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|Police Post "Chronic Nuisance Property Watch" List
The Corvallis Police Department's "Chronic Nuisance
Property Watch List" List for June 15-Sept 15, 2014 has been released:
1113 NW 27th ST
1120 NW Fillmore AV
1211 NW Dixon AV
1225 NW 27th ST
1225 SE Seaport CR
132 NW 15th ST
1375 SW A AV #110
1444 NW 15th ST
1460 NW Van Buren AV
1603 NW Jackson AV
1709 NW Tyler AV
1925 NW Grant AV
1946 NW Grant AV
2013 NW Tyler AV
210 NW 16th ST
2111 NW Harrison BV
213 NW 21st ST
2206 NW Harrison BV
2245 NW Harrison BV #106
2622 NW Coolidge WY
2677 NW Arnold WY
320 SE Bridgeway AV
325 NW 21st ST
332 NW Kings BV
345 NW 23rd ST
3456 NW Fillmore AV
417 NW Merrie AV
429 NW 18th ST
433 NW 6th ST
440 SW Western BV
445 NW 18th ST
445 SW Tunison AV #5
545 NW 12th ST
600 SW Jefferson AV
612 NW 29th ST
635 NW 5th ST #13
701 SW 7th ST #131
715 NW 29th ST
720 NW 9th ST
819 SE Bayshore CR
829 NW 27th ST
886 NW Oak AV
Note: Chronic Nuisance Property.
requires the Police Chief to contact the property owner and property occupant, if the occupant
is not the owner, after:
Three separate incidents that violate certain City ordinances or State laws within a thirty-day
Five separate incidents that violate certain City
ordinances or State laws within a ninety- day
The property owner and occupant then have 15 days to contact the Police Chief about why the
property should not be considered a chronic nuisance property. They must also indicate what
actions will be taken to address the allegations or
indicate good cause why the owner cannot
do so. If the owner fails to correct the problem within a reasonable period, the matter will be
referred to an official Hearings Officer who will work with the property owner to abate the
nuisance. Failure of the property owner to work with the Hearings Officer to correct the
problems could result in a civil penalty of $250 for every day the property owner fails to take
action and a penalty of $500 per incident for any subsequent incident occurring on the property
within six months of the declaration of a nuisance
property. Should the property owner fail to
stop the nuisance activity, the Hearings Officer may also close and secure the property against
use and occupancy for a period of not less than ten
days or more than six months.
The County accepted the final report on the Bailey Branch railroad,
detailing the 5 options already considered. You can read the report
here. The report was prepared last month but released only this
week. It calls for 5 options: sell it, trade it, keep it as a railroad,
convert it to a trail, or do nothing. Farmers along the line have objected
strenuously to the trail idea, and understandably so. Corvallis trail users
would likely be civil but there are a host of local thieves from Linn County
and Philomath who would consider the opportunity to steal metal piping or
even tractors as a gold mine.
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.
Portland's School District is hopefully not trying to set a trend with a
gagging of employees in a new "non-disclosure agreement concerning ANY
"information of any kind, nature, or description concerning any
matters affecting or relating to my services for the District, the business
or operations of my department, and/or the products, plans, processes, or
other data of my department.
Terry Francke, general counsel for the open-government advocacy group
Californians Aware, says the agreement is so broad it could be illegal. "I
can't imagine any court finding that this kind of totalitarian gag clause
was enforceable by any government agency," he says."This is the kind of
thing maybe the CIA could get away with enforcing," because the intelligence
agency deals with matters of national security."
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. Griffin is another Albany resident. He has started serving a
sentence of 15 days for
absconding. He has been charged 7 times in 3 years in Corvallis, usually related to
theft, burglary and meth, as well as various forms of parole violation.
|Stephen Christopher Griffin
||Ernest Lee Burgos
Mr. Burgos is from Deschutes County but has been charged 10
times in Benton County in the past 4 years, usually for burglary, meth or some
form of parole violation. This time he'll serve 23 days.
|James Ryan Nunn
Mr. Nunn has been charged 20 times in 4 years, on all sorts of
theft variants as well as meth, weapons charges, etc.
