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Gerald Abrahamson

Minneapolis, MN
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One serving of food to one serving of alcohol? Let the dollars fall where they will.

"So I order I order 1 entry, I can't have two beers with it?"

Why stop at just one beer? How about one small french fry and 20 beers?

That is the point, which you missed.

Food WITH alcohol--and a serving of each allows that to happen without people getting drunk. Remember, the customers are NOT at home, so they have to drive to get home. It permits the restaurant to make a profit (selling profitable alcohol) while also limiting their liability (people realistically can't...

What is defined as a serving will be determined ahead of time--so that serving an extra-strong alcoholic beverage will be much smaller than getting a pitcher or two. Other forms of transportation are possible for restaurant patrons, but isn't that the problem? Too many think "I drove here, I can drive home because I *feel* fine"--and they then end up in the morgue, OR put someone *else* in the morgue (or hospital). Restaurant owners would LOVE the "by the serving" concept because it ties...

Posted on 10/10/14 at 03:21 pm in response to Minneapolis should skip streetcars

Self-driving cars eliminate a lot of congestion AND offer "point to point" service to the public--none of which is addressed by train, bus, or subway.

Cost is far less overall and can be used by anyone--it comes to you, *not* you go to it (think Park-n-Ride).

These opportunities are not being discussed.

Posted on 10/15/14 at 10:11 pm in response to Minneapolis should skip streetcars

Self-driving cars could be used to carpool--if that was desired. And it could be done easily because the computer knows ALL the pickups needed, so it can do so most efficiently.

Fewer cars overall because they make a trip downtown, drop off, can make a pickup downtown, haul that person OUT of downtown, and then make another pickup run to downtown. Repeat until done. Note the point: Fewer actual cars downtown--because few are parked there. Reverse the process for the evening run....

Posted on 10/09/14 at 10:35 am in response to Corn farmers say Syngenta's GMOs have cost them the Chinese market

The problem then is shifted to Syngenta because they are NOT selling their GMO corn.

Posted on 10/10/14 at 03:28 pm in response to Corn farmers say Syngenta's GMOs have cost them the Chinese market

that are the problem--and the storage facilities need to segregate corn by type so they do NOT mix. All farmers in an area need to decide to grow approved OR non-approved corn--but not have a mixture going to the same storage facility unless the types are stored separately. That is the level where the problem occurs, so that is where the solution needs to implemented.

Mass transit is nice if you can get to and use it. However, the key point of mass transit is most suburbanites commute to a "park and ride" and THEN take mass transit.

The objective of mass transit should be to *eliminate the need* for a car in most cases.

Most of the proposed mass transit projects do not meet that objective.

A self-driving car does. A fleet of them solves many problems.

I would rather see the metro area investing in that type of project because...

Posted on 10/04/14 at 11:28 am in response to As Met Council changes transit priorities, suburbs say: not so fast

With a single metro-wide system, problem solved. Most people would not own a car for city driving, they would all use the public fleet and pay per ride/trip. Way cheaper than owning a car or two. More interesting to see this option NOT being considered.