Peter DeFazio is cosponsoring legislation to expand who pays into Social Security. See http://wkly.ws/1fs
Peter DeFazio is cosponsoring legislation to expand who pays into Social Security. See http://wkly.ws/1fs
As we reported in this week's EW.
When it comes to saving the environment, lawyers and protesters often go hand in hand, so it may come as no surprise that alongside (though not an official part of) the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the UO Feb. 28 to March 3, there were acts of protest.
The annual Outlaw Bash party and fundraiser tradition, as described by longtime environmentalist Michael Donnelly in an article inCounterPunch, is “music, libations and ever-popular bonfires of mock-ups of eco-destruction.” This year’s effigy burned in the fire featured Secretary of State Kate Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber on their knees praying before a massive chainsaw emblazoned with “salvation” on one side and “Christihl” on the other (Stihl is a popular brand of chainsaw).
The effigy was a comment on Kitzhaber and Brown’s presence on the State Land Board that governs Oregon’s state forests and their vote to dramatically increase clearcut logging on the forests. The Elliott State Forest is home to some of Oregon’s last coastal rainforests, and it houses threatened and endangered species, such as the marbled murrelett.
But they do say a picture is worth a thousand words …
"Kitzhaber" and "Brown," paying homage to the mighty chainsaw (the gov's boots and 'stache are a nice touch)
Close up of "Kate Brown" and a random beer
Burning like a forest fire …
Here’s a notice sent out this morning (March 6) from District 4J’s communications coordinator, Kerry Delf:
Next year, the Eugene School District will change how it provides school nursing services, moving away from a model that concentrates resources in four school-based health clinics located on high school campuses, in order to funnel more support to elementary and middle school students.
The district currently operates school-based health centers at Churchill, North Eugene, Sheldon and South Eugene High Schools. 4J provides approximately $789,000 per year in operating support. Additional funds come from state funding, grants, donations and billings for service.
The district is considering whether a community medical provider could operate at least one school-based health center next year. “We recognize that our school-based health centers have allowed many students to have easy access to medical and mental health services right on their school campus,” said Cheryl Linder, director of 4J’s Education Support Services. “At the same time, we have a growing number of elementary and middle school students with chronic health conditions requiring nursing support.”
The district now has just over four full-time nursing positions assigned to cover 26 elementary and middle schools. That equates to 2,471 students for every school nurse.
Seven more nursing positions will be added next year, bringing the total to 11.65 full time equivalent nurses to serve the district’s nearly 16,000 students. Each high school will retain a school nurse. A nurse will also be assigned to serve each middle school and its two feeder elementary schools. The student-to-nurse ratio will be about 1,355 students per nurse. The National Association of School Nurses and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend a ratio of 750 students per school nurse.
Many school districts have health clinics staffed by nurse practitioners and sometimes physicians and mental health therapists that can diagnose and treat some conditions, but the Eugene School District’s model has been unique. Eugene has one clinic at each of its high schools. The four clinics are staffed and operated by the school district, and heavily supported by the district’s operating budget. It is more typical for a school district to have fewer school-based health clinics, operated by an outside medical provider rather than the school district. For example, the Salem-Keizer and Hillsboro school districts each have only one school-based health clinic to serve students and families.
“The vision that prompted the district to provide a health clinic in each high school is certainly desirable, but it’s no longer financially sustainable nor does it meet the needs of our younger students today,” Linder said.
District staff began to consider other models for providing student health services this fall, prompted in part by new state requirements that would require the district to invest in new billing and electronic health records systems to meet state requirements. Grant funding to help support the clinics has declined and fewer students are now served at the clinics than in past years. That’s likely because the Oregon Health Plan now covers more students who were previously uninsured and underinsured, allowing better access to physicians and medical care.
“By reallocating resources, we can significantly increase the number of school nurses, improve the health services we provide to our younger students, and focus on helping our students and families access physicians and healthcare services in our community,” Linder said. “At the same time, we’re saddened to tell many valuable staff members that we won’t have clinic jobs for them in the future.”
Protesters take over Franklin Boulevard.
The Cascadia Forest Defenders, Deep Green Resistance and other groups held an "action against extraction" on Sunday, March 3, following the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, to call attention to global-warming inducing tar sands pipelines, fracking, coal exports and other damaging fossil-fuel projects. More in this week's EW.
According to Deadline.com, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart will be taking an extended summer vacation to make his directorial debut:
Stewart has written the script, and will direct Rosewater, an adaptation of the book Then They Came For Me: A Family’s Story Of Love, Captivity And Survival. Published in 2011 by Random House, the book is Maziar Bahari’s harrowing ordeal of leaving London in June 2009 to cover Iran’s presidential elections. With a pregnant fiance left behind, the BBC journalist expected to be away for a week. Instead, he spent the next 118 days in Iran’s most notorious prison being brutally interrogated by a man he knew only by one thing: he smelled of Rosewater. Bahari wrote the book with Aimee Molloy. Scott Rudin will produce with Stewart and Gigi Pritzker.
The silver lining? British correspondant John Oliver will be filling his seat.
Matt & Kim
Thomas Linzey is an attorney and executive director of the Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund. He spoke at the EMU Ballroom at noon Saturday, March 2, 2013, as part of the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference. Thanks to Jan & Gary Wroncy of www.forestlanddwellers.org for providing this video.
