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Build it and they will come? Why Britain's 1960s cycling revolution flopped | Cities | The Guardian
Too easy to drive [ disincentivise driving, incentivise cycling ] The borough council’s cycle strategy – not updated since 2002 – conveys no doubt as to why cycle usage is so low: “Stevenage has a fast, high-capacity road system, which makes it easy to make journeys by car. Residents have largely been insulated from the effects of traffic growth and congestion and generally there is little incentive for people to use modes other than the private car … [The] propensity to cycle [appears to] depend on factors other than the existence of purpose-built facilities.”

Claxton was a regular user of the cycleways he had created. “I didn’t do my cycleways for cyclists,” he told an environmental magazine in 1977. “I did them for people.”
nudge  cycling  cycle  infrastructure  carbonfootprint  sedentary  lifestyle  air  pollution  public  health  chronic  sick  population  premature  death  noise  urbanisation  transportation 
september 2017 by asterisk2a
(187) It's Not You, Airlines Have Been Treating Everyone Poorly - YouTube
as competition goes away, quality declines. (Competition is for Losers by Peter Thiel ... still Peter Thiel thinks running an airline is not a great business to be in).
oligopol  oligopoly  neoliberalism  monopoly  neoliberal  lobby  profit  maximisation  dividends  competition  Peter  Thiel  Silicon  Valley  competitive  competitiveness  Innovation  conglomerate  Gewinnspanne  airline  industry  transportation  self-restraint  self-regulation  regulation  regulators  consumer 
april 2017 by asterisk2a
How the sports industry inspired us to become less active
Sport’s obsession with being “inspirational” is a hindrance to public-health interventions, not a help. We need to be cajoling, entreating, even tricking people into activity. While some will want to go to the “next level” or “just do it ”, others might be quite happy to wander around their own level, or “just about do it”. We need to ask people to dance and invite them to play. It is clear enough from comparable countries such as Finland and Denmark that the precondition for an active and healthy nation is getting more people moving about by walking, cycling and, where conditions allow, skateboarding, skiing and skating. For a fraction of the cost of the HS2 rail link and, I suspect, with much greater social and economic benefits, we could make a significant start on this.
UK  HS2  public  transportation  health  sport  obesity  overweight  sedentary  lifestyle  diet  sick  population  chronic  NHS  Diabetes  CVD  cancer  Jeremy  Hunt  Sugar  Tax  Theresa  May  David  Cameron  George  Osborne  Austerity  infrastructure  underinvestment  Council  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  stress  self-medication  Burnout  coping  mechanism  food  alcohol  tobacco  active 
february 2017 by asterisk2a
Das Fahrrad wird in Berlin zum Lebensrisiko
In dieser Woche sind schon wieder zwei Radfahrer tödlich verunglückt. Es fällt auf: Oft überholen Autofahrer mit zu geringem Abstand. [...] keinerlei Radinfrastruktur, [...] Drei Tote durch fehlenden seitlichen Abstand [...] Der ADFC empfiehlt, auf engen Fahrbahn nicht direkt am rechten Rand zu fahren, um Autofahrer nicht noch zum Überholen mit zu geringem Seitenabstand einzuladen. Aktivisten fordern ein Überholverbot für Autos, wenn der nötige Sicherheitsabstand nicht ausreicht. Von 2008 bis 2015 starben sieben Radfahrer in Berlin durch zu geringen seitlichen Abstand. Zuletzt waren zwei ältere Frauen so ums Leben gekommen. Deutlich mehr, nämlich 25, waren es durch Rechtsabbieger.
Cycling  public  transport  public  transportation  infrastructure  investment  urban  planning  public  health  air  pollution 
april 2016 by asterisk2a
Why Everyone Must Get Ready For The 4th Industrial Revolution
For example, as automation increases, computers and machines will replace workers across a vast spectrum of industries, from drivers to accountants and estate agents to insurance agents. By one estimate, as many as 47 percent of U.S. jobs are at risk from automation. Many experts suggest that the fourth industrial revolution will benefit the rich much more than the poor, especially as low-skill, low-wage jobs disappear in favor of automation.

But this isn’t new. Historically, industrial revolutions have always begun with greater inequality followed by periods of political and institutional change. The industrial revolution that began at the beginning of the 19th century originally led to a huge polarization of wealth and power, before being followed by nearly 100 years of change including the spread of democracy, trade unions, progressive taxation and the development of social safety nets.
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april 2016 by asterisk2a
Konzept gegen Wohnungsnot: Höher, enger, dichter
In deutschen Großstädten fehlen Wohnungen und freie Flächen. Die sogenannte "Nachverdichtung" könnte die Wohnungsnot mindern. Das Potenzial ist groß - doch Anwohner sind oft alles andere als begeistert. [ ... In ballungsgebieten ...] 2030 würden dann bereits eine Million Wohnungen fehlen. [...] Das gelingt nicht immer. Wird zu stark verdichtet, geht das zulasten der Wohnqualität - die Menschen leiden unter mehr Lärm und Verkehr, haben weniger Freizeitflächen in ihrer Umgebung. Entstehen mehrheitlich Eigentums- oder teure Mietwohnungen, ist der neue Wohnraum für viele nicht bezahlbar - das beschleunigt die Gentrifizierung. [... Active change in Planning Laws to allow new types of developments ... ] Die Bundesregierung unterstützt Nachverdichtung, indem sie Kommunen zum Beispiel mehr Spielräume für die Bebauung von Innenstadtflächen einräumt.
Skyscraper  urban  planning  urbanisation  public  transport  public  transportation  pollution  affordability  affordable  housing  standard  of  living  living  standard  city  living  quality  of  life  noise  pollution  air  pollution  Micro  Apartment  minimalism  minimalismus  Gentrified  Gentrifzierung  gentrification  Generation  Rent  mega  city  urban  living  urban  transportation  commute  commuter  commuting 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Commuters who shun car travel keep slimmer, study concludes
People who cycle, walk or catch the train or bus to work keep more weight off than commuters who travel by car, a large UK study has found.
