So it's Friday, a traditionally slow day in Blogland. There's a few interesting stories out there, mostly stating the obvious. In obligatory WMATA news, we get some details on the 'backup' system that was developed by BART and could be used here.
From the WaPo:
[Electrical engineer Rob] Tolmei's patent, which is not in use commercially, would check the rear-car receiver of one train to see what the speed code is right behind the train. Any speed code that is not zero would be an alert to a problem, he said. Tolmei said he wrote Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. a letter before the NTSB issued its recommendation but has not been contacted. Tolmei is the former manager of research and development at the San Francisco BART system and worked there when it installed a backup in the mid-1970s to address intermittent failure of track circuits.Sounds good to me. But I don't know, I think that might be too simple. And too cheap. GM John Catoe also mentions he's been getting a lot of email from people saying they have solutions to Metro's problem. He's been inundated, in fact. I also hear he has a foolproof plan to get more money from WMATA... he just needs to assist some friendly Nigerians (who heard about our tragic Red Line crash) with completing a wire transfer.
"This is a simple solution that is not likely to cost very much and meets every one of the [NTSB] requirements," he said.
Also from the news today, not many people are taking up arms in DC. Legally at least. In fact, only 515 guns have been registered in the District since the Heller decision. Contrast that with the more than 2,000 illegal guns seized by police in the same period of time. The Washington Times also reports that none of the legally registered guns have been used (fired) or stolen.
Since the 'gun boom' really hasn't happened (and have those gun stores opened yet?), I think we should speed things up. How about mandatory conceal and carry? If everyone on the street was packing, wouldn't you think twice about mugging someone? Or randomly assaulting them? Or doing anything even moderately illegal? I kid, I kid, sort of. But a 'gun giveaway' from the seized weapons pool has a nice ring to it.
Anyhow, the commentariat around here has been quiet, likely due to the continuing 'registration' requirement for comments. I'll go on record as saying that probably should have been done a long time ago.
In any event, for those reading blogs on this lovely Friday, I've got a question for you. What is one thing you would change about DC that would make your life easier or better?