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The 4 new city Councilors sent a letter asking that the current Council NOT
simply rubber stamp some rote statement concerning OSU's District Plan
(formerly the "Master Plan"), which the city Council has to sign off on. The
new Council wants to discuss it.
One of the items we need to be considering in any discussion is a
discussion of student priorities. Traditionally, the Council has treated
students as a body apart from the City., almost as a pestilence. Students
comprise nearly one third of the citizenry and any Council deserving such a
name will take their priorities into consideration. From our own readers, it
appears that those priorities are tuition costs, housing and parking, with
lesser concerns over issues like internet speeds and costs.
It would therefore behoove the Council to prod OSU in the direction
of more affordable tuition. Short of legislative funding, the simplest way
to provide that is the expansion of online courses at a price reflecting the
ACTUAL cost of providing them.
We are our own programmers and sysadmins and know that the
costs involved are minimal. OSU's equivalents could work from a closet
without the expensive physical infrastructure. OSU profs are quick to point
out that, in the initial phases, development of online courses take more
time than on-campus courses.
However, that is by choice. By affiliating with EduX or Coursera,
the systems already put in place by Harvard, MIT, Yale, Stanford and the
University of London, etc., that course development would have been
unnecessary. The lectures already are in place, by a caliber of professors
far exceeding most at OSU. That was regarded as a threat by most OSU
professors, since it would reduce their role to that of the adjuncts, TAs
and instructors who provide the base of OSU - a base one retired professor
has characterized as "an underpaid migrant academic work force". The status
of being a professor at OSU would dry up. That in turn made it necessary for
those threatened professors to develop their own materials. No one
criticizes them for it, but it's their own fear, not the online nature of
the work, which renders it expensive. Instead of being 33% more expensive
than on-campus courses, online courses should be reduced to a pittance in
The city Council has placed a survey online for citizens
to voice their opinions on the hiring of a new city Manager (you can see the
the Spanish version
Yes, we're aware that the previous council wasted people's time with such
exercises when they didn't give a "tinker's damn", really, about the
citizens' opinions. However, we have 4 new councilors and Penny York was
quite conscientious on the old Council about representing her constituency.
It might therefore be worth a try.
Among the most important issues for a new city Manager
to face will be the improvement in the quality of life for the second most
marginalized large group of citizens (students being first; see the OSU
District Statement above), the thousands in the city who are relegated to
trying to cobble two or more jobs together at substandard wages to make a
living. A raising of the minimum wage is essential for the city to progress
and that is no simple thing to implement.
Since the seminal study by University of California scientists 25 years ago,
researchers have consistently shown that raising the minimum wage has only
beneficial impact on the economy. It would be useful if the new
manager were at least familiar with the decisions of places like D.C.,
Seattle and San Francisco in pursuing such a path. Better yet, he or she
would have experience with it.
a great deal of concern about the Yellowstone Grizzly bear today,
both because of global warming and because the Obama administration is
talking about delisting them and turning management over to Idaho, Wyoming,
and Montana There would be no grizzlies f those 3 states had their way. Or
wolves, or prairie dogs even. A Corvallis man who contracts with several
agencies to do forest research in the Yellowstone annually has no qualms
about calling for the continued protection of the bears, despite one of his
naiive peers being eaten this summer. "They are, he says, "simply awesome".
In related news,
a hiker from New Jersey was using his cell phone to photo a massive black
bear moving toward a group of tourists to which the hiker belonged.
The others scattered. Darch Patel focused on his photos. He died for them.
||Darsh Patel's Last Photo
As a reminder, the state has issued guidelines for bear
Never feed or approach a bear!
Remain calm if you encounter a bear. Do not run from it.
Make the bear aware of your presence by speaking in an assertive
voice, singing, clapping your hands, or making other noises.
Make sure the bear has an escape route.
If a bear enters your home, provide it with an escape route by
propping all doors open.
Avoid direct eye contact, which may be perceived by a bear as a
challenge. Never run from a bear. Instead, slowly back away.
To scare the bear away, make loud noises by yelling, banging pots
and pans or using an airhorn. Make yourself look as big as possible by
waving your arms. If you are with someone else, stand close together with
your arms raised above your head.
The bear may utter a series of huffs, make popping jaw sounds by
snapping its jaws and swat the ground. These are warning signs that you are
too close. Slowly back away, avoid direct eye contact and do not run.
If a bear stands on its hind legs or moves closer, it may be trying
to get a better view or detect scents in the air. It is usually not a
Black bears will sometimes "bluff charge" when cornered, threatened
or attempting to steal food. Stand your ground, avoid direct eye contact,
then slowly back away and do not run.
If the bear does not leave, move to a secure area.
|In Benton County, It's Not Farm workers Drawing
Welfare - It's Big Agra
Republicans are trying to scare Corvalisians and others in
the US into rejecting immigration reform by waving the cost of school
lunches. "Many of them are living in poverty. So, they’re going to be on
free or reduced lunch. So, who’s going to be paying for that?" asked Fox &
Friends co-host Anna Kooiman. Not to worry.
The bulk of those protected by Obama's order in Benton County are
agricultural workers and it's not the farmworkers but the farmers who are
sucking up public resources. Just in wheat subsidies, the top corporate farms of
Benton County are taking millions from tax payers,
and amount of welfare for 2012, the last year data is available:
Nixon Farms Inc
Loren J Smith Farms $402,685
Avery V Jones
Robert E Graham
Four G Farms
James C Hathaway
Stahlbush Island Farms $173,222
C & L Farms Ptn
Arita Volker $116,607
Loren J Smith LLC $109,720
Edmond Crowson &Sons $100,704
By contrast, a child's lunch is a pittance.
That hasn't stopped jerks from buying into it. The "lunch lady" at
Snohomish, Washington's at Cascade View Elementary told a 6 year old "Guess
what, you can't have lunch" as she was handing out sack lunches. The child's
account was negative.
question was never answered as to why he was denied. I was very mad.
I couldn’t believe it happened. It happened to me as a child and I could
still feel that hurt and I can only imagine what he went through,” said the
father, identified as Eric."
|New Data Emerges on Undocumented Workers in Oregon
Above: Eva Longoria (see below).
New data is emerging on Oregon's undocumented immigrants. More than
half have been in the US more than 10 years, which is higher than the
national average. More than 40% have children born in the US, also higher.
Both qualify them as being protected from deportation under the Obama plan.
However well-rooted in the state, undocumented workers have not
seen economic gains of much magnitude in many instance. Nationally, the
construction industry is the leading employer and wages are better,
especially for unionized jobs.
Oregon, nearly 40% live below the poverty line, despite working long hours.
Because so many are attached to agriculture, either directly or through
families, nearly 40% also have an eighth grade education or less. Both
figures are also higher than the national average. In part, this is because
the top 2 industries employing them are agriculture and "hospitality" (the
food and hotel industries).
There are families who came to the US 2-3 generations ago, and
remain in the agricultural sector but farmers have consistently preferred
incoming waves of immigrants in order to keep wages low. "I'd
love to pay that kind of wage, but I can't do it because nobody would be
willing to pay that much for their food," says Gary Cook of Cook
Actually, that has proven not to be true. Actress Eva Longaria has
produced "Food Chains", a documentary of poor working conditions in
agriculture which features the Fair Food Program, to which a number of major
food vendors have ascribes.
