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Students, Intellectuals, Plumbers, Vagrants
Apr 24 A bomb threat at OSU tonight emptied several dorms and some
midterms were cancelled (THAT'S suspicious). Before the buildings were
swept and declared safe(Bloss Hall and N2 first), an alert was sent
"All residence hall facilities at Oregon state University's
Corvallis campus are being immediately evacuated following the receipt of a
phone message Thursday evening, April 24, indicating that an explosive device
had been placed in an undisclosed OSU Corvallis residence hall. Any information
related to suspicious packages or suspicious individuals observed on campus
should immediately be reported to the Oregon state Department of Public Safety
at 541-737-7000. displaced residents are instructed to go to either the Valley
Library or the Memorial Union."
an application specializing in informal method of renting rooms or
dwellings is now listing 40 habitations ranging from $40 to $200 a night. But
even at $40 for a room, the income is vastly superior to monthly rentals. And
the owners are not paying the 9% transient tax
charged commercial hotels and B 'n Bs. In New York City, that has become quite a
concern, with 15,000 subpoenas issued. In San Francisco, the eviction of
disabled people in order to rent their residences has also led to
The loss to the city of Corvallis of the transient room tax, and to
the housing market, are such as to call for an investigation in Corvallis.
However, the entire Airbnb game is the result of dwindling resources as the
middle class's incomes have been shunted to benefit the rich,
says New York Magazine.
Students and faculty under pressure to publish have become the victims
of a scientific journal scam of the same sort as the Nigerian scams of spam
fame. One professor tested by copying and pasting from a hodgepodge into a
single document mixing geology and cancer research, with footnotes copied form
still a third source. "Journals" like "the Australian Journal of Basic and
Applied Research (actually based in Jordan)" and "the International Journal of
Science and Technology" were clamoring for the bogus thesis, charging only half
of what the more "reputable" journals want.
Corvallis residents breathed a sigh a of relief upon learning that
Albany's City Council had joined Sweet Home and voted to allow pot dispensaries
within certain zones. Otherwise, those cities' residents would have had one more
reason to leave Linn County for Benton.
An Oregon Republican candidate who flooded the airwaves with ads for
local charities because, she says, she wants "voters to
see my Christian values in action" has been reprimanded by the charities for
using their names without permission. Those Christian values in action again.
About 20% of OSU's budget will come from the general public this year,
the other 80% coming from tuition and fees paid by students. OSU receives more
money for students from rural areas, students of color other than white, and
Oregonians in general. However, that money is a pittance compared to the foreign
student tuition, and OSU has become Nanjing Universit Campus West as a result.
Left: Jodie Foster
A federal judge listened today as all sides in a hearing argued for an
overturning of Oregon's gay marriage ban, but indicated he would not rule until
he had first heard arguments for a "shadowy group" of right wing, out- of- state
evangelical Christians trying to get a foot in the door of the courtroom.
In related news, actress
Jodie Foster today announced her marriage to her new girlfriend. And
Missouri Republicans started to impeach the governor for giving married
gay people the same tax breaks extended to others,
pro wrestler Steve Austin mocked the evangelicals opposing gay
marriage with "THESE motherf*ckers talk to god?!" But a Navy
veteran who married in Oregon during a window of time in 1995 has
been denied the right to be buried with her wife in Idaho. Said the
veteran "'I've been discriminated against for 70 years, and they might as well
discriminate against me in death as well as life."
The city will analyze why the top of a 20 inch water main on 5 th St.
broke off but "it appears to be an age thing". The downtown was either flooded
or experience water pressure drops.
The new parking districts near the university look to be the subject of
$50 fines for violators, contractors can pay $100 a year to park in them, and
landlords fees are lower than tenants (natch!)
fight in Portland over whether a public utilities Board or the city
controls the water - and water rates - will be closely watched by cities around
the state, including Corvallis. The fight pits big corporate water users and
neighborhood associations against big corporate public utility opponents and
judge has denied a request by a small group of religious fundamentalists
from tomorrow's court hearing on Oregon's gay marriage ban, which the state will
not try to save. The judge scheduled a hearing May 14 on whether the group can
intervene. Gay activists think it's a ploy to divert resources from equal access
laws for gays.
A water main near 5th St caused flooding of the downtown vicinity and
resulted in water pressure drops for neighboring businesses. The group may be
embarrassed by their own former official, Richard D'Alauro, being convicted of
The NRA looks to be dropping their objections in the Pacific Northwest
to men who beat their families being required to surrender their guns, so long
as convicted stalkers are allowed to keep theirs.
The right wing politician Denny Smith who once represented the northern
edge of Corvallis in Congress before being ousted for his extremist views and
buffoonery is the millionaire behind a mailer campaign in Salem's City Council
race. "I have become very concerned with the, not ineptness, but the socialist
approach", said Smith. The mailer accused the incumbent of "participating in
secret county meetings, promoting the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) and using
tax payer dollars to grow county government". Smith was booted from office for
his views and also for hi own ineptness, including a report that he and a
booster accidentally sent a missile through the streets of Washington D.C.
Governor Kitzhaber's Oregon Department of Transportation will no longer
ask trains for the itinerary of oil shipments through the state's communities
after the Oregonian successfully sought to have them made public.
The Batteries & Bulbs chain, which was uncovered by the Salem Statesman
to be shipping recycled batteries from other locations in Oregon to be recycled
by Marion County, which spent $1.2 million on battery recycling over the recent
past on battery recycling. The chain charges customers who aren't buying new
batteries for the recycling and the County will now refuse to take them. They're
going to end up somewhere.
The most astonishing news about the new lawsuit against an Oregon priest
molesting boys is that he DIDN'T work in Corvallis. Maurice Grammond's crimes
were confined to "Seaside, Oakridge, Mill City, Sublimity and the [Portland]
The West Coast's largest operator of amusement park rides,
Beaverton-based Butler Amusements Inc., has been fined $100,000.00 for running
Clackamas County, the most corrupt county in the state in the eyes of
many has to pay a fired whistle blower nearly $1 million, an arbitrator ruled.
New state regulations limiting suction dredges on rivers whose water
quality is limited by toxins, turbidity or sediment is disturbing to those who
make a habit of using the dredges.
The City Council listened to a presentation on OSU's Master Plan and the
"councilors clearly wanted to put OSU on notice that the city has no intention
of rubber-stamping their plan", with Councilor Penny York
Left: Penny York, Councilor for Ward 1
explicit. "We need to
require OSU to replace any parking that goes away and provide additional parking
if more students and employees are added." Councilor Sorte was also unhappy with
OSU's decision to close the housing co-ops.
Faculty at Portland State University ratified a contract that they say
will "reprioritize academics and the provision of affordable, high quality
public higher education at PSU".
Habitat for Humanity's ReStore outlet in Corvallis has provided the
critical service with a more reliable income, with a good deal of thanks owed
former OSU Vet prof Brad Smith.
Left: Laverne Cox
actress and activist Laverne Cox will highlight this year's Queer
Students of Color Conference May 9 at PSU.
Another of the sleazy
developers operating from the south with a horrible
reputation among student tenants, is trying to paste together some
"plan" to "mitigate" wiping out wetlands west of OSU to
build dwellings for 1000 students on the "Sather property".
Sen. Elizabeth Warren has called for investing in students rather than
"in millionaires", and for a reform in the thinking around student loans.
Organization for Marriage, which the conservative New York Daily Post
called ""a shadowy group run by religious fundamentalists"
says they will try to intervene in an Oregon case against gay marriage
which the state chose not to try defending. "Bunch" may be overstating the
matter, since 5 individuals account
for 90% of the group's budget.
Days ahead of a federal deadline, the state of Oregon and teachers say
they have agreed on a plan to tie teacher evaluations to student test score
The Albany City Council was regaled with old myths about pot in a
meeting which looks like it will result in zoning for state- approved medical
The Higher Education Coordinating Commission met again regarding the Pay
It Forward proposal, which would entail full tuition with repayment based upon
institution attended and income after graduation.
OSU CS graduates can scratch off one more major employer for prospective
jobs as California Edison has announced plans to lay off IT workers and
substitute H1B employees from India. Illegally.
Unemployment in Benton County is barely falling in the past year, from
6% to 5.5%, the slowest rate of fall except for Gilliam County, but still
remains low among counties around the state.
Labeling of Frankenfood GMO products will likely be on the Oregon
ballot, as it probably will be on the Benton County ballot.
The original vision of 3,000 Oregon Christians to congregate and walk
carrying a cross through the state's largest city was scaled back a bit. 35
people signed up.
unveiling of Portland's new car-less bridge, Tillikum Crossing across
the Willamette was not without a hitch and the naming was especially
problematic, with the result suggesting punning pornographers won out over the
others: "Your Name Here" was Portlandia-ish in extreme, and bird watchers
suggested "Heron Bridge". College students suggested "Beer Bridge" and
Teabaggers and Republicans submitted "Sarah Palin Bridge" and "Hitler Did No
Flunkies of the Koch brothers, the "dirty energy kings" are pressing
legislators, like those in Oregon who follow their ALEC grouping, to penalize
people producing solar power for their homes. And they won in Oklahoma. They
could win in Oregon if people don't stand up to them.
