Ranma Saotome(早乙女乱馬) (ranma9037) wrote,
Ranma Saotome(早乙女乱馬)

One category where America ranks near rock-bottom among Western-bloc nations...

...is,you guessed it,density of passenger rail service.Having been fascinated by maps(and have collected them)for decades,I even have some road atlases of Japan,Mexico,Thailand,and many European countries as well as regional street atlases of some European and Japanese cities and metro areas.One thing I have observed via the metro-area atlases alone is that passenger rail(including localized public transit)is far more developed in Britain and Japan(even in rural areas)than it is stateside.Even in many European countries as well as Japan,the ratio of number of cars per person isn't even one to one:On a national newscast I watched withing the past year or two,a feature store noted that in France and Japan,there are only 7 cars for every 10 people.Stateside according to that same report,there are 3 cars for every 2 people;and even then there are a fair number of licensed drivers out there that don't even belong on the road to begin with.Even with their car industry,the Japanese do care about transit.More Americans do nowadays,but do the politicians even care?No wonder we've haven't always been number one when compared to other countries.All Obama has done wrong is stand up to corporate special interests that have de facto governed this so called "democracy" for decades...

Happy birthday to Hisao Egawa(who turns 47),Susumu Chiba,Yuki Matsuoka(the latter 2 whom both turn 39),and Hiromi Konno(who turns 34)...
Tags: politics, rl, seiyuu
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