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In Brief

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ExxonMobil, Chevron locked in bidding war to acquire lucrative Pennsylvania senator

Once again, The Onion hits a home run with a spoof that’s too close to reality for comfort. In this parody article, The Onion explains that multinational oil giants ExxonMobil and Chevron each want to acquire Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey, who they consider to be “an incredibly valuable commodity”.

# (Tuesday, July 29, 2014)

Quotation

She is determined to build something elevated along the waterfront. What happens if this fails? Maybe she’ll propose an aqueduct.

— Seattle Transit blog commenter Barman, reacting humorously to the news that Elizabeth Campbell and her associates have managed to force a new public vote in Seattle on their pet fantasy: a monorail system linking Ballard and West Seattle.

# (Tuesday, July 29, 2014)

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Want to save money, Republicans? Let's reform military procurement

Businessweek reports on a problem that progressives have known about for a long time: the Pentagon pays way too much for pretty much everything, even prescription drugs. Defense contractors and megacorporations are making a killing overcharging taxpayers. What’s worse, the quality of the weapons, vehicles, and equipment they’re delivering is going down. Just look at the ballooning costs for the F-35 Lightning II.

# (Monday, July 28, 2014)

Photo

Photo from In Brief

The end of a sunset over Victoria Harbour, Hong Kong, taken with a Sony A7 as part of a High ISO 6400 test. (Lens: LEICA SUMMILUX-M 35mm f1.4 ASPH). Photo: Pasu Au Yeung/Reproduced under a Creative Commons license

# (Monday, July 28, 2014)

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Mary Poppins (Kristen Bell) is working for minimum wage, and really needs a raise.

# (Sunday, July 27, 2014)

Quotation

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)

Quotation

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

  • 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
    (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 ....
  • RELEASE: New Report Unpacks Obstacles Fa....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — A new report out today from the Center for American Progress examines the obstacles women in the military face to accessing reproduct....
  • Rebounding Growth Allays Fears, But Shad....
    (Center for American Progress) — The U.S. economy’s continued failure to grow inclusively along with unnecessary public spending cuts are weighing on the recovery.
  • Out of Range
    (Center for American Progress) — Women’s presence and roles in the military have greatly increased over the past few decades, but the military is falling far short of its obligation to ....
  • IMF and OECD Call for Stronger EITC and ....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the International Monetary Fund (IMF), which have previously recommended expanding....
  • No, Millennials Are Not All Libertarians....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — July 30, 2014 Alex Holt July 30, 2014 Young Americans’ fondness for high-tech innovation could suit our need to shake up the political system. URL:&nbsp....
  • Offshoring Work Is Taking a Toll on the ....
    (Center for American Progress) — Reshoring tax incentives can ease the wage and employment pressures across the country.
  • The Gaza war has done terrible things to....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — July 24, 2014 Lisa Goldman July 24, 2014 Earlier this month, one of Israel’s most famous writers announced in his weekly newspaper column that he was pa....
  • What's Different This Time | The Weekly ....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — July 24, 2014 Lisa Goldman July 24, 2014 As Israel begins another day of Operation Protective Edge, its assault on Gaza, the country also faces an endin....
  • Countering Others' Insurgencies | RAND
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — July 30, 2014 Sameer Lalwani July 30, 2014 This study examines the counterinsurgency strategies and practices adopted by threatened regimes and the cond....
  • Selective Leviathans: Explaining State S....
    (Articles and Op-Eds) — July 30, 2014 Sameer Lalwani July 30, 2014 IN THE SECOND HALF of the twentieth century, civil wars eclipsed inter–state war as the "far greater scourge"....
  • GAO Medicaid Data Show Per Capita Caps W....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — We’ve previously warned that proposals to change the formula for federal Medicaid funding for states to a fixed dollar amount per Medicaid beneficiary —....
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.

  • 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
  • Transportation
    • HorsesAss.org: July 29 Open Thread! - - I was against the Free Ride Area because it concentrated all of the problems with free buses in one place while losing a lot of fare box recovery. But I am tantalized by the idea of free systemwide. - The best part of the Blue Angels is definitely the lane closures. - The Case for Express Cascades Trains - Children Of ... July 29 at 18:53 Pacific Time
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