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Sunday, March 27, 2011

PUNKRAWKER

Bus AD Fail

What Does a 'Sustainable Community' Actually Look Like?

Like THIS, supposedly anyway.

TRUTH IN ADVERTISING....BUT NOT FOR THE NEWS

Click here for the story

HIPSTERS RIDING TRIMET-(relax fascists, not mine, gotta put this in each time guess)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/chinapix/5565059430/

(Every citizen can take pictures like this, but since I work at Trimet, I can't! Makes sense huh!)

RALLY UP IN WASHINGTON STATE

WE ARE BROKE.....except for managers, coordinators, supervisors, assistants etc

SPECIALIST
EXECUTIVE
ASSISTANT
COORDINATOR
DIRECTOR
Manager
ADMINISTRATIVE SPECIALIST
YouTube - US west coast fears tsunami disaster:

FREIGHT TRAIN CREW KILLED BY FREIGHT TRAIN

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2011/03/freight_train_hits_crew_shuttle_at_longview_wash_killing_three.html

NO PROOFREADING AT TRIMET


ATU 757 ARBITRATION LIST

http://www.atu757.org/arbcorrespondence030711.pdf

WES and Wilsonville

CLICK HERE!

TriMet's old 2400s

CLICK HERE!

TriMet: Making a Difference - Liza Mitzel: Bus Operator Extraordinaire

http://trimet.org/difference/liza.htm

SOME BLASTS FROM THE PAST BROUGHT BACK FOR PUBLIC VIEWING

http://rantingsblasts.blogspot.com/2011/03/updated-march-27.html

LIAR IN CHIEF

COUPLE OF INSERVICE SUPERVISORS CAUGHT BY GOOGLE....haha,,,not me fascists!

http://maps.google.com/maps?layer=c&cbll=45.522583,-122.675409&panoid=Xh-TXWIbvav9uObf_9d07Q&cbp=12,271.73,,3,3.28&z=16

US Uncut Ohio Visits Verizon March 26th

US UNCUT DC

Man accused of groping Bieber bus driver after putting bag over her head

http://pottsmerc.com/articles/2011/03/27/news/srv0000011255770.txt

ODE TO THE MAX, FROM BOJACK

The Max Is Back in Town
Oh, the shark, babe, has such teeth, dear
And it shows them pearly white
But if you want scary, try a Max stop,
That's what's giving us a fright.

When that shark bites, with his teeth, babe
Scarlet billows start to spread
But the light rail and these street cars
Also put our budget in the red.

Now on the sidewalk … early mornin’
Lies a body just oozin' life …
And someone’s sneakin' ‘round the corner
Near a Max Stop with a knife.
Now … Jenny Diver … yeah..Sukey Tawdry
Ooh … John Q. Public and old Lucy Brown
Oh, the line forms on the right, babe
Yes, the Max is back in town.

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

London hosts largest protest since Iraq war as workers and public demonstrate against government spending cuts

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2011/mar/26/anti-cuts-march-swells-400000

RESPECTFUL WORKPLACE?

I find it very strange indeed that TRIMET  has the audacity to put forth the argument that conduct out of the workplace can create a disrespectful workplace.

A disrespectful workplace can only be in the workplace, no where else! 

How does my publishing an over the air radio transmission, which is perfectly legal, violate this:
Policy
It is TriMet’s policy that all employees be able to work in a productive, respectful atmosphere, free from harassment by co-workers, supervisors, managers, independent contractors, or other individuals. Harassment on the basis of gender, pregnancy, race, national origin, ethnicity, sexual orientation, religion, age, disability, gender identity, military/veteran status, political affiliation, or any other group protected by law is strictly prohibited under this policy. Retaliation on the basis of a complaint or report of harassment is also strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated.
Employee conduct on and off the job is expected to continuously comply with the requirements set forth in essential functions and selection criteria of the job description.

Moving Beyond Money

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sr7-Qbbrwyw

Billionaires Flourish, Inequalities Deepen as Economies "Recover"

According to the annual report of the business magazine Forbes there are 1,210 individuals – and in many cases family clans – with a net value of $1 billion dollars (or more). There total net worth is $4 trillion, 500 billion dollars, greater than the combined worth of 4 billion people in the world. The current concentration of wealth exceeds any previous period in history; from King Midas, the Maharajahs, and the Robber Barons to the recent Silicon Valley – Wall Street moguls of the present decade.

