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Monday October 5, 2015
September Auto Sales: Light vehicle sales were at a 18 million SAAR (Seasonally Adjusted Annual Rate) in September - up almost 10% from last September and up 2% from the 17.7 million annual sales rate last month. Labor Day was included in September this year and may have helped the numbers slightly.
FoMoCo sales jumped 23% last month. Ford reported sales of 69,651 F-Series pickups in September, down about 2% from August. Lincoln sales increased 20%
General Motors sales were up over 12% September. GMC truck sales were up 24%, while Chevrolet and Cadillac saw increases of 11% and 8% respectively.
Chrysler sales increased by almost 14%, led by Jeep (+40%). Ram sales increased a disappointing 4%. Chrysler brand sales were off 5%. Nissan sales increased 18%, while Subaru sales soared 28%. Honda sales increased 14%.
Sales of Land Rover jumped a whopping 89% to 5,855 units.
High Camp: Dan Neil's idea of camping is when you're ensconced in an expensive, fully-restored, 24 foot-long Road Chief. My idea of camping is when you're more that 200 feet from the ice machine at an Embassy Suites.
Quote Of The Day is from Terry Pratchett: "The pen is mightier than the sword if the sword is very short, and the pen is very sharp."
Thursday October 1, 2015
Beer Stop: In this 1955 Philadelphia photo, a Route 37 PTC trolley is letting a passenger off in front of the Pennsylvania Railroad's 30th Street Station. In the background, a drab green Market Street Elevated train is passing by and a Schmidt's Beer & Ale billboard towers over all. The Rte. 37 trolley route disappeared in November 1955, merged into the Route 36 line.
When Christian Schmidt, 27 year old brewmaster, formerly of Machstadt in Wurtemberg, acquired Courtenay's Brewery in Philadelphia in 1860 it was producing 4,000 barrels a year.
By 1960, C. Schmidt & Sons - its main plant still located on the original site in Philadelphia - produced 2,200,000 barrels in all plants.
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Book Review: 'How Music Got Free: The End of an Industry, the Turn of the Century, and the Patient Zero of Piracy' by Stephen Witt
I don't know if Kim Kardashian really broke the internet - it seems to be working just fine now - but the internet certainly broke the traditional music business. That's what this book is all about.
Author Stephen Witt traces the history of digital music piracy, from the German engineers who invented the mp3 format to the bootleggers to the music executives, such as Doug Morris, whose pay got larger and larger as the music business got smaller and smaller.
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Ant Deco: James Lileks noted that ants "look streamlined, as if they were modeled on 1930s cocktail shakers."
No More Cruises: Frankie Ford, who sang the 1959 popular hit song, 'Sea Cruise' has died at age 76.
"Ooh-wee, ooh-wee baby. Ooh-wee, ooh-wee baby. Ooh-wee, ooh-wee baby. Won't you let me take you on a sea cruise." RIP.
'Best Mid-size, Mid-price Car In Which To Break Wind': Every auto ad seems to feature a product which has won a JD Power Award. How many categories are there anyway?
Quote Of The Day is from Robert Benchley: "When I was a child I was of an affectionate disposition, but not enough to get arrested."
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