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Bill Hotchkiss at Sunrise Bakery: Mary's River Still at Summer Levels
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. Hotchkiss came to the area from Massachusetts, where he similarly made deliveries to New York City, though by more rapid methods of conveyance.
   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 regularly.
   75% 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.
   An 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", said Smith.
   We can, then, only be thankful for the rains, and hope for more.

Oct 21
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 headaches.
   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.

Oct 20
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 place," 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.

Oct 18
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 Ukraine.
   The mayor of Uzhhorod (Uzhgorod) elected by the Ukrainian nationalist majority is 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 elections. 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 at 69

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.
   'Hal 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. The 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 death.

Oct 16

OSU in GM Labeling Issue Is Like OSU Was in Maraschino Red Dye Labeling Years Ago
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.
   Less well-remembered 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.

Oct 15

Portland is expecting the new recreational marijuana tax will yield $4 million annually for the city.

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Oct 22
'A 10-year veteran Internal Revenue Service (IRS) attorney has demanded a Congressional audit of the IRS to investigate the agency’s alleged role in allowing American corporations to illegally avoid paying billions of dollars in taxes at the same time the agency is cracking down on individuals and small businesses.'

Oct 19
Dollar Tree Fined $282,500 For OSHA Violations

OSHA has said the Dollar Tree stores (there are two in Corvallis, one at the King's Circle, next to where Albertson's was, and one at 5222 on Philomath Blvd.), has “willfully and repeatedly” shown a reckless disregard for employee safety.' In the past 5 years, the chain has racked up a staggering 234 violations, and has begun to draw 6 figure fines.

The Coast Guard has scheduled a meeting in Newport to listen to the community concerns about closing the station there. '40 to 50 missions that are flown out of the Newport facility every year will be re-routed to North Bend or Astoria. Captain Todd Trimpert, who heads up the agency in southern Oregon, says there are no plans to add additional resource there and response times likely will increase.'

Oct 16

The Victim: Stuffed Horse

Above: The victim. Below: The perpetrator.

The Perp: Sean Johnson

 Sean Johnson, a Walmart customer, grabbed a stuffed horse and pulled out his penis and pressed against the horse until he orgasmed.  At that point, he pulled a comforter off the shelf and tenderly wrapped the object of his affection in it.
Business isn't all fun and games, Sean - at least not for everyone else.

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Oct 22
Christopher Laurence Urie
Mr. Urie is another Albany gift, although he has lived in Philomath. The jail roster lists him as having been charged with a post-prison sanction for criminal mischief but he was charged with a PPS for criminal mistreatment,  in 2012. In February of 2012, he was charged with "meth possession, first-degree theft by receiving, and felon in possession of a restricted weapon (switch blade)". He's also been charged with absconding, etc. He is, in Linn County parlance, a "standup guy". In Benton County parlance, he is a sketchy criminal best avoided, in fact, best not living here.
Dillan Paul Prudhomme

Mr. Prudhomme is from Douglas County, and Sutherlin. He has been arrested there 18 times since 2007 and he has been charged here 5 times this year. He seems to have some serious mental health issues, and the crimes he is charged with are often simply inexplicable. He was charged last year, for example, with joy-riding through farm fields unti he crashed the car into a ditch.

Alexander David Drue Bertsch

Mr. Bertsch's acquaintances also think he has some mental health issues. He was charged 3 years ago with setting a fire in a bathroom of the OSU computer center. He has been charged 15 times in 4 years for everything from robbery and theft to resisting arrest, drugs to mail theft and burglary. He seems to have the idea that changing his hair color and styling is equivalent to personal change. It isn't. At the end of the day, a brunette or purpled hair screwball has become a blonde screwball. You haven't changed a thing, Alex. This time around he is charged with a PPS for burglary.
   There may be help on the way. '
The Association of Oregon Counties, is drafting legislation establishing a Mental Health Justice Reinvestment Program to increase local funding for diversion services' for those whose mental health in question.
   Ryan Duane Moore has been charged with violating parole/probation on menacing, assault, etc. charges. He has been charged before, with nuisance crimes.
   Jaeger Dee Williams has been charged with assault again. Last time he was also held for Lincoln County. Brett Thomas Huggins was charged with drugs again. He has been arrested 10 times in 3 years, usually for drugs but also for car prowls.

A Eugene doctor who has been traveling the state urging people to vote "no" on legalizing pot turns out to head a drug recovery clinic which depends upon pot being illegal. He apologized today for spreading fake stories of kids in Colorado dying after eating pot brownies and candy.

