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Re: “Proper Identification

Quibbling over a label that should be considered moot if it's reduced to the societal construct proponents of the ambiguous business of gender identification use to leverage their arguments? When it comes to identifying documentation, shouldn't it accurately reflect one's biology and not however one may feel about oneself? This strikes me as little more than throwing a tantrum because one wasn't called up to the podium by nickname to make a valedictorian speech.

Posted by wolkenkaiser on 12/16/2014 at 5:28 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

Fuck you Mayor Hales your a dumb ass....just got to throw that in there.

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Posted by egazzola on 12/15/2014 at 7:58 PM

Re: “Proper Identification

I think it's interesting that David House is a "spokesman" while Melissa Navas is a "spokesperson."

Posted by michtom on 12/14/2014 at 9:25 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

@rev bit me; but the people are not voting on anything- its all between politicians and airbnb. typical choice between to 'greater goods'.

Posted by egazz on 12/14/2014 at 8:07 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

The taxi industry, who you ignorantly characterize as union dominated (your subtext here, obviously, is mobbed up) is at a huge and completely unfair competitive disadvantage against Uber. The only fair way for them to compete, under current circumstances, would be to deregulate the industry and free up the cabs from unfunded mandates and City fees. Let them run as many or as few cars as they want, use their own personal insurance, charge a sliding scale, ignore the riders who are not profitable or inconveniently in a wheelchair, or are simply a pain in the ass (Uber drivers get to rate their riders, so don't get on their bad side if you want continued service).

Of course that's not likely to happen, and with good reason. Many public services, like police, fire, and public transportation call for regulation, to insure public safety. Taxi service is an integral part of any public transportation system.

Everywhere that they have tried deregulating the taxi system it has proven disastrous. Seattle is a prime example. When they deregulated several years ago taxi users lost service in every part of town except for downtown. Cabs were charging wildly varying prices, there were hundreds of "cab companies" consisting of 1 car who's only viable business plan was to troll hotels for airport runs. Cars were barely maintained making them unsafe, nobody had any reassurance that they weren't getting into a car with a criminal maniac or rapist. Within a year downtown hotels were forced to initiate their own inspection programs to screen out the worst of them. Deregulating taxis would be like deregulating the bus system. How do you think that would go here?

Uber denies service to low income and elderly who aren't tech savvy or can't get credit cards. They don't provide service for disabled riders. The generally operate without commercial insurance, which is about 6 times the cost of private insurance. The first thing that happens when they get in a wreck is that their insurance cancels them and denies the claim. Those injured, and there have been many, can only sue the driver, due to Uber's draconian 30 page Terms of Service - which nobody bothers to read.

Meantime, the cities continue to impose unfunded mandates on the taxi industry, albeit in order to keep the public safe. Here in Portland they've had to install camera systems, back seat credit card processing, wheelchair lift vans (that must operate at set rates, making it necessary for the companies to subsidize the cost), criminal background checks, knowledge testing, annual driver safety training, bi-annual vehicle inspections by certified mechanics. Every year each cab driver/owner pays the city for their drivers permit - $150, vehicle permit - $600, vehicle inspection - $150, city business licenses - $150 to $400 depending on income. Uber operates without any of these financial burdens or mandates. Uber has no accountability. Who you going to call and complain to?

The only way Uber has succeeded anywhere has been to game the system.

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Posted by I'm So Entitled on 12/14/2014 at 3:13 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

The taxi industry in Portland is certainly not dominated by unions. In point of fact all the cab drivers are self-employed contract labor.

Posted by I'm So Entitled on 12/14/2014 at 2:42 PM

Re: “Proper Identification

I'm sure there are plenty of white supremacists who are plenty upset that the state of Oregon observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but no rational person, and especially, I hope, no rational state employee is going to lend much credence to their words. The exact same level of skepticism should be applied when it comes to Gender Identity Watch and trans issues. The Southern Poverty Law Center has said they would list them as a hate group if only they were more of a group.
Frankly I think the article would have been better served if it quoted what some random half-wit from 4chan thought about the issue instead.

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Posted by qnelvis on 12/12/2014 at 11:44 PM

Re: “Proper Identification

It won't allow for something other than M or F? Making those who are third gender or gender queer or otherwise not binary only means picking another non-fit. No gain for us.

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Posted by NotABot on 12/11/2014 at 5:33 PM

Re: “Proper Identification

So sad that your editor had to use the word 'tweak' in the headline. It isn't just a tweak; its a stumbling block in a transgender person's whole life. Every time they write a check, provide ID to a police officer, visit a physician or ER, sign a form, the gender marker raises a question - especially if as a result of a police check.

