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|K12 Wednesday, Speed Limits Change, and Truant Watches
School starts tomorrow for K12, and here's a heads-up for all our young friends.
If you're planning on cutting school like you did last year, you can
probably forget it. A new study to be released today will show Oregon as having
the 4th poorest attendance rate in the US. That will mean pressure from
freshly-inspired truant officers, since the study also shows that missing school
means poor performance. In fact, missing a month means a full grade school year
behind your classmates.
Native Americans have the worst attendance rates (1 in 3 Native
American kids in Oregon is "chronically absent") and the only 3 states with
worse attendance rates than Oregon are New Mexico, Montana and Oklahoma - all
with large numbers of Native Americans.
|OSU: Nike Jr.
OSU fans like to cite UO as being Nike South, with Phil Knight's support
of the Ducks as being crucial to that football program's success. Bt the Nike
donations to UO aren't that much greater then those to OSU, according to the
Business Journal. The Journal lists $2,985,000 for UO but OSU also gets a big
OSU's shuttle busses on game day have been a great success, something UO has
trouble living with and now they've tried to "go us one better". Amtrak
will be offering 25% discounts on UO game days with UO offering free shuttles to
the stadium when they arrive.
A local landlord has expressed the concern that Corvallis is being set up for
another collapse, as the city is overbuilt to house a ballooning OSU at a time
when other universities are gravitating to MOOC ( massive open online courses).
OSU is getting into the MOOC game late but at least, they're
getting into the game. As a consequence, people will be able to save costs by
living at home, even while working at jobs, as they take courses. OSU's online
courses are expensive.
They are not in the same vein as
the open source edX, from Harvard and MIT designed to provide free
courses online, or of
Coursera, from Stanford, Yale and a host of other universities around the world
(Universities of Geneva, Leiden, London,etc.) meant to do the same.
OSU's for-profit Canvas, developed by BYU and the University of Utah, suffers
from the expected decline in the quality of instructors with such institutions.
Unizin, the group using Canvas which OSU proposes to join, was founded by the
University of Florida, Indiana, Colorado State and Michigan, not exactly of the
same caliber as MIT or Stanford. Nonetheless, a weak move is superior to no move
3,500 OSU students
students, who pay exorbitant tuition fees (nearly five times what
residents pay, at $10,000 per term, several Chinese students say), and on these
students, paying well over $100 million per year - OSU has built their
superstructure. It is the income from these students that seems most threatened
by MOOC. Saudi Arabia, for example, who supply many of OSU's foreign students,
has partnered with edX to provide online courses in Arabic and
has launched a pilot for the Arab speaking world. It has the added
advantage of permitting women to take courses and jump the barriers which have
prevented them largely from studying abroad. With universities devoted
exclusively to women,
half of all Saudi college graduates are already now women. MOOC promises
to nudge them into a majority.
However, although foreign students will be able to graduate as a
result of MOOC, they will not achieve the proficiency in English which comes
with living in the US, and which employers of Saudi graduates, for example, cite
as a necessity. 6 month tourist visas, the norm, really are not sufficient to
achieve language proficiency and in that, graduate school can be a perfect
match. That entails a bachelor's degree elsewhere, which is, for example,
becoming the norm with Chinese students.
LOCAL LANDLORD ED EPLEY WARNS:
THE LANDLORD LIFE IS NOT ALL GRAVY
Above: Corvallis landlord Ed Epley recalls the first rental he and his
wife bought, a modest duplex they financed - "we did it on a shoestring".
After showing the first side of the duplex to a young couple, both
of whom worked at a local tavern, they set out to ready the other side of the
duplex for renting.
Meantime, the new tenants had a serious argument and the husband
locked his wife out of the home. She, in turn, had figured out a way to sneak
into the empty duplex half and had set up temporary quarters there, unbeknownst
The first knowledge he had of the state of things was when the
young wife showed up in the company of another woman, who in time proved to be a
police officer. "I suppose", she said to Epley, "you've heard what happened last
night". He hadn't.
