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Uber business model has pros and cons

“Is the Uber disruption of local taxi and town-car markets a positive business model innovation for consumers?” a former colleague asked me.

I am not in the least bit surprised about the emergence of Uber and its direct and indirect competitors (like Ridejoy, an online car pooling service). These disruptions demonstrate a number of consumer-friendly trends underway in our economy.

On the negative side, Uber has figured out how to cream excess profit from its customers through surge pricing, raising prices when demand is highest. Uber board member Bill Gurley makes an impassioned plea for Uber’s price strategy, claiming that surge pricing increases supply and reduces demand, leading to a better market equilibrium. But this claim is based on the wrong economic curves. In peak periods, demand is highly inelastic so a surcharge will not lower demand for Uber by much. Like a tax on a necessity, the economic value of the higher price is captured almost entirely by Uber. In economic-speak, the supply curve shifts upwards along a given (not shifting as Gurley claims) very steep demand curve.

Sidecar is fairer to riders as it lets them know the exact cost before booking the rush-hour ride and transparently trade lower wait times for higher prices. City regulatory services have dealt with excess demand by forcing licensed cab companies to have a set number of cars on the road at peak hours. Technology could help them perform this role more effectively.

I’m not against surge pricing in principle. On highways, it streamlines traffic by getting tourists and shoppers off the road at peak commuting hours. For resorts, it balances demand over the seasons. Department store pre-season clothes are sold only at list in essence a surge price in a heavily discount-priced industry.

But should surge pricing be used in all markets? Should higher education raise prices during a recession, because there is more demand for courses during a downturn? Should you be hit with a surcharge just because you have to catch a plane at the end of the day to get home for dinner with your kids?

My choice is to find a locally owned car service through Yelp. The rates are known and lower than Uber based on what drivers tell me and a recent WSJ article suggests anecdotally. My 24-year old daughter and her NYC friends do the same. And, because these services are regulated and a company owns the car, insurance coverage is assured. Were I a third place player in Uber’s markets, I would pivot to “Plan B” sell my platform to local cab companies across the United States to enhance their customer service, branding it “Taxi on Demand” with a value promise of assurance.

Kay Plantes is an MIT-trained economist, business strategy consultant, columnist and author. Business model innovation, strategic leadership and smart economic policies are her professional passions. She was an economic advisor for former Wisconsin Gov. Lee Dreyfus.

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Tales of haves & have nots dominate Oscars

NEW YORK (AP) Early in “Captain Phillips,” the cargo ship captain (Tom Hanks) and his wife (Catherine Keener) drive from their Vermont home to the airport where he’ll take a flight to his next job, one that will bring him face-to-face with the less fortunate on the other side of the globe.

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Pete Seeger, folk singer, activist, dies at 94

Pete Seeger, the banjo-picking troubadour who sang for migrant workers, college students and star-struck presidents in a career that introduced generations of Americans to their folk music heritage, died on Monday at the age of 94.

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Common Core – The Last Stop to Globalization | The …

By: Lucille Femine, TLB Contributor.

Common Core State Standards, the educational programs now being put in place all over the country, can be considered the final step in globalization, the last stop on a journey to control everyone on the planet.

A basic textbook being implemented in this massive plan comes from the 1930s when the Russian manual called Psychopolitics was written, the basis of Marxist communism. The author is uncertain but assumed to be Lavrentiy Beria, Soviet secret police chief.

This is one of the most frightening and shocking books ever created because it makes no bones about what these communists intend to do with the world, explaining in brutally honest words exactly what the plans are to subjugate everyone into slavery of the body, mind and spirit. It starts with the belief that humans are all animals and should be treated as such, training us into obedience to the state while we willingly forego our own dreams, personal happiness, prosperity and religious beliefs.

The worst part is that most of these carefully laid-out plans have come to pass, our children being the final target. Theyve gone for the core.

Heres the first quote from an updated version written after 1950:

The tenets of rugged individualism, personal determinism, self-will, imagination, and personal creativeness held by the masses are equally antipathetic to the good of the Greater State. These willful and unaligned forces are no more than illnesses which will bring about disaffection, disunity, and at length the collapse of the group to which the individual is attached.

Does that sound like something you would just love to wake up to in the morning? How about having our kids learning in school that all those awesome, lofty goals are illnesses? Ill go out on a limb and say no.

If we examine their goals for us, they can easily be seen to be the direct opposite of what our Founding Fathers envisioned for this great country and incorporated into the Constitution that precious, freedom-loving document which is, in effect, being banned in our schools with the implementation of Common Core.

The cancer called Psychopolitics has been growing for many years, picking apart and destroying our God-given rights and our whole spiritual and moral structure. After all, when people have strong spiritual and moral beliefs and practices, especially when we fully know we are not animals but spiritual beings, communism has a hell of a time keeping us down.

