I write about public transport and do research for NYU's Marron Institute. I've previously lived in Tel Aviv, Singapore, the Riviera, New York, Providence, Vancouver, Stockholm, Paris.
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If a space agency puts a Jew on the first mission to Mars, somehow Habad will find a way to beat them there so that they can guilt-trip the Jew about praying with them. If the Jew is male, they'll make sure to send a team of nine so they can tell him they need him to be the 10th for a minyan.
(I was sure I'd tooted this before but I can't find this take.)
Feng speaks with the lead investigator for the murder of Qian and Dai, NYPD Lieutenant Patrick Xiang (42). Xiang explains that the assailant was a very well-trained Chinese woman, judging by her accent and her ability to kill six people cleanly with 10 shots and evade detection.
Relevant now that Israel is back to bombing. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SdSj0_Fd4ds
“At a time when there are increasing efforts to police Jewish anti-Zionism, it is vital to historicize the traditions of non-Zionist Jewish thought and mobilization.”
by Rachel Solnick and Clive Gabay
I think people who want to know where the Israeli left is at these days should be looking at @GangstaYid's feed on Birdsite. Of note, he was born in the US and is very familiar with US discourse, so if he's RTing the Babylon Bee on left-wing anti-Semitism, in between complaining about settler racism, Likud corruption, etc., he knows exactly what it means.
Live now, talking about transportation for isolated cities. https://www.twitch.tv/alon_levy
Debating streaming now vs. on Saturday, either way at 19:00. Topic is going to be isolated cities (think Denver, or Australian cities, or kind of sort of the Pacific Northwest). @cidney has an RPG at 20:15 so there's a hard stop if it's today. Opinions?
I went to the Kasse with @cidney today and we were told that she can't get public insurance in Germany because she immigrated from a non-European country; the Kasse only takes in people who get it as a job benefit or people who have continuity of coverage with same or another European country's health care. She has to get private insurance, which discriminates based on preexisting conditions (e.g. she was seriously injured in a car accident).
Pedestrian Observations: Quick Note: New Neighborhoods are Residential https://pedestrianobservations.com/2023/12/03/quick-note-new-neighborhoods-are-residential/
Question to Slavic language speakers: how does your language handle adjectives and nouns? I'm asking because Romance languages and also Hebrew and Arabic treat adjectives almost identically to nouns, so that it's easy to nominalize adjectives. But I don't know if Russian, Ukrainian, Polish, Czech, Serbian, etc. do that.
This is weird: Amtrak says it will surpass pre-corona rail ridership next year. But here and in France, it already happened last year. The US has lagged us in post-corona public transport recovery, but the main mechanism for it is greater working from home there than here and this shouldn't depress intercity rail (which is how DB and SNCF surpassed 2019 ridership last year while urban rail ridership didn't). What's going on there?
Good piece about why small modular reactors don't work and yet American VCs keep plugging them, with a mention of the ideology of Michael Shellenberger and Breakthrough: https://cleantechnica.com/2023/11/30/what-drives-this-madness-on-small-modular-nuclear-reactors/
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It's ridiculous how Ukraine and Belarus have, between them, 40% of the total rail ton-km of freight of Europe (defined inclusive of Turkey and exclusive of Russia). Billions of t-km by continental macroregion:
US: 2,200 (Class I only, total is probably around 2,400); with Canada, add 600
This is not about good passenger rail - Russia has about the same p-km/route-km as Europe, and China and India both have a lot more.
I'm worried that even though Tarush Reddy is portrayed as fighting office politics against the Indian military protags in @ww3real, I still portrayed the Research and Analysis Wing as far more competent than it actually is.
Remote work is on net an increase in fuel consumption and greenhouse gas emissions rather than a decrease.
Hebrew linguistic point:
In Hebrew, the coverterm for any populated place is "yishuv." A yishuv can be a city ("ir"), a village ("kfar"), a small town ("ayara"), a kibbutz, etc. The root YShB means "to sit." In English the best translation is "settlement," though in US Census-speak it's "place."