The woman had passed by her husband's side of the duplex and heard
moans which drew her to the bedroom window of the side occupied by her husband.
There, she saw him having sex with another woman.
Livid, she later let herself into his half of the duplex,
grabbed a kitchen knife and headed for the bedroom. Her husband and his lover
started up as she walked in but not before she began slashing him with the
knife. The two lovers were able to overcome the distressed wife, Epley says, and
called the police.
When Epley took her and the officer to the duplex to retrieve some
documents, he found the slashing had flung blood across the walls and over the
floor. He and his wife commiserated that the future might ALWAYS be like this
THE RETURN OF ALIX HUMPHREY
|Alix Humphrey, Corvallis "Crime Fighter" Returns From
Corvallis resident Alex Humphrey has returned after
a stint in Uganda working with the
Refugee Law Project (RLP) before returning to school. The RLP, he say,
has tried to place refugees from the
violence which has plagued the country as well as neighboring regions in the
Sudan, Congo and Rwanda.
The RLP, he says, focuses upon Truth and Reconciliation hearings rather than
upon international criminal courts. The hearings are found to be much more
personal, meaningful and approachable than courts in the EU. The Ugandan government, for example, has extended
amnesty to former soldiers of the Christian extremist Lord's Resistance Army
Joseph Kony (which became a cause célèbre after the release of a
which went viral) provided the former LRA soldiers declare the truth.
The relationship between sexual and political violence is one of
several focuses of the group. That work has become harder since the RLP
discovered that 80% of the male refugees have been
victims of sexual violence. In Uganda, US evangelical Christians have
whipped up an intense homophobia with the public concluding that male sexual
victims "become" gay.
As a consequence,
the RLP offices were raided and shuttered
for a time because it was
assumed they were "sheltering gays". The offices have now re-opened.
RATINGS FOR CORVALLIS HEALTH CARE RELEASED
||Oregon Health Care Ratings Issued for Area Physicians, Hospitals
If you're looking for a hospital within a 50 mile range,
Good Sam is as safe a bet as any, with a 96% rating newly by the Oregon
health care agencies. Salem has a 97% rating, McMinnville's Willamette Valley
comes in at 99% and McKenzie-Willamette in the Eugene-Springfield area has a
But if you're looking for physicians, you're better off in the
Salem-Kaiser area for women and children (health care specifically for men or
all patients is not rated). Corvallis physician groups ranked are at or below
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Breaking Crime News
|Sherri Irene Gradberg
Ms Gradberg has been
arrested 8 times in the past 3 years, on meth, child, neglect, and
This time, as often has been the case, on a probation/parole
violation on a theft charge. She was,
at one time, on Polk County's most wanted list.
William Robert Johnson has been arrested
has been arrested
for the 6th time in 2 years.
This time it's for meth and giving a police officer a false name, as
well as not showing up on other charges an a parole /probation violation on
heroin and meth charges. He's also been arrested in the past on a weapons
charge and a theft charge.
ALERT! I-84 IS NOW OPEN AFTER
BEING CLOSED FOR HOURS AFTER SHOOTING
A mental patient was waving a gun at cars and police ended
shooting him when he refused to drop the gun.
Gang investigators are looking into a Salem shooting on Lancaster
In crime news of note elsewhere - specifically, the bible belt of the south,
police in Texas swarmed a school after a child had a miscarriage in
the bathroom. 'Parent Christine Kerry was outraged that she had not been
notified as to why so many police had been deployed to the school.
“I got out of my car and specifically asked, ‘What’s going on, and is it
safe for these kids to be out here?’” she said. “And I was told to go away.”
The Georgia rapper CeeLo Green was bashed for his seeming defense of raping
unconscious women on Twitter. 'If someone is passed out they’re not
even WITH you consciously,” he tweeted, adding, “People who have really been
raped REMEMBER!!!' Green had been charged with possessing drugs illegally at
a 2012 dinner, at which witnesses said "he also reportedly gave a woman
ecstasy and had sex with her, which many said should have prompted rape
Florida man "teaching" another how to shoot a gun "shot himself in the
finger Sunday afternoon while trying to unjam a 9-mm semi-automatic
handgun", police said. The bullet then wounded the other man in the thigh
before embedding itself in a wall.'
