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Uber and Lyft are responsible for about half of SF’s rise in traffic since 2010, SFCTA says

Uber and Lyft are often times the ones to blame for the rise in traffic and congestion in cities. In San Francisco, the two ride-hailing services are undoubtedly partially to blame, but not entirely to blame, according to a new study from the San Francisco County Transportation Authority. The gist is that while ride-hailing companies have contributed to the increase in traffic congestion in San Francisco, jobs and population growth also play a major role.

Between 2010 and 2016, according to the SFCTA, ride-hailing services accounted for:

  • 51 percent of the increase in daily vehicle hours of delay
  • 47 percent of the increase in vehicle miles traveled
  • 55 percent of the average speed decline
  • 25 percent of total vehicle congestion citywide

While ride-hailing services increase congestion throughout the entire city, there are concentrated effects in certain districts. Take District 6, which includes the tech company-heavy SOMA neighborhood, where ride-hailing services account for 45 percent of the increased delay while employment change accounts for 36 percent of the increased delay. But in District 3, which includes tourist-heavy areas like The Embarcadero and North Beach, Uber and Lyft account for 73 percent of increased delays.

“One thing that has really been sorely absent is that we have remained largely in the realm of the hypothesis” in terms of why there’s been such an increase in traffic in the city, said Joe Castiglione, the study’s co-author and SFCTA Deputy Director for Technology, Data and Analysis. “We’re seeking to ground this in a real data-driven and rigorous analytic approach to answering this question.”

The SFCTA utilized data from INRIX, a commercial dataset that combines numerous real-time GPS monitoring sources with data from highway performance monitoring systems. It also tapped Northeastern University for its transportation network services trip data set. There are, however, some limitations to this data, Castiglione pointed out. There’s no data set available on delivery services — think FedEx, UPS, and even Postmates, Caviar and UberEats.

Now that there’s all this data-driven information, it begs the question of what the city will do with it. The SFCTA is not a policy-making agency, but its bosses (the San Francisco Board of Supervisors) are.

“We’re silent on policy prescriptions,” Castiglione said. “We’re trying to peel the onion a bit more but we’re not going to lay on policy recommendations. We’re trying to give people some insight into what happens. Ultimately, our board, they’re the policymakers.”

This report comes at a time when the city is actively grappling with how to manage and regulate emerging modes of transportation, like bike-share and scooter-share.

“To the extent we believe all of these things will shape our future, then we want to wrestle with them,” Castiglione said. “We’re working with the SFMTA to determine how to look at all these on-demand delivery services.”

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Source: https://techcrunch.com/2018/10/16/uber-and-lyft-are-responsible-for-about-half-of-sfs-rise-in-traffic-since-2010-sfcta-says/

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Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels libel suit against Trump

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The adult-film actress Stormy Daniels’ libel suit against President Donald Trump was thrown out Monday by a federal judge, who also ordered Daniels to pay Trump’s legal fees in the case.

U.S. District Court Judge S. James Otero in Los Angeles said Trump was engaged in “rhetorical hyperbole” in April when he sent a tweet casting doubt on threats that Daniels claimed to have received in 2011 as she debated whether to go public with her claim of a sexual encounter with Trump.

“A sketch years later about a nonexistent man. A total con job, playing the fake news media for fools (but they know it),” Trump wrote on Twitter.

In a 14-page order, Otero noted that the tweet was a one-time statement by Trump and said it failed to meet the standard of a clear factual claim that Daniels had lied.

“Mr. Trump’s tweet constitutes ‘rhetorical hyperbole,’ which is ‘extravagant exaggeration [that is] employed for rhetorical effect,’” the judge wrote.

“Specifically, Mr. Trump’s tweet displays an incredulous tone, suggesting that the content of his tweet was not meant to be understood as a literal statement about Plaintiff. Instead, Mr. Trump sought to use language to challenge Plaintiff’s account of her affair and the threat that she purportedly received. … As the United States Supreme Court has held, a published statement that is ‘pointed, exaggerated, and heavily laden with emotional rhetoric and moral outrage’ cannot constitute a defamatory statement.”

Otero, an appointee of President George W. Bush, said that allowing the suit to go forward would create an imbalance in public discourse on a matter of significant public interest.

“If this Court were to prevent Mr. Trump from engaging in this type of ‘rhetorical hyperbole’ against a political adversary, it would significantly hamper the office of the President,” the judge wrote. “Any strongly-worded response by a president to another politician or public figure could constitute an action for defamation. This would deprive this country of the ‘discourse’ common to the political process.”

“In short, should Plaintiff publicly voice her opinions about Mr. Trump, Mr. Trump is entitled to publicly voice non-actionable opinions about Plaintiff,” Otero added. “To allow Plaintiff to proceed with her defamation action would, in effect, permit Plaintiff to make public allegations against the President without giving him the opportunity to respond. Such a holding would violate the First Amendment.”

Daniels’ attorney, Michael Avenatti, immediately appealed the ruling to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. On Twitter, Avenatti called the ruling “limited” and noted that a suit that Daniels filed against Trump and his former personal attorney Michael Cohen relating to an alleged $130,000 hush-money deal remains on the books.

