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August 15, 2012 11:46 AM

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made an  slip of the tongue when he mispronounced Sikh as sheik when commenting on last week's tragic shooting at a Sikh temple in Wisconsin. His faux pas points to just how little most folks know about the Sikh community, even in Eugene where we have a vibrant population right here in our midst.

Folkstreams has been running a 1992 documentary about the dances and songs of Sikh women in Sacramento that's worth checking out. The trailer is below and the full 26 minute film is at: http://www.folkstreams.net/film,108

 

August 13, 2012 12:28 PM

This just in from Lane Regional Air Protection Agency:

 

 

Contact: Sally Markos, 736-1056, ext. 217 Lane County Media: 12-9

Smoke from Area Wildfires Pushes Air Quality into Moderate Range

The Buckhead and Evangeline wildfires near Oakridge grew larger over the weekend and smoke has made its way into the Eugene/Springfield area. As a result, air quality has reached the moderate range. The smoke, combined with hot temperatures forecasted for later in the week, will make conditions uncomfortable for some residents.

“Until the fires are contained, we will see periodic intrusions of smoke into the valley,” says Sally Markos, spokesperson for the Lane Regional Air Protection Agency (LRAPA). LRAPA’s air quality monitors in Springfield and south Eugene detected higher levels of particle pollution on Saturday evening. The levels have slowly increased over the last 24 hours. Pollution levels peak just after midnight as drainage winds, which follow the rivers valleys from the foothills, bringing smoke into the valley. Although the winds typically shift to a more northernly direction after sunrise, low wind speeds have not had enough impact to clear the smoke.

Fine particles, also called particulate, are a major component of wood smoke and are especially harmful because they are inhaled deep into the lungs and can enter the bloodstream. Individuals with asthma, respiratory problems, or heart disease are advised to curtail vigorous activity when air quality deteriorates. Residents experiencing health problems associated with the smoke and heat are encouraged to consult with their doctors.

LRAPA will be monitoring conditions over the next few days and will provide updates as warranted. The public can track hourly particulate levels and the Air Quality Index by logging onto the LRAPA website at www. LRAPA.org.

August 10, 2012 12:16 PM

The song is catchy. The spoofs are catchier. This gives some plot points away if you have not seen the movie, so don't watch if you don't want advance notice of Dark Knight Rises plot twists.

August 8, 2012 12:36 PM

Woohoo! Science! Snarky Mars crafts and hot dudes with Mohawks!

The Curiosity Rover drew me in with its Twitter feed

Then SarcasticRover turned up. (I kind of prefer the real one's humor).

But nothing beats NASA Mohawk dude (aka Bobak Ferdowski). There's a tumblr page devoted to images and memes.

Not only do I watch Community, I teach at Lane Community College; love the Starburns reference.

Bobak Mountain! Yes! According to his Twitter feed, he liked it too.

August 8, 2012 10:41 AM

Nothing adds more fun to politics than puppies. Seriously. All this brouhaha over Romney and his competitive horse prancer Rafalca (full disclosure, I do a little competitive horse prancing myself) has distracted us from poor Seamus, the pup Mitt strapped on the roof of his car. Luckily,  "Obama 2012 + Puppies All the Time" is keeping us focused on pups as well as ponies and brings us a link to the Seamus pooping game

August 1, 2012 10:51 AM

I admit, the Eugene Emeralds lost some of their fun for me when they moved to PK Park. I miss Civic; it had that peanuts and CrackerJacks feel that I associate with baseball. Since I associate very little else with baseball, including how to play, this was a rather important element.

But I do give the Ems points for all their promotional efforts. This week it's Grateful Dead night at PK Park. 

Press relase: 

 

Ems Host Grateful Dead Night Thursday

Eugene, Ore. - The Eugene Emeralds, Single-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres, will host Grateful Dead Night Thursday at PK Park. The gates for the game, against the Everett AquaSox, will open at 5 p.m. for a performance by Dead Ringers, in advance of the 7:05 p.m. game.

The Emeralds will be wearing custom Jerry Garcia themed Grateful Dead uniform tops (pictured below) to commemorate the themed night.

Springfield’s Kaleidoscope Clothing will be at the game, selling tie dyed shirts and bandanas. Some will be in Emeralds colors. Fans are encouraged to bring in their own items to tie dye.

Like every Thursday home game, it will be Thirsty Thursday. This features discounted domestic beers and soft drinks.

Current University of Oregon and Lane Community College students can buy a ticket to the game for just $5 by showing their valid Student ID at the Ticket Office.

Great tickets are available for this game and remaining home games, online at EmeraldsBaseball.com and at the PK Park Ticket Office. The Ticket Office is located 2760 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd. and open during the week from 9-5. 