The members agree to pay 1 cent more per tomato and in return producers
enrolled agree to a list of labor policies. Subscribers include
Burger King, Subway, Trader Joe's, Whole Foods and even Walmart.
It would behoove the city Council to
encourage such programs for the citizenry. A rise in the minimum wage for
workers in the "hospitality" as well as the retail sector, legislation like
that in Eugene regarding sick leave, part time work, etc. needs to be looked
at. However, the Council would need to overcome generations of being a
Plaything for developers and instead focus on improving the quality of life
for Corvallis residents, students as well as permanent residents, immigrants
as well as those born here. Maybe then we would begin to develop a genuine
sense of community rather than simply spouting empty slogans on the subject.
Maybe, just maybe, with a new Council, we can hope for such a thing.
|1100 Corvallis Residents to Be Shielded from
Deportation by Obama Action
Above: Diane Guerrero of the Netflix series Orange is the
brought into focus the immigration problem when she detailed her own
experience of returning home as a child only to find that both of her
parents had been whisked away. Now, fewer Corvallis children will face that
dilemma. Of an estimated 2,000 undocumented residents (if in proportion to
Oregon as a whole) in Corvallis, some 1100 will be protected by President
Obama's new order. Of
120,000 in Oregon, 65,000 will be protected. Obama's
plan will affect "immigrants who have lived in the United States for
at least five years and are the parents of children who are American
citizens or legal residents. The existing program that offers temporary
protection for "Dreamers," young immigrants brought to the U.S. as children,
will also be expanded by eliminating the limit on the age of the people who
The expected Republican hysteria has already begun, with Kansas's
warning of "ethnic cleansing" by Mexican immigrants in the wake of
Obama's announcement. Republicans say they are "weighing
responses to the president's actions that include lawsuits, a
government shutdown, and in rare instances, even impeachment."
Oregon Governor Kitzhaber said "As Oregonians, we believe in a fair
shot for everyone. The President's message reflects those values of fairness
and honors basic human rights. This action is - unfortunately - only a stop
"This announcement is huge. It's huge for our kids who will not
have to worry anymore about their father not coming home from work," said
Anastasia Hernandez-Vasquez, whose husband lacks legal status."
Not addressed by Obama's statement is
the reason he waited for 6 years to make such an announcement.
Corvallis area farmers have
often called for presidential or Congressional action to protect the
workers employed by the agricultural industry from being raided and
deported. "Agribusiness depends on Hispanic labor,” said Skip Gray, owner of
Gray Farms Inc.. “The government needs the money and we need the workforce.
City Council Demands Another Look at OSU Master
When the city staff showed up with a rehash of the
previous OSU Master Plan - which requires Corvallis City Council approval,
incoming council members asked for a postponement until the new council is
seated. On the campaign trail, they said,they had listened to a lot of
criticism of the bloated OSU campus and of the way the city has responded to
the perceived unwillingness of OSU's administration to tackle problems
created by the bloat.
In reality, the destruction of surrounding
communities has been a trademark of Ed Ray where ever he's been, whether at
Ohio State or Oregon State.
But it's not only the non-academic community which suffers from
OSU's modus operandi. The university has adopted increasingly a corporate
philosophy which includes extracting as much money as possible from
students, sometimes for unfathomable reasons. The parking "solution" is an
example, with OSU actually offering fewer spaces at greater costs to
However, ultimate expression of OSU's approach is to be found in
online classes. With NONE of the "physical plant" requirements of physical
classes, online tuition ought to be a fraction of the cost. Au contraire,
dear readers. 15 credits taken on site are $3040.57. Online, they are
$4065.00 - 33% HIGHER.
Since students comprise a third of the community, affordable
education needs to be a part of the OSU Corvallis collaboration, and for
Corvallis to approve the plan, affordability needs to become a goal. And to
start with, reducing radically the cost of online courses needs to take a
front seat. It would reduce costs greatly for students, and reduce
population pressure on the community.
City Shows Major Progress on Julian Hotel Retrograde
Above: the Julian Hotel, located in 1911 at 105 SW 2nd,
was a re-do of the old Corvallis Hotel, by Julian McFadden in 1911,
at that time.
McFadden's "true loves" were not hotels but cattle and horse
racing. Pat Bullis, late owner of the Chinese Tea House across the street
(now the 2nd floor of Squirrel's Tavern, recalled the monthly all-weekend
gambling sessions at the hotel, in which she said McFadden several times won
and lost and again won the hotel in card games. He ran for the state Senate
to legalize horse racing and was afterward appointed the state's first
The Julian Hotel ceased functioning as a hotel in 1940. Today, the
hotel is the city's most affordable housing downtown and the city has
allocated hundreds of thousands of dollars in HUD funds to
Willamette Neighborhood Housing Services to renovate the building. The
Corvallis Housing and Community Development Commission met Wednesday to be
given an update on the project from HCDC staff member Joe DeMarzo on
the project. "A new lobby, floor leveling, seismic reinforcements, HVAC and
electrical system upgrades, a new laundry facility and fully-upgraded
apartments are just a fraction of the improvements being made. A light well
is also being constructed to let natural light and fresh air into the
building, and a new skylight will be constructed in one of the meeting
rooms. Overall, the project is totaling approximately $4 million in
Tenants of the building have been getting relocation resources and
"while the move-in time for tenants is still subject to change, DeMarzo is
optimistic that fourth-floor tenants will be allowed to move back in during
mid-December. Tenants will be moving in from the fourth-floor down as
construction wraps up."
As Fall Term's end draws closer, mid-year grads will be elated to learn that
U-Haul is offering a discount for those OSU students moving to a major city,
and who promise to return within 18 months after things don't pan out, says
an ad in the Onion.
|OSU President Ed Ray Issues Apology
to Brenda Tracy
OSU President Ed Ray's personal response to Brenda Tracy appeared this
morning in the Oregonian as a Guest Editorial.
"I am sure that many of you have read the article published
on OregonLive and in three segments this week in The Oregonian regarding the
horrific assault suffered by Brenda Tracy in 1998 at the hands of several
I learned the details regarding this assault on Friday. Apparently,
statements were taken from Tracy and the suspects, two of whom were on the
Oregon State University football team at the time. We are told that law
enforcement officials in 1998 were not able to bring criminal charges
because Tracy did not wish to participate in a prosecution.
OSU cannot control the criminal justice system, but I have asked university
staff to obtain the police reports for the case and to determine if there
are any actions we can take now under OSU's code of student conduct. There
may be no formal course of action available to us but we must try. While
legal minds could no doubt explain how it makes sense to have a statute of
limitations for sexual assault crimes, I find that appalling. Hopefully,
justice delayed is not justice entirely denied in this case.
We are currently trying to get the facts regarding OSU's handling of this
matter in 1998, including what efforts were made then to reach out to Tracy
to help her deal with the terrible physical and emotional harm she suffered.
If a case of this nature was reported to the university today, OSU's Office
of Equity and Inclusion would work to stop the sexual misconduct, assist the
survivor and prevent a recurrence.
Tracy's journey has been simultaneously heartbreaking and inspiring because
of her own capacity to reclaim her sense of self-worth and pursue her
education so that she can help others through her work as a nurse.
There is no statute of limitations on compassion or basic human decency. I
understand that Mike Riley, who was our football coach at the time, has
offered to meet with Tracy and would like to have her speak with the
football team if she wishes to do so. The immediate response from us to
Tracy is to ask how we can help her address the effects of this violence. It
is our hope that any role she is willing and interested in pursuing to help
educate our community on the horrors of sexual assault by sharing her story
could bring some healing. This would be of great interest to us, but only if
it is helpful to Tracy in continuing to deal with all that she has suffered.
