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A Report for Busy or Napping Students, Intellectuals, Plumbers, Vagrants  
Aug 21
Sara Gelser

Sara Gelser is now leading Betsy Close, who is widely regarded as the dumbest person in the state legislature, by a full 10 points in the latest polling (52%-42%). Gelser now enjoys the highest "favorability ratings" (3-1) of any legislator in the past 4 years. Close was never elected, was appointed to replace Frank Morse when he resigned, and observers at the time felt that Benton County Commissioners - all Democrats - chose her, among those nominated by Morse's party, because they knew she would be an intolerable embarrassment to County residents. They were not disappointed. Local Republicans could, however, have replaced her themselves and chose not to. They too, are an embarrassment to the County.

Tiny houses, once built on wheels for the backyards of the rich, have instead become a method of dealing with homelessness across the country, with Eugene pioneering the use for homeless people. Now Portland is following suit.
 

Above: a Portland couple was featured in the movie American Winter, which has now been nominated for and Emmy.

Aug 20
ACT scores for Oregon high school students are about a third - 30% - as high as the state's goal of 80% being college-ready. Only 15% of the state's African-American population, and only 22% of Latino-Americans tested college-ready in math. Even among Euro-Americans, who traditionally have had better access to superior schools, only 55%, and among Asian-Americans, only 61% are "college ready" in math.

The homeless in Oregon, and specifically in Portland, are pointing to the work that the late Robin Williams did on their behalf. He and Billy Crystal had testified before Congress on the issue. Portland's Street Roots applauded him for his testimony at the time that " the fastest growing population among the homeless being families with young children, as well as to the nonsense from former president Ronald Reagan that the only people who are homeless are those who have chosen to be so". Street Roots' tribute was that "With his passing, we lost a great advocate for people experiencing homelessness, in a sadly familiar way."


Aug 19

Tennessee, which has not been famous for education since the Scopes Monkey Trial, when a teacher was jailed for teaching about evolution, may be setting a new bar on the topic. Starting today, the Tennessee promise will pay for 2 years of community college or technical school tuition for graduating high school seniors. The Promise comes with volunteers and experts to ensure a maximum number of those enrolling in the program succeed. Oregon can do no less, surely. Student default rates have pushed Lane, Umpqua and Klamath Falls community colleges to "just inches" in default rates on student loans which would result in total federal cutoffs.

Aug 18

A new map culled from the data made available for the first time, due to the Affordable Care Act points to Benton County as one of the poorest in the state, despite having lower unemployment rates than  most Counties. The gray bars represent the state average, and the red bars the County's.
As a consequence, 18.3% of the County is classified as in the poverty range. Much of that is no doubt rural, and the role of the student population is unclear, although the difference may be moot, since a single student household and a single worker household have the same bills to meet.
   For some obscure reason, the measure many cities and counties have settled upon to address poverty - raising the minimum wage - seems to have evaded the notice of all 3 of Benton County's Commissioners. Case after case has shown that an income rise for everyone in an affected geographic area ensues.

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Column from Color of Change.org
COLOR US AMERICA
 

Last night, St. Louis and Ferguson police — dressed in camouflage and equipped with armored tanks and military rifles — fired tear gas, rubber coated bullets, and flash grenades at thousands of Black residents exercising their right to peacefully assemble and demand accountability for the police killing of 18-year-old Michael Brown. Many were injured in the war-like environment as police displayed a blatant disregard for civil rights — unlawfully arresting dozens of people including members of the press. Local authorities have proven incapable and the federal government must step in.

Tell President Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder to step in and provide federal marshals to protect Missouri from an out of control police force.

Earlier today, President Obama said:
"Now is the time for an open and transparent process to see that justice is done. And I've asked that the attorney general and the U.S. attorney on the scene continue to work with local officials to move that process forward."

But that's not enough. President Obama and US Attorney General Eric Holder must take definitive action to increase oversight and enforce a higher national standard that ends rampant police misconduct and protects the civil rights of Black Missourians. If not, matters will only get worse.

Join me in calling on President Obama and Attorney General Holder to intervene and protect Missouri from an unaccountable and violent police force. And when you are done, ask your friends and family to do the same.

And it's not just Ferguson. Systemic militarization of law enforcement combined with long-held racial bias and the criminalization of Black residents has turned those exercising their constitutional right to peacefully assemble and protest in Ferguson into enemy combatants of a highly militarized and violent police force. This must end and there's no time to waste.

