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  • Dec 1st, 2016 @ 4:37am

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    Ugh. Another judge ruling in difference of the ruling that the First Circuit Court of Appeals had ruled on in Glik v. Cunniffe 655 F.3d 78 (1st Cir. 2011) that a citizen has the right to video public officials (Police ) in a public place

    Law Enforcement seems to be of the belief that they can stop and arrest you for recording them anytime they want and if your rights are violated in the process and you were not interfering with them while they were doing their thing then that's more than enough justification for them.

    Honestly Law Enforcement seems to be okay with recording you even while you dont realize it (dash cams, body cams) and that is the only way it should be. The mere fact that people nowadays are videoing encounters with Law Enforcement is because there is so much abuse of power by police against citizens and trumped up charges, assaults, planting of evidence, false accusations against citizens it is the citizens way of fighting back by videoing encounters.

    Abuses by Police are only getting more notice nowadays because of citizens video taping police encounters, you can not trust the police when body cam and dash cam footage of an encounter with someone leads to questions of what occurred because how many times have we heard of the dash cams being turned off or footage being "lost' or body cam not recorded because of a "malfunction" or footage being deleted or lost.

    How many times have Law Enforcement personnel flat out lied in their report about what occurred and some one charged with a crime they didn't even commit, and I wont even bring up where people have been shot by police and the police account of what happened doesn't jive with a recording some citizen took.

    Law Enforcement protects it's own, and it is always that way unless you can prove otherwise and lets face it a court is going to take a cops version of events over your version of events because the police officer is deemed automatically more credible.

    If you have video shot by someone else and it back up your version of events Law Enforcemnt still denies it half the time and loves to use the "the video doesnt tell the whole story" line. Like gag me with a spoon with that shit.

    It is time for SCOUTUS to get off their ass and rule on the issue for once and all because the various courts judges and states seem to all be going by a mixed bag of rulings or rulings that are being ignored by Law Enforcement because they can be and courts have rulings that are all over the map and that Law Enforcemnt seems to be making up their own version of the rulings and abusing peoples rights with false charges all to get someone to stop taping them.

  • Nov 30th, 2016 @ 4:28pm

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    The various appellate courts seem to have forgotten what a person's right are under the Constitution and have made a mix of rulings of what Law Enforcement entities can and cant do and even when the courts have been shown that a person rights have been violated have let that violation not effect a case, which has only muddied where the line is drawn between a violation and non violation of a person rights.

    Law Enforcement knows full well that Stigrays hoover up way more information than they would be able to get from a pen register application to the court.

    The Fact that Law Enforcement agencies are specifically hiding a Stingray's use unless a defense counsel stumbles upon it or suspect's that a Stingray was used just further proves the point that the prosecution and Law Enforcement agencies are withholding evidence that a Defendant and his counsel have a legal right to.

    The fact that Prosecutors and Federal law Enforcement agencies and police departments across the U.S. are being specifically told not to reveal a Stingray's use and to put forth that the evidence gathered from a Stingrays use came from "other sources " is intentionally lying to the defense counsel and the court and not providing full disclosure of the evidence and is a violation of the defendants criminal and constitutional rights, not to mention a violation of the rules of ethics governing an officer of the court.

    This gives the prosecution and government a serious advantage and unfair one and intentionally hinders the defense at being able to challenge the evidence when such a crucial piece of disclosure is missing.

    The fact that the courts are saying "yeah it was a violation but that's okay" Just goes to show you how broken the Justice system is. The courts are here to be impartial and to rule according to the letter of the law that they are sworn to uphold. Since when did peoples constitutional and criminal rights be up for a spin the bottle type of decision making.

    The various rulings from the courts and appellate courts across the U.S.has made the use of Stingray such a fucking mess it isn't even funny and the SCOTUS bares some responsibility in this as well for not making a ruling that is clear cut and not this one that seems to be interpretated by Law Enforcement agencies and the goverment however it seems fit.