Elsewhere, a rapist sought frantically by Lane County after disappearing was found in Douglas County. Jeramy Adam Ball was hitchhiking. He had been convicted in 2006 and was charged with parole violations 4 times this year. Lane County had issued a public warning on him.

Above: Also in Eugene, Jessica Ann Marie Bleyhl was charged with violating parole on a drug conviction as well as assault and hit- and- run. She and her boyfriend Justin Paul Lewis were arguing in the morning when she decided to run him down in a car. A family member then transported him to the hospital. He was released and later the same afternoon, the two were arguing again and this time, she backed the car over him, and this time she transported him. He might have known. Ms Bleyhl's web page has a photo of herself and the above graphic of "Ruthless".

Jessica Ann Marie Bleyhl

The governor may be looking for a new girlfriend soon, and we might consider forwarding Ms Bleyhl's web page to him. He might be wanting more grief.

King County Sheriff John Urquhart will be releasing an ad tomorrow urging Oregonians to legalize pot.

A Bend police captain, Kevin Swanson, and his realtor wife Tami had their fraud conviction appeal denied. The 2 were convicted of swindling several dozen of millions, using the money not for promised investments but for Ponzi repayment of early investors and "build and furnish their vacation home in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, and make car and credit card payments."

A Forest Grove police sergeant, Wayne Hart, has been placed on administrative leave after a woman said she felt coerced into oral sex while filing a missing person report on her boyfriend.

Geneva Thomas

Above: Outside of Oregon, Bravo star Geneva Thomas was arrested after smashing a bottle on another woman's head. Thomas was arrested last month for running off on a cabbie's fare.

Big crime news from the Southland today.  In Maryland, a man used a fork to stab a coworker who, he claimed, had stolen a meatball from his sandwich in the community fridge at work. In Florida, a woman flew into a rage when she found her room mate had tossed a plate of spaghetti from the fridge. Then she lit him on fire.

4 of George Bush's mercenaries in Iraq finally were put on trial and found guilty
in a mass murder in 2007.

Above: Canada's Parliament resembled southeast Portland this morning. In Ottawa, 'At least two people were shot after multiple gunmen opened fire on Parliament Hill Wednesday morning. One of those shot appears to be a soldier. Several people were seen performing CPR before he was taken to hospital. The other, shot just outside the Library of Parliament, may be one of the gunmen. Veteran Affairs Minister Julian Fantino told QMI Agency that Parliament’s sergeant-at-arms shot one gunman dead.'

#Reynosafollow: End of a Witness in the Drug Wars

Above: Because narco-traffickers in Mexico have terrorized journalists into silence, crime news in Mexico is now in the hands of citizen journalists, largely using Twitter and Facebook to details crimes in the cities. One of the most famous was Feline, whose identity was sought by the cartels, and eventually she was identified. A physician, her last message was "# reynosafollow FRIENDS AND FAMILY, MY REAL NAME IS MARÍA DEL ROSARIO FUENTES RUBIO. I AM A PHYSICIAN. TODAY MY LIFE HAS COME TO AN END." There followed "two photos: in the first, a middle-aged woman keeps her hands folded in front of her and looks directly at the camera; in the second the same woman is lying on a dirty floor with a coup de grace bullet wound in the face."

In the ongoing religious crime wave,  Jewish extremists in Jerusalem started stoning buses carrying women, organized by Women of the Wall, to the Wailing Wall for prayers.

Oct 21

Tyson Garth Dusty
The 3 Risland brothers are testimony to the need to seriously reassess the failure of the previous generation's War on Drugs. The 3 boys were born to parents whom, a court document asserts, were themselves chronic addicts. At the time, the introduction of implants for birth control were being delayed by Christian religious extremists who had great influence on the Reagan and Bush administrations. Even today, it is politically nearly impossible to talk about coupling drug courts with birth control implants, for male or female. As a consequence, drug addicts clone themselves repeatedly, generation after generation. Given Oregon's horrific experimentation with a Eugenics Board 100 years ago, under the leadership of OSU's Nathan Fasten and the state's most famous early woman doctor, Bethania Owens-Adair, it is best we approach that subject very, VERY carefully. The Nazis used the Eugenics pseudo-science to justify their racial and medical killings.
Bethania Owens-Adair Nathan Fasten

   Dusty was born addicted to meth and the other 2 boys, along with Dusty, were removed for foster care. It accomplished little. Any one who has raised a meth addicted infant knows the issues involved. Brain development is among the least of the problems and all 3 of the Rislands have had serious developmental issues, say those who've known them. It is only partly with tongue in cheek that their court appearances have been likened to those of movie stars.

