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asiliveandbreathe

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Hometown: Holliston, Massachusetts
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Current location: Arizona
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Boris has his undies in a bunch..he lost again..NO General Election

293-46...

“The majority does not satisfy the requirements of the fixed term parliaments act,” says Speaker John Bercow.

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/sep/09/brexit-latest-news-eu-no-deal-bill-royal-assent-boris-johnson-parliament-politics-live
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Mon Sep 9, 2019, 06:38 PM (4 replies)

So, Scotland Is Buying Into Economic Promise Again..Trump Org..

Given the Trump Organization was pressing ahead with plans for a second 18-hole golf course and had made other concessions, Archer said: “The planning service considers the potential economic benefits of the proposed development to have considerable merit.”

Debra Storr, a planning consultant who vigorously opposed Trump’s resort proposals when she was a Scottish Green party councillor in Aberdeenshire, described Archer’s position as “quite frankly, hogwash. I’m not surprised the council has shown no backbone.”
She said Trump had only won approval to build luxury villas and timeshare flats in 2008 because they were needed to pay for the major golf resort he planned, which included a five-star hotel with 450 beds, shops, a clubhouse, conference centre and golf academy. None of these are being built.


If they develop the houses, there is no incentive to deliver the resort. It is the resort which was supposed to deliver the massive economic benefit which justified trashing the dunes protected by a site of special scientific interest,” she said.


https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/sep/02/scotland-trump-organization-pledges-fund-new-school-luxury-housing-deal

Don't forget to read the embedded link with regards to "justified trashing the dunes"..is the rest of the story..

https://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2019/jun/28/dunes-at-trump-golf-course-in-scotland-to-lose-protected-status

Dunes losing their protected status and he is pissed..
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sat Sep 7, 2019, 09:52 AM (0 replies)

Brexit: Bill intended to block no deal to become law after being passed by House of Lords - live new

The beat on the street, or, Parliament, if you will

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/sep/06/brexit-boris-johnson-news-latest-eu-labour-confirms-it-will-not-vote-on-monday-night-for-early-election-live-newsbior

This is from Naomi Smith, chief executive of the anti-Brexit group Best for Britain, commenting on the Benn bill passing the Lords.

The Lords have guided Britain further away from the no-deal cliff edge towards which the PM has been stumbling blindly.
Parliament has forced Boris Johnson into a corner and his reckless Brexit strategy is in tatters. He must now uphold democratic process and formally seek this extension or face the courts.
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Fri Sep 6, 2019, 10:59 AM (6 replies)

I Honestly Think Boris Johnson Will Not Be PM For Much Longer..

He is getting confronted from all sides, for all of his antics..most recently, his use of the police as a backdrop for a political stunt..he lost three times on votes in Parliament yesterday..

The live feed of Parliament yesterday was fascinating, as well, the live journo feed today seems like a no-confidence vote may be on the horizon..MPs are forming coalitions, many MPs will not be standing up for re-election in the next election...

https://www.theguardian.com/politics/live/2019/sep/05/brexit-lords--blow--boris-johnson-pass-bill-stopping-no-deal-politics-live
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Thu Sep 5, 2019, 01:24 PM (8 replies)

Your story of your grandmother, as an operator who had to sleep at the exchange

due to a blizzard...brings me to my experience during the great blackout of 1965 New England and NY..I was just coming up on the end of my shift..around 6pm..all operators required to stay..they brought in cots.. I stayed another couple hours, started shift at 9am. made my way to a gas station that had a generator..and then off to my second job at the Framingham Motor Inn - I worked the cord board.. had to hand crank the 2 position board for juice to the rooms and out going calls....people were coming in from the Mass Pike, and we were the first Inn off the highway - no one knew until later how it happened...

I will never forget that night, I got a call shortly after getting to the Inn, from my Mom's neighbor to come home, the Fire Dept was there, Mom had decided to light the fireplace, but she forgot to open the flew, and the house filled with smoke - Mom had terrible asthma, and the neighbor took her in..

Folk lore a squirrel chewed the lines..nope.

