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In Brief

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If Hamas were destroyed and gone, we would probably end up with something much worse. The region would end up with something much worse.

— Outgoing Pentagon intelligence chieftain General Michael Flynn, speaking at the Aspen Security Forum in Colorado. His remarks were reported by the Globe & Mail.

# (Saturday, July 26, 2014)

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Where is it safe for airlines to fly?

Businessweek’s Justin Bachman discusses what airlines are doing to protect their passengers and aircraft in the wake of the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which showed how dangerous it is for airlines to operate over areas consumed by conflict.

# (Friday, July 25, 2014)

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Oil train derails in Interbay in Seattle, no spills

A train carrying crude oil loaded in Bakken, North Dakota has derailed underneath the Magnolia Bridge in Seattle, Burlington Northern Santa Fe has acknowledged. BSNF is the railroad that controls much of the track in the Pacific Northwest.

# (Thursday, July 24, 2014)

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It has been twenty-one years since federal regulators identified problems with the [safety-plagued DOT-111] cars. How many deaths will it take before they genuinely regulate?

— Sightline Institute’s Eric de Place, imploring the federal government to at to forbid the use of old, unsafe tank cars used for transporting oil.

# (Wednesday, July 23, 2014)

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Consider this, though: Using printed maps requires travelers to work together. You become a team. Driver and navigator. Your ability to get along and solve problems is tested in valuable, revealing ways. GPS removes that entire interpersonal dynamic. It encourages a passive form of journeying: sit back and drift, because the vaguely Australian-sounding computer lady will tell you to turn left in a quarter mile.

— Steven Kurutz: Real adventurers use maps (The New York Times)

# (Sunday, July 20, 2014)

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We have proof that the terrorist attack was planned and carried out with the involvement of representatives of the Russian Federation… We know that Russia is trying to hide its terrorist activity and their direct involvement.

— Vitaly Nayda, the head of counterintelligence for the Ukrainian State Security Service, expressing his government’s conclusion that Russia was directly involved in the attack that brought down Malaysian Airlines Flight 17.

# (Sunday, July 20, 2014)

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Russian media generates wild conspiracy theories to explain MH17 downing

Businessweek’s Carol Matlack looks at some of the crazy conspiracy theories that supposedly mainstream Russian media outlets are trotting out in response to the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, which the United States government says was deliberately destroyed.

# (Saturday, July 19, 2014)

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Follow the groups that are working to stop evictions and turn on the water in Detroit

As many of our readers may be aware, several months ago, the government of Detroit (which is under an emergency management regime) unconscionably decided to start shutting off tap water to low income residents who were behind on their water bills. Since we’ve begun our live coverage of Netroots Nation 2014 in Detroit, many NPI supporters have written to us to ask to report back on the water shutoffs that are affecting thousands of families throughout the city.

Netroots Nation and NPI have joined with the people of Detroit to protest this human rights violation and demand that the City of Detroit end the shutoffs. We participated in a protest yesterday to turn on the water and tax Wall Street, and we heard from a panel of people who are on the front lines this morning.

In a couple of days, after the convention concludes our board and staff members will be returning to the great Pacific Northwest, but the important work of fighting these shutoffs will go on, and we will continue to support the efforts of activists in the Motor City who are trying to end this manufactured crisis.

Here is a list of groups working to turn on the water in Detroit, as well as stop evictions, complete with links (to websites, Facebook pages, and Twitter feeds):

All of these organizations were represented at Netroots Nation, either in the exhibition hall, on the Saturday morning panel that addressed the crisis.

We urge all NPI supporters to follow these organizations online and consider donating to help them help the people of Detroit.

# (Saturday, July 19, 2014)

Quotation

Your shutoff program has created a lot of anger in the city and a lot of hardship and bad publicity the city does not need.

— Judge Steven Rhodes, the judge handling Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy case, telling the city’s deputy utility director that the city’s unconscionable scheme to shut off water to city residents is doing a great deal of harm to the city.

