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Sunday, March 13, 2011

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WHAT WAS THAT?

I've been fascinated by the events in Japan and have spent almost all day watching the various clips coming out of there.
When I first saw this clip I wondered what the hell I was seeing, now I find out I am not the only one that noticed it!



Prison Planet.com [1]
Saturday, March 12, 2011
As we accurately reported earlier today, the explosion at the Fukushima nuclear plant in Japan was the result of a nuclear meltdown of the reactor core at the facility.
The Nuclear and Industrial Safety Agency (NISA) confirmed the meltdown [2] Saturday afternoon. Fukushima is one of the 25 largest nuclear power stations in the world. The NISA is affiliated with the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
High levels of cesium and iodine, by-products of nuclear fission, are being reported and providing more evidence that a nuclear meltdown is currently underway.
It is now certain Japan is experiencing a Chernobyl event. “At this point, events in Japan bear many similarities to the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. Reports indicate that up to 1.5 meters (4.9 feet) of the reactor fuel was exposed. The reactor fuel appears to have at least partially melted, and the subsequent explosion has shattered the walls and roof of the containment vessel – and likely the remaining useful parts of the control and coolant systems,” Stratfor explains [3].
“Given the large quantity of irradiated nuclear fuel in the pool, the radioactivity release could be worse than the Chernobyl nuclear reactor catastrophe of 25 years ago,” said Kevin Camps [4], a nuclear waste specialist.
Prior to the explosion of the containment structure, exposure rates outside the plant were at about 620 millirems per hour [5]. Radiation exposure for the average individual is 620 millirems per year. Virtually any increase in ambient radiation can raise long-term cancer rates, and authorities distributed iodine, which helps protect against thyroid cancer, The Oregonian [6] reports.
As the image above illustrates, the prevailing jet stream [7] moves from Japan to the United States across the Pacific Ocean. Airborne radiation would work its way into the jet stream and reach the United States in less than 36 hours. Jet streams flow from west to east in the upper portion of the troposphere.
By downplaying this serious disaster, the Japanese government is not only endangering its own people, but also millions of people in the United States and Canada.


The cover-up by the Japanese government provides more evidence that government cannot be trusted to safeguard the lives of its citizens.

Assault on Collective Bargaining Illegal, Says International Labor Rights Group

In 1935, when Congress passed the National Labor Relations Act (also known as the NLRA, or the Wagner Act), it recognized the direct relationship between the inequality of bargaining power of workers and corporations and the recurrent business depressions. That is, by depressing wage rates and the purchasing power of wage earners, the economy fell into depression. The law therefore recognized as policy of the United States the encouragement of collective bargaining

http://www.truth-out.org/assault-collective-bargaining-illegal-says-international-labor-rights-group68423 

From the PSU student newspaper

TriMet needs to stop spending money on more "extravagant" things and start putting its focus back where it belongs—on services for the people. Public services need to be the top priority for the public transportation organization.

If TriMet wants to spend money on extras, then it should first be sure to reinstall lines and stops that have been cut out rather than spending extra on things that are not necessities.

NEVER TRUST A SNAKE

video

WHO'S BEEN LOOKING AT THIS BLOG THIS WEEK?

STEVE FUNG'S WEEK(S) AT TRIMET (and other places)

MORE TRIMET VIDEO (not from me!)

Portland MAX Red Line bound for Beaverton TC at SW 10th/ Galleria
Portland Streetcar #6 departing Central Library Friendly Train Operator
Portland Streetcar #6 arriving at SW Park/ Mill
Portland ST Car #9 on SW 11th/ Taylor part 2
Portland ST Car #9 on SW 11th/ Taylor part 1
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Gresham arriving at Library/ SW 9th Ave
Portland MAX Blue Line arriving at Hillsboro/ Hatfield Government Center
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Gresham departing Hillsboro
Portland MAX Blue Line train bound For Hillsboro Arriving
Portland MAX Blue Line bound for Hillsboro arrival at Washington Park

Shinmoedake Volcano Erupts, Post Tsunami

CLICK HERE!

‘Wisconsin 14’ group of Democratic senators returns, greeted by thousands at Capitol

http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/wisconsin-14-group-of-democratic-senators-returns-greeted-by-thousands-at-capitol/2011/03/12/ABB28IS_story.html

Rep. Kucinich Fires Up Madison Workers' Rights Rally



Rep. Dennis Kucinich was on fire up at the rally in Wisconsin!
Take 15 minutes of your day to listen to some common sense.

