The Lance Mea Culpa Watch

October 31st, 2012

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Lance still denies everything, so today I am officially launching the "Lance Mea Culpa Watch," to chronicle (with my usual total absence of diligence and zeal) Lance's fall from grace.

I think, after years of being forced to listen to Lance fanboys rant that I was a tool of the French/Italian/Satanist/Lemond/Communist/Anti-Hero cabal for trying to discuss evidence that Lance doped, I am entitled to gloat a bit.

Or a lot, actually.

When Lance admits he doped and apologizes, I shall stop smirking at Lance and his dupes. (I'll begin pondering how much money his "rehabilitation" will extract from the next round of rubes.)

  • Tonight, South Park reacts to being duped by Lance Armstrong:

    Rocked by the recent news of drug use by a beloved icon, the world is left feeling lost and betrayed. The boys, join with the rest of the nation, and remove their yellow wristbands.

  • The English town of Edenbridge will burn Lance Armstrong in effigy:

    Edenbridge in southeast England has built a nine-metre model of Armstrong, who was stripped recently of his seven Tour de France titles for doping offenses.

    The effigy, to be burnt Saturday, sports a sign saying "For sale, racing bike, no longer required.''

  • In Australia, Adelaide is changing the city's locks:

    Adelaide city councilors voted 6-1 today to strip Armstrong of the key to the city, making him the first of 33 recipients to have the honour withdrawn.

  • Even though Steamboat, Colorado's Honey Stinger is partly owned by Armstrong, the company recently announced it was in the process of removing Armstrong's image and endorsements from its products.

B-Cycle Free For 30 Days For University of Denver

October 31st, 2012

Link: http://denver.bcycle.com

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If you have a University of Denver email address (or access to one), Denver's B-Cycle wants to give you a free 30-day membership.

To redeem your membership, please follow these steps:
  1. Go to http://denver.bcycle.com and click “Join Denver B-Cycle”
  2. Fill out the profile form, being sure to use your “@DU.edu” email address, select 30-day and enter DUTHRV12 (all caps) in the promotion code section. This will make your final payment $0.00.
  3. The credit card you provide will give you access to your pass/membership and pay usage fees should you accrue them.
  4. Use your credit card to access the system at any Denver B-cycle kiosk. Just select “No” when you are asked if you want to purchase access at the kiosk and then follow the on-screen directions. Your membership will begin when you first check out a bike.
  5. Code must be registered by Nov. 17, 2012.
Use fees still apply (free for 30 minutes; $1 for the first hour), but those can be avoided entirely with a bit of planning -- just check the bike into a station and check it out again. Time for a ride to The Denver Bicycle Cafe.

Riding Backwards

October 30th, 2012

Link: http://ridesabike.tumblr.com/post/2650929380/deanna-durbin-rides-a-bike-backwards

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This is the way I'm living my life recently: no idea where I'm headed and excited about the ride.

(Nice fenders on the bike.)

Passed By A Toaster? No Problem.

October 29th, 2012

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Passed by Lycra? Never!

Make Transit Free In Denver?

October 29th, 2012

Link: http://www.theatlanticcities.com/jobs-and-economy/2012/10/what-really-happens-when-city-makes-its-transit-system-free/3708/

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What happens to transit use when a city eliminates fares? Not a big surprise: Ridership increases dramatically.

This Atlantic article about several fare-less systems in Europe made me wonder what it would take to do it in Denver?

According to the transit agency, passenger fares raise about $106 million and pay about 30% of the Denver region's transit operating expenses. Tax revenue accounts for nearly all the remainder. (In Châteauroux, one of the cities profiled in the Atlantic article, fares accounted for only about 14% of the system's expenses. That would make "going free" much easier.)

An increase in the sales and use tax rate from the existing rate, 1%, to 1.3% would raise enough to dispense with fares. (.04% is currently, and would continue to be, dedicated to Fastracks - the light rail expansion.)

Increasing the tax on gas in the service area by about ten cents would do it, too. There are about 2.7 million people in the transit service area. Colorado's per capita gasoline consumption is about 450 gallons per person. That means the metro area consumes a bit more than 1.2 billion gallons in a year. That means a tax of 11.5 cents per gallon would raise enough to dispense with fares.

It is what it is.

December 14th, 2011

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/15/world/middleeast/united-states-marines-haditha-interviews-found-in-iraq-junkyard.html?_r=1&hp

We are a country that cannot rationally evaluate our military. The result is carnage -- budgetary and (unforgivably) literal.

As long as we repeat, absurdly, how wonderful being a soldier is, we will do ghastly, insane things.

It's All The Republicans' Fault

December 7th, 2011

Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/08/health/policy/sebelius-overrules-fda-on-freer-sale-of-emergency-contraceptives.html

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Obama's speech yesterday, though mysteriously at odds with his actions over the last three years, reanimated the "It's all the Republicans' fault" excuse among my pals.

To them I say this.

"Full Responsibility"

November 23rd, 2011