http://www.informationclearinghouse.info/article27766.htm 

Saturday, March 26, 2011

ALTHOUGH MACFARLANE AND TRIMET HAS GONE PYSCO OVER SAFETY-THIS CHART PROVES BUS TRANSPORTATION IS SAFE

http://nats.sct.gob.mx/nats/sys/tables.jsp?i=3&id=12

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION RIDERSHIP REPORT

http://www.apta.com/resources/statistics/Documents/Ridership/2010_q4_ridership_APTA.pdf

23Share Honolulu Transit Chair Says He Has Serious 'Concerns' About Rail

Too bad the Portland people can't stand up like the man in Honolulu.

http://www.civilbeat.com/articles/2011/03/23/9830-honolulu-transit-chair-says-he-has-serious-concerns-about-rail/

Third MAX line stabbing reported in 5 days

http://www.kgw.com/news/local/Man-stabbed-on-Eastside-MAX-train-platform-118715429.html

Should The Government Stop Dumping Money Into A Giant Hole?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnX-D4kkPOQ&feature=player_embedded

Macfarlane gets booted out of this event-here is what he says about it

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/macfarlane-gets-booted-out-of-this-event-here-is-what-he-says-about-it

OPAL BEGINS ORGANIZING FOR BUS PROJECT!

http://hosted.verticalresponse.com/671428/17f6320f0d/1527506891/0112740493/

OUR TAXES GOING TO MAKE RICH DEVELOPERS EVEN RICHER...AMERIKA

Yet the project is unlike any in the United States, in both price and ambition, to link a big city and suburb by streetcar. As Portland and Lake Oswego leaders prepare to endorse the project, it remains steeped in unanswered questions: Does privileged Lake Oswego need a streetcar line to Portland? Should a publicly funded transit project be so closely tied to benefiting developers?

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

BUS RIDERS GET WHACKED HARD IN LA

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-bus-cuts-20110325,0,2110781.story

PEGGY HANSON QUITS AT JEFFERSON COUNTY-HEADS TO DC TO EXPLORE OTHER OPPORTUNITES

http://www.ptleader.com/main.asp?Search=1&ArticleID=28890&SectionID=36&SubSectionID=55&S=1
http://www.ptleader.com/main.asp?SectionID=36&SubSectionID=55&ArticleID=28921

TRANSIT "NERD" CONFERENCE IN SAN FRANCISCO

http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/blogs/transportation/detail?entry_id=85745

LETTER TO THE EDITOR IN CANADA THAT IS RELEVANT EVERYWHERE

I would suggest that, before any members of the transit commission be allowed to make decision on transit routes, they should make a commitment that they and their families will only use OC Transpo for business and personal transportation for at least two months.
In addition, OC Transpo boss Alain Mercier and all his senior officials who contribute their advice to the routes and usage, should also make the same commitments.
Only when the people and their families have experienced the same trials and tribulations as regular OC Transpo users can they make informed decisions about what is needed by those users across the city.

WISCONSIN FASCISTS WANT TO IGNORE THE COURTS!

http://www.sfexaminer.com/news/2011/03/wisconsin-union-law-published-despite-court-order-0

Demonstrations across U.S. express solidarity with Wisconsin protesters

Slide show here!

All eyes are on Wisconsin

The GOP agenda, “we want to do whatever is necessary to keep our money, make more money and protect it from taxes, and any other responsibilities such as paying workers fair wages, providing health benefits and safe working conditions. And then we want to protect OUR rights (money) by being allowed to fire workers, when it doesn’t benefit us for any reason that we want (right to work laws).

http://milwaukeecourieronline.com/index.php/2011/03/26/all-eyes-are-on-wisconsin/ 

Walker Sued by Wisconsin Unions as Law ‘Published’ in Defiance of Court

http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2011-03-26/wisconsin-s-walker-sued-by-unions-as-labor-law-published-1-.html

PDX UNCUT PICKET AT MILWAUKIE BANK OF AMERICA BRANCH

PDX UNCUT Picket was held at the Bank of America Branch on SE McLoughlin on Saturday March 26.  I forgot to charge the batteries in the camera, so I only got a couple of pix.  For more information on the US UNCUT movement go to the website http://usuncut.org

BRITS DON'T MESS AROUND!

Protesters break into bank, clash with cops as London march turns violent

Video of thousands in London protest march as paint bombs, flares fly

Out in Force: 300,000 to march in London anti-cuts protest

SOME PRANK HUH?

Noxious school- bus prank ends with shooting threat, panicked students

Sting Puts Brake on 11 Bus Drivers

(couldn't happen here could it?)

