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TriMet sucks: The end of fareless square

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1/3/2010, 11:52 a.m. PST The Associated Press

(AP) — PORTLAND, Ore. – Starting Sunday, there are no more free bus rides in downtown Portland.

The TriMet board voted last August to halt free bus service in downtown, Old Town and near the convention center and Lloyd Center. Rides in “Fareless Square” had been free for more than three decades, but the transit agency found it encouraged crime and annoyances on buses and trains.

The MAX light rail and the streetcar are still free in the downtown area.

Read the article here on OregonLive.

TriMet is digging their own grave. Not only have they been steadily raising the cost of public transportation (all the while reducing arrival times for buses and trains) but now fareless square is no more.  Thanks!

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Written by latierraybicicleta

January 3, 2010 at 2:02 pm

2010

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My first post in a few weeks. And the first day of the new year, too! May this year be productive in all its forms (academic/social/romantic/bicycling).

My girlfriend has purchased a Raleigh Rush Hour 2010 model. It’s a gorgeous bicycle and will be perfect for inner-city riding as it’s both a singlespeed and capable of fixed gear riding as well. I like how Raleigh designed a bicycle that isn’t a walking billboard (such as those from Cannondale, Cinelli, and Bianchi).

So I’m still saving money. Not sure what new bike I’m going to get yet —– I am enjoying the idea of a Kona Paddy Wagon or a Surly Streamroller. And of course, the Cinelli Vigorelli.

The new term starts in just three days. I’m not very excited about it. Yet, I must do better than I did last term.

Written by latierraybicicleta

January 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm

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News from Paraguay: Soy farmers spray indigenous communities with pesticide

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Armed with only bows and arrows to protect their land from soy crop farmers, they were quickly sprayed with aerial pesticide from planes in an effort to evict an indigenous community in Paraguay. This makes me sick!  Read the full article here.  Paraguay is the world’s #4 soybean exporter.  The problem with Paraguay is that the large landowners (and companies) are mostly foreign — and hence have no interest in the well-being of the people who actually live there.  Their soybean production causes significant damage environmentally, socially, and economically. The genetically modified soy crops are heavily sprayed with fertilizers and pesticides which wreak havoc on the land and water. Large scale soy operations have also displaced small farmers, increasing the economic suffering in a country of only 6 million.

Why is soy so important? The soy industry has stepped up production because the demand for cattle-feed and biofuels has increased.  I don’t have an educated opinion (yet) about biofuels — but from the little I have gathered thus far — there isn’t much of an environmental benefit compared to petrolatum. It’s truly depressing that in this world we can stuff our faces with cheap hamburgers from cows that were fattened up on cheap (subsidized) soy and corn grown half way around the globe at the expense of human rights.

More information

[1] GMO Soy Growers commit Massacre in Paraguay

[2] Campesinos harán movilización para castigar a responsables de asesinato

[3] Soy cultivation spells doom for Paraguayan campesinos

More than 24 million liters of toxic agrochemicals are employed in Paraguay every year, causing deformations, health problems — even death — and environmental damage. But Paraguayan lawmakers ignored this fact when they approved a farming chemical regulation law on May 22, which will still allow these toxic chemicals to be used. (Full Article).

Pop Quiz: Where does Paraguay get its genetically modified soy beans? Answer: Monsanto.

Written by latierraybicicleta

November 21, 2009 at 1:27 am