Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Jack Bogdanski commentary

The O says, "Kill the Lake O. streetcar"

They said it the day after Christmas, when nobody would notice, but still -- they said it.
When even the O is against something shiny and Goldschmidtty, you know it's a screaming waste of money. The nattering nabobs on the Lake O. City Council can keep pushing this for Homer Williams if they like -- they may soon be rewarded by getting to spend a lot more time with their families.

JackPortlandia got the right idea


Cut 10 percent off the salaries of your top 100 paid employees, you save over $1M. $5M in cuts can be done

With that amount of admin, why not set an "internal efficiencies" goal of cutting $5 million?

You have over 70 people with salaries over $100K, and 200 people getting more than $100K in total compensation

I am a bus rider. Fares keep going up and your service keeps going down. Please don't cut any more buses, cut management/admin jobs.

Remember the driver that collapsed after driving?

Passengers noticed something strange smelling in the bus so dispatch had the driver take the bus back to the garage. The smell turned out to be a battery problem. The driver collapsed when he walked into the garage. The Trimet "safety team" told Joe Rose that his collapsing had nothing to do with the "battery problem.
Apparently that driver is still away from work.

Watch Kim Jong-il’s Can’t-Look-Away Bizarre Funeral

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Portland A-Foot

Our December podcast: The Money Episode | Portland Afoot

Transit Commuter Tax Benefit Will Be Slashed Almost In Half January 1



Do you think public transportation should be free? Would this help the city be 'progressive'? : Portland


Stranded passengers sue NYC transit agency -

How does the cost of a car compare to the cost of Trimet?

Employee complaints

Ok so sick of some of the white shirts here at this fuckin company do they not remember what it is like to be a driver aparently not because they regulary and consistantly treat us like we are just scumbags and all we want to do is get out of work and nreak all the rules. Mabye remember what it was like when you were in these sboes with mngt regulary fucking us ebery which way come on people you people will suffer every which way we xo when it all comes down too it you people are no better tban us so its about time you start acting like it fuck just fucking disgusted by all the bullshit at this company (name removed)

Red Lines and Ticking Clocks: U.S. War Plans Against Iran

Here we go again.

Wars don’t just happen.
Before the first bomb falls disinformation specialists prepare the ground.
Leading media outlets, foreign policy journals and a plethora of think tanks funded by elite foundations, energy and weapons’ conglomerates, “right,” “left” or “center” take your pick, churn out war propaganda disguised as “analysis.”
From the neoconservative American Enterprise Institute (AEI) to the neoliberal Center for American Progress (CAP), rhetorical skirmishes aside, the line is remarkably similar.
Indeed, for “conservative” and “liberal” elite bloviators alike, Iran poses an “existential threat” to Israel and America’s regional “allies,” a disparate crew of land-grabbing colonizers, murderous princes and profligate potentates

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