Mouthnews Times

http://www.mouthnews.com/rising-gas-prices-didnt-boost-trimets-february-ridership-but-march-could-be-different-oregon-live

Saturday, March 12, 2011

JASON BARBOUR WIEGHS IN ON MAKING THE TRIMET BOARD ACCOUNTABLE


It makes absolutely NO SENSE that the people have no voice regarding a service that everyone can use everyday. Go to Portland City Hall... Randy Leonard says "it's not my jurisdiction," go to any of the counties, they won't listen either. Better yet, go to Metro (which has the authority to assume TriMet's operations), IMO they're too patsy to do it! They won't even discuss it.

I watched the video of Jon Hunt being cut off at the board meeting. IMO, that was the most totally inappropriate thing for a public official to do. I don't care that he's an unpaid gubernatorial appointee... he needs to go. TriMet wants riders to "respect the ride," but it is very clear that TriMet doesn't respect riders or the very people that are actually providing public transit revenue service.

Someone ought to start an initiative petition. Most of the rest of Oregon hates TriMet so much for taking up state money to overbuild rail in the Portland area, and if the November ballot measure was any indication there's not much support from locals, either.

Don't get me wrong... up in Spokane I get to ride brand-new, clean, comfortable buses (the oldest buses are about the same age as the TriMet 2000s and are MUCH better) that show up reliably and logically meet at the downtown transit center where riders can reasonably make connections. There are 60' buses for the crush load routes with free wifi. The operators are respected by virtually everyone and those who don't get to enjoy walking down streets that are comparable to Portland's NE/SE 82nd Ave.

I realize someone will probably try to tell me that Spokane Transit can do that because they serve as many people in a year as TriMet does in a month and has a much lower transit mode share... hogwash. TriMet SHOULD be a system we're all proud of. TriMet SHOULD have the best public transit revenue service (but they don't). TriMet SHOULD treat the general public with the same regard as other cities. TriMet management SHOULD NOT be declaring war against those who actually provide service. TriMet SHOULD have an elected board and a Citizen Advisory Committee that actually represent the people, not wealthy corporate types who want transit to suck.

I've ranted enough (and this isn't even my blog). Thanks for reading.

Bronx tour bus crash kills at least 14 people after bus slams into pole and is split open

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2OR5lbzzIi8

GOT NO IDEA

http://iezj9.aip.mountaingrass.net/R

KOCH BROTHERS STANDARD TIME

UH OH!

Japan's top government spokesman said a partial meltdown was likely under way Saturday at a nuclear reactor.
Cooling systems have failed in three nuclear reactors at the same plant along Japan's northeast coast, following Friday's powerful earthquake and tsunami. Authorities have evacuated some 210,000 people within 12 miles of the plant, located 170 miles northeast of Tokyo.

I WONDER WHY THE MEDIA IN THIS COUNTRY WON'T COVER THIS?

http://english.aljazeera.net/indepth/features/2011/03/201138152955897442.html

AMERICA GOING DOWN THE DRAIN.....FAST

http://www.truth-out.org/fromma-harrop-so-you-thought-health-care-was-fixed66060

AMERICANS PLAYED FOR SUCKERS

Based on a recent Forbes survey, Rachel Maddow revealed that while Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker is stripping away the financial security of workers, the Koch brothers increased their wealth by $9 billion last year. Together, Maddow notes, they would rank as the fourth-wealthiest person ($44 billion) in the world.
Meanwhile, the Koch brothers and Karl Rove, among others, are using front organizations to pit working people, who are being exploited, against unions. It's the ultimate in class warfare: make the working class fight each other over an increasingly smaller piece of the financial pie, as the super wealthy run off with the bakery.
That's why ads in Wisconsin - and stories on Fox - are trying to get Wal-Mart low-wage workers to resent that union members receive better benefits, which of course - on a logical level - reinforces to many of us exactly why unions are needed: to prevent the impoverishment of people who labor for a living.
What's not mentioned in these ads, or the right-wing media echo chamber, is why the government is subsidizing the wealthy who don't pay their fair share.
Scapegoating union members while the outlandishly rich just get richer is a gross injustice. There is a price to be paid for democracy, and the Koch brothers - and all the corporations that pay little or no taxes, as well as individuals - should ante up for what this nation has offered them.

