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April 8, 2013 10:47 AM

Hopalong Cassidy needs a new leg and local rescue group Save the Pets is raising money for the pup's surgery.

According to the video information on YouTube, "A woman who lives in Silverton found Cassidy dodging traffic on Interstate5! She put him on Craigslist and a man in Albany took Cassidy to foster him so that he wouldn't go to the pound. Cassidy's femur is broken in 2 places. He needs to see a specialist and then get surgery. we need to raise donations so that we can pay for this." 

Money can be donated for the surgery through the Youcaring.com fundraising site. About $4,ooo needs to be raised, and the site has raised almost $700 so far.

UPDATE

Sondra Arrache of Save the Pets reports that Cassidy is at Oregon Veterinary Referral Associates and the group has enough for Cassideny's surgery. 

April 4, 2013 05:11 PM

Daniel McGowan's recent Huffington Post blog post about the secretive federal Communications Management Unit that he was held in might have landed him back in prison, the Huff Po is reporting.

McGowan's wife Jenny Synan "told HuffPost that she asked a BOP official why her husband had been re-imprisoned after his release to a halfway house in December. She said the official told her that the HuffPost article violated a term of his release that restricted him from interacting with the media."

McGowan was sentenced in 2007 to seven years in prison for participating in ecologically motivated arsons in Oregon as part of what the FBI called Operation Backfire, which involved property destruction across the Northwest. No one was injured in any of the actions, but McGowan and others were given terrorism enhancements on their sentences. 

In late August 2008 he was transferred from FCI-Sandstone, a low security prison in Minnesota, to the CMU at USP-Marion, which was created to monitor so-called terrorist prisoners. McGowan had issued updates from prison speaking out on environmental issues,  appeared on a calendar featuring political prisoners and was the subject of a then in-progress documentary film. If a Tree Falls went on to garner an Oscar nomination.

McGowan's April 1 blog post, written while in a Brooklyn halfway house, details his time at the CMU. He writes: 

The units are designed to isolate prisoners from the rest of the prisoner population, and more importantly, from the rest of the world.  They impose strict limitations on your phone calls home and visits from family and friends -- you have far less access to calls and visits than in general population.  The communications restrictions at the CMUs are, in some respects, harsher than those at ADX, the notorious federal  "Supermax" prisonin Colorado.  Also, unlike ADX, they are not based on a prisoners'  disciplinary violations. When my wife and loved ones visited me at the CMUs, we were banned from any physical contact whatsoever.  All interactions where conducted over a telephone, with Plexiglas  and bars between us.  Until they were threatened with legal action, CMU prisoners were only allowed one single 15-minute phone call per week.

McGowan's attorneys released a statement on the The Center for Constitutional Rights's website saying

Daniel McGowan is back in BOP custody. He was taken by federal marshals from his halfway house this morning, and brought to the Metropolitan Detention Center. We have received information that this was triggered by an opinion piece he published on the Huffington Post Monday, and we are currently trying to confirm this and learn more about the situation. We were unable to meet with him today because, we were informed, he was being processed. We will seek to meet with him tomorrow and follow all avenues to secure his release. The name of the piece is “Court Documents Prove I Was Sent to Communication Management Units (CMU) for My Political Speech.” If this is indeed a case of retaliation for writing an article about the BOP retaliating against his free speech while he was in prison, it is more than ironic, it is an outrage.

McGowan is part of the lawsuit Aref v. Holder, which challenges the violation of CMU prisoners’constitutional rights, such as the right to due process. The case argues that transfers to a CMU" are not based on facts or discipline for infractions, a pattern of religious and political discrimination and retaliation for prisoners’ lawful advocacy has emerged." The CCR says that "recently amended the complaint to include claims of retaliation for First Amendment protected speech."

April 3, 2013 12:33 PM

Want to make some "Romance Pants"? Head on over to Instructables.

Romance pants are a pair of pants that dims the room lighting and raises the stereo in relation to the fly zipper being pulled down. Of course it does not stop there. The romantic coup de grace involves electronically ignited candles triggered by the unbuttoning of the waist button. This subtle sensual assault is sure to shock and awe any prospective partner into ecstatic submission. As the evening progresses, this smarty-pants technology will undoubtedly to set the mood to the appropriate level of 'getting it on.' Romance pants are definitely where the future lay.

h/t NPR

March 29, 2013 05:14 PM

This just in from the Oregon Country Fair's PR service:

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, March 29, 2013

Online pre-sale tickets for Oregon Country Fair Start April 1 VENETA, Ore. — Presale sale tickets for the 44th Annual Oregon Country Fair (OCF) go on sale, April 1, 2013, exclusively through TicketsWest.com.

