Even as one tunnel was being canceled, however, another was nearing completion, as Spread Networks finished boring its way through the Allegheny Mountains of Pennsylvania. Spread’s tunnel was not, however, intended to carry passengers, or even freight; it was for a fiber-optic cable that would shave three milliseconds — three-thousandths of a second — off communication time between the futures markets of Chicago and the stock markets of New York. And the fact that this tunnel was built while the rail tunnel wasn’t tells you a lot about what’s wrong with America today.
The problem with these Ukrainians is that they don’t know how to steal properly. They want the whole 100% for themselves and leave nothing for us," said 62-year-old Vasily, a Simferopol resident. "Putin is corrupt of course, but he steals in a cultured way. He says: ‘I will take 50%, and give 50% to the people. We will get something at least.’