EXCLUSIVE: Police begin crackdown on illegal scooters and electric bikes
“They’re always going the wrong way. We live on a one-way street and there’s a couple restaurants up on the corner, and when they deliver, they come up the wrong way quite often. I don’t want to hit them (with my car).”
Meanwhile, he’s probably one of the people ordering from the damn restaurants and would scream like a child if the scooterist took the long, legal way and his precious Yuppie food got cold.
Electric scooters and electric bikes should be fully legal in NYC. This garbage of keeping them illegal has been going on for too long.
Most delivery people are non-white, so if I wanted to be a foaming at the mouth Marxist deconstructionist, I could scream that this is sheer racism. But it’s not. It’s bureaucratic smugness and laziness.
None of the people in power have a need for them, so why should they care about those who do?
What do we get instead of private, legal ownership of electric scooters and electric bikes? Miles and miles of public land being devoted to the private company of Citibike. Where people have to pay to ride.
NYC should have devoted those miles of public land to public bicycle parking. But the hell with the public interest in NYC, let’s give priority to shit that makes money and can generate bribes.
If the “all-American” chi-chi Upper East Sider whites suddenly got an interest in electric scooters and electric bikes, you can be damn sure the politicians would jump to accommodate them.
Off the Grid in a Florida Suburb, Fighting Municipal Code
An extraordinary story of one very, very stubborn woman against a bunch of government officials unthinkingly doing their jobs.
Whether or not the woman is on an even keel is beside the point. But we’re all in trouble when a reporter writes something like this:
Those who crave disconnection the most may often carry the most baggage, and only a zealot will fight the government indefinitely.
Boldfaced emphasis added by me.
That reporter wouldn’t be able to write those words if zealots hadn’t fought King George!
Our Founding Malcontents
11-Year-Old Boy Played in His Yard. CPS Took Him, Felony Charge for Parents.
One afternoon this past April, a Florida mom and dad I’ll call Cindy and Fred could not get home in time to let their 11-year-old son into the house. The boy didn’t have a key, so he played basketball in the yard. He was alone for 90 minutes. A neighbor called the cops, and when the parents arrived—having been delayed by traffic and rain—they were arrested for negligence.
They were put in handcuffs, strip searched, fingerprinted, and held overnight in jail.
It would be a month before their sons—the 11-year-old and his 4-year-old brother—were allowed home again. Only after the eldest spoke up and begged a judge to give him back to his parents did the situation improve.
Same-day update: Story above has an update. Trouble Not Over for Florida Parents of 11-Year-Old Taken in CPS Dispute
Contrast: Back to School: The 70s vs. Today, A Lot has Changed
Additional (thanks to Moriah Jovan):
Meet Danielle Meitiv: Fighting for Her Kids’ Rights
When letting your kids out of your sight becomes a crime
What a disgrace.
At post time, there is still no official press conference. But with even The New York Times now reporting it, the “source” must be high and credible.
R.I.P. Eric Garner
City Agrees To Largest Occupy Wall Street Settlement Ever
Today, lawyers announced the largest settlement with New York City yet, with the city paying out $583,024 to 14 protesters who were arrested for disorderly conduct on January 1st of 2012.
Sounds like some justice, right?
No, because this:
Two of the defendants who settled at an earlier stage will receive $5,000 from the city. The remaining 12 will receive $20,002. The protesters’ lawyers will receive $333,000 in costs and fees.
What the fuck?
Maybe the protesters are happy, but that split stinks.
Another day, another travesty.
Cecily McMillan: Jury Said Guilty
How I feel most days now…
Cecily McMillan’s guilty verdict reveals our mass acceptance of police violence
McMillan was one of roughly 70 protesters arrested on March 17, 2012. She and hundreds of other activists, along with journalists like me, had gathered in Zuccotti Park to mark the six-month anniversary of the start of Occupy Wall Street. It was four months after the New York Police Department had evicted the Occupy encampment from the park in a mass of violent arrests.
When the police moved in to the park that night, in formation and with batons, to arrest a massive number of nonviolent protesters, the chaos was terrifying. Bovell claimed that McMillan elbowed him in the face as he attempted to arrest her, and McMillan and her defense team claim that Bovell grabbed her right breast from behind, causing her to instinctively react.
But the jury didn’t hear anything about the police violence that took place in Zuccotti Park that night.
This is what Liberty Plaza (aka Zuccotti Park) looked like that morning: Occupy Wall Street: March 17, 2012
See anything threatening? Anyone advocating violence?
The verdict is bullshit.