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Wednesday, May 11, 2011

TriMet gets around to announcing operators of the year

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/05/trimet_gets_around_to_announci.html
(I am not the bus driver referred to in this article)

May Trimet Board Briefing

May Trimet Board Briefing from al m on Vimeo.

Police: TriMet Rider Punched Bus Driver

KPTV

BOJACK UPDATES

A shocking revelation (Jack Bog's Blog)
Shell game at the PDC? (Jack Bog's Blog)
Portland car-o-phobia goes off deep end (Jack Bog's Blog)
Nurse Amanda: New 911 computer "close to perfect" (Jack Bog's Blog)
Mercy, mercy me (Jack Bog's Blog)

THE MAN WHO WILL SAVE TRIMET-HARRY SAPORTA

O-bama

THE POLICE STATE CALLED THE USA

http://www.hermes-press.com/police_state.htm

MT HOOD COLLEGE SETTLES

Good News!
The Mt. Hood Community College full-time faculty just ratified a contract settlement reached tonight. 
The rally for tomorrow (Wednesday May 11th at 5 p.m.) will be held at Mt. Hood Community College in celebration.

Thay asked us to pass on their deepest appreciation for the solidarity shown by JWJ in thier time of need.  Thank you to all of you who sent emails made phone calls and stood in solidarity with MHCC

Another reason TriMet should move to e-fares ASAP: no more 13-month fraud cycle.

http://yfrog.com/h7k7ycaj

"WE HAVE A DIRECTIONAL AIR VENT SYSTEM"-i respond to the bonehead management

Attend a TriMet Open House in May

Come here and be a punching bag for management and the public at large!

http://trimet.org/careers/2011jobfairs.htm

Why no bus service for new Sellwood Bridge?

Editor,
I just learned from the minutes of a recent SMILE meeting published in THE BEE that Tri-Met does NOT plan to resume the bus route which previously served the Tacoma Street centric part of Sellwood and Westmoreland when the new Sellwood Bridge is completed.
This decision is shortsighted and damaging to our neighborhood. A major part of the debate over the bridge design had to do with ensuring wide enough lanes for bus access —not to mention the issue of a possible streetcar! I strongly supported the new bridge planning because I have greatly missed the trans-Sellwood-Bridge route, which was discontinued when the old bridge was declared unsafe for buses, firetrucks, and semi's.
The discontinued route, I believe the old number 12, was THE most direct route, with the least amount of walking and NO transfers, for south Sellwood/Moreland residents wanting to reach the following destinations: The OHSU wellness center and clinics, John’s Landing businesses, PSU classes and special events, the Portland Saturday Market in the South Park Blocks, and downtown shopping and cultural attractions.
The existing Route 70 requires transfers (and far more walking for some, due to its alternating 13th and 17th street routes), and its frequency is far less than that of Route 19, which is an 8-block-walk from the Tacoma Street area.
Tri-Met’s decision to drop this route needs to be challenged in the strongest possible terms. It is a slap in the face to many residents who devoted hours at bridge design input meetings to ensure that mass transit would have a CENTRAL role in the rebuilt bridge. Tri-Met needs to understand that the loss of this route is especially damaging to PSU students carrying a backpack full of books, seniors (as well as employees) who wish to get to the OHSU wellness center/clinics quickly, and shoppers visiting Portland’s largest farmers' market or downtown stores, who often come home laden with packages.
Nancy Beamer, via e-mail

Oregon, Washington among national leaders in efficient transportation spending

http://blog.oregonlive.com/commuting/2011/05/oregon_washington_among_nation.html

People who break the "no eating on the bus/MAX" rule

http://trimet.livejournal.com/83695.html

Another Day at the Office: Adding Insult to Injury

Baptiser Busted

In an earlier post, I described being assaulted-by-saliva by a boarding passenger who got angry that I told him the amount of the correct fare.

Today, they arrested him. How, you ask? The nitwit boarded my bus - at the same stop where the assault occurred, and at the same time of day no less.

This time he had a transfer with him, and headed to the back of the bus - either not recognizing me, or not caring. I called it in, and arranged to have transit police meet me at a stop ahead. There, after about 3 minutes wait (I told passengers that I was running early and needed to hold for time), police arrived, confirmed with me that this was the guy, removed him from the bus and made an arrest. They called in his ID as they detained him and I overheard what sounded like a lengthy record. I heard the phrase "felony assault" more than once.

My Reward

While most passengers - many of whom were present on the day that I was assaulted - were supportive, two chose to express different emotion at having their bus ride delayed. The first, a man asked why I was harassing a homeless person and delaying the bus. I told him that this man had assaulted me last week and I had to report it to get the guy off the street. The man then angrily said to me "so make an arrest and move on - why hold up the bus?" Apparently this guy thinks that bus drivers are magic cops.