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748704517404576223090686590766.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

TRANSIT BUS KILLS DELIVERY MAN IN NY

http://www.nydailynews.com/ny_local/2011/03/26/2011-03-26_city_bus_fatally_strikes_biker.html

IN SERVICE FILM---(stay calm fascists, not my stuff)

Trimet WES Commuter Rail (Portland, OR)
Trimet WES Commuter Rail (Portland, OR)
Trimet WES Commuter Rail (Portland, OR)
Trimet WES Commuter Rail (Portland, OR)
Trimet WES Commuter Rail (Portland, OR)
Portland Streetcar (Portland, OR)
Portland Streetcar (Portland, OR)
Portland Streetcar (Portland, OR)
Portland Streetcar (Portland, OR)
Portland Streetcar (Portland, OR)
Portland Streetcar 1

TRIMET MARCH BOARD MEETING

TRIMET BOARD OF DIRECTORS-MARCH 2012 from al m on Vimeo.

(aka sock puppets meeting)
A 2LonelyGuys Production

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 25

MARCH 25 from al m on Vimeo.

TOM CHAMBERLAIN TALKS WITH JON HUNT

LYN LERBACH-THE VOICE OF SANITY ON THE TRIMET BOARD

Portland flunks disability standards in the transit mall

DARLA STURDY

LIGHT RAIL ELECTRIFICATION-traction power simulation in Portland

http://viewer.zoho.com/api/urlview.do?url=http://trb.org/publications/circulars/ec058/14_05_Porter.pdf

Oregon Rail Heritage group gets more funding for historic-trains center

http://www.bizjournals.com/portland/news/2011/03/25/historic-locomotives-closer-to-getting.html

Friday, March 25, 2011

MAC (the knife) FARLANE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-rzRqxytUvc
http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/03/your_questions_4.html

Ex Tri Met Flxible New Look # 361

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZtAzOGBCGE

TriMet Ticket Box 1

http://www.flickr.com/photos/bergek/5433642195/

TRIMET IN SERVICE MOVIE (not mine fascists!)

http://www.flickr.com/photos/theoldadventurer/5539936321/

Information Picket March 23, 2011

http://www.flickr.com/photos/atu757/sets/72157626335610274/

MEMBERS ONLY BLOG

IS BEING UPDATED EACH DAY THAT I AM AT WORK.
FYI

THE BULLSHIT KEEPS PILING UP AROUND HERE

THE BULLSHIT KEEPS PILING UP AROUND HERE from al m on Vimeo.

Here's something to laugh about...

http://oldtownperspective.blogspot.com/2011/03/it-is-amazing-what-amuses.html
http://bojack.org/2011/03/he_gets_more_like_bush_every_d.html

EXTEND BUS TRANSFER TIME AND GIVE YOUR EMPLOYEES A DECENT CONTRACT

EMAIL SENT TO ROBERT ROMO

ROBERT;

I cooperated with management about the video in question but was disciplined anyway.
If this is the case then why should I not put the video right back where it was.
You have no right to tell me what I can do with my personal stuff that was obtained on my personal time on my personal equipment and was obtained legally.

al margulies

2387

IF I HAVE TO ENDURE DISCIPLINE

THEN WHAT THE FUCK RIGHT DO TRIMET MANAGERS HAVE TO MAKE ME TAKE DOWN THE ORIGINAL VIDEO?


I'M CONTEMPLATING PUTTING IT BACK UP SINCE THEY HAVE NO RIGHT TO TELL ME WHAT TO DO ABOUT THIS NOW THAT I HAVE ACCEPTED THEIR DISCIPLINE!

ITS A BIG DAY IN THE UNION MOVEMENT

100th Anniversary of the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire
Labor Rights Legacy of the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire: Garment Unions Marched Out of this Fire and Produced the New Unionism
100 Years After Triangle Fire, Tragedy in Bangladesh and Anti-Union Bill in Wisconsin Highlight Workers’ Enduring Struggles

Okay, 3/26 is shaping up to be a big day, and Portland needs to represent!

http://usuncut.org/actions/146

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE

TriMet should spend more money on services

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.

http://www.psuvanguard.com/opinion/the-voice-of-trimet-1.2511180?MMode=true 

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 24

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 24 from al m on Vimeo.

FASCISTS CLEARLY IN CONTROL OF TRIMET NOW

These fascists continue to put forth the argument that capturing a dispatch communication, which is broadcast over open airwaves, which anyone can listen to and record from, is the same thing as me taking my personal video camera and walking around Trimet property on or off duty, taping people without permission!
This is complete bullshit and a flagrant bogus interpretation of my first letter of expectations!
I was never told that public domain material was off limits, as a matter of fact a former Trimet executive told me that what I was doing was perfectly within the limits of Trimet policy!

