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October 30, 2017

Citibike angels program is pure arbitrage

Bike Angels forCitiBike NYC bike share.

October 26, 2017

EEOC Sues Whataburger for Retaliation against Manager Who Refused to Hire Only White Applicants

EEOC Sues Whataburger for Retaliation against Manager Who Refused to Hire Only White Applicants

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Fast food restaurant giant Whataburger Restaurants LLC violated federal law when it retaliated against a white restaurant manager because she opposed and refused to participate in upper management's directive to hire only white applicants, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) charged in a lawsuit it filed last week.

According to the EEOC's lawsuit, Whataburger general and area managers demanded that a white restaurant manager in Tallahassee hire only white applicants because Whataburger wanted "the faces behind the counter to match the customer base." The restaurant manager was told to review the names on applications, identify those names that sounded white, and to interview only those applicants. After the restaurant manager opposed and refused to participate in the racially discriminatory hiring directive, she was subjected to an ongoing pattern of retaliatory conduct including verbal abuse, intimidation, threats, a drastic change in schedule, and unwarranted discipline. The retaliatory conduct ultimately forced the restaurant manager to resign from her position.

Such alleged conduct violates Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The EEOC filed suit (EEOC v. Whataburger Restaurants LLC, Case No. 4:17-CV-00428-WS-CAS) in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Florida, Tallahassee Division, after attempting to reach a pre-litigation settlement through its conciliation process.

October 25, 2017

Successful people support bike lanes

Last year, billionaire Ken Griffin wrote an email to Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel complaining the "lakefront bike path is a disaster."

It wasn't an idle complaint. This week, workers are finishing the first stages of a $12 million, 18-mile face-lift of the path along Lake Michigan, courtesy of a check from Mr. Griffin, the founder of hedge fund Citadel LLC.

The new path will separate bike and jogging traffic, making a safer experience for everyone, including Mr. Griffin, an avid biker himself.

In Arkansas, the Walton Family Foundation, run by the family of Wal-Mart founders, has invested at least $15 million in bicycle-trail development.

In Philadelphia, the Haas family, through the William Penn Foundation, has donated about $40 million for bike infrastructure in recent years. And in Carrollton, Ga., Laura Richards, founder of Carrollton Greenbelt LLC, gave about $12 million to help fund an 18-mile bike path in and around her hometown.

The total number of trips taken on bike shares increased to about 28 million in 2016 from 320,000 in 2010, according to a study by National Association of City Transportation Officials. But the U.S. bike infrastructure isn't keeping pace. While the rate of cyclist fatalities has fallen by 30% in the U.S. between 1990 and 2014, Australia, Japan and Canada all saw reductions closer to 50%, according to a Virginia Tech study.

In seven large cities--New York, San Francisco, Philadelphia, Minneapolis, Chicago, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore.--the number of miles of bike lanes rose to 2,499 in 2014 from 1,602 in 2007, according to the National Association of City Transportation Officials.

Chicago has made significant strides in building out its bicycle infrastructure. The city now has more than 200 miles of on-street protected bike lanes, and the mayor has made it a priority of his administration. Still, the Lakeshore Pathway that runs along Lake Michigan remains a trouble spot. The pathway is among the busiest in the nation: About 100,000 people cram on it during summer weekends, according to Active Transportation Alliance, a Chicago nonprofit advocacy organization. It carries a chaotic mix of pedestrians, roller bladers, cyclists and joggers moving in proximity in different directions and at different speeds.

October 24, 2017

Bike washer

Portable Pressure Washer with a High-Pressure Hose, the Mobi V-17 Portable Bike Pressure Washer comes with many features, such as a 17 litre water tank and adjustable spray gun, which is attached to a high-pressure hose, reviewed.

October 23, 2017

Porsche: Decades of Disruption (Documentary)

From 3xx series to 911 to Panamera.

October 22, 2017

GoogleBro James Damore, via Joe Rogan

1 - "No, you're wrong. You just have white male privilege."

2 - "People feel that they have to walk on eggshells otherwise they'll get reported to HR by some random activist within the company."

3 - "There's some underground efforts within Google to at least document some of this."
"...and they even have these automated scripts to try to find these negative things on people that they don't like."

4 - "We're going to sabotage their work."

5 - "Now they are trying to get into de-biased machine learning."

-- Via Joe Rogan.

James was galvanized to write the memo in response to Google thrusting (unconsentingly) its diversity doctrines and mantras upon their employees. For example, Google would hold classes and day-long seminars on topics such as "unconscious biases" in an attempt to hamper down personal biases.

October 21, 2017

Nevada recently implemented a new 80 mph speed limit on a 130 mile stretch of Interstate 80 northeast of Reno

Nevada now joins the exclusive club of states that permits speeds of greater than 75 mph on a few rural highways and interstates, which includes Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.

-- Kristen Lee

October 20, 2017

CitiBike share bikeshare data

Rides, when, where. Citibike shares bikeshare data for NYC.

