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Parkland high school shooting: At least 17 killed, suspect in custody, Florida sheriff says


A shooting at a high school in Parkland, Florida, killed at least 17 people, stunning the town and much of the nation, as investigators raced to find a possible motive behind the bloodbath.

The suspect was identified as 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, a former student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who’d been expelled for disciplinary reasons, Broward County Sheriff Scott Israel confirmed during an evening news conference. Sen. Bill Nelson told Fox News that Cruz was wearing a gas mask and may have had smoke bombs during the rampage.

The school was under lockdown as police rushed to the scene during the afternoon.

Of the 17 people killed, 12 of them died in the school, two were killed outside, one died on the street and another two died at the hospital, Israel said. He added that 15 people were transported to the hospital.

The suspect carried an AR-15 rifle and had “countless magazines,” the sheriff said.

Cruz was seen wearing a maroon shirt as police led him off to a squad car. Video provided to WSVN appeared to show officers cuffing the suspect in the grass.

Police said the shooter was in custody.  (WSVN)

Israel said earlier that the suspect was taken into custody “without incident” in an area off school grounds.

The high school scene was still being cleared, Israel added earlier, to ensure no other threat remained. Parkland is about 50 miles north of Miami.

The suspect was brought to the Broward Sheriff’s headquarters in a blue medical gown after being taken to the hospital.

The suspect was escorted by police in his hospital gown.  (WSVN)

“It’s a bad day,” Sen. Nelson said.

“I have already said my prayers to give them comfort, but this is a tough time,” he added. “We say ‘enough is enough,’ but it happens again.”

After speaking with authorities, Senator Marco Rubio echoed that sentiment on Twitter saying, “It is clear attack was designed & executed to maximize loss of life.”

“There are numerous fatalities,” Broward County Superintendent Robert Runcie said. “It is a horrific situation. It is a horrible day for us.”

He added that there was currently “no evidence” to suggest that there was “more than one shooter,” according to WSVN.

Coral Springs Police asked the public to avoid the area of the high school, saying it was an active scene. A nearby middle school was also locked down as a precaution, officials said.

Officials also said students and teachers should remain barricaded in the school until they could be reached by police.

Video obtained by WSVN showed students throwing their hands in the air as an armed SWAT team entered the classroom while working to evacuate the school. A viewer, who sent it to the outlet, said she got it from her brother who was in the room.

Many students were seen walking or running from the area, the outlet said.

High school junior Noah Parness, 17, told The Associated Press that the fire alarm went off for the second time of the day about 2:30 p.m. He said he and others calmly went outside for a fire drill when he suddenly heard several pops.

“Everyone was kind of just standing there calm, and then we saw a bunch of teachers running down the stairway, and then everybody shifted and broke into a spring,” Parness said. “I hopped a fence.”

A person who claimed to be at the scene posted pictures to Twitter of students hiding beneath desks in one of the classrooms.

Caesar Figueroa, a parent of a 16-year-old student at the school, said he left work and headed to the area after receiving a phone call from his wife.

“My wife called me that there was an active shooter and the school was on lockdown,” Figueroa told The AP. “I got on the road and saw helicopters, police with machine guns.”

He said his daughter wasn’t answering his phone calls but eventually texted him that she was hidden inside a closet at school with friends.

“She was in a classroom and she heard gunshots by the window,” he said of the text. “She and her friends ran into the closet.”

Anxious family members watch a rescue vehicle pass by on Wednesday in Parkland, Fla.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

Another parent, Beth Feingold, told The AP that her daughter sent a text at 2:32 p.m. saying “We’re on code red. I’m fine.” But she then sent another text soon afterward saying, “Mom, I’m so scared.” The girl was later able to escape the school unharmed.

In a tweet from Broward Schools, the high school was dismissing students and the district’s Special Investigative Unit, along with law enforcement, were on site.

A law enforcement officer talks with students after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.  (AP Photo/Wilfredo Lee)

President Trump offered his “prayers and condolences to the families of the victims” of the school shooting on Twitter.

“No child, teacher, or anyone else should ever feel unsafe in an American school,” he said.

Governor Rick Scott said on Twitter that he’d spoken to the president, Broward Sheriff Scott Israel, as well as other officials, in regards to the incident and will “continue to receive updates from law enforcement.”

The FBI is also in touch with local authorities and responding to the incident, Fox News confirmed. Sheriff Israel confirmed the agency’s involvement and said they’ll begin processing the “horrific scene.”

Fox News’ Jake Gibson and The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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‘Bachelor’ star Chris Soules arrested for leaving the background of a fatal accident


Bachelor star Chris Soules was apprehended on Monday following a fatal accident, Fox News has learned.

According to a press release from the Buchanan County Sheriff’s Office, Soules, 35, was arrested and charged with leaving the background of a fatality engine vehicle accident( a class D misdemeanour ).

“Due to the on-going investigation, further accusations may be pending, ” the statement read.

