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September 30, 2012 03:59 PM

And here is the latest in kitten videos. The makers swear no kitties were harmed (see below).

Before you go all crazy on me for "hurting" cats, you should know that the cats were handled with GREAT care. We decided to keep the shot tight on the cats so that they did not need to be airborne very long. The cats were tossed a few feet into an enormous and ultra soft sheepskin blanket. The cats were treated like royalty. They were fed gourmet cat food and lots of water. We took many breaks where the kittens rested and played in the shade. They were full of energy the entire shoot which lasted a mere one hour. This video was shot six months ago and the cats are alive and in perfect health today. I love cats and would never even consider harming them...so please stop sending me death threats. Anyways..

September 27, 2012 10:48 AM

EcoSalon released its list of 2012's top 10 most ridiculous quotes about women, and they're SO ridiculous that Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's comment about rape and pregnancy didn't even make the list (though maybe it should have). In case you've been living under a rock, here's what he said, possibly confusing human women with ducks:

"If it's a legitimate rape, the female body has ways to try to shut that whole thing down."

Rush Limbaugh also had a gem or two that didn't make the list:

"So Miss Fluke and the rest of you feminazis, here's the deal. If we are going to pay for your contraceptives and thus pay for you to have sex, we want something. We want you to post the videos online so we can all watch."

I wonder what EcoSalon and I missed? We probably don't want to know. Barf.

September 26, 2012 05:20 PM

 

Cascadia Forest Defenders are probably most know for  tree sits and occupying government offices — most recently over logging in the Elliott State Forest, but when it comes to logging, mills and biomass plants are a part of the equation, so today CFD is occupying a billboard near the Seneca Sawmill/Seneca Sustainable energy plant. Here is the press release:

ACTIVISTS OCCUPY BILLBOARD OUTSIDE EUGENE POLLUTER SENECA SAWMILL

Eugene, OR- This afternoon members of Cascadia Forest Defenders occupied a billboard outside of the West Eugene Seneca Sawmill with a banner that read, “SENECA JONES: BAILOUTS, CLEARCUTS, & POLLUTING WEST EUGENE”.

Seneca Biomass is a wood burning power plant in West Eugene that opened in the spring of 2011 amid public protest. Though the project has been marketed as “green energy,” Seneca Biomass failed its first EPA air pollution test last fall. The plant releases an estimated 17,900 pounds of air toxins into West Eugene Neighborhoods annually —t his in addition to the 73,000 pounds already released annually from the mill itself. There are three schools within three miles of the Seneca Biomass facility.

While there are many industrial polluters in West Eugene, it so happens that Seneca Jones receives public funding for its dirty energy project. Seneca currently receives 10 million dollars in tax credits from the state of Oregon under the Business Energy Tax Credit Program. Seneca is now suing the state for an additional one million to offset the production costs of their new plant.

They get paid, we get polluted,” says west Eugene resident and Cascadia Forest Defender Grace Warner. “It would be nice if the state would give that 11 million to helping schools-- not to polluting them.”

Seneca is also responsible for much of the clear-cut logging in Oregon public forests. Seneca is one of the top three purchasers of timber sales in the Elliott State Forest, where companies clear-cut up to 850 acres every year. While the State Land Board justifies the destruction of Oregon's last remnants of coastal temperate rainforest to benefit public schools, logging in the Elliott contributes to less than one percent of the State's annual school budget.

Oregon can do better. We demand that Seneca:

  1. Stop polluting West Eugene.
  2. Stop clear-cutting Oregon's ancient forests.
  3. Start paying taxes like the rest of us.
September 26, 2012 07:51 AM

Don't miss one of Austin, TX's finest, Shakey Graves, tonight at Sam Bond's!

 

Shakey Grave’s “stunning” (KUT-FM) one-man show has made him a hero in his hometown of Austin, TX, so much so that the Mayor of Austin gave him his own local holiday: February 9th is officially proclaimed “Shakey Graves Day” there.   

Shakey stomps out dusty rhythms on a hand-made kick drum built from an old suitcase on top of feverish finger picking that brings to mind Townes Van Zandt, Leo Kottke or Michael Hurley.

Maybe the single most buzzed-about new artist in Austin, his local residencies are the stuff of legend. KUT-FM picked him as one of the best new artists of 2012, The Austin Chronicle called his last album one of the year’s best, and he was chosen to warm up the crowd on the Railroad Revival Tour stop featuring Mumford and Sons and Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros.

Shakey Graves w/ He's My Brother, She's My Sister - Wednesday,September 26 @ Sam Bond's Garage, 9pm

September 25, 2012 04:57 PM

Better head down to Voodoo Doughnuts for that bacon doughnut now, because there's a bacon shortage being predicted for next year. A Chicago Tribune business story cited a Bloomberg report that the pig supply is dropping to record lows. The Tribune says:

Blame the drought conditions that blazed through the corn and soybean crop this year. Less feed led to herds declining across the European Union “at a significant rate,” according to the National Pig Assn. in Britain.

And the trend “is being mirrored around the world,” according to a release (hat tip to the Financial Times)

In U.S. warehouses, pork supply soared to a record last month, rising 31% to 580.8 million pounds at the end of August from a year earlier, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

The surge came as farmers scaled down their herds as feeding the animals became increasingly expensive.

That's right, high feed prices mean that young pigs are being killed now and not saved for later bacon. (We will let the question of whether the pigs are being honored and apologized to before being slaughtered slide for another occaision. Bacon, like chicken is part of the circle of life, right?