The organizers of Whiskey-fest, a benefit for art in the Northwest,
strung a banner over the mural of an Oregon artist. He was so fumed that he
painted over his mural, and urged supporters to find the most disgusting images
they saw and post them to Instagram. They did.
Oregon Cops handcuffed and hauled to the station for fingerprinting an
"A" student who got in a physical tussle at a Boys & Girls Club. Says her mom
"everybody saw my daughter get perp-walked to the car" dressed in only her
the city which has more, per capita, than any city in the U.S.,
handing out cupcakes and support for women who seldom find anything but grief
and/or leering from the public. Judgment is the norm for these women, many of
whom are talented and unable to find work otherwise which would support their
families or - in many cases - an addiction. Most want a supportive network and
Cupcake Girls are there.
Sheriffs in 9 Oregon counties this week announced they would limit
detentions of immigrants after a federal judge questioned the constitutionality
of the procedure.
New DEA regulations forcing breweries to dry and package the "spent
grain" byproduct of breweries, used by dairies in a sustainable fashion, will
likely end the practice as cost prohibitive.
for Sol will lead a discussion of solar energy for low income and
renters Apr 22, Tuesday, at 7 PM,
at the public library.
Despite a UO student body vote and an OSU faculty Senate vote asking
university foundations to divest of fossil fuels, the foundations are dragging
their feet. They are, said one, "concerned about the bottom line". If that's
true, then, others have pointed out, they should be focused narrowly on running
drugs and guns. That's where the profits lie.
Portlanders gathered to loudly voice their concerns about the US Postal
Service laying off truck drivers to rely upon poorly paid contractors of a firm
based in Iowa.
Led by a giant pedal-powered toad, the annual Procession of the Species
kicked off in Central Park yesterday.
It's been a while since the OSU student presidency has made
headlines as a national embarrassment. The current batch of
candidates promises to change that.
Bret Barlow's Facebook page (he was an administrator, says the
Barometer) was "We Burn Homosexuals for a Living."
Left: Bret Barlow
in the Barometer
Barlow posted on the page: "do we seriously burn homosexuals for
a living or is this a joke? i need to know now since i have a fag tied up and im
holding a can of gas and a lighter."
Barlow says "it was a really bad joke". He was
counseled against running, due to the page, by the student advocate. That was
good advice. Matthew Shepherd's crucifixion by bigots was another "bad joke".
Barlow said "They
attempted to blackmail me to submit to them. I will not submit to them even if
it means I am the worst person on campus for the next week-and-a-half."
It's likely to last longer than that. For the rest of his life,
prospective employers will be doing a search of his name on the internet and that Barometer
article will surface.
And they'll also see the
accompanying Open Letter from faculty and staff addressing the "joke".
In a similar vein, 2 fraternity members running are publicly arguing over
who really has the support of their fraternity. One, Taylor Sarmon, has the
"endorsement" of the OSU Republicans, which is an one most sane people
would flee from, since it implies in the public mind an endorsement by a bunch
of superstitious and ignorant boneheads. Most believe it implies that he must
himself therefore be either dumb, a crook
or a sex criminal of some sort - usually of the
But we have to admit that all the scandal has made what might have been
a dull, drab thing into something lively... In the sense that a head full of lice
on a neighbor child might be considered lively.
A University of Oregon law professor endowed with an unbelievable
sense of greed and grasping has embarrassed Oregon academics with a rant that
has now gone viral. Complaining of the school helping students instead of giving
him another pay raise, he complained of all the perks he could be getting if he
worked for a big Wall Street corporate law firm.
Typical was Gawker's reaction:
"Illig insists he could be making a cool million out on The Street
as an M&A lawyer, but he stays around UO because he bleeds for his students
-'Today, I spent the morning trying to get one of them a summer job at Nike.'
Illig, a tenured associate professor who attended law school
"tuition-free" in the '90s, reportedly makes more than $138,000 annually, plus a
$10,000 university bonus; the average grad at Oregon Law leaves with about
$105,000 in debt.
But he can't stand for this injustice, this iniquity, of making
only $100,000 or so more than his former students, while the school plans to
fund "a post-graduate fellowship program for new law grads, in lieu of a pay
increase for him and his colleagues.
So he sent the faculty some stern letters, and the faculty leaked 'em
to a bunch of blogs...."
The first reaction to the Gawker article was typical of the entire
"Bitch, please. You're in academia because you know
you can get away with 30 hour weeks half the year. If you wanted to put in
seventeen hour days at biglaw, you'd have the yacht already."
The proposed city inspection program for rentals has gone exactly
as the most jaded of the city's tenants expected.
Originally, the plan was that every rental would be inspected every 3 years, and
code violations would be noted and addressed. Landlords who shoulder their
responsibilities would have been given a certification. The necessary staff
would have been paid for by a fee charged landlords.
That plan protected tenants from being singled out for their
complaints, although it yet did not protect tenants from having their rents
jacked up to pay for maintenance which a landlord should have been providing all
along. Responsible municipalities have such laws working hand in glove with rent
control, but responsibility to tenants has never been a part of the City
Council's agenda, despite tenants being a majority of the city's residents for
over a century.
Now, the plan will no longer entail inspections. Instead, a tenant
complaint is required, which fingers the tenant immediately. Landlords will
still be charged the fee, without the benefit of inspection and certification,
and the program will simply be a revenue source for the city, one which only the
worst landlords, who thus escape inspection, will love. Because it is a fee
rather than a tax, no vote is necessary. That fee will be passed along to every
tenant in the city without any benefit whatsoever accruing to them. That's as cynics
expected and the Council could at least be honest in naming the policy - the
Protect All the Worst Slumlords Act.
Weekly Column from Color of
COLOR US AMERICA
President Obama just nominated Atlanta federal prosecutor Leslie Abrams to a
U.S. District Court vacancy in Georgia. Though nearly one-third of the state
identifies as Black, Abrams would become the first Black woman to ever serve on
Georgia’s federal bench if confirmed.
The open secret is that Abrams’ nomination will go nowhere — just like those of
her colleagues Natasha Perdew Silas, Linda Walker, and Eleanor Ross before her1
— unless we do something about it. We're calling on Senate Judiciary chair
Patrick Leahy to drop his committee's outmoded, increasingly-abused “blue slips”
tradition, which allows just one senator to effectively veto the president’s
judicial picks without cause.
Georgia’s right-wing obstructionist senators have been withholding their “blue
slips” — or personal pre-approval of Obama nominees — for three years now.2 As
long as Sen. Leahy lets them, these good ol’ boys will keep blocking
highly-qualified Black women attorneys and sitting judges from ever seeing a
Senate vote on their nominations, potentially locking in the unacceptable
inequities in representation on Georgia’s federal bench for decades to come.
As Judiciary Committee chair, Sen. Leahy could unilaterally end reliance on blue
slips today. Can you call on Sen. Leahy to ensure President Obama’s judicial
nominees receive the full vote they’re constitutionally entitled to?
Federal judges rule on some of the most crucial civil rights issues impacting
our communities, including Stop and Frisk,3 so-called “Stand Your Ground” or
“Shoot First” laws,4 and selective voter ID. Georgia in particular has been
bombarded with attacks on voting rights since the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision
to gut the federal Voting Rights Act last year; the state has since seen
aggressive elimination of polling places, adoption of discriminatory
redistricting plans, and even a proposal to move Augusta’s elections from
November to the summertime when it is believed Black voter turnout will be
We need judges committed to civil rights and ensuring equal justice for all, but
instead we have more than ten percent of federal judgeships sitting vacant —
with long-standing vacancies concentrated in those states with at le one
Republican senator who refuses to blue slip any Obama nominee.6 Worse, blue
slipping under Sen. Leahy has forced the president’s hand into unnecessary,
unreciprocated, and lopsided backroom “package” deals that ultimately give
individual, hostage-taking senators more power to make judicial appointments
than the White House itself.7
The most egregious of these current deals would serve as yet another assault on
Black Georgians. Sen. Saxby Chambliss could successfully push through three of
his own hand-picked candidates in exchange for agreeing to stop his marathon
obstruction of just one White House nominee, in limbo since January 2012.8 The
president is now in the position of having to seriously consider lifetime
appointments to the federal bench for people like Michael Boggs, who as a
Georgia legislator voted to preserve the Confederate Battle Emblem as part of
the state’s flag, and Mark Cohen, best-known for his work to uphold Georgia’s
discriminatory voter ID law.
Tell Sen. Leahy:
It’s past time to drop the indefensible blue slips policy and ensure judges
qualified to protect our civil rights have a fair shot at a full Senate vote.
And when you do, please ask your friends and family to do the same.
