From The Dallas Morning News:
DART hopes to roll out five new buses a week following this morning’s debut. But, says DART spokesman Mark Ball, these news buses aren’t just good for the environment: “There are many new amenities that come with the buses,” he says. “They are quieter, they have larger windows and low-level boarding,” the latter of which allows easier access for people with strollers, wheelchairs or luggage. And in an effort to make DART rides safer, the buses were built with seven security cameras. Five are located throughout the bus to watch the customers; the other two keep an unblinking eye on the driver. Along with the cameras, drivers can also surround themselves with a glass barrier if they feel unsafe. “This protects us from customers throwing coffee or other liquids on us when they complain about the fare,” said Ronnie Reed, a bus operator out of East Dallas.
I’m not a conspiracy theorist (you can’t have served in Washington and seriously believe more than two people can hold on to a big story without it leaking), but I fear that at least since 2010 we’ve been witnessing a quiet, slow-motion coup d’etat whose purpose is to repeal every bit of progressive legislation since the New Deal and entrench the privileged positions of the wealthy and powerful — who haven’t been as wealthy or as powerful since the Gilded Age of the late 19th century.
via Robert Reich (The Big-Lie Coup d’Etat).