From billboards in Oregon airports to Christmas carols, Oregon Wild is going all out with its campaign to save Oregon's public forests. Looks like the Oregon group is giving the Center for Biological Diversity a run for its money in terms of clever media play. Can Oregon Wild beat the Endangered Species condoms? How about something more gender-inclusive like anti-clearcut dental dams or old-growth vibrators? (Don't procreate! Recreate!).
Utah has a unique plan to end homelessness and save taxpayers money by providing free apartments and caseworkers. See
The Obamacare rap spoof of Snoop Dog (Snoop Lion?)'s "Drop it like it's hot" is weirdly fascinating.
“So don’t stand and diddle. My healthcare’s the ‘shizzle.’ It’s chock full of top notch healthcare ‘provizzles.’"
But even weirder was Karl Rove's response on Fox. According to Politico, Rove said:
“I worry about something that seems aim to glorification of the commander-in-chief, the president of the United States as opposed to simply advocating young people go out and sign up for this entitlement program,” Rove said Thursday on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” Rove continued, “This disturbingly gets too close to the line. I think it, in fact, crosses it.” “Could you imagine if such a thing had been run by George Bush or Bill Clinton or Bush 41 or Reagan?” Rove asked. “‘I have two terms, I’m really cool, I’m really hip.’ How much public outcry there could have been?”
These days the fact that climate change is happening is a given (and yeah, we say "climate" change becaue when you say "global warming" people tend to point to a cold snap and say, how is THAT global warming? Because, climate change.) But can you explain how the global warming/climate change phenomenon works?
No worries, this cartoon will do it for you in under a minute.
For those of us with a slightly longer attention span, here's the five-minute version:
This just in from Sen. Jeff Merkley's staff:
Today Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley announced he will vote for the Murray-Ryan budget compromise, which will offer some relief from sequestration for the next two fiscal years.
“For the last three years, Congress has been governing from crisis to crisis, hurting the economy and the American families who depend on Congress to take on the big challenges we face as a nation. This plan, though not one I would’ve written, will help prevent a government shutdown and provide some relief from the draconian sequestration cuts that have been keeping kids out of Head Start, halting deliveries of meals-on-wheels, and stopping cutting-edge research and development.
“I am deeply disturbed that the deal changes the cost of living adjustments for retiring military personnel, yet fails to eliminate a single tax loophole for powerful special interests. It is also shameful that this deal does not extend unemployment benefits for our millions of jobless Americans looking for work. I hope that we address this issue as soon as possible, preferably before we leave for the year. We cannot leave millions of families out in the cold.
“Compromise means we don't get everything we want; instead we work with our colleagues across the aisle to get the best deal we can. We must stop governing from crisis to crisis, and we must mitigate the sequester's damaging impacts on programs that are critical for working families. This budget will put us on the path towards doing that. That is why I will vote yes.”
EPD's police blotter highlights from the first half of December are a good reminder: Verifying that the person tying you up is trustworthy might take some time, but it might also save you some trouble.
A 22-year-old man reported he met another male online and they began emailing back and forth. There was an agreement to meet at the 22-year-old’s apartment to play a game involving being tied up. Once the 22-year-old realized the game was getting out of hand, it was too late. The suspect loaded up anything of value and left. It took some time, but the victim was able to free himself.
"Hey, man. Don't steal her purse (that's how you talk in Eugene, where everyone's a hippie)," says former Eugene bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler on the Small Screen site as he tells the story wearing a Red Agave T-shirt. Morgenthaler has a show on the site called The Morgenthaler Method, born out of his longtime blog.
Excellent video from Oregon Natural Desert Association on hiking the Oregon Desert Trail. See also the ONDA newsletter at http://onda.org/publications/newsletter/winter-2013
Crowds cheer as Uruguay Senate legalizes the production and sale of marijuana. President Jose Mujica called for legalization as a way of combatting the illegal drugs industry that has been disastrous for parts of the country. The measure now goes to the president for his signature.
Egan Warming Center is in need of more trained volunteers as the weather continues to stay ridiculously cold. Those interested in volunteering can attend one of these two training events:
Egan Warming Center Volunteer Training, 6:30-8:30pm Thursday, Dec. 12, Valley Covenant Church, 18th & Bailey Hill Rd. FREE.
Egan Warming Center Volunteer Training, 10am-noon Saturday, First Christian Church, 1166 Oak St. FREE.
Also, due to the crazy amount of snow and ice that devoured Eugene and refused to go away, a number of events in last week’s calendar were canceled and rescheduled for this week. Please see the list below. To have your event added to this list, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and have the word “rescheduled” in the title of your email.
Art for the Holidays, benefit for Friends of Buford Park & Mount Pisgah Plant Nursery, 5-8pm Friday, 7-10pm Saturday & 11am-4pm Sunday, 857 Willamette St. Don.
St. Jude Art Group Holiday Open Studio Sale, 10am-6pm Saturday & noon-5pm Sunday, 2275 Columbia St., call 683-3424.
Greens Sale, holiday décor made from natural plant material, 10am-2pm Saturday, Eugene Garden Club, 1645 High St.
Clay Space Holiday Sale, 3-9pm Friday, 10am-6pm Saturday & noon-5pm Sunday, Clay Space, 222 Polk. St.
Winter Light Faire, noon-4pm Saturday, Eugene Waldorf School, 1350 McLean Blvd. $1.50
Artists Studio Sale & Open House, 11am-5pm Saturday, 2nd Ave. & Blair Blvd.
Humane Society of Cottage Grove Christmas Bazaar, 10am-4pm Friday & Saturday, noon-4pm Sunday, American Legion Hall, 826 E. Main, Cottage Grove.
First Friday Art Walk, 5:30pm Friday, starts at Harlequin Beads & Jewelry, 1027 Willamette St. FREE.
Friends of Trees Volunteer Planting, 9am Saturday, meet at 12th & Lincoln. FREE.
Naughty Listed: Stories of Holiday Misbehavior, benefit for Planned Parenthood, 7:30-9:30pm Monday, Cozmic, 199 W. 8th Ave. $13 adv., $15 door.
Aqua Serene 25th Anniversary Founders Day Celebration, 1-5pm Saturday & Sunday, Aqua Serene, 2836 W. 11th Ave. FREE.
Beverly Soasey’s Art Studio Sale, 10am-6pm Saturday, 1101 W. 18th Ave.
UPDATE: The Boreal surpassed its goal $3,500 with time to spare!
A much needed new venue has been proposed for Eugene: The Boreal will be an all-ages, DIY, collectively-run music and art space at 450 W. 3rd St. near Crux Rock Climbing Gym and REI. The venue will have a capacity for about 80 people, expects to host upwards of 10 shows a month and plans to open in January 2014. As The Boreal Kickstarter page stages:
"This sort of space is important because it provides a safe, drug and alcohol free environment where people of any age can enjoy and participate in music and art."
Currently, The Boreal is about halfway to meeting their $3,500 fundraising goal with one week left for the Kickstarter (the Kickstarter closes Dec. 19). To find out more, visit The Boreal Kickstarter here and the facebook page here.