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Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Speaking of biting

On September 10, Kenwood Humidor the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist related in his Dump Mark Olson blog that a PRT company has had problems. In fact, he wrote:

Another PRT Company Frog/2getthere is "failliet" (bankrupt)

and another one
bites the dust:
Frog/2getthere, the company that has devised the unmanned peoplemover, is bankrupt.


But this post is not about defending that company, as if it needed it. It is not about the propagandist calling Frog "PRT," when in the past he has claimed it is not PRT.

Nor is it about the mistake in the post's headline: "Another PRT company... bankrupt." What other PRT companies have gone bankrupt? Recently?

This post is also not about the background to the story, which explains that the original Frog company may be bankrupt, but its separate units have reorganized and continue to operate:
Frog has restructured earlier this year, splitting the company in three independent companies. The industrial business is still conducted by Frog AGV Systems, while Advanced Cargo Transhipment (ACT) is responsible for harbor applications and 2getthere for APM-systems. Source, #5 (Transport-Innovators group)
Therefore, the part in his headline about 2getthere being "failliet" is wrong too. This post could be about that; but it's not.

What this post is about is that Kiln Ovendoor put up his "failliet" news item on September 10 -- two days after the Transport-Innovators message was posted. The full story was available. Kenwood simply cherry-picked the part of the story that served his propaganda purpose.

Ken Avidor gives your pet a shiny, healthy coat

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

M.I.A. on S.L.U.T.

Conventional rail transit is being mercilessly bashed today in a Seattle P-I Sound Off, but the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist and his poss-y are nowhere to be found. Why do they reserve their attacks only for innovators? Because "bashers" who are not active technology innovators are not perceived to be a threat to light rail and streetcars?

Ken Avidor: Two! Two! Two mints in one!

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Still waiting

Ben Humidor the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist has asked whether the ULTra personal rapid transit system is greenwashing for the Terminal 5 expansion at Heathrow Airport. Then he answers his own question.

For my part, I'm still waiting for him to explain why ULTra is greenwashing, but train service to T5 by at least three rail lines (and a shiny new station) is not greenwashing.

Lead danger prompts Ken Avidor recall by Mattel