Thanks and Peace,
--Rashad, Matt, Arisha, Kim, Johnny and the rest of the ColorOfChange.org team
I'm a 26-year-old girl, and my boyfriend is bi. I assumed he would be less
jealous than the average man. After all, a lot of bi men have faced irrational
jealousy from women. But my BF is more jealous than average. He accuses me of
having slept with my male friends in the past. He makes negative comments about
how many people I've hooked up with. Whenever I won't divulge something, he
says, "Well, obviously that means you did hook up with that guy before we
met/you do think that waiter was cute/you were looking at porn on your phone."
If I do admit I was involved with someone (or even that I think someone is
cute), he gets really upset. He knows he's insecure. He says he's working on it.
But do people grow out of this kind of thing? Also, this is especially unfair
given that I don't object at all to the shirtless Snapchats he gets from guys he
used to hook up with.
-Torn in Re Envious Drudgery
Your boyfriend is not insecure, TIRED, your boyfriend is an asshole.
You shouldn't have to put up with slut-shaming or emotionally abusive behavior,
TIRED, not even when—especially not when—it comes disguised as "jealousy and
insecurity." Your boyfriend is not, as he would have you believe, the tormented
victim of his own psychic demons. He is tormenting and victimizing you—he is
abusing you—and conning you into giving him a pass by crying to you about his
While some people do overcome these particular strains of assholery, it usually
takes being dumped several dozen times before a guy like your boyfriend starts
to do the hard work of unpacking and dismantling his assholery. The longer
someone like your boyfriend gets away with this kind of assholery, the longer
he'll be an asshole. So do your boyfriend and yourself a favor, TIRED, and DTMFA.
Lastly: I have a hunch your jealous, controlling, emotionally abusive boyfriend
is playing a "good offense is the best defense" game. By which I mean to say:
He's probably doing more—a lot more—than just swapping shirtless pics with guys
he "used to" hook up with. His jealous fits about your imaginary infidelities
may be meant to distract you from his actual ones.
I like reading your articles—they are funny, sad, insightful, crude, serious,
even a little provocative and antagonizing at times. One thing I find a little
antagonizing is the use of the term "Latino" as a synonym only for "Hispanic";
certainly yours is not the only forum in which these two terms are used
interchangeably. I've noticed you tend to favor "Hispanic" quite a bit more than
"Latino"; thank you for that. While I may sound racist by making that remark, I
am actually trying to raise cultural awareness and combat racism. I see it
everywhere, and its use is absurd and has become ubiquitous. The Latins, as a
people, culture, language and tribe, came from ancient Italy. On employment
applications or government forms, the race/ethnicity section doesn't include
anyone other than Hispanics as synonymous with Latin(o). Where is the room for
us Latin-Europeans? Us Italians, or French or Portuguese? As Italian-Americans,
we rarely even get associated with a culture that came from our own land! See
how racism can take many forms? Most aren't even aware of it! Thanks, and hope
to hear back from you.
Livid Latin Lover
DEAR GABACHO: While I appreciate you regularly reading my columna, methinks
you're not poniendo much attention. If I ever use "Hispanic" in this column,
it's usually in disparaging terms, as that's a creation of the Ford
administration. I barely even use "Latino," since this is a column about
Mexicans and only Mexicans (with the occasional jabs at coños, carajos, conchas
and catrachas, of course). All of this said, I agree with the spirit of your
letter and urge you to direct your ire not toward Mexicans, but rather
intellectuals. It was 19th-century French intellectuals, after all, who promoted
the idea of a Latin America in opposition to Anglo-Saxon America in France's
eternal struggle against the English. It's the love of anything French that
drove intellectuals in Spanish-speaking countries in that era to warm up to that
idea of pan-Latino identity in their eternal struggle against gabachos. And it's
gabacho intellectuals up here who bought into that idea in their eternal quest
to categorize Spanish-speaking folks as subhuman, carrying on a clash of
civilizations that goes back to the Spanish Armada trying to kill Good Queen
Bess. Don't believe the Latino hype: Mexicans will only consider themselves
Latinos for welfare, Hollywood roles and affirmative action. The rest of the
time, we're puro mexicanos, cabrones. '-
Mr. Ralston has been released after serving his sentence
for telephone harassment and unlawful use of a weapon. He had been arrested,
cops say, in March for violating a stalking order (dismissed) and in
December after he,
cops said, "fired two shots from a handgun into the floor of his
residence while upset"
Craigslist scams for Corvallis renters have become increasingly
sophisticated, cops say. An email which is not a craigslist email,
photographs which are grainier due to being stolen from another site, or a
refusal to show a property are all good indications that a scammer may be at
A Neo-Nazi confessed murderer, who with his girlfriend skirted
Corvallis, has pled guilty to carjacking charges.
Corvallis had no deaths related to illegal drugs in 2013, says a new
report, but Linn County had 6, all meth-related. State wide, there 213, and
55% were meth.
Portland cops have a variety of reasons they offer for no longer
recording the booking of suspects, but there suspicions lingering since the
recordings were junked after 1 caught the comments of an officer in the
death of suspect Jim Chasse.
from a Canadian Catholic journal that medical waste from British
Columbia is being trucked to Marion County to be burned at the state's
waste-to-fuel generator is making the rounds on the internet, with aborted
fetuses said to be included "with appendixes". Marion County suspended the
medical waste acceptance.
Right: Ivy Harris
A Marine master sergeant who admitted killing a
much-loved Portland hooker in Hawaii had his self-defense plea rejected and
was convicted today.
Left: Buffalo Jills' Calendar
Buffalo Jills, cheerleaders for the football team Buffalo Bills, are
suing, saying they were not paid even minimum wages, were made to sit on
laps of Bills fans, were sexually abused, and made to wear bikinis for
photo-shoots of calendars and swimsuit issues, had to buy their own
uniforms, etc. It is the third such lawsuit this year.
A sleeping woman was molested for 5 minutes by Vinay Pochampally on
a San Francisco bound flight while passengers looked on and did nothing.
Above: After Ivy League universities were accused of doing too
little about sex abuse on campus, Columbia decided to make it all good with
a lavishly decorated cake delivered to the dining hall, complete with red
roses, which as one pissed student pointed out, "Red roses so perfectly
capture the romance of sexual violence."
Cliven Bundy, the armed rancher in Nevada who insists on the right
to pilfer $1 million from the public launched into a tirade about "Negroes"
(he pronounces it like the n- word) and how much better off "they" were as
The Kansas neo-Nazi who mass murdered at Jewish retirement centers
was a member of the Ku Klux Klan but had been arrested for sex with a black
An Arizona veteran's facility praised for its "efficiency" has been
exposed by CNN as keeping a secret set of "real" books to hide hundreds of
veterans waiting for care. At least 40 of them died.
A pizza delivery man in Philadelphia who thought he was being robbed
and sped away was shot by 2 cops. He will be permanently blind.
The body of a Detroit homeless man who had made a Port-a-Potty his
home in icy November has been found. He died of hypothermia over the winter.
A man awaiting trial on a murder charge is said to be the ring
leader of a group of prisoners who have taken a guard hostage in Ohio.
The dramatic fall in Florida gun deaths following the passage of the
"Stand Your Ground" law is impressive, until you notice that zero is at the
top of the chart rather than the bottom. In other words, the fall is
actually an astonishing spike upward in this Reuters graph. The fall is
In Texas, a man called the cops to investigate a burglary, only to
have the cop shoot his dog when it started to bark. The man claims he was
then forced to strangle the wounded animal with his bare hands.
Also in Texas, where 19 people in jail died due to the heat,
lawmakers stated out right they didn't want the prisons to be cooler. Pig
barns in Texas are cooled. "Our state places a greater emphasis on
protecting its bacon than protecting the inmates and the officers in the
state of Texas", said the trade union representing guards.
A 50 year old woman shoplifting diapers could face life in prison
under Washington's "3 Strikes" laws.
Left: Kelly Vern Svoboda
Testimony unveiled today revealed that Kelly Svoboda, who was shot
after earlier kidnapping a woman and taping her, had a "moveable dungeon"
van with chains and wrist ties, and had been cruising throughout Oregon,
making notes - including rankings - on potential victims he spotted.
A 6' 9" Portland native who is now a Houston Rockets star agreed to
pay $10,000 to an Oregon homeless group in exchange for charges being
dropped for an arrest in Portland last summer, when a cop saw him "walk by a
doorway where two homeless men were sleeping and yell "Wake Up!" before
stomping on one man's leg". "Tres bon, Monsiuer le flic" - Cheers, Sir Cop.
The circus clown car which is the Supreme Court today gave a free
pass to Revenge 911, ruling that any Corvallis citizen can simply make an
anonymous faked call of a traffic violation and cops can stop the driver
without witnessing anything. Not that this was ever a real issue for a cop
who wanted to stop someone.
The IRS has adopted corporate standards for management and paid out
millions to employees with less than stellar records, including "misuse of
government credit cards, drug use, violent threats and fraudulently claiming
unemployment benefits", says the New York Times.
In CEO crimes, the CEO of RadiumOne, the sleazebag Gurbaksh Chahal,
who was caught on tape hitting and kicking his "girlfriend" 117 times in an
30 minutes, and faced 45 felony charges, was sentenced to community service
and probation after a judge threw out the video evidence against him in a
decision many regarded as part of a Big Fix. He had posted $1 million bail.
