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Exam week starts Monday at OSU and every student feels a
heartstring tug in reading of the sad case of the woman whose heart breaking
shrieks of terror led neighbors to call cops to check on her well being, only to
find she was aghast at her grades and was "having an emotional breakdown". We've
all been there. Pretty much.
The worst elements of the BCS sellout by PAC-12 (then PAC-10)
officials are coming to the west coast in this year's BCS championship, with an
accused rapist (it's Florida, right? He's not been charged although his DNA is
admittedly all over the victim.) quarterbacking Florida State in the shrine of
west coast football, the Rose Bowl. This year's Rose Bowl parade maybe should
have convicted rapist Mike Tyson as the parade marshal, with Charles (crazy
Charlie) Manson's followers as the honor guard. The financial motives of PAC-12
officials in inking the deal were always suspect, since they repeatedly short
change the teams of the PAC 12 in weighing championships. Now, their actions can
be marked as a travesty.
Having spent the better part of the last 12 hours wrestling
with a database front end from Oracle, it is once again abundantly clear why the
government's healthcare website failed so dramatically. Long ago, Republicans
insisted on outsourcing government work to corporations - in the case of
healthcare, Oracle - rather than maintaining a competent staff. That way, the
argument went, the corporations could get a share of the public moneys and use
it to hire additional staff (by laying off the public employees). In reality,
the corporations did as usual, outsourcing to the cheapest source of labor they
could find world wide, often with people who hadn't the slightest clue about
what makes a "user-friendly" application in the United States, and relying on
woefully inadequate hardware to do so. The cheapest, most profitable software
writers are squirrels, and that appears to be exactly who Oracle employs in
their application writing. But the problem is not unique to Oracle. If nothing
else is clear from the past 40 years of American business, it is that large
corporations are most adept at taking healthy, mildly profitable and working
firms, and milking them for pennies until they turn blue and die of starvation.
The governor of Oregon sandwiched a Monsanto bill in his budget
this year, which most saw as inexplicable. But caving to the frankenfood giant
isn't as rare as you might think. What do you do when your scientific journal
publishes a study
that Monsanto doesn’t like? And the industry bombards you with complaints?
You hire a new editor. And retract the study.
The journal Food and Chemical Toxicology (FCT) published the findings of the
first long-term study of rats fed genetically modified corn. The study’s
authors, led by Gilles-Eric Séralini of the University of Caen, France,
concluded that the GM corn caused cancerous tumors in the test rats.
The biotech industry wasted no time attacking the study, which was released
about a month before Californians were set to vote “yes” or “no” on an
initiative to require labels on foods containing genetically modified organisms
(GMOs). The attacks were predictable. But who would have predicted what followed
Not long after the study came out, FCT created a new editorial
position—Associate Editor for Biotechnology—and appointed none other than a
former Monsanto employee, Richard E. Goodman, to the post.
Fast-forward to November 28, 2013, when the publisher of FCT announced it was
retracting the study. Not because of fraud or misrepresentation of data. But
because, upon further review, the journal’s editors had decided the study was
The biotech industry is puffing out its chest and throwing around a lot of “I
told you so’s.” But the scientists who don’t have a vested interest in GMO
technology are calling the retraction “unscientific and unethical.”
If there was no evidence of fraud or misrepresentation, why did FCT retract the
study? Because, the journal said, “there is legitimate reason for concern about
both the number of animals tested in each group and the particular strain of rat
But as Séralini and his supporters point out, “the offending strain of rat (the
Sprague-Dawley) is used routinely in the United States—including sometimes by
Monsanto to study the carcinogenicity and chronic toxicity of chemicals.” What’s
more, Séralini told Sustainable Pulse, the FCT in 2004 published a study by
Monsanto finding the same strain of GMO corn (NK603) safe after measuring its
effects on only ten Sprague-Dawley rats for three months only.
“Only studies pointing to adverse effects of GMOs are rigorously scrutinized on
their experimental and statistical methods,” he said, “while those who say GMOs
are safe are taken at face value.”
Dear Pete De Fazio:
Please help us! The small community of Alpine, Oregon is soon to be devastated.
Helen R. Davidson, an 85 year old founding member of this community, received a
post card from Oregon Land Company out of Veneta, Oregon. They claim to be a
fair and sustainable business. Their postcard that they solicit to anyone who
has “marketable” timber on their property states:
“Are you ready? We have capital available for any type of transaction that would
fit your needs. Whether it is thinning of merchantable timber or conversion into
vineyard, orchard, or pasture, we can maximize your tree farm value by marketing
in both domestic or export markets. Call us now to take a look at your property
or timber land!” 888-209-5573 jeff.knight@OregonLandCo.com
Helen R. Davidson received this post card and was concerned that her
mountain-side may need thinning to prevent the possibility of catching on fire
during the dry summer months. She called Oregon Land Company for just an
estimate/timber cruise. Her son- in- law Gary Davidson showed them the area
which has 40-80 year old Douglas Fir, madrone, oak, and maple. Oregon Land
Company went around the family and came to Helen R Davidson and coerced her into
signing over the deed to the land. Helen did not realize what she had done. A
realtor, who is a family friend and community member, tried to prevent this from
going into escrow before Oregon Land Company could complete the transaction.
According to the realtor and her documents, the land value alone was said to be
at least $2,000,000. This pristine area is pre-zoned rural residential 5 which
means 5 acres parcels that are valued at $200,000 each. There are a total of 10
parcels with incredible views. The timber is a bit more difficult to access. A
retired logger that is a community member said the value in timber is to be
worth at least $1,500,000. During the signing, Helen R. Davidson had no family
member present, no realtor present, and no financial advisor of any kind
As family, community friends, and the local realtor looked further into this
“Oregon Land Company” transaction, we discovered the people responsible are the
notorious McDougal brothers of Creswell and Dexter, Oregon. The deed to this
land, known as “Davidson Hill”, is now in McDougal’s and Greg Demer’s name.
McDougal and Demer were responsible for the destruction of Parvin Butte outside
of Pleasant Hill, Oregon. There was a large lawsuit trying to prevent this which
received plenty of media attention. This group is currently trying to gain
commercial water rights to the Mckenzie River for reasons that they will not
disclose. Greg Demer is known to frequently visit retirement home soliciting
Helen R. Davidson along with her daughter, Carmen Keyser, are now completely
aware that were taken advantage of. Currently they are intimidated and are
unaware of their rights. Carmen Keyser is concerned that if they hire an
attorney it could be a long battle in court with possibly no success. She has
heard of legal disputes where the legal fees and attorney will consume whatever
capital could have been recovered. Carmen Keyser lives on 10 acres that border
this mountain side.
If Oregon Land Company and the Mcdougals have their way, they will decimate this
area and will devastate the entire community of Alpine. The mountain marks the
very beginning of the Oregon Coastal range. It is geographically marked as where
the Missoula flood stopped in Oregon. This area can be seen along the famous
“Benton Lane Scenic Loop” which is very well known by bicyclists and tourists
from all over the world. It is right alongside of Bellfountain road and is
between Alsea Falls and Finley Wildlife refuge. If this appalling event takes
place, it will be nothing but a muddy mountain with piles of slash when they are
done. Chain saws will be ripping, bulldozers will be rumbling, and logging
trucks will be barreling down the mountain and then out Bellfountain Road .They
will most likely do several applications of aerial spraying of herbicides.
Eventually they will burn the slash piles. They will then have to replant with
small Douglas Fir saplings. Then they will continue to aerially spray herbicides
so that vegetation will not out-compete the saplings. The spray will affect
nearby farmers, residents raising their families, and several bee keepers/honey
businesses as well. There is a third generation cattle rancher whose entire land
is at the base of the mountain. He is extremely concerned about possible
mudslides and spraying as well.
Residents in this area depend on rain to replenish their wells as we have very
little snow melt water in the coast range. This mountain diverts rain water into
our ground water and wells. Due little rain fall this year, several residents
are struggling with well water issues. If this event happens, it could very well
cause further depletion. If they spray, it could easily get into our wells due
to the fact that the rain coming down the mountain is what goes in our wells.
If Congress, state attorneys office, elderly attorneys, and the Davidsons do not
stand up, and this event occurs, we beg of you to please at least persuade them
to leave some of the hardwoods such as Madrone, Oak, Cedar, Maples , and perhaps
some Douglas Firs. If they leave enough regeneration trees, they may not have to
spray if it is not considered to be a clear cut. This would also provide some
habitat for animals and birds. We understand the valuable asset in logging, but
not clear cutting a mountain side in the middle of a community. Please ensure
that they follow all environmental laws and provide some supervision.
Thank you so much for your time in reading this sir. We are firm supporters of
you in Alpine and we love what you do for us all.
Friends of Bellfountain (letter from a reader)
I have seen firsthand how our broken immigration system
tears families apart. Now that we are so close to passing immigration reform, I
am pushing myself to do all that I can to demand that Speaker John Boehner and
other House leaders bring reform to a vote. I am taking part in the Fast for
Families on the National Mall.
We fast as an act of faith -- faith in the power of our communities, and in our
country's ability to pass reform that will keep our families together. But our
fast alone will not bring about change. We need support and action from our
movement to make sure that the message of our fast has the impact it needs in
the House of Representatives.
Today is a Day to Act, Fast, and Pray -- a national day of action.
It is our moral responsibility to do everything we can to show our leaders the
urgent need to stop family separation and to make immigration reform a reality.
Help ensure that our message is heard in Congress right now.
Some fasters have gone more than three weeks without food. I am now on the 13th
day of my fast, and I will take part until my body cannot continue. Although we
face physical pain from hunger, we know that it is nothing compared to the pain
thousands of families face from deportation.
As my friend and fellow faster Eliseo Medina said, "We're tired. Feeling weak.
But you know, as tired as we are, there is still a hunger within us for justice.
A hunger to be heard. A hunger for the end of this suffering."
I have faith that we can move our leaders to act, but we need your prayers and
your voice. Send a message to leaders in Congress now.
Reform Immigration FOR America
This is Christopher. At age ten, he's doing a very brave thing:
He is traveling across the country to confront some of the most powerful people
in Washington to demand action for his family and millions of others like it.
Christopher and his seven-year-old sister, Daniela, are US citizens, but their
parents are undocumented.
Like millions of children across the country, passing immigration reform would
mean everything -- to live together without fear of separation, so that the
children can have the best possible chance at the American Dream with their
parents' continued love and support.
That's why Christopher and Daniela, with their mother Mireya, have joined more
than 100 immigrant youth advocates to speak directly to leaders in Congress
today and ask that they do their job and bring immigration reform to a vote this
Support Christopher on his mission by flooding Speaker Boehner's office with
calls for reform while the children meet with him. Our combined action will give
the Speaker of the House nowhere to hide until he takes action for kids like
Christopher and their families.
Donna De La Cruz,
Reform Immigration FOR America
Vote NO on ballot levy 02-86
While some simply don't want to pay more taxes, ballot measure 02-86 is
unacceptable for many other reasons. The original ballot for Library, Aquatic
Center, Senior Center, and Social Services(02-74, May 2011) was to be a
temporary, three year levy, and doesn't need to be renewed until May, 2014. Levy
02-86 is a five year extension that piggybacks several personnel, and
approximately $600,000 in unrestricted revenue lost with the reduction of H-P
taxation, onto the previously mentioned amenities.
City leaders tell us they combined the several items in order to garner enough
support to pass the measure. In May, 2011, the Library, Senior and Aquatic
Center levy passed 65%-35%(8684yes-4603no). The amenities are still quite
popular, and combining them with disparate, less popular items is for the
benefit of the additional, less popular items that cannot stand alone. This is
Levy 02-86 funds three police officers to deal with livability issues, meaning
they are primarily to patrol student-centric neighborhoods. Several preventative
measures have been enacted by the City, University, and property owners over the
past few months, and we should assess their effectiveness before increasing
enforcement costs. Revisiting this levy in May, 2014, would allow time for the
preventatives to prove their efficacy.
My biggest gripe is, levy 02-86 proponents incorrectly assert we must pass this
levy now or lose those amenities. The Library, Senior and Aquatic Center funding
is not at risk and doesn't need to be voted on until May, 2014. These emotional
pulls are misleading. Voting "NO" doesn't affect current Library and Senior and
Aquatic Center funding.
Please join me in voting "NO" on 02-86, and requesting the formation of two
levies for May; one for the original 02-74 items, and one for all additional
Betsy Close, the dimwit of the Oregon legislature and a
perennial loser appointed after Senator Morse's resignation because the County
Commissioners knew she would lose, has declared she is again running for
Pacific NW Teabagger
Just your average Pacific Northwest teabagger, with his hand
held out -Greg Collett, a two-time GOP
legislative candidate in Canyon County, is defending enrolling his 10 children
in taxpayer-funded Medicaid while he declines to buy his own insurance under the
Affordable Care Act.