Why the "Lazy Jobless" Myth Persists

The idea is that unemployment has nothing to do with structural economic forces or rigged public policies and everything to do with individual motivation. Yes, we're asked to believe that the 15 million jobless Americans are all George Costanzas -- parasitic loafers occasionally pretending to seek work as latex salesmen, but really just aiming to decompress on a refrigerator-equipped recliner during a lifelong Summer of George.

http://www.truth-out.org/why-lazy-jobless-myth-persists66059 

Unions are scapegoat for politicians' poor choices

CLICK HERE!

LATEST WISCONSIN NEWS

http://warinwisconsin.blogspot.com/2011/03/latest-wisconsin-news.html

Goon-Squad Politics: How the Wisc. GOP Trampled Democracy to Appease Their Wealthy Backers

http://themancommon.blogspot.com/2011/03/goon-squad-politics-how-wisc-gop.html

New comment seen on TriMet Diaries


Hate & Ignorance Come to Orange County

FDR and public union collective bargaining

http://oldtownperspective.blogspot.com/2011/03/fdr-and-public-union-collective.html

Portlanders aren't ready for democracy - City Hall cover-up - Hayden Island

A Perspective of Portland, Oregon

America the land of "equal" opportunity, yea right

http://economix.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/03/11/5-unemployed-for-every-job-opening/

HIGHLIGHTS FROM TRIMET EXECUTIVE BOARD OFFICERS REPORTS


1-Two Union officers have filed complaints about part timers getting work that was supposed to go to full timers. Although Jon Hunt says there is no threat to the part time 3 day program, after reading the labor press I find that hard to believe. I personally am against the “rich get richer” as public policy.

2-Lots of people getting in trouble with the Reed group and time loss issues. Trimet puts the responsibility on operators to keep track of all their vacation, sick, femla leave. Operator’s errors in this area are leading to terminations due to time loss.  I dealt with Reed Group briefly; their process is slow and cumbersome. Trimet is no help, basically useless to you. Watch your time loss and check constantly for mistakes.

3-Trimet operators are getting tickets and discipline for every single infraction on the road. WATCH YOURSELF OUT THERE! Bus operators worldwide are being attacked at every opportunity, and that includes us.

4- Trimet, the agency that is pushing safety as a ‘culture’, continues to ignore the safety issues surrounding the type 4 trains. At TRIMET everything that happens out here is the OPERATORS FAULT.
The management takes no responsibility, even when they ignore safety issues brought to their attention. David Sale, Robert Butler, and plenty others know what I am talking about.

5-TRIMET policy regarding disciplinary procedures is to settle nothing except through arbitration.
“Don’t settle anything with the union” is official policy.

6-If you file workers comp, you will be investigated. Some of the questions will have nothing to do with your injury. The investigator is basically trying to trip you up. Stick to the facts and answer in brevity.  The less information you need to give up the better. (That applies to everything actually)

TYRANNY AT TRIMET

TIME FOR AN ELECTED TRANSIT BOARD?

It's way past that time!

PAY UP CORPORATE TAX DODGERS

Click Here For The Full Story

UNIONS FRAME COLLECTIVE BARGAINING AS CIVIL RIGHTS ISSUE


Click here for full story

COPS GET GOOD CONTRACT

http://www.portlandmercury.com/portland/breaking-the-bank/Content?oid=3628545

ATU LAWYER DEFINES RIGHT TO STRIKE


Friday, March 11, 2011

A CALL FOR A NATIONWIDE STIKE

http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=147739558619715

Right idea, we need this very badly, but Americans live in fear, especially of losing their jobs and ending  up on skid row.

Must See Chart: This Is What Class War Looks Like

http://jackdean.posterous.com/must-see-chart-this-is-what-class-war-looks-l

FUCK YA TRIMET

http://fuckyeahnouns.com/trimet

Violence is Part of the Job, Say 14-Mission Drivers

http://missionlocal.org/2011/02/bus-drivers-on-the-14-mission-say-violence-is-part-of-the-job/

World wide movement against bus drivers

http://www.liverpoolecho.co.uk/views/our-view/2011/02/23/how-not-to-drive-a-bus-100252-28217178/

THE GREEKS KNOW HOW TO PROTEST AGAINST THE ELITE

http://www.aolnews.com/2011/02/23/greek-riot-police-clash-with-protesters-as-strike-turns-violent/

http://info-wars.org/2011/02/24/i-wont-pay-movement-spreads-across-greece/

In Europe, the citizens are smart enough to know the government lies.
Americans are too stupid to figure it out, hence we end up with Scott Walker of Wisconsin.

