Saturday, August 19, 2023
National Pike Gas And Steam Show 2023, from 3 vastly different points of view. I recommend them for different reasons, but the variety of what people brought, is not in the first, the variety can be seen in the 2nd and 3rd videos
Friday, August 18, 2023
A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Forest Service to look again at the effectiveness of road closures
I just learned that Case has teamed up with Team Rubicon, and 2 Case dealerships train volunteers to operate heavy equipment for its veteran-led humanitarian organization that serves global communities before, during and after disasters and crises.
CASE deploys machinery through its dealer network to numerous disaster response and community service projects across North America
“As soon as we heard about the need to help train more heavy equipment operators, we raised our hand,” says Dustin Cole, executive vice president of Lawrence Equipment. “We’re very active in our local communities and want to ensure Virginia is prepared if disaster strikes, as well as help train volunteers to deploy wherever they are needed throughout the U.S. and Canada.”
CASE deploys machinery through its dealer network to numerous disaster response and community service projects across North America
Team Rubicon’s volunteers, which go by “Greyshirts,” register for the monthly training and learn how to operate compact track loaders and excavators. “One of the most critical tasks after disasters strike is getting much-needed resources to that area. Our Greyshirts, including sawyers and heavy equipment operators, help clear trees and debris from roads, allowing first responders and survivors to regain access to the community,” says William Porter, director of operations support, Team Rubicon.
As an example, mere hours after Hurricane Ian hit Florida in 2022, Team Rubicon — with the help of heavy equipment — conducted 37 route clearance events, removing about 660 dump trucks’ worth of debris and a total of 131 obstructions. “Having more trained heavy equipment operators increases the capacity of Team Rubicon to provide this essential assistance for communities, allowing survivors to move toward the path to recovery,” continues Porter.
This training has been put to use by Team Rubicon in all phases of the disaster cycle across the United States, including wildfire mitigation, hurricane response and long-term storm recovery.
CASE and Team Rubicon plan to expand the number of dealers participating in this heavy equipment operator training program in 2024.
Founded following the Haiti earthquake in 2010, Team Rubicon has grown to more than 160,000 volunteers across the United States and has launched over 1,100 operations domestically and internationally.
To become a Greyshirt and pursue a path of heavy equipment certification for their missions, and sign up as a volunteer https://teamrubiconusa.org/volunteer/
who blows 6 times the cost of an in cabin airfilter, to have the dealership replace it? That's just wasting 60 bucks for 30 seconds of moving your arms, and opening your glove box
an innocent man wrongfully convicted in New York is finally out of prison after 26 years, and suing the NYPD officers that clearly framed him, hid evidence that he was innocent, and lost other evidence that would have cleared him.
Peets’ lawsuit paints a similar picture of officers who his lawsuit claims used shoddy tactics to solve an attempted murder of police and civilians, even if it meant convicting the wrong person. It also criticizes the department’s evidence preservation practices, which recently came under scrutiny after a fire severely damaged a department’s warehouse, destroying scores of materials that experts worry could make it harder to reexamine other potentially wrongful convictions.
Thursday, August 17, 2023
I realized I'm not the only one upgrading the front end to the QA1, but it's cool to see what the going rate is to ask for the old stuff! Who would guess 750 is a fair price for the K member?
I didn't remember what the Ebay listing said when I bought my 69 R/T, I guess I sorta stopped paying attention after I saw it had a max wedge and 440 6 pack induction... and just yesterday I was asked about the cam, and heads... so I looked - damn. Happy time
A U.S. Marine Corps M1 Assault Breacher Vehicle assigned to Mobile Assault Company, 2nd Combat Engineer Battalion, in the main staging area for units supporting Operation Dynamic Partnership in Shurakay, Helmand province, Afghanistan, Feb. 9, 2013.
EZ Used Cars and Trucks out of a small strip mall was busted for money laundering, only because it was discovered to have issued over one thousand temp license plates, but not having sold a single car.
However, she issued 1,037 dealer tags.
Sgt. Jose Escribano of Precinct 3 Constable's Office in Travis County texas, told ABC news that those who are buying the tags are often trying to hide offenses.
"They use them for human smuggling. They use them to hide the identity of the car, which is very easy to do," he explained. "Any one of those tags can wind up on a car that does robberies, burglaries."
