Category Archives: 2013 July

Tom’s Tidbits- Snowden and the NSA… keep your eye on the ball

Greetings! Did Edward Snowden watch and learn from the lessons of Bradley Manning?  More importantly, have we? Manning leaked information to WikiLeaks anonymously, and it wasn’t until his arrest two months later that we learned his name.  That was the … Continue reading

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Keith Tucker’s “What NOW?!! Toon” for July

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Orwell Was An Optimist

The best articles on the evolving NSA scandal Edward Snowden’s allegations about the NSA are so serious and pervasive that the only person who looks to have been ahead of the curve is Alex Jones, the conspiracy-theorist whack job.  Unfortunately, … Continue reading

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”Idiot lights”? Only if you don’t understand them!

What do your dashboard warning lights mean? Some people call them “idiot lights” but they’re more properly called “dashboard warning lights”… they’re the Christmas Tree display of lights that come on every time you start your car.  If everything’s running … Continue reading

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“1998 and Newer” isn’t for everyone

If you’re an existing client, we’ll gladly work on your older cars! While most shops will work on anything that limps into the lot, we limit new clients with older vehicles (currently older than 1998).  We have good reasons for … Continue reading

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Drew’s Kitchen- Kelley’s Creamed Potatoes & Peas

Celebrity watchers at the first Sellwood Park Summer Concert may have caught a glimpse of Drew enjoying a picnic with his entourage.  Perfect weather, perfect picnic, perfect music; all inspiration for this perfect picnic side dish recipe.   This one’s been … Continue reading

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Shop Talk- Calendar nominations, road trip tips, and an indestructible kitten

Call for Nominations- 2014 Tom Dwyer Charitable Giving Calendar! We always feel a little silly this time of year because, even though you’re finally enjoying the sun for the first time in 8 months, we’re about to ask you about … Continue reading

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Health Notes- The sweetener that gives monkeys tumors

Here’s a situation we’ve all been in… you’re working in a lab on an anti-ulcer drug, but you create a methyl ester of a phenylalanine/aspartic acid dipeptide.  You accidently spill some of it, but instead of cleaning it up with … Continue reading

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Sellwood Bridge Update- What’s missing in this picture?

Portland weather reports are pretty boring through the summer.  They’re always “sunny and warm, with a slight chance of widely scattered showers”.  The reports may be dull but you know it means the weather will be nice.  It’s kinda the … Continue reading

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Book Spotlight- Surprise! No one’s innocent

One of the most common rationalizations from the citizenry to permit continued surveillance is that “If you don’t have anything to hide, then it doesn’t matter if the government is watching you”.  Maybe, but “not having anything to hide” isn’t … Continue reading

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