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Above: The October rains have begun, and they are a needed
addition to the Corvallis area. Sequoia Creek ran dry this year for the
first time in the memory of Northwest Corvallis residents. Bill Hotchkiss of
Philomath's Sunrise Sourdough Bakery has kayaked to Corvallis most days when
the water level permits. In 2013, he had kayaked 17 days by the 17th of
October to make deliveries. This year, the water in the Mary's has remained
at summer levels, he says, and he has been unable to kayak once. He has
relied on his bicycle cart for making the trip to Corvallis.
came to the area from Massachusetts, where he similarly made deliveries to
New York City, though by more rapid methods of conveyance.
||Bill Hotchkiss at Sunrise Bakery: Mary's River Still at
In south Benton County, the water situation has become dire. The
County has allowed development to repeatedly occur and many of the new
residents are from the Southwest. To them, Oregon seems rife with water, and
they are using it to water lawns which stretch from 1-2 acres, says a
resident on Alpine Road. Water levels have dropped dramatically.
Resident Richard Saylor, for example, says that his 230 foot well,
which yielded what he and neighbors needed in 1996, went dry with the new
developments. Now, he's been forced to spend $16,000.00 to dig new wells of
600-800 feet. The water formerly, he says, was very sweet but now it is full
of suspended clay particles nearly impossible to filter out. The particles
ruin the soft features of the water fixtures, which now require replacing
of Oregon was in drought condition this year, with the 4th driest
year on record last year. In Alpine, Oregon, 26 wells have run dry, and yet
the County unrealistically attend meeting with residents to announce new
zoning changes which will permit industrial uses of the little water that
remains, says Saylor.
OSU study has shown that falling water tables have the unintended result of
concentrating nitrates. "When nitrates interact with the hemoglobin
in red blood cells methemoglobin forms and the blood cells cannot carry
sufficient oxygen to the body's cells and tissues -- this is also known as
the "blue baby syndrome." When methemoglobin levels are high, the resulting
effect can be loss of consciousness, convulsions and death".. Benton County
environmental health specialist Ron Smith says, lactating mothers and
infants are most susceptible to methemoglobin. While nitrates are the main
concern, Smith said that high nitrate levels are an early indicator of other
chemical contaminants, such as Coliform bacteria like E. coli".
Nitrates come not just from agricultural operations but from lawns.
"We do it (fertilize) excessively -- a little is good, a lot is better",
We can, then, only be thankful for the rains, and hope for more.
An Oregonian investigation has shown that the state has " dismissed concerns
or botched investigations" regarding spraying of herbicides. 1,878
parcels in Benton County have been sprayed since 2005.
Above: The number of sprayings in Benton County has more
than doubled the past 2 years, from 138 to 270. Because the state does not
release any data, if recorded, of GM crops, it is difficult to determine
whether the increase in spraying is related to an increase in the
spray-heavy GM crops.
In southern Oregon, Complaints went ignored until last October, when the
state finally got so many it had to do something. "Twenty Curry
County residents reported being sprayed by a helicopter flying overhead.
One man reported feeling the chemicals land on his face. The mother
of a 1-month-old reported her baby vomited for 24 hours afterward. Some
visited physicians, complaining of stomach pain, rashes and severe
After a state investigation, the pilot lost his spraying license
for a year and was fined $10,000.
But red flags had been ignored for six years. The earlier episodes
all involved the same landowner, Crook Timberlands. Two complaints were
about the same sprayer...None of the earlier complaints was thoroughly
investigated by the Oregon Department of Forestry and Oregon Department of
Agriculture, The Oregonian found. Both agencies missed chances to correct
problems before so many people were sprayed last October, said Susan Brown,
a Curry County commissioner. The state agencies treated residents "like they
were rogue citizens," Brown said."
Neighborhood activists expressed shock at the city Council vote upholding
their opposition to tear down an existing house and "divide his lot in two
and build a pair of three-bedroom units".
“This is the first time that the council has determined that it was
a mistake” to interpret the code the way the council traditionally has.
However, it's election year and the Council voted 7-1 to uphold the
neighborhood's objections. Only Hal Brauner, traditionally a rubber stamp
for developers, voted against the neighborhoods. Even Biff Traber, usually
another rubber stamp, voted with the neighborhoods. No doubt, it helped that
the developer is a small fry, compared to Traber's usual mentors. Traber is
running for mayor.
Push Against Licenses for Immigrants in Willamette Valley
Comes from White Supremacist Stormfront
"Jimmy Marr", a Eugene piper has been distributing
flyers throughout the Valley on behalf of the "American
Freedom Party", an offshoot of the "Stormfront" in Portland. A rally
was held in Springfield yesterday to protest the Party, which has been
hanging anti-immigrant posters from freeways as well as on major boulevards
in cities throughout the Valley.
||Jimmy Marr, American Freedom Party
The group has gone to Arizona to protest immigration with
militia members associated with the little koffee klatch of Oathkeepers who have
been trolling Corvallis city council meetings. The banners they hang often
refers to "illegal immigrants" but the most popular one is "anti-racist is a
code word for anti-white", a slogan
invented by Reagan official
Bob Whiteaker, who wrote tracts for White Supremacist organizations
40 years ago. "There is no place for that here. We cannot continue to hate
other people and so we need to make sure we are working together as a
community in order to bring people together and let them know this is a safe
said the Superintendant of Public Schools in Springfield Dr. Hertica Martin.
Michael Carrigan, program director for the Community Alliance of
Lane County (CALC) and the father of a daughter adopted from India said he
attended the Springfield rally yesterday to say “I’m here to tell teens I
have their back. I have my daughter’s back, and I have the back of those
kids at Springfield high school". Marrs handed out "Diversity is white
genocide" flyers at Springfield High last week.
The "Free America Rally" organized by a variety of
white supremacist groups including Stormfront "to bring our movement
together" is seriously organizing against the referendum proposal to give
licenses to undocumented workers and students, for insurance purposes.
Marr is planning to run for Eugene mayor. That seems to be
the latest tactic of wing nuts. A local gun fetishist is running for city
Council in Corvallis.
Corvallis Sister City, Uzhhorod (Uzhgorod), in Hands of "Bandits"
Above: Ukrainian nationalists.
Uzhhorod (Uzhgorod), Corvallis's sister city in the Ukraine, is as unsettled
as much of the Ukraine. The capital of Carpathian Ruthenia (also called
Transcarpathia among other names), the city and region have a large number
of ethnic minorities who worry about the policies of the Ukrainian
nationalists who threw out the previous, narrowly elected and pro-Russian
government in a coup. The nationalists are a source of concern for the
Rusyn (Ruthenian), Jewish, Czech, Hungarian, Polish, Russian and Romani
populations who reflect the nation's history at the southwest corner of
The mayor of Uzhhorod (Uzhgorod) elected by the Ukrainian nationalist majority
a vitriolic racist who railed, for
example, against the "brazen Jewishness" of an opponent who ran against him
for the national presidency (they both lost). The national government have
thhemselves restored to "good standing" the men who followed
Stepan Bandera and collaborated with the Nazis
in WWII. The major atrocity against Jews in Ukraine at the time was at Baba
Yar, and it was Ukrainian collaborators, not German Nazis, who carried the
atrocity out. The new government has boasted of Ukrainian involvement in the
atrocity, poimtimg to the fact that 300 Nazi soldiers accompanying them were
"squeamish" about the massacre.