    If the pen registers dont fit the rules governing trap and trace warrants then the US DOJ and the various state AG's need to petition the senate and congress to bring the laws into the 21st century. The Government should not be allowed to mislead defendants and the courts by outright lying and deceiving the court about how it is obtaining evidence that it puts forth

  • Nov 28th, 2016 @ 5:45pm

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    Well no one wants to say told you so but in this case there is a genuine dispute that Tidal could stream all of Prince's music.

    Everyone is friendly until they feel they arent getting paid. Prince estate has said that Tidal does not have a license for all of Prince music and that the license is only for certain music titles.

    No system is going to be lawsuit free it just isnt possible, so disputes are going to happen and this case is no different with the exception of what and how the artists who signed on with tidal would be treated. Apparently those very word have come back to haunt Jay Z

  • Nov 28th, 2016 @ 11:18am

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    This is basically presenting fraudulent and forged documents to the court, there is no way around it. Ruddie should be charged and brought to the various state courts where he filed these lawsuits to face charges.

    There is more than a clear pattern of criminal intent here to justify charging him IMHO. Obviously Ruddie took a lot of time to examine the various state statues and their deadlines for filing these types of lawsuits specifically to abuse them.

    The court itself shares some blame in that they took everything at face value and rubber stamped it without doing any real due diligence of the the facts in the com,plaint or the parties named in the lawsuit and how this settlement was agreed to.

    I suspect Ruddie knowing the courts are overburden with crap that Ruddie knew that there really wouldnt be an real examination of the fact or parties to the lawsuits and that it would be rubber stamped.

    Ruddie should be facing some federal charges for these suits as he has done this across many states. I am sure the companies and people who signed these contracts with Ruddie will be more than willing to testify to save their own skin.

    I imagine Ruddie will be very very hard to find soon as I am sure he must know that with Levy on his case, that he wont be able to get away from this fraud so easily

  • Nov 21st, 2016 @ 5:52pm

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    Theranos obviously has not lived up to the hype they promised Walgreens and others that their revolutionary product would be.

    The mere fact that the FDA wouldn't grant nor accept Theranos devices with a passing mark tells the whole story that something was amiss.

    Even the scientific community was skeptical of Theranos climas that their magic box would do what Theranos claimed it would but yet Theranos declined to let anyone see testing results or let anyone have access to the magic box to conduct their own testing to see if the device worked.

    Holmes IMHO is just an egomaniac who just cant concede that her magic box never did work and never will work and the mere fact that she is hanging in at Theranos while appealing just goes to show you that she will never admit to the failure and that having her still at the helm of whatever Theranos does means that people will be skeptical of any claims of innovation in any device or testing procedures Theranos comes up with.

    Looking at Theranos and the people on the board seems like a version of show and tell as in that Theranos is saying we have all these important people on our board and they would be here if we weren't doing something revolutionary. Tis is nothing but a dog and pony show as of now.

    Holmes name will always be associated with Theranos and now with it's failure. Even after the fact Theranos stated they would present to the scientific community that Theranos testing did work and Holmes would answer questions about Theranos magic box at the scientific conference a whjile back, it came off leaving the scientific community with more questions and doubts to Theranos and Holmes claims that the magic box worked.

    Holmes outght to take her money and go live a quiet life, her career as a CEO of anything is over and her magic box is dead and should never be rectified again. Theranos as going concern is nothing but a waste of money and anything that company puts forward will always be heavily scrutinized and met with a shrug do to their past failures to live up to their claims with research that back up what they say and devices that actual delivers the results.

    Holmes seems like someone who is destined to go down with the ship much like many others have when they have not been able to deliver what it's organisation has promised.

  • Nov 18th, 2016 @ 9:04pm

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    No way in hell would Obama pardon Snowden. Could you imagine the outrage in the various levels of Law Enforcement in the Government if Obama pardoned Snowden for the information that has been leaked to the press

    The Obama administration has gone after and punished more whistle blowers than any other administration in U.S. history and that is saying a lot considering who has sat in the White House.

    Manning is in a U.S Military prison, and Snowden would be in a Super Max if the U.S had been able to latch onto him and that is for sure, there is no way Snowden would get a Pardon from Obama.

