Friday, June 29, 2018

Free public transport brings many benefits in Estonia

Tallinn - Mr Savisaar said the European Union institutions are monitoring the experience of Tallinn and other cities that have transferred to free public transport with a serious interest and they very often ask at international forums why does Tallinn offer public transport for free.
“Actually, it would be more appropriate to ask why the majority of the cities in the world still do not provide free public transport. How to justify the subsidy rate reaching 60-70 per cent and sometimes even higher paid from the public budget for a public service, which due to its cost is still not available for many people. If we considered public transport worthy of such a subsidy, we must ensure that all people wishing to use it could do so,” Mr Savisaar said.
On the example of Tallinn, it could be said that, above all, public transport gives new opportunities for people with average and low income. “The employment rate in the city has improved, as free transport extends the area of job search in the city. The fact has at least the same important side for the employers as well – finding the potential required labour is cheaper and they need fewer investments in parking spots for private vehicles. 

Thursday, June 28, 2018

Americans do not have the understanding needed to prevent fascism

People are noticing that the conditions in the US are drifting to fascism, and are asking how to stop it.

A lot of people think that as long as the middle class has some rights there is hope to turn things around.

But very few understand that the US is locked in to a liquid fuel system. The economics of unwinding trillions of dollars worth of fixed, hard, autosprawl assets do not compute. Even a financial crash would not be enough.

This is the power behind the racism and inequality. As long as a significant number of people see the leafy suburb as a goal. There will be no relief. 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Wet Bulb Temperature Soon to Become Leading Cause of Death

“In a recent study with Matt Huber, we showed that it doesn’t take that many degrees of global warming to permit peak heat summertime heat stress to (occasionally) become unsurvivable, in many parts of the world that are currently highly populated.”
Kevin Hester blog 

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Oil wars, this is why we have them.

This is the front line of the oil wars and the struggle to save the biosphere. This should be the main topic on all media. But we get distraction instead.
NYT In places like Nashville, Koch-financed activists are finding tremendous success.
Early polling here had suggested that the $5.4 billion transit plan would easily pass. It was backed by the city’s popular mayor and a coalition of businesses. Its supporters had outspent the opposition, and Nashville was choking on cars.

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

911 has been the excuse for millions of deaths, is it worth an hour of reading?

Wikispooks Discounting the Official Narrative as the absurdity it so clearly is, there are just two organisations on the entire planet with the expertise, assets, access and political protection necessary to have both executed 9/11 and effected its cover-up to date (ie the means). Both are Intelligence Agencies - the CIA and the Israeli Mossad whose motives were arguably the most compelling. Those motives dovetailed perfectly with the Neocon PNAC agenda, with it's explicitly stated need for "...a catastrophic and catalyzing event - like a new Pearl Harbor" [1] in order to mobilise US public opinion for already planned wars, the effects of which would be to destroy Israel's enemies.
Agree or disagree but be informed. A word to the wise, there are a lot of "crazies" putting out theories. They are likely red herrings, things for you to chase and find nothing. Just skip over and look for what makes sense to you.

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Yellow school buses are a subsidy for cars and sprawl

So many things that we think are for pedestrians, bicycles, or even education, are actually for cars. Because the US is so sprawled out and devoid of public transit, school districts have to support expensive school bus service. In the city, that sprawl subsidy is not so necessary.
WaPo: Because the District doesn’t have a fleet of yellow school buses, students ride public transit free. Still, they have to tap their DC One cards to board Metrorail or buses so the city can monitor how many are using the system, which helps the agency qualify for more federal funding.

Monday, June 11, 2018

Sorting through propaganda

If you get most of your news from TV or American entertainment industry, stop reading here.

Are you confused even after searching social media for truth?

Start with energy. Energy runs everything. The cheaper the energy the more they fight over it. Economics is subservient.

In economics profits run everything. It's hard to find profits now, the masses have been impoverished and demand is falling. This increases the wars for cheaper energy. Politics is subservient.

In the elites, the banks are on top. They use nations for their military power. Fights between nations are rivalry, not class struggle.

Saturday, June 2, 2018

Cost of #freetransit $30B, Cost of #climatechange $300B.

theweek : "NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information estimates that 2017 was America's most expensive year for climate disasters of all time, with 16 disasters costing over $1 billion (more than three times the 1980-2017 average, after accounting for inflation) and a total cost of over $300 billion. That's about 1.5 percent of total GDP ...."

Dr. Guy McPherson shows how ownership has brought us to the edge of extinction

On Ownership: "Contemporary neoclassical economists proclaim a contrary message. The rising tide of economic prosperity, they say, floats all boats. Blinded by the ridiculous assumptions of an experiment gone horribly awry, they continue to promote the pathological system that has led to our extinction. Driven by the love of money and its underlying monetary system, they will continue to benefit from the system until, surprisingly to them, it no longer delivers power to them."

Friday, June 1, 2018

Free public transport doesn't add up – unless you get rid of the drivers [lol]

conversation : "The biggest drawback to free public transport schemes is the lack of funds from fares to cover maintenance and upgrades. "
Another attack on fare-free transit. It takes a lot of "education" and "academic research" for these trolls to come up with the old "we need the money" bs.

It's a matter of accounting. Bus systems are considered money-losers because the true cost of the auto system is never considered. The auto-system requires billions in subidy and maintenance and has billions more in negative consequences.

One would think an "academic" would be able to see the big picture.