This time he has been charged for a try at car prowling, meth and
Mr. Pinedo, of Philomath, was just released from jail this
week and is already back for theft and a parole/probation violation for
If you spot any of the above 4 in your neighborhood, you needn't
bother watching them. Just call the cops. If they're not already trying to
steal something, they most likely - given their histories -WILL be by the time
||Bryan Daniel Baca
Like Mr. Pinedo, Mr. Baca is from Philomath and is
charged with driving while suspended and heroin. He's been charged 12
times in a little more than a year, with about as many sorts of nuisance crimes
imaginable. As with Mr. Pinedo, Mr. Baca has the uncanny inability to walk and
steal gum at the same time, it seems.
||“Probably the best BirthDay present ever! I just love my
parents!!!” - Jaylen Freyberg, High School Killer
The shooter in a Washington high school massacre was the freshman homecoming
prince, was on sports teams and was an avid hunter. And his girlfriend just
broke up with him.
At some point it might behoove us to ask why the
majority of these mass shootings at schools are taking place either in Colorado
or the Pacific Northwest.
This is the 50th school shooting this year. With 30,000 gun deaths a
year, the gun fetishists have had their chance to straighten their ranks out and
have failed miserably. "Thou art weighed in the balance and found wanting". VERY
middle-aged "open-carry" activists walk into Kroger with semi-automatic rifles
slung over their shoulders, they aren't exercising their rights with an ethic of
responsibility. They're trying to intimidate their way to respect and esteem.
They're acting out, demanding attention and rejecting curbs on their desires.
That's not being a citizen. It's being a toddler.'
In related news, a
"Sons of Guns" reality tv star has been charged with beating a stepchild
seriously as the boy's mother stood by and watched. The show was
cancelled by the Discovery Channel after the founder was charged with raping his
11 year old daughter in August.
a California police officer has confessed and says that he is not alone, but
police officers throughout southern California routinely steal nude photos from
phones of stopped motorists and share them among themselves.
Also in California police news,
the man who killed 2 officers and wounded a third in a killing spree surrendered
after a manhunt.
Transsexual model Ava
London has been accused by former NFL receiver Hank Baskett who has told the
FBI that she tried to extort $5000 from him to avoid her releasing
tapes of him calling her to arrange for a denial of an affair with her.
Mr. Schrepfer is another Albany product. He has been
arrested or trespass and burglary, and a hold from Linn County. He
arrested in Corvallis in April, on a burglary charge, of failing to
show on a forgery charge and for a parole violation. He was one of two men
who police say
led them on a 100 mph chase up I-5 into Salem, where they injured 5
people in crashes. All the while police say they were "throwing drug
paraphernalia and papers from the car." Earlier,
he'd stalked an Albany business owner and grabbed a bank bag she planned on
using to deposit the day's receipts. Police said he "used force to
obtain the bag of proceeds from the business, fled the area" only to be
wrestled to the ground and held by local citizens.
|Jason Paul Schrepfer
It would be interesting to see the new EU definition of GDP - which
includes the proceeds from crime in the calculation. We believe it is likely
Linn County's primary industry. And ANY serious attempt to address crime in
Benton County is going to require some stern communication from Benton
County Commissioners to their Linn County counterparts. Otherwise,
crime-fighting in Corvallis is cosmetic. There is simply no reason Benton
County citizens should be paying the costs of holding much of Albany in
||Rebel Lee Tester
Mr. Tester is also from Albany, although he has lived in
Corvallis previously as well. This time he is charged with meth, with not
showing up on a theft charge, with various Albany and Linn County holds for
theft, meth, etc. Mr. Tester has been charged in Corvallis 13 times in a
little more than 1 year.
We have related in previous arrests of Mr. Tester how he was born
of drug addicts, according to his friends, and was shuttled in the foster
system, where he was abused, they say. It makes little difference. Mr.
Tester is now 27 years old and needs to begin making his own decisions.
That, in itself, presents a problem for anyone determined to turn their life
around. Without education, there are no opportunities for self-support in
Corvallis. Nor has there been any attempt to create any. The city's Economic
Development Director has recruited employers who pay substandard wages for
temporary, part time jobs. Given a choice between working AND being
homeless, or just being homeless, many will choose the latter. The
hopelessness ensuing is best addressed with self-medication, which can only
be paid for by crime. It is a circle which needs to be broken somewhere, and
the place to start may be with disciplining the Economic Development
Director who has focused so much on creating the problem.
|Regina Marie Frier
Ms Frier is from Seaside and this is the 9th time she has
been charged in 3 years. She is charged with assault. She is a Corvallis
homeless woman who has a long history of mental health and addiction issues.
