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In Brief

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Launch Video

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)

Quotation

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)

Quotation

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)

Aside

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)

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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 ....
  • Video: The Northwest’s “Bomb Trains”
    (Sightline Daily) — I’m excited to share this just-released Vice News video piece about the threats of oil trains in the Pacific Northwest: “The Crude Gamble of....
  • Oregonians to Lawmakers: Close the Con-w....
    (Oregon Center for Public Policy) — Some 1,500 Oregonians have signed a petition asking Oregon lawmakers to close a tax loophole used by some corporations to get around the state’s corpora....
  • RELEASE: With Keynote Address by Sec. Ke....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress, with a keynote by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, announced the launch of India: 2020—a ....
  • Our Take on Today’s Trustees’ Reports
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — We just issued statements on the trustees’ 2014 reports on Social Security and Medicare.  Here are the opening: CBPP President Robert Greenstein on Soci....
  • History Suggests Ryan Block Grant Would ....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — At the heart of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s new poverty plan is a block grant — called the “Opportunity Grant” — that would consolidate ....
  • RELEASE: ‘Make Life Work’ Campaign Launc....
    (Center for American Progress) — BlogHer, the Center for American Progress, and The Huffington Post Launch Platform to Highlight Work-Life Conflicts Faced by the Changing American Famil....
  • The Effects of Abandoning RGGI on New Je....
    (Center for American Progress) — Giving up the plot to leave RGGI would be a relatively simple and effective way to implement proposed carbon-pollution limits while strengthening New Je....
  • There’s Plenty of Room at Hotel California
    (Sightline Daily) — Pretend you’re the governor of Oregon or Washington, or the head of a key committee in the state legislature in Salem or Olympia. Let’s say you’re convi....
  • Poll: Are Voters Warming to a Carbon Tax?
    (Sightline Daily) — The pollsters themselves seemed surprised by new findings that majorities of Americans would support a carbon tax . They start their report saying that ....
  • If Germany Has a Hole of 2.3 Million Wor....
    (Beat the Press) — It's hard to know what else it could possibly mean, but the Washington Post dutifully reported to readers: "The aging population is shrinking here, with....
  • New Jersey Has a Pension Shortfall Equal....
    (Beat the Press) — The Washington Post told readers that New Jersey's public pension face a shortfall of $40 billion. Just in case some readers aren't familiar with the si....
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 28 at 6:47 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
    • Blog Town, PDX: Good Morning, News! - [Image] Good morning, everyone and news. It's beautiful outside. Let's keep this terse. "Freewheeling militia violence" prompts John Kerry to gut (temporarily) the American embassy in Libya. Ukrainian troops are hoping to take back territory from those pesky separatists, but they're also creeping ever closer to a border ... July 26 at 10:24 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
    • 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
    • Ridenbaugh Press: On the front pages - [Image] Here’s what public affairs news made the front page of newspapers in the Northwest today, excluding local crime, features and sports stories. (Newspaper names contracted with location) Idaho health insurance exchange data shift (Boise Statesman) Idaho would see effects of Ex-Im closure (IF Post Register) IF airport ... July 26 at 8:13 Pacific Time
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