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  1. https://blockclubchicago.org/2021/10/20/7-years-after-laquan-mcdonald-was-murdered-chicagoans-protest-rahm-emanuel-as-he-vies-for-ambassadorship/ "CHICAGO — Seven years ago, police officer Jason Van Dyke shot 17-year-old Laquan McDonald 16 times on the Southwest Side. It was more than a year before footage of the teen’s death became a global flashpoint for police violence and nearly four years before Van Dyke was convicted for murdering him. To mark the anniversary of McDonald’s murder Wednesday, organizers rallied Downtown to honor the slain teen and protest former Mayor Rahm Emanuel, whose administration tried to block the release of videos showing Van Dyke shooting McDonald. Speakers from progressive and abolitionist movements spoke near a poster of McDonald’s high school graduation photo. Many said they’d woken up on the anniversary of his killing feeling unwell and disturbed. Hours before their demonstration, Emanuel sat before senators in Washington, D.C., in hopes of being confirmed as the ambassador to Japan. If he’s confirmed, it will be Emanuel’s first major government role since he decided not to run for re-election as mayor in the wake of the McDonald scandal. For some Chicagoans, the former mayor’s attempt to return to a high-profile role is hard to swallow — particularly as their fight against systemic racism and police violence continues. Organizers said Emanuel is being “white washed” by a Democratic White House. “He failed our city. He covers up the murder of a 17-year-old,. He closed 50 schools on the South and West sides. He closed mental health clinics throughout the city of Chicago,” Calloway told the crowd. “You think that’s the best qualified candidate to represent the United States as an ambassador? Say that ain’t right.”
  2. Here's a random thought: in the beginning, I was skeptical about Penn Station Access for both Hudson Line (via West Side) and New Haven (via NEC) trains, but after coming around to the idea of Hudson trains running down the West Side into Penn, I now also realize New Haven trains to Penn make sense because it would take pressure off of the Harlem Line, especially during rush hour. Perhaps getting New Haven trains off the Harlem Line would open up the door for restoring commuter service to Chatham? Only other major issue I can think of is what would become of the New Haven stub between New Rochelle and Wakefield. Maybe a case could be made for extending that westward somehow, either to the Hudson Line or the Putnam Branch...
  3. I was thinking the other day about how the MTA's tunneling costs are so out of control, and how full elevated line construction over residential areas is a political non-starter in NYC, which leads me to the question: has the MTA produced any in-depth studies at what the Bronx extension of SAS would look like? Specifically, was the NYW&B right-of-way north and south of East 180th ever looked at as a potential route for a Second Avenue extension? I was looking at a map and came around to the notion that the path of least resistance for a Bronx extension would simply be an el connecting the Eastchester Line south from 180th, over the New Haven railroad tracks (similar to how the Culver El ran above SBK freight tracks), to the Pelham Line north of Whitlock Avenue. That would limit tunneling to an SAS Phase 2 connection from Third-138th under the Harlem River to Second Avenue in Manhattan. The Pelham Line west of Elder Avenue could then be extended six blocks west and tied into the /. 5 goes to 241st or 238th, T goes to Dyre, 6 runs along Westchester all the way to 149th-Grand Concourse. Perhaps a case could even be made for a short trunk line branching off and running along the old Port Morris right-of-way? Sure, it's all just a pipe dream, but even so, I think it's no more hare-brained than MTA Capital Construction's budget-busting, deep-bore tunneling projects...
  4. They get what they pay for, I guess. When corners are cut, there are certain effects. If anything, this would actually vindicate the practice agencies had back in the day of splitting up orders into multiple contracts, with different manufacturers. Placing a large order with one manufacturer is essentially putting all your eggs in one basket.
  5. Few years ago, the Access-A-Ride services started auctioning off their retired Crown Vics. Extended wheelbase, just like the yellow cabs, but a lot less beat up than the regular taxis. Had an opportunity to get one at the public auction for a great price, but ultimately didn't act on it. Idiotic that I didn't, because at this point (10 years after the car went out of production) the chances of me finding a deal like that (on the LWB version, no less) are next to none.