Ms Frier is another placed in foster care when she was 11, according to
court documents. She was put back with her own mother but "ran away when she
was 13 and supported herself, when she was younger, through prostitution".
She "began using alcohol when she was 10, marijuana when she was 11, and
methamphetamine when she was 14. She has continued to use methamphetamine
and abuse alcohol throughout much of her life," according to the document
(you can read it
She subsequently had 5 children of her own, each with major
behavioral problems, and the state has tried to work with her repeatedly
before terminating her parental rights. The children were several
times found unsupervised, sometimes just wandering while Ms Frier followed
her addictions, authorities said. The state finally concluded that Ms
Frier's own mental health issues were so great that trying to work with her
on developing parenting plans were consuming vast resources best spent on
the children in another environment. The caseworker said that "one of the
concerns I had, too, how much support does this woman need just to try to
maintain on her own, and how viable is that really. Can you really expect
ongoing forever massive support services to essentially take care of
children while they're in her custody?"
In fact, the psychiatrist Ms Frier called as a witness in appealing the
state's decision to terminate her parental rights spoke instead of Ms
Frier's "long history of mental illness and poor medication compliance".
Nonetheless, the state tried to find a means for Ms Frier to keep "at least
one child" with her. That was, in our opinion, a mistake, from the
beginning. We know Ms Frier, find she can be personable and attractive, but
she has "episodes". The result of leaving her 5 children in her care for so
long has likely just created 5 more Regina Friers for future generations to
try to deal with.
There may need to be a re-evaluation of the semi-religious
assumption that the best care of an infant is provided by a biological
parent. We are seeing much evidence to the contrary. That may especially be
the case when the parent has mental health issues of his or her own, but
again we need to be careful with who we regard legally as "crazy". Today,
the Oregonian is
reviewing a Mormon church admission that founder Joseph Smith became
polygamous after "a revelation from god". That included a 14 year old
girl. In 1880, the "age of consent" in the US was abominably low,
ranging from 7 years old in Delaware. Oregon's was 10 years old. Pedophiles
seem to have had considerable influence in state legislatures.
In related pedophile news:
||"Mama" June of Honey Booboo Reality TV
TMZ has now revealed that the child molester
"Mama June" was dating, with the result the TV show was cancelled yesterday, is
the man who sodomized her older daughter 10 years ago, when that child
In related religious nuttery news,
a Christian fundamentalist preacher in Coquille, Oregon, whose own lawyer
described his views as "crazy" was convicted of trying to hide
ownership of a motel and a diner, which they claimed are tax exempt. The
couple in time became part of the "sovereign citizen movement" and
"renounced" their citizenship. It didn't work. They were found guilty of tax
|Danielle Leigh Hilliard
Ms Hilliard is also from Albany. This is Ms Hilliard's 4th
time to be charged in a year. She has also left her mugshot in Multnomah
County. It's been meth and assaulting a police officer, etc. in Corvallis in
the past, as it is this time.
She was charged in April when "reported that a woman drove her
vehicle onto the sidewalk and was yelling and hysterical." Police reported
they thought she had smoked meth at the time.
She also was the star witness in the trial of Raymond Lataille,
featured previously in this column. "Danielle Hilliard, 24, reported to
Albany police on Jan. 1 that she had given Lataille permission to drive her
car while they celebrated on New Year’s Eve in Corvallis, but he became
enraged when she bought chips and water at Circle K and not cigarettes for
him. According to court documents, she told police that he took her cell
phone, drove her to Albany against her will while brandishing a knife,
forced her out of the car around 3 a.m. near the intersection of Northwest
North Albany Road and Northview Lane, and then drove away. At one point, she
told police, he thrust the knife toward her neck and cut her finger as she
put her hands up in defense."
