Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Uber-Vultures: The Billionaires Who Would Pick Our President

The untold story of the sources of the loot controlled by Paul "The Vulture" Singer, Ken Langone and the Kochs - and why they need to buy the White House.

Riders abusing drivers now

Live field report, passenger told a driver "fuck you" , the reason for the curse is unclear at this time.
Be ready for lots of disrespect from riders operators!

New policy statement from our management

Customer Service is a Priority at TriMet
TriMet provides a critical service in a diverse operating environment. Every day you interact with people from diverse backgrounds. This includes riders with limited English proficiency, the elderly, persons with disabilities and youth. Some customers will require additional time, effort, assistance and patience. TriMet expects operators to be polite and courteous to all customers and to respond to questions and challenging situations in a polite, respectful way.
Live from the route 57! that baby screamed for 25 minutes!..some ppl on the bus told them to do something the baby has been screaming the whole ride

VIDEO LOG-October 4-part 2


DRIVER: Screaming baby, Haha!
ME: Kick them off!
Driver: Haha..OK!

Starting to understand the hoopla around the baby bus story

MOMS! ITS ALL ABOUT MOMS! They are really interested in this story of the mom with the baby. And that also explains why a web site such as the THE CONSUMERISTwould beat out all my usual readers, like bus bloggers and even news bloggers!

Former TriMet bus driver pleads guilty to misdemeanor sex abuse of 15-year-old passenger

Tyranny at Trimet-my fight for civil rights as a Trimet employee

Those that have been following this blog over the years know that I have been in a fight with Trimet management for my rights as a citizen of Oregon and the United States of America.

Trimet management asserts they have the right to regulate my off duty behavior, in my house, using completely legal apparatus, to listen to and re-publish over the air wave communications of transit operations.
They contend that I violate their internal rules which require me to seek 'permission' to record any employees voice or picture, on or off duty, over the public airwaves or at any public meeting.

'Occupy Wall Street' plans Portland rally without permit

Occupy Wall Street demonstrations that began in New York two weeks ago are spreading to Oregon, with disruptions likely in downtown Portland on Thursday.
Occupy Portland plans a protest Thursday at Waterfront Park that will then march along a route not yet disclosed to downtown Portland. The Portland Police Bureau announced Wednesday morning that the group declined to obtain a permit for a march.
Occupy Portland faxed police, stating: "For best impact, we will march in the streets and disrupt the city," according to the Portland Police Bureau.
The group will meet at Waterfront Park near the Burnside Bridge at noon on Thursday, and then march to undisclosed locations in the city.
Bureau spokesman Sgt. Pete Simpson cautioned downtown businesses to be aware of protesters, and that the event will disrupt mass transit and slow down both vehicle and foot traffic.
"The Portland Police Bureau is committed to vigorously pursuing the goal of allowing participants to express their view which is there free speech right," he said, "Our overall objective is to take all appropriate action to help make this event happen in a way that is safe for participants and the general public alike." More: Read PPB release
The occupation protest is based on the Occupy Wall Street demonstrations, now in their third week, which have spurred other similar demonstrations in major cities like Boston and Los Angeles, all to protest corporate greed.

Larry Hanley Occupies Wall Street on 'Ed Show' (MSNBC), Approximately 10:20 PM EDT Tonight

International President Larry Hanley will appear on the ‘Ed Show,’ at 10:20 PM EDT, tonight on the cable news channel, MSNBC.
Hanley will be discussing the ATU’s support for the “Occupy Wall Street” demonstrations in New York and all around the country.
ATU members participated in the Occupy Wall Street March today in New York City.  Hanley pledged ATU’s support for the movement saying, “The ATU applauds the Occupy Wall Street activists for their courage and strength to expose the greed and corruption on Wall Street as the rest of America struggles to survive. These young people are speaking for the vast majority of Americans who are frustrated by the bankers and brokers who have profited on the backs of hard working people.”
““While we battle it out day after day, month after month, the millionaires and billionaires on Wall Street sit idly by – untouched – and lecture us on the level of our sacrifice.” he continued.  "Working Americans have sacrificed too much already. Transit riders have paid with record fare increases and service cuts.  How dare they demand that we coddle the rich while poor people are losing their benefits and millions are becoming poor?”
Hanley urges all members to participate in “Occupy” demonstrations taking place in their area. 

The bus ride to nowhere

One of Trimet's finest operators gets verbally abused by a rider

TRIMET coming after me now?

Veteran operator ""Rolf"" shows no sympathy for baby bus driver

Dan Christensen comments on the baby bus incident

1. It is not abuse of anyone if they get off the bus. Unless it puts them in danger, bad weather, or the last bus and you strand them. Waiting for the next bus is not... NOT abuse. those who think so have to do a priority check.
2. If the child is distracting the driver with crying.. then the child is distracting the driver.. just like a cell phone or a kindle. Distraction is distraction. A bus has to roll safe.


Portland motel room burglary led to car left on tracks, smacked by light rail train

PORTLAND, Ore. — Portland police say a 1999 Subaru Legacy ended up abandoned on light rail tracks where it was hit by a MAX train after a motel room burglary in which the vehicle's owners lost their car keys as well as other items.
No one was in the car when it was hit early Tuesday. TriMet spokeswoman Bekki Witt tells The Oregonian that the operator and four students using the eastbound train for training were unhurt.
Lt. Robert King says the victims woke up at a Travelodge to find several items missing from their room and called police Tuesday morning to report the burglary. Detectives recovered video surveillance from the burglary and were able to identify the suspects coming from and going to a different room at the motel. Police made three arrests Tuesday evening.

Rolf says management "not here to help you"

VIDEO LOG-October 4-part 1