SIEG HEIL TRIMET, SIEG HEIL! 


The $134 million tax cut for Oregon’s wealthy that you probably haven’t heard of

http://www.blueoregon.com/2011/03/134-million-tax-cut-oregons-wealthy-you-probably-havent-heard/

LAHOOD FOLLOWS SAME SCRIPT ALL OVER THE COUNTRY

http://www.therepublic.com/view/story/d2670fec77e64a09972f8da132594dae/HI--Honolulu-Rail-LaHood/

TRANSIT EXECUTIVE GETTING RICH!

http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/politicsnorthwest/2014590406_sound_transit_boss_wins_6k_bon.html

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Jay Jackson rules for management! Considering he is a Trimet manager should I be surprised? HELL NO!

MICHAEL LEVINE SAYS THERE IS NO EQUITY AT TRIMET

RICK SAYS THEY ARE LISTENING? YOU BELIEVE HIM?

A Weighty Issue

http://trimetgooglealerts.blogspot.com/2011/03/weighty-issue.html

DAVID SALE INVITES BOARD MEMBERS TO EVENT AT COMEDY CLUB

JEFF ASCH

TRIMET NEEDS TO GET BACK TO BASICS

TRIMET IGNORES OAK GROVE COMMUNITY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_dAQq4hCrJw

THANKS NEIL MACFARLANE!

RETIREE ALBERT JONES

I DID ALL THAT I WAS TOLD TO

MAC (the knife)

Neil McFarlane "Round 2" Interview - Part 1 - Portland Transport
Neil McFarlane "Round 2" Interview - Part 2 - Portland Transport

http://portlandtransport.com/archives/2011/03/your_questions_2.html

TriMet helps nab suspected cigarette-butt bandit crashing fare machines

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

I'M NO FAN OF THE OREGON CATALYST-BUT SOMETIMES THEY MAKE A LOT OF SENSE!

Shell games with the Moody Avenue project in South Waterfront
Representative Wand: Multnomah County must use lottery dollars to create jobs

...the #6 heading south on MLK.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/goblinbox/5545883962/

TRI-MET BEFORE THEY BURNED THROUGH BILLIONS

http://www.stumptownblogger.com/2011/03/tri-met-before-they-burned-through-billions.html?cid=6a010536b86d36970c014e600cfaa1970c

STABBING ON THE MAX

DEMONSTRATORS AT TODAYS BOARD MEETING

March's Information Picket Outside the TriMet Board of Directors' Meeting


RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 23

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-MARCH 23 from al m on Vimeo.

TRIMET BOARD PLAYS GAMES WITH ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT

SAM SWARTZ SAYS TRIMET IGNORES MAX TYPE 4 SAFETY PROBLEMS

TRIMET OPERATOR RICK SOUND TALKS ABOUT BRIDGE INCIDENT

http://videos.oregonlive.com/oregonian/2011/03/rick_sound_the_trimet_driver_t.html

Tuesday, March 22, 2011

TRYING TO UNDERSTAND THE LIGHT RAIL FIXATION

The findings of this report have implications for value capture strategies that attempt to harness property value increases near transit to help offset the costs of transit investments, or to help finance other needed improvements along transit corridors. Due to the uneven nature of development patterns near transit and the need for strategic investments, the study suggests a corridor-level approach to value capture may be very useful because value created in a strong market locations can help fund needed improvements and enable development elsewhere in the corridor.

CLICK HERE!

SAFE? WHO'S UNSAFE?

DART Averages 3 Crashes a Day

Bus driver behind the wheel during a fatal wreck in New York speaks out

You think Sandi Day was traumatized?

http://www.whec.com/news/stories/S2028764.shtml?cat=566

Roundup of LaHood's visit to Portland

http://bikeportland.org/2011/03/22/roundup-of-lahoods-visit-to-portland-50035

MAX FAQs

Manual blocks and reverse traffic

Anti-lightrail Ads on Trimet Now?

http://www.oandc.com/media/entries/anti-lightrail-ads-trimet-now

STABBING ON MAX

TriMet : Stabbing Delays MAX Trains-KPTV
Stabbing reported on downtown MAX train-KATU

GREAT TRIMET STORIES

Only authorized members can view this video

http://trimetbusdispatch.blogspot.com/2011/03/great-trimet-stories.html

An Intro. to a Resource-Based Economy [ TEDx - Peter Joseph ]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4mkRFCtl2MI

Our buddy John Charles discusses light rail on Fox News

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sx9tJpBcWcE&feature=player_embedded

Trimet's bad faith offer

Alan Eisenberg

PORTLAND (not Trimet?) GETS MORE FEDERAL $$$$$$$$$$$!!!

