Friday, January 14, 2011

Debunking the propaganda

It's taking me some time to wade through this propaganda to find the actual figures but the chart on the left seems to be a month to month chart of the past year.

Now if I am reading this correctly, which I think I am, it appears that Trimet ridership is actually falling over the last several months!
The little news release talks about the wonderful increases in Max ridership compared to a year ago, but the reality appears to be that both bus and max ridership has decreased in similar patterns over the last 3  or so months!


  • Anything proposing, suggesting, or even hinting at violence is out of bounds.
  • Use of inflammatory words or comparisons ("tyranny", "fascism", "communist", "genocide", "Hitler", "un-American") in the context of discussing transportation or land-use issues, is out of bounds.

Portland Transport Here!

Jason Mchuff is missing again!

DON'T CANCEL LINE 84! It might not be a high ridership line, but there are still people who need it and use it!

Rantings from a Regular TriMet Rider


The Trimet Story

Latest excitment from dispatch-DISASTER OF 2011

100 buses stuck
Going sidways!
Going into brick wall
All the 77 buses are stuck!
Afraid to move bus
Chris slides into parked car
Are you in the ditch?
No stopping the bus-right through the stop sign
Rider steals all drivers transfers

Greeks riot for justice after state police murdered a little girl in Athens


Cause and effect?

More testimony from Sandi Day

Joe Rose excellent coverage here!

Sandi Day Testimony from al m on Vimeo.

Tunisians rise up!

Thousands of people have taken to the streets of the Tunisian capital of Tunis today to demand the resignation President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali. Nationwide protests have erupted over the past month against unemployment, police brutality and government repression under Ben Ali’s 23-year rule. At least 60 people are believed to have been killed in the unrest. Today’s demonstrations come one day after Ben Ali offered unprecedented concessions, including a vow to not seek a fourth term in 2014. The Tunisian president also agreed to allow political freedom, refrain from censorship of sites such as YouTube, end police brutality, and cut the prices of food staples. In Paris, hundreds of Tunisians rallied on Thursday to support the protests in their home country.
Protester: "We want) to start with the departure of Ben Ali and his regime and the installation of a democratic regime that is elected by the people and which represents the people and which defends its social and economic interests."
An estimated crowd of 7,000 demonstrators have surrounded Tunisia’s Interior Ministry building today, calling for Ben Ali to step down. It is believed to be the largest anti-government protest in Tunisia since Ben Ali took office in 1987.


JANUARY 13 from al m on Vimeo.

Sandi Day might be making headlines

But the reality is ignored.
This is a post to the Oregonian blog:

As usual, the sensationalism has gotten the best of everyone commenting here.
Lets look at some facts, something that most people don't want to bother with.
The latest full statistics are for 2008.
In that year there were 37,261 traffic related deaths.
14,587 were passenger car involved.
10,764 were light truck involved deaths.
677 were large truck involved deaths.
67 were bus involved death.
The rest are unclassified.

While Sandi Day makes headlines, the real threat is completely acceptable apparently.
"The media is the message"