Highway 42 in Door County Wisconsin, was built in the early 1930's and has fifteen curves, in it's unusually twisty stretch, which was the result of a desire to avoid cutting down too many trees
Singapore, London and Stockholm have had congestion pricing, now New York is going to adopt it, and charge 23 bucks to enter. It simply means rich elite won't notice it, and poor people won't be able to afford it. (see Bright, Netflix, 2017)
There are no tolls on Sundays or during public holidays. And there are no exemptions, except for public service vehicles. Even public buses have to pay the fee.
Stockholm began charging drivers a fee to enter its business district in 2006
When congestion pricing began, traffic immediately dropped by 20% – the difference between gridlock and moving traffic.
When the program started in 2006, drivers paid $2 to enter the zone during rush hour.
At other times during the day, drivers were charged $1. There is no charge between the hours of 6:30 p.m. to 6:30 a.m.
Now, in the summertime, when more drivers enter the Stockholm toll zone, drivers pay a fee of $4.50 during peak hours. In the winter, when there are fewer drivers, the toll decreases to $3.50 during peak hours.
people with disability plates don’t have to pay the toll (I do not understand what getting a dr to give you a handicapped plate has to do with bypassing the toll for driving (or parking int he USA at parking meters for free))
London launched its version of congestion pricing – known as the Central London Congestion Charging Zone – in 2003. It covered eight square miles, an area similar to New York’s congestion zone. Shortly after its launch, the number of vehicles circulating in the tolling area dropped by 15% and congestion in the zone declined by 30%
It currently costs $19 to enter the city center. That's up sharply from the $6.30 the congestion pricing program charged when it launched. Vehicles are charged on weekends and holidays from noon to 6 p.m.,
There are many exemptions. People who live in the zone get a 90% discount. People with disabilities or vehicles that transport people with disabilities aren’t charged. Vehicles with more than nine seats aren’t charged. Vehicles that are 100% electric are exempt from the charge, but will have to pay the full price starting in 2025. Motorcycles and taxis are exempt, but private for-hire vehicles aren't.
Wednesday, August 16, 2023
I love that fresh discovery of an interesting car that I've never seen or heard of before... many of those are from Australia, South America, or South Africa
freedom of the press.. as local police raided, seized, and did everything they could to shut down permanently a local newspaper in Kansas, and it all appears to have stemmed from a local restaurant owner's drunk-driving conviction, and looking into the new police chief's last job aka, newspaper article research in a small town
Asked if the newspaper’s investigation of Cody may have had anything to do with the decision to raid it, Rhodes responded: “I think it is a remarkable coincidence if it didn’t.”
A confidential source contacted the newspaper, Meyer said, and provided evidence that Newell had been convicted of drunken driving and continued to use her vehicle without a driver’s license. The criminal record could jeopardize her efforts to obtain a liquor license for her catering business.
A reporter with the Marion Record used a state website to verify the information provided by the source. But Meyer suspected the source was relaying information from Newell’s husband, who had filed for divorce. Meyer decided not to publish a story about the information, and he alerted police to the situation.
Newell, writing Friday under a changed name on her personal Facebook account, said she “foolishly” received a DUI in 2008 and “knowingly operated a vehicle without a license out of necessity.”
“Journalists have become the dirty politicians of today, twisting narrative for bias agendas, full of muddied half-truths,” Newell wrote. “We rarely get facts that aren’t baited with misleading insinuations.”
She said the “entire debacle was brought forth in an attempt to smear my name, jeopardize my licensing through ABC (state Alcoholic Beverage Control Division), harm my business, seek retaliation, and for personal leverage in an ongoing domestic court battle.”
At the law enforcement center in Marion, a staff member said only Police Chief Gideon Cody could answer questions for this story, and that Cody had gone home for the day and could not be reached by phone. The office of Attorney General Kris Kobach wasn’t available to comment on the legal controversy in Marion
Meyer, whose father worked at the newspaper from 1948 until he retired, bought the Marion County Record in 1998, preventing a sale to a corporate newspaper chain.