In more bizarre crime news from the south, a Tennessee woman was
found to have a loaded derringer in her vagina when searched.
casket" funeral for Mickey Easterling was held in New Orleans today,
with the body of Ms Easterling in repose on a wrought iron bench, with a
champagne glass in her hand and draped in a pink feather boa. Ms Easterling
was one of the great philanthropists and "high lifes" of the city,
The New York City police department asked the public to tweet photos
of cops helping out and instead received tweet after tweet of police
officers abusing suspects and other citizens.
An Australian pop star, Iggy Azalea, says she now uses cops on stage
because her fans, many of them young women, insist on assaulting her
sexually at performances.
Bubble gum pop star Justin Bieber found himself a new source of
controversy with a visit to a shrine for Japan's militarists, some of whom
were convicted war criminals in WWII.
Left: Robert James Erdt
Mr. Erdt has been
busted for theft and for parole/probation violation. He is
listed on a Benton County page as one of those who absconded, on a
heroin charge. He was busted notoriously a couple of years ago for having
stolen a credit card from one of his own family, and then
running up $1,409 on the card.
Corvallis cops interviewed a man spotted keying a car. "He said he
keyed the car because he didn’t want his wife to park there. He thought if
she continued to park there, the car would get towed and he would have to
pay the fine".
An Oregon woman who says a neighbor's duck attacked her, resulting
in injuries as she tried to "escape" is suing, saying the duck's owner
should have posted warning signs. Beware of Vicious Duck.
A Florida man who produced hundreds of porn videos for the bondage
and S&M markets has been sentenced to prison for a video in which a woman is
beating a homeless, developmentally disabled and mentally ill man.
The man who says he was raped by X-Men director Bryan Singer says
Singer was part of a rape ring organized by the Florida founder of American
Digital Network, now believed to be a fugitive abroad.
The armed Nevada rancher ("Apocalypse Cow"), Cliven
Bundy, who talks at length
of the "ancestral rights" of his mormon forebears to sponge from the public
has been shown to be a liar. His parents purchased the land only recently.
In related news, a theme of this year's Burning Man
will be Bundyfest, a mocking of the rancher.
The crooked former Virginia governor Robert McDonnel and his wife
Maureen have a new champion bankrolling their defense - former Republican
presidential candidate Mitch Romney.
supposed lawsuit in Arizona by killer Jodi Arias after contracting
hepatitis fooled TMZ and the major news channels but has been shown to be a
hoax likely perpetuated by a Pennsylvania inmate known for his fatuous
The author George R.R. Martin has hit the directors of Game of
Thrones over a controversial incestuous rape scene. "The whole dynamic has
been changed" he complained.
A family touring a safari park were in the midst of the "lion
habitat" when their car burst into flames. Rangers made them stay in the
burning car until they managed to reach the vehicle. "Why couldn't it be the
flamingos or the camels?" the panicky mother asked.
The most murderous countries in the world are in Central and South
America, with Mexico the only North American nation to fall beyond the Pale.
Those murder rates are deceptive however, since they are fed by the drug
addictions of residents of the United States.
2 months before the World Cup, Rio's beachfront district erupted
after a famed male samba dancer was mistaken for a drug dealer by police and
beaten to death.
A top commander of the Christian militia Lord's Resistance Army
associated with the notorious Joseph Kony has been captured and his
kidnapped captives freed.
A boxer wrongly accused of being a human trafficker by Los Angeles
baseball player has file suit, claiming that Yasiel Puig left Mexico
courtesy of a boat supplied by Mexico's notorious drug cartel, the Zetas.
China says the visit of Japan's Prime Minister, a militarist whose
own father was a convicted war criminal in WWII, to a shrine devoted to the
Japanese army, can only increase tensions between Japan and other Asian
Mr. Conser is a frequent resident of the local jail. When
he's not IN jail, he's just waiting to get more alcohol, it seems. He
is a chronic nuisance, seldom a threat, and without a substantial community
mental health program, he promises to remain so. This time, he is
accused of dropping in on his dad, who has a restraining order on
him, stabbing a chair with a knife and stealing a pack of cigarettes.
The man whose body was found floating in the Willamette at Albany had gotten
off the bus in Corvallis and wandered off. A traveling companion had
reported him missing.
He was a registered sex offender and was on parole. The state said
no foul play was involved and he had recently tried to commit suicide by
jumping off a bridge in Roseburg.
In local drug crime news, the Portland death rate from heroin
overdoses has been cut in half by a new law permitting friends and
family to give injections of naloxone. No local figures are available,
which is unsurprising since heroine addicts would be confessing.
The guy who shot a K-9 cop was arraigned today, being accused of
working with 2 other guys to plan a series of robberies and kidnappings
across the city to give them "capital" to launch a "start in life". The trio
first stole uniforms and SWAT gear. The deal came undone when they wrecked
The Sherwood, Oregon school teacher whose husband is a cop in that
city pleaded guilty to sexually abusing a student at the high school where
she taught. Her husband was investigated for "intimidation, harassment and
official misconduct" of another student who filed a lawsuit.
Elsewhere, in West Virginia, a pedophile tricked 3 small and
superstitious children into having sex with him by telling them he had
special "magical powers" to cure their mom if they did.
In other news from the south, bigotry took a blow as students at
Charleston College in South Carolina are defying the state legislature over
an autobiographical play based upon a young lesbian's life. That didn't
change anything with the Republican candidate for governor, who
now is urging parents to remove their kids from all schools, since
they're "Pharaoh's schools".
In Kentucky, "lax and incompetent prison officials stood by "and
watched a man starve to death, a new AP report say.
2 preppies paying $35,000 a year for school were arrested today for
running a drug ring in Philadelphia colleges and prep schools, using their
A South Carolina man found strolling through the Health & Beauty
section at Walmart said he had "accidentally" done meth and "it really made
me crazy". Apparently there are Walmart shoppers NOT on meth.
submersible Bluefin has now completed 2/3 of the search for traces
of a missing Malaysian airliner with no trace.
Bahrain has sacked prison officials following a jailbreak. The 2 who
escaped will be more-than-replaced by 12 who were sentenced to life
imprisonment for agitating on behalf of the Shiite minority.
Israeli extremist squatters on Palestinian lands are staging a vote
among themselves as to whether it should be legal for them to turn their
arms on Israeli soldiers.
Rubin "Hurricane" Carter, wrongly convicted of murder and jailed 19
years until a campaign which included a Bob Dylan song and a Denzel
Washington film exonerated him, has died at age 76 of prostate cancer.
marked the first 4/20 since weed has been legal to use and sell
recreationally in Denver, Colorado, and by the looks of it, it was exactly
the utopia of Mr. Potato Head-shaped bongs, Nutella pancakes, and people
with names like "Dina Compassion" that you'd imagine."
The Obama administration, which promised to address all petitions
drawing 100,000 signatures, is refusing to comment after all on a petition
by 275,000 to deport the Canadian bubble gummer idol Justin Biebert.
anarchist group in the Bay Area is demanding $3 billion from google
to set up "anarchist colonies". Anyone familiar with "the Counterforce"
knows that they'd have trouble running a bake sale, to say nothing of a
In Nevada, the rancher who has stolen more than $1 million from the
public at the point of a gun, Cliven Bundy, is threatening more, egged on by
In bigotry news, a contemptible Supreme Court has accomplished what
no one thought was possible - the resegregation of schools in the south.
In Florida, a little girl who lost token after token finally snapped
and figured how to crawl into the game, and hand out the prizes to other
kids, even taking requests.
But it wasn't all bad news from the southwest and south:
In India, a
greedy businessman went to the doctor and complained of trouble with
his bowel movements and nausea. Doctors found he had swallowed a pound of
gold in bars to escape taxes and customs authorities.
In the Ukraine, separatists at a checkpoint were fired on by 4
vehicles in a drive-by shooting at 3 AM and returned fire. At least 1 is
In Malaysia, an opposition leader is once again facing phony sex
charges from the government. It's almost reminiscent of the U.S. instigated
charges against Wikipedia's Julian Assange.
Above: Some of the Douglas County mugshots
of Dillan Paul Prudhomme, arrested on a wide
variety of charges. He has been arrested
in Corvallis several times, most
recently for not appearing on criminal mischief and driving while
suspended charges, a parole violation, etc.
Douglas County is one of several in southern Oregon who had come to
on low taxes due to subsidies from the rest of the country, for their law
enforcement services. However, a quick glance at Mr. Prudhomme's mugshots
suggests another problem at work. Since Ronald Reagan slashed the nation's
mental health system to transfer resources to the rich (the now lampooned
"trickle down" theory), the primary response mechanism for the mentally ill
has been the cops.
Left: "Father Isidore" (Stanley Brittain)
The Christian crime wave reared its ugly head in Corvallis
again, with an Albany associate pastor in a Corvallis church, Stanley
Brittain, found naked in his Albany trailer, strung out on
meth and with his computer loaded with kiddie porn that one of the
described as "extremely disturbing".
