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LOCAL LANDLORD ED EPLEY WARNS:
THE LANDLORD LIFE IS NOT ALL GRAVY
Above: Corvallis landlord Ed Epley recalls the first rental he and his
wife bought, a modest duplex they financed - "we did it on a shoestring".
After showing the first side of the duplex to a young couple, both
of whom worked at a local tavern, they set out to ready the other side of the
duplex for renting.
Meantime, the new tenants had a serious argument and the husband
locked his wife out of the home. She, in turn, had figured out a way to sneak
into the empty duplex half and had set up temporary quarters there, unbeknownst
The first knowledge he had of the state of things was when the
young wife showed up in the company of another woman, who in time proved to be a
police officer. "I suppose", she said to Epley, "you've heard what happened last
night". He hadn't.
The woman had passed by her husband's side of the duplex and heard
moans which drew her to the bedroom window of the side occupied by her husband.
There, she saw him having sex with another woman.
Livid, she later let herself into his half of the duplex,
grabbed a kitchen knife and headed for the bedroom. Her husband and his lover
started up as she walked in but not before she began slashing him with the
knife. The two lovers were able to overcome the distressed wife, Epley says, and
called the police.
When Epley took her and the officer to the duplex to retrieve some
documents, he found the slashing had flung blood across the walls and over the
floor. He and his wife commiserated that the future might ALWAYS be like this
THE RETURN OF ALIX HUMPHREY
|Alix Humphrey, Corvallis "Crime Fighter" Returns From
Corvallis resident Alex Humphrey has returned after
a stint in Uganda working with the
Refugee Law Project (RLP) before returning to school. The RLP, he say,
has tried to place refugees from the
violence which has plagued the country as well as neighboring regions in the
Sudan, Congo and Rwanda.
The RLP, he says, focuses upon Truth and Reconciliation hearings rather than
upon international criminal courts. The hearings are found to be much more
personal, meaningful and approachable than courts in the EU. The Ugandan government, for example, has extended
amnesty to former soldiers of the Christian extremist Lord's Resistance Army
Joseph Kony (which became a cause célèbre after the release of a
which went viral) provided the former LRA soldiers declare the truth.
The relationship between sexual and political violence is one of
several focuses of the group. That work has become harder since the RLP
discovered that 80% of the male refugees have been
victims of sexual violence. In Uganda, US evangelical Christians have
whipped up an intense homophobia with the public concluding that male sexual
victims "become" gay.
As a consequence,
the RLP offices were raided and shuttered
for a time because it was
assumed they were "sheltering gays". The offices have now re-opened.
RATINGS FOR CORVALLIS HEALTH CARE RELEASED
||Oregon Health Care Ratings Issued for Area Physicians, Hospitals
If you're looking for a hospital within a 50 mile range,
Good Sam is as safe a bet as any, with a 96% rating newly by the Oregon
health care agencies. Salem has a 97% rating, McMinnville's Willamette Valley
comes in at 99% and McKenzie-Willamette in the Eugene-Springfield area has a
But if you're looking for physicians, you're better off in the
Salem-Kaiser area for women and children (health care specifically for men or
all patients is not rated). Corvallis physician groups ranked are at or below
The Great Corvallis Wage Increase in Store for Us
The Great Rise in Salaries
Great news! The gazette has printed
a list of average salaries in Corvallis and there has been a huge wage
increase since the end of the last full year reporting period. For example, the
gazette says the average salary in "Food preparation and serving-related" is
$21,811. The Labor Department's
online source says the average salary for "Accommodations and Food
Services" is $14,679. That's a 50% increase. The gazette says the average
salary for "Sales and Related" is $31,048 annually. The online stats are, for
"Retail", $23,000. That's a 35% increase. Huge!
In the Labor Department's statistics for Corvallis, there is
some discrepancy in titles, in geographic areas, etc., which provides for some
elasticity but not that much. There are small differences in dates. But other
data provides some validation of the lower numbers. For example, the total
payroll in Region 4 (Linn, Lincoln Counties and the Corvallis Metropolitan
area) shows a payroll for Leisure and Hospitality of $169,456,927. The
labor force is 10,773. That's an average annual salary of $15,729, slightly
higher than the above figure.
Benton County, the payroll was $52,088,291 and the employee number was
3565, for an average of $14,611. That of course, doesn't take into account that
workers in the field are working
an average 26 hours, and scrambling for hours or second jobs - and not
by choice. The gazette figures don't add up.
It is probably not coincidental that the rosy-glass-eyed
views appeared the same day that the downgrading of Corvallis's "livability"
ranking in Oregon slid below that of Lebanon, in Linn County. LEBANON?! Lebanon
is regarded as the armpit of Linn County, together with Sweet Home. And Linn
County remains an armpit of the valley. To salvage our own pride, we may need
to make numbers up.