Between the three Rislands, they have been charged 50 times in the past 4 years, despite prison stints which took each out of circulation for a time. All 3 have been charged anew within the last 5 weeks. This time, it's Tyson, charged with theft, burglary tools, a parole violation, etc.

Peggy Ledbetter Lori Wilson

Ms Ledbetter is from Philomath and has been charged with Theft III which in Oregon usually means shoplifting. She is described as "intellectually disabled due to Mild Mental Retardation" in a court document and lives on "$710 per month in social security" for herself and her children. She once had a guardian of sorts who was herself charged by Deputy Christopher Dale with diverting Ms Ledbetter's meager funds for her own benefit after a Benton County social worker alerted police. A news article of the time says the 2 women are unrelated.
   "I spoke with Peggy Ledbetter at her apartment at 150 N 8th Street, Philomath, Benton County, Oregon. She told me Lori Wilson is responsible for paying for rent, land-line telephone, and electric bills. I started by going over the list of one-time and recurring charges which were compiled by Mental Health, as well as other recent charges from the bank statements. I ultimately compiled a list of all transactions not related to rent, electricity, or telephone payments, and presented them to Peggy Ledbetter. She then pointed out any that were authorized by her or that benefitted herself or her children. What remained was a list of transactions between 6/11/2009 and 5/28/2013 which totaled $15,918.15 in unauthorized withdrawals/purchases and $1,150.97 in unauthorized deposits for a total loss of $14,767.18.
    Note that of the $15,918.15 in unauthorized withdrawals/purchases:
* $6,351.00 of that is due to checks written to “cash”, cash withdrawals from a branch, cash withdrawals from an ATM, and associated ATM fees,
* $1,795.00 of that is due to Wells Fargo Card phone payments, bill payments, and online transfers to accounts primarily or secondarily owned by Lori Wilson (as determined through a search warrant served upon Wells Fargo),
* $260.00 of that is a check written to pay for cheerleading for Lori Wilson’s daughter, and
* $162.84 of that is due to 16 monthly charges from Netflix including an overdraft fee associated with one such charge.
   On Monday, June 24, 2013, Netflix provided me with information showing that the Netflix account paid for out of Peggy Ledbetter’s account was registered to Holly Womack (Lori Wilson’s teenaged daughter). Netflix further produced IP addresses utilized to access their service. Peak Internet later provided subscriber information for one of these IP addresses,, showing that the Internet service was registered to Lori and Roger Wilson at 23998 Highway 20, Philomath, Benton County, Oregon.
   On Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at about 10:00 AM, Detective Duffitt and I spoke with Lori Wilson at her residence. I told her I needed to speak with her about the management of Peggy Ledbetter’s social security account. Lori Wilson immediately began to explain to me that Peggy Ledbetter is a liar. Lori Wilson said that Peggy Ledbetter is only reporting all of this because she wants money from Lori and Roger Wilson from money they are receiving from timber sales.
   When asked about the $260.00 cheerleading check, Lori Wilson said that she wrote that check by mistake and has already paid Social Security back for that once they contacted her about two weeks ago. Lori Wilson explained that she pays for a lot of purchases for Peggy Ledbetter and Peggy’s children. Lori Wilson said she uses the ATM card that draws upon Peggy Ledbetter’s account to pay for meals for Peggy Ledbetter, and any other purchases Lori Wilson pays for out of her own account. Lori Wilson said she had to “black out” the logo on the ATM card that draws upon Peggy Ledbetter’s account so that she doesn’t mistake that card as her own since everyone in her family also uses Wells Fargo for their banking. This is how she also explained mis-writing the check for cheerleading, as she thought she was writing the check which drew upon her own account. Lori Wilson said she keeps careful track of the purchases on Peggy Ledbetter’s account through online banking.
   When asked about the reoccurring $7.99 monthly Netflix charges, Lori Wilson said she didn’t know anything about those charges. I told Lori Wilson that those charges have been appearing on Peggy Ledbetter’s account statements for about the past year and a half. Lori Wilson said that it was possible that one of her children had obtained access to the ATM card without her knowledge and signed up for Netflix. Lori Wilson asked me how much the total was and after I told her it was around $150.00, Lori Wilson offered to pay back that money. Lori Wilson then admitted that she knew the Netflix was setup in her daughter’s name.
   At about 10:30 AM, I read the Miranda Warning to Lori Wilson. When asked if she understood, she said she did and she said she wanted to speak with a lawyer. I told Lori Wilson she was under arrest and to place her hands behind her back, which she did. After placing her into handcuffs, Lori Wilson started to raise her voice and yell for her husband, who was just inside the residence door from the porch where we were standing. I told Lori Wilson to sit down and we’d ask her husband to bring her shoes. Roger Wilson had gotten on the phone at this point after he threatened legal action and said we were trespassing. Lori Wilson stood back up and tried to walk into her house. I grabbed her arm so that she could not walk away from my custody and she began to yell and scream that I was hurting her. She kept screaming that she needed her shoes, that she needed to go to the bathroom, and that I was hurting her.
   While walking Lori Wilson to my patrol car, she resisted me by becoming dead weight which forced me to stand behind her, holding her up by both arm pits. At one point she tried to actively resist me by leaning forward and tried to pull away from me, after which she again became dead weight and lifted her legs so that I had to stoop forward to keep her from falling flat on her face. During the walk to my patrol car Lori Wilson continually looked toward her husband, protruded her head out toward him, and screamed at him that we were hurting her and to come help her. Once at my patrol car Lori Wilson refused to fully seat herself in the back seat of my patrol car. I had to lift her up and set her there, rotate her legs in, and hold her shoulders back against the seat so I could seatbelt her.'
   You can read the entire affidavit here.
   Otherwise, in Corvallis, Jeremy Edwin Freitag was charged with DUII. He was charged with DUII in 2010 and that means that if he is convicted on this one, he will face unbelievably severe and complicated consequences.
   An 18 year old teen was arrested on theft II charges, her first as an adult in Corvallis.
   Michael Adam Powell was charged with theft (by receiving), meth, etc. Mr. Powell was arrested 4 times in 2011, but has been clean until now. Too bad. He's been making such good progress.

