The Importance of Servicing Your Own Bike | Outside Online
Then of course there's the matter of being prepared for mechanicals during your ride. You'll know how to fix them, plus you'll have a much better idea of what's worth carrying with you in the first place. After all, what good is that awkward 80-piece-cram-it-all-into-one-multitool if you don't know how to use it? A tool roll or saddlebag with some well-designed essentials and a headful of knowledge is a lot more useful than that flying orb from Phantasm.
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7 days ago
heiUP Philipp Stockhammer, Corinna Forberg, Gustavo Ribeiro, Patrice Ladwig, Susanne Knaller, Jens Schröter, Rune Graulund, Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer, Alexander Schwan, Charlotte Schreiter, Eberhard Ortland, Birgit Mersmann, Christoph Brumann, Michae
since academics also need to be authors, our tendency, as in any other realm, is to abhor copies and praise originality, something made clear by the use of expressions such as “my own theory is” and “in my view.”
In academic life, nowhere is the scorn for copying greater than when the issue is plagiarism, a problem that has consistently grown since “cut and paste” became a popular jargon. Cut and paste problematizes the pedagogical role of copying. One thing is a handwritten copy of a published text, the other is its digital copy. A handwritten copy demands a time of reflection, of getting acquainted with the author’s ideas, of thinking about how to appropriate and criticize interpretations. The digital copy is an almost instantaneous action in which the content being copied may remain completely unknown. I am not so interested in the ethical problems triggered by plagiarism and forgery which, most of the time, are related to moral and professional deceptions and to frustrated economic interests.
copying  copyright  scholarly 
7 days ago
How Civilization Started | The New Yorker
there is a crucial, direct link between the cultivation of cereal crops and the birth of the first states. It’s not that cereal grains were humankind’s only staples; it’s just that they were the only ones that encouraged the formation of states. “History records no cassava states, no sago, yam, taro, plantain, breadfruit or sweet potato states,” he writes. What was so special about grains? The answer will make sense to anyone who has ever filled out a Form 1040: grain, unlike other crops, is easy to tax. Some crops (potatoes, sweet potatoes, cassava) are buried and so can be hidden from the tax collector, and, even if discovered, they must be dug up individually and laboriously. Other crops (notably, legumes) ripen at different intervals, or yield harvests throughout a growing season rather than along a fixed trajectory of unripe to ripe—in other words, the taxman can’t come once and get his proper due. Only grains are, in Scott’s words, “visible, divisible, assessable, storable, transportable, and ‘rationable.’ ” Other crops have some of these advantages, but only cereal grains have them all, and so grain became “the main food starch, the unit of taxation in kind, and the basis for a hegemonic agrarian calendar.” The taxman can come, assess the fields, set a level of tax, then come back and make sure he’s got his share of the harvest.
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Brexit: MPs urged not to 'frustrate' repeal bill - BBC News
RT : "Give me more power or there'll be chaos"
- the refrain from dictators across the ages!
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RT : Or, perhaps, ask whether roads are the right place for people to store their personal possessions
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ELEMNT MINI Bike Computer w/ Bluetooth SMART | Wahoo Fitness
Wahoo ELEMNT MINI is the bike computer for those that want max data in a mini package! ELEMNT MINI comes with two connection options: phone free mode and phone mode. In both modes, the ELMENT MINI pairs seamlessly with the Wahoo RPM Speed Sensor included in the box, as well as other Wahoo heart rate monitors and cadence sensors. It works with our free ELEMNT Companion App that allows you to set up your data fields, customize profiles, track performance, and share ride data effortlessly - no more confusing menus! When in phone mode, the ELEMNT MINI gives you ride tracking, full ride data analysis, and call & text pop-up notifications. MINI is designed to work only with Wahoo dual-band sensors to ensure the connectivity – and in turn your ride experience – is absolutely flawless.
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8 days ago
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My man Dmitri Broe passed today. Always a pleasure.
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RT : Premières couleurs d'automne au parc de Procé 🍁
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Disabled and older campaigners say NO to shared space › Transport for all › Accessible Transport in London
Transport for All (TfA) and the National Federation of the Blind of the UK (NFBUK) were joined by campaigners from across the Country to protest outside Parliament – calling on the Government to stop the introduction of shared space schemes. This came after the Women and Equalities Select Committee Report called for their immediate halt in April of this year. They supported Michael Pringle, who’s three year old child Clinton Pringle was killed in shared space in Jersey last year. Michael Pringle travelled down from Scotland to lead the group to petition Number 10 on this issue.

