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August 19, 2013 12:35 PM

Lady Gaga stays true to her inner art freak with her new music video "Applause," which was released today. I love Lady Gaga and her cheekiness, and I like someof her "art pop" music, but this video, while successfully showcasing Gaga as the glam chameleon that she is,  is not the narrative gold of some her past work. Watch below and decide for yourself.

August 19, 2013 03:45 PM

August 14, 2013 08:56 AM

August 13, 2013 03:02 PM

The Oregon Legislature may have banned roping horses to trip them in the last session, but the horse tripping issue hasn't gone away. The Jordan Valley Big Loop Rodeo is alleged to have said it will continue the event, despite the law and public outcry, and a recently released recording shows police in Malheur County discussing the fact the rodeo board compelled them to pull over an animal rights activist.

The rodeo is scheduled to take place again May 17-18, 2014. The description of the Big Loop event has not changed on the rodeo's website.

The video of the police, taken from their own cameras, was obtained by SHARK — Showing Animals Respect and Kindness — which brought attention to the cruel event by videoing the horses galloping and then being roped by the neck and legs before crashing to the ground in 2012 and 2013. SHARK says that the Malheur County Sheriff's Department  has financial and personal ties to the rodeo.

Eugene attorney Lauren Regan of the Civil Liberties Defense Center is defending one of the SHARK videographers who was charged with a misdemeanor in Malheur County for videoeing the horse tripping.

In the video below, SHARK President Steve Hindi, who filmed the event after the SHARK volunteer was arrested, recounts the incident. 

Warning: The cop part is pretty funny, the video of the horse tripping is not. 

 

The full dashboard cam and body cam can be seen here: Malheur bodycam and Malheur County dashcam.

(We are going to forgive Hindi for calling Malheur (Mal-yur) County "Malure" County because he clearly cares about animals.)

August 12, 2013 09:57 AM

August 9, 2013 02:44 PM

One of several YouTube videos on Gupta's statements on pot.

August 9, 2013 12:18 PM

August 8, 2013 02:49 PM

Many Eugene residents received a unified jolt yesterday as the first Amber Alert issued through a cell phone notification went out across the state.

Introduced as a partnership between a the wireless industry, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the program now broadcasts Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) on compatible phones. The program went into effect on Jan. 1, 2013, and most newer phones have the WEA function.

If your phone is enabled for the new program, you may receive one of three of the unusually loud notifications: President, imminent threats and Amber Alerts. To differentiate from other alerts, some phones flashed light and vibrated in addition to the loud tone.

Social media reactions varied greatly, with some on Twitter and Facebook supporting the idea as a good use of newer technologies, while others felt it was intrusive and unnecessary. Alerts also went out on social media such as Facebook and Twitter. Emergency alerts and Amber Alerts can be turned off, presidential alerts cannot.

The alert was issued for a 16-year-old girl and an 8-year-old boy believed to have been abducted by California resident John DiMaggio. The alert went out in California on Aug 5., after the children’s mother’s body was found in a burned down house belonging to DiMaggio in San Diego. The alert asked citizens to look out for a blue 2013 Nissan Versa. The search was extended to Oregon and Washington on Aug. 7. 

The Amber Alert system is a “voluntary partnership between law-enforcement agencies, broadcasters, transportation agencies and the wireless industry, to activate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child-abduction cases. The goal of an AMBER Alert is to instantly galvanize the entire community to assist in the search for and the safe recovery of the child,” according to amberalert.gov.

August 7, 2013 11:36 AM

August 7, 2013 12:57 PM

Robert McChesney, co-author of Dollarocracy: How the Money and Media Election Complex is Destroying America and author of Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy, is quoted today by the Institute for Public Accuracy saying:

As the commercial model of journalism is in free fall collapse, those remaining news media franchises have become playthings for billionaires, generally of value for political purposes, as old-fashioned monopoly newspapers still carry considerable influence. The United States went through this type of journalism at the turn of the last century and it produced a massive political crisis that led eventually to the creation of professional journalism, to protect the news from the dictates of the owners. Today professionalism has been sacrificed to commercialism, and the resources for actual reporting have plummeted.

 

Perhaps nothing better illustrates the desperation facing American journalism and democracy better than the fact we are reduced to praying we get a benevolent billionaire to control our news, when history demonstrates repeatedly such figures are in spectacularly short supply, and the other times we relied on such a model crashed and burned. America meets an existential crisis with an absurd response. No wonder this is a golden age for satire. We have to do better.

August 7, 2013 09:01 AM

Meet the new members of Mumford & Sons: comedians Jason Sudeikis, Jason Bateman, Ed Helms and Will Forte. Raise a pint to banjo pelvic thrusts! Cheers!

August 7, 2013 10:52 AM

The first thing I thought when I saw Lane County Commission Chair Sid Leiken's video statement on firing Liane Richardson was "Someone needs to Songify this."

(OK, actually my first thought was more like "Wow, they just made a video that basically says: 'There has been a lot of speculation in the media. I want you to know we hired an investigator. Who uncovered facts. Facts I'm not going to tell you. There! That should take care of the speculation.'"')

But until The Gregory Brothers start songifying local politics or I figure out how to make their app work on a YouTube video, you can watch the latest version of Songify the News.

August 7, 2013 08:59 AM

Type UniversityofNike.com into your browser and see where it goes. Hat tip to UO Matters for pointing it out.

Hard to say whether that is actually the UO embracing its worship of Phil Knight or someone playing tricks on the Knight School, as the R-G quoted earlier this week:

“We are the University of Nike,” said Jeff Hawkins, the senior associate athletic director of football administration and operations. “We embrace it. We tell that to our recruits.”

Oh, sorry it wasn't the R-G. The local paper had to run a story from The New York Times because local media got shut out