*If you’ve never heard of ride-sharing, app-based taxi services like Uber and Lyft, you probably don’t get out much.
They are pretty much taking over the world.
And John Zimmer, who co-founded Lyft, even goes as far as saying that in five years, most millennials won’t own a car. They will see no need for it.
“You could actually start seeing the majority of millennials in the next five years or so saying there’s no reason I should get a car,” Zimmer told Mashable recently. “The car used to be the symbol of American freedom. Now it’s like …owning a $9,000 ball and chain, because you have $9,000 in expenses on your car every year.”
Sounds like something someone with a ride-sharing business would say.
*We knew it would only be a matter of time. After all, we were getting a little too comfortable with being able to access rides by just using an app on our cellphones. Instead of standing on a corner trying to hail a taxi.
Some see it as a little too convenient to be able to let a driver know exactly where to pick you up; and be able to hop into the front passenger seat as if the driver is a friend or relative.
Then, to top all of that off, being able to have the driver take us anywhere we need to go, for a fraction of the price we would’ve paid using a yellow cab.
That’s not only competition for the yellow cab companies, its outright slaughter.
So is it any surprise forces are working overtime behind the scenes to shut this service down…or at the very least, get more control of it?Continue reading →
*Oh crap. Don’t our elderly African Americans have enough to contend with than being victimized by corporate conglomerates?
Perpetrators see the elderly are easy targets, and they are often victimized by ruthless thugs in the neighborhood. So its surprising when these thugs turn out to be large companies. But Donald and Gloria White allege this is exactly what is happening to them. They are accusing Seattle BMW and BMW Financial Services of participating in fraud and identity theft and they have been fighting this crime alone for the past 8 years.
Here’s what they say happened.
Mr. and Mrs. Smith allege that a 2005 BMW-X5 SUV (valued at $60,000) was purchased in their name by Stephen Wong, Paul Tan and Phong Pham of E-Stone, LLC, who they say conspired with several employees of Seattle BMW and BMW Financial Services.
The couple only became aware of the purchase nearly 2 years later after they tried to re-finance their home, in order to cover treatments for Mr. White’s prostate cancer medical expenses.
“I should be focusing on my medical condition, but instead I am being forced to represent myself in this case, filing countless documents into the courts and submitting complaints that have been repeatedly and still being overlooked,” says the ailing Mr. White. who built his professional reputation as a general contractor. Continue reading →
*Hey, I don’t know about you, but I am shopping for a car and I’ve got my “Must haves.” For one, it has got to be good on gas. With the price of fuel starting to rise again, I’m looking for a ride that will look like the meter hasn’t even moved even though I’ve driven it 20-miles. Its also got to be reliable, not cost a lot of money (many of us can’t afford a brand new car yet), and its gotta be cheap to maintain.
I’ll bet I’m not the only one who thinks about these things. So I’ve put together a list of cars that will keep you rolling in the right direction for hundreds of thousands of miles.
*Now you know that anytime a convicted criminal asks the court to keep him in jail because his sentence was “too lenient,” the court needs to listen. The man making the request had killed a retired librarian as he sped away from police in hot pursuit. Now, per his request and explanation that the plea deal offered by prosecutors was too lenient he will spend more time behind bars.
Joshua Brazeal, his family members and the loved ones of the 79-year-old woman he killed all agreed that he deserved a harsher sentence.
Brazeal was speeding away from police on August 19 when he accidentally crashed his stolen car into the vehicle belonging to Geraldine Strader, a longtime Kansas City librarian. Strader, a pillar of the community, succumbed to her injuries.Continue reading →
*You’ve got to love scientists. They never stop thinking outside of the box. Now a group of scientists in Spain are working on the HARKEN device, a seat belt that will alert you and wake you up if it feels you are in danger of falling asleep at the wheel.
HARKEN measures the driver’s heart rate and breathing via a sensor system embedded in both the seat belt and seat cover, and if the rates drop too much, a warning alarm goes off.
Jose Solaz of the Biomechanics Institute in Valencia, Spain, where the HARKEN device is being developed, said: ‘The variation in heart and respiratory rate are good indicators of the state of the driver as they are related to fatigue. HARKEN can monitor those variables and therefore warn the driver before the symptoms appear.’
*Some people go berserk when the repo man tries to take their ride. Just ask the tow truck driver of an attempted repossession in Spartanburg, South Carolina. A video of the incident is now going viral. Authorities say the woman who previously owned the truck, broke the windows and bit the repo man! The “bitten man” and owner of Mission Towing and Recovery, Scott Fowler, does say that the bite is getting better, but he told the court on Tuesday that the video is causing him to get death threats from someone.
When Fowler found the early 2000s Cadillac Escalade, he went to work. But the owner was not going to let it go down like that. So when he loaded the car up to tow onto the street, 29 year-old Lakeisha Smith got in and revved up the engine, had the tires screeching, all in an attempt to get the truck down from the bed, to no avail. Continue reading →
Have you seen this man? He is accused of crashing into a car that carried three women, all related, and then he left the scene, where two of the women died, and one has just been taken off of life support.
It happened in St. Petersburg, Florida last Friday evening.
The hit-and-run driver has been identified as Marquice Lamonz Anderson, 27, and police believe he is in hiding because he is aware that he is a wanted man.
Word of the ID came on Friday night as members of the community filled a city block, to light candles and remember the aunt and her two nieces — all three of them single mothers. Continue reading →