Shared space schemes are a design concept which removes the barriers between vehicles, pedestrians and cyclists encouraging everybody to share the same road space.
urban  cycling  walking  driving 
9 days ago
Lords of Misrule | Matt Stoller
By the mid-2000s, though, Sporkin’s Silver Age faded into brass—and got smeared with generous helpings of chickenshit. One of the chief villains here is Mary Jo White, who headed the Southern District before Jim Comey and trained Preet Bharara. When she was appointed to run the SEC in 2013, President Obama said that “You don’t want to mess with Mary Jo.” Like much of the pseudo-populist rhetoric of the Obama age, it was fake tough-guy talk; Mary Jo White was in fact a softie at the SEC, pulling back on the already fading agency’s disclosure rules. Before she took the reins, she had represented some of the key villains in the financial crisis. This in itself is not a disqualification; what is scandalous is that she was caught discussing a proposal to procure a private-sector job for the SEC official who was in charge of investigating one of her clients, then Morgan Stanley CEO John Mack. Sure enough, the official got his job at her law firm, and Mack was never charged. Everything about White, from Obama’s phony get-tough bluster, to White’s delusional sense of her own upstanding moral character in the face of rancid corruption, to the destruction of Sporkin’s legacy, is sickening beyond belief.
finance  law  us  politics 
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RT : Was it the opportunity to kill a million people in a totally unrelated country?
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J'ai testé le Bike&Run, une excellente manière d'allier tactique et symbiose! - Elles font du vélo  
C’est une épreuve sportive qui se prbike&runatique en équipe de deux, en mixte ou pas. Il s’agit de parcourir une distance donnée avec son partenaire avec un seul vélo pour deux, baskets aux pieds et casque sur la tête. On est libre de partager le vélo comme bon nous semble ou plutôt comme notre forme nous le permet. Le tout étant d’arriver ensemble au bout au plus vite. En résumé on fait du vélo et on court en alternance.
cycling  running  sport  français 
9 days ago
This is how your world could end | Environment | The Guardian
the most common maximums for wet-bulb temperatures around the world are 26C to 27C. Wet-bulb temperatures of 35C or higher are lethal to humanity. Above this limit, it is impossible for humans to dissipate the heat they generate indefinitely and they die of overheating in a matter of hours, no matter how hard they try to cool off.

“So we were trying to get across the point that physiology and adaptation and these other things will have nothing to do with this limit. It’s the easy-bake oven limit,” he said. “You cook yourself, very slowly.”

What that means is that this limit is likely far too generous for human survivability.

“When you do real modelling, you hit a limit much sooner, because human beings aren’t wet socks,” he said. According to Huber and Sherwood’s modelling, 7C of warming would begin to render large parts of the globe lethally hot to mammals. Continue warming past that and truly huge swaths of the planet currently inhabited by humans would exceed 35C wet-bulb temperatures and would have to be abandoned.
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9 days ago
Huge boost for renewables as offshore windfarm costs fall to record low | Environment | The Guardian
the “exceptionally low” results of a government auction on Monday for subsidy contracts show two offshore windfarms will be built for £57.50 per MWh, way below even the most extreme predictions. The price is half of what new offshore windfarms were being awarded just two years ago.
energy  renewables  uk 
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Offshore wind power cheaper than new nuclear - BBC News
RT : Offshore wind costs down 50% over past 5 years. £57.50/MWh for 15 years vs £92.50 for 35 years for Hinkley lunacy.
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New campaign from about bike crossings. "Cars Stop. Bikes Bike". Simple as that. W/
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Antediluvian Salad: Breaking Through the 4th Wall: OPEN SCIENCE's Promise of a New Scientific & Spiritual Kingdom
It is the system that is the problem. And it is the system that needs fixing.

