Docteur en physique, data scientist, belgo-brésilien. Vélo et transports publics.
I speak: EN-FR-PT-ES. Learning DE, but it's still bad.
Fan of Paradox games since EU3.
Migration depuis https://masto.bike/@DiegoBeghin
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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.
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.
- There's a thread by @benkap about left-wing vs. right-wing anti-Semitism: https://mastodon.social/deck/@firstname.lastname@example.org/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.
So the Ukrainian army has withdrawn from Avdiivka.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.
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:
- 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).
- Burma: in the 2000s, popular global human rights portrayals were of general oppression, missing the special targeting of minorities, esp. Rohingya.
« 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.
Pedestrian Observations: Costs Per Rider and Willingness to Build https://pedestrianobservations.com/2024/02/11/costs-per-rider-and-willingness-to-build/
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.
"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.
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)
OK, so why is a building a surface level tram in Montreal more expensive in than building an underground metro in Europe?
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?
So how was Marseille-Nice-Ventimiglia-Genova solved?
SNCF and PACA re-timetabled trains between Nice and Ventimiglia, and now it works
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
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…
🇩🇪 🇧🇪 #CrossBorderRail
Until Dec 2023
- old 2 carriage EMU
- not 🦽 accessible
- train suitable for regional service
- hourly train
- good connections in Welkenraedt for Bruxelles
- 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