Tom Dwyer Automotive http://tomdwyer.com Portland's Best Auto Repair - Now Servicing 1998+ Vehicles Wed, 01 Oct 2014 00:39:44 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.9.2 Tom’s Tidbits- Cops and Courts gone wild http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/toms-tidbits-cops-courts-gone-wild/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/toms-tidbits-cops-courts-gone-wild/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:10:47 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16202 Greetings! Now that the protests and over-the-top police actions have stopped in Ferguson, Missouri, the story has all but dropped from the headlines. Deprived of potential “if it bleeds it leads” video, the media swarm has moved on to greener … Continue reading

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Now that the protests and over-the-top police actions have stopped in Ferguson, Missouri, the story has all but dropped from the headlines. Deprived of potential “if it bleeds it leads” video, the media swarm has moved on to greener pastures and left the people of Ferguson to deal with their problems. But the problems in Ferguson didn’t just appear out of a vacuum. They’re problems that inevitably result when a government (literally and metaphorically) keeps kicking citizens, year in and year out, and telling them it’s just the way government is supposed to work. Ferguson’s problems, to varying degrees, are our problems all across the country. They’ve been simmering for years, but Ferguson was just where they happened to boil over.RestOfNewsletter

Amid the flashbangs and tear gas, little attention was paid to one of the major contributing factors to the Ferguson uprising… the abusive way their courts levy fines. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled people can’t be sent to jail simply for being too poor to pay fines and fees. Someone could only be sentenced if they had the money and “willfully” refused to pay, but the justices did not define what that meant and they certainly didn’t limit the size or nature of the fees. Municipal court fines are the second highest source of revenue in Ferguson, overwhelmingly targeting low-income people who become trapped in a cycle of unpaid tickets, arrest warrants, and fines. Courts in Ferguson, a city of 21,135 people, issued 24,532 warrants in 2013, or three warrants per household. Again, this is not just an isolated problem in a small Missouri town, it is representative of a pattern in municipalities across the country.

Cops-then-and-nowAnother problem that faces us all was on full and ugly display in Ferguson’s residential streets… the militarization of our police. The image of SWAT robots lounging on tanks before squaring off against rock-and-bottle-throwing protestors is something we should never have to see in America, but it’s something we should all be getting used to by now. (Remember Occupy?) It’s happening in every state, in large cities and small towns, and it’s not happening because cops suddenly need better tools to deal with a suddenly universally violent and well-armed America. It’s happening because of money. Defense contractors see money to be made pumping military hardware onto city streets, so that’s exactly what they’re doing, and they’ll continue to do it as long as the money is there. This powerful hardware, in the hands of people with no need or training to use it, is a literal powder keg waiting to explode.

Courts and police exist solely to serve the people. If the people can’t trust their courts and police then the basic assumptions of a stable society, much less a free society, are invalidated. It is unreasonable to expect anyone to behave as though they lived with the rule of law when the reality they live with every day proves they don’t. I chose to devote this month’s newsletter to examining a few of the biggest issues of police in today’s America. Last month, these country-wide problems surfaced in Ferguson. Next month, unless things change, there’ll be another rupture somewhere else. This month, please join me in taking a deeper look at the issues that are simmering around all of us, and join me in thinking about what all of us can do to fix them.

Take Care and Make a Great Day!

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Keith Tucker’s WHAT NOW?!! Toon for September http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/sep2014whatnow/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/sep2014whatnow/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:10:26 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16203 The post Keith Tucker’s WHAT NOW?!! Toon for September appeared first on Tom Dwyer Automotive.

