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PSU ELECTIONS 27.02.2005 12:38
Student body candidates at PSU call a "Student Alert"
psu elections 2005 Beware of what you hear in you classes Portland State Students. There is misinformation about the REAL Progressive candidates going around in the hallways.

Amanda Barron has been working hard to get rid of privacy pirates Higher One, a company that bought social security numbers, adresses and phone numbers of all students enrolled at PSU. She proposed a privacy bill to Senator Ringo out of Beaverton.

Barron/Craven - NOT the Progressive Candidates
As a candidate who is running on the opposing slate to Barron/Craven, I would just like t say that they are the ones misleading people. Using IMC to act as though they are progressive is completely absurd. Instead of using tactless language to tell you why they are NOT the progressives [because believe me I could], I can tell you why the Devaney/Woon slate is the REAL progressive slate.

more from the newswire -- Devaney/Woon endorsed by: [ PSU Green Party | Progressive Student Union | Students for Unity | Jewish Student Union ]

previous related: [ Barron-Craven Enters Campaign Proposing Real Solutions to Real Student Issues (2/14/05) | MasterCard Student IDs Incite Boycott and Walkout (11/20/04) | Portland State Outsources Financial Aid (10/19/04) ]


26.02.2005 20:30
Free Tri Met Rides? It Could Happen
Tonight as I was getting on the 20 I handed the driver my transfer. The ticket stated I validated it at E 162nd and that it expired at 6:15. Woozy and a bit cranky from selling plasma, I thought I had made it. But no. I handed my ticket to the driver (instead of slipping it into the ticket machine before he could examine it), such was my good faith. He peered at it over his glasses and said flatly "This is expired." "What time is it?" I asked, slightly dismayed. "6:17" he said, deadpan.

Even though I was weak from trading my precious fluid for a mere 20 Federal Reserve Notes, I wasn't about to spend a buck thirty-five more so some goblin could drive me home. My ill-conceived plan was to walk home just to show the bus driver that his stinky-pants attitude was not going to coerce any more dough out of my already cash-strapped-ass. I said something ineffective and indignant like "Whatever" and spun to storm off the bus. I could not however, because a woman with curly grey hair insisted on paying my fare and was blocking me like a goalie from leaving.

The woman came back to talk to me and I apologized for almost mowing her down and that I was just angry. Lo' and behold, like a Jehovah's Witness telling you that "God has a plan for you" when you are obviously having a bad day, the woman launched into a well rehearsed pitch about her website called http://www.freetrimetrides.com. She stated what I had always suspected was true... [ Read More ] [ freetrimetrides.com ]


environmental assault 26.02.2005 16:41
Water Board Gives Green Light for Logging in Freshwater and Elk Watersheds
Welcome to Freshwater Despite lack of facts, the Water Quality Board ok's more Maxxam logging above Freshwater Creek and Elk River.

Eureka, CA - Maxxam/Pacific Lumber will be allowed to clear-cut more steep hillsides in the blighted Freshwater and Elk River watersheds, the Regional Water board decided Friday. The decision flies in the face of independent scientific data that shows logging by Maxxam/PL is causing permanent damage to the two Northern California areas that are listed as sediment impaired under the Clean Water Act.

"At this point I am prepared to approve timber harvest plans that will allow Pacific Lumber Company to harvest up to 50 percent of the annual harvest limit set by the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection for these watersheds," said Catherine Kuhlman, the North Coast Regional Water Board's Executive Officer in a press release. "Staff inspections this week have assured me that excess sediment will not run off from those operations."


26.02.2005 01:17
Critical Mass Went Back to Normal...Police Issuing Frivolous Tickets
Photo 1a Besides the Mayor riding in Critical Mass last month, something unique happen on that misty night... no police issuing frivolous tickets. Instead the police appear curtoious to bicyclists riding in Critical Mass. Only six bicycle cops joined Critical Mass last month. Could this be the Mayor showing off his 'community policing' he preached about during the campaign? Could the Mayor have recognize that the City has wasted much of their resources with massive police escorts issuing frivoulous tickets, which ends up in court wasting tax payers money?