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Couple with pensions plays too safe to win

On a roll: Adjusting investments will keep the Fraziers on the road to success.

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KIDS REACT TO GAY MARRIAGE [SUB ITA] – Video



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The Young Turks’ Cenk Uygur Blasts CNN’s Jake Tapper: ‘Do Your Job!’

During a Politico panel last week, CNN anchor and Mediaite Awards nominee Jake Tapper joined other mainstream journalists in copping to a liberal bias in the mainstream media, a move which Tapper predicted would delight conservative activists like Brent Bozell. It also didnt sit well with progressives like The Young Turks Cenk Uygur, who took to his pioneering online show to blast Tapper for perpetuating the myth of a liberal media bias, and to demand, of Tapper, Do your job!

During the full segment, Cenk explained that the real bias in media is a pro-establishment one, but took particular aim at the influential Jake Tapper, who explained his views on bias to Politicos Mike Allen. A certain Type of person becomes a reporter, Tapper said, adding that generally speaking, the kind of person who becomes a reporter in Washington, DC or New York City has never worked a minimum wage job, and has never experienced poverty, is not an Evangelical Christian, like much of the country is.

There are a lot of experiences that the kids of people who are reporters, editors, producers, et cetera, in Washington and New York, have never had, he continued, but noted that there is an awareness of that, and when there is an awareness is when the best journalism can happen.

Cenk led off his criticism delicately: Its hard for a human being to be more wrong than Jake Tapper was there, he said, and with a brief Thurston Howell-style mockery, added that I know youve been high-fallutin for a long time, but if you work in local news, youre lucky if you make $24,000 a year.

Uygur accused Tapper of being in a different circle, where the establishment and the government is always right, and would you look at that? You got all those promotions, Jake!

Liberals are not the real country, Cenk continued, thats the second point that drives me crazy.

He noted that only about 25% of the country are evangelicals, and cited polling data that consistently indicates Americans are overwhelmingly to the left on issues like protecting social security, Medicare, Medicaid, war in Syria, and raising the minimum wage. Although he didnt note this, after months of relentlessly negative, misleading, and just plain false reporting on Obamacare, a majority of Americans still support the law, or want it to be more liberal.

You name an issue, and the country that youre reporting on is actually liberal, but you dont know that, because you internalize what the conservatives said, Uygur continued.

Rush is right! Fox News is right! The whole country is conservative! Thats because you didnt do your job! he exclaimed, and accused Tapper of loving the money in politics, because you never report on the money in politics!

Oh, its a horse race, its fantastic, Uygur said, the entire countrys conservative. No its not! Do your job!

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Common Core – The Last Stop to Globalization | The Liberty …

By: Lucille Femine, TLB Contributor.

Common Core State Standards, the educational programs now being put in place all over the country, can be considered the final step in globalization, the last stop on a journey to control everyone on the planet.

A basic textbook being implemented in this massive plan comes from the 1930s when the Russian manual called Psychopolitics was written, the basis of Marxist communism. The author is uncertain but assumed to be Lavrentiy Beria, Soviet secret police chief.

This is one of the most frightening and shocking books ever created because it makes no bones about what these communists intend to do with the world, explaining in brutally honest words exactly what the plans are to subjugate everyone into slavery of the body, mind and spirit. It starts with the belief that humans are all animals and should be treated as such, training us into obedience to the state while we willingly forego our own dreams, personal happiness, prosperity and religious beliefs.

The worst part is that most of these carefully laid-out plans have come to pass, our children being the final target. Theyve gone for the core.

Heres the first quote from an updated version written after 1950:

The tenets of rugged individualism, personal determinism, self-will, imagination, and personal creativeness held by the masses are equally antipathetic to the good of the Greater State. These willful and unaligned forces are no more than illnesses which will bring about disaffection, disunity, and at length the collapse of the group to which the individual is attached.

Does that sound like something you would just love to wake up to in the morning? How about having our kids learning in school that all those awesome, lofty goals are illnesses? Ill go out on a limb and say no.

If we examine their goals for us, they can easily be seen to be the direct opposite of what our Founding Fathers envisioned for this great country and incorporated into the Constitution that precious, freedom-loving document which is, in effect, being banned in our schools with the implementation of Common Core.

The cancer called Psychopolitics has been growing for many years, picking apart and destroying our God-given rights and our whole spiritual and moral structure. After all, when people have strong spiritual and moral beliefs and practices, especially when we fully know we are not animals but spiritual beings, communism has a hell of a time keeping us down.

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Kids React to Gay Marriage – YouTube

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Published on Nov 3, 2013

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Parkour Kids of Gaza Strip Free Running in a War Zone Asphalt – Video



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