Helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, tragically killed nine people

Is CA afraid to have people from poorer areas reach more affluent areas with ease?

The Shanghai Transrapid Maglev is the fastest train in the world

NBA legend Kobe Bryant, 41, and his daughter Gianna Bryant, 13, together with the helicopter—John Altobelli, 56; Keri Altobelli, 46; Alyssa Altobelli,13; Christina Mauser, 38; Ara Zobayan, 50; Sarah Chester, 45, and Payton Chester, 13—were traveling with Bryant and his daughter to his Mamba Sports Academy in Thousand Oaks, California, when the helicopter crashed into a fog covered hillside.

No tribute will bring these precious lives back. For me, I have placed in the universe the need to improve the transportation system in southern California. A high speed rail system option on bad weather days is a much safer mode of travel. If the NBA and those with wealth want to honor these lives then pay attention to what happen. The only option Kobe had to efficiently reach the game was a helicopter.

The American state with the biggest economy is California, which, in 2015, produced $2.44 trillion of economic output. Its GDP compares favourably to that of France, which produced $2.42 trillion during the same period. Particularly interesting to note is the fact that California has 6 million fewer workers than France, yet produced a little over its GDP. This suggests that, in productivity terms, the US outperforms its European cousins.

Even more interesting, if California were inserted into the world ranking by GDP according to country, it would come sixth – ahead of France, India, Italy and Brazil. Yet, it has an obsolete transportation system.

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