-The Non-Binary One
Ever since innovative ride-sharing services like Uber and Lyft started gaining popularity, people have made the intuitive assertion that these services could cut down on drinking and driving. People will choose an affordable, safe alternative to drunk driving if that alternative is readily available.
Just a few weeks ago, Pittsburgh resident Nate Good published aquick study that offered the first hard evidence that DUI rates may be decreasing in cities where Uber is popular. An analysis of Philadelphia’s data showed an 11.1 percent decrease in the rate of DUIs since ridesharing services were made available, and an even more astonishing 18.5 percent decrease for people under 30.
As everyone knows, however, correlation does not equal causation. Good’s quick number-crunching was too simplistic to draw any overarching conclusions, but it did open the door for future studies. A recent, deeper analysis from Uber makes the case even stronger that ridesharing services may be responsible for a decline in DUIs.
The first thing Uber did was use its own data to see if people disproportionately called for Uber cars from bars in comparison to other venues. And indeed:
Requests for rides come from Uber users at bars at a much higher rate than you might expect based on the number of bars there are in the city. The fraction of requests from users at bars are between three and five times greater than the total share of bars.
Next, they used government data to find out when deaths from DUIs are most likely to occur. Fatalities due to drunk driving start to peak at midnight, are the highest from 12:00-3:00 AM, and happen much more often on the weekends. Uber then gathered their own internal data and found that Uber transactions spiked at the times when people are most likely to drink and drive (as depicted in the chart above).
There remains plenty of room for more studies on how Uber is affecting transportation trends. But early evidence for a positive impact—an impact that goes far beyond mere consumer convenience—is already compelling.
Affordable, convenient, and, apparently, making people safer - all reasons why taxi unions are fighting so hard to protect their cartel. Like all the kerfuffle regarding Ex-Im “Bank,” the ride-sharing fight has served to expose many democrats (who scramble to defend the unions, corporations, and other special interests - see here, here, here, and here) to be the very crony capitalists they pretend not to be. And that the service can serve such a significant “public safety role” and still be met with political resistance, also shows whose priorities are met when government(s) get involved
Used Uber for the first time last weekend so we wouldn’t have to worry about having a DD. Cars were nice, smooth rides, drivers were very polite/friendly, you get to put your own music on if you want and I don’t remember how much it was because I didn’t pay and I was super drunk and rolling but it was less than $15. I’m going to guess the same ride in a taxi would have been at least double. I will never use a taxi again given the choice of using Uber. Really want to try Lyft next time.
I’ve had horrible experiences with taxi drivers. For all the bullshit taxi companies are spewing about safety and accountability… I mean I’ve had taxi drivers on more than one occasion that had obviously been drinking, taxi drivers that were rude as fuck, some that ‘got lost,’ and the last time I took a taxi we told the guy we were paying with a debit card, after telling the dispatch that we were paying with debit, and he got visibly upset and was basically mad at us for not paying with cash.
A Palestinian boy carries belongings as he walks past a house which was destroyed in an Israeli air strike, in Gaza City on July 21, 2014. (Suhaib Salem/Reuters)
Inmate takes 2 hours to die in Arizona execution
NBC News: An execution in Arizona took nearly two hours on Wednesday, and the inmate’s lawyers claimed he gasped and snorted for nearly an hour after it began.
Joseph Wood, who was condemned to death for fatally shooting his girlfriend and her father in 1989, was scheduled to be killed with a combination of midazolam and hydromorphone, the same drugs used in an Ohio execution in which the inmate took 25 minutes to die.
Photo: An unidentified Arizona Corrections Officer adjust straps of gurney used for lethal injection at the Florence Death House at the Arizona State Prison. (Arizona Dept. of Corrections via AP File)
wow he took two hours? how fucking inconsiderate, didn’t he know these officers had meals to go home to? unfuckingbelievable some people are just so damn self-centered
• Withdrawal of Israeli tanks from the Gaza border.
• Freeing all the prisoners that were arrested after the killing of the three youths.
• Lifting the siege and opening the border crossings to commerce and people.
• Establishing an international seaport and airport which would be under U.N. supervision.
• Increasing the permitted fishing zone to 10 kilometers.
• Internationalizing the Rafah Crossing and placing it under the supervision of the U.N. and some Arab nations.
• International forces on the borders.
• Easing conditions for permits to pray at the Al Aqsa Mosque.
• Prohibition on Israeli interference in the reconciliation agreement.
• Re-establishing an industrial zone and improvements in further economic development in the Gaza Strip.
It’s funny how truces put forward by Hamas are declined and largely ignored by MSM but the moment Hamas reject any farcical truces agreed to by Israel (which keep the inhumane blockade on Gaza intact, for example) it’s front page news and you’ll never hear the end of it. ‘HAMAS REJECTED THE TRUCE HAMAS DOESN’T WANT PEACE’.
And even then, Hamas’s truce demands aren’t even that major. Like, there’s not even a demand for a return to a respectable border. Where’s the “Hamas willing to put aside border dispute for the sake of peace” headline?
Cairo-based photojournalist Mosa’ab Elshamy caught this headline from the Monday edition of the Baltimore Sun that seems to capture Palestinian sympathizers’ frustration with mainstream media coverage of the ongoing conflict in Gaza. While Israeli combat fatalities are given up-front attention, Palestinian fatalities are brushed off as “others.”
My favorite step in evolution is where we went from homo habilis to homo erectus to homo sapiens to homo bunselfkin