1. The Portland area has around 9,000 abortions per year, and if you do the math, that's...about one abortion per hour. This week, while reading up on the Portland news, I found an article written by a woman who thinks this is clearly not good enough. She argued that the government should provide abortions, free of charge, because there are too many women who need abortions but can't afford them.
Her main argument seemed to be that all non-aborted babies grow up to become lifelong criminals or people who abuse social services. So, in the long run, taxpayers would save themselves money by killing these people, before they can become a menace to society. It was a rather disturbing article, and I shudder to see how she intends on solving the city's problems with homelessness.
2. Speaking of Portland problems, they released an app for the public transportation system! Previously, you had to get paper tickets from their machines. Now you can use the app to get tickets.
I hope that the app is pretty accurate, when it comes to timing. Tickets are only good for two hours, and you know what I don't like? Buying a ticket, then having to wait ten minutes for the next bus / train. When I only have two hours to get to my destination and back home again, the waiting time isn't helpful.
3. Speaking of unhelpful, only some of the train stations actually have the current train schedule posted. I like having the current schedule posted! Information such as "the next red line train comes in two minutes" and "the green line train has been delayed seven minutes" is really good to know, especially if you find yourself at a stop with a schedule you haven't memorized.
All the other stations, which seems to be the majority of them, force you to find your particular stop, then the particular train line, then the particular time, on the humongous schedule which lists every train ever in tiny print. Why can't they have the good schedules at all stations?