Check out the latest from former Oregon public radio talk show host Jeff Golden and his web-based project at Immense Possibilities.
The tide keeps on turning! From the AG's office:
Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum today announced that Oregon has joined two historic briefs in the United States Supreme Court supporting same-sex marriage.
In Hollingsworth v. Perry, Oregon joined a brief prepared by Massachusetts urging the United States Supreme Court to strike down California’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. Same-sex couples challenged the 2008 provision, arguing that it violated their rights under the federal constitution. The trial court found no support for the proponent’s argument that a ban on same-sex marriage was necessary to protect children. Supporters of the ban appealed to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, which affirmed the district court’s decision.
In addition, in United States v. Windsor, Oregon joined a brief prepared by New York and Massachusetts urging the Court to strike down the federal Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA). That federal law bans the extension of hundreds of federal benefits and protections to marriages validly recognized under state law.
In both cases, the amicus briefs argue that neither states nor Congress can justify discrimination against same-sex relationships based on assertions that unequal treatment is necessary to promote “responsible procreation” and child rearing by different-sex biological parents. As the California trial court found after hearing the testimony of experts and reviewing hundreds of pages of material, there simply is no support for the notion that banning same-sex marriage does anything other than harm our citizens and their families. The same is true for thousands of Oregonians.
“Having filed a ‘friend of the court’ brief in the United States Supreme Court in the 1990’s in the important civil rights case of Romer v. Evans, I am pleased that Oregon’s Department of Justice continues to play a significant legal role in a long tradition of supporting equality for all. Our position in these cases isn’t about politics or popular opinion,” Rosenblum said. “It’s about what’s right. It’s about helping to end one of the last bastions of sanctioned discrimination against our friends, our co-workers, our brothers and sisters. This is one of those moments that come along once every 20-30 years, like when the Court decided Brown v. Board of Education, Loving v. Virginia, and Romer v. Evans. These cases could change the course of civil rights and transform America. On an issue of this significance, it’s important to take a stand.”
Governor Kitzhaber also expressed his support saying, “When we talk about marriage equality, we’re talking about the basic equality we demand for every person – the opportunity for a good education, affordable health care, access to upward mobility and a more prosperous life.”
Oregonians in 2004 approved a constitutional ban of same-sex marriage. No Oregon court has considered the kind of federal constitutional challenges to the Oregon ban that are presented in these cases.
The United States Supreme Court will hear arguments in these two cases on March 26 and 27, 2013.
Quick, someone please write a "How a Bill Becomes a Law" parody for House Bill 3371, which would legalize, regulate and tax marijuana for adults in Oregon. The legislation has been introduced in Oregon's House Committee on Revenue, and at first glance it looks most similar to Colorado's Amendment 64, which allows small personal gardens and has an impairment standard for intoxication while driving.
Chris Hellman is the military budget specialist and senior research analyst at the National Priorities Project. He said today that while many have focused on looming reductions to military spending, "in fact, the Pentagon is in a better position to absorb these cuts because of sizable growth in [its] spending over the past decade."
The group recently released the report "Sequestration, the Pentagon and the States," which finds: "Sequestration cuts discretionary spending to reduce the deficit. The military accounts for over half of all discretionary spending (57 percent). Military spending has grown by 35 percent since 2002, 48 percent if you include war costs. Domestic discretionary spending grew by only 8 percent over that period.
"Despite a modest 2.6 percent decrease projected in FY2013 — the first such cut in over a decade — Pentagon spending will continue to grow over the next five years if sequestration does not occur. U.S. military spending accounts for 43 percent of the global total, five times more than China, the second largest military budget. A $1 billion federal investment in health care would create 2.4 times more jobs than investing it in the Pentagon. Cutting Pentagon spending will not affect veterans’ benefits."
Jo Comerford is executive director of the National Priorities Project and said today: "The federal government will reduce or delay needed investments in education, food safety, and infrastructure projects. And some two million people will lose their jobs."
The group reports: "More than $700 million will be cut from Title I grants for disadvantaged public schools, affecting 1.2 million students. At the same time, 70,000 children will lose their slots in Head Start. ... Furloughs for public health officials will mean roughly 2,100 fewer food safety inspections and the potential for public health problems and shortages of some foods, as reduced inspections will slow production schedules. ... Treatment for adults and children with serious mental illnesses will be cut back, denying treatment for an estimated 373,000 patients. ...
"A $50 billion cut in Pentagon spending could fund five years of Community Development Block Grants AND five years of Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP) AND four years of Homeless Assistance Grants."
Insect control made awesome. According to Oregon State University in Corvallis, "Trissolcus halyomorphae is a parasitoid wasp found in the native regions of BMSB (China, Korea, and Japan). It deposits eggs into the eggs of BMSB, where its larvae develop and kill the BMSB egg. A single adult wasp then emerges. Research is currently being done to evaluate this wasp as potential biological control agent of BMSB in the United States."
Mostly I just liked that it was bug reproduction set to cool music.
According to YouTube:
The video by Chris Hedstrom, a graduate research assistant at Oregon State University, showcases the life cycle of Trissolcus halyomorphae, an egg parasitoid of the brown marmorated stink bug, from mating to the emergence of the adult wasp from the host egg.