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THE RETURN OF ALIX HUMPHREY
|Alix Humphrey, Corvallis "Crime Fighter" Returns From
Corvallis resident Alex Humphrey has returned after
6 month 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 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
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 is 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
was 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.
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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ALERT! OSU FOOTBALL FANS
|Police Warn: OSU, UO and PSU Fans ALL Are
Driving Freeway Today
All 3 Oregon major universities are playing their initial
games Saturday and all will be on the road unless they live in Corvallis or
OSU officials are warning fans to allow extra time due to
construction detours on campus.
"The biggest traffic obstruction is the closure of 15th
Street from Jefferson Avenue on the north end to Western Boulevard on the
south end. This limits access to several parking lots on the east side of
campus. Access to the parking lots south of Callahan and McNary Halls is now
only available off 11th Street. Within that parking area, construction of
the new residence building, William Tebeau Hall, is in the final stages,
blocking access to parts of 13th and 14th Streets around the building
itself. For the Aug. 30 game, there will be a temporary crosswalk
established at Washington Avenue to allow pedestrians to cross 15th through
the Facilities Shops area toward Reser Stadium. Please note that this
temporary crosswalk will only be in-place for this game."
|Robert James Brown
Mr. Brown has been
arrested for failing to register as a sex offender, meth, escape,
etc. This is
his 4th encounter with law enforcement locally in 4 years.
||Amanda Lynn Gatewood
Hwy 34 was closed for several hours after "an officer-involved
shooting" of a suspect followed a high speed chase out of the
Springfield area, witnesses say.
The suspect's car was registered to an elderly
Springfield couple. There is no word on them yet. The driver, 44-year-old
Amanda Lynn Gatewood, was shot after she pointed what appeared to be a
handgun at officers. A replica of a 1911 semi-automatic handgun was
recovered at the scene. Ms Gatewood is in critical condition. She had,
warrants for her concerning meth and theft.
In other Corvallis crime news, Christian Michael Colaci was cited for
interfering with a police report, which can be anything. But it's his for
13th encounter with law enforcement in 2 years on a wide variety of
charges including meth. Cody Deane Madison-Foley has been picked up on a
probation/parole violation on charges of DUII, Driving While Suspended, etc.
A 44 year old woman has been arrested for criminal mistreatment, and she has
no recent prior arrests.
Above: Corvallis Police released a photo of the new police hires.
The immediate reaction of most viewers is that, once again, they're all
males but at least there's an African American among them. 'From
left are Joshua Zessin, Dale Raybould, Stephen Foster, Sassaman,
Derrick Samuels and Justin Hageman'. Foster and Zessin are homegrown boys,
Hageman is from Salem and Raybould is from Sheridan. Samuels is from Florida
- we all know how much we are seeing headlines that start with "Florida
Man... [fill in the blank with something completely bizarre here]. It
doesn't help to see an
Orlando church prayer request for "Derrick" in "Corvallis, Oregon",
and the prayer that "He will be turning in his background paperwork this
week! Prayers for a swift and clear return and that all prior employees
praise him on his workmanship!" That might raise some eyebrows, wondering
why someone thought he needed help from god to get a clear background check,
or get a positive review from his co-workers. But you never know.
Grandmother might have worried about some time he maybe got caught looking over
the shoulder of a classmate in the 2nd grade to verify the spelling of Gator
(be honest: 'Gater' suggests itself, right?).
It's good he left Florida if has or plans to have a daughter, or even a
woman as mate.
A new Girl Scout study released today has that advice for females:
leave the South. Pack everything immediately. Leave. GET OUT NOW!
In law enforcement news elsewhere,
Apple's security guards staged a sit-in at the company's San Francisco store
and eventually blocked the store's doors and all were arrested.
In Spokane, police are investigating whether a district attorney helped a
||Marriya Wright, D.A., Body Builder
on drug and assault charges to escape, as Marriya
Wright and Matthew Baumrocker exchanged nearly 1300 texts.