Soules’ attorneys, Sean Spellman and Molly Spellman of West Des Moines, Iowa secreted a statement to Just Jared Tuesday saying, Chris Soules was involved in an accident Monday evening( April 24) in a urban part of Iowa near his home. He was destroyed to be noted that Kenneth Mosher, the other person in the accident, passed away. His thoughts and prayers are with Mr. Moshers family.”

Robert Roepke, whose daughter is married to Mosher’s son, represented Soules.

I believe it was a very tragic, sad collision that took the life of a person that was just coming home from occupation, ” Roepke told People.

This is corn planting time, best available epoch of the year for a farmer. Kenny was working on one of the farms only a bit north of Aurora and I think he was just coming home. For Chris , what happened was just a freak accident.

Chris comes from a good family and is still well-vested in farming. Hes got a great life ahead of him, he includes. This is a serious bump in the road and I dont is well known his[ alleged] alcohol issue but I just know that this was a huge mistake. Its something hes going to have to deal with for the rest of his life. It just resolved very tragically.

According to Iowa’s KWWL.com, courtroom documents indicate there were alcoholic containers at the situation of such crimes.

Ken was just a guy a partner, grandpa, a father, says Roepke. He enjoyed farming and attended about the region. He was a good guy. He was doing his business, taking care of business. The Moshers are in appall and still trying to process it all.

Police responded to a 911 call about the incident at approximately 8: 20 p.m. Monday.

According to TMZ, current realities star was driving a vehicle that rear-ended a tractor trailer. The motorist of the tractor trailer,[ Kenneth Eugene Mosher, 66 of Aurora ], apparently died at research hospitals in accordance with the disintegrate after the vehicle was sent into a ditch.


“The judge gave a $10,000 cash alliance on him, ” an official at the prison told Fox News. He posted bail and was exhausted on Tuesday.

Soules starred on the 19 th season of The Bachelor and grew involved to Whitney Bischoff on the demonstrate. The duo has since split.

He appeared on “Dancing with the Stars” after his “Bachelor” season.

ABC declined to comment.

To Save Our Infrastructure, Make Every Road a Toll Road


Few things exemplify the United States’ disconnect between personal freedom and collective responsibility like our automobile habit. Drivers travel at will, as long as they have money for gas and road snacks. But what they pay for that privilege, in the form of gas and other taxes, doesn’t come close to covering the costs of maintaining the roads on which they travel—let alone recoup all the productivity lost in congestion and the damage that tailpipe emissions do to our health. Compared to what society pays, driving is practically a free ride.

Transportation economists have long sought to make drivers pay their fair share without raising the federal gas tax—a political nonstarter. In recent decades, a broad swath of experts has settled on an idea with the potential to fix the three big problems that come with cars: road damage, congestion, and pollution. The answer? Charge ‘em by the mile.

It’s not too crazy to think some version of this might happen. The Highway Fund, meant to provide for road maintenance, is perpetually broke, because its current funding mechanisms are broken. Many states have studied, and some have even tried, what are known as Vehicle Miles Traveled taxes. It just sounds fair. But if the feds ever take the idea national, you can bet it won’t be as ideal as the one I’m about to describe.

Where Has All the Money Gone?

In 2017, the American Society of Civil Engineers gave US road infrastructure a D grade, noting that one out of every five highway miles is in poor condition—potholed, pitted, poorly painted lines, the full catastrophe. This is because there’s no money to fix them. Federal gas taxes were supposed to keep the Highway Trust Fund afloat, but politicians have refused to raise them since 1993.

“Funding for highways has basically gotten worse since then,” says Robert Atkinson, a longtime transportation policy wonk and current president of the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation. Unlike politicians, inflation doesn’t worry about reelection, and the 73 percent increase since 1993 means the 18.4 cents Americans pay per gallon is worth less than ever. As cars get more efficient, drivers are pumping less gas, exacerbating the problem.

Things are so bad that, since 2008, Congress has had to periodically cover the Highway Fund’s shortfall through (potentially illegal) transfers from the general fund—that is, tax money paid by everyone, no matter how much (or how little) they drive.

That’s just at the federal level. In a majority of states, direct user fees (gas taxes, tire taxes, registration fees, and so on) cover less than half of road spending, according to research done by the Tax Foundation. The perceived unpopularity of gas taxes leads many states to draw from their general funds to pay maintenance. So even if you spend the next year on your couch, exploring every inch of PlayStation 4’s Shadow of the Colossus rerelease, some portion of the taxes you paid for the console and game will go toward improving those real life roads you never use.

It gets worse, because shoddy roads slow cars down, worsening traffic—traffic that already costs American drivers an annual $75.5 billion in fuel and time that they could have spent working instead of listening to podcasts, according to a 2014 study by the Center for Economics and Business. Congestion adds to the cost for businesses providing goods and services via those roads. You better believe the price of your Sunday pork chop includes the overtime and excess fuel the driver of that delivery truck (whose CB handle is probably Porkchop) wasted sputtering through your city’s clogged beltway. These indirect costs from congestion add up to a staggering $45.6 billion. And that’s in 2013 dollars. Inflation is unforgiving here too.