Known as Father Isidore, Brittain was previously a cleric in
Alaska. Cops had been
tipped off by the feds' Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task
Also in Albany, 2 parents who, cops say, let their own child die so
they could practice their superstitious beliefs in "faith healing" are
trying to keep out evidence of their religious views from the trial.
In Texas, 2 guys were caught trying to dump the body of a bicyclist
they'd run over and killed.
Also in Texas, a car thief, who tried to run off with an auto whose
motor was left running while a mother fetched the baby's bottle from the
house, got more than he bargained for when 2 small boys in the car turned on
him. "One of the boys was punching the man in the face; the other was
hitting him with a rubber snake".
In Arkansas, an ex-cop trying to torch the hot dog stand of an
anti-corruption blogger died when the blogger tackled him and the cop's head
hit the pavement.
Chinese authorities have tentatively
accounts of a group of Uighurs (a Moslem minority in China) trying
to force the border into Vietnam and grabbing the guns of the border guards
to shoot it out with them.
Bigotry was alive and well with Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, once
highly regarded but now a decrepit paranoid tyrant, saying gays and
"homosexual nonsense" will not be tolerated in the country, and offering
support for Uganda, where American Christian preachers have whipped up
In Portland, where a woman beat her child to death because she
thought he was "turning gay" received a life sentence. "He walks and talks
like it. Ugh", she wrote her partner, saying they would have to "work on"
the small child.
Left: Douglas Thompson Von Euen
Mr. Von Euen has been
charged with domestic violence (assault), theft and 39 counts of ID
theft. Last year,
he was charged in a case when cops said he was assaulting his
girlfriend and a neighbor came out with a cane sword to stop the beating.
Cops said Euen and 2 friends grabbed the Good Samaritan and slashed him
repeatedly with the sword.
The privately owned prison telephone racket - charging as much as
$20 for a local telephone call - has been capped at $3.75 per call. The
hedge funds who own the companies are trying to unload them as a result. Mr.
Von Euen may get his chance to try it. He won't be unfamiliar with it. He is
from Sheridan, the gazette said last year. Sheridan is where the federal
prison is located, and is the town's leading industry.
Right: Dallas Swonger
The guy who urinated in Portland's water supply claims he
urinated on the wall, not in the reservoir.
The city Water Supply chief snorted "When you see the video, he’s
leaning right up because he has to get his little wee wee right up to the
iron bars. There’s really no doubt what he’s doing".
Swonger whimpered "It’s no f*ckin’ joke, dude. I don’t want people
thinkin’ that Dallas is a dumb ass because he pissed in the f*ckin’ water.
In our drinking water."
It's too late for Dallas. A million people now have watched him
take out "his little wee wee" and urinate in the water supply.
Homeland Security may have a few charges to lay against Dallas. And
even his mother seems to know domething is amiss. As he finished the
interview with Vocativ, she shouted to him "Now Dallas, don't do anything
BP executive Keith Seilhan is paying a "fine". As the person charged
with handling the BP spill, Seilhan dumped his stock after lying to the
public about the size of the spill. He "was able to avoid over
$100,000 in losses", and then, once the figures were released and BP stock
had dropped 48%, he repurchased the shares at half price ("We
tried just writing 400 more words of F*CK YOU YOU F*CKING F*CK but
the Editrix told us we had to actually “write” a 'post.' Some people are so
In Portland, a guy had a stash of 1000 Trimet passes he was peddling
through craigslist for $100 each, cops say.
In Washington County, a man from Florida - YIKES! people from
FLORIDA allowed here in Oregon?!! - was caught running a scam to pay tens of
thousands for stolen Nike sneakers to ship around the country.
Oracle has taken the week to spin alibis for their miserable
performance in the scam of several hundred million dollars involving the
Oregon Health Plan.
The cat who trapped an Oregon family seems to have a sympathetic
feline in California, where another cat mauled a family and trapped them
until the called 911.
Employers stealing from the wages of the lowliest of employees are
given free passes, with no prosecution.
More than 100 killers, including the recent slayer of elderly Jews
in Kansas City, have now been linked to the single site of Stormfront.org.
Kansas City cops believe they have caught the man behind 12 road
rage incidents which resulted in him shooting other drivers.
Sigma Phi Epsilon has closed the University of Mississippi chapter
after 3 members draped a Confederate flag extract over the face of the
school's first African-American student and hung a noose around his neck.
The fraternity will lose their house at the end of the semester and both the
FBI and the school are pursuing the matter.
Virginia has decided to allow owners to continue operating for 40
years the pens in which wild animals are placed and dog owners watch their
mastiffs tear the animals apart for a fee. All that's missing are porn
actresses from Texas or Florida to make money on
In south Carolina, a 6 year old son riding in the car of a gun
fetishist discovered a pistol under the car seat and shot and shot his dad's
girlfriend, killing her.
Also in South Carolina, an irate City Council grilled the town's mayor
for firing a gay police chief because, he said, "gays are worse than
A flyer which appeared in the separatist regions of Ukraine was a
fake, police say, probably distributed by Ukrainian nationalists whose
anti-Semitism has raised angry protests in Europe.
A Dutch child pornographer has been identified as the man who
cyber-bullied and tormented a 15 year old Pacific Northwesterner to her
suicide, which became an internet sensation.
Canadian cops have arrested a man in connection with the use of
Heartbleed to steal from Canada's IRS.
Another gift from Linn County, Mr. Guthrie was arrested
for heroin sales and possession, for violating his parole,being a felon with
a weapon, another weapon charge, possessing meth, etc.
We need to take a moment and memorialize one of the greatest
chroniclers of the criminal elements among us, the 1 %. Argentine writer
Gabriel García Márquez has passed today, in Mexico at age 87.
The ongoing Christian crime wave dominated crime news again today.
Left: Doug Phillips
The "uber-wholesome" image that TV's Duggar family ("19 Kids &
Counting") has tried to present of the patriarchy,and the "Quiverfull"
movements has been unraveling in the wake of the child-rape accusations
against their leader, Doug Phillips. Their patriarchal World Vision has
Court documents were filed connecting Mr. Phillips with
grooming a child for abusing her sexually. Christian blogs are referring to
the abuse as he did - as "inappropriate". However, sex abuse is as much a
crime in Texas, where his church is based, as elsewhere. Unless you're
connected, as Mr. Phillips seems to be. Training a kid "to be his sex slave"
should have brought the roof down on the preacher.
In related news, another porn star (Stephanie Hird, aka "Megan
Jones") has been arrested in Florida for making crush videos involving the
torture and killing of animals in a sexual context.
Left: Stephanie Hird ("Megan Jones")
The spokesman for the Patriarchy Association of Phillips wasn't
bashful about making a horse's ass of himself. He spent his day telling the
country that we should be worshiping the ground underneath the wealthy:
"Rather than the poor, the low income and the middle class being resentful
of these people, they should be kissing the ground on which they walk".
That's a little different from what Jesus said: "Jesus looked at him and
loved him. “One thing you lack,” he said. “Go, sell everything you have and
give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow
At this the man’s face fell. He went away sad, because he had great wealth.
Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it is for the rich
to enter the kingdom of God!"
And hard for Christians too, it seems.
The Christians had a little trouble swallowing the Obamas' tax
return, because they only gave $1500 to their church. They gave nothing to
the World Vison or Quiverfull, the openly patriarchal church groups in
trouble today.They did give " $59,000, or about 12 percent, to
totally God-hating causes like the Lymphoma and Leukemia Society and the Red
Cross." That doesn't count, because only the preachers are entitled to
A Christian mayor in Michigan has taken it upon himself to decide
that the Constitution's freedom of religion clause does not apply to people
who have no religion. Freedom from Christians is not covered, he says.
A Christian hate group in Iowa has asked students to tear out the
section on Islam from their history books. A local legislator has said gays
deserve to die and Moslums are threats to the the country.
In other religious news, the Jewish population has long suffered
from Ukrainians as well as from invaders (Poles, Letts, Germans). Today it's
getting worse, as Jewish people have been required to register and pay a
special tax in the separatist region.
In other crime news, a cop shot himself trying to kill a dog he
claimed was lunging for him. A local TV station later showed the small dog,
much smaller than he'd reported, playing with neighborhood kids.
In the same
sort of racket that sent Teamster official Jimmy Hoffa to prison,
New Jersey Republican governor Chris Christie has funneled state pension
money to the corporation whose CEO is a crony. No prison here.
An Iranian murderer was on the gallows, his head hooded, his arms
tied and a noose around his neck awaiting the drop when his victim's mother
approached and slapped him before commuting his sentence as permitted by
Mr. Crotsley has been
arrested 3 times in Corvallis for parole violations although he is
another Albany gift. He was charged
more than 20 years ago with forcing a 14 year old girl into an apartment,
forced her to do " several acts of deviate sexual intercourse", then raped
her. He is
charged with another parole violation.
In related news, the Christian crime wave didn't let up today. A
Minnesota preacher is being sought in 59 cases of raping young girls he
called Maidens and told that being raped is "being sacrificed to god" and is
"normal". He is thought to be hiding in the Pacific Northwest.
