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Jan 6 platypusrex256 commented on Cost of Police Response to Recent Protests Tops $1.6 Million.
another way to distract from police violence. make it a tax payer problem. lovely.
Nov 13, 2014 platypusrex256 commented on I, Anonymous.
@12 I think OP is a woman.
Feb 26, 2014 platypusrex256 commented on Calls for Taxi Deregulation Ignore Seattle's History of Failed Taxi Deregulation.
@55

I saw that too... I think Goldy would have been first in line at the turn of the century to ban bicycles. Because underneath his thinly veiled liberalism is a conservative who is just afraid of new ideas ;)
Feb 26, 2014 platypusrex256 commented on Calls for Taxi Deregulation Ignore Seattle's History of Failed Taxi Deregulation.
@50 GOLDY

You're all "OMG. You're saying the new option isn't available to EVERYBODY? We should nip that in the bud!"

And we're saying chill out. For those who can afford it, its better. And for the 6 people out there who don't have smartphones or debit/credit cards and yet STILL afford cabs (who are these people honestly?) they can call a traditional cab. They'll always be there, albeit smaller in number.
Feb 25, 2014 platypusrex256 commented on Calls for Taxi Deregulation Ignore Seattle's History of Failed Taxi Deregulation.
@47 GOLDY

but technology HAS addressed the issues. that's what you fail to admit. uber/lyft is cheaper. you can easily dispute the charges if the driver takes you the wrong way. drivers get punished if they refuse short trips. prices are up front when you order. NAME ONE THING that is unresolved. seriously.

in addition to technology developments, there are some serious economic developments since 1979. we're not in a giant gas crisis, for example. also, seattle employment isn't dropping through the floor. times are different.

and from a bigger picture, we're not talking about deregulation. we're talking about improved self-regulation. uber/lyft does a better job at regulating their own than taxi commission ever could or will. they have a vested interest in keeping people happy and being fair.

i think you're just fishing for reasons to reject the new times because they challenge your politics or whatever. and you need to stop. be a little more practical and less ideological.
Feb 25, 2014 platypusrex256 commented on Calls for Taxi Deregulation Ignore Seattle's History of Failed Taxi Deregulation.
@42... I think he means to say "let rational educated people decide whats good for themselves" because in all honesty, the Lyft/Uber self-regulation exceeds that of any city. If you lose your keys, wallet or glasses in one of their cars, its relatively painless to get your item back. Its in their best interest that you leave a satisfied customer and a big part of that is ensuring the safety for all parties involved.
Feb 25, 2014 platypusrex256 commented on Calls for Taxi Deregulation Ignore Seattle's History of Failed Taxi Deregulation.
@39 exactly. the only insurance problem is when the driver is covered. for example, when taking a fare? when using the app without a fare in the car? in transit to get a fare?
Feb 25, 2014 platypusrex256 commented on Calls for Taxi Deregulation Ignore Seattle's History of Failed Taxi Deregulation.
@35 I think you meant to say @33 and not @34? And I think its YOU that doesn't understand insurance. If you drive less, your liability is less. Hence lower monthly payments. Duh.
Feb 25, 2014 platypusrex256 commented on Calls for Taxi Deregulation Ignore Seattle's History of Failed Taxi Deregulation.
The problem with the 1979 - 1984 example is that the market functioned differently then. I know 'market' is a bad word but hear me out. Consumers are able to make wiser and more prudent choices when availability of information is plentiful and accurate. Smartphones and such allow this to work. You open the app, you see the availability of cabs and you see the cost. Its all right there.

Go back to 1979. You start by digging in your pants for quarters? You pickup a disease ridden public phone and you put it to your face? You grab the phone book but all the pages have been torn out? You ask a passing person for the number for a cab company? He's high on heroin so he can't tell you? You ask someone else? Maybe you wrote the number down somewhere? They say a cab is on the way? God knows who comes? They might be a serial killer? They might go the long way? God knows how much it costs until you arrive at your destination? No oversight!

Fast forward to 2013 with your smart phone. Everything is regulated by the technology. Your driver is documented. The route you take is documented. Everything is sent to your email afterwards. Absolute transparency and if there is any problem you just call the company and they resolve the issue for you.
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Dec 27, 2013 platypusrex256 commented on Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom.
Do you have a list of favorite South African film?

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