impact all this new green development (as in trees, water, etc.) will affect the local climate. If you look at cities like Las Vegas and Phoenix, you will see a dramatic rise in night time temperatures, most likely as the area becomes more humid.
  4. Here are a few "population pyramids" from European nations. Italy and Spain have the worst problem with low fertility. In both countries, the largest generations are at prime-child bearing age, and yet, they are having few children. Italy in 2006: http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/ipc/idbpyr.p...00&ymax=250 Spain: They have seen a small increase in birth in the past 5 years, but it is still well below replacement level. http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/ipc/idbpyr.p...00&ymax=250 Germany, which also has very low fertility rates: http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/ipc/idbpyr.p...00&ymax=250 This is also geographical. Places in western Germany have fertility as high as 1.8, which is hardly cause for panic, but it is as low at 0.8 in eastern Germany, which means for every 200 parents, there will only be 80 children to replace them compared to 180 in western Germany. Here's France, which doesn't have the problem that other countries have. http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/ipc/idbpyr.p...00&ymax=250 And for comparison, the U.S http://www.census.gov/cgi-bin/ipc/idbpyr.p...85&ymax=250
  5. http://www.startribune.com/462/story/782338.html A story talking about how despite park and ride spaces increasing from 9,000 in 1999 to 20,000 today, they are filling up fast. Bus ridership in September '06 was up 11.5% over Sept. '05.. clearly good news!
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