Sadly, she had such promise, being on the
LBCC Honor Roll in 2011.
||Erica Etta Bonito
Ms Bonito has also been featured in this column
previously, having been charged for the 3rd time in 4 months, usually for
assault. She is from Keizer and was
charged in June after "showing up drunk to her baby’s father’s house
and trying to take their 1-year-old child away by force. She reportedly
punched a 78-year-old relative of the baby’s father repeatedly in the face
as the woman was holding the child".
|Christopher Lamarr Stephens
Mr. Stephens is charged with a domestic violence assault.
This is Mr. Stephens' first time to be charged in Corvallis in recent years.
Elsewhere in Oregon,
a police officer is now saying he reported an assistant Portland high school
wrestling coach for raping a student in 2010 and that his report was
never properly followed up. That same coach. Bradford Lee Porter, has now
been charged with raping another girl.
In Marysville, Washington,
a high school is under lockdown as police search room to room after a
student turned a gun on the cafeteria, shooting as many as 5 and killing 1
before shooting himself. There were initial reports of a second shooter.
||David Van Vleet
Above: Van Vleet,
a Tacoma man who had sought the names and addresses of 70 licensed strippers, as
well as pictures, birthdays and other information under the public records law,
so - he says - he could "pray for them" - was denied access by a judge. Although
the judge thought his denial might be sketchy under the law, he still issued an
injunction against the creep.
3 California deputies have been shot in a series of shootings over 30
miles with the same suspect. One of the deputies has died. 'A woman who was with
the man was taken into custody and authorities said she had a handgun in her
Oregonians have had our own case of Love Goes Bad among
the famous, but Oregonians with a love for Mexican music are still reeling
from the news that Aldo Sarabia, of the popular Banda El Recodo was
not, as feared, a victim of the drug cartels in Sinaloa. The band had
performed widely at cartel events as well as elsewhere.
authorities say, Sarabia's wife had met a man four months earlier, had an
affair within days and began plotting the murder shortly after she
greeted him (above) with flowers and festivities on his return from touring..
In the ongoing religious crime wave,
'a Jewish settler ran over two Palestinian children near Ramallah in the
occupied West Bank Sunday. According to the witnesses, the settler hit the
two girls, both aged 5, on the main road near Sinjil town. The girls
arrived at the hospital, both in comas and medical teams had scrambled to
save their lives.'
Mr. Kennedy is another gift from Linn County. This is the
10th time he's been charged in a little more than a year. In February,
was arrested when police said a woman called and said she'd been "choked and
shoved into a wall". Kennedy was arrested. He's also been charged with
|Kenneth Leon Kennedy
|Christopher James Perry
We have a "Two-fer" tonight on men police say beat women. Mr.
Perry is charged with not showing up on a domestic violence assault charge. He
was arrested by Linn County sheriffs although he is from Alsea. He was charged
in December with "breaking an interior door off of its frame and assaulting a
woman" in front of her children. He was arrested in January for violating a
In related news, men who torture women were given a break by the
Court of Appeals ruling that
pulling a woman's hair out by the roots does not constitute "assault" under
Oregon law. That's a law ripe for change, like yesterday.
In related news, the Annual Family Violence Apprehension Detail took place,
involving 220 Counties in 26 states, resulted in Clackamas County arresting 38
on outstanding warrants, as officers attempted to serve 208 warrants.
Benton County does not participate.
|Melissa Dawn Watkins
Ms Watkins is also from Linn County, and has been charged in
Corvallis 7 times in the last year. This time it's a drug traffic court
violation on a Theft I charge. Her
lists her previous employer as a "Drug Dealer". That certainly won't stand
out on a résumé from someone in Linn County. You need to jazz that lsting up a
In other theft news, Corvallis police are
reporting a 17% rise in car prowls in the city over last year.
|Jacob Paul Mason
Mr. Mason has also been charged in Lane and Lincoln Counties.
He is charged with Theft III (usually shoplifting in Corvallis), resisting
arrest, etc. He's been charged in Corvallis 4 times in little over a year. It
would lay some suspicions to rest if we knew a little more about the resisting
and how he got that black eye.
In law enforcement crime news, #blacklivesmatter today shut
traffic down in the Atlanta area with human chains protesting police
violence against African American males.
A UO Faculty task force on sexual violence today presented the list of
recommendations they had been charged with drawing up. Foremost among
them was cancelling a proposed expansion of Fraternity Sorority Life (FSL)
because "the Greek system and athletics are where multiple studies show a
prevalence of sexual violence."