It may be a small administrative change, but to a transgender person it is so much more.

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Posted by Meg Cowie on 12/11/2014 at 1:43 PM

Re: “A Two-Front War

Uber shrugged.

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Posted by Todd Mecklem on 12/11/2014 at 7:06 AM

Re: “A Two-Front War

I guess I have a problem when a company comes into our city and demands that the city council drop whatever it is doing and address the company's needs. Flip Uber- they have no right to boss my elected officials around- that's MY job. Why should they set the agenda?

As for AirBnBedbug- they also have no right to rewrite my city's housing rules. That is for Portland voters to decide...

I don't understand how you can criticize the Koch Brothers for their influence and then turn around and support Uber...

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Posted by Reverend Bite Me on 12/10/2014 at 4:35 PM

Re: “From Off the Streets of Portland

Do you ever read the paper? It's good. It wins awards every year.

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Posted by Jake Thomas on 12/08/2014 at 9:21 AM

Re: “Sometimes, the Cure Is Worse

Oh but who will speak for the middle-class white kids who were simply trying to provoke confrontation! They're clearly the real victims of this whole police brutality / racism thing

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Posted by Chunty McHutchence on 12/07/2014 at 11:36 PM

Re: “From Off the Streets of Portland

Street Roots ought to write more in consideration of how it's in the individual member of society's interest to be charitable to the poor. Make the paper something that the consumer actually has an interest in reading, not just to buy out of pity.

Posted by Damnable Wog Hemp on 12/05/2014 at 6:52 PM

Re: “Sometimes, the Cure Is Worse

This particular group of protestors in Portland has nobody to sue here unless they can successfully bait the police into brutalizing them.

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Posted by Damnable Wog Hemp on 12/05/2014 at 1:16 PM

Re: “Sometimes, the Cure Is Worse

What the Merc and commentors here always dislike, is whenever I say that the most effective way to change abusive conduct of cops, politicians and other criminals is through litigation.

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Posted by FLICK 'da Pigs on 12/05/2014 at 1:13 PM

Re: “Sometimes, the Cure Is Worse

The Merc by fomenting riots, is no better than the Pigs who brutalize the useful idiots.

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Posted by FLICK 'da Pigs on 12/05/2014 at 12:38 PM

Re: “Sometimes, the Cure Is Worse

Mick - just so I understand correctly, before Ferguson, police brutality was at an acceptable level for all these protestors, and that one incident was the tipping point that brought the issue to a protestable level? BS.

It is the big media / social media frenzy that was created around the initial false reports in Ferguson (kid walking down the street, brutally shot down by a cop for no apparent reason with his hands up) that started this, and that alone. Its a big bandwagon.....in a month or so there will be another cause of the day bandwagon to jump on.

If you feel strongly about something, work to change it in a meaningful way. What we have here is a bunch of attention hungry children. The whole thing wreaks of insincerity.

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Posted by JTR on 12/05/2014 at 11:19 AM

Re: “Sometimes, the Cure Is Worse

JTR sez: "More specifically and succinctly, where were all of these “passionate” PDX anti - police brutality crusaders before Ferguson? It wasn't an important enough topic to protest before then?"

You're curious why an increase in police brutality has led to increased protests? Hm.. The reason why there are more protests now is that police brutality is getting worse. Police militarization is getting worse. That is the succinct and specific answer to your question.

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Posted by Mick Orlosky on 12/05/2014 at 11:00 AM

Re: “Sometimes, the Cure Is Worse

So what do you suggest the cops do when transit or streets are blocked by these opportunistic "protestors"?

I find it funny that prior to this whole Ferguson fiasco that was started by the false initial reports by those with an agenda (Dorian, others clamoring to be on tv with made up accounts) and the flames fanned by the media, none of these protestors gave a darn about any of this. But give them a chance to be in the "spotlight", they will take up any cause. The whole thing is so self-serving. Just like the occupy "movement"...all of a sudden all of these protestors come out of their parents' basements so they can fulfill their selfish desire to be a part of something.

More specifically and succinctly, where were all of these “passionate” PDX anti - police brutality crusaders before Ferguson? It wasn't an important enough topic to protest before then?

If you want to work for change, that's great. But do it in an effective way. These little marches don't do anything but piss of other citizens, marginalize your "cause" (most people easily see the lack of sincerity I point to above), and force the cops into minor squabbles as they do their job. But, I guess it does make for a good sensationalist story, so you have me on that one.

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Posted by JTR on 12/05/2014 at 10:21 AM

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