The real problem with Musk's idea is not his daring to think of new and innovative ways to solve California's dysfunctional transport problems. It's that this will never work while California is strangled by the worst regulatory and union bureaucracy in the country. There's a reason the state is ranked dead last when it comes to it's business climate. And I really don't give a damn what Slate has to say. They are so contrarian and anti-good ideas that they lost credibility a long time ago. Perhaps instead of the professional trollers throwing spitballs at Musk, they should take a page from him and actually try to contribute a fraction of what he has contributed to society. And everytime someone compares our rail system to Europe, I just shake my head. You have obviously never looked at a map and have no sense of geography if you think what works in Europe would work here.
It's interesting how the NYC cabbies who are reluctant to pick up certain minorities are themselves minorities in this country, and recent immigrants.
@aetataureate They are also not exclusive to English majors. I know English majors who can't write worth crap and STEM majors who can run circles around them when it comes to writing and editing.
@stuffisthings Also, this article is about doctors, not scientists. Different standards to practice medicine here than be a scientist.
@hiphopopotamus Yep, definitely.
@stuffisthings Now I'm confused, because Logan wonders why anyone would want to move to this country?!?!? But seriously, I still think we get FAR more docs from Asia than Europe. Although I agree with your premise since the Europe's economies are going down the toilet, why not poach their talent? Talent goes where it's wanted. The problem is in execution, I think we would piss off alot of countries. Not that they wouldn't deserve it since they have screwed up their economies in the first place.
@stuffisthings With the celebrities I somewhat agree. I do think the publicity they bring to these problems is a good thing. Just the money and resources they raise need to be used in a more effective method. Having seen the Idev'ers in action throughout the world, however, they often times come off as a condescending bunch who simply don't want to listen to ideas that DON'T come from them. Like listening to people who have succeeded in another field (tech) and have a sincere desire and skills (no less than the IDev crowd) to put their talent to new uses.
Ah Detroit, who knew Robocop would be so accurate in its protrayal of the city?
@stuffisthings Not too many Northern European doctors move here and vice versa. It's docs from less developed countries that come here. And how exactly would we "easily work out a system?" Sounds like something a grad student would say without having the slightest clue how to execute it in the real world. And read Jake's comments.
"Why does anyone move here honestly." As an immigrant to this great country, I have nothing but contempt and shame for people like you. Troll away, troll.