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You Have The Right To Be Pacified http://tomdwyer.com/2014/home/right-pacified/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/home/right-pacified/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:09:57 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16204 Police Militarization There’s an old theater saying that if there’s a gun is on the mantle in a play’s first act, it will be used by the third act.  For years, police around the country have been stocking their mantles … Continue reading

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Police Militarization

Feature- Mil PoliceThere’s an old theater saying that if there’s a gun is on the mantle in a play’s first act, it will be used by the third act.  For years, police around the country have been stocking their mantles with body armor, batons, tear gas, shotguns, automatic weapons, and armored vehicles.  The Battle in Seattle, Occupy, Ferguson, and thousands of smaller, unnamed actions around the country are sounding a loud warning… the mantle is full, and the third act in this drama could be pretty ugly.

RestOfNewsletterPoverty, racism, corruption and more were on full display in Ferguson last month.  These issues are all inextricably linked, and combined form a broken system that at best doesn’t serve, and at worst preys upon, people who have no option but to deal with it.   From this tangled mess of civic collapse we pulled one thread to look at in more detail this month, one that we all face regardless of race, economic status, or location… the problem of Police Militarization.

TMW2014-08-20colorOur current system of policing is built on the ideas of Sir Robert Peel and the principles he established for an ethical police force.  His concepts have been described as “unique in history and throughout the world, because it derived, not from fear, but almost exclusively from public co-operation with the police, induced by them designedly by behavior which secures and maintains for them the approval, respect and affection of the public”.  Peel believed the police were inextricable parts of the community, and that this connection gave them their strength.  Increasing police militarization is endangering that foundational concept.  Aside from the equipment that inherently separates police from their community, current police culture has moved to an “us vs. them” format that views citizens as an enemy to be defended against.

Police militarization is a huge issue.  It has many contributing factors that can’t be teased apart, and these complex motivations mean the issue will continue for a long time to come.  However, we assembled some of the best insights we’ve been able to find in the wake of Ferguson.  We hope they can give you a broader perspective on the police and the problems we all face as we try to better define their role in our communities and our lives.  And, surprisingly, you’ll see several options for what we as citizens can do about this problem.

Overview

First, here are a couple articles that describe the shape and extent of the militarization problem

Much of the problem with militarized police is the face it presents to citizens.

What kind of weapons are we talking about, where are they coming from, and where are they going?

Why is this happening?police-militarized1

Opinions from talking heads and public officials

Militarization around the country

It’s not like Ferguson was an isolated incident.  Here are stories from around the country of SWAT and Police going way over the line.  Unfortunately, it’s too easy to find many, many more.

Police attitude matters in every interaction from a traffic ticket to a potential riot situation.  Tensions in Ferguson ratcheted down when Captain Ronald Johnson and the Missouri State Police took over security from the locals.  What was Capt. Johnson’s attitude toward policing?  “When I see a young lady cry because of fear of this uniform, that’s a problem. We’ve got to solve that,” Johnson said.

More on how a change in attitude affected the situation on the ground…

What’s coming next?

 What can we do to end this?

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YES on GMO Labeling… YES on 92!    http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/yes-gmo-labeling-yes-92/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/yes-gmo-labeling-yes-92/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:09:35 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16205 Who decides what’s in YOUR food? Last year, the national political spotlight fell on Washington State as they tried to pass Initiative 522 requiring labeling of GMO products.  November will be Oregon’s turn as we attempt to join Vermont, Maine, … Continue reading

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Who decides what’s in YOUR food?

Feature 2- GMOsLast year, the national political spotlight fell on Washington State as they tried to pass Initiative 522 requiring labeling of GMO products.  November will be Oregon’s turn as we attempt to join Vermont, Maine, and Connecticut in getting a handle on GMO foods.  Measure 92 would require LABELING, not restriction, of foods containing GMO ingredients.  This is an important point, as we emphasized to someone who had voted against Washington’s 522 because of science on GMOs…

RestOfNewsletter“522 would have only required labeling of the products.  Even if one grants the benign nature of GMOs and the gullibility of GMO opponents, every person should have access to the tools to make informed choices about the products they buy, especially on something as intimate and vital as food.