   In Portland, another stabbing in northeast PDX has been reported. Only in the US would we consider a stabbing to be a step up in crime. Bystanders and kids in the next block don't suffer from stabbings. In Milwaukie, Anthony Gonzales has been identified as the jerk who threatened his girlfriend with a knife in the presence of their 6 year old son. A hiking couple and their dog in Portland's Forest Park tripped up a plan to send shotgun shells into unsuspecting hikers with a makeshift shotgun.

Ashley Zehnder

Above: Elsewhere, in a suddenly very common crime, a Texas biology teacher and cheer coach has been arrested for having sex with a student after he passed around a Snapshot photo of her nude, which she had sent him.

A Kentucky prison guard charged with 25 counts of sexually abusing women and 50 counts of misconduct for activities like trafficking drugs into the prison was given a sentence of 7 years probation.

In Oklahoma, a woman ordered food and drinks in an expensive restaurant and told the help her husband would be coming soon to pay for her. When no one showed, she advised them to be patient, that she is married to Jesus and that he's coming momentarily. The staff grew weary of waiting and called police." Oh ye of little faith".
   In other religious nut news, Malaysian authorities say they are "investigating" an event to allow people to pet dogs in a country where fundamentalist Moslem clerics claim canines are "unclean"

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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.

  OF 2014
Oct 22
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 result.

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.

Oregon Republican Denns 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
Executive Director"

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

Above: 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.

Oct 20

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 worse. 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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Oct 22

Above: 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.

Google 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.

'Microsoft 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 systems'.

#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.
"Dear #Gamergaters,
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 fuck off.
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 ever.
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 intelligence.
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 warts.
The rest of you — find a different hashtag.
Chris Kluwe
Eight-year NFL player
26-year Gamer"

Oct 21

"We need a hammier version of Dark Souls" - as the artists in video games become more expert, the art is taking on a life of its own.

Mac iOS users are having location and search queries, including of the desktop, sent automatically to Apple without the users' knowledge.

There's been another incident with Uber in San Francisco, with a driver throwing a passenger out of the car because his GPS was giving him trouble, and then tossing her iPhone down the street when she tried to take a picture of him for ID purrposes.

The Hoverboard, by Hendo, is now one you might want to buy. It's here at last.

Japan, which has very strict gun laws, sentenced a Japanese inventor to 2 years in prison for 3-D printing a gun.

'Yesterday, Valve took the indie game Paranautical Activity off Steam following a tweet in which the game's developer Mike Maulbeck said he would "kill Gabe Newell." Today, Maulbeck has resigned... "I don't have the willpower necessary to be the "face" of a company," he said. "If I do continue to work in games it'll be as an anonymous 1 of 1000 at some shitty corporation", he wrote.'

Hackers are using MitM (Man in the Middle) attacks to intercept iCloud information and communications, even to take over conversations.