Finally, let’s talk about health care costs. Numerous studies have linked tailpipe emissions and tire wear—which include both particulates and volatile gases—to a variety of health problems. An abridged list includes asthma, heart attacks, childhood leukemia, low birth weight, immune system damage, and lower fertility rates. The cost to the health care system and lost productivity comes to billions or trillions of dollars, depending on the study.

If your appetite for doom and gloom left you with some room for dessert, remember that personal automobiles account for about 17 percent of US greenhouse gas emissions. Depending on the county you live in, the effects of, and adaptations to, climate change could eat up as much as 30 percent of your local GDP.

A Fair and Balanced Remedy

More than a decade ago, Congress realized the funding problem was becoming intractable, so they recruited a bipartisan, independent commission of experts to find solutions. “We dug into the analysis on gas taxes, looked at electric vehicle adoption rates, and sort of came to the Vehicle Miles Traveled tax as the obvious conclusion,” says Atkinson, who led the National Surface Transportation Infrastructure Financing Commission.

A Vehicle Miles Traveled tax is what it sounds like: a toll that applies wherever you go. Drivers pay by the mile, at a rate that reflects the actual cost of driving. The idea is popular. More than half of states have looked into taxing VMT. The most prominent has been Oregon. In 2006 the state recruited 300 drivers for a pilot program, and outfitted their cars with GPS. For each mile, they pay 1.5 cents. (They are also exempt from paying the state gas tax.)

Oregon’s ruling class considered the program a success and enshrined it in law, capping participants at 5,000—presumably to limit any potential negative effects of having everyone suddenly opt out of the gas tax.

Your Car the Smartphone

Such limited trials have been fairly successful, but a simple price per mile doesn’t come close to tapping the VMT tax’s full potential. “This is a broad tool that allows you to adjust the price of driving based on a number of different factors,” Atkinson says. Consider the VMT framework a platform on top of which other fee structures could be layered.

In 2011, the RAND Corporation released a research brief that outlined how “rates could be structured to help reduce congestion and harmful emissions, metering devices could provide value-added services (e.g., safety alerts, real-time traffic information and routing assistance, and the ability to save money with pay-as-you-drive insurance), and the system could generate rich travel data for improved transportation planning.”

A VMT tax could tamp down on congestion by adding a few pennies to the per-mile fee during rush hour or when drivers enter city centers. (That second bit is also known as a congestion charge.) To control emissions, gas guzzlers could pay a higher per-mile rate.

The technological challenges are minimal. “Modern cars are essentially giant smartphones,” Atkinson says. It’s not difficult to imagine coupling a financial framework (like those used by extant tolling agencies) to a mapping application on your car. Older cars would be gas tax laggards—the fleet takes 10 to 15 years to fully change over. Even there, you could rig up a dashboard GPS unit capable of calculating vehicle miles traveled.

In any case, these mapping systems would need additional data. “Every road segment can be annotated by who owns it, prices by time of day, and notes saying who gets the money,” Atkinson says. At the end of the month, your car aggregates the various fees and sends your payment off to the relevant agencies—local, state, and federal.

How granular can this sort of externality-tracking get? Take tailpipe emissions. Particulates and volatile gases disproportionately impact children and the elderly. Municipalities with a heart could code a buffer around schools, hospitals, or retirement communities and charge a premium for people driving nearby. A city below sea level might implement a surcharge for greenhouse gas emissions, filling the coffers in preparation for battling rising seas. (Though the punitive attention would probably be better spent on big polluters like coal plants and the oil industry.) Hyperconscious mapping software might even be programmed to detect cars that spend too long idling in one place—more wasteful emissions. And real-time congestion mapping à la Waze has obvious implications for easing traffic.

While this sort of nuanced and dynamic system might seem excessive, something like it will be essential going forward. “If we do get to point where fewer cars are fueled by gasoline, we need to think of alternatives to gasoline tax,” says Jessika Trancik, an energy systems engineer at MIT. The gasoline tax now responsible for funding our roads.

No Panacea

All of this potential for equitably charging drivers is super exciting—unless you drive. The sense of revulsion you feel in response is partly why VMT taxes are more policy wonk fantasy than reality. Maybe you understand that the direct fees you pay for road use will actually lower the overall cost of living, as you spend less time driving, on better roads, through cleaner air. You probably still have reservations.

Like privacy. Government-installed tracking hardware in every car sounds like a rejected Black Mirror plot device. Such concerns are understandable, but not totally warranted. GPS systems can be rigged to only collect location information; no transmitting. That data would be stored in your car’s brain, then aggregated at the end of the month, with mileage totals organized by road type, time of day, and proximity to any pertinent landmarks. That total would ping your account, which would dispense the dollars—this is how multiagency toll networks like E-ZPass work. The cofounder of the libertarian Reason Foundation has even testified before Congress that GPS-based VMT collection systems could be designed such that they pose no significant privacy concerns.

And if you (or your elected representatives) still aren’t comfortable with that, the RAND Corporation outlined eight different technological categories capable of taking down Vehicle Miles Traveled information—ranging in sophistication from self-reporting odometer readings to toll-like transponders to GPS (which would be the most versatile and effective).