Thanks and peace,

— Matt, Rashad, Arisha, Jamar, Lyla and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team


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Dan Savage's

SAVAGE LOVE
 ("It Gets Better")
DEAR SAVAGE,
I am a 38-year-old married woman. My husband of 18 years is 22 years my senior. I credit my husband for giving me a good life and helping me pursue goals. But my husband is a type-A professional, and that has played out in the bedroom. He has always been disinterested in my pleasure. When our kids were little, I did not want sex as often as he did ("only" twice a week). I suggested that he masturbate in the shower if he wanted a morning quickie. His answer: A married man "should not have to pleasure himself." That attitude about my wifely duties also translates into myriad other household tasks that fall into my lap. Hubby, by the way, does not fall into my lap. If I ask for oral, he tells me to "clean it really, really well," then he'll "think about doing that." This makes me feel disgusting. I have tried to spice up our sex life. For years, it has been penis in the vagina, missionary position or doggy style. It can feel pretty "rapey" a lot of the time, as he typically comes at me rounding third base and then—bam—it's over in five minutes. If I initiate or get on top, he loses his erection because I am "attacking him." A few months ago, I told a friend that I had never once received "enthusiastic oral." She said it made sense that my husband didn't enjoy doing it because it was a "domination thing" that mostly submissive men enjoy. A little information can be a dangerous thing. I started visiting online domination forums. I hinted about these interests to my husband and got shot down (of course). This is a huge contrast to my new "online friends," who would love to meet and orally service me. Two of these "sub males" want me to "own" them. This is heady stuff. I have spoken to each of them on the phone and exchanged hundreds of e-mails. (Meeting strangers sounds scary, I know, but I have kept my identity secret and have insisted on knowing these gents' real and verifiable info.) I want to take this into "real life." This is the happiest I have been in my entire life, and I want to act on these desires. My husband is my only concern. He is my best friend, and I don't want to lose that. I feel like I can't even tell him about the online stuff. He is so rigid. I am stuck. How do I deal with this?

-Don't Offend My Man Ever

On the one hand... a man who demands "rapey" sex on his schedule for 18 years, makes his wife feel bad about her genitals, and isn't open to trying new things is begging to be cheated on. So go ahead and get some enthusiastic oral from those sub males, DOMME, you more than deserve it.

On the other hand... you say your rapey, pussy-disparaging, sex-shaming husband is your best friend (baffling!) and you don't want to lose him (equally baffling!). And without a doubt, a guy with his retrograde attitudes about sex, gender roles, and "wifely duties" would divorce you if he found out you cheated on him—and some days it feels like most people who cheat wind up getting caught—so you probably shouldn't take this into "real life," as it could wind up nuking your marriage.

But on the other other hand... your husband sounds like the type of guy who would regard your secret online life as cheating—the hundreds of e-mails, the phone calls, the hours lurking on domination websites—and divorce you just the same if he found out. So you might as well go ahead and fuck those subs, DOMME, because if you get caught—and you probably will—you'll be in the same trouble whether or not you got some enthusiastic oral from a sub male in "real life."
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DEAR MEXICAN:
 I'm a handsome exemplar of the bronze race living in the motherland. I'm dating a beautiful and wonderful gringuita who is soon taking a trip over the border from the U.S. to Mexico for the first time to visit me and my pinche big family. There are a couple of things that worry me, though. First of all, she seems to have a fairly pessimistic view of Mexico (probably due to anti-Mexican propaganda and inherited biased family ideas). She says she's very excited to visit, but I can sense there's fear in her. What would you suggest I do so I can erase all her wrong gabacho misconceptions of la madre patria? Secondly, I fear for her health once she gets to eat real Mexican food. What can I do to ameliorate the devastating effects our unique cuisine has on unsuspecting foreigners and spare her from Montezuma's revenge, while still allowing her to delight herself in some great enchiladas or chiles rellenos?

El Guapo de México

DEAR HANDSOME ONE FROM MEXICO: To ameliorate your beloved's fears, just give her a nightly dose of your chorizo. As for Montezuma's revenge, I cite my answer from my libro, which you should buy a fourth copy of, just for the hell of it: "One of the worst cultural insults you can throw at people is to say that their food gives you diarrhea, and that's why the English language has so many euphemisms for the thing—Gandhi's revenge, Gyppy tummy, Delhi belly, the Rangoon runs, Tokyo trots. But none has stuck better in the gabacho mind than Montezuma's revenge, named after the Aztec emperor who lorded over Tenochtitlán when the Spaniards came. Spanish accounts maintain that Ol' Monty loved to drink his chocolate laced with muchos chiles, and his digestive tract cleared out almost daily. Whether it's true or not is a matter of historical intrigue, but the stereotype was quickly gobbled up by gabachos eager to fulfill their critique of Mexicans as a dirty, ugly race whose food can cause that disgusting stuff. That's the gabacho way—blame their weak digestive tract on the natives."