Together with Portland, Oregon, Kansas City, Missouri, Palo Alto, Boston, Mount Vernon, Washington and a large number of other cities, Sandy, Oregon has joined in with with others at Next Century Cities, all ascribing to a set of principles for fast internet, often despite attempts by Comcast, Verizon and others to use Republican legislatures suppress public utilities:
Next Century Cities believes that there is no single pathway to a smart, effective approach to next- generation broadband. What matters is meaningful choice, dedicated leadership, and smart collaboration. Our participating leaders and communities are committed to the following principles:
   High-Speed Internet Is Necessary   
   Infrastructure: fast, reliable, and affordable Internet – at globally competitive speeds – is no longer optional. Residents, schools, libraries, and businesses require next-generation connectivity to succeed.
   The Internet Is Nonpartisan: because the Internet is an essential resource for residents and businesses in all communities, the provision of fast, reliable, and affordable Internet transcends partisanship. This collaboration welcomes leaders of all affiliations and beliefs who believe fast, reliable, and affordable high-speed Internet access is essential to secure America’s Internet future.
    Communities Must Enjoy Self-Determination: broadband solutions must align with community needs—there is no perfect model that is universally appropriate. Towns and cities should have the right to consider all options – whether public, nonprofit, corporate, or some other hybrid – free from interference.
   High-Speed Internet Is a Community-Wide Endeavor: building effective next-generation networks requires cooperation across communities. It is critical to involve and include multiple stakeholders and perspectives to succeed, including businesses, community organizations, residents, anchor institutions, and others. 
   Everyone in a community should be able to access the Internet on reasonable terms.
    Meaningful Competition Drives Progress: a vibrant, diverse marketplace, with transparency in offerings, pricings, and policies will spur innovation, increase investment, and lower prices. Communities, residents, and businesses should have a meaningful choice in providers.
    Collaboration Benefits All: innovative approaches to broadband deployment present diverse challenges and opportunities to communities and regions. Working together, cities can learn from the experiences of others, lower costs, and make the best use of next-generation networks.

Oct 20
The makers of Surgeon Simulator, which challenged gamers to control a surgeons hands, are back with another unorthodox game, "I Am Bread", where users try to guide a slice of bread: "The beautiful story of one slice of bread's epic and emotional journey as it embarks upon a quest to become toasted, is the firm's intro."

'Fappening' Threats Give Way to Extortion
The usual juvenile exulting over releasing nude photos of some one else from the Cloud gave way, in the case of Madision Louch, to a demand for money. She called the police, who set up a sting and arrested the woman who showed up for the cash. Jamie Munoz, the woman arrested, told police she knew it was an extortion racket, but one designed for a mysterious "Nicholas Douglas" in Vancouver.

'No matter how you configure Yosemite, Apple is listening.

Oct 18

Above: 'Not so long ago, Robin Hunicke played an instrumental role in making soothing, soulful PlayStation 3 hit Journey. Now she's heading up a new team and picking up where she left off: Luna is a game with no killing or amassing power, just human connection and learning from mistakes. Hunicke and her new company, Funomena—composed of other thatgamecompany vets and folks from studios like League of Legends creator Riot, Walking Dead dev Telltale, and Katamari Damacy mastermind Keita Takahashi (who is heading up a different project of his own)—are working on multiple games, one of which is Luna. '

Oct 17

Above: The latest instance of murderous selfies is from the Philippines, when 17 year old Cheska Agas 'and several friends went to the beach in the town of Bangui, where they staged a group selfie near the town’s famous wind farm.. The second-year students were struck by overpowering waves that carried them off. Agas drowned.

Poor security in smart power meters allow them to be easily hacked to lower power bills.

Nintendo has disabled Wii devices of those who refuse to agree to a new EULA agreement.

Games developer Briannu Wu says "every women I know in the industry is scared" after someone posted her name to misogynist gaming forums ("#Gamergate) as a "feminist". When the ensuing and increasingly violent threats started coming, she didn't panic until she received "I’ve got a K-bar and I’m coming to your house so I can shove it up your ugly feminist c*nt.". She and her husband fled.

Shenzhen Apec Electronics has begun offering an Intel pc truly the size of a thumb drive on Alibaba in units of 500, eacj at $1-70 per unit. ' The micro machine is available with a choice of quad-core Atom Z3735F or Z3735G processors from the Bay Trail generation. Both chips are clocked at 1.33GHz with a 1.83GHz burst frequency. The "F" is limited to 1GB of RAM at 5.3GB/s, while the "G" can address 2GB of memory at 10.6GB/s.'

