Texas Health workers are using Tabasco to train for biocontainment. I swear, there's nothing that sauce can't do!
At the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center, where one of the units is being established, the staff has been practicing treating fake patients who have been sprayed at random with the peppery sauce as a stand-in for Ebola virus-laden fluids. Doctors and nurses practice dressing and undressing in their protective gear to avoid contamination, but if they feel the tingle of Tabasco on their skin, they know they've been contaminated.
It's a pretty clever - and inexpensive - approach to immediate feedback.
As well, they've decided to cut the drive-time between Dallas and Houston from its current four hours. They're going to make it a 90-minute trip, instead. And they're going to achieve it with high-speed rail. Pay attention, Porkland; this is how you make it happen:
Texas Central plans to build the project completely with private funds and has already begun soliciting investors. Although the company has not said how much the project will cost, estimates put the amount at about $10 billion.
Gee, imagine that - they're building it entirely with private funds. What a concept! Porkland politicians who call the shots down in Salem can't wrap their heads around it; their idea of "high speed rail" involves a couple of taxpayer-funded Amtrak Talgo trains, capable of hitting 71 miles an hour and able to make the trip between Porkland and Seattle at a lightning-fast clip; often only a few minutes slower than driving.
Oh, but California's got big plans too; no money, but big plans:
California is already building an 800-mile high-speed rail system. But that project has been bogged down with hometown feuds, lawsuits and political battles. Private investments involved with the Texas line could avoid the bureaucratic hurdles tied to public funds. And Texas' rural and relatively flat terrain is easy to build on.
Yes, well - out here on the Left coast, ya gotta have taxpayers foot the bill; it's just the Leftie Way. And we all know how backward Texas is! They're pitiably non-progressive.
By contrast, California's so progressive that Kinkisharyo International, a top supplier of carriages for US light rail lines, plans to cease manufacturing in California due to union issues. Yep, they're moving to a more "business-friendly" state. Any idea where that might be? Hint: it won't be on the Left Coast.
Siemens is reportedly considering options pertaining to their Sacramento manufacturing facilities as well.
Keep pushing businesses and jobs out, Jerry!