Health effects (real or imagined) aren’t the only reasons someone may want to avoid GMOs…  they may want to support local, organic farms, they may not want to support the companies that produce GMOs, and there may be many more reasons.  It may not be appropriate to restrict the production of GMOs, but neither is it appropriate to deny the power of choice to individuals.

522 would have empowered choice without restricting access.  I think it was a good solution, and I’m sorry it was defeated.”

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Map of states with pending GMO rules

Food labels are important.  They offer information ranging from sugar and sodium levels, to whether flavors are natural or artificial, to whether meat is wild or farm-raised.  Most people don’t need all this information, but then they’re free to ignore it.  For the people who care, who want to make decisions for themselves rather than outsourcing decisions to government or business, the information is critical.  It’s Oregon’s turn in the spotlight this November… can you help us shine?

Speaking of information, our friends at Oregon Right to Know, OSPIRG, and Rising Tide Interactive took the time to answer some questions about Measure 92, what enemies it’s facing, and how you can help it pass.  Thanks for the info, folks, and good luck on the campaign!

What is Measure 92?

This summer, more than 155,000 Oregonians signed a petition to a GMO labeling initiative on the ballot in our state. Measure 92 requires the labeling of all raw and packaged foods containing genetically engineered ingredients, or GMOs. That means the measure would apply to food containing DNA that has been altered in a laboratory via engineering or biotechnology. There’s a lot we don’t know about GMOs, including health and environmental implications. What we do know is that Oregon families have the right to make informed choices about what they are eating.

Both California and Washington have come close to passing similar initiatives. In 2012, Proposition 37 was defeated in California, coming close with 49% of the vote share.  In 2013, Washington’s Initiative 522 was defeated 52 to 48 percent. Pro-labeling groups were outspend in California and Washington and thus faced similar uphill battles. They were opposed by a number of big agribusiness companies and front groups, including Monsanto, Dow, Syngenta and the Grocery Manufacturers Association, who spent tens of millions of dollars to confuse and mislead voters about labeling.  If Measure 92 succeeds, Oregon could become the first state to pass GMO-labeling by popular vote.

Why label genetically modified foods?

Labeling genetically modified foods is a common sense measure. Oregonians have the right to know what is in the food that they eat, and they can’t make informed choices without informative labels. Labeling GMO foods would aid shoppers who are worried about the potential effects of increased pesticides and herbicides decide which products they want to buy.  Sixty-four other countries, including many of our major trade partners, have already put similar labeling laws in place. All of the nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia, and China have GMO labeling laws. American food companies are already required to label the foods that they export to those countries.

Who is Yes on 92 up against?

The No on 92 Coalition is made up of Big Food and chemical industry giants including Monsanto, Dow, and DuPont. The companies make an enormous profit from selling genetically modified foods, and they fear that a GMO labeling law would threaten their bottom line. These companies are ready to spend big to bombard the airwaves in hopes of torpedoing Measure 92.  According to a poll conducted by the New York Times, 93% of Americans support GMO labeling and three-quarters of Americans expressed concern about the effects GMOs on their health. Given these statistics how did Proposition 37 in California and Initiative 522 in Washington fail? In both states pro-labeling was initially polling better. These numbers took a nosedive after corporate money and the anti-labeling lobby started flooding the airwaves with their massive disinformation campaigns. Many observers cite a heavy advertising presence from the opposition leading up to the election as the reason for the eventual defeat of the referendums. In both states, labeling opponents were able to convince voters that the labeling bills were poorly written and would only increase bureaucracy, causing grocery prices to go up for consumers.  Yes on 92 is currently leading in the polls, but this is no time to rest on our laurels. The No on 92 Coalition recently placed $1.8 million ad buy to blanket the Oregon airwaves with the same kind of ads that helped defeat labeling measures in California and Washington. With their corporate profits on the line, Big Food and chemical corporations are willing to say anything and spend any amount to prevent consumers from knowing what is in their food.

How can you help?

