EDI and Halloween: 7 Reasons They’re Closer than You Think

Thank you to Aurora EDI Alliance and our friend Shandra Locken for this great article. Thank you to New York City Subway for the great pictures (like at the top)

  1. EDI and Halloween are both scary.
  2. They both have tricks and treats.
  3. They both turn relatively normal people into witches and trolls.
  4. They both involve copious amounts of chocolate or alcohol, sometimes both.
  5. They both sometimes involve charge backs (remember when your parents raided your take for the night?)
  6. Speaking of, big thank you to Walmart, for cheap costumes, cheap candy and EDI mandates.
  7. Lastly, EDI and Halloween both involve séances (we have all tried to contact Edward Guilbert to thank him for getting us into this mess.)


Happy Halloween from the Aurora EDI Alliance!  Stay safe…


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Stop Oil Trains

Pictured above is an oil train running through busy “for railroads” Chesterton, Indiana where many of the East Coast to Chicago trains go. So important that for a while after 9/11 that it was patroled by the Indiana National Guard. Picture came from a Webcam.

This is from a railroad blog by our friend Jim:

> Anything goovermin get their hands on gets ruined or totally screwed up and extremely expensive ultimately.

Yes — we all remember the terrible defeat we suffered by the Germans and Japanese in WWII. And how the GI Bill that followed ruined so many lives, as has Social Security and Medicare.

>We can all do things that help but we will never, in our lifetimes, be able to do without a great quantity of oil. My thoughts on oil and gaseous gas is that >God didn’t give us this wealth to just sit on it and make oil Arabs fat, well armed and happy. If technology was applied by our great minds in America, surely >we could develop clean ways to burn the stuff…but gooverment would rather brainwash people to believe we can stay on top without it and that for >sinister motives.

Government redistributes wealth to subsidize the use of the private automobile. Anyone who drives a car votes (with their foot on the gas pedal) for government incompetence, building all those roads with their pot holes and all.

>BTW, China is now the #1 top economy in the world, and guess who made them?

Attention Wal-Mart Shoppers.

> Where is the logic and reasoning that allows for China and India to poison the world while we have restricted ourselves into a corner all the while buying >arms indirectly through oil purchases from Arab nations who are our enemies?For one thing, they look at us and want to build far more highways and make sure everyone can use private automobiles as a sign of modern progress and personal convenience. And, of course, we like to discourage nuclear power (they might build bombs!) while encouraging exports of coal from the U.S>

The Libertarians in California figured out years ago that the public subsidy for private autos is 88% of the public cost, including externals. IOW, your gasoline tax is only 12% of what it ought to be if people believed n free markets (the other shoe dropping is that they suggested reducing other taxes by the equivalent – no windfall for big gummint).

But nobody who drives a personal auto has any business complaining about big gummint – without it, they wouldn’t get the car out of the driveway


As Jim would say: “Cheers”

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First load of stone from the Tahawus Mine in 25 years.

First load of stone from the mine in 25 years.  13th Lake Road, up in North River.  Tyler Michael Warrington  was on the corner looking down towards the river

Stone Cars from Tahawus
Stone Cars from Tahawus

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Saratoga & North Creek caboose
Saratoga & North Creek caboose

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A Fascinating US Senator: Patrick Leahy

Most US Senators have a lot going for them. Not just officially, but in their personal interests. One of them is Patrick Leahy. Officially, he is the third in the pecking order if something bad ever happened to the President (Vice President, Speaker of the House, then Senator Leahy).

Over the course of a nearly 40-year career in the Senate, Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., has toured the world, dined with presidents and brokered legislative deals – all while snapping photographs every step of the way.

Born blind in one eye, Leahy has used his front row seat to history to capture some of the most unique photographs of politicians and world leaders. Leahy gave “The Fine Print” a tour of some of his photos on display at Georgetown University Law Center at an exhibit curated by the Brattleboro Museum & Art Center.

During President Ronald Reagan’s second presidential inauguration, Leahy captured what turned out to be one of Reagan’s favorite photographs.

“President Reagan saw it. And he and Mrs. Reagan liked it the best of all the pictures they’d seen,” Leahy said. “They said we ought to invite this photographer in and thank him. They said what a coincidence it says photoed by Patrick Leahy. And somebody said Ah Mr. President, that’s Senator Leahy.”

“He invites me down, he hands me the photograph back,” Leahy said. “He wrote on it, ‘Pat can’t believe my favorite photograph was taken by a Democrat, but I really appreciate it. Ron.’”

In addition to photography, Leahy has used his creative side on the big screen, making cameos in four Batman movies. Leahy, who donates all of the proceeds he receives from the movies to the Vermont library where he checked out his first book, said his obsession with Batman began when he was reading as a young boy.

