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Sept 19
Although Corvallis has not acted, Springfield is the latest city to try to enact a marijuana tax before the November referendum which would bar cities from enacting taxes on marijuana. The referendum "proposes only to tax growers at the state level, and it would bar cities and counties from imposing their own taxes. The Oregon Liquor Control Commission would tax growers $35 per ounce for flowers, $10 per ounce for marijuana and $5 for each immature plant." Those cities enacting a tax before the law passes are expected to see their measures allowed to stand, although some expect legal wrangling to work it all out. The quality of the legal advice furnished the city of Corvallis at great expense was questioned by other lawyers, according to the gazette, at the time of the Hyatt hotel request for millions in city funding. What IS clear is that no city would be allowed to introduce a tax AFTER the law passes, as is widely expected.
   In related news, Washington is now expecting that, through 2019, they will reap $636 million in taxes from pot.

Corvallis residents, like the rest of Oregon, have benefitted greatly from Obamacare, with 95% of the state now insured medically. 30% are insured publicly. That represents a 63% drop in the number of uninsured as a result of Obamacare.

Oregon counties who were accustomed to receiving public assistance, via the public forest logging, for law enforcement and other county costs, can go back to their couches and remote controls. The House passed a Forest logging bill which would restore funding in Oregon to previous levels.

Sept 18

The group of wannabee developers, who asked for what was seen as a $4 million public handout to develop their hotel project on 1st Street have sold the property, blaming the gazette's coverage of secret meetings of the city Council. Only one of those secret meetings were with them, two without them, they say. "Our project broke down into name calling and false accusations", they say. Actually, it broke down into a lot more than that, depending upon who was "breaking the project down" - and for whom.
The group says the new owners (and we'll have to see how "new" they are,  plan no public parking garage. Neither, said several local analysts, did the old plan. Not really.
   Maybe now the Council can start focusing on the economic well-being of the 55,000 who are the general public, rather than just 5 developers, and start speaking of funneling public resources into public needs rather than into private development dreams. That's especially true when the developers' dreams are the nightmare for many more, consigned to working for grinding wages and no benefits whatsoever - as is generally true of the hotel industry. The city Council has no business using public funds - including those derived from the lowest paid workers via rents - to foster such a business.

While County Commissioners and the city Council continue to ignore the issue, Oregon Labor Commissioner Brad Avakian said today that the minimum wage in Oregon needs to rise to above $12 an hour in order to ensure the working population can live even at the poverty level.

There are as of now 60 Corvallis entries in Airbnb. None of them pay the 9% transient room tax required in Corvallis, and which Airbnb is now collecting for Portland as well as San Francisco. The loss to Corvallis, if the rooms are rented nightly, is $171,946.80 annually. That's more than enough to hire a compliance officer plus some for the city.
   Additionally, Portland is requiring an annual license fee of $180, which covers the cost of an inspection and a background check. Portland also has a requirement that the rental be within one's living residence so as to preclude a diminishing of the rental supply for the city's residents.
   Although several of the rentals exceed the cost of local hotel rooms, most do not, ranging from $25 (to $295). The exorbitant charges of local hotels can be avoided with Airbnb, but the safety needs to be ensured so the entire application does not come under suspicion. City-wide bed bug infestations from outside Corvallis are a real likelihood without inspections. And an extra (5 on the low end would be an added tax of $2.25, not an onerous burden. The average rental is $87, with a transient tax of $7.83, collected by Airbnb, not by the renter, from the consumer, if the city demands it.

Sept 17
The Plastic Bag Monster Is Dead in Corvallis Again

Above: The "Bag Monster" made an appearance several times during city Council hearings on the plastic bag ban.
   The people who paid for the referendum on lifting the ban on single use plastic bags, have failed. They were 646 signatures short of the required number to put a ban on the ballot. 675 signatures of the signatures they presented were from people who don't live in the city or are not registered to vote, as is required of an ordinance, says City Recorder Carla Holzworth. Turning in only 29 signatures more than required to get the ballot on the initiative means they were having grave difficulties finding people to sign the petition. A certain number are nearly always rejected as invalid. For comparison, the referendum on the proposed parking referendum was turned in with 3,000 signatures  and more than enough signatures were valid to qualify for the ballot. The number of signatures required depends upon the nature of the referendum.
   Those who remember the plastic bags which littered every parking lot, street and gutter in the city before the ban know why the public supported it. One local woman told us she was cutting back a hedge which had taken off before the bag ban and she could not believe the number of bags which had found their way into the shrub. Most were deteriorated over the years but it was a common sight at one time to see them everywhere.
   Wildlife aficionados are even more aware.

Oregon lawmakers are considering paying the community college tuition of every student who graduates, a total of $9 million a year. Others are pushing to have room and board covered as well. OSU students in dual enrollment with LBCC would qualify to have their fees covered.

The Corvallis city Council might take note of the latest economic data showing that states which raised minimum wages since the start of the year are accruing jobs 50% faster than others who did not. The reasons are unclear but says Sylvia Allegretto, an economist at the University of California, "Restaurants and other low-wage employers may have other ways of offsetting the cost of higher wages, aside from cutting back on hiring, she said. Higher pay can reduce staff turnover and save on hiring and training costs."

And while the Council is pondering, they might adopt Lake Oswego's pro-active approach of getting all their ducks lined up, drawing up tax plans  and zoning ordinances for legalized pot on the probability of legalization

Sept 16

Truth In Site, a group of Bend residents has appealed OSU's decision to locate a massive campus there. "In its appeal, Truth In Site characterizes the university’s estimates of how many students will walk and bike to campus as ludicrous, saying in the appeal, “Baloney does not cut it.” A land-use board had allowed the siting, saying that Bend's parking requirements are not explicit enough to determine whether OSU met the city's criteria on parking space for students.

Sept 15


 As Deschutes County joins Washington County and becomes the latest Oregon county to take alarm at teen suicide rates in Oregon, Benton County can breathe a sigh of relief. Male teen suicide rates here are only 10% higher than the rest of the US, compared to 20%-40% (depending upon whose figures are used) in Oregon as a whole. Female teen suicides are rising steadily (see here) whether attempted or accomplished, almost invariably young girls. Corvallis's Sara Gelser introduced legislation to allow early intervention
   However, it is not in the area of teens that Benton County's suicide rate overshadows the state average. It is with the population of, 26-44 years old (you can view the statistics here) that Benton County is failing. Roughly a quarter of the city's population falls into this age group. These are usually the most productive working years and reproductive years, and women in Corvallis have roughly 70% the median income of men, at $29,390. The latest estimate for a family of a parent and child in Corvallis are estimated to require $52,216 to live comfortably.

