Septa is not just about public transit

September, from the Latin Septum, meaning Seven.

Latin seems so non-inclusive.   Each special interest  group in the Democratic Party should be encouraged to rename days, months and planets.


59 Responses to “Septa is not just about public transit”

  1. Fred Stiening says:

    Forever 21 isn't

    • RebelSansClue says:

      Amazon claims another victim

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        Not the first Domino to fall… or the last – this website issue can really mushroom.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          I may have told this story before, that I am an old man and that's what we do.

          Back in the days, I had a clever trick in the web site. I realized that if you had a link that had no text, it was invisible to humans, but undeclared page scrapers (like the CIA) would invariably follow the link. Doing so earned you an immediate ban from the website. So the HTML code would look something like this

          <a href="BanMeNow.php" title="Do Not click this link!"></a>

          It was only a soft ban. You would be presented with a page telling you that to restore access you needed to answer a question like 2+2=?

          If you repeated requesting the challenge page and not answering the question, after about 10 times it became a hard ban.

          Even so, I had several blind people using screen readers who just had to touch the hot stove to see if it would really burn their fingers. I got the feeling they were hoping to have a lawsuit, however when I told them I was the son of a blind man they calmed down and vanished.

  2. Fred Stiening says:

    Apple is going to let Siri talk to Tunein.

    Alexa has been able to do that for quite a while. Apple is a bit late to the party.

    Former Senator Al Franken is getting a new "radio" job at SiriusXM. Maybe they could hire a former Republican Senator for balance.

  3. Fred Stiening says:

    At the Climate Change conference, 100+ banks have pledged to stop lending money to oil and natural gas companies

    • RebelSansClue says:

      This is why I prefer to bank locally.

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        Credit Unions are also a good option – almost all of them are small, have lower fees and avoid politics. The politics they do participate in is usually limited to opposing the big banks.

        • Fred Stiening says:

          One of my three main college roommates got a job working as an auditor for the NCUA, roughly like the FDIC for credit unions. I don't tend to maintain relationships. He was older than me (he was in the military doing office work during Vietnam) and graduated in 1976. When I made my first attempt at returning to North Carolina, I looked him up in Mocksville where he grew up, and amazingly he was still living there, with his wife (who I knew from before they met each other) and two teenage daughters. I think this was around 2003.

          We talked a bit about credit unions and how the person who organized one often viewed them as federally insured piggy banks with other people's money, so you really had to look at where the money was invested. It was nothing like the S&L collapse of the 1980s, but the temptations were there. The difference is most credit unions require depositors to live geographically close to the credit union or have another nexus like your employer.

          I have to admit I was worried that his small town naivety was going to meet someday with a thug running a credit union. About a year later, I read in the college alumni paper that he was dead. After I returned to NC and reconnected to my other main roommate (who has since died), I learned he died of a sudden heart attack. About a week after my visit, one of his daughters was killed in a fatal car crash and he basically lost the will to live.

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            Many financial institutions, including banks, credit unions and pension funds are heavily invested in government debt. With interest rates negative in a growing number of countries and nearing negative in the US, this does not bode well. Lots of things could happen, including continuing to kick the can down the road…. but it is a game of hot potatoe, eventually some will get burned. Puerto Rico is an example on a very small scale.

  4. Fred Stiening says:

    Mike Pence 2020 campaign moves forward. Mitt Romney surely thinks he will become VP

  5. Fred Stiening says:

    The autumnal equinox has passed. Summer is over.

  6. Fred Stiening says:

    In response to a question about whether Vladimir Putin believes he’s being helped by the useful idiots in the Democratic Party, Sheila Jackson Lee popped up to declare that it was improper to call her an idiot. To which the Republican House member clarified, I said “useful idiot”

    Take that to your flag on Mars and smoke it

  7. Fred Stiening says:

    Matt Drudge's father ran, which I remember from the pre-google days.

