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January 16, 2014 05:43 PM

This in from Rep. Peter DeFazio's office today:

 

DeFazio Encourages President Obama to Adopt GMO Labeling Standards

Washington, DC – Rep. Peter DeFazio (OR-04) joined members of Congress and more than 200 businesses and organizations today to support a letter sent to President Obama. The letter encourages the President to fulfill his 2007 pledge to require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) adopt a national mandatory GMO labeling system.

Signatories of the letter include Oregon Tilth, Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, Amy’s Kitchen, Annie’s Homegrown, Inc., Applegate, Stonyfield Farm, Nature’s Path Foods, the Center for Food Safety, Just Label It, and Environmental Working Group.

Rep. DeFazio has long supported a standard that would empower consumers to know what’s in the food they eat. In April 2013, he and Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, legislation that would require the FDA to clearly label genetically engineered (GE) foods. Rep. DeFazio’s House bill has 50 co-sponsors.

While the FDA requires the labeling of more than 3,000 ingredients, additives and processes, the agency has resisted labels for genetically modified food.

“It’s time the FDA’s policies reflect 21st century food technologies. After all, twenty years ago they didn’t have corn that could produce its own insecticide,” DeFazio said. “Plain and simple, this is about consumer rights. People should have the ability to make an informed choice about what they feed their family and we know it’s not an impossible request of food manufacturers, because they already label GMOs in more than sixty countries. Food manufacturers can and should offer that same standard right here in the U.S.”

You can find a link to the letter to President Obama here.

January 8, 2014 05:48 PM

Before there was Edward Snowden, there was a group of burglars who broke into the FBI's offices, exposed the agency's spying under J. Edgar Hoover and led the exposure of COINTELPRO. They were never caught. In case you missed The New York Times story, Retro Report made a video about the break in, which took place the night Muhammed Ali and Joe Frazier had their epic boxing match.

A Heist that Changed History from Retro Report on Vimeo.

December 27, 2013 05:55 PM

If you haven't already seen it making the rounds on Facebook, then check out this collection of news bloopers that makes me grateful EW is a print publication and that I don't have to interview handsy primates.

December 19, 2013 06:39 PM

From billboards in Oregon airports to Christmas carols, Oregon Wild is going all out with its campaign to save Oregon's public forests. Looks like the Oregon group is giving the Center for Biological Diversity a run for its money in terms of clever media play. Can Oregon Wild beat the Endangered Species condoms? How about something more gender-inclusive like anti-clearcut dental dams or old-growth vibrators? (Don't procreate! Recreate!).

December 17, 2013 04:24 PM

The Whos down in Whoville got a Christmast tree from EPD! It's nice to see some Christmas cheer coming from the Eugene police! If you can't see the video below, check it out on Facebook.

 
December 17, 2013 06:19 PM

The Obamacare rap spoof of Snoop Dog (Snoop Lion?)'s "Drop it like it's hot" is weirdly fascinating.

“So don’t stand and diddle. My healthcare’s the ‘shizzle.’ It’s chock full of top notch healthcare ‘provizzles.’"

 

But even weirder was Karl Rove's response on Fox. According to Politico, Rove said:

“I worry about something that seems aim to glorification of the commander-in-chief, the president of the United States as opposed to simply advocating young people go out and sign up for this entitlement program,” Rove said Thursday on Fox News’s “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” Rove continued, “This disturbingly gets too close to the line. I think it, in fact, crosses it.” “Could you imagine if such a thing had been run by George Bush or Bill Clinton or Bush 41 or Reagan?” Rove asked. “‘I have two terms, I’m really cool, I’m really hip.’ How much public outcry there could have been?”

December 16, 2013 01:18 PM

These days the fact that climate change is happening is a given (and yeah, we say "climate" change becaue when you say "global warming" people tend to point to a cold snap and say, how is THAT global warming?  Because, climate change.) But can you explain how the global warming/climate change phenomenon works?

No worries, this cartoon will do it for you in under a minute.

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For those of us with a slightly longer attention span, here's the five-minute version:

December 12, 2013 02:41 PM

"Hey, man. Don't steal her purse (that's how you talk in Eugene, where everyone's a hippie)," says former Eugene bartender Jeffrey Morgenthaler on the Small Screen site as he tells the story wearing a Red Agave T-shirt. Morgenthaler has a show on the site called The Morgenthaler Method, born out of his longtime blog

December 6, 2013 06:37 PM

This just in from Occupy Medical:

Occupy Medical in Veneta and Eugene are canceled this weekend due to the weather.

