Chinese Bullet Trains Collide, At Least 11 Killed, Hundreds Injured

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Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:23 | 1484586 DaBernank
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Behold, invincible China.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:30 | 1484606 redpill
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On the bright side, casualties are probably pretty low because the train was likely nearly empty, that's just how China rolls.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:41 | 1484659 KTV Escort
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been there?

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:43 | 1484669 Sudden Debt
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You know what they say, once you've seen a Chinese restaurant, you've seen China.


Fri, 08/12/2011 - 17:24 | 1555660 Fish Gone Bad
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I am going to have to remember that one.  Too funny.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 13:11 | 1484958 DaBernank
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Yes, wife's Chinese, thanks. All things being in the eye of the beholder, I see massive oversupply, lots of shoddy construction, blatant corruption and disregard for most individuals who are not well connected. Not saying the EU and US are much less corrupt or more competent but the flavours are different and central planning has a habit of compounding bureaucratic error/corruption. All the best to the Chinese people, they are a truly a fantastic civilization, it's their government I can't stand.

My initial comment did not acknowledge the lives lost and those injured, that was callous and stupid, apologies and good wishes to all those who were affected.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 15:13 | 1485257 imapopulistnow
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You are a good person.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 16:07 | 1485404 Manthong
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"they are a truly a fantastic civilization, it's their government I can't stand"

3rd Century Rome, Early 20th Century Germany and Japan, 20th/21st Century China and US... Gee, what are the common threads (and the likely common outcomes)?

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:42 | 1484661 Sudden Debt
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so sad...

let's hope Bang Dae Ho, Pow Pow and Shit Hit Fan are oké...


Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:24 | 1484587 dick cheneys ghost
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And to think that the Communist Chinese built the new San Fran bay bridge........We sold out to cheap chinese imports..........

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:20 | 1484791 SWRichmond
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The huge investment has made the sector a hotbed for corruption.

This is the principle and simple reason why I want someone else to take their turn as the world's biggest economy, policeman, etc etc.  Our government no longer works for us because it is so big and ripe for the picking.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:24 | 1484589 djsmps
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I would feel a little nervous about driving over the Bay Bridge when the new span opens.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:26 | 1484596 LeBalance
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It was made for less than bid out of transparent aluminum?

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:29 | 1484604 redpill
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heh, nice ST reference!

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:50 | 1484692 ElvisDog
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One of my favorite ridiculous movie moments was when Scotty sits down in front of the 1990's PC and conjures up the formula for transparent aluminum. Good thing that software was pre-loaded onto the computer.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:10 | 1484757 LeBalance
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Scotty: "Computer?"

No response.

Scotty picks up the mouse and puts it to his mouth: "Computer?"

The "local time" actor points to the keyboard.

Scotty: "How quaint."

Fri, 08/12/2011 - 17:13 | 1555639 Hephasteus
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They downlaoded it to the computer through the printer port using appletalk. LOL

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:28 | 1484601 El Viejo
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We made the previous one that collapsed during the earthquake.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:42 | 1484662 nmewn
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Probably got the low flush toilets from there too ;-)

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:45 | 1484681 Chuck Yeager
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The new bridge was made by ZPMC.  They make 90% of cargo cranes, worldwide.  The have perfected copying our steel making processes.  The Chinese can turn out high quality steel, when they choose to.  Unfortunately, the massive corruption over there is not an issue of technical ability.  So the true irony is that they CAN do great things, but their corruption keeps them from greatness.  It is a greek tragedy.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:51 | 1484695 ElvisDog
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We might be getting ahead of ourselves here. Maybe there was a goat or something on the train tracks that caused the accident.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:39 | 1484851 SilverIsKing
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Hmmm... Never saw a Chinese goat.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:57 | 1484715 disabledvet
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yet again the "problem of copying your smart friend's test" rears its ugly head. what if you copy a mistake? and then are told "build it bigger"? I fail to see "the greek" in this one. they were "the original...original thinkers." here's what comes to my mind when i think of Plagiarizers in Chief people:

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:01 | 1484725 snakehead
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It is a greek tragedy.


Greek tragedies require character flaws in heroic figures.  Or retirement by age 53 after sucking the public mammary.  This seems like bubblicious greed and crappy managers.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 13:32 | 1484857 DoChenRollingBearing
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@ Chuck Y,

This is another illustration of why we see in Peru the same thing as others see in many products made-in-China.