WANTED: Victor ArdenBarnhard, age 52
In other rape crime news, a report on the investigation of the
Florida State football player and Heisman trophy winner Jameis Winston has
found that there was no investigation at all. A freshman student who
reported the rape says "A detective cautioned her against pursuing the case,
saying Tallahassee was a big football town and the accuser would be “raked
over the coals.” That detective, Scott Angulo, has done private security
work for the Seminole Boosters organization.
In Texas, Republican governor Rick Perry cut the state office
investigating malfeasance, and he is himself the subject of such a probe
In Alabama, Auburn University is closed because someone left a
threat of a "rampage of biblical proportions". That could mean anything.
Maybe some one will turn on the hoses to try flooding the place, or try to
round up some locusts and release them.
In Missouri, it turns out the entire town of the madman who shot
murdered 3 elderly Jewish residents in a retirement home share his views.
The city library carries the book written by the shooter, "A White Man
Speaks Out" and the Mayor agrees with him that "There some things that are
going on in this country that are destroying us,” he said. “We’ve got a
false economy and it’s, some of those corporations are run by Jews because
the names are there. The fact that the Federal Reserve prints up phony money
and freely hands it out, I think that’s completely wrong. The people that
run the Federal Reserve, they’re Jewish."
In other crime news from the southland, an Alabama woman has been
charged with murder after gunning down her son’s boyfriend at a truck stop.
“We don’t see this in any way being a hate crime,” Sgt. Dale Phillips noted.
“We see this being a family having issues in this."
The bigots were out in force. An Ohio man was sentenced for beating
and starving his disabled brother to "drive the gay out".
In related news, an Oregon City teen objecting to a high school Day
of Silence for teens who died because of being gay, either by murder or
suicide made some t-shirts. "I just made it say ‘Gay Day is not OK,’ because
I don’t believe that it’s OK".
Then he fell back on the old "I have no problem with gay people,
except for all the problems I have with gay people" routine.
dude, when you are mad that people even get to BE SILENT about being
gay and you are pissed that people want to point out that gay students get
bullied, that is pretty much the textbook definition of having a problem
with the gays! Weird, huh?'
He might not want to be in India right now, where the government has
just recognized transgender people as "a third gender". "The court also
ordered the government to provide transgender people with quotas in jobs and
education in line with other minorities, as well as offer adequate health
care and separate bathroom and other facilities to them". However, the same
court in December criminalized gay sex.
Left: K-9 Sgt. Mick
A Portland police K-9 dog was shot and killed as 3 burglars decided
to shoot it out with the cops and lost, killing Mick and wounding his
partner Jeff Dorn.
The new stamp in Finland would drive this kid crazy. The late "Tom
of Finland" (Touko Laaksonen), a WWII Finnish Army officer whose art was
focused on the gay male S&M scene, is having several stamps issued with his
It might not be just the evangelicals who would have
issues with the US Postal Service issuing such stamps.
In other strange sex crimes, a Wu Tang clan rapper is said to have
cut off his penis and tried to commit suicide by jumping from a 2nd story
In other sex crime news, Louisiana has voted to keep oral sex a
crime in the state.
The state thus joins Kansas, North Carolina and Oklahoma as the only
state in the union where oral sex is a crime but necrophilia (sex with dead
bodies) is OK.
In Egypt, women are saying the nation's police have become
Montana-like in not pursuing sexual crimes.
From the subcontinent, the owner - who is also a major
political figure - of the 9 story factory which collapsed and killed more
than 1000 workers making garments for Sears, Walmart, Benetton and others
has been charged with murder in Bangladesh.
A Nebraska 3 year old whose frantic mom had been searching for him
since he had gone through an unlocked apartment door, while she was in the
bathroom, was found when a bowling alley owner reported a child had figured
how to slip into a "claw machine" to play with the toys.
U.S. citizens paid an average of $1,259 to make up for the cash
squirreled away illegally by the rich in overseas tax fraud.
Mr. Baker has been
jailed in Corvallis some 15 times in the past 3-4 years. He has been
arrested for meth, parole violations, drug traffic court offenses, etc. This
time it's for a parole violation.
In other drug crime news,
Amazon's automatic recommendations for the purchaser of a digital
drug scale ("balance") based on other buyers included "a quickstart kit for
Rolling paper and tray bundle
Bulk pure caffeine powder
An encapsulation machine and gelatin capsules
A scientific spatula
"Air Tight Odorless Medical Jar Herb Stash Medicine Container"
A tool for cleaning a gun part
A safe in the form of a Dr. Pepper can
A drug testing kit ("This kit contains the same reagent chemicals as
found in Justice Department test kits")
Beta alanine powder
An actual drug called kratom
In other crime news, the techies of Silicon Valley have now made it
a crime to sleep in your car ("it erodes their quality of life").
In Tennessee, having a bay who is born with "birth defects" can now
result in imprisonment after an automatic investigation into whether a
mother used drugs, including alcohol while pregnant.
The Missourian who gunned down elderly Jews in Kansas City yesterday
was an FBI informant inside the Klan and a star witness 25 years ago.
In Arizona, the governor signed a bill for warrantless searches of
women's clinics, which is a clear violation of the Constitution but with the
current Supreme Court and their Republican-appointed old style Catholics,
the Constitution is only what money and power determines it is.
In Boston, 2 bags detonated at the finish line contained a rice
cooker, confetti and camera equipment.
A drunk who pissed on the Alamo in private has been sentenced to a
year and a half in prison. He's ineligible for parole.
The purported "mystery man" who was an internet suspect in the
Boston Marathon bombing a year ago has now been thoroughly exonerated by a
photographer who snapped pictures before the explosion, showing the man was
having a bbq and lounging in a chair on a roof, then rushed when the
The Christian crime wave rolled on with a lawsuit filed that the
Christian Quiverfull and Vision Forum Ministries "groomed" a child as his
personal sex slave over years "so that he could use her for his sexual
gratification". The lawsuit says the married preacher "repeatedly
groped, rubbed, and touched Ms. Torres’s crotch, breasts, and other areas of
her body; rubbed his penis on her; masturbated on her; forced her to watch
him masturbate on her; and ejaculated upon
her." You can read the lawsuit
The Nigerian group Boko Haram, whose name means "western education
is forbidden" is being blamed for the kidnapping of 100 schoolgirls in Borno
The 9/11 conspiracy theorist Mike Rupport shot himself last night
after recording his radio show. He left " elaborate instructions for how to
proceed without him."
3 financial traders were accused of manipulating interest rates over
4 years in England, which is a lucrative pastime in financial circles.
vast study by scientists at Princeton and Northwestern University
has shown that the U.S. is a failed non-democratic state under the thumb of
a cartel composed of "business interests". They wrote that "our results
provide substantial support for theories of Economic Elite Domination.." Add
to the mix the wide spread flouting of the law by business interests - where
the law has not been yet "bent" to serve them - and the U.S. is beginning to
look like Juarez. And not because of immigrants.
In related news, Republicans in Oklahoma banned cities from raising
Tennessee Republicans likewise banned the construction of mass
transit anywhere in the state. That might interfere with the profits of oil
corporations and would be an implicit critique of the "dirty energy kings",
the Koch brothers.
The smuggling of cash into foreign countries to hide it is at times
not confined to the U.S. Today, German customs officials found 8,000
Euros hidden in a woman's clothes and her husband had 200,000 Euros taped to
U.S., the ratio of CEO earnings to those of workers increased
significantly in the past 3 years, being now 331 times the average worker's
salary and 774 times the average worker making minimum wage. And for little
or no work.
A team on Tax Day presented the Walton (Walmart) family with a bill
for $7.8 billion taken from the public via the federal government, for
welfare payments to underpaid employees of the corporation..
The Onondaga Iroquois are taking a court case to the Inter-American
Commission, claiming New Yorkers have stolen 2.5 million acres from them.
An Australian woman texting with 7 others as she drove before
hitting a bicyclist and injuring his spine says she cares: "I just don't
care because I've already been through a lot of bullshit and my car is like
pretty expensive and now I have to fix it..I'm kind of pissed off that the
cyclist has hit the side of my car."
Right: Wesley Ryan Jacks
Mr. Jacks is another Albany alumni,
arrested this time for theft, stealing a car, etc. In November, cops
stopped him after Walmart reported him for shoplifting, and the car
he was driving had been stolen from an Albany high school. Two years ago, he
busted for theft, forgery and drugs.
It might be funny of it weren't so serious but the hedge funds - in
this case, Bain Capital of Mitt Romney fame - who brought us the heroin
epidemic via doctors prescribing beaucoup de vicodin and oxycodone
are now promising us relief with their methadone clinics.
Mr. Jacks should be thankful this is not the Bolivian Amazon, where
2 guys accused of stealing motorbikes were tied to a tree with venomous ants
which nearly killed them. 1 was in intensive care and the other is on
dialysis for kidney failure.
