Month: August 2008

The commute to work.

Generally speaking the commute to work isn’t too bad but I found out this week it does have its moments.

Two days ago the train was stopped at the Rte. 128 station for a medical emergency. That delayed us by about 20 minutes.

Then this evening it was delayed because of track congestion. But this time I was only about a ten minute delay before we got back to Providence.

The MBTA Red Line runs like a clock though. Those subway cars can hit 50MPH which is quite fast for a small train. But because it stops so often it takes 20 minutes to cover 12 miles.

Been paying cash for everything since it didn’t make sense to drop $250 on a pass midway through the month. Of course I’ll probably spend $250 for two weeks but hey, the job pays enough to cover that.

Got a Charlie Card but I can only use that on the subways or buses. The commuter rail isn’t yet setup for it but they will be shortly. They’re rolling out WiFi on the commuter trains little by little so its likely they’ll use the WiFi on the trains to connect devices that can read and write Charlie Cards.

I also have a 3-track reader/writer. I’ll let your imagination run free there but I will tell you that the re loadable Charlie Card has already been hacked and I have in my possession the information necessary to deposit say $653 on my card. Not that I’ve done so, I’ve actually put about $40 on the card.

I do want to swipe through a few of the RIPTA change cards and things of that nature and see what I get. I bet that’s not secure either.

A new job

Finally, a regular pay check again only this time it’s much more worthwhile. In essence I’m doing database work for a new company. You’ll hear a lot about this company very soon as it will impact the way we all shop and eat.

The killer of this is the commute but for the money it’s definitely worth it. So don’t be concerned if you see a lack of postings here. It’s just that I leave when it’s dark and get home when it’s dark.

AFA gets their panties in even more of a bunch over Mickey D’s

Once again the fucktards at the AFA are raving mad at McDonald’s.

McDonald’s does it again

Dear Truthspew,

McDonald’s has done it again. First, the company paid $20,000 to become a member of the National Gay and Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and to have a seat on the board of directors. Next, McDonald’s refused a request to remain neutral in the culture war by choosing to promote the gay agenda. Then McDonald’s accused those opposing the gay agenda, including same-sex marriage, of being motivated by hate.

Now we learn that McDonald’s sponsors training for homosexuals on how to promote their agenda among corporations from the inside. Out & Equal™ Workplace Advocates is a national organization devoted to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community in the workplace. One of its primary purposes is to train employees how to aggressively promote homosexuality within the company they work for, all the way to the corporate boardroom. Part of last year’s Out & Equal Summit in Washington, DC, (sponsored by McDonald’s) was an organized march into congressional offices demanding same-sex marriage laws be passed.

At the bottom of McDonald’s half-page ad in the Out & Equal Summit booklet is this statement: “From neighborhood to neighborhood, coast to coast and around the world, McDonald’s is proud to celebrate diversity” (homosexuality).

Good for McDonald’s. From Out & Equal’s main page:

Our mission is to educate and empower organizations, human resource professionals, Employee Resource Groups (ERGs) and individual employees through programs and services that result in equal policies, opportunities, practices, and benefits in the workplace regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity, expression, or characteristics.

The AFA puts the spin on it by saying we’re aggresively promoting homosexuality. No, we’re simply asking for full equality. But then the AFA has always been guilty of twisting the language to suit the homophobe meme.

This is a classic tactic of the AFA. If you notice I’m running out of steam on this because there are only so many ways I can say it. I’d like to tell the founder of the AFA, Donald Wildmon to go and fuck himself. Actually I’d love to shove a 2×4 driven through with rusty spikes up his ass. And the same treatment for the people who support the AFA. I hereby dub the act a spiking. So Spike the AFA!

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. The AFA isn’t about family, it’s about bigotry and hatred. And their main target is homosexual people. I’d love to see the AFA in a cat fight with the HRC.

Oil down but oil and natural gas prices still up?

The following letter to the editor appeared in the Providence Journal this morning.

Jim Cummings: Cut electricity, gas prices next?

01:00 AM EDT on Wednesday, August 13, 2008

With the rapid decline in the price of a barrel of oil, can we expect to see National Grid and the Rhode Island Public Utilities Commission soon collaborating to announce a retraction in the dramatic price increase for electricity and natural gas they recently implemented?

