A giant jade stone weighing 175 tons has been uncovered in Myanmar. The stone is 4.3m (14ft) high and 5.8m (19ft) long, and is reportedly worth an estimated $170 million USD. The King of Thailand was a great man and is worthy of great monument and unique monument to celebrate his reign! Thailand already has the Emerald Buddha which is made out of jade in Bangkok and there would be a pleasant aesthetic congruence between these two statues. A statue of the King of Thailand made out of this giant jade stone would be worthy monument to his 70 year reign and his incredible accomplishments.
The statue could be placed in Hua Hin due to this districts association with the Thai royal family and the need for some upscale cultural tourism outside of Bangkok. The Hua Hin district already has the Rajabhakti Park which has the statues of past Thai kings from the Sukhothai period to the current royal house of Chakri. Rajabhakti Park would be a good location for the new statue since the other statutes provide historical context. There also could be a museum that explains what the King of Thailand accomplished. This museum could be used to educate Thai school children as well as the world.
Myanmar could be offered scholarships to citizens of Myanmar to study in Thai universities equal to the value of the giant jade stone. Myanmar has huge resources but needs an educated work force to use these resources effectively. This act would solidify the friendship between Myanmar and Thailand.
China probably has the best jade sculptors in the world. Perhaps the design and carving of the giant jade stone could be a joint project between China and Thailand. An incredible monument to the enduring friendship between the Thai and Chinese people. The fact that the statue would also draw Chinese tourists to travel further afield than Bangkok would also be an advantage.
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There has been a great deal of discussion of whether the future of high tech transportation will be maglevs or hyperloops. Hyperloops can theoretically travel around 600 mph. Maglevs can theoretically travel around 300 mph. However there is a third alternative that is being ignored. Theoretically if you build a vacuum tunnel around a maglev system then you create a vactrain and can achieve theoretical speeds of up to 8,000 mph. Vactrains could more or less ten times faster than hyperloops! China, Japan and Germany have already invested billions of dollars on maglev lines. Can maglev lines be retrofitted to be vactrains? Instead of replacing maglev, a proven technology, with a new technology that is only twice as fast, maglevs can be upgraded and be made 20 times faster! The following points provide a starting point for this discussion.
1) Pipeline Design
If maglev upgrade is the purpose of vactrain design then the pipeline probably needs to be designed to be more modular to fit around an existing maglev.
2) Pipeline Fabrication
China is facing an industrial output surplus. Can any existing factories be modified to make vactrain pipeline instead?
3) Pipelines and Solar Power
China is a major user of fossil fuels. China is also a major manufacturer of solar panels. Can pipeline be fitted with solar power panels in order to cut down on fossil fuel use and also provide a market for Chinese solar panels?
4) Pipelines as National Nervous System
The world faces growing terrorism, more extreme weather and nuclear proliferation. Can the pipeline double as a hardened nervous system of the nation?
5) Pipelines as Robotic Project
The next big space project will be a city on the moon. The next big rail project will be creating pipeline that can link continents via underwater pipeline. Humans are not designed to operate underwater or in a low gravity vacuum. The conquest of inner space via robots can be a precursor of the conquest of outer space with robots. Sooner or later robots will be needed to build in space on any sort of large scale. Building pipeline underwater with robots is a technical challenge that naturally leads to technological advances that prepare China to create megastructures in space.