AC transit buses get police escorts

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/incontracosta/detail?entry_id=83714

Helsinki bus drivers want more police!

http://www.yle.fi/uutiset/news/2011/02/bus_drivers_want_mobile_guards_2390234.html

The History of Tunneling in Portland

http://mildpdf.com/result-portland-eastside-tunnel.html

BUS DRIVER ABUSE

CAR ENDS UP ON SIDE AT FREEWAY ON RAMP NW GLISAN ST

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SG0hrd_e7Y

Bus service in Asotria cut and fares raised...just like here

http://www.dailyastorian.com/news/free/bus-services-cut-fares-to-go-up/article_98f56c1c-4b4d-11e0-b259-001cc4c002e0.html

War wages on against transit workers

Better be careful out there, everybody is watching!

http://www.torontosun.com/news/canada/2011/03/11/17576351.html

Robber Barons, Revolution, and Social Control

http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=23639

Kitty is having a hissy fit!

http://hissingkitty.com/complaints/trimet-bus-service-rude-bus-driver/

LATEST WISCONSIN NEWS

http://warinwisconsin.blogspot.com/

Alert to All ATU Members

Going Back to TRUE Union Values-Chris Day

RIGHT WINGERS WAGE VICIOUS ATTACKS ON WORKING MEN AND WOMAN OF AMERICA

“On this day, it behooves us to remember the words of Martin Niemoller:
‘First they came for the communists,’ he wrote, ‘and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a trade unionist. Then they came for the Jews, and I didn't speak out because I wasn't a Jew. Then they came for me and there was no one left to speak out for me.’
I am a trade unionist, and yesterday in Wisconsin, they came for me. They came for you. They came for every working person in America, and their intent could not be more clear.”

The link below is a list of all the states currently outlawing unions
 http://www.box.net/shared/zdgqx8j6ht

BUS DRIVER INVOLVED IN DISPUTE IN MEDFORD

Bus driver will fight for his flag

CHRIS DAY RESPONDS TO JON HUNT

Brother Hunt,
            I am in receipt of some emails that have informed me of an email you sent them. It states:
Brother Day,

If the people who signed their names don’t agree with your charges against Sister Fox why did they sign their names? Did you not show them the charges? What were they signing their names for if not to express their opinion that the charges have enough validity that they should be aired in a meeting, in public?  Are you saying Sister Fox has no right to know who is accusing her? That is such a basic tenant of justice that I cannot understand your position. Nothing in the constitution says that people can be brought up on charges on the basis of secret signatures. And yes, you can’t control where that information goes once the charges are published. Neither can I. As you noted, only four other signatures besides your signature are necessary. If anyone is uncomfortable with having their name associated with these allegations then they need to remove their name. I suggest you talk to folks and reduce your list to four besides yourself. You still have time to do this. Again, let me know your decision.

xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx  states “OK, then you can remove my name if you only need 4.”

            I am unclear of your intentions of sending this communication to members. Currently I perceive this as a form of intimidation to get members to withdraw their names from the filing. To assure members that they are welcome to sign or withdraw their signatures I have posted your email message on my blog site. This will allow members to free come forward to who they feel comfortable with and perform the action they feel best. I do want to assure the Chris Wubbenhorst name is withdrawn from any and all filings I have submitted.

            Learning of your actions I am checking with members that request to remain named on the filing and advising them to be prepared for more retaliation. If they do not feel comfortable with keeping their names on the filing I will request their names to be removed. I will be addressing your questions that you posed and will have some for you as well. For now I want to make it clear to you that as long as I have the allotted number of signatures for this to move forward, I want it to move forward. If there is any changes on my filing I am to be advised immediately and given the opportunity to make sure the filing stays intact.