It is not only Jewish Trans-Carpathians who are nervous. At one
Romani settlement, "three
local police cars arrived in the settlement at 6 AM. Militia members jumped
out of the vehicles and began breaking into the homes where everyone was
still sleeping. They broke down their doors and sprayed tear
gas in the eyes of children who were just waking up. In one house there were
six young children asleep, in another, seven. The pretext for attacking the
settlement and forcibly entering its dwellings was an alleged search for a
Romani man who had reportedly stolen some hay from a neighboring village.
"They were behaving like bandits, not cops. They pushed me so hard I almost
collapsed. I didn't know what to do. The children were terribly afraid and
shouting, so they began spraying tear gas in their eyes. Little children!"
says one witness to the conflict.
In schools, children with names reflecting a
non-majority status are assigned "Ukrainian" names. A
conversation with a leading candidate for education minister was quoted as
"What is your name? Misha. It’s not Ukrainian. You are Mihailo! And your
name? Masha. You are Marusa. If you want to be called Masha, go to Russia."
All minorities have similar concerns. The majority of the previous
government was tenuous enough that they set out to guarantee the rights of
minorities, and with those guarantees also cement their support in future
The new government has no such ideals or aspirations and
indeed are committed to assimilating the ethnic minorities or driving them
out of the country. It probably behooves Corvallis to re-negotiate "sister
city" status with Uzhhorod, asking for guarantees of ethnic rights. If the
current administration of the city and the nation continues in its racist
path, it could be as embarrassing - not to say, as downright immoral - as
for example maintaining a similar relationship with Munich in 1940. It might
strike some as a little inappropriate. It might strike MOST as such.
|Hal Salwasser, Controversial ex-Forestry Chairman, Dead
Hal Salwasser, former chairman of OSU's Forestry
Department died last night. in his Corvallis home. OSU and the gazette tried to spin his
tenure as something less complex than it was.
was a wonderful colleague, a respected forester and an engaged
Corvallis community member,” said OSU President Edward J. Ray. “His work
leading the College of Forestry grew the university’s essential
contributions in teaching and research concerning the world’s forests,
watersheds, natural areas and the wood products industry.'
It is not for such a career that he is remembered. Salwasser became
head of the forestry department at a time when the timber corporations,
heretofore rulers of the forests, had begun a long decline and instead had
begun shipping the state's logs to Asia for milling. Traditional timber
corporations like Weyerhaeuser rebranded themselves as development and real
estate companies, and many of those who remained - like the local behemoth
Starker Forests - were becoming focused on "sustainable forestry". The
College of Forestry itself became diverse, as those concerned with ecology
became as numerous or even more so than those who - like Salwasser - viewed
the forests as profit generators. 60 years earlier, he'd have been regarded
as a progressive Forestry chairman, but by 1990 he was a fossil.
Salwasser is best remembered for the debacle after the Biscuit Fire
in 2002, and specifically for his attempt, together with OSU Professor John
Sessions, Michael Newton and 4 other Forestry professors, to suppress a
Science Magazine report by OSU grad student Don Donato and a team that
showed forests recover best without the salvage logging being advocated then
by the timber corporations. Several of the timber corporations, the sole
Republican Congressman in Oregon, Greg Walden, Republicans in the
legislature as well as Congress, reacted in fury. Donato was stunned. "It's
a one-page research note," Donato said, referring to the paper published in
Science. "It's not that earth-shattering, and it really would be very easy
to put the paper in context and sort of almost trivialize it."
Salwasser organized a small group of professors to condemn the
"'one-page research note" and press Science to not publish it. "Nice Work"
Oregon state Senate Republican leader Ted Ferrioli wrote Salwasser. Not
quite. The Oregonian and
eventually the Los Angeles Times and others were soon carrying
headlines about the heavy handed attempt to censor the graduate team's
research. It became a national scandal for OSU.
Salwasser was pressed to appoint a committee on academic freedom to
investigate. Their report was damning. "The
inability of the leadership [Salwasser and the OSU administration]
to recognize the academic freedom issues involved in their participation in
the letter to Science calling for delay of the Donato et al. paper, and
their coaching of groups interested in attacking the Donato et al. paper,
stand out as significant failures of leadership and narrowness of purpose,"
said the panel, headed by professor K. Norman Johnson."
The committee also interviewed present and past staff and students.
One said "I am ashamed to be receiving a degree from this institution ... My
future has been damaged because of the black mark that will forever follow
all COF [College of Forestry] graduates." 40% of the faculty were
interviewed and a majority felt "problems at the college limit their
academic freedom. Many respondents described the college as" a place run by
white, 'inbred' 'good old boys"' who intimidate and disparage those who
don't agree with their industry-friendly perspectives. They portrayed a
'culture of fear' marked by closed-door decision-making, undisclosed timber
interests, harassment (particularly of women) and a sharp divide between
ecologists and foresters."
The department chairman was clearly part of the problem and the
panel's findings were "especially critical of Salwasser". The problem was
not confined to the Donato report.
Los Angeles Times said he referred to all ecologists as "scam
artists and goons", and to the use of lawsuits for ensuring legally required
environmental protections as "Mafia protection tactics". "Andy
Stahl, director of Forest Service Employees for Environmental Ethics,
said that he first butted heads with Salwasser in the mid-1980s. At the
time, Stahl was working on spotted owl research as a forester for the
National Wildlife Federation and Salwasser was working for the Forest
Service under President Reagan as a wildlife ecologist. Salwasser "poked his
finger into my chest and he said, 'Stahl, if you don't drop this spotted owl
thing, we're gonna nail your f*ckin' ass". Others had similar stories.
In the wake of the panel's report to the assembled Faculty , a
no-confidence vote was held and a third voted no-confidence. Nonetheless,
Salwasser survived another 5 years and more before leaving. He was not,
despite the bullying repeatedly attributed to him, an evil man, say some who
knew him, but just out of step with the times. That was a common theme for
the era, when ecology became, for the first time, a valid field of study.