But let's not settle for such poverty in our myths. Our
ancestors were better at improvising. Corvallis would have been a land of milk
and honey. Let's pretend that. And servers make gazillions of dollars and
presidents yearn to meet our most lowly of instructors, to press gifts of cash
wads into their hands. Baristas bathe in golden tubs and mechanics have free
supplies of figs and chocolates delivered from the hands of the gods and we
never get fat. All that occurs between free massive buffets featuring the most
famous rock stars of the day, all begging for a chance to perform on one of our
stages. Now THAT'S a lie worthy of us. THAT'S one we could settle for. Let's
pass those stories around, say, in Sunset Magazine. Or High Times. Not just
myths of $21,000 annual salaries.
OSU Ballooning in Bend At Issue
OSU-Cascades battles a legal challenge to break ground on the first phase of
its planned four-year campus, funding for later development may be in danger of
being delayed. For every legislative session, the state’s public
universities and the Higher Education Coordinating Committee work to put
together a university capital request prioritization list. Because state money
for capital projects is limited, the list offers the Legislature and governor an
idea of what projects are most important. University leaders meet to present
their “tier one” projects — those they hope to see funded with the greatest
urgency — which the Higher Education Coordinating Committee then orders into a
prioritized list. When Oregon State University — which oversees OSU-Cascades —
submitted its list of projects, funds for the Bend branch ranked below three
other projects. As a result, the $30 million OSU-Cascades request for state
support didn’t even break the top 14, falling into an unordered second tier with
eight other projects. In the second tier, funding is far from guaranteed.'
As the current city Manager transitions into a job more suited to his tastes and
talents, there is one step he took while in office which we think would never
have been taken without him.
The previous city Manager had a policy of choosing department heads
only from without the city's ranks. That made it seem certain, former city
Councilman George Grosch said at the time, that Lt.. Jon Sassaman would leave as
Lt. Ron Noble had done, to seek a chief job elsewhere. We would not have been
sorry to see that occur, because a number of people had told us that he was
instrumental in the coalescing of a group of thugs in the Police Department.
Either that was never true or he matured into the job after his
appointment. He has at times seemed like the reasoned voice of sanity in the
city on issues.
The "homeless problem" is such an issue. Sassaman told the
Advocate that "many of the people who use community services or might use the
shelter aren’t causing problems, while acknowledging that community members may
be eager to blame the shelter. For instance, Sassaman points to the issues of
drunk college students engaging in inappropriate behavior downtown: 'We don’t
say that’s a college student problem'."
Well said. And enough said.
"River comes Full Circle"
The gazette rightly pointed out that the riverfront had always been the heart of
the city, economically. They headlined it as "Riverfront renaissance
brings Corvallis full circle."
Unfortunately, they equated the current row of
small service businesses, paying minimum wage for part time work
and compared that to a time, shown in the 1879 photo above, when the planing, lumber and
flour mills on the river provided good livelihoods to those who worked there.
The riverfront could again, provided the city Council had the foresight of many
cities and raised the minimum wage to $15 an hour. The day when hundreds in the
city have to cobble together several jobs and crowd into small quarters together
would come to an end in short order. It's time the city Council served them as
loyally as they do developers. And it's time that the "Economic Development
Director", Tom Nelson, hired by the current city manager, needs to come up to
speed. The jobs being added to the city under his tenure are largely dead end,
mind numbing, poorly paid work, to be regarded as failures, not a success. It's been "time", for many years.
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Breaking Crime News
|Ross Nicholas Wilson
Mr. Wilson is 40 years old and still behaving like an
infant. He was
arrested again, this time for assault. He's been arrested
6 times in 3 years, for strangulation, assault, id theft, theft,
etc. There's also an OSU report: "police
learned that he had two Albany Municipal Court warrants for theft in
the second and third degree. Also located was a stolen Kona bicycle in
Wilson's apartment. Wilson was transported to Hyak Park and turned over to
Albany Police. The bike was returned to its owner."
Keagan Wamon Harbor was arrested for the 6th time in the last 15
months, usually related to a probation violation, for ecstasy or a theft. He
arrested in Albany: "A caller reported that people broke into his
pickup and stole money from inside. The caller added that the people were
now hitting his truck. Jamaal Isiah McGinty, 19, Charles Malicai McGinty,
20, and Keagan Wamon Harber, 20, all of Corvallis, were each arrested on
charges of third-degree robbery and second-degree theft."
There might be a few twisted minds who take some satisfaction in
Mr. Wilson and Mr. Harbor preying upon Albany residents for a change, since
the reverse is so often true. But they are, indeed, twisted minds.
Kimball Kevin Craig from Adair has been arrested again, for the
fourth time in 2 years, usually on theft, trespassing and meth but this time
for not showing up for a court date. Mr. Craig is one of those rarities - he
appears to be a meth addict who made it to 55 years old. That's like a dog
living to be 25.
