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DiegoBeghin

@DiegoBeghin@mastodon.social

Docteur en physique, data scientist, belgo-brésilien. Vélo et transports publics.

Blog: metrovelododo.wordpress.com

I speak: EN-FR-PT-ES. Learning DE, but it's still bad.

Fan of Paradox games since EU3.

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DiegoBeghin, to random
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How many people attend these farmers' protests anyway? I swear a similarly sized demonstration for anything else wouldn't be allowed to be half as disruptive.

There's another farmer protest blockading the whole area around the Schuman roundabout, where the EU institutions are. There's a meeting of the agricultural ministers today.

They're blocking one of the main roads into Brussels, basically paralysing traffic on the Eastern side of the city. Also blocking access to 2 metro stations.

DiegoBeghin,
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For a 3000 people march for Ukraine in 2022, the police partially blocked some major roads and they sure as hell didn't allow us to disrupt Rue de la Loi in front of Schuman, partially or otherwise. We went under Rue de la Loi, below a bridge.

A smaller number of farmers is allowed to blockade a major crossroads for the whole day.

DiegoBeghin, to random
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I'm remembering now how I felt 2 years ago, when the Russian full-scale invasion of Ukraine started.

First, there was this sense of doom: wow, the Russians seem to be very confident, they're sending airborne troops into Kyiv. I went out to the protest organised the same day in front of the Russian embassy.

Then came the first news of Ukrainian resistance: the airborne troops in Hostomel were crushed, Zelensky needed ammunition, not a ride. Still it looked grim with the rapid fall of Kherson.

Alon, to random
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  1. There's a thread by @benkap about left-wing vs. right-wing anti-Semitism: https://mastodon.social/deck/@benkap@kiddush.social/111971163688538451

It's good, but I think Ben misses how they're really the same. The link here is, the USSR imported Nazi anti-Semitic materials, which it was destroying in Europe, for use by its Arab clients. The USSR also denied the Jewishness of the Holocaust, to avoid creating sympathy for Jews. This way, the three anti-Semitic traditions - right, left, and Arab/Islamic nationalist - share a common origin.

DiegoBeghin,
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@Alon Yeah, Hamas sympathisers were spreading this deluded idea that Israelis would start massively draft dodging to save their lives. Idk if they've snapped back to reality now.

pony, to random
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hehe

DiegoBeghin,
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@pony @Alon Otoh it does match my personal experience :p

DiegoBeghin,
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@Alon @pony I wonder which definition of gross income they use. Because either 33 or 45% of my gross income goes to taxes, depending on how you count employer-side social security taxes. 30% would be more than half of my net income.

(I know in Paris you were a freelance journalist, right? That's rough, financially)

DiegoBeghin, to random
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So the Ukrainian army has withdrawn from Avdiivka. You can thank the Republicans who have been holding up US military aid for 5 months already, and the EU member states who have failed to live up to the 1 million shells promise.

Alon, to random
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What are some examples of ethnic oppression (inc. genocide) that is popularly misconstrued as lacking any ethnic element, as if dictators just kill their own people?

Some that come to mind:

  1. Cambodia: the death rate under the Khmer Rouge was very high, but then minorities were murdered at much higher rates, some >50% (like Chinese-Cambodians).
  2. Burma: in the 2000s, popular global human rights portrayals were of general oppression, missing the special targeting of minorities, esp. Rohingya.
DiegoBeghin,
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@Alon The Ethiopian famine under the Derg?

photos_floues, to random
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« Britain is expected to have spent 2.03% in 2023, according to Nato’s figures,while for France, Europe’s other nuclear power, the proportion is slightly less at 1.9%. Poland’s defence budget amounts to 3.9% of GDP, the country having dramatically lifted spending in response to the Russian invasion of Ukraine, while the US, the world’s largest military power, spends 3.49%. »

Military spending does not automatically translate into military capability.

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2024/feb/12/european-leaders-call-for-stronger-defence-ties-donald-trump-nato-remarks-russia

DiegoBeghin,
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@photos_floues Plus part of the trick of spending a higher % of GDP for the UK was lowering their economic growth through Brexit...

DiegoBeghin,
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@Alon @photos_floues There's so much inefficiency with each little member state having its little army. We could at least have specialisations, like Belgium has an air force*, Croatia does escort ships etc.

*Belgium does have no military apart from the F-16s so we're already there I guess

Alon, to random
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Pedestrian Observations: Costs Per Rider and Willingness to Build https://pedestrianobservations.com/2024/02/11/costs-per-rider-and-willingness-to-build/

DiegoBeghin,
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@Alon In Brussels we're solving the issue of not investing in lines with a low cost per rider by increasing the construction costs :/

DiegoBeghin, to random
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Watching a documentary interviewing a farmer on TV and suddenly it struck me that when showing a farm on video they always interview the farm owner, with his batch of beautiful strawberries or whatever, but you don't see the farm workers who are actually picking up the fruit. Many of whom are seasonal migrant workers...

You get this completely wrong impression that farm owners are self-employed and doing all the work.