The results come from 150,000 UK adults aged 40 or older who agreed to be measured and weighed and fill in a survey about their typical journey to and from work.
Cycling came out as the best activity for staying trim, followed by walking.
But even those who used public transport were leaner than car users. [...] Even when they factored in differences such as leisure-time, exercise, diet and occupation, the trend between commute method and bodyweight remained.
convenience  sedentary  lifestyle  commute  commuter  commuting  Cycling  public  transport  public  transportation  infrastructure  investment  carbon  tax  public  health  pollution  air  pollution  sick  population  health  crisis  health  care  spending  health  care  budget  obesity  epidemic  overweight  prevention  intervention 
march 2016 by asterisk2a
Cash from Swinney slammed as Aberdeenshire Council agrees new budget - Evening Express
The ruling SNP-led administration laid out budget plans to plug a £28m funding shortfall during a debate before the full council. The 2016/17 budget, which was approved 34 members to 23, includes a £3.2m cut in education and an estimated saving of £1.2m on early learning and childcare staffing. [...] The budget outlined slashing the road maintenance funds by £973,000, a reduction of nearly 6%. While £1.4m less will be spent on waste management – including the emptying of waste and recycling bins – than in 2015. A reduction in travel costs, investing in technology and making better use of council properties has been outlined to save £11.5m.
Council  austerity  UK  education  policy  Scotland  Holyrood  Scotland  Bill  Fiscal  Framework  underinvestment  infrastructure  investment  productive  investment  public  transportation  Westminster  George  Osborne  David  Cameron  Tories  dogma  ideology  nasty  party  child  care  Conservative  Gini  coefficient  social  mobility  Generationengerechtigkeit  bank  bailout  fairness  income  mobility 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Germany train crash: Human error to blame, says prosecutor - BBC News
Human error by a train controller was to blame for a crash in Bavaria, Germany, last week that killed 11 people, prosecutors said. Dozens more were injured after two commuter trains collided on a single-track stretch of railway. An area controller opened the track to the two trains and tried to warn the drivers, according to the prosecutors. The man, a 39-year-old, is likely to be charged with involuntary manslaughter and could face five years in jail. "If he had complied with the rules... there would have been no collision," said Chief Prosecutor Wolfgang Giese.
human  error  public  transportation  AI  artificial  intelligence  augmented  intelligence 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
Scientists: air pollution led to more than 5.5 million premature deaths in 2013 | Environment | The Guardian
“Air pollution is the fourth-highest risk factor for death globally and by far the leading environmental risk factor for disease,” said Michael Brauer, a researcher from the University of British Columbia. Brauer said air pollution contributed to heart disease, stroke, lung cancer, bronchitis, emphysema and acute infections. He and his colleagues compared the problem in Asia to the conditions under centuries of industrial revolution in the US and Europe: massive economic growth smothered by clouds of toxic matter in the air. [... COAL ...] “Even in the most clean scenario in 2030,” Ma said, China’s growing and ageing population will still suffer 990,000 to 1.3 million deaths a year.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Obama climate initiative: Supreme Court calls halt - BBC News
this is akin to taking plaster to fix a crumbling high rise: limiting the emissions and putting cost on emissions for one industry, seen as heavies polluter in public eye ... while livestock industry is biggest +50% of them all. // what is needed is a carbon tax that also includes environmental and ecological cost (ie deforestation, water pollution from pig waste - livestock farming) and if we are already there, what about antibiotic-resistance? A Marschall Plan for the future of earth and its occupants. A future for us. // If and import doesn't have a carbon tax, tariffs have to be enacted on imports based on their damage to environment, ecology and carbon emissions. ... // economic damage & public health problems and health inequality in the future is deferred taxation for the next generation // Obama isn't bold enough. Not Utopian enough.
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february 2016 by asterisk2a
Ford to cut jobs to save $200m in Europe - BBC News
US car giant Ford has announced plans to cut jobs and save $200m (£138m) a year in Europe. The carmaker said it was launching a voluntary redundancy programme and improving manufacturing efficiencies. It also said it would focus on its most profitable models, such as sports utility vehicles (SUVs). Ford Europe returned to profit for the first time in four years in 2015, as the parent group recorded record profits of $10.8bn. This represented a "good first step", said Ford Europe executive vice-president Jim Farley. //&! Volkswagen has said it will cut investment by €1bn ($1.1bn; £750m) a year as a result of the diesel emissions scandal. - bbc.in/1NGGQu0 //&! Ford hat bereits in den vergangenen Jahren die Kosten in Europa gesenkt. Insgesamt drei Werke wurden geschlossen, davon zwei in Großbritannien und eines in Belgien. Auch in Deutschland hatte sich der Konzern mit den Gewerkschaften auf Einsparungen geeinigt. - bit.ly/1KZpz9C
automotive  autoindustry  secular  stagnation  emerging  middle  class  squeezed  middle  class  economic  history  discretionary  spending  disposable  income  Abgas-Affäre  VW  lobbyist  lobby  Lobbying  carbon  tax  COP21  public  transportation  transportation  car  loan  credit  card  credit  card  debt  household  debt  consumer  debt  western  world  emerging  market  BRIC 
february 2016 by asterisk2a
SPERI Annual Lecture 2015: 'The Failure of Austerity' by Lord Robert Skidelsky - YouTube
economic history - "state spending inherently unproductive." // borrowing is deferred taxation - David Richardo - Rational expectations. Market economy always tended full employment. // Theory and Facts did not align. Keynes realised it post-war. Private investment is inherently volatile, ie slump conditions. state to offset underinvestment of private sector and match their retreat. getting rid of abnormal unemployment. done through monetary expansion (QE) and put onto state balance sheet available to spend. // Where 2009 forward QE got to banks ... // Paul Krugman - Confidence Fairy. // "Look after employment, and the budget will look after itself." but today it's the bond holders confidence who shapes budgets. // Keynes 'it is the long-term confidence of businesses that shape investment, confidence in state to no let a slump happen again.' but austerity, out of ammo talk, political-, social environment/sentiment & Osborne's '2016 will be tough year' speech were counter-productive.