Citing statistics, the report concludes 20 students per week are
attacked sexually at UO. You can read the full report
OSU has reported an increase in sex abuse last year too.
In related news, a right wing site calling themselves
"Factual Feminism" issued
a bizarre video advising women not to worry about
those silly old date rape drugs ("roofies").
Of all the paranoid rumors surfacing regarding the legalization
of pot, one has been forgotten -
a man in Everett robbed another man of hash oil by hitting him in the face with
a bong. Bongs as weapons - let's not forget to add that one.
|Robert Keller: Clown from Haunted House
Above: elsewhere, in Illinois,
an employee of a "haunted
house", Robert "Keller was 'holding a vibrating, purple sex toy' and the other
clown was holding a teddy bear with a vibrator attached to the stuffed animal’s
'groin area.' As Janito sought to reach the ticket window around 7:45 PM, the
two clowns allegedly surrounded her daughter. Keller, according to the lawsuit,
'began to violently poke the Minor in various parts of her body, including her
buttocks.' The other clown 'inserted the Teddy Bear Vibrator into his own mouth
and began simulating oral sex.' The complaint accuses Keller of yelling “Do you
want some more?” and “You know you like it in the butt!” at the girl. When
Janito sought to intercede, Keller waved the purple vibrator in her face 'in a
threatening manner.' While doing this, he commented, “You like this!,” the
complaint charges." Poor women. As if clowns in a Haunted House aren't
More Southern news from the Southland:
Jonnie Boggess of West Virginia was arrested after what he says was "gentle sex"
with his beagle, named Piglet.
||Following in the Footsteps of Orange Is the New Black: Teresa
Teresa Giudice, a player in the Real Housewives of New Jersey who is always
shown as a superficial and extravagant spender, will be sent to Danbury
prison to serve he 15 month sentence for fraud. The couple must also pay
$414,000 restitution and her husband may be deported after his own 41 month
sentence. Danbury is the setting for the Orange Is the New Black series.
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.
Above: Planned Parenthood was concerned enough to send out a
special alert to all supporters on the Linn-Benton race for state Senate:
'when politicians dismiss and demean women, it has a direct impact on their
lives. Oregon women deserve elected leaders who will expand and strengthen
access to health care, not turn back the clock on their rights.
Your vote will make a key difference in targeted races that will
determine the balance of power in the Oregon Legislature..
Here in Linn-Benton County, we are thrilled to endorse Sara Gelser,
who trusts women to make their own personal medical decisions – without the
interference of politicians or bosses.
Her opponent, meanwhile, is endorsed by Oregon Right To Life, an
extreme organization that’s working to ban safe, legal abortion – even in
cases of rape and incest. Senator Betsy Close even once sponsored a
condescending bill that would have imposed a 24-hour waiting period before
an abortion, outrageously comparing a woman’s personal, private medical
decision to buying “a refrigerator…or a house.”
“Contraceptive equity…is a basic healthcare issue for women, but
it’s also an economic justice issue for women,” Sara says. “Women need to be
able to make choices about their family timing and family size in order to
plan smart and safe economic futures for themselves.”
For the 2015 legislative session, we have a robust agenda to expand
access to women’s health care, to protect patient privacy and to preserve
funding for family planning services. We will also diligently block any
attempts to let politicians come between a woman and her doctor. We need
elected officials who will stand up for women’s health – and we know Sara
Gelser will do just that.
Can we count on you to turn in your ballot by Novem4th?'
A Louisiana Republican mayor, Wilson Longanecker, entered office promising
to "restore dignity" to the office and to "never embarrass this community",
was arrested today. He had "stopped going to his office, citing a
medical procedure — but he also stopped responding to emails, phone calls,
and text messages. After five months, Randy Anny — the man Longanecker, Jr.
beat in the election by a single vote — had to step in and act as mayor pro
tem in order to manage the city’s finances." Today, it became clear what
Longanecker had been doing with his time when a task force raided his home
and found reams of kiddie porn videos, which he tried to destroy as they
were gathering them up.
|Trade Minister in "Hot Seat" Over S&M Bar Expenses
Above: Oregon governor John Kitzhaber's
relationship with one widely viewed as a "user" can only seem tame to
days after 2 other Ministers had to resign over money scandals, Japan's
Minister of Trade is in the hot seat when it emerged his staff had
regularly booked performances at an S&M club, "where women dressed only in
underwear are tied up with ropes and whipped".
