Category Archives: 2013 February

News To Make You Furious- With Liberty and Justice for those who can afford it

Two things increased our ire this month, and it doesn’t take a very close look to see that they are intimately related.  It also doesn’t take a very close look to see the cancer that each exposes in a society … Continue reading

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Popcorn- BP spill almost returns to the news

Ahh, the agony of irony!  Two stories in the continuing saga of the BP destruction of the Gulf of Mexico happened this week, but neither made the news in any big way.  The first came out of New Orleans, where … Continue reading

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Popcorn- Portland considers city-wide sick leave policy

Everybody gets sick. But not everyone has the time to recover. 40% of people working in Portland don’t earn paid sick time while working – not a single day!  That’s not healthy for them, their workplaces, their families, their schools … Continue reading

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Popcorn- What’s the greenerer readerer?

It’s no secret that more people are reading electronically these days… Kindles, Nooks, and all the rest.  Have you considered which one is better if you want to reduce your footprint on Mother Earth?  Obviously it takes more resources to … Continue reading

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Popcorn- Employee has the ultimate job… for a while

When a software company did an internal audit they found one of their employees was showing a little too much initiative.  “Bob” was a star programmer earning a six-figure salary who had outsourced his own job to a Chinese software … Continue reading

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Humorousness- Laugh at an Oregonian Day

William Arthur Ward said “To make mistakes is human; to stumble is commonplace; to be able to laugh at yourself is maturity.”  Laughing at ourselves may or may not be maturity, but it keeps us humble, letting us see ourselves … Continue reading

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Book Spotlight- “With Liberty and Justice For Some” by Glen Greenwald

In our “News To Make You Furious” column this month, we told you about the recent HSBC settlement and a FrontLine documentary on why no one has been criminally prosecuted in the Wall Street crash.  We also said we have … Continue reading

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Sellwood Bridge Update- Come try the like-new Bridge!

We’ll be pretty lean on the Bridge Update this month because all the interesting stuff is in our Feature photo essay on the Big Move.  We want to extend an invitation to come down and try the like-new bridge (it’s … Continue reading

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Health Notes- Are you living with “Presenteeism”?

Portland is currently considering new sick-leave rules that would require companies to provide at least 5 days of sick leave per employee per year.  This seems like a measure that just makes sense… after all, do you want to work … Continue reading

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Shop Talk- How to know what’s coming up for your vehicle

The pudgy prognosticator from Pennsylvania, Punxsutawney Phil, promised us an early Spring this year.  Soon, weekends won’t be just for depression and microbrews; there’s every possibility that we will be seeing the lush and green Oregon we all love. Don’t … Continue reading

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