There were few in forestry who successfully bridged the 2 eras. We should
all regret his passing. Being out of step with the times has never merited
The role of OSU's Forestry and Agriculture departments in
dancing to Monsanto's tune on GM labeling isn't surprising. Many residents will recall a
very few years ago when OSU felt the need to stage an unprecedented
university-wide vote on
whether the chairman of the Forestry department (Hal
Salwasser, who died last night of natural causes) should keep his job after he
and several Forestry professors were caught
trying to suppress a study in a
national science publication which refuted timber corporations' traditional
argument for timber salvage. He might not have been the head of the
department if he'd chosen another course of action.
|OSU in GM Labeling Issue Is Like OSU Was in Maraschino Red Dye
Labeling Years Ago
is the fight over dyes tied
to cancer, and against their labeling by the cherry industry. The maraschino cherry was developed by Ernest Wiegand at OSU and
because of perpetual lobbying was eventually granted the sole exception for
use of the banned Red Dye No. 4 on the argument that the cherries are not, not REALLY
- OSU claimed, a food source. That was despite the fact that most people have always
eaten them when encountering the cherries. The toxic dye in them sits in
soda and alcoholic drinks, in acidic juices from fruit cocktails, etc. and
undoubtedly leaches out. The No. 4 exception is undoubtedly against the
public health interest but OSU's Agriculture department long ago gave up
that mission. The GM labeling issue is just a part of that long tradition.
Just a reminder that agricultural professorships, like forestry
professorships, are hard to come by.
Portland is expecting the new recreational marijuana tax will yield $4
million annually for the city.
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Mr. Urie is another Albany gift, although he has lived in
Philomath. The jail roster lists him as having been charged with a
post-prison sanction for criminal mischief but he was charged with a PPS for
criminal mistreatment, in 2012. In February of 2012, he was charged
possession, first-degree theft by receiving, and felon in possession of a
restricted weapon (switch blade)". He's also been charged with
absconding, etc. He is, in Linn County parlance, a "standup guy". In Benton
County parlance, he is a sketchy criminal best avoided, in fact, best not
|Christopher Laurence Urie
||Dillan Paul Prudhomme
Mr. Prudhomme is from Douglas County, and Sutherlin. He
has been arrested there
18 times since
2007 and he has been charged
here 5 times this year. He seems to have some serious mental health
issues, and the crimes he is charged with are often simply inexplicable.
He was charged last year, for example, with joy-riding through farm
fields unti he crashed the car into a ditch.
|Alexander David Drue Bertsch
Mr. Bertsch's acquaintances also think he has some mental
health issues. He was
charged 3 years ago with setting a fire in a bathroom of the OSU
computer center. He has been charged 15 times in 4 years for everything from
robbery and theft to resisting arrest, drugs to mail theft and burglary. He
seems to have the idea that changing his hair color and styling is
equivalent to personal change. It isn't. At the end of the day, a brunette
or purpled hair screwball has become a blonde screwball. You haven't changed
a thing, Alex. This time around he
is charged with a PPS for burglary.
There may be help on the way. '
The Association of Oregon Counties, is drafting legislation establishing a
Mental Health Justice Reinvestment Program to increase local funding for
diversion services' for those whose mental health in question.
Ryan Duane Moore has been charged with violating parole/probation
on menacing, assault, etc. charges. He has been charged before, with
Jaeger Dee Williams
has been charged with assault again. Last time he was also held for
Brett Thomas Huggins was charged with drugs again. He has been
arrested 10 times in 3 years, usually for drugs but also
for car prowls.
A Eugene doctor who has been traveling the state urging people to vote "no"
on legalizing pot turns out to head a drug recovery clinic which depends
upon pot being illegal. He apologized today for spreading fake stories
of kids in Colorado dying after eating pot brownies and candy.
a rapist sought frantically by Lane County after disappearing was found in
Douglas County. Jeramy Adam Ball was hitchhiking. He had been
convicted in 2006 and was charged with parole violations 4 times this year.
Lane County had issued a public warning on him.
Above: Also in Eugene,
Jessica Ann Marie Bleyhl was charged with violating parole on a drug
conviction as well as assault and hit- and- run. She and her
boyfriend Justin Paul Lewis were arguing in the morning when she decided to
run him down in a car. A family member then transported him to the hospital.
He was released and later the same afternoon, the two were arguing again and
this time, she backed the car over him, and this time she transported him.
He might have known. Ms Bleyhl's web page has a photo of herself and the
above graphic of "Ruthless".
||Jessica Ann Marie Bleyhl
The governor may be looking for a new girlfriend soon, and we might
consider forwarding Ms Bleyhl's web page to him. He might be wanting
King County Sheriff John Urquhart will be releasing an ad tomorrow
urging Oregonians to legalize pot.
A Bend police captain, Kevin Swanson, and his realtor wife Tami had their
fraud conviction appeal denied. The 2 were convicted of swindling
several dozen of millions, using the money not for promised investments but
for Ponzi repayment of early investors and "build and furnish their vacation
home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and make car and credit card payments."
A Forest Grove police sergeant, Wayne Hart, has been placed on
administrative leave after a woman said she felt coerced into oral
sex while filing a missing person report on her boyfriend.
Above: Outside of Oregon,
Bravo star Geneva Thomas was arrested after smashing a bottle on
another woman's head. Thomas was arrested last month for running off on a
Big crime news from the Southland today. In
Maryland, a man used a fork to stab a coworker who, he claimed, had stolen a
meatball from his sandwich in the community fridge at work. In
Florida, a woman flew into a rage when she found her room mate had tossed a
plate of spaghetti from the fridge. Then
she lit him on fire.
4 of George Bush's mercenaries in Iraq finally were put on trial and found
guilty in a mass murder in 2007.
Above: Canada's Parliament resembled southeast Portland
In Ottawa, 'At least two people were shot after multiple gunmen opened fire
on Parliament Hill Wednesday morning. One of those shot appears to be a
soldier. Several people were seen performing CPR before he was taken to
hospital. The other, shot just outside the Library of Parliament, may be one
of the gunmen. Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told QMI Agency that
Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms shot one gunman dead.'
||#Reynosafollow: End of a Witness in the Drug Wars
Above: Because narco-traffickers in Mexico have terrorized
journalists into silence,
crime news in Mexico is now in the hands of citizen journalists,
Twitter and Facebook to details crimes in the cities. One of the
most famous was Feline, whose identity was sought by the cartels, and
eventually she was identified. A physician, her last message was "#
reynosafollow FRIENDS AND FAMILY, MY REAL NAME IS MARÍA DEL ROSARIO FUENTES
RUBIO. I AM A PHYSICIAN. TODAY MY LIFE HAS COME TO AN END." There followed
"two photos: in the first, a middle-aged woman keeps her hands folded in
front of her and looks directly at the camera; in the second the same woman
is lying on a dirty floor with a coup de grace bullet wound in the face."
The 3 Risland brothers are testimony to the need to seriously
reassess the failure of the previous generation's War on Drugs. The 3 boys were
born to parents whom, a court document asserts, were themselves chronic addicts.