On a particularly cold November evening, power demands for heating, lighting, and cooking were pushing the electrical system to near its peak capacity. Transmission lines heading into southern Ontario were heavily loaded. The safety relay had been mis-programmed


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Northeast_blackout_of_1965
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 02:34 PM (0 replies)

Good question..party line requests, it was cheaper..but we had to tell customers

the other party could listen in..oops...I remember the line assigners, even though the order called for party line, they would assign a single line cable - pair.....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Party_line_(telephony)

oops...In December 1942, University of Tennessee's strategy in an American football game versus University of Mississippi was revealed to the opposing coach as a telephone on the Ole Miss team's bench had been inadvertently wired to the same party line..


In 1989, the Chesapeake and Potomac Telephone Company replaced party lines with individual lines in Talcott, West Virginia, a rural area which once had as many as sixteen subscribers on one line.[32] Universities also phased out the systems, which were once common in student dormitories. Illinois State University terminated its last party line in 1990.[33] Woodbury, Connecticut's independent telephone company abandoned its last party lines in 1991, the last in that state to do so.[34] The same year, Southwestern Bell announced its intentions to replace all of its party lines in Texas with individual line service by November 1994,[35] and the company's last party line finally shut down in 1996.

Pacific Bell phased out most of its party lines by 1997, and the last ones operating in Nevada shut down in 2001. As of 2002, SBC Ameritech's only operating party lines were located in Michigan.[36] USA Today reported in 2000 that over 5,000 party lines still existed in the United States, but the majority of them were only connected to one telephone, and therefore appeared like individual telephone service at cheaper rates.


Ready for this one - In 1956, Southern Bell officials refused a request from a public utilities commissioner in Jackson, Mississippi to segregate party telephone lines on racial boundaries. Saner heads prevailed....
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:57 AM (0 replies)

You are so right..although, I'm not complaining..was a great PT job, still in HS, 17 years old,

bought a car, went FT, and never looked back..held many jobs, from dial bureau (assigning telephone numbers to orders, new, change etc etc..to dispatcher of installers 1967, we had one woman, in a sea of men, who was a line assigner, cable and pair for tel. connection, installers used this info at time of install..1972 I came back to work in the business office, the primo job at the time....lot's of history, lots of promos when women were seen as more than an operator..a long journey that I look back on with fond memories...
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:39 AM (1 replies)

So much history..thanks for a walk down memory lane..I wanted to know if there are still

Ringdown communities...nope..1983 last one...

In telephony, ringdown is a method of signaling an operator in which telephone ringing current is sent over the line to operate a lamp or cause the operation of a self-locking relay known as a drop.

Ringdown is used in manual operation, as distinguished from automatic signaling by dialing a number. The signal consists of a continuous or pulsed alternating current (AC) signal transmitted over the line. It may be used with or without a telephone switchboard. The term originated in magneto telephone signaling in which cranking the magneto generator, either integrated into the telephone set or housed in a connected ringer box, would not only ring its bell but also cause a drop to fall down at the telephone exchange switchboard, marked with the number of the line to which the magneto telephone instrument was connected.

The last ringdown telephone exchange in the United States was located at Bryant Pond, Maine, had 400+ subscribers, and converted to dial service in October 1983.
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:31 AM (2 replies)

Yes, bifurcation 1983, divestiture 1984 - I went with the Mothership ATT, we had a choice..

New England Telephone served most of the New England area of the United States, including Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Rhode Island, and Vermont as a part of the original AT&T for seven decades. After the Bell System divestiture, it merged with New York Telephone to form NYNEX in 1984. After 1994, the name was no longer officially publicly used (although it was still used internally for portions of operations).

1983 American Bell, this was the year of bifurcation, 1984 ATT divestiture...and the PhoneCenter division, I had been with the PhoneCenter since beginning 1978..came over from training division..my alma mater - I made the right choice..CWA won unionization in PCS....although management, I welcomed the union, clear employee/management relationship..
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:24 AM (0 replies)

ATT - not my ATT..we had values, and mission statements, loyalty from company..

In 2005, SBC purchased AT&T for $16 billion. After this purchase, SBC adopted the better-known AT&T name and brand, with the original AT&T Corp. still existing as the long-distance landline subsidiary of the merged company. The current AT&T claims the original AT&T Corp.'s history (dating to 1885) as its own.

Seems SBC has instilled their lack of values they always had..I remember a customer from FL, was not happy with me, because I wouldn't take calls off his bill, he went over my head to my boss (was management at the time, was on a takeover call, unruly customer)..come to find out, he was a SBC employee..boy, did he catch it..talk about backfire..
Posted by asiliveandbreathe | Sun Sep 1, 2019, 11:08 AM (1 replies)
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