   Thousands of women work in the food industry, where incomes average $14,400, and retail workers are not much better off. Both groups, along with landscape workers (more often male) and even academic instructors (usually female) are perpetually scrambling to patch together 40 hours a week, dealing with perpetual wage theft by employers. Couple all that with an Economic Development Director, a Chamber of Commerce and Council devoted to cloning such a hopeless situation, ad nauseum, and the mix is a desperate one. It makes absolutely no sense for one wing of government to be creating a problem endlessly while devoting resources to another wing to try to solve it. With a handful of exceptions, downtown Corvallis can, for the most part, be renamed as "Poverty Row".
   One college-educated woman in that age bracket, who attempted suicide last year, said that she had expected by this time in her life to have a family of her own, with a stable, well-paying job. Now her parents were old enough to be developing health and economic problems (parents who signed for student loans are now having their social security checks garnisheed), problems she had expected to be in a position to help with. Her disappointment was such that she made a half-hearted try at taking her own life, and the only reason she had not succeeded was that, at the last moment she realized her mother would be the one who discovered her and she did not want that to be the case. The suicide rate was a little lower than it might have been because of that family connection.
   However, it is not just the suicide rate which is impacted by the emphasis on perpetually cultivating poorly paid work, as the city has done. The crime rate, the cramped housing, even the homeless issue are all impacted by the creation of a despair which has marked the recent era.

Portland police are "thinking" of installing cameras on all police vehicles to document arrests, a year after $800,000 was received for it. Few know that Corvallis already has done so, with a grant from the Obama administration's "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act". The installations were completed in 2010. The mayor of Portland wants to take the process further, installing cameras on every officer's lapel. That might be overkill.

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Sept 19
In just 3 years, Oregon roads fell from 15th in the nation to 26th.

Sept 18

The Pacific Northwest's Dee Williams built a "tiny house" 10 years ago. "Before it was cool". Now she's written a book which is getting a lot of attention.

A New York waitress who says a hedge fund manager felt her up while she was working has gone public with a letter, which outraged Brian Lederman, who works for Swiss Performance Management and fiduciary. Lederman responded with "That f*cking c*nt, for her to do something like that is pretty ridiculous..I will make sure she doesn’t get another job in New York City. I know everybody. The bar owners, the club owners..."
Following is her letter, reprinted in Salon and Raw Story, which every bar tender and server, as well as other women, will relate to:
    "You came into the restaurant where I work and ordered a Stoli on the rocks. When I asked you and your companion if you’d be eating, or needing anything else from me, you put your hand – ever so gently – ON MY ASS and asked if you could take me “to go”. When I immediately stepped away and said “Sorry, what?” you probably gathered that I was and am not receptive of such advances from customers. We were in a family-friendly restaurant, around 6:30pm, and I was wearing a loose-fitting, long sleeve shirt, jeans, and no makeup…so I’m not sure where the confusion arose as to what kind of service you were being provided. You left soon after, leaving a signed credit card slip and a two dollar tip (see picture included!). Your name is Brian Lederman. I found you, instantly, via a quick Google search online. I looked at your face on Linked In, the World’s Largest Professional Network. You work at Swiss Performance Management and Truehand AG, in Investment Management. Of course you do.
    I work as a bartender, and have for more than five years now. I graduated NYU with honors, and have at some point held down every conceivable part time type job including but not limited to food service, administration, and even temp work at firms such as yours. So far, bartending allows me the most flexibility to pursue my artistic career, while comfortably covering my basic living expenses, including my outrageously high student loan payments. I have a good job that I’m grateful for. The environment is low key, I have incredibly supportive coworkers and managers, and – in general – the clientele is nice.
    But I still hate being a bartender. Over the years my knowledge and skill set have expanded, but I seem to be getting worse at tolerating the “service” part. I deal with incredible amounts of entitlement, condescension, and drunk nonsense. And at a bar, it is impossible to ignore the fact that misogyny is alive and well. I can’t tell you how many times people have treated me horribly and I’ve memorized or photographed the names from their credit cards, fantasizing about internet revenge. But every time I’ve been tempted in the past (even after verbal attacks, physical affronts, or sexual harassment) I’ve stopped myself and let it go.
    So congratulations, Brian! You’ve done it! You broke this tired ass camel’s back. And though this is obviously a public shaming, I truly don’t mean this as an attack. Maybe – just maybe – via the intimately connected internet world, my post will reach you, and you’ll learn something about how hurtful and upsetting a small comment or gesture might be. Or at the very least, maybe a Facebook passerby will read this and more deeply consider how they treat women, how they treat servers, and/or how they treat other people in general. And thank you. Without your inspiration I wouldn’t be quitting my job today, and endeavoring a better chapter of my life.


p.s. Everyone else – please be kind to your server. If your drink took a while, it might just be because your bartender was rage crying about misogyny in the bathroom. Also because if you’re not nice to her, she just might memorize the name from your credit card, find you online, hunt you down, and pee in your bed while you’re sleeping.

p.p.s. I’m looking for work to sustain me until all of my acting dreams come true! Something that requires only 30ish flexible hours a week and that covers NYC rent and NYU student loan payments. Open to all ideas and input."

Sept 16
The hobby of US corporations shifting taxes from one nation to another may be at an end. Public opposition didn't budge the Republican Party to move but it forced the hand of the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development), which forges tax policies for G-20 and most industrial nations. "Draft proposals announced have been agreed by all" members which would prohibit the moving of profits from the country where they are generated. Three quarters of the largest US corporations, including Google, Apple, eBay and Amazon would be affected.

Sept 15
Lincoln City decided to keep in place the $100 annual tax on landlords.

For the 2nd year, Oregon businesses will pay lower workers' compensation fees. The rate will drop by an average of 5.3% next year.