It's high time that the modern peer review format goes through such a deconstruction and reconfiguration. Not, as some may wrongly be assuming, by abolishing the peer review process but by dramatically ameliorating the process of peer review in an exponential way. At the same time dropping the curtain on scientific process and controversy, making both creators and reviewers accountable to their words. Creators will face more levels of scrutiny and question but they will also benefit from exponentially more collaboration and insight. Creators will no longer be held at the mercy of their reviewers as reviewers will no longer be anonymous and their critiques will be displayed to all. The inherent collaborative and synergistic methods of a truly free and liberal OPEN SCIENCE paradigm shift will dramatically and irrevocably speed up the process of science. Science operating at maximum RPM. Contrary to what many may fear I advocate, as sort of free for all of self publishing anarchy I actually hope to curtail that pitfall. By allowing any and all to submit their idea or work in whatever format or state of finality they choose all are given a shot and subject to online review. Therefore charges of "ivory tower" orthodoxy, academic bias, and in-group out group shenanigans get cut off right at the root. The lone wolf outsider, forever reeling at the unfair treatment they suffer from "the establishment" will be a thing of the past. In short the future of scientific communication as I envisage it will combine the best elements of the peer review process and the social media, group sourced, immediacy of "blogging" format while eschewing the problematic elements inherent in both practices.
sciencepublishing  openscience  peerreview  openaccess 
10 days ago
Brexiteer MP Peter Bone resurrects his cycle helmet compulsion bill | Bicycle Business | BikeBiz
In 2007, Peter Bone, the Tory MP for Wellingborough, and then Secretary of the All-Party Road Traffic Group, introduced a 10 minute rule bill on cycle helmet compulsion for children. The bill failed to win support. However, the MP – one of the leading proponents of Brexit – has returned to one of his pet causes and he has introduced a new bill, which would "require children under 16 to wear a safety helmet when riding a bicycle on a public highway; and for connected purposes."

This private member's bill is expected to have its second reading debate on 1st March. It's unlikely to reach the statute books
helmetwars  helmetlaw  dccomment 
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Reprieve | Death by Data
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12 days ago
» Speculation: Learning, Teaching and Knowledge Making
The core of Lave and Wenger’s argument is that to understand learning we have to see the learner as a whole person in a web of relationships. They propose that a particularly fruitful lens for analysing these relationships is to see learning as “legitimate peripheral participation” in a “community of practice”. That is, that productive learning occurs when a learner is licensed to be a participant in a community, and through that participation they become more fully engaged in its practices. They use case studies from models of apprenticeship as their material...
Ravetz’s (1971) Scientific Knowledge and its Social Problems. Ravetz is arguing that the most reliable scientific facts are ones that have been transferred and abstracted across multiple communities. In particular he discusses the process by which scientific claims that arise in specific communities are transmuted into the ahistorical stories that are used in standardised school curricula. The key point I took away was that teaching was a remarkably productive site to test candidate “facts” for their comprehensibility and salience to new community members. That is, the production of knowledge occurs at the boundaries of communities and is highly productive when it engages legitimate peripheral participants.
teaching  education  knowledge  sociology  science 
12 days ago
The Alliston case: after the verdict | Road Danger Reduction Forum
According to the Daily Mail,22 year old Wells was riding her motorbike at 44 mph in a 30 mph area “weaving in and out of traffic”, overtaking a lorry and undertaking a learner driver moments before hitting and killing 80 year-old Ian Rose as he got off a bus. Ms Wells had noticed a speed camera and checked her dashboard in a way which distracted her at the moment of collision. (It may be of interest that both prosecution and the media report highlight this last fact, possibly implying that the speed camera was a problem. Maybe that is being too cynical.)

Wells was given a suspended sentence, with the judge pointing out that she had shown remorse, was aware that she taken a life
crash_report  cycling  media  journalism 
12 days ago
Desmond Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi: 'Silence is too high a price' | World news | The Guardian
Desmond Tutu condemns Aung San Suu Kyi: 'Silence is too high a price' Seeking truth, justice and mercy.
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In Solidarity with Library Genesis and Sci-hub
We have the means and methods to make knowledge accessible to everyone, with no economic barrier to access and at a much lower cost to society. But closed access’s monopoly over academic publishing, its spectacular profits and its central role in the allocation of academic prestige trump the public interest. Commercial publishers effectively impede open access, criminalize us, prosecute our heroes and heroines, and destroy our libraries, again and again. Before Science Hub and Library Genesis there was Library.nu or Gigapedia; before Gigapedia there was textz.com; before textz.com there was little; and before there was little there was nothing. That's what they want: to reduce most of us back to nothing. And they have the full support of the courts and law to do exactly that.
sciencepublishing  politics  law  openaccess 
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Deterrence Believers Shoud Cheer the North Korean Bomb - Craig Murray
If the theory of nuclear deterrence holds true – and it is the only argument the supporters of WMD have got – then we should all be cheering the North Korean bomb. The logic of nuclear deterrence is that it is much better that every state has nuclear weapons, because then we can all deter each other. It is demonstrably true that possession of nuclear weapons is not a deterrent to other nations acquiring them. But it is supposed to deter other nations from using them. In which case, surely the more the merrier, so we can all deter each other.