Other critiques concern equity. Poor, disadvantaged, and rural people tend to commute farther than the affluent, and drive less efficient cars. The gas tax already charges them disproportionately. A straightforward VMT would too. Any lawmakers crafting a Vehicle Miles Traveled framework would need to consider such concerns. Again, technology could come to the rescue, identifying drivers who merit discounts or subsidies.

For now, any arguments for or against VMT taxes are stuck in political gridlock. But Atkinson sees a glimmer of hope for road payment reform—Trump’s $1 trillion infrastructure promise might put Congress in a fund-raising full Nelson. And who knows—state-level interest in VMT taxes might foment into a national schema. The only sure thing is that freewheeling personal travel is running out of road.

Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/gas-tax-vmt-toll-road/

Rob& Chyna: the saddest present on Tv


The format of this painfully dull show is identical to other persons of the Kardashian empire: wearisome panoramas of people sitting in kitchens not dining cheese plates

Is there a least qualified world establish starring than Rob Kardashian? If you lined up 10 people from the throwing register of A& Es Intervention and Rob Kardashian and had to choose one to base an ongoing television series around, would you ever pick him unless you knew his last name? Isnt this a tragedy? Shouldnt we all be more disturbed?

Sunday nighttimes premiere of the new E! serial Rob& Chyna tags the render of the black sheep Kardashian to the public eye. Hes invested years of their own lives unwilling to leave his room, which made him to addition( his texts) a grasp of load. He seems less cozy representing eye linked with other human beings than the little orphan daughter Newt from the movie Aliens. A Los Angeles Dodgers hat covers whats left of the poorest of the poor guys thin, unkempt fuzz. His wardrobe contained in T-shirts , nondescript jeans and sneakers. In other texts, when I watch this astoundingly depressing planned, I check myself and what I might become( minus the millions of dollars ).

The first few minutes of Rob& Chyna intend to prepare us sympathize with Rob and his pregnant fiancee Blac Chyna. As an digression, isnt it a bit gruesome that Blac Chyna moves almost exclusively by the reputation Chyna in the first occurrence now that the original Chyna the former WWE wrestler has died? Its like ransacking through people jewelry after a funeral.

Regardless of what you call her, Blac Chyna is the actual virtuoso of this demonstrate, even if her reputation is second on the pavilion. She came up from the world-famous deprive golf-clubs of Atlanta and grew something of an entrepreneur, at least in accordance with the rules that we characterize that parole in 2016. She took the Kardashian template of monetizing tabloid villainy through a faith of personality social media ubiquity, labelled concoctions, and now, the final slouse of the puzzle, an E! actuality dealership. Shes become a major supporting player in the ongoing Kardashian meta-narrative having a baby with the rapper Tyga, who then leaves her for Kylie Jenner, which leads to Chyna unite forces with Rob. Whether or not her relationship with Rob is genuine or a calculated effort to increase her giving potential is not for me to decide (* cough its bullshit cough *) but what is is whether or not this TV show is good. Its not.

Rob& Chyna: extended with the wind. Image: E!

If your litmus test for sticking with a programme designed is answering the issues to does someone fart within the first 10 instants with a yes, then Rob& Chyna is for you. Spoiler alert, Chyna farts in the car. If “youd prefer” a bit of drama, then maybe flip over to another path. Or throw your cable casket or streaming device into the nearest open body of water and wander into the town square. Either one is fine with me.

The format of this dreadfully dull show is identical to the other outposts of the Kardashian empire: interminable scenes of parties driving indulgence autoes on featureless routes, be standing kitchens not dining cheese layers, or folding invests for a business journey that may or may not ever happen. During these incidents, mush-mouthed pod parties debate some ill-defined conflict. Someone needs to go to rehab for a vague trouble. Somebody must text person back about a act that happened off camera. Person seems disrespected. A party invite is lost in the mail. Watching these shows is like speaking “the worlds largest” banal email thread at 3am. Plug sad-eyed agoraphobe Rob Kardashian into this format and you have a dry for insomnia so potent, the Food and Drug Administration should regulate it.

The ostensible plan of this escapade revolves around Rob alleging Chyna of texting guys behind his back. He shows this to be the case because he discovers that Chyna has changed the passcode on her iPhone. He even insinuates that shes fixing up with her ex, Tyga. All of this takes plaza with Rob spread out comfortably on a couch. Chyna repudiates any evil, then alleges Rob of contacting women behind her back. He apparently admits it, which I vaguely recollect before my eyelids glued shut for the evening. It must be the case, because the very next stage is Chyna in another expensive vehicle screaming at Rob to stop texting bitches.