Trying to cut a fare deal with Trimet

http://streetroots.wordpress.com/2011/03/11/trying-to-cut-a-fare-deal-with-trimet/

TriMet's bizarro fare enforcement policy

http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/03/trimets_bizarro.html

8.9 EARTHQUAKE IN JAPAN


Video of cars, ships wrecked by tsunami waves after Japan earthquake
Video of mad tsunami waves battering ships, homes, cars after Japan earthquake
Moment of Japan earthquake caught on cameras triggering 10m tsunami
Hundreds killed by massive Japan quake
Massive Whirlpool After Japan Quake !
Japan Earthquake 8.9 Tsunami hits (11 March 2011)
YouTube - japan earthquake
TV9 - JAPAN EARTHQUAKE : MAJOR TSUNAMI DAMAGES AIRPORTS & INFRASTRUCTURES
Oil refinery ablaze after devastating Japan earthquake , tsunami
2011年3月11日 東北地方太平洋沖地震 発生時
3月11日地震 東京都スーパー店内の様子
Earthquake Tokyo 2011.03.11
Tokyo Earthquake, main quake as it happened 2011/03/11 ~15:00 local
Tokyo earthquake AS IT HAPPENED 3/11/11
Japan 8.8 earthquake and tsunami - March 11th 2011
Japan Earthquake: Large fire at Odaiba port in Japan

MORE VIDEO HERE!

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Pickup driver arrested after joyride along Southwest Portland MAX tracks ends in crash

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/03/pickup_driver_arrested_after_j.html

Uprising in Wisconsin

http://www.youtube.com/user/transportworker#p/a/u/1/pqHnsqgRTvg

I could get fired if I took this little video

Trimet weirdos

Seattle Transit beer

Left to right top row: Chad Solomon, Al Margulies, Jeff Welch, Matt Loar
Left to right bottom:Adron Hall, Max  Campos, Michael Anderson, Dave Stubblefield

Fare jumping

http://portlandafoot.org/w/Fare_jumping#Declining_enforcement

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT RESPONDS TO CHRIS DAY

Brother Day,

If the people who signed their names don’t agree with your charges against Sister Fox why did they sign their names? Did you not show them the charges? What were they signing their names for if not to express their opinion that the charges have enough validity that they should be aired in a meeting, in public?  Are you saying Sister Fox has no right to know who is accusing her? That is such a basic tenant of justice that I cannot understand your position. Nothing in the constitution says that people can be brought up on charges on the basis of secret signatures. And yes, you can’t control where that information goes once the charges are published. Neither can I. As you noted, only four other signatures besides your signature are necessary. If anyone is uncomfortable with having their name associated with these allegations then they need to remove their name. I suggest you talk to folks and reduce your list to four besides yourself. You still have time to do this. Again, let me know your decision.

Fraternally,

Jon Hunt
President

Crime on TriMet

http://portlandafoot.org/w/Crime_on_TriMet

Gas prices straining mass transit

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=7358924n

Transit district sues investment firm

http://www.pionline.com/article/20110309/DAILYREG/110309903

"BRT creep" makes bus rapid transit inferior to rail

http://greatergreaterwashington.org/post/9600/brt-creep-makes-bus-rapid-transit-inferior-to-rail/

Amtrak train vs. AC Transit bus

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzW-JpsOhxw

ATU 757

ATU 757 Members:
I read Neil McFarlane's communication to TriMet members titled "Connecting the Dots." In his communication, McFarlane preached the ago-old party line that separate pots of money can only be used for certain things.
For example, McFarlane claims he has enough money to pay for the Portland-Milwaukee Light Rail Line, he just doesn't have enough to pay wages and benefits to operate the service, unless of course, employees are willing to take less. Beginning to sound like what's going on in Wisconsin and Ohio?
Ask yourself. If TriMet bought buses, signed a contract and then stopped paying the agreed upon terms claiming they had less money than they had budgeted for, what do you think the bus manufacturer would do? What if TriMet contracted with a company to build light rail and the contractor halted the construction claiming they bid the job too low, what do you think TriMet would do?
The contract dispute between TriMet and the Union is no different! TriMet signed a contract with its unionized employees. Contract disputes for transit workers in Oregon are covered by state law which provides a legal and mandatory process those parties to a contract are bound to comply with. TriMet refused to comply with that process, and unilaterally and unlawfully imposed changes to the party's contract. What did the Union do? It filed an unfair labor practice complaint with the Oregon Employment Relations Board.
Remember, Neil McFarlane told union officials in a face-to-face meeting that had the Union not exercised its legal right to file an unfair labor practice complaint, he (McFarlane) would not have implemented the contract change. So, instead, McFarlane violated the law and is now asking employees to accept it.
Just like TriMet and its contractors would not accept a breach of contract, neither should the employees accept a breach of their labor contract. This so-called "bridge agreement" that McFarlane wants employees to accept represents a double-edged sword. He wants employees to accept huge concessions now to obtain an agreement, and then immediately submit the contract to an arbitrator from whom they will seek more concessions. Does that seem like a good thing for the employees?
TriMet needs to rescind its unlawful implementation, and return to the bargaining table in an attempt to resolve the dispute. If an agreement can't be reached, the dispute then moves forward to arbitration as required by law. The arbitrator will then decide on the terms of a new agreement. That is what the law requires. The Union has always agreed to follow and abide by the legal process. Now, it is time for TriMet to do the same!
And for anyone who believes Neil McFarlane when he tells you that the money TriMet saves from making you pay more for health insurance and take less in wages will not help fund light rail, maybe you don't remember or weren't here in 1985 when union employees took a five percent wage rollback to pay for the Westside light rail. And by the way, when the unionized workers suffered that five percent wage rollback in 1985. management received a ten percent wage increase several months later.
Fraternally,
Jonathan J. Hunt
President - Business Representative