The three-day festival is July 12 thru 14, west of Eugene, Ore. near Veneta. The online pre-sale tickets will be available on a limited basis through Sunday, April 14. The Fair will again offer on-line pre-sale buyers appreciation gifts with qualifying purchases.

This year’s fair will feature 17 stages of entertainment, more than 80 food booths and nearly 350 craft booths featuring more than 700 vendors. Vaudeville, circus acts, spoken word, wandering musicians, face painting, parades and many other fair favorites will return this year. Fairgoers are sure to find fun and surprises around every bend in the path.

The early list of confirmed entertainers on the Main Stage this year includes Carolyn Wonderland, Black Prairie, The Motet, Rootz Underground, Jambay and the return of acts like the Shook Twins and Papadosio. Dozens of additional entertainers will be announced in the weeks ahead for one of the West’s premier summer entertainment events.

Full schedules will be posted on the OCF website at www.oregoncountryfair.org in early June.

Starting Monday, April 15th Oregon Country Fair tickets will be on sale at TicketsWest outlets, by phone at (800) 992-8499 or online.

No tickets will be sold at the fair site. Fairgoers are encouraged to ride to the fair aboard the complimentary LTD bus service provided by the OCF. Will call is at the fair site only. For information on riding the bus to the fair, visit the transportation page of the OCF website.

If bought in advance, ticket prices are $22 for Friday, July 12; $24 for Saturday, July 13; and $22 for Sunday, July 14. Tickets purchased the days of the event are $24 for Friday, $28 for Saturday and $24 for Sunday. Prices do not include TicketsWest service fees. A ticket good for all three days of the fair may also be purchased for $57 in advance only. Children ages 10 and under are admitted free with a paying adult and there is a $5 discount for individuals who are alter-abled or ages 65 or older.

TicketsWest outlets are located at numerous Safeway stores throughout Oregon and southwest Washington. For a complete list, click here. In addition to TicketsWest outlets, Oregon Country Fair tickets will also be available at other locations to be announced soon.

Parking at the Oregon Country Fair is $8 per vehicle per day in advance, $10 per vehicle per day on-site. Parking passes may be purchased with admission tickets or at the fair site the day of the fair, but fairgoers must show an admission ticket drive onto the site. ###

March 27, 2013 12:51 PM

Procrastinating on final exams and thinking about the Steubenville rape cases led a UO student, Samantha Stendal, to create a 26-second anti-rape public service announcemt that's gone viral with more than one million hits in just a few days and news stories from today's R-G to the Washington Post's blog.

A drunk girl is passed out on the couch and young man aks, "Guess what I’m gonna do to her?”

Stendal told KGW news that she was angry about the rape case's news coverage, which has been more sympathetic to the rapists than the victim, "“I wanted to make something that was more positive than what was being shown. We should be treating each other as human beings not blaming victims.”

March 15, 2013 10:25 AM

Students Against Imperialism were performing a "direct action in solidarity with Mexico and Palestine" when UO adjunct instructor James Olmsted confronted them at the EMU amphitheater on March 14.  Students videoed the confronation in which Olmstead says, "I am the dominant paradigm. If you want the country back. Start a fucking war and take it back. Get a gun. Shoot me. I'm right here." The direct action was "a mock border checkpoint for the people of Palestine and all who are crossing the Mex/US borders," according to the YouTube page the video was posted on.

Omlsted is filmed snatching and pocketing the phone of a female student filming the confrontation and pushing another male student who had briefly touched him while stepping in front of him — apparently to try to defuse the situation. Later in the video Olmsted talks with the male student, who offers to sit down and mediate. The audio can be heard in the recording below.

Here is the full video

According to his LinkedIn profile, in addition to being an adjunct at the UO law school, Olmsted "nationally recognized conservation easement attorney representing land trusts, landowners and developers in large-scale fee title and conservation easement acquisitions" and teaches a "course on Land Trust & Conservation Easement Law to second and third year law students, L.L.M. and MBA students."

The police were called, according to the video, and one of the YouTube posts says charges were filed against Olmstead. EW has asked the UO campus police  if any charges have been filed and and will update this post.

Update:

A letterhas been sent out by the law school: 

Dear Oregon Law School Community, The University of Oregon School of Law has reassigned the teaching responsibilities of adjunct instructor James Olmsted to Associate Dean for Academic Affairs, Adell Amos. This is a personnel decision, and as such we are unable to discuss details of the situation at this time.