The easiest, most direct way to help is to VOTE YES on MEASURE 92.  You can click here to pledge to vote yes on Measure 92 right now, but don’t forget to get your ballot in in November!

You can also sign a petition here telling retailers to label Monsanto’s Genetically Engineered Sweet Corn.

The harder, but more effective way to make a difference is to educate yourself and help the movement.  “Yes on 92” needs volunteers to spread the word on the campaign.  Click here to get all the facts on GMOs from “Right To Know GMO”, and then click here to find out how you can volunteer.

Finally, what may be the toughest hurdle… “Yes on 92” needs to be ready to counter these massive attacks from Big Food. Click here to make a secure online contribution – even $5 really helps!

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“How Much Ya Got” becomes “Gimme More”!       http://tomdwyer.com/2014/home/much-ya-got-becomes-gimme/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/home/much-ya-got-becomes-gimme/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:09:11 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16206 Corrupt and abusive court fines Riot police and SWAT cops were the public face of government in Ferguson, but they weren’t the only source of friction.  Fergusonians have for years been preyed upon by a judicial system not designed to … Continue reading

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Corrupt and abusive court fines

Feature- Corrupt CourtsRiot police and SWAT cops were the public face of government in Ferguson, but they weren’t the only source of friction.  Fergusonians have for years been preyed upon by a judicial system not designed to dispense justice but to fund municipal government on the backs of the poorest citizens.    Municipal court fines are the second highest source of revenue in Ferguson, overwhelmingly targeting low-income people who become trapped in a cycle of unpaid tickets, arrest warrants, and fines.  Courts in Ferguson, a city of 21,135 people, issued 24,532 warrants in 2013, or three warrants per household.  A court system that can’t be trusted by the people is nothing more than oppression under color of justice but again, like the militarization of Ferguson’s police, this is not just an isolated problem in a small Missouri town.  It is representative of a pattern in municipalities across the country, and it’s something every citizen should know about…RestOfNewsletter

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled people can’t be sent to jail simply for being too poor to pay fines and fees.  A person could only be sentenced if they had the money and “willfully” refused to pay, but the justices did not define what that meant and they certainly didn’t limit the size or nature of the fees.  Here’s how courts in Ferguson and around the country are driving a budget-shaped truck through that loophole…

Introduction to criminalization of poverty by Brave New Films

Ferg graphHow America turned poverty into a crime, Barbara Ehrenreich, Salon

As Court Fees Rise, The Poor Are Paying The Price, Joseph Shapiro, NPR

The criminalization of poverty,  Radley Balko, The Washington Post

Ferguson Sets Broad Change for City Courts,  Frances Robles, The New York Times

A Matter of Life and Death: The Danger of an Out-of-Control State,  Norm Ornstein, The Atlantic

Rising Court Fees Are Throwing The Poor In Debtors PrisonThe Gothamist

Rising Court Fees Make Being Poor A CrimeMatt Staggs, Disinformation

Court Fees Drive Many Poor Defendants UndergroundJoseph Shapiro, NPR

Poor People Going to JAIL Because They Can’t Pay Rising Fines and Court Fees Many Don’t Know ExistIgor Derysh, Latest.com

The criminalization of povertyRadley Balko, The Washington Post

And why, why, why does any of this matter?

The truth about public trust in government, Charles Barclay Roger, OpenDemocracy

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Drew’s Kitchen- Linguine Milano http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/drews-kitchen-linguine-milano/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/drews-kitchen-linguine-milano/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:08:50 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16207 Linguine Milano Ingredients:  8 oz. uncooked linguine ¼ cup chopped onions 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning ¾ cup milk 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese 1 cup slivered ham 1 cup frozen peas, thawed 3 Tbsp … Continue reading

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Ingredients: 

  • 8 oz. uncooked linguine
  • ¼ cup chopped onions
  • 1 tsp dried Italian seasoning
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese, shredded
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup slivered ham
  • 1 cup frozen peas, thawed
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
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Preparation:

  • Cook linguine as indicated on package.  Drain and keep warm.
  • Melt butter in saucepan.  Sauté onion and garlic until tender.  Blend in flour and Italian seasoning.  Gradually stir in milk.
  • Cook and stir over medium heat until mixture comes to a boil and thickens.  Remove from heat.
  • Add cheese and stir until melted.  Add ham and peas; reheat.
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Pour over linguine and toss well.
  • Makes 4 servings.

