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Friday, February 28, 2014

Morning News: Cap on Rideshare and Boardings Up on Sound Transit

Posted by on Fri, Feb 28, 2014 at 8:29 AM

The Pacific Northwest

Bad news for the emerging pirate taxi community in Seattle (pirate taxi is what the business of rideshare is called in Zimbabwe): The majority of Seattle City Council members said yes to capping the number of drivers who can work for Lyft, uberX, and Sidecar. The proposal, if signed by the mayor, will also require drivers to be registered and tested. It certainly looks like the end of the pioneer age of Seattle's rideshare community is near.
(Seattle Times)

Good news from the Sound Transit folks: In the last quarter for 2013, Central Link's boardings were up by 14 percent, and this was continuous with "a year-long trend of double-digit increases." The total boardings for the year almost reached 10 million, and that was up 11 percent from 2012. All other modes of public transportation offered by Sound Transit showed impressive gains. Slowly but surely, we are becoming the city we need to be.
(Sound Transit)

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The very words Bill Livingston used to ring the alarm about a very bad and backward medical cannabis bill that cleared Washington's Senate Health Care committee yesterday: "Shit is getting real, pot people."

This crime story happened in Alaska: An employee of Sitka golf course, Kevin Taranoff, decided to deal with a brown bear that was causing all sorts of problems by leaving on the course food laced with antifreeze. But the bear did not eat the food. The bear had luck on its side. This luck, unfortunately, was not on the side of two pet dogs. They saw the food, ate it, and died. Their death lead to an investigation. This investigation ended with Taranoff being sentenced to 30 days in jail, receiving a $1,000 fine, and two years probation.
(Anchorage Daily News)


The United States

When Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer was deciding whether or not to veto a very nutty bill (S.B. 1062) that would permit Arizona business owners to discriminate on the grounds of their religious beliefs (she eventually vetoed it), she certainly had in her mind a letter sent from business leaders and board members of big corporations (like Bank of America, Intel, and the Arizona Cardinals). This letter (please picture it in her old mind) made it very clear (it was a "stern letter") that she should strike down the bill. Even neoliberals knew it was stupid and would be bad for business.
(Politico)

Obama tries to connect with young minority men by admitting that he too took drugs when he was a young man.
(CNN)

The amount of food the US wastes annually? The U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates it to be about 141 trillion calories a year, which is around 1,249 calories per capita per day.
(NPR)

As you can see in this image, some of those wasted calories do at least end up in the wild animals of the city.
  • As you can see in this image, some of those wasted calories do at least end up in the wild animals of the city.

Capitalism is upset because the American economy only grew by 2.4 percent in October and not at the estimated 3.2 percent. We are slaves to growth.
(NYT)


The World

The ousted Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych showed up in Russian and declared he was still the president of the country he fled for the purpose of preserving his life.
(CNN)


The Universe

The thing is not so much that the supernova (an exploding star) in the "cigar galaxy" was close and very bright but that it brightened much, much faster than what our current understanding of the laws of the universe would predict. What this means is a less understood physics is at work in that explosion.
(Science Daily)


 

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Theodore Gorath 1
Probably could have said something sooner, but Michael Sam had a really bad showing at the rookie combine, and there is now a pretty good chance that he will go undrafted.

I figured he was a 5-7 round pick both before and after he came out, but after the combine, I would not draft him before the sixth round, and only if I really needed an outside linebacker. Don't be surprised if Sam goes undrafted, and it will not likely be because of his sexual orientation.

That being said, he will be picked up by someone as an undrafted free agent, and he will be on a team in 2014.

Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 28, 2014 at 8:58 AM · Report this
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"What this means is another kind of physics, a physics unknown to humans in this relatively uneventful corner of the Milky Way is at work in that explosion. "

Nope, that's pretty much the opposite of what the article says. The data can be used to refine our current understanding of the only kind of physics.

I know you're not illiterate Charles. Try harder.
Posted by Scientific literacy is important on February 28, 2014 at 9:07 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 3
As our technology becomes more sophisticated, our knowledge of the universe becomes more complex. And the immutable laws of physics are no longer so unchanging. Simple minded people like myself have trouble keeping up. Even Stephen Hawking says there are no black holes? What!?!
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 28, 2014 at 9:11 AM · Report this
Theodore Gorath 4
Oh, and it should be said that there are not "different kinds of physics" operating in different places, only gaps in our understanding of physics.