Sadly, tonight went back to the same old Critical Mass. Eleven motorcyle cops with two police cars escorted over fifty bicyclists ridging in Critical Mass

Critical Mass for dummies, by dingo the clown
It started out a pleasent day on Alberta street, lots of barking dogs and catterwalling kids. After all the days shinnannigins were done the idea came up of riding tall bikes downtown and visiting Critical Mass. Mayday the clown said he was into it and picked a bike out, so did I.

So I ran into the clown house, stabbed my finger in the peanut butter jar for my dinner,kissed my dog and scratched my wife,pulled my finger from my mouth and whala'Two big ass clowns are squeeking downtown on teetering tall bikes.

We rode down to the Max and had to enter from opposite ends.

I got to ride with the suburb kids who were on lots of what I expect were powder drugs, they were hooting and acting like tweaking chimps. Mayday got the end with the guy who suggested that tall bikes be used at his mental hospital. He never said exactly what role he played there or what the bikes should be used for.

We roll up to the park.

more stories! [ Critical Mass and your 1st Amendment | Possible incident on SE Clay between 9th and 10th ]


25.02.2005 09:45
The Battle to Save the Biscuit Heats Up: A call-to-action, direct & otherwise
View of valley from nearby, w/towns hidden under fog i just spent a week in Southern Oregon learning about the (so-called by the Forest Service) "Biscuit Fire Recovery Project" in the Siskiyou National Forest and the fight to stop it. i shot a bunch of video footage and will be putting out an indymedia film about what i saw and experienced, but that project will take a little while to complete, so in the meantime here's some text and photo reporting. (Photos are posted separately in a set of three.)

The basic facts about the Biscuit Fire, its effects, and the inappropriateness of the "recovery project" are not as well understood as they should be. As in most situations involving the relationship between people and their lifestyles on one hand and the environment and its natural cycles on the other, the truth is fairly simple, but has been clouded in the mainstream consciousness by the government and the corporate media, both of which kowtow to well-moneyed interests, in this case the timber industry. With the Biscuit, the stakes are high, and it's essential to pierce that fog of lies; in the bigger picture, it's not just that particular forest that's threatened, but the survival of all wild places remaining in the U.S. and hence of ourselves as a species.

Read on, and i'll share with you what i found and how you can help.

accompanying photos: [ 1 of 3: Fiddler | 2 of 3: Redwoods | 3 of 3: Briggs ]

related: [ how is fiddler mountain? ]

Who to contact to offer help: [ Siskiyou Project | Klamath-Siskiyou Wildlands Center | Oxygen Collective ]
In Portland: Cascadia Rising!, phone: 503.493.7495, email: action (at) cascadiarising (dot) org


nw resistance against genetic engineering 25.02.2005 06:19
Support Tillamook in their fight against Monsanto - an rBGH primer
oakhurst farmers pledge The evil forces of Monsanto are gathering at the coast to try to stop the Tillamook County Creamery Association from going rBGH free, and your words of encouragement are desperately needed to stop them! rBGH is not used in most other industrialized countries, including the European Union, Canada, Japan, and New Zealand. So, how did it get approved in the U.S.? The short answer is that there is a quite cozy revolving door relationship between the government and corporations.

To learn more about genetic engineering, NW RAGE invites you to hear author and activist Brian Tokar on Monday, Feb. 28 at the Food For Thought Caf? at PSU at 7 p.m. Brian will be discussing genetic engineering and Vermont's Town to Town Campaign urging a "Time Out on GMOs." Over the last four years, 79 towns have agreed that regulations are needed to protect Vermont farmers and food systems from genetic engineering. Come hear what is making this campaign a success and how we can help stop genetic engineering in Oregon.

homepage: www.nwrage.org


24.02.2005 17:39
Packed Public Workshop on Pacific Lumber Logging Plans
maxxam economis Maxxam Economics: A jam-packed audience attended a public workshop that aired concerns surrounding controversial logging plans by Maxxam/Pacific Lumber and the flooded-out residents who oppose them. In front of a standing room only crowd that spilled into the lobby, opposing sides gave their best to convince the North Coast Regional Water Board that they should - or shouldn't - approve permits for waste discharge for logging in two impaired Northern California valleys.

