Saturday, August 6, 2011

NO to streetcars

Transit board says no to streetcars

Max pops in

Guess who?

Psst-Dispatch,check your spelling before sending out your fleetwide message

Walking around Portland with my camera

Burnside-Morrison-PGE Park
Burnside between 5th and 14th

Another 14 dead in Zimbabwe bus crash

36 killed as bus plunges off bridge

Channel 6 News » At least 37 killed after bus plunges from bridge in Ivory Coast

the rampant ramblings of a twenty-something mind


* “Worst. Congress. Ever.”:

 A couple of weeks ago, congressional scholar Norm Ornstein dubbed this 112th Congress as the “Worst. Congress. Ever.” And after the combative and exhaustive debt debate, it appears the American public agrees with him. Per a brand-new New York Times/CBS poll, 82% now disapprove of Congress’ job, which is a record high in that poll. A CNN poll also had Congress’ disapproval at an all-time high of 84%. Here are more numbers from the NYT/CBS survey: 72% disapproved how congressional Republican handled the debt negotiations, while 66% said that of congressional Dems and 47% said that of Obama; the Tea Party’s fav/unfav is now 20%-40%, compared with 26%-29% back in April; and by a margin of greater than 2-to-1, respondents said creating jobs should be a higher priority than spending cuts. The best news for Obama this entire week? His job approval (48%-47%) remains relatively unchanged. By comparison, however, House Speaker John Boehner’s disapproval rating has sky-rocketed to 57%

A real bike culture

 There are also in the United States certain perceptions associated with both cycling and public transportation that are not the case here. In Holland, public buses aren’t considered last-resort forms of transportation. And cycling isn’t seen as eco-friendly exercise; it’s a way to get around. C.E.O.’s cycle to work, and kids cycle to school.

As bad as Bush

Bend over please

I spent the summer in places like Tunisia and Egypt, where people were similarly taken advantage of by the corrupt and the wealthy and by the politicians the latter bought, and where they rose up and got rid of the miscreants. It is a matter of some astonishment that most Americans are just bending over and taking this treatment without so much as a protest.

Downgraded US Credit Rating: What comes of Coddling the Super-Rich | Informed Comment

Our tax dollars at work

BBC News - US special forces Afghan helicopter 'downed' by Taliban


Appeal of John Holger Swetman

Portland Firefighters Train to Respond Efficiently to MAX Light-Rail Incidents


Part-Time Bus Operator

Another MAX film

30 Years Ago Today: The Day the Middle Class Died ...a letter from Michael Moore

From time to time, someone under 30 will ask me, "When did this all begin, America's downward slide?" They say they've heard of a time when working people could raise a family and send the kids to college on just one parent's income (and that college in states like California and New York was almost free). That anyone who wanted a decent paying job could get one. That people only worked five days a week, eight hours a day, got the whole weekend off and had a paid vacation every summer. That many jobs were union jobs, from baggers at the grocery store to the guy painting your house, and this meant that no matter how "lowly" your job was you had guarantees of a pension, occasional raises, health insurance and someone to stick up for you if you were unfairly treated.