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November 1, 2013 03:46 PM

Oregonians don't need fucking swimming pools, right?

November 1, 2013 12:23 PM

The city of Eugene has approved a new homeless camp at a parcel of city land off Chambers at the intersection with the Northwest Expressway. Train tracks border the site. Here is a video posted on the Homeless Action listserv Oct. 31.

October 30, 2013 10:15 AM

Sen. Ron Wyden speaks at the House-Senate conference committee first meeting on the budget and calls for reform of the U.S.'s outdated tax code.

October 27, 2013 03:26 PM

Eugene residents have gotten creative in search of shelter and it appears to be human nature to make the best of what's available. Here is Iwan Baan in a recent TED Talk. If you watch the new season of Homeland, you will recognize the Tower of David.

October 17, 2013 10:00 AM

German traveler and cancer survivor Randolph Westphal is in Oregon this week and is expected to be at the Quality Inn in Springfield today. His email is randy@randolph-westphal.de

October 16, 2013 04:15 PM

Thom Hartmann narrates this documentary on climate change and the possibility of mass extinction if trapped methane is released. The Permian mass extinction nearly wiped out life on Earth.

October 16, 2013 10:49 AM

A new bike and pedestrian path will open soon in Springfield. Here is the press release sent out today (Oct. 16) from Willamalane's public affairs department:

The last leg of a new, 4-mile paved path along the Middle Fork of the Willamette River will be formally opened by Willamalane Park and Recreation District at noon on Friday, Oct. 25.

The 10-foot-wide path will transport walkers, runners, cyclists, birders and nature seekers along a previously inaccessible stretch of river from Dorris Ranch to Clearwater Park near Jasper Road in southeast Springfield. The fully accessible path offers close-up views of the Middle Fork of the Willamette River, wildlife and wildflowers, along with a new perspective on Mount Pisgah in the distance to the south.

"We are excited to open up this breathtaking part of the river and complete the path," said Willamalane Superintendent Bob Keefer.

Keefer noted the path will connect to the riverfront bike path system and Lane Transit District's Springfield Station via the South Second Street bike lane.

 “It will become not only an amazing recreational path but also a great nonmotorized transportation corridor," Keefer said.

Willamalane opened the first section of the asphalt path, from Clearwater Park to Quarry Creek, in 2011. The new section extends from Quarry Creek around the butte to Dorris Ranch. A new trailhead, parking lot and restroom complete the project.

Dorris Ranch was closed weekdays during the construction of the second phase of the path; the park will resume regular hours when the path is opened to the public.

Willamalane has begun planning efforts to connect the Middle Fork Path with a path along the Springfield Mill Race, creating an 8-mile loop, with brief sections of on-street bicycle lanes. The path will also connect to an extensive existing riverfront path system linking Springfield and Eugene through Island Park and West D Street.

To further enhance the path's regional appeal, a bridge across the river is also in long-range plans. Such a bridge would provide access to Lane County's 2,300-acre Howard Buford Recreation Area and Mount Pisgah, including 16 miles of trails within the recreation area and access to the preferred route of the Eugene to Pacific Crest Trail.

More than 100 invited guests are expected to attend the grand opening ceremony. People are encouraged to bring bicycles to tour the new path. In addition, Willamalane will provide pedicabs for people to use.

 This newest section of the path was funded with approximately $3 million in federal transportation grant funds, plus Willamalane’s local match of approximately $900,000. The Oregon Department of Transportation provided support for the project from four different programs that fund off-street bike paths and encourage multimodal connectivity.

The Middle Fork Path was constructed with the cooperation of Springfield Utility Board, city of Springfield, Knife River Corporation, and the Allen and Reinagel families, who with Willamalane, own the land along the path.

Visit willamalane.org for celebration details and more information about the new path.

October 14, 2013 05:55 PM

Bill Moyers talks about dollars vs. democracy and how the disfunction in Congress has been orchestrated.

October 11, 2013 09:44 AM

Mayor Kitty Piercy welcomes residents to Opportunity Village, gives kudos to those who helped make it happen, and talks about the need to do more.

October 10, 2013 03:48 PM

Fears of a zombie apocalypse (or the government equivalent coming to get you) are driving bullet sales nationwide. Better stock up.

October 9, 2013 12:16 PM

Canadian Nicole Foss and New Zealander Laurence Boombert will be speaking on "Facing the Future" at 7 pm Wednesday, Oct. 9, at First Congregational Church, 4515 SW West Hills Road in Corvallis. They will also speak in Portland at 7 pm Oct. 10 at TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont.

October 7, 2013 03:32 PM

Seeds of Death is a new documentary looking at Monsanto's environmental record and claims about safety of genetically modified organisms. The big "March Above and Beyond Monsanto for Food Freedom" is coming up at 11 am Saturday, Oct. 12, at the Wayne Morse Free Speech Plaza, Oak and 8th in Eugene.

October 3, 2013 05:35 PM

Bill Maher talks about Jerry Brown and California's lack of Tea Party influence, serving as hope for a nation dragged down by outdated conservative thinking. "We don't give a shit about the NRA," says Maher.

October 3, 2013 10:52 AM

Nathan Schneider is author of the just-released book Thank You, Anarchy: Notes from the Occupy Apocalypse. He was the first reporter to cover the planning meetings that led to Occupy Wall Street and wrote about it for Harper’s MagazineThe Nation, and The New York Times. Here is a quote from his new essay "The Government Shutdown — an Anarchist Dream?"

 

In his complaints against the wing of the Republican Party that engineered the present government shutdown, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid derided his opponents as “Tea Party anarchists.” It’s hard to decide who should be more annoyed — the Tea Party or the anarchists. In any case, Reid’s remark is revealing of how the long tradition of anarchist philosophy has been thrown under the bus of U.S. political discourse, then rolled over, then dragged along in mangled form so as to be pointed at when doing so seems expedient.

 

Many may be surprised, for example, that actual anarchists aren’t necessarily rejoicing over the U.S. government’s latest form of self-annihilation. What they see taking place is a transfer of power from one kind of oppression, by a government that at least pretends to be democratic, to another that has no such pretensions. They point out that the shutdown won’t stop the NSA from spying on us, or police from enforcing laws in discriminatory ways, or migrant workers and nonviolent drug users from being imprisoned at staggering rates. The parts of government that the shutdown strips away are among those that bring us closer to being a truly free, egalitarian society: food assistance to ensure that everyone can eat, health care that more people can afford, and even public parks, where some of our greatest natural treasures are held in common. Meanwhile, ever more power is being handed over to corporations that are responsible only to their wealthiest shareholders.

 

Historically, the so-called libertarians of the Tea Party and anarchists have common roots. The origins of both can be traced to certain freedom-seeking strands of the Enlightenment  — including thinkers like Edmund Burke and Thomas Jefferson, as well as ones not normally taught in U.S. classrooms like William Godwin and Peter Kropotkin. It’s an oddity that in the U.S., the main current of libertarian thought has been twisted and inverted into a kind of monstrous stepchild. Rather than seeking an end to all forms of oppression, our libertarians want to do away with only the government kind, leaving the rest of us vulnerable to the forces of corporate greed, racial discrimination, and environmental destruction. The legacy of one firebrand Russian émigré, Emma Goldman, has been traded for that of another, Ayn Rand. The result is that, in this country, what was once the mainstream of libertarian thought — socialist, democratic anarchism — has become so forgotten that the word “anarchist” can be mishandled for the sake of a congressional jab.

 

This quote is courtesy of the Institute for Public Accuracy, www.accuracy.org