Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

The Most Dangerous Thing You'll Do All Day

It all started last summer, when Assistant Editor Maria Masters came across a shocking study in the Medicine & Science in Sports & Exercise (one of dozens of research journals we comb each month as we put together the magazine). Scientists at the Pennington Biomedical Research Center in Louisiana analyzed the lifestyles of more than 17,000 men and women over about 13 years, and found that people who sit for most of the day are 54 percent more likely to die of heart attacks.That’s right—I said 54 percent! 

http://health.yahoo.net/experts/menshealth/most-dangerous-thing-youll-do-all-day

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 12

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 12 from al m on Vimeo.

PORK BARREL TRANSPORTATION DISTRICT (aka trimet)


Trimet emulates the rest of the culture, the executive class prospers, riders get cut, blue collar employees lose benefits.

DID YOU KNOW THAT THERE IS ONLY ONE FEMALE GRAND MASTER OPERATOR IN THE HISTORY OF TRIMET?

Some of our managers don't know that it seems, well they should of course, if they cared that is:

TRIMET CHANGES THE ADVERTISING

Staring Beki Witt

http://www.myfitv.com/videos/796333/kptv-portland-trimet-changes-name-of-max-stop

Peter Joseph

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DYH57Cw644k

inside Minsk metro moments after bombing

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KWE2aGdpNuo
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BJG3Wkt2c5s

STEVE FUNGS VIDEO OF THE WEEK

CLUSTER FUCKED

Cue the xylophone.
     Like the dancing skeletons of film history, here come the elected office-holders of the US government cutting their capers in the graveyard of empire, giving the paying customer - er... citizens - a nice case of the Friday night heebie-jeebies in a mock battle over inanities. It made for a few hours of diverting theater, with an emphasis on diversion - since the whole gruesome melodrama of the US budget finally hinged on a ploy to de-fund the Planned Parenthood organization, one of the few useful endeavors left in this land of depravity, monster trucks, and microwaved cheese snacks.

MANAGEMENT VIOLATES CONFIDENTIALITY

IT SEEMS TO ME;
 
that putting out an "all call" to every single operator on duty
telling them to "spot an operator who's name is MR XXXX", then further instructing
every single operator who is on duty that "if they do spot Mr XXXX who is in uniform that
they SHOULD NOT tell Mr XXXX that dispatch is looking for them but call priority only";

IS A COMPLETE VIOLATION OF CONFIDENTIALITY!

These XXXXX, the same XXXXX that disciplined me for embarrasing a operator by
publishing an over the air dispatch call, have no problem humiliating a fellow
operator by putting out such a message.

WHAT DO WE DO ABOUT THIS?

MINISTRY OF PROPAGANDA

There were 8.6 million trips taken on buses, MAX and WES trains in March 2011, down 1.4 percent from March 2010. MAX Green Line and WES Commuter Rail saw double-digit increases, and for the first time in five months, rush hour trips increased for all modes. Ridership figures are compared to March 2010. More

Gotta love our ministry, one of the best in the world!
Spin Spin Spin, that's the name of the game at the ministry.
I went looking for the month to month chart, so I could look at our ridership last month compared to this month, alas, I could not locate it, not on the public site and not on the employee site.


Now for the real figures:
Bus, MAX & WES

Weekly system wide trips were = 1,916,000 trips (this months report)
Weekly trips were=1,912,650 trips (previous months report)
That's a slight increase in the # of people using trimet of 3,350 (1.7%) (boarding rides)

# of rides on bus this month=1,138,500 trips
# of rides on bus last month=1,142,200 trips
A slight decrease in the number of rides on bus (3,700) (.3%)

# of rides on Max in this month=769,900 trips
# of rides on max in last month=763,300 trips
A  decrease in # of rides (6,600) (8.5%)

# of rides on WES this month=7,600
# of rides on WES last month=7,150
An increase of 450 rides or 6%.

SURPRISE SURPRISE SURPRISE!
The real figures show the biggest loser in the month to month figures, the only figures that
have any real meaning, IS THE MAX, DOWN  8.5%!


And 59.4% of ridership is on the bus, no way to tell how many max trips actually originated on a bus!

Enough

WE ARE NOW SWEDEN'S MEXICO


Labor problems at Ikea's U.S. factory. Click to read story

Government by People Who Hate You

http://www.truth-out.org/paul-ryan-your-pockets-government-people-who-hate-you

MORE BUS DRIVER STRIKES

http://www.vpr.net/news_detail/90561/

Police: California Man Tried to Take Bus at Knifepoint

Police in the Northern California city of Redding say a man threatened an Amtrak bus driver with a knife and tried to take over the vehicle. It's not clear whether any passengers were on board at the time. Police say 43-year-old Robert Fender.....

CLICK HERE! 

DISRESPECTING BUS DRIVERS

Negotiations between Veolia Transportation Services and Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1433 have been going on for nine months.
The last round of bargaining is slated for the end of this week and on April 28.
Veolia, which operated 33 of Valley Metro’s 99 routes, said if there’s no deal, it will impose a new contract, regardless of what the drivers want.

http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/Bus-strike-looming-in-Phoenix-119602094.html 

RANTINGS OF A BUS DRIVER-APRIL 11

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