PASSENGER TRAINS FOR CORVALLIS - TIME TO
Corvallis has been long overlooked for frequent intercity public
transportation. The Oregon Passenger Rail project is currently evaluating
options for new and improved routes between Eugene and Portland. One of those
proposed routes would come to Corvallis.
Decisions are being made now by the Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Committee
that will affect transit in the Willamette Valley for decades to come. We need
ensure that we are not overlooked in this
passenger rail overhaul. Our growing college city would boom with reliable
connections to Eugene, Salem, and Portland.
The alignment options that would bring rail to Corvallis have been ranked low.
This seems mostly to be due to a low 'mobility' score, very likely a reflection
of our voices not being heard. We need to be louder.
On Monday, October 21, the Corvallis City Council will be meeting to discuss a
resolution in support of rail. This is a great sign, but we should urge Council
to be stronger in their statement. We need to ask them to specifically urge ODOT
and the Oregon Passenger Rail Leadership Council to keep the line through
Corvallis as an option and make sure that an Environment Impact Statement is
produced for this option. If this is not done, we can count this as a train
missed. We should also demand that Council ask how Corvallis residents' opinions
were measured in these early ranking of options. I cannot imagine that students
of OSU and residents of Corvallis were adequately polled.
If you are able, please come to the Corvallis City Council meeting tomorrow,
Monday October 21 at 6.30 PM at the Downtown Fire Station (400 NW Harrison
Blvd.). If you wish to speak, you must sign up at the start of the meeting and
will have at most 3 minutes to make your point. There is no need to speak in
order to show your support -- showing up is very effective on its own. I ask
that, if you are able to attend the meeting, that you stand while anyone speaks
in support of bringing rail to Corvallis. If you are planning to attend and
speak or attend and stand up, please email me to let me know.
Many thanks for your help,
- Glencora Borradaile
PS: There will be an open house organized by ODOT to gather input from the
community on Thursday, November 7 at LBCC from 5-7 PM. See here for more details
and other locations and dates.
CORVALLIS REP. SARA GELSER EXPLAINS THE
MONSANTO- HAS- THE- STATE- LEGISLATURE- IN- ITS POCKET BUDGET BILL We just concluded a three day Special Legislative
Session. Though it lasted for only a few days, the bills that were passed will
impact many Oregonians in significant ways. I received an unprecedented number
of phone calls and emails over the course of the past week from constituents
deeply concerned about the work we were doing. Most who wrote urged me to oppose
legislation that would prevent local communities from making agricultural
policies that fit their community values, and to oppose further cuts to PERS
retiree pensions. I voted NO on PERS reductions, and I also voted NO on the bill
restricting the authority of voters and local officials to regulate GMO crops.
Despite my No vote, both bills passed and will be signed by the Governor.
What will be different for Oregonians?
Because of the bills we passed this week, Oregonians will see the following
PERS retirees will see reduced pension payments, Legislators will not be allowed
to enroll in PERS, and the state will be able to garnish PERS income for
restitution payments if the member is convicted of a felony.
Local communities will be prohibited from enacting agricultural policies related
to seeds, including the ability to regulate when and where GMO crops can be
Schools, universities and community colleges will see a significant, one time
boost in funding. This is enough to hire 500 new teachers for the 14-15 school
year and freeze college and university tuition for one year. There will also be
increased funding for senior services, including Oregon Project Independence and
Senior and Disabled Transit Services.
There is a new, dedicated funding source for mental health. There will be a
particular focus on kids’ mental health services, with funding to support kids’
crisis services and support for child sex trafficking victims.
Cigarettes will cost more, higher income individuals will lose their Oregon
personal exemption credit, and the senior medical deduction will become a
subtraction. This will make the program accessible for the first time to
thousands of lower and middle income seniors, while capping benefits for higher
Low income families will have a little more money in their wallets due to an
expansion of the Earned Income Tax Credit
Small business owners will see a significant reduction in the tax rate on their
“pass through” Schedule E income. Agricultural businesses that export their
products will also receive favorable tax treatment.
Details about Each Bill
We voted on five individual bills. Members could vote YES on some, and NO on
others. In the summaries that follow, if you click on the Bill Number, you will
be taken to the Oregon Legislative Information System for that bill. There, you
can find the text of the bill, information about how each member voted, and you
can even see the written testimony offered in support and opposition to each
SB 861: PERS COLA Bill (Gelser voted NO)
This bill reduced the COLA (cost of living adjustment) for retiree benefits for
all PERS members. Currently, PERS retirees receive a 2% COLA each year. As a
result of this bill, members will receive a 1.25% COLA on all PERS pension
benefits up to $60,000 a year. Members will receive a 0.15% COLA on benefits
above $60,000 a year.
In order to address concerns about the impact on low income retirees, the bill
was amended to include supplemental payments for some retirees. It will work as
a 13th check each year. Retirees with PERS income of under $20,000 a year will
receive a supplement equal to .5% of their PERS income. Those with income
between $20,000 and $60,000 will receive a supplemental payment of .25%. The
supplements will not roll up into the base PERS income for the following year.
These payments will last for 6 years, and will then be reexamined.
If you are a PERS retiree and want help calculating how these changes will
impact your pension income, please contact me and I will walk you through it.
SB 862: PERS Policy Bill (Gelser voted YES)
This bill included three basic policy changes:
Future legislators will not be eligible to enroll in PERS, but can retain their
PERS membership if they were already members prior to their election.
Insurance premium payments converted to salary in the final 3 years of service
cannot be included in the final average salary calculation.
If a PERS member is convicted of a felony, their pension income can be garnished
or attached for obligations created by that criminal conviction.
SB 863: Seed Regulation/GMO Bill (Gelser voted NO)
This bill was defeated in the 2013 session, and reappeared as part of the Grand
Bargain about two weeks ago. It was very disappointing to see this unrelated
issue be added to the Special Session agenda. The bill prohibits local officials
and voters from enacting regulations or ordinances related to seeds, including
regulations related to GMO crops. A similar measure is already set for the
ballot in Jackson County, and this bill will allow this measure to go forward.
However, no other community will have the opportunity to have such a discussion.
The Governor has promised to convene a work group to look at statewide policy
related to GMO. He also directed the Oregon Department of Agriculture to be more
aggressive in using its current authority to protect small and family farmers.
HB 3601: Revenue Bill (Gelser voted YES)
The bill increased the tax on cigarettes with the proceeds dedicated to mental
health. The tax goes up gradually, but will eventually be a 15 cent increase. C
Corporations with more than $1 million of taxable income will pay the highest
tax rate, with some of that revenue being directed to the Rainy Day Fund. The
bill also eliminates personal exemption credits for households with over
$100,000 taxable income for a single filer, or $200,000 for a joint filer.
The bill changes the administraton of the special medical deduction for seniors.
Currently, the program is a deduction. This means only those individuals who
itemize deductions can take advantage of this assistance for medical costs. This
bill changes it to a subtraction, which will allow thousands of new lower and
middle income seniors to get relief. To pay for this shift, the program will be
means tested for the first time, by capping the subtraction at $1800 per
taxpayer ($3600 for eligible taxpayers filing jointly), and phasing it out for
couples with more than $200,000 in taxable income. Most constituent seniors I
have spoken with would either see no change in their benefit under this program,
or a slight savings. Unfortunately, I did run numbers for one constituent who
would see an increase in his taxes (about $50) as a result of this change even
though he does not have a high income. If you are looking for an estimate about
how this will impact you or a loved one, please let me know and I am glad to get
an estimate for you. It is important to note that this bill does not change the
federal or state deduction for extraordinary medical expenses. That is still
available to all Oregon taxpayers with high medical expenses.
Finally, the bill creates favorable tax rates for certain agricultural companies
that export products and on the “pass through” Schedule E income for small
business owners with S Corps or partnerships. This favorable tax treatment
appropriately received a great deal of scrutiny. This is an expensive tax
reduction, and by the time it is fully implemented will cost more than $300
million per biennium. The vast majority of small businesses taking advantage of
this lower tax rate have taxable income of less than $100,000 a year. I do
believe that this tax change could help these companies grow and create new
jobs. However, the real cost comes from the pass through income of millions of
dollars per year. In these cases, the policy creates inequities in the tax code
that could allow some people to pay a lower tax rate than their employees. I
wanted a hard cap on the cost of the program, a lower limit for the annual
taxable income for eligible companies, better accountability for job creation
and a sunset on the program to be sure it works. Unfortunately, we were not able
to get those changes.
This was a complex bill, filled with things I liked and with some things I
didn’t like. I ultimately voted in favor of this imperfect bill because the good
narrowly outweighed the bad. When taken together, the bill will increase revenue
by tens of millions of dollars for at least the next several biennia. In
addition, it will provide a needed short term/one time boost to our schools,
universities and community colleges. Most importantly, it creates a long term,
stable, dedicated funding stream for mental health services that are too often
the last services to be funded. Mental health will no longer have to rely on
budget scraps. Appropriate investment in community based mental health services
will save us money in the long run. Finally, I received commitments from
legislative leadership and personally from the Governor that the business tax
cut will be closely monitored, and that we can work on refining and improving
its cost control and accountability measures as early as February of 2014. We
will begin discussions during our November Legislative Days about these changes
and others that will be proposed in 2014. If you have suggestions about what
should be part of that discussion, please send them my way.
HB 5101: Appropriations Bill (Gelser voted YES)
This was the bill that allocated the revenue raised by HB 3601. This bill made
the following new allocations for this biennium:
K-12 Schools: $100 million
Oregon University System: $25 million
Oregon Community colleges: $15 million
Oregon Health Authority: $20 million for Mental Health Services (detail below)
School access to mental health
Kids’ wraparound mental health services
Parent/Child interaction therapy
Young adult co-occurring disorder treatment
Oregon Psychiatric Access Line for kids
Youth sex trafficking program
Community based crisis services for adults to prevent placement in a state
hospital or correctional facilities
Senior and Disabled Transit: $5 million
Senior Services: $41 million
In addition, through the Revenue Bill, we were able to allocate an additional
$12 million for low income working families through the Earned Income Tax Credit
and boost the state Rainy Day Fund by $10 million.
This is a tremendous amount of information. Please contact me if you would like
clarification on any of these issues. I’ll be scheduling a public forum in the
near future to talk about all of these issues, and to learn more about what you
would like to see in the 2014 regular session.
SCARY PART OF THE SHUT DOWN - NO BEER! The Bureau of Alcohol and Tobacco is having to lay off
nearly all of its workers as the Republicans
shut the government to keep the poor from getting the healthcare the
Congressmen are getting for free (along with their salaries as everyone else
goes without). That means new breweries won't be getting licenses and existing
brewers can't sell ne beer.
PETE DEFAZIO EXPLAINS HIS VOTE ON THE O&C
FOREST VOTES For decades, the debate on federal forest management
has been defined by the extremes.
On one extreme, some special interest groups push for absolutely zero timber
harvest on federal lands. That would be bad for forest health and devastate an
important sector of our economy, with a disproportionate impact in Southwest
Oregon. On the other extreme, some want to return to the old days of
unsustainable harvests that target the last remaining old growth. That would be
bad for clean water, wildlife, and the incredible places Oregonians treasure.
Gridlock in our federal forests has dried up critical funding for public
services in Oregon’s rural counties. It has shut down retooled mills that
supported good paying jobs that can’t be outsourced. And, it has plunged our
forests and the benefits they provide into a crisis.
I do not think the extremes should define the debate. I think common sense, hard
work, ingenuity, and compromise, the Oregon way, can resolve this complex
problem. Last year, I started a legislative process to do just that.
I had three goals:
1. Permanently protect old growth that has been at the center of the Northwest
Forest Wars for more than two decades, protect the streams that supply our
drinking water, and keep our most irreplaceable and sensitive forest lands safe
for future generations;
2. Provide a predictable, permanent level of financial support to failing
Western Oregon counties to ensure they are able to fund basic services like law
enforcement, public health, and infrastructure;
3. Provide a sustainable level of timber that can only be milled in the United
States to create and support rural jobs and timber-dependent communities.
From that process, I helped develop a bipartisan, balanced plan that meets all
three of those objectives. This is not a perfect bill. It is not the bill I
would have written if I was in the majority party. But it is a compromise plan
and the best shot we have to move something forward that protects both our
conservation values and provides vital county services.
We needed to move this bipartisan O&C solution past the hyper-partisan House,
and on to the Democratically-controlled Senate where I expect Chairman Ron Wyden
will make changes to the bill. We share common objectives, he agrees we need
financial certainty for the counties and we also need certainty to protect old
growth and special areas. As a member of the majority party in the Senate, he
will craft a different approach, but I fully expect we would be able to
reconcile any differences between the two bills so it can be signed into law.