In Oregon, Jesse Helts, the "homeless youth" who accepted Miley Cyrus's VMA
award for her, has turned himself in to Polk County with his bail
money in hand, said to be from the singer. He was wanted there for skipping
his urinalysis test and mischief.
Quezeda-Lopez, of Mexico, who was at the 6th level of a chain of managers in
a heroin operation that resulted in the sale of heroin to a 21 year
old Keizer woman who died as a result of an overdose, pleaded guilty to
trafficking in heroin.
A 61 year old woman hit yesterday in a heavily used Lincoln City,
Oregon crosswalk by a motorist has died at OHSU. “I’ve been watching
accidents and near misses here for the last 14 years,” said Charlie Womack,
who owns Treasures of the Sea, a gift shop located 50 feet south of the
accident site near the Lincoln City Cultural Center. “I’ve actually seen
people jump up on the hoods of cars to avoid getting run over. But this
accident with a tourist who came here to visit, it was a real sad scene.”
Portland police arrested a suspected gang member, George Anthony Waters, for
attempted murder as police also executed a series of search warrants
Corvallis Dreamers will want to know that 145 "Fight for Families" were
arrested in D.C. this AM in a sit down at the White House.
In California, with repercussions for UO, legislators have passed a "Yes
means Yes" bill which would be the country's first law defining in
university rape investigations when sex is consensual rather than just
Above: Those Corvallisians thinking of setting out for the coast this Labor
Day weekend should be aware of the terrorist birds. In this video of a woman
eating ice cream, 'for the first few seconds, this is a perfectly pleasant
vacation video. A woman in sunglasses waves to the camera—hi dad!—
and describes the absolutely beautiful San Francisco beach on which she
stands. Then, something white and gooey shoots down the frame. It's poop!
Bird poop! And it lands on her ice cream! And the asshole behind the camera
sees it, and starts laughing, and lets the woman eat the bird poop anyway!
You're a real asshole, guy. As if that weren't enough, seconds later,
another poop comes tumbling down. If there were any justice in this world,
it would douse the cameraman in warm, sticky instant karma, but no, it hits
the woman's face instead. You're a real asshole, too, bird.
In Florida, 3 men were surrounded by home invaders and defended themselves
admirably. Stand your ground. "The three armed themselves with a
12-guage shotgun and a .22 rifle. Approximately 40 rounds of 12-guage and an
unknown number of .22 rounds were fired from inside the residence. Numerous
windows were shot out and holes were shot in the walls. They completely
removed a large rear window from the house on the second floor and threw the
bathroom sink at the imaginary attackers. Chunks of sheetrock, wood, firearm
parts and anything they could tear out of the residence was thrown outside,
including the toilet, which was ripped from the floor." The three bnged on
the window when they say the mail carrier on the street and shouted their
predicament. The carrier called police who arrived to discover that there
were no invaders but that there was a meth lab in the house and the
three had indulged themselves freely, police said. The invaders were
Addiction set a new, high bar in the southland bible belt, where
an inmate, Corey McQueary, died after eating the methadone soaked underwear
of his cell mate, Michael Jones, in Kentucky.
Above: in bigotry crime news,
a young man recorded his family's violent anti-gay "intervention" in
Georgia. His step mother defended herself with "I’m going by the
word of God".
In other bigot news, 'when
Texas Gov. Rick Perry sent National Guard soldiers to the Mexico border to
much fanfare earlier this summer, he couldn't say how long they'd be there.
It turns out he also couldn't pay them: At least 50 soldiers haven't seen a
paycheck and are getting sustenance and vehicle fuel from a local food
|Eric Dean Kimball
Mr. Kimball is our poster boy for the failure of marijuana
being arrested again on a drug traffic court violation for a
marijuana bust. He has no court appearances other wise but there have been
8 of those in the last year. This kid's life has been ruined and
there are no plans in place to restore their good names to people in his
situation, after the expected legalization of pot in November. Things like
student loans are out of reach for them now unless corrective measures
Anthony Robert Margeson showed up for a 10 day sentence on selling
or handing off pot (" Unlawful delivery of marijuana"). They are going to
run out of room in the jail and they'll start asking us for more money for a
bigger one - wait, aren't they already doing that?