Also in Florida, 5 police cars from 3 different agencies were caught using
their emergency lights "to get to a bakery for a breakfast snack".
A Texas preacher has started the latest campaign to ban "dangerous" books in
the library, focusing on the Twilight series, as Christians have in
the past tried to get Harry Potter and the Wizard of Oz banned.
A Mississippi Baptist preacher repeatedly raped a gay kid, calling
it "ex-gay therapy. "He would rape me because I was gay and because it would
make me hate men and make me change".
a 7 year old whose father was "teaching" him how to fire a "youth rifle" was
shot in the chest as a bullet ricocheted in the home made shooting
In New York, the trial of a Republican Congressman on charges of tax fraud
related to his business will be delayed until December.
Mr. Nelson has been arrested again, for not showing p on a
DUII, and failing to show on 6 counts - of failing to show. Mr. Lawrence has
been arrested 8 times in the past 4 years, on charges of DUII, Driving While
Suspended, meth, etc.
Garth Risland has been
the 19th time in 4 years, this time for violating parole/probation
on a burglary charge, etc.
A 33 year old man has been arrested for the first time, on
trespass, burglary and harassment charges. A 22 year old man has his first
arrest, for reckless driving, DUII and trying to elude. A 52 year old woman
has added her first arrest to her bucket list, for theft. 19 year old Daniel
was arrested on a contempt charge.
16 year old Salem girl behind the wheel in a deadly car surfing incident has
been convicted of manslaughter.
||Jason Clifford Down
The SWAT team's presence at a Silverton home Saturday has, sadly,
been explained. A 50 year old nurse, Cassandra Wagner had filed a
restraining order against Jason Clifford Down in July, which
he violated 2 weeks later. He was placed on work release for it and
left the work release center on Saturday, police say, went to her
home, shot her and then went to the hospital, where he was found. There
needs to be a test instituted which every man must take before he is allowed
to have a girlfriend.
A realtor who bought a $220,000 piece of land for $22,000 from an elderly
couple has been suspended by her realty firm, Oregon First, for failing
to provide the required paperwork for the sale,
In "open carry" news, a Northwest mother, a convicted felon, of a 9 year old
who took a gun from the' house and shot a schoolmate accidentally,
will serve 14 months in prison.
another Florida judge is facing a hearing on "“bizarre,” “inexplicable,”
“disruptive,” and “paranoid.” behavior. Linda Schoonover "punished a
local real-estate agent with a harsh debt and property ruling after the
woman refused her Facebook 'friend' request" and refused to listen to .the
testimony of a man whom she found "annoying". She "secretly installed a
camera in chambers because she believed employees at the courthouse had
bugged her office, and she wanted to record video of them retrieving the
recording equipment. She contacted the Florida Department of Law Enforcement
(FDLE) and turned over the video. The FDLE reported that there were men in
the crawl space above her courtroom, but they were heating and air
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Note: Everyone should be assumed innocent ntil 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.
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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 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 convicted 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.
| Photo Credit:
US Navy, Rob
BREAKING NEWS OF
GAMING, SCIENCE AND THE INTERNET
BREAKING NEWS OF
SPORTS, HEALTH, ARTS, ENVIRONMENT
Hennig, a physicist at Harvard University, became interested in the mathematics
of human rhythms while listening to the electronic drums in the song “Sexy Love”
by Ne-Yo. He guessed that no human could produce a beat as precise as a
computer could, and in a 2012 study he showed that even professional musicians
keep imperfect time—an early beat here, a late beat there, all on the order of
milliseconds. What’s more, Hennig found that these tiny deviations from a steady
beat aren’t random; they follow repeated, statistical patterns.It actually shows
part of the beauty and richness that is in humans, which is based on their
imperfections,” Hennig says. Although listeners may not be aware of the
deviations, they still tend to hear the difference between human-produced and
Norway may cut back the right of electric cars to use bus lanes, as the autos
have become so popular that they are clogging the lanes.
