Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Sunday, March 6, 2011

MICHAEL MOORE'S TRIP TO MADISON

The scene in Madison is nothing like what they are showing you on TV or in the newspaper. First, you notice that the whole town is behind this. Yard signs and signs in store windows are everywhere supporting public workers. Click here for the full story.
NEWS ONLY AVAILABLE ON THE INTERNET: MICHAEL MOORE ON WISCONSIN

ELITE OF OHIO DESTROY PUBLIC UNIONS BRINGING BACK SERFDOM TO AMERICA

TRIMET YOUTUBES

Arriving on TriMet's MAX Red Line at PDX
Trimet and pedestrians
TriMet MAX at PDX
Arriving at SW Mill on TriMet's Yellow Line
TriMet's MAX Green Line and the Portland Streetcar at the corner of SW 5th Ave ...
Arriving at Gateway/NE 99th Transit Center on TriMet's Red Line
Arriving at Gateway/NE 99th Transit Center on TriMet's Green Line
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Boarding TriMet's MAX Red Line at PDX
Arriving at Clackamas Town Center on TriMet's Green Line
Boarding TriMet's MAX Yellow Line at NW Hoyt
Pilot of New Pedestrian Safety Feature
Bus Pushes into BIke Lane, Hillsdale, Portland, Oregon, USA
Walking from the NW Glisan MAX Station to Portland's Union Station
Transfering from MAX Yellow Line to MAX Red Line at Rose Quarter Transit Center
Transfering from MAX Blue Line to MAX Yellow Line at Rose Quarter Transit Center
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SHIT HAPPENS/FECAL MATTERS

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Amtrak shelters in Albany


Several of these shelters were installed along the Amtrak station platform in Albany.

There are six trains a day - two Cascades trains in each direction, and the Coast Starlight in each direction. Albany's station, in Fiscal Year 2010, served 38,359 passengers (both boarding and alighting) - that's just 18 passengers per train, per day - and nine of them are getting on the train, and nine of them getting off the train.

These shelters are in addition to the station itself (a fully enclosed, heated, air conditioned, and staffed station with restroom facilities, and several covered, outdoor areas as well.) Surely, nine passengers - even if they all have two people accompanying them, plus two people for the nine people who'll get off the bus (total of 45) can be easily accommodated within the station.

One of these shelters is nearly 400 feet south of the station. One more is over 500 feet north of the station.

Most Amtrak trains, at little used intermediate stations, only open one or two doors near the center of the train. Even in the case of the Coast Starlight in which a door must be opened in both the sleeper car and coach car sections, the passengers will still wait inside or near the station until the train has arrived. The total time to be exposed to rain is just a minute or two.

And the biggest problem...notice the difference in height between the platform and the concrete pad of the shelter. There's no ADA access to this shelter.

But what's remarkable is how ideal this design is for a bus stop. Plenty of shelter, room for a bench or two, a garbage can, and there's even a place to put a full schedule board - or in windy areas, glass wind/rain shields. For aesthetic purposes, the roof can be altered or have a "station sign" (like old trolley stops or train stations) that prominently identify the bus stop. The roof could be wood instead of metal, or even glass. Decorative lighting adds a nice element plus provides light for security; a loud speaker (in this case controlled by the station master) could be used to announce bus arrivals or play music - I once suggested that TriMet create some type of a radio station that would provide various announcements about the transit system. Of course, conventional Transit Tracker or NextBus signs would work just as well here.
Real U.S. unemployment rate may be 22.1 percent for February ...

America's union story: Blood, struggle and bargaining for good and bad

The country's first union, formed in 1794, ended in disaster. Philadelphia shoemakers, then called cordwainers, were earning barely enough to feed their families, so they went on strike demanding higher wages.
The state government responded by indicting the union, alleging criminal conspiracy, and bankrupting it. Though the trial wasn't documented -- historians have only shorthand notes from a young printer -- most reports say union members had to pay a fine ($8 each) and pick up the cost of the trial, both of which were devastating blows to the workers.
The experience scared Americans away from unionizing for decades, historians say.

http://us.cnn.com/2011/US/03/04/unions.history/index.html?hpt=Sbin

Golden Years?

Public pensions may be attracting the headlines, but the unraveling of private-sector pension security poses a much greater long-term challenge, even if it lacks a pyrotechnic confrontation to galvanize the media.

http://www.nationaljournal.com/columns/political-connections/pensions-at-risk-in-both-private-and-public-sectors-20110305

Sunday, March 6, 2011 Reader poll: Should Texas secede from the United States?

VOTE YES HERE CORRECTED
GET RID OF TEXAS!
Bitch I'm a Bus | Know Your Meme

MARCH 2-full

http://vimeo.com/20716041

Union Voices from Madison: "We Will Be Out Here Marching Until Justice is Served"

http://www.democracynow.org/blog/2011/2/25/union_voices_from_madison_we_will_be_out_here_marching_until_justice_is_served

PORTLAND SHOULD VOTE NO ON FEDERAL TERRORISM TAKS FORCE

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0xTX1FKY41M

MARCH 3-full

http://vimeo.com/20689769

MICHAEL MOORE AT WISCONSIN

John Kitzhaber makes lean union offer but says Oregon is no Wisconsin

CHRIS DAY RESPONDS TO JON HUNT

Hunt's Clarificaiton letter Part 1 - My Reply
Hunt's Clarification Letter Part 2 - My Reply
Hunt's Clarification Letter Part 3 - My Reply

U.S. Gets a Lesson From Developing Countries on Buses

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/03/07/business/global/07green.html?src=busln
Michael Moore thanks Wisconsin protesters, Trump compares him to Castro
The Wisconsin union fight isn't about benefits. It's about labor's influence.

AMERICA IS NOT BROKE

The 3 biggest lies of the decade: 1) Wisconsin is broke 2) There were weapons of mass destruction in Iraq 3) The Packers cannot win the Super Bowl without Farve

Rainbow Bridge

I would like to say thank-you to everyone that expressed their sorrow and condolences.Your support has lessened my grief and sadness at this moment.Time heals all wounds.

Steve


Rainbow Bridge

Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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