He is famous for a Christmas-time, 2003 arrest when "an anonymous
caller reported someone was loading bike parts there. While the deputy was
chatting with Craig, Craig said, 'You have got to see this one,' and pulled
a pocketknife out of his pocket and handed it to the deputy. The deputy
discovered the blade was spring-loaded, which made it illegal for a
convicted felon to possess, so Craig was arrested"
An 18 year old was arrested by campus police on an escape charge,
which in Corvallis usually means he tried to run, and and interference which
can mean anything here. Rory Christopher Holmes, from Newport, was arrested
for not showing up on a DUII charge and a trespassing charge. It's his 3rd
time to be arrested in Corvallis in the past 3 months.
A 45 year old had his first arrest, for harrassment and assault,
Jacob Michael Covington was arrested for not showing up on a charge
of loud music, but also for cocaine and "supplying contraband". The latter
charge usually means someone is trying to smuggle something illegal into the
jail. But, who knows?
Salem police have identified the body found in the street on Nevada
St. in Salem as Chandra Donohoe, on probation for heroin and theft. An
autopsy is being conducted.
Police officials in Woodburn, Silverton, the Marion County Sheriff's
Department, and the Oregon State Police are still not saying what
drew the SWAT team to a Silverton home, followed by the exit of all
vehicles, with sirens blaring.
a Mount Angel police officer went to the home of Toddi and Tim Bork on Aug.
15, he saw Tim Bork standing in the doorway. More than 15 percent of
Tim Bork's body had been burned and his beard was burned off. His wife, the
officer wrote in his report, said she set her husband on fire to get his
...Police said Toddi Bork set her husband on fire because she didn’t like
the way he was treating her lawn... She told the officer she had about six
or seven beers Friday afternoon and got mad at Tim when he sprayed weed
killer in the backyard. She was concerned, the report said, their dogs would
get sick from the chemicals.'
Mattie Spino, who was sentenced to five years for a DUII wreck in which her
9 year old daughter was killed, has been released for a final visit
with her son, who is dying at OHSU after being crushed by a boulder while
In another touching story of a mother's love,
Carolyn Knudsen of Gresham was arrested for skyping with her boyfriend,
James Hickerson while she sexually abused her child, a favor he
returned for her, police are saying. The man's father, Neil Hickerson,
previously convicted of "abusive sexual conduct relating to a minor" was
arrested for possessing the kiddie porn.
||"Java Juggs", in Everett
Elsewhere, a chain of "bikini bistros" in the Seattle region was actually a
brothel, police say, and one of their own sergeants was serving as a
lookout for them in the department, in exchange for sex. When the home of
the owner, former stripper Carmela Panica, was searched by police, they
found $250,000.00 in cash. "Longtime
Snohomish County Sheriff’s Sgt. Darrell O’Neill, 58, were arrested
for conspiring to promote prostitution. Everett Police claim O’Neill tipped
off Panico and a manager/dancer about police investigations in return for
sex with the women. Investigators say O’Neill allegedly had sex inside the
coffee stands while in uniform".
The San Francisco Forty Niners' Ray McDonald was in jail for felony domestic
abuse after being arrested early this morning. He is the frst to be
carged after the NFL introduced an automatic 6-game suspension for domestic
In political news, the cost of New Jersey governor Christie's lawyers, over
the investigation of his illegally shutting the bridge to a major city
in retaliation for criticism, will be borne by taxpayers, he's decided - at
$7.3 million. A real cost cutter.
In Ohio, a driver with 2 occupants out on a "joy ride" in a golf cart after
drinking, was charged with the Ohio equivalent of DUII and may be
charged for the death of one of his passengers when the cart went over an
embankment, killing the passenger.
|Randy Edward Drake
Mr. Drake's probation/parole officer ordered him picked up
and he was
placed on the County's most wanted list. He has a long history
with law enforcement and is another of Linn County's gifts. He was famous
for being arrested, police said, in a car prowl on Christmas Eve which
resulted in a police chase of the stolen Corvallis car used, with tire
strips and 100+ mph speeds. He has been
arrested 8 times in 4 years in Benton County.
Jordan Lee Hellman
was arrested on a DUII charge, violating a stalking order, trespass,
etc. Mr. Hellman was
arrested in March after, police said, he " scaled the wall of his
ex-girlfriend’s apartment building while drunk in an effort to get to her
apartment through her balcony. The woman was awakened by the noise and ran
to her neighbor’s apartment for help."
David John Morse, who has been
arrested 11 times in the past 3 years, was
arrested for weapons use, a probation/parole violation.
Victoria Lynn Brewer has been
arrested on a Linn County warrant as well as criminal mistreatment
and fraudulent credit card use. She was
arrested in June in Albany when "a caller told deputies a pickup
truck had gone through a stop sign and crashed in a neighbor’s yard. The
caller said he tried to stop the driver from leaving the scene but the
driver sideswiped him and kept going. According to the sheriff’s office,
deputies caught up with the woman believed to be the driver at a residence
on Leslie Lane. Victoria Lynn Brewer, 45, of Scio was charged with driving
under the influence of intoxicants/controlled substance, reckless driving,
failure to obey a traffic control device and failure to perform the duties
of a driver in an injury accident. The passenger in the vehicle appeared to
be injured in the crash."