These are the moments one watches actuality Tv for hostility, incoherent call and profanity. This is why I opt the Andy Cohen Bravo model for reality over the ponderous Ryan Seacrest/ Kris Jenner luxury gabfests. Contrast Rob& Chyna with Bravos Below Deck, currently on the work of its fourth season and with one spinoff under its region. Below Decks premise is simple: introduce a knot of attractive deckhands on a mega-yacht, cater them with alcohol, and be fostered to melt down every chapter. Would you rather watch that or a show starring beings too famous to obligate proper suckers of themselves for your delight? The refute is, neither, Im a grownup who is too busy including appraise to the culture to demean myself with such playthings, but dont worry, I picked the show about yachties drunkenly robbing up too.

I said here today that the producers of Rob& Chyna( which include the titular Rob and Chyna among their grades) do try to spice situations up. Scott Disick appears in the role of Robs only friend in the whole world and his chauffeur, schlepping him around Los Angeles like a pasty white-hot Morgan Freeman from Driving Miss Daisy. Theres a memorable background where Rob walks into Chynas home in full Eeyore mode, carrying heydays to apologize for texting bitches. Chyna isnt having it, grabs the flowers, chows them in a pool, then knocks Rob out of her room. This is the turning point of the suspect fib, as the rest of the occurrence concerns Chyna trying to get Rob to text her back, as she has apparently forgotten that she hollered at him to leave her alone while pee-pee all over his romantic gesture. Im sure Rob Kardashian, AKA Calabasas Morrissey, really took that well.

Finally, Kris Jenner, matriarch of the expansive Kardashian family and former nemesis of Blac Chyna, appears to counsel Chyna on how be addressed with Rob. Jenner is shown to be so shrewd that I half expected her to have grown a beard, picked up a large twig, and thrown on a pointy hat off-screen. Much has been made of how Blac Chyna is so cunning and took down the Kardashians by getting engaged to Rob. Thats a nifty little underdog narrative, but if you think that Kris Jenner isnt clever enough to use this to her advantage and will be the ultimate win of this dim-witted game, then you arent paying attention to the reveal. Thats fine, since it probably saw you pass out from apathy, but the facts of the case remains that one of the last faces you see in this first chapter is Kris Jenner. The whole brainless endeavour is hers and hers alone. Chyna can have a piece, as long as she compensates her taxes to her feudal lord.

And they are Rob. At last, they found a way to monetize his mopey look and wrinkled clothes. Instead of a Shrek-like beast they prevent locked away in a basement, he has his own demonstrate, which only furthers the attainment of the objectives of their own families. In exchange, this follower who possibly has real clinical depression has to pretend to be a Tv virtuoso. By accident, E! has stumbled upon the saddest picture on tv, so fitted with existential anguish that youd acquire it was drummed up by a government-funded novelist in some soggy Scandinavian country over a bottle of inexpensive scotch. If “youre watching” more than one of these escapades, youll perhaps find yourself not leaving the house for years, just like Rob Kardashian.

Kylie Jenner’s Longtime Harasser Turns Himself In& Confesses To Slaughter


Okay, this is straight-up scaring!

The man, appointed Marvin Magallanes, revolved himself into Anaheim PD and confessed to killing a 49 -year-old homeless man in January. TMZ reports police have also forensically relation Magallanes to another slaughter of a homeless soul that occurred in October 2016.

The 25 -year-old had twice tried to get in touch with Kylie previously, and was subsequently arrested both times. He escaped from a psych district following members of those arrests.

He has now been booked with two countings of slaughter with special circumstances.

This is beyond scary.

We’re glad he’s with the authorities now.

[ Image via Instagram .]

The driverless gondola change isn’t just about engineering – it’s about culture more | Jackie Ashley


It could be a bane or a boon. There are ethical issues like the effect on jobs and tariff that we need to talk about

If theres one thing 2016 taught us its that political prophecies are a mugs play. Predictions about engineering and communities, however, are at least a little easier. One happen thats going to rub up against our noses during 2017 is the imminence of the driverless car revolution, which is going to be a big one.

Around our house there is a new interference. Its my tone, in a ambiance of despotic bidding, saying: Alexa, stop! Or perhaps, Alexa, play the Beach Boys; or Alexa, whats the weather like tomorrow? Yes, like millions of others, I got the new Amazon toy for Christmas a small cylinder that can answer many questions with massive speeding and aptitude, play music, order taxis, dictate recipes and much else besides.

Yet Alexa, already changing life in my household, is nothing compared to the changes that driverless automobiles are going to visit on us very soon. Not long ago this is only science fiction, but in 2016 we construed them experimented on wall street of Milton Keynes. Meanwhile, in San Francisco, a row between Uber and the nation of California over licences appreciated driverless gondolas removed from the streets and the first lethal car crash in the US concerning a car on autopilot.

Next year the UK government hopes we will see trials of driverless autoes on British motorways. So its age for some serious “ve been thinking about” whats coming down the fast lane in 2017.

Lets start with the positives. First, a lot of people who would be killed or injured on the roads if we carry on as “weve been” will be saved. It may seem counter-intuitive, but almost all studies on well equipped driverless vehicles suggest they are safer than those driven by humen. There is an additional safety advantage for women, who worry about late-night taxi trips. A driverless automobile might seem a ominou invention to some people but it isnt going to assault you.