PL scientist Jeff Barrett tried to demonstrate that logging would help rather than further harm the heavily-logged area, saying "elimination of all harvest effects would do almost nothing to reduce flood frequency." "That's tobacco science," said McKinleyville resident Dr. Ken Miller. "Really, smoking is good for you." A fiery presentation by Humboldt Watershed Council president Mark Lovelace used PL's own documents to show it knew increased logging would cause flooding and lay-offs after the boom-and-bust timber cutting that followed Maxxam's hostile take-over of PL.

homepage: www.contrast.org/treesit


21.02.2005 13:40
Protest Tuesday: Build Community, not Brownstones, in Urban Greenspaces
Urgent call out for short-notice protest at the office of the developers who want to replace the gardens at the TLC Farm with asphalt. Eveiction proceedings have been under way and are going to conclude, soon! Meeting time and place:


21.02.2005 13:10
Tuesday Feb. 22: Support the J20 Arrestee with the most serious charges
At 9am [Tuesday February 22], Alex will be arraigned at Justice Center, courtroom 1. He won't be going into the Community Court Program, however, and will not be pleading guilty in exchange for community service. Instead, his case will be referred to the Multnomah Court House, to stand trial for misdemeanor charges of Harassing an Officer, and Trespassing.


21.02.2005 12:46
Free Radio Olympia Changes Frequency to 98.5 FM on March 1
Free Radio Olympia is changing our frequency again. We are moving to 98.5 MHz on March 1, 2005. This is not the first time we have had to move, and it will probably not be the last. Current FCC licensing activity is poised to pack the cracks and crevices of Olympia's dial with translator signals, rebroadcasting other radio stations, often from out of town.


20.02.2005 11:42
Disneyfication of the Wild - Disney Makes a Move
19.02.2005 09:58
Take Action Now! Portland Community Gardens Under Threat of Closing
Many of you may know that after thirty years, the Portland Parks Dept. is considering eliminating the Portland Community Gardens program.


19.02.2005 09:48
Defending the Wild: Biscuit Action Bulletin
Logging is imminent for the Fiddler timber sale and others part of the ongoing Biscuit salvage-logging project within the Siskiyou National Forest. The 9th Circuit Court of Appeals has lifted an injunction that had temporarily prevented timber harvests in these areas...


18.02.2005 10:59
At the City Hall meeting in Bend - Voices against WalMart
Mayor Friedman called the meeting to order. At that point he had us all stand and do the pledge of allegiance. Several proposals were presented and passed fairly quickly. Mayor Friedman then opended the discussion for citizens to speak with a three minute limit. Several people stood up and addressed the issue of WalMart:


18.02.2005 10:55
New Judge Hears Pacific Lumber Fraud Case
18.02.2005 10:54
Howard Dean and the people of Portland vs. Richard Perle
My school had received tickets to the Dean, Perle debate. Seeing that I was the most politically involved in the school, they gave me free tickets. Walking down the street, I wasn't sure what to expect. As the crowd moved into the theatre friends were talking loudly to each other. The house lights dimmed and the debate was ready to start. Dean was welcomed with a standing ovation, while Perle was greeted with a pity clap. Perle opened talking about how making reactions before we know the facts is a good thing. Of course, that was not a cloud pleaser. It was either this speech or the next speech that the crowd became involved. People started commenting on Perle's speech. People were getting pretty pissed off as well as I was, but I do respect the ground that everyone is entitled to their own opinion. All of a sudden, a man burst out of the crowd, and threw what looked like were boulders from where I was sitting, at Perle. He missed both times.


18.02.2005 10:48
*VICTORY*: Liberator Brewing Removes Foie Gras from Valentines Day Menu
Liberator Brewing in Troutdale, OR has made the responsible and compassionate choice to stop supporting the foie gras industry. They serve as a model for the rest of the world by raising personal and professional standards regarding the way we treat animals.


17.02.2005 11:04
The Terrorists Who Murdered My Brother
The pharmaceuticals industry, according to Congressional testimony by the FDA's own senior scientist in charge of drug safety, has so penetrated the regulatory agencies and halls of power that they can intimidate any scientist at FDA who too often refuses to approve their products.


17.02.2005 08:18
ELP Calls for Political Prisoner Support
Yesterday, as part of his plea bargain, American ALF activist Josh Demmitt handed himself into prison to begin a 30 month prison sentence for an arson against an animal testing facility.


16.02.2005 18:14
2/15/05 Jobs with Justice meeting on WalMart
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