Charles would be better served taking the time to learn basic scientific concepts instead of just pretending and wrapping his nonsense in dense prose as a cover.
Posted by Theodore Gorath on February 28, 2014 at 9:14 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 5
@2 and @4, I agree. it is not different. it is the same. but i worded it poorly. there is no evidence of new physics at work in that exploding star.
Posted by Charles Mudede on February 28, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 6
Then I retract my statement. Teh interwebs made me say it.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 28, 2014 at 9:28 AM · Report this
raindrop 7
Capitalism is upset because we have of a president whose policies are keeping the recovery anemic.
Posted by raindrop on February 28, 2014 at 9:31 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 8
@7 The president? You are either deluded or dumb. Which is it?
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 28, 2014 at 9:34 AM · Report this
raindrop 9
@8: Yes, President Barack Obama I mean. Thanks for catching that.
Posted by raindrop on February 28, 2014 at 9:40 AM · Report this
Pope Peabrain 10
@9 You answered my question.
Posted by Pope Peabrain on February 28, 2014 at 9:53 AM · Report this
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@9 President Obama keeps blocking any and every attempt at stimulus and infrastructure investment?
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on February 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM · Report this
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It's 11pm at Kent Station.

I get off the 150 bus after coming home from the symphony.

Can I count on getting ride from Uber, Lyft, Sidecar...and therefore I don't have to drive and park in the garage?

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 28, 2014 at 10:03 AM · Report this
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Pirate taxi is much better and less racist than gypsy cab, which is what they're called here. Also, SROTU: You live in fucking kent-burn-ton-istan. you should probably use the park 'n' ride because you have made the choice to live where you must drive everywhere.
Posted by leighzbohns on February 28, 2014 at 10:08 AM · Report this
delirian 14
Dumb question for Charles: have you considered taking the astronomy courses at UW? This would require you to take the engineering level introductory courses in physics and calculus as well. But it would at least prevent you from spouting off bullshit with astronomy images. I took those courses (though I didn't go on to complete an astronomy minor, which was a mistake since I was only a couple of credits off).

Consider it. They aren't particularly hard courses (if you are mathematically inclined). And they might help you to stop talking about the laws of physics as if you have any understanding or authority on the matter.
Posted by delirian on February 28, 2014 at 10:18 AM · Report this
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#13

Kent Station is a major hub used by thousands of people all day long.

(Many of them the minimum wage workers you, some from Sea-Tac, and your crytpo-Socialists praise in print, but disparage in conversation.)

I can call Farwest Taxi but they are exorbitantly expensive. The amusing thing is I can get an $89 fare from SeaTac to Denver but it costs $32 to go the nine miles from my apartment to the airport!
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 28, 2014 at 10:28 AM · Report this
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#14

Analysis: Super Nova in the Making - SN 2014J in Messier 82

the EU view on supernovae is something along the lines of... the magnetic pinch/instability cuts off the electric transmission line, provoking a kind of galactic arc'ing or double layer explosion due to the pent up inductance (inductive energy)


http://www.thunderbolts.info/forum/phpBB…
Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 28, 2014 at 10:33 AM · Report this
raindrop 17
@11: Government priming the pump is helpful, but policies that enable greater consumer spending and more take-home pay is also needed.
Posted by raindrop on February 28, 2014 at 10:45 AM · Report this
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Just broke 50F and sunny all afternoon.

That means I want to...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xt0V0_1MS…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 28, 2014 at 10:51 AM · Report this
delirian 19
@16:
the EU view on supernovae is something along the lines of... the magnetic pinch/instability cuts off the electric transmission line, provoking a kind of galactic arc'ing or double layer explosion due to the pent up inductance (inductive energy)
This makes no sense. A supernova is more energetic than anything you can imagine. The ejecta can travel at 10% of the speed of light. To me, this sounds like someone is making up a lot of buzzwords to sound like they know what they are talking about. The currently understood model of supernovae is they they are caused by a runaway nuclear fusion reaction in a star which accounts for the neutron activation of trans-iron elements (supernovae account for all elements with a higher atomic mass than iron, since going past iron is the point where fusion becomes endothermic--in contrast, fission is exothermic past iron--this occurs in a supernova due to a ridiculously, insanely, ludicrously high neutron flux).
Posted by delirian on February 28, 2014 at 10:53 AM · Report this
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@7, Capitalism is upset i.e., the 1%, because they didn't make enough profit or enough return on their stocks, rather than not enough people working at good living wage jobs.