An Open Letter from Tax Fairness Oregon on the Intel Tax Gifts:
"Intel has managed once again to frighten our political leaders into believing that Oregon must pacify its illustrious giant by relieving it of the civic responsibilities that the rest of us bear. Taxes pay for schools, roads, public safety, health and social services. When Intel is given a “whopper” of a tax break—the largest in our history—the result is an equally “whopper” loss in funding for these essential public goods without which Intel would not prosper.
   Under the current SIP agreements, Intel already enjoys tax breaks on their vast Washington County properties, reducing their taxes by roughly 75%. In the most recent year, the tax breaks have saved Intel $123 million, enough to pay for 6 days of school for every kid in Oregon, or to increase the value of our college need-based grants by 100%.
    This appears to be another end run, the second in two years, around paying taxes in Oregon. When Nike got no changes in the method of taxing their income, Intel was the only other Oregon business that asked for the same benefit. They got it. Now they want a 30-year guarantee that they can continue paying the same de minimis property taxes they paid in 1993. That’s fifty years without a cost of living increase. It would be a sweet benefit to every Oregon taxpayer if their taxes also stayed the same for 50 years. But it would horrible for the schools, fire departments, sheriff and police departments, community colleges, libraries, zoo, etc.
   The Strategic Investment Program (SIP) was not designed for this kind of corporate malingering. It was designed in 1993 to compensate Intel and other high tech companies for a flawed property tax system which penalized them with high taxes on equipment which became rapidly obsolete.
   But they still paid income taxes then. In fact, in 1997 when Intel had 11,200 employees and had invested only $3 billion in Oregon, they bragged about paying $54 million in income taxes. Today, with more than 17,500 employees and $25 billion invested, they basically pay no Oregon income tax.
   Meanwhile, Intel and its shareholders have prospered, along with Oregon’s high tech business community. Washington County has experienced a building boom to house the many Ph.D.s imported from India and elsewhere. Its roads are clogged with traffic and its schools are overflowing with children whose native languages span the globe. We have just built a $43 million highway interchange to help move the cars. Both the state and county are struggling to meet the challenges Intel’s growth has generated.
   Our tax code is full of loopholes and tax breaks benefitting big corporations. When they don’t pay their fair share of taxes, someone else pays the price. In Oregon, it’s our K-12 kids and colleges. We have some of the shortest school years and largest class sizes in America. So when we consider the Intel property tax agreement currently proposed, we need to ask if the deal is too ripe for Intel and too raw for our kids.
   Yes, Intel is important, but so is our investment in education. Yes, the tax code is unfair to some manufacturers. But the solution is not a 30 year commitment to the same property tax structure they had in 1993.
   The parties should go back to the drawing board and come back with an agreement that reflects Intel’s significant obligations to this State as well as our desire to see it thrive.  Jody Hiser"

VW-FAW, a joint German-Chinese venture has been given a $40 million fine for price fixing in China.

Sept 11

Frank Quiroga, Tlingit Cuisine in Portland Planned

2 semi-homeless Alaskan Tlingit tribe members live on what they make from selling the Street Roots paper in Portland. “It keeps me busy so I don’t get tempted and fall back into old ways. It actually feels good to make an honest dollar.” They plan to open Portland's only restaurant featuring Native American cuisine.

'A blistering real estate market posted its strongest sales total of the year last month, in turn sending the average price for a residence above $350,000 on the central Oregon coast.'

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Sept 19
Benjamin Arthur Palm

Mr. Palm has been arrested again, this time on a Parole/Probation violation, on an attempted assault charge. Mr. Palm has been booked 6 times in a little over a year. The charges have varied from a parole violation on a burglary charge to a parole violation on an attempted assault charge. He was arrested as long ago as 2009 when, police said, he "broke inside of an apartment located on Northwest Sequoia Avenue. Palm reportedly confronted the people inside and assaulted one person, leaving them with a small laceration on the right side of their body."
   Police have identified the person whose body was found on Truax Island as Albany resident Katherine Yehle Davidson, who graduated from West Albany High School in 2005. Police have not yet identified the cause of death.
   Adrian Gabriel Molina has been arrested again, this time for violating a restraining order, but he's been booked 6 times in the past year. In June he was arrested in Monroe "on charges of strangulation, fourth-degree (domestic) assault and driving with a suspended license". In the past he's been booked on a burglary charge, driving while suspended, a DUII in Linn County, etc.
   Bradley Rex Bolin is another Philomath gift, and is very close to being another poster child for the Failure of the Drug War. He has been arrested for the 7th time in 2 years, most of it stemming from a pot sales arrest. In 2012, "Philomath police used an informant to purchase drugs, who gave $40 to a go-between, who then led police to the address. Police obtained a search warrant and raided the house Monday. They allegedly found drug paraphernalia, scales and packing material, more than 1.5 ounces of marijuana and a small amount of methamphetamine. Police also seized a stolen laptop in Bradley Bolin’s possession." Since, he's been arrested for absconding, parole/probation violation, etc.
   Robert Lee Conn, a Monroe treasure has been booked again, for the 8th time in the past year. He is most famous for leading police on a high speed car chase into Monroe and dashing into a house where he and his girlfriend tried hiding in the insulation. His charges have ranged from the attempt to elude to Driving while suspended, parole violation. meth, etc. This time, it's a drug traffic court violation.
   A 49 year old OSU IT support worker, Christina Marie Adams, turned herself in, in Springfield, after warrants were issued for her in conjunction with what police are saying was the theft of 388 cell phones, most of them being turned in for replacement by OSU coaches. The cell phones fetched $14,465, police say.
   A 46 year old Philomath man has been arrested on assault for the first time in recent years. It was not listed as a domestic assault in the police inmate list.
   Carlos Martin Gomez has been arrested for the 4th time in a year, this time on a  domestic violence - harrassment charge. In the past, he's been charged with assault, a weapon charge, theft, etc. 3 years ago, he was one of a trio of teens charged with "burglarizing a house, then taking the car from the garage on a joy ride along Highway 99W near Airport Road".