Friday’s raids have been widely condemned by press freedom watchdogs as a blatant violation of the U.S. Constitution’s protection for a free press. Kansas Gov. Laura Kelly called the raids “concerning.” An attorney for the newspaper deemed the searches and seizures illegal and said the police department’s action “offends the constitutional protections the founding fathers gave the free press.” The Society of Professional Journalists pledged $20,000 toward the newspaper’s legal defense.
the newspaper's attorney, Bernie Rhodes, sent a letter to Marion Police Chief Gideon Cody, and wrote that the police “plainly violated the First, Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments to the United States Constitution, as well as Sections 11, 15, and 18 of the Kansas Bill of Rights,”
Brothers Underwater Recovery are searching in the Ohio River, hoping to help in the cases of two missing Kentucky men.
While doing that, they discovered three different vehicles that may or may not be connected.
All three cars were found near the Hovey Lake Boat Ramp, not too far off the Indiana side of the shore.
Tuesday, August 15, 2023
today I learned, that the guy who wrote Vehicle at age 18, co-founded Survivor and was commissioned by Stallone to write Eye of the Tiger for Rocky III, and has a collection of 193 guitars... and married his high school sweetheart
Peterik started performing in 1964 with some of his highschool schoolmates as The Ides of March. Their hits included "You Wouldn't Listen", "Vehicle", and "L.A. Goodbye" in the late 1960s and early 1970s.
"Vehicle", which was number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart the week of May 23, 1970, is purported to be the fastest selling single in Warner Bros. Records history.
In 1982, Sylvester Stallone commissioned Survivor to write and perform the theme song for Rocky III. This song, "Eye of the Tiger", became their defining single, spending six weeks at No. 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 and going double platinum.
Their 1984 album, Vital Signs, featured the Top 10 hits
Peterik first displayed his musical talent while singing with his sisters in the back of the family’s 1952 Chrysler on trips to Florida. A few years later, at age 9, he began playing the guitar, “because I was old enough to wrap my hand around the neck,” he said.
He was 14 in 1964 when friend and classmate, Larry Millas knocked on his door and asked if he wanted to start a band. “Music was my life at that point,” Peterik said.
Then they struck it big in 1970 when Peterik was an 18-yearold freshman at Morton College and penned “Vehicle.” He was inspired by a girl, Karen, whom he met at a Turtles concert in 1968. “She would ask me to drive her places but would insist we were just friends,” Peterik said. “She said, ‘I want to date other guys. It’s not a date - you have the cool car. Can you take me to modeling school?’ I did, so I could be next to her. Week after week, she’d shake my hand. I thought, 'All I am is your vehicle baby.’ I had never heard the word used in a song.” The words in the song about the stranger offering a ride to the nearest star was based an anti-drug pamphlet Peterik’s lab partner showed him that depicted a man stopping children to sell drugs.
The song shot up to No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100, and after hearing it on the radio, Karen called Peterik and agreed to a date. She became his wife two years later. “All my songs are written for Karen.” Peterik said. “I rarely write sad love songs because I really never experienced heartbreak
"Vehicle” features Peterik using a gruff voice that sounds years older than 18, accompanied by a horn riff. Peterik said as a result, people mistook the band for Blood Sweat & Tears. He was, in fact, channeling Blood Sweat & Tears’ lead singer David Clayton-Thomas, along with Ray Charles. Charles was an early, major influence on Peterik, along with Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash. “Musically, I am the mutt of so many influences,” Peterik said.
With the record’s success, the band hit the road with Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin and other top names. “We were sharing a deli tray with the Grateful Dead"
Jim Peterik: I'm 17 years old. I'm a junior in high school. I've heard that my favorite band was coming to Riverside High, the Turtles.
Just then, she turned around and said, "Aren't you Peterik?" I go, "Yeah."
She said, "I just saw your band last week. You guys were great." I go, "There is a God."
The concert ended, and my car was parked right in front. It was a '65 Valiant, beautiful and white. I said, "Hey, do you want a ride home?" And she said, "Oh no. My dad would never let me do that, but you can walk me home to my girlfriend's house."
So, I walked her home, memorized her phone number, and I said, "I'll call you." I couldn't get up the nerve to call her for another week and she thought that I would never get up the nerve to call her.