Mr. Margeson was cited for MIP 4 years ago after he pulled out, cops
said, on a bike in front of a car and crashed.
Michael Ryan Owen
showed up for his 2 day sentence on a drug court violation. Mr. Owen
is in a different category from Mr. Kimball. Owen's
long history also involves not just meth, but car prowl and theft
arrests. The public draws a clear distinction between self medication or
recreational drugs on one hand, and preying on others.
Michael Allan Reigstad was cited again for meth. Mr. Reigstad has
4 times in 4 years. He was famous for being picked up at an
investigation of a police report that "an off-site manager at the [Albany]
Valu Inn motel was allegedly bringing drugs from her home in Corvallis to
the motel, where they were being sold."
While the War on Drugs was being given priority in jail space,
accused thieves were being released on their own recognizance.
Jonathon Roy Beddington was arrested on a theft charge. Mr.
Beddington reported he'd been mugged for 80 dollars 4 years ago after "tried
to break up a fight" in the Impulse's parking lot, and police found a Marion
County warrant was outstanding for him.
Sylvestor Cortez Harrison was
arrested for not showing up on charges of burglary tools, theft,
Above: Zackery Mersch and Jimmy Fears pleaded guilty
kidnapping and murdering a Polk County drug informer whose body was found at
a cemetery there. 'A
sergeant found the body of a man in a wooded area behind the cemetery
wearing only boxers. The man had a purple contusion above the left eye and
on the bridge of his nose. There were also red marks around both wrists and
ankles, according to a probable cause statement. Officials
recognized a tattoo on the deceased man and quickly identified him as Hawkes,
who recently worked as a confidential informant in a controlled drug buy
In related drug news,
Santa Fe has passed an ordinance decriminalizing marijuana.
Chiloquin, north of Klamath Falls, a statewide search for a suspect accused
of shooting a police officer during a traffic stop came to an end
with the arrest of William Jack Parkerson. His vehicle is still being
sought, a 1989 Jeep Cherokee Oregon Vehicle Plate Number ZFQ 270. "The
deputy was shot in the face and side during a traffic stop."
gang officers have been outside of a home on the 2600 block of Northeast
13th Avenue since about 5 a.m., attempting to get a suspect to come
out. Traffic on Northeast 13th Avenue is blocked in both directions.'
In related news, 'every
day, on average, seven children were shot dead' in the US.
'A Texas open-carry activist who has previously engaged in stunt promotions
for his gun shop plans to organize his own border militia'. There's
money for Texans in those kids coming over the border. If they own gun
A South Carolina Teabagger tried to strangle an immigrant activist
at a rally for Marco Rubio.
A CEO for a firm which operates concessions for the Portland Timbers has
been featured on Canadian television after he was filmed abusing a Doberman.
He was, the tv station said, in an elevator "kicking the dog before
lifting it off the ground by the leash".
In seemingly related news,
a suspected serial killer in Los Angeles who was identified by animal
cruelty investigators after he also randomly shot 3 dogs, made his
first court appearance on murder charges.
Elsewhere, the gun used in a robbery in NY which was used to kill 2 men and
wound another has proven to be owned by the Republican candidate for
Congress. He says he left it on the floor of his truck and it was stolen.
In other "open carry" news,
the "winner" of a game of Russian roulette in Connecticut, John Dybowski,
was charged in the death of the loser.
In other political crime,
a Ron Paul supporter admitted in court that he had switched from Michelle
Bachman after getting paid $8,000 a month for doing so before the
Republican Scott Walker, the scandal plagued governor of Wisconsin, is in
trouble again, this time for money laundering during his recall
In other political news,
President Putin is denying he knows anything so those hundreds of Russian
tanks which went careening over the Ukrainian border today can only
be juvenile runaways. Tank-y delinquents ahead of hundreds of guys carrying
guns, which must just be a coincidence.
Above: A Florida cop whose threat to "put a round cap in your ass"
with a motorist in a video, which went viral, won't be charged.