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood also announced that Portland would receive another $10.2 million in federal transit system grants. The grants will supply buses and light-rail trains for the area.

“President Obama’s vision for winning the future by out-building and out-innovating the rest of the world is coming to life right here in Portland,” LaHood said. “The Department of Transportation’s ... grant award will reduce congestion, provide new pedestrian and bicycle opportunities, and provide streetcar service that will encourage economic development and connect residents with the city’s central business district.”

Very Strange statement, but the keywords are ENCOURAGE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT. Not provide transit that people need. Is there any actual evidence that there is real economic development happening as a result of all this? I don't see it, we still have one of the highest rates of unemployment in the country and more people on food stamps per capita.

Federal Transit Authority says face it: We're getting fatter, so Portland buses may get tighter

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/03/federal_transit_authority_says.html

A sharp-eyed TriMet bus operator apparently prevented a person from jumping off the Steel Bridge this morning.

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/03/trimet-always-looking-out-for-you/

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

A Brief History of the United States

Manufacturing jobs began flowing to Asia, first a trickle and then a torrent. Americans didn’t pay attention, not knowing exactly where Asia was. Anyway, those foreigners were comic little people with squinty eyes and ate with sticks. Who could take them seriously?
FRED REED HERE!

An Interview with Martín González from TriMet

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqevkp1Cias

Trimet linea west chido

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OLbd5ac0FqA

cyclotram

http://cyclotram.blogspot.com/2011/03/untitled-5th-oak.html

I would like to help clean up the transit venues in the Portland metro

http://getsatisfaction.com/foursquare/topics/trimet_in_portland_or

HOPE YOU DIDN'T GO TO THIS

Major transparency win at Supreme Court

http://pogo.ly/aBWPof

Bradley Manning Freedom Rally Portland Jail Cell direct action

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mt5a3uvD80U
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FuJqoLvFFWo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=m0DFyZ32mbw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lP4F6J_iqpA

Monday, March 21, 2011

MARCH 21

MARCH 21 from al m on Vimeo.

MUSIC SOOTHES THE SAVAGE BEAST AT 162ND MAX STOP!

Attack-survivor Metro driver from West Seattle returns to work

http://westseattleblog.com/2011/03/attack-survivor-metro-driver-from-west-seattle-returns-to-work

Blogwatch Alert: Public Employees Don’t Deserve Abuse (Bellevue Reporter)

http://pstransitoperators.wordpress.com/2011/03/21/blogwatch-alert-public-employees-dont-deserve-abuse-bellevue-reporter/

We are BROKE BROKE BROKE....

http://www.clackamasreview.com/news/story.php?story_id=130075061249549700

TriMet bus crash on 82nd Avenue in Clackamas injures 4 people

I'm sure a federal case is pending over another stupid mistake.

http://www.oregonlive.com/clackamascounty/index.ssf/2011/03/trimet_bus_line_six_crash_nort.html

$$$$$$$$$$$$$ EVERYWHERE-JUST NOT FOR BUSES AND PEOPLE

http://bikeportland.org/2011/03/21/4-million-lighting-project-complete-odot-re-opens-i-205-path-49994

Another TriMet Bungle

MaxRedline

DER SPEIGEL RUNS GI PHOTOS POSING WITH DEAD AFGHAN CIVILIANS

http://www.spiegel.de/fotostrecke/fotostrecke-65981.html

Alan Eisenberg

Another Role for Buses in Civil Rights History

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/19/us/19birmingham.html?_r=1

Disasters are always good for making someone $$$$$$$$$

http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2011/03/21/buffett-sees-buying-opportunity-in-stricken-japan/

I SUBMIT MY FIRST SAFETY REQUEST ON LINE

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

You'll notice that they have at least gotten more accurate in the description of what these statistics actually show, not last month but this month last year. Not really helpful at all in my opinion.


The 7.6 million trips taken last month are down 2.9 percent from Feb 2010.  MAX and WES Commuter Rail trips increased, while all bus trip categories declined. Ridership figures below are compared to Feb 2010.
  • Weekday bus/MAX/WES trips were down 1.7 percent
  • Weekday bus trips declined 4.8 percent
  • Weekend bus trips were down 8.9 percent
  • Weekday MAX trips were up 3.4 percent
  • Weekend MAX trips were down 7.3 percent
Here are the real figures however, from last month to this month, ridership looks to be holding steady, on both bus and rail:

WHY I RIDE THE BUS by A.L. Venable - Ep 29

Latest game at Fukushima: Watch the smoke color

http://bojack.org/2011/03/latest_game_at_fukushima_watch.html

LOTS OF NEW TRIMET IN SERVICE VIDEOS (not made by me!)

http://www.youtube.com/user/UnitedAirlines53467

I have to go to Pioneer Square to get 67 schedules

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jV-nkQDe-mM

HOW DO YOU KNOW IF YOUR RICH

Q: How do you know if you are rich, middle class or poor in America?