This is a complicated and emotional issue for many Oregonians. I have
highlighted some of the key facts about my legislation and included them in this
email. If you have any questions, feel free to email my office.
1. 1,000,000 acres of remaining mature and old growth forests on O&C lands would
be permanently federally protected from clear cuts and harvest.
2. 90,000 acres of new wilderness, doubling the size of the Rogue River
Wilderness and establishing the Devil’s Staircase Wilderness in the coast range.
3. 130 river miles as Wild and Scenic to safeguard drinking water and nourish
4. 300,000 acres of additional riparian buffers were added to protect drinking
water – these buffers will exceed the requirements of the Oregon Forest
Practices Act by 400%.
5. For the first time ever the plan also devotes revenues from logging to
riparian protection on neighboring private lands in Western Oregon to further
protect fish bearing rivers and streams.
6. It limits application of herbicides and requires a public process for the
development of an integrated Pest Management Plan.
7. Relies on cutting-edge science to manage timberlands on a sustainable basis
to prevent overcutting, improve forest health, and better protect forests from
1. Based on estimates from the Oregon Forest Resources Institute, 2011, the bill
will create thousands of new living-wage jobs in rural communities throughout
Oregon that have persistent, high double digit unemployment and will reduce
double digit and unacceptably high unemployment levels in the State. The
Oregonian recently reported that these areas are in danger of being permanently
2. The bill prevents the export of raw logs, ensuring mill and manufacturing
jobs stay here at home and won’t be shipped overseas to China.
3. Provides forested counties in western Oregon with sustainable and more
predictable, permanent level of revenues to support basic county government
services like law enforcement, education, public health, and transportation.
4. The bill will disentangle the health of rural counties from uncertain and
declining federal support payments.
5. The legislation would save the federal government millions while still
providing the 18 O&C counties with $90 million in revenues according to the
Congressional Budget Office.
HISTORY OF THE O&C LANDS
In Oregon, we log 3.75 billion board feet of timber each year. Over 78% of that
is logged off of private lands and under state law. Only 3.8% is harvested from
lands owned by the federal government called the O&C Lands. The O&C Lands are
unique and found only in Western Oregon. The O&C Lands are not national forest
lands and are not managed by the Forest Service. They are managed by the Bureau
of Land Management.
O&C Lands are governed by a unique statute, the O&C Act of 1937. The Act
mandates that these lands be managed for permanent, sustainable timber
production for the benefit of 18 Oregon counties. This is a different mandate
than national forest lands. By law, these counties also receive 50 percent of
revenues produced from the O&C Lands instead of 25 percent of revenues produced
from other federal forests.
In the 1990’s President Clinton attempted to resolve many of the issues in
contention on these lands with the Northwest Forest Plan. It was supposed to
provide for the protection of owl habitat and old growth, and provide
predictable but reduced timber harvest levels for the industry. It did neither.
Instead, it has resulted in endless litigation and appeals on both sides. In
fact, just a few weeks ago a federal judge ruled the BLM must double timber
production in the Medford area and increase intensive logging in the Roseburg
district by 55%. Another court case still pending could increase logging on the
unique O&C Lands by five-fold. Without a long-term solution from Congress, both
cases could open hundreds of thousands of acres of Oregon's old growth to
clear-cuts and liquidation.
SWEDES DECIDE WALMART HAS NO PLACE IN
INVESTMENT PORTFOLIOS FOR ETHICAL REASONS
The state-managed funds that invest Swedes' pension contributions have retracted
all their investments in Walmart due to concerns over how the American retail
giant treats its employees. "It's a welcome and wise decision," said Lars-Anders
Häggström, head of retail workers trade union Handels, which has argued that
Swedish pension money be kept clear of companies that are "world leaders in
union busting". Freedom of assembly and association is protected by the
conventions of the International Labour Organization (ILO).
Contributions to the state-managed pension scheme in Sweden are managed by
several distinct funds, entitled collectively the AP Funds (AP-fonderna). The
first, third and fourth of the six separate investment entities owned shares in
Walmart, but they will now be sold off according to a statement released on
"We simply couldn't conceive why the AP Funds would invest in Walmart, when
their behaviour is well-known," Häggström told The Local
In early September, Handels, which represents 150,000 employees in the Swedish
retail sector, addressed an open letter to the AP Funds' Ethics Council asking
that it look into the investments in the American retail giant, saying that
owning shares was "so stupid it is embarrassing" as well as "unethical".
"Our union members have expressed astonishment when they found out their pension
savings were invested in Walmart," Häggström told The Local. "If we influenced
the AP Funds' decision today, we are of course delighted."
In a press release on Monday, the managers of the AP Funds announced they were
also divesting from the companies Freeport Mcmoran, Incitec Pivot, and Potash
due to ethical concerns.
Business owners are so special the Governor has a deal for
their tax rate will be better than their employees’ tax rate
The Governor’s special session package includes two business owner tax breaks.
They will cost the state over $100 million a year. Once written into law, it
will be nearly impossible to undo the damage since it would require a
supermajority vote. $100 million is a week of school or 1000 teachers. Further,
the changes mean owners will pay Oregon taxes at a lower tax rate than their
Some are calling these “Small Business tax cuts.” We think “Business Owner tax
breaks” is more honest.
The first, more costly, tax break
Business owners will get a tax break on profits they take out of their business.
The rationale given for this tax break is that the money will be reinvested in
the business by the owners of, say, office buildings, auto dealerships, farms,
and so on. But under existing tax law, any money re-invested by the owner
already gets a tax advantage. If you expand your business, the costs are either
expensed or depreciated. That’s already tax law. For example, if you hire a new
employee, payroll costs are deducted from income before taxes are calculated.
Under the “deal” proposed, the tax break would be on money that comes out of the
business, profits that can be spent in the same ways anyone’s earnings are
To mask its effects in current talks, the “deal” won’t begin until January of
2015, so the cost looks small. But in future years, it will cost over $100
million a year—which is the same as saying it will cost over 1000 teachers or
another week of school.
Until now, all income has been treated the same under Oregon law.
Tell your legislator: Let’s not start treating the “ownership class” better than
The Second Tax Break
The second tax break is for business owners who export abroad. It can cut their
taxes 10% or more, by tying Oregon’s taxes to a complicated piece of the federal
tax code known as the IC DISC. Maybe the IC DISC makes sense for federal taxes.
It’s basically a foreign export subsidy. But it makes no sense for Oregon. There
is no conceivable reason to give an Oregon tax break to an owner who ships wheat
to Russia rather than to Bob’s Red Mill.
Neither of these business owner tax breaks should be in any “deal”—they will not
help kick-start Oregon’s economy. They will make our tax system less fair.
Let your legislators know what you think about the business owner tax breaks in
the “deal.” And do it today or tomorrow. The special session is Monday.
You can contact the Governor by calling 503-378-4582 or comment online to the
POOR INTERNET CONNECTIONS
The city is taking flak from local residents for their kids- glove handling of
utilities raking in profits on internet connections and yet providing
consistently shoddy service. Comcast and Verizon have been singled out by local
consumers for especially poor connections. Consumers complain of slow speeds, of
regularly dropped connections and of price gouging. The city has been
consistently mute on the issues. Verizon is especially
notorious for its resistance to "net
neutrality", which prohibits the corporation from extorting consumers who
The thin veneer of local control Republicans have used to
justify opposing national legislation has once again been
shown to be no more than lobbying for corporate
control with the latest budget "compromise" for the state. It amounts to a
Monsanto dictatorship for counties, forbidding them to regulate the production
of GMO "Frankenfood", despite the case of rogue seed which threatened the
livelihoods of Oregon wheat farmers this summer.
Weekly Column from
COLOR US AMERICA
Who's the real victim here? Trayvon Martin's family, subjected to the
unthinkable loss of a child? Or ALEC, the corporate bill mill responsible for
the so-called "Stand Your Ground" (or "Shoot First") laws that set Trayvon's
killer free? It shouldn't even be a question — but with ALEC's deadly track
record finally coming under Congressional scrutiny, the group now claims they're
the ones the public should feel sorry for.
ALEC's desperate. The group has wildly lashed out at Sen. Dick Durbin — whose
Senate subcommittee is asking ALEC's (known) corporate members whether they
support Shoot First — howling that Durbin's on an illegitimate witchhunt. But
thanks to the energy and commitment of ColorOfChange members over the past two
years, more than 50 of ALEC's former funders have publicly disassociated
themselves from the group precisely because they can't defend ALEC's deadly
Shoot First agenda.
We're pressuring more ALEC backers to quit — and working to repeal the group's
secretly developed laws so we don't have to mourn the next Trayvon. Contribute
$5 or more today to keep ALEC reeling.
The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC) is a corporate bill mill that
relies almost entirely on corporate funding, and it works hard to keep its
contributors secret so we won't know who it's speaking for. As Wisconsin state
Rep. Chris Taylor reported being told at ALEC's 2013 annual meeting: "You really
don’t need people to do this. You just need control over the legislature and you
need money, and we have both."
In the run-up to today's Senate hearing, ALEC has been flexing its access to
secret corporate cash harder than ever. It's using its own fake "news"
organizations — including Watchdog.org and the Washington Free Beacon — to try
to manufacture the appearance of grassroots outrage at Sen. Durbin for having
the audacity to ask basic questions about ALEC's work on Shoot First. The real
story is that despite ALEC having eight years of data on Shoot First's
racially-biased outcomes, ALEC legislators are still continuing to introduce
these bills; 10 have been introduced so far in 2013, and two have passed.
We've got ALEC on the defensive, but we need resources to keep the heat on ALEC
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I recently ended a relationship that lasted a year and five months. While I
loved this woman, for much of the relationship she was, to varying degrees,
depressed. I tried to be as helpful and patient as possible with the hope and
expectation that she would get better. I got her into counseling. We went to
couples' counseling together. She got on medication. I encouraged her to eat
well (I cooked her many healthy meals) and exercise daily (which she was never
able to do). I tried to get her out into nature. I tried to listen and practice
strong communication skills. I encouraged her to explore the benefits of a
fulfilling and GGG relationship, but our sex life faltered because of the
depression and her low libido. I kept helping and waiting, but she was simply
unable to assert herself to make healthy changes (both physical and mental). I
felt trapped dating someone who couldn't take control of her life, and the
patterns kept repeating. I eventually ended the relationship, which was the
right decision for me, but she was crushed. I'm hoping we can be friends in the
future. Do you have any advice for dating someone with depression? Can
relationships and depression work? I found it to be soul-crushing.
Serious About Depression
"I think SAD did the right thing," said Rob Delaney, the comedian, Twitter
supernova, and author of the new book Rob Delaney: Mother. Wife. Sister. Human.
Warrior. Falcon. Yardstick. Turban. Cabbage. "And not only 'the' right thing,
but a series of right things."
Delaney's book is a collection of personal essays—most of them hilarious—in
which he writes about his own struggle with depression so crippling, it almost
took his life. Delaney is now the official spokesperson for all people
everywhere who struggle with depression.
"This guy went above and beyond, motivated by his obvious love for this woman
and his decency as a person," Delaney continued. "One might 'suck it up' for a
bit longer if there are kids involved or if you've been together for years and
years and this depressive state is an anomaly, but this guy can't be expected to
weld himself to someone he's been dating for less than a year and a half when
there are people out there he'd truly enjoy himself with."
Delaney not only felt that you had done right by this woman, but that your
actions could serve as a template for other readers dating people struggling
"SAD was kind, patient, and proactive, and when that didn't work, he ended the
relationship," said Delaney. "He didn't assume that she would implode without
him around. He seems to have a manageable enough ego to realize that he's not
the sun and the air and the only doorway through which this woman can walk to
happiness; he's merely another human being whose happiness has value, too. And
maybe this breakup will provide the jolt she needs to recalibrate her approach
to her depression and really get better. He also showed her another person
taking care of himself. I sincerely hope she develops this skill herself, but as
anyone who's witnessed trouble and had troubles of their own knows, you cannot
will that behavior into people. That does not mean you don't love them."
Not following @RobDelaney on Twitter? You're the only one. Go to robdelaney.com
to buy his new book. -
My father and mother were able to come over because after the "yellow scare" was
over, the States didn't seem to mind that the Chinese were coming over here by
the boatload. Since my parents were given visas and green cards, my father was
able to get into school pretty easily. This seems to be pretty prevalent among
most of the Chinese, Taiwanese, Korean and Indian populace here (a.k.a. the
model minority groups). As a result, immigrants from China, Taiwan, Korea and
India have been able to get an education here and prosper. Additionally, many of
these immigrants maintain a pride in their home countries (as do Mexicans—unlike
what most of the anti-immigration crowd thinks, you're not the only ones who
wave your home country's flags around). This resulted in a lot of newly educated
Chinese, Taiwanese, South Koreans and Indians bringing skills and expertise back
to their home country. This allowed the aforementioned countries to build up.