A teen then not old enough to drink who was hit with 150 charges related to planning booze filled parties for high schoolers epitomizes the weaknesses of startups. WunWun is now promising 1 hour delivery of booze.

'Hackers are now abusing Simple Service Discovery Protocol (SSDP) – part of the UPnP protocol standard – to target home and office devices, [Akamai] researchers warned. SSDP is a network protocol based on the Internet Protocol Suite that comes enabled on millions of networked devices, such as computers, printers, Internet gateways, Router / Wi-Fi access points, mobile devices, webcams, smart TVs and gaming consoles, to discover each other and automatically establish working configurations that enable data sharing, media streaming, media playback control and other services.

'Terror in Resonance, the latest from the acclaimed director of Cowboy Bebop and Space Dandy, had one of the strongest starts of any anime of the summer season. Sadly, it is an anime that completely falls apart into a contrived mess halfway through.'

Oct 16

Above: Nohonmatsu's traditional Shinto festival often features anime characters on floats which revelers carry and smash into one another.

Motionloft's CEO pleaded guilty to wire fraud after he took startup investment funds and instead blew it on himself for vacations "and other entertainment".

A Massachusetts City Council told Comcast they were not welcome in the city after the Time Warner merger.

40% of the leaders in the tech industry think it's all just a "bubble". They list Twitter and Uber as the most over-valued companies.

A court has ruled that parents are responsible for what kids post on Facebook.

Other cities may be rolling over for Airbnb but not NYC, where the attorney general is pursuing 72% of the illegal rentals which he said have had a destructive impact on the city.

A new report shows that "Whisper" the anonymous app is anything BUT - the app has been tracking users in a fashion which would make the NSA or Google jealous.

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Oct 22

Above: 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.

'A 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 write it.

The leading Chinese solar firm, LDK, has applied for bankruptcy to restructure debts.

For the first time the brain's "blood-brain barrier" has been opened and closed on demand, allowing for the treatment of cancer.

Oct 21
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 United States.'

Oct 20
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 report here.


Wind Turbines go Airborn

Above: '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.'

Oct 19
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.

Oct 17
 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.
   Nonetheless, 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 Washington.

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.

Oct 15

Nina Pham

Above: 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 case.
   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 them.

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.

Oct 14
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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    Our Election 
The Voters' pamphlet is here.
State Referendums:
Measure 86 - Yes
Measure 87 - Yes
Measure 88 - Yes
Measure 89 - Yes
Measure 90 - No
Measure 91 - Yes
Measure 92 - Yes
If you're having trouble remembering the recommendations, "All But 90" but only for STATE referendums (see below).

Candidates for State Offices
US Senator - Jeff Merkley
US Congress - Peter DeFazio
Governor - John Kitzhaber
Secretary of State - Kate Brown
Treasurer - Kate Wheeler
Attorney General - Ellen Rosenblum
Labor Commissioner - Brad Avakian
State Senator - Sarah Gelser
State Representative - Dan Rayfield

Local Candidates
County Commissioner #1 - Anne
Sheriff -
Mayor - Josh Gulliver
Ward 1 Council - Penny York
Ward 2 Council - Roen Hogg
Ward 3 Council - Zachariah Baker
Ward 4 Barbara Bull
Ward 5 Judson McClure
Ward 6 -
Ward 7 - Bill Glassmire
Ward 8 - Tracey Yee
Ward 9 -
Local Measure 02-88 - No
Local Measure 22-130 - Yes

Measure 86
By every account this should be called the Student Debt Relief Measure, as it creates an unfunded account for students to draw from for college tuition, books, and whatever else may be necessary. It is a weak proposal, referred to the voters by the legislature. It was a spin off from a "Pay It Later" proposal, which would provide the funds to students. Students, in exchange, would sign a contract to pay a certain proportion of their income into the fund to repay their costs but to provide working capital for future students. However, Republicans have traditionally hated funding education in Oregon and as long as they are in the legislature, this fund will likely remain nearly empty. However, it establishes the account in principle, and it will be relatively easy to fill it in future, as a relatively small handful of aging Republicans die and the state's Democratic and independent leanings make themselves felt. We therefore recommend voting for the proposal.

Measure 87
Measure 87 is a housekeeping measure. The Oregon Constitution prohibits those from one branch of government working on one of the 2 others. The Oregon Supreme Court has ruled that means judges can't teach at public universities (they can at private ones) and similarly can't serve in the National Guard. The public needs to approve changes to the Oregon Constitution so this was referred to the voters.