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Aug 21
Erica Etta Bonito

Ms Bonito started serving a 30 day assault sentence after police said she showed "up drunk to her baby’s father’s house and trying to take their 1-year-old child away by force. She reportedly punched a 78-year-old relative of the baby’s father repeatedly in the face as the woman was holding the child."
   In related news, scientists are now saying that the neanderthals and modern human beings overlapped by several thousand years, and the idea of romantic entanglements between the two species is now considered more likely than not, given the shared DNA.
   On the topic of neanderthals, a Missouri politician under fire for racist posts has apologized and explained that "I was a very active Republican at the time". That made him a little unpopular with those who have not yet renounced their former folly and remain Republicans.

In "open carry" news, two felons who are "known gang associates" were pulled over in Portland and arrested after their car was searched when officers discovered an outstanding warrant for one.
   A Multnomah County judge threw out a lawsuit by gun fetishists trying to over turn Multnomah County's ordinance which "makes it illegal to possess a loaded gun in public anywhere in the county, with some exceptions for concealed weapons permit holders, hunters and a few other groups. It also bans firing a gun anywhere in the county, and mandates that gun owners must take precautions to keep their weapons out of the hands of minors.".
 

Nicole Laube

Police are now saying that the apartment manager stabbed to death in Cedar Mill was not randomly stabbed but had been targeted and sought out.

Police in Yamhill County are looking for a light blue older pickup which passed a teen jogger at the time we was hit by a blow gun dart.

A 34-year-old woman made a naked flagpole climb on the roof of a downtown Portland office building. She stripped, "hauled down the flag and then wrapped herself in it, brandishing a lighter and fire extinguisher." She then flung glue on cars below. Police officers sent her to a hospital for evaluation since "she appeared to be in a mental health crisis and may have been taking stimulant drugs".
 

Above: A Milwaukie, Oregon man in a videotaped beating of an old man, Timothy Sullivan, was sentenced to 6 months in jail. He requested instead for work release but the judge "denied it due to the violent nature of the crime and his past record".

Two men were shot outside the Rock Wood Fired Pizza and Spirits restaurant in Salem, in a gunfight that "saw people diving under cars, parents picking-up small children, and cars speeding out of the area".

A deck boss, Richard Clayton Palek, of a fishing trawler from Astoria is in trouble after assaulting a federal fisheries observer at sea.
 

Above: An experimental method based upon a TED talk of Evergreen college professor Nalini Nadkarni is being tried at Oregon's Snake River prison, where two thirds of the 20 tiers of the Intensive Management Unit (IMU) have been classified as mentally ill. Under the Reagan administration, the nation's mental health system was dismantled and prisons now largely serve instead as the US's mental health system.
   Nadkarni's system is simple. It consists of a relaxing chair in a room filled with natural images. The videos have a blue hue, as do most videos, so the room is called the Blue Room. The initial results are slightly positive but officers and Nadkarni remain hopeful. Many anecdotes give them reason. One especially violent inmate was re-assigned another cell and refused to move. The officers wanted to calm the escalating situation and te inmate was asked if he wanted to spend an hour in the blue room, after which he voluntarily packed his things and moved to the new cell.

A victim of a rape by a University of Tulsa football star says the university shoved the issue under the rug, although the perpetrator had already raped other women at the University of Oklahoma and in Idaho.

A Seattle mother found that her child's school district had routinely ignored reported rapes in violation of Title IX, including that of her own daughter. "A hospital exam found vaginal trauma, semen streaked in her pubic hair, and in her anus. The hospital diagnosed her with rape trauma syndrome, and her victim advocate at the hospital was quoted as saying that the girl 'presented as one who had experienced a rape.”
 

Above: In the easing situation in Missouri, one officer determined to fan the flames as best he could by threatening to kill a journalist.
   In other law enforcement news, a New Mexico cop was under arrest with his son today. 'According to U.S. District Attorney Damon Martinez, the younger Rodella was with his father and driving his dad's unmarked personal Jeep on March 11 when they chased down a 26-year-old driver—identified by the Rio Grande Sun as Michael Tafoya—who prosecutors say was driving the posted speed limit of 35 mph. The two Rodellas (neither of whom were in uniform) allegedly tailgated and eventually stopped Tafoya and challenged him to a fight. Prosecutors say that Tafoya then drove away again. When the Rodellas managed to pull Tafoya over again, Sheriff Rodella got out of his Jeep, jumped into Tafoya's vehicle and beat the man with his revolver. Tafoya, who federal prosecutors say was begging the Rodellas not to shoot him, was then allegedly dragged out of his vehicle and thrown to the ground by Rodella Jr. The senior Rodella then allegedly pulled Tafoya's head up out of the dirt by his hair, shoved his badge in Tafoya's face and yelled, "You want to see my badge? Here's my badge, motherf*cker!"
 