And these countries have begun to pump out fewer emigrants since there are a
great number of job opportunities, better education systems and better living
conditions overall (still a ways to go in China and India, but it'll get there).
So my point is: Why doesn't the U.S. grant a greater number of Mexicans green
cards, visas or college education? I mean, it would stop all the whiners from
saying, "We'll all be speaking Spanish soon." I mean, seriously: If the States
would allow more Mexicans in legally, then we'd have more Mexicans with actual
opportunities in the States, which would mean Mexico would eventually benefit,
which in turn would reduce the number of illegal immigrants coming in from
Mexico. You're a much better fact and statistics finder than I am (and you reach
a lot more people than I do), so I was wondering if there is any way you could
let some of those wall-building whiners know that billions spent on letting
Mexicans in and helping them succeed now (the illegals are a necessity
anyway—New York would grind to a halt if the legal or illegal immigrants left)
is a whole lot better in the long run than billions spent building a wall that
doesn't work, then spending billions more to tear it down when we realize the
damn wall separates us from our neighbors and destroys ecosystems that keep
America from turning into the Sahara.
Baby of Immigrants (Doesn't Really Matter If They Are Legal or Illegal)
DEAR CHINITA: Hear, hear all around. I'll just note that the Right wants to keep
Mexicans pendejos, poor and illegal because it makes it that much easier to
scapegoat and exploit them. You rarely hear Know Nothings go after Indians, for
instance (who get by far the largest share of high-tech visas: 64 percent
compared to Mexico's puny 1.2 percent), because they'd go all Shiva on them with
their money, education and ghost peppers. '-
The Ice is Melting Too Fast!
The Climate is Changing Too Fast!
CHRISTY'S CRIME BEAT:
THE MEANEST, NASTIEST ARCH-CRIMINALS THIS SIDE OF ALICE'S RESTAURANT
See archives from preceding weeks
here We are still having sads that Nelson Mandela, who was a far better
human being than all of us combined times 12, died on Thursday. He was a
genuine, good-hearted badass who pissed off all the right people. Ronald
Reagan? Check. Dick Cheney? Check. Jesse Helms? Check. And he was also a
genuine, good-hearted feminist badass, as Erin Gloria Ryan femsplained at
Jezebel. He fought for a Women’s Bill of Rights. He fought for free health
care for children and pre- and post-natal care for their mothers. Also too
Mandela was key in promoting the adoption of the Constitution of the
Republic of South Africa in 1997, which contained passages guaranteeing
gender equality and prohibiting sexual discrimination.
"South Africa’s new abortion law passed its final legislative hurdle today,
clearing the way for President Nelson Mandela to replace one of the world’s
toughest abortion laws with one of the most liberal.
The bill will cancel an existing law allowing abortion only in the case of
rape, incest or immediate danger to the mother’s mental or physical health.
Under the new law, women and girls will be entitled to a state-financed
abortion on demand during the first 12 weeks of pregnancy if they have no
private medical insurance, and, subject to widely defined conditions, for a
further eight weeks."
We don’t really have any jokes to make about this because we are basically
just in awe of his awesomeness. While the whole world (okay, except for
wingnut commenters, but what can you expect from them?) is being mostly
gracious and humble about Mandela’s passing and saying — rightly — that he
was a great role model and an inspiration, we hope that’s actually true and
that what he actually did and believed and said might serve as an actual
example for other leaders to actually follow. Just a thought.
Left: Derek Matthew Hill
Cops say Mr. Hill was charged on 2 counts of attempted
assault and charged with trying to prevent the reporting of his crime.
That seems to be endemic. The Obama administration is setting
records for charging whistle blowers on crime with
espionage charges these days. And those same whistle blowers are
telling Edward Snowden that whatever he does, he should never come home.
Left: Blake Douglas Mitchell
Cops have charged that M. Mitchell is a junkie busted for
heroin, theft, and burglary. An
article announcing his impending wedding in 2011 says he's from
Albany, worked in Philomath. 2 strikes, bad combination, etc.
Left: Nelson Mandela
Nelson Mandela passed away today, at age 95. The world
would have been a better place if he had lived even longer, but was blessed
by the presence of the man. Mr. Mandela deserved a place on this page and as
a pardoned prisoner, sentenced to life in prison, this column seemed as
appropriate a place as any.
His imprisonment by a vicious racist regime accomplished nothing for his
opponents. Their devotion to the concept of white supremacy lasted no longer
than of he had never been seized. The attempts of Republican legislators to
head off economic pressure for his release and the equal treatment of the
South African majority failed to halt the shedding of investments in the
apartheid regime., Similarly the veto of Ronald Reagan fell flat. There are
fossils like Dick Cheney who
defend their efforts to keep Mr. Mandela jailed. Their efforts were
little more than spitting in the wind. Mr. Mandela's
character dwarfed their own, and carried the day with most Americans. Most
of us recognized, in the U.S., that the people running the sho in the
apartheid regime, were the ones ho belonged in the prisons. actions of
Cheney and Reagan marked the beginning of an era in which the same became
true for the U.S.
Right: Sherri Irene Gradberg
Ms Gradberg has been sentenced to 4 days on child
neglect charges. Ms Gradberg was on Polk County's Most Wanted
list 2 years ago for child neglect. She was busted
in November for parole/probation violation on child neglect charges.
While the cops are rightfully pursuing Ms Gradberg, there are far greater
criminals escaping with their crimes. The gang from GE Capital who robbed
American cities by rigging municipal bond sales , and was called by Rolling
Stone "the reigning American crime syndicate, which now operates not
out of Little Italy and Las Vegas, but out of Wall Street".They have
skated after "robbing billions of dollars". Far greater harm has
been done to the children of this city by GE Capital than by all the
Gradbergs combined. This comes at a time when a new report shows that
tellers at the big banking firms are being paid worse than ever, with one in
three tellers now
requiring public assistance. That assistance money is necessary for
the children, but it could be better spent on kids if the banks were paying
their employees living wages and the money going to feed and house them
instead were free to be spent on schools and other services
. It's a way of life for U.S. business today. While the CEO of Pizza Hut,
KFC and Taco Bell (Yum brands) is
raking in almost $100,000,000.00 a year while the public is paying
$650,000,000.00 in assistance to the firm's 400,000 employees. To say
nothing of Walmart, where the average store sucks $400,000.00 in public
assistance out of the community so that 6 Waltons can have the combined
wealth of 30% of the population. You can't blame the cops. They'd be
enforcing the law if it were there. The criminals are making the laws,
running the government. So there are no laws against their own
Oh, and Walmart is
ponying up with lawyers for the 30 managers facing bribery charges.
But at least the local cops are investigating child neglect. In Arizona,
where nut cases in the Tea Party are in charge, 6000 cases of child abuse -
abuse not mere neglect - lapsed in forgotten cabinets. We
know how it goes, sometimes you get a little bogged down in your
work: that movie review took forever to come together, you forgot that the
Tumblr needed to be updated, you had to clean up a lot of pixelly edges when
you added Derpy Hooves to yet another photo of a Republican. Things get
misplaced in the shuffle sometimes, like your rent check or your kid’s
birthday present. Or your kid. Then again, when we screw up at our job, that
usually just means that commenters have to wait a while for the next dick
joke to drop. If you’re Arizona Child Protective Services and you screw up
your job, it's normal under current leadership.
Clarence Carter, director of the Department of Economic Security, which
oversees CPS, revealed last week that more than 6,000 reports generated by
the state’s child abuse hotline hadn’t been investigated since 2009, most in
the past 20 months. The CPS plan to clear those reports was released early
this week has been widely panned as inadequate and short on specifics.
Left: Joshua John Leroy Reith
Mr. Reith is an unemployed extra from the movie set of
Dumb and Dumber, caught wheeling a cart full of
electronic equipment cops say he had just stolen - on Thanksgiving - from
the Presbyterian church, and was wheeling down the street. Mr. Reif as
recently released from Benton County jail for theft, burglary and meth. He
pled not guilty on those charges. He is already on probation on other
It's been a week for
news of low life thieves, most relying on using the laws they've
sponsored. Mr. Reith doesn't have the clout of politicians or corporations
or preachers. Otherwise we'd have a law making it legal for meth addicts to
steal from Presbyterians on Thanksgiving Day. Same as the others did who
made headlines this week.
1. The Reverend Paul Crouch has died. He was 79. He leaves his beloved wife,
Jan, his beloved jet, his beloved pair of mansions in Newport Beach,
California, and his beloved Trinity Broadcast Network, where the Reverend
and the missus explained to their adoring audience the everlasting life that
would be theirs if they just sent their pension checks to Jesus.
2. And Republican Congressman, of New Mexico, Steve Pearce recently named
one of Congress’ richest members, has
used his taxpayer-funded office accounts at least 30 times to
reimburse himself for meals and other food and beverages while also voting
to cut millions in food stamp aid for his constituents who live in one of
the poorest districts in the country.
3. A new
reportreveals that fast food companies are pocketing massive
taxpayer subsidies for CEO pay while working to keep low-level workers'
wages so low that many must rely on public assistance.These CEO pay
subsidies are the result of a loophole that allows firms to deduct unlimited
amounts from their income taxes for the cost of stock options, certain stock
grants, and other forms of so-called “performance pay” for top executives.
Put simply: the more corporations pay their CEOs, the less they pay in
federal taxes. And ordinary taxpayers wind up footing the bill.
During the past two years, the CEOs of the top six publicly held fast food
chains pocketed more than $183 million in fully deductible "performance
pay," lowering their companies’ IRS bills by an estimated $64 million.
4. The average
price, by the way, of a single stitch from a doctor is now
5. And this year, the Republican governor of Wisconsin, Scott Walker, has
urged parents to skip the toys for their kids and instead send him
Right: Garth Risand
Mr. Risland is back in jail for the umpteenth time, at the
same time as Dusty Risland has been sent to prison, Both the Rislands have
been involved in one unimaginative crime after another, stealing some petty
little item to support a drug habit. Tyson Risland has a similar record.
These poor slobs never had a chance. Their parents were sleazeballs from
before they were born, as the record shows. It almost makes you feel sorry
for these losers, which accounts why courts have been reluctant to remove
them from the streets permanently. Every time they're busted, the cops
should probably be jailing the parents instead. From the appeals court
"FILED: August 14, 2002
IN THE COURT OF APPEALS OF THE STATE OF OREGON
In the Matter of Tyson Risland,
a Minor Child.
STATE ex rel JUVENILE DEPARTMENT
OF BENTON COUNTY,
In the Matter of Tyson Risland,
a Minor Child.
STATE ex rel JUVENILE DEPARTMENT
OF BENTON COUNTY,
George W. Kelly argued the cause and filed the brief for appellant Garth
James A. Palmer filed the brief for appellant Charlotte Risland.
Michael C. Livingston, Assistant Attorney General, argued the cause for
respondent. With him on the briefs were Hardy Myers, Attorney General, and
Michael D. Reynolds, Solicitor General.
Before Landau, Presiding Judge, and Deits, Chief Judge, and Brewer, Judge.
Father and mother appeal from a judgment that established juvenile
dependency jurisdiction and included a dispositional order with respect to
their nine-year-old son (child). The parents contend that the evidence at
the dispositional hearing was insufficient to establish that the Department
of Human Services (DHS) (1) previously had made reasonable efforts to make
it possible for child to safely return home. ORS 419B.340(1). The parents
also assert that the trial court improperly relieved DHS of a duty to make
further reasonable efforts to reunify the family. ORS 419B.340(5); ORS
419B.470 to 419B.476. Mother separately argues that the order unlawfully
deprived her of her parental rights. On de novo review, ORS 419A.200(6)(b),
Mother and father have three sons: G, D, and child, who is the youngest. The
oldest son, G, lives with father. D was born in 1987 with methamphetamine in
his system, and DHS began to provide services for the family at that time.
In 1993, father was convicted of and sentenced to a term of imprisonment for
several felonies, including drug manufacture, weapons possession, and child
neglect. In the same year, mother was convicted of and sentenced to
probation for possession of methamphetamine and driving under the influence
of intoxicants (DUII). D first was placed outside his parents' home in 1994.
The parents' marriage was dissolved in 1996.
In 1997, D was assessed by a counselor at Benton County Mental Health (BCMH),
who concluded that D had experienced significant domestic violence in the
parents' home, had witnessed a great deal of drug use and, in general, had
been exposed to a highly unstable home life. The counselor met with mother
and D on a number of occasions between 1997 and 2000. She diagnosed D as
having "issues in the top ten percent of the severity of children's mental
illness * * * as far as the complexity of more than one diagnosis and
ongoing symptoms of the diagnosis staying pretty current and pretty
consistent over time."