    Snowden opened a lot of peoples eyes with what he leaked to the press, capabilities that US Law Enforcement agencies that were unknown to many and the depth of the ability to capture information the likes have never been seen other than in movies.

    Snowden faces living in exile for many many years unfortunately unless he volunteers to come back to the U.S. and I dont think he would relish the thought at coming back to languish in a U.S. Prison for what could be the rest of his life for doing what many see as waking people up to the fact that your privacy doesn't exist it is just an illusion.

  • Nov 17th, 2016 @ 5:28am

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    Well thank god its just for hacking computers, if he was doing any copyright infringement involving music or movies in the UK he could be in prison for up to 10 years!

  • Nov 16th, 2016 @ 6:44am

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    Additional fess are just another way for the Cable & Telco's to pick the subscribers pocket. This has been going for years because the Cable * Telco's know they can get away with it to bring in more revenue.

    As a customer you can see why people cancel or dump channels they dont use to save money on their bill and these Fee's are the way for the Telco's to be sneaky about generating more revenue and a lot of these charges are made to look like these are mandatory charges that the Cable & Telco's has to recoup and most people are oblivious to the fact that this is the Cable & Telco's doing this and not any Federal or state agency mandated charge.

    The Cable & Telco's wonder why people are cord cutting, and it is because everyone has a limit of what they believe is reasonable to pay, but people have limits and gouging the customer with made up fees and contract pricing for service that can change at the Cable & Telco's whim are just examples of an industry that is cannibalizing itself with high stupidity and pricing itself out of exsistance

  • Nov 9th, 2016 @ 5:02pm

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    While the Telco's and ISP's would love to see a rollback in policy and be allowed to fuck the consumer carte-blanche like they are already doing , they ought to remember how the people and a lot of Internet companies came strongly out against these very changes.

    Trump would be well advised that the SOPA style rage that came out against SOPA may rear it's head once again if the Telco & ISP's try to screw the public once again, citizens will definitely be pissed in ways that Trump wouldnt like if he allows the ISP's & Telco's to gouge the consumer any further.

  • Nov 7th, 2016 @ 6:00pm

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    There is plenty of blame to go around in the whole mess when its comes to buying tickets to a an events from any ticket seller.

    Ticketmaster knows there are bots out there buying tickets but how much do you really think they care if bots are buying tickets from them? Not too much. The tickets still get sold. Think about this, Ticket master still gets to gouge the purchaser of 8 dollars for their "service fee" whether you are a human or a bot buying tickets.

    Now you think about the facility a concert or event is at in your city and how many seats that venues holds and do the math, Ticketmaster makes out like a bandit.

    Ticketmaster and other ticket brokers know that bots have been buying tickets for a long time and as much as they profess to want to eliminate bots and make sure purchaser have a fair shot at buying tickets do you really believe they care that much, I sure dont.

    Ticket master and other ticket brokers make more than enough cash to invest in the technology IT wise to clamp down on the issue but why do they want to spend the money when they are making bank regardless? Do they care if a customer complains to a point yes, but if you protest and say well I ain't paying to go to that show or event, they arent worried they know they will still get the money from elsewhere.

    Not only that but Ticketmaster started their own ticket broker site to help buyers sell tickets called TicketsNow. That is a re-seller site, so the very company that sold you a ticket that you couldn't use (or never planned to) is more than willing to help you scalp that ticket for some fees to the seller and buyer, so talk about irony!

    The concret promoters like Live Nation and the rest are not exactly innocent wither. The Promoters are the ones that strike deal with Credit Card Companies like American Express for example that allow the folks who have an American Express to get Tickets pre-sale in say for example the first 8 rows on the floor of a concert and the promoters strike that deal for a percentage.

    The promoter and the artist/band or Team also does this with the packages that go to fan clubs that your average joe pays to be a part of to enable them to get those fan package for so much cash.

    So there is plenty of people with their hand in the pocket of the ticket buyer well before a fan buys that ticket, everyone has made sure to get their share before you even pay for a ticket, and it is always and will always be this way because of the demand some events have by the purchaser.

