Portland Transit Race puts Taxi and Pubic Transit on the Bottom

Willamette Week had their The great Portland transit race. The race was a group of people had to go from e Willamette Week office in Slabtown to Roadside Attraction, the pleasant patio bar on Southeast 12th Avenue. The participants used Bike cycle t Car2Go, Lyft, a taxi and the bus. The race counted time of travel and cost.  Unfortunately private auto was not in the equation.

The winner was Car2Go at 18 Minutes and cost $6.47. the Bike was free at 22 minutes. Lyft 19 minutes costing $11.14.

As for the bottom of the barrel

Taxi 23 minutes costing $17.00 with tip

and Trimet 51 minutes at $2.50

I know firsthand the problem in using public Transit. My wok commute was 1.5 to 2.5 hours for a 30 to 47 drive. As for taxi no wonder why the cab companies are opposed to Uber and Lyft, they want to keep the tradition of high prices and poor service.

Earth Day Bah Humbug

Interesting story  from  The American Enterprise institute about  dooms day prediction a la the first  Eart day 1970.

“18 spectacularly wrong predictions made around the time of the first Earth Day in 1970, expect more this year

Some of my favorites

4. “Population will inevitably and completely outstrip whatever small increases in food supplies we make,” Paul Ehrlich confidently declared in the April 1970 Mademoiselle. “The death rate will increase until at least 100-200 million people per year will be starving to death during the next ten years.” (1980’s)

5. “Most of the people who are going to die in the greatest cataclysm in the history of man have already been born,” wrote Paul Ehrlich in a 1969 essay titled “Eco-Catastrophe! “By…[1975] some experts feel that food shortages will have escalated the present level of world hunger and starvation into famines of unbelievable proportions. Other experts, more optimistic, think the ultimate food-population collision will not occur until the decade of the 1980s.”

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This is your Brain

reagan vs trump

I want to make a point with this picture pundits and others are missing: Donald Trump ran a very successful reality TV show. Also how popular culture including TV has dumb down rational thought. (hint: it all about emotions and feelings). Whereas Obama in 2008 ran the first successful viral campaign, Trump is running the first reality TV campaign. Trump is the master of emotional manipulation. He know who to act to get the response he wants even though is views and beliefs can be called into question.
There is an irony to Trump; Trump and Cruz also are the natural evolution of a conservative movement’s abandonment Reagan of limited government , individual liberty and capitalism. Trump authoritarianism is the evolution of new conservatism.

Merry Christmas

John 1English Standard Version (ESV)

The Word Became Flesh
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a] and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.

6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.

9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him. 12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.

14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Merry Christmas all My Friends

Nativity picture was taken by me at The Grotto, Portland Oregon 2015.

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