The madness of the argument is self-evident. We are borrowing hundreds of billions we cannot afford for Trident, yet in all the reams of analysis of what to do about North Korea, Trident never gets a mention. It is a system entirely useless even in the one situation in which it was supposed to be effective.
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15 days ago
The Fall of Gruit and the Rise of Brewer's Droop by Stephen Harrod Buhner
Many people think hops became an additive to beer for its bittering and preservative qualities but the truth is quite different. Gruit was primarily a combination of three herbs: sweet gale (Myrica gale),
yarrow (Achillea millefolium), and marsh rosemary (Ledum palustre) though each commercial gruit ale varied somewhat. Different brewers added other herbs (such as juniper berries, ginger, caraway seed, aniseed, nutmeg, and cinnamon (1)) to produce unique tastes, flavors, and effects in their ale. The exact formula for competing gruit ales was, like that for Coca Cola, proprietary - a closely guarded secret. Each
of the three primary gruit herbs was also used alone in brewing simple beers in cottage practice. And references to one particular quality of those herbs abound in the literature of the times; they were extremely inebriating when fermented. The brewing historian Odd Nordland comments that among rural Norwegian brewers "It was said locally that when one drank much of [sweet gale], it was strongly intoxicating, with unpleasant after effects." (2) The English herbalist Maude Grieve notes in her seminal Modern Herbal that "The leaves [of marsh rosemary] are reputed to be more powerful than those of Ledum latifolium [Labrador Tea], and to have in addition some narcotic properties, being used in Germany to make beer more intoxicating." (3) But among them all yarrow, the innocuous garden herb, was best known as an inebriant.
alcohol  food  history 
15 days ago
Drinking and driving in Europe - IAS
Although the number of road accident deaths in the European Union dropped at the beginning of the 1990s, in recent years, the downward trend has stabilized. In the year 2000, road accidents killed over 40,000 people and injured more than 1.7 million in the fifteen countries of the existing Union. The age group most affected is the 14-25 year olds, for whom road accidents are the prime cause of death. One in three Europeans will be injured in a road traffic accident at some point in their lives. This directly costs the European Union 45 billion euros. Indirect costs (including physical and psychological damage suffered by the victims and their families) are three to four times higher. The annual figure is put at 160 billion euros, equivalent to 2 per cent of the Union's GNP.

The European Commission has estimated that one quarter of these deaths, 10000, are due to alcohol, at a cost of 40 billion euros per annum. This figure is likely to be an underestimate, since the global burden of disease study of the World Health Organization estimated in European countries that 45 per cent of the burden of disability arising from motor vehicle accidents for men and 18 per cent for women is attributable to alcohol. Between 1 per cent and 5 per cent of drivers have blood alcohol levels above their country's maximum limits, accounting for up to 20 per cent of fatal and serious injuries, and up to 25 per cent of driver fatalities. Fatal accidents involving large goods vehicles and buses account for about 18 per cent of all fatal accidents. Once involved in a road accident, large vehicles have the potential to cause severe property damage, disruption, delay, and traffic congestion especially in tunnels, on bridges, on main arterial roads, or in densely populated urban areas.
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I’m the Irish guy who writes for ‘Charlie Hebdo’
It was at this point that I got involved with Charlie Hebdo. Among the writers and artists who came to the magazine’s aid was the novelist Marie Darrieussecq. Mobilised by rage and dismay, she gathered some French writers and brought a posse with her. She kept a horse for me, and I will never stop being grateful to her.

Without hesitation I accepted her offer that I write for them. Without hesitation? I nearly bit her hand off.

Not everyone accepted. I can understand someone not doing it out of safety concerns, for themselves or their families. There were also those who refused for other reasons: to wait to see how the wind of opinion blew or to gauge the level of public support. I understand them, too, but I don’t much love them.
Don’t care

I got on board in late January and my first article appeared on February 20th. I share a column with Marie Darrieussecq and Yannick Haenel, and my work appears every two or three weeks.