Connecting the Dots
http://atu757.net/bridge proposal.htm
http://atu757.net/Connecting the Dots.htm
http://portlandafoot.org/2010/10/trimet-orange-line-may-require-another-20-million-from-future-operations/

International Is Watching

Yesterday I received a letter from International (Click Here to see) commenting about the first letter I had mailed to them. This tells me that our International is watching.

http://betrueunion.blogspot.com/2011/03/international-is-watching.html 

Naomi Klein on Anti-Union Bills and Shock Doctrine American-Style: "This is a Frontal Assault on Democracy, a Corporate Coup D’Etat"

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/9/naomi_klein_on_anti_union_bills

Outrage in Wisconsin: Thousands Flood Capitol After GOP Strips Public Workers of Bargaining Rights in Surprise Senate Vote

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/3/10/outrage_in_wisconsin_thousands_flood_capitol

Ellen Fox’s Stories

            I am sure Ellen will continue with these stories and more. Until she can produce documentation that supports her stories I will consider them as Libel and Slanderous. Ellen is showing qualities of one who would make an excellent FOX News broadcaster.

Going back to true union values-Chris Day

ATU PLANS NEXT PICKET

City council strikes stand against LO-Portland streetcar line

Citizen engineer proposes better (and cheaper) fix for Portland buses

http://www.adafruit.com/blog/2011/03/09/citizen-engineer-proposes-better-and-cheaper-fix-for-portland-buses/

Tri-Met runs that bus down there just to suck up taxes. That's a ripoff that ought to stop.

Jack Bogdanski
Concerns raised over some of Hello LO's comments
Transit project numbers are nearly split

THIS IS CLASS WAR




CLICK HERE TO WATCH

REPUBLICANS GONE WILD.... SEIZING UNLIMITED POWER IN MICHIGAN AND WISCONSIN

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

BIASED OR DISTORTED NEWS ON THE AIRWAVES.....

File a complaint with the FCC....CLICK HERE

PICKET IN SALEM

BORING WANTS OUT

“We at TriMet freely admit we’ve taken our eye off the ball on this,” Mills said. 

http://sandypost.com/news/story.php?story_id=129963623225840200 

ATU Local 757 Vice President Sam Schwarz interviewed by KPTV

Slugging — The People’s Transit

http://www.miller-mccune.com/culture-society/slugging-the-peoples-transit-28068/

TRIMET (mis)MANAGEMENT USING UNDERHANDED METHODS AGAINST UNION MEMBERS

Take TriMet to the Zoo!

Zoo Offers Discount for TriMet Passengers | KPTV

New 9-11 footage

A Perspective of Portland, Oregon

SOME DELUDED PEOPLE ACTUALLY THINK THAT DRIVING A TRANSIT BUS IS A 'CUSHY' JOB

Here is just a tiny sample of the sort of things that can happen to a transit bus operator in his/her "cushy job" This post is a comment at Portland Transport.


There is no shortage of ignorance encountered on the blogs, but the idea that driving a transit bus is “cushy” is really beyond the pale in terms of ignorance.