At the time, the introduction of implants for birth control were being delayed
by Christian religious extremists who had great influence on the Reagan and Bush
administrations. Even today, it is politically nearly impossible to talk about
coupling drug courts with birth control implants, for male or female. As a consequence, drug addicts clone
themselves repeatedly, generation after generation. Given
Oregon's horrific experimentation with a Eugenics Board 100 years ago, under the
leadership of OSU's Nathan Fasten and the state's most famous early woman
doctor, Bethania Owens-Adair,
it is best we approach that subject very, VERY carefully. The Nazis used the
Eugenics pseudo-science to justify their racial and medical killings.
In the ongoing religious crime wave,
extremists in Jerusalem started stoning buses carrying women,
organized by Women of the Wall, to the Wailing Wall for prayers.
Dusty was born addicted to meth and the other 2 boys, along with
Dusty, were removed for foster care. It accomplished little. Any one who has
raised a meth addicted infant knows the issues involved. Brain development is
among the least of the problems and all 3 of the Rislands have had serious
developmental issues, say those who've known them. It is only partly with tongue
in cheek that their court appearances have been likened to those of movie stars.
Between the three Rislands, they have been charged 50 times in the past 4 years,
despite prison stints which took each out of circulation for a time. All 3
have been charged anew within the last 5 weeks. This time, it's Tyson, charged
with theft, burglary tools, a parole violation, etc.
Ms Ledbetter is from Philomath and has been charged with Theft
III which in Oregon usually means shoplifting. She is described as
"intellectually disabled due to Mild Mental Retardation" in a court document and
lives on "$710 per month in social security" for herself and her children. She
once had a guardian of sorts who was herself charged by Deputy Christopher Dale with diverting
Ms Ledbetter's meager funds for her own benefit after a Benton County social
worker alerted police. A news article of the time says the 2 women are
"I spoke with Peggy Ledbetter at her apartment at 150 N 8th Street,
Philomath, Benton County, Oregon. She told me Lori Wilson is responsible for
paying for rent, land-line telephone, and electric bills. I started by going
over the list of one-time and recurring charges which were compiled by Mental
Health, as well as other recent charges from the bank statements. I ultimately
compiled a list of all transactions not related to rent, electricity, or
telephone payments, and presented them to Peggy Ledbetter. She then pointed out
any that were authorized by her or that benefitted herself or her children. What
remained was a list of transactions between 6/11/2009 and 5/28/2013 which
totaled $15,918.15 in unauthorized withdrawals/purchases and $1,150.97 in
unauthorized deposits for a total loss of $14,767.18.
Note that of the $15,918.15 in unauthorized
* $6,351.00 of that is due to checks written to “cash”, cash withdrawals from a
branch, cash withdrawals from an ATM, and associated ATM fees,
* $1,795.00 of that is due to Wells Fargo Card phone payments, bill payments,
and online transfers to accounts primarily or secondarily owned by Lori Wilson
(as determined through a search warrant served upon Wells Fargo),
* $260.00 of that is a check written to pay for cheerleading for Lori Wilson’s
* $162.84 of that is due to 16 monthly charges from Netflix including an
overdraft fee associated with one such charge.
On Monday, June 24, 2013, Netflix provided me with information
showing that the Netflix account paid for out of Peggy Ledbetter’s account was
registered to Holly Womack (Lori Wilson’s teenaged daughter). Netflix further
produced IP addresses utilized to access their service. Peak Internet later
provided subscriber information for one of these IP addresses, 22.214.171.124,
showing that the Internet service was registered to Lori and Roger Wilson at
23998 Highway 20, Philomath, Benton County, Oregon.
On Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at about 10:00 AM, Detective Duffitt
and I spoke with Lori Wilson at her residence. I told her I needed to speak with
her about the management of Peggy Ledbetter’s social security account. Lori
Wilson immediately began to explain to me that Peggy Ledbetter is a liar. Lori
Wilson said that Peggy Ledbetter is only reporting all of this because she wants
money from Lori and Roger Wilson from money they are receiving from timber
When asked about the $260.00 cheerleading check, Lori Wilson said
that she wrote that check by mistake and has already paid Social Security back
for that once they contacted her about two weeks ago. Lori Wilson explained that
she pays for a lot of purchases for Peggy Ledbetter and Peggy’s children. Lori
Wilson said she uses the ATM card that draws upon Peggy Ledbetter’s account to
pay for meals for Peggy Ledbetter, and any other purchases Lori Wilson pays for
out of her own account. Lori Wilson said she had to “black out” the logo on the
ATM card that draws upon Peggy Ledbetter’s account so that she doesn’t mistake
that card as her own since everyone in her family also uses Wells Fargo for
their banking. This is how she also explained mis-writing the check for
cheerleading, as she thought she was writing the check which drew upon her own
account. Lori Wilson said she keeps careful track of the purchases on Peggy
Ledbetter’s account through online banking.
When asked about the reoccurring $7.99 monthly Netflix charges,
Lori Wilson said she didn’t know anything about those charges. I told Lori
Wilson that those charges have been appearing on Peggy Ledbetter’s account
statements for about the past year and a half. Lori Wilson said that it was
possible that one of her children had obtained access to the ATM card without
her knowledge and signed up for Netflix. Lori Wilson asked me how much the total
was and after I told her it was around $150.00, Lori Wilson offered to pay back
that money. Lori Wilson then admitted that she knew the Netflix was setup in her
At about 10:30 AM, I read the Miranda Warning to Lori Wilson. When
asked if she understood, she said she did and she said she wanted to speak with
a lawyer. I told Lori Wilson she was under arrest and to place her hands behind
her back, which she did. After placing her into handcuffs, Lori Wilson started
to raise her voice and yell for her husband, who was just inside the residence
door from the porch where we were standing. I told Lori Wilson to sit down and
we’d ask her husband to bring her shoes. Roger Wilson had gotten on the phone at
this point after he threatened legal action and said we were trespassing. Lori
Wilson stood back up and tried to walk into her house. I grabbed her arm so that
she could not walk away from my custody and she began to yell and scream that I
was hurting her. She kept screaming that she needed her shoes, that she needed
to go to the bathroom, and that I was hurting her.
While walking Lori Wilson to my patrol car, she resisted me by
becoming dead weight which forced me to stand behind her, holding her up by both
arm pits. At one point she tried to actively resist me by leaning forward and
tried to pull away from me, after which she again became dead weight and lifted
her legs so that I had to stoop forward to keep her from falling flat on her
face. During the walk to my patrol car Lori Wilson continually looked toward her
husband, protruded her head out toward him, and screamed at him that we were
hurting her and to come help her. Once at my patrol car Lori Wilson refused to
fully seat herself in the back seat of my patrol car. I had to lift her up and
set her there, rotate her legs in, and hold her shoulders back against the seat
so I could seatbelt her.'
You can read the entire affidavit
Otherwise, in Corvallis, Jeremy Edwin Freitag was charged with
DUII. He was charged with DUII in 2010 and that means that if he is convicted on
this one, he will face unbelievably severe and complicated consequences.
An 18 year old teen was arrested on theft II charges, her first as
an adult in Corvallis.
