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  • FMCSA Sued Over Information in Driver Inspection Reports
    The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration has "intentionally or willfully" improperly disseminated truck-driver inspection reports that contain references to violations not classified as "serious driver-related safety violations," according to a lawsuit filed by six independent owner-operator truck drivers.
  • US-Nafta Trade Up 5.4% in May
    U.S.-Nafta trade in May increased 5.4% over the same period a year ago, aided by continued reliance on trucking, according to TransBorder Freight Data released today by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
  • Covenant's Net Income Rises to $3.8 Million
    Covenant Transportation Group reported its second-quarter net income doubled to $3.8 million, or 25 cents per share, from $1.9 million, or 13 cents, a year ago.
  • Court Approves OOIDA-C.R. England Settlement
    A Utah U.S. District Court judge has approved a settlement requiring motor carrier C.R. England to pay a class of independent-contractor truck drivers $3 million in damages and attorney fees for alleged "truth-in-leasing" violations.
  • Caterpillar's Profit Rises to $999 Million
    Heavy-equipment maker Caterpillar Inc.'s second-quarter profit rose to $999 million, or $1.57 a share, from $960 million, or $1.45 a year ago, but sales declined.
  • Knight's 2Q Income Rises 36%
    Knight Transportation's second-quarter earnings rose 36% to $25.8 million, or 31 cents per share on higher demand.
  • Union Pacific Net Income Rises 17%
    Union Pacific Corp.'s second-quarter net income rose 17% to $1.29 billion, or $1.43 per share, continuing a trend of profit growth reported by other railroads.
  • Mullen's 2Q Income Dips
    Canadian transportation firm Mullen Group said net income fell in the second quarter as the Canadian economy grew little.
  • Jobless Claims Decrease to Eight-Year Low
    The number of Americans filing applications for unemployment benefits dropped last week to the lowest level in more than eight years.
  • June Trailer Orders Jump 44%
    New trailer orders jumped 44% in June from a year ago as high demand for new equipment continued into the summer, ACT Research reported.
  • Ryder's Second-Quarter Net Income Rises
    Ryder System said its second-quarter earnings rose from a year ago, as its fleet management and supply chain units revenue increased.

Podcast Listening Experiences…

To make podcasting work as a total alternative replacement listening experience, it’s necessary for me to find and subscribe to podcasts and podcasters that (1) I really like and (2) put out enough content to make it possible for me to listen for up to about 10 hours a day, day in and day out. [...]

Hilly Rose Interview…

I interviewed Hilly Rose, the long-time broadcaster that introduced the idea of talking about paranormal subjects on radio and television.

I was going to drop the file on Monday morning after midnight, but something went haywire with the Podshow scheduling option and it dropped immediately. Here’s the directlink to the file:

http://m.podshow.com/media/131/episodes/26383/truckertom-26383-09-16-2006.mp3

Thanks Hilly [...]

Bittorrent For “The Path To 911.”

As I mentioned in my podcast 370, I downloaded and installed a Bittorrent client program called “uTorent” which can be downloaded at http://www.utorrent.com.

I like the uTorrent program. The program download is extremely small. Also, once it’s installed and the program is opened it has a search function in the upper right corner of the [...]

Motorcycle Safety…

Here’s an interesting article from Forbes & AP regarding motorcycle safety:

http://www.forbes.com/home/feeds/ap/2006/09/12/ap3012044.html

I know I’ve personally seen a number of motorcycle wrecks in the past few months that I’ve happened upon that are being worked as I’m out driving around. I’m not sure why this is happening. It may be that the types of bikes [...]

What Is Podcasting…

Here’s a video made by a friend and podcast listener explaining podcasting:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHMjQlgwT6k

Upcoming Hilly Rose Interview…

Here’s a promo for an upcoming interview episode of my podcast that I did with veteran broadcaster Hilly Rose:

http://www.truckerphoto.com/media/trucker_tom_hilly_rose.mp3

Be sure to tune in to http://www.truckertompodcast.com on Monday, September 18, 2006.

A Cure For Digital Senility…

I have a couple of 13-year-old vintage IBM machines with Pentium 166 processors. The software they were designed to run — Windows 95 and 98 are no longer functional on the Internet, and they just don’t have enough horsepower to even begin to run today’s operating systems.

Old IBM machines such as these are engineering [...]

A Real Katrina Refugee Experience…

My friend Ron Stroope posted an excellent video interview of a Hurricane Katrina refugee Ricky Lips that moved to Shreveport, Louisiana. I highly reccommend watching it. The video is located at:

http://media.podshow.com/media/1416/episodes/24108/zip71101-24108-08-31-2006.mp4