A 21 year old woman, who has been arrested, it looks, for the first
time, was picked up for interfering with a police officer - which can be
anything - and a domestic violence
assault - which is a pretty explicit charge. A man was
arrested on a harrassment domestic violence charge and it was his first -
and hopefully - last arrest. Rory Christopher Holmes, whose previous charges
include a DUII and failing to show up for court, has
been picked up on a bench warrant for not showing. Christopher
Robert Byers has been
arrested for meth and pot. It is his
4th encounter with law enforcement in Benton County in 3 years, but
twice those events were related to not showing up in Lincoln County on a
theft charge. There was also another pot related charge, and this one. He's
a musician and musicians are supposed to have a sketchy past, and hopefully
this one completes his pedigree, so he's not arrested again in future.
Charles Cole Screeton was
arrested for contempt on another charge. He has a long history with
law enforcement, including
a Marion County assault charge, a parole violation. Last year, in
deputy responded to a report of a possible chop shop business. A man
who looked suspicious was seen walking around a vehicle that could have been
stolen and various vehicle parts were spread around on the ground. Two men
were arrested in connection with the operation. Charles Cole Screeton, 27,
of Stayton was charged with unauthorized use of a vehicle'.
Elsewhere in Oregon, the corrupting effects of George Bush's Iraq invasion
A former US Army captain has been arrested in Portland for selling
military parts to buyers in 34 countries illegally. He also had classified
military documents on his computer which he took abroad with him. "Justin
Jangraw repeatedly showed a disregard for our national security" said the US
Attorney but the fact that he has been treated much differently from Chesea
Manning has raised eyebrows.
In law enforcement news,
a federal judge in Portland signed off on an agreement designed to
end the brutalization of the mentally ill by Portland police officers. There
will be special training for a group of officers who work with mental health
experts and new disciplinary processes have been
put in place.
In other law enforcement news,
Rapper the Game organized a melee of
rap artists across the country to do a song about St. Louis (Ferguson)
Participating were Game's own kids and from New York (Diddy,
Fabolous, Swizz Beatz), Los Angeles (the Game, Problem), Atlanta (2 Chainz),
D.C. (Wale), Miami (Rick Ross, DJ Khaled), New Orleans (Curren$y), and
Memphis (Yo Gotti).
In Walnut Creek, California,
police were called to investigate a report of a masked man with a baseball
bat savagely attacking a woman in a residence by neighbors who heard
the woman screaming, in between thumps of the bat. Police discovered the
suspect in a car sitting, but with a mask on the back floor and a baseball
bat in the trunk. He identified himself as a police officer.
Abroad, in Lesotho, Africa,
where the police belong to a different political party than the military,
a coalition fell through and the military took over the country, the Prime
Minister there said.
The weekend shootings which have become regular Portland occurrences
broke out again last night at 2 large house parties, police said.
One man was wounded.
In Salem, where
police said Antonio Ramos-Perez struck bicyclist Ricardo Soto as he ran a
red light, paused for a few moments and then fled the scene. He told
police, they say, that he "was scared and fled the scene, returned home,
reported the car stolen, and drove it out to rural Polk County and left it
there." A red light camera identified the auto and the driver.
A Eugene, Oregon man was taken into custody after he shot a neighbor,
witnesses said, with the arrested man claiming he was just defending
himself. A witness said "I heard a lot of gunshots and screaming. They were
like boom, boom, boom, boom, boom. A good and nice neighborhood. It’s just
crazy in the middle of the day."
Police in Hillsboro are saying they don't believe the stabbing death of
another woman is related to the first killing.
Alan Link, the teen (now 31) who\was one of those behind the killing of a
Redmond woman, Barbara Thomas, is scheduled for re-sentencing after
winning an appeal. The teens, including her son, planned to steal her car.
Another teen "Another teen "pulled the trigger on the gun, while Adam Thomas
had hit Barbara Thomas over the head with wine bottles. Link stood outside
the Thomas home, encouraging the teens inside by cellphone. The group also
considered electrocution and injecting Thomas with bleach before resorting
to brute force. They abandoned her body in the house and stole her car with
the intent of escaping to Canada. "They were stopped at the Canadian border
and returned to Oregon for trial.
The ongoing religious crime wave has been brought home to US students as the
family of Hope's university scholarship recipient Abu Aitah, as
the bombs of Jewish extremists in charge in Israel tossed into a refugee
camp by planes wiped out both of Abu Aitah's parents, "along with
her two eldest brothers and a 4-year-old nephew. Suddenly, she was an
Moslem extremists in Iraq have sold Yazidi women into sexual slavery
as "wives" in Syria.
Christian extremists erupted as the head of their home "school"
movement labeled "truly dangerous" the "Quiverful" male patriarchs
accused of molesting and abusing girls.
A 10 year old kid in China is accused of getting pissed that his cartoon
show was being drowned out by construction noise next door, and cut
one of the two cables of the construction worker making the noise. Said the
worker "'I was using an electric drill to fit security lights to the outside
of the building when I felt my safety rope shaking. I looked up to see what
Then I saw the boy cutting the rope with a knife. I shouted at him to stop
but he didn't listen and soon after, the rope was broken. I was petrified.''