December 4, 2013 01:29 PM

I'm embarrassed to say that I didn't realize Oregon had 185 state parks. Not only do we have that many parks, The Weather Machine has filmed its new music video for "Back O'er Oregon" in all of them.

Here's the list of parks from The Weather Machine's website, in order of appearance (*indicate not a state park):

Portland, OR 0:01* 

Government Island State Park 0:17

 

Hat Rock State Park 0:19

 

Battle Mountain Scenic Corridor 0:21

 

Benson State Recreation Area 0:23

 

McVay Rock State Park 0:27

 

Minam State Recreation Area 0:29

 

Agate Beach State Recreation Area 0:30

 

Driftwood Beach State Recreation Area 0:32

 

Memaloose State Park 0:33

 

Crissey Fields State Recreation Area 0:34

 

Rooster Rock State Park 0:36

 

Heritage Landing (Deschutes) 0:38

 

W.B. Nelson Recreation Site 0:40

 

Smelt Sands State Recreation Area 0:41

 

Pete French Round Barn State Heritage Site 0:42

 

White River Falls State Park 0:43

 

Devil’s Punchbowl State Natural Area 0:46

 

Ochoco State Scenic Viewpoint 0:48

 

Fall Creek State Recreation Area 0:49

 

Hoffman Memorial State Wayside 0:50

 

Face Rock Scenic Viewpoint 0:51

 

Arizona State Recreation Area 0:53

 

Lowell State Recreation Area 0:54

 

Touvelle State Recreation Area 0:55

 

Clyde Holliday State Recreation Area 0:56

 

Ellmaker State Wayside 0:57

 

L.L. Stub Stewart State Park 0:58

 

Whale Watching Center 0:58

 

Deschutes River State Recreation Area 1:00

 

Emigrant Springs State Heritage Area 1:01

 

Humbug Mountain State Park 1:01

 

Fort Yamhill State Heritage Site 1:02

 

Lost Creek State Recreation Site 1:04

 

* Historic Columbia River Highway (Tooth Rock Trailhead) 1:05

 

Kum Wah Chung State Heritage Site 1:05

 

Sonefield Beach State Recreation Site 1:06

 

Vista House/Crown Point State Scenic Corridor 1:07

 

Neskowin Beach State Recreation Area 1:08

 

Pistol River State Scenic Corridor 1:09

 

Umpqua Wayside (Umpqua State Scenic Corridor) 1:09

 

Cape Lookout State Park 1:10

 

Milo McIver State Park 1:10

 

Nehalem Bay State Park 1:11

 

Alesea Bay Bridge Historic Interpretive Center 1:13

 

William M. Tugman State Park 1:14

 

Detroit Lake State Recreation Area 1:14

 

Beaver Creek State Recreation Area 1:15 

 

Prineville Reservoir State Park 1:16

 

Bradley State Park 1:18

 

Sumpter Valley Dredge State Heritage Area 1:23

 

Farewell Bend State Recreation Area 1:24

 

Muriel O. Ponsler State Scenic Viewpoint 1:24

 

Harris Beach State Recreation Site 1:25

 

Casey State Recreation Area 1:25

 

Oceanside Beach State Recreation Area 1:26

 

Bob Creek Wayside 1:30

 

Smith Rock State Park Chandler State Wayside 1:32

 

* Chandler State Park 1:34

 

Erratic Rock State Natural Site 1:37

 

Owahee Lake State Park 1:39

 

Mayer State Park 1:40

 

Portland Women’s Forum State Recreation Site 1:42

 

Silver Fall State Park 1:44

 

Tyron Sreek State Natural Area 1:46

 

Paradise Point State Recreation Area 1:49

 

Dexter State Recreation Area 1:50

 

Yaquina Bay State Recreation Area 1:51

 

Bolon Island Tideways State Scenic Corridor 1:53

 

Hug Point State Recreation Site 1:55

 

Angle’s Rest Trailhead (part of Bridal Veil) 2:00

 

Golden & Silver Falls State Natural Area 2:02

 

Joseph H. Stewart Recreation Area 2:05

 

Ecola State Park 2:08

 

Collier Memorial State Park 2:09

 

Koberg Beach State Recreation Area 2:10

 

Booth State Scenic Corridor 2:11

 

Goose Lake State Recreation Area 2:12

 

Manhattan Beach State Recreation Area 2:12

 

Dyer State Wayside 2:13

 

Pilot Butte State Scenic Viewpoint 2:14

 

Cottonwood Canyon State Park 2:15

 

Port Orford Head State Park 2:16

 