Michael Adam Powell was charged with theft (by receiving), meth,
etc. Mr. Powell was arrested 4 times in 2011, but has been clean until now. Too
bad. He's been making such good progress.
another stabbing in northeast PDX has been reported. Only in the US
would we consider a stabbing to be a step up in crime. Bystanders and kids in
the next block don't suffer from stabbings. In Milwaukie,
Anthony Gonzales has been identified as the jerk who threatened his girlfriend
with a knife in the presence of their 6 year old son. A hiking couple
and their dog in Portland's Forest Park
tripped up a plan to send shotgun shells into unsuspecting hikers with a
Above: Elsewhere, in a suddenly very common crime,
a Texas biology teacher and cheer coach has been arrested for having
sex with a student after he passed around a Snapshot photo of her nude,
which she had sent him.
A Kentucky prison guard charged with 25 counts of sexually abusing women and
50 counts of misconduct for activities like trafficking drugs into
the prison was given a sentence of 7 years probation.
a woman ordered food and drinks in an expensive restaurant and told the help
her husband would be coming soon to pay for her. When no one showed,
she advised them to be patient, that she is married to Jesus and that he's
coming momentarily. The staff grew weary of waiting and called police." Oh
ye of little faith".
In other religious nut news,
Malaysian authorities say they are "investigating" an event to allow people
to pet dogs in a country where fundamentalist Moslem clerics claim
canines are "unclean"..
Note: Everyone should be assumed innocent until convicted. There are
several sleazy websites across the country posting mugshots, utilizing
photos owned by the public, in the public domain, all run by Portlander Kyle
Ritter, which will remove your mugshot for $39 or such from their sites.
This is not one of them. Do not send in cash trying to have a mugshot
removed. It would just be a waste of your time and your money. Instead, put
your time into turning your life around. And your money into your kids.
SEARCH CORVALLIS TODAY:
Site Dedicated to the Memory of Eric McKinley, d. Iraq, 2002
Eric McKinley was our local connoisseur of ska music and cafe denizen whose unit
was activated and sent to Iraq by George Bush to patrol with inadequately armored vehicles.
When Congressional funds for armoring the vehicles were diverted by the
notorious Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska (later tried on
corruption charges), Eric's unit was reduced to using plywood to give their
vehicles some additional protection. When an insurgent's IED hit Eric's vehicle,
his horrified teammates were forced to watch as the heat of the burning plywood
began exploding the grenades strapped to Eric's body. Eric, you are not
forgotten and will live forever in our hearts.
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BREAKING NEWS OF
GAMING, SCIENCE AND THE INTERNET
Anime gaming has taken on a new aspect with the release of Neko Mimi
Sabaibaa!, allowing users to take a picture of their own cat and
superimposing it on a frame to create a new character in the game, which
then engages in a tussle with a puppy. Other games have the same feature and
it marks a new interactivity in gaming.
Some degree of the contempt for Oracle Corp.
most Oregonians feel can be gathered from the combining - in an Oregonian
news summary - of
the euthanasia of a vicious pitbull with the state cutting off Oracle
in the writing of state medical software.
has introduced the latest lame
upgrade replacement of
gmail, called Inbox.
The right wing Hungarian government of the Fidesz Party may finally
have gone too far, by proposing a government tax per gigabyte of data on
internet use. The tax would allow corporations to deduct the bills from
their income taxes, and already this morning a Facebook page protesting the
move has drawn 100,000 members. Said the founder: "In more developed
nations, broadband Internet access is considered part of human rights.Only
the darkest dictatorships want to control the Internet either financially or
with raw power". He apparently hasn't heard of Comcast and the US.
patched three zero-day vulnerabilities in Windows which were actively
exploited in the wild by hackers, and now a new Zero-day vulnerability has
been disclosed affecting all supported releases of Windows operating
#Gamergate, which has consisted of a throng of self-entitled game boys
sending death threats and trolling women developers and writers in the
gaming industry, has had an unintended aspect of bringing into the forefront
noted women developers as well as their male friends and peer supporters.
Corvallis game developer Jay Walker is one of the latter, who says the
confrontations have had the unintended consequence that "great women
developers are coming out of the closet and staking their claims in the
gaming industry". Another is Chris Kliuwe, an outspoken advocate for the
rights of gay players and women while he was a Minnesota Viking punter.
Today, he released his own letter on the issue as one who has been a gamer
for 26 years.
Do you know why you piss me the fuck off?
Because you’re lazy. You’re ignorant. You are a blithering collection of
wannabe Wikipedia philosophers, drunk on your own buzzwords, incapable of
forming an original thought. You display a lack of knowledge stunning in its
scope, a fundamental disregard of history and human nature so pronounced
that makes me wonder if lead paint is a key component of your diet. You
think you’re making piercing arguments when, in actuality, you’re throwing a
temper tantrum that would embarrass a three-year-old.
(#Gamergate, for those unaware, is what happened a bit over a month ago,
where an angry neckbeard posted demonstrably false allegations about his
ex-girlfriend, claiming she slept with video game site reviewers for better
scores for her games (again, demonstrably false), and then a whole bunch of
other angry neckbeards on the Internet went full Denis Dyack and spitfrothed
themselves into national attention by making an array of threats on numerous
female game developers, including ones about their death, tried to hide
behind a shield of “it’s about journalistic ethics because they said gamers
are dead,” and generally proved why the Internet needs to be burned to the
ground and the ashes salted. If you’re curious about the details,
here’s a good background link.)There’s this herd of people, mainly
angsty teenage caucasian men (based on an informal survey of 99 percent of
the people who feel the need to defend this nonsense to me on Twitter), who
feel that somehow, their identity as “gamers” is being taken away. Like
they’re all little Anne Franks, hiding in their basements from the PC Nazis
and Social Justice Warrior brigades, desperately protecting the last shreds
of “core gaming” in their unironically horrible Liveblog journals filled
with patently obvious white privilege and poorly disguised misogyny. “First
they came for our Halo 2’s, and I said nothing.”
These paint-huffing shitgoblins think they’re “gamers,” and it pisses me the
I grew up playing games. When I was six years old, back in 1987 (so long
ago!), I got an NES, and there was no looking back. I played Battletoads,
and learned that “faster computer reactions” is a cheap substitute for
“harder difficulty.” I played Final Fantasy VI on the SNES, and watched an
opera play out through a video game. I played Metal Gear Solid on PS1, and
thought my game was freaking the fuck out. I logged on to Ultima Online the
day the shards went up, and got pk’ed, and tried to figure out what this
giant sandbox could actually do. I played just about every MMO after that as
well, and first person shooter, and JRPG, and on and on (except for sports
games; I hate sports games).
I am a gamer. I’ve had 24-hour LAN parties, fragging people in Duke Nukem
and Quake, pounding Mountain Dew to stay awake, WinAMP playlist blasting my
favorite songs at high volume. I’ve traded Nintendo Power facts and tips
with my friends on the playground, and tried to figure out where the next
boss was, or the best strategy to use (complete with horseshit stories from
that one friend who just loved making things up and —NO! — you cannot save
Aeris, goddammit). I’ve been made fun of by the jocks, even when I was on
the football team.