    Christ even the mob must be envious at times of the way that average Joe is getting his pocket picked by everyone

  • Nov 4th, 2016 @ 2:24pm

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    The U.S. Government has stated they want whistle blowers to come forward if they have concerns about wrongdoing in Government agencies and that is what they want their very own employees and the public to believe and of course they always say how this is about change and transparency.

    However the Obama administration has punished more whistle blowers than any other administration in U.S. history. So how can any whistle blower find the courage to come forward when wrong doing has been found when you face the possibility of facing a criminal prosecution?

    How does a whistle blower bring forward concerns of wrongdoing to the very government that is prosecuting whistle blowers whom the goverment is supposed to be protecting if they step forward? No whistle blower is going to come forward knowing they will be punished.

    This is why sites like Wikileaks are valuable due to the fact that a whistle blower can stick their neck out without their head being chopped off. I am no Assange fan, but I do agree with the principal of why Wikileaks was started.

    Their is no way for a whistle blower to bring information forward other than to go to an outside source due to the fear of being prosecuted for bring information forward.

    It is sad that the goverment and the people who run it are more concerned with saving face and grifting rather than fixing the mess and corruption that plagues it and makes it so inefficent

  • Nov 3rd, 2016 @ 4:10pm

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    The scary thing is that the one reporter was tipped off about being spied on and she didn't believe it when she was told.

    The fact that reporter was told she was being spied on is what got this whole mass spying case blown out of the water. If it wasnt for the fact that one reporter was tipped of, none of the media outlets and their reporters would have even known.

    How in the world the police were able to convince a Judge and the crown to agree to put this forth to the court in their warrant application is beyond belief and the fact that the methods used to obtain and to turn on and activate the GPS component of the person under surveillance's phone goes far beyond just getting names and phone numbers of calls and goes slightly beyond the police agency involved capabilities.

    One would have to belief their was either some type of device/software or other agency like CSIS involved who would have the capabilities to do this unless the Mobile service provider was ordered to do turn on the GPS feature with a warrant and I am skeptical of that, so I believe either this police agency has some toys they aren't disclosing or they got some help from Canada's spy agency CSIS.

    The applications and affidavits used to obtain the warrants for each reporter need to be brought to light as well as the software/devices involved in the tracking and tracing of the calls and messages and whether any other agencies that were involved in enabling and activating the GPS component of each reporters phone.

    There is something very very fishy about how this took place and who is all involved, this is more than a phone tap warrant in my opinion

  • Nov 2nd, 2016 @ 2:23pm

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    Nielsen whole model is based on stats for the /Networks/Cable/PayTV/Satellite providers so they can sell air time to advertisers in line with the programs they have airing on their respective platforms via the numbers of viewers tuning in (or out)

    The rub is that Nielsen metodolgy is based ondata from uers it picks out to be it's chosen household to send data back to it, sounds simple and fool proof right? Wrong! Even though Nioelsen gets the data there is nothing stopping someone from manipulating the data sent to Nielsen, and you have to remember Nielsen takes that data from it's chosen testers and then uses it to calculate that actual user data into a formula to come up with it's results.

    Now there is known cases were the data some of Nielsen's testers have sent back cause a shows viewership numbers to go up thru manipulation, case in point involving Bubba The Love Sponge Clem's radio show ( link to story below ) tampering/comment-page-1/

    So how does anyone really know if the supposed ratings really reflect the true numbers Nielsen and the various entities of /Networks/Cable/PayTV/Satellite providers base their viewrship programming are accurate? Your average citizen isnt really going to care unless a show they like watching is facing cancellation, otherwise the viewer doesnt give a toot.

    The Networks/Cable/PayTV/Satellite providers care about what the numbers are becuase that is what they are selling to the buyers of ad time and what those spots are worth based on the viwership of said program and of course the time it on.

    So There is a little more collusion going on between the Networks/Cable/PayTV/Satellite providers and Nielsen then what we ar led to believe IMHO. Each has a vested interest in making sure those numbers are high as possible to keep revenue streams as high as possible.

    If one person can manipluate the ratings and Nielsen doesnt catch it, then there is nothing to say that more arent doing this and that puts the ratings Nielsen puts forth in their reports are really a true measure of what real viewership to a program is.