We cannot undo this nightmare. I personally apologize to Tracy for any
failure on our part in 1998 in not helping her through this terrible ordeal.
This is a moment from which each of us can learn. But it is mostly a moment
for us to help Tracy heal.
|Robert Heald to be Introducing the "Inhofe Award"
Robert Heald is a long time political and civic activist
in Linn and Benton counties, and has increasingly become concerned as the
evidence of impending catastrophe has mounted, unless significant action is
taken to thwart the process of warming. Last election, he avoided partisan decisions,
instead basing all his votes on the candidate's position on the need to rein
in the process.
In Oregon, his choices were largely successful but across the
country, the results were not. Today, for example, the well-respected
English Guardian newspaper
printed a summary of Republicans who are willing to take global warming
seriously. Of 278 Republicans, only 8 have not spoken out on behalf
of the fossil fuel corporations in denying global warming. The new
Republican leader of the Senate Environmental Committee is Jim Inhofe of
Oklahoma, whom the Guardian calls "the poster boy for Republican climate
change denialism," and who has even published a book on the subject called
"The Greatest Hoax: How the Global Warming Conspiracy Threatens Your
As a consequence, Heald is floating discussions of an annual award,
called the Inhofe, for junk science purveyors. With the city's premiere
scientific event, Da Vinci Days, in hiatus, the Inhofe award promises to
take center stage, featuring humor as well as serious discussions on the
topic, Heald says. Those interested in assisting him in getting the project
off the ground are invited to get in touch with him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
|Betty Griffiths Passes
Above: Former city council member and local activist Betty
Griffiths has died of pancreatic cancer. Her city Council role was a
controversial one and her roles as community and environmental advocate both
received mixed reviews. Nonetheless, she tried, always tried, and in
that she was not only persistent but commendable. Her absence will leave a
Oregon's home-grown religion, Pastafarianism (Church of the Flying Spaghetti
Monster), took a new step today when porn film actress Asia Carerra (Asia
Lemmon in real life) was allowed to sit for her driver's license photo with the religion's colander on her head. Utah allows driver's
license photos to show religious head garb, whether yarmulka, turban or
whatever. Other states do likewise but have consistently denied the right to
wear a colander to Pastafarians, who believe the earth was created by a
drunken flying spaghetti monster.
Brittany Maynard's death in Oregon has brought up discussions of Death with
Dignity across the nation. But it remains illegal in many parts of the US,
and for people who can't afford - either financially or physically - to
relocate to states like Oregon, the only alternative is often
self-dehydration. Refusing food and water is a technique thousands of years
old, and there are hospice nurses very familiar with the process. VSED
(voluntary stopping of eating and drinking) is not always certain, as is a
prescription medicine, and it certainly doesn't allow for the timing of
one's end as do medicines. However, in places like New York City, it is
often the only alternative.
'most terminally ill patients die within 10 days of starting their
fast. But they go into comas much earlier, often within the first three
days. The hunger usually subsides quickly, but thirst sometimes causes
serious pain. Oral care and medications can help.'
Forbes has released an analysis of the
"brain drain" from Oregon which has ensued from low wages. Oregon,
and Portland specifically, "has an inordinate proportion of college-educated
young residents working at lower wages" which is unacceptable to debt-ridden
college students. By contrast, Houston where, despite being in - yechhh! -
Texas, "high-paying jobs are being created at a healthy clip, the young
educated cohort grew five times as fast". That bodes ill for the governor's
plan to make sure a majority of the state's graduating seniors have college
diplomas, since most will be compelled to leave unless the minimum wage is
We can only hope that OSU fraternity members are a little smarter than their
Kappa Alpha brothers in Houston. There, the brothers attempted to
remedy a water shortage after a "raging electrical fire" broke out by
urinating on it. It was, to put it mildly, unsuccessful.
UPDATE: OSU officials have responded to Brenda Tracy's
story with a statement. It follows below.
||Nurse Who Recounts Story of Gang-rape by OSU
Football Team Members in 1998 to Return to Provide Awareness
A Keizer woman planned to commit suicide after, she says, she was "gang
raped, sodomized, robbed, and then, re-victimized - her word -when a
college football coach [Mike Riley] suspended two of the players for one
game and was quoted as saying his players had made 'a bad choice".
The "players" were 2 OSU team mates and a recruit, of the 4 who participated, she says, and "stood around, watching it happen and cheering the
others on". Now Brenda Tracy is planning on returning to OSU to raise
awareness of rape culture among OSU football players, at Riley's invitation.
It is a lecture which should be heard by all OSU students and Corvallis
Brenda Tracy was a waitress at Bray's Family Restaurant and
mother of two in 1998
when she and a girlfriend drove to Corvallis to spend an evening with her
friend's boyfriend in a night that turned into a horror story, she says. The
suspects admitted to police at the time that she had repeatedly said no. "I
was like a rag doll. They were picking me up and tossing me around the whole
apartment," she says. "The suspects told police Tracy vomited in the
restroom, asked to be left alone and said 'No,' at different points of what
she described as a seven-hour ordeal. Tracy remembered waking up with
someone pouring alcohol down her throat. She said her clothes were strewn
around the room, she was assaulted with a flashlight, and with their
fingers, and someone put ice on her groin.
Tracy told investigators that she woke up at another point and
found Ainsworth on top of her, having sex with her. The others, she said,
were standing around the room, cheering. She told police she heard someone
shout, 'Yea dog!"
All 4 of the suspects minimized their roles at the time. One " told
police he took Tracy's clothes off and had consensual sex with her. He said
he didn't understand why Tracy would believe she was violated. When
detectives asked Ainsworth if the other men in the room had violated her, he
said, 'Yea, but I know I didn't." All who could be contacted today STILL
minimize their roles.
Tracy's girlfriend - her boyfriend was a brother of a suspect - also minimized the actions of the men, telling
police that she didn't think the 4 "should lose everything because of this
incident", despite waking to seeing the some of the culprits "rummaging
through Tracy's vehicle, stealing money". Tracy wavered on prosecuting and
the district attorney, Peter Sandrock, at the time dropped the charges.
Today, Riley acknowledges Tracy for coming forth. "It's pretty
powerful of her to step forward," he says, and has asked her to address the
football team. And for the sake of the record, the 4 suspects were Michael
Ainsworth, Nakia "Ken" Ware, Jason Dandridge and Calvin Carlyle.
"Oregon State University officials are deeply saddened and appalled by the
circumstances Brenda Tracy has described and feel complete compassion for
Ms. Tracy and the physical and emotional suffering she has endured.
Our main concern is for Ms. Tracy’s welfare and healing.
We are supportive of her meeting with Coach Riley and team members
and sharing her experiences.
When Oregon State’s Office of Equity and Inclusion learned of
the 1998 allegations in August of this year, OEI staff members promptly
reached out to Ms. Tracy to inform her of her options and services that OSU
could provide. OEI continues to reach out to her.
While we cannot speak to what happened in 1998, today the
university would investigate an allegation of this nature even without the
survivor’s participation, while balancing the survivor’s request for
confidentiality and the need to protect students and bring perpetrators to
justice, including pursuing a Student Code of Conduct case.
Meanwhile, OSU will be looking at the circumstances of this case to
understand what happened in the university’s review of this matter in 1998.
