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In Brief


Launch Video

Video above: President Obama delivers remarks at the 2014 Milwaukee Laborfest, saying that America deserves a raise. Excerpt:

All across the country right now, there’s a national movement going on made up of fast food workers organizing to lift wages so they can provide for their families with pride and dignity.

There is no denying a simple truth:  America deserves a raise. Folks are doing very well on Wall Street, they’re doing very well in the corporate board rooms — give America a raise.

The full transcript of the speech is also available.

# (Monday, September 1, 2014)


I feel like a pawn in a moneymaking game for hospital administrators. There are so many other ways I could have made my living and been more fulfilled. The sad part is we chose medicine because we thought it was worthwhile and noble, but from what I have seen in my short career, it is a charade.

— An unnamed doctor, writing on Sermo, an online community for physicians. (Via The Wall Street Journal: Why doctors are sick of their profession)

# (Sunday, August 31, 2014)

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Costco CEO Craig Jelinek leads the cheapest, happiest company in the world

Businessweek’s Brad Stone’s mid-2013 profile of retail giant Costco Wholesale is once again attracting lots of views on the eve of Labor Day. The profile, which the magazine made its cover story for the June 6th issue, depicts a pallet of toilet paper with rabbits and butterflies wearing Costco badges.

# (Sunday, August 31, 2014)


You participate and vote, and you can have some control over what happens to your child and your country.

— Representative John Lewis, urging black Americans to go to the polls and participate in the midterms (At risk in Senate, Democrats seek to rally blacks).

# (Sunday, August 31, 2014)

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Right wing launches misguided protest against Labor Day

In this must-read column, The Seattle Times’ Danny Westneat takes direct aim at former Building Industry Association of Washington chieftain Tom McCabe, who now heads a right wing think tank that dares to call itself the Freedom Foundation. McCabe plans to work on Labor Day, because, like a Grinch, he despises everything that Labor Day stands for.

# (Saturday, August 30, 2014)


In the centre of the room there was an actual mountain, a colossal jagged mountain as high as a five-storey building, and the whole thing was made of pale-brown, creamy, vanilla fudge. All the way up the sides of the mountain, hundreds of men were working away with picks and drills, hacking great hunks of fudge out of the mountainside; and some of them, those that were high up in dangerous places, were roped together for safety.

— Excerpt from a previously unpublished chapter of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, released online and print in The Guardian Review.

# (Saturday, August 30, 2014)

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Corporate tax evasion hurting America's common wealth

The New York Times reports that corporations are finding more and more success “exploiting existing loopholes and devising new ones”. Consequently, business income taxes are not rising even though corporate profits are.

# (Thursday, August 28, 2014)


An effort to register the Ice Bucket Challenge strikes me as a bit akin to those who sought register Boston Strong after the marathon bombings in 2013. Even if it were permissible under the law to register the phrase (again, that is not clear here), it is in poor taste. If others want to use the phrase to raise money for their causes, why would ALS Association want to stop them?

— Erik M. Pelton: Let the ice bucket trademark challenges begin! @alsassociation files to register “Ice Bucket Challenge” with U.S. Patent & Trademark Office.

# (Thursday, August 28, 2014)


He wasn’t unarmed… He was armed with his incredibly strong, scary self.

— Right wing pundit Ben Stein, contending for the title of year’s most absurdly stupid, ridiculously wrong, laughably inane comment.

# (Thursday, August 28, 2014)

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Progressive Thought

The latest analysis and policy briefs from progressive think tanks focused on both regional and national politics.

  • Populism and the politics of identity
    (Policy Network) — Post Scottish referendum, the politics of identity in the UK is more salient than ever. This Policy Network, Barrow Cadbury Trust and Renewal Journal ev....
  • The future of economic governance in the....
    (Policy Network) — This half day event will focus on the future of economic governance: which reforms are desirable and feasible? How to improve the EU’s legitimacy? How....
  • The Swedish election - and the fight ove....
    (Policy Network) — The event will offer the opportunity to reflect on the results from the 14 September election and consider what political lessons can be drawn from the ....
  • Making progressive politics work in the US
    (Policy Network) — Martin O’Malley, Governor of Maryland, will lead a Policy Network briefing and debate on the future of progressive politics in the US, looking ahead t....
  • Populism, power and place
    (Policy Network) — Ahead of the Scottish referendum, Policy Network, the Barrow Cadbury Trust and Renewal Journal will host a breakfast seminar to consider the lessons of ....
  • Encouraging technical innovation and hig....
    (Policy Network) — With the evolution of cloud technology, dynamic SMEs in the high-tech sector have a path-breaking opportunity to compete.
  • Ladders to opportunity: Tara
    (Washington Policy Watch) — “I honestly don’t know how I’ll make it, but I can see the long-term goal so it just keeps me working harder.” Tara is a preschool teacher w....
  • In Case You Missed It…
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the federal budget and taxes, state budgets and taxes, health care, food assistance, and the economy. On the ....
  • The Basics of the Minimum Wage
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — As Labor Day approaches, it’s worth taking a closer look at the important role that the minimum wage plays for millions of workers nationwide, its contr....
  • Weekend Reading 8/29/14
    (Sightline Daily) — Pam Walking on the ferry to Bainbridge the other night, I was reminded of how much more I see when I’m on my feet instead of on my bike or in a motor ve....
  • State of the Economy, August 2014
    (Center for American Progress) — Congress needs to cut the party-line bickering and refocus its efforts on policies that help American workers, say Christian E. Weller and Jackie Odum.
  • Counting Down to August 31 Deadline to A....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Schools have a few more days before the August 31 deadline to opt in to the Community Eligibility Provision.  Community eligibility — which allows high-....
  • Wisconsin and Wyoming Tally Fiscal Cost ....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Recent budget reports from Wisconsin and Wyoming show that their failure to adopt health reform’s Medicaid expansion is costing them millions of dollars....
Occupy Radar

Occupy Radar tracks the latest dispatches from the Occupy Movement in cities across the Pacific Northwest. We are the 99%!