Measure 88
There are 120,000 undocumented immigrants in Oregon. Without driver's licenses, they cannot be held accountable for insurance - it can't be purchased. Having tens of thousands on the road without insurance makes little sense, since the insurance companies will compensate by raising the coverage for all other drivers. Let's not kid ourselves. People will get to work, and will get their kids to school, as we wish for them to do, by the way. Without driver's licenses, it will cost everyone else money.

Measure 89
There are those who feel that women have pretty well secured their equality in every legal sense. Others would dispute that but no one disputes it as a goal, and one embodied pretty much in the law. But let's all look facts in the eye. We have an all male 5-4 Republican, pro-corporate majority on the Supreme Court (and all white and all Catholic if we discount the wannabee Clarence Thomas), and that Court is of the same mind set as the Supreme Court which rendered the Dred Scott decision. They are perfectly capable of ruling some Blue Sunday that equality for women is not guaranteed in the Constitution after all, and this amendment provides a safety cushion by incorporating those in the state Constitution.

Measure 90
Measure 90 seems cut and dried. A free-for-all primary election will be "non-partisan" and the 2 top vote-receivers will advance to the general election in the fall. Prior to the primary, the political parties will meet and endorse a candidate for the primary.
   It is the "meet and endorse" which is the insidious part of the proposal. The parties will choose their own mechanism for the endorsement but it will NOT involve a vote of the rank and file. Rather, party bigwigs will gather and choose someone of their own liking, as was done in the 19th century before the "Oregon System" introduced the nation to primaries, as well as referendums, recalls, and a host of other progressive ideas. The rank and file will be left out of the process, which is the intention.
   The massive infusion of cash from the most questionable of corporations and billionaires like John Arnold of Texas - who has given $500,000 to the effort to re-establish smoke-filled rooms (smoke free this century) is occurring because they know they will be at the table when the decision on names for the first election occurs.
   The referendum is touted as a means for the Republicans to throw out the "crazies" in their midst, which would include much of the Republican slate this election - Richardson, Close, Wehby (not a religious extremist but with some serious character flaws which a Dorchester-like committee would disqualify),  and Robinson. That ejection is neither the job of Oregonians as a whole nor is it in our interests. People, no matter their religious extremism or even sheer ignorance, have a right to vote. That's true not only for Tea Partiers but for others, all of whom will be barred from decision making by the "meet and endorse" strategy, which will only  further keep the republic
- as Steve Duin in the Oregonian says -  as "a footstool for the Koch brothers".

Measure 91
Measure 91 is the referendum endorsed by the NY Times today. It allows the possession of marijuana by any one over age 21, in limited quantities and provides tax revenue to the state. There is no question that the War on Drugs has been an expensive failure which has ruined tens of thousands of lives. Imprisoning anyone for their addiction alone is a ridiculous proposition, which is born of the "nanny state" some like to decry.

Measure 92
Genetic modification of the food we eat, and planting the result, is a serious matter, and Russia has, for example, designated it as a "terrorist act". However, Measure 92 addresses neither. It simply states you have a right to know what's in your food, a labeling principle long accepted in the US. "Big Agra" - the corporate farms want an exception for their genetic concoctions and they have an entire stable of paid consultants to push for it. We have a right to know. Whether you are in favor of GM foods or not, we all of us have a right to know what's in our food.

