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RT : This is great idea. Mexico City has metro bus drivers do training where they pedal a bike in a bike lane as a bus f…
february 2019
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RT : No they aren’t. Drivers widely speed, use phones, ignore rules yet are rarely caught. Even when re…
february 2019
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1097641442460209154
Yellow vests burning electric scooters. Modal choice is a fiery political issue in Paris with Macron's new fuel ta…
february 2019
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Absolument ! Le climat et terrain sont *idéale* pour le vélo à Nantes donc la cible de 15% par 2030 me sem…
february 2019
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RT : "Taking the USD median fee level, the cost per institution per published article was £2.41" -- a nice breakdown of…
february 2019
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All solutions to the fossil fuel transport conundrum will have local geographical and cultural particularities. Sep…
february 2019
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Restraining the private car caters to more than simply cyclists. It’s a decidedly more i…
february 2019
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RT : Cyclists are entitled to use any part of the road. Most cycle paths are useless and ma…
february 2019
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Imagine complaining that other people are ignorant of the Highway Code in the same tweet as you demonstrate your ow…
february 2019
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I'm well aware of that: I worked as a GP for 15 years. What bugs me is the "oh, you can…
february 2019
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RT : Révélation de l'année 😎
february 2019
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House of Commons select committee: Facebook are 'digital gangsters', extorting money for access to voter data. Dema…
february 2019
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1097233756300210176
Not quite Carlton. Restraining the private car has been key to changing travel behaviour, though Hackney also has a…
february 2019
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1097292011978276865
I'm very much in favor of nerf-ing cars and increasing driver training. And if I heard…
february 2019
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We're defending our right to ride on the road and making sure subversives like yourself don't trade u…
february 2019
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Then I wouldn’t classify you in the “staunch” category that was the subject of the orig…
february 2019
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Good article. My posts, written from the perspective of a Brit in Nantes, where clumsy attempts to im…
february 2019
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Well, that is the situation for every cyclist in the Netherlands and Denmark: if there…
february 2019
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"The IEA’s Head of Political Economy". Littlewood the 'capo di tutti i capi' has blocked me, and Dr. N.…
february 2019
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Calling for translators at any stage of their career! We're looking for creative reflections on the practice of tra…
february 2019
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RT : My boy is watching the news coverage of the children's climate protest with his great-grandad and he's gripped, see…
february 2019
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I was pulled off my bike in chigwell by a car passenger in 2007 (one of the reasons I left the UK). C…
february 2019
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Private car ownership is at the heart of cyclist & pedestrian mortality rates.

Why do we still state-subsidise it…
february 2019
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Et donc tu en fais quoi après de ton passage pour de vrai sur le terrain comme vous dîtes ?
T…
february 2019
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1096434956467871744
Transparency International's excellent Integrity Watch tool is a treasure trove of informati…
february 2019
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Slower than average in other countries: narrow, congested cycle lanes with tricky j…
february 2019
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RT : “Two (NEJM and JAMA) rejected all [correction] letters”

Still think the status quo of academic publishing is doin…
february 2019
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Even when there is more space, Dutch people tend to cycle 18km/h in cities, because ma…
february 2019
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1096134349169311745
Oh dear...

Gun boat diplomacy at its best.

China cancels trade talks with UK in protest over Defence Secretary Wi…
february 2019
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As the day lengthens the crocuses begin to put on a display, drinking the sunlight into their saffron cores
february 2019
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RT : 'The city’s changes are designed, in part, to help improve air quality and fight climate change, but the difference…
february 2019
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RT : IKEA Greenwich as promised and as delivered
february 2019
(429) https://twitter.com/i/web/status/1096006950649622528
You’re a sports cyclist - sure. The negative effect from casual cyclist…
february 2019
(429) https://twitter.com/BBCNews/status/1095821878860697600
Sick and tired of Labour stealing Green policies once they're popular.
february 2019
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There'll always be someone who forgets, or a passenger who…
february 2019
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Belgian cyclists seems to have the worst of all worlds: Du…
february 2019
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Yep, but the thing that is murderous is your crazy Belgian…
february 2019
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RT : Amis vélotaffeur•e.s, je voudrais vous dire un truc (gentiment hein ?) : vos tweets et RT sur les automobilistes qu…
february 2019
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Les histoires d'insécurité ne concernent pas uniquement les personnes à vélo. Êtes vous aussi anxieux derr…
february 2019
One person, one click: is this how to save democracy? | Paolo Gerbaudo | World news | The Guardian
Guardian article discussing recent developments in online democracy has attracted some decent comments e.g.
february 2019
One person, one click: is this how to save democracy? | Paolo Gerbaudo | World news | The Guardian
The pioneers of digital democracies were the pirate parties of northern Europe who first broke through in Sweden, Germany and Iceland about a decade ago, using an online decision-making platform called LiquidFeedback. One of its founders, Andreas Nitsche, said the idea was that “empowering the ordinary members would make these parties more responsive to the demands of society”.