Vice President University Relations
Oregon State University "
[Note from editor: The Chinese and US presidents have
for the first time committed to capping CO2 levels. The Republicans have
freaked out over it. Oregon's Sen. Merkley has sent the following.]
AN OPEN LETTER FROM SENATOR JEFF MERKLEY ON THE CHINESE AGREEMENT ON
The economic security of American middle class families depends on tackling
climate change. Without action, our communities and our economy will be
threatened with catastrophic changes.
That's why the recent announcement that the U.S. and China are, for
the first time, committing together to cutting carbon pollution is so
important. The leadership of the two largest economies in the world is
essential to taking on this challenge.
Climate change is a global problem, and it requires a global
solution. This agreement is a good start to taking on the carbon pollution
that threatens our way of life and our natural resource economy in rural
America, and particularly in our West.
The bottom line is this: We can't bury our heads in the tar sands
any longer. Catastrophic climate change is already harming our economy,
particularly industries such as our farming, fishing and forestry in Oregon.
It's time for action, and this is an important step forward.
Please know I will do everything I can to ensure that this critical
agreement is upheld and that America continues to lead in taking on carbon
pollution. Our environment – and our economy – depend on it.
All my best,
The decision of the previous city Council to cater to the demands of a seedy
developer in the South (Campus Crest or CCG; see here),
and over-ride the Planning Commission's decision to deny the developers'
plans for Witham Hill Oaks, will be treated like "business as usual"
says CCG and city staff. The plan is to stuff housing for another
900 students in one of the few remaining green spaces inside the city
limits, despite the strenuous objections of neighbors.
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|Chad Robert Payant
Mr. Payant has been charged with not showing up on charges of not showing up,
meth, driving while revoked, etc., and is being held on felony warrants
from Union and Umatilla Counties.
|Donacio Corona Hernandez
Mr. Hernandez has been charged for the 12th time in 3 years,
this time for an open container, resisting arrest, etc. Past charges have varied
from meth to car prowls.
Ms Driver has been charged previously, for failing to show up
on attempt to commit a felony. She seems never quite to bring her plans to
fruition, since she is charged this time with attempted to possess meth. Her
Facebook shows a tattoo of one arm reading "love no one" and another of "trust
She seems to have an artistic bent since she was found to be carving the jail
cell wall in a previous arrest. "Driver,
who had been arrested on one charge of failure to appear in court on a violent
conduct charge and one count of methamphetamine possession, “decided to
carve her opinions on the walls of the holding room she was being held in."
||Joab Moses Wakefield
For a fellow with a couple of biblical names, Mr. Wakefield
has not had a lot of luck staying on the Straight and Narrow. He has been
charged 5 times this year, usually for trespassing but once for mail theft, and
this time for not showing on the other charges.
|Nathan James Lawrence
Nathan James Lawrence is charged with not showing up on a contempt charge.
In June, " a man reported that someone was knocking on his windows and
doors. As the call with the 911 dispatcher progressed, the resident reported
that someone had entered his home. The intruder allegedly got into the house
after damaging the front door and a window screen, and was found heavily
intoxicated sleeping on the resident’s couch." He was charged with MIP, etc.
"That man" was Philomath's Mr. Lawrence.
Let's not be too judgmental of a 20 year old kid. Mr. Lawrence will
turn out fine. Many get blottoed at 20, do stupid things and turn out to be the
finest among us.
OSU is still dealing with ramifications from the case of Brenda
Tracy, who after 16 years decided to tell her story of being gangraped by OSU
football players and a recruit as well as one other. OSU students have
"been upset with the inability to legally respond to Tracy’s speaking out" due
to the statute of limitations on rape, which is 6 years. The case has been
particularly upsetting to President Ed Ray, whose
watchfulness on the issue became very apparent as NCAA executive committee
chairperson in the investigation surrounding Penn State and the
serial child rapist Jerry Sandusky under the tenure of Graham Spanier,
also a former OSU executive, and Joe Paterno. He
is now being sued by Paterno's family and Penn State fans for that
|OSU Students Call Out Names of 43 Students Missing
OSU students gathered and 'took roll in the Valley
Library quad, calling out the names of each missing student to which the crowd
of assembled students replied with a loud chorus of “presente!” before a black
banner with the hashtag Ayotzinapa,' where the students were killed by police
officers and an organized crime ring at the direction of the Mayor and his wife.
The issue has become widely known among Latinos and the pop group Calle 13 (see
below) lent their microphone to families of the missing at a recent concert.
Elsewhere in Oregon crime news,
an Oregon City man appears to have shot his wife then himself in an act
of violence witnessed by the children. Middle aged white males continue to be
the group needing profiled by law enforcement as the leading threats to public
In Vancouver, Washington
a man in an argument with a woman set the building ablaze then wandered outside
armed, where he died in a shootout with police.
||Stephanie Marie Kroker
Lincoln County police have
arrested 37 year old Toledo, Oregon resident Stephanie Kroker on 3 counts
of rape, 6 of sodomy a 3 counts of sexual abuse for a sexual
relationship with a boy who is a minor living in the Toledo area.
neighborhood attempt to buy back a strip club property in Portland means that
"$2.75 million would flow to what federal investigators say is a prostitution
and money-laundering ring that operated out of the Sugar Shack and five
other clubs in the Portland area." Federal authorities could have seized the
property but did not mysteriously.
||Jian Ghomeshi Arrested on Sex Abuse Charges
Jian Ghomeshi, whose former radio show "Q" was hosted locally
has been arrested on sexual assault charges in Canada.
local police departments were besieged by people protesting a Missouri decision
not to prosecute a police officer who shot an unarmed boy to death in
In related news, the Ferguson riots have spewed up a rash of police
incidents from across the US. In Chicago,
an off-duty police officer shot at another police officer pulling him
over for DUII. In Denver,
officers pummeling a suspected heroin user and sending his pregnant girlfriend
into the pavement grabbed the tablet of a bystander and deleted his video of the
incident without realizing it had already been uploaded. In Cleveland,
video of officers killing a 12 year old with a realistic bb gun was
officials at San Diego State University suspended all fraternity activities
until a mandatory sexual violence training is completed following a Take Back
the Night Rally by women, many of who are rape survivors, in which
fraternity members threw eggs and dildoes at the march. A woman reported she was
raped at a fraternity after the the event. Sigma Phi Epsilon and Delta Sigma Phi
were singled out as especially involved in the incident.
||Sandy Thi Nguyen and Son
Sandy Nguyen faked her own son, her family and her community into thinking the
child had cancer and was in need of the $25,000 she collected in donations.
'In September 2012, the community that the Nguyen family lives in began to rally
around the family in support and began raising funds for the family through
school fundraisers where friends and family members, school faculty and
community members all donated money for the boy.' The community also paid for a
family trip to Disneyland. Nguyen regularly shaved the boy's head.
Regina Shaw was arrested for stealing a pallet of sausage from her
workplace and bartering it to pay for a debt she owed. She has since been fired.
Interstates 5 and 84 in Portland are snarled by people protesting the
decision by Ferguson, Missouri authorities. Tear gas is wafting across the
freeways and travelers are advised to wait. Bridges have been intermittently
|James Andrew Bartolomeusz
Mr. Bartolomeusz is from Albany. In fact, he is the Albany
Ace rooter guy. He has bailed out on a charge of burglary and invasion of
say they were "following an allegation he had sexual contact with a minor child"
when "evidence was located on his phone that showed James Bartholomeusz entered
a Corvallis residence in 2013 and secretly videoed a female resident of the home
in the shower. James Bartholomeusz is the owner of Ace Rooter Services, LLC and
re-entered the Corvallis residence after completing work at the location".