Gaming is part of who I am, I can promise you that.Thus, when I see an
article titled “Gamers are dead,” referring to the death of the popular
trope of a pasty young man in a dimly lit room, it fills me with joy,
because it means WE FUCKING WON. So many people are playing games now that
they are popular culture. They are not going away. All sorts of cool things,
that I like, are now things that a whole bunch of other people like! There’s
enough space now for people to make games that are strange and disturbing
and maybe highlight a different perspective of the world, because gaming is
no longer a niche activity, it’s something that everybody does. There is
room for art in video games. That’s awesome!
You slopebrowed weaseldicks with zero reading comprehension and even less
critical thinking skills who think an article claiming “Gamers are dead” is
something bad? Fuck me sideways with a sandblaster.
It’s like all you can do is look at this collection of words, scratch
yourself uneasily, and then run off to look for grubs. Your reaction (and I
am not making this up, because it’s been widely documented literally
everywhere) to various articles proclaiming the death of the
basement-dwelling, cheetos-huffing, poopsock-sniffing douchepistol, because
games are so good now that they are common entertainment and thus everyone
plays them, was to COMPLETELY MISS THE POINT by either:
a) Making misogynistic threats against a wide variety of female game
developers and critics because somehow they’re going to keep games you enjoy
from ever being made again
b) Being stupid enough to get sucked in by people busy making misogynistic
threats against a wide variety of female game developers and critics, and
supporting their idiotic crusade for the dumbing down of everyone everywhere
Every time I see one of you slackjawed pickletits link me something like
“I’m a moderate #Gamergate’r,” or “#Gamergate in sixty seconds YOUTUBE
CLIP,” or “Here’s an anecdotal story from this one woman we found that
completely negates an entire history of misogyny and abuse of women, not
just in videogaming but in the entirety of human existence so support the
REAL GAMERS,” it pisses me the fuck off because you are ruining something I
enjoy. When people — everyday people who watch the coverage on CNN of Anita
Sarkeesian having to cancel a speaking engagement due to death
threats — think of “gamers,” they are going to think of you, and that
irritates me. It enrages me. I want to punch down a wall, and I like my
walls. They’re nicely painted.When people think of “gamers,” I want them to
think of Child’s Play, and athletes who play competitive League of Legends,
and all the normalization we’ve accomplished over the years. I want them to
think of feminism, and games as an art form — something more than mass
entertainment. I want them to think of all the amazing things that video
games have done, and can do, because that means we get to keep playing more
games. But as long as you hemorrhoidal gunt stains continue this asininity,
they won’t, and it makes me want to pick you all up collectively and shake
you until your rectum leaks out what little brains you possess because
YOU’RE SO FUCKING DUMB.
We are winning the culture war. There are multiple TV shows about nerds as
role models. For fuck’s sake, in House of Cards, Kevin Spacey plays a
goddamn U.S. Representative who relaxes by playing first-person shooters!
The only danger to the things “gamers” enjoy doing (i.e. playing new games),
is the threat YOU YOURSELF have created, because for some reason you think
sharing your toys with others is going to make the world explode.You, #Gamergaters,
with your bilious Internet rage, you think you’re speaking for some core
demographic, some historic legacy, but you’re not. You’re speaking for a lie
trapped inside your mind; a lie that one somehow has to be “hardcore” in
order to appreciate games; a lie formed by social ineptitude and too much
time spent picturing yourself as the only creature that matters in the
universe. A lie about male power and privilege, and how dare those women try
to ruin your fun? (No matter whose expense you’re having it at). The lie you
tell yourselves is one completely incapable of recognizing just how far
society has come — that equality is important, and that the tech industry
has been misogynistic for a very long time, and that we need to change that,
and we’re in the process of doing so, despite the mouthvomits you like to
pretend are logical trains of thought.
All the real gamers? They’re the developers now, the reviewers, the writers
and the players who remember a time when you couldn’t download a virtual
copy of your game, but instead had to go to a Toys“R”Us and hope they had it
in stock. The real gamers, both men and women, look at your frantic rantings
about “ethics in videogame journalism,” and they shake their heads sadly,
wondering how you could get sucked in by some script-kiddie /b/tards and
conspiracy-nut celebrities gleefully using you as a smokescreen for
misogynistic hate. They look at the rich diversity of games that exist now,
and they are THRILLED, because no one ever thought we’d get this far, and
real gamers like PLAYING GAMES.
I know game developers, personally. I know game reviewers, personally. You
know what else I know? That both developers and reviewers know each other
quite well, because this industry used to be very small. One where you had
to be a gamer to want to make a game, or to write reviews, because the money
certainly wasn’t NFL money. It absolutely wasn’t the billion-dollar industry
it is now, with games pulling in just as much as blockbuster movies. It was
a group of people, doing what they loved, making games, and playing games,
and a lot of them are still there, and they’re friends!
Does this mean occasionally there will be a review you don’t agree with
somewhere? You better believe it. First off, a review, BY DEFINITION, is
subjective. It’s one person’s take on a moment in time from their own
perspective. If you don’t like it, look at some other reviews. There’s
plenty out there! Second, when you spend a lot of time with other people,
you tend to become friends, which means you help each other out. Like
donating to a friend’s Kickstarter or Patreon campaign because you like what
they do and want to see them do more of it. This isn’t some ethics-blighting
stain on the video game industry. This is basic human nature, but apparently
you pestilent little toads can’t imagine the concept of friendship. Perhaps
you should go watch some Care Bears?
This fallacy that you hide behind — the idea of wanting to make video game
journalism some pristine bastion of unbreakable ethics, where no one ever
gives a game a 5 instead of a 4 because they’ve known the developer for over
two decades and one of their kids is the other’s goddaughter? Yeah. Good
luck. Might as well develop cold fusion while you’re at it. You don’t even
see the complete idiocy of this idea because you’re too busy wargleblargling
your face into your keyboard.
(Oh, and feel free to direct some of that naivete at the actual media, whose
job is to cover things that actually matter. Every game reviewer I know is
actually highly concerned with the ethics of their situation, because
they’ve gone to school for it. They know that acting unethically is a very
quick way to drive away consumers.)You know what else acting unethically
does (like, say, for example, supporting misogynistic mouthbreathers who get
off on making rape threats against women as part of your “movement”)? It
drives away supporters. It makes them question your basic humanity and
In fact, #Gamergaters, if your concern really was ethics, the very first
thing you would be saying about this whole mess is, “Holy shit, get these
fucking misogynistic creeps away from us. Let’s find a different hashtag to
assemble under RIGHT FUCKING NOW.” You’d be doing everything in your power
to make sure the legitimate cause you’re concerned about wasn’t hijacked or
used as a shield by those with no other agenda than to make women and
minorities afraid, simply because they can. You wouldn’t defend the
oppression of someone simply based on their gender (because let’s be real
honest here, I haven’t seen a single #Gamergater go after Activision, or
Ubisoft, or Rockstar), and you definitely wouldn’t concoct ever-more wild
conspiracy theories to support your increasingly flawed view of reality.