The rest of Oregon was much quieter than Corvallis in the crime arena. A UO Faculty Senate committee has made recommendations for an urgent addressing of sexual violence on campus before the start of the school year. They recommended setting up a large fund for education on the issues and "a good Samaritan' policy that would protect those who report sexual violence from being charged with alcohol or drug policy violations; sending a message to all UO employees that outlines their reporting responsibilities under federal civil rights law; sending a message to all teaching faculty intended to help them talk about sexual violence in the classroom; having instructors include in class syllabi a message that details sexual assault resources on campus; and requesting that the UO Police Department’s anonymous reporting forms for sexual violence stop tracking Internet Protocol addresses that could possibly identify the person making the report."
   In related news, the sex crimes of scientists is getting more play today, after a study showed that 71% of women scientists reported being harassed in field work, while 26% report having been raped.

Also in related news, New York Comic Con has announced a Zero Tolerance policy for sexual harrassment headlined by "Cosplay is not Consent. The announcement, accompanied by a reporting mechanism is as follows:
"New York Comic Con has a ZERO TOLERANCE POLICY for harassment of any kind, including but not limited to:
offensive verbal comments
physical assault and/or battery
harassing or non-consensual photography or recording
sustained disruption of Panels, signings, and other events
bathroom policing
inappropriate physical contact
unwelcome physical attention
in relation to, but not limited to:
national origin
gender identity
gender presentation
sexual orientation
body size
   The policy is a response to Mandy Caruso's (above) much rewired Tumblr account of her own experience at Comic Con dressed as Black Cat, a Marvel-verse Superhero. 40,000 re-blogged it. A group of men from a youtube show of Stan Lee fans ad asked to "interview" her:
"Him: I’m here with…
Me: Mandy, aka Felicia Hardy aka Black Cat
Him: ..And she is HOT. Do you think I’m hot enough to pull that off?
Me: Uh, I’m not sure, I’ve never seen you in drag.
Him: I’ve got a great ass. Go on, spank me.
Me: (look at his large ass, popped up mere inches away from me then look into the camera like are you kidding me . No thanks. I may hurt you, I’m a lot stronger than I look.
Him: Aw come on!
Me: No, seriously. Stop.
Him: Damn, alright! Well let me ask you an important question then…what is your cup size?
Me: (big talk show smile) That is actually none of your fucking business.
Him: Oh! I think that means to say she’s a C.
Me: I actually have no breasts at all, what you see is just all of the fat from my midsection the fat from my midsection pulled up to my chest and carefully held in place with this corset. It’s really uncomfortable, I don’t know why I do it.
Him: (to the male crowd) Aw, come on what do you guys think? C cup? —a few males start to shout out cup sizes as I
stand there looking at this guy like this has to be a fucking joke, then look at the crowd and see that no amount of witty banter or fiestiness will stop making this whole thing fucking dumb. It was clearly a ploy to single out cosplaying women to get them to talk sexual innuendos and flirt with this asshole and let him talk down to them simply because they were in costume and were attractive. Whether I’m in a skintight catsuit or not, I’m a fucking professional in
everything I do and I don’t need to play nice for this idiot.
Me: This is not an interview, this is degrading. I’m done. (I walk away)
Him: (clearly dumbfounded and surprised) ..Come on, it’s all in good fun!
Me: Being degraded is fun? That was unprofessional and I hope that isn’t your day job because you can’t interview for shit, my man."

Police in Milwaukie are investigating whether a fraternity used various colored markers for women entering the party, with those with a red "X" destined to be given date-rape drugs in their drinks. "Only female guests could purchase an index card for $8. The index card provided "all access to the house" and the female guests could use it to get free alcohol from one of the bars in the house."

In news from the bible belt, 4 armed men were breaking into a Texas home in the dead of night and an alarmed husband, Marvin Guy, shot in self defense, killing one police officer and wounding 3 others in the "no knock" raid  based on a false "tip" that drugs were sold from the house. No drugs were found and now the homeowner is facing the death penalty.
   In other Texas police news, 4 police officers were discovered to be writing tickets so they could accrue the overtime for testifying in court. 6,000 tickets were tossed out.
   A Republican candidate for Congress in Alabama, Gary Palmer, called the Violence Against Women Act "feminist pork" and says he will push to defund it. Probably in between beating his wife. Or his kids. Or a girlfriend, or a neighbor's girlfriend. Or...
   Some "perv" seems to be in charge at South Carolina's Clemson University, as students opened their mail to find they face expulsion if they don't fill in a survey of their sexual life, including quotations like "With how many different people have you had sex (including oral) in the last three months?"

On the other hand, there is always some bright spot in the world when someone, somewhere decides to really communicate:

Sept 18

Brett Thomas Huggins

Mr. Huggins - good for him - showed to serve a 9 day sentence on a parole violation. It's his 8th time in 3 years to be booked - not so good. In the past it's been on cocaine, heroin, pot charges and a domestic violence assault. In 2011, police said, he "threw his girlfriend through the air and she landed against the corner of her bed, then fell to the floor." A year previously, he and an Albany man, police said "broke into three vehicles in the area of Northwest Van Buren Avenue and 16th Street and stole various items, including a GPS unit, stereo faceplate and subwoofer."  
   Kyaisha Nicole Alexander was booked for the second time in recent memory. Last time it was meth. This time it's for a 2 day sentence on a probation violation.
    A 58 year old woman was arrested for DUII, hit and run, etc. in what seems her first arrest, at least in recent years.  Amy Kathleen Mumford White has also been booked again, for the third time. In the past, it was on theft, id theft, and computer theft  charges. In July of last year, the gazette reported that she "and Andrew M. Welch, 36, both of Corvallis, each were arrested on a charge of aggravated first-degree theft for allegedly stealing $10,594 in musical instruments and equipment from Gracewinds Music, including two saxophones with a combined value of $5,325. " This time it's a 2 day sentence for a drug traffic court violation on an id theft charge.
   John Melvin Phillips, a homeless man, was booked for the 8th time in 3 years. Twice, those bookings were related to outstanding charges from Lane County. Otherwise they've been for DUII, trespassing, etc. 3 years ago he was arrested for trespassing when an officer , the police said, was called and found him "sitting naked on a bed in a bedroom, not his own". The year before, they said "he was yelling and banging on a sliding glass door, then broke the door and tore it off its track. Phillips refused to leave the property despite being asked six times to do so before being arrested." This time it's for not showing up on a trespass charge.
   A body has been found on Truax island, in Linn County, northeast of the Willamette River and of Corvallis. Police will be releasing details later.

In Washington County, an OHSU worker has been charged with sexually abusing 5 boys over 6 years.