The worker was left hanging by a single rope for 40 minutes until
coworkers were able to pull him in using the remaining rope. The child's
father found out and said he "gave the boy a good talking to and that he has
apologized, telling Metro, "He has promised he will not do something similar
In political news,
the head of a right wing think tank has been ousted amid reports he rewarded
a sexual assault victim with a high paying position to avoid
charges, Raw Story is reporting.
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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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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.
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US Navy, Rob
BREAKING NEWS OF
GAMING, SCIENCE AND THE INTERNET
A dangerous prank prompted a SWAT raid on a Colorado gamer .. An
anonymous caller told police he had shot multiple people at an office
building. Heavily armed police burst through the door of an office in
Littleton, where gamer Jordan Mathewson was playing Counter-Strike. Mathewson
— who calls himself “Koostra” online — is part of a gamers group called The
Creatures, who livestream video of themselves playing against one another
online, and he recorded the entire incident.
After watching the developers of Fez and Depression Quest hacked, a bomb
threat to a plane carrying Sony Online Entertainment's president, and death
threats to Feminist Frequency creator Anita Sarkeesian, the
International Game Developers Association has issued a statement:
'Over the last several weeks, game developers and affiliates have been the
subject of harassment and 'doxxing' attacks, including threats and posting
of home addresses. While we support diverse viewpoints and healthy debate on
the issues within our industry, we condemn personal attacks such as these
which are not only morally reprehensible, but also illegal in many
countries. We call on the entire game community to stand together against
this abhorrent behavior.' They might have some trouble stirring up sympathy
for Sony but the mention of the others will move most.
analysis shows that the first Eskimo group (Paleo Eskimos) cae to North
America about 6,000 years ago and died out about 700 years ago. The
existent Inuit and 2 groups of Native Americans arrived about 1000 years
MIT has published the results of a massive study of 50,000 people and the
results are indisputable: social networks like Facebook and Twitter are
destructive in people's lives and negatively affect well-being of
the people involved.
Microsoft will lay off over 1,000 Finnish engineers in the wake of the
firm's purchase of Nokia, a figure the engineers' trade union called
Nintendo is already ensuring the faster CPU is put to use for more than just
speeding up system navigation and downloads. Acclaimed Wii RPG
Xenoblade Chronicles will be ported to 3DS, but only to these new systems.
new project is printing Braille picture books for visually impaired
children. Each page turns the pictures from the original book into
raised 3D shapes alongside traditional Braille text.'
A bitter lesson in Republican politics is being learned across red
states, where telecom corporations are using control of Republican
controlled state legislatures to cripple municipal utilities providing
faster internet access for citizens.
was a moment in recent history when Angry Birds, a smartphone game people
play on the toilet, was poised to sweep all of pop culture. There
would be Angry Bird theme parks, museums, stuffed animals, and tampons. Now,
that dream is dead. Business Insider reports the departure of CEO Mikael Hed.
Alas, 'Rovio's profits fell 52%'.
Amazon's drone-delivery is likely child's play compared to Google's
secret Project Wing.
Physics just keeps getting weirder. Now, they 'have devised a way to take
pictures using light that has not interacted with the object being
photographed. This form of imaging uses pairs of photons, twins that
are ‘entangled’ in such a way that the quantum state of one is inextricably
linked to the other. While one photon has the potential to travel through
the subject of a photo and then be lost, the other goes to a detector but
nonetheless 'knows' about its twin’s life and can be used to build up an
A US 'based online ad network company AppNexus, that provides a platform
specializing in real-time online advertising, has again been spotted as the
origin of a recent "malvertising" campaign that makes use of the Angler
Exploit Kit to redirect visitors to malicious websites hosting the Asprox
malware... As part of this campaign, users of several high-profile
websites including Java.com, Deviantart.com, TMZ.com, Photobucket.com,
IBTimes.com, eBay.ie, Kapaza.be and TVgids.nl, last week were redirected to
websites serving malicious advertisements that infected visitors by
installing botnet malware on their computer, said security company Fox-IT.
Angler exploit kits are available on the underground black forums and are
used in various malicious campaigns to own websites and redirect users off
to websites hosting banking malware and other types of malicious code in
order to victimize them'
|Aug 29 Dragon Con, Atlanta: Operation Secret Identity
Above: Galla and Kirk from Star Trek at Dragon Con. The
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), sci-fi blog io9, and a coalition of
fan communities are launching "Project Secret Identity," a cosplay
photo campaign to raise awareness of the importance of anonymity and
privacy during the annual pop culture convention Dragon Con in Atlanta,
Georgia, Aug. 29 - Sept. 1. Southeastern Browncoats, a Firefly-inspired
non-profit; the Harry Potter Alliance, an activism organization; the Baker
Street Babes, a Sherlock Holmes fan group and podcast; Wattpad, a community
of readers and writers; and the Organization for Transformative Works, a
fan-culture advocacy organization.are all supporting the project which will
include posters advocating privacy with every photo.