DiegoBeghin,
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@Alon @YomSen I know some hobbyist farmers in my extended family. Retired school teachers who live in Lyon, they grow some wine in the family farm in the Alps because why not.

Alon, to random
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"Can the EU do more to support Ukraine?" asks public media in a country that's only donated 18 Leopard 2s to Ukraine while it still has 295 in stock.

https://www.dw.com/en/can-the-eu-do-more-to-support-ukraine/a-68223086

DiegoBeghin,
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@Alon I was more annoyed when Borrel pointed out that we were still exporting loads of artillery shells to third parties while falling well short of the 1 million promised to Ukraine.

DiegoBeghin, to random
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Neighbourhood consultations about new development/public works/etc. in theory: get common people directly engaged, more involved in decision making.

In practice: I filled a survey more than 5 years ago about the redesign of a public square to be more pedestrian friendly. And I still get occasional emails about the status of the project, sometimes there's another survey to fill. AFAIK work still hasn't started on that square (it's been a while since I've been there, I moved away 2 years ago)

heliomass, to random
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OK, so why is a building a surface level tram in Montreal more expensive in than building an underground metro in Europe?

DiegoBeghin,
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@Alon @jfmezei @heliomass Also, you can coordinate utilities work with track repair, that seems to be the pattern here in Brussels. Of course, emergency interventions are more disruptive but those are rare.

Alon, (edited ) to random
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In the EU (in its present borders), cumulative per capita economic growth from 2007 to 2019 was 11.4%. What was it in the US?

DiegoBeghin,
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@Colinvparker @Alon Growth was basically on par, so 11.8%. Doesn't match the narrative of many US liberal posters thanking the heavens that the US may have gotten some austerity, but at least it wasn't EU-grade austerity.

But the average does mask a lot of variation, Southern Europe got hurt a lot by the austerity, and that was avoidable. The 2011-2 eurocrisis didn't need to happen.

jon, to random
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So how was Marseille-Nice-Ventimiglia-Genova solved?

SNCF and PACA re-timetabled trains between Nice and Ventimiglia, and now it works

Explained here: https://crossborderrail.trainsforeurope.eu/3-of-the-crossborderrail-top-20-projects-now-solved/

Yes, that's right. No new trains. No more trains. No money needed. Just a simple decision to alter a timetable, and bingo, it works. #CrossBorderRail

DiegoBeghin,
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@jon Glad they've made the timetable saner, but I think I'm still more likely to take the direct Flixbus. It's a similar travel time, but a delay won't leave you stranded.

jon, to random
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Hmmm

Good news: 54.54% of voters in Paris voted to triple parking charges for SUVs driving into the city (75) from outside the city

Less good news: turnout was just 5.68%

But I suppose that's what you get when you put to a referendum an issue so niche that politicians themselves ought to be able to vote on it…

https://www.bfmtv.com/paris/direct-votation-sur-le-stationnement-des-suv-a-paris-les-bureaux-de-vote-ont-ouvert_LN-202402040118.html

DiegoBeghin,
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@jon @pony @MattiSG I really don't get why after the turnout fiasco of the first referendum they went for another one. I wonder what theory of democracy they have at the Paris city hall.

jon, to random
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🇩🇪 🇧🇪 #CrossBorderRail

Until Dec 2023

  • old 2 carriage EMU
  • Aachen-Spa
  • not 🦽 accessible
  • train suitable for regional service
  • hourly train
  • good connections in Welkenraedt for Bruxelles

Now

  • 4 1990s IC carriages, locomotive
  • Aachen-Liège St Lambert
  • theory 🦽 access, no accessible 🚽
  • train not suitable for regional service (too few doors, narrow doors)
  • hourly train
  • worse connections in Welkenraedt, Liège for Bruxelles

“Progress”, eh?

The new locomotive hauled train, driving trailer leading here

DiegoBeghin,
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@jon Why did they make the connections worse :(

DiegoBeghin,
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@jon But I guess the border villages also get bad connections to Brussels? Seems like a poor change all around.

julienmarchal, to random German
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What is the longest direct high speed train route one can travel in Europe? Does anyone know? Is there a list of the top 10 longest routes/direct connections? @jon @Lenny_du_Nord

DiegoBeghin,
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@jon @julienmarchal @Lenny_du_Nord I feel like a fair criteria would be the scheduled average speed. If it's above 200 km/h it's high speed, even if there are some low speed segments in the route.

DiegoBeghin,
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@jon @julienmarchal @Lenny_du_Nord To answer the question, seems to me that among the top contenders would be

  • Brussels-Marseille (some services do it in less 5h45)
  • Barcelona-Sevilla via Madrid (there's an Iryo doing it in 5h47, I think it barely makes the cut)
DiegoBeghin,
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@Alon @jon @julienmarchal @Lenny_du_Nord No, there's only Paris-Barcelona, too slow to qualify.

DiegoBeghin,
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@Lenny_du_Nord @jon @julienmarchal Luckily the seasonal Thalys (I guess now Eurostar?) is scheduled for 5h ;)

Btw, how do you get the track distance? I admit I only added the road distance Brussels-Paris + Paris-Marseille as a rough approximation, yielded something like 1150 km.

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