Police say they also "uncovered evidence that Bartholomeusz also secretly video
recorded two other women in various states of undress". No evidence of an
encounter with a minor was found.
||Jorge Christian Genaro-Lopez
Mr. Genaro-Lopez is being held on a charge of Rape I. No
details are available at present.
Otherwise, Rory Holmes has been charged again
with not showing up on a DUII charge, and Manuel Salazar-Castaneda, likewise.
||PDX Horse Patrol - Free at Last!
Above: Elsewhere in Oregon, someone unleashed 5 Portland police horses for their
stables and the animals went for a run before being recaptured.
Gresham police were able to get a search warrant to ping the phone of a man who
has admitted being getaway driver in a murder last month at a 7-11
store. They found he was in Las Vegas and he is now in jail on $100,000 bond.
A Beaverton CEO, Brian Brown, has admitted to copying the "Indian Agent" in
Paul Newman's classic film Hombre, and robbed Native American children of $3
million meant for their education, some of which he used to buy a condo in
In Multnomah County,
James Ezell Clark was designated a "dangerous offender" and sentenced to 40
years. He had tried to steal an idling car without realizing there was a
sleeping teen girl in the back. When he did become aware, he pulled to a
secluded spot and tried to rape her. Her screams brought a bicyclist and Clark
sped off. His DNA, taken from her body, identified him. He had been arrested for
rape at 12, and again at 22, when he was sentenced to 10 years. He had been out
of prison for 2 years when he tried to commit the third.
Elsewhere in the country,
the verdict in Missouri regarding a police officer gunning down an unarmed
African American boy went as was expected - no indictment - and the
reaction of the crowds did as well - rioting.
||Linda Pawlik and Star Trek's Robert Picardo
Voyager actor Robert Picardo has asked a judge to evict his estranged wife
from a guest cottage on their property. The restraining order he asked
for specified that she turn in her guns. She gave up 6 and one of those yet to
be accounted for, he says, has been traced by police to the murder of her friend
Edward Mello. The judge gave her until Pearl Harbor Day - Dec. 7 - to vacate the
In crime news from the south,
Florida high schooler has been charged with running a prostitution ring from her
Facebook page, offering "girls as young as 15 for sex in exchange for $40
and a bottle of liquor."
Also in Florida, some bad news for gun fetishists:
a man waving a gun at his wife and dog pulled the hammer back and then changed
his mind. Trying to release the hammer, Dennis "Emery made the mistake
of pointing the gun at himself while trying to release the hammer, and a bullet
discharged into his face." He died.
In southern California,
a newly appointed police chief called in the FBI to investigate a police force
and city Council he said were behaving "like the Mafia". "“Exactly like
the Mafioso in New York. That’s exactly how they are operating", Mike Bostic
said. Police officers, he said, regularly carried burglar tools to break into
cars and were illegally using surveillance tools to track other members of city
|Stephen Michael Shaw
Mr. Shaw has been charged with domestic violence - harassment
and DUII. Significantly, perhaps, there is a Stephen Michael Shaw, of the same
age and name, who was
charged 5 years ago with raping a child under the age of 16 in
Philomath. The gazette reported at the time that the mother of the girl turned
Shaw in. The district attorney produced a recording in which the district
attorney "said a recorded phone call revealed that Shaw called the alleged
victim and told her not to say anything to police."
If the 2 men are synonymous, it's hardy surprising that the one
crime leads to the other.
In other news related to domestic violence,
Robert Davis of Coquille gave his wife tea with hallucinogenic mushrooms then
"threw her into a fireplace.. The woman told police Davis had punched
her in the shoulders with closed fists and threw her into a hot stove that was
hot and in use. She attempted to call 911, according to authorities, but Davis
took the phone away and hung up each time."
|Ronald James Baynum
Ronald James ("R.J.") Baynum, a local homeless
man was charged with assault and disorderly conduct. Mr. Baynum was involved 5
years ago in a dispute in which he was initially charged with attempted murder
after being reported to having "forced Patrick Weber, who uses a wheelchair, to
the edge of a river embankment downtown while threatening to push him into the
water.... Deputy District Attorney Mike Flinn said the incident stemmed from a
dispute over a prime holiday-time panhandling spot at the post office.But
according to defense attorney Jennifer Nash, the two men were at odds because
Baynum reported Weber to police for dealing drugs. Weber also harassed Baynum
about his harmonica playing and made "vulgar" remarks about Baynum's ex-wife.
Nash said Baynum had contacted the police multiple times regarding the
harassment, but was told the men needed to work it out themselves.
Baynum addressed the court and expressed regret for his actions,
saying he did everything he could to resolve the situation. He denied hitting or
threatening Weber, who claimed he had put on the handbrakes in an attempt to
stop Baynum from moving the chair. Photos from the scene show skid marks from
the wheelchair going from the sidewalk to the edge of the embankment. Baynum,
who has been diagnosed with bipolar disorder, said he was not on his medication
at the time and had consumed a beer. 'That was the first two mistakes - going
off your medication and drinking the beer,' [Judge] Holcomb said. She
recommended he get mental health counseling as part of his post-prison
supervision. 'It's important for you to handle situations in a lawful manner,
without losing your temper,' she said."
Yes indeed, we suspect a homeless bipolar man is going to be able
to afford the best of counselors. Right after he pays the caterers of his Sunday
Friends of Mr. Baynum say he is a likable guy and harmless unless
thwarted, especially on the issue of where he stands with his harmonica.
Otherwise, in Corvallis, a 29 year old man was cited for resisting arrest, providing false
information, etc. in his first charge in recent years.
Elsewhere in Oregon, in Bandon, a man living in a gated community was tied up and his
house ransacked. He was found by his sister next day.
Three bigots on the Portland police force were ordered to remove "I AM DARREN
WILSON" from their police badges on Facebook. "The image displayed does
not represent this organization and was very inflammatory in nature," Reese said
in a statement. "Officers certainly have a right to have and express their
opinions but not using an official badge of the Portland Police Bureau. The
badge represents all members of the organization, past and present, and is an
important symbol in our community that must not be tarnished. I've asked the
Professional Standards Division to review this matter for possible policy
violations", the chief said.
||Shayoon Abou, Designer and - says Carmen - a
Los Angeles jewelry designer and celeb
Shayoon Aboo has been accused by Carmen
Electra of having swindled her
of $100,000 after Electra "et her use her credit cards to shop for clothes,
shoes and bags to fit Electra's image." But Electra says... "Aboo secretly kept
some items which should have been returned after Carmen rejected them... Carmen
also says Aboo used the credit cards to buy clothing for herself, and had the
audacity to flaunt her purchases on Instagram."
In the south,
a Florida man set fire to his own home to ambush First Responders,
killing one before being shot himself.
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.
BREAKING NEWS OF
Despite the Democratic Party being actively involved,
the Obama administration says they will veto the $400 billion in tax breaks for
the rich which a "bipartisan" committee came up with.
