Chinatown Bus Update
Chinatown Bus Pioneer Fung Wah Strangled by Federal Bureaucracy
- Reason Magazine
The company has burned through $3 million, as regulators spend a year and a half deliberating its fate.
And some history on what happened:
Why the Government Was Wrong to Shutdown Fung Wah Bus Company
- Reason Magazine
- High profile traffic accidents made for great copy by journalists, and created a perceived emergency where the government had to act.
- It's easier in the government, and less risk, to do nothing, than make a decision. Think what would happen if an agency approved Fung Wah operating again, and there was a big accident.
- The large competitors, Grey Hound, etc. are politically connected and are helping regulators to reduce competition.
- The ethnic Chinese owned companies due not understand how the political game is played. Campaign contributions, when done legally and to the right people, seem to help the process in government.
Labels: bus, chinatown
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Crazy Book Author Plagiarism
I am a keen observer of the Book Industry, and the rise of Indy Authors who publish their works directly without using a publisher. The amount of changes in the book industry is amazing. The positive is many more authors can now write full time, where before it was not possible. They are selling their books as eBooks, and getting a higher amount of the price of a book. The current Amazon vs Hachette
is all about allocating money. The part that gets forgotten in the feud is the authors. Tip for 99% of authors - Publishers are not looking out for your best interest (yes, Baen
is an exception).
Back to topic. In this example, it seems a person took another Author's Christian Book, and added some sex scenes, and claimed it as her own. When the original author, Rachel Ann Nunes
, found out, the plagiarist then attempted using fake screen names to cyber bully the other person with strange claims and negative reviews on their book. Rachel Ann Nunes then set up a gofundme
to fund the needed legal costs to protect her books.
It's a soap opera, that needs to e read to be believed.
And the person who is accused of plagiarism is a school teacher in Utah!
UTAH SCHOOL TEACHER CHARGED WITH PLAGIARISM, CYBER-BULLYING
Crazy School Attendance Rules
Because Avery Gagliano, a 13 year old Piano Prodigy missed 10 days of school due to performances, she was considered a truant by the Washington DC school district. Avery Gagliano was a straight A student, and one of Lang Lang's Music Foundations music ambassadors.
Avery is now being home schooled because of the threats from the School District of being considered a truant.
Avery Gagliano's mother from the name, appears to be ethnic Chinese (Ying Lam) and may be a bit of a Tiger Mom.
In D.C., a 13-year-old piano prodigy is treated as a truant instead of a star student
- The Washington Post
And what is amusing, is now the Washington DC School district is calling the reporter and the Mother liars, excuse me the term is "false representation"
And during the summer, the family got a letter informing them their child was truant, and "along with a helpful brochure that
outlines the possible police and Child and Family Services intervention
for students who are truant."
Petula Dvorak: No misrepresentation of piano prodigy’s treatment by D.C. schools
- Washington Post
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