A fair amount of Chinese cars have come in (at least 13 different brands of cars and trucks) and word among our bearing customers that the cheap Chinese cars are crap.  I guess that is what you would expect, Peru hasd MANY poopr people who will take their chances on a cheap car.

We pretty much have to offer some Chinese bearings to a couple of "Price Nothing Else" segments of our customer base. but we keep a close eye on brand quality.  We have had to to decide NOT to buy at least two brands over the years because of irregular quality.

It's a big problem, China using cheap steel and cutting corners.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:14 | 1484768 Libertarian777
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You forget the bay bridge collapse in 1989 was not Chinese made then. That was 'superior American engineering'

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:25 | 1484591 Gordon Freeman
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Thankfully, the average Chinese cannot afford to ride it, so the casualties were probably minimal

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:36 | 1484640 JW n FL
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it was just the coffee house, rich, wanna be grunge types trying to be green.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:24 | 1484592 freethinker4now
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Not again, so much corruption it's unreal. Only buy plastic from the Chinese, plastic trains etc...

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:25 | 1484595 LeBalance
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Thieves who wish a long standing relationship with their clients leave the clients with more than scraps and impart a way of life that is caring and compassionate.

Teachers who do not supply value for their fee are soon located and destroyed.

The mind is voracious.  It will not put up with second grade goods.  Even in the BOHICA line.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:29 | 1484605 rajat_bhatia
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thats good, thats what the cpc wants, reduced polpulation

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:31 | 1484616 Salinger
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a train derailment is news?

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:40 | 1484856 SilverIsKing
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How do you define news?

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:31 | 1484619 Shibumi2
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Why all of the negative comments? China is embracing technology and investing money into its infrastructure. Of course there will be mistakes and learning curves. I hope no one loses their head-literally-over this.


As far as government corruption, NO ONE from the united states should utter a word. The chinese are rank amateurs compared to the us. The federal reserve cheats not only its own citizens, but those all around the world.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:44 | 1484673 Yes_Questions
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Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:50 | 1484690 TyCarrerra
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No kidding! I didn't know the US was sucha  corruption-free land!

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:53 | 1484701 ElvisDog
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The Chinese should have spent a little extra money and hired the Swiss to build their train systems.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:54 | 1484705 dick cheneys ghost
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When people in Africa complain of "cheap chinese imports'........Communist China has got a problem........BTW, can you name one chinese brand? Most people cant.......This will be their downfall............

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:05 | 1484740 cartonero
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Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:17 | 1484777 Big Corked Boots
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Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:37 | 1484847 Pure Evil
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US of A.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:29 | 1484817 Yes_Questions
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Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:47 | 1484877 DoChenRollingBearing
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Chinese vehicle brands in Peru:

-- JMC ("Junk Made in China") trucks

-- JAC trucks

-- Chery QQ car (direct rip-off of GM / Daewoo's Matiz), a real P.O.S.

-- Great Wall cars

-- FAW cars

Many, many others I cannot recall, even from my recent trip!

Chinese bearings:

-- ZWZ (apparently a good brand)

-- Premier

-- QC (LOL there)

-- Delfu (may be a good brand)

-- DRL (NOT a good brand, trust me)

many others, including bearings coming in with NO BRAND, so that local counterfeiters can put on a Japanese, European or Korean brand...

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:52 | 1484890 JohnnyCrash
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Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:33 | 1484626 Atomizer
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Very unfortunate. I have taken many trips on ICE from Hanover to Berlin back in the day. It certainly beats the Gatwick Express


Someone must of planted a SIV on the rail.


Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:33 | 1484627 Juice Box
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Another Chinese miracle illusion?  The Chinese miracle will eventually fall victim to a disproportionately aging population.  The old one child per family dictate will haunt them.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 12:50 | 1484884 DoChenRollingBearing
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While I am not even close to being an expert on China, my reading says the same to me.  China will not pass us, the only way that happens is if WE fall by the wayside.

Cool & correct diplomacy with China will keep us out of conflict with them, and they will have their own decline when their demography finally insists.

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:35 | 1484636 sabra1
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this is all an omen! the world economy is about to come off its tracks!

Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:37 | 1484641 dark pools of soros
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Boehner just mentioned that dealing with China speed trains are like dealing with a bowl of jello


or maybe he says that about everything.... mmm jello


Sat, 07/23/2011 - 11:37 | 1484642 El Viejo
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I'm old enough to remember the negative comments about 'inferior' Japanese goods.

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