  • Occupy eugene general assembly (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene continues to hold GA's at Growers Market. It is now being held 6:00 pm on the third Friday of each month. Please join us at our General A....
  • February 11th 2014 is the day we fight .... (Occupy Eugene) — Why is there a US news blackout on Edward Snowden's January 27 interview (in English) on German TV? Maybe because he accuses the US Director of Nationa....
  • Whoville granted reprieve through febru.... (Occupy Eugene) — On January 27, 2014, the Eugene City Council granted Whoville and its advocates 30 days to find a new location for the Whoville Unhoused Sanctuary. Cit....
  • System status as of jan. 9th at 11 pm pct (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma / Assembly Tacoma site has been rebuilt and the temporary site at is now abandoned,  We are still experiencing DOS att....
  • System status as of jan. 7, 2014 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma website was hacked (probably after Dec. 3, 2013 and most likely during the Christmas – New Year period).  Over the last 2 weeks....
  • System status as of dec. 29, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The site has been experiencing very poor performance on an intermittent basis.  We have been unable to determine the cause, but we continue to investig....
  • System status as of dec. 23 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The following improvements have been accomplished over the last few days: When a new idea (proposal, article, vision, whatever) is published, the ratin....
  • System status as of dec. 17th 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — On Sunday, Dec. 15th, 2013, in respect of the Jul. 22, 2013 vote to create the On Line General Assembly, the Occupy and Assembly websites now share a c....
  • Systems status as of nov. 5, 2013 (Occupy Tacoma) — The Occupy Tacoma web site is and will probably remain the “display site” for Occupy Tacoma. But the Assembly Tacoma site is the controllin....
  • Film showing & discussion: “growthbusters” (Occupy Portland) — Occupy Portland Elder Caucus presents a provocative documentary GrowthBusters, where one man takes on City Hall, Wall Street, and The Pope as he questi....
  • The start of something new: transitioni.... (Occupy Portland) — The OPDX Info Team and the Friends of Occupy Portland (FOOP) have been in discussion over the decline in General Assembly (GA) attendance and whether i....
  • Occupy eugene launches sustaining donor.... (Occupy Eugene) — Occupy Eugene is asking for your sustained financial support to help our organizers and activists to achieve the change the 99% wants to see.
  • In time for the giving season – our bit.... (Occupy Portland) — Do you use Bitcoin? Touted as a collective, public, peer-to-peer alternative currency subverting the authority of big banks, it is gaining widespread p....
PNW Topic Hotlist

The PNW Topic Hotlist curates blog posts from local blogs based on current events. Posts categorized under the top three topics of the moment are shown below.

  • Minimum Wage
    • NPI Advocate: Tim Eyman wants $2.2 million for statewide initiative to repeal $15/hour minimum wage - Remember back in June when Tim Eyman filed a statewide initiative to prevent cities like Seattle from raising the minimum wage above the level set by state law? Several media outlets, including the Puget Sound Business Journal, erroneously assumed – and then wrongfully reported – that Eyman was already ... August 30 at 21:15 Pacific Time
    • My First Freelance Journalisty Thing Since Leaving The Stranger - When the editors at Yes! Magazine first asked me to write a piece on Seattle’s $15 minimum wage struggle, I initially joked that they’d have to change their name to No! Magazine, because, you know, I don’t have much of a portfolio writing upbeat, forward looking pieces on local politics. But in fact, if ... August 29 at 11:17 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Who Pays for Families? - “Why should the employer pay? Why should the company bear the cost of sick leave or parental accommodation?” A friend and former colleague of mine asked me that recently as we were getting ready to present to a group of human resources professionals about parenting issues in the workplace. The short answer is, because ... August 22 at 13:30 Pacific Time
  • Health Care
    • Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza! - ONN: The Onion Week in Review. Jonathan Mann: Fuck Yes, I’m A Social Justice Warrior: Presidential Fashion: Young Turks: Tan suited Pr esidents.Sharpton: Tan Suit.John Green: Understanding agriculture in the developing world. Mark Fiore: Pentagon hymn, The Shores of Tripoli. Ferguson Issues: Jon: FAUX News’ ... August 29 at 23:13 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Equality: Celebrate It, Promote It, Use It or Lose It - This past Tuesday, August 26 was Women's Equality Day. Congress (and more particularly, Bella Abzug) enacted Equality Day in 1971 to commemorate the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution. The 19th Amendment passed in 1920. Oregonian women had already obtained the right to vote in 1912 (still 136 years after ... August 28 at 13:12 Pacific Time
    • Seattle Transit Blog: Yes for Seattle Transit Kicks Off - [Image] Metro Route 72, possibly to be saved. Photo by Kris Leisten. This past Monday morning, Transportation Choices hosted a community briefing on the upcoming Yes for Seattle Transit campaign, which will campaign for a Yes vote in this November’s election on the Seattle-only transit funding measure we’ve ... August 23 at 7:51 Pacific Time
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