New statistics from Oregon news media indicate that in Multnomah County, of women between 18 and 64 years of age, one in 7 is physically abused every year. The statistics for Oregon as a whole may be worse. Or better.

The closure of the streets of the entertainment district in Portland on weekend nights has resulted in a drop in crime of 30% say police. Bar owners say it's because the number of customers has also decreased. They want it gone.

Another day, another NFL player arrested for beating his wife. Arizona Cardinals running back Jonathon Dwyer, police say, "head-butted his wife and broke her nose after she refused his sexual advances, and punched her in the face the next day."

In open carry news across the US, a 5th grader arrested with a loaded gun in a school also had a list of names of those "he wanted to kill", police say. They say he also "threw a shoe at his 17 month old son".

In law enforcement news from the bible belt, an Orange County court has called "excessive" the Florida SWAT team raids on barbers to check for licenses.

Above: In the ongoing religious crime wave, the 6 young Iranians arrested for dancing to Pharrell's "Happy" have been sentenced to 6 months in prison, where they will each receive 91 lashes.

A Michigan physician has admitted to misdiagnosing cancer and prescribing unnecessary chemotherapy treatments for the money he reaped from insurance companies and Medicaid.

Sept 17

Bryan Daniel Baca Donacio Corona Hernandez

Both Mr. Baca and Mr. Corona Hernandez seem cut from the same cloth, although a generation apart. Mr. Baca has been booked 10 times over the past year, on meth and theft charges mostly. This time it's a probation/parole violation for drugs. Mr. Corona Hernandez has been booked 8 times in the past 3 years, on car prowl charges, theft, and meth mostly. This time it's for disorderly conduct. A local law enforcement official says both are struggling to pin down the difference between sh*t and Shinola, but a disinterested observer could easily conclude that they aren't trying at all.
   Bryan John Smith has also been booked again, his 5th in 3 years, on charges of domestic violence, assault, harrassment, etc. He was arrested in February for, police said, "punching a woman". He was arrested this time on a probation violation.
   Jerry Dee Castle was booked for the 3rd time, although one of those times may not REALLY count for most readers. "Jerry Dee Castle, 52, of Corvallis, and Kathleen Mari Harrington, 47, of Corvallis, were contacted by the Corvallis police after the dispatch received several 911 calls in regards to a fight near Southwest Sixth Street and Southwest Madison Avenue. Upon arrival, Castle and Harrington were yelling at another person because they suspected that the person had stolen Harrington's bicycle. Harrington allegedly shoved the person several times and Castle allegedly punched the person in the face several times, causing the person substantial pain. Harrington was then issued a citation for harassment and Castle a citation for assault in the fourth degree." This time, Mr. Castle was booked for not showing up on a reckless endangering charge.
Nykolo Martin Ramirez was booked for not showing up on a charge for not showing up, as well as not showing up on a harrassment charge. He can get all this behind him now that the County is holding him on $20,000 bail. That pretty much ENSURES he'll show up.

Elsewhere in Oregon, students at Portland's Roosevelt High School will today be staging protests over the tasering of 16 year old St. John's resident. The incident is indicative of the changes introduced in communities due to budget constraints. "Residents in this northern neighborhood of 12,000 used to brag about their police officers. They said St. Johns felt more like a village than a neighborhood, the city's North Precinct more like their own smalltown police force. People in St. Johns knew officers by name and could set clocks by their morning coffee runs". That all changed in 2009, when the North Precinct station was closed due to budget cuts.

Curry County, dominated by wealthy California retirees long accustomed to living on public assistance, via the public forests, for County expenses has again voted 57%-43% not to increase property taxes to pay for law enforcement. The county now has one deputy patrolling, with certain hours uncovered. The jail will be closed now.

"Veterans are heroes" reads a popular bumper sticker, but the bulk of the state's crime population is composed of veterans - half the sex criminals in the state penitentiary, in fact, are veterans. Many are homeless. There are, the US Army estimates, the equivalent of 17 divisions living on the streets at any given time. Now, Salem is planning a 2nd homeless shelter devoted specifically to veterans. The shelter will include counceling trying to find ways of keeping them from a life of crime or homelessness.

A teen meth addict from a group home in Washington County who escaped his supervisors, at an outing to the Oregon-Wyoming game, has been charged in a Measure 11 offense of kidnapping and raping a young woman walking on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard. He is accused of viciously beating the woman as well as raping her.

Someone dropped off a bomb at the Florence, Oregon police "Justice Center". The Eugene bomb squad was called and de-activated the pipe bomb.

In crime news elsewhere, Texas is scheduled to execute a gay woman convicted of killing her lover's child by abuse, including starvation. If she were an NFL player, she might have gotten off with a 2 game suspension.
   In Memphis, a dumpster diver saw Michael Wilson's plastic trash bag rip and a head roll out. "I’m like, ‘Man, what the hell you got going on, bro?’” [LaCedric} Ruffin said. “He said something like he didn’t mean to kill him. I said, ‘Kill who, brother? I don’t want to know who that is, I don’t want to know. You don’t got to tell me."  
    The victim was Wilson's room mate. The diver turned him in because he "got to thinking" that his own fingerprints were all over the dumpster and as a parolee, he was nervous he might be fingered for the crime.

Millions of guns are being sold online without background checks and at least 10% are going directly to criminals, including violent criminals and abusers.
   'As you may know, in most other facets of our society we hold people responsible for selling a defective product, marketing inappropriate items to children or in the case of bartenders, continuing to serve tequila shooters to someone who’s completely cockeyed and then climbs behind the wheel to jack knife a tractor trailer.
   But this is America, where 5-year olds who can’t hold up a butter knife can still shoot an Uzi on the range with mom and dad’s say-so and you can stand your ground against skittles and hoodies. So is it any surprise that “Lucky Gunner” ( can sell 4,000 rounds over the Internet to a single person without asking questions such as “Are you in the process of fighting of a pack of wild rhinos?”
   But no red flags were raised when alleged murderer James Holmes purchased 4,000 rounds—something not possible in any other advanced country—or a 100-drum ammunition magazine along with 700 more rounds from The Sportsman’s Guide. Nor was an eyelash batted when he bought body armor and tear gas from and BP Arms, respectively. Clearly these are items that anyone, no matter their mental state or arrest record, must have available at the click of a mouse." And now the parents of one of his victims are suing.