 

 

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Shop Talk- Get yesterday’s labor rate TODAY! http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/shop-talk-get-yesterdays-labor-rate-today/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/shop-talk-get-yesterdays-labor-rate-today/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:08:35 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16208 Get YESTERDAY’S Labor Rate TODAY! We have a special offer this month that will be especially attractive to our longest-term clients.  Remember what our labor rate was years ago?  You can get that same labor rate today.  Bring us the … Continue reading

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Get YESTERDAY’S Labor Rate TODAY!

OldTimeyPricing OfferWe have a special offer this month that will be especially attractive to our longest-term clients.  Remember what our labor rate was years ago?  You can get that same labor rate today.  Bring us the oldest invoice you can find, and if you schedule your vehicle for service before November 21, 2014 then that’s the labor rate you’ll get.  (Can’t be combined with other offers, and savings are capped at $100 maximum).  It’s a fun trip down a less expensive memory lane, and we invite you to take the trip.  Come on in!RestOfNewsletter

Referral Reward Program Quarterly Spotlight-

September-2014-Bee-Ad-v1We’ve been very pleased with month 6 of our Referral Reward program.  15 donations went out this month to groups doing good work in Portland and around the world.   Our new total stands at 86 new clients and donations of over $3300 to the causes you care about.  A brief recap of the Program…  Every time someone comes in and says they were referred by you, we write a check to the non-profit group of your choice (up to $50).  Not only do we make that initial donation, but each group is eligible for quarterly and yearly awards as well.  We’d like to thank you once again, tell you the groups our clients have contributed to in September, and introduce you to our next quarterly award winner…

September’s Referral Reward Groups…

Lifewater International          Girl Scouts          Planned Parenthood

Oregon Food Bank (5th,6th)          Janus Youth Programs

Bonneville Environmental          Lewis Elementary PTA

Work for Art          Menucha Conference Center

Humane Society (4th, 5th,6th)         Raphael House of Portland

Grout Elementary PTA

 …and congratulations to our second Quarterly Spotlight group-

JANUS YOUTH PROGRAMS!

logo-janusSince originating in 1972 as a Multnomah County demonstration project providing residential care for adolescents struggling with homelessness and drug abuse, Janus Youth Programs has provided a second chance for at-risk youth with few resources, and no place to turn for help.

JanusToday, we have grown to become one of the largest nonprofits in the Northwest operating more than 40 different programs that span Oregon and Washington. Many Janus programs are regarded as best practice models and have been replicated both in and out of the United States.

A 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation, Janus is independently audited and meets or exceeds reporting requirements on all of its funding contracts. 87¢ of every dollar contributed goes directly into our nationally recognized programs.

Your reviews and referrals matter

AskForReviewButtonWe are constantly grateful for the supportive and loyal clients we have developed over the years.  Your comments and appreciation keep us on the right road to providing the superior automotive service you deserve.  Your reviews and referrals are not only the highest compliments we can receive, but they’re the lifeblood of our new business.  If you like what you’ve found at Tom Dwyer Automotive Services, please tell a friend or take a minute to write a review on YelpAngieslistGoogle, or the review site of your choice. Thank you!

