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Wilkes-Barre is Player in Hyperloop Study
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It looks like Wilkes-Barre and Scranton are areas of focus for a proposed state hyperloop system.

In the years since Wilkes-Bare Rail began publishing I have since folded into the scope of possible outcomes for Luzerne County the concept of a hyperloop.

A hyperloop system is a thus far hypothetical transportation system that imagines people pushed through tunnels engineered to take advantage of an artificially created space vacuum and a magnetized lift to host what is sometimes portrayed as pods, platoons of pods, or full train car networks.

These network tunnels, at today's experimental pace, have been depicted as above-ground or below-ground subway tubes.

I'm still doing the Google to see just how far this technology has evolved, but so far as I know at present it is all pretty speculative as a transportation mode. There are plenty of folks who believe hyperloop systems distract from actually feasible projects such as high speed rail or optimized conventional rail. This video bundles a pessimistic future for both the logistical and economic future of hyperloops.

Even so, it is promising enough that the Pennsylvania Turnpike Commission is putting $2 million to the question. And again, that is a figure that explicitly includes Wilkes-Barre verbiage.

From the linked article, the study will be conducted by AECOM Technical Services Inc., which built Elon Muskís hyperloop test track in 2016.

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Openness.org No Longer Points Here
Openness project
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Openness.org no longer points to my web page advocating for open police communications. I am working to set the cause up under a different domain and will have more to say on that sooner or later.

In general for the past 5 months you may have noticed my entire expression platform has been under turbulent reconfiguration to prepare for something 'more' than just a sparsely populated blog. Just stay tuned!

Google and Alexa Differences
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I spent about two hours with my Pixel 2 and VideoPad Professional tonight to make this video sketch. It's a little crude I'll give you but don't give me too much grief as it is my first time doing anything more complex than encoding a single video clip.

Hint: You may want to play this away from any Google or Alexa device in your home.

How to Make a False King
openweb WWW
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I still can't wrap my ahead around what social media companies are supposed to do exactly. Remember, the existence of social media companies like Facebook and Twitter are accidents in the first place. If what people do in these services is a problem why discuss the problem in strictly a social media context instead of an internet one? (And of course, I agree the manipulation of media to exploit the emotions, viewpoints, and decisions of people through media IS a problem -- since the advent radio actually -- notice how we aren't besieged by headlines of anything being done about Fox News or CNN who have entrenched viewpoints because TV isn't the internet).

If I were a Russian psy-op agent determined to operate, I'd do it on the World Wide Web directly where I couldn't be blocked or have my account 'deleted'. I mean, of course, where social media had not already eclipsed the open web. Were I actually one as it is today, yes, social media is where I would have to operate to increase effectiveness.

I believe social media companies WANT the power that comes with falsely ascribed responsibility. They take a hit in fines and contortions to their service to meet the expectations of politicians, but at the same time, they are back-handedly made kings, which makes the inconveniences well worth it.

What Triggered Me

Hire Me The Onion!
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If you subscribe to my Twitter feed or stalk my Facebook profile you may have noticed that I've been posting 'Onion like' headlines lately under the hashtag of #TheOnionLike and #HireMeTheOnion.

That's because I enjoy penning satirical headlines as an art form more or less legitimized by The Onion and quite frankly I'd like to be hired by them one day.

I can't tell if I'm serious or not, but what the hell, it would be awesome if it happened so I guess I am. Although I have no idea how they 'hire' (oh, wait) it's fun to fantasize they might me.

But in any event, I just like the style of satire.

Busted Chair, Happy Cat
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I have a busted office chair I'm using right now. Yeah -- I totally need to get it replaced and I'm working on that. In the meantime though, Misty is using it to join me in my computer time.

Parkside Underground Transformer Fire
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I figured the snowstorm scheduled to hit Buffalo today would be the most interesting event. Instead, an underground transformer fire just outside my house by one block put me in ground footage mode for Buffalo Scan. Here are the raw videos from the Periscope footage.

The fire apparently caused a power outage for some 800 residents on the Parkside half of the event (I live on the opposite side), and, at the beginning, even resulted in some evacuations of the immediate homes. I tuned in just as the fire crews were requesting National Grid and Buffalo Police for street closure control.

Ground footage of emergency response handling to
underground transformer fire on Amherst Street.

Fire on Richlawn

No sooner had I clamped the snow off my shoes after shooting the ground footage above, a fire broke out at a home on Richlawn Avenue. The street was close enough for me to jaunt to without much hassle, so I did. It took almost 15 minutes to get the car warmed and cleaned up enough to safely drive over, so the fire was knocked out by the time arrived.

Fire knocked out on Richlawn Avenue. No sound.

This video doesn't include sound due to a Periscope malfunction of some kind. But it's just as well. A woman skirted by to get closer to the fire but hurled an epithet at me in apparent disgust of someone filming the fire, in the process. I think this is the first time I've been admonished by a random member of the public (a police officer once guilted me for filming a patient being loaded into an ambulance), but, my stance on this remains. Some people are going to gawk at a non-media professional engaging in media collection events as they are unfamiliar with the emerging culture of ground footage 'buffs' or enthusiasts, and assume the act is as frivolous as it must look.