The second - a scowly woman (artists rendition included at the beginning of this post) who regularly rides but never returns my "good morning's", waited as long as she could tolerate apparently. Stomping to the front door, she turned and said "You know what? YOU are responsible for what happened. You DESERVED it. I saw the whole thing and you are responsible because of the way you handled it!" She then stomped off.

At that point, I got on the PA, again apologized for the delay, and invited people to apply to become a bus driver and "live the dream".

I also wished that Adron Hall was there, because despite the delay - I still arrived at my terminal on-time.

-jw

GREEKS STILL FIGHTING THE WORLDS ELITES

Riot police use tear gas as protesters throw petrol bombs in Athens - Telegraph

My favorite bus stop on the #19 route



I THINK THE BIKE MAY BE BROKEN

http://www.kval.com/news/local/121588219.html

BUS DRIVER GOES BONKERS

STORY HERE!

BUS CRASH VICTIM-WARNING-GRAPHIC

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqYBiO2tipw

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

MAY 10

5/10/11 from al m on Vimeo.

TriMet Cannot Control the Power of the Blogs!

http://blogtown.portlandmercury.com/BlogtownPDX/archives/2011/05/10/trimet-cannot-control-the-power-of-the-blogs

C-Tran board gives in to veto threat

http://www.columbian.com/news/2011/may/10/c-tran-board-gives-in-to-veto-threat/
City may veto size of light rail voting pool
Letter: Vote on light rail this year
Fate of light rail will go before voters
C-Tran will ask only for bus funds in 2011
Vancouver council supports single ballot measure for buses, light rail 

TriMet recognizes its best operators of the year

Ministry of Propaganda Official News Release!

This is the actual email for your enjoyment

(It says "Portland" rather than "trimet!)

MY REQUEST FOR FANS IN THE OLD BUSES AS A SAFETY CONCERN REJECTED

That makes two suggestions and two bureaucratic excuses for not doing something properly.


Use Your Imagination

http://bojack.org/2011/05/use_your_imagination.html

ATU 757 CONTRACT STATUS-CURRENT INFORMATION

Chart by Chris Day

MT HOOD COLLEGE TO GO ON STRIKE!

Mount Hood Community College Faculty Association has announced that they will strike this Thursday, May 12th, at 5 am. After a year of negotiations as well as sessions with a mediator, the Association voted on April 2nd to allow its leadership to call for a strike and set a date for a walk-out.  At issue are wages and retirees’ benefits. The college has threatened to hire full-time faculty replacements if there is a walk-out, and the student body is organizing a walkout during classes today to show their support for their instructors. If you are interested in showing solidarity with the Faculty Association, their strike will be at Mount Hood Community College, 26000 SE Stark Street in Gresham. Assemble at the main courtyard by flagpoles - the south side of the main campus building.
(Jon Hunt ATU 757)

HR COMPLAINT DISMISSED-MR WALLACE FIXATION CONTINUES

I actually got a call from Lucy Shipley (very lovely woman to talk with BTW) telling me that Mr Wallace is not supposed to be in my letter and that a new version is being mailed out. Strange that nobody does any proofreading at Trimet?
No surprises in the letter of course, I had no expectations of anything changing.
They throw it back to the grievance process and say their rules are just wonderful and will continue to be enforced.

PARKER CASE UPDATE


Look at the bail amount for the various charges.
This is very interesting because what is obvious is that the actual "abuse" violations carry a bail of $2500, $2500, and $20,000, which is $25000 total, or $2500 to get out of that jail.

But then they added in the restraining order violations, which carry bail amounts of $50000, $50000, $50000, $50000, $50000, they are saying there were 5 instances of restraining order violations and each one should be charged separately.

The crime value is $25000, but the restraining order value is $250000, total $275000.

 Complete injustice in this bail as far as I am concerned.

SO HOW DID THE JIM STENGER CASE END?

According the court records he got 60 months probation and was shipped back to Hawaii.

