Services like Uber definitely need some regulation. I drove from downtown SF to the Castro this evening, and witnessed 4 separate incidents of Uber drivers being reckless and/or discourteous. Things like: driver stopped in the leftmost lane, at a green light, because he suddenly decided that he wants to turn right instead of left; driver stopped in the right lane to pick up passenger, when he could have just stood in a parking spot a few yards down; driver stopped to pick up a passenger at a corner, blocking the crosswalk.
I'm all for "disrupting" the taxi industry, but please don't disrupt traffic because you're too lazy and/or clueless. Is there a way to report asshole Uber drivers?
If these are Uber drivers picking up/dropping off passengers, then it's Uber's problem, isn't it? Setting aside the contractor/employee dispute, these drivers are engaged in activity for which they'll get money from Uber, so it definitely is Uber's problem.
> A lot of drivers are doing that
Not in SF. I've lived here 10 years, and never saw this level of ineptitude. These days whenever I see a driver being an asshole, I immediately check to see if it's an uber driver; and 9/10 it is. I sometimes work in a cafe which is on a corner; and I've lost count of the number of times I've seen Uber drivers doing a U-turn at the stop sign, confusing other traffic.
> don't even get me started on taxi drivers in New York City
Driving for Uber (or a rival) hugely increases the likelihood that you'll want to change your destination suddenly eg when you get a job. That makes it more likely you'll do something dangerous to get somewhere more quickly - your review depends on it, and consequently so do your potential future earnings. I'm not sure that's a reason to regulate Uber but it is a problem, just as it's a problem with taxis.
Not all of the ice is water ice. Some is methane ice, carbon monoxide ice, etc. That being said, I've definitely heard members of the New Horizons team speculating about water ice being responsible for some of the mountains they've seen and even the idea of Pluto having an internal ocean at some point.
One of the big problems with Pluto is that we would not expect it to still be active. One of the hypothesis that has been proposed is that the heat from Pluto's formation is trapped in an internal ocean and is slowly being released as the ocean freezes.
Of course, even if this isn't what is powering Pluto, the other mechanism might still make the core hot enough for liquid water.
I live in SF. Within 2 blocks of me 3 gas stations have shut down over the past few years, to be replaced with apartments/condos. Probably it's not related to electric cars per se; but it is probably related to the decline in personal driving.
This talk about "church's definition of marriage", etc. is a red herring, and just a couched way of saying "we don't like homosexuality and homosexual behavior".
I got married in India. In a ceremony presided over by a local priest. There was no "church" involved. But guess what? No Christian here (in the US) has ever doubted the authenticity of my marriage.
And then I got divorced in the US. The courts here had no problem recognizing my marriage, even though it was performed in some other country, by some unknown religious authority. The officials had no hesitation in breaking up this marriage. Why don't we require the Church's blessing to break up a marriage (I am aware that Catholics have a certain process of appealing to the Pope, but not all churches do)?
If you don't support the idea of the government getting involved in marriage, you shouldn't support the idea of government-approved divorces either! Go to your church and get a divorce!
> What should happen is the government should stop defining marriage ...
Sure. But gay marriage and getting government out of marriage altogether are not mutually exclusive. Government can still get out of the business of marriage (and divorce). Please feel free to petition your legislators to pursue that approach. In the meantime, it is only fair that the gays enjoy the same rights that the rest of us do.