Republican events seem like a VERY good place for women to avoid. A Pennsylvania
Republican Party chairman, Robert Kerns, pled guilty to a charge that he
"drugged the victim... last year by putting insomnia medication in her drink
during a Republican Party dinner, then raped her multiple times when she passed
An Open Letter on the XL Pipeline from Jeff Merkley
Carbon pollution and climate change are already threatening
Oregon's farming, fishing and forests and our middle class jobs in those
industries. Our future depends on taking action now to avert catastrophic
climate change, and that means we must leave four-fifths of conventional fossil
fuels in the ground.
Building the Keystone XL pipeline would be a huge step in the wrong
direction. Turning on the tap for the dirtiest oil in the world to flow
unchecked would take our energy policy the opposite of where we should be
That's why I spoke on the floor last Tuesday to urge my colleagues
to vote against a bill to fast-track the pipeline. This bill not only would have
been terrible for our environment and our rural economy, but also would have
given TransCanada -- a foreign corporation -- sweetheart deals that exempt it
from the oil spill liability fund and allow it to take Americans' property
against their will.
I'm proud to say that we voted down this misguided legislation.
Last week's vote was a big defeat for Keystone, and a big victory for the power
of ordinary citizens over special interests.
Make no mistake: this fight will continue, and the powerful special
interests will try again with more power than ever. But with your help, we can
keep up our momentum and make sure that President Obama and the world know this
pipeline is not in our best interests.
Thank you for all you do to advocate for Oregon's environment and
to stand up against dangerous projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline. Please
know I'll keep doing everything I can to defeat the pipeline and to take up
job-creating legislation that actually creates the jobs and the infrastructure
this country needs.
All my best,
The List of Loons selected by Republicans this month goes on and on.
Minnesota County Republican Chairman Jack Whitley posted on Facebook yesterday
that "Muslims inTwin Cities Area are calling for me to apologize for a comment I
made on facebook about them being. parasites and we need to frag them. I will
not apologize and I will not compromise. They either need to repent except Jesus
Chist or leave the country." Next week he'll be posting about Christians are
being picked on.
|Nevada Republican Speaker of the House, Ira Hansen
Above: Another of the Republican loons elected a week ago,
Hansen, the speaker of the House in Nevada, says he composes everything
under a slaver's flag. He's very critical of African-Americans, whom he refers
to as the "simple minded darkies". Only gays, women and other Nevadans are
recipients of such contempt on Hansen's part.
|Sara Gelser to be New Assistant Majority Leader in
Corvallis's Sara Gelser and Portland's Michael Dembrow will be the assistant
majority leaders of the next Oregon Senate. Given the reputation of
Majority leader Val Hoyle (see below), that may or may not be a promotion. It
could just as easily be construed as hazing of a fresh(wo)man Senator.
|The World Turned Upside Down
In a tactic sure to be adopted locally, the citizens of
Wunsiedel in Bavaria have had their community invaded annually by unwelcome
neo-Nazis staging a march in the place where Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess was
once buried. This year is different. The town can't stop the Nazis from showing
up to march, but they can require a permit outlining the route.
As a consequence, the town turned the march into a walkathon
raising money for a support group catering to youths who want to leave one of
the groups in the face of the usual violent threats for doing so. A "Start" line
and "Finish" line were painted where the march route was to be. Towns people put
out chairs to cheer the marchers as each segment was passed, as that meant
another 10 Euros being raised by those who had pledged. Energy foods were
stocked along the route and banners like "If Only Hitler Knew" flew from posts.
See below report.
News of Governor
John Kitzhaber used campaign advisers to secretly direct his administration’s
response to Cover Oregon, the state’s failed $250 million health
insurance exchange. Previously undisclosed records show that the state’s
official announcements about Cover Oregon were in fact often shaped by
Kitzhaber’s re-election campaign consultants." They "went so far as to shape the
explanation a Kitzhaber adviser gave to Congress for the Cover Oregon failure."
|Oregon's Democratic Majority Leader and Thug, Val
Democratic House Majority Leader Val Hoyle tried to intervene on behalf of a
couple facing a lawsuit for running an illegal ad refusing families with
children, by threatening both Legal Aid and the Fair Housing Council
with having their funding cut off if they didn't drop the lawsuit.
Those crazy Republicans elected in the last mid-term include
Maryland's Michael Peroutka, who says the state legislatures are no longer
"a valid legislative body" when they have passed laws like marriage equality
that "violate God’s law." He calls himself a "neo-confederate" and promotes
white supremacy on his radio show and is president of the Neo-Confederate
League of the South. He wants the south to re-secede and pass "biblical
laws". In this clip, he asks people to stand for the old slavers' hymn
Dixie, declaring it "the national anthem".
This is "rich":
Monica Wehby, the Republican "candidate from hell" who spent her losing campaign
bashing public health, has asked Gov. Kitzhaber for a publicly paid job which
would give her control of the Oregon health care system. Kitzhaber has
been asleep most of his term but it's unimaginable that she'd slip THIS by him.
Republican Congressman Darrel Issa tweeted a photo of himself in a uniform
and then asked for photos to be re-tweeted of others similarly attired.
He got them, and then re-tweeted, including Lee Harvey Oswald (killer of
President Kennedy), Nazi leader Heinrich Himmler, serial killer William
Calley and others.
|Lee Harvey Oswald
Gordon Klingenschmitt, newly elected Republican from Colorado has some
peculiar ideas - peculiar if viewed with any prism not owned by the
Teabagger wing of the Republican Party. He thinks the world is
inhabited and controlled by witches and demons and goblins. He's written a
book about it and has performed an exorcism on a lesbian to drive the
"demon" out of her. He largely regards Shrek as a documentary and was elected from a district largely inhabited by his
fellow loons, and there's no lack of them in Colorado Springs, as any one
will attest. Don't take our word for it. Here's one of these bozos claiming
that Monster Energy Drink is a devil tool.
It's time we all met some of the new officials taking office
after Tuesday's election. Let's start with Oregon.
|Kim Thatcher, Crook, Is Now Oregon State
Senator - So That's SENORA Crook to You!
closely held construction company destroyed evidence and engaged in a
cover-up to fend off efforts four years ago to investigate allegations of [a
$1.5 million] state contracting fraud. Two company officials --
Thatcher's husband, Karl, and their nephew -- repeatedly asserted Fifth
Amendment rights against self-incrimination when questioned under oath about
the evidence destruction. Thatcher, a Keizer Republican, is founder,
majority owner and president of the company.'
Certain files were missing but Thatcher said they innocently
overwritten. However, forensic computer experts testified that was a lie,
and Thatcher's company was fined $60,000. You can read the hearing
total of $3.67 billion spent on the midterms (with just slightly more spent
by Republicans), and a victory by the higher-spending candidate in 82% of
Senate races and 94% of House races. There appears to be a slight
Results of yesterday's elections can't have come as much of a
surprise. On a local level, the $20 million pumped in by GM crop producers,
like Monsanto, Pepsi and Kraft, narrowly defeated a measure to force GMO
labeling. In that campaign, OSU's Agriculture and Forestry departments
carried out their traditional role of being corporate lap dogs perfectly -
OSU's two departments have done their part in ensuring that the nation no
longer trusts scientists, a real loss.
On the West Coast, the labeling fights have now exceeded $100 million and
GMO opponents are just getting started. 'At the end of the day, this is a
social movement," said George Kimbrell, chief author of Measure 92 and a
senior attorney at the Center for Food Safety. "It's about peoples' right to
know and we know we're going to eventually prevail'.
He may be right.