Just curious.


East Greenwich

The problem with oil and natural gas is that they’re both traded on ‘futures’ markets. What we’re paying now for gasoline and oil was set a long time ago. That’s why futures were developed, it started with agriculture and they didn’t like the wild fluctuations of pricing.

To me futures trading violates the law of supply and demand. When demand is higher than supply prices go up. When it’s the opposite, prices go down. But in setting a price for your product or service you want to reach what is called equilibrium.

The current futures market looks more like a boom-bust cycle. And how curious is it that way back in 2000 an insertion was made to an appropriations bill that removed most oversight of most markets. It was called the Enron Loophole. We all remember Enron don’t we? Ran the grid in California into the ground, their CEO was a friend and donor to George W. Bush.

That loophole allows big oil to trade without federal regulation. It also allowed a system of shadow banks to prop up to assume some of the debt for the trades.

And there was a recent move to close the Enron loophole but it failed. I hope they’ll try again but I think that big oil is getting the picture. Look at the declining price of a barrel of oil.

But it’s still wildly inflated. I recall reading a piece where an economist said that fully 60% of the price of a barrel of oil was based solely on speculation (Ie. Futures Contracts).

So when oil was $150 a barrel, it should really be $60 a barrel.

Chew on that one for a while.

TMI Tuesday #147 a la Polt

1. What is your favorite song to have sex to?

Hmmm, don’t generally have music playing. I do however have a Fuck Tunes playlist. It contains a hell of a lot of Marvin Gaye, particularly “I Want You”, and Janet Jackson’s “Anytime, Anyplace” is in there too. Comes from my days of actually spinning the stuff on WDOM in Providence.

2. What is your vision of hell?

Actually it’s very much like that in Robert Heinlein’s “Job: A Comedy of Justice” which I just re-read recently. Hell isn’t the fire and brimstone place you’re lead to believe, it’s just like earth, right down to the bills. But then I don’t believe there is such a place, nor do I believe it heaven.

So hell was right here and now except I just got some nice six figure news today so it’s not so hellish.

3. In the film made of your life, who will play you?

I’d like to think Brad Pitt but I’m not that pretty.

4. What is the one thing you most urgently need to tell your mom?

That I still love her and wish she were here today.

5. What will be carved onto your tombstone?

Vini, Vidi Vici!

And the bonus: What is your drag name (which would be, first name: the name of your first pet; last name: the name of the street you grew up on)?

Randy Cheshire. But if I take one of my streets I lived on, we get that blast from 80’s gay porn past Randy Sutton.

Of course Randy Sutton is also a police Sergeant with the Las Vegas Metro PD and author.

Yes, old English names for streets. That seems to be popular in the North End and on Federal Hill.

Would you survive?

Got this from Polt’s Palace.

These are my chances for surviving a Zombie attack.


Unfortunately I can’t get the flashy zombie graphics embedded in this post as WordPress strips out the certain tags that are well represented in the code for my results. Just as well, you don’t get all the spam for oneplusyou.

Anyhow that 76%, I had posted in a comment whether that had comforted me or scared me. I’m leaning very heavily toward comforted. Why? Because I can do what has to be done. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m the guy they call in to remove dead critter carcasses. I own the requisite items for defense against zombies too.

I think that’s what tipped my score over 50%. The other ones were finding a heavily fortified building, checking for all entrances and when you hear a noise wait silently also drive ones score up.

The Real McCain: Why he shouldn’t be President

I’m not going to say too much on this one. I think the video does a good enough job of making McSame look like the bumbling old fool that he is.

Actually I think will say a little bit about it. McCain strikes me as an evil old man. Imagine a hawkish version of Ronald Reagan and you get what I’m saying here.

But I also see serious signs of mental decline in McCain. He’s definitely lost his short term memory. Do we really want someone in office that maybe six months in will be a total basket case?

I’ve often though that the rules on who can run for president should be changed. Maybe put an upper limit of 65 on the office. The requirements are that you reach the age of 35 when you start your term as President of the United States. I think a 30 year span would be sufficient.