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  • In the first nine months of this year the number of people in the UK who reported that they had been defrauded on the website was 687, or at least two a day, double that of the whole of 2014, according to Action Fraud. This was more than five times higher than two years ago. L
  • These range from fake listings to “phishing” emails attempting to gain access to users’ personal details. However, the most common involve fraudsters advertising properties for rent on Airbnb without the owner’s knowledge, then convincing site users to transfer money straight into their bank accounts.
  • She only began to worry when the “host” asked her to pay the £4,552 cost upfront. “But we were advised by Airbnb to go ahead and pay in full,

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  • November 25, 2015
  • In two years, the Green Taxi Ordinance reduced gas consumption by 2.9 million gallons per year, lowered greenhouse gas emissions by 35,000 tons annually, and saved drivers money in gas costs and brake repairs.


    But The City’s innovative policy has been disrupted. Ride-hail companies, like Uber and Lyft, are not only driving business away from The City’s green taxi fleet; they are allowing drivers from all over the state to oversaturate San Francisco streets with any type of car they want.

  • The California Public Utilities Commission tells utilities what percentage of their energy must come from renewables. Can’t it also require ride-hail companies, which it has authority to regulate, to use fuel-efficient vehicles? No, Constance Gordon at the Commission told me, the CPUC needs express legislative direction.


    The City could also extend the Green Taxi Ordinance to ride-hail companies. But Tim Papandreou at the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, told me The City doesn’t have clear authority to regulate and data to guide
     regulations. He assured me the SFMTA is “trying to figure out a way through this,” but data is key. “Without data we can’t make statements.” he said.

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  • When someone asks you to “check your privilege,” what they’re really asking you to do is to reflect on the ways that your social status might have given you an advantage – even if you didn’t ask for it or earn it – while their social status might have given them a disadvantage.


  • What ‘Checking Your Privilege’ Is Not


    1. It’s Not Personal – And It’s Not an Insult


    When someone is asking you to check your privilege, they aren’t trying to insult you.

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Nov 21, 15

*salad of baby mustards- sherry vinaigrette, persimmon, Garrotxa Catalan goat's cheese, purple yam 12 
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    While on BART, I received word from my friend Maya that her husband Bill had lost his battle with cancer.

  • Bill Doyle, who used the nom de guerre Guss Dolan in his activism on the web, was a hero of mine. A major advocate for progressive politics in The City, he railed against the negative changes he saw happening around him as tech money displaced his friends and the new Silicon Valley workers took over neighborhood after neighborhood and threatened his own ability to remain in The City he loved. He spoke at public hearings about the impact of Google buses and rabidly opposed Airbnb and the rest of the so-called “sharing economy.”



  • United States Electoral College is the institution that elects the President and Vice President of the United States
  • Citizens of the United States do not directly elect the president or the vice president; instead, these voters directly elect designated intermediaries called "electors," who almost always have pledged to vote for particular presidential and vice presidential candidates (though unpledged electors are possible) and who are themselves selected according to the particular laws of each state.
  • The number of electors in each state is equal to the number of members of Congress to which the state is entitled,[

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  • Eaken said Uber and Lyft had agreed to provide user-survey data for the study, which would be funded by a grant from the Hewlett Foundation. The companies might provide other data depending on the methodology the researchers pursue. Eaken said the group hopes to complete its research by summer or fall of 2016.


    Susan Shaheen, co-director of the Transportation Sustainability Research Center at UC Berkeley, said she hopes to gather at least 2,000 pieces of data from at least two cities to measure the environmental impact of the rides, asking riders information about the car they took, their demographics, and what they would have done if they hadn’t used Uber or Lyft. The ride-hailing companies will send the survey to users and add their own anonymized data on details such as how far drivers had to drive to pick up their passengers, Shaheen said.


    The study will focus on cities such as New York, San Francisco, Austin, and Boston,

  • as well as the new offerings Lyft Line and UberPool,

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  • by Shekar Narasimhan 
  • As the nation’s population grows over the next 15 years, new renters will outnumber homeowners, with nearly six in 10 new households renting their homes, according to a forecast by the Urban Institute. At the same time, the number of renter households paying more than half their income on rent could rise as high as 14.8 million by 2025, up from 11.8 million this year, according to a recent forecast by Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies and Enterprise Community Partners Inc., the affordable housing nonprofit where I serve on the board.
  • Why is it getting harder to be a renter in America?


    Tight standards for mortgage loans and high home prices have locked many would-be homebuyers out the market. At the same time, much new rental construction has been focused on luxury apartments. A

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    One idea for putting in place a DIY solution for backing up your blog is to automate the reposting of each of your blog entries to another blog service, but keep that blog marked private so that it does not compete with your existing blog.


    If I were going this route, I'd use ifttt, which stands for "if this, then that," to automate the reposting. For example, if you have a Blogger blog, you could create a Tumblr blog, leave it private, and have all your posts automatically be "backed up" to Tumblr, or vice versa.


  • June 22, 2014
  • in increasing order of complexity:

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      Posted by Kim-Mai Cutler
  • Airbnb’s effort has blanketed local TV stations with ads at a ratio of 100-to-1 against Proposition F. This weekend, campaigners went door-to-door to “reverse trick-or-treat” by handing out adult coloring fliers and Halloween-themed crayons in addition to the 236,413 door attempts, 226,597 phone calls and 2,016 window signs posted as of Sunday.

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  • When I was in Peru in 2006, the entire country was dry. I got in about a week before an election and for that period no alcohol was allowed to be sold. The reason for this was fear of riots. Yes, really. The idea that booze + a heated election season = riots,
  • By Broke-Ass Stuart on October 22, 2015
  • in Peru, voting is compulsory; people who don’t do it face a major fine.

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