More recently, the fiercely anti-establishment M5S and the Spanish leftwing populist party Podemos have led the way. “Ordinary citizens will become protagonists, abandoning the current system of delegate democracy in the hands of politicians,” said the late Gianroberto Casaleggio, who masterminded the M5S digital strategy. Given the discredited status of Italy’s political class, this narrative appealed to many citizens.
politics  italy  spain  internet  socialnetworking 
february 2019
Priorité absolue aux piétons, suggère un groupe de travail sur la sécurité routière | Le Devoir
RT : Priorité absolue aux piétons, suggère un groupe de travail sur la sécurité routière
february 2019
Priorité absolue aux piétons, suggère un groupe de travail sur la sécurité routière | Le Devoir
Il s’agirait d’une véritable révolution sur les routes du Québec : un groupe de travail recommande la mise en place d’un « code de la rue » voué à atténuer la « culture du char » et qui donnerait la priorité aux usagers les plus vulnérables, comme les piétons et les cyclistes.

Selon ce que Le Devoir a appris, ce projet, inspiré de pays européens, introduirait le principe de prudence dans le Code de la sécurité routière (CSR). Les automobilistes devraient céder le passage aux gens qui se déplacent à pied non seulement aux passages prévus à cet effet, mais aussi à tout endroit situé à plus de 50 mètres d’un passage pour piétons. Bref, le jaywalking serait légalisé.

Cette nouvelle version du CSR accorderait la priorité absolue à la vie humaine plutôt qu’au temps de déplacement en voiture, comme c’est le cas à l’heure actuelle. Les auteurs de l’étude estiment réaliste d’implanter un tel code de la rue au Québec, malgré la règle du « no fault » et des décennies de domination de la voiture sur les routes nord-américaines.
walking  driving  road_safety  canada  français 
february 2019
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RT : As the rumours and lies continues. Please share this information.
february 2019
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RT : “Because I’ve chosen an impractically large vehicle, I should be rewarded at the expense of people who’ve made bett…
february 2019
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RT : La mobilisation et l’engagement responsable du peuple de France continue....
february 2019
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After a few minutes of this, they were all gassed by the police, as is customary in these p…
february 2019
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RT : On , here was my answer about the bizarre spectacle of watching the bipartisan political & media class…
february 2019
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Compelling cyclists to wear helmets has little or no effect on head injury rates:…
february 2019
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RT : See that's the problem! 'Pain to motorist'!!! How abt motorists and cars a…
february 2019
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And not only. The end of the private motor car in towns poses a huge threat…
february 2019
King James Bible's classic English text revealed to include work by French scholar | Books | The Guardian
according to Nicholas Hardy from Birmingham University, few documents survive from the drafting and revision stages of the translation and little is known about how the translators worked together.

Hardy was consulting a printed copy of the ancient Greek version of the Old Testament, which is held in Oxford’s Bodleian Library, when he noticed that the thousands of handwritten annotations in its margins were in the hand of John Bois, one of the King James Bible’s translators. The annotations’ author had previously been unknown.

He then followed a “paper trail” to the British Library in London, where he found correspondence between Bois and the renowned French scholar Isaac Casaubon. The unpublished letters revealed that Bois had asked Casaubon for help translating several passages that he and his colleagues were struggling to complete.