Above: In bigot news...
   Wikipedia once again was forced to block users from the Republican aisle of the House of Representatives who were editing heavily with entries, especially Netflix's Orange is the New Black, bashing transgendered people.
   Christian fanatics are screaming that the ice-bucket challenge will be funding stem-cell research, which they oppose as much as they oppose the teaching of geology, history and evolution.
   Among the more notable is tele-evangelist Pat Robertson, who is also blaming Obama for hospital records. "We need a revolution in this country to change this stuff,” Robertson lamented. “You know, I had a little procedure or something done. And I’m sitting there, and this nurse is saying, ‘Well, tell us about this.’ And she’s accessing in her computer, ‘Well, how many vitamins do you take? How about something else? When did you have…?’ She spent forever and forever logging stuff into the computer because that’s what they want to do!” He called it an example of "socialism".

Gabriel Hernandez

   In a heart breaking tale, an eight year old boy's parents called him gay and made him go to school in a dress, and punished him whenever he played with dolls. School teachers repeatedly reported the child's abuse.
   Gabriel's mother, Pearl Fernandez, called 911 and told them that her son was not breathing. 'She told sheriff's deputies who arrived at the apartment that Gabriel had fallen and hit his head on a dresser, according to testimony. When paramedics arrived, they found Gabriel naked in a bedroom, not breathing, with a cracked skull, three broken ribs and BB pellets embedded in his lung and groin. He died two days later. "It was just like every inch of this child had been abused," testified James Cermak, a Los Angeles County Fire Department paramedic'.
   His mother and step father 'doused him with pepper spray, forced him to eat his own vomit and locked him in a cabinet with a sock stuffed in his mouth to muffle his screams... Investigators searching the family's apartment after Gabriel's death found bloodstains, BB gun holes and a wooden club covered in his blood.'
   A Hamas politician today said the armed wing of the party had carried out the kidnapping and execution of 3 Jewish teens in Palestine. Since then, 2000 Palestinians have been killed in reprisals that also took 67 Israeli lives.


Aug 20
This is the column in which we pay our respects. A moment of silence, please:

Larry Richey

Corvallis grocery legend Larry Richey, who managed the 9th street location, the last of 3 stores in town,  until the grocery closed, has died. Richey's was famed for having the best produce in town, as much of it locally grown as was seasonable. The store closed when the new owners demanded an investment that didn't "pencil out", Richey's said at the time. Richey's support of local baseball was legendary.

Today's mugshot:

Robert Lee Chittim

Mr. Chittim has been arrested again, for attempted assault, harassment, etc. Mr. Chittim was famed 12 years ago for being stabbed. He has been arrested 4 times in the past several years. In some quarters, that can be considered progress.

Brett Robinon

A second Washington County jailer, Brett Robinson, has turned herself in after a grand jury indicted her for having sex with an inmate. She is the 2nd jailer to be arrested for sex with the sam inmate, whose name is Christian Bale (just kidding, but be honest - wouldn't YOU if it WERE? Don't be so judgmental!)).

Zachary Brimhall of Coos Bay shot his father after calling him for help with a car problem, then "just started driving down the beach road shooting at cars" before killing himself. Inside one of the cars, a Michigan man was sleeping and was killed by the shots.

Willamette Weekly is looking into why Sesso, a "swinger's club" in Portland owned by porn actor Ron Jeremy was granted special treatment by Portland's Assistant Fire Marshal Doug Jones, who drove 29 miles after being called by the club about a fire marshal's inspection and then intervened to overrule the inspector.

A police officer whose teacher wife was sentenced for sex with a 16 year old, and then was himself sued for pulling the boy over, the boy claimed, with a drawn weapon on traffic stops, has been "cleared" by the Sherwood Police Department. Whatever that means. The wife was sentenced to 30 days in jail last April.

In "open carry" news, an African American gun club named for Black Panther Party founder Huey Newton has begun patrolling their neighborhoods in Dallas, Texas to watch out for "black-on-black crime, violence, police terror, etcetera, etcetera."

In religious crime news, an Englishman who has taken up with Moslem extremists in Syria has beheaded an American journalist. Jewish bigots in charge in Israel killed the wife and daughter of a Hamas chief with bombs.



Aug 19

Bradley Alan Gaylord

Mr. Gaylord was picked up on warrants from Linn County for carrying a concealed weapon and for failing to show up on earlier charges. Mr. Gaylord was arrested twice here a year ago for failing to appear, polce say, on charges of car prowling and theft.
Otherwise, it was a quiet night, with Lance Palmer arrested on an alleged parole/ probation violation for stealing a car.

In city Council news, the rest of the Council seemed a little "put out" at the method used to hire an interim City Manager after the decision of Jim Patterson to move to a job better fitted for him, raising money for OSU sports. The mayor, city Council member president Richard Hervey, and and vice president Biff Traber made the decision. Council member Bruce Sorte said the decision was "inappropriate". "I don’t support this process. Think about the other councilors. They want to be part of that decision.”

