A very revealing article about the liquidation wave in the Netherlands of the past years. Some of the interesting points:
- Things started going off after the police decided not to spend too much attention on victimless crimes (drugs) anymore. This allowed the drug trade (mostly cocaine) to get out of hand without too many people noticing it.
- A lot of kids are at risk to roll into this world because they have a bad start, problems at home and at school and they want the fast money that crime offers.
- The people you see driving around the big cars or on Instagram have probably never had a regular job in their life.
- One way for a kid to make headway into the organization (and also financially) is by doing a hit which nets around €50-60k.
Wir üben keinen Druck auf unsere Mieter aus. Kein Mieter wird bei uns verdrängt. Das würde gegen unsere Werte verstoßen.
A quote by Ralf Spann the boss of Akelius, a private housing corporation in Berlin, who are known to intentionally shut down hot water and other amenities to get people to vacate their apartments.
Akelius is one of the corporations that is on the chopping block to be expropriated.
We can talk about agile strategy all we want but “Doing over Planning” is a more than sufficient summary for anybody who wants to get started.
I’ll trust Artefact Cards when they say they have something that’s better than the Sharpie.
I had kinda forgotten about Soigneur, but then I ran into this amazing set of photos of racing bikes in the city. That new race bike seems to be getting closer and closer.
As an occasional listener to the various Asymco podcasts and somebody very much interested in new forms of mobility, I was taken more than a bit aback by this.
Dediu revealed himself as a founder in Bond which is the same company as Smide. I remembered him having somebody from Smide on in one of the first episodes of the Micromobility podcast but there was never any disclosure then or after about Dediu’s connections there.
A lapse in disclosure and some backroom action is not a big deal and nothing much seems to have come from this, but it is a good reminder that everything you see online (not just the posts on Instagram) is fake.
Berlin is finally thinking of fixing its totally and utterly broken website. That’s good news but a shame that we have had to use this monstrosity for the past ten years.
BMW thinks it’s a funny marketing gimmick to paint one of their worst cars in Vantablack. Dark coloured cars have been proven to be more likely to cause accidents. Black cars should be forbidden to participate in traffic, that should be what people are talking about here.
This lament on SF does not sound that far off from where Berlin is. The city is a lot bigger and less boring, but without measures, it could go the same way when it comes to property prices and hollowing out of public services.