    For a day or so, I advertised on drudge report, probably in 2002. The people handling the ads at that point did something bizarre – instead of copying my banner ad they pointed the advertisement directly to my server, which meant I got to see the IP addresses of everybody visiting Drudge who saw my ad. It became apparent very quickly that Drudge was Auto refreshing his page, which meant there were lots of computers in newsrooms waiting to see the red siren, displaying ad after ad that nobody was going to see. I did not renew my advertising contract.

    If the Drudge Report remove the auto refresh his billions of views would probably reduce by 90%. That does not mean he is an insignificant Force. I do worry that he does not have a succession plan

  8. Fred Stiening says:

    Cokie Roberts has died from complications of breast cancer

    People used to make fun of Bill Clinton for for having a four part given name. Mary Martha Corinne Morrison Claiborne Boggs had six. Maybe that is a requirement to get you into Wellesley .

  9. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    I want to put in a plug for Kodi, especially for Parrott. Like Firefox, Kodi is a free open community app available for Windows, Linux, smartphones. Kodi takes things that are harder to do in Firefox or VLC and makes them more user-friendly. Any media you can play in VLC, you can play in Kodi. The big difference is that once you configure Kodi to your liking, it is much much more user friendly… but it does take some time to set up.

    You can create a list of favorite streams and they can appear as a list of channels like cable TV set top boxes present channels. There are also plug-ins for a free DVR, lots of radio streaming apps such as Tunein.

    I use it with my HDHomeRun product to watch local over the air TV. You can also use a different HDhomerun product to watch your cable channels by renting a cable card from your cable company for about $5 per month. Check it out. Lots of how-to Kodi videos on Youtube as well.

  10. Fred Stiening says:

    YouTube/Google has decided to pull the plug on Right Side Broadcasting Network. Denations to RSBN are not tax deductible as 501(c)(3) entities cannot engage in political activities. RSBN live streams Trump rallies. RSBN has no "strikes" and there are no allegations of copyright infringement.

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Mr. Rosenwald of course is full of crap. He asserts that it is talk radio that got Donald Trump elected.

      Just off the top of my head, Glenn Beck, Mark Levin, and Hugh Hewitt were firmly anti Trump and Cindy McCain was given an election year forum to blast Trump non stop on radio.

      • briand75 says:

        Dems hate Trump so much – they overlook the fact that it was the American people who elected Trump. Which points out one interesting aspect – both parties have ignored the American people for a very long time.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Speaking is an overweight person, I noticed Cindy McCain has put on a lot of weight. This is usually a marker for somebody who is unhappy. Former radio host Laura ingraham apparently "fat-shamed" Cindy McCain. This is not new, Laura frequently would complain about all the fat people in America. However, Cindy McCain is female and she appears on television. That still matters, unless of course you are Oprah Winfrey, in which case you make a billion dollars well people watch you gain weight and lose weight. Isn't America wonderful?

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Interesting reads. Talk radio was the social media of the 90s and the Dems tried to use it to influence public opinion. They were more effective taking over the education system where virtually all teachers are members of government employee unions that favor more government spending and donate almost exclusively to Democrats.

      Notice that most liberal newspapers and web sites have cut off access to comments sections after political articles. They are trying to prevent the same infiltration of their media channel that they tried to use on talk radio in the 90s. Others "moderate" their comments so that only ideas they approve of will be included.

      For some good daily political analysis, I recommend this new free site of Wide World of News by Mark Halperin. His reports are about as fair as they can be. He is one of the few reporters that covered Trump objectively and said that Trump was being grossly underestimated throughout 2015 and 2016. He does good analysis.

  11. Fred Stiening says:

    The City Fathers and Mothers of former tobacco capital Winston-Salem North Carolina want to dump the name of the annual Dixie classic Fair.

    Wow, live music being performed on WTOB-AM

  12. Fred Stiening says:

    I realize that there are things going on outside the radio cave, and I may be the last one to find out.

    I had to go to FedEx today to drop off a letter for my lawyer, and they have a big sign announcing that the big bad federal government is forcing them to ask for a government-issued photo ID to send a package, even if you are paying cash.

    I wonder if I said I was in an illegal alien if they can waive that rule.

