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In Depth: The 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… (read more)

In Brief


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)


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)


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)


Your shutoff program has created a lot of anger in the city and a lot of hardship and bad publicity the city does not need.

— Judge Steven Rhodes, the judge handling Detroit’s municipal bankruptcy case, telling the city’s deputy utility director that the city’s unconscionable scheme to shut off water to city residents is doing a great deal of harm to the city.

# (Saturday, July 19, 2014)


I know people have seen fires before. This is a different beast. This is a fire storm.

— Washington State Governor Jay Inslee, speaking at a news conference and urging Washingtonians to obey fire evacuation orders. (The sheriff in Okanogan County says up to 100 homes lost in wildfire).

# (Friday, July 18, 2014)

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Cheers for Warren at Netroots Nation offer peek at Democrats' mindset

The New York Times recaps Elizabeth Warren’s morning keynote address at Netroots Nation 2014 and discusses the 2016 presidential race, which Warren admirers want her to enter. Warren has emphasized she has no plans to run, while Hillary Clinton has hinted she is strongly considering getting in but is not ready to make any kind of official announcement.

# (Friday, July 18, 2014)

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Leading AIDS researcher killed in Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 crash

A prominent scientist who has been investigating AIDS, the Auto Immune Defiency Syndrome, is among those killed in the downing of Malaysian Airlines Flight 17, the New York Times reports. He and several colleagues were enroute to Melbourne, Australia, for an important conference.

# (Friday, July 18, 2014)


Mr. Putin and those who support him seem incapable of accepting that their model of government, with all its cronyism, corruption and bullying, is not the one many former Soviet subjects want.

— The New York Times, editorializing on the destruction of MH 17: Downing of Malaysia jet is a call for Russia to act to end the conflict in Ukraine.

# (Thursday, July 17, 2014)

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Progressive Thought

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

  • Enough Magical Thinking on Trade
    (Beat the Press) — In his Financial Times column Adam Posen gets out the old trade magic story, throwing away conventional economic to make bizarre arguments about trade's....
  • Today’s Conflicting Court Decisions Won’....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Two federal appellate courts issued rulings today that relate to the health reform law.  In a unanimous decision, a panel of the U.S. Circuit Court of A....
  • PRESS CALL ADVISORY: Experts Discuss How....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Even as House Republicans have declared immigration reform dead for this year and President Barack Obama has vowed to take executive ....
  • Plug the Inversion Loophole Now
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — The New York Times’ latest “Room for Debate” feature asks how the United States can stop corporations from moving their headquarters overseas — known as....
  • Why the 1996 Welfare Law Is Not a Model ....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan’s upcoming poverty plan will likely showcase the 1996 welfare law, which replaced Aid to Families with Depende....
  • Understanding Marginal Tax Rates and Gov....
    (Off the Charts Blog | Center....) — Some Washington policymakers are increasingly focused on whether government benefits for low- and moderate-income people create disincentives to work — ....
  • RELEASE: Addressing the Real Impact of N....
    (Center for American Progress) — Washington, D.C. — Today, the Center for American Progress released a report highlighting the impact of native mascots and team names on American Indian....
  • The Speech Rep. Ryan Should Give
    (Center for American Progress) — If past is prologue, Rep. Paul Ryan’s latest poverty proposals will exacerbate poverty and inequality. But there are alternative, effective policy optio....
  • RELEASE: National Clean Energy Summit An....
    (Center for American Progress) — “Stepping to the Plate on Climate Change: Business Leadership on Pollution Reduction” panel features former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, former U.S. Departme....
  • New Report Highlights the Business Case ....
    (Press Releases: 2012) — July 22, 2014 Washington, DC – The Consultative Group to Assist the Poor (CGAP) released a report today that examines the business considerations for fi....
  • Northwest Knows Best?
    (Sightline Daily) — Research by Jane Harvey Last time, I described Buckley v Valeo , the seminal Supreme Court ruling that teed up Citizens United and that forbids caps on ....
  • Apprenticeships in America
    (Center for American Progress) — The United States lags behind its European counterparts in the use of apprenticeships.
  • The Underuse of Apprenticeships in America
    (Center for American Progress) — The United States lags behind its European counterparts in the use of apprenticeships, a proven workforce training tool that would help American busines....
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.

  • 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
    • PERRspectives Blog: Memo to Jonathan Turley: Obama's "So Sue Me" is not Bush's "Bring 'Em On" - [YouTube Video] House Republicans have announced that constitutional expert and George Washington University Professor Jonathan Turley will be their star witness in upcoming hearings regarding Speaker John Boehner's proposed lawsuit against President Obama. Turley's starring role may be an uncomfortable one. For starters, ... July 14 at 0:20 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
    • It’s Time’s Like This I Wish I Was a God-Fearing Christian… - … Because then I could rest comfortably knowing that these assholes would eventually burn in Hell: A federal appeals court ruled Tuesday that the government could not subsidize premiums for people in three dozen states that use the federal insurance exchange, a ruling that could upend President Obama’s health care ... July 22 at 9:3 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: Merkley: Birth control access is an economic issue - Yesterday, the Senate debated a bill to overturn the ridiculous Hobby Lobby decision that allows employers to declare a religious objection to complying with the federal law mandating birth control coverage in all insurance plans. Many conservatives have been running around saying that the decision doesn't bar anyone from ... July 17 at 16:0 Pacific Time
  • Immigration
    • NPI Advocate: LIVE from Detroit: Netroots Nation 2015 will be in Phoenix, Arizona next July 16th – 19th - Continuing a tradition begun last year in San Jose, Netroots Nation executive director Raven Brooks has chosen to reveal the location of next year’s convention on opening night so that early-bird ticket sales can begin while this year’s convention is still underway. Netroots Nation 2015 will be held in Phoenix, ... July 18 at 5:56 Pacific Time
    • BlueOregon: A decade of BlueOregon - Well, folks, it's been 10 years of BlueOregon. Hard to believe, actually, but it was on July 17, 2004, that we launched this little experiment. Since that time, we've had 10,317 posts from exactly 99 contributors and just over 1000 guest columnists. This little site has generated just over 14 million pageviews and over a ... July 17 at 12:0 Pacific Time
    • The Stranger Blog: My Parents Were So Excited About the New CEO of Microsoft - [Image] MICROSOFT CEO SATYA NADELLA Presiding over the largest layoffs in company history. When Satya Nadella was named CEO of Microsoft earlier this year, I received an excited phone call from my parents. "Did you hear the news? And he’s not just an Indian. He’s from Hyderabad," my mother squawked, referring ... July 22 at 13:25 Pacific Time
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