Tale Of Two America’s – Corporate Greed VS Government Need.

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Remember when gas prices doubled and went up from $2 a gallon to over $4 a gallon, and the newsies threw a hissyfit?  Here is the San Francisco Chronicle monitoring the situation as gas prices go above the then record of $3.36 a gallon.

Fast forward a few years to 2010. The bay area subway system known as BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit) has, according to the San Jose Mercury News almost TRIPLED their rates. Add in the $1 parking fee, and well, lets just say this public mode of transport isn’t very economical. It’s a rip-off! So, how does the San Francisco Chronicle’s respond to this inflationary???? Googling “sf chronicle bart price increase“, the newest article concerning BART price increases appears to have been written back in June of 2009. June??? I can’t believe the Chron hasn’t written anything about the BART situation since June. Actually, they have. Why, just yesterday this  piece appeared in the Chronicle, titled   “Hundreds ride BART sans pants” documenting a stunt perpetrated by the PLF to protest the high prices. No, not the Pacific Legal Foundation, or the Palestinian Liberation Front, but the Pants Liberation Front!  Here is how the protesters summed up their feelings of this obviously important occasion:

“It feels strangely normal,” said Luke Jakobsson, a student from Castro Valley who rode BART from the East Bay in nothing but shoes, a Swedish soccer jersey and matching skivvies. “Although I’m not sure how I feel about the wind in my ass.”

Some wore frayed cotton boxers, others opted for pink satin thongs, and a few forewent underwear entirely.

“It’s refreshing. This is California,” said Katyana Gradler, who’s visiting from Pittsburgh and wore pink tights and not much else for the occasion. “At home, we couldn’t do this because there are 4 feet of snow on the ground.”

Her friend Enrico Rossi, an Oakland craftsman, took the pantless theme a step further, shedding shirt and underwear as well. Instead, he wore work boots and a taupe-colored, transparent leotard.

OK, I lied. It wasn’t a protest of insane price increases.  And there is no such thing as the “Pants Liberation Front”… though there should be. Anyway, i wonder why the throngs aren’t up in arm over the almost tripling of the cost of riding the BART? Could it be because that is not a privately run company?

On the other hand, maybe all hope is not lost. The Chron did come out  against the unions when they threatened to strike last fall. Good for them. Wonder if they’ve ever gone against the teachers union?

3 Comments to “Tale Of Two America’s – Corporate Greed VS Government Need.”

  1. By Jeff Alberts, January 12, 2010 @ 3:44 pm

    They did the same thing in Seattle on the new Light Rail.

    Some typos:

    – No apostrophe is used for plurals: “America’s” should be “Americas”
    – Is “Hissyfit” one word or two?
    – “has, according to the San Jose Mercury News almost TRIPLED their rates.” You need another comma after “San Jose Mercury News”.
    – “So, how does the San Francisco Chronicle’s respond to this inflationary????” Should be “Chronicle” instead of “Chronicle’s”. Also, shouldn’t it be “inflation” instead of “inflationary”?
    – “the BART?” No “the” is used in front of proper names. Should just be “BART”. It’s a common mistake Californians make when referring to highways and roads as well. “The 5” is grammatically incorrect, it’s like saying “the Sonicfrog”. Unless you’re trying to accentuate Sonicfrog as being “THE one and only”, then no “the” is used.

    Hey, I figured I hadn’t messed with you for a while… 😉

    “BART (Bay Area Rapid Transit)” – It’s a good thing Fresno doesn’t have a Rapid Transit system 😉

  2. By Sonicfrog, January 13, 2010 @ 7:19 am

    Most of those are corrected.

    I often start to type a sentence, and rearrange it after I type something. I don’t catch the changes in tense or other things , and that is where some of the errors come from…. Or I haven’t had breakfast yet… That, and alcohol.

    Oh well. I’m an imperfect blogger.

    Speaking of imperfect, you missed one. I didn’t capitalize one of my “I”s.

    Still, I’m glad you’re back!

    PS. Fresno used to have a horn-heavy blues band called Rapid Transit. Greg, the Sonic-Mate, played valve trombone. So Fresno area DID have a “Rapid Transit”!

  3. By Jeff Alberts, January 15, 2010 @ 2:44 am

    No way I’m going to spend time going after capitalization, lol.

    Yeah, but did they call it FART?

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