  6. If that Sears is anything like the other few remaining stores, I bet it's also got half-empty shelves, merchandise scattered over the floor, half the lights burnt out, and two cashiers max working the entire store. Shame because Sears and its products used to be fairly decent. All the bikes I had growing up were secondhand Sears store-brand bikes from the '70s. Good times.
  7. Josh Meyer, USA TODAY Tue, October 12, 2021 "As most Americans are still learning about the hacking-for-cash crime of ransomware, the nation’s top homeland security official is worried about an even more dire digital danger: killware, or cyberattacks that can literally end lives. The Colonial Pipeline ransomware attack in April galvanized the public’s attention because of its consumer-related complications, including long lines at gas stations, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas said in an interview with USA TODAY's Editorial Board last week. But "there was a cyber incident that very fortunately did not succeed," he added. "And that is an attempted hack of a water treatment facility in Florida, and the fact that that attack was not for financial gain but rather purely to do harm.” That attack on the Oldsmar, Florida, water system in February was intended to distribute contaminated water to residents, "and that should have gripped our entire country,” Mayorkas said. USA TODAY and others reported on that hack, but it came amid a flurry of bigger cyberattacks such as the SolarWinds intrusion into U.S. government agencies, technology firms such as Microsoft and cybersecurity companies. Mayorkas and cybersecurity experts said the Oldsmar intrusion was one of many indications that malicious hackers increasingly are targeting critical parts of the nation's infrastructure – everything from hospitals and water supplies to banks, police departments and transportation – in ways that could injure or even kill people. “The attempted hack of this water treatment facility in February 2021 demonstrated the grave risks that malicious cyber activity poses to public health and safety," Mayorkas told USA TODAY in a follow-up exchange. "The attacks are increasing in frequency and gravity, and cybersecurity must be a priority for all of us.” Weaponized technology Like Mayorkas, private-sector computer security experts warn that so-called cyber-physical security incidents involving a wide range of critical national infrastructure targets could lead to loss of life. Those include oil and gas manufacturing and other elements of the energy sector, as well as water and chemical systems, transportation and aviation and dams. The rise of consumer-based products such as smart thermostats and autonomous vehicles means Americans live in a “ubiquitous cyber-physical systems world” that has become a potential minefield of threats, said Wam Voster, senior research director at the security firm Gartner. In a report July 21, Gartner said there is enough evidence of increasingly debilitating and dangerous attacks to expect that by 2025, “cyber attackers will have weaponized operational technology environments to successfully harm or kill humans.” “The attack on the Oldsmar water treatment facility shows that security attacks on operational technology are not just made up in Hollywood anymore,” Voster wrote in an accompanying article. Another example, Voster wrote, was the Triton malware that was first identified in December 2017 on the operational technology systems of a petrochemical facility. It was designed to disable the safety systems put in place to shut down the plant in case of a hazardous event. “If the malware had been effective, then loss of life was highly likely,” Voster wrote. “It is not unreasonable to assume that this was an intended result. Hence ‘malware’ has now entered the realm of ‘killware.’” A frightening target: Hospitals Few incidents have come to light in which hackers shut down parts of the nation’s critical infrastructure in ways that might have contributed to someone’s death or serious injury. However, U.S. officials are concerned about the rash of ransomware attacks on hospitals, which have had to divert patients and cancel or defer critical surgeries, tests and other medical procedures, as was the case in a nationwide cyberattack on Universal Health Services, one of the largest U.S. health care providers, in September 2020. More: Hospitals report rise in hacking during COVID-19 In hospital hacks, patients could die or suffer life-threatening complications, but it would be nearly impossible to find out unless medical centers offered that information, said a senior Department of Homeland Security official speaking on the condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to discuss security concerns. A year ago, the FBI, DHS and the Department of Health and Human Services issued a warning about attacks on hospitals, describing the tactics, techniques and procedures used by cybercriminals to infect systems with ransomware for financial gain. “CISA (the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency), FBI, and HHS have credible information of an increased and imminent cybercrime threat to U.S. hospitals and healthcare providers,” the alert said. “CISA, FBI, and HHS are sharing this information to provide warning to healthcare providers to ensure that they take timely and reasonable precautions to protect their networks from these threats.” Authorities suspect the problem may be larger than has been reported, in part because