We are aware that Mr. Olmsted was involved in an incident with students on the afternoon of Thursday, March 14. As dean, I expect all members of the University of Oregon School of Law community to conduct themselves with the highest degree of professionalism and respect for public discourse, especially with those with whom they may disagree.

Michael Moffitt

Philip H. Knight Dean

Update 2:

Kelly McIver, communications director & public information officer UO police, says they are working on the charges to be filed.

Update 3:

 

From Phil Weiler, assistant vice president, Office of Strategic Communications

ADJUNCT INSTRUCTOR ARRESTED BY UNIVERSITY OF OREGON POLICE DEPARTMENT

James L. Olmsted, 58, of Eugene, was arrested by University of Oregon Police on Thursday, March 14, 2013 at 2:41 p.m. at the Erb Memorial Union, near 13th Avenue and University Street on the UO campus. 

Mr. Olmsted was cited in lieu of custody for second-degree theft and two counts of physical harassment. Olmsted was escorted off campus and issued a letter forbidding his return. An investigation is ongoing and other charges may be pending.

Olmsted has worked as an adjunct instructor for the University of Oregon Law School, which Friday reassigned his teaching duties to another faculty member.

March 13, 2013 04:44 PM

Tired of those Harlem Shake memes (and the misunderstanding of what the Harlem Shake is)?

So are the cops in Portland. They've made a public service announcement asking you to stop. It's kind of realistic right until the part where the white-guy shaker puts his hands behind his back almost before the cops has his cuffs out, but maybe it's doubling as a "how to get arrested" PSA. 

Eugene Police Department: You have been out-memed. Time to step it up. 

H/T Willamette Week.

March 13, 2013 05:05 PM

Are Occupy flyers banned at the library? Is there just a simple misunderstanding about bulletin board policy at the Eugene Public Library?  According to a emailed letter from activist Alley Valkyrie to Lavena Nohrenberg customer experience manager at the library, there might be an  issue with free speech and the library's bulletin board.

The letter is below:

 

Last Sunday, a local activist named Jana Thrift who is involved with the Nuclear Justice events taking place this week tried to hang a flyer on the notice board inside the library towards the front near the elevators. A security guard approached her, a woman with long curly black hair, and told Jana that she could not hang the flyer and it is the library's policy not to allow anything "Occupy-related" to be posted anywhere on library property. When Jana asked why Occupy flyers weren't allowed, the security guard stated that they considered all Occupy flyers "graffiti" and then started to talk about the "sidewalk chalk graffiti" on city sidewalks, and that if anyone had a problem with the policy, to "take it up with the library staff". 

As everyone who in a position of authority on this matter is well aware, the Library is publicly funded. Once a publicly funded library opens a space for public messaging such as the notice board in question, that space becomes a constitutionally-protected public forum under federal law. The library is obviously aware of this to some extent, as the sign that is currently hanging on the board states the following: "Eugene Public Library is not responsible for the contents of this board, but will remove items that are duplicates or that do not constitute legally protected speech." 

The flyer in question undoubtedly constitutes legally protected speech, and the Library has no right to prohibit such a flyer. While certain regulations are allowed in public forums, those regulations need to be content-neutral, and a policy that prohibits flyers on the basis of content is impermissible and unconstitutional save for a "compelling interest" on the part of the City. If the library has such a policy, whether written or verbal, it is undoubtedly in violation of the First Amendment, and I speak for many in the local activist community when I say that this situation concerns us greatly. 

It also needs to be pointed out for the record that the security guard's reasoning for prohibiting Jana from posting the flyer is based on factual inconsistencies. First off, the event that Jana attempted to post a flyer about isn't even an Occupy event, strictly speaking. It is an event that is co-coordinated by several non-profits in town, including CALC, Our Islands Conservation Center, the University of Oregon's Survival Center, as well as Occupy Eugene. 

Second, the vast majority of the "sidewalk chalk graffiti" throughout downtown Eugene is not done by nor has anything to do with Occupy Eugene. I take personal responsibility for most of the chalking downtown, and I don't do it on behalf of Occupy Eugene or any other group. I have initiated multiple discussions with the Eugene Police Department around chalking on public sidewalks over the past two years, and overall the police agree with my view that expressive messages written with sidewalk chalk does not constitute "graffiti" and is a constitutionally-protected exercise. If the Library believes that my chalking is graffiti, by all means notify the police and I will discuss it with them once more. But there is no connection whatsoever between the flyers that Jana tried to post and the chalk that occasionally appears on the sidewalks outside the library, and for the security guard to use my chalking as a justification for Jana not being able to hang a flyer is simply absurd.

