Month: December 2009

Get your act together RIPTA

The Rhode Island Public Transit Authority has made some progress but not nearly enough.

For example, there is still a huge rack of bus schedules inside the main facility in Kennedy Plaza. This could be replaced by a cheap computer kiosk and a printer with high speed and high capacity. It’d be cheaper too in the long run. The schedules are printed in three colors, doing it with a printer means monochrome but better schedule readability. Not to mention, all their schedules are available online now.

The second thing is, if you want to buy a 15 ride pass, bus pass or any other specialty product you have to see an agent to do so. Follow the lead of the MBTA and put in computerized kiosks at all your major stops and in Kennedy Plaza.

Lastly another gripe is the organization of Kennedy Plaza itself. We noted a woman who looked befuddled and it turns out she wanted a bus on the other side of the plaza. Color code by section, not route. For example, all the 2x buses tend to run East to West. That gets a green color, the 5x buses tend to run North to South, make them gold. You get the idea.

My Seasonal Rant about UPS – What can Brown (Shit) Do for Me Today?

So I ordered something to be delivered on Christmast Eve (12/24/2009). Hadn’t expected it to ship this fast as I chose the vendors free shipping not knowing it would be UPS.

So the tag on the door said they’d try again today between 2PM and 5PM. Ok, I’ll be there.

I check the mail around 2:30PM and there’s a second delivery attempt slip. Huh? I query the tag number and they tried to deliver at 12:15PM. Nice going UPS, give me a range of times and then try to deliver it almost two hours earlier. Of course I also got Mr. Driver on video just tagging the door without ringing the doorbell or knocking. This is the third time I’ve caught them on video btw just doing a tag and run.

I call UPS at 2:30PM and they say someone from the local center will call me within an hour. As of 3:30PM I’d heard nothing so at 4:50PM I call the UPS national number again. While I’m on the phone with them John from UPS in Warwick, RI comes in on the other line.

He gives me the song and dance that the driver got back in about 30 minutes ago. Which of course is why John waited to call me. So we’ll try again tomorrow. This time I signed the slip, told John that I signed the slip and that the driver is to leave the package at the door. This is the third attempt so we’ll see how that goes.

It’s one thing to be a lousy shipper. It’s another to lie to your customers. It is why when I have the option I will NOT request UPS shipping on anything being delivered to me, nor will I ship via UPS. That Brown thing, it’s the color of shit, and that is what UPS is, pure, unadulterated shit.

Repugs want Obama to fail

Check out this article in the DailyKos.

The Republican game is to make Obama and the Democrats appear to be ineffectual. Obama should have figured this out by now. I thought he was approaching the olive branch/arrows strategy. You know, offer the Republicans the chance to do some bipartisan acts on things that matter like health care, or the military. Then when the Republicans pull the obstructionist act, let loose the arrows.

Ridicule the Republicans and then lock them out.

I’m seeing little signs of this with Sen. Franken, Sen. Whitehouse, Rep. Kucinich and Rep. Grayson. I think those are Obama’s attack dogs. And how we need those attack dogs.

My Gay Manifesto

It’s really simple. Honestly, I wont’ waste your time.

1) The same rights that everyone else has, including access to marriage. And don’t get all flippant and say I can get married so long as I chose a female partner. I’m a gay male, would it not be logical for me to marry someone who I’ve been with for over 15 year?

2) I will fight like a tiger on the loose to get those rights.

See, simple. Not a very complex manifesto.

Seaons Felicitations

Whether you celebrate Christmas or if you celebrate the Pagan Yule, Roman Saturnalia, Kwanzaa, Hannukah or just celebrate the Solstice my felicitations to you.

Another year just about wrapped up.

Christmas Tree
Christmas Scene
Yuletide Santa Storm
Yuletide Santa Storm
Saturnalia Celebration
Saturnalia Celebration
Solstice at Stonehenge
Solstice at Stonehenge

Notice the similarities in the last two btw.

The anti-equality lies uncovered on YouTube

So I find myself viewing more things in my suggestions than in my subscriptions. My subscriptions tend to be world events type things. Right now Iran and Afghanistan are playing big in that aspect.

But I found this:

Yep, all lies. Every last word out of the mouths of those like Maggie “The Loathsome” Gallagher, Brian “Pumpkin Face” Brown, Robert “The Bigot” George, and RI’s Chris “The Whore” Plante, James Dobson, the FRC, FoF, AFA et al. All lies. Every last one of them.

Snow: Why Providence fails miserably with Snow

Ok, we had our first major storm. Got about 8+ inches here in the city. For the most part downtown is all plowed out and down to pavement. The side streets on the other hand are bad.

Lets not even talk sidewalks. For example the sidewalks in front of the new Vinton St. office isn’t cleared, nor are the sidewalks around the Aurora Club. The highway overpass sidewalks aren’t cleared either. Now this is interesting because Federal Hill is the restaurant district while all the hotels are downtown. If you want people to walk up (And it is an easy walk, < .5 miles) you need to keep those thoroughfares open.

Every year I get more and more pissed off about this. Providence does have a statute that says you have to clear sidewalks after a storm. The fines get progressively larger after each offense too. But I have NEVER seen it enforced.

I mean, the city already showed it can get something done with the whole recycling debacle last month. If you didn't have your recycling bins out with your regular garbage they wouldn't pickup the garbage. Of course sometimes you might not have recycling. The stead maintained it's stance and would not pickup garbage unless accompanied by recycling bins.