Did Adam-12 Officer Pete Malloy Murder a Woman?
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I watched an old Adam-12 episode tonight in which I'm pretty sure red-headed Senior Police Officer Pete Malloy murdered a woman.

In Episode 24 a scorned mentally ill woman, Penelope Lang, becomes infatuated with Malloy after a routine traffic stop where he blunts her thinly veiled offer of sex to get out of the ticket.

Penelope Lang

Penelope Lang - apparently "taken out" -- somehow.

The entire episode portrays an escalating series of events whereby Lang stalks Malloy at the police station, fabricates calls for police service hoping to draw him in as part of the response, and even follows him home one night "hoping to learn where he lives".

Episode 24, Adam-12. Officer Pete Malloy Appears to Have Likely Murdered Problematic Mentally Ill Woman, Or Had Sex With Her

None of this behavior against a law enforcement officer, often taking place on the very grounds of a working police facility, triggers an internal security or investigative response of any sort against the woman. The only interest taken by police leadership is finally revealed when Malloy's sergeant confronts and warns Malloy in no uncertain terms to take care of the problem, somehow, before things get worse. Apparently their police captain is "starting to make remarks" in staff meetings.

It's just as Malloy is getting ripped about "his problem" when he learns that Lang has just delivered a brand new "foreign made" car to him outside in the police lot. Fellow officers guide Malloy and the sergeant out to the lot where the car sits with a love note in the windshield along with a waiting salesman eager for Malloy to accept the car so that he can close the deal which includes a $500 commission for himself. The salesman prods Malloy to take the car but Malloy is having none of it and declines to take possession.

At last, with his credibility taking a beating among his co-workers, and his boss warning him over any further problems caused by the woman, a frustrated Malloy appears to hatch a plan. He schedules a day off and then immediately makes a telephone call to Lang. Before she answers, his partner Jim Reed asks him straight up what exactly his plan is. Malloy looks up at him, stares him straight in the face and says he's going to "take her out" .

The episode immediately cuts to Malloy and Reed in their car on their usual patrol, apparently on the day after the date. Reed prods Malloy to reveal the details of what happened but Malloy is coy in describing it as a typical date with the usual night out for dinner, movies, and some dancing. Pausing as if to end his recounting, he suddenly remarks that there was "one more little thing". When Reed asks him what, Malloy looks at him and says ominously, "She isn't going to be a problem anymore."

The episode then cuts instantly to Adam-12's trumpeting theme song and credits, leaving the audience to guess one of two possibilities: He had sex with the woman to appease her into tranquil submission, or he murdered her. It's truly difficult to tell which.

Misty Crawls Up My Coat
mistymochi video
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Just a cat crawling up my coat. I've been trying to get this on camera for awhile.

Misty jaunts up the coat.

Actually the cat is one of two I share with my roommate (who, technically, owns both). Both cats, Misty and Mochi, were featured last year on America's Funniest Home Videos. I posted the clip of that to social media once but will make a point to do the same here at this blog.

Misty is exceptional and very much like a dog in terms of personality and intelligence. She's extremely "trainable" because she is so receptive to reward systems. We can communicate with her verbally very effectively. She's also got a plethora of compulsions; things and rituals she needs or has to do or she can't settle down. As cats go, she's extremely vocal when she's anxious.

Someone Murdered in Our Neighborhood
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Crime scene at Vernon Place and Fairfield in
Buffalo - Click for Periscope Video.

Update 12/24/18 12:30 PM

It's finally mainstream media news.

What a Christmas Sunday. Last night two Buffalo Police Department SUVs roared up Amherst Street on the left of our house with lights and sirens. I went to the police scanner but didn't tune in in time to hear what it was all about. Normally I'd be glued to the receiver waiting for something to tell me what was so dramatic but as it was we were decorating the tree and doing other festive stuff so I couldn't linger.

Some time later, maybe an hour or so, I notice a Facebook ping to a neighborhood group that I belong to. Someone was reporting that police and an ambulance were convening on Vernon Place, just up the street and around the corner. The same posters began to detail a grim series of details that culminated in the report of a murder. According to the poster, a man had just killed his mother.

There wasn't -- and at this time even, a full 10+ hours later, still isn't -- any confirmation of that. But the reported details were telling and one of the posters happened to be extremely well sourced. Unless five neighbors decided to get together and paint the picture of a non-existent murder for benefit of hoax, which of course is highly unlikely, someone did in fact get killed.

The hesitation in the media could be due to the timing around the Christmas holidays, although, since then, at least one other murder in South Buffalo has made the news...one that occurred many hours after this supposed one. That leads me to wonder if the police still haven't figured out exactly what happened. Maybe someone died but it wasn't a murder?

In any event I was compelled to break the story first as part of my Buffalo Scan initiative. You can see the Periscope broadcast above. In it I avoid giving out virtually any details as I have heard them to be from the Facebook postings because, well, Facebook conjecture. Whatever we eventually learn, no matter how actually a murder it was or not, it is certain something dramatic happened. Police tape is strung up around the entire area, and car traffic was blocked from using the street for over 3 hours.

Even now I will not put out all the information as I know it to be circulating. However I believe I know the names of the victim, the suspect, and the actual house address. And from all this, I understand it to be a tragedy that shouldn't happen ever, let alone over Christmas.

I will update this specific entry when (and if?) there are any updates as to exactly what happened.

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