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Garry Boyer
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I got taxi-scammed in Austin, before flying back to San Jose. He turned an 8-mile trip into a 19-mile trip by just going around the Airport...which, numerically speaking, is just kind of amazing.

Austin has no Uber, but it has rivals like Fasten. I figured I'd give it a shot.

Hailed a ride to the airport. Driver picked me up, saw my suitcase. Complained his GPS (actually, Google Maps) was broken, and kept pointing out bad directions. Asked me if I was from Austin.

At some point I don't recognize the road and remind him we're going to the airport, and he gets flustered a bit. He shows up at the restricted south gate and complains I gave him the wrong address. Weird, because Fasten only gives me one address option for the airport. He complains about the app.

I put my GPS into navigate, and he keeps on telling me "your GPS is saying left, right? And mine is saying right!" Of course, he doesn't actually look at my GPS :-)

Fortunately, customer service could see the same map I could. I complained and they immediately gave me a fare reduction.

Too bad for him: I would have probably tipped him handsomely, had he just taken me to the airport.
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That's kind of what I like about these services; there's a Higher Power you can complain to in the end.
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Interesting facts. Let's hope his administration recognizes this.
Fifty-five percent oppose his plan to build a wall on the border with Mexico.
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Controversy executive summary.

This is a very important information to take into account, people like to feel heard.

Thanks for sharing this valuable info Garry.
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I never have any idea if I completely understand or agree with +Steven Flaeck's ideas, but they are profoundly interesting.
Overall, the Federal Democratic strategy will likely to be stonewalling Supreme Court nominees and offering counter-proposals. At issue will be the rise of "red dog" Republicans: conservatives elected by unconservative voters who voted for an unconservative president making unconservative promises. It's possible to wrench the works because the Congressional leadership is now more radical than both the President and the median Senate electorate.

I suggest it's time to throw "progressives" under this bus: let's oppose no-fly-no-buy, which seems a likely proposal. Let Democrats generally toe any line which leads to its failure. Those with more gun-loving constituencies need to harp on 2A. Those with more gun-hating constituencies need a poison pill to demand "otherwise it's just posturing that further erodes civil rights".

We can let them ride this one: reform Obamacare into vouchered single-payer. Federalize the Medicaid expansion and let people transfer its payments to another insurer. This will handle all the questions while freeing us from the mandate; a person without insurance has Medicaid. Couple this proposal with a program to build up healthcare access in rural areas. Make that the block grant, putting onus on Republican state houses if they screw their voter bloc.

Couple with this: make the Medicaid card a photo ID and then propose a Federal voter ID law. This will both push IDs to the entire population and eliminate talk about "rigged elections", forcing racism into the open. Long term, this may cause a cleavage between Republicans as decent folks reject indecent folks. If it works, we can push heterodoxy forward. If it fails, we might reap electoral benefits.

Lastly: push to expand medical immigration, accepting more doctors. I doubt this policy is meaningful, but it will make a mess of anti-immigrant sentiment by focusing on the practical terms.

Will any of this get passed? Good question. The point, however, is to sow fear, uncertainty, and doubt in the Republican Congress while capturing some upside if they end up going along. Break the caucus and make sure that any attempt to hold the line on conservatism is met relentlessly with legislative distractions from it.
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Hahahahahahahahahahaha..... What reality is this?

An "opposition researcher's dream" hahahahahahahahahahaha....
From questionable business dealings to allegations of philandering, the former Florida governor's past is an opposition researcher's dream.
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Silver Lining: My multi-talented spouse made some fantastic mini pumpkin cheesecakes.

Some little things in life will remain great.

Remember to take care of yourself. I'm lucky to have help.
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The cupcakes look delicious :) 
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Texas has more than a third of the land area of Mexico. California a fifth. And Alaska? 87%
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But I bet it's hard to make good tequila in Alaska ;p
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Disturbing thought: the surge of nationalist populism in Europe and US can be partially traced back to the US invasion of Iraq.
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"Be Careful !" Chirac to USA [Eve of Iraq War] - "Be Careful !" Chirac to USA [Eve of Iraq War]
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A common refrain I've seen in the last couple of weeks is, "Why should we listen? Why should we try to understand their views? They're the ones in the bubble. They're the ones who are trying to fight the inevitable changes."

This article explains why. We have to listen and understand because it's how minds are eventually changed. People don't change their mind based on facts and statistics. We change our minds when we feel listened to, when we feel like a proposal for change relates to our own values and experiences. We change our minds when we feel like we are part of the conversation, not when we feel like a conclusion is being forced upon us.

They -- not the people who supported Trump because of his racism, misogyny, and xenophobia, but the people who supported him despite those thing -- they are the same as us when it comes to how to change minds. No amount of pushing the arguments that persuaded us that Trump's policies are disastrous will persuade them. We need to find the arguments that take into account their priors.

And if we can't argue our case from a perspective that doesn't assume progressive, urban values, we need to acknowledge that our vision still needs shaping and get to work improving it.
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Opportunity to listen!

