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Stacey Addison was a veterinarian in Oregon and
always heard stories of Oregonians traveling the world for a year. She had
gone back packing in Europe as a college student and now, at 39, with no
children and unattached, she decided to take the plunge.
|Help Free Oregon's Stacey Addison
Selling everything she owned, she budgeted the trip, including
setting aside money for "re-entry" after the traveling was finished. She
traveled on local buses, stayed in hostel or cheap hotels, volunteered as a
vet in the Galapagos and Peru. In Indonesia, her visa was set to expire,
which meant traveling into East Timor (Timor-Leste) where cabs waited to
take tourists into the capital city, Dili.
She pooled resources with a stranger for one of the cabs and
as the taxi pulled into the city, the other passenger needed to pick up a
package at DHL. As he did so, the police swooped in and arrested him. She
was held while police checked her story out. The stranger in the
cab said he had been paid to pick the package - 1.5 kilos of meth - up and
had never met Addison. Nonetheless, she sits today in jail waiting for an
"investigation" to complete - an investigation which never occurs.
Her family asked supporters to email the Justice Ministry in Timor,
but has since found that no one checks the email at the Ministry. It's a low
tech operation. Instead, they are now asking people to like
and share the Facebook page on her difficulties.
infamous Witham Hill Oaks project of the
even more infamous Campus Crest group was inadequately addressed by
the city, the state Land Board said.
It is considered a minor issue in the appeal by Corvallis residents.
OSU CS graduates will be appalled to learn that the H1-B foreign workers
they will need to compete with are "trapped" by 'labor trafficking" rings
that are rarely held responsible for abuses. According to a
year-long investigation by The Guardian, NBC Bay Area, and the Center for
Investigative Reporting, companies such as Cisco, Google, eBay, Verizon and
Apple employ the use of immigrant "body shops." These body shops find young
programmers and engineers in India, get them to sign "draconian" contracts,
which legally bind them to their employer, send them to work in the United
States and withhold portions of their paycheck for profit. And these body
shops use the threat of hefty lawsuits to keep immigrants in line.'
In related news,
the Labor Department has announced intentions to destroy H-1B applications
after 5 years, a move perplexing to researchers.
Several of those who opposed using public money to fund a private
development when the Hyatt Hotel project was proposed downtown say now that
they plan to build a hotel at the site. Whoopee. More minimum wage,
part time jobs.
|School Board Sends Out New County Assessment for Fairplay School
The decision of the Corvallis
School Board to finance the sale of Fairplay School to the Waldorf School,
which had been leasing the 11 acre property, for $476,830 when the property
whose real market value had been assessed at be $3,592,197 by the County
Howls went up from
sectors of the community traditionally opposed to funding education
but also from those most concerned with Corvallis schools. One teacher, for
example, wondered aloud whether the school district could afford a $3
million subsidy of a private school when the public high school (CHS) has a
receptacle and pipe to carry water from a leaky roof to the basement)
because roof repairs are apparently beyond the current budget.
The school district addressed the Fairplay taxing assessment issue with the County Assessor
who has now reassessed the real market value at $488,378. The school
district sent out a press release about the reassessment yesterday. You can
The current zoning would need to be changed to develop the land
into homes, which would make it easily worth the $3 million assessed
originally. The school district knew that when they sold it but said "the
core mission of the Corvallis School District 509J is the education of K-12
students. The utilization of limited district resources to pursue
changes to real property zoning – typically a lengthy and expensive process
without guarantee of success – was determined to not be in line with the
core duties of the district and not an action desired by the School Board."
Apparently the subsidization of private schools IS part of "the
core mission" of the Corvallis School District.
"A parent’s preference regarding the specific nature of an individual
child’s education is respected. As such, the district finds it in
the best interest of children to cooperate with private and public entities
throughout the mid-valley who share the district’s goal of educating each
individual child." That's a pretty slippery slope. Waldorf is a safe bet,
but there are others which are not. Training little meth addicts or
religious bigots is not something we would want to see our tax monies
|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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Police are saying that a serial predator has been preying
on older women who befriend her, allow her to move into their homes, and she
then steals credit cards and thousands of dollars from them. Vicheka Ly has
pulled such scams, they say, in 3 Oregon Counties. Call 503-846-2500
at Washington County, if spotted.
Police are saying that
a string of Corvallis and UO iPad burglaries are related, and Kingsley
Nkwonta has been charged with using craigslist to dispose of them.
They say more arrests are forthcoming. They are asking anyone who was
victimized, whether by buying or loss due to theft, to call (541) 682-5376.
