Downeaster readies for expanded Brunswick-Boston service

Downeaster readies for expanded Brunswick-Boston service – Portland Press Herald



Illinois wants ‘timeout’ on Amtrak’s Hiawatha expansion over community concerns

The proposed expansion on Amtrak’s Hiawatha route calls for increasing service from seven to 10 round trips per day between Milwaukee and Chicago to address over-capacity conditions during peak hours. Adding three routes would require substantial track upgrades and the addition of a third train to run on the route.

Illinois wants ‘timeout’ on Amtrak’s Hiawatha expansion over community concerns – Milwaukee – Milwaukee Business Journal

Illinois is such a corrupt shithole.

‘You Just Don’t Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary’

Americans across the country, from Maynard’s home in rural Appalachia to urban areas like Flint, Mich., or Compton, Calif., are facing a lack of clean, reliable drinking water. At the heart of the problem is a water system in crisis: aging, crumbling infrastructure and a lack of funds to pay for upgrading it.

On top of that, about 50 percent of water utilities — serving about 12 percent of the population — are privately owned. This complicated mix of public and private ownership often confounds efforts to mandate improvements or levy penalties, even if customers complain of poor water quality or mismanagement.

Drinking water is delivered nationally via 1 million miles of pipes, many of which were laid in the early to mid-20th century, according to the American Society of Civil Engineers. Those pipes are now nearing the end of their life spans.

A 2017 report by the group gave America’s water systems a near-failing grade, citing an estimated 240,000 water line breaks a year nationwide.

…Leaks in the pipes that carry water throughout the county result in substantial losses of treated water — nearly 65 percent in 2016. And those leaks create a vacuum, sucking in untreated water from the ground that’s subsequently delivered to people’s homes.

That’s especially worrisome given the region’s history of mining and industrial activities. In October 2000, a giant coal sludge spill dumped more than 300 million gallons of toxic waste — including heavy metals like arsenic and mercury — into Martin County’s river system, which is also its main source for drinking water. Thick black sludge ran downstream for dozens of miles, spilling over onto lawns and roads.

‘You Just Don’t Touch That Tap Water Unless Absolutely Necessary’ : NPR


US mid-terms: Hackers expose ‘staggering’ voter machine flaws

A report outlines major flaws in voting hardware, weeks before US mid-term elections.

One ballot machine, used in 23 US states, carries a cybersecurity flaw that was reported over a decade ago, the hackers claim.

…The report says vulnerabilities mean the M650 can be remotely hacked.

A design flaw reported as far back as 2007 was also found in the model tested during the conference.

The [organizers] of the conference argue that because the unit is designed to process a high volume of ballots, hacking one of the machines could enable an attacker to “flip the electoral college and determine the outcome of a presidential election​.”

…Other machines tested include the AccuVote TSx, currently used by 18 US states. The system includes a smart card reader for users to cast votes, which the report says can be easily disconnected to “disrupt the election” process.

Attendees of the conference were also able to [reprogram] voting smart cards wirelessly, using mobile phones.

US mid-terms: Hackers expose ‘staggering’ voter machine flaws – BBC News