Bloomberg reports in a story headlined "Pig Slaughter Shrinks Supply to 1975 Low in Drought":

U.S. hog farmers are slaughtering animals at the fastest pace since 2009 as a surge in feed costs spurs the biggest losses in 14 years, signaling smaller herds next year and a rebound in pork prices

Will there be hipster outrage? There are already despairing tweets about the Baconpocalypse. And it will no doubt put an end to things like "21 Things Made out of Tasty Bacon such as a bacon Kevin Bacon, bacon narwhale and bacon turtles.

September 24, 2012 07:51 PM

Sadly Bill Nye the Science Guy did NOT say and I quote the fake news story from The Daily Current

"Look, these people they're f*cking retarded. Rape can't cause pregnancy? Breastmilk cures homosexuality? I caused a hurricane by challenging creationism? Who can possibly take these people seriously anymore?"

"...Now they don't even believe in egg + sperm = baby. Where does Todd Akin think babies come from? Does he think there are separate storks for people who were raped and people who weren't? "

"Hey look at me! I'm the rape stork. I drop off all my babies directly at the orphanage."

"He's a f*cking idiot. Just a plain f*cking idiot. I'm sorry - I don't say that word very often - but it happens to fit in this case. He's just a f*cking idiot."

"So Todd I got an offer for you. You and me. Any time. Any place. Debating sciencemano-a-mano. I'll bring the facts, and you bring the Vaseline. Because your ass is gonna f*cking need it when I'm done whipping."

He DID post a video on YouTube saying parents shouldn't teach Creationism.

 

Even more fun, Nye appears in a Symphony of Science video on climate change with David Attenborough, Richard Alley and Isaac Asimov.

 

 

For more science music autotuning go to http://www.symphonyofscience.com/ 

The Morgan Freeman one on on quantum physics is not to be missed. And I will leave you with DINOSAURS!!!

September 20, 2012 02:35 PM

September 20, 2012 09:56 AM

Hundreds of patients who rely on medical marijuana, and their supporters, will hold rallies today (Sept. 20) at Obama campaign offices and elsewhere in at least 15 cities in eight states across the country. In Eugene the rally will be at noon in front of the U.S. Courthouse at 405 E. 8th Ave.

 

The rallies are “an effort to draw attention to the Obama administration's aggressive efforts to shut down legal medical marijuana grow sites and dispensaries, obstructing the passage of laws that would regulate such activity,” according to organizers who include Jim Greig locally. A rally is planned today at the nation's Capitol, and  demonstrations organized by Americans for Safe Access (ASA) are planned in the Arizona, California, Colorado, Montana, Missouri, New Mexico, Oregon and Washington.

 

Greig can be contacted by phone at 654-0011.

September 20, 2012 10:11 AM

The push to treat marijuana like alcohol is getting a lot of attention. And no visual aid works as well as a Big Green Pot Superhero:

 

The brief Oregon part starts at 1:44.

September 19, 2012 10:59 AM

Former Oregon Secretary of State Bill Bradbury has officially endorsed Measure 80 on the November ballot that would replace Oregon’s system of marijuana prohibition with a taxation-and-regulation model that would allow adults 21 and older to purchase cannabis at state-licensed stores only.

 


"Our nation’s war on drugs has really been, for decades now, a war on Americans of color and our poorest, most vulnerable citizens, and the ban on agricultural hemp has been the collateral damage," says Bradbury in a press release Sept. 19 from Roy Kaufmann at Yes on 80.

 

Bradbury served 14 years in the Oregon Legislature before serving two terms as Oregon’s secretary of state. "I urge my fellow Oregonians to vote yes on Measure 80, which is an historic opportunity to show our fellow Americans a way to end the failed drug war, begin a new, sensible approach to marijuana, and restore hemp to our farmers and hi-tech entrepreneurs for biofuel, textiles, and advanced manufacturing,” he says.

 

Oregon is already among the nation’s biggest importers of hemp. But, under the current set of marijuana and hemp laws, hemp-product companies in Oregon are forced to import their raw hemp oil and fiber from countries like China, which makes those Oregon-made products less cost-competitive, says Kaufmann. Measure 80 would allow Oregon farmers to grow hemp to be sold to Oregon’s hemp food, biofuel, and textile companies, which would keep money in our economy and create many living-wage jobs around the state.

 



“When we repeal marijuana prohibition, we remove the number one barrier to re-introducing agricultural hemp into our sustainable economy,” says Yes on 80 chief petitioner Paul Stanford. “With one simple act of voting yes on 80, Oregon voters can end the drug war, regulate marijuana responsibly, and restore hemp for farmers and small business.” 



 

To learn more about Measure 80, visit www.vote80.org or http://octa2012.org

September 19, 2012 04:39 PM

Stephen King announced on his website today that the sequel to The Shining will be released Sept. 24, 2013. King will bring the child character, Danny Torrence (the Esp-gifted/cursed kid who bikes around the Overlook Hotel), back to life in Doctor Sleep, as a middle-aged hospice employee who finds his supernatural powers still come in handy. Here's to 36 years in the making!

September 19, 2012 01:16 PM

The bus driver is cool. It has big windwows. It is big and long. It has it's own lane. Sound familiar? It's the bus.

LTD needs to add a little Danish sensibility to its ads. If Our Money Our Transit can put anti-EmX ads on the back of LTD buses, then LTD should think about hitting back with hot, sexy bus ads. 

September 19, 2012 04:05 PM

Tonight at 5 pm, ODOT is holding a Oregon Passenger Rail project open house at the Atrium Building, 99 W 10th Ave, to talk about the possibility of high-speed rail between Portland and Eugene. For more information, check out www.oregonpassengerrail.org