If you can't think of any other reason to legalize pot, do it for
Mr. Kimball. He is our poster boy on this issue and the sight of him in the
inmate roster reminds us of Tommy Chong of Cheech & Chong.
|Erik Dean Kimball
Mr. Kimball has been charged in Corvallis 10 times and once in
Marion County, stemming from a pot bust in April of last year. After the first
bust, financial aid is banned and it makes no sense not to indulge oneself
after, really. The life is ruined. This time, the charge is again a drug
treatment violation on a pot charge.
A massive investigation and report by England's Conservative
government has left the Party shattered and nervous. They even
tried to suppress
the Report. The report, based on studies of 11 nations,
concluded "there is no evidence tough anti-drug laws have any effect on levels
of use". You can read the report
Both the County Sheriff and the District Attorney, whose
livelihoods depend upon criminalization,
opposed the measure to legalize pot today. They're not fools - they know
which side of the bread is buttered for them.
|Heather Lyn Reid
Ms Reid is a case in point as to why we have a drug treatment
court rather than simply throwing users into jail. She has been charged 3 times
now with drug possession, and not once with the property crimes some meth users
rely upon to feed their drug habit. She is a user, not a thief, according to the
charges placed against her.
|Brian Edward Kaucher
Poor Mr. Kaucher, he never had a chance, hailing as he does
from both Linn County AND Philomath. His tattoos aren't legible but we bet he
was born with them and that they read "Born to Be in Jail". That would be a
perfect idea - tattoo all Linn County babies so later in life we know them when
we see them and we can lock down all the property in sight. Mr. Kaucher is
charged with not showing up on 5 counts of forgery, 2 counts of ID theft, theft,
etc. He was also
March, 2013 with theft and ID theft.
A 19 year old has had his first arrest, at least his first as
an adult, for burglary and theft. The worst charge that could be laid against
him is that he too closely resembles the bubble gum pop artist Justin Bieber. He
may have started to take that role too seriously and it got him in trouble.
Similarly, a 37 year old woman has been charged with drugs and
theft III (usually shoplifting in Oregon) in the first charge against her, at
least in recent years.
Perennial criminal Jonathan Dakota Appelt has been sentenced to 13 months
in prison for his latest crime, a stabbing. "“You’re racking them up,”
the judge told him. “You’re already up to B,” referring to 6B of the Oregon
sentencing guidelines. The six is along a scale of one to 11 for crime
seriousness, and B denotes a criminal history that includes two person felonies
in any combination of adult convictions or juvenile adjudications."
Elsewhere in Oregon,
Oracle Corporation has written state legislators "suggesting" they cut funding
for the state in our attempt to recover $300 million in what the Department of
Justice has called a "racketeering" operation. In weeks to come, we can
look forward to seeing Republican legislators jumping on the lap of Oracle CEO
Safra Catz like a bunch of squirming little puppies looking for approval.
Parents of North Salem High were alerted today concerning a student having made
threats or comments about guns and shootings in school.
Idaho man camping in an RV with others told hospital staffers in Eugene that he
had fallen on a "thin knife" before confessing that one of his room
mates stabbed him with her letter opener.
A Seattle man with a one inch gash says he was assaulted by a clown with
San Franciscans celebrating the World Series of the Giants shot one another -
twice - and stabbed, then assaulted each other and finally began
throwing bottles at police officers. 40 were arrested.
Above: Elsewhere, following the charge by the New York
Attorney General that Donald Trump had defrauded students of $40 million,
the first of the lawsuits seeking to recover that money are being filed.
a nurse who assisted Ebola patients is refusing to abide by the state's 21 day
quarantine. She risks arrest if she continues to insist on leaving her
home and having physical contact with others. We all appreciate the spirit of
self-sacrifice she exhibited in Africa, but we all have to disapprove of her
unwillingness to engage in a far milder form of self sacrifice in maintaining
the 21 day quarantine. If someone became sick as a result of her shenanigans,
she'd feel as awful as the rest of us. But she wouldn't have the anger we would.
In Ohio, a fired state trooper admitted trading his agreement not to
file charges for sex. He was caught when a routine examination of dashboard
coverage showed "inappropriate" contact.
In New York City,
a police officer was indicted for conspiring with a Colorado woman in a plan to
sexually molest her 1 year old infant. The agreement was recorded on
In related news, a police inquiry in Manchester, England has shown
"kiddie sex" is the "new norm" in that city.
In more related news,
Mike Tyson, the angry, misogynous ex-fighter, said today that at age 7, he was
"snatched me off the street. I was a little kid." The kidnapper "bullied
me, sexually abused me and stuff ..Never seen him again."
Queen Latifeh has cancelled an interview with Bill Cosby after rape
a Mormon Jim Jones mini-affair is shaping up in the deaths of a family who were
poisoned inside a locked bedroom, next to a trash can full of methadone,
sleeping pills, etc. all in a kool-aid-like concoction.
