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danwentzel

@danwentzel@urbanists.social

Actor, Writer, Transit Advocate, Gay and Proud, Disco/House/EDM, animal lover, Practitioner of the Science of Mind and Spirit, Angel in disguise
https://www.threads.net/@danwentzel1

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danwentzel, to LosAngeles
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danwentzel, to Arizona
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Don't take this MAGA fascism lying down. Fight back and win.

Vote out the Arizona Supreme Court justices who just banned nearly all abortions in the state. Vote to re-elect President Biden, and vote for Ruben Gallego for U.S. Senate, and a Democratic legislature for Arizona. Vote for the abortion rights amendment on the ballot this November.

https://www.nbcnews.com/politics/2024-election/arizona-abortion-rights-amendment-backers-says-gathered-signatures-nee-rcna145922


danwentzel, to transit
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Bangkok Mass Transit 2014 -2034
#Transit #Bangkok #Thailand

danwentzel, to transit
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Kansas City Streetcar

danwentzel, to random
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What happened in Baltimore is a tragedy. But I am sure glad that Joe Biden is President, Pete Buttigieg is Secretary of Transportation, and Wes Moore is Governor and not Trump and his corrupt sycophants responding.

Donald Trump wouldn’t try to help as MD is not a red state and at best would throw some paper towels at them.

We can't guarantee an incident/accident free life, but we can have good people in place when they happen.

danwentzel, to fediverse
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Someone trying to put down the Fediverse called it “digital communism” and honestly that is the best slogan I’ve heard yet.

danwentzel, to LosAngeles
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Hollywood Blvd. is getting an overhaul, including one mile of bus lanes and over two miles of protected bike lanes. I can't wait. Buses from every direction start and finish their routes on Hollywood Blvd.

L.A. City Announces Hollywood Boulevard Bus/Walk/Bike Upgrades

https://la.streetsblog.org/2024/03/21/l-a-city-announces-hollywood-boulevard-bus-walk-bike-upgrades

danwentzel,
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@jedsetter Unfortunately, transit and cycling advocates are too often pitted against each other for scarce road space.

Instead of removing more auto lanes or parking spaces, the politically easier route is to make a bus/bike combination lane instead.

It's not my favorite design by any means, but a bus-lane is absolutely essential for that one-mile stretch. #Hollywood #cities #urbanism #LosAngeles #transit #cycling

danwentzel, to LGBTQ
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I hate giving him any publicity, but I literally burst out laughing..

Have babies everyone or civilization will collapse!

Never mind that world population is approaching 8 billion.

Never mind that hundreds of thousands of children are in the U.S. foster care system without families.

Never mind our society doesn't even look after the kiids we already produce.

But pop out those (white) babies, gays and lesbians!

danwentzel, to Taiwan
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Get a Big Gulp and renew your driver's license.

'Why are Taiwan's 7-Eleven's so much better than ours?

"The store looms so large in Taiwanese life that it might as well be a government agency. At any 7-Eleven, you can pay your taxes, ship or pick up packages, drop off your laundry, check your blood pressure, return library books, send faxes, buy rail/plane tickets, purchase internet access, and use the receipts to play a lottery."

https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2024-03-20/what-7-eleven-means-to-taiwan-and-my-family

#7eleven #urbanism #Taiwan

danwentzel, to USpolitics
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This border drama is wholly a Texas MAGA Republican distraction for them to scare racists into voting for them so that they can pass unnecessary tax cuts for billionaires. Go down the road a few miles and the border gates will be wide open so that Texas Republicans can get cheap exploitable labor under-the-table.

As a Californian, I don’t even think about “the border”. In fact here is a typical game of Volleyball using the Southern border as a gate.

danwentzel, to random
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I’m tired. I’m really tired. I’m Madeline Kahn in ‘Blazing Saddles’ tired.

https://youtu.be/9pJESEpEPlI?si=xKskXImMGFSuc1EX

danwentzel, to random
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Nobody wants to return to the office in person for five days a week except commercial real estate developers worried about their investments and middle managers who want to micromanage other people. Stop it.

danwentzel, to USpolitics
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The correct response to these billionaires screaming and howling with pain over President Biden’s proposal for them to pay a 25% minimum tax rate is…

“What???? How are they not paying 25% already like the rest of us?”