In a related story:

Tomb of Augustus

The tomb of Augustus, the all-powerful ruler of Rome, who died 2,000 years ago is today used as a toilet by the city's homeless.

Ervaeua Herring

A Portland meeting of "Enough is Enough" was held to condemn the violence in the city after the death of Ervaeua Herring, a young woman was shot as she slept, by a group of African American men believed to be emptying their guns at the wall of her apartment in an attempt to kill her boyfriend. Some held forth little hope for the meeting producing results, with one outspoken attendee walking out after saying he was "fed-up with these get togethers". He proposed focusing on education.

New data from the WSJ today says that nearly one third of all Americans have been arrested in the "past two decades of the War on Crime".

Around the country, the increasingly violent, repressive confrontations in St. Louis (Ferguson) have drawn a severe criticism from around the world, with descriptions of the US as a "failed state". Journalists were arrested again and molotov cocktails were hurled. Police have removed their name tags and claim they came under gunfire. Soldiers from the National Guard were present but appeared to play a minor role. Egypt issued a statement urging the government to use "maximum restraint and caution" in the violence.

In the southland bible belt, Georgia officials are still refusing to pay the medical bills of a child injured when a mis-informed drug raid by a SWAT team blew up a stun grenade in the infant's crib.
   Also in Georgia, a judge told a mother who held her 8 year old daughter down while her boyfriend raped the child and had the child assist her in oral sex was told by the judge that "You may be the vilest bitch that I have ever met". The boyfriend's father turned the couple in after learning of the ordeal.

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.

 
 
 
Planned Parenthood COLUMN
 Cecile Richards, Pres. Planned Parenthood
There's a fight brewing on the West Coast that could put the pro-women's health majority in the U.S. Senate at risk.

Oregon's Senator Jeff Merkley is a champion for women's health, women's rights and more opportunities for women to get ahead. Donate now to support Jeff in his tough fight for re-election.

Here are three things you need to know about Jeff Merkley:

He has a 100% rating from Planned Parenthood Action Fund — and he was the first man ever to receive the Pro-Choice Champion Award from the Planned Parenthood Advocates of Oregon.

Jeff led the fight for the "right to pump" law — requiring employers to provide nursing mothers with adequate time and space for pumping milk at work.

Calling Jeff Merkley her "friend and mentor," Senator Elizabeth Warren said this:

"Jeff not only has the right progressive values, but he's willing to take on the tough fights. Look, he won't toot his own horn because he's a humble guy — and because he cares more about results than about attention — but if you're looking for one of the strongest progressive leaders in the Senate, it's Jeff Merkley."

But as awesome as Jeff Merkley is, his re-election is far from guaranteed. In 2008, he won narrowly with just 49% of vote.

Will you stand with Planned Parenthood Action Fund and donate $3 right now to re-elect Jeff Merkley?

And now, as of this week, there are millions of dollars in attack ads trying to take him down — funded by right-wing billionaires who most certainly don't share our values.

Senator Merkley's opponent, Monica Wehby, called Justice Scalia her "ideal" justice and Justice Samuel Alito, "best of all." It's no surprise that she "doesn't see a problem with" the terrible Hobby Lobby decision. She'd repeal the Affordable Care Act, taking away contraceptive coverage from millions of Americans. And she'd have voted against the Paycheck Fairness Act.

In the face of the attacks, will you have Jeff's back? Will you join his one-day "money bomb" by donating today?

Thank you!

Cecile Richards
 
   
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Friday, August 15 through Thursday August 21.
HELD OVER for Friday, August 8th.

THE GRAND SEDUCTION: A fish-out-of-water fable set within a fabulously scenic backdrop, against which wholesome humor and a thoroughgoing humanist streak play out and intertwine with gentle, unforced ease.



BELLE:It boasts all the surface beauty that fans of period pictures have come to expect, but Belle also benefits from its stirring performances and subtle social consciousness.



MOOD INDIGO: French filmmaker Michel Gondry (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) returns home to let his manic imagination run wild.



OPENING Friday, August 15th



MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT: Love makes the magic in Woody Allen's latest movie, and it helps to have such likable stars as Colin Firth and Emma Stone in the leading roles.



BEGIN AGAIN: Writer-director John Carney's (ONCE) charming work from its well-matched leads, Begin Again is difficult to resist. Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, Mark Ruffalo.

MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT --PG-13


Chinese conjuror Wei Ling Soo is the most celebrated magician of his age, but few know that he is the stage persona of Stanley Crawford (Colin Firth), a grouchy and arrogant Englishman with a sky-high opinion of himself and an aversion to phony spiritualists' claims. Persuaded by his friend, Howard Burkan (Simon McBurney), Stanley goes on a mission to the Côte d'Azur mansion of the Catledge family: mother Grace (Jacki Weaver), son Brice (Hamish Linklater), and daughter Caroline (Erica Leerhsen). He presents himself as a businessman named Stanley Taplinger in order to debunk the alluring young clairvoyant Sophie Baker (Emma Stone) who is staying there with her mother (Marcia Gay Harden). Sophie arrived at the Catledge villa at the invitation of Grace, who is convinced that Sophie can help her contact her late husband, and once there, attracted the attention of Brice, who has fallen for her head over heels. What follows is a series of events that are magical in every sense of the word and send the characters reeling. In the end, the biggest trick MAGIC IN THE MOONLIGHT plays is the one that fools us all.


BEGIN AGAIN --R

The latest film from writer-director John Carney (ONCE), BEGIN AGAIN is a soul-stirring comedy about what happens when lost souls meet and make beautiful music together. Gretta (Keira Knightley) and her long-time boyfriend Dave (Adam Levine) are college sweethearts and songwriting partners who decamp for New York when he lands a deal with a major label. But the trappings of his new-found fame soon tempt Dave to stray, and a reeling, lovelorn Gretta is left on her own. Her world takes a turn for the better when Dan (Mark Ruffalo), a disgraced record-label exec, stumbles upon her performing on an East Village stage and is immediately captivated by her raw talent. From this chance encounter emerges an enchanting portrait of a mutually transformative collaboration, set to the soundtrack of a summer in New York City. BEGIN AGAIN is produced and financed by Exclusive Media and produced by Anthony Bregman, Tobin Armbrust and Judd Apatow.



BELLE --R



BELLE is inspired by the true story of Dido Elizabeth Belle (Gugu Mbatha-Raw), the illegitimate mixed race daughter of Admiral Sir John Lindsay (Matthew Goode). Raised by her aristocratic great-uncle Lord Mansfield (Tom Wilkinson) and his wife (Emily Watson), Belle's lineage affords her certain privileges, yet her status prevents her from the traditions of noble social standing. While her cousin Elizabeth (Sarah Gadon) chases suitors for marriage, Belle is left on the sidelines wondering if she will ever find love. After meeting an idealistic young vicar's son bent on changing society, he and Belle help shape Lord Mansfield's role as Lord Chief Justice to end slavery in England.


MOOD INDIGO --NR

Eminently inventive Michel Gondry finds inspiration from French novelist Boris Vian's cult novel to provide the foundation for this visionary and romantic love story starring Audrey Tautou (Amélie, Coco Before Chanel) and Romain Duris (The Beat My Heart Skipped). Set in a charmingly surreal Paris, Duris plays wealthy bachelor Colin, whose hobbies include developing his pianocktail (a cocktail-making piano) and devouring otherworldly dishes prepared by his trusty chef Nicolas (Omar Sy, TheUntouchables). When Colin learns that his best friend Chick (Gad Elmaleh, The Valet), a fellow acolyte of the philosopher Jean-Sol Partre, has a new American girlfriend, our lonely hero attends a friend's party in hopes of falling in love himself. He soon meets Chloé (Audrey Tautou) and, before they know it, they're dancing to Duke Ellington and plunging headfirst into a romance that Gondry rapturously depicts as only he can. Their whirlwind courtship is tested when an unusual illness plagues Chloe; a flower begins to grow in her lungs. To save her, Colin discovers the only cure is to surround Chloe with a never-ending supply of fresh flowers. MOOD INDIGO was nominated for three 2014 César Awards: Étienne Charry (Best Original Music), Florence Fontaine (Best Costume) and Stéphane Rozenbaum (Best Production Design).



THE GRAND SEDUCTION --PG-13

A small fishing village must procure a local doctor to secure a lucrative business contract. When unlikely candidate and big city doctor Paul Lewis lands in their lap for a trial residence, the townsfolk rally together to charm him into staying. As the doctor's time in the village winds to a close, acting mayor Murray French has no choice but to pull out all the stops and begin The Grand Seduction.





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BEAT THE DEVIL (1963)--NR
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Romance and suspense in Paris, as a woman is pursued by several men who want a fortune her murdered husband had stolen. Who can she trust? Cary Grant, Audrey Hepburn

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Above: The dams holding up salmon migration have been a challenge since their creation and the new fish cannon are the latest response.

Aug 21
The CEO of Portland's Galena BioPharma has resigned after the SEC accused the startup of stock manipulation. 'The firm hired an investor-relations firm to post essays that were presented online as objective analyses without disclosing that they were paid for by the firm, as appears to be required by federal law. Following the campaign, executives and directors of the firm.. made millions by selling shares at a profit.' The price of Galena shares collapsed when the investigation was launched, from $7+ to $2.20 today.

A research team showed today, using a real site in Michigan, that it is a simple matter to take control of an entire web of traffic lights. You can read their report here.

