Today’s Wall Street Journal has an impressive report about the collision of two high speed rail trains in eastern China on July 23rd. It turns out that the system is struggling under corrupt leadership and mechanical and engineering problems as a result. What is fascinating is that the government can’t cover up the crisis. With a Twitter-like service called Sina Weibo, victims were reporting the news of the accident to the nation from the scene. The accident news is viral in China and there’s little the government can do. Some of the “facts” communicated may or may not be true. There is an accusation that the wrecked train cars were destroyed and hauled away to inhibit any meaningful investigation. Whether true or not, rumor easily fills a vacuum created by government cover up. A poster has surfaced with the statement, “Heaven is only a train ticket away,” the Journal reports.
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