austerity  economic  history  Robert  Skidelsky  Richard  Koo  David  Ricardo  sovereign  debt  crisis  underinvestment  productive  investment  competitiveness  competitive  public  utility  public  investment  education  policy  public  transportation  Good  infrastructure  investment  QE  monetary  policy  fiscal  policy  George  Osborne  trickle-down  economics  tax  code  progressive  taxation  oligarchy  plutocracy  Super  Rich  1%  neoliberalism  neoliberal  Chicago  School  stagflation  secular  stagnation  Pact  business  cycle  business  confidence  consumer  confidence  Schuldenbremse  western  world  Paul  Krugman  political  folly  political  theory  political  economy  political  error  macroprudential  policy  macroeconomic  policy  microeconomic  policy  financial  cycle  Greed  economic  cycle  inflation  expectation  expectations  Super  debt  servitude  GFC  recovery  Conservative  Party  fearmongering  Fear  Career  Politicians  nasty  David  Cameron  PR  spin  doctor 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Are cities the new countries? - BBC News
Do big cities have more in common with each other than with the rest of their own countries? Are there meaningful comparisons between cities such as New York, London and Shanghai, rather than between nation states? That is the suggestion of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). Such mega-conurbations have bigger populations and economies than many individual countries - and the think tank argues that they face many similar challenges, whether it is in transport, housing, security, jobs, migration or education.
urbanisation  mega  city  London  NYC  public  transportation  transportation  Westminster 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
The city in love with cars even though its air is toxic - BBC News
Delhi is a city that adds 1,400 cars to its roads every day - and the minute the local government announced an emergency car rationing plan, the complaints and legal battles began. // economic damage - due to a rise in cancer and chronic ailments - reducing discretionary spending/disposable income - due to health care spending and being a carer for your sick relative.
air  pollution  public  health  policy  public  health  public  transportation  transportation  carbon  dioxide  carbon  tax  carbonfootprint  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonemission  BRIC  Frontier  Markets  emerging  middle  class  Asia  China  India  economic  damage  Beijing 
january 2016 by asterisk2a
Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe: Hauptstadt der notorischen Schwarzfahrer - SPIEGEL ONLINE
[ symptom, poor man's tax evasion. ] Flüchtlingschaos, Behördenversagen - und jetzt das: Zehntausende Berliner fahren ohne Ticket mit U- und S-Bahnen durch die Metropole. Im Gefängnis Plötzensee soll fast jeder dritte Häftling ein verurteilter notorischer Schwarzfahrer sein. //& Der Rechtsstaat kann nicht einfach sagen: Manche Taten lassen wir folgenlos. Denn dann führt er sich selbst ad absurdum. Ein Kommentar. - http://www.tagesspiegel.de/berlin/bvg-und-s-bahn-in-berlin-schwarzfahrer-sind-eben-auch-straftaeter/12739252.html - Der Schwarzfahrer schädigt die Gemeinschaft // via https://redd.it/3xcb27
Berlin  tax  evasion  tax  avoidance  Zivilgesellschaft  Gesellschaft  Wertegesellschaft  social  cohesion  social  tension  fairness  Gini  coefficient  inequality  petty  crimes  white-collar  crime  double  standard  injustice  Rechtsstaat  Unrechtsstaat  economic  justice  bank  bailout  System  justice  GFC  hartz-iv  poverty  child  poverty  poverty  trap  social  mobility  income  mobility  public  sentiment  Lügenpresse  No  Representation  democracy  social  democracy  Career  Politicians  western  society  western  world  public  transportation  transportation 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Fast jedes Großprojekt sprengt Zeit- und Kostenplan - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Sie werden in der Regel später fertig als geplant und überschreiten den gesetzten Kostenrahmen deutlich: teure Prestigeprojekte. Eine Studie liefert jetzt eine Erklärung dafür, die die Verantwortlichen entlastet - zumindest ein bisschen. [...] Sie seien komplex und bahnbrechend, sodass Standardverfahren kaum möglich seien und die Herausforderungen erst mit dem Fortschritt des Projekts ans Tageslicht kommen. "Das führt dazu, dass 90 Prozent aller Megaprojekte ihr Budget und ihren Zeitplan überschreiten".
white  elephant  HS2  BER  Hinkley  Point  C  public  investment  infrastructure  investment  public  transportation 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Deutsche Bahn: Die größte Lebenslüge der Politik - Kommentar - SPIEGEL ONLINE
Erstmals seit Jahren steht die Deutsche Bahn vor einem Verlust - zumindest offiziell. Denn in Wahrheit ist die Lage schlimmer: Der Konzern ist schon lange unprofitabel - das Minus wird nur von den Zuschüssen der Steuerzahler verdeckt.
Public  Good  infrastructure  utility  transportation  transportation  Germany  underinvestment  investment  Fiscal  Pact  Schuldenbremse  Wolfgang  Schäuble  austerity 
december 2015 by asterisk2a
Apple CEO Tim Cook: ‘Massive Change’ Is Coming to Cars | Re/code
Apple CEO Tim Cook said that the automotive industry is at the precipice of “massive change” — though he stopped short of saying whether the world’s most valuable company would play a role in that transformation.
Apple  automotive  autoindustry  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  Tesla  Motors  Apple  automotive  industry  Uber  public  transportation  Millennials  cost  of  ownership  generationy  transportation  urbanisation  urban  planning 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Robert Reich - Timeline Photos
In some cities – San Francisco, Seattle, Boston, New York – it’s 40 to 50 percent. What’s the solution? Part of it is better public transportation – so people can live further away from where they work, in affordable housing. But rather than invest more in public transportation, America is disinvesting. We're spending a smaller percentage of our GDP on public transit now than at any time since World War II. Why? Ask Republicans in Congress and in state legislatures.
