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Sunday, October 19, 2008


What do you do when you need to hide from your embarrassing past? Why, you "retire," then get someone to write a puff-piece on you to rehabilitate your image!

That's what a blogger named Roz has done, making the Minnesota anti-PRT propagandist the subject of the first of a series about "creative people I admire" (Update, 3/6/09. Months later, the only other person she admires appears to be Gumby -- not that there's anything wrong with that).

Roz lists a whole mess of stuff about Kenwood that makes him sound like a modern day Albert Schweitzidor -- down to the interest in parasites and disease! Roadkill Bill, blogging, bicycling, and civic participation are all mentioned.

But wait -- Roz doesn't mention anything about Labridor's greatest claim to fame, that for which he is known on at least two continents. That's right: nowhere does Roz mention Kennel Ration's vendetta against Personal Rapid Transit, and his smear campaign against its supporters. Just like he forgot to mention PRT when he "retired" from blogging in January of this year.

I guess you didn't know about that, Roz. That's OK. Maybe he doesn't talk about it in the meatworld. Here's a secret -- I don't really talk about it either. Anymore. Because when I used to talk about it, people would be flabbergasted at the way Kenmore uses smear and Talking Points like he learned them at the feet of Karl Rove.

That's what your hero has been doing for the last five years, Roz -- making up stuff about a technology about which he knows nothing, and alleging a a decades-long conspiracy he tries to blame for everything from community blight in central England, to the failure to build light rail in Minneapolis in the 1970s.

A "commentator"? His record of inaccuracy is laughable. And yet he has never admitted his mistakes, even when caught.

Then there're the smears. There are lots of them, but for my money the most despicable was the time Ovendoor blamed the wrong company for a multi-fatality rail accident -- simply because the company's co-founder sits on the board of a PRT company.

In second place is Kenny-Boy's repeated use of guilt by association to attempt to discredit Prof. Ed Anderson, whose only sins are that he helped oppose the Reagan administration's MX missile policy, and now wants to improve public transit.

I guess if I had done all that, I'd want to bury it too.

Ken Avidor -- English for cajones grande

1 comment:

A Transportation Enthusiast said...

With respect to "guilt by association" - where do you think a hypocrite like Avidor got the idea for his "guilt by association" dailykos screed?

Answer: he himself practiced guilt-by-association less than an hour earlier!

Take a look at this blog comment: it's dated October 19th at 1:45pm, and it tries to implicate PRT with Michele Bachmann ("nuff said" - the Avidor guilt by association trademark).

Now look at his dailykos entry dated October 19th, 2:02 PM - 17 minutes later! The proverbial ink hadn't dried on his PRT guilt-by-association smear and he goes on dailykos to accuse Bachmann of doing the same!

People, you can't make this stuff up. This is right up there with his backpedal on the "bulldozed ULTra test track" for Avidor unintentional humor.

In fact, I would argue that he was probably already composing his Bachmann dailykos entry even as he posted the PRT smear - the dailykos entry was relatively long and I'm guessing it took more than 17 minutes to write. So a plausible explanation is this: Ken took a break while writing the dailykos entry to search on PRT discussion, whereupon he practiced the very thing he preached against on dailykos, then went back and wrapped up the dailykos piece.

That, my friends, takes some brass culiones. :-)