NEIL IS GETTING WORKED UP

The media landscape in our region has changed quite significantly with the advent of social media. Twitter, Facebook and the like have become important communication vehicles as people look to them for near real-time information delivery. TriMet is beginning to use these channels as a way to get good information into the hands of our riders and the general public about our services and projects. But with this new communications paradigm comes some significant challenges.
Because information can travel at a lightning pace in these electronic realms, misinformation can spread like wildfire doing more damage than good. This all makes it harder than ever for TriMet to get across service information, information about our projects, and in general – tell our communities the good work that TriMet does each and every day.
I need your help. The expansion of blogs, Twitter and other new media tools provides the opportunity to remind all TriMet employees that any comment made can become part of a news story. The traditional news media – TV, radio and print – monitor blogs and tweets, and may consider them to be truthful and accurate. Here’s how easy it is to become part of the media message:
 A rider overhears that bus service will be cut again, making it even harder for people to get to work. That rider blogs about it and now a TV station is calling TriMet to comment on the cuts.
At a TriMet open house, a blogger tweets out comments from a TriMet representative without any context or perspective, again, the media is calling. 
All of these examples demonstrate how simple it is to create media coverage based on someone’s opinion.
Any time a TriMet employee speaks about the agency, whether at an agency-sponsored open house, a neighborhood meeting, while in uniform or just by posting comments on blogs, Facebook or via Twitter, it can become part of a news story.
Even though a news reporter is not present, it does not mean that comments aren’t ‘on the record.’ An attendee to a neighborhood meeting can contact a news organization, and it’s now a story.
Guidelines
If you are contacted directly by a news reporter or a member of the news media, refer them to the Communications Department. Mary Fetsch or Bekki Witt will handle. Only designated TriMet personnel are allowed to talk to the news media. Mary or Bekki may contact you and ask you for information or in some instances, may have you talk directly to the reporters – but only under their direction.
Internet postings may not disclose any information that is confidential, safety-or-security sensitive or proprietary to TriMet.
If you have a blog or comment on one that discusses TriMet, you must make clear that you are speaking for yourself and not on behalf of the agency.
Media on our system
Additional guidelines apply to bus and rail operators. The news media is allowed to record, videotape and photograph while traveling on our system or at the scene of an incident.  However, they are not allowed to interfere with the safe operations of a vehicle or interview an operator on duty. If the media approaches an operations employee on duty, they must refer the media to the Communications Department.
TriMet believes in employees’ right to freedom of expression, online and elsewhere, and supports open dialogue and the exchange of ideas. At the same time, employees should exercise that freedom in a manner consistent with TriMet’s commitment to transparency, integrity and mutual respect.
Employees are personally responsible for the content they publish on the Internet, both internally and externally. Be mindful that what you publish will be public for a long time and can be used by others, so protect your privacy.   (For full guidelines: HR-202.1 Information Technology: Internet Use and Communications, and HR-304.2 News Media Guidelines. )
With all the chatter out there in the electronic world, we want to make sure that TriMet’s communications are heard clearly – to help accurately inform our riders and our communities.
Thank you in advance for your help.

Transparency? See my "fight against the Trimet management" post.

TWO DIFFERENT PRESENTATIONS ON THE SAME SUBJECT

Chart by Chris Day

Chart by ATU 757

Do TriMet buses use any kind of signal premption or priority?

http://www.thoughts.com/HR202/do-trimet-buses-use-any-kind-of-signal-premption-or-priority

BRUCE HANSEN T-SHIRTS NOT UNION MADE?

Made in El Salvador apparently!

WHERE THE HECK IS RON HIENZMAN ANYWAY?

So the union is operating in the red and yet we are paying Mr Heinzman to do what exactly?
He has never attended one of our local meetings has he?

IS OUR UNION BROKE?

It has been reported that our union is $282,000+ in the red!

SOCIAL PATHOLOGY

Peter Joseph Lecture

Historian Adam Hochschild: Lessons For the Antiwar Movement From the Pacifists of World War I

http://www.democracynow.org/2011/5/10/historian_adam_hochschild_lessons_for_the

The Zeitgeist Movement Response to Media: Death of Osama bin Laden

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pOqQa5k0org

MAY 9

5/8/11 from al m on Vimeo.

Merlo Driver brings wd40 for pedals and blinkers and ticket cutters

Trimet Max Light Rail At Rose Quarter

http://wn.com/TriMet_MAX_Light_Rail_at_Rose_Quarter

REMEMBER MARCUS GRIFFITH?

What is he doing these days?
Taking on the sheriffs department!


Actions of Sheriff's Office may violate state open government laws - VanVoice Blotter

Monday, May 9, 2011

CAMERON JOHNSON


You see, as teens, we are an undermined society. We are ignored often, and when people consider us, it's when they want to bitch about us or verbally crucify the whole generation as a whole. You often hear stories about how teens screwed up royally (I love how people bitch less about Charlie Sheen getting prostitutes, screwing his family up, doing drugs and drinking and being in total madness and denial about it than they do about so and so teen personality getting pregnant by accident.) We are categorized entirely as a generation who doesn't give a tenpenny fuck about tomorrow, their family or others; just getting drunk, high and pregnant. Guys are douchebags and girls are whores. It may not be that 'out there' blatant as that but media is pretty much subtly doing that with shows on The CW where 20 somethings play slutty teens partying. And if I see one more commercial where the teenager does nothing but smart off behind a phone, I'm going to break my TV with an axe. I'm sorry if this offends you, but this is me being perfectly frank about it.

That One Portland Transit Activist Kid: You Cannot Take This From Us

THE MOST RECENT OREGONIAN ARTICLE ABOUT TRIMET'S OPERATORS OF THE YEAR

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Click Here to Read

Welcome to the Tom Brian Tigard Transit Center.