On Maui, a ban on planting GM foods passed despite Big Agra outspending locals 87 to
1. 'I feel that this is a really strong message to the entire
agrochemical industry in the state of Hawaii that we are no longer going to
sit idly by and watch them expand their operations without the kinds of
regulations that ensure the health and safety of people across Hawaii,"
Ashley Lukens, director of the Hawaii chapter of the non-profit the Center
for Food Safety, told Honolulu Civil Beat.'
As for the Democrats, no big surprises. They lost most of the gains they
picked up in 2008, with traditionally places like Arkansas, the Carolinas,
Florida and Kansas all in play. And let's be honest. The last time the
Democrats showed any initiative was with the Affordable Health Care Act 5
years ago. Since, as Jon Stewart says, their strategy has been "to curl up
in a fetal position and hope they don't get kicked in the face". No
initiative at all. Ye, Republicans put a chokehold on anything that doesn't
serve the rich. But you can either go along with that quietly, as the Dems
did, or wage campaigns for what you think are important. There appeared to
be none of those the last 5 years. They got what they deserved. Yes, we
understand that the Republican agenda boils down to making the rich even
richer at the expense of the nation and even the globe, but the Democrats
held out no hopes for addressing either.
we're more fortunate. Despite having a governor who's out of touch with
reality, the state is bluer than before the mid terms, thanks to Republicans
settling upon loons as their candidates. They got what they deserved too.
And in case you're wondering, it means Republicans have been unable to elect
an Oregon governor since 1980. It will be 40 years before their next chance at it.
AN OPEN LETTER FROM COLOR OF CHANGE:
Over the coming weeks and months, analysts will have much to say about the
role that Black voters played in this election. Already we know that across
the country, Black voters defied expectations and turned out at rates higher
than in 2010 despite continued attempts by the right wing to suppress our
And, unfortunately, it still wasn’t enough.
It wasn’t enough for Kay Hagan (D-NC) who lost a must-win Senate seat to
Thom Tillis (R-NC) by a razor thin margin — while our communities faced the
most aggressive voter suppression laws passed in the country since the
Voting Rights Act. It wasn’t enough in Georgia, either, as we watched
Michelle Nunn (D-GA) concede while thousands of voter registration forms
remained unprocessed. And it certainly wasn’t enough in Kentucky where Mitch
McConnell’s (R-KY) Democratic challenger wouldn’t even admit to voting for
As a movement, we’ve got a lot to figure out; a lot more work to do to hold
the people in power accountable.
I know this much: an America in which candidates are afraid or unwilling to
speak directly to Black voters about the issues that matter to us is an
unacceptable, insufferable status quo; an America where politicians ignore
police violence and support a broken criminal justice system, prioritize
corporate interests over community values and fight to make it harder for us
to vote is intolerable.
If we learn one thing from yesterday’s election, it’s that — now more than
ever — is a time to organize. Obscured by the larger national picture,
yesterday had some meaningful victories which demonstrate the strength of
our movement. Californians passed Proposition 47 which will force the state
to change course from four-decades of misguided, incarceration-only policies
which have destabilized Black families and drained resources from Black
Massachusetts passed a bill providing for earned sick time that will relieve
working folks of having to choose between their job and the health of their
families. Additionally, voters in South Dakota, Nebraska, Arkansas and
Alaska passing ballot measures to increase the minimum wage shows that there
is a groundswell of popular support for issues of economic equality but
candidates must exhibit political courage to move this agenda forward.
And despite the Republican takeover, the 114th Congress will have more Black
members than at any time in history.
With announcements coming soon about the indictments of the officers
responsible for murdering Mike Brown and Eric Garner our movement has never
been more important. We can’t afford to stop fighting.
Thanks and peace,
Color of Change
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Site Dedicated to the Memory of Eric McKinley, d. Iraq, 2002
Eric McKinley was our local connoisseur of ska music and cafe denizen whose unit
was activated and sent to Iraq by George Bush to patrol with inadequately armored vehicles.
When Congressional funds for armoring the vehicles were diverted by the
notorious Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska (later tried on
corruption charges), Eric's unit was reduced to using plywood to give their
vehicles some additional protection. When an insurgent's IED hit Eric's vehicle,
his horrified teammates were forced to watch as the heat of the burning plywood
began exploding the grenades strapped to Eric's body. Eric, you are not
forgotten and will live forever in our hearts.
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BREAKING NEWS OF
30 dead crows have been found in downtown Portland. The public is
advised not to move them but to call (503) 823-1637, at Public Works. The
possibility that the crows are dying from the potentially lethal Nile virus
Corp. co-founder Paul Allen is suing the federal government over the
environmental impacts of its coal-leasing program. Allen said Tuesday
that the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) hasn’t properly studied the effect of
greenhouse gases caused by the coal rights it leases.'
When Putin set free 5 tigers who had been found as cubs and were then taught to
he didn't foresee that they might cross the border into China and begin
killing village goats, as one has.
Task Force charged with making recommendations in Oregon to end bee die-offs as
a result of neonicotinoids use has instead become a prop for those who make the
poisons, say environmentalists and bee keepers. The effort is typical of
similar efforts to rein in Big Pharma and Big Agra under governor John
Kitzhaber. "Groups representing pesticide manufacturers, retailers and the
nursery industry were able to stifle efforts to protect pollinators".
The criticism arises at a time when new reports on the general decline
in pollinating bees is due to an increasing lack of biodiversity.
Just as a Canadian pipeline firm is pushing to seize the land of US citizens for
the XL pipeline, Canadians of all walks of life are spontaneously
migrating to Burnaby Mountain to join First Nations leaders in opposing a
old babies can read the emotions of dogs.
||In Grenoble, France, Toyota Launches EV-Sharing
like Portland's Bike Sharing Program
18 and older with a driver’s license can sign up for the program, which uses two
kinds of Toyota vehicles: the three-wheeled i-Road, which seats one, and
the four-wheeled COMS, with room for two. Fees vary, but expect to pay about €3
($3.89) for 15 minutes, or €5 ($6.50) for half an hour. Users can park at any of
27 stations around the city, where they plug in to charge before walking away.'
OSU wrestler Amar Dhesi has been declared the junior world wrestling champion
after a drug test showed Georgian Geno Petriashvili was cheating.
|OSU'S Amar Dhesi Declared World Champion After
Corvallis resident Kimberly Anne Barclay has been killed near Junction City when
a truck driven by Clinton Stefanek crossed the center line and caused a
4 car pile up, police say. There have been no reports as to the cause of the
accident. However, a Clinton Stefanek of Lane County is listed as one of the
survivors of Carol Stefanek, his mother, who died 5 years ago in Cottage Grove
at age 52, of Huntington's. Huntington's is inherited, with symptoms - including
"general lack of coordination". Symptoms usually appear at close to 35 years of
age. Mr. Stefanek is 31, but Huntington's is not certain to be passed to all
children from a parent.
Late votes in the "Frankenfood" GMO labeling measure means that the margin has
narrowed considerably and the votes must be recounted before a clear
winner in the ballot initiative emerges.
Rooftop solar will be at price parity with other power in every state by 2016,
says Deutsche Bank. It already is in 10 states. The only force reining
in solar are the power companies trying to charge monthly fees for generating
your own power, and the Republicans who are backing them in it. In fact, we can
expect a Republican legislature in some state, at some point, to make it illegal
to generate solar power.