In Missouri, the white supremacist who shot a dozen Jewish people at a
retirement center in Kansas was - oh, shock! - a supporter of Republican
David Duke, whose
affiliation with the Teabag Party has been noted. Frazier Miller
himself ran for office,
declaring in 2010 that "We’ve set back and allowed the Jews to take
over our government, banks, and our media. We’ve allowed tens of millions of
foreign mud-people to invade our country, steal our jobs, and our women and
destroy our children’s future. America is no longer ours. America belongs to
the Jews who rule it, and the mud-people who multiply in it. The undeniable
proof is that at davidduke. com."
That certainly sounds like a Teabagger manifesto.
Teabag Party leader Ted Cruz is again bashing Obama for not crushing
states which vote make pot legal.
In Tennessee, the Christian crime wave rolled on, with another
preacher arrested for raping a child.
Speaking of sadsacks, perennial small time thief Dusty Risland has at long
last earned himself a trip to prison, a reader has informed us.
Right: Dusty Risland, busted 1115 16
times since November.
About the Risland Rehab Clinic
Dusty Risland, for whom the Risland Rehab Clinic (see above) is named, is back
in jail. Mr. Risland was recently busted for criminal trespassing, criminal
possession of a forged instrument (counterfeit $20), felon in possession of a
weapon and meth. The Dusty Risland Clinic mentioned in this column is strictly
online, consisting of repetitive viewing of the video below, until the technique
is mastered. The assumption of the Clinic is that there is a small subset
labeled criminals who actually just do not know how to change their adult
diapers when they full and are showing up, bewildered, seeking police
assistance. That is the only possible explanation a rational person could come
to. NOBODY could POSSIBLY be so stupid and inept, as criminals, as people like
Mr. Risland pretend to be.
Note: there are several sleazy websites across the country posting mugshots,
utilizing photos owned by the public, in the public domain, all run by
Portlander Kyle Ritter, which will remove your mugshot for $39 or such from
their sites. This is not one of them. Do not send in cash trying to have a
mugshot removed. It would just be a waste of your time and your money. Instead,
put your time into turning your life around. And your money into your kids.
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The Internet Conference opened in Brazil today with corporate
control of the internet by American companies and the NSA repeatedly
trashed. An African representative, Nnenna Nwakanma, closed with "Edward
Snowden, thank you".
Apr 24 NIST,
the National Institute of Standards and Technology, is tossing a
random number generator developed by the NSA, for "a legitimate and obvious
reason" - the NSA is globally not regarded as trustworthy .
The recommendation of a working group is that the Oracle version of
Cover Oregon has been so botched that the best alternative is to walk away
from the expensive boondoggle and adopt a federal version available to
Amazon has been exposed as relying upon poorly paid contractors for
deliveries, on people who are required to "pay for their own gas. They pay
for their own car repairs. They even pay the company for their insurance,
paperwork, and equipment rental. On top of that, since they aren't
employees, they have a hard time unionizing, they get slammed on their
taxes, and they don't get benefits. "
The 5 clowns who run the Supreme Court as a proxy for corporate
entities are self-admittedly computer illiterate and their action on the
Aereo case today could effectively wipe out storage on the internet.
WalletHub turned their attention momentarily to politics and
re-discovered an age old paradox: the "red states" who complain loudest
about government assistance to others are themselves the biggest consumers
of public assistance.
A new study shows that "600,000 manufacturing jobs are unfilled
nationally because employers can't find qualified workers." Calls for
bringing back shop classes to study welding, plumbing, etc. have followed.
Old technology at best, the era of the 2nd Amendment
Linksys router owners were given a nasty surprise in December,
learning that their routers left open a "back door" for hackers. Now, the
same security researcher needed to access his own router remotely and found
that he could do so without a password, as before. The backdoor was only
hidden, not fixed, in December and he suspects it's deliberate.
David Einhorn, the financial analyst who shorted Lehman Brothers
before the collapse under George Bush of financial stocks, is sayng we are
now witnessing the 2nd dot.com "bubble in 15 years".
About those complaints of yours to the cable company,
like to do a little customer service satisfaction survey. Do you
find dealing with Time Warner Cable, which is probably your broadband
provider if Comcast is not, the most awful thing you can imagine or only in
the top ten? Haha it doesn’t matter because your complaints will always go
unheeded, sucka, as Time Warner can do things like just keep no records of
your ceaseless phone calls and verbal complaints when you are just trying to
get your fucking cable to work to show you the House Hunters International
marathon. No records equals no complaints to report! Everybody wins. Except
OpenSSL, the code that produced the Heartbleed virus, has been
underfunded despite being used by the richest corporations on the internet,
and is broken beyond repair says the guy who spotted the problem. He is
devising a whole new fork for his customers.
More old technology: a hard cheese school in France turned down a
lucrative offer from North Korea to send a couple of cheesemakers to teach.
The cheesemakers told the North Koreans that "a tie-up with the reclusive
Stalinist School 'is not part of our business plan".
a new trend that has Russian youths climbing any tall structure they
can to snap a victorious selfie at the top, [Xenia] Ignatyeva had hoped for
a nighttime shot with the train tracks stretching away behind her. According
to her devastated grandmother, Olga, she wanted “the most dramatic effect.
As Ignatyeva lost her balance, she frantically grabbed a live wire that sent
1,500 volts of electricity coursing through her body "
The 5 clowns who effectively make up the Supreme Court - 4 old line
Catholics and the
porn king of the Court, Clarence Thomas, admit their own
computer illiteracy and yet are deciding the Aereo case this week with vast
implications for the internet.
Since Microsoft has stopped providing security updates fro Windows
XP, the Chinese government has taken over that task in China. "Windows 8 is
fairly expensive and will increase government procurement costs", said a
As we predicted, Netflix plans to raise prices, pleading the
increased costs of paying Comcast off, although the 2 firms are owned by the
same set of hedge funds. It's such a wonderful scam for them. It was a
very popular move with the same hedge funds who control Wall Street, by the
The first trial from a patent troll case to actually go to its
conclusion has been disastrous for the trolls, with the judge referring to
their "patents" as "nothing more than the mere manipulation or
reorganization of data".
Apr 20 If
you're seeing error messages on your android device today, Samsung
has had a fire at a data center and worldwide people are having problems
A major figure in Europe's media industry said google is running
what "in less reputable circles would be called a protection racket" and
said that in Europe there had been "fundamental shift in opinion" on google
in the last year.
Twitter has caved to the Turkish government and blocked accounts of
those who are critical of the Prime Minister.
born without a left hand has found a $50 3D hand more adept than the
$42,000 prosthetic he'd previously been using.
Several "intense days of coding" led to an open source solution to
the problem of overcoming obfuscation and contacting Congress directly with
Tesla needs a gigafactory for the batteries, so the resale value of
a car approaching the end of its 8 year battery life does not mean replacing
a $25,000-40,000 battery,
Unable to draw crowds based on religious issues ("There was a time
when hell sold Easter. But not today. Nobody wants to hear about hell on
Easter said the "creative director" at a Texas megachurch."), churches are
trying to suck in Easter attendees with giveaways of electronics or themes
such as those based on zombies, from AMC the Walking Dead,
While the US government has demonstrably become a plaything of the
rich drawing scrutiny, google and facebook are entirely unelected
superpowers no being examined, England's Telegraph argued today..
Over the past 3 years, hardware prices have fallen 20-30% annually
for storage devices, but the costs of renting storage - the "cloud" - have
only fallen 6-8%. "Kaching!" says Amazon, seconded by google.
Google is refunding the money of the thousands of users who
downloaded a fake Virus Shield app that coders showed did nothing except
show a few bells and whistles.
Nike has bowed to the inevitable and is junking the
Fuelband" wearable, laying off 70-80% of those working on it. The firm will
produce no more wearables.
Scientists have shown that large amounts of graphene can be quickly
produced with organic salts and electric current.
Aereo, which provides antennas the size of a dime to stream
television to a device from television signals generally stored on the web
("cloud"), is getting an Appeals court hearing which will influence the
One of the giants of audio today called most "high end" audio
solutions "snake oil" and said FLAC, developed by Grateful Dead fans to
trade bootleg recordings, remains the best choice.
18% of Americans believe the Flintstones cartoon about cave dwellers
with dinosaurs who are used for steam shovels by humans riding them, is
"loosely based on a true story" - i.e., a docudrama.
Most of them likely hail from the "bible belt", where a
argued that Noah's ark could after all have house all the dinosaurs
if he only took baby reptiles.
Tin selenide has been found to be the most efficient thermoelectric
material known, and may provide huge savings in devices.
A very complex set of rules for the coming auction of bandwidth by
the FCC were issued today. A reconfiguration of UHF, reverse and forward
auction all present troublesome scenarios.
Myelin, vital for neuron transmission, has been shown to be a
relatively recent addition in the brain. That turns brain research on its
With a module for a set of experiments, "after months of delays,
SpaceX‘s Falcon 9 rocket lifted off today carrying cargo bound for the
International Space Station."
Meteorites may have provided the B3 molecules which can lead to the
development of life forms, new analysis by NASA suggests.