Latin America’s Bus Rapid Transit

http://thecityfix.com/latin-americas-bus-rapid-transit-boom-offers-lessons-for-the-u-s/
Cigarette-butt bandit crashing TriMet fare machines, officials say

Portland Going Nowhere-Ethan Epstein

TRIMET NEWS REPORTS

MARCH 7

MARCH 7 from al m on Vimeo.

Fred Reed

These bureaucracies, like gunch plugging a coronary artery, like filth occluding a drain, get thicker and denser with time. The problems they were supposed to solve go away, but the bureaucrats remain, and hire more equally pointless crats so they can feel important, and the forms we have to fill multiply, and the administrative burden grows, and money and business leave the country.

http://www.fredoneverything.net/Clot.shtml 

FOR THE LATEST BUS NEWS

CLICK HERE!

GERMANS HAVE HAD ENOUGH NOW!

http://www.spiegel.de/international/business/0,1518,749549,00.html

Monday, March 7, 2011

Reversal of fortune in Wisconsin

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/07/6210669-reversal-of-fortune-in-wisconsin

900 BUS DRIVERS FIRED

http://www.iol.co.za/business/business-news/samwu-to-challenge-900-dismissals-1.1037419

PORTLAND-THE ENVY OF THE WORLD (sic)

http://seattletransitblog.com/2011/03/07/mcginn-tours-portlands-transit-system/

RON PAUL

The costs of trying to run the world are unsustainable, and we simply don't have the money. Morally, it is inexcusable for the US to pick sides in such conflicts overseas, no matter how odious either side may be. Financially, it is no longer possible. The 2012 budget request from the administration for "international affairs," which is code for "foreign aid", is two and a half times larger than it was just nine years ago! As our economy shrinks at home, our obligations increase abroad. As our infrastructure crumbles at home, we continue to spend billions expanding infrastructure in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. If the interventionists have their way, no doubt we will be soon pay to reconstruct the infrastructure we destroy in a Libyan military operation. It does not take a genius to see that we are going broke, but Washington remains in denial and intent on business as usual. I fear that if we continue this way we may soon be out of business altogether.

http://www.thedailybell.com/1834/Ron-Paul-Buying-Friends-Creates-More-Enemies.html 

SO THESE PEOPLE, NONE OF WHOM ACTUALLY DRIVE A BUS OR TRAIN...WILL CHANGE THE CULURE HUH?

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TRIMET THROWS MONEY AWAY WITH IMPUNITY

Job posting for the Director of Safety position:
http://agency.governmentjobs.com/trimet/default.cfm?action=viewclassspec&classSpecID=765399&agency=1292&viewOnly=yes
Notice the salary range: $85,986.00 - $128,977.00 Annually

Now go back to Joe Rose's story about Saporta's hire, which is now updated with Mary Fetsch's quote on his salary:
"Saporta will be paid $155,00 annually. He begins work in late March."

So... that's an extra $26k/year they're paying this guy over what was listed as the top of the salary range.  What strings were pulled to make that deal happen? 

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This Time We’re Taking the Whole Planet With Us

Civilizations rise, decay and die. Time, as the ancient Greeks argued, for individuals and for states is cyclical. As societies become more complex they become inevitably more precarious. They become increasingly vulnerable. And as they begin to break down there is a strange retreat by a terrified and confused population from reality, an inability to acknowledge the self-evident fragility and impending collapse. The elites at the end speak in phrases and jargon that do not correlate to reality. They retreat into isolated compounds, whether at the court at Versailles, the Forbidden City or modern palatial estates. The elites indulge in unchecked hedonism, the accumulation of vaster wealth and extravagant consumption. They are deaf to the suffering of the masses who are repressed with greater and greater ferocity. Resources are more ruthlessly depleted until they are exhausted. And then the hollowed-out edifice collapses. The Roman and Sumerian empires fell this way. The Mayan elites, after clearing their forests and polluting their streams with silt and acids, retreated backward into primitivism. 

http://www.truthdig.com/report/item/this_time_were_taking_the_whole_planet_with_us_20110307/
u will like this 1...some passenger thot Rico had been smoking weed so they sent the supervisor to btc to check him out!...wut a bunch of idiots! haha..

A recommendation being overlooked?

A quick observation about today’s announcement by TriMet that they’re creating a new citizens’ safety committee: TriMet says the the new committee was a recommendation of last year’s safety task force. This isn’t true.

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/03/a-recommendation-being-overlooked/