Thursday, June 19, 2008

Old poll - new poll

Looks like the poll voters blame both political parties for the high price of gas. The vote totals are to the left. Also, we've got a new poll at right. Would you ride Metro Rail if it were extended further? NFTA mentioned the possibility at a press conference today.

NFTA may extend rail service ...

The NFTA was one of over 100 mass transit systems in the county to host a "dump the pump" day on Thursday.

The organization also held a press conference to discuss it. Lawrence Meckler, NFTA executive director said that changing economic conditions coupled with future development plans could be enough to fuel the oft-discussed expansion of the Metro Rail system. He also said that "nothing is cast in stone," and it may take years before it becomes a reality.

The NFTA last considered Metro Rail expansion in 2001, but at the time, the idea was scrapped because of its high cost and doubts about the investment would pay off in the long term. Read more in Business First.

With $4-plus gasoline, many area residents have said they wished Metro Rail were extended. I recently wrote a column about it, in fact.

What do you think? Would you ride Metro Rail if it extended further? It's time for a new poll anyway ... so let's have at it. The new poll will be up by six p.m.

Dialog show notes for June 19, 2008

Today's show was kind of all over the board, but one note I want to make sure people got was the New York State Board of Elections web site. You can search contributions to specific officials or by specific people, businesses, or PACs.

Reason show notes for June 19, 2008 ...

This morning - after some technical difficulties - I interviewed Wayne Allyn Root, Libertarian Vice Presidential candidate. We talked about taxes, government, home schooling, prosititution, gambling and more. Wayne's website is www.rootforamerica.com. We talked a little about the LP Presidential candidate Bob Barr, who's website is www.bobbarr2008.com. Originally, I was scheduled to talk with Barr, but for one reason or another Barr was unable and Root stood in for him.

After the interview, I talked about phrases to hate. Here's the BBC article about that.

Also, here's the Onion story I read ...

Thursday IN the Square - David Sanborn

From the Thursday IN the Square website:

David Sanborn is a distinguished saxophone player whose music has inspired countless other musicians. He is a gifted performer with a musical genre spanning from rock ‘n' roll, R&B, pop and jazz.

When David was three years old he contracted
polio. As part of his treatment therapy, he was
introduced to the saxophone. He would spend
days listening to the alto sax on the radio.

For more details and to see who's playing in future weeks, click here.

Firefox claims download success

The creator of the Firefox browser is claiming a download record for the release of the latest version; Firefox 3.0. According to software developer, Mozilla, the web browser was downloaded 8.3 million times within the first 24 hours it was available. The folks from the Guinness Book of World records have to tabulate some information and verify the record - expected to take about a week. If you missed downloading it in the first 24, it's still worth it ... just click here.

Dude ...