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In Brief

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)

Video

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)

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Progressive Thought

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 ....
  • OTI Supports New, Stronger USA FREEDOM A....
    (Press Releases: 2012) — July 29, 2014 WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Senator Leahy re-introduced a new version of the USA FREEDOM Act intended to reform the National Security Agency’s....
  • Ryan’s “Opportunity Grant” Would Likely ....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan maintains that consolidating 11 safety-net and related programs into a single “Opportunity Grant” would give s....
  • Are You Planning to Have Kids? (Part 2)
    (Sightline Daily) — In my last post about Vancouver BC , I outlined the family-friendly policies that have helped make its downtown a magnet for families with children . Bu....
  • Powder River Basin Coal Leasing
    (Center for American Progress) — The federal coal-leasing program in the Powder River Basin is costing taxpayers billions of dollars.
  • RELEASE: Carbon Pollution from the Feder....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. – A new report released today by the Center for American Progress finds that the federal coal-leasing program in the nation’s richest c....
  • Will Protection of Microsoft in China Co....
    (Beat the Press) — The NYT had an article reporting on the possibility that China will use anti-monopoly laws and other regulations to limit Microsoft's operations in the ....
  • Rob Atkinson: After the End of the Innov....
    () — The  Next American Economy  project brought together 30 experts from various disciplines to envision tomorrow's economic and political challenges and de....
  • Rob Atkinson: After the End of the Innov....
    () — The  Next American Economy  project brought together 30 experts from various disciplines to envision tomorrow's economic and political challenges and de....
  • Federal Coal Leasing in the Powder River....
    (Center for American Progress) — Why the federal coal-leasing program in the Powder River Basin is costing taxpayers billions of dollars in lost revenue and pollution costs.
  • More Fun and Games With Export-Import Bank
    (Beat the Press) — It is great fun watching the establishment get so upset over the possibility that Boeings' the Export-Import Bank may not be reauthorized to issue more ....
  • 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....
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
    • Ridenbaugh Press: Idaho Falls tea leaves - [Image] CHRIS CARLSON   Carlson Chronicles In politics there are rarely coincidences. Additionally, sometimes an event occurs which one can read much more into than just the surface appearance. It becomes a telltale indicator of something more significant than one at first glance would think. One of these “more than ... July 29 at 8:40 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
    • 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
    • Isaac Laquedem: The supreme court rules that any business can believe in Hillary, but only family businesses can believe in God - A few weeks ago, the Supreme Court held, in a case called Hobby Lobby after one of the parties, that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA, pronouced "Riff-ra") prohibits the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) from requiring three closely-held corporations to purchase health insurance for their employees ... July 26 at 18:36 Pacific Time
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