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It’s Train Thursday

What does baseball and public transportation have in common? If you are a Dodgers fan you might not know where the name came from. Established in 1883, the team originated in Brooklyn, New York, where it was known originally as the Brooklyn Trolley Dodgers before becoming just the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1932. The team was sold and moved west in 1958 and became the Los Angeles Dodgers.

early 1900s trolleys lined the streetsThe team’s name came from the idea that Brooklyn residents were good at evading being hit by the city’s trolley street car network. Street railways came to Brooklyn in 1854, when the first horse drawn line opened. Electrification came to Brooklyn in the 1890’s and before the end of the decade, the streets were filled with electric street cars. It became a challenge just to cross major streets and thus the name was born.

Street Car CemeteryThese trolleys were eventually scrapped and replaced by buses. Having fallen out of favor there are some cities where the trolley bus has come back.

Looking like a bus with sticks, there are no road surfaces to tear up and lay track. All that is required is to hang wires overhead with an established constant electrical connection using spars and wires from a electrified bus below.

Irisbus southern France

Europe invests in their public transportation network to aid commerce.


✩ My Latest Web Designs Have Been Updated ✩

I’ve put off making the latest tweaks to each of my business web sites. The time is now! I listened to what some of the best and brightest have suggested and included those features. They’re updated and hopefully will be well received. The holidays are fast approaching, so I’m hoping to be a lot busier before the end of the year.

If you or someone you know wants to either enhance or start their business web presence, contact me either through this blog or on the web pages shown below.

I know, shameful commercialism even on my personal blog.

skillfulldesign home page

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Thanks for looking.

P.S. My previous post marked the 200th entry into my blog. A bit of celebration ensues.     ¸.·´¯`·.´¯`·.¸¸.·´¯`·.¸   ˁ˚ᴥ˚ˀ

Smokey says - big deal take a nap

Welcome to 21st Century Reality

ImageWe find ourselves at a crossroad as a governed society, on one hand we demand our privacy and on the other require security of our persons. We want to be able to walk or drive the streets, live in our homes or conduct work at our employer without fear or harm by others. News stories carry the message forth; we live in a dangerous world where common criminals bear arms or covert terrorists plan or conduct their next attack.

We want the government to indemnify each citizen from, including but not limited to, physical attack, catastrophic weather, loss of health coverage, intellectual creative rights, disability, climate fluctuation, pollution, piracy, nefarious corporations and invasion by aliens. We also want this all done in a fair, objective and gentle way unless the protection is from villainous corporations which are genetically altering all edible plant life. In that case, some demand water boarding may be too soft a punishment.

Dick Cheny & Tom Ridge inspect new DHS operations center Herndon, VA.

Vice-President Cheney and DHS Secretary Ridge at the opening of the DHS Operations Center in Herndon, VA. – New York Times, 7/9/ 2004

The defense department budget is shrinking but not domestic surveillance and anti-terrorism programs throughout the U.S. As revealed by several recent whistle blowers, all our phone calls and email are now ‘surveilled‘ on a routine basis.

Since the events of 9/11, the U.S. has launched an entire new Department of Homeland Security, participated in policing and anti-terrorist activities, funded added police programs, conducted mock urban warfare scenarios and have built large strategically located disaster-recovery compounds throughout the nation. We have come to accept these incremental changes as good practice in order to protect us.

The U.S. government hasn’t been satisfied with merely spying on us. Indeed their technological tools have permitted them to spy on foreign dignitaries as well as political leaders in addition to more traditional targets. Recent revelations have shown Chancellor Anglela Merkel of Germany and President of France Francois Hollande are among 35 leaders who have had their phone conversations monitored by the U.S.

Many world leaders have come to the U.N. asking for a plan of intervention to block the U.S. from monitoring their calls and email. The 1st term trip Obama used to ingratiate himself as a leader of compassion and understanding of the sovereign rights of other nations appears to be completely undone by the revelations of the actions of the NSA & CIA.

At this crossroad one wonders what are the limits to these activities? Who determines what are the boundaries? So far, President Obama acts as if he’s not connected to this or other International events involving the U.S. including the controversial international & domestic drone programs.

If the leader of our nation doesn’t take an active role in setting limits, who is in charge? By what standard of ethics do we regulate any or all police & surveillance activity? It’s not appropriate for a leader of any country to just shrug their shoulders and suggest, “darned if you do or darned if you don’t“. At some point it’s necessary to accept responsibility.

Your comments are invited.

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