Tuesday, May 24, 2011


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Report: Social Security Will Run Out In 20 Minutes


Luxury Liner on the #67

As 'J' described,I had a case of classic "dinosauritis'today.Thanks to the BTC mechanic and Smooth as Silk Stewart in the yard,I was given the last low floor to drive for the remainder of the shift.Eat your heart out Al! Welcome home.We missed you!

Hail, hail, the gang's all here

Take off BOS

I'm asking once again for a clarification.

TriMet bus stops have two designations. They are the Stop ID and the stop location. 
Example: Stop ID 2619 and/or SE Hawthorne & 32nd
If you were to visit the TransitTracker ( or the stop information website ( the Stop ID has prominence. If you were to visit the Interactive System Map ( or look at a sign posted at the stop the "stop location" has prominence. 

How to get a new bus

In 4 easy steps!
(bonus cameo appearance)

Step 1: First, you need an old bus. This part is easy - just do a run on the west side, which greatly increases the likelihood that your bus was purchased by TriMet during the Reagan administration.

This is our old bus.

Step 2: Something will probably go wrong with the bus. This is neither your fault, nor especially surprising (see Exhibit A)

Step 3: Ask everyone to leave the bus.

Then drive away.

Some magical, black-box stuff happens here, involving a nice spotter, some confused tourists, and a frustrated passenger whose transfer expired during this exchange. Then...

Step 4: Yay, a new bus!

Now you have air conditioning AND a wheelchair ramp! It's that easy!

(disclaimer: photographer is not a TriMet employee, therefore the restrictions on the photography of TriMet employees, passengers, equipment, bus stops, roads, plants, and wildlife do not apply)

Safety around the world

Though no person has been injured, more than half the fleet has already logged damages due to accidents. 
Sources say that more than half the fleet is involved in accidents, in which drivers damaged the buses while turning or reversing the vehicle.
"Last week, for instance, two buses collided while the drivers were reversing the vehicles. In this case, one of the drivers lost control of the bus as he failed to manage the gear properly," said an official. This not the first instance where drivers were unable to handle the longer, low-floor buses. 

Blueline drivers leave mark on Delhi's new cluster fleet - The Times of India



No Exit

“So here we are pouring shiploads of cash into yet another war, this time in Libya, while simultaneously demolishing school budgets, closing libraries, laying off teachers and police officers, and generally letting the bottom fall out of the quality of life here at home….Limitless greed, unrestrained corporate power and a ferocious addiction to foreign oil have led us into an era of perpetual war and economic decline. Young people today are staring at a future in which they will be less well off than their elders, a reversal of fortune that should send a shudder through everyone….When the most powerful country ever to inhabit the earth finds it so easy to plunge into the horror of warfare but almost impossible to find adequate work for its people or to properly educate its young, it has lost its way entirely….Income and wealth inequality in the U.S. have reached stages that would make the third world blush….The richest 10% of Americans received an unconscionable 100% of the average income growth in the years 2000 to 2007….In 2009, the richest 5% claimed 63.5% of the nation’s wealth. The overwhelming majority, the bottom 80%, collectively held just 12.8%

Deepening the Self-Destruction

We are at a point in American history where, to paraphrase Blake, Bad is Good. This is why I’m rooting for a Palin presidency: if anyone can deepen our self-destruction, it’s Sarah. Meanwhile, two articles just appeared documenting the process even further, so I’d like to share them with you. The first is by my hero and yours, Chris Hedges: “Why the United States Is Destroying Its Education System,” which he posted yesterday on The second is by Nobel laureate Joe Stiglitz, titled “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%,” which you can find at 

Doesn't Punkrawker drive through here?

Two Renton brothers, Kent man charged in beating, robbery at Renton Transit Center -

USA the next GREECE?

Young And Hopeless Greeks Are Returning To The Countryside

PDX Rail


So broke they have to cut our  benefits or else the service area will sustain drastic cuts to service!

The wonders of TECHNOLOGY

We now can blog at 30,000 feet!

The Manny Mota's of Trimet

(Anybody have any idea who the blogger is?)

Bob Dylan turns 70!

Buses for Ambulances?

Anne Arundel fire officials unveil 26-patient, bus-style ambulance -

Lost in Logan

What's wrong with this photo?

What's wrong with this Official TriMet photo?

Compulsory Union Membership? No Such Thing.

It's a First Amendment "freedom of association" issue.

No government employer may require membership in any organization (including a union) as a condition of employment, anymore than they can deny employment based on organizational affiliation.

Anyone working for any represented classification under a government employer has the right not to join the union under which there is a labor agreement; any current member has the right to resign membership - in all 50 states.

Those working under a represented classification may still be required to pay fees to the union to cover the cost of negotiating and maintaining the contract. Non-members in a "union shop" are still entitled to representation in grievances, arbitration, etc. though they may lose the ability to vote in union elections or to receive other benefits specific to membership in their Local or National Union.

Is YOUR union full of crooks, liars and incompetents? Are YOUR best interests not represented by your Local, National or International union? Have you been threatened with censorhip, censure, fines or discipline for violating "union rules"? Is your union Board of Directors a virtual kangaroo court stacked with old-time insiders who squash dissent within the ranks? Want to feel free to speak your mind about your representative union's shortcomings without fear of being penalized for doing so?

Then QUIT.



Union Members only allowed to view this info!

Obama's cadillac gets stuck!

Examining the Firmware of War

Patriotism is everywhere thought to be a virtue rather than a mental disorder. I don’t get it.
If I told the Rotarians or an American Legion hall that “John is a patriot,” all would approve greatly of John. If I told them that patriotism was nothing more than the loyalty to each other of dogs in a pack, they would lynch me. Patriotism, they believe, is a Good Thing.
Of course the Japanese pilots who attacked Pearl Harbor were patriots, as were the German soldiers who murdered millions in the Second World War. The men who brought down the towers in New York were patriots, though of a religious sort. Do we admire their patriotism? 

Trimet general manager says TSA "comforts" our riders!

Sandi Day gets her commercial license back!

“I’m angry and pretty hurt because we had some compassion for her (Sandi Day),” said David Sale, father of crash victim Danielle Sale. “But now, in light of the new information, it’s like she’s pouring salt in the wound.”

Ex-Bus Driver From 2010 Crash Given Commercial Driver's License - Portland News Story - KPTV Portland

I can't imagine anyone would give her an actual job driving commercially. 

The First Casualty of War

Death By Drug War

Europeans fighting hard against the machine

Georgia protests in face of force

YouTube - Greeks bearing EU debts squeezed on bailout payback

Turning the first world into the third world

Reversal of fortunes: Indian companies are now outsourcing their work to the U.S. where a struggling economy has caused lower wages

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