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: September 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
Private Education (Charter Schools) that get public money, without the public being involved in decision-making how to spend that public money ... were outlawed/illegal, by Seattle Judges 6-2. //&! Tax exception of universities. Yale (4th richest uni of USA with 20bn in endowments) is being subsidized by people of the 7th poorest state. no property tax (largest land owner & employer in New Haven (Connecticut)). Public Services (Fire, Police, Hospitals) & Infrastructure. //&! min 41 Greg Mankiw: carbon tax would discriminate (burden too much) the middle class & poor with no wage growth last 30 yrs in disposable income vs corporates, well off, Super Rich, 1%. Rebuttal: tax more progressively those who can afford it. The crux of a carbon tax & tobin tax, setting it nationally, corporate lobby that it "will" be anti-competitive. Destroy Jobs. // 47:35 Science & Money. 1:09:20 Hegemony 1:22:20 public transport, US dogma; THE CAR! Committed 2 Private Free Enterprise. << Ideology. LA traffic
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Global Capitalism: October 2015 Monthly Update - YouTube
33:40 Price Increase 13.1% 2013/14. Big Pharma + Lobby + insurance company + letting itself being sugar-coated-medical profession = medical-industrial complex. A cosy relationship. // Big Sugar. Big Tobacco. Big Oil/Fossil Fuel. // US spends more % (18%) of GDP on medical related expenses than any other developed/western country. //&! 44:40 - VW! No.1 air polluter is private automobil. "we are not talking about more profits. but maximising profits while accepting the contribution to air pollution and death of the vulnerable (asthma). [...] fraud. that caused who know how many people. [...] example of what capitalism is. if there is more money to make. do it." [+ Zeitarbeit, Leiharbeit exploitation] "deadly behaviour of conglomerates (many recalls blamed on complexity of car) in a rational society, but no questions have been asked." [] [Underinvestment in public transportation in USA. 1/2 of Berlin citizens have no car. tell that LA.] "Decision to Deceive. Knowingly harm People."
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october 2015 by asterisk2a
Cycling: three-quarters of Britons support more spending on bike use | Environment | The Guardian
[ where is the bike lobby here? its a bn dollar business. ] Biggest ever survey on subject says people would like government to spend almost seven times more on bike infrastructure than it does now. [...] Currently, about 1% to 2% of all trips in the UK are made by bike, as against figures of 25% or more in some nations, such as the Netherlands. Activists argue that more bike use would greatly help combat the ongoing health crisis caused by physical inactivity, as well as reducing vehicle pollution, among other benefits. “The message from the public couldn’t be clearer: there’s a desire to cycle more, but that a lack of safe places to ride bikes is off ­putting,” said Jason Torrance, policy director at Sustrans. [...] “Physical inactivity, congestion and declining air quality cost our economy billions. Governments must act to secure a greater share of current transport investment for cycling and walking.”
underinvestment  air  pollution  noise  pollution  public  transportation  transportation  urban  planning  urbanisation  commuting  quality  of  life  standard  of  living  living  standard  public  health  policy  public  health  health  crisis  sick  population  sedentary  lifestyle  lifestyle  medicine  active  lifestyle  lifestyle  western  lifestyle  Nudge  theory  NHS  Cycling  British  Cycling  incentive  infrastructure  investment  city  living  carbon  tax  carbon  trading  scheme  carbonfootprint  carbonemission  emissions  CO2  NXo 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Why are London cyclists so white, male and middle-class? | UK news | The Guardian
[ road safety, road cycling lessons, reform of laws putting cyclist on equal status as road user, campaign against road rage, better weather?, ] A fascinating study of why some Londoners cycle and others don’t illuminates cultural obstacles Boris Johnson’s cycling plans must overcome [...] One of its main findings concerns the congruence between being someone who cycles and an entire social identity bound up with class, ethnicity, values and aspirations. In other words, London cyclists were seen as being a certain sort of person: “Somebody who’s quite environmentally friendly, probably quite independent, maybe a bit of a leftie, vegetarian,” observed a woman called Michelle. Another participant, Julia, a cycling young professional, was very candid about these cultural associations and embraced them. “I mean, to be fair, it does make me feel smug, my friends joke that it’s very middle-class and they joke that it sort of fits with the lifestyle of gardening, listening to Radio 4, ...
public  transportation  sedentary  lifestyle  active  lifestyle  Cycling  bicycling  British  Cycling  public  health  policy  public  health  health  crisis  identity  identification  lifestyle  medicine  lifestyle  western  lifestyle  overweight  obesity  epidemic  obesity  Environmental  Movement  transportation 
october 2015 by asterisk2a
Concern over hidden diesel pollutant - BBC News
Atmospheric levels of a little known by-product from diesel engines are up 70 times higher than expected according to a study. Researchers found that long-chain hydrocarbons are significantly under-reported in car manufacturers' data. These hydrocarbons are a key component of two of the worst air pollutants, ozone and particulate matter. The authors believe these "hidden" emissions are having a large impact on air quality in cities like London. The exhaust pipes of diesel-fuelled trucks and cars produce an array of emissions that have different impacts on the air that people breathe. Complicated mixture The nitrogen dioxide and particles that are emitted from burning diesel have a direct impact on human health in cities. But diesel also contains more complex, long-chain hydrocarbons, whose role in air pollution has been little understood until now. [ science ] There have been several air pollution alerts in London over the past two years
air  pollution  city  living  public  transportation  transportation  living  standard  standard  of  living  quality  of  life  urbanisation  urban  planning  public  health  policy  public  health  pollution  emissions  carbonemission  carbonfootprint  science 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Revealed: British ministers tried to block EU moves to clean up air quality | Environment | The Guardian
A document obtained by the Observer reveals that the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs has been advising British MEPs to vote against legislation that would oblige countries to carry out “routine and non-routine” inspections on vehicles’ “real-world” emissions. [...] The revelation will add to the growing concerns over the government’s commitment to tackling air pollution. It follows the admission last week that the Department for Transport had ignored significant evidence of the fraudulent practices being employed by the car industry when this was sent to it a year ago. About 29,000 deaths in the UK are hastened by inhalation of minute particles of oily, unburnt soot emitted by all petrol engines and an estimated 23,500 by the invisible but toxic gas nitrogen dioxide (NO2) discharged by diesel engines.