Once Hardy identified Casaubon as a translator, he studied the Frenchman’s notebooks, which have been held in the Bodleian since the 1670s, finding records of the conversations Casaubon had with the translator Andrew Downes about other complications in the Bible’s text.
translation  religion  greek  hebrew  latin 
february 2019
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La police en Angleterre n'est pas homogène : elle s'organise au niveau ~départementa…
february 2019
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RT : Here is a longer piece I wrote in 2017 on why conventional energy forecasters continue to pro…
february 2019
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When Bloomberg discussed Brexit yesterday their talking heads were "much uncertainty" rather than an…
february 2019
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It's pretty clear in retrospect that we can ascribe the views of the 38% of the public who confidently denied anthr…
february 2019
Making Public | Save the Date: Urgent Publishing Conference in May!
Liberation comes with its downsides: while the availability of publishing technologies have helped bring different voices onto the stage, connect new communities and identify hegemonic intersections of power, they have also played a role in bringing about what is known as the ‘post-truth era’. The scale and scope of once emergent publishing practices have exploded, leaving a disenchanted public to scavenge the rubble of breaking fake news stories, information pollution and broken links. Speed and availability of publications may have increased, but the quality of the information presented and of its containers lags behind.

Publishers, writers, researchers, designers and developers need new strategies for urgent publishing. A critical set of discourses, practices and productions to intervene in the public debate with high-quality information that can be issued in a timely manner and that will reach the desired audiences. The development of such a toolbox of strategies has been the focus of diverse critical cultures that have interacted and experimented with publishing in the last two decades. Concentrated efforts directed towards furthering these practices within the context of the current information age will open up robust futures for a publishing domain that remains forever emergent – and urgent.
publishing  digitalhumanities  socialnetworking  education 
february 2019
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Canny be arsed flushing my cookies to get round the NYT paywall to read it all, but there's a gross error in the fi…
february 2019
Nantes. Des alcoolisations au volant massives et répétées en ville - Nantes.maville.com
Nuit mouvementée sur les routes de Nantes et de son agglomération. Les forces de police ont procédé à de nombreux contrôles d’alcoolémie positifs au cours de leurs patrouilles. De la rue Fouré en centre-ville au quai Wilson sur l'île de Nantes en passant par le Ranzay secteur Beaujoire, de 22 h samedi soir à 4 h 30 ce dimanche matin, les contrevenants n’avaient pas fait dans la demi-mesure, certains automobilistes affichant des taux de 2,44 g d’alcool par litre de sang, 2,14 g, 1,60 g ou bien encore 1,56 g.
alcohol  nantes  driving 
february 2019
Liebreich: In Energy and Transportation, Stick it to the Orthodoxy! | Bloomberg NEF
The Orthodoxy Window is maintained by a whole ecosystem of supposed thought-leaders, all trying their hardest to avoid having to think uncomfortable thoughts. Industry bodies trumpeting the world’s vital interest in protecting fossil-fuel- and diesel-engine-producing incumbents; respected analysts who are nothing but oil industry shills; right-wing commentators who talk like libertarians but walk like corporatists; bloggers and Twitterati, whose certainty that the energy and transport sectors can never change is inversely proportional to their knowledge. Pity the general public, correctly wary of wrenching change, threatened by this mob each time they think of peeking outside the Orthodoxy Window...

However, there is much more to do. In too many areas the Orthodoxy Window is still tightly shut. For instance, the majority of people I meet still believe the following: the cost of managing intermittency is prohibitive; demand rebounds to eat all the benefits of energy efficiency; industrial processes are inevitably lumbering, inflexible and fossil-fuel powered; long-distance freight can only be carried by dense liquids; those lacking modern energy services would be better off waiting for a centralized grid, rather than using distributed solutions today; advanced biofuels will never work; the answer to every long-term question is hydrogen; self-driving cars will eat the world; England will never win another football World Cup.
energy  fossil-fuel  renewables  politics  agnotology  economics  oil 
february 2019
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Twitter is such a great school. In this thread, Canadians school Americans about healthcare. Strictly speaking they…
february 2019
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RT : And therein lies the stupidity of . In the real world extending a deadline to ensure you are ready is normal…
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february 2019
Brexit, the Irish border and the 'battle for the union' - BBC News
The power to call a border poll rests with the Secretary of State Karen Bradley, who could do so at any time if it appears "likely" to her that a majority would vote in favour of it, but earlier this year she said the conditions had not been met.

