Car Free is not as Great as Advocates Tout

I had been notice also of talk on how wonderful it is to live the car free lifestyle: being free to move about without the burden of car ownership and not being stuck in traffic.  Today I want to bust this myth of a car free lifestyle. I have been carless (carless as negative as homeless) since 2015 when my F-150 finally died. I rely on Transit, Uber, traditional car rentals, and Zipcar to get around.

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Burned out on Dinning out

I am doing something different from my usual political rants on my blog.  I right now was reading about the new restaurant featuring biscuits and potpies and my reaction was rater indifferent and maybe disgust.  I am realizing I start to be burned out on the dining scene in Portland.

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A note Mr. Prager about his petition to Google.

Dear Mr. Prager, I understand what you are saying and agree this is a huge problem that Google can censor your videos.  However, I feel you are missing the real problem: falling for the siren of media companies like Google and Facebook who created mega centralize depository of media that gives them the power over control of media content and become a threat to free speech.

This was not the case; before the internet many of us got out information though a series of independent and networked (i.e. Fido) Bulletin Board systems.  There was diversity of decentralized BBS because all one need was a PC a modem and software like Wildcat.  One of my favorite was a BBS in Portland Oregon that was freedom of speech BBS ran by an anarchist who BBS rules were there were not any. If fun watching the communist and Neo Nazis go after each other and make fools of themselves.

Therefore, the solution is not a petition to centralized repository of content but a decentralizing of content on the internet, where on company cannot control. You may have heard of something called Blockchain, a distributed and decentralized database over many system s on the net. Information is stored on a node as a block with encrypted link to the next block. It is hard for one person to alter or change the block. A person or a company may control a node but cannot control content on the entire system.  In the end instead of a petition to YouTube Prager U, need to look outside to distribute their videos on the net.

As a final point, I will not publish this post on Facebook ,  but a link back to my Word press blog set upon server space subscribe.  Let me see Google and Facebook try to censor this post.

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Dear City of Portland, Thank you City of Portland for making rental cars business noncompetitive in down town Portland.

I go a rude awakening when I saw a deal for a rental car, for $44.00 at Enterprise Rental down town Portland, where Washington counties locations the summer rate was $70.00 a day for full size car. This is the high demand summer rates, which fluctuate due to demand. I booked a car downtown for $42.00 but got a surprise when the actual rate was $50.50.  This was due to City of Portland adding a 17% rental tax, where Washington County does not.  I bet this is also why it is hard for me find a weekend rental in Beaverton; the lot is often empty around 2:00pm.  What I theorize is people staying in downtown Portland are driving up to Beaverton to pick up a rental to avoid the 17% tax. I will be canceling my reservation and use zip car instead and a long bus ride to church on Sunday. I rather deal with the inconvenience than be soaked by the Peoples Republic of Portland.

My rental booking experience shows how unnecessary taxes hurt consumers and business.

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