Eric Frein, suspected of ambushing and killing police in Pennsylvania
before retreating with his survivalist skills into wilderness areas, has been
In Florida, a bizarre, second manslaughter trial of a
gazillionaire who adopted his girlfriend legally to keep his fortune from being
seized by parents of the man he killed, in what police said was a
drunken stupor, has ended in a conviction.
things just keep piling up against "Q" star Jian Ghomeshi, with 8 more women
stepping forward to tell tales of him unexpectedly strangling or punching them.
Among them are popular Canadian actress Lucy DeCoutere.
|Jeremy Paul Higginbotham
Mr. Higginbotham is another gift of Linn County. He was
charged in August of this year in Corvallis with meth and Driving While
Suspended, which is
what he is charged with this time.
There was a time when a majority of those arrested sported a look
similar oftoead and a mustache type usually defined as a 'trucker's". It was
popularized in the 90s as a sinister virility, especially by a subset of the gay
male leather crowd.
In Oregon, a set that circled Thom Butts.
|Thom Butts, Mr. Oregon State Leather 1997
Today, it has lost the appeal (Thom Butts is a Log Cabin
Republican, lives in the suburbs with husband Dominic and the 2 of them share a
"collared boy" Kevin)) and simply screams "Linn County" and "Arrest Me!" But
it's possible that Mr. Higginbotham is just a fashion purist and doesn't care to
alter his appearance based on the whims of a fickle convict public.
||Tracy Jean Freitag
Ms Freitag is also from Linn County. She is charged with
possession of unspecified drugs. She was
arrested 3 years ago on charges of meth and child neglect, an irony
since her Facebook page
has a "god bless grandchildren" homily as well as a declaration that she's
"keeping Christ in Christmas" - and, judging by the charges, she's keeping maybe
a little something else in reserve in case the Christ in Christmas doesn't come
through for her.
Ms Freitag has said she has been struggling with meth addiction for 30 years and
was, she said last year, "clean" for 6 months. "“My ‘friends’ out there
would be more than willing to get me high. They’d think they were doing me a
great favor,” she said. “If I go back out there again, I’ll die.” No, Ms Freitag,
let's not die. Let's just get clean again and restart that calendar clock.
|Joseph David Stone
Mr. Stone is from Marion County, where he was
arrested 2 years ago on theft charges, according to the Inquirer. He is
charged in Benton County with reckless endangerment and a probation violation.
It might do his public presentation "a world
of good" if he adopted that 90's Thom Butts look.
Elsewhere in Oregon,
a man with a prior rape conviction started to answer the door dressed only in
his underwear, police say, until he saw it was the police with a warrant.
Then he bolted out the back and through the neighborhood, "dashed through yards,
hopped over fences and barreled through bushes in his attempts to flee", losing
his underwear to a fence. A K-9 officer tracked James Bufford down.
In related news,
a burglar specializing in stealing underwear has made an appearance in
A Linn County 13 year old who disappeared has been discovered to have been in a
2 year "relationship", as she calls it, with a 27 year old Wisconsin man who
came to Oregon and whisked her off to a hotel, where her father
discovered her and escorted the man to the police station.
A federal judge in Eugene has sentenced a Linn County man, Richard
Stephens, to 15 years in prison for being a "career criminal", after
being found guilty of stealing a gun from another criminal. The judge
has no idea about Linn County. They seem to make crime a part of the high school
curriculum there. Stephens had 18 prior felony convictions.
Greg Lewis, the suspect in a PDX hotel rape has been tracked down and
arrested in New York.
In Clackamas County, David Taylor,
a convicted murderer was found guilty of robbing a man who claimed to be
a German baron with a stash of antiques but who is widely believed now to have
been a fake.
Elsewhere across the country, there is some sad southland news.
A Texas policeman has fatally shot himself, accidentally, in the groin.
In related news,
two deputies returning to New Mexico after transporting a prisoner out of state
engaged in a drunken brawl that degenerated into a gunfight, with one
shooting the other dead.
baseball great Jose Canseco accidentally shot off his finger in a gun
accident. It may be karma. It was his middle
Also in Texas,
a police officer is going to trial on charges of raping a teen at least 5 times
while other officers watched.
||Katt Williams, Suge Knight
Thug producer Suge Knight and comic Katt Williams have been charged with
stealing the camera of an intrusive paparazzi. Because of their records,
Knight could be imprisoned 30 years and Williams could draw 7.
News circulated today that
David Nieland, the man charged with investigating the Secret Service agents
accused of bringing a prostitute into a Columbian hotel, was forced to quit
over the summer after himself being caught with a prostitute.
From the southland, more southland-type news.
A 911 call to Skype actually recorded the sexual assault of a 39 year old woman
by a 76 year old Georgia County Republican Party chairman.