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september 2015 by asterisk2a
BBC - Capital - The world’s gridlocked cities
Some commuters waste more than 90 hours a year stuck in bumper-to-bumper traffic. No wonder road rage is on the rise. But who suffers the most? Scroll over the numbers below to see just how congested other cities have become. The figures represent the average percentage of extra travel time experienced by drivers compared to free flow travel times. // LA Part of Top 10!
commuting  public  transportation  infrastructure  infrastructure  investment  well  being  air  pollution  noise  pollution  happiness  index  chronic  stress  productivity 
september 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin on the Fall of Capitalism and the Internet of Things - YouTube
// good and services - commoditisation - near priceless. // mass market becomes zero marginal cost business - commodity! thus have to differentiate ie through freemium/premium/subscription model! two tier. // attention span - news is free, ppl are satiated quiet often with free news, that they don't pay for premium products (except niche) like analysis&perspective & brand pull. have to add more value to core value prop and intangible value - like community & leadership // every consumer can become a prosumer //
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Tech Stocks Rebound: Bloomberg West (Full Show 8/25) - YouTube
15:53 - you can build sw companies everywhere else. cost of living out of control as well dampens quality of life and standard of living. // lower burn rate, more time, more runway to find traction (product market fit) beyond MVP,
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Ways to think about cars — Benedict Evans
PREPARING FOR THE IMPACT OF DRIVERLESS CARS - http://www.newgeography.com/content/005024-preparing-impact-driverless-cars --- "By combining ride sharing with car sharing—particularly in a city such as New York—MIT research has shown that it would be possible to take every passenger to his or her destination at the time they need to be there, with 80 percent fewer cars. Clearing the roads of four out of five cars has momentous consequences for cities, by measures such as environment, traffic, efficiency, and even parking.
ownership  cost  of  ownership  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  Share  Economy  on-demand  convenience  Apple  Apple  Google  Inc.  Tesla  Motors  public  transportation  transportation 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Unions protest as rail fares rise three times faster than wages over five years | Money | The Guardian
The FT takes the same grim line, pointing out that season tickets and other regulated fares have risen by 25% in real terms since 2010 while average pay rose 8.7%. The Daily Express grumbles: "In return travellers continue to battle with trains that are frequently delayed and hugely overcrowded. All the while rail bosses pick up huge pay packets and some petulant unions misuse their ability to cause chaos." /// &! bbc.in/1E1VSqd &! Rail fares: Minister Patrick McLoughlin defends rises - bbc.in/1BbUkWs // &! bbc.in/1CpMwym - Election 2015: Conservatives in rail fare inflation pledge // &! To Rise 1% in Jan 2016 - bbc.in/1E1VSqd
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august 2015 by asterisk2a
Never mind driverless cars – we need intelligent transport systems | Paul Mason | Comment is free | The Guardian
Rather than apply advanced technology to redesign the car, wouldn’t it be more revolutionary to fully realise the potential of automated road transport?
public  transportation  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars 
august 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber Acquires Part of Bing’s Mapping Assets | Hacker News
http://techcrunch.com/2015/06/29/uber-acquires-part-of-bings-mapping-assets-will-absorb-around-100-microsoft-employees/ &! This acquisition plus the Carnegie Mellon robotics lab acquisition [1] makes it pretty certain they are doubling down and putting huge technical investments into autonomous cars. They are perfect for it too - but damn if that isn't quick considering how long they have been on the market. [...] [ & ] This is notable in my mind as I can't recall a "reverse-acqui-hire" of this size quite like this. What I mean is, usually it is the MSFTs/GOOG/APPLs of the world scooping out chunks of tech talent from smaller firms or taking them over altogether, not the other way around.
Uber  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars  public  transportation  transportation  transportation  industry  Google  Google  X 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber’s drivers are employees, not “contractors”: California labor commission ruling | PandoDaily
[ Uber is not a stakeholder in the local economy and does not share economic interest of the population at large. Uber = privatization of public/private transportation. an option for convenience. trading money for time and convenience ] Uber’s business model—skim profits off drivers, while avoiding the expenses that come with hiring drivers as employees—just suffered a major blow: the California labor commission has just ruled that Uber’s drivers are, in fact, employees, not contractors. Uber, which has seen its valuation soar to over $50 billion, can no longer claim that it is just a nifty little app that happens to pair up micro-entrepreneurial drivers and consumers, thereby avoiding the expenses and laws that other transportation and logistics companies have to bear. The ruling will significantly impact Uber’s valuation, now that they’ll have to pay and treat their drivers like employees.