In other law enforcement news, Andrew Wood, a sheriff's deputy in California who
killed a bicyclist, an executive at Napster, while he was texting and driving, won't be
In bigot news,
the National Organization for Marriage lost an appeal to intervene
against Oregon's permissions for gay marriage.
Yesterday was such a busy day.
The city's fingerprinting officers were running a risk of an
ergo injury. Several were arrested for endangering a minor, which in
Corvallis means doing drugs while the kids are in the house, in their first
arrests. The war on drugs continues to ruin lives. It's easy to pass off the
charge as minor. It is sometimes but not in other instances as children born
with drug addictions are marked their entire lives. Case after case in
Corvallis can be called up where infants born addicted, according to state
documents, spend their lives immersed in hells which are visited regularly
upon the public in thievery.
Yesterday, a 43 year old woman was caught up in the charge, on her
first arrest. A 29 year old male was charged with it, along with cocaine and
meth, as well as strangulation in his first and hopefully last arrest. A 19
year old was arrested for violating a release agreement.
Eric Mathew Mansell showed to
serve a 30 day sentence for parole violation. Mr. Mansell has been
8 times in 2 years, usually for merely being a nuisance. He was
arrested in February for example "after dispatchers received a
series of calls beginning at 4:10 a.m. regarding a man’s strange behavior.
Mansell allegedly ripped out solar-powered light fixtures from a yard on
Southwest Fifth Street and kicked a fence when a resident confronted him. He
then reportedly knocked on several doors and wandered around cars and bike
racks on Western Boulevard. Mansell reportedly told police he had taken
methamphetamine and believed that armed people were chasing him and bullets
were hitting buildings around him".
Stephen Christopher Griffin was arrested for absconding. Mr.
Griffin is another gift from Albany and has been arrested seven times here,
on various charges of drugs, theft, parole violation, etc.
Sean James Mogg showed up for his 30 day sentence on a parole
violation. He was
one of two in April when a police officer spoke of "two people
climbing over a concrete barrier onto the Highway 34 bypass while carrying a
chainsaw and two red gas cans. The items matched the description of property
reported stolen from a parked car 15 minutes earlier."
||"Some OSU Student"
A Corvallis desperado whom we'll call "some OSU student", confessed, from
her summer hideout, which we'll call "somewhere on the Oregon coast",
that she has managed to get a debt free education by selling eggs from
chickens ILLEGALLY kept in the Oregon coastal town.
road rage incident in Central Point ensued when William James Ashby decided
he was being tailgated and slammed on the brakes. The car behind him
passed and the occupants began a shouting match until the car reached home,
police say, after which "got out of his vehicle with a Glock pistol pointed
at them while yelling at Miller to get on the ground... Ashby came toward
Miller and tried to strike him in the face while holding the handgun, which
fired, the sheriff's department reported." The road rage incident had turned
into an attempted pistol whipping incident. "The bullet missed Miller.
Miller pushed Ashby away and got a rifle out of his car." The attempted
pistol whipping incident turned into a gun incident. If police had not
arrived, the gun incident might have escalated to a thermonuclear incident.
Elsewhere in Oregon, UO is drawing criticism for awarding $10,000 to the
"blue ribbon" panel who reviewed, over "for 5 or so day-and-a-half
meetings", UO policies following the rape charges laid against 3 basketball
Also at UO, a major free speech fight is developing after a woman shouted as
a couple walked by, taunting the woman in the couple with a cry of "I hit it
first", implying, the couple said, that she was gloating over having
been earlier involved with the male student. They reported the shouter and
UO charged her with a violation of student conduct rules. The Foundation for
Individual Rights in Education is challenging the charge as a violation of
free speech rights.
15-20 pigeons, doves and a chicken died in a Lebanon fire that
spread from a coop to a neighboring shop. Firefighters believe the fire was
most likely started by electrical wiring, rather than an arsonist or
juvenile pigeons playing with matches.
Yale study shows a drop in domestic violence with pot smoking. The
drop was most notable when both partners hit the pot, but was noticeable
even when only one did so.