A Portland auditor report has raised alarm about a building tripling in cost
and a Portland administrator has been put on administrative leave as
A Republican candidate for the state legislature, Jordan Haskins, argued
against "the homosexual agenda" and that if 'the state wants to trample
religious freedom, we go somewhere else where our values are welcome'.
The Michigan legislator suspended his campaign today when it was revealed
that he is on parole for repeatedly breaking into strangers' cars and
masturbating, in both Michigan and North Carolina.
The Republican who heads Texas's biggest anti-gay group called for an end to
"no fault" divorce, saying his wife should not have been allowed to leave
him so soon. For another woman.
A new poll shows that Cylvia Hayes has become an albatross around the state
of Oregon, with young males deserting the governor in droves. These
are men who haven't made the dumb romantic choices older men and women have,
and feel empathy for Kitzhaber: "Hey! I SWEAR I KNOW that person. I was
involved with somebody JUST LIKE THAT!" Young women have more empathy for
the governor as well. They're often involved with the said young men and
understand poor choices well. Hayes needs to leave Oregon and find fresh
hunting material. New blood. The governor needs to wake the f*ck up.
The irony of course is that the wife of the governor's opponent is
dumber than a post. She'd never have made the choices she did, if she
Oregon Republican Dennis Richardson's latest campaign tactics merited a
nationwide response from Planned Parenthood:
"Have you seen this outrageous false advertising from Dennis
Richardson? After waging an 11-year campaign against women’s rights in the
Oregon Legislature, he’s pulling an “election eve conversion” stunt in a
desperate bid to dupe voters.
Oregon women are already fighting for reproductive freedom,
affordable health care and equal pay for equal work. The last thing they
need is to be deceived by politicians and organizations that are expanding
their efforts to roll back the clock on women’s rights:
Students For Life staged a protest October 16th at Portland State
University that’s designed to mislead young people about Planned
Parenthood’s effective, confidential, nonjudgmental health care services,
and instead steer them toward fake medical clinics that don’t protect their
privacy and that endanger public health by providing misleading information.
One student called the installation “negative” and “disturbing.”
Oregon Right To Life is celebrating Breast Cancer Awareness Month by
spreading junk science that abortion causes cancer. Executive Director Gayle
Atteberry wrote in an October 7th message, “I found it unconscionable that [Komen
Oregon] an organization whose sole purpose was to find a cure for breast
cancer would donate to [Planned Parenthood] an organization whose main
action was one that could cause the cancer they were trying to heal.”
40 Days For Life has doubled its presence at one of Planned
Parenthood’s health centers in Oregon. The anti-abortion campaign, which
runs through November 2nd, continues to intimidate patients who seek basic
health care services from Planned Parenthood across the state. If these
protesters were truly committed to reducing the number of unintended
pregnancies, they would work with Planned Parenthood to increase access to
affordable birth control and comprehensive sex education.
Please help Planned Parenthood PAC of Oregon reach as many voters
as possible between now and Election Day. Your support will make the
difference in protecting women’s health.
Laura Terrill Patten
The longest serving Republican in Congress, Don Young of Alaska, made few
friends when addressing a high school at Wasilla, where a young
classmate recently committed suicide. Young tuned to the subject in his
speech and referred to the young man as having had no support from family or
friends - "obviously". "I felt the oxygen go out of the room, but I gasped
as well,” said Principal Amy Spargo. One young student stood up to assure
Young that the victim had many friends and support, but it was a matter of
depression. Things went downhill, with Young calling the kid a "smart aleck"
and an "asshole" and the principal closed the session early.
||Cylvia Hayes and her "Dangerous Man" Karl Topinka
The saga of the governor's choice in partners keeps going on. Cylvia Hayes
told the press that the pot farm idea from 20 years ago was the idea of "a
dangerous man" she'd been involved with. The "dangerous man" said
today that, yes, he'd been convicted of crimes but that the pot idea was
hers. "There was a lot of camouflage with Cylvia," he told the Daily Mail.