Link to The Oregonian's coverage

The Turds



Colonel Limbaugh



STEVE FUNGS VIDEO OF THE WEEK

JOE ROSE DENIED ACCESS TO OPERATOR OF THE YEAR AWARD

Oregonian reporter Joe Rose wanted to cover the operator of the year award but the Trimet executives did not want him here!

WTF is that all about?

THE AMERICAN UNION MOVEMENT SHOULD LEARN FROM THE AUSTRALIANS

This is a small excerpt from the movie that Ross just posted, but it is critical in it's content!

Thy Will be Done, On Earth as It is in Texas

For liberals to examine the current fundamentalist phenomenon in America is accept some hard truths. For starters, we libs are even more embattled than most of us choose to believe. Any significant liberal and progressive support is limited to a few urban pockets on each coast and along the upper edge of the Midwestern tier states. Most of the rest of the nation, the much vaunted heartland, is the dominion of the conservative and charismatic Christian. Turf-wise, it's pretty much their country, which is to say it presently belongs to George W. Bush for some valid reasons. Remember: He did not have to steal the entire election, just a little piece of it in Florida. Evangelical born-again Christians of one stripe or another were then, and are now, 40% of the electorate, and they support Bush 3-1. And as long as their clergy and their worst instincts tell them to, they will keep on voting for him, or someone like him, regardless of what we view as his arrogant folly and sub-intelligence. Forget about changing their minds. These Christians do not read the same books we do, they do not get their information from anything remotely resembling reasonably balanced sources, and in fact, consider even CBS and NBC super-liberal networks of porn and the Devil's lies. Given how fundamentalists see the modern world, they may as well be living in Iraq or Syria, with whom they share approximately the same Bronze Age religious tenets. They believe in God, Rumsfeld's Holy War and their absolute duty as God's chosen nation to kick Muslim ass up one side and down the other. In other words, just because millions of Christians appear to be dangerously nuts does not mean they are marginal.

JOE BAGEANT FULL ARTICLE HERE! 

I hope the voters of Wisconsin are happy about who they just voted into power

State panel repeals regional transit groups - JSOnline

So Much for Supply and Demand: Transit Ridership Spikes, Funding Plummets

Let’s get this straight: skyrocketing gas prices are inspiring people to investigate their transportation options. More and more of them are taking transit. Is this really the time to take the axe to those transit systems’ budgets?
When drivers switch to transit, they should be welcomed with on-time service and affordable fares that reinforce the wisdom of their decision. Instead, they’re finding that their bus routes are being cut, fares are going up, and they’re faced with longer waits for infrequent service.

http://dc.streetsblog.org/2011/05/06/so-much-for-supply-and-demand-transit-ridership-spikes-funding-plummets/ 

SYDNEY SUCCESSFULLY FIGHTS EFFORTS TO PRIVATIZE FERRY SERVICE

IT CAN BE DONE!

MARTA driver charged with dragging woman exiting bus

“The MARTA bus driver stopped the bus and opened the door,” Jones said. “The victim fell to the ground and rolled in front of the MARTA bus.”
Jones said that McMillan then “drove around the victim and left the scene.”

http://www.ajc.com/news/atlanta/marta-driver-charged-with-940018.html?cxtype=rss_news 

Rally for a Better Way for Oregon


Click Here For Details

SEIU 503 members from across the state will join union and community allies in Salem on Friday, May 20 (the next statewide furlough day) to stand up for fairness at the  Better Way for Oregon Rally.
I hope they get a good turn out.  It's a regular work day for most TriMet ATU members.  Hopefully our union will have some presence at the rally.

MT HOOD COLLEGE READY TO HIRE SCABS!

Check these ads!

Amerika

The nation’s official unemployment rate increased to nine percent in April, although the private sector added 268,000 jobs in the month. Some 13.7 million people were counted as unemployed. Meanwhile, several states are taking steps to dismantle the unemployment insurance system. In Florida, Republican Gov. Rick Scott is soon expected to sign a bill to cut unemployment benefits immediately by 11.5 percent. Unemployed workers would lose all benefits after no more than 23 weeks, instead of 26. The bill also cuts the business tax by 10 percent, which pays for unemployment benefits.
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The Associated Press is reporting CEOs at the nation’s largest companies received giant pay increases in 2010. The typical pay package for a head of a company in the S&P 500 was $9 million last year—24 percent higher than a year before. Philippe Dauman, the CEO of Viacom, took in $84.5 million last year, two-and-a-half times what he made the year before.

ATU 757 MEETINGS THIS WEEK

TRIMET ATU 757 MEETING LOCATIONS

PICS

Too much OT a safety concern for transit agencies

Andrew harnik/Examiner file
Click Here to Read Story

Getting There: Hybrid buses are worth the extra cost upfront


Click Here to Read Story

This guy must be the Joseph Rose of Baltimore.

