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Representatives of all car rental agencies, dealerships, and garages say that for at least several days to weeks there are no rental cars available for several local counties; suppliers and mechanics say there is a shortage or lack of car parts; and others say police and mercenaries and military are practicing closing down all public transit and roads and bike paths and rails; the USFS and BLM, etc. are closing down and destroying forest roads to prevent civilian access, or other means of transport out of Portland or in the area and means for hiding/living in the forest; sustainable or democracy-friendly energy/fuel is being attacked or limited or outlawed. Continuity of Government (martial law) exercises are increasing in quantity, frequency, duration, location, and seriousness. At the same time energy that is harmful to people is being promoted (LNG, nuclear, etc.) and public dissent is being engineered and exploited or controlled and criminalized, requiring civilians more safe access to transportation and emergency escapes and mutual aid.
I do not know how much of these are due to pre-planned and coordinated public policy and corporate agendas, or unexpected and independent individual reactions, or what, but some theorize that by causing shortages blamed on various causes, there is too much shock and distraction and too much confusion and complacency for people to recognize and effectively protect against threats and untrustworthy dependencies. As long as people do not see a problem in time, and do not have hope and realistic solutions, with the power and resources/time to act on them in community with others, the crisis can be worsened. I wonder how much is due to policy to protect and enrich corporate profits and power, cause more dependency on oil and military, to allow job losses and lack of health care (vs insurance payments) and bad interests and credit, and general public fear of the economy and government so that people do not buy new cars, do not pay for repairs, do not go on road trips, and do not pay credit card bills. So car rental agencies sell more of their fleet, stop buying new cars, stop maintaining such good cars, hoard parts, etc. And so car manufacturers are out of business or spend less on producing less, and charge more for parts and delivery, with lower quality production and lower reliability of distribution. Retailers in auto parts, auto repair, auto sales, auto rentals, towing, etc. go out of business. Or they reduce work pay and benefits, reduce numbers of workers and support while requiring longer hours and more work for less. More workers are fearing homelessness and want to be able to live out of their cars or get rid of car overhead, increasing the fear factor of those which remain and the price of parts and service. So these individuals and businesses cannot pay taxes and take time for public policy supporting public transport and bike/hike routes and living near work/food gardens-farms to reduce transportation dependence. So workers, credit card holders, bank customers, health insurance policy holders, food-buyers, etc. are more easily exploited. Cuts in local government income mean cuts in services that are needed for local sustainability, food security, control of the commons, such as water and roads and public transit and potential public power, and public solar energy. Especially if multi-billionaires like Paulson's demand the $15 million for unwanted stadiums and soccer fields that employ maybe two yardworkers, a few concession workers, and some janitors and ticket-takers all working for minimum wage so we do not have that space to grow organic food and fiber and fuel, and we do not have that public funding for housing, job security in green jobs, public power/energy/water, etc. It means less support for public/civilian control of spaces for growing food, fiber, fuel, flowers, fun (along roads and rails, on roofs, on business walls, on billboards, on vehicle and train roofs, etc. Which means more of the same few rich folk control more and more of what we need for survival, and more conflicts between those who want to make locally-grown bamboo bikes and recycled bikes, etc. So... what are your analyses and our options? Especially for families with young children or infants who cannot ride on or in bikes, people with disabilities who cannot drive or bus or bike or walk or who would endanger others on the road, etc.

That was truly painful to read. 26.Jun.2009 09:41

Exile portlander_in_exile@yahoo.com

absolutely painful. I had to read it four times, slowly, wit a finger on the screen as a guide. It seems like you have a lot to say here, but there is no organization to your thoughts. I'm still unsure of what you're trying to get across.

Are you concerned about a conspiracy to isolate us here?

reposted as comment = easier to read now 26.Jun.2009 13:19

Not a Duplicate

I broke the one original paragraph up to help the Indy Readers follow this
... this is a good post worth reading ...

(thus I hope its not considered a "duplicate" and moved to the trash)

(NO words were changed or corrected)


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Representatives of all car rental agencies, dealerships, and garages say that for at least several days to weeks there are no rental cars available for several local counties; suppliers and mechanics say there is a shortage or lack of car parts; and others say police and mercenaries and military are practicing closing down all public transit and roads and bike paths and rails; the USFS and BLM, etc. are closing down and destroying forest roads to prevent civilian access, or other means of transport out of Portland or in the area and means for hiding/living in the forest; sustainable or democracy-friendly energy/fuel is being attacked or limited or outlawed.

Continuity of Government (martial law) exercises are increasing in quantity, frequency, duration, location, and seriousness. At the same time energy that is harmful to people is being promoted (LNG, nuclear, etc.) and public dissent is being engineered and exploited or controlled and criminalized, requiring civilians more safe access to transportation and emergency escapes and mutual aid.

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I do not know how much of these are due to pre-planned and coordinated public policy and corporate agendas, or unexpected and independent individual reactions, or what, but some theorize that by causing shortages blamed on various causes, there is too much shock and distraction and too much confusion and complacency for people to recognize and effectively protect against threats and untrustworthy dependencies.

As long as people do not see a problem in time, and do not have hope and realistic solutions, with the power and resources/time to act on them in community with others, the crisis can be worsened. I wonder how much is due to policy to protect and enrich corporate profits and power, cause more dependency on oil and military, to allow job losses and lack of health care (vs insurance payments) and bad interests and credit, and general public fear of the economy and government so that people do not buy new cars, do not pay for repairs, do not go on road trips, and do not pay credit card bills.

So car rental agencies sell more of their fleet, stop buying new cars, stop maintaining such good cars, hoard parts, etc. And so car manufacturers are out of business or spend less on producing less, and charge more for parts and delivery, with lower quality production and lower reliability of distribution. Retailers in auto parts, auto repair, auto sales, auto rentals, towing, etc. go out of business.