"She has multiple personalities. She always knows what she wants but there's
two ways to get anywhere. There's the straight road and there's the crooked
road. For some reason Cylvia always gets herself on the crooked road.
She's sly. I can't even tell you what I've sacrificed in my life for her.
This guy's doing the same. Look at what a powerful couple they could be,
think of that responsibility. You can't abuse that but she did. How can you
trust that person?"
Good question, and one the governor can sort out. As for the rest
of the state, the governor's personal issues seem not be affecting how
people vote much. Everyone has made a poor choice in relationships along the
way and most seem to just feel empathy for someone who's been repeatedly
lied to, and repeatedly has believed, another.
In other news,
the wife of a Kitzhaber aide was given a contract to produce a video for the
governor's health reforms despite being higher than the low bidder.
The low bidder, told of the contract award says "It sounds unethical and
maybe immoral," he said, "and wasted a lot of people's time to produce a
proposal that probably wasn't even looked at."
Michelle Bachmann, paranoid extraordinaire, is
getting a tax-payer paid "security guard detail" to protect her against "the
Islamic State". It is time we cease giving lunatics news space as
though they are to be taken seriously, pundits have observed but the humor
of the political news would be lost if we all did so.
In related news, Texas just keeps getting loonier.
The man about to become lieutenant governor has declared that "God speaks to
us through Duck Dynasty", apparently bcause Dan Patrick neither
reads nor knows how to pray himself. He also believes that Mexican coyotes
speak the Pakistani Urdu language.
The family of James Foley, a journalist beheaded by ISIL religious
extremists, is demanding an apology from Republicans who have been using his
murder. "It makes me very sad that people would use the brutality of
our son's death for their own political purposes", says Foley's mother.
The issues of candidates in Oregon are serious enough but elsewhere it gets
A leader of the Republican Party in Alabama and Speaker of the House there
has been arrested on 23 counts related to bribery.
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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
A Mayan take-off on 2 Halo characters has gone viral, with copies of
the images by Sita Navas posted by her husband on Reddit now being offered
The new Apple Air SIMS cards are supposedly interchangeable across carriers
not true if you buy them from AT&T, which is locking them.
Verizon is adding a unique header for web traffic which allows them to
track and sell information of users, despite ant-cookie setting,
|J. K. Rowling Promises New Harry Potter Chapter on Dolores
Umbridge by Halloween
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling says she will release a new story about one
of the fictional universe’s most despicable characters on Halloween,
Dolores Umbridge, headmistress of Hogwarts in the fifth book and film in the
series, Order of the Phoenix.
Amazon's Fire phones have sold as badly as was predicted, with only 35,000
sold the first month compared to the usual 1 million for newly released
phones. The company is now writing off $170,000,000.00 in unsold
Chinese jailbreaking team Pangu has released a software tool that allows
users to Jailbreak their iPhones, iPads and iPods running the latest
version of Apple's mobile operating system, iOS 8 and iOS 8.1.'
Google tech specialist Nicholas Rotundo has been arrested for trying
to surreptitiously extort nude photos from a Texas co-ed who had applied for
developers of "Hatred" claim it "smacks of every mass shooting in the United
States since the Columbine massacre in 1999". It is "so insanely,
bluntly sociopathic that it could easily be parody" of every US sociopath
and open carry advocate. The trailer was released today and it will be
available in 2015 for PCs, much to the horror of critics.
A bent iPhone has resulted in burns which sent a man to the
Anonymous hacker Jeremy Hammond has been put into solitary confinement, a
note smuggled out of prison confirms. 'An avowed enemy of the
military-industrial complex, he was the principal architecht of a massive,
crippling attack on the for-profit intelligence service Stratfor. As
revealed in a series of Daily Dot investigations, however, Hammond was
enabled and directed by hacker turned informant Hector "Sabu" Monsegur'.
Anti-Facebook, today became a Public Benefits Corporation, which means they
Sell user-specific data to a third party
Enter into an agreement to display paid advertising on behalf of a third
In the event of an acquisition or asset transfer, the Company shall
require any acquiring entity to adopt these requirements with respect to the
operation of Ello or its assets.
That hasn't kept the public from investing. They have now raised
more than $5 million.