Uber  1099  Economy  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  self-employment  precarious  work  Precariat  working  poor  Wall  Street  profit  maximisation  shareholder  value  crony  capitalism  exploitation  commodity  business  commoditization  public  transportation  transportation  public  utility  utility  infrastructure  infrastructure  investment  Software  Is  Eating  The  World  autonomous  car  self-driving  cars 
june 2015 by asterisk2a
Jeremy Rifkin at the #CGC15: “The Zero Marginal Cost Society” - YouTube
From Top-Down Corporations to Prosumer (ProAm) to everybody being a potentially player! thus entrepreneurship, differentiation, being remarkable (Seth Godin). Distributed. Collaborative. Open. Transparent. (Open Source). Lateral Power. (TaxiOS project (collaborative) vs Uber (top-down Wall Street proprietary profit maximisation shareholder value with no shared economic interest, crony capitalism [ youtu.be/wCLPizjSe6I ]). // GFC 147$/barrel of oil. Started at 90$/barrel of oil --- globalisation/economic growth has a ceiling its 147$ and its starts to get prohibitive at 90$ // aggregate energy efficiency // Transport, Smart Grid, Internet, IoT; moving power, thus economic power. economic value chain // human capital; economic activity entity // digital goods = zero marginal cost of additional unit sold // Share Economy transforms Capitalism which will not be the primary exclusive arbiter of economic life // favours electricity cooperatives, E.ON, EDF, RWE & Co have to pivot //
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
I was an undercover Uber driver :: Cover :: Philadelphia City Paper
I talked to maybe 20 randomly hailed UberX and Lyft drivers between November and March. All but one were male immigrants, primarily from Africa, South Asia and the Middle East, and most spoke heavily accented English. It's a completely different group from the drivers I'm able to get in touch with through Uberpeople.net, the demographics of which I'd call "Reddit-ish." All the immigrant drivers who spoke to me took a lot of pride in providing excellent service. Few had been Uber drivers for more than a month or two. Many were helping support multiple family members, most had at least one other job and all worked hours that would reduce me to a weeping wreck in a month. [// working on a marketplace platform does not allow you to differentiate yourself // Seth Godin - being remarkable, the purple cow] [Uber also in transparent about cost structure for drivers and their own mini business] [Uber&Co, bc of marketplace, is resistant 2 workers protests] [there is also no minimum wage]
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
After Your Job Is Gone | TechCrunch
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may 2015 by asterisk2a
Uber, the Rashomon | PandoDaily
[ low skill, routine job ] When an Uber glides to its appointed pickup point, what do we see? Do we see an innovator hastening the inexorable shift to a new information-based economy? Or an arrogant bully using cheap capital, greed, and a dangerous, misogynist culture of convenience to consolidate a trillion dollar market? Or do we see both? [...] I’m sure pure Uber defenders exist, but the truth is, most of us are worried about the sheer expression of capitalistic force that the company represents. [...] Uber is the poster child for our global conversation about the role of work in our society, and about the kind of company we want to create, work at, and celebrate. [SV] its male-dominated, aggressive philosophy of “breaking things fast” and “asking for forgiveness rather than permission.” Uber feels inevitable — a uniquely of-the-moment company, a mirror held up to the Valley’s aggregate psyche.
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april 2015 by asterisk2a
How Uber’s Autonomous Cars Will Destroy 10 Million Jobs And Reshape The Economy by 2025 « CBS San Francisco
[The 2nd Industrial Revolution enabled by Moore's Law from 2000-2030/50: autonomous cars, software eats the world, marketplaces, share economy, automation, robotics, AI/augmented reality, local - just in time manufacturing via 3D printing, renewable energy and 100% recycling of everything.] The transition is already beginning to happen. Elon Musk, Tesla Motor’s CEO, says that their 2015 models will be able to self-drive 90 percent of the time.1 And the major automakers aren’t far behind – according to Bloomberg News, GM’s 2017 models will feature “technology that takes control of steering, acceleration and braking at highway speeds of 70 miles per hour or in stop-and-go congested traffic.”2 Both Google3 and Tesla4 predict that fully-autonomous cars – what Musk describes as “true autonomous driving where you could literally get in the car, go to sleep and wake up at your destination” – will be available to the public by 2020. (( via bit.ly/1DAKDDN ))
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february 2015 by asterisk2a
Video "Fernbusse bremsen Bahn aus" | Kontraste | ARD Mediathek
short sighted decisions without consequent (even if reactionary) adjustment. Fernbusse pay no similar taxes for using public roads (for profit, paid by tax payer) and bus stops. Plus safety is not guaranteed, +50% of drivers driving too long than allowed in public transportation law.
liberal  economic  reform  Career  Politicians  policy  error  policy  folly  Makers  Germany  public  transportation  Lobbying  lobbyist  lobby  deregulation  self-regulation  regulators  regulation  Deutsche  Bahn 
february 2015 by asterisk2a
Careful what you wish against: Silicon Valley just rolled out a red carpet to government regulation | PandoDaily
I never thought I’d write these words: Sometimes the public markets is the best thing that can happen to a hot company. [...] Today, Uber running a different playbook than even Facebook. First, it has controlled access to liquidity much more than Facebook ever did. But, by contrast, the company’s access to capital has been an exaggeration of Facebook’s already prodigious fundraising path. Uber has wholly embraced the notion of raising gargantuan amounts of money at jaw-dropping late stage valuations as an avenue to put off an IPO, seemingly indefinitely if it wants. That should suit a CEO like Uber’s Travis Kalanick who bristles at anyone telling him how to do his job and hates government regulation. Importantly, Uber is the first unicorn of the mobile-first era. [...] Uber’s investors have exerted no pressure on the Valley darling. [...] Reckless disregard for customers.
Secondary  Market  IPO  Facebook  Google  Uber  hunt  for  yield  unintended  consequences  dual  stock  structure  Travis  Kalanick  oversight  corporate  governance  corporate  values  corporate  culture  accountability  regulators  self-regulation  regulation  utility  public  utility  public  transportation  mobile  first  mobile  homescreen  Venture  Capital  Patriarchy  ethical  machine  moral  beliefs  crony  capitalism  distortion  Hype  Cycle  Whisper  Secret  user  data  Internet  Privacy  Privacy  TOS  Platform  history 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
Buzzfeed reveals that Uber exec boasted of planning smear campaign against Pando EIC, Sarah Lacy | PandoDaily
Uber  Travis  Kalanick  personal  values  corporate  values  corporate  governance  corporate  culture  Hype  Hype  Cycle  transportation  public  transportation  ethical  machine  self-employment  middleman  Niedriglohn  lohndumping  Lohnzurückhaltung  Niedriglohnsektor  precarious  work  Precariat  Prekariat  working  poor  minimum  wage  Lyft  competitive  competitiveness  Silicon  Valley  squeezed  middle  class  middle  class  middleclass  crony  capitalism  profit  maximisation  exploitation  Wall  Street 
november 2014 by asterisk2a
A Conversation on Future Urbanism, Tech Hubs | TechCrunch
I think in summary, neither system is able to stop gentrification or displacement. But New York’s regional integration and better transit make for a more dynamically adjusting system where residents have to continuously (or constantly) re-evaluate their cost of living. In contrast, San Francisco’s orientation of growth control might help it a smaller-town feel. But market-rate rents can climb dramatically with even a modest amount of population growth, while elderly and longstanding tenants can end up in a pretty jarring and tragic situation if they face an owner move-in or Ellis Act eviction. If they are displaced, the San Francisco Bay Area has a weaker and less integrated transit system. That means displaced tenants can end up with a multi-hour commute, which is deeply disruptive to family and community life and on access to jobs.