October 18, 2017

Rapha riders ride

Alliana Semjen, 25, a marketing manager at NBC, and her boyfriend Matthew Schwartz, 27, a lawyer, came to watch the race in matching cycling gear. Two to three times a week, they say their alarm wakes them at 4:30 a.m. so they can do a couple laps around Central Park before work.

As the riders went into the final stretch, a barista at Rapha placed a sign on the counter. It read, "5 km to go. No service. (Watch the race)".

October 16, 2017

Facebook, Google, and Twitter function as a distribution mechanism, a platform for circulating false information and helping find receptive audiences,

The psychology behind social media platforms -- the dynamics that make them such powerful vectors of misinformation in the first place -- is at least as important, experts say, especially for those who think they're immune to being duped. For all the suspicions about social media companies' motives and ethics, it is the interaction of the technology with our common, often subconscious psychological biases that makes so many of us vulnerable to misinformation, and this has largely escaped notice.

Skepticism of online "news" serves as a decent filter much of the time, but our innate biases allow it to be bypassed, researchers have found -- especially when presented with the right kind of algorithmically selected "meme."

At a time when political misinformation is in ready supply, and in demand, "Facebook, Google, and Twitter function as a distribution mechanism, a platform for circulating false information and helping find receptive audiences," said Brendan Nyhan, a professor of government at Dartmouth College (and occasional contributor to The Times's Upshot column).

Authors Eytan Bakshy, Solomon Messing, Lada A. Adamic (Exposure to ideologically diverse
news and opinion on Facebook)
analyzed the news feeds of some 10 million users in the United States who posted their political views, and concluded that "individuals' choices played a stronger role in limiting exposure" to contrary news and commentary than Facebook's own algorithmic ranking -- which gauges how interesting stories are likely to be to individual users, based on data they have provided.

Colleen Seifert, a professor of psychology at the University of Michigan, "People have a benevolent view of Facebook, for instance, as a curator, but in fact it does have a motive of its own. What it's actually doing is keeping your eyes on the site. It's curating news and information that will keep you watching."

That kind of curating acts as a fertile host for falsehoods by simultaneously engaging two predigital social-science standbys: the urban myth as "meme," or viral idea; and individual biases, the automatic, subconscious presumptions that color belief.

The first process is largely data-driven, experts said, and built into social media algorithms. The wide circulation of bizarre, easily debunked rumors -- so-called Pizzagate, for example, the canard that Hillary Clinton was running a child sex ring from a Washington-area pizza parlor -- is not entirely dependent on partisan fever (though that was its origin).

For one, the common wisdom that these rumors gain circulation because most people conduct their digital lives in echo chambers or "information cocoons" is exaggerated, Dr. Nyhan said.

In a forthcoming paper, Dr. Nyhan and colleagues review the relevant research, including analyses of partisan online news sites and Nielsen data, and find the opposite. Most people are more omnivorous than presumed; they are not confined in warm bubbles containing only agreeable outrage.

But they don't have to be for fake news to spread fast, research also suggests. Social media algorithms function at one level like evolutionary selection: Most lies and false rumors go nowhere, but the rare ones with appealing urban-myth "mutations" find psychological traction, then go viral.

October 4, 2017

Eating sufficiently

He has an espresso with breakfast and a glass of wine with dinner. Cutshall said he never tires of the menu, as it was designed to include "everything a human craves," he said. "There are things that are hot, cold, salty, creamy, chewy, spicy, savory, and crisp."

-- Large Fella on a bike, Scott Cutshall.

The Scott Cutshall Meal Plan

Breakfast: 1 organic banana; 1 bowl of vegan soup (vegetable stock, dried herbs, rice noodles, pepper sauce, lime juice); 1 espresso -- approx. 250 calories

Lunch: Homemade hummus on pita wrap with pan-seared Portobello mushrooms, alfalfa sprouts and mustard; water to drink -- approx. 400 calories

Dinner: "The Mega Salad" (1 to 2 pounds of organic romaine lettuce, 2 organic tomatoes, 1 medium bunch of organic spring onions, organic garlic powder, pepper, Caesar croutons); Newman's Own "Lighten Up" Caesar dressing cut 50/50 with water; cup-and-a-half of pasta w/red sauce; 1 glass of wine -- approx. 600 calories

October 2, 2017

Specialized Roubaix 2017: best sportive bike for Gran Fondo ?

Specialized Roubaix 2017 review.

The original Roubaix aimed to offer all the benefits of a racing machine, with all the stiffness, low weight and high pedalling efficiency that modern carbon fibre construction could deliver. The big difference was that this was combined with a more endurance-biased geometry.

Audax-style or in American-speak 'Century' bike geometries before, where elongated head-tubes and short top-tubes met shorter angled-up stems for a very upright, more relaxed riding style. But Specialized's Roubaix wasn't as short in the top-tube or as tall at the front. It was this sweet spot that revolutionised road bike development.

Now with Chis and Chris (Chris D'Alusio and Chris Yu) suspension inserts for the post-Zertz elastomer era.