What do I write about in Charlie? Typically and terrifyingly, they don’t really care. They’ll spike bullshit, and they’re total bastards about length, but apart from that it’s very much, “Go on. Knock yourself out. Take it out for a spin and see what it can do.”
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Themes : Dystopias : SFE : Science Fiction Encyclopedia
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GPs in England 'unconfident' discussing physical activity with patients – report | Society | The Guardian
Set out in July 2011 by the Chief Medical Office, national guidelines recommend that adults aged between 19 and 64 undertake 75 minutes of intense activity or 150 minutes of moderate physical activity a week.

But in 2015-16 more than a quarter of adults in England were deemed “inactive”, undertaking physical activity for less than half an hour a week.

Now a nationwide study [published in BrJGP] has revealed that 80% of GPs in England say they are unfamiliar with the national guidelines, and more than one in seven doctors say they are not confident raising the issue of physical activity with their patients.

“Many people have described [physical activity] as the most cost-effective drug we have, yet we are not implementing it properly,” said Justin Varney, co-author of the research from Public Health England (PHE). “This is as appropriate as having a conversation about smoking,” he added.
medicine  uk  exercise 
16 days ago
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GPs 'unconfident' discussing physical activity with patients - . For ethical implications -
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RT : Suburban sprawl - not as cheap as you might think.

🇨🇦edition.
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Smart Prosperity Institute | The Cost of Sprawl
RT : Suburban sprawl - not as cheap as you might think.

🇨🇦edition.
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Clitoris : pourquoi avoir attendu 2017 pour le représenter dans les manuels scolaires ?
Malgré les médecins protestants, le clitoris continue à intéresser la science. Ainsi, en 1844, le docteur allemand Georg Ludwig Kobelt schématise entièrement l'organe féminin : "Il a trouvé les bulbes vestibulaires, et pendant très longtemps il a été le seul à avoir décrit la neurologie sensitive du clitoris. Il a démontré que seul le gland du clitoris avait une riche innervation à fonction érogène", explique Jean-Claude Piquard, avant d'ajouter que jusqu'à 1920, ses travaux étaient présents dans tous les traités d'anatomie.

C'est en 1880 que tout bascule réellement, lorsqu'on comprend que l’ovule n’advient pas lors de l’orgasme, mais à un moment précis du cycle menstruel, et qu'il n'a donc aucun intérêt du point de vue de la fertilité. Le regard sur le clitoris change : non seulement il n'a pas de fonction procréative, mais en plus, il peut inciter les couples à pratiquer la masturbation réciproque, explique Jean-Claude Piquard.
sex  france  history  culture 
16 days ago
Hurricane Harvey raises awkward questions over US energy ambitions
With domestic consumption down slightly and exports surging, US oil import dependency plunged to a mere 25 per cent last year from as high as 60 per cent in 2005. On paper, that sounds like a big step for energy security. But the flipside is higher reliance on potentially vulnerable Gulf Coast infrastructure. On the downstream side, operating refining capacity in coastal Texas and Louisiana jumped by almost a quarter from about 7m barrels per day on the eve of Katrina to 9.7 bpd at the latest count, even as capacity elsewhere edged down, lifting the Gulf’s share of US refining activity to nearly half of the total.

The same dependency on the Gulf applies for logistics. Rising exports and falling imports turned the US into a net exporter of gasoline (including both finished product and blending components) last year. Roughly 90 per cent of gross exports came from the Gulf. The region leads the US surge in virtually all other types of oil exports by a wide margin: as of 2016, the Gulf accounted for 54 per cent of US exports of crude, 68 per cent of natural gas liquids, 86 per cent of diesel and 75 per cent of jet fuel — a much higher share of a much higher total.

