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iPhoneOgraphy – 27 Oct 2016 (Day 301/366)

A payphone (alternative spelling: pay phone) is typically a coin-operated public telephone, often located in a telephone booth or a privacy hood, with pre-payment by inserting money (usually coins) or by billing a credit or debit card, or a telephone card. Prepaid calling cards also facilitate establishing a call by first calling the provided toll-free telephone number, entering the card account number and PIN, then the desired connection telephone number. An equipment usage fee may be charged as additional units, minutes or tariff fee to the collect/third-party, debit, credit, telephone or prepaid calling card when used at payphones.

Pay Phones are often found in public places. By agreement with the landlord, either the phone company pays rent for the location and keeps the revenue, or the landlord pays rent for the phone and shares the revenue.

Pay Phones in countries with unstable currencies…

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Japanese Prime Minister Abe in Hawaii – correction

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Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe having a moment of silence after the laying of the wreath Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe having a moment of silence after the laying of the wreath

Once again – correcting the media……

In May, President Barack Obama and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Hiroshima, where the United States dropped an atomic bomb in 1945 and soon compelled Japan’s surrender, ending World War II. It was a historic moment: Obama was the first sitting U.S. president to visit the city.

Now, Abe is repaying the favor.  On Tuesday, he will accompany Obama to Pearl Harbor, the site of the Japanese attack 75 years ago that led the United States to join World War II.

But is Abe’s visit quite as historic? When it was announced in early December, a Japanese Foreign Ministry official said Abe would be the first sitting Japanese leader to visit Pearl Harbor since World War II. News outlets repeated this assertion, including The Washington Post.


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Columbus-Chicago passenger rail moves ahead, slowly

Plans are advancing to eventually start high-speed passenger train service between Chicago and Columbus, with stops in Fort Wayne, Lima and Marysville and other cities in Indiana and Ohio.

Don’t listen for the call of “all aboard” in Columbus anytime soon, however. Plans for the estimated $1.3 billion project are moving gradually.

Plans call for adding tracks, signals and other equipment to current freight routes to accommodate passenger trains that would travel up to 110 mph, and would take riders between Chicago and Columbus in three hours, 40 minutes, said William Murdock, executive director of the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission.

Development of the western portion of the proposed passenger rail service took another step this week.

Indiana and Ohio officials announced at a news conference Monday in Fort Wayne that the Federal Railroad Administration has approved a $350,000 study to examine preliminary engineering, environmental impact and other issues along the Chicago-Fort Wayne-Lima stretch of the proposed route.

Local cities, businesses and others along that portion of the proposed route will fund the study, which is scheduled to start in January and finish in the fall.

And even though the federal OK to conduct the study doesn’t mean approval of the route or the project — far from it, said Lima Mayor David Berger, a passenger-rail advocate — it marks a significant step forward.

“Our ultimate goal is to have passenger rail established on the entire corridor, but the piece in Columbus isn’t as far along,” said Berger, who raised $58,000 from businesses in his northwestern Ohio city to help fund the $350,000 study.

No similar environmental studies have been conducted or funding identified to do them on the proposed route’s Lima-to-Columbus portion, which would include stops in Kenton and Marysville. No funding has been identified to build the project, no firm timetable has been established, and whether Amtrak or another operator would run it is not known.

The initial study that will be conducted on the Chicago-Lima leg and agreements among cities to support passenger rail are all part of preparing to build the project should federal money become available.

“These projects take a lot of work and study and collaboration and planning to pull them off,” Murdock said. “We want to be ready if there’s an opportunity to fund it. That’s why we’re taking the long view.”

Columbus Mayor Andrew J. Ginther has not said whether the city would help fund an initial environmental impact study, like the one announced Monday for the western portion, for the Lima-Columbus leg.

“Mayor Ginther is committed to the future of mobility through the Smart Columbus initiative,” said spokeswoman Robin Davis. The $50 million initiative makes Columbus a testing ground for new transportation technology including self-driving vehicles.

“That is where our immediate focus is,” Davis said. “We’re not ruling anything out. Our focus is transportation in Columbus, and a smart mobility system that can grow into the future.”

Columbus hasn’t had passenger train service since Amtrak’s National Limited pulled out about 40 years ago. The Columbus metropolitan region is the largest in the country without passenger trains.

Gov. John Kasich killed a plan by former Gov. Ted Strickland to link Columbus to Cincinnati and Cleveland by high-speed passenger rail, saying he was concerned the project would be too expensive and wouldn’t draw enough riders.

Supporters of the Chicago-Columbus rail project said it would help drive economic development.

“It opens up opportunities that we don’t currently have,” said Eric Phillips, executive director of the Union County-Marysville Economic Development office. “Having options for transportation is key.”


Today’s Prompt: Millions. Remember the days before the internet?

It seems like close to a million years ago, yet somehow we were able to exist without the internet. Today we came as close to this as possible. Half the internet is down; I’m glad that I still can blog but can’t tweet or use a bunch of sites that were alive only yesterday. Argh

Back in the day, there were no GPS so if you had to get from point A to the point B, you whip out your good old map. No cell phones but only landline. Remember party lines? This was a shared landline phone service. So if you picked up your phone when someone else on your party line was talking, you could overhear the conversation or jump right in but wouldn’t be able to make or receive a call.

Remember the busy phone signal? Today’s equivalent is having a bunch of websites down.


This looks familiar…

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