In related news, those drug "experts arriving in town to urge
opposition to pot legalization - they're many of them on the payroll of Big
Pharma. For example, Herbert Kleber of Columbia has written "anti-pot
opinion pieces for CBS News, or being quoted by NPR and CNBC, what's left
unsaid is that Kleber has served as a paid consultant to leading
prescription drug companies, including Purdue Pharma (the maker of
OxyContin)". They've been called academic whores", and given OSU's catering
to Monsanto and the timber companies over the years, we should expect the
Pharmacy School to chime in with Kleber soon.
In "open carry" news,
gun fetishist and reality tv star Will Haydn has been arrested,
police say, after his daughter said he "forced her to participate in oral
and vaginal sex 'almost daily' for the past three years."
In Arizona, a "Burger and Bullets" tourist stop which allows travelers to
stop and fire weapons had a surprise when the recoil on an Uzi
handed to a 9 year old girl sent the weapon firing at an instructor, killing
In Seattle's nightlife district, a "couple told cops that they were walking
on a downtown street after 2 AM when they happened upon Paul Hunter, 64,
receiving oral sex from a woman. After being spotted by the duo, the
woman “immediately left.. Hunter, police report, “got angry and started
walking away northbound.” But after about half-a-block, he “turned around,
pointed his gun at them” and fired a shot at the couple. “I’m going to kill
you,” Hunter said, according to the victims." He was easy for police to
find, sporting a tuxedo with a gun in the waistband.
In the ongoing Christian crime wave, the leading Christian network, Trinity,
was founded with 'numerous international criminal organizations", including
the mafia, using laundered money, the FBI files say, according to
In law enforcement news, the courts have refused to dismiss lawsuits which
arose after a SWAT team in Connecticut "knocked down [Ronald]
Terebesi’s door, threw stun flash grenades into his Easton home and fatally
shot 33-year-old Gonzalo Guizan of Norwalk as the two men watched
television." The SWAT team thought they were looking for cocaine.
In a reality tv show gone askew, 'A
suspect is dead and a crew member from the reality TV show 'Cops' is in
extremely critical condition after police in Omaha, Nebraska
responded to a robbery in progress at a Wendy’s restaurant.'
A South Dakota officer has been indicted for "repeatedly tasering a
Police tasered a Georgia to death a foot weary man, using the tasers
"as a cattle prod" following a chase.
After a St. Louis (Ferguson) police officer became a right wing
star showered with praise and money following the killing of an unarmed
African American teen, others are taking a cue. 'Unpopular
Indianapolis Police Department officer Kyle Norris told reporters Wednesday
he was considering committing a racially motivated offense to generate a
little support. “To be honest, I’m not the most well-known or
looked-up-to guy around here, but I’m thinking that if I get caught up in a
controversy after shooting a minority resident under questionable
circumstances, things would really change for me,” said Norris, who added
that having his coworkers immediately rally around him after the incident,
watching consecutive nights of public demonstrations defending his actions,
and finally receiving praise directly from the chief of police would be a
nice change of pace from his day-to-day life as an ignored and unappreciated
member of the force', the Onion mocked.
In conman - actually conmom - news,
live tv coverage of the birth of a Panda cub has suffered a setback. The mom
isn't pregnant. She was faking it "after noticing the perks pregnant
pandas receive.. In addition to getting their own air-conditioned rooms, the
expectant mothers 'receive more buns, fruits and bamboo, so some clever
pandas have used this to their advantage to improve their quality of life"
says one expert at the refuge.
the head of the International Monetary Fund is being investigated for
"complicity in forgery and embezzlement of public funds". She claims
innocence. OJ Simpson said the same in his case. But sometimes people ARE.
This seems not to be "Sometimes".
Of course, her alleged scam pales beside that of US firms who
legally use "inversion" to declare themselves "foreign" to avoid taxes. A
Corvallis concrete contractor is considering buying a hut in Ireland and
transferring his "headquarters" there for the same ends.
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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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-StrikeMathewson
— 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.
A bitter lesson in Republican politics is being learned across red
states, where telecom corporations are using control of Republican
controlled 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
|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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