THE #1 (says somebody) TRANSIT SYSTEM IN AMERICA


VIAGE MEJOR

Sunday, May 8, 2011

O-bama

The American Prison State

It is time to take prisons seriously. The United States incarcerates more people than any country in the world today and throughout history. The financial costs are tremendous and rising. One in every one hundred Americans is jailed within this so-called land of the free. Many have committed no violent crimes. Not a few are in for supposed political crimes. Some are wholly innocent of both yet languish in captivity. What are the sociological, political, economic, cultural, and historical consequences of incarceration?

http://mises.org/daily/5259/The-American-Prison-State 

YET ANOTHER CLASSIC TRIBUTE TO PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

THE KINGSTON TRIO      M.T.A.

THE STEAM ENGINE COMES TO UNION STATION IN PORTLAND OREGON



Full event raw footage:

NATIONAL TRAIN DAY-PORTLAND OREGON

AMERIKA-LAND OF PHONY JUSTICE

How is it possible, that a dangerous criminal, who holds a 15 year old girl hostage for over a year, forces her into prostitution, walks free but Chris Parker is held on $750,000 bail?

How is it possible that in the case of the dangerous criminal, with a long record of criminality, the victim decides the outcome of the case while in the case of Chris Parker the victim gets no say?

It's possible because in AMERIKA, JUSTICE IS A JOKE, the police function without heart or reason. To them Chris Parker, who is no threat to the public, is nothing by a trophy catch.

It's enough to make you cry. Watch the video HERE!

INTERESTING COMMENTS ON THE CHRIS PARKER CASE

J said...
Neutral party, checking in.
To Jeff, I don't see any victim-blaming from Al. Or any blaming at all, of either party.
I don't know what happened between the people involved. As best as I can see it, there are 3 possibilities:
1. Parker coerced the girl into an inappropriate sexual relationship.
2. Parker and the girl were in a mutually "agreed" upon sexual relationship, with "agreed" in quotes because a 14/15 year old can't legally consent to that, but it's possible she could have told him "I want to do this."
3. Parker never laid a hand on the girl, but his friendship with her was cause for concern for his work supervisors/her family given the age difference and legal status as a minor.
In any of those cases, the girl is absolutely not to blame. Even if #2 is what transpired, it would be Parker's responsibility to tell her "No" because it's not exactly an archaic law that you do not touch a minor, and he needs to recognize & follow that law even if she felt she was a willing participant.
I don't know what actually happened. I don't know if it was #1 (I really, really hope not, for her sake). I'm not sure if #3 is likely given what he's admitted to, such as violating the stalking order. But I think the difference between this case and the 15 year old from the motel room is that that girl refused to press charges and since she was a runaway, I'm assuming there weren't parents or guardians who could do anything about it. In this case, at least according to the news, the girl's father took out the stalking protective order, so presumably he's pressing charges and is not willing to drop them. Family members have the right to file a stalking protective order, so even if what Al posted that the girl wants the case dropped is true, it's not her decision to make if her family wants to press charges. They have the right to do that just as much as Parker has the right to defend himself in court. Since this hasn't gone to court yet, there isn't justification to rule out possibility #1 any more (or less) than there is to rule out possibility #2 or #3, even though #1 would be the worst of them.
May 8, 2011 5:55 PM


Al M said...
Interesting that in the case of the criminal pimp, the 15 year old gets to decide the outcome, but in the case of Chris Parker, the 15 year old does not get to make the decision.
The real threat to the public runs free while Parker, who was no threat to the public, stays locked up on $750,000 bail.
Great system of (in)justice we have in the land of the free huh?
May 8, 2011 7:35 PM 
What does the 'victim' in the Chris Parker case think? See for yourself....

Dorothy is 70

Little right wing anti obama song, clever if ignorant

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=aiGg8D4hFLc&vq=medium

virus!

You  should be alert during the next few days. Do not  open any
 message with an attachment entitled  POSTCARD FROM HALLMARK, regardless
 of who sent it  to you. It is a virus which opens A POSTCARD  IMAGE,
 which 'burns' the whole hard disc C of your  computer.
 
 If  you receive a mail called' POSTCARD,' even though  sent to you by
 a friend, do not open it! Shut down  your computer immediately. This is
 the worst virus  announced by  CNN.
 
   It  has been classified by Microsoft as the most  destructive virus
 ever. This virus was discovered  by McAfee yesterday, and there is no
 repair yet  for this kind of virus. This virus simply destroys  the
 Zero Sector of the Hard Disc, where the vital  information is  kept.
 