Another Automotive Oddity

In our occasional look at some of the less common issues we encounter here at the shop, we bring you these pictures of a recently relocated rodent condominium.  A client came to us complaining about a funky smell coming from their RAV-4 and it didn’t take long to trace the source to their cabin air filter.  The picture on the left shows the damage they did to the filter itself, while the picture on the right shows the pile of plastic and paper strips making up their nest.  We cleaned up the damage, replaced the filter, and sprayed it with a chemical to discourage future move-ins.  Remember, no matter how odd your automotive problem might be, we can probably help.

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Latest Automotive Recalls

RecallListButtonAutomobiles are just like any other product; occasional flaws in manufacture or design can cause problems once they leave the factory.  When an issue is identified the manufacturers and government work hard to bring the vehicles back in for refit or repair, but not all recalls make the front pages.  The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration maintains a constantly updated list of recalls from every manufacturer.  The last month’s recalls are below, but clicking the button at left will take you to the full list at the NHTSA website.

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Health Notes-  GMO Debate… SOLVED! http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/health-notes-gmo-debate-solved/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/health-notes-gmo-debate-solved/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:08:21 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16209 We hope you read our Feature story this month “YES on Measure 92”, about the GMO Labeling bill in Oregon.  Questions abound on both sides as to the safety and other aspects of GMOs, so as a public service we … Continue reading

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aaaHealthNotesButtonWe hope you read our Feature story this month “YES on Measure 92”, about the GMO Labeling bill in Oregon.  Questions abound on both sides as to the safety and other aspects of GMOs, so as a public service we decided to devote this month’s “Health Notes” to definitively deciding who’s right.  Well… not really.  GMOs are controversial in part because they represent a new and emerging field, with the first GMO product brought to market only 20 years ago.  The effects of the technology aren’t yet apparent to even to the scientists and farmers who work with it every day, much less to the people who are paid to market it or the people trying to make their best decisions about what to eat based on stuff they found on the internet.RestOfNewsletter

When faced with an insoluble problem like this we’ve found the best way is to let the flag bearers battle it out and let you decide who won.  So, in the battle for your Health this month we have two contenders…

GMOAnswers-logoIn one corner, representing the “Pro-GMO” side, is GMO Answers.  This website is brought to you by the transnational corporations who produce GMO’s and have your best interests at heart, including companies like BASF, Bayer CropScience, Dow, Dupont, Monsanto, and Syngenta.  It’s full of double-speak, happy talk, and half-answers, but if you want all the real science supporting GMO’s (and there’s lots of it) then they’ll be sure to have it.  Stuff opposing… not so much.  And there are many questions about GMOs they don’t bother to address.

NonGMO-logoAnd in the other corner, representing the “Anti-GMO” side, is the NON-GMO Project.  This scrappy little website is brought to you by people who may actually have your best interests at heart, but, unfortunately, may not have science on their side.  They mix good (but unanswered) questions about GMOs with debunked science, tantalizing studies, and anecdotal evidence to show why GMO’s may not be the panacea the agri-companies would have you believe.  They can’t prove GMO’s are bad, but they may be able to prove more research is needed.

And there you have it, two groups bringing their best, most detailed arguments to the table on the value (or lack thereof) of GMO foods.  Get ready to rumble!

(Of course, please remember that Oregon’s Measure 92 would only require LABELLING, not banning, of GMOs.  In our humble opinion, this seems like a very good compromise until the science is definitive.  Get the information you need, then YOU decide!)

 

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Sellwood Bridge Update- The Bridge Arches are done http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/sellwood-bridge-update-bridge-arches-done/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/sellwood-bridge-update-bridge-arches-done/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:08:08 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16210 If you’re interested in the Sellwood Bridge construction, then you’ll be interested in a major milestone that just passed.  It didn’t happen at the construction site, but across the Columbia in Vancouver.  Thompson Metal Fabricating just finished building the gigantic … Continue reading