A: When you go to work, if your name is on the building -- you’re rich; if your name is on an office door -- you’re middle class; if your name is on your shirt -- you're poor…and, if someone else’s name is on your hand-me-down work shirt.

Hahaha! TriMet, you liars! I read that news article and it said PORTLAND was #1 for transit, not TriMet alone!

http://trimetrider.blogspot.com/2011/03/hahaha-trimet-you-liars-i-read-that.html

Sunday, March 20, 2011

MAC(the knife)FARLANE BULLSHITS WHOEVER THIS GUY IS

http://blip.tv/file/4899239

Bill Maher: Governing With GOP 'Is Like Rooming With A Meth Addict'

http://tpmlivewire.talkingpointsmemo.com/2011/03/bill-maher-governing-with-gop-is-like-rooming-with-a-meth-addict.php

WHAT'S THIS ALL ABOUT ANYWAY?

I've gotten some information that tells me that the reason that this is being 'changed' is that Trimet will somehow be able to borrow against it.

If its true it sounds fishy.
It does sound like something Trimet would do however, given their history of "borrowing" against its own assets.

FROM TRINET RULES PAGE-ENFORCED EQUALLY? NO WAY!


What does it mean to “refrain from being photographed, recorded, or videotaped onboard while operating a vehicle”?

This means that you should not actively participate in the creation of an audio or video recording or photography shoot. Doing so is a distraction to safe operation of the vehicle. For this reason, TriMet does not allow members of the media to conduct interviews with an operator who is operating a vehicle in revenue service. It does not mean that customers are prohibited from photographing, recording or videotaping an operator. In fact, TriMet does not have the authority to prohibit a customer from recording an operator.

BUT WHAT ABOUT THIS?

http://blog.oregonlive.com/behindducksbeat/2010/11/oregon_fan_zone_max_driver_and.html

Thought for the day











"I think the level of casualties is secondary. I mean, it may sound like an odd thing to say, but all the great scholars who have studied American character have come to the conclusion that we are a warlike people and that we love war. . . . What we hate is not casualties but losing. And if the war goes well and if the American public has the conviction that we're being well--led and that our people are fighting well and that we're winning, I don't think casualties are going to be the issue. " -- Michael Ledeen AEI(American Enterprise Institute) Breakfast March 27, 2003

"People I've Seen On Public Transport" Tales Of Mere Existence

TEA PARTY

WHO'S LOOKING....belarus?

Who's Vandalizing TriMet Ticket Machines?

http://www.wweek.com/portland/blog-26664-whos_vandalizing_trimet_ticket_machines.html

Streetfilms series: Moving Beyond the Automobile features BRT

http://www.itdp.org/index.php/news/detail/streetfilms_series_moving_beyond_the_automobile_features_brt/

While America can't stop its boondoggles,(pocket liners) the rest of the world goes BRT

Buenos Aires new BRT line

Stupidity

The 89 bus today had a bad starter. That's once an hour service over there. The dispatchers wasted an hour by making a supervisor go to the scene to "confirm" the bad starter. A new bus was ordered.

They don't believe us, EVER!
 

DriveSafe.ly ® - The App to Stop Distracted Driving

http://www.drivesafe.ly/

LA-PORTLAND:FACING THE SAME ISSUES

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-3-20-metro-buses-20110320,0,6432780.story

LAHOOD COMING TO TOWN

RAY HARRIS-IRAQ VETERANS AGAINST THE WAR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ge9gpJ24X-Y

YESTERDAYS PEACE MARCH

BEST VIDEO HERE!