In other prison news, the Obama administration is turning to a private prison corporation (Corrections Corporation of America) implicated in child abuse for housing children crossing the border without documentation.

In the ongoing religious crime wave, a Texas Christian youth pastor has been arrested for molesting a child he told would need to "earn" the cowboy hat with sexual favors. In Nigeria, 2 gunmen believed associated with the Moslem fundamentalist Boko Haram struck a college lecture hall in Kano, killing 15 and wounding 30. ISIS has copied the agenda of Republicans in Texas and Kansas and has banned social studies, science and math, as well as physical education from curriculums.

Note: Everyone should be assumed innocent until convicted. There are several sleazy websites across the country posting mugshots, utilizing photos owned by the public, in the public domain, all run by Portlander Kyle Ritter, which will remove your mugshot for $39 or such from their sites. This is not one of them. Do not send in cash trying to have a mugshot removed. It would just be a waste of your time and your money. Instead, put your time into turning your life around. And your money into your kids.

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Sept 18
The notorious Koch brothers, exposed recently as a criminal gang in the financial website, Bloomberg Markets, has now launched a new series of ads on behalf of the Republican candidate for senator, Monica Wehby, and attacking Senator Jeff Merkely. That figures. Wehby herself has been named in a number of police reports for stalking her ex-. Birds of a feather...

Sept 17
A day after news reporters questioned her about her "issue papers" being plagiarized from others, and being told it was an "absurd" charge, Republican Monica Wehby (called the "Candidate from Hell") admitted the charges and the documents were dumped by the campaign.
   She blamed the violation - by implication
- on her former campaign manager. "It was clear from the context that Wehby and her aides were referring to her former campaign manager, Charlie Pearce, who is now running [Republican] Dennis Richardson's campaign for governor." And Pearce is really pissed about it. He "denied having anything to do with the problem." One of those she admits having stolen material from was Karl Rove, the reviled campaign manager for George W. Bush.

Sept 16
City Council's, Mayor's Parking Permit Statement Disputed

Paul Cauthorn, a central person in the parking permit referendum, has disputed the statement of the city Council and the Mayor in support of the parking permit system proposed for areas adjacent to the university:
    "Eight members of the city council and the Mayor have endorsed a voter's pamphlet statement of support for measure 02-88 (expanded parking districts). The endorsed statement contains untrue and/or misleading claims, which likely violates state law.

The most glaring of the inaccurate statements is, "This program: only affects those of you who live or park within five blocks of OSU." That statement is not true.

People outside the districts will also be affected. Property owners in these districts will be affected. Business owners in these districts will be affected. Contractors doing business in these districts will be affected.

Citizens city wide would be affected by this program using city reserve funds, and the program will likely run at a loss requiring more city funds.

The outer boundary of the districts is beyond five blocks of any OSU buildings making the council's claim very questionable.

It is the belief of Citizens for Neighborhood Livability that these city councilors and the mayor, by endorsing this statement, have attempted "knowingly or with reckless disregard" to mislead the voters with false statements for the purpose of influencing the election. Their statement was paid for by the committee comprised of Gary Angelo, Trish Daniels, and Courtney Cloyd. The State of Oregon has specific laws about publishing false statements regarding measures.

It would be in the city council's and this pro-ordinance committee's best interest for this statement of support to be removed from the voter's pamphlet before printed publication.

Paul Cauthorn
Citizen for Neighborhood Livability
Corvallis, Oregon

Sept 14

Sweden's "Feminist Initiative"

As the latest polls show Oregonians still find Republicans to be repugnant, the elections elsewhere are heading into their final weeks. In Sweden, the Feminist Initiative, abbreviated as F!, is threatening to turn the process on its head. In Sweden, smaller parties can negotiate strongly with larger parties unable to form a majority government without them. The FI used the motto "Feminists In, Racists Out" to win a EU Parliament seat in Sweden for the first time, with their platform opposing discrimination of all varieties. F!'s platform includes the elimination of gender differences in pay, de-militarizing, a 6 hour work day and more. Update: Initial results show the FI movement won at least 3.1%, which puts them close to the 4% threshold for the Parliament. The Xenophobe Democrats took 12.9% in initial vote counts and the left-leaning Swedish Democrats took 43.7%.

Sept 12

James Clyburn

'Rep. James Clyburn, a sweet old Democrat from South Carolina who may or may not own a cellular device, has some ideas about how to organize voters in Ferguson and elsewhere. He told a C-SPAN caller, "We've got great tools to communicate... We can text - what do we call it? Sexting. Let's do some … organizing over the Internet." You can see Clyburn's aide chuckle [in videos] when he makes the gaffe.'

Republicans today killed an amendment which would have overturned the Citizens United decision and instead voted to allow a corporation to be defined as people and money to be "speech". Bribery now becomes synonymous with having a conversation. Birbery and crime in general are as much a part of the Republican platform as hatred of everyone who's not a rich white male. Even John McCain, who called the Citizens United decision "the worst decision ever" was whipped into line on the vote.

A new ad by the "candidate from hell", Republican Monica Wehby, has exposed the underside of a segment of gay male Portland. Ben West, one of 7 figures who filed to make gay marriage legal in Portland has endorsed Wehby and the Party who represent only straight rich white men, regardless of their own circumstances. The issue was openly exposed when a Portland gay bar, the Eagle, booked a white "blatently racist" Texan "comic" who pretends - in blackface - to be  "an inarticulate black welfare mother with 19 children" in his "comic" act. However, in its own perverse way, the endorsement may yet be a step toward a day when sexual preference is no longer a consideration in political life. Ben West would just be another one of a number of privileged Euro-American males voting for their own interests at the expense of all others.
    Meantime, he is apt to be viewed as one of those "self-loathing" Jewish males who sign up for white supremacist groups in the absurd hope they will come to be accepted.

Sept 10
An Oregon Republican legislator is likely violating two election laws by arranging discounts in a sleazy deal with a fashion shop to women who give cash to his campaign. "Olsen said he had not considered whether the fundraiser violated either law". After all, he's a Republican legislator and who ever heard of one following the law?

A secondary result of the anti-science Tea Party influence and Republican House dominance has been the drying up of research funds for science and many scientists, like those at OSU, are simply giving up.