'Kristof Retezár, an Austrian designer, has come up with Fontus, which was
self-filling water bottle for your bicycle. This device collects the
moisture from the air, condenses it and stores it as safe drinking water.
Powered by solar cells, the device harvests up to 0.5 liters in an hour's worth
of cycling when under the right climate conditions.'
President Obama said today he would not be hurried by
Congressional votes on the Keystone pipe line, but the phrasing suggests
once again a fundamental ignorance of "political economy". He said
the issue does not affect Americans, will not impact gas prices and the
like. In the latter part, he's correct. But the former part is not true. The
proposed seizure of land from farmers and tribes to build the pipe line, to say
nothing of the BP-like spills will affect Americans greatly.
They are lying when they say that the project will reduce American
imports of oil. The US long ago became an exporter, not an importer of oil.
The majority of those Americans affected are from the top .01% of
the US, those bankers who largely own TransCanada, the corporation who owns the
pipeline. Those jobs will be strictly temporary and consist of digging a ditch
except for the strippers - filling it in again after the pipe is laid.
The country can create jobs like that without the huge environmental risks. And
compared to the pipeline jobs, which have everywhere triggered housing and food
shortages which raise prices and eat up the wages quickly, they could last as
long as we wanted them.
There will be a grand total of 35 permanent jobs created, at enormous
cost, especially to the environment.
|Hogeway - a "Truman" Viillage for Demented Seniors
One of the saddest consequences of the Republican funneling, since Ronald
Reagan, of the nation's tax monies into the pockets of the rich so they can
squirrel it away offshore has been the destruction of the option for creatively
addressing social issues. There is simply no money left for imaginative
For example, among the Dutch, one of the many new approaches to
dementia among seniors has been the creation of Hogeway, on the coast. Called
“Dementia Village”, 'Hogewey is a cutting-edge elderly-care facility—roughly the
size of 10 football fields—where residents are given the chance to live
seemingly normal lives. With only 152 inhabitants, it’s run like a more
benevolent version of The Truman Show, if The Truman Show were about dementia
and Alzheimer’s patients. Like most small villages, it has its own town square,
theater, garden, and post office. Unlike typical villages, however, this one has
cameras monitoring residents every hour of every day, caretakers posing in
street clothes, and only one door in and out of town, all part of a security
system designed to keep the community safe...There are no wards, long hallways,
or corridors at the facility. Residents live in groups of six or seven to a
house, with one or two caretakers. Perhaps the most unique element of the
facility—apart from the stealthy “gardener” caretakers—is its approach toward
housing. Hogeway features 23 uniquely stylized homes, furnished around the time
period when residents’ short-term memories stopped properly functioning. There
are homes resembling the 1950s, 1970s, and 2000s, accurate down to the
tablecloths, because it helps residents feel as if they’re home. Residents are
cared for by 250 full- and part-time geriatric nurses and specialists, who
wander the town and hold a myriad of occupations in the village, like cashiers,
grocery-store attendees, and post-office clerks.' The village has operated at
full capacity since opening 5 years ago and vacancies arise only when a patient
dies. Patients are only admitted with severe cases of dementia or Alzheimer's.
starfish wasting disease ravaging the coast has implicated a virus
related to parvo in dogs,
Portland's Pacificorp, the wind energy company, has adopted the GMO producers'
mantra of "what the public can't see won't hurt them" and has filed to
suppress data on bird deaths at the company's facilities. The suit was filed,
predictably, in Utah.
Martin Salia, a hero doctor who elected to stay in Sierra Leone, where was Ebola
is rife, has died at a Nebraska hospital where he was being treated
after contracting the disease himself.
Planned Parenthood in Oregon has sent out a reminder about cancer screenings and
health care for women, which includes an insurance calculator:
"Are you among the 380,000 Oregon women who are already eligible to
benefit from no-copay women’s preventive care like birth control and cancer
screenings, among many other benefits? Getting insurance means you can see a
range of health care providers when you need to – and thanks to the Affordable
Care Act, millions of women now have access to birth control, routine well-woman
exams, breast and cervical cancer screenings, and mammograms for women older
than 40, without copays or other out-of-pocket expenses. Most Americans will get
financial help paying for a plan.
As the nation’s leading women’s health provider and advocate,
Planned Parenthood knows firsthand how important affordable basic health care is
for women and their families. And just like the first enrollment period, Planned
Parenthood is here to help women and their families take charge of their health
by signing up for an affordable health insurance plan.
Clinicians, educators and volunteers at Planned Parenthood Columbia
Willamette and Planned Parenthood of Southwestern Oregon are ready to help women
figure out what the law means for them and how to find a plan that works best
for them. Click
here for a glossary of important terms related to the law and health
insurance, a calculator to get a sense of what kind of financial help you can
get, and specifics on what to consider as a woman choosing a health insurance
plan. You can even find in-person help near you – and you can schedule an
appointment online for in-person help.
For almost 100 years, Planned Parenthood has been providing
expert women’s health care, and that’s not changing. Whether or not you have
health insurance, you can still come to Planned Parenthood for birth control,
cancer screenings and the other care you need, when you need it.
Insurance can be confusing, but we’re here to help. If you already have
insurance, please take this opportunity to educate a friend or family member
about how they, too, can get covered. Together, we can help even more women feel
the benefits of the Affordable Care Act.
Laura Terrill Patten
rejected the new GMO potato of Idaho's Big Agra
Simplot. "McDonald's USA does not source GMO
potatoes, nor do we have current plans to change our sourcing practices", the
company said in a statement.
Central Oregon's North Twins Lake is about to be smothered in $200,000 in
rotenone to kill an invasive cat species believed to have been
deliberately introduced by
morons game fisher(wo)men.
no easy way to say this: You're eating too much chocolate, all of you.
And it's getting so out of hand that the world could be headed towards a
potentially disastrous (if you love chocolate) scenario if it doesn't stop. ...
Chocolate deficits, whereby farmers produce less cocoa than the world eats, are
becoming the norm. Already, we are in the midst of what could be the longest
streak of consecutive chocolate deficits in more than 50 years. It also looks
like deficits aren't just carrying over from year-to-year—the industry expects
them to grow. Last year, the world ate roughly 70,000 metric tons more cocoa
than it produced. By 2020, the two chocolate-makers warn that that number could
swell to 1 million metric tons, a more than 14-fold increase; by 2030, they
think the deficit could reach 2 million metric tons.'
Du Pont, which dumped millions into defeating Oregon's GM labeling law since
they are so dependent on selling insecticide sprays for GM crops, would
have been better served if they'd have put it into safety at the La Porte, Texas
plant, where 4 workers died today from a methyl mercaptan gas leak. Methyl
mercaptan is the base stock for insect and fungal sprays. At public hearings,
DuPont was roundly criticized for procedures which
an education theorist and "learning games" developer at UO has issued a new
critique of China's much-praised educational system for producing good
grades at the expense of creativity, he says. 'Academic vices he addresses
include institutionalized cheating: in June 2013 in Hubei province, Yong
recounts, a riot erupted after students were barred from pursuing a cheating
scheme their parents had paid for. Smashing cars, a mob of tiger parents and
cubs screamed: "We want fairness! There is no fairness if you do not let us
cheat." The Chinese press seems to be open to Yong's critique, as evidenced in
a review by the South China Post.
Until Leonardo DiCaprio and Neil Young got involved, the Canadian government was
ignoring a groundbreaking study that tied the Tar Sands with a cluster
of cancer cases in First Nations populations.
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