Protest downtown Portland 3/19/11




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SELF GLORIFICATION

http://gallery.bpsw.biz/v/public/20110319_017222.jpg.html

Legislated Dictatorship: Coming to a State Near You?

http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12498

A Tale of Two Americas: One America Lives on Greed; The Other America Barely Survives to Live

http://blog.buzzflash.com/node/12507

Saturday, March 19, 2011

First Group affiliates pay $4.3M settlement

http://news.cincinnati.com/article/20110317/BIZ01/103180324/First-Group-affiliates-pay-4-3M-settlement?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE

Concerns raised over some of Hello L.O.’s comments

http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=129977922505545600

Jeri Ellsworth video depecting the stupidity of Trimet management gets 20,000+ views!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y8EOPFpmxu8&feature=player_embedded

Oregon Coast must prepare for repeat of the Great Cascadia Earthquake of 1700 (links)

http://www.oregonlive.com/earthquakes/index.ssf/2011/03/cascadia_subduction_zone_earth.html

THE COMPLETE INSANITY OF THE MONETARY SYSTEM

Plan to support Japan pushes stock futures up

Reports Of “Harmless” Radiation Reaching California Are a Whitewash

http://www.infowars.com/reports-of-harmless-radiation-reaching-california-are-a-whitewash/

ALWAYS LUV ALEX ANSARY

Outside the Box TV covers the JTTF PROTEST 3-10-11

RESPONSE TO JAY JACKSONS REQUEST FOR MORE INFO

Hello Jay-

Appreciate your time and open mindedness in this procedure.
Here is the National Labor Relations board ruling.
Pay particular attention to this section please:

"The NLRB complaint also alleged that the company maintained overly-broad rules in its employee handbook regarding blogging, Internet posting, and communications between employees, and that it had illegally denied union representation to the employee during an investigatory interview shortly before the employee posted the negative comments on her Facebook page.

Under the terms of the settlement approved today by Hartford Regional Director Jonathan Kreisberg, the company agreed to revise its overly-broad rules to ensure that they do not improperly restrict employees from discussing their wages, hours and working conditions with co-workers and others while not at work, and that they would not discipline or discharge employees for engaging in such discussions. "

Original link to the NLRB:

http://www.nlrb.gov/news/settlement-reached-case-involving-discharge-facebook-comments

AP story about it:

http://rantingsofatrimetbusdriver.blogspot.com/2011/02/feds-settle-case-of-woman-fired-over.html

And here is the video itself, {NO PUBLIC VIEWING ALLOWED}

You will see the video is critical of Neil MacFarlane’s attempt to change our health care coverage. I am clearly using this video to illustrate our abusive working conditions, and discussions such as this are protected under the NLRB ruling. There was obviously no "intent" to create any sort of disrespectful workplace for the person whose voice is in that video

I also contend that Trimet's internet's rules are most definitely "overly broad" and need to be more specific in nature.

All the discussions and letters were about my PHYSICAL PRESENCE when filming at Trimet.
There was never any mention or hint that public domain material (such as over the air dispatch communications) were part of that agenda.

Anybody can listen and publish an over the air communication, whether it be police, fire, or Trimet.

How can I can I obtain "express permission" when I have no idea who it was on that dispatch call?

To this day I have no idea who that was.
Thanks for your consideration into this matter.
Al

MARCH 18

MARCH 18 from al m on Vimeo.

STEVE FUNG'S MOVIE OF THE WEEK!

MAX DANCING!-(not my videos Trimet, leave me alone!)




STEP 2 REPORT


As the meeting with Jay got going, it became apparent that he had been convinced that I had been “warned” to get express permission before “making” an audio or video recording of any Trimet employee.

I then endeavored to explain to him that “making” meant my physical presence at the workplace with my camera, on or off duty.  He was under the impression that “making” means using any visual or auditory file where ever it may appear, including public domain material.

I then attempted to explain that there had never been any discussion around my use of public domain material until the letter from Robert Romo, where he made the statement “that is incorrect”.
The first letter had absolutely no reference to public domain material, but Jay seemed to think that “making” means posting anything, weather I personally made it or not.
“I am responsible for anything I post on my blog” is what I remember him saying. And if I post anything that uses pictures etc without permission then I am violation of HR202. (I continue to believe that this is absolutely not legally enforceable but that will require a court action)

I also tried to reference the HR investigation, which clearly delineated “scope” of policy with its ultimate ruling.
 
A-Not on Trimet equipment
B-Not on company time.
C-Not protected information.
D-I did not represent myself as speaking for Trimet.

Jay was not interested in any of that.
We wrestled back and forth about these issues. By the end of the meeting it did appear that he had opened up his mind to my point of view. He requested further information, which I have sent to him
.
So we will see, Jeff Ackerson seemed to think it went as well as could be expected, and he thinks Jay is a good judge of facts.

Hopefully he will be right.

MAX FAQs

Rules, train orders, and more

Friday, March 18, 2011

JOE ROSE EXCELLENT COVERAGE OF TALKING BUS FIASCO

According to the $46,000 invoice sent to TriMet (PDF), $6,000 went to installation of the 10 paperback book-size gadgets. Despite running on red ink, TriMet also splurged on overnight shipping – $1,050.