    Of course the Networks/Cable/PayTV/Satellite providers dont want bad numbers to be reported, it effects the money they get when buyers seek to buy an ad spot on a given shows time spot. No Buyers is going to spend any more money than they have to if a programs numbers are down, they are going to want that spot cheaper since the numbers of viewers/listeners is down.

    The Ad industry spends a ton of money to get their ad at a specific time heard/watched to audiences for what they believe to be fair for the time slot and program, but the Networks/Cable/PayTV/Satellite providers dont want ad buyers to know how much cord cutting has gutted their viewership.

    The NFL is a prime example of programming that has faced a downturn in viewership, and the price they are getting from ad buyers is still high but no where near as high as it once was and is still falling due to declining viewership.

    So am I suprissed that the Networks/Cable/PayTV/Satellite providers are putting pressure on keeping negative information on viewership/ subscriber loss to a minimum, not at all.

    The new era of ways that people can get the various forms of media and the advances in those platforms are the furture, the /Networks/Cable/PayTV/Satellite providers/ Music and movie industry are loathe to give us even a nicel of the ways they have had control and have been able to wring every nickel they can while they can and will do what ever they can to keep things staus quo

  • Nov 1st, 2016 @ 4:37pm

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    And now we can wait and watch when the GEMA associated artists launch their lawsuits to recover royalties that were never paid to them from this agreement

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    Holy typos. My apologies folks

  • Nov 1st, 2016 @ 12:38pm

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    "The police have stressed that responses are completely voluntary, "

    So the Police are planning to text all of the 7500 numbers to ask if they know anything about a crime taking place in this specific area?

    So what is there to say that the police havent scanned all these phone numbers with their databases to get subscriber info and then used that information to query any CPIC entries for criminal history with the subscriber info?

    The Police are going to send out a text message to those who nenevr consented to reciev this information on this crime? How mnay of those mobile phone numbers were people passing thru? How mnay are of people who live there? How mnay are people who just haoppened to be there on the given time period?

    This is a huge fishing expedition and I would bet is goimng to freak some of the recipients of this text message out, some people dont follow the news and may no nothing about the crime that took place if at all.

    I can imagine the panicked phone calls the Police will get from some mobile phone subscriber about this message they recieved wondering WTF and why am I getting this.

    The fact that the cop gobbled up all this cell tower information tells me they already suspected that the person or persons who committed the crime may have had a cell phone on and that they already looked thru the subscriber information of each number and cross referenced it with CPIC for criminal records with the subscriber name

    This is a huge privacy issue in my opinion and one that should not be allowed, the fact that this will set a precident is even worse. The fact that the cops gathered up 7500 mobile numbers is bad enough, the fact that they can use this incedent and there blasting out a text message opens the door to further "needs" when a crime has occured to hoover up cell tower info, comb thru it and then point to this case to do the same thing over and over again.

    This is the start of a very very slippery slope and I would be dollars to donuts that the Police are not telling everything about what they did with the mobile numbers from the cell tower dump that day, like if they crossed referenced them with CPIC.

    This is another reason why the Governmebnt needs to enact and upgrade legislation as to why cellular service providers should be treating their customers information with more privacy and how any movements of a person cell phone and what towers it connects to should be regarded as private and a warrant should be needed to obtain it.

    No cellular customer I doubt would want their information turned over without a fight from their cellular service provider without a warrant the fact that cops can hoover up 7500 peoples number without the judge or cellular provider having a WTF moment just shows you how eroded our rights are becoming when it comes to privacy

  • Oct 28th, 2016 @ 4:45am


    and seems like Hans, Steele and Mireskandari like to dig those holes even deeper. Maybe the three of them can get together and discuss how their respective lawsuits against their critics all came crashing around them do to Anti-Slapp legislation and how they can raise cash to pay all those costs they all got hit with

  • Oct 28th, 2016 @ 4:42am

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    After reading this article, I was concerned that Mireskandari wouldn't be able to get a job as a lawyer or find someone willing to hire him after this fiasco.