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
News Roundtable: [...] deconstructing employment - YouTube
min 34 + https://news.ycombinator.com/item?id=8406358 "The article doesn't really examine productivity, it is examining wages." - Digital revolution has yet to fulfil its promise of productivity and better jobs (economist.com) +!+ http://www.reddit.com/r/Futurology/comments/2i5nse/the_economist_labour_is_steadily_losing_out_to/ - http://www.economist.com/news/special-report/21621160-labour-steadily-losing-out-capital-those-have-shall-be-given 'It's The Economist making a case for wealth redistribution!' +!+ How computers threaten the jobs of mid-skilled workers (economist.com) - youtu.be/PR8OkkfvnT8 'few benefiters + we need substantial skill upgrading and change in education policy' +!+ Is A.I. the problem or the solution? youtu.be/lge-dl2JUAM - Automation, Robotics, mid-skilled jobs, routine jobs, lessons from Industrial Revolution, need investment in practical skills for the future, infrastructure investment, education policy, Universal Basic Income - so that no one is left behind
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october 2014 by asterisk2a
Why San Francisco may not be the most useful reference point for the Uber-ification of local transport | PandoDaily
But San Francisco may not be a great prototype for other markets. For one, the state of the local transportation in the city has been abysmal for years. SF taxis are regarded by residents and visitors as some of the worst among major US cities in terms of cleanliness, reliability, and service. The city’s BART and Muni rail systems aren’t much better across any of those measures. That is to say, San Francisco residents have had more reason than most to look for local transportation alternatives.
San  Francisco  infrastructure  transportation  public  transportation  quality  of  life  city  living  urban  planning  cost  of  living  living  environment  living  spaces  living  standard  standard  of  living 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Uber continues to screw its “partners,” now by forcing Uber Black drivers to accept UberX fares | PandoDaily
Another issue arises when drivers contemplate simply rejecting these economy tier ride requests. Uber drivers are, after, all independent contractors – a point the company has gone to great lengths to make clear. On the surface, it seems they should be free to accept or reject any ride they choose. According to forum comments, however, Uber drivers are required to maintain a minimum 80 percent ride acceptance rate to remain in the company’s good graces – the best performers exceed 97 percent, the company tells its drivers. Ignore too many inbound ride requests when you are the closest vehicle and the result could be some combination of reprimand/probation, lost bonus income, or, in extreme cases, deactivation of the driver’s account. [...] Uber has stated that its mission is to undercut the cost of car ownership. In pursuit of this goal, it seems like the company is increasingly emphasizing its economy tier services at the expense of its one-time baller image.
Uber  self-employment  contractor  business  model  cost  of  ownership  transportation  urban  transportation  urban  planning  public  transportation  public  transport  urbanisation  city  living  PR  public  relations  branding  Brand  Travis  Kalanick  zero  sum  game  commodity  business  commoditization  differentiation  differentiate 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
A Financial Model Comparing Car Ownership with UberX (Los Angeles) — Medium
So there you have it… for the average American who drives 13,476 miles per year, owning a motor vehicle will cost them $12,744 per year to maintain, and the cost of taking UberX everywhere will cost them $18,115 per year. However, Americans who drive less than 9,481 miles in a year should seriously consider ditching their car, because UberX will be cheaper. Whether it’s UberX, UberPool, Lyft, LyftLine or Sidecar, the factors that will determine whether these services are actually cheaper really come down to how many miles you drive in a year.
Uber  Lyft  car  ownership  transportation  sharing  economy  convenience  Services  Industry  service  economy  service  cost  of  ownership 
september 2014 by asterisk2a
Listen up, America: It’s time to start making mass transit free! - Salon.com
But where do the benefits of free ridership accrue, if not to riders themselves? To drivers, who enjoy less congested roads and free parking spaces? To local businesses, who reap the benefits of increased mobility and local spending power? To everyone, in the form of clean air? It’s not an abstract question when the bill comes due, and answering it has proven a formidable obstacle to cities, like San Francisco and Portland, that have studied the possibility of making transit free.
public  transportation  city  living  urban  planning  urbanisation  quality  of  life  frictionless  friction  Uber  service  economy  service  industry  convenience  unintended  consequences  complexity  incomplete  information  courage  Career  Politicians  Leadership  Vision  congestion  charge  London  NYC  New  York  Berlin  commuting  air  pollution 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
The Pressures Driving Adaptive Re-Use and Silicon Valley’s Strange Reverse Commute | TechCrunch
[... It wouldnt be all that bad if public transportation and infrastructure would be up to par with the ambitions of the inhabitants ...] If the city doesn’t revisit the caps, there will continue to be intense pressure and competition for existing space in old buildings, which will push out lower paying tenants. Tech may spill over into Oakland’s downtown district, where office vacancy rates hover at 15.5 percent compared to San Francisco’s 10.6 percent rate, which is the lowest nationwide behind New York and Portland. If current trends hold, commercial real estate firm Cassidy Turley says San Francisco’s vacancy rates may dip to 5 percent by year-end, driving rents higher. If the city does revisit the caps — which will not affect office supply for years in any case – the region will have to figure out housing for all those workers too. Tough choices loom ahead.
