So at the same time we are cutting off water to the Central Valley to protect a little fish hardly anybody cares about and hardly anybody would miss, we are planning to spend billions on a magic train in the same valley to take people from one town to another already conveniently connected by a modern freeway. Surely it will turn out, if the magic train is built, that it will turn out to have been cheaper to buy everyone who might take the train their own car and a lifetime's worth of gas. We're talking about Fresno and Bakersfield, dear readers. Has anyone ever, I mean ever, travelled between these two hard working, if arguably not extremely charming burgs and thought, gosh, I wish I could have made that trip in a high speed rail car? I wish I had me a bitchin' IROC Camero, yes. I wish I could travel by high speed rail, no. The only possible explanation for a project this dumb are the insiders who are going to make a fortune building this boondoggle. It would be so much cheaper to just make them say, Grand Chevaliers of the Order of the Leech and award them pensions or something. You could probably buy them off for a few million. Then at least you wouldn't have to watch a giant empty train speed by you as you drove north on the 5.