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1) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1683309)
Posted 2 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
Oooops, Chapter 2
2) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Someone at Blizzard is also a fan of puns. (Message 1682271)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
like they did for Diablo II (which I totally found and demolished, btw!).


I'm proud that you looked pasture fears, took the bull by the horns and didn't kowtow.
3) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1682233)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
Hmmmmmmm... what's all that growling I hear coming from the corner of my zucchini patch?


Wererabbit?

4) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1682228)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
Yikes - San Mateo is really close to us. I wonder where they relocated the kitty.

I believe they said they took it to Caster Valley, or something like that, and turned it loose.

{hands in pockets, rolling eyes, looking innocent}
5) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1682219)
Posted 4 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
They have a better approach to mountain lions in California....

Mountain Lion Captured in Backyard


Loosly related...

Typical trigger happy USA police. Bastards.

One less you have worry about
6) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Things I wish that all people who work with the public knew... (Message 1681948)
Posted 5 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
Just 3 things in life that I despise......

1) Warm beer
2) Wet toilet seats
3) Politicians
7) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1681492)
Posted 6 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
AMTK353 #128 vs. car - cab dashcam stills & aftermath









In-cab audio, collision, dumping train, full dynamic braking following impact
8) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1681288)
Posted 7 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
Regarding blocking grade crossings....

“A federal law or regulation limiting the amount of time a grade crossing may be blocked could have the undesirable effect of causing a railroad to violate other federal safety rules such as when a train must be stopped to comply with regulations requiring that air brake tests may be performed,” the FRA fact sheet states.

FRA safety rules do address standing or idling trains that unnecessarily activate grade crossing warning devices such as flashing lights and gate arms. The federal rule specifically prohibits standing trains, locomotives, or other rail equipment from activating warning devices unless it is part of normal train movements or switching operations.

“As such, the rule makes clear that the reality of railroad operations sometimes require that trains stop in the approach circuits that activate warning devices even though the train is not occupying the crossing itself,” according to the fact sheet.

The FRA recommends that railroads “work cooperatively with state and local officials to eliminate or minimize the impact of blocked crossings wherever possible.”

The Uniform Vehicle Code, a comprehensive guide designed to help states develop standard motor vehicle and safety laws, suggests that trains not block crossings for more than five minutes. The FRA says that a majority of states place some restrictions on the amount of time a highway rail crossing can be blocked, “but in no case does it exceed more than 20 minutes.


The BNSF divisions & subs around here adhere loosely to the 20 minute rule. If it's evident that a delay will extend well beyond 20 minutes, they will cut the train at the crossing. However, there have been mishaps where multiple tracks are involved, either due to visibility or motorist confusion. Generally if a multi-track crossing has to be blocked, the train will be left intact. An exception would be if crew or other railroad personel are present to manually flag the crossing and direct traffic. Unless there is a mechanical or emergency reason to block a crossing, it's a rare occurance. Even on the Napier sub, where 4 to 8 coal trains will bunch up on the single track main waiting to merge onto the busy Creston sub, sometimes for an hour or more, many public crossings in the rural area are spaced far enough apart to fit a 5000 foot unit coal train between them. It's a hurry-up-and-wait traffic jam on the rails but the crossings stay clear.
9) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1680888)
Posted 8 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
Yes, but that commercial is decidedly lacking in raccoons.



Friends, too
10) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1680685)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
One of the cooler recent critter related TV spots

Android - Be together. Not the same.
11) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1680517)
Posted 9 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
12) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Transportation safety 2 (Message 1679291)
Posted 12 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
A short clip of Amtrak #601, the locomotive involved in yesterday's derailment, being rolled out and tested at the Transportation Technology Center, Pueblo, CO, in 2013.

Amtrak ACS-64 #601
13) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1678531)
Posted 14 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
14) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1675026)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
What happened to capture, relocate, and release?


Admittedly, having wildlife such as a mountain lion turn up in this area is extremely rare. Their natural range is about 300 miles north and west of Omaha at the closest. With a metro area population of nearly a million, it's not an area you would expect to find a big cat. Over the past 10 years there have been dozens of sightings, most of which were never confirmed, or proven to be misidentifications of indiginous wildlife or domestic animals. In my recolection there have been 5 confirmed lions. Two struck and killed by vehicles on the interstate, two (this one yesterday and one other a couple years ago) put down by law enforcement or humane society, both well with in the city, and one more fortunate cat that was shot and wounded in town, then tranquilized and transported to the Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo where it's wounds were treated and, upon recovery, was placed in the large cat display. Not sure if if it's still a resident there. I spend a fair amount of time in the 'wilderness' outside the city, and judging from tracks and other indications, mountain lions aren't nearly as rare in eastern Nebraska as the statistics show. For them to show up several miles into the city itself is what's unusual. With an abundance of small wild animals, wild pigs, deer, turkey and water fowl in the more rural areas up and down the Missouri river, a population of big cats could thrive virtually undetected. But Progress, that most dangerous and greedy beast of prey, decreases those 'wild' areas steadily each year.
15) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1675004)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
I've had a personal space rock defense system for years....



Better safe than sorry.
16) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1674681)
Posted 18 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
Mountain lion killed by police ouside of Omaha business
17) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1673435)
Posted 22 days ago by Profile Scarecrow
From 1967 to 1971 The Frito Bandito was the spokesman for Fritos.



He was let go when it was determined he had no green card.
18) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Man shoots computer in Colorado Springs alley... (Message 1668678)
Posted 22 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
The guy won't be charged... an obvious case of self defense.
19) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1666822)
Posted 18 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
At last Omaha makes national headlines for something other than a record number of shootings....

Gorilla Goes Ape at Omaha Zoo
20) Message boards : Cafe SETI : Raccoon Update XX I - All are welcome in the Critter Cafe (Message 1663235)
Posted 9 Apr 2015 by Profile Scarecrow
Gophers look like rats?

Sort of. Unless you mean the Go Go Gophers, in which case they sort of look like.... my first wife.


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