Wait. TriMet waits nearly a year before deciding to test talking buses, but can't wait a few days for standard freight?


http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/03/trimets_talking_buses_a_review.html 

OFF TO HEARING

Off to find out if there is any sanity left at this organization with my STEP 2 grievance hearing.

Full report to follow!

ATU 757 PRESIDENT JON HUNT CALLS OUT MACFARLANE

GIVE BACK YOUR BENEFITS BECAUSE WE ARE BROKE

http://www.trimet.org/pm/getinvolved/index.htm#currentmeetings

OREGON BUS DRIVER FILES FREE SPEECH LAWSUIT

http://theworldlink.com/news/local/article_69034cbf-a48f-5f43-a4ce-419f0de1da4d.html

THIS COULD BE HERE!

This explains the "Trimet respects Civil Rights" stickers that we see on all the buses right now!

Judge issues temporary restraining order for Wisc. law

http://firstread.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2011/03/18/6294589-judge-issues-temporary-restraining-order-for-wisc-law

Nothing Left to Steal

The extent to which we value money depends on our degree of confidence in the economy. At first, as the economy starts to collapse, we start to hoard money, to make sure that we don’t run out. Then, as the economy continues to wither away, supply disruptions and price spikes cause some of us to suddenly realize that we might not be able to gain access to the things we need for much longer, never mind the cost, and that running out of money is not fatal whereas running out of food, fuel and other supplies certainly can be. And then we start cashing in our paper assets in exchange for physical commodities we think might be more useful. Shortly thereafter everyone realizes that the chips they are holding are not all that valuable any more. It is this realization, more than anything else, that renders the chips instantly worthless. [RC 2.0 p. 54-55]

http://cluborlov.blogspot.com/2011/03/nothing-left-to-steal.html 

Ralph Nader and Daniel Ellsberg: We Need to See Courage and Mobilization Here as Well as the Middle East

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/3/18/nader_and_ellsberg

Crime on TriMet

http://portlandafoot.org/w/Crime_on_TriMet

A streetcar trestle was once part of an iconic Portland Heights scene

The cable car endeavor began as a real estate sales strategy -- the reason many streetcar lines were built.

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

TRIMET GENERAL MANAGER LOSES HIS MIND-don't look at me, I didn't make this video!

LOTS OF GREAT TRIMET VIDEOS HERE-i'm prohibited from doing this sort of thing

http://www.youtube.com/user/cartographer1977#p/u

DUDE ON CRACK DANCING ON MAX-lucky it wasn't me filming cause I would be FIRED!


MARCH 17

MARCH 17 from al m on Vimeo.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

Tricks and truths on TriMet’s budget

McFarlane’s says "the Portland-Milwaukie Light Rail Project is not competing for funds with wages." Sorry, but that’s flatly false

http://portlandafoot.org/2011/03/tricks-and-truths-on-trimets-budget/

International Bus Driver Appreciation Day is Friday

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/03/international_bus_driver_appre.html

Um... Is an Executive of a TriMet Contractor Leaving Crazy, Sexist YouTube Comments?

MERCURY

Union-Busting Kochsucker Scott Walker New GOP Favorite For 2012

http://wonkette.com/440885/union-busting-kochsucker-scott-walker-new-gop-favorite-for-2012-nomination

TRIMET BOARD MEMBERS QUESTION EXPANSION PLANS

ATU 757 NEWS

At the April 4, 2011 Charter meeting and continuation meetings, ATU members will consider whether charges preferred against Sister Ellen Fox are worthy of being further entertained and considered.

http://www.atu757.org/

MESS AT ATU 757

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Feds investigating LA bus rider bias complaint

http://www.mercurynews.com/breaking-news/ci_17625175?nclick_check=1

Transit Agencies Rebuffed On Request for More Funds

http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052748703566504576202924273668518.html?mod=googlenews_wsj

‘It is patently silly public policy’

http://www.lakeoswegoreview.com/opinion/story.php?story_id=130037930868145300

Is Rush Limbaugh mocking refugees in Japan or Diane Sawyer ... or both?

http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/showtracker/2011/03/rush-limbaugh-mocks-japan-refugees-or-diane-sawyer-or-both.html?cid=6a00d8341c630a53ef0147e344d029970b
Wisconsin Union Law Challenge Filed By Dane County District ...

WORLD WIDE DISASTER MAP!

http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php

PROOF THAT TRIMET MANAGEMENT DOES NOT SUPPORT FREE SPEECH

http://www.kxl.com/TriMet-Going-to-State-Supreme-Court/9421218

And they will use every resource at their command to fight against Freedom of Speech!