@11, My problem with Obama on the economic development side is that he should have struck with such plans while he had majorities in the house and senate instead of palsy walsy bipartisansh*t and fellating the banks with TARP.
Posted by neo-realist on February 28, 2014 at 10:59 AM · Report this
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@16, just the sort of racist loony pseudoscience that a real education would prevent.
Posted by GermanSausage on February 28, 2014 at 11:00 AM · Report this
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@20, "while he had majority in the senate."

Shame about those republican filibusters. Is neo-realism something different from actual realism?
Posted by GermanSausage on February 28, 2014 at 11:01 AM · Report this
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@17, "greater consumer spending and tax home pay."

Ah, so major minimum wage increases.
Posted by GermanSausage on February 28, 2014 at 11:03 AM · Report this
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@22, Obama and Reid growing stones earlier on for filibuster reform or its end would have helped rather than playing marquis of queensbury rules with the elephant.
Posted by neo-realist on February 28, 2014 at 11:14 AM · Report this
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Not saying anything, but doesn't this make a lot of you want to leave?

What $1,600/Month Can Rent You Around New York City

http://ny.curbed.com/archives/2014/02/28…

Posted by Supreme Ruler Of The Universe http://_ on February 28, 2014 at 11:17 AM · Report this
venomlash 26
@19: Five-star explanation there, amigo. JBITSMFOTP.
Posted by venomlash on February 28, 2014 at 11:40 AM · Report this
Charles Mudede 27
@14, i took a basic course in particle physics.
Posted by Charles Mudede on February 28, 2014 at 12:28 PM · Report this
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@27, being on a bowling team doesn't count as particle physics.
Posted by GermanSausage on February 28, 2014 at 12:52 PM · Report this
seandr 29
The bear had luck on its side.

Luck? No. When it comes to the business of scavenging, wild bears are smarter and wiser than domesticated dogs.
Posted by seandr on February 28, 2014 at 12:54 PM · Report this
seandr 30
@neo-realist: My problem with Obama on the economic...

In other words, your problem with Obama is the Republicans, or more succinctly, "My problem is with the Republicans."
Posted by seandr on February 28, 2014 at 1:00 PM · Report this
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"@7, Capitalism is upset i.e., the 1%, because they didn't make enough profit or enough return on their stocks, rather than not enough people working at good living wage jobs."

I don't think so. The S&P 500 stock market index was $805 when Obama took office. Closed today at $1,859. We're up 130% or about 18% per year on average. The 1% will take that all day long.
Posted by drshort on February 28, 2014 at 3:14 PM · Report this
delirian 32
@26: I'm curious to what JBITSMFOTP means. I did a Google search and found nothing. I'm crossing my fingers hoping that it isn't the ultimate insult.
Posted by delirian on February 28, 2014 at 3:44 PM · Report this
venomlash 33
@32: John Bailo Is The Stupidest Mother Fucker On The Planet.
Posted by venomlash on February 28, 2014 at 3:48 PM · Report this
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We are not pirates. Shut up !! Stink ass hole. People do love UBER
Posted by Sherif on February 28, 2014 at 6:19 PM · Report this
raindrop 35
@33: Thank you for not using RITSMFOTP.
Posted by raindrop on February 28, 2014 at 7:25 PM · Report this
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@35 Your not stupid just a bit too much koolaid thats all.
Posted by Machiavelli was framed on February 28, 2014 at 8:57 PM · Report this
Sandiai 37
Here's an image of the galaxy where you can actually see the supernova.
http://hubblesite.org/newscenter/archive…
Posted by Sandiai on February 28, 2014 at 10:36 PM · Report this
raindrop 38
@36: Cool! Coming from you, I hit the jackpot. That means to my Machiavellian schemes are not stupid, therefore the ends will always justify them!
Posted by raindrop on March 1, 2014 at 1:06 AM · Report this
venomlash 39
@35: You'll make the podium yet.
GDFRIAVSMF.
Posted by venomlash on March 1, 2014 at 9:25 AM · Report this

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