An Austrian law student's class action lawsuit concerning Facebook privacy violations has drawn 60,000 backers.

Burning Man

Above: The New York Times says that the Burning Man Festival, recently a tad lame, has now become the Nevada equivalent of Aspen or Sun Valley in Idaho. "The rich are flown in on private planes, then picked up at the Burning Man airport, driven to their camp and served like kings and queens for a week. (Their meals are prepared by teams of chefs, which can include sushi, lobster boils and steak tartare — yes, in the middle of 110-degree heat.)"

Gwyneth Paltrow, the quack who is famous for her belief that waterdrops can think, is Uber's latest champion.

An Elephant's "Selfie"

Above: The US Patent Office ruled today that animal "selfies", like this one of an elephant, cannot be patented. The case arose concerning a monkie "selfie" which went viral.

'A study last month of more than 10,000 app makers by market analysts VisionMobile found that 1.6 per cent of developers make more than the other 98.4 per cent combined.. Amid the apparent wealth, the mood is gloomy among the independent coders and small businesses that make most of the apps now available for Apple and Google devices. Luc Vandal, founder of Montreal app shop Edovia, sums up the feeling of many: “Let’s face it, the app gold rush is over.”

'Cody Littley’s new hard drive can only hold a single kilobyte of data—about one millionth of what you can cram onto those finger-nail-sized microSD cards - and it can’t exactly slide into the back of your smartphone. But it’s still an impressive creation. Littley built it himself, inside the virtual world of Minecraft.'

'New supercomputing calculations provide the first evidence that particles predicted by the theory of quark-gluon interactions but never before observed are being produced in heavy-ion collisions'.

'Calls of animals contain more language-like characteristics than previously believed. Scientists reached this conclusion after analyzing the vocal sequences of seven species of birds and mammals, from Carolina chickadees to bats and orangutans'


Aug 20
Hackers have turned their attention to Eugene's McKenzie Hospital and stolen patient data. No credit card information was taken but that is not the point of the hospital break-ins being organized from Asia. Insurance information is the goal.

As if you didn't know, a new study shows US patent laws and patent trolls have destroyed innovation. A new study by researchers at Harvard and the University of Texas provides some insight on this question. Drawing from data on litigation, R&D spending, and patent citations, the researchers find that firms that are forced to pay NPEs (either because they lost a lawsuit or settled out of court) dramatically reduce R&D spending: losing firms spent $211 million less on R&D, on average, than firms that won a lawsuit against a troll.

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Above: The traditional dilemma to be solved for alternative energy theorists has been the storage issue but physicist Amory Lovins says that's not really much of an issue at all.

Aug 21
ALERT! The Food Bank has issued a recall of almond and peanut butter. "The recalled product is in pint sized glass jars with a white label listing ingredients and stating 'distributed by Oregon Food Bank.'
 

Willamette Country Music Fest

Above: Two people who attended the Willamette Country Music Festival in Brownsville are suing, saying they were physically handled by security guards at the event after an argument between a Florence man, Bruce Rider, and the guards, following which his companion Tiffany Bookhout was also wrestled with, tearing her shirt and exposing her breasts. Rider was acquitted of charges laid against him of harrassment and assault.

OSU veterinarians have confirmed the deadly West Nile virus in a second mosquito sample sent in from Jackson County, Oregon.

Beekeepers in Clackamas County, considered the state's most inept and corrupt by many, have experienced a massive die-off and are not exactly buying OSU's protest that pesticides were not involved. OSU's Agriculture Department has been criticized many times as merely an extension of chemical and GM corporations.
   In related news, the drought that has ravaged California fields has caused bee production of honey to plummet in that state.

Portland Bottling, which heavily backed a defeated referendum disrupting the Portland water Bureau, is still trying to avoid a $449,000+ fine for illegally dumping 21 million gallons of waste, but is now wanting to cut a deal.

Sunscreen is best used in your own back yard. 'The same chemical compounds that are helping people live longer, sunnier lives are hurting the ocean. A new study published in Environmental Science & Technology found that when slathered-up beachgoers go for a dip, the traces of sunscreen that wash off into the ocean poison phytoplankton, the microscopic plant life that anchor the marine food web.'

The diversion of water to corporate almond farms in the California drought has left salmon in the Klamath River susceptible to the gill rot which killed tens of thousands in 2002.

An epidemic of vandals cruelly and illegally targeting gulls along the coast has been reported in Waldport.

The University of Bonn has released details of a study from a polio epidemic in Africa, in 2010. The conclusion is alarming. Polio has evolved to the point that it is able to sidestep the vaccine.

The ongoing drought in southern Oregon and California has released so much water that the earth's surface has risen .016 inches and 63 trillion gallons of water have been lost.