# (Saturday, July 19, 2014)

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Progressive Thought

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

  • If We Didn't Have the NYT to Tell Us Tha....
    (Beat the Press) — That's because the data don't give any evidence of a great success. Nonetheless after noting the difficulties that France and Italy are facing in the im....
  • Justin Wolfers False Symmetry on Unemplo....
    (Beat the Press) — Justin Wolfers shows more of a commitment to coming down in the middle than to being true to the data in his pox on both your houses piece on the impact....
  • North Carolina's Pro-Business Climate Re....
    (Beat the Press) — A New York Times article on the senate race in North Carolina referred to cuts in the state's unemployment benefits and tax breaks for businesses. It th....
  • More Confusion on Sovaldi and Government....
    (Beat the Press) — Sometimes it seems like we are living in the Bizarro World when it comes to talking about drug prices. This is one of those times. The Washington Post's....
  • Can Someone Tell Homebuilders How to Rai....
    (Beat the Press) — The Washington Post told us that homebuilders are having a hard time attracting workers, which is keeping construction of new homes down. "Labor is scar....
  • In Case You Missed It…
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the safety net, federal taxes, Social Security, food assistance, and health policy. On the safety net, we exc....
  • Ryan Roundup: What You Need to Know Abo....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — We’ve compiled CBPP’s analyses and blog posts on House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new poverty proposal.  We’ll update this roundup as we issu....
  • Why Ryan’s Proposed Work Requirements Ar....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan predictably showcases the 1996 welfare law, which replaced Aid to Families with Dependent C....
  • Pacific Rim Coal Prices Continue to Tumble
    (Sightline Daily) — In case you don't check the coal futures markets every day, you may have missed the trend: after it looked like international coal prices had bottomed o....
  • Awaiting the 2014 Social Security Truste....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Social Security’s trustees will release their annual review of the program’s finances on Monday, and while we’re not sure what the report will say, the ....
  • RELEASE: Daniella Gibbs Léger to Lead Co....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — The Center for American Progress announced today that Daniella Gibbs Léger has been named Senior Vice President for Communications an....
  • RELEASE: Anti-Poverty Leaders Respond to....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Today, several anti-poverty leaders and low-income people—including Tom Colicchio, chef and food activist; Melissa Boteach, Vice Pres....
  • Inside the U.S. Push to Keep Kurdish Oil....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — July 24, 2014 Steve LeVine July 24, 2014 The United Leadership, a tanker containing about one million barrels of oil from Iraqi Kurdistan, has been stuc....
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 Tacomatest2.us 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.

  • Tea Party
    • NPI Advocate: Republican Party trying to drive down support for Matt Isenhower with attack mailers targeting 45th’s Democratic voters - In an apparent attempt to make the high-profile contest between incumbent Republican Andy Hill and his Democratic challenger Matt Isenhower look less competitive, the Senate Republican caucus (of which Andy Hill is a member) has begun sending out attack mailers to Democratic voters in the 45th District, trying to discredit ... July 27 at 23:37 Pacific Time
    • Strange Bedfellows: Off but running? Rep. Michele Bachmann may again seek Presidency - The Tea Party backed White House bid of Rep. Michele Bachmann was giving off steam in the summer of 2011, but went cold in January’s Iowa Caucuses. She quite the race after a distant sixth place showing. On the brink of retiring from Congress, Bachmann is speculating aloud about a 2016 run for President. What ... July 23 at 13:28 Pacific Time
    • Ridenbaugh Press: Two of one party in November? - [Image] ROBERT HARRIS   Oregon Outpost Critics of Oregon’s proposed top two open primary say one weakness is that in some districts the top two who advance to the general election may be from the same party. A report from the Independent Voter Network, takes a look at California Senate District 28, where two ... July 23 at 8:37 Pacific Time
  • NSA
    • NPI Advocate: LIVE from Detroit: NSA Surveillance Reform: Pitfalls and Opportunities - Panel description: A recently launched campaign in Europe calls on individuals to “vote for [their] digital rights.” However, no such movement has caught on in the United States, despite the upcoming election cycle. Rallies and events—including the Rally to End Mass Surveillance and the Day We Fight Back—have demonstrated ... July 19 at 18:55 Pacific Time
  • Health Care
    • NPI Advocate: LIVE from Detroit: Keynote with Debbie Stabenow, Mark Schauer - Good Morning from Detroit! This is the last day of the conference and we are beginning the day with keynotes from Mark Schauer, candidate to replace Snyder as governor of Michigan, and Senator Debbie Stabenow. Lisa Brown is Schauer’s running-mate. Schauer promises to repeal "Right -To-Work-For-Less" and to support ... July 19 at 14:14 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Merkley: Birth control access is an economic issue - Yesterday, the Senate debated a bill to overturn the ridiculous Hobby Lobby decision that allows employers to declare a religious objection to complying with the federal law mandating birth control coverage in all insurance plans. Many conservatives have been running around saying that the decision doesn't bar anyone from ... July 17 at 16:0 Pacific Time
    • Sightline Daily: American Mom and Pops Want Climate Fixes - [Image] Photo Credit: contemplative imaging via Compfight cc American small business owners. When it comes to politics, they’re portrayed as mythic heroes of the American economy, the salt-of-the-earth "mom and pops," the real job creators, a constituency to be catered to, a force to be reckoned with. Like apple pie. ... July 23 at 13:2 Pacific Time
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