  13. Fred Stiening says:

    If I change the name of the blog to America loves Chick-fil-A macaroni and cheese, do you think it would increase traffic?

    • Fred Stiening says:

      Correct orientation

      Speaking of which, the author of the famous HB2 transgender bathroom bill is running in a special election tomorrow. Countess gets to vote, but I am now in the Alma Adams 12th district where all I can do is vote for her best hat. WBTV drove up to Greensboro because it is clear she is still living outside of the district she represents. Then again, George HW Bush said he was living in a hotel room in Houston TX.

      • Fred Stiening says:

        Dan Bishop won. Two Mecklenburg County precincts held out until 11:00 pm but stealing 4,000 votes was beyond reach so McCreavy conceded

        So get your gender identity cards in order…

        • Fred Stiening says:

          The city of Charlotte was holding is primary as well, which I did not know until I saw the election results. The primary election for everything else is in October.

          The good news for people who still live in Charlotte is that the craziest of the crazy city council members was voted out. She had a safe district but for some reason ran at large.

          Among her more interesting things is she said that police are terrorists and that 911 what is actually a controlled demolition, The Alex Jones version of Truth. She thinks she lost because of robocalls made to people in the white part of Charlotte.

          • CC1s121LrBGT says:

            New Jersey does something similar – school budgets and boards are not elected in November when everyone votes, but sometime in the spring when only people with children will vote and vote for people that want to increase the spending.

            They also use the snow day alert system to remind parents to vote, and exclude non-parents from the reminders.

            New Jersey, "The Garden Corruption State"

      • CC1s121LrBGT says:

        "Correct orientation"?

        What is the difference between "orientation" and "gender" in 2019? Isn't that a one to many relationships? 😉

        Remember people used to ask "If a tree falls in a forest and no one is there, does it make a sound?" I ask if in the world of political correctness, how is is possible that there exists no correct orientation? 😉

    • CC1s121LrBGT says:

      Hell no. This is Keto Nation… in fact, that would be a great name for traffic.

  14. Fred Stiening says:

    Some of my time recently is been learning about intermodal transportation. I have to admit I overestimated is possibilities for pulling trucks off the road. CSX built a huge facility in North Baltimore Ohio. They seem to have this notion that a shipper would drive their trailer a hundred miles out of their way to drop it at a transmodal terminal in the middle of a corn field to avoid delivering this shipment directly to their custoner 200 miles away.

    Now the facility basically just chops up sections of trains arriving from other railroads and splices pieces together based on the destination. Following the Krispy Kreme business model, if sales are down, raise prices.

    Norfolk Southern just laid off 130 people in Roanoke.

    In Elwood, Illinois BNSF has screwed things up so badly, dray drivers returning empty containers average 57 minutes waiting on the street just to get in the gate

    90% of freight is still going by truck.

  15. Fred Stiening says:

    Thinkprogress is shutting down

  16. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    Did did everyone go? Is Setma cooking dinner for Setpa?

  17. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    "Their version of Unix, the Berkeley Software Distribution (BSD), was picked up by developers at NeXT, the company Steve Jobs founded after leaving Apple in 1985. When Apple purchased NeXT in 1996, BSD became the starting point for OS X and iOS."


    " Linus Torvalds, a university student in Helsinki, Finland, used several of the GNU tools to write an operating system kernel that would run on PCs. And his software, eventually called Linux, became the basis of the Android operating system in 2004."

    from: "Unix at 50: How the OS that powered smartphones started from failure"

  18. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    This was on WCSP 90.1 Washington, DC today (C-SPAN Radio) and is very interesting. It is four very smart articulate college students debating Libertarianism and Conservatism (the two main factions of the Republican Party). While all the media is focused on the factions in the Democratic Party due to the primaries, this is a refreshing change. Both sides are very thoughtful and though-provoking and the SRG people that listen to talk radio should enjoy it:

  19. CC1s121LrBGT says:

    South East Transporation Authority of Pennsylvania… flush that down to your septum tank. 😉

    BTW- Ever wonder why the market tends to tank in septum?

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