(My personal favorite is that a combination of a secret cabal of power-mad
journalists are working with the world-threatening feminist agenda in order
to remove the purity of video games, because Obama and Jews. That’s a good
look, people. Very convincing. I’m surprised you couldn’t work chemtrails in
there somehow.)Unfortunately, all you #Gamergaters keep defending this
puerile filth, and so the only conclusion to draw is the logical one: That
you support those misogynistic cretins in all their mouthbreathing glory.
That you support the harassment of women in the video game industry (and in
general). That you support the idiotic stereotype of the “gamer” as a
basement-dwelling sweatbeast that so many people have worked so hard to try
and get rid of.
And you know what? That pisses me the fuck off. I’ve spent too long as a
gamer, seen too much progress made, to let you tarnish that name.
I hope you all, every #Gamergater, picks up a debilitating case of genital
The rest of you — find a different hashtag.
Eight-year NFL player
"We need a hammier version of Dark Souls" - as the artists in
video games become more expert,
the art is taking on a life of its own.
Mac iOS users are having location and search queries, including of the
desktop, sent automatically to Apple without the users' knowledge.
There's been another incident with Uber in San Francisco, with a driver
throwing a passenger out of the car because his GPS was giving him trouble,
and then tossing her iPhone down the street when she tried to take a
picture of him for ID purrposes.
The Hoverboard, by Hendo, is now one you might want to buy. It's
here at last.
Japan, which has very strict gun laws,
sentenced a Japanese inventor to 2 years in prison for 3-D printing a gun.
Valve took the indie game Paranautical Activity off Steam following a tweet
in which the game's developer Mike Maulbeck said he would "kill Gabe
Newell." Today, Maulbeck has resigned... "I don't have the willpower
necessary to be the "face" of a company," he said. "If I do continue to work
in games it'll be as an anonymous 1 of 1000 at some shitty corporation", he
Hackers are using MitM (Man in the Middle) attacks to intercept iCloud
information and communications, even to take over conversations.
Together with Portland,
Oregon, Kansas City, Missouri, Palo Alto, Boston, Mount Vernon, Washington
and a large number of other cities, Sandy, Oregon has joined in with
with others at Next Century Cities, all ascribing to a set of principles for
fast internet, often despite attempts by Comcast, Verizon and others to use
Republican legislatures suppress public utilities:
Next Century Cities believes that there is no single pathway to a smart,
effective approach to next- generation broadband. What matters is meaningful
choice, dedicated leadership, and smart collaboration. Our participating
leaders and communities are committed to the following principles:
High-Speed Internet Is Necessary
Infrastructure: fast, reliable, and affordable Internet – at
globally competitive speeds – is no longer optional. Residents, schools,
libraries, and businesses require next-generation connectivity to succeed.
The Internet Is Nonpartisan: because the Internet is an essential
resource for residents and businesses in all communities, the provision of
fast, reliable, and affordable Internet transcends partisanship. This
collaboration welcomes leaders of all affiliations and beliefs who believe
fast, reliable, and affordable high-speed Internet access is essential to
secure America’s Internet future.
Communities Must Enjoy Self-Determination: broadband
solutions must align with community needs—there is no perfect model that is
universally appropriate. Towns and cities should have the right to consider
all options – whether public, nonprofit, corporate, or some other hybrid –
free from interference.
High-Speed Internet Is a Community-Wide Endeavor: building
effective next-generation networks requires cooperation across communities.
It is critical to involve and include multiple stakeholders and perspectives
to succeed, including businesses, community organizations, residents, anchor
institutions, and others.
Everyone in a community should be able to access the Internet on
Meaningful Competition Drives Progress: a vibrant, diverse
marketplace, with transparency in offerings, pricings, and policies will
spur innovation, increase investment, and lower prices. Communities,
residents, and businesses should have a meaningful choice in providers.
Collaboration Benefits All: innovative approaches to
broadband deployment present diverse challenges and opportunities to
communities and regions. Working together, cities can learn from the
experiences of others, lower costs, and make the best use of next-generation
The makers of Surgeon Simulator, which challenged gamers to control a
surgeons hands, are back with another unorthodox game, "I Am Bread",
where users try to guide a slice of bread: "The beautiful story of one slice
of bread's epic and emotional journey as it embarks upon a quest to become
toasted, is the firm's intro."
The usual juvenile exulting over releasing nude photos of some one else from
the Cloud gave way, in the case of Madision Louch, to a demand for money.
She called the police, who set up a sting and arrested the woman who
showed up for the cash. Jamie Munoz, the woman arrested, told police she
knew it was an extortion racket, but one designed for a mysterious "Nicholas
Douglas" in Vancouver.
|'Fappening' Threats Give Way to Extortion
matter how you configure Yosemite, Apple is listening.
so long ago, Robin Hunicke played an instrumental role in making soothing,
soulful PlayStation 3 hit Journey. Now she's heading up a new team
and picking up where she left off: Luna is a game with no killing or
amassing power, just human connection and learning from mistakes. Hunicke
and her new company, Funomena—composed of other thatgamecompany vets and
folks from studios like League of Legends creator Riot, Walking Dead dev
Telltale, and Katamari Damacy mastermind Keita Takahashi (who is heading up
a different project of his own)—are working on multiple games, one of which
is Luna. '
The latest instance of murderous selfies is from the Philippines, when 17
year old Cheska Agas 'and several friends went to the beach in the
town of Bangui, where they staged a group selfie near the town’s famous wind
farm.. The second-year students were struck by overpowering waves that
carried them off. Agas drowned.
security in smart power meters allow them to be easily hacked to
lower power bills.
Nintendo has disabled Wii devices of those who refuse to agree to a
new EULA agreement.
Games developer Briannu Wu says "every women I know in the industry is
scared" after someone posted her name to misogynist gaming forums
("#Gamergate) as a "feminist". When the ensuing and increasingly violent
threats started coming, she didn't panic until she received "I’ve got a
K-bar and I’m coming to your house so I can shove it up your ugly feminist
c*nt.". She and her husband fled.
Shenzhen Apec Electronics has begun offering an Intel pc truly the size of a
thumb drive on Alibaba in units of 500, eacj at $1-70 per unit. '
The micro machine is available with a choice of quad-core Atom Z3735F or
Z3735G processors from the Bay Trail generation. Both chips are clocked at
1.33GHz with a 1.83GHz burst frequency. The "F" is limited to 1GB of RAM at
5.3GB/s, while the "G" can address 2GB of memory at 10.6GB/s.'