Detroit Lake Campground 2:16

 

Valley Of he Rouge State Recreation Site 2:17

 

Ainsworth State Park 2:18

 

Cline Falls Scenic Viewpoint 2:19

 

Strawberry Hill Wayside 2:19

 

Wallowa River Wayside (Wallowa Lake Highway Forest State Scenic Corridor) 2:20

 

Otter Pint State Recreation Site 2:21

 

LaPine State Park Bullard’s Beach State Park 2:22

 

*Bullards Beach State Park 2:22

 

Bandon Wayside (Bandon State Natural Area) 2:23

 

Washburn State Wayside 2:24

 

Jessie M. Honeyman Memorial State Park 2:24

 

Sunset Bay State Park 2:25

 

Governor Patterson Memorial State Recreation Site 2:25

 

Bandon State Natural Area (Devil’s Kitchen) 2:26

 

Geisel Monument State Heritage Site 2:28

 

- Terisadun State Recreation Site 2:30 (Tseriadun State Recreation Site)

 

Winchuck State recreation Site 2:32

 

Conde B McCullough State Recreation Site 2:35

 

Oswald West State Park 2:36

 

Fort Stevens Beach State Recreation Area 2:40

 

Bonnie Lure State Recreation Area 2:42

 

Bates State Park 2:45

 

Frenchglen State Heritage Site 2:46

 

Alfred A. Loeb State Park 2:47

 

Tub Springs State Wayside 2:48

 

Saddle Mountain State Recreation Site 2:49

 

Beachside State Recreation Site 2:52

 

Mary S. Young State Recreation Area 2:53

 

Viento State Park State Park 2:54

 

Ona Beach State Park 2:55

 

The Cove Palisades State Park 2:56

 

Cape Kiwanda State Natural Area 2:58

 

Golden Townsite State Heritage Area 3:01

 

Red Bridge State Wayside 3:03

 

Cape Argo State Park 3:04

 

Hecta Head Lighthouse State Scenic Viewpoint 3:05

 

Banks-Vernonia State Trail 3:06

 

Bald Peak State Scenic Viewpoint 3:06

 

Coquille Myrtle Grove State Natural Site 3:07

 

Glenden Beach State Park 3:07

 

Starvation Creek State Park 3:09

 

Succor Creek State Natural Area 3:10

 

Coaka Landing State Park 3:11

 

Maud Williamson State Recreation Site 3:12

 

Arcadia State Recreation Site 3:13

 

Ophir State Recreation Site 3:14

 

Mitchell Point State Park 3:15

 

Alderwood State Wayside 3:16

 

Cape Blanco State Park 3:17

 

Boiler Bay Scenic Viewpoint 3:17

 

Lewis & Clark State Recreation Site 3:18

 

Beverly Beach State Park 3:19

 

Fogarty Creek State Recreation Site 3:20

 

Ukiah-Dale Forest State Scenic Corridor 3:21

 

Willamette Stone State Heritage Site 3:21

 

Latourell Falls / Guy W. Talbot State Park 3:22

 

Bob Straub State Park 3:24

 

Prospect State Scenic Viewpoint 3:26

 

Cascadia State Park 3:28

 

North Santiam State Recreation Area 3:30

 

Illinois River Forks State Park 3:32

 

Tokatee Klootchman Wayside 3:33

 

Champoeg State Heritage Site 3:36

 

Bridal Veil State Scenic Viewpoint 3:38

 

Elija Bristow State Park 3:40

 

Ontario State Recreation Site 3:41

 

Cape Meares State Scenic Viewpoint 3:43

 

Thompson’s Mills State Heritage Site 3:44

 

Unity Lake State Recreation Area 3:47

 

Iwetemlaykin State Heritage Site 3:50

 

Molalla River State Park 3:51

 

Munson Creek Falls State Natural Area 3:52

 

State Capitol State Park 3:54

 

Jackson F. Kimball State Recreation Site 3:57

 

Fountain Wayside 3:59

 

OC & E Woods Line Trail State Park 4:00

 

Del Ray Beach State Recreation Site 4:02

 

Umpqua Lighthouse State Park 4:04

 

Catherine Creek State Park 4:06

 

Clay Meyers Natural Area 4:07

 

Peter Ogden State Scenic Viewpoint 4:08

 

Willamette Mission State Park 4:11

 

Lake Yachts State Recreation Area 4:12

 

Darlingtonia State Natural Site 4:13

 

Outside Succor Creek 4:14*

 

Tolovana Beach Recreation Site 4:15

 

Seal Rock Recreation Site 4:16

 