“Daniels’ other claims against Trump and Cohen proceed unaffected,” Avenatti said. “Trump’s contrary claims are as deceptive as his claims about the inauguration attendance. We will appeal the dismissal of the defamation cause of action and are confident in a reversal.”

Charles Harder, a Trump lawyer, hailed the ruling, highlighting the requirement that Daniels pay Trump’s legal fees.

“No amount of spin or commentary by Stormy Daniels or her lawyer, Mr. Avenatti, can truthfully characterize today’s ruling in any way other than total victory for President Trump and total defeat for Stormy Daniels,” Harder said in a statement “The amount of the award for President Trump’s attorneys’ fees will be determined at a later date.”

Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, filed the defamation suit in New York last April. She later agreed to a request by Trump’s lawyers to transfer the case to Los Angeles, where Otero sits and has been handling the litigation over the alleged hush money deal.

Since Daniels is a Texas resident, Otero held that Texas law applies to the libel case. Like many states, Texas has a so-called anti-SLAPP law, allowing for early dismissal of lawsuits based on statements on controversial public issues. Most such laws have a provision requiring the losing party to pay the other side’s legal fees if a case is ordered dismissed.

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/15/stormy-daniels-trump-libel-suit-903152

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Paul Allen, Microsoft co-founder and philanthropist, dies from cancer at 65

Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen has passed away at the age of 65, his company Vulcan has confirmed. The news comes only weeks after Allen revealed that his non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma cancer had returned, an illness he was treated for nearly a decade ago. Allen died on Monday afternoon from complications related to the illness. Allen, who co-founded Microsoft and owned the … Continue reading

Source: https://www.slashgear.com/paul-allen-microsoft-co-founder-and-philanthropist-dies-from-cancer-at-65-15550088/

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Treasury: Budget deficit swells under Trump to largest in six years

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President Donald Trump’s first full fiscal year in office has produced the nation’s largest budget shortfall in six years, according to Treasury Department data released today.

The U.S. deficit widened in fiscal 2018 to $779 billion, which is $113 billion more than the previous year, according to the Treasury’s widely anticipated yearly report.

That figure is in line with the CBO’s estimated shortfall of $793 billion.

In a statement, White House budget chief Mick Mulvaney acknowledged the rising tide of red ink — the result of Congress’ appetite for more spending and tax cuts this year.

But Mulvaney argued the shortfall would ultimately be erased by the more robust economy, coupled with future spending cuts.

“America’s booming economy will create increased government revenues — an important step toward long-term fiscal sustainability,” Mulvaney wrote, adding that the data is a “blunt warning to Congress of the dire consequences of irresponsible and unnecessary spending.”

The $779 billion figure is the largest deficit since the height of the Great Recession in 2012, when the budget shortfall amounted to $1.089 trillion.

In another statement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin attributed part of the spending increase to a short-term boost for the military.

“President Trump prioritized making a significant investment in America’s military after years of reductions in military spending undermined our preparedness and national security,” Mnuchin wrote.

But he promised strong economic growth and spending cutbacks “going forward.”

Source: https://www.politico.com/story/2018/10/15/budget-deficit-swells-trump-900432

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Man goes skinning dipping in shark tank, and he’s lucky his ween didn’t get bit off

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Some would call this stunt … Adult Swim. 

A man decided to jump into the expansive 2.9 million liter tank at Ripley’s Aquarium in Toronto, in the nude. The massive tank is the largest exhibit at the Canadian aquarium, and allows visitors to view stunning close-up views of sea turtles, sharks, and most recently, a human genitalia. 

To the surprise and horror of aquarium guests, the underwater tank allowed a full frontal view of the man’s junk. As he lazily backstroked among the marine life, a man in the background yelled, “Guy’s really naked!”  Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/article/toronto-ripley-aquarium-skinny-dip-swimmer/

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Midterms 2018: Republicans shift resources from House candidates “too far gone” as Trump contemplates defeat

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Peter Dinklage sure makes it sound like Tyrion will die in ‘Game of Thrones’

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Fellow watchers on the wall, we must now add one more beloved Game of Thrones character to the endless list of potential and devastating deaths in the upcoming final season.

And while just about every character should be on that list, the Emmy-award winning Peter Dinklage just added fuel to the fire in support of Tyrion Lannister not making the much shorter list of survivors from the battles to come.

In a recent and rare interview with Vulture to promote his starring role in the new HBO film My Dinner with Hervé, Dinklage did what his character does best: delivered some foreboding yet wise words on the bleak future that lies ahead. Read more…

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Source: https://mashable.com/article/peter-dinklage-tyrion-death-game-of-thrones-season-8/

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‘No warplane to take off’: Russia’s S-700 missile system can cover entire planet – party leader

Preview A leading Russian politician may have just revealed the biggest Russian military secret. Or just invented a non-existent weapon system while ranting about how powerful the country is during a political talk show.
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Source: https://www.rt.com/politics/441331-s-700-zhirinovky-rant/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=RSS