Or they reduce work pay and benefits, reduce numbers of workers and support while requiring longer hours and more work for less.

More workers are fearing homelessness and want to be able to live out of their cars or get rid of car overhead, increasing the fear factor of those which remain and the price of parts and service.

So these individuals and businesses cannot pay taxes and take time for public policy supporting public transport and bike/hike routes and living near work/food gardens-farms to reduce transportation dependence. So workers, credit card holders, bank customers, health insurance policy holders, food-buyers, etc. are more easily exploited. Cuts in local government income mean cuts in services that are needed for local sustainability, food security, control of the commons, such as water and roads and public transit and potential public power, and public solar energy.

Especially if multi-billionaires like Paulson's demand the $15 million for unwanted stadiums and soccer fields that employ maybe two yardworkers, a few concession workers, and some janitors and ticket-takers all working for minimum wage so we do not have that space to grow organic food and fiber and fuel, and we do not have that public funding for housing, job security in green jobs, public power/energy/water, etc. It means less support for public/civilian control of spaces for growing food, fiber, fuel, flowers, fun (along roads and rails, on roofs, on business walls, on billboards, on vehicle and train roofs, etc.

Which means more of the same few rich folk control more and more of what we need for survival, and more conflicts between those who want to make locally-grown bamboo bikes and recycled bikes, etc.

So... what are your analyses and our options? Especially for families with young children or infants who cannot ride on or in bikes, people with disabilities who cannot drive or bus or bike or walk or who would endanger others on the road, etc.

Representatives of all car rental agencies, dealerships, and garages say that for at least several days to weeks there are no rental cars available for several local counties; suppliers and mechanics say there is a shortage or lack of car parts; and others say police and mercenaries and military are practicing closing down all public transit and roads and bike paths and rails; the USFS and BLM, etc. are closing down and destroying forest roads to prevent civilian access, or other means of transport out of Portland or in the area and means for hiding/living in the forest; sustainable or democracy-friendly energy/fuel is being attacked or limited or outlawed.

Continuity of Government (martial law) exercises are increasing in quantity, frequency, duration, location, and seriousness. At the same time energy that is harmful to people is being promoted (LNG, nuclear, etc.) and public dissent is being engineered and exploited or controlled and criminalized, requiring civilians more safe access to transportation and emergency escapes and mutual aid.

I do not know how much of these are due to pre-planned and coordinated public policy and corporate agendas, or unexpected and independent individual reactions, or what, but some theorize that by causing shortages blamed on various causes, there is too much shock and distraction and too much confusion and complacency for people to recognize and effectively protect against threats and untrustworthy dependencies.

As long as people do not see a problem in time, and do not have hope and realistic solutions, with the power and resources/time to act on them in community with others, the crisis can be worsened.

I wonder how much is due to policy to protect and enrich corporate profits and power, cause more dependency on oil and military, to allow job losses and lack of health care (vs insurance payments) and bad interests and credit, and general public fear of the economy and government so that people do not buy new cars, do not pay for repairs, do not go on road trips, and do not pay credit card bills.

So car rental agencies sell more of their fleet, stop buying new cars, stop maintaining such good cars, hoard parts, etc. And so car manufacturers are out of business or spend less on producing less, and charge more for parts and delivery, with lower quality production and lower reliability of distribution. Retailers in auto parts, auto repair, auto sales, auto rentals, towing, etc. go out of business.

Or they reduce work pay and benefits, reduce numbers of workers and support while requiring longer hours and more work for less.

More workers are fearing homelessness and want to be able to live out of their cars or get rid of car overhead, increasing the fear factor of those which remain and the price of parts and service.

So these individuals and businesses cannot pay taxes and take time for public policy supporting public transport and bike/hike routes and living near work/food gardens-farms to reduce transportation dependence. So workers, credit card holders, bank customers, health insurance policy holders, food-buyers, etc. are more easily exploited. Cuts in local government income mean cuts in services that are needed for local sustainability, food security, control of the commons, such as water and roads and public transit and potential public power, and public solar energy.

Especially if multi-billionaires like Paulson's demand the $15 million for unwanted stadiums and soccer fields that employ maybe two yardworkers, a few concession workers, and some janitors and ticket-takers all working for minimum wage so we do not have that space to grow organic food and fiber and fuel, and we do not have that public funding for housing, job security in green jobs, public power/energy/water, etc. It means less support for public/civilian control of spaces for growing food, fiber, fuel, flowers, fun (along roads and rails, on roofs, on business walls, on billboards, on vehicle and train roofs, etc.

Which means more of the same few rich folk control more and more of what we need for survival, and more conflicts between those who want to make locally-grown bamboo bikes and recycled bikes, etc.

So... what are your analyses and our options? Especially for families with young children or infants who cannot ride on or in bikes, people with disabilities who cannot drive or bus or bike or walk or who would endanger others on the road, etc.

Much easier to read, thank you. 26.Jun.2009 16:25

Exile portlander_in_exile@yahoo.com

First and foremost: Anyone, who hasn't yet acquired a functioning bicycle, with spare parts for every person in their household, is a "willing victim". practice riding, performing maintenance, and have tires, tubes and other parts standing by. Make sure you have cargo capacity (trailer/racks/bags).

Grow food, where ever you can. potted plants on balconies, backyard gardens, and learn to store seeds, preserve food.

The Community Cycling Center can help set you up with a good commuter bicycle, for you, and your families.

There are a number of organizations that will be happy to help teach you methods of gardening that will fit into your available space.

www.growing-gardens.org

I've written it before, and will continue to say the same thing: they can only take, what you are willing to give them. if you are dependent on them, that is your folly.