A teen then not old enough to drink who was hit with 150 charges
related to planning booze filled parties for high schoolers epitomizes the
weaknesses of startups. WunWun is now promising 1 hour delivery of booze.
are now abusing Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) – part of the UPnP
protocol standard – to target home and office devices, [Akamai]
researchers warned. SSDP is a network protocol based on the Internet
Protocol Suite that comes enabled on millions of networked devices, such as
computers, printers, Internet gateways, Router / Wi-Fi access points, mobile
devices, webcams, smart TVs and gaming consoles, to discover each other and
automatically establish working configurations that enable data sharing,
media streaming, media playback control and other services.
in Resonance, the latest from the acclaimed director of Cowboy Bebop and
Space Dandy, had one of the strongest starts of any anime of the summer
season. Sadly, it is an anime that completely falls apart into a
contrived mess halfway through.'
Nohonmatsu's traditional Shinto festival often features anime
characters on floats which revelers carry and smash into one another.
Motionloft's CEO pleaded guilty to wire fraud after he took startup investment
funds and instead blew it on himself for vacations "and other
A Massachusetts City Council told Comcast they were not welcome in the city
after the Time Warner merger.
40% of the leaders in the tech industry think it's all just a "bubble".
They list Twitter and Uber as the most over-valued companies.
A court has ruled that parents are responsible for what kids post on
Other cities may be rolling over for Airbnb but not NYC, where
the attorney general is pursuing 72% of the illegal rentals which he
said have had a destructive impact on the city.
A new report shows that "Whisper" the anonymous app is anything BUT - the
app has been tracking users in a fashion which would make the NSA or
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Jacqueline Laurent made nudie movies nearly 50 years ago. Today, she's a 73 year
old school teacher in Canada and some schoolboys stumbled across her filmography
of Swedish Sex Games, Hot and Naked, and The Secret Diary of a Nymphomaniac.
After her short film career, she became a comedienne then a drama teacher.
"I would never do pornography. We called them light, erotic films, and
they have nothing to do with the kinds of things you see today."
The school terminated her contract after the boys posted the films
and nude pictures on Facebook. However, a sustained backlash
by parents, students, former students and an outraged public resulted in a re-do
of that decision. Facebook was used mightily for that too.
new partnership focused on sharing information, promoting science and
cooperative research, and engaging citizens in Oregon’s marine reserves and
protected areas has launched. The Oregon Marine Reserves Partnership (OMRP)
was founded by six member organizations: Audubon Society of Portland, Coast
Range Association, Oregon Shores Conservation Coalition, Oceana, Surfrider
Foundation, and The Nature Conservancy. '
Uh oh. The 2 researchers who wrote the study verifying Dr. Oz's Weight loss
pills today admitted the "study" was bogus, and they'd been paid to
The leading Chinese solar firm, LDK, has applied for bankruptcy to
For the first time the brain's "blood-brain barrier" has been opened and closed
on demand, allowing for the treatment of cancer.
The Onion News has stepped into Oregon's GMO fray with a news report of OSU
and Monsanto GM experiments 'wreaking
untold environmental and economic devastation throughout the region, a strain of
harvest-resistant corn engineered by the agrochemical company Monsanto
is now engulfing most of the Midwest, officials confirmed Monday.
According to the U.S. Department of
Agriculture, the genetically modified crop, which Monsanto originally enhanced
with traits to provide resistance from pests, diseases, and environmental
conditions such as drought and frost, has become completely impervious to
industrial reaping machinery and has spread uncontrollably across 700,000 square
miles of land. With the unharvestable corn growing through asphalt roadways and
airport tarmacs all over the Midwest, FEMA has been leading efforts to evacuate
millions of residents before the plants obstruct all travel in the central
Monsanto has shipped another $2.5 million in cash to suppress labeling of GM "Frankenfoods")
in Oregon. That makes $4 million for Monsanto alone.
2,500 farmers along the Snake River have been told they will need to shut down
their irrigation systems, raising for hundreds of millions in crops, if
they can't reach agreement with the senior water rights holder for the aquifer,
a privately owned trout farm dating to 1925.
'Oregon is ranked #26 in the country and
received a final grade of C in the 2014 Women’s Health Report Card released
today by Oregon Action and The Main Street Alliance of Oregon.' You can read the
||Wind Turbines go Airborn
'An enormous helium-filled wind turbine will soon float over the city of
Fairbanks, Alaska to produce enough electricity for more than a dozen families
living off the grid. Designed and built by MIT startup Altaeros
Energies, the turbine known as BAT-Buoyant Airborne Turbine will hover at an
altitude of 1,000 feet for 18 months, catching air currents that are five to
eight times more powerful than winds on the ground.'
Canada will start shipping an experimental Ebola vaccine on Monday.
Placoderms, an ancient armored fish known to live off the coast of Scotland and
maybe elsewhere, are believed to be the origin of paired limbs, jaws and teeth
found in humans, but the fish is now documented as having been the first
to introduce organs for transferring sperm from male to female - in other words,
they invented heterosexual sex.
Barrow, Alaska, the most northerly point in the US, has warmed 10 degrees
due to sea ice loss.
A new computer modeling algorithm aimed at controlling the Ebola epidemic has,
after trying several interventionist methods, come to the conclusion
that the outbreak in Africa cannot be controlled.
WHO says no case of Ebola in Senegal has emerged in 42 days, twice the
normal incubation period and the country is declared "ebola-free".
Haida people are describing as their "worst fear scenario" a powerless, fully
laden Russian oil tanker drifting helplessly off the coast of
In Seoul, concert goers who braved the performance of one of the world's worst
"girl bands", 4Minute, had the additional tragedy of a ventilation grate
collapsing, killing 16.
The Texas hospital which has lifted uber-incompetence to a new level
is now saying that
76 hospital workers came into contact with
Thomas Eric Duncan, like nurse Nina Pham,
the latest ebola victim there.
UPDATE: The Associated
Press is reporting that a 2nd nurse exposed to took a plane from Cleveland
to Dallas after her exposure to ebola. That 2nd nurse has now tested
positive for ebola and exposed 132 passengers to the virus.
The Dallas News is now reporting that nurses wore no protective clothing for
2 days until lab results were back confirming ebola in the original
In related news, a child who threw up twice on a trip from Africa was
examined at PDX and declared not to have ebola but junk-food-itus.
Biologists studying NYC's rats have detected 18 new viruses among
Warner Brothers says they are making more Harry Potter films, maybe
lots of them.
Lockheed says they expect to be building a fusion reactor within 5 years,
and that they've made a breakthrough on the power source. Maybe. No one
trusts US corporations not to have some deadly toxic source buried inside
their devices, but fusion has been the Holy Grail of the nuclear industry.
And of the public.
Australian scientists released a report showing that sea levels have risen
faster in the past century than in 6000 years.
The family of a small child in Lincoln County killed by e. coli believed to
have come from the droppings of the family's pet goat have returned
home. The family wants some certainty about the source of the infection,
unavailable thus far.
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