'"In J.K. Rowling's novels, Voldemort came to power not only
through coercion, but by monitoring, controlling, and censoring the
Wizarding World's lines of communication," Harry Potter Alliance Executive
Director Paul DeGeorge said. "In the real world, there is no charm-protected
room where we can meet and organize in secret. What we have is the Internet
and we need to fight to keep it free and secure."
Anita Sarkeesian earlier this week wrote a blog entry on "devoted to
aggregating and analyzing games that portray women as damsels in
distress, ornamental eye candy, incidental victims, and other archetypes
that tend to be written in service of and subordinate to male players and
characters." The result has been a torrent of emails from male gamers, some
very threatening. "I want to rape your c*nt with a pole", reads one while
another lists her home address and says he's coming to her apartment to
"rape you to death. After I'm done, I'll ram a tire iron up your c*nt".
The original home of the Spruce Goose of WWII, a huge hanger is now being
renovated by Google for office space.
"It hasn't been easy, in part because of its design. It is rather
atypical—to say the least—for office space. The hangar has two bays
that are 750-feet long—more than twice the length of a football field—and
its ceiling is more than seven stories high."
Corvallis residents attending the Burning Man Festival say that today's
death of a woman who fell under a bus hauling attendees was just
another capstone in what has been a mess. The dead woman, Alicia Louise
worked at an art boutique in Jackson, Wyoming where she was a
manager. It's not been a great year for those attending the event. The New
York Times bashed the billionaires who have turned things into a contest of
trying to outspend one another.
After Monday's rainstorms had turned the dry lake bed into mud,
enthusiasts had spent the night in the parking lot of Walmart. In Reno.
Tolerance of opinions has never been a Christian strongpoint.
A Christian preschool in Florida expelled a 4-year-old student after his mom
complained about school administration in a Facebook post. The
school sent her a letter: "Your relationship with Sonshine did not get off
to a very good start the first day of school. … You utilized social media to
call into question not only the integrity but the intelligence of our staff.
... These actions are also consistent with sowing discord, which is spoken
of in the handbook you signed."
The California Senate has moved to radically curb use of drones by local
police agencies. "The potential for abuse of drones is high,” Sen.
Ted Lieu (D–Redondo Beach),said. ‟We need to be vigilant to ensure our
Constitutional rights are protected."
Microsoft is dumping 1500 apps from the Store after complaints of
bogus and malware apps became widely aired.
Google is now pressing a famous patent troll who lost a case to the search
giant after a judge awarded Google over a million dollars in
attorney fees in the case.
It captures the essence of the Facebook "selfie": 'After their friend
apparently died of a drug overdose, two Missouri residents posed for a
“selfie” with the corpse, an image that one of them later uploaded
to Facebook after dumping the body on a rural road, according to police.'
The friend had injected dilaudid. The pair were doing Xanax and meth.
|Korea's "Divine Souls" Game
quarters of South Korea's population have been compromised in a massive data
breach affecting 27 million people.'
A Forest Grove mother has her panties in a wad because the
controlling-parent routine didn't exactly work with her daughter's computer
access, especially the ipad used for school. She had a policy for
her 12 year old daughter of "no phone, no social media, no personal
computer. The family computer is connected to the TV in the middle of the
living room and - no surprise - is locked down with parental controls". The
mother "was quick to confiscate the iPad the moment her daughter was done
with her homework at the end of the day. The only time she had her iPad was
at school or on the bus".
First result: the teen was using the ipad to access Wattpad, the
online writers' community, and specifically the adults-only section. The mom
complained to the school, who promised to block the site. Great. That worked
- the daughter then opened "an email account and was sending pictures of
herself and having relations online"....her daughter used the iPad to set up
a personal Gmail account and send the racy pictures to another student."
With a mother like that, "online relations" might mean a boyfriend or even
less, and racy pictures could be anything. The mother complained to the
school about that too. It doesn't work, madame. Conversations do.
related news, the retailer Zara has yanked children's pajamas that
looked like WWII concentration camp uniforms.
Netcore and Netis routers made in China have been discovered to have a
backdoor which allows anyone with the password to access the machine's data,
run malware and change settings.
||"Sailing Stones of Death Valley"
For the first time scientists have seen in action the "Sailing Stones" of
Death Valley. 'hundreds of rocks – some weighing as much as 320
kilograms (700 pounds) – that seem to have been dragged across the ground,
leaving synchronized trails that can stretch for hundreds of meters.' It
turns out that thin sheets of ice form and the stones "move across them"
when conditions are just right.
Researchers have unexpectedly stumbled upon a simple, incredibly effective HIV
vaccine. 'A novel and relatively simple vaccine that can be
administered orally has managed to completely block rectal infection with
SIV, the monkey equivalent of HIV, in rhesus macaques and produced rapid
re-suppression of viral load in monkeys who were previously infected with
SIV.' Wait. Let's sort this out. They're doing WHAT to monkeys?