Journey to the center of the earth!

http://www.boston.com/bigpicture/2011/02/nyiragongo_crater_journey_to_t.html

The Global Economy's Corporate Crime Wave

New York - The world is drowning in corporate fraud, and the problems are probably greatest in rich countries – those with supposedly “good governance.” Poor-country governments probably accept more bribes and commit more offenses, but it is rich countries that host the global companies that carry out the largest offenses. Money talks, and it is corrupting politics and markets all over the world.

http://www.truthout.org/global-economys-corporate-crime-wave/1304603221

KEEPING GOVERNMENT BUSINESS SECRET

Attorney General John Kroger struggles to toughen Oregon's public records act | OregonLive.com

PORTLAND MAY DAY RALLY

5. May Day 2011 Portland - the march begins
6. May Day 2011 Portland -the march
7. May Day 2011 Portland the march cont
8. May Day 2011 Portland the march ends
9. May Day 2011 Portland - after the march
10. May Day 2011 Portland of 12 clips
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12. May Day Portland 2011

BIG WEEK AT THE BLOG

Screw up in Hoboken

http://www.kptv.com/news/27817174/detail.html

THE REED GROUP

HOW THEY DEAL WITH BIKES ON LIGHT RAIL IN GERMANY

http://trailnrail.blogspot.com/2009/10/light-rail-bike-car.html

MBTA CONSIDERING BANNING OPEN STROLLERS

http://carfreecambridge.com/2011/05/stroller-ban-on-buses-and-possibly-trains/
http://bostonherald.com/news/regional/view.bg?articleid=1334656

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Saturday, May 7, 2011

While the pimp with a long criminal record goes free I visit Chris Parker in jail




"For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.รข€™

WTF!!!! PIMP GOES FREE WHILE CHRIS PARKER GOES TO JAIL

THERE YA GO, ITS AMERIKA!

OUR BUDDY SCOTT GETS HIS LAWNMOWER BROKEN BY HIS NEIGHBOR!

Was that u.s. news 10-best-transit cities list based on anything?

So I called [Danielle] Kurtzleben, the reporter who'd compiled it, to ask about her data sources and methodology. After five emails/tweets/phone calls over several weeks, I finally got her on the phone, at which point she said she couldn't remember exactly how she'd figured the data, except that it came from APTA and the NTD and that it was "very simple." I asked if she could email me the spreadsheet; she referred me to her editor, who said, bewilderingly, that U.S. News policy is to not share the data it gathers.


Human Transit Article Here! 
Human Transit: "ten best" rankings: the #1 way to confuse and disempower
Human Transit: portland: the lure of the unmeasurable

BLOG GOES NUTS

The layout on this blog has just changed its order, all by itself!

MICHAEL MOORE SPEAKS ON THE DEATH OF BIN LADEN




America Bunch of Wusses & Has Lost His Soul: Michael Moore Salms American On OBL from Naked Emperor News on Vimeo.

America Bunch of Wusses & Has Lost His Soul: Michael Moore Salms American On OBL

UNDER ATTACK

I have been getting tons of flack about my "defending" Chris Parker.

First of all, I am not defending the actions of Chris, if indeed they are proved to be criminal then he should receive the appropriate punishment.
I am defending his right to a fair trial which he is not getting.

He has been arrested, humiliated, tortured, and treated as if he kidnapped someone with the intent to rape and the police just caught him in time before that happened!
That is the picture the media is projecting in this case.

This is not the true picture, its a intentional distortion of the actual case.
I happen to know BOTH of the people involved with this case and it is a lot more complex than EVIL BUS DRIVER MANIPULATING YOUNG TENDER CHILD!

As is always the case, especially when it involves a TRIMET bus driver, this has turned into a media circus, and this is what I object to.

To watch Chris Parker in chains, wearing a flack jacket, is a gross miscarriage of justice.

This man is no threat to society and I am 100% sure he would not run off to kidnap and rape the "victim" if he were still free.

I am the lone voice, even if obscure, standing for some semblance of justice in this case.

I'm sorry if that offends people, but I have to stand for what I believe is right, and the treatment of Chris Parker is not right or just.

“Justice cannot be for one side alone, but must be for both.”

Eleanor Roosevelt quotes (American United Nations Diplomat, Humanitarian and First Lady (1933-45), wife of Franklin D. Roosevelt, 32nd US president. 1884-1962)

Stefan Molyneux and Jeffery Tucker talk about the police and government

JACK BOJDANSKI REPORTS

Nonsurprise of the Year (Jack Bog's Blog)
The false promises of "urban renewal" (Jack Bog's Blog)
Fireman Randy borrows another $26 million for you (Jack Bog's Blog)
Dennis Kucinich is reportedly shopping for a new place to fake-live in -- kind of like Ron Wyden in Portland. Since he's losing his job to redistricting, he's said to be looking at carpetbagging into Washington State. Hey, what about Portland? If Earl the Pearl runs for mayor, Kucinich would carry on our great tradition of weirdness -- he might even take it to the next level.

