Sunday, August 14, 2011

Jack Bogdanski editorials and exposé

Go by streetcar, lose your pension

Why Portland City Hall employees' unions continue to support politicians who will spend money on tomfoolery like the Mystery Train to Milwaukie (population 20,291) is beyond us. When those electeds overspend on their pet projects, the unions may find themselves losing their precious retirement checks:
Cities and local governments make lots of promises: to their citizens, workers, vendors and investors. But when the money starts to run out, as it has in Central Falls, some promises prove more binding than others. Bond lawyers have known for decades that it is possible, at least in theory, to put bondholders ahead of pensioners, but no one wanted to try it and risk a backlash on Election Day. Now the poor, taxed-out city of Central Falls is mounting a test case, which other struggling governments may follow if it succeeds.
The whole thing is here.

The treasury department has issued a new dollar bill to reflect the state of the economy.

A Growing Gloom for States and Cities

States and cities had already endured a harrowing three-year financial slide when the debt-ceiling crisis darkened their outlooks even further. In the space of just a few weeks, the Republican-led standoff on spending and taxes brought them a triple dose of bad news: a budget deal that will probably lead to a significant reduction in federal aid; a bond downgrade that could eventually trickle down to the local and state level, making borrowing more expensive; and a stock market plunge that is bleeding state employee pension funds. 
Washington should have been trying to find a way to help states avoid the layoffs and cutbacks that have contributed heavily to the high unemployment rate. Instead, it seems to be doing everything possible to make the situation worse in state capitals around the country.


Checking out Portland's reservoir

The case against ellen fox

Was dismissed under the U.S. Department of Labor — Office of Labor-Management Standards (OLMS) — Labor-Management Reporting and Disclosure Act of 1959, As Amended

I have been informed that somewhere in there (I don't see it) it states that union members are permitted to discuss union business both "inside" and "outside' the union, which of course means that we are now free to discuss the union business publicly.




It takes 18 years of full time seniority to get an am straight at merlo.

The Reed group is screwing drivers left and right, the company allows the screw ups and takes no responsibility.

Willie Moore and Hazel Lavalee both got the hell out of here. (retired)


In a past preferring of charges I posted all the information about that case. It now appears that it is permissible after the current union ruling.
While it saddens me that a woman can go around slandering and victimizing with impunity, the plus side is that we can now discuss openly the events of our union.



Reports are the ATU president has come down on the side of Free speech, with the approval of the executive board, and a vote of the membership.

Ellen Fox bears no responsibility in posting members names and driver numbers!

There has never been a preferring of charges that has actually gone through at ATU 757.
Is that a good thing? I really don't know.


Remember the story that KGW ran on me? Well here it is, in all it's glory. There are 4 videos, two from the station, and then the two that I made with Jason Mchuff that were not edited. I would encourage anyone who is being interviewed by a TV network to make sure they bring an assistant to film the ENTIRE interview.

My versions are the next two:
 This is the video I made before going (against all advice) down to that TV station.

Jim Karlocks website ( I think)

Inside Story-China train crash



SF transit agency’s cell phone shutdown: Shielding commuters or hints of Orwell?

(Robin Weiner, File/Associated Press) - FILE - Commuters enter and exit a Bay Area Rapid Transit station in San Francisco’s financial district in this Sept. 15, 1997 file photo. Officials with the Bay Area Rapid Transit system, better known as BART, said Friday Aug. 12, 2011 that they blocked cellphone reception in San Francisco train stations for three hours to disrupt planned demonstrations over a police shooting.
SAN FRANCISCO — An illegal, Orwellian violation of free-speech rights? Or just a smart tactic to protect train passengers from rowdy would-be demonstrators during a busy evening commute?
The question resonated Saturday in San Francisco and beyond as details emerged of Bay Area Rapid Transit officials’ decision to cut off underground cellphone service for a few hours at several stations Thursday. Commuters at stations from downtown to near the city’s main airport were affected as BART officials sought to tactically thwart a planned protest over the recent fatal shooting of a 45-year-old man by transit police.
Two days later, the move had civil rights and legal experts questioning the agency’s move, and drew backlash from one transit board member who was taken aback by the decision.
“I’m just shocked that they didn’t think about the implications of this. We really don’t have the right to be this type of censor,” said Lynette Sweet, who serves on BART’s board of directors. “In my opinion, we’ve let the actions of a few people affect everybody. And that’s not fair.”

The continuing failure and waste of resources on the 'war on drugs'

Camelopardalis MAX FAQS

Someone put Chillaxin' on the MAX on Reddit a few days ago. This is the second time MAX FAQs ended up there (the first, strangely enough, being my post about dynamic braking - who knew the internet would find that so interesting?), so for everyone still wandering in from Reddit, hi.
Anyway, some good news: we now have the video PSA for Chillaxin' on the MAX.
Can we bring these guys back for the Orange Line opening? I think I like them better than the Green Line dance team.


After Action report
After Action report
Action report
Action report
Action report
portland is too crazy!...shuting down all these bridges for friggin in gridlock!....taking me almost an hour to get across to NE

A Half-Century at the Local Tire Factory in a Globalizing World

A Half-Century at the Local Tire Factory in a Globalizing World | Dissident Voice

The next time you buy tires,insist that your tire be made in the USA.Les Schwab,the leading retailer in the NW,sells mainly imports from Korea,Japan and China.I cringe when I look out my drivers side window and see Toyo,Yokohama, Hankook or their private labels such as Open Country.Put a US citizen to work in Ohio,Iowa,Tennessee or S.Carolina by keeping those factories running.