Tuesday, August 31, 2010

MUNI workers made scapegoats while billions are spent on auto subsidy

Facts For Working People: San Francisco Mayor Carry's Out Threat Against MUNI Drivers. Union Leaders Call a Lawyer, AFL-CIO Backs Mayor: "The San Francisco Chronicle prepares the ground by building public animosity toward the MUNI drivers and public sector workers in general.� The MUNI driver's refusal to cut their own throats meant that they were taking “….money intended to stop a proposed increase in discounted passes for seniors, youth and the disabled and to blunt service cuts…..”�� the Chronicle wrote earlier this year.� All the thieving and corruption that goes on as the contractors, business and various other sections of the capitalist class get their noses deep in the public trough and the transit drivers are to blame for capital's refusal to provide free public transit."

Plan to squander transit money -- time to put a stop to it.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Prescott AZ knuckleheads still for subsidizing the expensive private auto system

Editorial: There's no money to fuel public transit - The Prescott Daily Courier - Prescott, Arizona: "It is amazing that Prescott officials refuse to really look at the transit issue. They can find 19 million for an interchange with a road to nowhere. They can subsidize a golf course that has never turned a profit a garage that costs millions a year and gets little use an airport that flies to nowhere useful and can't remotely pay for itself and other failed projects or projects that go way beyond projected cost and time. But, the city refuses to even consider a transit plan."

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Is this obvious enough? They DO NOT WANT transit to work

MTA's $46M system of locking turnstiles sits unused, waiting for fare cards to be adopted - LA Daily News: "After spending more than $154 million for a system of locking turnstiles and electronic payment cards for the county transit system, officials are discovering that at least a third of the money may have been wasted because they can't use the new devices as planned.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority placed the locking turnstiles at subway and light-rail stations to stop fare scofflaws and end what had previously been an honor-based system."

Monday, August 23, 2010

All the kings horses, and all the kings men...

Iraq willing to accommodate Syria-bound Iranian gas pipeline | Earth Times News: "Baghdad - Iraq is open to allowing a pipeline transporting gas from Iran to Syria to run through its territory, a press release from the Iraqi oil ministry said Thursday.
'Iraq does not mind facilitating the extension of the Iranian gas pipeline through its territory to Syria and the Mediterranean Sea,' Iraqi oil minister Hussein al-Sharistani said in the statement."

Thursday, August 12, 2010

CSM does story on wild fires. No mention of global warming.

The story talks about zoning, propane tanks, and homeowner precautions. Why no mention of climate change? Oh. There is an advertisement for an automobile next to the story. Enough said. CSM

Friday, August 6, 2010

Russia, Crippled by Drought, Bans Grain Exports - NYTimes.com

Russia, Crippled by Drought, Bans Grain Exports - NYTimes.com: "MOSCOW — Prime Minister Vladimir V. Putin on Thursday banned all exports of grain after millions of acres of Russian wheat withered in a severe drought, driving up prices around the world and pushing them to their highest level in two years in the United States."