This is not promising: in a game of strategy and memory testing chimps
playing for apple cubes, and humans playing for cash prizes, chimps trumped.
China is toting a new British study as a reason for cutting back on meat
consumption. It's another study showing that of current meat consumption
trends continue, global warming limits will be exceeded by 2050.
|Ken Ward and Jay O'Hara
Oregon's Ken Ward was one of two who used an old lobster boat to "block a coal
shipment to New England’s largest coal-burning power plant" and "say
they plan to argue at trial that their actions were necessary because of the
threat posed by climate change".
Deschutes County is asking for air quality standards to be waived when
it is time to burn forest slash, as a means of preventing further forest fires.
Oregon is probably being eyed world wide: 'Leading scientists published
a call to the UN on Sunday, saying that rain, and the way it is managed, is what
will determine whether hunger and poverty can be eradicated in the world.'
30 years after the Chernobyl nuclear accident, the wild boars of Germany are
still contaminated, are too radioactive to be consumed.
Fracking is usually associated with contamination of aquifers and well water
but a Utah scandal is highlighting the ponds associated with the industry,
'allowing fracking chemicals like methanol and other volatile organic compounds
into the air'. A company was fined $50,000.
A Swiss Big Pharma firm, Novartis, is admitting to concealing 2,500 cases
where side effects, including deaths, occurred in a drug test for cancer
|Charlie Sheen's Boat Seized in Disruption of Dolphin Slaughter
14 people were arrested 'as the mammals [bottlenose dolphins] were driven to
shore to be killed by waiting hunting parties, according to
environmental group Sea Shepherd.' One of the boats seized from the Sea
Shepherds was BS Sheen, Charlie Sheen's personal boat, he said he was proud it
had served in such a cause.
A new eruption at Iceland's Bardarbnga volcano has resulted in a red
alert and a banning of flights under 6000 feet. That's the 3rd time in a week.
A puppy who narrowly escaped being put down at a shelter
but was instead adopted by an NGO is now a trained rescue dog and has
been working in Hiroshima, where 50 have been killed in landsides.
With new wealth, China is adding resources to children's psychological
development, with the one-child policy having created spoiled "little
emperors" and "little empresses', but the concept of filial relationships
remains strong and the two tendencies are often at war with one another.
California passed a ban on single use plastic grocery bags.
The Sierra Club has listed the top 5 ecologically sound breweries in the
country. Deschutes Brewery is at the #2 spot and Ninkasi in Eugene is
people happiest with the decision to begin blocking the export of coal through
Oregon are the tribes and the Northwest Steelheaders who depend on
the Columbia for their livelihood as well as recreation. Recreational fishing
feeds $2.7 billion into the Oregon economy and coal dust, deadly to salmon fry,
is beginning to show up along the river.
The Oregon Spotted Frog is about to be listed as an endangered species.
"This unique and highly aquatic frog was once common in the Pacific Northwest
and its decline signals degradation in the health of natural areas that provide
for people as well as fish and wildlife," Tom McDowell, acting supervisor for
the Washington Fish and Wildlife Office said'. Changes in water temperature as
trees along riverbanks are cut (Hint! Hint!), development of wetlands (Hint!
HInt!), and the introduction of invasive frog species, especially the bullfrog,
in a state with lax controls on exotic pets are all being held accountable.
In related news, officials with the USDA seized 1,000 giant African snails
across the country, all traced to a man in Georgia selling the snails,
which grow to the size of a fist and devour buildings for calcium, to build
their shells, and raze gardens.