In 1998, father was released from prison on his 1993 convictions, subject to
three years' post-prison supervision. Sometime after father's release, D and
child began living with him. In September 1999, father was convicted of
fourth-degree assault based on a domestic violence episode involving his
girlfriend. D witnessed the incident.
After father's arrest, D and child were placed with mother. Child's
caseworker described the ensuing period in the boys' lives as follows:
"During the following months both [boys] started acting out extremely. [D]
was barred from the school grounds because of threatening behaviors and he
was set up with a tutor[,] which he rarely attended those sessions. He was
very impulsive, a great deal of anger. He began hanging out with older kids
who were known drug users * * *. At the same time, [child] was having
similar compulsive behaviors and a great deal of anger even to the point of
assaultiveness. Both [boys] had done some property damage. [Mother]
requested that [DHS] help her with the boys because she could not handle
Child's behavior at school remained explosive and uncontrollable and,
eventually, he was removed from school. In December 1999, child was
hospitalized for psychiatric evaluation and treatment. Mother removed child
from the hospital against medical advice, at which point the family was
referred once again to BCMH for assistance. BCMH arranged for mother and
child to see a mental health physician "for medication and medication
management." After some services were provided, mother told the BCMH
caseworker that, because of her sons' violent outbursts, she could not
handle them. BCMH and a DHS representative then devised a domestic violence
safety plan for mother, primarily to address the children's having witnessed
domestic violence between mother and her boyfriend.
In January 2000, the parents entered into a voluntary custody agreement with
DHS. In consideration of the parents' agreement to place child in DHS
custody, DHS agreed (1) to "place [child] in a home or facility that is
operated by the State or is certified or licensed to care for children," and
(2) "[t]o develop with [the parents] an individualized service plan to
provide for [child's] needs, and services for the family." Pursuant to the
agreement, child was placed in a shelter home on January 6. BCMH continued
to provide services to mother and both boys through March, after which it
assumed a "consulting role." In March, child was diagnosed by a psychologist
as having "Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder,
Disorder of Written Expression and Phonological Disorder, along with
stressors including history of domestic violence and chaotic upbringing."
After numerous contacts, the BCMH caseworker concluded that, in spite of
mother's obvious love and concern for her sons, she could not provide "the
level of skills necessary to deal" with them. In May, child was moved to a
In May, DHS held a family decision meeting with the parents, their
attorneys, child's grandmother, father's post-prison supervision officer,
child's DHS caseworker, and child's foster parent. At that time, the goal
for child was reunification with a parent. Mother signed a service agreement
with DHS on May 23. Under the agreement, mother received family counseling
with child, was provided with parenting classes, and agreed to attend weekly
parenting group meetings. On May 25, mother had a positive urinalysis (UA)
test for methamphetamine. In June, both parents voluntarily extended the
custody agreement. In August, mother was sanctioned for a probation
violation. Mother had failed to report for UA testing for a month after her
positive UA test in late May. Mother also had failed to report to her
probation officer as required on two occasions in July. On August 2, mother
was referred by her probation officer to cognitive skills classes and to
BCMH for personal counseling.
According to father's post-prison supervision officer, father performed very
poorly on supervision after his release from prison in 1998. He refused to
enter a long-term residential drug treatment program, despite having been
ordered to do so by the officer and by the court. Although father eventually
entered an outpatient treatment program, he "constantly refused and
attempted to manipulate his way out of" the program. When father finally
agreed to enter residential treatment in January 2000, "he was immediately
terminated because he had a dirty [UA] for methamphetamine." In addition,
father did not have a permanent residence, and he refused to participate in
a domestic violence program as directed by the probation court. Father did
participate in an anger management and drug and alcohol treatment program
that he entered on his own. At the time of the jurisdictional hearings,
father's post-prison supervision officer also intended to require him to
participate in domestic violence classes after his other treatment had
On July 18, 2000, DHS filed separate dependency petitions with respect to D
and child. The petitions alleged that the children's welfare was endangered
because "[b]oth parents have long histories of drug and alcohol abuse * * *.
Both parents * * * have failed to comply with the conditions of their
probation." The juvenile court held joint hearings on the petitions on July
19, August 16, and September 6. Both parents testified that they wanted
child reunified with the family, and the court found that child was bonded
to the parents. Mother testified that her last positive UA occurred in May
2000. Mother stated that she was willing to cooperate with DHS by
participating in services. However, she also testified that she thought the
children could be returned home and that they would be better off if DHS
were not involved in their lives.
On September 15, the court issued a letter opinion, including the following
"1. Both these boys have multiple and severe emotional and learning
disorders. For example, the elementary school counselor testified that these
boys were among the most emotionally disturbed children she had ever
encountered [in her career].
"* * * * *
"The parents have very significant personal issues to deal with. For
example, at the first hearing date, the mother represented to the Court that
she was ready to assume custody of [child], but by the last hearing date her
situation changed and she testified that she was not able to care for
[child] and felt he should go to live, along with [D], with his father. The
mother is on supervised probation and had a positive UA for methamphetamine
a[s] recently as May of this year.
"The father is also on supervised probation and has to deal with domestic
violence and substance abuse (methamphetamine) issues. His prior probation
officer reports that [father] was a very poor probationer. In fairness,
[father's] current probation officer gives him positive marks and [father]
recently completed an intensive counseling program. The father spent 30 days
in jail on a probation violation in early summer. The father is a single
parent and given his own issues, just cannot provide adequate supervision,
direction, and structure for either of these children.
"Neither parent really has any real insight into how seriously these
children have been affected by their parents' lifestyle nor what level of
effort and structure it will take to give the children a chance in life. In
the past, the parents have at times not been supportive of [DHS] programs.
The parents caused [D] to prematurely leave the Waverley in-resident
program. Recently, when [child] was placed in Providence, the mother, after
discussing the situation with the father, took [child] out of the placement
against the advice of the treating doctors. The mother later agreed to a
voluntary placement for [child], but only when he was clearly out of her
control. At prior hearings, she has indicated that she wants to have him at
home even though [DHS], the [Court Appointed Special Advocate], and the
professionals feel he needs to stay longer. Quite frankly, the [parents']
attitudes seem to be that if the boys just could go back to live with the
father and if [DHS] would just get out of their lives, everything would be
just fine. Unfortunately, this is totally unrealistic and should be apparent
given the past difficulties the boys have had when living with their
"[DHS] and Benton County Mental Health have given and offered the parents
considerable services and assistance through the years. In addition, each of
these parents has been on supervised probation for a number of years and
each is currently on supervised probation during which time they have
received, and continue to receive extensive services, direction, and help."
On October 2, the court entered an order finding that the allegations in the
petition had been proved, assuming jurisdiction over child, and placing him
in the physical and legal custody of DHS. The order further provided:
"(3) [DHS] has made reasonable efforts to make it possible for [child] to be
returned to his parents;
"(4) [DHS] shall not be required to make any further efforts to look to
either [mother] or [father] as a permanent resource for [child];
"(5) Further services by [DHS] would not make it possible for [child] to
return to either parent's care and custody within a reasonable period of
time and further delay would not be in the best interest of [child];
"(6) If [DHS] determines that [child] is not adoptable, the plan for [child]
shall be permanent foster care or guardianship, preferably with a relative
or with a family that will allow regular visitation between [child] and
[parents] and [child's grandmother]."
In September, while in foster care, child experienced severe psychological
deterioration and was admitted to a psychiatric hospital for about one week.
On October 4, he entered a secure psychiatric residential treatment facility
for "assessment and stabilization." His DSM-IV Axis I diagnosis was
"Attention Deficit Disorder, Posttraumatic Stress Disorder, Oppositional
Defiant Disorder, Phonological Disorder, and Parent-Child Relational
Disorder." His Axis IV diagnosis was "[r]emoval from home, multiple
psychiatric hospitalizations, history of witnessing domestic violence,
separation from family members, school failure and learning difficulties,
individual education needs, inadequate support network for level of
disability." The intake psychiatrist summarized her recommendations, stating
that "[child] will require placement in a residential treatment program to
address psychiatric illness that has not been responsive to brief
psychiatric hospitalizations, outpatient mental health services and
outpatient medication management services over the last year."
On October 9, the juvenile court sent an e-mail to counsel, advising them as
"The orders the court signed are an accurate statement of the court's
findings and conclusions. We need an order in place until the disposition
hearing. The parties will have the right to state their positions at the
[disposition] hearing on the issue of whether either the form of the order
or the court's decision should be altered. But, we have already had a
lengthy hearing, lengthy closing arguments and the court took the matter
under advisement and gave it a considerable amount of thought before
reaching its decision. The court is not going to re-open the jurisdictional
phase of the proceeding, but will, as mentioned above, let the parties at
the disposition hearing state their objections to the form of the order or
the court's decision."
On November 19, father was arrested for DUII and was sentenced to 30 days in
jail on a probation violation. D returned to live with father when he was
released from jail.
On December 20, the court held a dispositional hearing for D and child.
Mother had relapsed into alcohol use a month before the hearing and had
returned to an aftercare program. Both parents were regularly visiting child
at the time of the hearing. Although the court believed that D also needed
residential psychiatric treatment, the court decided to dismiss the
dependency petition with respect to D, because both D and the parents were
opposed to such treatment. In view of the severity of child's problems, DHS
did not consider him to be adoptable. Because it believed that no relative
placement was appropriate, DHS anticipated that child would be placed in
permanent foster care after completing residential psychiatric treatment.
The attorneys for the parents objected to the court's making any permanency
decision at that time. In particular, mother's attorney stated:
"[October 2000] is the time the child came into the jurisdiction and then
there has to be a permanency hearing after that. We object to the idea that
you can come into court basically on a first time adjudication and * * *
suddenly come out of it with a permanency issue. Procedurally, we don't
believe that that's allowed by law. * * * So we object to any permanency
ruling on [child] at this point."
On January 16, 2001, the court entered a further "Judgment of Jurisdiction
[and] disposition" that provided, in part:
"(4) [DHS] shall not be required to make any further efforts to work with
either the mother or father or other family members to be a permanent
resource for [child] except as noted in paragraph 6 below;
"(5) [DHS] shall attempt to find a permanent resource where [child] can have
regular contact and visitation with his parents and grandparents;
"(6) If the mother or father or any other family member comes forward to
[DHS] and demonstrates that this person can be supportive of [child's] need
for residential placement; can provide a stable home where it is likely
[child] can live for an extended period of time; can provide the necessary
parenting ability; and can [ensure] that [child] will receive appropriate
counseling and education, then [DHS] may request the court reconsider its
decision of permanent placement outside of the family;
"(7) The parents are specifically ordered to do the following:
"(a) Cooperate with [DHS] to [ensure] that [child] gets the maximum benefit
from his in-resident placement;
"(b) Follow [DHS's] instructions regarding their child's behavior during
"(c) Participate in and successfully complete any substance abuse or parent
training requested by [DHS];
"(d) If [child] runs away from placement, to notify [DHS] within one hour of
having contact with [child]; and
"(e) Attend counseling as directed by [DHS] designed to make the parents
aware of how significant [child's] education and emotional needs are and the
home setting [child] needs to be in to address these issues." (Emphasis
The parents appeal from the foregoing judgment. (2) Both parents initially
contend that the juvenile court erred in determining, pursuant to ORS
419B.340(1), that DHS previously had made reasonable efforts to reunify the
When a juvenile dependency petition is filed, the court must, within 60 days
(unless the period is extended for good cause), hold a hearing on the
petition and enter an "appropriate order directing the disposition to be
made of the case." ORS 419B.305; ORS 419B.325(1). If the court awards
custody to DHS, and if the child has been removed from the parents' home
prior to the entry of the order, the dispositional order must "include a
determination whether [DHS] has made reasonable or active efforts to make it
possible for the child to safely return home. In making [that
determination], the court shall consider the child's health and safety the
paramount concerns." ORS 419B.340(1).
On de novo review, we first find that DHS made reasonable efforts before the
dispositional hearing to make it possible for child to safely return home.
Especially after child was hospitalized in late 1999, DHS made considerable
efforts to reunify the family. It combined appropriate services to the
family with the array of services provided to the parents under their
respective terms of probation and post-prison supervision. Although the
parents on occasion made halting progress toward reunification, each
relapsed into conduct and conditions that were, in significant part,
responsible for the multiple psychiatric, behavioral, and educational
challenges confronting child. The court was required, in determining whether
reasonable efforts had been made, to put child's "health and safety" first.
It did just that.
