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In Depth: The Advocate

Supreme Court finds Legislature in contempt for failing to fully fund Washington’s schools

This morning, the Washington State Supreme Court unanimously found the State of Washington – and more specifically, the State Legislature – in contempt for failing to comply with its earlier rulings in the McCleary case, which found that the state is not fulfilling its par… (read more)

In Brief

Quotation

I’ve consumed very large amounts of coffee, and extensively used sweeteners, thinking like many other people that they are at least not harmful to me and perhaps even beneficial… Given the surprising results that we got in our study, I made a personal preference to stop using them.

— Dr. Eran Elinav, an immunologist at the Weizmann Institute of Science, discussing research findings which show that artificial sweeteners may disrupt the human body’s blood sugar controls, resulting in unwanted side effects.

# (Wednesday, September 17, 2014)

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The big lie that brought down Wal-Mart's public relations chief

Businessweek’s Susan Berfield explains the sudden departure of David Tovar, Walmart’s longtime anti-labor public relations chief.

# (Wednesday, September 17, 2014)

Video

Launch Video

Former United Kingdom Prime Minister Gordon Brown’s Glasgow speech calling for a “No Thanks” vote in tomorrow’s Scottish independence referendum is widely being hailed as one of the best speeches ever given by a British orator, and certainly his best. Huffington Post U.K. has the transcript.

# (Wednesday, September 17, 2014)

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Interview: Naomi Klein breaks a taboo

The Indypendent’s John Tarleton talks to Naomi Klein about her new book, This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate.

# (Tuesday, September 16, 2014)

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Wi-Fun, September 2014 edition

While walking in Seattle’s University District this evening, a member of our staff glanced at the list of Available Wi-Fi networks on his smartphone and was amused to discover a very long list of nearby secure networks, some with clever and funny names. Here is a partial list of the SSIDs he saw:

  • WiBelieveICanFi
  • 4NDdonotclickit
  • GanjaNinja
  • InUrBase
  • MeepMeep
  • Nameless
  • Dirt Shack

# (Tuesday, September 16, 2014)

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U.S. Senate has a secret book of rules

USA Today reports: “The U.S. Senate has for years lived by a secret book of rules that governs everything from how many sheets of paper and potted plants each Senate office is allotted to when Senators can use taxpayer money to charter planes or boats.”

# (Monday, September 15, 2014)

Quotation

I clearly understand the final goal of Putin. He doesn’t want to take just Donetsk and Luhansk… He is trying to take all of Ukraine. He wants to re-form the Soviet Union.

— Ukranian premier Arseniy P. Yatsenyuk, speaking to a conference of security experts in Kiev about Vladimir Putin’s endgame (via the New York Times).

# (Saturday, September 13, 2014)

Quotation

The point is not that an independent Scotland won’t work, but that it’s not going to fulfill the expectations shining in the eyes of those angry, optimistic boys.

— Leah McLearen, commenting on the Scottish referendum for The Globe and Mail (When it comes to matters of heart, nations need to think with their heads).

# (Friday, September 12, 2014)

Photo

Photo from In Brief

An outstanding picture of New York City’s Tribute in Light, taken over the span of nearly five minutes with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II, EF24-70mm f/2.8L USM. (Photo: Anthony Quintano)

# (Thursday, September 11, 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....
  • Policy Network at Labour Party Conference
    (Policy Network) — Over the course of this year’s Labour Party Conference, Policy Network, together with partner organisations, will hold eight fringe events.
  • Green Growth
    (Center for American Progress) — While recently established domestic policies have made strides toward a lower carbon future, such measures are stepping stones. Effectively mitigating c....
  • 5 Policies for Improving Data Use to Acc....
    (Center for American Progress) — How improved use of open data can enable the labor market to better match the skills of veterans returning from service with the needs of employers acro....
  • 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 ....
  • Sweden's election: A broken society, or ....
    (Policy Network) — Despite returning a new Social Democratic prime minister, there has been a general feeling of something being lost in Sweden.
  • Lessons for Labour from the Swedish Soci....
    (Policy Network) — Centre-left parties elsewhere in Europe, particularly Britain, should heed the success of the Social Democrats in Sweden.
  • What's the point of Irish Labour?
    (Policy Network) — Between the harsh realism of Labour’s ‘responsibility’ and the inflated promises of the ‘responsive’ Left, people are struggling with increasi....
  • ADVISORY: Office of Management and Budge....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — In anticipation of the U.N. Climate Summit on September 23, the Center for American Progress will host a discussion with White House ....
  • ADVISORY: Let’s Agree to Agree: Progress....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Congressional gridlock and election-year politicking appear to have stalled efforts to reform the tax code. But politics aside, there....
  • Oregon Minimum Wage Increases, Though No....
    (Oregon Center for Public Policy) — Oregon’s minimum wage will edge up 15 cents per hour next year to keep up with the rising cost of living. Though welcomed, that increase is not enough t....
  • House Republicans’ Wrong-Headed Approach....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — House Republicans are putting before the House this week a campaign-oriented bill of wide-ranging measures that have previously passed the House, includ....
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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