China has pulled the safety certificates that allowed the production of "Frankenfood" (GMO) versions of rice and corn. GMO advocates have been attacked in the midst of lectures in China.

Scientists now believe that tuberculosis was brought to the Americas from the Old World by seals only 6,000 years ago.

The overwhelmed crematorium in Liberia has exceeded its capacity to burn the bodies of ebola victims and has now begun to send them back to the hospitals.

An unknown source of ozone-depleting carbon tetrachloride is still spewing the chemical into the atmosphere decades after it was banned world wide.
 

The Challenge

One of the creators of the ice-bucket challenge, which raised almost $30 million for ALS research, has drowned in an accident in Nantucket.

Aug 20
The current Ebola outbreak in West Africa has been traced back to a single "faith healer" in Guinea.
   A patient in Sacramento, California, who is believed to have been exposed to the Ebola virus has been isolated there.

Finland is committed to jettisoning the personal automobile. "From on-demand buses to city bikes to Kutsuplus mini-transport vans, the Finnish capital is trying to change the whole concept of getting around in a city. "Under the plan, all these services will be accessed through a single online platform. People will be able to buy their transport in service packages that work like mobile phone tariffs: either as a complete monthly deal or pay as you go options based on individual usage. Any number of companies can use the platform to offer transport packages, and if users find their travel needs change, they'll be able to switch packages or moved to a rival with a better deal."

Aug 19
Oregon fire chiefs joined with both Oregon Senators in Eugene to voice their alarm over the way the Obama administration is permitting oil trains to run freely through Oregon without notifying local departments, who are ill equipped. "One tank car on fire would be a very significant event for any fire department in this room", said the Lane County fire chief, and the oil trains carry more than 30 tank cars. Fuel suppressants on hand to fire departments often consist of " a few hundred gallons of the foam used to suppress fuel fires. Thousands of gallons would be needed to fight a flaming tank car."

Portland's new comprehensive land use land use rules will do "something unthinkable in the 1990s and 2000s — reducing density" on 2,100 acres. "To put 2,100 acres in perspective, it’s equal to the combined acreage of the Oregon Zoo, Mount Tabor and Washington parks, the Laurelhurst neighborhood, the River District and South Waterfront District, and the entire campuses of Portland State University and Oregon Health & Science University, including its Hillsboro campus."

Iceland's Bardarbunga volcano looks as if it's about to erupt again. Another volcano in Iceland erupted in 2010 and played havoc with European air traffic for a week.


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Fred Harwin and His Eye

Above:  40 years ago, Fred Harwin and his girlfriend were in the back seat of a car when 2 men went into a road rage fit and stopped, attacked the car's occupants, smashing Harwin's glasses and cutting his eye, which he lost. He is now a Portland ocularist and has created eyes for 3,000 others.

Aug 21
The Oregon Department of Agriculture have told farmers that cattle prices have reached a level which is likely to trigger a re-emergence of cattle rustlers.

Bank of America will pay, not the public but to the "vulture capitalists" who bought their sham real estate mortgages, $17 billion in a settlement.

Aug 20
Foreclosures in Oregon rose in July, and are expected to rise for the next 2 months as the effects of  legislation wear off.

Oregon's Department of State Lands rejected a proposal to ship almost 10 million tons of coal from Wyoming and Montana through Oregon to Asia has been rejected, much to the relief of the tribes, environmentalists and governor. "This application has been scrutinized for months. "We believe our decision is the right one, considering our regulatory parameters laid out in Oregon law, and the wealth of information we have received from the applicant and the public," ," said Mary Abrams, state lands director. "This is the beginning of the end for this toxic threat," said Carlos Smith, chairman of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission and a member of the Warm Springs Tribal Council".

Despite pressure from gun safety advocates, the parent of Fred Meyer's is resisting introducing a no-guns policy like those adopted by Target and Starbuck's. Fred Meyer's not only sells nuts, but caters to them.

With record wheat harvests, the railroad congestion due to shipments of coal and oil to Asia have been squeezing Oregon farmers and Burlington Northern says they are trying to catch up on the backlog as best they can, without endangering profits from the fuel shipments to Asia.

China has launched a new campaign to re-invigorate the stagnant economy of the northeast. "China will speed up the construction of eight rail lines and build or expand 10 regional airports in the region, the document said. A new state-owned regional investment company will be established to hasten the reorganization of poorly run SOEs in the region, the document said. The central government will support emerging industries including robotics, gas turbines, advanced marine engineering equipment and integrated circuits, as well as expanding the service industry of the region. For traditional sectors such as agriculture, the document said the northeast provinces' status as a core grain production base will be strengthened. Grain storage and logistical facilities will be improved. The central government will fund the building of affordable housing and grain logistics facilities, included in a 60-billion-yuan (9.7 billion U.S. dollars) new credit reserve for shanty town renovation by the China Development Bank."



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