End trickle-down economics immediately.

Here is President Biden's proposal explained:
https://www.vox.com/money/23634085/biden-2024-budget-billionaire-tax-capital-gains

danwentzel, to random
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This video is amazing. It must have felt like a religious experience being there live.

'Madonna and Kylie Minogue Sing Together on Stage for the Very First Time'

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I1RAd9hPhUU

danwentzel, to politics
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The single most beneficial electoral reform we could make in America is abolition of the antiquated, slavery-era Electoral College. That would end the blue state / red state divide.

Every vote across the country would have equal importance and value with a national popular vote.

We could have a runoff in December if no one wins over 50% on the first round in November or use ranked-choice voting like Ireland and do it on one day.

danwentzel, to random
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'Places across the U.S. are testing no-strings cash as part of the social safety net' - @NPR

We should expand UBI programs.

https://www.npr.org/2024/03/05/1233440910/cash-aid-guaranteed-basic-income-social-safety-net-poverty

danwentzel, to random
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Whatever the reason for today's Cyber attack on Meta (and Google) on "SuperTuesday", it should be seen as a warning for what is possible on Election Day in November.

It wouldn't be a surprise to see bad actors cyberattack all of social media on Election Day to create confusion and spread disinformation to try and help Trump.

https://www.huffpost.com/entry/meta-sites-down-server-outage_n_65e747c6e4b0d2a2475acaf4

danwentzel, to random
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I'm not sure if they understand me, but every day I tell my pets, "Thank you for being in my life. You make my time on Earth a better place."

Even if they don't understand the words, I think they feel the vibrations of love and gratitude. Pets Are Wonderful Support (PAWS).

danwentzel, to USpolitics
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There were two coup attempts:

(1) a Presidential coup that has not (yet) succeeded, but had a flashpoint with the insurrection of January 6, 2021.

(2) a Judicial coup in which Mitch McConnell denied President Obama a Supreme Court appointment. then rushed Justice Barrett onto the bench. That coup succeeded.

Don't give up. We need to show the same courage the abolitionists, suffragettes, and civil rights activists had then, to save our democracy now.

danwentzel, to politics
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There a method to Alabama's Supreme Court madness ruling that embryos are "children". They are setting up a case to appeal to the Supreme Court -- the same one that overturned Roe v. Wade -- to get a "personhood" ruling that life begins at conception applied nationwide.

Theocrats have been scheming and plotting for this oportunity for five decades and they finally have the Supreme Court of their dreams.

https://www.cnn.com/2024/02/23/us/alabama-ivf-embryos-supreme-court-ruling-legislation/index.html

danwentzel, to random
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The next time a MAGA tells you to "go back to your country", ask them when they are packing and leaving.

danwentzel, to random
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BlueSky has announced that its network is "federating" and described how ATprotocol will be different from federating on ActivityPub (as on Mastodon.)

I read the article, but it went over my head. It sounds like on that platform, one can use a different handle based on a different website, but won't actually switch to a different server or platform, so not really federating.

So are they FINO ("federating in name only")? Can someone break this down more easily?

https://bsky.social/about/blog/02-22-2024-open-social-web

danwentzel,
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@barney

So, would it be fair to say that BlueSky's "federation" is more like Discord?

It's not really creating a federation of different platforms that allow crossposting of content, it is really just letting people and organizations set up private areas within itself.

danwentzel, to LosAngeles
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If you are in Los Angeles this Sunday, join us for our 50th Los Angeles Open Streets Event: CicLAvia—Melrose!
Date: Sunday, February 25, 2024
Time: 9am - 3pm

Location: Melrose Avenue between Fairfax Ave and Vermont Ave.

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