San  Francisco  Silicon  Valley  Palo  Alto  Mountain  View  Gentrified  gentrification  urban  planning  urbanisation  Oakland  infrastructure  investment  infrastructure  public  transportation  Policy  Makers  Career  Politicians 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Bill Gurley schools NYU professor: Uber will be 25x bigger than you think | PandoDaily
[ + long tail use cases and cases that seem in retrospect obvious but currently are foggy (ie owning a car in the city for ppl a luxury good), car ownership deemed inefficient/waste of money; when car is used only ~5% during the day and there are clearly cheaper and if not even more convenient options of daily transportation on offer. ] Gurley, who is one of the smartest and most articulate figures in all of venture capital (and who just happens to be an early Uber investor and board member) laid out a more than 4,500-word argument for why Damodaran underestimated the Uber opportunity by no less than a factor of 25. The Benchmark Capital partner was diplomatic, apologetic even, but that made his dismantling of the professor’s reasoning no less thorough.
Blue  Ocean  Uber  marketplace  efficiencies  marketplace  inefficiencies  value  creation  added  value  intangible  value  Proposition  Core  Product  Proposition  Lyft  Travis  Kalanick  Bill  Gurley  Venture  Capital  frictionless  friction  convenience  management  Product/Market  Fit  consumer  aspirational  experience  Product  Design  Vision  leadership  transportation  public  transportation  urbanisation  urban  planning  city  living  long-tail  longtail  long-term  thinking  long-term  view  hypothesis  incomplete  information  unknown  unknowns  complexity  unintended  consequences 
july 2014 by asterisk2a
Elon Musk: How I'm Guaranteeing Tesla Model S Car - YouTube
- worth of purchase - a little Poker. Knowing that he got the better hand. a much better hand. he did his math. great move. bold move. vision. inspirational. leadership. ... end of interview 7 minute in talking about Nissan Leaf ... "we will never do a product that we don't 100% believe in." +++ UK Launch - http://youtu.be/K-uLAFb7GOg // talking about California and UK public transportation +++ // Justine Musk abt their pre-nups, mediation, divorce and other private accounts - http://jezebel.com/5637920/the-special-hell-of-being-a-starter-wife - http://www.marieclaire.com/sex-love/relationship-issues/millionaire-starter-wife ". I didn't want to be a sideline player in the multimillion-dollar spectacle of my husband's life. I wanted equality. I wanted partnership. I wanted to love and be loved, the way we had before he made all his millions." + http://jalopnik.com/5877243/elon-musk-unplugs-second-marriage-to-talulah-riley - "I think the foundation of love is virtue,"
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july 2014 by asterisk2a
Travis Kalanick of Uber - TWiST #180 - YouTube
MVP - minimal viable product, test of thesis; they rented a handful of cars with drivers in SF & build little app, the rest is history. make move to not have drivers but enable people to be drivers with income. Uber - elegance, design, ... this is now a brand, a status symbol. +++ on demand lifestyle, making magic happen via technology - employing STEM people. +++ could, because of supply liquidity, deliver, at premium, food to your door. +++ because of their technology, their platform, they either could licence out their problem solving platform (ie demand prediction - people just opening up the app - math is an operational cornerstone) to air transportation and or goods transportation. +++ Travis Kalanick at Startup School 2012 - http://youtu.be/rQ6GoY2_Ujw >> multi-product company - for different budgets. Operations, Scaling - one problem that needed solving, a Playbook for expanding from one city to the next. Changing how u live, over months. not decades, today's age.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Tesla Opens Up Patents to Promote Electric Vehicles | Re/code
Elon Musk's legacy will not just be Tesla Motors and SpaceX. It will also be this, being concerned about the future, that the velocity of which the electric car spreads to the consumer around the world isn't steep enough in order to make a dent in the world ... in the world's carbon emission reduction / global warming. He puts the common and public good before profits and WallStreet. Knowing and banking on the Tesla Brand and still having the first mover advantage in 5 years. Elon Musk picks his fights really well. Marrying a capitalistic profit motive of a company that was on the brink of failure and the public good/common good of reducing carbon footprint of the world. Establishing, enabling industry standards. Preventing technological incompatibilities and silos. Trying to prevent consumer frustration and friction. This is Win-Win. If Wall Street tanks the Stock this Friday, we should all give up ... on Wall Street already. // http://onforb.es/1mNg7Jw
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Commentary: Uber’s $18.2B Valuation Is a Head Scratcher - Digits - WSJ
That’s a worthy mission, but the wrinkle is that Uber is entering what is essentially a frictionless market (for both drivers and riders) in which its services are a commodity. The company’s phenomenal growth so far (we don’t know the actual numbers, but doubling in revenue every 6 months is what Kalanick claims) has been built on the back of low-hanging fruit — expansion into new cities, particularly where taxi availability is low — and levels of dissatisfaction among taxi drivers that may be temporal. (When I asked drivers who had a particular loyalty to Lyft why they liked the company, they said they felt it treated them better in general.) In both respects, Uber’s growth is reminiscent of Groupon, and we know what happened to them.
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june 2014 by asterisk2a
Draper University & Tim Draper's state of California | Launch Festival 2014 - YouTube
California is 50th in tersm of edu cost (too expensive), California spends 3% of their rev on infrastructure investments. ... It has to be really bad that they see as only solution to make it smaller. make 6. The only good thing that has CA going is the weather and that can have unintended consequences as well - extreme weather events, droughts, wildfires, flashfloods, ... http://www.economist.com/blogs/democracyinamerica/2014/02/splitting-up-california + http://www.advancingafreesociety.org/eureka/sacramento-spotlight-six-californias-part-1-demographics-of-the-new-states/ + http://www.equities.com/editors-desk/economy-markets/economic-data-news/the-economic-impact-of-six-californias + http://draperuniversity.com/ ||| +++ http://youtu.be/2q8XOhm_LDE -- BOOK ! 'The race for reinvention' ""The Fourth Revolution: The Global Race to Reinvent the State"" - - IN THEIR new book, John Micklethwait and Adrian Wooldridge explain why the state faces a historic juncture
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may 2014 by asterisk2a
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