    Then I recalled how John Steele and Paul Hansmeier of Prenda law fame were found to have abused the court process, misled the court and have been sanctioned by many courts for their action in cases they were involved in but yet are still out there trolling for cash, Mireskandari may want to give them a call....I see a lot of synergies were he'd fit right in with Hans and Steele

  • Oct 21st, 2016 @ 2:47pm

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    Most people know that suing your critics rarely achieves it's goal which is to silence them and that is exactly what Steele & Hansmeier attempted to do in this case as well as find out who the critics were.

    Steele & Hansmeier attempt here was to use big scary numbers in a lawsuit as a threat and as a means to find out who their critics were much like they did with their ISP subscribers IP addresses in comment blogs at DieTrollDie & FightCopyrightTrolls.

    As much as Steele loved to profess how the sites like DTD & FCT were a waste of time and were no skin off his back, this very lawsuit proved otherwise as even Steele himself posted on FCT to throw in some snarky remarks.

    FCT & DTD were very very effective at making life hell for Steele and Hansmeier and getting information out to the public on Prenda's trolling activities so ISP subscribers knew what they were dealing with if sued by Prenda.

    While Hansmeier and Steele were forced out of the porn trolling game, they are still trolling for cash with the Americans With Disabilities Act. That easy settlement cash is hard to walk away from and fairly addictive, so much so that even with Hansmeier's law license suspended, Hans wife is now the fact of ADA trolling lawsuits in Minnesota.

    Steele is in Illinois, how much trolling he is doing is unknown ( maybe he was waiting to see what happened with Hans law License and his bankruptcy first ). Steele though has not filed for Bankruptcy and the Illinois bar has filed it's complaint against Steele but it has not been adjudicated yet.

    What ought to be interesting is what Steele does to avoid all those costs he has been hit with for the various judgments and sanction orders against him?

    Hansmeier thought he could out fox everyone by filing for bankruptcy, and we all know how that worked out, nothing like shooting yourself in the foot. One would believe that Steele after seeing how things went for Hansmeier might not want to take that route.

    Hansmeier learned the hard way that his creditors from those Judgments weren't going away and I am sure Steele figured that out by now that some of those creditors will be looking for Steele to cough up as well and this Judgement is going to follow him around unless of course Steele decides to appeal, and we all know how well that worked out.

    It will be interesting to see how quick Godfread and Cooper pursue this Judgement against Steele and what John's reaction will be to this and how he deals with the rest of the creditors coming after him, those pesky creditors arent going to go away.

    I do wonder when the FBI and USDOJ and IRS are going to have their turn at Steele and Hansmeier, they have been in the backround digging away and taking notes of everything that has been going on with Hansmeier and his BK filing and the discovery answers he gave under oath which I am sure will come up in their investigation of where all that money went.

    Steele ought to be having some restless nights wondering if that knock on the door is the FBI coming to throw the wrist bracelets on him or the Domino's pizza driver

  • Oct 11th, 2016 @ 11:46am

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    First off, you will have to excuse me, but this lawsuit is a farce. The medallion owners aka the brokers, have long ago gamed the system to get those medallion rates high. How would I know this you may ask? My uncles are brokers who own over 100 cabs and the medalions aka plates that allow them to operate in the city we live in.

    Now the brokers have amassed a lot of medallions aka plates, and there are only so many brokers in a city that belong to each cab company they contract to. The brokers depending on the amount of cars they have and plates to match get huge discounts on their fleet and liability insure because they are doing a bulk business, it is the same with auto parts, leases, buying vehicles etc.