Ebola has jumped to Senegal, opening up a new front in the deadly
epidemic, WHO says.
||Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,
Admission is free
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle
Above: Dr. Martin Donohoe will describe how genetically-modified
crops are produced, their role in agriculture in the United States and
worldwide, the health and environmental consequences of their use, and the
benefits of labeling GM foods. It will also address food justice and
security, and briefly touch on biopharming, the genetic modification of
animals,and relevant ethical issues. There will be time for comments and
questions. Dr. Donohoe is a senior physician at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical
Center in Portland specializing in internal medicine. He is also an adjunct
associate professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State
University. He is a member of the Social Justice Committee of
Physicians for Social Responsibility and is on the Board of Advisors for its
In addition to the so-called "academic whores" of OSU and Big Pharma
pushing GMO, the other heavyweights in the GMO industry have started funding
campaigns to deny the public knowledge when GMO foods are included in their
groceries. Monsanto, the grocery chains ("Grocery Manufacturers
Association") and DuPont have all kicked in a total of $300,000 against
labeling. The 2 chemical companies have self evident interests and the
Grocery Manufacturers Association last year applied to the FDA to allow them
to label the artificially created GMO as "natural" on labels. On the
other side of the ballot, Oregon's Right to Know has raised cash from 2,500
Oregon citizens. "I'm pretty excited to see at this relatively early stage
that we've already got more than 2,500 people that have written a check,"
said a Right to Know spokesperson.
A fire near Oakridge has jumped its containment lines and some
residents are now being warned to prepare to evacuate.
Gow stands on a wooden platform perched high above a lush valley south of
Roseburg, his Stetson tipped back as he surveys the 1,400-acre ranch where
his family runs cows for a living. "This is why I worked 24-7 my whole life,
so I could wake up and have this" he says. "This is all I ever wanted." It's
not hard, then, to understand Gow's sense of violation, his creeping feeling
of helplessness, with a Canadian energy company's plan to carve a swath the
width of freeway through his land and bury a 36-inch-diameter, high-pressure
gas pipeline.' A Canadian firm is using "eminent domain" to seize the land
of Oregon ranchers and farmers for their LNG pipeline.
Portland Harbor's Superfund site is launching the first habitat restoration
site, with Portlanders wanting to "restore habitat that was once
abundant but is now rare in this stretch of the highly industrialized
WHO said today that the number of Ebola victims, now at 1569, could easily
reach 20,000 shortly as the epidemic accelerates.
Portland's business forum, the City Club, has endorsed both GMO labeling and
pot legalization measures on the ballot, as well as the ERA, drivers
licenses for undocumented workers, and education bonds.
Oregon "law requires railroads to annually submit detailed reports saying
what dangerous substances they've moved, where and in what volume.
They're due to emergency responders across the state by March 1 of each
year. But that hasn't been happening, leaving firefighters across the state
in the dark." At a meeting today meant to address the issue - legally, an
"open meeting", Burlington officials asked "Wouldn't it be easier if the
press wasn't here?" The reporters refused to budge.
University of Arizona study predicts a "megadrought" due to global warming.
Arizona is as responsible as anyone for the refusal of the US to
address global warming and we need a fence there - but not a fence to keep
people out of Arizona. We need to isolate Arizonans IN Arizona, so they
don't migrate elsewhere with their antiscience infection.
Bitner Vineyards this year became the first Idaho vineyard to be Low Input
Viticulture & Enology certified, and industry leaders expect more of
the state’s vineyards and wineries to follow suit.
'A new day has
dawned, and with it, a new draft of a new United Nations report on climate
change has leaked unto the world. Like the turning pages of a
calendar as one draws closer to death, the report brings tidings that grow
worse, and worse, and worse. If you had to characterize for a mass audience
what technical stage of global warming we find ourselves in now, it would be
"The final stage where we decide if we will even attempt to try to do
anything to make the looming disaster marginally less disastrous for our
grandchildren, or whether we will simply f*ck around and allow doom to sweep
over them, because we will be dead by then."'
The denial of a coal exporting permit in Oregon may be a sign of
"things to come", coal industry corporations fear.
Hundreds of mysterious methane vents have been discovered along the
floor of the eastern US coast.
Flooding in Bangladesh has created half a million newly homeless
A 6.0 earthquake struck Napa Valley in California, with the worst
damage in a mobile home park there.
3 are dead and 90 victims sought aid at one hospital.
No tsunami warning was issued.
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