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californiaCalifornia high speed rail is doomed and ultimately will cost $19.5 billion to repay in bonds including interest

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The cost of the 119 mile Central Valley section has now officially gone up to $10.6 billion. California does not have budgeted money to finish. California has to find extra money for that section. California High Speed Rail Authority will …

californiaDenials of sex and drugs at a specific Silicon Valley party

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Techcrunch debunks part of the Silicon Valley sex party accusations. At least one well documented party (a Draper Fisher Jurvetson event) has many people indicating there was no sex or drugs at the party. Paul Biggar writing at the Medium …

californiaFailed Oroville Dam Spillway designed by inexperienced grad student in the 1960s

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California’s Department of Water Resources was blasted in an independent report for having a culture of complacency and incompetence that contributed to last year’s near-disaster at Oroville Dam. The full 584 page independent forensic team report is here. The agency’s …

agricultureChina making water tunnels 7 times longer than world’s longest to irrigate the desert

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China’s longest tunnel is the eight-year-old 85km Dahuofang water project in Liaoning province, while the world’s longest tunnel is the 137km main water supply pipe beneath the city of New York. Chinese engineers are testing techniques that could be used …

californiaUpdate – Northern California fires destroyed 8400 structures and burned 245,000 acres

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5,000 firefighters remain on the frontlines of 10 active Northern California wildfires, many of which are projected to be fully contained within the next few days. Firefighters continue to extinguish hot spots and perform fire suppression repair work. Since the …

californiaCalifornia high speed rail needs a $8-16 billion 13.5 mile tunnel

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Under the current California high speed rail plan, they wants to begin the 240-mile starter system in San Jose and end in an almond orchard south of Wasco. The state estimates the system would begin operating in 2025 and carry …

californiaProgress against northern california fires

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Yesterday, nearly 11,000 firefighters beat back the flames and made good progress towards the containment of now 15 large wildfires across California. 217,566 acres have burned in the current 15 large fires, with an estimated 5,700 structures destroyed. Sadly, the …

californiaNorthern California fires- 100,000 evacuated, 5700 buildings destroyed

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More than 10,000 firefighters are now battling 16 large wildfires that have burned more than 330 square miles (214,000 acres) of California neighborhoods, forests and businesses since Sunday, with 100,000 people evacuated from the fires so far. Predawn winds in …

californiaCalifornia fires will take another two weeks to contain

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Here is a link to the Calfire incident reports on the various California fires. Overnight fire conditions were very active on several fronts forcing additional evacuations across Northern California. Firefighters are battling 22 large wildfires that have burned nearly 170,000 …