Category Archives: 2012 March

News To Make You Furious- Depleted Uranium: Our billion year gift to the world.

In the 1970s, the Soviet military developed armor plating for their tanks that regular ammunition couldn’t penetrate. The Pentagon began looking for metals to make denser armor-piercing projectiles, and finally settled on depleted uranium (DU).  DU is a byproduct of nuclear … Continue reading

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Popcorn- Living Wage Calculator

Many American families working in low-wage jobs don’t earn enough to make ends meet. How much is enough?  This living wage calculator estimates the cost of living for every community in the US. The calculator catalogs expenses for food, child … Continue reading

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Tom’s Tidbits- Am I just a shill for Saddam?

Greetings! I’m not afraid to take strong stances on political and social issues.  Today’s environment usually finds me in the camp of the Progressives, but does that make me a shill for Progressive positions?  Do I mindlessly parrot propaganda, or … Continue reading

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“What NOW?!!” Toons for March… You can’t see this one anywhere but here

   

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A Progressive Face In the Mayor’s Race- Mr. Smith goes to Portland… hopefully.

The Oregon State Legislature was running late, which meant District 47 Representative Jefferson Smith was running late too.   Smith is one of the three leading candidates for the Portland Mayoral election in May, but even after a long day at … Continue reading

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Surprises in Vehicle Reliability- Who Makes The Most Reliable Vehicles On The Road?

When we’re asked what vehicles are best for reliability, we typically say “Toyota and Honda first, then American cars.  Stay away from European manufacturers.” Things are changing, though.  This article published in the February 20 Washington Post Business section tells … Continue reading

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KPOJ Beavers Baseball- What’s the deal with the new KPOJ programming?

Our world was rocked in February when KPOJ started carrying Beavers Baseball.  Every week until the end of May, they’ll be carrying between 2 and 5 games spreading through the week and weekend.   We aren’t pleased about it and judging … Continue reading

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Shop Talk- How You Can Save Money On Our Services

We all work hard for our money, and it’s never been more important to stretch it as far as possible.  However, it doesn’t pay to be a coupon shopper when it comes to auto repair.  If your brakes need to … Continue reading

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Health Notes- Medical Uses of the Birth Control Pill

The current flap about insurance coverage of contraceptives has focused on the obvious birth-control aspects, but the other health benefits of hormonal contraceptives seem to be almost casually dismissed.  To fix this, we decided to devote this month’s “Health Notes” … Continue reading

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Drew’s Kitchen- Lobster Ravioli in a Fennel-and-Chervil-Infused Nage

Last month’s recipe for Creamy Cheese Risotto was such a hit that we decided to follow up with another fairly challenging recipe.  This recipe from Drew’s cooking buddy Emeril Lagasse isn’t a mix-chill-serve quickie.  It will take attention and work, … Continue reading

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