Sheepdogs are soon to be out of work after scientists discovered that a
simple 2 step algorithm is involved: close up the sheep then drive
them forward once gaps are sufficiently closed. Robots can do that. The
researchers think it would work on people too. There is a simple
counter-mechanism. Always disperse.
Seagate is shipping the world's first 8TB hard drive.
'One of the
hairier unintended consequences of cheap 3-D printing is that any
troublemaker can duplicate a key without setting foot in a hardware store.
But clever lockpickers like Jos Weyers and Christian Holler already are
taking that DIY key-making trick a step further: They can 3-D print a slice
of plastic or metal that opens even high-security locks in seconds, without
even seeing the original key.'
Ohio thinks this science stuff has gone too far, overturning ancient myths
about dragons eating the sun to cause eclipses and so forth, and
wants to start prohibiting the teaching of scientific processes.
Space shuttle astronauts are facing permanent eye issues after days
The incredibly useful, even vital, field of statistics is being supplanted
by CS studies, with CS specialists doing incredibly shoddy
statistical work, says one of the nation's leading scientists on both
The Department of Transportation is considering requiring vehicle-to-vehicle
communications on all new cars and trucks, expecting to prevent
nearly 600,000 crashes.
ebay has doubled down in Portland, where 200 employees focusing on the
mobile apps, which drive a third of the flea market's business, are
expected to become 400.
A new poll shows Oregonians believe that GPS directions are less distracting
to drivers than taking directions from a spouse or friend in the back seat.
The pollis also "amusingly" supportive of gender stereotypes. Men simply don't
ask for directions, generally. and rate themselves as "exceptionally good"
at finding directions.
That favorite of every Corvallis resident, Comcast, says their data caps
aren't really data caps. Like in the Pirates of the Caribbean, where
the Pirate Code is not really a "code" if lucre is involved. It's more of a
Uber is being outed again as a ruthless unethical wannabee-monopolist
trying to suppress competitors.
The notorious Koch brothers are funding ads telling people that the idea
that they should be allowed to use the airwaves as freely as any
other, and have download speeds as good, is a "Marxist" evil thought. Where
can we get some more of this Marxism? Does it cover faster connections too?
It does? Cool!
HP announced recalls of batteries. HP's recall is for fire safety
reasons and Apple's for performance issues.
California has passed a law requiring a kill switch on all stolen
A gazette summary on OSU's idea of assisting "start ups" featured a pair
marketing wooden sunglasses made in Asia. Critics are asking "Public money
went to this?" but the article also featured a firm making
irrigation management software and another making the building blocks for
A group of inane, boring hackers calling themselves the Lizard Squad
has once again taken Sony's Playstation network down with DDoS attacks.
Sorters at Allied Waste in Corvallis may soon have a new tool for
differentiating recyclable plastics. German researchers say
"Plastics emit fluorescent light when exposed to a brief flash of light, and
the emission decays with time in a distinctive pattern. Thus, their
fluorescence lifetimes are highly characteristic for the different types of
polymers, and can serve as an identifying fingerprint".
China will release a new operating system designed to compete with
Microsoft, Apple and and Android by October.
The latest report of the Entertainment Software Association states that 36%
of all gamers are now adult women and young women are another 12%.
Teen boys now represent a mere 17% of gamers.
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|Charlie Sheen's Boat Seized in Disruption of Dolphin Slaughter
14 people were arrested 'as the mammals [bottlenose dolphins] were driven to
shore to be killed by waiting hunting parties, according to
environmental group Sea Shepherd.' One of the boats seized from the Sea
Shepherds was BS Sheen, Charlie Sheen's personal boat, he said he was proud it
had served in such a cause.
A new eruption at Iceland's Bardarbnga volcano has resulted in a red
alert and a banning of flights under 6000 feet. That's the 3rd time in a week.
A puppy who narrowly escaped being put down at a shelter
but was instead adopted by an NGO is now a trained rescue dog and has
been working in Hiroshima, where 50 have been killed in landsides.
With new wealth, China is adding resources to children's psychological
development, with the one-child policy having created spoiled "little
emperors" and "little empresses', but the concept of filial relationships
remains strong and the two tendencies are often at war with one another.
California passed a ban on single use plastic grocery bags.
The Sierra Club has listed the top 5 ecologically sound breweries in the
country. Deschutes Brewery is at the #2 spot and Ninkasi in Eugene is
people happiest with the decision to begin blocking the export of coal through
Oregon are the tribes and the Northwest Steelheaders who depend on
the Columbia for their livelihood as well as recreation. Recreational fishing
feeds $2.7 billion into the Oregon economy and coal dust, deadly to salmon fry,
is beginning to show up along the river.
The Oregon Spotted Frog is about to be listed as an endangered species.
"This unique and highly aquatic frog was once common in the Pacific Northwest
and its decline signals degradation in the health of natural areas that provide
for people as well as fish and wildlife," Tom McDowell, acting supervisor for
the Washington Fish and Wildlife Office said'. Changes in water temperature as
trees along riverbanks are cut (Hint! Hint!), development of wetlands (Hint!