Driverless automobiles should also greatly improve the city landscape. We have become used to the ugliness of almost every street being suffocated by parked vehicles, but there would be almost no point in most of us owning a car. The costs of a taxi trip is chiefly made up by paying the operator, and therefore neighbourhood moves would be dramatically cheaper.

It will seem outlandishly extravagant to blow tens of thousands of pounds on buying a piece of paraphernalium you can hire whenever you need it for far less. Petrolheads on a Jeremy Clarkson knock will still want to own their gondolas, but for most people this will be a big saving.

So our streets will be clearer. And, because these will be electric cars, cleaner too. There will be required to be enormous new infrastructure systems massive garages to accumulate the cars so they are unable arrive quickly when prescribed. I wonder whether local set services will survive. We may consider a return to the Thatcherite proposal for railway lines to be turned into streets, this time for driverless cars.

As for buses, at the moment we have a largely undiscussed haul apartheid between automobile owners and bus consumers. But if driverless cars wield then surely “theres been” driverless buses, which can be a lot smallest and more numerous than todays diesel-spewing vehicles. At the other dissolve of the scale, vehicle sharing and car pooling, already popular, will expand: the differences between mortal applying a driverless minibus and driverless, large shared gondola could become meaningless.

Put all this together and I can imagine auto owned, and vehicle driving, being frowned on as much as opening a packet of fags at a family gleaning is now.

But gives turn to the dark side of this. First, its effects on activities. There are just under 300,000 HGV drivers licensed in the UK and about the same number of licensed taxi and cab drivers in England and Wales. But these figures are likely an underestimate of the actual number of professional motorists, given the black/ gray-headed economy and the neighbourhood delivery drivers. Putting all this together, I wouldnt be surprised “if theres” around a million people across the UK dependent upon driving others, or goods, or takeaways for their living.

But the numbers are only the half of it. In an age of job insecurity, driving has become the default route that many parties, especially males, keep their fronts above ocean. If you cant find anything else, sign on with a neighbourhood cab firm and spend long hours on the streets.

So the implications of that version of job ruin is likely to be coarse, and involve redistribution. Who will be the enormous gainers from the driverless vehicle revolution? Apparently the most difficult vehicle business, and those at the vanguard of the technology Tesla, Mercedes, Honda and the taxi companionships, like Uber. Both can expect to oblige monumental earnings. How do you channel some of that fund back into the economy to provide jobs for the former moves?

Thats the old-fashioned interrogate about the taxation of multinationals. I dont learn any opportunity of our society running out of things for human beings to do not with the care crisis, or the needs of the NHS, or the nearly endless quantities of environmental work to be done. Its about fund, by effectively tariffing the brand-new profits.

There are also safety issues. This entire system depends upon the internet. A terrorist attack, or even a large solar flare, could knock everything out. The more interconnected “weve been”, the most vulnerable we are.

This is such a huge issue I would expect it to be a major political question for its first year ahead. As with the majority technological advances, driverless gondolas will be a wonderful future or a looming calamity, dependent on the political choices we construct. That, at the least, hasnt changed. Has it, Alexa?

Elon Musk’s $0 Salary Encapsulates the Legend of Tesla


For a self-made billionaire, Elon Musk doesn’t seem to know much about making money—at least not for himself. The Tesla CEO's new compensation package, announced Tuesday, hinges on Musk's ability to transform the budding automaker into one of the world’s most valuable companies by producing long-term increases in market value, and revenue and profits.

Musk will be paid in stock options, which will vest over ten years in a series of 12 tranches. To secure each, Musk must reach a pair of milestones, one related to Tesla's market value, the other to its revenue and profitability. With every tranche, the target market value goes up by $50 billion. If he can hit all 12 targets and grow Tesla's current value of $59 billion to an astounding $650 billion, his stock award could be worth $55 billion. That's the good part.

But, as Musk told The New York Times, “If all that happens over the next 10 years is that Tesla’s value grows by 80 or 90 percent, then my amount of compensation would be zero.” (Musk does make minimum wage salary, per California law, but he told the Times he doesn’t cash the checks.)

It is, shall we say, a strong move. The Times called it maybe the “boldest pay plan in corporate history.” Business Insider, however, deemed it “delusional.” That’s because, despite Tesla's 17-fold increase in market share over the past few years, it's far from profitable. At one point last year, the 14-year-old company was burning through $8,000 every 60 seconds, according to Bloomberg News. It has a longstanding habit of missing self-imposed deadlines, sometimes by years. Just this month, it pushed back its production targets for the Model 3—the car that could make its business work, or destroy it—for the second time.

The compensation package is subject to shareholder approval, but if investors bite, it’s great news for them: Either Tesla becomes one of the most successful companies ever, or they save money by not paying the CEO. It’s potentially good for employees, too, all of whom receive equity in the company and are thus personally vested in its success.

But for a company whose identity is indelibly tied to that of its CEO, this amounts to a huge bet on a huge future. It pushes Musk to go for radical success, perhaps at the expense of creating a stable, reasonably profitable business. There are lots of reasons to think Musk can’t get Tesla anywhere near those goals—and at least a few to think he can.