Floras Lake State Natural Area 4:17

 

Rocky Creek State Scenic Viewpoint 4:18

 

Wolf Creek Inn State Heritage Site 4:20

 

Otter Crest State Scenic Viewpoint 4:22

 

Warm Springs State Recreation Area 4:24

 

Jasper State Recreation Area 4:25

 

Samuel H. Boardman Scenic Corridor 4:26

 

Neptune State Scenic Viewpoint 4:26

 

Hilgard Junction State Recreation Area 4:29

 

Carl C. Washburn Memorial State Park 4:31

 

Fort Rock State Natural Area 4:32

 

Dabney State Recreation Area 4:33

 

Cape Sebastian State Scenic Corridor 4:34

 

South Beach State Park (South Jetty) 4:36

 

Sarah Helmick State Recreation Area 4:38

 

Portland, OR 4:40*

December 3, 2013 05:41 PM

"I don't want to see duplexes in center field," said a young Eugenean back before Civic Stadium stopped hosting events in 2009. The kid who appears in a video about Civic on ArcheologyChannel.org was prophetic — the two main proposals from the Y and from Fred Meyer for Civic involve tearing it down. The video shows footage from one of the last Ems games at Civic and can be seen here.

Today, both the city of Eugene and Friends of Civic Stadium submitted proposals to save the stadium. Friends of Civic says on its website:

Yes, even though we are 100% behind the city's effort to buy the site, we did present a proposal. We had not planned to respond to this RFP but we did it because (1) the city's bid is contingent on the $5.5 million commitment on a 60-day timeline and (2) because 4J declined to delay the RFP to allow citizens who needed more time to put a bid together or put more dollars behind the city's proposal. We will withdraw our bid if another offering more revenue and preserving the stadium rises to the top.

Friends of Civic has already raised $200,000 in an escrow account. To donate go here. The group says it wants to reopen Civic as a sports and entertainment venue. 

Civic was built under the Works Progress Administration in 1938 out of old-growth wood donated by local timber companies. There are only four other wooden WPA stadiums still standing (and in fact, in use) and eight other non-WPA wooden stadiums. 

Update: Here is the news release from Friends of Civic:

Friends of Civic Stadium is submitting an RFP proposal for 4J’s serious consideration - although we realize that some may consider a token or protest proposal.

IMPORTANT: We 100% support the city’s proposal. But we want our proposal to be considered in case supporters aren’t able to meet $5.5 million renovation and maintenance commitment requirement in time or the city's proposal is not accepted for some other reason.

Our offer is for $16.56 - which is the current value of the $1.00 which 4J paid the City of Eugene for the site in 1938. Although at first glance it may seem absurd to offer only the 2013 equivalent of that $1.00, the reason this proposal should not be dismissed is that we would keep the site available to the public as the recreation facility it was intended to be when it was deeded to 4J in 1938. 4J students of today and tomorrow will have access to a facility that will be even better than the one 4J students in the past were able to use. This offer may seem like a token but we feel, in fact, that 4J has already received more than $5 million from the City of Eugene when they contributed to the creation and rehabilitation of synthetic fields at 4J schools in 1998 and 2006. By accepting that contribution 4J would be acknowledging and reciprocating this $5 million payment from the citizens of Eugene to 4J for student recreation.

We believe our case is compelling and its acceptance would be good for 4J and the community. One City Counselor commented at a City Council work session on Civic that we won’t always be in this era of budget tightening and when we come out of this period we’ll be glad we invested in places the community values like Civic Stadium (not an exact quote). We agree and hope 4J will too.

November 6, 2013 06:03 PM

There's more than enough covers of Lorde's "Royals" out there, but YouTube musicians Pomplemoose win for incorporating Beck ("I'm a Loser") and for the video effects:

Puddles the sad clown freaks me out. But he can sing.

And the Welsh Beef Seeds take bluegrass to whole new places.

November 5, 2013 10:50 AM

I wonder if LTD has thought about finding another 17-year-old kid to sing an annoyingly catchy song, this time to promote the EmX? Earworm warning, this will stick in your head. 

This bus commercial is from about 2002 (correct me if I'm wrong, those of you who are avid TV watchers and local advertisement fans. The young singer. Madeline Puckette, went on to a make more music and now is the founder of Seattle-based Wine Folly.

October 31, 2013 05:31 PM

A recent open mic night at Luckey's shows rappers rockin' the mic in a whole new way. "Eye of the Tiger" edit comes to us by way of Andre "DJ Foodstamp" Sirois's YouTube channel.