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.
Georgia's Republican secretary of state says they have "lost" 50,000 new
voter registrations since the first of the year and they can't find
them. Anywhere. Move along now, folks, there's nothing to see here.
New Mexico's Republican governor has begun
refusing "voter id" cards to Navajos.
Lane County's top law enforcement officials released a statement bashing the
Republican for "crossing the line" in a "total misrepresentation of the
facts", regarding a Democratic state legislator. They are,
incidentally, similar to those sent out by Betsy Close regarding Sarah
Gelser. But in all fairness, Ms Close likely wouldn't have understood. She
is widely regarded as the dumbest person in the state legislature.
Peter deFazio, US Congressman for Corvallis and elsewhere,
will speak on behalf of labeling GM "Frankenfoods" at Country Vitamins, at
919 NW Circle, on Thursday at 4.
Meantime, polls show that young people and women are very
independent voters compared to middle aged Euro-American males, in Oregon.
GMO labels are favored by women 51%-39%, and by voters younger than 35 by
61%-31%. Other issues, like the legalization of pot, follow similar
trends. Older men follow the direction of authority figures, and
specifically corporate entities much more easily.
|Michael Walters ("Dame Edna")
Boyd Corbin, candidate for Mayor in Florida, has captured his state's image
as no other this year. Corbin in 2012 dressed in a KKK costume and
carried a sign saying "Stop the race war against whites. Vote for Romney."
He said it was just a joke but he was subsequently arrested for assault when
he threatened cross dresser "Dame Edna" (Michael Walters) with a flaming
tiki torch. That too, he says, was just a misunderstanding.
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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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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The massive infusion of cash by food
manufacturers into ensuring that Oregonians are not told what is in the food
they eat suggests we cannot trust anything they produce. Beyond buying only
organic when available, we can also avoid the products of those unwilling to
inform us of the nature of their products. For starters:
Lay's/ Cheetohs/ Tostito's
Starbuck's bottled coffee drinks
Philadelphia Cream Cheese
OSU researcher's computer predictions are more hopeful than algorithms
developed elsewhere, and suggest the Ebola virus could be wiped out
in 5 months.
Crash dummies are getting an overhaul to reflect the obesity of US drivers,
after a study showed obese drivers are 78% more likely to die in auto
The average American now spends 1,533 hours driving a car, including an
average 25 minute commute. That's 64 days - 2 months. Driving.
2nd person in Multnomah County is being monitored for Ebola.
Nassim Nicholas Taleb, the New York statistician whose financial theories have
revolutionized modern finance, says that GMO crops may end the world.
"Experts have severely underestimated the risks of genetically modified food" he
|From Statisticians of Black Swan Number Theory: GMO Crops May End
Corvallis's sports hero Harold Reynolds was thought to have finished his career
in sports commentary but his role as World Series commentator has jump-started
his career. Reynolds was "mysteriously" fired by ESPN in 2006. Reynolds
sued and the fact the MLB has vetted him to appear seems like some sort of
|Corvallis's Harold Reynolds a Star Again
Good Samaritan has been designated as one of 6 hospital facilities for Ebola
patients in Oregon. The CEO said that they are "making sure that if a
patient presents, our staff knows how to identify, treat, isolate or transfer as
needed". He says mock drills have been staged. Physicians at both the Hospital
has been given a "D" grade in patient safety by the "Leapfrog" system, along
with a hospital in Ontario, Oregon and one in Redmond, Oregon. Oregon has no
hospitals with "F" scoring. Does that make you feel any safer?
Among "emerging markets", China,
Brazil and South Africa are the leaders in green technology, and specifically
for investment in clean energy, says a new study.
Above: Corvallis resident Nunn Chemrouen is very proud of his
grandson soaring to the top of Cambodia's pop charts. For the rest of us, we are
grateful to see that the US is not alone in superficial pop music.
A group of North Carolina students whose play was cancelled by the high school
after a Christian preacher intervened with the high school principal,
have crowd funded the play themselves.
A 5 year old in NYC has been taken from his apartment away for testing after
developing a fever following his return from Guinea.
in the flow path of the slowly erupting Kilauea volcano in the Puna district of
Hawaii Island have been told to prepare for a possible evacuation in the
next three to five days'
The Fairplay/Waldorf issue raised
by the County and the School Board today re-poses the question of the GMO
herbicides used in Benton County which account for the residues found in the
drinking water of 2 Corvallis schools when the USDA and OHA
tested for 177 chemicals 2 years ago. Half the schools tested positive,
including Fairplay and Dixie (used for Headstart).
Corvallis fans of CBC's "Q" should know the network announced they were dumping
Jian Ghomeshi after allegations and reports of sex harassment.
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
||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.'
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