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In Depth: The Advocate

President Obama pledges to treat more new Americans with dignity in immigration speech

In a groundbreaking speech, Barack Obama announced this evening that he is using his authority and discretion as President to end the oppression of over five million new Americans by granting them a reprieve from the threat of deportation, provided they identify themselves to the fede… (read more)

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The White House Thanksgiving menu

The First Family will soon be sitting down at the table to enjoy their Thanksgiving meal. Per the White House Press Office, here’s what’s on the menu this year:

For Dinner

  • Thyme Roasted Turkey
  • Honey-Baked Ham
  • Cornbread Stuffing
  • Oyster Stuffing
  • Braised Winter Greens
  • Macaroni and Cheese
  • Sweet Potato Gratin
  • Mashed Potatoes
  • Green Bean Casserole
  • Dinner Rolls

What, no cranberries?

For Dessert

  • Banana Cream Pie
  • Coconut Cream Pie
  • Pumpkin Pie
  • Apple Pie
  • Pecan Pie
  • Cherry Pie

It certainly seems they have an excellent array of pies!

# (Thursday, November 27, 2014)

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Pacific Northwest's airports score very well in continental Airport Frustration Index

Bloomberg Businessweek recently surveyed over 3,000 frequent air travellers, crunched departure and arrival data, and looked at airport travel times to find out which cities are the most and least stressful places to catch a plane in North America. As it often does in quality of life contests, our region of the country did very well, with its major metro airports dominating the bottom of the list as the least frustrating places to hop on a flight.

The criteria were as follows:

  • Commute
  • Time at the terminal
  • Departures

Based on BB’s research, the top ten least frustrating airports are:

  1. YVR/Vancouver International (Score: 17.6)
  2. PDX/Portland Oregon International (Score: 18.4)
  3. AUS/Austin-Bergstrom (Score: 23.1)
  4. YYC/Calgary International (Score: 27.7)
  5. PHX/Phoenix Sky Harbor (Score: 28.3)
  6. TPA/Tampa International (Score: 29.5)
  7. SEA/Seattle-Tacoma International (Score: 31.7)
  8. YOW/Ottawa International (Score: 35.0)
  9. MSP/Minneapolis-St. Paul International (Score: 36.2)
  10. SAN/San Diego International (Score: 38.1)

Bloomberg found the most frustrating airports were New York’s LaGuardia, New Jersey’s Newark Liberty, and Virginia’s Dulles Airports.

Not all North American airports were ranked.

# (Tuesday, November 25, 2014)

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Demonstrators are pictured in Seattle protesting a Missouri grand jury’s failure to indict Officer Darren Wilson for the shooting of Michael Brown (Photo: Tiffany Von Arnim/Reproduced under a Creative Commons license)

# (Monday, November 24, 2014)

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Thoughts on tonight's shameful press conference by St. Louis County prosecutor Bob McCulloch

Earlier this evening, St. Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch held a long, self-serving press conference to disclose that the grand jury he decided to make responsible for deciding whether charges ought to be brought against Officer Darren Wilson in the killing of Michael Brown had not returned an indictment. It was a shamefully staged event that has deservedly drawn much ridicule and scorn.

Here are some reactions to McCulloch’s statement, compiled from Twitter:

David Corn: This is a defensive statement. You can guess why.

Adam Bonin: McCullough has no right to claim to “join with” the Brown family or civil rights organizations about *anything*. That’s offensive.

Stephen Rose: The prosecutor defends the accused and presents his statement as the verdict. Is something wrong with that picture?

Congressman John Lewis: I know this hard. I know this is difficult. Do not succumb to the temptations of violence. There is a more powerful way.

Nichole: Shoot up a movie theater; blow up a marathon. Get taken alive. Steal blunts; hold a toy gun. Die.

Meredith Clark: This is unbelievable. If you’re not going to indict, say that. Don’t indict the public.

Judd Legum: Let’s not pretend this was an outcome of a well functioning judicial system that we are obligated to “accept”.

Ryan Grim: On probable cause: My car has been searched many times on less evidence than exists to merely charge Darren Wilson.

NPI President Robert Cruickshank: Indicted: Twitter. Media. Witnesses. Not indicted: officer who murdered a black man.

St. Louis Public Radio is uploading copies of the evidence that the grand jury considered while deliberating on whether to indict.

# (Monday, November 24, 2014)

Quotation

It will soon seem strange that once it was possible to go into a Chick-fil-A or a Denny’s and not see calories on menus and menu boards

— Margo Wootan, nutrition policy director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, applauding forthcoming labeling rules that will require businesses that serve food to post calorie counts for their menu items.

# (Monday, November 24, 2014)

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Three-year old son of right wing gun fanatic shot in the mouth by playmate

This is just awful: According to reports by KIRO 7 and other local media, a young boy, about three years old, is in critical condition at Harborview Medical Center in Seattle after being accidentally shot in the mouth.

The young boy, we understand, had been playing with a neighbor about the same age in a locked bedroom inside a condo owned by a right wing gun fanatic, Jon Holzwarth. The police are still investigating what happened, but apparently the boys got their hands on one of the fanatic’s guns, and were playing with it.

Of course, it went off, and a bullet struck Holzwarth’s son, Michael. He’s said to be fighting for his life after being airlifted to the intensive care unit at Harborview.

A sign on the door of Holzwarth’s condo arrogantly proclaims, WE DON’T DIAL 911, with a gun emblem hanging below it, and emblems on his Jeep boast of his gun collection. With his son’s life hanging by a thread, Holzwarth evidently did dial 911 in spite of the stupid sign on his door, and first responders came to the rescue.