HInt!), and the introduction of invasive frog species, especially the bullfrog,
in a state with lax controls on exotic pets are all being held accountable.
In related news, officials with the USDA seized 1,000 giant African snails
across the country, all traced to a man in Georgia selling the snails,
which grow to the size of a fist and devour buildings for calcium, to build
their shells, and raze gardens.
Ebola has jumped to Senegal, opening up a new front in the deadly
epidemic, WHO says.
||Tuesday, September 9, 7:00 - 8:30 pm,
Admission is free
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Corvallis, 2945 NW Circle
Above: Dr. Martin Donohoe will describe how genetically-modified
crops are produced, their role in agriculture in the United States and
worldwide, the health and environmental consequences of their use, and the
benefits of labeling GM foods. It will also address food justice and
security, and briefly touch on biopharming, the genetic modification of
animals,and relevant ethical issues. There will be time for comments and
questions. Dr. Donohoe is a senior physician at Kaiser Sunnyside Medical
Center in Portland specializing in internal medicine. He is also an adjunct
associate professor in the School of Community Health at Portland State
University. He is a member of the Social Justice Committee of
Physicians for Social Responsibility and is on the Board of Advisors for its
In addition to the so-called "academic whores" of OSU and Big Pharma
pushing GMO, the other heavyweights in the GMO industry have started funding
campaigns to deny the public knowledge when GMO foods are included in their
groceries. Monsanto, the grocery chains ("Grocery Manufacturers
Association") and DuPont have all kicked in a total of $300,000 against
labeling. The 2 chemical companies have self evident interests and the
Grocery Manufacturers Association last year applied to the FDA to allow them
to label the artificially created GMO as "natural" on labels. On the
other side of the ballot, Oregon's Right to Know has raised cash from 2,500
Oregon citizens. "I'm pretty excited to see at this relatively early stage
that we've already got more than 2,500 people that have written a check,"
said a Right to Know spokesperson.
A fire near Oakridge has jumped its containment lines and some
residents are now being warned to prepare to evacuate.
Gow stands on a wooden platform perched high above a lush valley south of
Roseburg, his Stetson tipped back as he surveys the 1,400-acre ranch where
his family runs cows for a living. "This is why I worked 24-7 my whole life,
so I could wake up and have this" he says. "This is all I ever wanted." It's
not hard, then, to understand Gow's sense of violation, his creeping feeling
of helplessness, with a Canadian energy company's plan to carve a swath the
width of freeway through his land and bury a 36-inch-diameter, high-pressure
gas pipeline.' A Canadian firm is using "eminent domain" to seize the land
of Oregon ranchers and farmers for their LNG pipeline.
Portland Harbor's Superfund site is launching the first habitat restoration
site, with Portlanders wanting to "restore habitat that was once
abundant but is now rare in this stretch of the highly industrialized
WHO said today that the number of Ebola victims, now at 1569, could easily
reach 20,000 shortly as the epidemic accelerates.
Portland's business forum, the City Club, has endorsed both GMO labeling and
pot legalization measures on the ballot, as well as the ERA, drivers
licenses for undocumented workers, and education bonds.
Oregon "law requires railroads to annually submit detailed reports saying
what dangerous substances they've moved, where and in what volume.
They're due to emergency responders across the state by March 1 of each
year. But that hasn't been happening, leaving firefighters across the state
in the dark." At a meeting today meant to address the issue - legally, an
"open meeting", Burlington officials asked "Wouldn't it be easier if the
press wasn't here?" The reporters refused to budge.
University of Arizona study predicts a "megadrought" due to global warming.
Arizona is as responsible as anyone for the refusal of the US to
address global warming and we need a fence there - but not a fence to keep
people out of Arizona. We need to isolate Arizonans IN Arizona, so they
don't migrate elsewhere with their antiscience infection.
Bitner Vineyards this year became the first Idaho vineyard to be Low Input
Viticulture & Enology certified, and industry leaders expect more of
the state’s vineyards and wineries to follow suit.
'A new day has
dawned, and with it, a new draft of a new United Nations report on climate
change has leaked unto the world. Like the turning pages of a
calendar as one draws closer to death, the report brings tidings that grow
worse, and worse, and worse. If you had to characterize for a mass audience
what technical stage of global warming we find ourselves in now, it would be
"The final stage where we decide if we will even attempt to try to do
anything to make the looming disaster marginally less disastrous for our
grandchildren, or whether we will simply f*ck around and allow doom to sweep
over them, because we will be dead by then."'
The denial of a coal exporting permit in Oregon may be a sign of
"things to come", coal industry corporations fear.
Hundreds of mysterious methane vents have been discovered along the
floor of the eastern US coast.
Flooding in Bangladesh has created half a million newly homeless
A 6.0 earthquake struck Napa Valley in California, with the worst
damage in a mobile home park there.
3 are dead and 90 victims sought aid at one hospital.
No tsunami warning was issued.
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