 Another Wyden Democrat: Ginny Burdick (Jack Bog's Blog)
Landing on her feet (Jack Bog's Blog)
Eight new Wal-Marts within Portland city limits? (Jack Bog's Blog)
Randy gets religion (again) (Jack Bog's Blog)
Bud Clark Commons could be a zoo (Jack Bog's Blog)
Don't audit, don't audit so, don't audit so close to me (Jack Bog's Blog)

GOVERNMENT OUT OF CONTROL

The government maintains that the July meeting was the first time Mohamud brought up the idea of a bombing. They have long acknowledged, however, that an audio of the exchange failed because the FBI's recorder ran out of power.

Mohamed Mohamud case: New court filing says man working for government tried to provoke teen into violent acts | OregonLive.com

Smoke and mirrors: The bin Laden death story

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-3kZEzWXJ2U

Oregon Labor Leaders to Congress: End the War



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THANK YOU JON HUNT FOR SIGNING THIS LETTER

ATU AND TRIMET DISPUTE MAY NOT BE SETTLED UNTIL SPRING 2012


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Brain Dead Employee watching Faux Gnus



MAY 6TH RANT

5/6/11 from al m on Vimeo.

TRIMET MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

TriMet: Making a Difference - Mother's Day: Three generations of TriMet operators.
TriMet: Bikes and TriMet

How to bike safely around buses and trains
Learn more about the Washington Park Shuttle
Take TriMet to the trailhead
Mondays on the Mall

What does the 'victim' in the Chris Parker case think? See for yourself....

You are right, I am no victim. I wish I did know who was pressing these charges. I just wish I had the power to drop this case now. Chris is being tortured and humiliated for the public eye to feast their delight on for something he did not do. Every time I see some video of him with that jacket on showing he is on suicide watch, it just makes me heart sick. He does not deserve any of this.

In Portland's heart, 2010 Census shows diversity dwindling

Portland, already the whitest major city in the country, has become whiter at its core even as surrounding areas have grown more diverse. 

http://www.oregonlive.com/pacific-northwest-news/index.ssf/2011/04/in_portlands_heart_diversity_dwindles.html#incart_mce 

Friday, May 6, 2011

I do a live on the ground message to Harry Saporta

 Sent to Harry via email.


Bruce Peek-candidate for VP ATU 757


Lots of folks had their night screwed up because of this and missed connections

Due to signal problems in the Rose Quarter area, MAX trains are experiencing delays. Green and Yellow line trains are looping on the Mall. On the Eastside, Green Line trains are traveling between Rose Quarter and Clackamas Town Center, and Yellow Line trains are serving stops between Interstate/Rose Quarter and Expo Center. Green and Yellow line riders traveling to Rose Quarter should transfer to Blue or Red Lines or take shuttle bus from Union Station.

For Mother's Day, TriMet Honors 3 Generations of Bus Drivers From Same Family

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Sometimes that Joe Rose guy has something nice to say about TriMet bus operators.

Who's pressing charges in the case against Chris Parker?

The victim says she is no victim and she wants this case dropped !
So who is pressing these charges?

MORALITY IN AMERIKA

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_P-vYiGJZ0Q
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnsn-opEEP0

WANT THE WORST JOB IN AMERIKA? APPLICATIONS BEING ACCEPTED

CLICK HERE!

GENERAL STRIKE SHUTS DOWN TRANSIT IN ITALY



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OH SAFETY! WHERE ARE YOU?

Trimet managers study the problem
I have submitted two requests for safety assessments, the first one was rejected and I was given the bureaucratic run around (fill out more paper) and the second one


I still have not heard back from!

Also there is no list of safety submissions?
In other words, we operators CANNOT track the number of safety submissions nor can we track the official responses!

MORE BULLSHIT FROM OUR ESTEEMED MANAGEMENT!

CRASH!

Nepal bus accidents kill at least 32
Private bus turns killer again in city
Kenya: 46 Injured in Narok Bus Accident

SMART Driver and passenger make a connection

http://www.ridesmart.com/Index.aspx?page=179&recordid=477&returnURL=%2FIndex.aspx%3Fpage%3D1

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA CAUGHT WITH ITS PANTS DOWN!

The truth is TriMet hasn't been named the nation’s top transit agency, as the billboards attached to the outside of 168 buses and trains suggest.
In February, U.S. News & World Report named the entire city of Portland -- not just TriMet -- the nation’s “best city for public transportation.” The analysis also praised the Portland Streetcar, the aerial tram, the city’s urban planners, the community’s investments and the number of transit commuters, in addition to TriMet.