Leahy captured a rare photograph of then-Sen. Barack Obama as he spoke in a private room to his Democratic colleagues shortly after he was sworn into office.

“I was born blind in one eye and I learned to read when I was 4 years old,” Leahy said. “I got fascinated with Batman. I tend to remember everything I’ve ever read. And I can quote Batman comic books of 40 to 50 years ago.”

Patrick Leahy was elected to the United States Senate in 1974 and remains the only Democrat elected to this office from Vermont.  At 34, he was the youngest U.S. Senator ever to be elected from the Green Mountain State.

Leahy was born in Montpelier and grew up across from the Statehouse.  A graduate of Saint Michael’s College in Colchester (1961), he received his Juris Doctor from Georgetown University Law Center (1964).  He served for eight years as State’s Attorney in Chittenden County where he gained a national reputation for his law enforcement activities and was selected as one of three outstanding prosecutors in the United States in 1974.

Leahy is the Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee. He is the senior-most member of the Appropriations Committee and of the Agriculture Committee. Leahy is the Chairman of the Appropriations Subcommittee on State Department, Foreign Operations and Related Programs. He ranks first in seniority in the Senate and is the President Pro Tempore.

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All aboard vs. off the tracks

All aboard vs. off the tracks

It’s been another week with a lot of news about All Aboard Florida, which few people seem to have no opinion about.

The Palm Beach Post reported that All Aboard Florida will not seek the $1.6 billion federal loan it had wanted for the northern portion of the project. I reported last month that the company’s plan, if the government didn’t approve the loan, was to seek private financing. That’s the new approach, using high-risk bonds.

Critics had cited the loan request to claim that All Aboard Florida isn’t viable as a private venture. And the loan would have been the largest ever granted by the Federal Railroad Administration. The largest to date is roughly $562 million, which went to the heavily subsidized Amtrak in 2011. The second-highest was $233 million.

Despite the company’s decision, those critics won’t back off their argument that the 32 new trains a day will harm those living near the Florida East Coast Railway tracks and navigation, since gates will have to come down much more often. U.S. Rep. Patrick Murphy, who represents northern Palm Beach County and the Treasure Coast, where opposition is strongest, didn’t budge much even after hearing the change in financing.

There also remains the issue of having cities sign agreements with All Aboard Florida to maintain the crossing equipment. Those agreements must be updated because of safety improvements that will remove the need for train whistles between Boca Raton and West Palm Beach.

Boynton Beach approved its agreement Tuesday night. Mayor Susan Haynie says Boca Raton’s legal staff is still “hammering out” the language.

We do finally know which improvements will be necessary at which crossings. They were listed last week in a letter from Palm Beach Metropolitan Planning Organization Executive Director Nick Uhren to city managers.

Four-quadrant gates—two gates in each direction, so drivers can’t go around them—will be installed at nine of the 12 crossings in Delray Beach, including Atlantic Avenue and Linton Boulevard. Four of Boca Raton’s 10 crossings will get four-quadrant gates—Northwest 20th Street, Glades Road, Palmetto Park Road and Southwest 18th Street. Some of those crossings also will get sidewalk improvements, as will most of the crossings in Delray.

All Aboard Florida wants the agreements quickly, probably because construction on the southern portion has started. Next up: Coast Guard hearings on All Aboard Florida and navigation. You can assume that they will be well-attended.

For Power line updates and other news, see the Boca Raton Mag

The Trader Joe’s store in Boca Raton, like the one in Delray Beach, is humming along. Unlike the one in Delray, though, the Boca store won’t be cleared to open for good until the developer of East City Center buries those ugly power lines in the parking lot.


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Fly Like A Pro

Our whole group is off to New York City for the weekend, so if some blogs miss some days, you will know why.

When it comes to business travel, being an expert flyer doesn’t require paying up for business class airfare.

All it takes to fly like a pro is knowing what to pack, how to pack it, and where to spend your time once you get through airport security.

The infographic below from Business Insider has all the tips you need for a stress-free and productive business travel experience.




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What’s still holding back rail service?


Pictured above, The Belt Railway is the largest intermediate switching terminal railroad in the United States, employing approximately 520 people. The Belt has 28 miles of mainline route with more than 300 miles of switching tracks, allowing it to interchange with every railroad serving the Chicago rail hub. The Belt’s Clearing Yards span a 5.5 mile distance among 786 acres, supporting more than 250 miles of track.

When I looked at my inbox and saw an article from Larry Gross at JOC.COM about “What’s still holding back rail service?”, my first thought was Chicago. I was right, He cut right to the chase. Blamed last winter on the polar vortex. Now, I have some great Winter stories on Chicago too. Belt Railway on it’s back, Indiana Harbor Belt stuck in snow, etc.

But then Larry climbed out of winter and points out some of the rest-of-the-year problems…

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