If Michael survives, it will be thanks to the professionals with highly advanced medical degrees at Harborview, who will hopefully tell Holzwarth in blunt terms to get rid of his gun collection and change his ways.

Research has documented that firearms ownership makes a household less safe.

# (Monday, November 24, 2014)

Quotation

Filing this lawsuit amounts to institutional treason. Boehner and House Republicans should be ashamed. The rest of us can only hope that the courts rescue them by keeping to precedent and tossing this lawsuit into the garbage.

— Jonathan Bernstein: Boehner Betrays Congress (Bloomberg View)

# (Friday, November 21, 2014)

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911 audio reveals DuPont plant supervisor tried to downplay magnitude of deadly leak

  • DISPATCHER: La Porte 911, what is the address of your emergency?
  • DUPONT SUPERVISOR: We have a possible Casualty 5, is what my medics are telling me.
  • DISPATCHER: How did this happen? Is it chemical related?
  • DUPONT SUPERVISOR: Uh, I am not certain.
  • DISPATCHER: Okay, sir, I need to know what's going on before I send.
  • DUPONT SUPERVISOR: They're doing a rescue right now. We have some injured people. I am not sure if chemicals are involved or not. I'm just relaying the message.
  • — Excerpt from transcript of 911 call from a DuPont supervisor to first responders in the immediate aftermath of a deadly chemical leak at a facility in Texas.

# (Thursday, November 20, 2014)

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Desperate Republicans spotted in South Dakota trying to build Keystone XL themselves

Republicans are so keen on doing TransCanda’s bidding that they have showed up in South Dakota to build the Keystone XL pipeline themselves, The Onion reports.

# (Thursday, November 20, 2014)

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Progressive Thought

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

  • Contact democracy for the hyper-connecte....
    (Policy Network) — This event will look at democratic innovations and experiments in deliberative and contact democracy.
  • Laying the foundations for a Labour century
    (Policy Network) — This event will together ideas on how the centre-left can maintain its electoral appeal and remain an effective force for progress amidst the major econ....
  • Economic and social futures in Europe
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network and Solidar will hold a roundtable workshop on European social policy and the EU 2020 agenda at its mid-term.
  • Turning over the 'hourglass' labour mark....
    (Policy Network) — The closing of the pay gap for higher-paid women is not quite what it seems
  • Women in the workforce: prizing open the....
    (Policy Network) — What are the solutions to the problem of women becoming trapped in low-paid, low-skill work after childbirth?
  • Busting the ‘early intervention’ myth
    (Policy Network) — It is time to question whether preschool education is actually beneficial both to social mobility and helping women remain in the workforce
  • Would more free childcare get more mothe....
    (Policy Network) — If considered purely as a pro-employment policy, free childcare places are expensive and ineffective
  • Beyond childcare, childcare, childcare
    (Policy Network) — Policy on childcare continues to promote a conservative view of women’s roles in the home and labour market. It is time for a new approach
  • PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Experts Discuss Pre....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Please join the Center for American Progress on Monday, December 1, at 1:00 p.m. ET in anticipation of the House Judiciary Committee’....
  • In Case You Missed It…
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Off the Charts will take a break over the Thanksgiving weekend, but we’ll be back on our regular schedule on Monday.  To mark the Thanksgiving holiday, ....
  • Reaching More Needy Americans
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — We’ve noted this Thanksgiving week that the safety net helps millions of Americans avert hardship and meet basic needs like food and housing.  Unfortuna....
  • There Will Be Another Michael Brown: Mil....
    () — In the wake of the announcement that Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson would not stand trial for the shooting death of Michael Brown, members of our....
  • A Snapshot of the Economy
    (Center for American Progress) — It’s time for an economy that works for everyone and not just the wealthy few, explain the authors.
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.

  • 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 ... September 3 at 0:27 Pacific Time
    • HorsesAss.org: Friday Night Multimedia Extravaganza! - That Canadian Immigrant: Ted Cruz’s dad explains black peopleLiberal Viewer: Ted Cruz’s inappropriate joke after 9 year old kills instructor with Uzi.Mark Fiore: The Presidential Painsuit. Puppet Nation: ISIS Schmisis. Cheap Labor: Thom: Economic terrorism paid for by goons.James Rustad: Fight for $15: Thom: ... September 6 at 0:30 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Modern-Day Labor Day: Finding the Humanity in Business - By Angelica Maduell of Portland, Oregon. Angelica is a freelance writer, marketer and political activist. The modern meaning of Labor Day is lost amongst traffic jams, crowded campgrounds, and forgetful barbecues. For most Americans, it’s simply another 3-day weekend: a day off work. For others, it’s an opportunity for ... September 5 at 12:0 Pacific Time
  • Gun Control
    • HorsesAss.org: I-594’s First TV Ad Hits WA Airwaves - "Our background check law has stopped over 40,000 people in Washington State—felons, domestic abusers, you name it—from getting guns," says former Bellingham Police chief Don Pierce in the first TV ad from I-594 sponsor Washington Alliance for Gun Responsibility. "But there’s a dangerous loophole in the law," Pierce ... September 5 at 12:36 Pacific Time
    • Politics Northwest: NRA sends more money to fight I-594 - As we've tallied the dollars flowing toward the pro-background check indep endent-expenditure campaign known as Washington Alliance for Gun Re sponsibility,we've been wondering where the National Rifle Association (NRA)is. The NRA started its own spending committeein Juneto oppose I-594, a measure on the November ballot that ... September 10 at 15:31 Pacific Time
  • Gay Rights
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