The Republican speaker of South Carolina's House has been arrested on corruption charges.

The Scottish independence vote may depend on how immigrants vote. The author of a new study on that trend says 'Scottishness appeared 'more inclusive' than the English identity for many ethnic groups. Minorities, he said, 'increasingly view Englishness as a white-only identity,' while immigrants living in Scotland feel the country’s identity is more inclusive. 'Almost all minority groups are more likely to claim a Scottish identity in Scotland than an English identity in England'.

Sept 9
If you ever doubted that Republicans are dedicated to make sure ethnic minorities, women and youth can't vote,  'Georgia Sen. Fran Millar, Republican of Dunwoody, has vowed to fight a plan to allow voting on Sunday because precincts will be "dominated by African American shoppers and... several large African American mega churches," and he "would prefer more educated voters."

Sept 8
 According to a recent report, we have been creating more and more jobs in clean energy and clean transportation nationwide. That’s great news for both our economy and our environment.
   Oregon has led the way in investing in clean energy sources. You can see how these investments are paying off with hundreds of new jobs across the state, most recently near Klamath Falls, where a new expansion of innovative geothermal energy is underway.
   In fact, Oregon ranks third amongst states for electricity generation from renewable energy.
   Whether it’s biofuels, wind, solar, or energy-efficiency renovations, we can create great jobs and growth while also building a more sustainable, low-carbon, oil-independent economy.
   Please know I’ll keep encouraging investment in clean energy technologies to build a healthier future for the next generation and create more good-paying jobs for Oregonians.
All my best,

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Site Dedicated to the Memory of Eric McKinley, d. Iraq, 2002
Eric McKinley was our local connoisseur of ska music and cafe denizen whose unit was activated and sent to Iraq by George Bush to patrol with inadequately armored vehicles. When Congressional funds for armoring the vehicles were diverted by the notorious Republican Senator Ted Stevens of Alaska (later tried on corruption charges), Eric's unit was reduced to using plywood to give their vehicles some additional protection. When an insurgent's IED hit Eric's vehicle, his horrified teammates were forced to watch as the heat of the burning plywood began exploding the grenades strapped to Eric's body. Eric, you are not forgotten and will live forever in our hearts.
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Sept 19

Above: The silliness of US copyright laws became apparent once again as Youtube took down the Depoe Bay video over "concerns" (aka, a patent troll) the music in the background was copyrighted. Depoe Bay "City clerk Emma Lumaye told councilors she sent YouTube a receipt for rights to the music to show things were done by the book." To no avail.

Home Depot is now saying that 56 million credit cards were stolen in the recent data breach. A retail security researcher said "It’s hard to feel sorry for them when there are things they could have done to improve the security of these transactions". The company has absorbed losses of $62 million for credit monitoring, increased call center staffing, and legal and professional services", and is expected to be on the hook for bank card replacement fees, as well as re-imbursement of banks for any stolen merchandise.

A Gizmodo tech specialist wrote an exposé of Oracle revealing that the company started as a CIA pet project, and has been up to their ears in government spying and stipends since. "Oracle has pulled in billions of dollars each year working for governments at all levels for all manner of projects, the most high-profile of late being the disaster that was the Oregon health insurance exchange." Further, he argues, we may be fortunate that Oracle flopped. Our data would not have been secure. "Of all of the commercial databases, Oracle is the least secure," British security expert David Litchfield" said. That, in turn, is further evidence of the utter ineptitude of the Oregon IT managers who chose the firm.

Android is following suit with Apple and the majority of iphones in the country will now have a default encryption device which will prevent unwanted interception.

'Spearheaded by author Neal Stephenson, the Kickstarter campaign for Clang was pitched as thus: "Neal Stephenson wants to revolutionize sword fighting video games." Now, just over two years after successfully wrapping up a crowdfunding campaign that attracted more than $526,000 in pledges from over 9,000 people, Clang is officially dead.. "I've decided that it's cleaner and simpler to cut the cord, and announce the termination of Clang".' The technical aspects of the game as it developed we excellent, he says, but the game just wasn't fun enough. And all those involved were losing money with the game not yet complete.

Sept 18

Above: The Onion News has described a new case of an Oregon brain-dead teen who is unable to communicate with her family. "Her eyes just roll back in her head," says the girl's mother.." The real Caitlin is already gone. It's just a body texting."

Larry Ellison, generally considered one of the worst human beings on the planet, has stepped down in the wake of the company's alleged rip-off of the Oregon public for $300 million.

Those Adobe nag screens to update Reader shouldn't be ignored this week, as the company is updating the software to address "critical vulnerabilities".

Apple is taking a new hard line and is making it impossible for the company to unlock phones for the police or NSA, even with search warrants.

The shockingly popular Rock Band Network is being scuttled because, Harmonix says, technical issues have become overwhelming.

Sept 17

   Scott Kveton Gamer Jenne

Oregon State's former Open Source Lab manager, Scott Kveton, can breathe a little easier now that a grand jury has decided not to indict him for raping his ex-girlfriend, her lawyer has said. He added he was not sure what evidence, if any, was actually presented to the grand jury, since their proceedings are secret. He plans to file a lawsuit to " to address some of his questions through the civil case". The Oregonian has said that "E-mails and other electronic correspondence the woman provided to The Oregonian and to Portland police indicate that she and Kveton had a difficult, on-and-off-again relationship. They broke up repeatedly and reunited, amid recriminations on both sides, before separating for good last year". He was never accused by the woman of workplace harrassment and the Oregonian testifies that some in the Portland startup community are concerned that the charges against Kveton might side track the very serious gender issues ("Gamergate") of startups in general, and of games specifically.
    Corvallis's Jay Walker worked in open source gaming for several years and says the gender issues are paramount. Male gamers, he says, are out of hand at times, with a female gaming mascot Jenne, becoming a victim of "snuff" (death threats and porn "jokes".

A major "venture capitalist is freaking out because the startups he poured cash onto are losing money rapidly. " Burning cash. Losing money. Emphasis on the losing. And they are indeed sky high all over the US startup sector right now. And our portfolio is not immune to it. We have multiple portfolio companies burning multiple millions of dollars a month. Thankfully its not our entire portfolio. But it is more than I'd like and more than I'm personally comfortable with.
   I've been grumpy for months, possibly for longer than that, about this. I've pushed back on long term leases that I thought were outrageous, I've pushed back on spending plans that I thought were too aggressive and too risky, I've made myself a pain in the ass to more than a few CEOs. Why are the venomous ants I poured down my shirt biting me?"