One of the unexpected consequences of the US shale boom is the rising co-vulnerability of its increasingly complex and integrated energy system. Even inland plays such as the Permian, the shale industry’s star performer, seemingly out of harm’s way, have become exposed to the risk of weather disruptions at coastal refineries, pipelines and export facilities on which they depend for market access.
oil  energy  us  finance  economics 
16 days ago
Le photographe à l'origine du «mème» de l'été explique les secrets de son cliché
Si l’image est devenue LA blague de l’été 2017, elle a été prise en 2015 en Espagne lors d’un shooting. « J’ai pris la photo pour le travail », confirme Antonio Guillem au journal El Pais, qui avoue ne pas avoir appris tout de suite que sa photo était devenue si populaire. Il se souvient encore de cette séance photo, finalement très ordinaire. « Le scénario était improvisé car nous n’avions pas beaucoup de temps. Comme je travaille toujours avec les mêmes modèles, c’était relativement facile de composer une image », explique-t-il.
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London cycling and the “by chance” success of Amsterdam | UK news | The Guardian
Oldenziel records that there was a class element to the disciplining of Amsterdam cyclists, which had been going on in various forms for decades. Cycling was what the lower orders did and, in the view of the authorities, they did it in a manner that was unruly, unpredictable and a hindrance to the car-led future. The first segregated cycle lanes, introduced in the 1930s, were an outcome of the process of marginalising cycling rather than an attempt to encourage it. But from the mid-1970s, new social forces came into play. Amsterdam’s counter-culture, allied with its preservationist movement, reclaimed the city’s cycling heritage as part of its resistance to motor-domination and redevelopment...
Oldenziel, who had pedalled round parts of the capital during the afternoon, told me her research had found that traffic-calming measures have represented the best use of public money in European cities in terms of encouraging cycling. Making car parking more expensive produced strong results too and generated funds for road infrastructure changes. She was precise about what sort of infrastructure brings about the best results. “A lot of cycling lanes are at the expense of pedestrians or public transit,” she explained. “These infrastructure visions often mean travelling at a high speed from A to B. That’s actually a car mentality. What you want is an infrastructure that is about the living street: about negotiation, about meandering and traffic calming. We do need to invest in infrastructure, but not in separate lanes.”
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16 days ago
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RT : Voilà une réponse claire au tacle de d'hier soir 😏
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Yes, Google Uses Its Power to Quash Ideas It Doesn’t Like—I Know Because It Happened to Me
The criticism of Google had culminated in Lynn posting a statement to the think tank’s website “applauding” the European Commission’s decision to slap the company with a record-breaking $2.7 billion fine for privileging its price-comparison service over others in search results. That post was briefly taken down, then republished. Soon afterward, Anne-Marie Slaughter, the head of New America, told Lynn that his group had to leave the foundation for failing to abide by “institutional norms of transparency and collegiality.”

Google denied any role in Lynn’s firing, and Slaughter tweeted that the “facts are largely right, but quotes are taken way out of context and interpretation is wrong.” Despite the conflicting story lines, the underlying premise felt familiar to me: Six years ago, I was pressured to unpublish a critical piece about Google’s monopolistic practices after the company got upset about it. In my case, the post stayed unpublished.

I was working
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19 days ago
How a Bot Army Probably Got Me Kicked Off Twitter
This came after analysts from the Atlantic Council’s Digital Forensic Research Lab (DFR Lab) uncovered pro-Kremlin outlets and Twitter bots spreading a certain narrative around the Charlottesville, Virginia, protests. In response to DFR Lab’s work, an army of automated accounts turned on the researchers themselves, bombarding their notifications and manipulating their follower counts. I reported on these subsequent shenanigans Tuesday, and that’s when a relatively small wave of bots started following and retweeting me.

“Personally, I’ve never seen anything like this before. What happened to you is very strange indeed,” Donara Barojan from the DFR Lab told The Daily Beast, referring to Twitter restricting my account.

My tweet of the related article garnered around 1,300 retweets in a pretty short period of time Tuesday. Some of those accounts appear to be automated, with several retweeting the same, widespread selection of tweets. Twitter also temporarily restricted some of these accounts that retweeted my article, and many were Russian-language focused.
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Neuf minutes par heure des telles conneries sur la télé française ! L'interdiction de la pub pour la vo…
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RT : Motoring needs to be controlled: ↓speed, bad drivers banned, parking & fuel properly…
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Margaret McCartney: Why GPs are always running late | The BMJ
As a colleague puts it, general practice is based on a lie—a lie that we can do this safely and well in 10 minutes. I reckon that acceptably safe practice would take double that, and excellent practice would need more again to ensure that everything’s in place for proper, shared decision making.
medicine  uk  attention 
19 days ago
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eg City centres shd exclude cars altogether, & ↓spee…
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Nah—only take advice on bikewear from ppl who ride more than me—so lycra shorts go on for any ride >15k…
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