Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Stunning video: NASA captures giant comet hitting sun

THE BUSINESS OF AMERIKA IS WAR

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YgIzyXf61UU

Blame the bus driver, of course

Government Waste Hotline 800-336-8218

http://www.sos.state.or.us/audits/pages/fraud/index.html

Line 70, bus 2823, passenger in #TriMet fare inspector uniform

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lunarobverse/5734723053/

AGREEMENT BETWEEN TRIMET AND LAKE OSWEGO-pdf

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HIT BY THE MAX

http://www.koinlocal6.com/news/local/story/MAX-TriMet-bus-collide-in-downtown-Portland/RxqL317h4kOIvtoQ_RksUw.cspx?rss=2786

STILL WAITING FOR ATU 757 RESPONSE

Chris Day has requested the last 12 months meeting minutes, but as of now, one week later, has not heard back.

The question is, W-H-Y?

Why would the executive officers of our union not respond to the request immediately?
The only thing I can come up with, they have something to hide.

To all the bummed-out Portland public school parents

The condition of the schools really is a disgrace. The facilities are getting more rundown by the year, and they need work. So what's to be done?
Here is what we suggest: Open your eyes and see that there already are tens of millions of tax dollars sloshing around Portland for all sorts of public make-work projects. We're about to build a billion-dollar mystery train to Milwaukie and a wildly extravagant streetcar to Lake Oswego, all with tax dollars. The funds come from every level of government -- federal, state, and local. The local dough usually comes through "urban renewal," which robs from schools and public safety to promote condominium projects.

A battery of elected ideologues opens fire on those who serve the public

 Thus America is suddenly at war against its own teachers-- along with its firefighters, police officers, public health researchers and caregivers, sanitation workers, census takers, park rangers, air traffic controllers, and the whole horde of 'do-nothings' on the public payroll. Fire 'em, bust their unions, take away their democratic rights, slash their pay, increase their workloads, eliminate their pensions, and (most especially) scorn them.
"Extremism in the defense of liberty is no vice," declared Sen. Barry Goldwater in his failed presidential try in 1964. Today, though, the billionaires masquerading as Goldwater's libertarian heirs are seeking only to 'liberate' themselves from our democratic society's essential rules of fair play. They resent paying taxes for anything that benefits others, they demand freedom from regulation of their corporate excesses, and they absolutely reject the notion that workers, consumers, environmentalists, and
other community interests should have any power over corporate whim.
Their sense of entitlement is nauseating, and their ongoing militant maneuvering in state after state to dis-empower America's workaday majority constitutes a declaration of war against our people's democracy. "Extremism in the defense of elitism" is their ugly purpose. That is a vice.
Ugly Number One is that theirs is a most uncivil war. It's based on demonizing some of the best and most useful workers in our country, pitting these people's very modest incomes and perfectly reasonable benefits against those who've been knocked down and have less. "Don't look at us," shout the corporatists who've been doing the downsizing and privatizing, outsourcing and offshoring--that have knocked down the middle class and held down the poor. "Instead, look at those just above you who are struggling to stay in the middle class. It's unfair that they have health coverage and you don't, so let's pull them down, too."

Jim Hightower here! 
 

Politically incorrect

The book is a curious one in that most of it is obvious though one mustn’t say it. Does not diversity just cause trouble, almost everywhere? As much as one might want it to lead to comity, it doesn’t. Consider:  Shiites and Sunnis, Irish Protestants and Catholics, Hutus and Tutsis; blacks, whites and Hispanics in the US; Turks and Kurds; Tamils and Sinhalese in Sri Lanka, Turks and Armenians; Indians and Ugandans; Turks and Germans; Moslems and the French; Moslems and Dutch; Jews in many places; Christians and Moslems in Sudan; Chinese and Indonesians, and so on for pages. None of these groups is evil, but none mix well. Usually they kill each other.

FRED REED HERE! 

PASSENGER GRABS BUS STEERING WHEEL AND DRIVES INTO TRAFFIC

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2011/05/everett_man_cha_1.html

MANHOLE COVER BLASTS INTO BUS

http://www.latimes.com/news/local/la-me-westwood-explosion-20110518,0,5831729.story

Transit bus hits, kills elderly Charleroi woman

http://www.pittsburghlive.com/x/valleyindependent/news/s_737748.html

2 Things I like about Massachusetts


Tri-Met looking ever more pitiful

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

Take off PDX

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JYceKBIFw1g

Landing BOS

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

Mt Rainer+St Helens

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu7OSup76WM

TRIMET CONFUSES AND CONFOUNDS

Today was the scheduled board meeting, supposedly early evening. For unknown reasons and without notice the board meeting time was changed!
THEY WOULDN'T DO SOMETHING LIKE THAT ON PURPOSE WOULD THEY? 
NEXT OFFICIAL MEETING FOR THE SOCK PUPPETS

Briefing

Wednesday, June 8, 2011, 9 a.m.
Location
City of Portland Building, Auditorium
1120 SW 5th Avenue
Portland, OR

(didn't they already have the board briefing?)

QUOTES

Preface before the actual post content: TriMet GM Neil McFarlane recently sent out a memo to TriMet employees regarding discussions about TriMet, both in social media such as blogs, Facebook, and Twitter, as well as conversations in public with other employees because “any comment made can become part of a news story.” Neil expressed concerns about misinformation spreading when unofficial sources release any information (e.g. a rider overhearing that service is going to be cut and then blogging about it) and then the media potentially using that as the basis for a story.
I thought it was interesting that no comment was made regarding official TriMet information being wrong, which has been known to happen. Off the top of my head, there was the time that TriMet spokeswoman Mary Fetsch told Oregonian reporter Joseph Rose that the door buttons on the outside of the train are used by passengers to open the doors for themselves when a train arrives at a platform (that’s not really how they work), and the time last year when TriMet was promoting 4th of July eventsKGW and other news outlets that the door buttons on the outside of the train are “emergency stop buttons.” that you could not actually travel to and from by taking TriMet. And someone who wasn’t a rail operator (because anyone who is rail certified would know better) told
Seriously TriMet, my kingdom for an official release, webpage, something on what those door buttons are and how they work.

Dr. Know: Se Habla MAX?

http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17509-dr_know_se_habla_max.html