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If you’re interested in the Sellwood Bridge construction, then you’ll be interested in a major milestone that just passed.  It didn’t happen at the construction site, but across the Columbia in Vancouver.  Thompson Metal Fabricating just finished building the gigantic arches that will be the backbone of the new bridge.  The arches will be delivered by barge in early 2015, and traffic should be flowing on the new bridge in late 2015 or early 2016.  Just click below to read OPB’s great article on it.RestOfNewsletter

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Click here for OPB’s story on the completed steel arches

As always, Multnomah County maintains the definitive website on everything related to the Sellwood Bridge Replacement project, www.sellwoodbridge.org.  Construction and closure alerts, archived information, and other resources are all available 24/7 for your convenience.  If you’re looking for something that’s not on the website, you can contact Mike Pullen (mike.j.pullen@multco.us503-209-4111) or visit www.sellwoodbridge.org.

 

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Book Spotlight- Spotlight on Police Militarization http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/book-spotlight-spotlight-police-militarization/ http://tomdwyer.com/2014/newsletters/book-spotlight-spotlight-police-militarization/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:07:48 +0000 http://tomdwyer.com/?p=16211 Our Book Spotlight this month shines brightly on one of the problems in Ferguson, Missouri, that we’re facing around the country.  Officer Friendly is dead, and our streets are patrolled by SWAT robots with a “kick it in and ask … Continue reading

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MonthlyNL- BookSpotlightOur Book Spotlight this month shines brightly on one of the problems in Ferguson, Missouri, that we’re facing around the country.  Officer Friendly is dead, and our streets are patrolled by SWAT robots with a “kick it in and ask questions later” mentality.  Supported by a steady flow of money and equipment from the Military-Industrial complex, it’s a problem that is unlikely to disappear anytime soon and will undoubtedly get worse before it RestOfNewslettergets better.  It’s a serious and complex issue, so this month we bring you two of the best books we could find on the subject.  (Don’t get caught with them!)  Clicking the link will take you to the Powells.com site for each book, and a visit to our shop will take you to these books and more in our extensive, in-shop lending library.

Rise-of-Warrior-CopRise of the Warrior Cop: The Militarization of America’s Police Forces By Radley Balko

The last days of colonialism taught America’s revolutionaries that soldiers in the streets bring conflict and tyranny. As a result, our country has generally worked to keep the military out of law enforcement. But according to investigative reporter Radley Balko, over the last several decades, America’s cops have increasingly come to resemble ground troops. The consequences have been dire: the home is no longer a place of sanctuary, the Fourth Amendment has been gutted, and police today have been conditioned to see the citizens they serve as an other—an enemy.

In Rise of the Warrior Cop, Balko shows how politicians’ ill-considered policies and relentless declarations of war against vague enemies like crime, drugs, and terror have blurred the distinction between cop and soldier. His fascinating, frightening narrative shows how over a generation, a creeping battlefield mentality has isolated and alienated American police officers and put them on a collision course with the values of a free society.

swat-madness-bookSWAT Madness and the Militarization of the American Police:  A National Dilemma by Jim Fisher

In the United States, military-style police enforcement is fast becoming the norm—even the smallest police departments now field costly SWAT units. While the fact that police forces have increased capabilities to deal with urgent or dangerous situations may seem positive, this type of aggressive response is problematic; court settlements regarding excessive SWAT raids cost law enforcement agencies millions of dollars every year, not to mention that these brute-force strategies often traumatize, injure, and kill innocent people.

This book takes an unprecedented look into the realities of zero-tolerance, militaristic policing, the tactics and equipment used, the problematic “crime warrior” mindset at play, and the statistical evidence of its ineffectiveness. The author’s professional experience in criminology and scholarly knowledge of the topic enables him to candidly address common concerns about utilizing paramilitary law enforcement and special weapons and tactics (SWAT) units in routine, low-risk police work, such as the general loss of freedom, the often tragic results of excessive force, and the effects on race relations.

Written by a former FBI agent and criminal justice professor who has followed policing trends for 35 years, this is the first book to address the issue of SWAT team overuse.

 

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