private companies and even government agencies often don’t report ransomware hacks of their operational systems. Failure to report such attacks fuels the fast-growing criminal market in ransomware attacks, which can bring hackers millions in payouts, the DHS official said, "and it doesn’t help us learn the latest techniques and tactics used by the hackers." In Alabama, a woman sued a hospital this year, alleging that its failure to disclose a cyberattack on its systems resulted in diminished care that caused her baby’s death. Last year, a hacker attack caused the failure of information technology systems at a major hospital in Germany. That forced a woman who needed urgent admission to be taken to another city for treatment, where she died. In both cases, the hospitals and doctors involved denied allegations that they were responsible, and no proven link between the hacks and the deaths was established. Liability for loss of life Cybersecurity experts warn government and corporate leaders that they could be held financially or legally liable if breaches of computerized systems they oversee are found to have had a human impact. “In the U.S., the FBI, NSA and Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) have already increased the frequency and details provided around threats to critical infrastructure-related systems, most of which are owned by private industry,” Katell Thielemann, research vice president at Gartner, said in a report in September 2020. “Soon, CEOs won’t be able to plead ignorance or retreat behind insurance policies.” The firm estimated that the financial impact of cyber-physical security attacks resulting in fatalities will surpass $50 billion within a few years. “Even without taking the actual value of a human life into the equation,” Gartner concluded, “the costs for organizations in terms of compensation, litigation, insurance, regulatory fines and reputation loss will be significant.” Who are the hackers? While ransomware attacks dominate the headlines, Mayorkas has begun sounding the alarm about cyber intrusions such as the one in Florida in which money wasn’t the primary motive. “U.S. cybersecurity officials have long known that water facilities and other critical infrastructure have been vulnerable for many, many years,” a senior DHS official said on condition of anonymity. “What made this one different was that there was an intruder who consciously exploited that vulnerability with malicious intent. “It is also significant because it is one of the few incidents where malicious cyberactivity is crossing the line and can actually threaten the lives of people,” the official said, by increasing the level of potentially toxic chemicals in the water supply, for instance. He said Mayorkas has mentioned the attack in meetings with state and local security officials. Homeland Security officials would not comment on who might have been behind the Florida attack, including whether it was linked to a foreign power. Several nations, including Iran, Russia and China, have penetrated elements of critical U.S. infrastructure, but there have been few instances of them taking any action. U.S. officials suspect more foreign governments and nonstate actors are engaging in malicious cyberactivity – sometimes together – in ways that make it nearly impossible to attribute the attacks or to determine whether they were driven by profit, political motives or both. In 2015, an Iranian hacktivist group claimed responsibility for a cyberattack two years earlier that gave it access to the control system for a dam in the suburbs of New York. In a criminal indictment, the Justice Department said seven Iranian hackers penetrated the computer-guided controls of the dam on behalf of that country’s military-affiliated Revolutionary Guards Corps as part of a broader cyberattack against 46 of the largest U.S. financial institutions. DHS officials told USA TODAY that the water treatment facility indicated that the malicious actor attempted to change chemical mixtures to unsafe levels as part of the water treatment process. An operator detected the changes and corrected the system before it affected the water supply, the officials said. “Independent of who was behind it, the fact that someone decided to exploit that vulnerability and was able to do it means that other attackers would be able to do it as well,” a DHS official said." This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: Cybersecurity experts warn of killware attacks that rival ransomware https://www.usatoday.com/restricted/?return=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.usatoday.com%2Fstory%2Fnews%2Fpolitics%2F2021%2F10%2F12%2Fcybersecurity-experts-warn-killware-attacks-rival-ransomware%2F6042745001%2F
  8. Sadly, this is one of the oldest tricks in the book. They did similar things with a number of ex-PBL express bus routes in Brooklyn and Queens after 2010. The MTA also did the same (via LIRR) with the Lower Montauk Branch, and they're going to do the same with the Atlantic Branch. Not just the MTA though, honestly seen this strategy play out in other places and with other agencies, too. NJT, MBTA, SEPTA, CTA, Seattle, and so on. Run a route as badly as possible, cut service, send ridership into a death-spiral, then eliminate said route due to "low ridership". Rinse, wash, repeat. This kind of underhanded sabotage wrapped in a cloak of plausible deniability is one of those situations where I think there should be lawyers suing the agencies' asses in court.