We turn to the parents' primary argument that the juvenile court's order
relieving DHS of a duty to make further reasonable efforts to reunify the
family was erroneous because it amounted to a permanency decision that could
not be made at the dispositional phase of the proceeding. We address that
argument by examining the relevant statutory framework.
ORS 419B.340(5) provides:
"(5) If a court determines that one of the following circumstances exist[s],
the juvenile court may make a finding that [DHS] is not required to make
reasonable efforts to make it possible for the child to safely return home:
"(a) Aggravated circumstances including, but not limited to, the following:
"(A) The parent by abuse or neglect has caused the death of any child;
"(B) The parent has attempted, solicited or conspired, as described in ORS
161.405, 161.435, or 161.450 or under comparable laws of any jurisdiction,
to cause the death of any child;
"(C) The parent by abuse or neglect has caused serious physical injury to
"(D) The parent has subjected any child to rape, sodomy or sexual abuse;
"(E) The parent has subjected any child to intentional starvation or
"(F) The parent has abandoned the child as described in ORS 419B.100(1)(e);
"(G) The parent has unlawfully caused the death of the other parent of the
"(b) The parent has been convicted in any jurisdiction of one of the
"(A) Murder of another child of the parent, which murder would have been an
offense under 18 U.S.C. 1111(a);
"(B) Manslaughter in any degree of another child of the parent, which
manslaughter would have been an offense under 18 U.S.C. 1112(a);
"(C) Aiding, abetting, attempting, conspiring or soliciting to commit an
offense described in subparagraph (A) or (B) of this paragraph;
"(D) Felony assault that results in serious physical injury to the child or
another child of the parent; or
"(c) The parent's rights to another child have been terminated
ORS 419B.340(6) provides:
"If, pursuant to a determination under subsection (5) of this section, the
juvenile court makes a finding that [DHS] is not required to make reasonable
efforts to prevent or eliminate the need for removal of the child from the
home or to make it possible for the child to safely return home, and [DHS]
determines that it will not make such efforts, the court shall conduct a
permanency hearing as provided in ORS 419B.470 no later than 30 days after
the judicial finding under subsection (5) of this section."
ORS 419B.340(6) makes clear that, if the court makes a finding under
subsection (5), a permanency hearing is the next step in the judicial
process after disposition. However, it is not an inevitable next step. A
permanency hearing must be held within 30 days of disposition only if DHS
determines that it will not make reasonable efforts to reunify the family.
ORS 419B.470 provides, in part:
"(1) The court shall conduct a permanency hearing within 30 days after a
judicial finding is made under ORS 419B.340(5) if, based upon that judicial
finding, [DHS] determines that it will not make reasonable efforts to
reunify the family.
"(2) In all other cases when the child is in substitute care, the court
shall conduct a permanency hearing no later than 12 months after the child
was found within the jurisdiction of the court under ORS 419B.100 or 14
months after the child was placed in substitute care, whichever is earlier.
"* * * * *
"(4) Unless good cause otherwise is shown, the court shall also conduct a
permanency hearing at any time upon the request of [DHS], an agency directly
responsible for care or placement of the child, parents whose parental
rights have not been terminated, an attorney for the child, a court
appointed special advocate, a citizen review board, a tribal court or on its
own motion. The court shall schedule the hearing as soon as possible after
receiving a request." (Emphasis added.)
The court is required to notify the parents in advance of any permanency
hearing. ORS 419B.473.
Although ORS 419B.470(4) authorized the court on its "own motion" to conduct
a permanency hearing at "any time," the December 20 hearing was not such a
proceeding. In its October 4 e-mail to counsel, the court informed the
parties that it next intended to hold a dispositional hearing. It did not
provide the parties with notice, as it would have been required to do by ORS
419B.473, that it intended to conduct a permanency hearing. Moreover,
although the two types of hearings often involve overlapping issues, the
dispositional hearing that the court conducted was not concerned with other
issues that a permanency hearing must address. See, e.g., ORS 419B.476(2)(b)
(if the case plan at the time of a permanency hearing is something other
than to reunify the family, the court must "determine whether [DHS] has made
reasonable efforts to place the child in a timely manner in accordance with
the plan and to complete the steps necessary to finalize the permanent
placement of the child"). In short, the court did not hold a permanency
hearing but, instead, held a dispositional hearing.
We next consider whether the trial court's decision at that hearing to
excuse further reasonable efforts by DHS to make child's return home
possible was within its dispositional authority under ORS 419B.340. As
quoted above, ORS 419B.340(5) provides three categories of circumstances
under which a juvenile court is authorized to excuse DHS from making further
reasonable efforts to reunify a child with the child's parents: (1)
"aggravated circumstances, including, but not limited to" seven specified
types of circumstances, ORS 419B.340(5)(a)(A) to (G); (2) a parent's
conviction of certain criminal offenses, ORS 419B.340(5)(b); and (3) the
existence of a judgment involuntarily terminating a parent's rights to
another child. ORS 419B.340(5)(c).
There is no evidence in the record that any of the circumstances
specifically enumerated in ORS 419B.340(5)(a)(A) to (G) existed or that
either paragraph (5)(b) or (5)(c) applied in this case. However, the list of
"aggravated circumstances" contained in paragraph (5)(a) is not exclusive.
The question therefore is whether the facts of this case--although not
constituting any of the circumstances expressly enumerated in ORS
419B.340(5)(a)--constitute "aggravated circumstances" within the statutory
meaning of that term. To answer that question, we apply the methodology of
statutory construction set out in PGE v. Bureau of Labor and Industries, 317
Or 606, 610-11, 859 P2d 1143 (1993), beginning with the text of the statute.
First, the ordinary meaning of the verb "aggravate" is "to make worse, more
serious, or more severe : INTENSIFY." Webster's Third New Int'l Dictionary,
41 (unabridged ed 1993). Accordingly, as applied in a juvenile dependency
proceeding to circumstances bearing on a determination whether to remove a
child from a parental home or whether, conversely, a child may be "safely"
returned home, "aggravated" circumstances are those involving relatively
more serious types of harm or detriment to a child. That interpretation is
confirmed by the aggravated circumstances that are specifically enumerated
in ORS 419B.340(5)(a), involving, among other things, a parent having caused
a child's death or serious physical injury or having subjected a child to
rape or other sexual abuse, intentional starvation or torture, or
abandonment. See State v. Johnston, 176 Or App 418, 423, 31 P3d 1101 (2001)
(under principle of ejusdem generis, the general category will partake of
the same characteristics as the specifically enumerated examples).
Next, it is significant that ORS 419B.340(5)(a) refers to aggravated
"circumstances," rather than to the aggravated actions and conditions of a
parent. See Webster's at 410 (defining "circumstance" in part as "the total
complex of essential attributes and attendant adjuncts * * * the sum of
essential and environmental characteristics"). That usage indicates that the
legislature was concerned, not only with the parents' actions and
conditions, but also with the results of those actions and conditions,
including effects, direct and indirect, on a child.
Moreover, ORS 419B.340(5)(a) expressly provides that the "aggravated
circumstances" enumerated therein may be found in regard to "any" child, not
merely the child who is the subject of the dependency petition.
Finally, the legislature expressly included in ORS 419B.340(5)(a) at least
two "circumstances" that could involve nonintentional conduct by a parent
toward a child, namely, parental "neglect" resulting in a child's death or
serious physical injury. Accordingly, the general category of "aggravated
circumstances" is not limited to intentional conduct by a parent toward a
It is not necessary or possible in this case to determine the entire
universe of "aggravated circumstances" within the meaning of ORS
419B.340(5)(a), because we conclude that such circumstances clearly are
present here. In particular, although the record does not reflect that the
parents have caused child (or any other child) to suffer any of the harms
expressly enumerated in ORS 419B.540(5)(a), it discloses that D has suffered
severe mental injury as a result of his exposure to significant domestic
violence, the parents' drug use, and a highly unstable home life. The record
also demonstrates that child has suffered serious psychological and social
damage including, among other disorders, posttraumatic stress disorder,
oppositional defiant disorder, and parent-child relational disorder and that
those disorders were caused, in substantial part, by the parents' conduct,
including child's witnessing domestic violence. In addition, the parents'
harmful actions and conditions have not been significantly remediated, even
though extensive services were provided to them before this proceeding was
commenced. Consistently with our understanding of ORS 419B.340(5)(a) as
described above, we conclude that the circumstances here, in their totality,
are "aggravated." It follows that, based on the existence of those
circumstances, the juvenile court was authorized to find that DHS was not
required to make reasonable efforts to make it possible for child to safely
We caution that, in concluding that the circumstances here are "aggravated"
within the meaning of ORS 419B.340(5)(a), we do not rely solely on the
parents' actions and conditions. As father observes, the nature and scope of
the parents' problems are not unlike many examples of parental circumstances
that would support the court's dependency jurisdiction yet still require DHS
to make further reasonable efforts to reunify the family. However, the
circumstances here are "aggravated" in two particular respects: (1) Child's
psychological and social problems attributable in significant part to the
parents' actions and conditions are especially serious; and (2) the parents'
harmful actions and conditions that contributed to those problems for the
purposes of ORS 419B.340(5)(a) persist despite extensive efforts to
remediate them before the court assumed jurisdiction.
Finally, we reject mother's argument that the dispositional order unlawfully
impaired her parental rights. The order is subject to modification should
the parents' circumstances change. ORS 419B.449. In addition, DHS has
discretion under the order to provide further services to the parents.
Alternatively or in addition, both parents may be eligible to receive
probation and post-prison supervision services that may assist them in
addressing their substance abuse and mental health issues. Nor does the
order preclude DHS from adopting a plan for reunification. ORS 419B.343(1);
ORS 419B.470(1). Despite the provision relieving DHS of the duty to make
further "reasonable efforts," the order calls for extensive ongoing contact
between child and the parents. That and other features of the order suggest
that an experienced juvenile court judge has sent the parents a "wake up"
call meant to get their attention before it is too late to salvage their
parental relationship with child. Disposition is not a "one size fits all"
remedy. Ultimately, the court was required to make a disposition that was
"appropriate" under the circumstances. ORS 419B.325. It did so in this case.
Left: Stacy Cook
Ms Cook has been busted again, for parole violation,
forging or altering a vehicle registration. Ms Cook is another Linn County
resident busted before in Corvallis.
In other crime news, Vietnam
sentenced a banker to death today for
doing what bankers do - scamming people of money and stashing it in off
shore accounts. On Wall Street a
judge was laying into the criminal
justice system for letting U.S. bankers do that every day without
consequences. In fact, a J.P. Morgan trader wanted in the U.S. said today in
Spain that no-thank-you, he isn't going to be extradited to the U.S. for his
crimes, said request for extradition being rare in U.S. financial circles.
But, in your outrage, don't do anything radical, like Petr Pavlinski did,
when he stripped and
nailed his testicles to the sidewalk "
as a metaphor for the apathy, political indifference and fatalism".
And speaking of sadsacks, perennial small time thief Dusty Risland has at
long last earned himself a trip to prison, a reader has informed us.
Right: Dusty Risland, busted 1115 16
times since November.
About the Risland Rehab Clinic
Dusty Risland, for whom the Risland Rehab Clinic (see above) is named, is back
in jail. Mr. Risland was recently busted for criminal trespassing, criminal
possession of a forged instrument (counterfeit $20), felon in possession of a
weapon and meth. The Dusty Risland Clinic mentioned in this column is strictly
online, consisting of repetitive viewing of the video below, until the technique
is mastered. The assumption of the Clinic is that there is a small subset
labeled criminals who actually just do not know how to change their adult
diapers when they full and are showing up, bewildered, seeking police
assistance. That is the only possible explanation a rational person could come
to. NOBODY could POSSIBLY be so stupid and inept, as criminals, as people like
Mr. Risland pretend to be.
Note: 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.
Weekly Column ON
Planned Parenthood AND WOMEN
ABOVE: Cecile Richards, President Planned
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Most Americans got to know Wendy during her extraordinary filibuster of the
dangerous abortion law this summer. She stood on the floor of the Texas Senate,
hour after hour, to defend the right of every Texas woman to make her own
medical decisions. It was an incredible demonstration of courage, resolve, and
Today, Wendy's not just fighting back against the out-of-touch, anti-women's
health agenda led by Rick Perry and the Texas legislature. That agenda has cut
off tens of thousands of women from basic health care in Texas and put
politicians between women and their doctors. She's running to put a stop to it
once and for all, and to take back Texas for everyone who cares about women's
health and rights.
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couldn't be higher, but I promise you: this is a fight we can win. Let Wendy
know you're with her with a personal message of support.
Twenty-four years ago my mother, Ann Richards, ran for governor and made it a
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Wendy is tough and smart, and she's already proven that she doesn't quit and she
doesn't back down. She's shown that again and again, fighting for the Women's
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ally, the champion, the voice we need.
