thousands of perfectly useable bicycles were abandoned by Burning Man attendees, they are the most common form of transportation around Black Rock City, and they are tossed aside at the end of the festival.
Burning Man partners with local charities to take, refurbish and sometimes donate the bikes to needy families, but this year, the sheer number of bikes overwhelmed even these partners. An estimated 5,000 bicycles were left behind.
Matthew Rockwell, a Burning Man contractor and founder of the charity start-up Disaster Hack, immediately made the connection between the abandoned bikes and the hundreds of thousands of dead cars in Houston.
The photo of the bikes also caught the attention of Meg Kiihne, who lives about four hours from the site. Kiihne once lived and ran a bike shop on Turks and Caicos, and saw pictures all over Facebook of her friends' and family's collapsed homes. She says she knew bicycles could be useful in the recovery effort after Hurricane Irma.
"There are parts of the island which will not have power for months," she says. "Bikes can enable somebody who may have lost their home and staying with a friend, they can get to their job at a resort so they can continue to make money to help rebuild their home... they can get around on a bike and get to food."
After a hastily arranged Go Fund Me, Kiihne and some friends rented a truck and a storage unit in nearby Reno, Nevada, and headed for the playa. They managed to harvest 110 bicycles.
Paul Allen, the Microsoft multibillionaire, keeps his Flying Heritage Collection – more than 20 vintage World War II fighter planes, all in working condition at Paine Field, a former US Air Force base outside Seattle.
When it comes to World War II fighters, no collection is as comprehensive as Allen’s, which encompasses planes from all the war’s principal combatants, including Germany, Japan and Russia.
Peter Jackson has amassed more than 40 flyable World War I warbirds at Hood Aerodrome, near Masterton, New Zealand
Allen and Jackson are sons of World War II veterans and have spoken of a lifelong fascination with vintage warplanes kindled in childhood.
Allen has tried to collect a real version of every model plane he built as a kid, while Jackson’s passion for old warplanes extends to his filmmaking.
In 2008, he wrote and directed a World War I short called Crossing the Line and has spoken about wanting to remake both The Blue Max, a 1966 film about World War I aviators, and 1955’s The Dam Busters, about daring World War II raids on German dams using ingenious bouncing bombs.
The vintage-aircraft market was once divided between individual pilots and aviation museums, but now a new breed of collector are buying, restoring and flying a National Air and Space Museum’s worth of vintage planes.
Oilman Rod Lewis has World War II warbirds in his Lewis Air Legends collection in San Antonio, Texas.
Oil heir Kermit Weeks claims more than 100 vintage aircraft at his Fantasy of Flight collection in Polk City, Florida.
Leon Evans, chief pilot for the Canadian Lancaster’s historic trip, said: ‘We haven’t had two Lancasters fly together in a display before.
‘It’s pretty unlikely it’ll happen again because these airplanes might run out of airtime. Vera’s getting older and already has about 4,500 hours on her.’
Two Lancaster bombers flew together in the skies over Britain in 2014 for the first time in 50 years.
The world's only two airworthy Lancaster bombers were united on a windswept Lincolnshire airfield, the Lancaster Thumper, which is part of the RAF Battle of Britain Memorial flight, joined the Canadian Lancaster Vera from a museum in Ontario.
Why the construction? When the average Mexican border delay is half an hour, San Ysidro is at an hour. During peak times when waits are closer to 45 minutes elsewhere, San Ysidro is approaching two hours.
Its more efficient than any other land border I've ever seen, most of which require everyone to park, get out of the car, and do paperwork.
And we do have fast passes for those who commute regularly from San Diego to TiJuana, but of course they have to be properly vetted by the authorities, and rightfully so, we have to be able to trust them to zip back and forth across the border with minimal questioning.
No matter how much you reform immigration, there will always be more people that want to come here than can be accommodated.
The San Diego to TiJuana border suffers from two problems;
1) sheer volume. The number of vehicles and people crossing the Mexican border is probably an order of magnitude higher than the Canadian border.
People from Mexico come over to the USA to go shopping for basic necessities which are not as easily available in Mexico, whereas you don't have that issue in Canada.
People who are Mexican citizens who live in Mexico and work in the USA cross daily... because although their work permit entitles them to live in the USA, the cost of living is an order of magnitude cheaper in Mexico (you do not have that disparity with Canada).
And what it comes down to is that the USA and Canada are similar enough that people don't HAVE TO cross the border. So we try to make it easy to cross so that when people choose to cross, its a relatively painless process.
2) Documentation requirements are stricter, and the line of questioning for Mexicans entering the USA is likely tougher, because Mexicans are more likely to overstay or never return than Canadians, apparently.
So while the average US or Canadian citizen can be processed quickly, the average processing time for a Mexican Citizen is likely longer and enough so that it causes a longer delay.
The Canada / USA border was on track to eliminate their mutual border checkpoints by about 2003 had the 2001-09-11 attack not happened, and now that Canada has a far more liberal and less security minded refugee policy, that potential for eliminating checkpoints has been crushed.
Until about 1924, there were no controls of any kind on any of the USA's land borders. For Mexicans coming into the USA for temporary employment, they would cross in a border town, walk a block or two to a USA consulate office, fill out a couple of simple registration forms and then be legally able to work in the USA.
It was the 18th Amendment (Prohibition of beverage alcohol) that brought on the first formal checkpoints.
Once all three phases are complete in 2019, the new port will boast 62 northbound vehicle primary inspection booths, one dedicated bus lane and inspection booth spread over 34 lanes,
In addition, a portion of the Interstate 5 South freeway will be realigned and expanded from the current five lanes to ten lanes which will connect to Mexico’s new El Chaparral facility.
the Italian artillery tractor Pavesi P4 was used by the Italian Regio Esercito between 1927 and 1942, but this incredible vehicle is based on a civilian version built for farmers developed in 1918.
This vehicle is based on two separate chassis, with a pivoting articulated point in the middle, in order to increase its four-wheel drive capacities. This artillery tractor was tested by several countries, including British Army.