Kevin Meagher says Brexit makes it much more likely to happen, and that there are other contributing factors too:

Lack of devolved government in NI for almost two years, due to a financial scandal over a green energy scheme
Changing demographics in NI, which could see a Catholic majority by 2021
Liberalisation of Republic of Ireland on social issues such as same-sex marriage and abortion
ireland  Brexit  uk  politics 
february 2019
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RT : This Germany Plus option for Brexit is brilliant.

We get an EVEN BETTER DEAL than Germany!
Control of Borders and…
february 2019
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RT : We told you that am emphasis on hi-viz would come to no good.
february 2019
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RT : The cycle bloggers, most of whom live outside of London, spend a lot of time undermining cycling in Hackney. One st…
february 2019
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I didn't go to public school but I've always blanked Harry Potter anyway. I remember picki…
february 2019
Lieux de pouvoir à Paris, une carte qui dérange (Le Monde diplomatique, février 2019)
La mise en ligne en décembre dernier sur le site du Monde diplomatique de la carte des lieux de pouvoir à Paris, initialement parue dans Manière de voir en 2012, a suscité nombre de commentaires apeurés. Publier des données publiques, mais que seuls les initiés vivent intimement : ce travail journalistique a été qualifié d’« irresponsable » par Frédéric Haziza, de « faute professionnelle » par Mohamed Sifaoui, tandis que Caroline Fourest évoquait des « cartes qui incitent au lynchage ».
maps  politics  france 
february 2019
I talked to my Leave-voting constituents about Brexit. This is what I learnt
The message is clear. Too many people feel trapped with no way to improve their lives or those of their families.

It may come as a surprise that immigration was barely mentioned by any of my interviewees, although Julie acknowledged it as a factor for some local Brexit voters she knew. She said the nearby Derbyshire town of Shirebrook is now known as “Shirebrookski” because of the high number of Eastern European people who have come over to work in its infamous Sports Direct warehouse and it is now a place that the natives do not consider as a place they would or could work.

Nationally, 41 per cent of 18- 24-year-olds said immigration was too high and 58 per cent of those aged between 25 and 49 said the same, according to Eatwell and Goodwin.

Tony said that he had seen wages for British brickies go down since Eastern European builders have come over and worked for less – even as little as £3 or £5 an hour. He was as concerned for their standard of living as the British natives’ because he said they are living in sub-standard shared accommodation and gang masters line their pockets at their expense. “It is happening all the time and the poor little Poles are getting no money and living in a crappy caravan somewhere,” he said.
politics  uk  Brexit 
february 2019
Europe’s new Reformation
In England the Reformation was not a doctrinal dispute over theological truth that developed into a political contest. It happened the other way around. It originated as a challenge by Henry VIII against the authority of the church – to be more specific, his desire to annul his marriage to his wife Katherine, despite the pope’s refusal to grant this, and marry another in order to produce a male heir. This escalated into a broader assertion of English sovereignty, most strikingly expressed in parliament’s Act of Appeals in 1533, which laid down “that this realm of England is an empire”.

In other words, England was a legal system unto itself. There could be no appeal to a higher authority. The doctrine of “praemunire”, which had previously applied only to matters of state, now became the law of the land. A wronged woman in Yorkshire could no longer appeal to Rome. England was increasingly separated from the European legal order. At the same time, Henry VIII relentlessly attacked the institutions of the Church, especially through the dissolution of the monasteries.
uk  history  politics  religion  Brexit 
february 2019
UK taxpayers to spend at least £24bn cleaning up after oil companies in the North Sea
Taxpayers are liable for the costs of decommissioning in the North Sea through significant tax reliefs granted to oil companies by HMRC, which allows operators to deduct up to 75 per cent of their spending on decommissioning from their tax. This can include reclaiming corporation tax paid since 2002. The government is also liable for the total cost of decommissioning oil rigs owned by operators that go bankrupt, or lack the funds to decommission them themselves.

The Oil and Gas Authority (OGA) told the NAO that the total cost of decommissioning the North Sea’s oil and gas infrastructure could be up to £77bn. HMRC’s current estimate of the cost to the public through tax relief is £24bn, including £12.9bn in repayments of taxes previously collected.
fossil-fuel  oil  politics  tax  uk  environment 
february 2019
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