England has passed
a new law to imprison hackers for life if they "endanger national security",
which most feel is simply a government ploy to lock up whistleblowers
like Edward Snowden forever.
Here is a complete list of all the cars affected by the airbag recall,
released in amended version yesterday:
BMW: 627,615 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sedan
2000 – 2006 3 Series Coupe
2000 – 2005 3 Series Sports Wagon
2000 – 2006 3 Series Convertible
2001 – 2006 M3 Coupe
2001 – 2006 M3 Convertible
Chrysler: 371,309 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2008 Dodge Ram 1500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Ram 2500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 3500
2006 – 2008 Dodge Ram 4500
2008 – Dodge Ram 5500
2005 – 2008 Dodge Durango
2005 – 2008 Dodge Dakota
2005 – 2008 Chrysler 300
2007 – 2008 Chrysler Aspen
Ford: 58,669 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – Ranger
2005 – 2006 GT
2005 – 2007 Mustang
General Motors: undetermined total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Pontiac Vibe
2005 – Saab 9-2X
Honda: 5,051,364 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2007 Honda Accord)
2001 – 2002 Honda Accord
2001 – 2005 Honda Civic
2002 – 2006 Honda CR-V
2003 – 2011 Honda Element
2002 – 2004 Honda Odyssey
2003 – 2007 Honda Pilot
2006 – Honda Ridgeline
2003 – 2006 Acura MDX
2002 – 2003 Acura TL/CL
2005 – Acura RL
Mazda: 64,872 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2007 Mazda6
2006 – 2007 MazdaSpeed6
2004 – 2008 Mazda RX-8
2004 – 2005 MPV
2004 – B-Series Truck
Mitsubishi: 11,985 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2004 – 2005 Lancer
2006 – 2007 Raider
Nissan: 694,626 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2001 – 2003 Nissan Maxima
2001 – 2004 Nissan Pathfinder
2002 – 2004 Nissan Sentra
2001 – 2004 Infiniti I30/I35
2002 – 2003 Infiniti QX4
2003 – 2005 Infiniti FX35/FX45
Subaru: 17,516 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2003 – 2005 Baja
2003 – 2005 Legacy
2003 – 2005 Outback
2004 – 2005 Impreza
Toyota: 877,000 total number of potentially affected vehicles
2002 – 2005 Lexus SC
2002 – 2005 Toyota Corolla
2003 – 2005 Toyota Corolla Matrix
2002 – 2005 Toyota Sequoia
2003 – 2005 Toyota Tundra
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.
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Alan Eustace, a computer scientist, has broken the free fall record.'falling
faster than the speed of sound and breaking the world altitude record set just
two years ago.. At dawn he was lifted from an abandoned runway at the
airport here by a balloon filled with 35,000 cubic feet of helium. For a little
over two hours, the balloon ascended at speeds up to 1,600 feet per minute to an
altitude of more than 25 miles. Mr. Eustace dangled underneath in a specially
designed spacesuit with an elaborate life-support system. He returned to earth
just 15 minutes after starting his fall.'
After decades of being stymied by religious extremists,
scientists at Harvard say they
now have found a way of turning stem cells into cancer killers which target
brain tumors, killing the cancer cells without harming normal cells in
mice. You can expect the religious extremists, like the Republican candidate for
state Senate in Corvallis, Betsy
Close, to try to whack the advances.
New testing on infant formulas in Portland shows Enfamil Soy Infant Formula
and Similac Soy Isomil for lactose-intolerant babies have GMO contents
manufactured to allow high dosages of herbicides - by definition, life
DuPont's $4.6 million greasing of the wheels to prevent labeling of GMO foods
has set a new record. This Supreme Court has ensured there's no way to
control election spending and the US democracy is well on the way to becoming
the best democracy money can buy.
Possibly the worst scenario in the U.S. -
the likely confirmation of an Ebola victim in New York City - has occurred.
A Doctors Without Borders physician returned from working with Ebola victims in
Guinea has been put in isolation.
After he took the subway and went bowling in Brooklyn last night.
In related news, the World Health Organization says
they are testing 2 candidates for an Ebola vaccine and expect a vaccine
by the end of the year.
The Northwest's Paul Allen has decided to fork over $100 million to
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
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'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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