The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing | Augie Picado
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The real reason manufacturing jobs are disappearing | Augie Picado

When someone mentions Cuba, what do you think about? Classic, classic cars? Perhaps good cigars? Maybe you think of a famous baseball player. What about when somebody mentions North Korea? You think about those missile tests, maybe their notorious leader or his good friend, Dennis Rodman. (Laughter) One thing that likely doesn’t come to mind is a vision of a…

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Testing an electric car | DW English
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Testing an electric car | DW English

We’ve been waiting for this car for a long time. We’re in Opel’s central plant in Rüsselsheim. Hallo! Hallo. So that’s it, the Opel Ampera E. Made in the USA That’s not exactly true. It was developed in cooperation with our colleagues at Chevrolet. We were equal partners. There’s plenty of Opel DNA in there, as you’ll see for yourself!…

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Why Chinese Manufacturing Wins
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Why Chinese Manufacturing Wins

At the end of the first millennium, around 1000 AD, China was definitively the most powerful country in the world. More than a third of the world lived within its borders, it’s technology was the most advanced in existence, and its economy accounted for an astronomical 50% of the worlds GDP. The west paled in comparison to China, but eventually,…

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Why Trains Suck in America
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Why Trains Suck in America

Let’s face it: trains kinda suck in America. They’re slow, expensive, and just don’t exist in many parts of the country. The simple reason for this is because the US is so sparsely populated. Aside from here, here, and here, cities just aren’t close enough together to make train travel faster or cheaper than plane travel. When cities are within…

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How Cruise Ships Work
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How Cruise Ships Work

This is the symphony of the seas: an 1,188 feet long, 8,880 person, 18 deck, 7 neighborhood beast of a cruise ship that makes the Titanic look like a kayak. It cost $1.4 billion dollars but cruise ships only lasts about 25 years; 25 years of constant cleaning and maintenance, plus an enormous amount of food, fuel, fees and employees.…

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Active Transportation Economics
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Active Transportation Economics

Brendan: If you’ve seen any of our past videos, it’s no surprise that, here at PLANifax, we are big fans of active transportation. Megan: It’s a fun and healthy way of getting around. Brendan: Sure that’s nice and all, but here at PLANifax, we are all about that green. Megan: Like the environment? Brendan: No, like cold hard cash baby…

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Why Planes Don’t Fly Faster
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Why Planes Don’t Fly Faster

This is a Wendover Productions video made possible by Audible. So I recently went down the rabbit hole of looking at old flight schedules. Airlines used to publish these physical brochures with their fares and flight times, and when looking at this American Airlines one from 1967 I noticed something interesting. This flight between New York and LA was scheduled…

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Transportation & Supply Chain Advance Using Trucks, Railways, & Ships
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Transportation & Supply Chain Advance Using Trucks, Railways, & Ships

Hi, I’m Jack Plunkett. Today we’re going to talk about the transportation and supply chain industries. Now, we’re putting transportation and supply chain together in this regard because they’re so tightly interlinked. Transportation is either moving people, like in airlines, or it’s moving goods like freight. And the supply chain and the transportation sector have become so tightly intertwined that…

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