TriMet's '#1 Transit' ads: Truth-squadding the commute (poll) | OregonLive.com

THE QUOTE FRYING CHRIS PARKER

“It’s been a pleasure playing with you tonight. … I’m such a naughty boy.”
 This quote is derived from this famous quote from the TITANIC SCRIPT:

"Gentlemen, it has been a privilege playing with you tonight."
Wallace Hartley, Titanic

(Chris Parker and the 'victim' discussed movie scripts, this text does not mean literally that he was 'playing' with her)

TriMet jeers study decrying light rail

A May 4 report by the Cascade Policy Institute says TriMet’s high-capacity alternatives, including MAX light rail, the Portland Streetcar and WES commuter rail, cannot move large numbers of people when needed.
Buses, which carry two-thirds of TriMet’s passengers, should be the focus of TriMet spending, but are being sacrificed in favor of light rail expansion, said Cascade President John A. Charles Jr., who conducted the research with several assistants. 

 http://www.oregonlive.com/argus/index.ssf/2011/05/trimet_jeers_study_decrying_li.html

Attacks on bus drivers

Memo Reveals Assaults On MARTA Bus Drivers - News Story - WSB Atlanta

ADA LAWSUIT DISMISSED IN NY

http://www.leagle.com/xmlResult.aspx?xmldoc=In%20FCO%2020110505082.xml&docbase=CSLWAR3-2007-CURR

Privatization of bus service has been failing in the UK

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/05/06/britain-buses-idUSLDE7450E520110506

The mysterious D40LFs...

Yesterday I was running some errands and was driving on Cascade Avenue in Tigard when I looked over at Highway 217 and saw not one, but TWO of those mysterious, ex-OCTA D40LFs.

On a hunch, I drove over to a neighborhood that borders RAZ Transportation's garage.  Unfortunately the developers were nice enough to put up a seven foot high concrete wall but I was able to gain a vantage point where I could see the rooflines of the various buses that they own.  (I guess I could have driven to their front entrance off of 99W, but they might have wondered why I was looking in with binoculars.)  Sure enough there were at least three D40LFs in there.  For being subjected to TriMet's bland fleet of nothing but D40LFs, Gillig Phantoms and Flxible Metros, it's a bus-fan's paradise to see such a variety of buses that they own.  And RAZ has owned other transit buses in the past; most notably RTSes but I believe they even had a few Flxible Metros from time to time, and they even owned some ex-NJ Transit MC-9s for awhile (notable for having the flip-dot head sign that no other MC-9s had.)

What I do know is that these are ex-Orange County Transportation Agency vehicles built in 1995 and were retired in 2007 (hey, after 12 years of service!) and replaced with C40LFs.  They were used for the Vancouver 2010 Winter Olympics.  Why or how RAZ got them, beats me.  How they are using them, I don't know, but they've been spotted multiple times on 217 (in the evening hours) and at least once on the south end of Tigard on 99W, and one other time at the Barbur Transit Center (that one is a real head-scratcher).  I know RAZ operates a wide variety of services so my guess is that they are being used on Intel or Nike campus shuttles, but I can't explain why the bus would have been at Barbur TC - certainly, RAZ wouldn't use such a vehicle for a Spirit Mountain Casino trip...

SHOW ME THE MONEY

Reliable sources have informed us that there was a substantial sum of money that went unaccounted for at our union.
Yvette apparently located the money but all of a sudden the money cannot be accounted for again?
What's up with that?

MAY 5TH RANT

http://vimeo.com/23354867

CONGRATULATIONS

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Ross Island Bridge reopens after police persuade man not to jump

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2011/05/ross_island_bridge_open_again.html

What exactly are those things at the MAX station?

http://www.katu.com/news/weird/121363859.html

"VICTIM" IN THE CHRIS PARKER CASE DENIES CHRIS EVER BROKE ANY ANTI STALKING ORDERS!

These are stalking orders that were supposedly broken by Chris, the victim herself says it never happened?
WHAT'S GOING ON HERE?
VIOL A CT/SPO-M (A Misdemeanor) $50,000 Unsentenced
VIOL A CT/SPO-M (A Misdemeanor) $50,000 Unsentenced
VIOL A CT/SPO-M (A Misdemeanor) $50,000 Unsentenced
VIOL A CT/SPO-M (A Misdemeanor) $50,000 Unsentenced
VIOL A CT/SPO-M (A Misdemeanor) $50,000 Unsentenced
Court Case No. None DA Case No. None Citation No. None
Charge Bail Status

How to Quit the Union

Like this:

President Bachtel,

Please accept my permanent resignation as a member from ATU Local 587, effective upon your receipt and acknowlegement of this message. In accordance with the bylaws of this Union, my voluntary withdrawal from membership is for political reasons, and in accordance with FLSA provisions even within "work at will" states such as Washington State.

Please advise as to how to make arrangments for meeting the required financial obligation so that I may designate an appropriate organization to receive fees that I would otherwise be paying as membership dues and other fees to Local 587.

Regards,
Jeff Welch

Sick and tired of the petty politics, corruption, self-aggrandizement and idiocy of your local? I am.

FUCK ATU, I'm done. More info HERE.

The Ross Island Bridge is closed due to Police Activity.

I can see Russia from my back porch