However, in an Israeli context, the Jewish settlements in the West Bank are not called yishuvim. The Hebrew word for one of them is "hitnakhalut," the root NḤL connoting a squat or seizure by force.
- Depression a long way away
- End of message after high school breaths of relief
- Fruit I objectively lend with no mark of excellence
- English brew flipped and curtailed Helen in Slavic lands
- Ocean urinated to the left
- Arab name like mother
- Confused felid farm plot
- Wrong gray general below agriculture
- European river element X after P
- Break cooking utensils up
The released hostages and their families tell stories of abuse not just by Hamas operatives but also by an UNRWA teacher and a doctor who kept hostages in their own homes. It raises the question of how many of the non-combatants killed in IDF strikes were actually non-combatants, vs. members of civil society engaging in casual war crimes.
Berlin and Brandenburg are expanding the Deutschlandticket to a handful of intercity routes within the area, such as to Cottbus. https://www.themayor.eu/en/a/view/germany-s-49-euro-ticket-will-grant-access-to-some-long-distance-routes-12217
Question to the gallery: what do we think the best day in Pinochet's life was? Was it 11.3.1990 (when he left office) or 10.12.2006 (when he finally died)? It's not like with Franco, with just a single day to celebrate on 20.11.1975.
A released Filipino hostage says that they were so starved that he would save toilet paper, soak it in water, and eat it to stave off hunger.
Something that @TaliaRinger posted on Birdsite about Lyapunov times reminded me of what I wrote a couple years back calculating how chaotic bus timetables are. https://pedestrianobservations.com/2018/08/18/the-dynamics-of-bus-bunching/
Pedestrian Observations: Quick Note: Anti-Green Identity Politics https://pedestrianobservations.com/2023/11/29/quick-note-anti-green-identity-politics/
Israeli urbanist hivemind: what are the rules in Israel on elevators in new buildings? Are they required even in three- and four-floor buildings? (I know they weren't in the 1940s, but maybe it's changed since?)
Hamas is claiming some of the next hostages to be freed were killed in an Israeli bombing; Israel is checking the claim. https://www.reuters.com/world/middle-east/israel-hamas-due-release-more-people-amid-efforts-extend-truce-2023-11-28/
Anti-Ra'anana Aktion. https://www.globes.co.il/news/article.aspx?did=1001463624
(Due to NIMBYism in Ra'anana and other rich suburbs in the area, the metro line there may be canceled, which means the entire project has to be redesigned as the depot is supposed to be there.)
It hasn't hit Fedi yet, but there are extensive reports of abuse from hostages released by Hamas, including a 12-year-old who was forced to watch atrocity videos, and beatings.
What's the argument against renaming streets with Turkish embassies after Soghomon Tehlirian?
"Hamas is not popular, but Israel's tactics ensure their survival." Very interesting analysis of the dilemma of the Israel-Gaza war.
Says Israel should have undertaken "a targeted, low-intensity, long-term operation that could sustainably reduce Hamas’ military capabilities and create conditions to introduce a new administration in Gaza."
Easier said than done, even were Bibi not in power, like every other idea I've read.
The serious planning for #CrossBorderRail South East Europe has to start with what rail borders do I want to investigate
These are all now as pins in the map
The emphasis: ALL the places where lines exist between non-EU countries in SE Europe, external borders of the EU, and a couple of Croatian borders I am missing
Dark blue: must visit
Light blue: either have visited before and don't need re-checking, or are insignificant but could be added
In Europe, we don't really have an inequality problem. We have a growth problem. Most required fixes are inequality-neutral:
- Improving cross-border infrastructure, labor mobility, and corporate ownership to increase scale
- Liberalizing labor migration
- Increasing Anglophony
Some fixes are inequality-reducing, like combating Italian economic dwarfism. Some are inequality-increasing: reducing place-based subsidies to declining regions. But on net, what we need is growth, keeping ~0.3 Gini.