But Wendy can't do it alone, and she knows it. She's running for all of us, and
she's asked for everyone who supports women's health and rights, everyone who
cares about working families, everyone who shares her vision, to make themselves
heard. I'm running with Wendy Davis — how about you?
Thank you for everything you do to protect women's health and rights — here in
Texas and across the country.
Planned Parenthood Votes
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Enough Said is a grown-up movie in the best possible way. James Gandolfini,
WALKING THE CAMINO: SIX WAYS TO SANTIAGO: The documentary follows six strangers
from incredibly diverse walks of life as they attempt The Camino de Santiago on
foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots, and an open mind
KILL YOUR DARLINGS: A true-crime murder mystery, a love letter to the
wild-living artists of the Beat Generation, and a portrait of the artist as an
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR: Raw, honest, powerfully acted, and deliciously
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BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOUR --NC-17 (French and English)
BLUE IS THE WARMEST COLOR centers on a 15-year-old girl named Adèle (Exarchopoulos)
who is climbing to adulthood and dreams of experiencing her first love. A
handsome male classmate falls for her hard, but an unsettling erotic reverie
upsets the romance before it begins. Adèle imagines that the mysterious,
blue-haired girl she encountered in the street slips into her bed and possesses
her with an overwhelming pleasure. That blue-haired girl is a confident older
art student named Emma (Seydoux), who will soon enter Adèle's life for real,
making way for an intense and complicated love story that spans a decade and is
touchingly universal in its depiction.
KILL YOUR DARLINGS --R
Daniel Radcliffe stars as Beat Generation icon Allen Ginsberg in this biopic set
during the famed poet's early years at Columbia University, and centering on a
murder investigation involving Ginsberg, his handsome classmate Lucien Carr, and
fellow Beat author William Burroughs. The year is 1944. Ginsberg (Radcliffe) is
a young student at Columbia University when he falls hopelessly under the spell
of charismatic classmate Carr (Dane DeHaan). Alongside Carr, Ginsberg manages to
strike up friendships with aspiring writers William Burroughs (Ben Foster) and
Jack Kerouac (Jack Huston) that would cast conformity to the wind, and serve as
the foundation of the Beat movement. Meanwhile, an older outsider named David
Krammerer falls deeply and madly in love with the impossibly cool Carr. Later,
when Krammerer dies under mysterious circumstances, police arrest Kerouac,
Burroughs, and Carr as potential suspects, paving the way for an investigation
that would have a major impact on the lives of the three emerging artists.
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Kyra Sedgwick, David Cross, and Michael C. Hall co-star.
WALKING THE CAMINO: SIX WAYS TO SANTIAGO --NR
500 miles on foot. Bunk-beds. Blisters. Stunning landscapes. World-class
snorers. Hot searing sun, freezing cold rain. Kindness from strangers.
Debilitating injury. Unexpected romance. No toilet paper when you really need
it. Profound grief and deep doubt. Hunger. Laughing with new friends. Total
exhaustion. You are guaranteed to experience all of this when walking the
ancient pilgrim path, the Camino de Santiago.
Across Spain, this sacred path stretches westward to the city of Santiago de
Compostela where the bones of the apostle St. James are said to be buried. The
Camino is world-renowned; UNESCO named it a World Heritage Site and the Council
of Europe declared it the firstEuropean Cultural Itinerary. Millions of people
from all over the world have traveled this trail for over 1,000 years - in 2010
alone, over 270,000 people attempted the arduous trek - each one a seeker of
In the Middle Ages, pilgrims sought forgiveness of their sins and admission to
heaven. The Camino remains, for many, a quest of faith. Others begin with no
spiritual impetus in mind, but nevertheless are drawn to examine their personal
beliefs and life purpose. And others are in it simply for the intense physical
challenge. Whatever their motivation, no one can predict just how their path
will unfold, who they will meet, what personal demons or angels they will face,
or what transformations they will undergo by the trail's end.
Walking the Camino is an up-close look at one of humanity's most time-honored
traditions. By following pilgrims from all walks of life as they attempt to
cross an entire country on foot with only a backpack, a pair of boots and an
open mind, we witness the Camino's magnetic and miraculous power to change
lives. Driven by an inexplicable calling and a grand sense of adventure, each
pilgrim throws themselves heart-and-soul into their physical trek to Santiago
and, most importantly, their personal journey to themselves.
ENOUGH SAID --PG-13
A divorced and single parent, Eva (Julia Louis Dreyfus) spends her days enjoying
work as a masseuse but dreading her daughter's impending departure for college.
She meets Albert (James Gandolfini) - a sweet, funny and like-minded man also
facing an empty nest. As their romance quickly blossoms, Eva befriends Marianne
(Catherine Keener), her new massage client. Marianne is a beautiful poet who
seems "almost perfect" except for one prominent quality: she rags on her
ex-husband way too much. Suddenly, Eva finds herself doubting her own
relationship with Albert as she learns the truth about Marianne's Ex. ENOUGH
SAID is a sharp, insightful comedy that humorously explores the mess that often
comes with getting involved again.
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WEEKLY COLUMN ON ISSUES RELATED TO
THE INTERNET, PRIVACY, FREE SPEECH, RIGHTS PATENT/ COPY RIGHT REFORM, AND
MOVE TO AMEND
A recently leaked draft of the Trans-Pacific
Partnership’s Internet Censorship plan confirmed our worst fears: the TPP is a
dream come true for Big Media lobbyists and a nightmare for Internet users. If
that wasn’t bad enough, setting up the technology to do this is almost certainly
going to make your Internet bill more expensive.
Because you spoke out, pressure to abandon the TPP’s Internet censorship plan is
mounting domestically and internationally. We’ve stalled them each time they’ve
tried seal the deal.
Now we’ve heard that in just a couple days Big Media lobbyists and officials
will take their arm-twisting tactics all the way to Trade Ministers of 12
countries in meetings in Singapore. If they succeed, your ISP will have no
choice but to begin monitoring your Internet use and removing content based
merely on suspicion of wrongdoing. It’s just wrong.We know that with your
support, we can win this fight -- President Obama’s efforts to “Fast-track” the
TPP through Congress appear to be stalling, and the negotiations have so far
failed to meet the self-imposed deadline of the end of this year.
Steve, Thanh, and Jason, on behalf of the OpenMedia community.
this week, the House of Representatives will vote on the Innovation Act of 2013
(H.R. 3309), the best troll-killing bill we’ve seen yet. The Innovation Act will
make life harder for the trolls by:
making it easier and cheaper to fight against the trolls in court
requiring trolls to make their cases for infringement publicly and with
protecting end users and consumers when they face suits from patent trolls
This bill has bipartisan support, and the Judiciary Committee sent to it to the
House floor with overwhelming approval. But most elected officials do not
understand how dramatically trolls threaten the American innovation economy.
Jobs are lost, companies shuttered, and they cost our country $29 billion
dollars per year. Your call right now is vitally important.
Natural vanilla flavor comes from a vanilla bean, right? Not
for long. A new genetically engineered ingredient, straight out of a petri dish,
is about to enter our favorite foods, from ice cream to birthday cake.
The truth is, this new vanilla doesn't come from a plant. It's made in labs
using synthetic DNA and genetically engineered yeast that exists nowhere in
nature. Worse, the FDA hasn't even tested this laboratory creation as a new
product. But the agency is likely to approve it as "generally regarded as safe."
Tell ice cream companies you want real, natural vanilla, not the genetically
As if all of this wasn't bad enough, this new synbio vanilla could speed
rainforest destruction—and harm sustainable farmers and poor communities that
rely on rainforest-raised vanilla beans to survive.
Ice cream companies are some of the biggest purchasers of vanilla flavoring.
That's why I started a petition to Häagen-Dazs, Dreyer's, Edy's, Baskin-Robbins,
and other ice cream makers, asking them to commit not to use synthetic biology
vanilla or sell products made with this ingredient.
HEROES AT WIKILEAKS PUBLISH SECRET CORPORATE
TPP PLAN On November 13, WikiLeaks
released to the Internet what appears to be a
portion of the secretly negotiated draft version of the Trans-Pacific
Partnership (TPP) agreement.
Although the entire agreement reportedly runs over 1,000 pages and covers nearly
every conceivable facet of commerce, the chapter leaked by the online
whistleblower focuses on intellectual property rights (IPR). The publication of
this section is widely considered a remarkable and timely coup, however, in
light of the “decisive” meeting of the TPP chief negotiators that will take
place from November 19-24 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
In a press release announcing its publication of this key section of the TPP
agreement, WikiLeaks described the Intellectual Property provisions as “the most
controversial chapter of the TPP.” This chapter deserves that designation
because of its substantial effect on so many aspects of American trade and
industry, including, as WikiLeaks points out, what would be irreparable harm to
“medicines, publishers, internet services, civil liberties and biological
Other copyright and Internet freedom activists are responding in similar manner
to the content of the WikiLeaks TPP revelation. A good number of commentators
are pointing to the SOPA-like provisions contained in the IPR chapter now
available to the public.
A PLEA FROM SOUTH AFRICAN ARCHBISHOP
In just 2 days’ time, African leaders could kill off a great
institution, leaving the world a more dangerous place.
The International Criminal Court (ICC) is the world’s first and only global
court to adjudicate crimes against humanity. But leaders of Sudan and Kenya, who
have inflicted terror and fear across their countries, are trying to drag Africa
out of the ICC, allowing them the freedom to kill, rape, and inspire hatred
I know that together we can change this. But we have to join hands and call on
the voices of reason at the African Union (AU) – Nigeria and South Africa – to
speak out and ensure that the persecuted are protected by the ICC. Join me by
adding your name to the petition now and share it with everyone -- when we have
hit 1 million our petition will be delivered straight into the AU conference
hall where Africa’s leaders are meeting in Addis Ababa. In my years of work,
life and travel, the fight for justice has been a long and arduous one. I have
seen the very worst in Darfur and Rwanda, but also the very best with the
reconciliation in South Africa. During this journey, I have seen great gains
made that protect the weak from the strong and give us all hope. The ICC is one
of these beacons of hope.
This threat to the ICC started precisely because the court was doing its job. It
charged Kenya's Deputy President for killing people who rallied against him
during an election and Sudan's President for murdering women and children in
Darfur. Now Kenya and Sudan are lobbying all of Africa to pull out of the court
and destroy its chance of success.
But in Darfur, Congo, Cote D’Ivoire and Kenya, the ICC has played a key role in
bringing hope to those terrified by the armies, militias and madmen that have
waged war against the innocent. It’s a light in the darkness that cannot be
allowed to go out.
The main argument by some leaders with a guilty conscience is that the ICC is a
Western witch-hunt as most of the investigations have happened in Africa. But
this couldn’t be further from the truth. This was an institution that was
created by 20 African countries, 5 of the court’s 18 judges are African and the
chief prosecutor is African.
Friday is a key judgement day. Will our African leaders stand on the side of
justice or injustice? With survivors and fallen victims or with tyrants and
oppressors? This is the moment to choose. Join me in
calling on African leaders to stand on the
side of justice and support the International Criminal Court.
Earlier this week, leaders of organizations responsible for coordination of the
global Internet technical infrastructure met in Montevideo, Uruguay and decided
to hasten their planned withdrawal from the Commerce Department’s nominal
oversight. In a statement, the group “expressed strong concern over the
undermining of the trust and confidence of Internet users globally due to recent
revelations of pervasive monitoring and surveillance.”
ICANNs members called for accelerating the globalization of its functions
“towards an environment in which all stakeholders, including all governments,
participate on an equal footing.”
A German author and fierce NSA critic has
pointed to his attacks on America's mass
surveillance programme as the reason behind authorities denying him entry to the
United States on Monday. Ilija Trojanov, who has spoken out against mass
surveillance by America’s National Security Agency (NSA) revealed by
whistleblower Edward Snowden, wanted to fly from the Brazilian city of Salvador
with American Airlines to attend a conference of German academics in Denver.
But the 48-year-old said he was barred without reason on Monday from getting
onto the plane at the airport in eastern Brazil.
Writing for the website of the Frankfurter Allgemeine newspaper on Tuesday, he
said he was given no explanation and had to fly back to Germany.
"The airline worker had hardly entered my name when she paused, stood up and
disappeared without explanation behind a door," he wrote.
"A few moments later she returned with clearly a high ranking person who told me
in rapid Portuguese and then almost as quickly in English that because of
"Border Crossing Security" she was duty bound to inform American authorities
immediately about my arrival at the airport.”Three-quarters of an hour before
his flight was due to leave Trojanov was told he would not be allowed to travel.
The German-Bulgarian author suggested the refusal to let him into America was
revenge for his writing about surveillance states.