  9. Except the R32s were stainless steel, didn't have giant rustholes everywhere, didn't leak gallons of water in the rain, didn't have multiple door-circuit failures causing people to be dragged on the platform, and didn't have worn-out wiring that would start to smoke randomly out of nowhere. I take it you also don't remember (2)/(5) trains being taken out of service left and right during rush hour due to miscellaneous mechanical failures. Because Pepperidge Farms here sure as hell remembers LOL.
  10. The complaints on the previous page about the being bad in the early to mid-2000s gave me a chuckle. Wasn't perfect, not denying that, but still way better than, say, the / in the late '90s. Anyone who also rode the R26/28/29s in their last years will understand.
  11. 5, 10, 15 years ago I actually remember seeing undercover police Crown Victorias disguised as taxis. People would hear a siren, turn their heads, and be surprised seeing a yellow cab with flashing lights gunning its engine down the left lane. Turns out the gypsy cab drivers could sniff them out, though. The actual Crown Vic taxis had an extended wheelbase, but the cop cars disguised as taxis apparently were standard wheelbase. The other thing that gave it away was the fact that it'd usually be a husky, middle-aged Irish or Italian-looking dude driving the undercover cab around, with the pickup light for passengers permanently switched off. Nobody's going to fall for that unless they're not paying attention.
  12. It and the express version (#15) used to be one route (114) and terminated in Butler off Route 23; it was truncated and replaced by a farcical, rush-hour runaround route to Newark via Paterson (the 75) around 1990. After years of mismanagement of the line, the 75 was finally axed in 2012.
  13. Which is why I've been opposed to Vision Zero, congestion pricing, and other social engineering pseudo-measures since the beginning. The politicians talk the talk, but don't walk the walk. In years prior, they've either raided dedicated transit revenue sources for other measures, or simply not contributed sufficient funding to transit in the first place. If they refuse to pony up the money from already-existing public monies, what makes people think it will be different this time around? Does nobody remember how at the same time deBlasio was pushing Vision Zero, he was bitching about being asked by the MTA to contribute more city funds to the subways and buses? And speeding through red lights at 50 mph in his official motorcade (yet still managing to show up late everywhere)? We haven't had new subway lines since the '50s. Our current bus map largely resembles defunct streetcar networks from the '40s. Several decades have passed and what do we have to show for it? A stubway in Jamaica. A stubway on the Upper East Side. A one-stop extension of the that was originally supposed to be two stops. Glorified limited-stop pre-paid versions of existing bus lines euphemistically called "bus rapid transit". Oh, the joy. If the politicians were acting in good faith, I'd support the car mitigation efforts entirely, but since I know they're just a bunch of demagogic hypocrites, they can eat a sock as far as I'm concerned. I will believe when I see.
  14. @BreeddekalbL Funny thing is, they keep banning cars from more and more streets, but I don't see them building new subways or improving bus service 🤔 The City politicians are creating comprehensive problems without providing comprehensive solutions.

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