As I've said repeatedly, our views and our treatment of others will be better when we listen to more real people.

In the last five years it's been valuable to me to know several transgender people as friends and coworkers. Ten years ago I wasn't aware of anyone I knew being transgender, and I had a lot of question marks around how common it was, why people would transition, etc. The process of answering some of those questions started with simply becoming aware of more transgender people at all, and eventually working up the nerve to ask questions of a friend that was open and honest about things.

If you are in the position I was in, then I can't be that friend for you, but I can reshare some videos Google posted that simply give a bit of screen space to transgender folks. I encourage you to watch them.
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Likely Return to Coal.

Usually, my strongest policy concern is around climate. None of the other issues will matter if there's a mass extinction. (For this year, tribalism is a greater concern, but I'm letting others discuss and listening.)

Over the last few years, I've developed a much softer view towards coal power. Economically, coal power generation is something that will solve itself: the economics are getting worse (the most important point), it has universal negative public perception, the mining operation is actually quite dangerous, etc. I also don't view oil pipelines that negatively either, because that's a supply-side issue.

The real problem with our dependence on fossil fuels are the appliances each of us own.

Your natural gas heater? Your (and my) oil-consuming car? To fix that problem, it requires the entire population to switch -- it needs tremendous change in technology and economics. Plus, manufacturing technologies.

We need the Second Great Electrification. Even if it means we're burning more coal in the short-term. Coal's economics will solve itself.

Most of the rest of the world doesn't have natural gas pipelines. They heat with mini-split heat pumps, which are extremely efficient. When power plants switch over, they'll get upgraded without any extra effort. The US, on the other hand, is behind.

If you're remodeling, consider going natural-gas-free.
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Consumers will buy what they can afford. Asking (most) people about spending the money they probably don't have to avoid catastrophic consequences while watching a Coal or Gas Power Plant putting tons of CO2/NOX into the atmosphere in a few hours is not the way to change minds.

If politics can do something is about Climate. In a world where forbidding is common practice, that's the one Politicians should really take care about, leading by example.
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Happy Veterans Day!

And that's also to you, my parents, +Kathryn Hall-Boyer and +William Boyer!

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Thanks. I did the 8 yrs I owed.
I knew my personality wasn't cut out for a career. Working with vets in the
VA helped me identify with vets though. My personality isn't suited for
govt jobs either, so I was happy I made the
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The Deplorables are real.

I'll apologize in advance I'm speaking from a place where I know I'm not affected by any of this violence. I've emotionally distanced myself from the result of this election, and forgiven all my fellow citizens who voted for the man from a legitimate emotional place.

But the Deplorables are real. Let's hope my fellow citizens will stop playing denial and LISTEN.
Even after all this, the media still is making more of the anti-Trump protests than of the wave of threats and violence against minorities in the last couple of days[1]. This is irresponsible.

So if it won't be reported in the mainstream, we'll spread it ourselves[2][3]:

Share other aggregators in the comments and I'll add them to the post.

[1] I looked on Google News and a number of individual news sites and saw nothing on the frontpage about the threats and violence. About half of them reported on the protests.

[2] Unvetted, but that should be the media's job.

[3] Hopefully unnecessary caveat: violence against Trump supporters is equally unacceptable.
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+Jake Weisz You are right. I'm simply noting the comment, as unhelpful as it was, has redeemed itself.

I also realize after the fact that the ironic-badge-of-honor interpretation of Deplorables might be polluting my message, though.
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Great japchae, bibimbab, and cold noodles or naengmyeon.
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The ice cream tastes great, everything other reviewers are saying. But the service and arrangement of the store could use improvement. The employees can't hear because there's a really tall vertical sneeze guard. My mother in law is in a wheelchair so it was impossible for her to hear the employees and vice versa, because the sneeze guard is directly in the way. After the employee came back with two cones of the wrong ice cream, the employee was agitated that we asked her to remake them. Also, the tubs of ice cream are too low and deep for the employees. They have to literally dive into the tubs, and end up getting their clothes covered in ice cream.
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Had a good experience at the Charlotte branch. The only problem was the check-engine and tire pressure lights went on, but the staff were always helpful and easy to work with.
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I went here once a long time ago when I needed a new tire (urgently!) and they helped me select a good one and get on my way. They were fine with me changing my tire myself right outside the store and using their pump, and they even helped me get the old tire off free of charge (I couldn't deflate it because the valve was full of healing goo). I went there again yesterday to switch the back tire, and the price for that tire even went down!
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Good food and pleasant experience. The to-go food is quite good but could be spicier, maybe they can make spicier on request, but they have to cater towards an average customer. Staff are very friendly and made sure my baby had a happy time (came during the off hours).
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You have to try their Snow dessert -- it's like ice cream meets cotton candy. The food was fine -- I'm guessing Taiwan isn't known for their spicy foods, so next time I go I'll try dishes that aren't supposed to be spicy.
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I work for Google, and it's definitely by far the most awesome place you could work! I work on challenging, exciting problems, and am well taken care of (free food, drinks).
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