Yup, that's right, you can drink beer, get tie-dyed stuff, tie-dye stuff yourself and listen to a Dead cover band. But best of all are the special T-shirts the Ems will be wearing, proudly emblazoned with Jerry's face. I want one. Nothing says the Grateful Dead like a baseball player wearing a purply-bluey-red Jerry T-shirt.

August 1, 2012 02:11 PM

I'm a little puzzled by all the "Julia Child would have been 100 this week" stories I've been reading — did we expect her to live to be a 100? But that aside, she is wierdly fascinating even to someone like me who thinks cooking is putting a little bag of TastyBites in the microwave for 2 minutes. Also, she makes large cuts of meat chic.

Watch Julia Child's 100th birthday on PBS. See more from WGBH Specials.

July 27, 2012 03:35 PM

As promised in "Let's Boogie"; Dog dancing, aka, canine musical freestyle videos.

The merengue:

 

Britain's Got Talent has kicked off a new wave of dog dance enthusiasm:

 

And Oregon's own Julie Flanery dances to "Baby, Darling Baby" with Kashi.

July 27, 2012 03:41 PM

In case you missed our July 16th post mentioned in this week's "Cruel Rabbit Roundup" story, here it is again as filmed by Heather and Alex Crippen of the Red Barn Rabbit Rescue.

Heather Crippen points out that YouTube has designated the video not suitable for those under 17 due to the animal cruelty portrayed. Ironic, she says, since the participants in the "animal scramble" are 4 to 14.

July 27, 2012 05:45 PM

The long-awaited follow up to the Mr. Rogers song is here!

July 25, 2012 12:18 PM

The Oregon Dental Association makes brushing cool. Or umm, tries to. Or something. 

 

H/T to Willamette Week for this gem.
 
I kept waiting fearfully for an ice cream truck to zoom by and send one of the kids reeling. Sugar and rap don't mix.
 

(Apparently he wasn't really dancing to "Teach Me How to Dougie," but that's the version that went viral. He survived and got a rap video of his own.)

July 23, 2012 02:05 PM

The Eugene City Council decided to wait until after its summer break to weigh on on coal trains, but the Coos Bay World does't think Eugene should have an opinion at all on the issue. 

In an editoral published July 18, the World says Eugene should keep its "big nose" out of coal exports and "butt out" of the global energy and climate change issue. 

 

Our view: The Eugene City Council has no business dictating international energy markets.

Riddle: What's the difference between God and the Eugene City Council?

Answer: God doesn't think he's the Eugene City Council.

Eugene has yearned for decades to dictate national energy policy. In 1986, it declared itself a 'Nuclear Free Zone." Now the council is talking about using health and safety laws to block coal trains' passage through town.

This kind of self-important pushiness is why America's founders put Congress in charge of interstate commerce. When every provincial politician can regulate trade, we all starve.

Admittedly, coal trains are a serious issue. If Coos Bay builds a coal terminal, enormous chains of rail cars will haul Asia-bound Wyoming coal through many Western communities. Opponents warn of air pollution, black lung and derailments, caused by coal dust falling from train cars.

Regulators and railroads, answering market demand, are attacking these problems. A sticky spray called a 'surfacant" reportedly reduces dust emissions by 85 percent. Covered cars may be better still.

But never mind. Eugene's real objection to coal trains isn't coal dust. It's global climate change. Eugene Mayor Kitty Piercy told The Register-Guard, '... we live in global society and the effects of our decisions are felt far beyond our borders."

That's true. But what gives Eugene the right to decide what Wyoming will mine and what Asia will burn?

Moreover, the morality of coal exports is not as simple as it may sound. Ask:

If Asia can't get North American fuel, what will it burn instead?

How might fuel exports affect America's balance of trade?

How about U.S. economic strength and strategic alliances?

How does affordable energy affect health and quality of life in developing nations?

These are big questions for federal regulators, Congress and the free market. The Eugene City Council should butt out.

What does give Eugene the right? Coal train opponents argue it's that the trains will be going through town, past farms and through wild areas. 

July 23, 2012 12:55 PM

It's a sarcastic, musical how-to ride the bus video. The UO needs one of these. 

"These are not the rides you are looking for."

Also the "Bohemian Rhapsody" spoof kicks in around 5:40.

July 18, 2012 05:14 PM

The U.S. Government Accountability Office has weighed in on county payments under the Secure Rural Schools Act. What did it find?

We need more clarity.

Shocking, I know.

This report focuses on Title III of Secure Rural Schools, which "authorizes the use of a portion of the payments for certain purposes related to wildland fire and emergency services on federal lands."

 

If Congress chooses to extend Title III beyond 2012, it should consider making explicit which types of 
expenditures are and are not allowable. GAO also recommends that the agencies issue regulations or clear guidance specifying the types of  allowable county uses of Title III funds. In commenting on a draft of this report,  the Forest Service and Interior  generally agreed with GAO’s findings  and recommendations.