Let’s start with the fact that Tesla is no ordinary automaker. Under Musk’s guidance, it has built a fanbase whose support bleeds into zealotry. Hundreds of thousands of people put down $1,000 deposits for the Model 3 in 2016, more than a year before they heard its specs, saw its interior, or knew its final price. As a struggling startup, it made it through the 2008 financial crisis that froze VC funding and devastated auto sales. It transformed the popular image of electric vehicles from golf carts to sports cars. It delivered the first semi-autonomous vehicle and pioneered the use of over-the-air software updates to improve cars it had already sold.

Great stuff, but nothing that should convince shareholders Tesla can make tons of money in a century-old auto industry where competitors long ago mastered managing complex supply chains, operating within tight profit margins, and hitting deadlines—and are now applying that deep knowledge to creating their own high-end electrics and semi-autonomous features.

Perhaps, though, the competition's advantages don't matter. Tesla isn’t an automaker, or at least not exclusively. It wants to be a vertically-integrated energy company, one that will sell you solar panels to slap on your roof, where you can make your own clean energy, use it to power a crazy fun to drive car, and store the remaining juice in a giant, Tesla-made battery. To mark the shift, in February 2017, Musk dropped the "Motors" bit of Tesla's original name. He did not, however, offer an explanation for how this kind of vertical integration will help Tesla's bottom line.

Forget all that. None of it matters, either, because Musk’s unusual compensation package isn’t a bet on Tesla the Maverick Automaker or Tesla the Energy Megamarket. It’s a bet on Elon Musk the Soothsayer, the person who sees a hard-to-believe future and makes people believe it will come to pass.

Musk's striking combination of prescience and persuasion is all the more compelling right now, because the way we move is changing so fast and furiously. Cars are driving themselves. More and more people are eschewing automobile ownership. Huge chunks of the global market are pledging to ban the internal combustion engine. Every automotive CEO knows this and is scrambling to put their company in a position to take advantage, or at least survive. It’s easier to imagine a world without General Motors or Ford right now than it was in the darkest days of the recession.

It’s because of this tumult that Tesla’s track record of blown deadlines and quality control issues matters less than its already legendary reputation for doing the seemingly impossible: making EVs cool, making self-driving real, making an army of superfans out of ordinary citizens. In other words, creating opportunities where others saw nothing. It’s worth noting that when Ford ousted CEO Mark Fields last May, it was mostly because Fields failed to offer a clear path into this new future.

No one knows how the world of cars and energy and mobility will change in the next few years or decades. But if you must bet on someone to figure it out—and in the process shower you with dolla dolla bills—it makes sense to go with Tesla. Because if it does hit those stupendous targets, it won’t necessarily do it as an automaker, or an energy provider, but as the company offering you whatever comes next. And it'll do it under the leadership of Musk, who no doubt will have some persuasive, likely out of this world, ideas for what to do with his $55 billion reward.

Read more: https://www.wired.com/story/elon-musk-salary/

This is what 4 tons of oranges crammed into 3 cars looks like


Citrus crime — the scourge of Seville.
Image: Getty Images/EyeEm

“Step out of the car sir. Are you aware you were driving well over the seed limit? Also your car is full of oranges.”

Police in Seville, Spain, apprehended five suspects on Friday for allegedly stealing 4,000 kilos of oranges.

Police stopped the vehicles when they noticed three cars driving very close together, according to local media.

The five people arrested claimed they had picked the fruits themselves, but police learned a ship docked in the nearby town of Carmona had reported the stolen fruit hours before the arrests took place.

Read more: https://mashable.com/2018/01/31/orange-theft-stopped-in-seville/

Prince Harry ‘really regrets’ not talking about Diana’s death sooner


London( CNN) Britain’s Prince Harry has revealed to the BBC that he regrets not talking about how the death of his mother, Princess Diana, feigned him.

The 31 -year-old was 12 when the Princess of Wales was killed in a car crash in Paris in 1997.

Putins Opposition Stabbed, Bludgeoned, Burned, Even Attacked With Poison Gas


Why did it take a full week for Russian authorities to reveal the brutal murder, on Jan. 26, of 53-year-old St. Petersburg political activist Konstantin Sinitsyn? To give it a little time before shock waves emerged?

In fact, there were few shock waves, even among Russias community of democratic oppositionists, because Sinitsyns murder was just another in a growing list of violent attacks against members of that community that have occurred in the past several months, with the March presidential elections approaching.

As Russian journalist Iulia Latynina observed Sunday on the radio station Ekho Moskvy, the statistics are bad.

Latynina herself was forced to flee Russia last autumn in fear for her life.The violence against her, accompanied by death threats, began in the summer of 2016, when an unidentified assailant threw human feces on her as she walked down a Moscow street.

Then the attacks escalated.

Her car was set on fire in an apparent assassination attempt last July, and poisonous gas was later funneled into her home.