He added: “One of the most important and most threatening aspects of the NSA
scandal is the secretiveness of the system. Transparency is apparently the
greatest enemy of anyone who allegedly defends freedom.”
Trojanov was one of the leading figures behind an open letter to Chancellor
Angela Merkel earlier this year about the NSA scandal which revealed a mass
spying programme in Germany. The letter spoke of an “historic attack on our
democratic, constitutional state.”
He said: “It is more than ironic when an author who has used his voice for years
to stand up to the danger of surveillance and of a secret state within a state
is rejected entry into the ‘land of the brave and free’.” Trojanov was born in
Bulgaria in 1965 but fled in to Germany with his parents in 1971.
For the first time, the Presidents and Prime Ministers of 12 powerful countries
will meet behind closed doors to seal an extreme Internet censorship plan called
the Trans Pacific Partnership (TPP).
We know from leaked drafts that the TPP will make the Internet more expensive,
censored, and policed. Experts say the TPP could actually kick you off the
Internet by implementing a “Three Strikes You’re Out” rule when dealing with
possible copyright infringement.
TPP negotiations have been going on in secret for some time now; there have been
19 rounds of negotiations over the last 5 years.
Officials have stated that they plan to “conclude the TPP discussions” in just a
few days. Here’s what we’re asking from the political leaders of TPP countries:
Protect the right of everyone to access the Internet in their daily lives.
Do not force ISPs to act as “Internet Police” monitoring our Internet use,
censoring content, and removing whole websites.
Preserve the democratic rights of sovereign countries to draft their own
copyright laws. ogether, we can stop the TPP’s Internet Censorship.
Our public outcry has stopped TPP officials from finalizing the agreement but
now powerful interests are pressuring political leaders to ram through their
Internet censorship plan.
Thousands of people and over 30 major organizations from across the
Trans-Pacific region are working together to keep the Internet open. High
ranking politicians from several countries are beginning to ask questions. We
know that when citizens speak out, decision makers take notice. Click
here now to send a powerful message to the
political leaders who are about to make a decision that will affect the open
Together, we won’t let them take away our digital rights. For our future,
Steve and Jason on behalf of your vigilant OpenMedia team
A Weekly Column On HEALTH, WELL BEING, Environmental News AND GMO-FREE
You have a chance to prevent an oil spill from wrecking the
coastline in Washington and Oregon.
Or maybe you'll stop a train carrying crude oil from derailing and exploding
potentially devastating an unsuspecting community. If oil companies succeed in
turning the Port of Vancouver into a massive crude oil export terminal, it is
only a matter of time before disaster strikes.
But you can stop it from happening. Take a moment to urge the Washington Energy
Facility Site Evaluation Council (EFSEC) to recommend rejecting this dangerous
oil terminal proposal for the Port of Vancouver.
Oil companies plan to load trains with up to 380,000 barrels of crude oil each
day and transport them through communities -- like Spokane and the City of
Vancouver -- to the Port of Vancouver, where the oil would be stored before
being shipped down the Columbia River to the Pacific coast.
These trains would carry the same oil, in the same unsafe oil tankers, as those
involved in the horrific derailment explosion that killed 47 people in Quebec in
July.1 On Friday, it happened again in Alabama, although thankfully no one was
These oil shipments are just too dangerous to move through our communities. Take
action today to keep this export terminal from being built!
This oil terminal is not something we can let happen. Not only will the oil
damage our climate, it may also put lives and communities at risk. Due to the
scale of the proposal, it will be up to Washington Governor Inslee to make the
final decision to approve or deny the terminal. Influencing EFSEC's
recommendation is a critical step in affecting Governor Inslee's final decision.
That's why it's crucial that concerned citizens like you speak out to show that
the public doesn't want this dangerous, polluting crude oil being shipped
through the Port of Vancouver. Add your voice now.
Thanks for all you do to protect the environment,
Sierra Club Beyond Oil Campaign Director
For Gary, a hardworking miner in Appalachian coal country, it
first showed up as a shortness of breath. Then he started coughing up black
mucus. Slowly suffocating, his lungs were being choked and hardened by deadly
black lung disease. The coal industry is required to compensate him and his
family -- but Big Coal had other ideas.
An explosive new report documents how Gary and thousands of others were denied
that money by an elite team of lawyers and doctors who lied and hid evidence. To
feed his family, Gary had no choice but to go back to the mine that was killing
Big Coal seems hell bent on poisoning and discarding miners the same way it
poisons and discards our land, air, and water. Time and again they refuse to pay
the true cost of coal.
Outraged, Senators Bob Casey and Jay Rockefeller have pledged to introduce
legislation to set things right for the miners. 2 But you can bet the coal
companies and their lawyers are going to fight every step of the way. That's why
it's critical these senators know we stand with them -- it's going to take all
of us fighting together to get justice for the miners.
Send your message and tell Senators Casey and Rockefeller to keep their promise
and pass legislation to protect our nation's miners from Big Coal's greed!
Gary's story isn't unique -- it's happening to miners across Appalachia as Big
Coal runs roughshod over the legal system.
With its limitless funds and high-power lawyers and doctors, coal companies have
successfully beat back nearly 20,000 claims by ailing miners in the last 5 years
alone. 3 In fact, one doctor supposedly found no evidence of black lung in over
1,500 cases. 4 All this misery to avoid paying in some cases as little as $1,000
a month in compensation -- small change for these wealthy corporations. 5
This is low, even for Big Coal.
One doctor described black lung "...like a screw being slowly tightened across
your throat. Day and night towards the end, the miner struggles to get enough
oxygen." 6 Nobody should suffer like this and no one should be cheated out of
the compensation they deserve.
The men and women who have toiled underground for these greedy companies deserve
better. It's time for Big Coal to do what is right, and stop blocking the
hard-earned protections of working people.
Roy, will you send a message today and tell Big Coal it can’t game the system
for its own profit while poisoning and cheating miners?
In it together,
P.S. Want to do more? Protect our environment and local communities from Big
Coal by sending a message to end mountain-top removal mining.
Starting just yesterday, 800,000 federal workers can support
their families again.
Thanks to voices like yours, the federal government -- from our National Parks
to small business loans -- is open for business, and the U.S. did not default on
its debts. Greg, who works for the Smithsonian, has been pinching pennies, but
even getting his paycheck back isn't what matters to him the most. "Just to be
able to get back to serving the public is so important." 
It was a long and tragically costly 16 days, but in the end, Congress --
specifically, Speaker Boehner and his House majority -- finally agreed to do
their jobs without major concessions like the Monsanto Protection Act or a
healthcare reform delay. And they only did it because of pressure from citizens
The SierraRise community stood strong against this unnecessary crisis. You made
thousands of calls, RSVP'd for our allies' events across the country, and sent
Congress over 200,000 letters.
It should not have been this hard to get here. The tea party Republicans'
paralyzing game of chicken was a national disgrace. Paying past debts and having
a government should not be partisan positions -- they should just be basic facts
Things will get better, but for now, the tea party extremists are still around,
still threatening our country and not getting any less irrational or
irresponsible. The new agreement is only until January, so we need to be ready
to fight back again, louder and stronger than ever before.
A presidential candidate once won election with the slogan "a return to
normalcy." That sounds pretty good right about now, doesn't it? It's time for
Fox News and the tea party to let us off their high-speed, delusional treadmill
to nowhere. It's time to get back to the business of protecting the environment
and making positive change.Many of those returning to work know it might be
temporary. "It's good to be back to work, making some money," said Jeremy --
but, "They only pushed it back to January, so I'm not holding my breath."
Jeremy, Greg, and 800,000 others deserve better. Pitch in today so that
together, we can get their backs.
Onward -- and thank you,
Right now, 30 Greenpeace staff are locked behind bars, some in
solitary confinement, in Russian jails with no sign of release. But we can help
them get back home!
The crew of the Arctic Sunrise are facing fifteen years in prison on trumped up
charges of piracy. Their crime? Hanging a banner on a Russian oil rig to protest
dangerous deepwater drilling in one of the earth’s most beautiful places. Many
western governments have already spoken out, but now Greenpeace is asking the
Avaaz community to help build a truly global outcry.
Together we can get four key countries with strong trade and political ties to
Russia -- Brazil, India, South Africa and China -- to pressure these countries
into action. Sign and share, let’s reach 1 million to free the Arctic 30. Once
we hit that mark, we’ll project their faces on iconic buildings in our key
countries, to keep the 30 in the news.These
men and women could lose15
years of their lives, all for trying to hang a banner on a Gazprom oil rig, the
first of its kind in the Arctic.
This is an aggressive backlash against defenders of our environment -- stopping
oil drilling in the Arctic is about protecting the last great wilderness on
earth, where oil spills are almost impossible to clean up.
Greenpeace has hired great lawyers, who point out that the 30 were arrested in
international waters, thus it’s Russia who is violating the international Law of
being on the right side of the law may not be enough to regain their freedom,
and their dreadful fate may be sealed this week unless the international
community lets Russia know that this is a scandal that’s not going to go away.
If we can persuade some of Russia’s biggest trading partners and
political allies -- Brazil, India, China and South Africa -- to help make the
case for freeing the Arctic 30, we can win!Sign
now and forward to help reach one million people to free the Arctic 30.
We did it! Environmental champions in the Senate have stripped
the Monsanto Protection Act from a major funding bill, and over 65,000
grassroots voices from the SierraRise community helped make it happen.
As you may recall, this dangerous legislation would put the GMO mega-corporation
above the law, blocking citizens like you or me from suing them if their food
makes us sick. But this fight isn't over yet -- the funding bill is headed
back to the House for an immediate vote, where Monsanto's lackeys will almost
assuredly try to sneak it right back in during the fight over the government
shutdown. The Tea Party isn't likely to win on defunding Obamacare so they'll
probably see payback through amendments like the Monsanto Protection Act,
We can win this thing but only if citizens like you keep up the pressure. Will
you help get this done?
Tell Rep. Peter DeFazio (202) 225-6416 to do the work of the people -- not
Monsanto. Demand Congress keep the Monsanto Protection Act out of the funding
The funding bill must pass without the shady Monsanto Protection Act attached to
it. Without federal funding, we lose everything -- EPA funding, National Parks,
subsidies for wind and solar energy, countless jobs, and more. This is not the
time to play games or give special treatment to corporations.
Monsanto is a ruthless company with a deadly history -- they're the inventor of
killers like Agent Orange and DDT. With their army of countless lobbyists, they
have laid siege to our nation's farmers and food safety. Monsanto even
employs a team of 75 lawyers just to stalk and harass small farmers who reuse
their own seeds!
It is clear Monsanto will stop at nothing to stay on top and doesn't care who it
hurts along the way.
Tell your representative that no corporation should be above the law. Keep the
Monsanto Protection Act out of the federal funding bill!
In it together,
SierraRise Senior Campaigner
Because a few Democrats and most Republicans will vote for it,
it appears certain that the business owners’ tax breaks bill will pass.
There is, however, a strategy that might still work to achieve our goal to stop
the whole package, and thus the widening of the income gap. The governor has
publically stated that he will not sign any of the five bills unless he can sign
The GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) bill, which by the way is an ALEC model
bill (Monsanto is a long time member), has the best chance of being defeated.
The bill would ban local governments from creating any law limiting the growing
of GMO crops.
For more information, read the write-up in Friends of Family Farmers. If you
believe that this is a bad bill for Oregon please write, call, text, visit or
email your Senator and Representative.
If a tree falls in a forest and no one is around to hear it,
does it make a sound? If a tree is illegally chopped and stolen from a forest
and no one is around to see it, does it leave an impact on our planet?
The answer is yes.
Trees, which filter carbon dioxide and produce oxygen for us to breathe, are
some of our strongest defenses to climate disruption. But they are disappearing,
due in part to illegal logging and trade in illegally cut timber. In some of the
most vulnerable countries, as much as 50-90% of all logging activity is done
illegally, depleting priceless forests.Thankfully, there is a very powerful U.S.
law on the books that helps to stop destructive, illegal logging and trade. The
Lacey Act helps curb illegal logging and creates jobs in the U.S. forest
products industry by eliminating illegal and unfair competition. Members of
Congress are trying to weaken the Lacey Act but we can keep it strong! Ask your
representative to support full funding and strong implementation of the Lacey
Illegal logging and trade of illegally cut timber causes massive deforestation,
drains resources from the American and global economy, undercuts law-abiding
American businesses, feeds climate disruption, and hurts communities worldwide.
The Lacey Act helps ensure that illegally traded wood doesn't make its way into
our everyday wood-based products.
Help our climate, and help businesses ensure they know where their wood is
coming from.By supporting the Lacey Act and calling for its strengthened
implementation, we can help stop illegal logging and illegal trade.
Thanks for everything you do to protect the environment,
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.