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Monday, March 27, 2006

Hey ***: here's a transit "basher" alert for ya

How soon before Ken Avidor starts attacking Raw Story's Hannah Selinger [link] as a transit-bashing member of the pro-car, pro-highway PRT cabal? Will he give her the Zoe Naylor treatment (See Him Flail Wildly, Nov. 5 entry)?

WorldChanging; Grist; now Raw? Go for the progressive website Triple Crown,


Friday, March 24, 2006

Sure he recycles-- Talking Points, that is

First he was banned at Wikipedia (End the misery, 3/21), now Guess Who and his anti-PRT Talking Points are making a nuisance of themselves at the progressive e-zine Grist. Note the comment at "11:09, 10 March," where once again Avidor reveals his inability to distinguish between "nonsense" and satire.

Gee, I wonder what his bosses at the progressive Twin Cities Daily Planet think about all this?


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

End the misery

Avidor has nearly worn out his unwelcome at Wikipedia: see Vote to ban User:Avidor from editing. He has requested mediation (!), clearly a last-gasp delaying tactic.


Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Who ran crying to mommy?

Interesting. All Seattle P-I forum posts on PRT (or any subject) by Sole not shad to Hod Carriers and TransportEnthusiast have been deleted. Hey TE, what's the story?


Saturday, March 04, 2006

"I told you..."

"...these types would find their way here." --Joseph Willemssen

Ken Avidor has graced Jeremy Faludi's blog, WorldChanging (March 3, 7:08am and 9:07pm). This time, though, he makes his talking points in perfunctory fashion (almost coyly), and leaves without smearing anyone. How sad. Hey Ken, you feeling all right? You're not sick, are ya?


Wednesday, March 01, 2006

Out on a LIM

This is a good one.

TransportEnthusiast, who is still having great fun poking sharp sticks at the anti-PRT trogs at the Seatle P-I local transit forum, happened to mention in passing:

I'm curious to see how ULTra performs, but I'm really more intrigued by the LIM designs. Source

Ken Avidor, aka PRTskeptic, commented thusly:
Typical... PRTers don't just move the goalposts... they make them up. [ellipses in original]

First Morgantown is PRT, then it isn't... then Raytheon... then Skyweb... then UlTra... [sic; ellipses in original] now "LIM".

There will be others and the old ones will end up preserved forever in Jerry Schneider's gadgetbahn museum. Source

Why does Ken think a preference for a LIM design invalidates other PRTs? Because, as usual, he doesn't know what he's talking about.Ken is supposed to be "perhaps the leading skeptic" of PRT, says he has the facts and knows his stuff. And yet he is so ignorant that he doesn't know that LIM is not a PRT design, but stands for "Linear Induction Motor," which some PRT concepts are choosing to use, but others aren't. LIM is a type of magnetic motor that is already employed in a wide variety of every day uses—including the Vancouver SkyTrain and the Kuala Lumpur "Putra" light rail.

The "PRTskeptic" doesn't even know the details of the light rail technology he champions. Now then: who belongs in a museum?

Ken Avidor does not currently exist in successful public operation, and, in all likelihood, never will