With "millions nationwide are signing up for Squandr, a new social
discovery app employing GPS technology to match users with others in their
vicinity who also wasted $2.99 on the same software", the Onion has
accurately captured the app scene.
Noted AI guru Steve Omohundro published a warning today that a
"robot apocalypse" is coming unless steps are taken immediately. Google is
scaring everyone knowledgable as the new and much more insidious Evil
A moment please, of silence, for one of the most respected editors
of Wikipedia. Adrianne Wadewitz, an expert in 19th century English
literature - especially women's literature, died recently while rock
Meshnet is the
name for a new, totally encrypted and net separate from the
established internet and its increasing control by corporations.
corporation's plan to brighten the moon with huge swaths of
reflective material to save streetlight costs is being floated.
The tech industry's experts are rushing technology into the pot industry as legalization
The woman who was denied a 8THEIST license plate as "offensive" in
New Jersey tested to see if BAPTIST would be let through. It was, no
problem, as the Christians who are always whimpering, that they're
"persecuted", keep their foot on the neck of the rest of the population.
LocalBitcoins, an exchange, is reporting a breach and theft of the
increasingly troubled coins.
Verge, one of the tech industry's most prolific sites is, ironically, a
buggy site with major technical issues in even accessing it, say local web
Lady Gaga's new tour is a partnership with the
computer generated hologram, Hatsune Miko:
The Portuguese firm Ynvisible has launched 3D printing for
electronics, including super flexible solar cells.
The former CEO of Yahoo who was fired for being so incompetent
walked away with almost $100 million. That's more than the current and
equally incompetent CEO is making: "Where do the rest of us sign up?"
As google's glass sold out available supplies, the first pictures
from the stalkers who the glass is designed for were posted on the web.
In related news, Facebook released an app which will allow you to
track the precise locations of those you know, using their cell phones' GPS.
Above: A Korean text message from a child trapped on the
submerged ferry to a mother using Kakao Talk, a Korean app: 9:27 a.m. - Mom, I’m sending this message now in
case I don’t get to say it later: I love you. 9:34 a.m. - Why..? I was wondering why you weren’t checking your
9:36 a.m. - Me too, son.. I love you..
Chinese authorities opted to use drones to capture, rather than
assassinate a major Burmese drugpin with a private army who had murdered
In old style media, it took someone little time to figure out how to
hack the names of web sites and newspapers who nominated themselves for
Pulitzers/ Buzzfeed and the Daily Beast submitted themselves.
Uber is adding $1 for "safe rides" to start doing criminal checks of
drivers. The idea of serial killers driving people around didn't sit well
Peoria cops raided the house of a woman who had mocked the mayor and
asked her about the account, before seizing her computer.
Prenuptial and postnuptial agreements with digital clauses are
increasingly common, with the example of figure skater Johnny Weir serving
as an example. He and his ex- are specifically forbidden to be sexting after
The simulator pilot featured in CNN's somehow-still-ongoing coverage
of the search for missing Malaysian Airlines Flight 370 has been fired from
his day job for "dressing like a teenager" and "shaming Canadians." After
Rob Ford and Stephen Harper, Canadians still have shame?
Apache OpenOffice has now reached the 100 million mark for
downloading the free software alternative to Microsoft Office.
The silly stock prices and over-valuations at IPO of apps which are
reminiscent of the Dot Com collapse 35 years ago, are echoed in the equally
memory-jolting deflation of the past month: "As of Wednesday, Twitter was
down 39 percent, Facebook was down 17 percent, and Netflix was down 27
percent. King.com, the makers of Candy Crush, was down almost 20 percent
since it's IPO in March."
threatened not to take part in next year's auction of spectrum on
the 600 mHz band unless the FCC rescinds a decision to reserve a small
number of licenses for small carriers. AT&T is not likely to generate any
sympathy from the public for anything, and would be only shooting themseves.
A GoPro project involving the homeless suggests that San Francisco
is indeed becoming a more heartless place as tech expands.
After airing of the Oregon Department of Transportation plan to no
longer ask railroads for routes of oil shipments through Oregon towns, so as to
avoid a court order that they turn the information over to the press, Governor
Kitzhaber issued an order for the immediate release of the information. The
governor's office said "ODOT needed to begin fulfilling its duty as the state’s
rail safety regulator to protect Oregonians, not the companies it oversees".
A new report from the American Society for Microbiology suggests that
cows may be transmitting antibiotic resistance to bacteria in the soil. "Manure
from dairy cows, which is commonly used as a farm soil fertilizer, contains a
surprising number of newly identified antibiotic resistance genes from the cows’
A California developer whose work crew discovered a native American site
older than King Tut has paved over the site and is selling homes in the
development for 2=$2 million for the cheapest.
Triclosan is being shunned by some makers of soap and toothpaste after a
"study found that triclosan, as well as another commercial substance called
octylphenol, promoted the growth of human breast cancer cells in lab dishes and
breast cancer tumors in mice".
to 40 percent of tuna imported to the U.S. from Thailand is illegal or
unreported, followed by up to 45 percent of pollock imports from China, and 70
percent of salmon imports (Both species are likely to have been caught in
Russian waters, but transshipped at sea...)"
A mass bee die off near Sherwood, Oregon has been attributed by
investigators to drivers hitting a swarm of bees on the highway
Using supercomputers,imaging scientists have stumbled upon an inverse
link between Alzheimer's where cell die, and cancer, where cells multiply out of
An examination of genetic differences between humans and related hominid
species who did not survive points to our brain development, including a
propensity for certain brain disorders such as schizophrenia.
England's top environmental agency said, in an internal report leaked,
that the country's 55 years of nuclear waste deposits in the sea will erode and
cast large amounts of radioactive material along the coast in future.
A local news station decided to spruce up the show with a couple of
easter bunnies, who - in the middle of their screen debut - abandoned all
decorum and began having sex. The show cut to something else. "It's going to be
super awkward for the baby bunnies when their bunny friends find out that this
porno of their parents is all over the internet. "
A seconds long burst of radio signals from the distant reasons of the
universe has astronomers puzzled about its origins.
Senator working in a press conference on train safety was nearly run
over and killed by one of the trains.
Prominent televangelist and lead buffoon Pat Robertson said Jesus told
him an asteroid would destroy the planet, as early as next week.
Golf has lost 5 million players the last 10 years with another 20%
projected to dump the game soon. The answer is to make golf holes the size of
pizzas and soccer balls on the "back nine" says the PGA.
was once a time -before Facebook bought the Oculus Rift, before Zach
Braff had a Kickstarter - when optimists hoped crowdfunding would change the
world. It would democratize product development, change investing forever, and
revolutionize the way we pay for tortoise penis surgeries. And now the dream is
prints have been found in Roman tiles made 2000 years ago. "It is lovely
to imagine some irate person chasing a dog or some other animal away from their
freshly made tiles", said the archaeologist.
A decipherment of an ancient Greek text proves to be a contract between
2 wrestlers, one of whom is to" throw" the match - "when competing in the
competition for the boy [wrestlers], to fall three times and yield" in exchange
for "three thousand eight hundred drachmas of silver of old coinage".
4 new insect species found in a Brazilian cave have a unique feature of
females with penises that receive sperm when deposited in a male's vagina.
Further, the male cannot resist with damaging himself fatally.
Pregnant women taking anti-depressants appear more likely to have
children with autistic disorders.
The Vermont Senate has voted to require all GMO products to be labeled
and to make it illegal to call GMO products "all-natural".
Oklahomans who install solar cells or small wind turbines will face
electric surcharges in another bid by Republicans to ensure the nation stays
dependent upon the oil corporations.
The sushi industry and invasive species are wiping out Atlantic sea
urchins, a delicacy for sushi lovers.
solar loans from neighbors is funding new solar power for homeowners
through the Mosaic startup app.
A new Boston ordinance allowing people to grow and sell produce is
generating a new generation of urban farmers, especially among the urban poor,
A new childhood study suggests that half of all kids diagnosed with ADHD
may not have it at all. The research suggests an alternative diagnosis, and the
research is funded by Big Pharma, which is making many suspicious.
Argentina's latest device is not going to win any
PETA fans, but it promises to use fanny packs to capture the methane produced by
cows, a major source of global warming:
Portlandis flushing millions of gallons of water through a reservoir
after some lowlife teen was videotaped urinating in it. The teen was charged with public urination.
has now evolved resistance to GM (genetically modified) produced corn
A tiny marmoset holding his dying mate and grieving has provided proof
of an old question about primates and mourning.
Refined carbohydrates at only half the intake of the average U.S. women
disturb the ovarian cycle, West Coast researchers announced today.
MIT researchers have found a way to store heat in molecules easily,
which will further development of solar power.
Republicans often have fetishes involving children but Alaska Republican
Shelley Hughes' campaign regarding breastfeeding kids as "smart and sexy" raised
a few eyebrows.
A rare reproduction of the Siku Quanshu, an encyclopedia withh only 7 copies
made, compiled by nearly 4,000 scribes and considered to be an encyclopedia of
all the knowledge extant concerning philosophy, medicine, literature, and
history within China at the the time of the American revolution has been
released for public view.
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.