I am hoping that what happened last Sunday was a result of either poor communication and/or a misunderstanding between library staff and security, or an instance where the security guard simply abused her authority for questionable reasons. If there is a Eugene Public Library policy that does prohibit any flyers from Occupy, I would appreciate a copy of the policy in writing as well as an explanation from the City Attorney as to why the City believes that such a policy is legally justifiable.

I await your reply, and I am hoping that this situation can be easily resolved.

Thank you,

Alley Valkyrie

March 11, 2013 01:25 PM

It's sort of "We are the World" for anti-fracking. With lyrics like "We can't afford for the world to get hotter/and we can't afford poly-nuclear-aromatic-hydrocarbons in our water" and "Now hold up kid, listen if you will/You can't tell a man where to stuck his drill" (the latter lyric sung by the bad fracker, of course) Sean Lennon and Yoko Ono enlist everyone from Fred Armisen of Portlandia to Susan Sarandon to playfully jump in and sing "Don't frack my Mother."

The video also features Carrie Fisher, Liv Tyler, members of Wilco and the Strokes. More info at Artists Against Fracking.

H/T to the Earth First! Newswire.

March 7, 2013 06:15 PM

As we reported in this week's EW.

When it comes to saving the environment, lawyers and protesters often go hand in hand, so it may come as no surprise that alongside (though not an official part of) the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference at the UO Feb. 28 to March 3, there were acts of protest.

The annual Outlaw Bash party and fundraiser tradition, as described by longtime environmentalist Michael Donnelly in an article inCounterPunch, is “music, libations and ever-popular bonfires of mock-ups of eco-destruction.” This year’s effigy burned in the fire featured Secretary of State Kate Brown and Gov. John Kitzhaber on their knees praying before a massive chainsaw emblazoned with “salvation” on one side and “Christihl” on the other (Stihl is a popular brand of chainsaw). 

The effigy was a comment on Kitzhaber and Brown’s presence on the State Land Board that governs Oregon’s state forests and their vote to dramatically increase clearcut logging on the forests. The Elliott State Forest is home to some of Oregon’s last coastal rainforests, and it houses threatened and endangered species, such as the marbled murrelett.

But they do say a picture is worth a thousand words …

"Kitzhaber" and "Brown," paying homage to the mighty chainsaw (the gov's boots and 'stache are a nice touch)

Close up of "Kate Brown" and a random beer

Burning like a forest fire …

March 5, 2013 08:22 PM

Protesters take over Franklin Boulevard.

The Cascadia Forest Defenders, Deep Green Resistance and other groups held an "action against extraction" on Sunday, March 3, following the Public Interest Environmental Law Conference, to call attention to global-warming inducing tar sands pipelines, fracking, coal exports and other damaging fossil-fuel projects. More in this week's EW.

 

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February 25, 2013 06:50 PM

Insect control made awesome. According to Oregon State University in Corvallis, "Trissolcus halyomorphae is a parasitoid wasp found in the native regions of BMSB (China, Korea, and Japan). It deposits eggs into the eggs of BMSB, where its larvae develop and kill the BMSB egg. A single adult wasp then emerges. Research is currently being done to evaluate this wasp as potential biological control agent of BMSB in the United States."

Mostly I just liked that it was bug reproduction set to cool music.

According to YouTube:

The video by Chris Hedstrom, a graduate research assistant at Oregon State University, showcases the life cycle of Trissolcus halyomorphae, an egg parasitoid of the brown marmorated stink bug, from mating to the emergence of the adult wasp from the host egg.

February 25, 2013 08:30 PM

More fun than mocking the Oscars: Watching Michelle Obama and Jimmy Fallon "Mom Dance."

Even better, given the slashes in school budgets to phys ed, the video helps draw attention to Obama's work on her Let's Move campaign for healther kids. Not only can the First Lady not  dance badly, shealso  invited Big Bird to the White House

February 22, 2013 06:24 PM

Lane County plans an animal services update at its Tuesday Feb. 26 meeting: 

>B. ORDER 13-02-26-10/ In the Matter of Confirming the Appointment of Dr. Duwayne Penfold and Approving the At-Large Appointments of Tamara Banavige and Jessica Berg as Members of the Lane County Animal Services Advisory Committee. (Mike Russell, Manager) (estimated 15 minutes)   (view material)

C. DISCUSSION/ In the Matter of the Status of the Lane County Animal Servicess Program and Update on Transition Issues. (Mike Russell, Manager) (estimated 30 minutes) (view material)

You can view the material via the agenda here.