Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Screwing our retirees is HOW WE ROLL

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Herb! BLAST FROM THE PAST

Tweets!

melogna: I like how all #TriMet buses have the American flag in their window, lest someone question their loyalties.
MissErika92: FUCK TRIMET
cme2009: @trimet I was just wondering why on the online trip planner, the default walking distance is now 1 mile? It used to be 1/4 or 1/2 mile
  JosedePDX: @trimet The bus Driver did see me! He waved to me as he left!! ·
alannarisse: @trimet Do you have an after hours # I can call. Just had a run in with a bus driver with serious road rage issues. ·
alanpdx: Tis the season for bad perfume on Trimet. #Augh ·
Sequelcast: I hope @Trimet invests in something to soften the loud engines in the buses. Louder than an airplane!
anzadesu: This bus smells like piss... Like... Really bad. It's making me feel sick. #Trimet #bus77
anzadesu: Wow bus you are WAY early. Like 5 min early. No bueno. #Trimet
sporkbot: I am so fucking angry. The trimet officer gave me a "Curtosey Ticket" and kept the one I bought as "Evidence" EVIDENCE OF WHAT ITS NOT DATED
alicynx: @trimet, is the 12 line where you put your worst drivers? This is getting ridiculous!
mikerigsby: Good lord. Annoying chick on my #Trimet 99 is nagging at everyone to "Smile!" Bitch, I've been up for 16 hrs, too tired for tweakers. :p
  mikerigsby: Time to play #Trimet roulette and see if my bus actually shows up today.
Lextastic09: Mission to PSU. ahhhh I freakin HATE trimet!

I didn't shoot this video

Alcoholic Werewolf on the MAX

Shooting at Trimet bus stop

Gang team investigates Saturday afternoon bus stop shooting

LIVE FROM THE FRONTLINE-GREECE

The Greeks are fighting the battle before it gets to America,this war is heading here soon!

MAX KEISER

OCCUPY WORLD!

Stealing Your Pension: The Daily Show Looks At The 1% Reverse Robin Hood

http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-october-17-2011/ellen-schultz

One of the ways that Wall Street has caused this massive shift of wealth strictly to the top 1 percent is in the way corporations have decimated pension funds. Investigative journalist Ellen Schultz wrote the book Retirement Heist: How Companies Plunder and Profit from the Nest Eggs of American Workers to illustrate how these corporations have pulled a reverse Robin Hood and robbed from the working poor to give yet even more to the rich. From the publisher's description:
It's no secret that hundreds of companies have been slashing pensions and health coverage earned by millions of retirees. Employers blame an aging workforce, stock market losses, and spiraling costs- what they call "a perfect storm" of external forces that has forced them to take drastic measures.
But this so-called retirement crisis is no accident. Ellen E. Schultz, award-winning investigative reporter for the Wall Street Journal, reveals how large companies and the retirement industry-benefits consultants, insurance companies, and banks-have all played a huge and hidden role in the death spiral of American pensions and benefits.A little over a decade ago, most companies had more than enough set aside to pay the benefits earned by two generations of workers, no matter how long they lived. But by exploiting loopholes, ambiguous regulations, and new accounting rules, companies essentially turned their pension plans into piggy banks, tax shelters, and profit centers.
Drawing on original analysis of company data, government filings, internal corporate documents, and confidential memos, Schultz uncovers decades of widespread deception during which employers have exaggerated their retiree burdens while lobbying for government handouts, secretly cutting pensions, tricking employees, and misleading shareholders. She reveals how companies:
Siphon billions of dollars from their pension plans to finance downsizings and sell the assets in merger deals
Overstate the burden of rank-and-file retiree obligations to justify benefits cuts while simultaneously using the savings to inflate executive pay and pensions
Hide their growing executive pension liabilities, which at some companies now exceed the liabilities for the regular pension plans
Purchase billions of dollars of life insurance on workers and use the policies as informal executive pension funds. When the insured workers and retirees die, the company collects tax-free death benefits
Preemptively sue retirees after cutting retiree health benefits and use other legal strategies to erode their legal protections.
Though the focus is on large companies-which drive the legislative agenda-the same games are being played at smaller companies, non-profits, public pensions plans and retirement systems overseas. Nor is this a partisan issue: employees of all political persuasions and income levels-from managers to miners, pro- football players to pilots-have been slammed.

Safety is a value?

Except when it comes to health/safety, or if it's on a weekend... Earlier today I needed to transfer from a bus to a train at Hollywood TC. I took the elevator down to the train platform, and it was hard to miss the GIANT POOL OF VOMIT on the wall/floor of the elevator. It's Saturday so I can't call TriMet's customer service, so when my train came in I knocked on the cab door and told the operator.

He says, "Yeah we know, it was called in yesterday--"

"YESTERDAY?!" - I generally make an effort to not interrupt people, but seriously?

"--Yes, yesterday" he continued, "but with the cutbacks in cleaning apparently there's no one who can clean that until Monday morning."

So if you're going through the Hollywood TC & need to take the elevator tomorrow, enjoy riding it with 2-day old vomit. Sure, that sounds safe.

WEEKLY READERSHIP REPORT

HOW THE EUROPEANS DO THE "OCCUPY" MOVEMENT

If only we could get our fellow Americans to understand the importance of fighting the banks!

Greeks fight against the bankster control


Trimet in violation of federal law "13c"?

But it also appears to be in conflict with a federal labor law, sometimes referred to as 13C, which requires that public bodies receiving federal grants preserve the collective bargaining rights of public unions, according to Gerald Poisson, chairman of the SMART board of directors.
The contracts of the four unions representing SMART employees expired Dec. 31. Because the new state law forbids SMART to pay for step increases and medical coverage provided for under the old contract, the Amalgamated Transit Union petitioned the Department of Labor to withhold $20 million to $26 million in federal grants to SMART -- which the feds have tentatively agreed to do.

Editorial: Fix Michigan labor law or risk devastating cuts to SMART bus service | Detroit Free Press | freep.com

Another car plows into bus stop

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2b3_1223946028

Car plows into bus stop-warning, gruesome

Transit police rough up guy in wheelchair

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mSYofminfg4

My old pal Marcus Griffith still around

Vancouver couple had history of abuse allegations - Koinlocal6.com

Mayor Sam Adamas, city say streetcar attracted $4 billion in private investment

The Truth-O-Meter Says:

OPAL press room

http://www.opalpdx.org/press-room/

Portland Transports (Bob Richardson) production of the street car music bands

A Little Streetcar Music

Classic scene from "The Big Bus"-Bus drivers in Bus drivers bar

Bus drivers start clicking their ticket punches all together in disapproval of one of their own!

BIBIANA!

Bibiana McHugh

Boring survey released

TriMet asks for input, releases survey results in Boring withdrawal petition | OregonLive.com

Mary Priester-director of trimet art

Transit funds are not about providing transit anymore:

Hillarious

Peter Rogoff, head of the Federal Transit Administration, presented a top honor to Metro and TriMet last week, pointing to the region as a leader in efficiency and inclusiveness. The light rail project received the 2011 Outstanding Achievement Award, which recognizes excellence in providing accessible, "truly useful" information to the public and decision-makers.

Comedy here!

Video log-October 21

PART 1
PART 2

Reddit

I wish Trimet had night owl service, especially for the lack of taxis. : Portland
Do you have a completely selfish fantasy transit line wish / map? Here's mine. : Portland

Video log-October 20-PART 1(a)

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