So, we just kept dating and all of a sudden, she said, "You know, Jim, I'm 15 years old. You're the first boy I've ever dated. I really need to see what else is out there." It broke my heart. Total "whomp, whomp" moment, you know. I was in the dumpster for months. ...
Out of the blue, I get a call. "Hey, Jim. It's Karen. Remember me?" "Yeah." "Well, you know, it's not a date or anything, but you know, you've got that cool car. Would you take me to modeling school?" She was really cute.
BH: She didn't even offer to pay for the gas?
JP: Not even. Two weeks later, she calls me again. Now I'm starting to get a little PO'ed. I said to myself, "You know, all I am is her limousine. No, wait a minute. All I am is her vehicle, baby." I was like "Wait a minute. Vehicle. What a unique word."
That song came out and it was the fastest breaking hit in Warner Brothers history, up to that time. It was on the radio coast to coast. Suddenly, there was demand for the band. Here I am, 19 years old by this time, and I'm on the road with Led Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Allman Brothers Band, Jimi Hendrix. What a magical year to have a hit record, the summer of 1970.
Oh wow... someone is going to score an enviable 69 wagon, with only 55k miles on it... a 390, AC, side-facing third-row jump seats, and disc brakes. Currently bid to 15k, 2 days to go
It's unlikely that Americans, or anyone else, will ever stop this fad of constantly wasting plastic bottles for water, so, there is not a foreseeable future where there isn't a couple million pounds of plastic bottles a year washing down the Mississippi and those are easy to grind down, and recycle into plastic pallets.
Plastic pallets last much longer than wood ones. Plastic pallets are RECYCLEABLE! They can be used about 400 times by trucking companies before they are broken, AND then they can be ground up AND REUSUED to make NEW plastic pallets.
NO TREES are killed to make pallets when recycling water bottles. The river gets cleaned up, the bottles get recycled, trees CONTINUE to make OXYGEN and contain carbon dioxide.
That, is a win win situation.
The Gateway Auto Museum at Gateway Canyons Resort and Spa closed with less than 20 years of operation, as it was a private collection/investment portfolio (in a museum status to avoid taxes) and now 31 of 50 of their cars are going to Pebble Beach for auctioning off.
Thirty-one of the classic cars have been transported to Monterey, California, to be auctioned off by Broad Arrow Auctions, and the others are sold online by Hagerty, Broad Arrow Auctions’ parent company.
Gateway Auto Museum, which was owned by Discovery Channel founder and car collector John Hendricks, opened its doors in May 2006
the Major League Soccer new direction is incorporating teams solely owned by women, and remarkably, the St. Louis team is getting their stadium built by a female-led construction team.
Construction of the stadium for the first female-owned MLS franchise was also led by a primarily female leadership team, with Ellen Spangler of Minneapolis-based Mortenson serving as the senior project manager.
Monday, August 14, 2023
around Christmas someone very nice (and in Europe I think) offered to make me a small adaptor for my transit, so it would attach to my tripod
and though I looked all through my emails, and posts, and comments, I cannot find that note, I cannot find their name!
So, I need to ask if that guy is still reading my blog!
I tried a couple designs, and mocked up something simple that I think might get the job done.
Then I looked through months of emails and comments, and can't find where we talked about it. If you're still out there, could you let me know?
Have you heard of the airline rip off on ticket prices, which can be avoided by something called Skiplag flying? The reason so many people use this controversial hack is because it’s cheaper to book a layover flight than a direct flight.
The cheap ticket hack involves buying a less expensive ticket with a layover in the city you want to travel to and then not catching the second flight.
Airlines do not want you to take an indirect flight that costs less than a direct flight and where you don’t take the connection and carry onto some farther destination.
Finding fares like this on your own isn’t easy, though it can be done, so price comparison sites like Kayak or the dedicated website - Skiplagged - were made for people to search for these hidden city fares.
Despite the cheap fares, there are some drawbacks to skiplagging - like not being able to check in your bags. If you check a bag, it goes to where that ticket was booked, and if you're getting off at the layover, and not going on to the destination... you'd never get your bag. And you can't book round trip either.
“Travellers who do decide to skiplag should always book one-way tickets, that way their return trip won't be cancelled if the airline does cancel their ticket,” warns Edward Russell, airlines reporter for industry publications Skift and Airlines Weekly.