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Washington may desire to dominate our lives, but that desire can and should be resisted.

Washington may desire to dominate our lives, but that desire can and should be resisted.

Trump, with his airplanes and helicopters, probably would inconvenience the general public a good deal less with whatever commute he comes up with than does Joe Biden’s risible regular-guy act on Amtrak. When Regular Guy Joe takes the train from Wilmington to Washington, they clear out half a car for his use — Biden himself sits stock still, looking frail and terrified — while teams of Secret Service agents are dispatched to each and every stop along the way to swarm the vice-presidential car and prevent any incursions from the plebs. At the end of the journey, the Amtrak riders are kept on the train — at gunpoint — until Regular Guy Joe has cleared the platform, which can take a while. Do they have places to be and schedules to keep? Of course they do, but the Cult of the Imperial Presidency extends to the Semi-Divine Vice Presidency and its odd, pseudo-democratic rituals.

Trump Snubs D.C. as Millions Cheer

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Chinatown Bus Pioneer Fung Wah Strangled by Federal Bureaucracy

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When driving keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road

Do not use your phone while driving.

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“Chinatown” Bus Stats and the Lying NTSB

Chuckles Schumer, our bud, with a few other hacks.

In 1997, Chinese-born entrepreneurs began regularly scheduled long-distance bus services that picked up passengers on the street. Tickets were priced so low that it was hard to figure how the operators could be breaking even, much less making a profit. Faced with declining market share, Greyhound and Peter Pan imitated the Chinatown model by teaming up to create a new venture called BoltBus. Then Coach USA got into the game with Megabus. Today, “curbside” buses—lines that begin and end their routes at the sidewalk as opposed to a traditional station—make up the fastest growing form of intercity travel in the U.S.

But over the past two years, the government has forced 27 bus companies based in Chinatown to close. The regulatory clampdown was fueled by a government study that found curbside carriers were disproportionately killing their passengers. Released by the National Transportation Safety Board, a federal agency, the study concluded that curbside bus companies were “seven times” more likely to be involved in an accident with at least one fatality than conventional bus operators. That finding was reported by The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, Businessweek, USA Today, the New York Daily News, WNYC, and Reuters, among others. Although the study did not single out Chinatown bus companies the headline in Businessweek read, “Chinatown Buses Death Rate Said Seven Times That of Others.”

The study is bogus. Not only is the “seven times” finding incorrect, the entire report is a mangle of inaccurate charts and numbers that tell us virtually nothing meaningful about bus safety. There’s no evidence that curbside or Chinatown buses are any less safe than any other kind of bus.

Government Assault on the Chinatown Bus Industry Fueled By Bogus Federal Study

“Why do you people love the state so much? It doesn’t love you.”
Michael Munger

Ozymandias

Unfortunately, it seems that the future Aldous Huxley predicted in 1932, in Brave New World, is arriving early. Mockery, truculence, and minimalist living are best, then enjoy the decline. However, we do need a Revolving Door Tax (RDT), learn what Members of Congress pay in taxes, and prosecute politicians and staff and their “family and friends” who profit from insider trading.

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“Land of Dreams”

A new YouTube video – “Land of Dreams” – featuring Rosanne Cash and other musicians, shows different tourist experiences in the United States.

From Discover America.

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Chinatown Bus

It used to be that you had to venture below the grime-caked pylons of the Manhattan Bridge, to a scene more reminiscent of Luoyang than of the Lower East Side, in order to catch a cheap bus ride between New York and Washington, DC. Even now at the intersection of East Broadway and Forsyth St, ticket hawkers scream out destinations in thick Cantonese accents–“DC, DC, DC!” “Philly, Philly!”–and grab the arms of passers-by toting luggage. Loading queues often disintegrate into a Hobbesian struggle to nab untaken seats.
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Most recently, a Marriott executive founded DC2NY, a service between Washington and New York that guarantees customers seats if booked online and charges only slightly more than the Chinatown buses (a $40 round-trip versus $35). It also offers free bottles of water and Wi-Fi internet access. The “luxury” bus carrier has more than doubled its operation since its inaugural trip this summer. Watch as its older rivals start copying its perks.

The Chinatown express: Innovation brings emulation,” The Economist, October 27, 2007

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“British Cars We Wish They Still Made”

just saw this piece in Forbes … “British Cars We Wish They Still Made,” by Michael Frank … “there are some British cars that, like their American counterparts, are not only timeless but, now more than ever, missed in the mix of very reliable and very bland automobiles.” … see the article and the pics for … Austin Healey 3000 MkIIISunbeam TigerMGB

“NYC Traffic Camera and Block Photo Map”

“Even though I don’t have a car, NYsee is one of the cooler Google Maps mashups I’ve seen to date. Not only does it contain live feeds from traffic cameras scattered around New York City, but it also incorporates the A9 BlockView photos.”

NYC Traffic Camera and Block Photo Map,” GridSkipper, September 29, 2005
via NewYorkology

“BeatTix.com to Fight Parking Ticket for You”

Gas prices on Long Island, September 2, 2005

I had to drive back to Manhattan from Long Island today to feed Luca and Loco, the cats … gasoline at the Hess, on exit 63 on the LIE was $3.69 per gallon … on my drive back to the Peconic Bay, the gas at the Citgo on Route 24 was $3.49 per gallon … later, I saw a price of $3.33 at the Valero station, which might be the cheapest on Long Island … my total gas purchase was over $35 today! …
I fed the cats with Uncle Han’s healthy cat food … the cats love Murray’s chicken livers … a very healthy meal of boiled organic oats and chicken liver …
Monday morning, I drive back to the City and feed the cats again before heading north to Pine Plains in Dutchess County to celebrate my Italian grand-nephew’s 1st birthday! … lots of driving for this old man …