The Supreme Court of Massachusetts says that Tesla can sell cars directly to consumers.

If you're a lapsed World of Warcraft player thinking about returning to the game for the upcoming Warlords of Draenor expansion, you may need to act quickly to keep your name.

Sept 16

Above: A young black male was not asked by Utah police why he was dressed as he was and carrying a samarai sword in his cosplay. When he got scared, he ran. They shot him in the back. He died.

Oracle is suing the state of Oregon again, claiming a copyright violation of the software that never worked, and for which they were paid $300 million. The suit simply points up the broken copyright system, which leaves users with a single remedy - pirating. Lawyers believe the copyright suit is just another ploy to remove the trial from state courts.

The damage done by a malware program first discovered this week was first activated 12 years ago and the damage done to banks, corporations and German speaking governments is "incalculable".

Games are now "far more powerful than movies at story telling" a CEO told the GamesBeat conference.

Sept 15
Alert! The most hated company in the US, Comcast, has started contacting customers who use Tor to threaten them with termination.

'If you use Twitch don't click on any suspicious links in the video streaming platform's chat feature. Twitch Support's official Twitter account issued a security warning telling users not to click the "csgoprize" link in chat. According to f-secure, the link leads to a Java program that asks for your name and email. If you provide the info it will install a file on your computer that's able to take out any money you have in your Steam wallet, as well as sell or trade items in your inventory. '

Microsoft has affirmed what every young gamer feared - they will buy Mojang, maker of Minecraft, for $2.5 billion.

The investor who backed Snapchat and Uber says his own startups are good, but that every one else's is headed for a dive.

'The new Super Smash Bros. for 3DS launched in Japan over the weekend, and with it, an unfortunate bug that causes a temporary ban for scoundrels who would dare to play as Peach.'

Air France has sent out 65,000 text messages telling passengers that their flight may be delayed as a result of a pilot's strike over cost-slashing outsourcing of pilots' jobs to compete with Middle East carriers offering lower rates.

Sept 14
Uber has proven as popular with cabbies in Eugene as elsewhere, with its ignorance of legal requirements there drawing a protest from the city's largest taxi service. “Selective enforcement of local ordinances is not acceptable and will ultimately result in a rogue public transportation system if Uber is allowed to continue to operate without regulation,” wrote the firm's lawyer to the city.

Bungie says that after 20 hours of playing Destiny, you will find it a very different game.

In Chongqing, China, people have become so exasperated with bumbling smart phone users barely aware of others or autos that the city has created special sidewalks dedicated to smart phone users so others needn't naviagte around them.

Sept 13

Above: A vampire bat was not impressed with the music from a wannabee rock star in Gresham and attacked, going for the neck. The bat tested positive for rabies.

Oregon realtors are warning that the "private conversation" between prospective buyers about offers, etc. are now largely impossible inside the home or on the premises due to snooping devices in many homes. "They hear a buyer talk about how much they love they house, they'd be willing to pay full price if they have to, etc., etc.," [realty lawyer] Fitzsimmons says in the video. "It gives a serious edge to the seller in that negotiation." It remains illegal to record conversations with out all parties knowing, but it's widely being done.

Utility companies are issuing a special alert for customers in the Valley and Corvallis. A scam playing out across the country is seeing an upsurge here. 'Scammers call residential or small business customers claiming to be from their local electric company and demand payment for overdue bills. Sometimes, the callers tell the intended victim that they need to pay a special deposit for a new meter installation. The scammer advises the customer to make a payment either immediately on the phone via credit card, by calling a special number, or by going to a local store to purchase a pre-paid card and calling back with the code.'

Observers in Corvallis - a dozen of them or so-  for the most part reported that Friday night was too lit by the moon or, alternatively, too hazy from fire smoke to see the Aurora Borealis last evening.

'Publisher Activision says its cross-gen shooter Destiny has accrued more than $500 million in revenue since the game launched on Tuesday. That money comes from retailers ordering the game, coupled with business from first parties, Activision says, which suggests it's not an indicator of sell-through or popularity. Activision has not revealed sales units.'

The GAO today is saying that the Republican fantasy of out-sourced government contractors is turning into a cyber-nightmare, with the contractors are running amok with sensitive information without adequate supervision.

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Sept 19
Angelina Jolie's Public Mastectomy Has Doubled Testing

The "Angelina Jolie" effect has resulted in genetic testing at twice the rate before her revelation and physician referrals for testing are up 250%.

In direct contrast to the city of Corvallis's approach to the riverfront, Tualatin decided that the answer to the rising river temperatures, due to the effluents amid a lack of trees along the river, was not the installation of $65 million chillers at the treatment facility but the re-planting of 5 million trees along the river bank. Only 1 million remain to be planted.

The Atlanta, Georgia based US Center for Disease Control says, worst case, they expect to see 550,000 cases "or more" of Ebola by January.

Sept 18

Oregon Golden Eagle May Be at Risk from Wind Power Project

A Philomath native and Oregon State researcher of golden eagles for more than 30 years, Frank Isaacs is cautioning against accepting the assertion of E.On, a Chicago based power company asserting there are no eagles near where their site is planned at Brush Canyon, Oregon. Isaacs says "said he recommends as many surveys as possible to determine how many golden eagles are in an area. The birds will maintain more than one nest in their territory, often rotating through the nests during different nesting seasons. Just because they didn’t see any eagles at a site, it doesn’t meant they aren’t there or they won’t be there,” he said."

Artificial sweeteners have now been sown to alter the intestine's bacteria, making diabetes 2 - glucose intolerance - inevitable and also infectious.

The call of a distressed baby seems to be primal, with mother deer rushing toward the call of distressed infants of other species as well as their own - seals, humans and mammots.

'A group of health officials charged with informing the public of how they can protect themselves from the hemorrhagic fever Ebola has disappeared in the Guinean village of Wome. A report from the BBC said that authorities fear the six people may have been abducted or killed.' UPDATE: The bodies of the aid workers have been located.

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