If the Republicans had endorsed a reasonable candidate, our endorsement of Kitzhaber might be up for grabs. Kitzhaber has been a terrible manager, whether one considers Cover Oregon, SAIF or the hoodwinking of Kitzhaber by Monsanto in the GM agricultural ruling, Kitzhaber has simply been asleep much of the time.
   However, Richardson is among the worst choices Republicans could have made. Having fathered 9 children, he is a walking ecological disaster, compounded by his subservience to ALEC, the Koch brothers personal shadow organization. On any issue, he is on the wrong side. A slumbering manager is superior to a vicious one.   
    In no other state race did we have equally strong doubts about endorsing anyone other than the above.
Sheriff - We do not know enough of the current Sheriff to be able to make a judgment call, which in and of itself is likely a recommendation.  Sheriffs tend to get well known when they're tyrants, corrupt or inept.
Josh Gulliver, on the other hand is a breath of fresh air. His opponent, Biff Traber is the most reviled member of the city Council. Like Mike Beilstein, he favors progressive views as long as they affect some other place, some other time. Locally, he is a proxy for developers and the most hardened corporate candidate could not outdo him in this field. When Traber says "I'm running on my record", and Gulliver replies "Me too, I'm running on Biff Traber's record", there is a real truth at play.
Penny York, and to a lesser extent Roen Hogg were the councilors we had fewest doubts about endorsing for re-election. The experience with Penny York, the most responsive Council member to the wishes of her constituents, suggests we need more women on the Council. We are therefore endorsing both women running with her - Tracey Yee and Barbara Bull. One of Tracey Yee's opponents seem competent, and we are sorry but we have to go for the balance on the Council.
   Joel Hirsch has been nothing if not a front man for developers, and his opponent is a realtor from Windemere, a realty firm so loathed that it has a website (Windemere Watch) devoted to them. Hirsch's opponent is listed on that website. We endorse neither.
   Similarly, Hal Brauner, in Ward 9, has been cozy with developers whenever he's attended meetings. He has no opponent and we endorse no one.
   Among newcomers, we have endorsed a newcomer Zachariah Baker. We also endorsed newcomer Bill Glassmire - his opponent is of the worst order, standing on the dais with the "crazies" of the Republican Party and boasting of his ties to the Mormon church a week after the Church expelled the advocates of gender equality and gay acceptance.
   We endorsed newcomer Judson McClure because everyone we spoke with was impressed with the young man. We did it despite the fact that he's from Georgia, and we never hear of Georgia without thinking of the bumper sticker referring to the movie Deliverance: "Paddle faster! I hear banjos!"

   The paucity of qualified candidates for city Council have once again made apparent that our city Manager form is not working. We need to have, perhaps as many as 3 paid elected city councilors, each responsible for a portfolio of various departments. The current salary of the city manager could be divided among the 3, providing each with a modest salary which would permit more candidates.
The current system places too much of a demand on volunteers.
   The performance of city managers over the years has proven to be unsatisfactory anyway. As a consequence, they have each left, often involuntarily.

Local Measure 02-88
This measure was a heartache discussing. The residents who live in the affected neighborhood are always struggling to find walkable parking space within reasonable distance of their homes, as the students and workers who live elsewhere in the city - as well as beyond - are always seeking out parking within reasonable distance of classrooms or work places. The streets each ends up parking on, are publicly funded. Those who live on a street pay not only to maintain their street but other streets in the city as well. Commuters who live in the city bear the same share of costs individually for maintaining the parking spaces in the affected neighborhood as those who live on those streets. They are as entitled to them.
   This does not negate the responsibility of OSU to provide parking spaces, at affordable costs, to students and workers. OSU has tended to regard students, especially, as income sources rather than as human beings. Every aspect of life is costly. Even trivial activities are inflated in cost. For example, OSU charges MORE for online classes than for those on campus, although the costs for the entire infrastructure is largely eliminated in online classes.
   The resistance is not just from the administration alone but from faculty who feel threatened when online courses are mentioned, and rightly so. Given a choice between an online class taught in a consortium by, say, a Stanford expert, or an OSU prof, most students would choose the more prestigious lecturer. OSU profs would be lost in the shuffle. OSU has said as much.
   Nonetheless, making online classes MORE affordable rather than LESS, could greatly diminish the number of students and workers. The truth is, no one at OSU really wants to see that. There is too much money at stake. Thus, it might make more sense for OSU to simply provide space on campus for those who live in the neighborhood, except that would likely be unacceptable to residents. They demand parking on the public street in front of their own home. Students and workers, of course, who park in the affected neighborhoods daily, walk that distance, ungrudgingly - twice - and it is that walk which this permit system would deny them, would greatly extend.
   The solution to the parking problem is one which OSU trembles when contemplating - online courses, which can be offered relatively inexpensively, to students while yet living at home, or anywhere else they choose. The infrastructure costs are minimal, the quality of the instructor can be impressive, and OSU is doing all they can to stave it off. The professors are fearful they will be dwarfed by the likes of MIT or Cal-Berkeley. The administration knows they would be extraneous. As a consequence, OSU makes online courses MORE expensive, not less. Nonetheless, it is coming.

Local Measure 22-130
Support for LBCC funding has traditionally come from Benton County, where a Democratic and Independent majority of voters has traditionally been supportive of education.
   It may therefore strike some as a little odd that the lion's share - 70% of the funding being requested will be spent in Linn County, where a Republican majority has traditionally been tight fisted with education. It is, however, in Benton County's interest that the bulk of the funds be devoted to Linn County. Any one reading the crime column on this page will instantly recognize that few in Benton County jails were raised in Corvallis. Most are from Linn County or Philomath, and it is in those two regions that we need to assist in deepening the maturity of the citizenry. Education is an important tool in doing so. It will save us money in the long run.