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In Brief


My phone was bought. It was paid for. It is mine, and I ought to be able to choose what apps I want. This is the way America used to work. Nosiree, says the monolith from Cupertino: You will take what we offer. We know best and, besides, your phone is not yours. It is ours (or sometimes the government’s) and so when you are sleeping the phone could be do anything it wants. And there is nothing you can do about it.

— Excerpt from Richard Cohen’s Dear Apple: Can I please own my phone?

# (Monday, September 29, 2014)

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Early voting is changing election 'day' into election 'month'

Early voting is changing election ‘day’ into election ‘month’

The Los Angeles Times discusses the rise of voting by mail, which Colorado has now adopted, following the lead of Oregon and Washington.

# (Monday, September 29, 2014)


I think it’s a stinking maneuver to rob her of her job and rob the voters of their votes.

— U.S. Representative Alan Grayson, condemning Marriott Vacations for firing a senior manager running for office as a Democrat (via Bloomberg Businessweek).

# (Sunday, September 28, 2014)

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Four Mount Ontake climbers confirmed dead after eruption

Four Mount Ontake climbers confirmed dead after eruption

Japanese media are reporting that four of the thirty-one people known to be on or near the peak of Mount Ontake have been confirmed dead after their bodies were found by rescuers. The ten thousand foot mountain is the second highest volcano in Japan.

# (Sunday, September 28, 2014)


Photo from In Brief

Pictured above is Bold Organics’ new gluten-free, frozen pepperoni pizza, which is making its debut as an option in the frozen foods aisle. (Image courtesy of Bold Organics)

# (Thursday, September 25, 2014)

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Healthy eating: The mind games of supermarkets

From the BBC Future’s Taste of Tomorrow: You’re often manipulated to buy at the supermarket. Now hidden design tricks can sway you to pick healthier food without realising, says Veronique Greenwood.

# (Monday, September 22, 2014)

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Israeli government's policies an incredibly divisive topic among Jews

As Rosh Hashanah approaches, many North American rabbis are agonizing over how to talk about Israel. The Israeli government’s policies are such a divisive topic that many Jews don’t want to hear anything that could be construed to be criticism or praise for the government of Benjamin Netanyahu.

# (Monday, September 22, 2014)


We need rules… If businesses are to move here and start here rather than start in Europe or Brazil or Australia — they’re going to look around and make sure, ‘Oh, does the power stay up?’ And they’ll look for other things. ‘Is the Internet open?’ Will they have to effectively bribe their ISPs to start a new service? That’s what it looks like from the outside. It’s bribery.

— World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee, making a strong case for robust net neutrality rules (via The Washington Post).

# (Saturday, September 20, 2014)


No, in terms of its image, the NFL is not good, it has never been worse. When Goodell stepped to the podium, he was fighting a reputation of arrogance. When he stepped down, he had confirmed that reputation while adding cluelessness and helplessness.

— Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke, condemning NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell’s press conference on players’ off-field conduct.

# (Friday, September 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.

  • 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....
  • Innovation and productivity growth in th....
    (Policy Network) — Policy Network and The Information Technology & Innovation Foundation (ITIF) are holding a London conference on productivity and innovation-led growth. ....
  • The Next Crisis in Greece - Still Europe....
    (Policy Network) — The event will discuss the state of the Greek political landscape ahead of a potential 2015 election.
  • RELEASE: Prime Minister Modi’s Visit Off....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — With newly elected Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi currently making his first official visit to the United States, the Center for....
  • High Hopes, Modest Expectations
    (Center for American Progress) — President Barack Obama and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet for the first time today to discuss their strategic partnership and to build up....
  • Tax Incentives for Retirement Savings Ne....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — “We need to hear facts and serious policy proposals, not political slogans” like “upside-down tax incentives,” the Senate Finance Committee’s top Republ....
  • VA Governor Lauds Community Eligibility
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe has good things to say about the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows high-poverty schools to provide b....
  • Corporate Inversions
    (Center for American Progress) — Alexandra Thornton explains what Americans need to know when it comes to corporate inversions.
  • Zoning: Inclusionary v. Exclusionary
    (Sightline Daily) — At last count, Seattle ranked as the fastest growing  major city in America. The city’s growth has easily outpaced the projections of its decade-old  Co....
  • Democracy, Economic Crisis, and “Rethink....
    () — The Roosevelt Institute | Campus Network's Rethinking Communities initiative is emblematic of the model for democratic and economic reform needed in thi....
  • In Case You Missed It…
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — This week on Off the Charts, we focused on the new Census data on poverty, inequality, and health coverage; the federal budget and taxes; state budgets ....
  • Reassessing a View on Federal Accounting
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — So-called “fair-value accounting” is misguided because it would make federal loan and loan guarantee programs look more expensive than they really are, ....
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 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
    • 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
    • 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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