Wednesday, September 14th, 2011
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Let's Not Build Anything Ever Again, Never Forget

“Now, if we have a more decentralized mass transit system using buses, if the terrorists blow up a single bus, we can work around that. When they blow up a rail, that just brings the system to a grinding halt. So how much security are we going to have on this rail system, and how much will it cost?”
That's J.D. Van Brink, of the Georgia Tea Party, explaining why trains shouldn't be built in the US of A. So, I guess the terrorists won? Also, I would like to report that I saw the movie Unstoppable recently, because I was sure the "runaway train" concept was just like an organizing idea or a plot device? NO. It is literally about a runaway train, and it is terrible, and boring, and annoyingly shot, and poorly edited. That is all. (via)

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Abe Sauer (#148)

TEAM ALWAYS REMEMBER.

deepomega (#1,720)

OK fine, it has a train that can't be stopped. But Choire. Does Ice Cube drive a car on train rails to chase that train? Because that's my threshold for "movies with trains that I will see."

@deepomega Oh, a triple X franchise? THAT I CAN GET BEHIND.

Hammer (#13,641)

I mean, I think his point is clearly "how much security are we going to have on this rail system" not "never build trains"

@Hammer Since it's Atlanta, the point really is "never build trains," because trains aren't cars and trains might get used by the blacks and the poors.

Aloysius (#1,808)

@Hammer His point is that we need to develop new technology in battletrains, all with artillery and machineguns and lasers and shit.

@reallylongword@twitter Come on now, it's Marietta. That's like saying Bayonne is New York. But, they are the ones who don't want commuter rails and would prefer to sit in their cars for 2 hours a day to get to and from work, so…

brent_cox (#40)

We must decentralize the Interstates before the terrorists figure that one out too.

HiredGoons (#603)

@brent_cox: I would like to see Eisenhower's birth certificate.

C_Webb (#855)

@brent_cox And what about the air we breathe? ALL THE AIR IS CONNECTED.

theheckle (#621)

@C_Webb Don't tell him how far electrons travel from their nucleus. He's probably some measurable part terrorist RIGHT NOW!

Murgatroid (#2,904)

It's like they haven't read Ayn Rand.

HiredGoons (#603)

@Murgatroid: oh, you won.

johnpseudonym (#1,452)

"Everyone here knows that we have badly decaying roads and bridges all over this country. Our highways are clogged with traffic. Our skies are the most congested in the world. This is inexcusable. Building a world-class transportation system is part of what made us an economic superpower. And now we're going to sit back and watch China build newer airports and faster railroads? At a time when millions of unemployed construction workers could build them right here in America?" ~ Barack Obama, five days ago

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Funniest president ever.

brianvan (#149)

What if a terrorist blows up a single plane? We can work around that too? It's not like we'd all have to get strip searched and be denied food for hours whenever we take a flight again, right?

Plus, that bus would likely be filled with minorities anyway.

C_Webb (#855)

@Clarence Rosario And every time they blow up a bus, we make a new bus. JOBS!

DMcK (#5,027)

@C_Webb And if they blow up a bus, everything will just keep humming along normally, as if nothing happ-OH SHIT SUSPICIOUS PACKAGE

C_Webb (#855)

@DMcK "If you see something; say something. But it better be in English, because LOVE IT OR LEAVE IT."

@C_Webb What if they only blow up the back of the bus?

HiredGoons (#603)

@Clarence Rosario: that's the Fung Wah from NY to Boston on any given Friday night.

NFK (#8,747)

@HiredGoons How soon is too soon for horrific bus accident humor?

roboloki (#1,724)

obama should appoint him as ambassador to somalia.

Mackle (#446)

Well, sir, there's nothing on earth like a genuine, Bona fide, Electrified, Six-car Monorail!

I am going to pretend that you did not just insult Tony Scott. In their multiple infrastructure films (Crimson Tide, Deja Vu, Taking of Pelham 1-2-3, Unstoppable) he and Denzel have built the most sustained cinematic investigation of liberal democracy since the Anthony Mann/Jimmy Stewart westerns. #FTBSITTTD

@Krugmanic Depressive Remaking Taking of Pelham 1-2-3 should be grounds for capital punishment. And I say this as someone who considers True Romance to be one of my favorite films of all time.

dntsqzthchrmn (#2,893)

Wait. Does anyone not consider True Romance pretty great? BRONSON PINCHOT COVERED IN TALC

TAKING OF PELHAM 1-2-3 WAS THE MOST ANTICLIMACTIC NON-EVENT OF ALL TIME. Oh man was that bad.

Why do they keep getting me?

@Choire Sicha Want a good train movie? Silver Streak.

@Clarence Rosario 1. At least they got rid of the anti-Japanese nonsense; 2. The best thing about the original was the score; 3. Given that the original is great, don't you wonder why they bothered to re-do it? It can't simply be for venal reasons–they're already rich! I'm not saying the remake is as plugged in to the city as the fiscal-crisis-NYC version; I'm saying that Scott and Washington can't help themselves: they want to figure out what government service means in the waning days of American empire.

@Choire Sicha They get you because you want to care about how large scale things work, and these movies are just about the only ones out there that do that.

@Krugmanic Depressive

1. Sure, but it was the 70s. There was a ton of anti-feminist stuff in the original as well.
2. That, and Robert Shaw and Hector Elonzido!
3. Hollywood ruins a lot of perfectly good things. Like The Karate Kid.

Now, perhaps I can't fault their motives for wanting to "figure out what government service means in the waning days of American empire", if indeed that's the case. But at least stop fucking with good movies.

DMcK (#5,027)

Am I the only one who saw Runaway Train? 'Cause that must be why it wasn't cited in comments, like, immediately.

Oh, and I might as well state for the record:
these days, Tony > Ridley.

SeanP (#4,058)

@Krugmanic Depressive Crimson Tide is an infrastructure film?

jkonrath (#9,354)

Guess they didn't get that movie _Speed_ out in Georgia.

Sutton (#1,490)

"The reason we don't have beautiful new airports and efficient bullet trains is not that we have inadvertently stumbled upon stumbling blocks: it's that there are considerable numbers of Americans for whom these things are simply symbols of a feared central government, and who would, when they travel, rather sweat in squalor than surrender the money to build a better terminal. They hate fast trains and efficient airports for the same reason that seventeenth-century Protestants hated the beautiful Baroque churches of Rome when they saw them: they were luxurious symbols of an earthly power they despised. blah blah blah Annoying liberals is a pleasure well worth paying for. blah blah blah In the long story of civilization, the moments when improving your lot beats out [the fun of] annoying your neighbor are vanishingly rare."

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