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July 21, 2014 02:34 PM

Some remarkable photography in this TED talk by Louie Schwartzberg, looking at the "hidden miracles of the natural world."

July 18, 2014 09:52 AM

Mother Jones and Utne Reader have a fascinating story this week based on scientific research into possible genetic and physiological reasons behind right-wing leanings.

We are reminded of former congressman Jim Weaver's book, Two Kinds, in which he comes to a similar conclusion about hawks and doves based on his observations and research.

See

http://wkly.ws/1sd

July 17, 2014 01:01 PM

The remarkable performer Reggie Watts was reportedly spotted at the Oregon County Fair last weekend, quietly doing his thing along the path. In case you don't know who he is or what he looks like, here's his TED talk from a couple of years ago that got nearly 2.8 million views.

July 3, 2014 02:40 PM

Word went out this week through the Oregon Country Fair family and elsewhere, that Stephen Gaskin had died. Google his name and find an extensive obit at the New York Times. Here's an interview from 2011.

June 30, 2014 09:58 AM

Here's a little video to start the week off right, with David Attenborough.

June 26, 2014 12:15 PM

Lots of interesting comments can be found at the bottom of this video on living sustainably, and legally.

June 24, 2014 05:40 PM

Here's a rare video we ran across from some years ago. Was anybody there who can give us a date? Some of us remember them juggling flaming torches in the nude at the Midnight Show, but that was a long, long time ago, maybe in the 1980s.

June 23, 2014 05:00 PM
June 12, 2014 05:25 PM

We just noticed an opinon poll on www.uomatters.com asking readers to give UO President Michael Gottfreson a "final grade" on his performance. Looks like 387 readers responded, giving the prez 248 F's. Also on the blog is the observation that Gottfredson's name has been removed from the web page about commencement. An earlier page talked about Gottfredson leading the traditional "Duck Walk." Fear of protests?

See https://commencement.uoregon.edu/Home.aspx

June 12, 2014 12:37 PM

The Economic Policy Insitute's Family Budget Calculator "measures the income a family needs in order to attain a secure yet modest living standard by estimating community-specific costs of housing, food, child care, transportation, health care, other necessities, and taxes. The budgets, updated for 2013, are calculated for 615 U.S. communities and six family types (either one or two parents with one, two, or three children).

"As compared with official poverty thresholds such as the federal poverty line and Supplemental Poverty Measure, EPI’s family budgets offer a higher degree of geographic customization and provide a more accurate measure of economic security. In all cases, they show families need more than twice the amount of the federal poverty line to get by."

The calculator shows numbers for specific areas, including Eugene-Springfield.

See: http://www.epi.org/resources/budget/

June 11, 2014 01:33 PM

The event we've all been waiting for... The World Naked Bike Ride is happening at 4:30 pm Saturday, June 14, and this year the ride was gather at 4 pm at the east end of Skinner Butte Park, just north of the Campbell Community Center. If you need a GPS, the rough address is 200 E. Cheshire.

The flyer says, "We will join thousands of other cyclists around the world to protest oil dependence and celebrate the power and individuality of our bodies ... We will ride nude (or nearly nude) to symbolize the fact that bicyclists are vulnerable sharing the road with 2-ton metal monsters spewing toxic fumes and all of us are vulnerable because of our addiction to fossil fuels. "

For more information, call Jain at 484-1680 or Ralph at 954-9465. See also http://wiki.worldnakedbikeride.org/index.php?title=Eugene

June 10, 2014 05:35 PM

An online survey regarding the city of Springfield’s historic places is now open for comments. See http://wkly.ws/1rz

The survey is being conducted by the Springfield Historic Commission which invites residents, business owners, property owners and anyone who has an interest in the importance and future of Springfield’s historic places. The survey will close June 30.

Contact Molly Markarian, senior planner, at 726-4611 or email  mmarkarian@springfield-or.gov for more information.

June 6, 2014 09:53 AM

"A Spirited Bourrée" Concert and Exhibition Tour will be at 2 pm Saturday, June 7, at the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art on campus. Free. UO voice instructor Laura Wayte and her students will perform a recital of Catalan and Spanish songs. We had a wrong date for this concert in Brett Campbell's column this week.

June 5, 2014 10:53 AM

Whistleblowers get encouragement from a new organization supporting the release of information exposing constitutional violations, corporate corruption and secrets that are not in the public interest. The group is called Exposed Facts. Video features Norman Solomon, Jessalyn Radack, Daniel Ellsberg and Kirk Wiebe.