So enforce the damned statute and clean the sidewalks. I'm sick and tired of trying to walk somewhere only to encounter blocked sidewalks because snow is piled high on them. I've sent photos of unplowed sidewalks to my councilman, and gotten no replies at all. And now, even his office has a nice ice sheet in front of it. When even your city representative doesn't follow the law, who the hell does?

And the plowing job on side streets leaves lots to be desired. There’s a few inches of slushy shit on all the side streets. The trick guys is to replace the rubber guard on your plows and lower it to the ground, not three inches above.

Fundies say the Damndest things

Got this from The Gaytheist Agenda.

Check out this fundie quote:

Quote# 68845

Mystery:Why Do Non-Conservatives Exist?
Conservative principles are based on reason. So why do non-conservatives still exist? Here are some reasons:

* 20%: did not hear about conservative principles until after they made up their mind and, perhaps due to pervasive societal bias, refuse to reconsider
* 10%: genuinely lack of desire to find the truth, and instead desire attention, praise by liberal teachers, getting along by going along, and not standing up to liberal bullies
* 10%: refuse to forgive themselves and let go of their past mistakes and image
* 10%: believe myths created around government programs like the “New Deal” that liberal policies create jobs instead of destroying them and depriving people of liberty through government control.
* 10%: fooled by the demonizing of conservatives and mistakenly feel that conservative benefits are available only to those who are from an intact family or privileged background
* 10%: refuse to rise above their personal temptations, often self-destructive, and hate conservatives who criticize their self-indulgent behavior
* 10%: feel that they deserve to make more money than they do, as in public school teachers and university professors, and refuse to rise above self-interest
* 10%: harbor a grudge against a conservative, typically a parent but sometimes an ex-spouse, and refuse to forgive or rise above the animosity
* 5%: like an anarchist, genuinely want to believe in and propagate destructive ideas
* 5%: are susceptible to marketing and suggestion to an overlarge degree.

I consider myself a non-conservative. I feel I don’t have a right to tell others how they should live their lives. I do however believe I should have the right to live my life as I see fit.

That said, lets answer some of this inanity.

Regarding the first point I knew about conservatism before I fixed myself firmly in the left wing progressive or liberal point of view. Conservatism is all about trying to wind the clock back and has a strong religious streak to it.

As to lack of desire to find the truth, I’ve evaluated conservatism and found it wanting. Can’t get an more truthful than that.

As to forgiving myself, there is nothing to forgive nor anything to let go. This is some seriously fucked up shit.

The so called myths about the New Deal – this is a red herring. The New Deal put millions back to work. So I wouldn’t call that a failure. Conservatives hate social safety nets. So this little lie doesn’t surprise me. I fall firmly in the Keynesian camp here, when the economy hits the shitter, government has to spend money. They spend it by hiring people to rebuild infrastructure, or people to create new art works in public spaces, or people to deliver meals to the disabled, etc.

As to self-indulgent behavior, I have to ask the question. What is so wrong about doing what I want to do, when I want to do it?

The grudge against pay for teachers shocks me. But then people enjoy their ignorance. Just this weekend I heard the story of someones boss who thought Lemings were birds. And this guy worked pushing peoples money around. Nice huh?

I’m pretty resistant to marketing. In fact I work the opposite. The more something is marketed/promoted the less interested I am in the product.

If you want to read more, and risk your head spontaneously exploding, go here.

Top 10 Reasons to Kill the Senate Health Care Bill

I just did preliminary calcs based on my salaries over the year. In almost every scenario I’d be paying over $1,000 per month or $12,000 a year for health insurance to cover my family.

The 2% IRS fine comes out to about $1,200 to $2,000 per year. I’ll take the government ransom instead o paying the criminals at the insurance companies that kind of money. And Senator Kirk needs to shut his trap. This isn’t real reform, this is a money grab by the insurance industry.

Hopefully more people will pay the fine than buy the insurance thereby sending a message to our government that we want single payer universal health care.
Read the Article at HuffingtonPost

Gay Rights: The Adam Lambert Problem on WSJ

Here’s the article. Go and read and come back for my comments.

What I take from this article is that people had their delicate sensibilities offended, to which I reply, it’s too fucking bad!

Noonan sees a sort of cultural shift going on. You’re damned right, I’m not going to shut up and be nice to people who would deny me my civil rights. They’re going to get every ounce of venom and derision I can dish out.

And here is something else to chew on. TV viewership is measured at 14.2 Million people but the complaints number 1,500. Doing a little math, (1,500 / 14,200,000 = .000105633 or 1/1000th of a percent of total viewers. )

Noonan and ABC seem to think that those 1,500 complaining viewers should have their arguments weighted so that they can overrule the remaining 14,198,500 viewers who really didn’t take issue at all.

And as to protecting the precious young ones, if parents are really THAT concerned they need to put up proxies that filter not only by site blacklist, but by content. Because your little precious ones know where all the good stuff is on the web. If you visit the link above you’ll understand that even kids at 7 are searching/surfing porn on the web.

Not to mention, the age of 8 is generally accepted as the age of reason. Kids know right from wrong at that age and a display of blatant homosexual activity is by no stretch of the imagination wrong. Morals don’t play here.

Instead we’re seeing a homophobic, anti-gay streak from the likes of Noonan and the WSJ.