Late Night: Hag to NYT: Drop Dead

By: Thursday September 18, 2014 8:00 pm

There are many reasons to loathe the New York Times: its columnists, its obsequious wealth porn, its egregious bias toward Israel, its “view from nowhere” political coverage, and on and on. But until it sends a reporter out to analyze your own home town, it can sometimes escape you that it is utterly incapable of getting ANYTHING right.

 

Portland Gamers Donate 37,500 Pounds of Food for Homeless

By: Saturday November 30, 2013 11:50 am

The Portland, Oregon gamer community PDXLAN donated 37,500 lbs of food to a local charity to feed the homeless. The gamers hold parties three times a year where people from all over the country gather to game in real life. The meet-ups involve a charitable aspect, raising funds for groups American Red Cross, Smile Train and Child’s Play. For the most recent meet-up held the weekend before Thanksgiving, PDXLAN and their friends, who have done food drives over the past seven years, scored over 17 tons of food collected in 48 hours.

Analysis: Maine Voters Appear Ready to Approve Marijuana Legalization

By: Friday November 8, 2013 12:15 pm

On Tuesday the voters in Portland, Maine’s largest city, overwhelmingly approved a local measure legalizing marijuana for adults. The measure won 67.3 percent yes to 32.7 percent no. The obvious next question is what might these results tell us about opinions across the entire state.

Late Night: Want to Move to Oregon? Get in line.

By: Thursday May 30, 2013 8:00 pm

When the fear of bumping into Michele Bachmann at the Mall of America becomes completely debilitating, and shoveling snow loses its charm, progressive thinkers in Minnesconsigan inevitably get the itch to move to another pro-beer Eden with slightly warmer precipitation (and bigoted politicians of lesser renown). They pack up their scarves, rinse off their beard combs and follow the well-worn ruts to Oregon. Oftentimes, though, they are poorly equipped for the idiosyncrasies they will encounter once they arrive. So before committing to a life in our mossy piece of heaven, there are a number of things you should know about the Portland.

Nobody Goes There Anymore; It’s Too Crowded

By: Thursday November 15, 2012 8:00 pm

Although it’s often difficult to select which current fever dream of the right is the most preposterous and/or destructive, since there are so many, the current obsession with the idea that, somehow, the UN (!) is going to force suburban Americans to crowd into dirty, icky cities with the Blah’s and the other whatchamacallits is more than usually cuckoo. As so often happens large “market” trends have reshaped how cities are developed since the suburban boom of the 50′s and 60′s, and these markets have noticed two things: cities have gotten a lot more desirable as places to live, and more crucially, suburbs have gotten a lot less desirable.

Subpoenaed Portland Activists Intend to Resist Grand Jury Investigating Anarchists

By: Friday August 3, 2012 2:32 pm

Leah-Lynn Plante refused to share any other information besides her name at a federal grand jury in Seattle on August 2. Plante had been subpoenaed in July at the same time the FBI and Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF) raided three homes in Portland. She was issued a new subpoena to appear at the grand jury again on August 30.

Grand Juries & the FBI’s Targeting of Anarchists in the Occupy Movement

By: Friday July 27, 2012 1:04 pm

The FBI appears to be targeting people on the basis of their beliefs. The fact that a special grand jury has been empaneled sends a signal that law enforcement has embarked on a fishing expedition. They are going after anarchists who are likely connected to the Occupy movement.

Portland’s Cameron Whitten on Day 33 of Hunger Strike for Housing Justice

By: Wednesday July 4, 2012 7:05 pm

Seven months ago, after the encampments of Occupy Portland were shut down, a 24/7 vigil outside of City Hall was set up to bring light to the ban on camping and Portland’s serious homelessness issues. The Vigil has been occupied all day, all week since that time. For 33 days now Cameron Whitten, a former mayoral candidate and Occupy Portland activist extraordinaire, has been living at the Vigil and partaking in a hunger strike. Read an interview of Whitten from the Portland Mercury here.

Occupy Oregon Re-Occupies, Police Violently Evict Then Occupiers Re-Take Park

By: Sunday December 4, 2011 1:08 pm

In Portland, Oregon, Occupy Oregon (also known as Occupy PDX) re-occupied Shermanski Park last night. They setup tents, tarps, and folding tables at 4:35 pm PST. A police officer drove by and informed the occupiers it was illegal to “camp” in a public park. The occupiers continued to setup the new encampment. Families with their children were there and a kitchen went up in the park too. They even had a bat signal shining on a building that was able to broadcast text messages from people all over the world.

Fixating on the Cost of Policing Occupy Protests

By: Wednesday November 23, 2011 9:40 am

An AP report on costs cities are facing for police to deal with occupations raises more questions than the AP report mentions. Cities need to be asking whether they wish to be spending money on police actions that have often been unnecessary, highly questionable or worse, as the contrast between different cities shows.

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