    Now the brokers always always pressure and lobby to keep the number of medallions low ( ie the number of cabs on the street ) to the taxi authority that governs them in the city they are operating in. The lowers the number of cabs on the street are, the more demand they have for their cabs and the better ratio that those cabs are kept occupied by paying fares in a shift ( most brokers rent their cabs out for 3 - 8 hour shifts per day or for 2 - 12 hour shifts per day. )

    The brokers will lease the cab per month or per week to each driver depending on the shift (ie: 8 or 12 hour days ) Now if these cabs are busy the drivers make a good buck but the broker make an excellent return. You have to remember if a driver is renting that cab for a 5 day a week 8 hour shift, then the driver pays them his $1000.00 a week for his 8 hour shift. Now if you have 3 guys renting that cab for a grand a week that's 3 k a week in your pocket and that's on top of other little ways they gouge the renter ( ie: any damages, to the body of the cab, any windshield damage, any interior damage, dispatch fees, fuel fees repair surcharges etc )

    The broker know that the local city taxi authority is always wanting to get more cabs on the road to service the need of people who need cabs, but the brokers aren't necessarily interested in seeing that happen. The more demand for service, the more your limited fleet of cabs makes due to their being more consumers needing your service than cabs that can provide it. They don't care if joe consumer has to wait an hour for a cab, cause they know they will still get the business. Keep demand high for cabs but keep the inventory of cabs on the street low.

    Now the brokers have the drivers at a disadvantage as well her, because they keep the medallions and rent out the cabs to the drivers they therefore can justify raising the rates of the rent of the cab to the drivers as they feel the need. They know that the drivers will be hard pressed to go elsewhere due to the the fact there are limited amount of cabs out there to rent. So they can control how much the driver will pay in rent to them and raise it at will, and if a driver protests, they are simply told to take it or go and rent elsewhere.

    Now that Uber and other ride services are coming along, it is the cab companies and the brokers that own the cabs/plates/medallion that are crying because they dont and cant control the demand for cab service now that joe consumer has other options, that means they can not lock in the prices increases you normally see going up so much per mile over time. Those rates are set by the taxi can authority in that various city, but those rate increases on fares are pushed by the cab companies and brokers who claim costs of fuel, repairs, insurance, liability etc etc etc as excuses of why the rates the consumer need to go up.

    Meanwhile those increases are passed on to joe consumer in the form of rate increases you pay to go from A to B in a cab ride. Now the driver can make good money if they hustle and provide decent service, but if you rent the cab for the shift that week and your not really busy that week or if your ill and you not making much cash, the broker doesn't give a toot. They flat out want their money for the rent, if you can't pay, then they move on to the next driver and your SOL. Why can they do that, because that limited number of cars and medallion keeps supply low and demand high, and that goes for drivers too.

    The reason cab companies and brokers are crying and threatening to sue is because most of the drivers now can drive their own leased cars or personal vehicles that meet Uber standards, and can do this at a way lesser cost then renting from one of the brokers and keep more of the profit in their own pockets then what they would have left over if they had to pay a broker for rent plus expenses per shift.

    It also lets the drivers that are operating for Uber set their own hours and if they want to partner up with someone share the expenses of the car for way cheaper than what they would be getting under the system of renting from the broker. The plates and medallions are still worth a lot of money, these brokers have owned plates and medallion for years and years, they didn't just pony up a million each time to buy a plate or medallion so don't be fooled by that. The medallions increased in price due to the fact that the number of cabs have purposely been kept low for years and years with only nominal increases.

    Go to a taxi authority meeting in your city when they are contemplating seeking to put more cabs on the road and increasing the plates, and watch the brokers and the cabs companies complain how it will hurt their business and revenues and some may go out of business and how insurance and liability coverage will go up... it;s always the same song and dance , then they will ask for a price increase for the rate the consumer pays and of course they will settle for a minimum amount of cars to be added. all while keeping demand high and the amount of cars in service low.

    It's all gamesmanship. I drove for 4 years at night and on weekends while in school during the day.The brokers are still making bank, they just aren't making what they are used to and the drivers who rent their cabs now can get a better deal on rents they pay for their shift. If the cab driver were really loving the way the brokers and companies treat them and they thought what they were paying for rent and other fees were fair, do you really think they'd be running off to drive for Uber?

    Broker and cab co's have been using the supply and demand issues of the amount of cabs on the street and the business for them against the consumer and the drivers for years, and it wont change. All Uber is doing is giving the drivers a choice and consumers another option, the brokers and cab companies can compete, they are just loathe to give up even a nickel when they have been making bank for so long and had the drivers at their mercy

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