Latynina is now safely in exile abroad, but Sinitsyn, a citizen journalist, who often photographed protest movements led by anti-Putin crusader Aleksei Navalny and reported about them on social media, was not so lucky.

He was bludgeoned to death at the entrance to his apartment by a man named Vasilev, now in custody, during what police claimed was a personal dispute with Sinitsyn that was fueled by alcohol. (The two reportedly worked together.)

Was it only a coincidence that the killing occurred just two days before the Jan. 28 street demonstrations in St. Petersburg and elsewhere that were called for by Navalny to advocate for a boycott of the March presidential elections? And also a coincidence that, on the day of the protests, another opposition activist, Dinar Idrisov, was beaten almost to death by three unknown assailants as he was about to video the St. Petersburg boycott actions?

A month earlier, Vladimir Ivanyutenko, a St. Petersburg member of the opposition group Artpodgotovka, who often appeared at protests wearing a Putin mask, was stabbed several times in the throat and barely survived.And Vladimir Shipitsin, an activist with the group Solidarity, which sponsored several protests against the Kremlins aggression in Ukraine, was gassed and then beaten at the entrance to his St. Petersburg home in late October, as his assailant warned him: Stop writing [this] about good people.Next time it will be worse for you.

Russian authorities have not identified the attackers in any of these three cases. And such actions are not limited to St. Petersburg. Moscow also has had its share of violence against Kremlin critics recently.

At first they stopped investigating assaults. Now they have stopped investigating murders.
Journalist Iulia Latynina

In October, democratic oppositionist Aleksei Stroganov died after two months in a coma from an assault with a steel pipe. Before that Ivan Skripnichenko, a volunteer guard at the memorial on Bolshoi Moskvoretskii bridge for slain democrat Boris Nemtsov, was beaten at his post by thugs in mid-August and died in the hospital a week later.

The police response to these attacks and the subsequent investigations follow a predictable pattern. Either the assailants are never identified, or when they are caught, they are said to have had a personal, not a political, motive. Thus, when Ekho Moskvy deputy editor Tatyana Felgenhauer was stabbed in the throat in her office last October, the perpetrator, a Russian-Israeli citizen named Boris Grits, was arrested immediately. And in the wink of an eye, police announced that Grits was mentally unbalanced and motivated by a personal obsession with Felgenhauer.

But the authorities did not explain why Grits had a map of Ekho Moskvys office building or how he knew that Felgenhauer was there at that time, when she was not scheduled to work. As the stations editor in chief, Aleksei Venediktov, observed of Grits: He knew things he shouldnt have known.

It is worth noting that Felgenhauer was on the Kremlins enemy list. The month before, on the state-owned television channel Rossiya-24, she was accused of receiving money from the U.S. State Department and Western NGOs.

The goal of this violence is to eliminate some oppositionists and intimidate others. Putins fierce critic Nemtsov had his life threatened on numerous occasions, but refused to leave Russia. So he was brazenly gunned down in February 2015 on a bridge just outside the Kremlin walls. His 33-year-old daughter, Zhanna, an active supporter of her fathers campaign against Putin, chose to emigrate rather than become another victim, and now lives in Germany.

As Latynina points out, regardless of who are the perpetrators of these murders it is clear that these crimes are sanctioned by the regime because they are not investigated.At first they stopped investigating assaults. Now they have stopped investigating murders.

As for the scant attention the recent spate of murders and attempted murders has drawn: They are passing unnoticed because our schizo democrats have long known that the regime is bloody and that it kills. It blew up the [apartment] houses [in 1999]; it killed [Sergei] Yushenkov [a liberal politician]; it crashed the plane of the Polish president, killed [Anna] Politkovskaya and so on.

Like Nemtsov, Navalny refuses to be intimidated, despite having been almost blinded in one eye last spring when he was doused by a stranger with a caustic substance, and despite having been roughed up by the police on many occasions, including on Jan. 28, when he was arrested and thrown into a paddy wagon. (He was later released but was called in for questioning Monday on the outlandish charge of assaulting a policeman, while a video of his arrest shows just the opposite.) Several members of Navalnys campaign staff also were detained during the demonstrations, along with hundreds of protesters.

Asked in an interview with CNN on Jan. 27 about fears for his safety, Navalny said: I am a rational person I ran my election campaign for 12 months and I spent two in prison, so I have a clear understanding of what this regime can do. But I am not afraid and I am not going to give up.I wont give up on my country. I wont give up on my civil rights. I wont give up on uniting those around me who believe in my ideals. Unbeknownst to Navalny, one of those who shared his ideals, Konstantin Sinitsyn, had just been murdered.

Navalny claims that, although his name has been banned from the presidential ballot, Putin is terribly afraid of the challenges he poses to Putins regime. Judging from the escalating violence against his supporters, Navalny is probably right. As Putin famously said of his enemies in his autobiography, If you become jittery, they will think they are stronger You must hit first, and hit so hard that your opponent will not rise to his feet.

Read more: https://www.thedailybeast.com/putins-opposition-stabbed-bludgeoned-burned-even-attacked-with-poison-gas