Uber – America’s Fight for Freedom

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San Francisco, London, France…. taxicab commissions complaining again. This news today only echoes what has happened in the past.
Seattle anarchists for Starbucks but against Uber

Nothing new under the Sun. Uber Article from 2012 outlining underlying issues
All of a sudden, taxi companies around the globe want to use social media today to promote a global complaint against a company that is simply using technology to make life simpler for the common traveler.

Yet for decades the public has cried out to these taxi cab companies complaining about the quality of the vehicles, the safety of the drivers, the failure to stop racial profiling, to cease from skipping mobility impaired ride requests, to stop harassing customers into paying cash… The list goes on. video of a recent cab fight

Yet they do not want the cameras to go inside of their offices to uncover internal workings… to discover dispatchers extorting drivers in an effort to give them more dispatched work, the outrageous cost of medallions and licensing and permits, the bribery techniques of many of these taxi companies used as a technique to control local enforcement agencies and lobbying arms. Dispatchers busted in NY sting

In the DC/Virginia area alone there was a major crack down in 2012 that shows what a taxi company and Commission can do when it is allowed to run amuck…and this with regulations in place. FBI Sting on DC Taxicab Commission

Same for Boston: Boston Taxi bust

We see what happens when SuperShuttle pays off wrongful death claims to quiet the media. SuperShuttle Fatality 2011

Yet they have a problem with transportation networks such as Uber, Lyft, Sidecar, ….what is that?

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Recent road rage incident…

Even some limo companies have joined the bandwagon with these taxi cab companies, some of these limo companies are even buying out taxi cab companies and joining in the fray of complaints against online transportation network businesses… which, by the way, is the wave of the future.

Once again we see what the old regime considers “unfair”, and the newcomer just saying they are “the new player in town”. Taxis and Limo companies trying desperately to  keep them from competitively entering the market with its creativity. Yet they didn’t complain about grass roots rideshare efforts…until now.

So they cry out to local goverments to put a stop to this entrepreneurism…to halt their progress..to change the laws to benefit the old regime once again.

Even the media is trying to label Uber as the “worst trade of the day”. CNBC is all over this right now. CNBC on Uber protest

But we forget how taxis were not serving the public in a way to prevent persons from waiting an hour for a cab…thus the reason Uber was initially started….. as a company called Ubercab! Don’t forget about taxicabs and their citywide moratoriums: Chinatown link to Taxi Bribery

They complained about Lebron…
They complained about Amazon…
Keep on Uber-ing!!!!

Oh.. more on the recent taxi road rage epidemic. NYC incident

Distance is closer than you think!

Do you remember when it was neat to write your pen pal in elementary school? Do you remember how nice it was when you got your Valentines cards from someone in class who remained anonymous? Do you remember what it felt like to receive your mail order magazine, books, or toy order after a period of weeks when someone ordered the item by phone or postal mail? Do you remember that feeling of releasing the balloon, with the raffle ticket attached, from the lawn… and squinting to find out how far it travels.  Do you remember waiting and anticipating?

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Today, mail order has gone totally tech… in bringing you an ability to get things drop shipped at home from anywhere around the world…and that sometimes for free. Whether it be  through Amazon, Best Buy, Staples, Ebay or some other online store you’re just a prepaid Paypal debit card away from ownership. I have friends in the military that use Amazon for everything including Christmas gifts. Hahaha!

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So what used to be distant and very time intensive, today can be done in a matter of seconds. You can contact anyone….anywhere from your own siblings…. to your parents… to your online connection overseas in a matter of seconds. Using Skype or OoVoo to video chat, or Kik to text message or Facebook to instant message… you can get to whomever you need to get to as quickly as you need to get the message to them in a matter of seconds!

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Is it any wonder why excuses we make not to take action, or to find answers or to be informed are a waste of time.  Ever get the sense that “I’m just a kid”, or “I didn’t know”…seem to be evaporating in the blink of an eye? Apathy carelessness and the like don’t seem to have places to hide anymore. If you want to do something you can do it! The question remains are you courageous enough to face the truths you couldn’t handle at 15 1/2…. and how would you go about doing just that, what tools will you use to get it done?  Treasure is normally sought out by searching and digging and fracturing and mining, etc. Getting answers to lifelong questions ought to be treasure to you and worth knowing the truth about. That’s the value History plays…to speak to later generations about past truths.

Unfortunately some history is vetted, shaded, tainted, manipulated to disguise the “truth”. Oftentimes absentee parents that were pushed away from family… have to confront guilded historical perceptions of their non custodial kids who, themselves, felt too guilty to ask about the truthful causes of broken family circumstances…because of the emotional trauma it placed on the parent they were raised with that was wanting to hide the truth as long as possible. Wow!
Some have done worse though…

Remember that all through history, there have been tyrants and murderers, and for a time, they seem invincible. But in the end, they always fall. Always.” Mahatma Ghandi

Mormons take a different approach on historical value. They have even used technological advances in a new way as they have a headstart on the tracking of ancestral genealogies of entire races of people all around the world.  Esquire Mag Article on Mormonism and DNA

Their physical archives are massive.. and now with the digital age they have made info available online. With dna mapping…some races with curly hair now discover just how closely related they are with curly haired mixed race heritage. Not so distant after all….

But can you handle…. the Truth?

Over the road … fieldnotes

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You know what, it amazes me how the things I thought about as a young man in the creative arts like music, is now, afforded through technology, an opportunity to be realized, and that in really fast time.   I remember when I would use music through my boom box or even my cassette recorder/player, cutting and pasting tapes, stopping and starting the pause button to get that blend, fade in that mix… and thought I was doing something?!
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But today I see the available use of technology in all kinds of ways, to include speech to text, to include on demand HD video, to include ability to self publish, ability to create audio digital files and carry them in your pocket. The list goes on and on.

So I am excited to see the possibilities of tapping into things that when I was younger I never thought I could tap into, because the technology wasn’t there. I travel often, and get a chance to see and hear a lot of things some of which are totally amazing and really makes you wonder what things are going to look like in 5 to 10 years in every arena.  I’m going to take this journey with you, I’m going to allow you to peek into and through my lens for just a brief moment and get a chance to see things from a slightly different angle, that perhaps you haven’t thought about. In doing so you may become inspired to chase your dreams with a different momentum and a different enthusiasm. It just depends on your desire and goals.

So buckle up, its click it or ticket! You ready…? Let’s get it.