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September 5, 2012 11:00 AM

In case you missed it, here are highlights from Michelle Obama's speech at the Democratic National Convention last night.

September 5, 2012 02:57 PM

So the UO sent a link to a "press conference" today.

Yes, according to the UO, the Duck is running for president, or so he says via his interpreter. He even has a website: http://duck2012.com/ 

Ah, the wonders of higher education. Sports are great. But if there's money out there, then let's put funding toward better equipment in the classrooms, better professor and grad student salaries and improving higher eductation in general. The UO really needs to PUT DOWN THE DUCKIE.

September 5, 2012 01:27 PM

August 31, 2012 12:02 PM

I'm laughing, and I'm sort of disturbed all at once, by the "legitimate rape pharmaceutical ad." 

(FYI trigger warning, the video's funny but hard to watch, too)

August 31, 2012 12:10 PM

View the complete Michael Franti & Spearhead gallery.

View the complete Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue gallery

August 31, 2012 12:54 PM

August 30, 2012 03:46 PM

Oregon Wild will previw the new documentary film A Fierce Green Fire: the Battle for a Living Planet at 6:30 pm Wednesday, Sept. 5, at the Knight Law Center, Room 110 at UO.

August 29, 2012 12:53 PM

So the Old Spice man  — the man your man could smell like — ad had me with "I'm on a horse." Now Portland's Widen+Kennedy apparently has another advertising hit on its hands with Old Spice Music.  I mean who doesn't want to see a muscle-bound Terry Crews playing instruments with his muscles and randomly (I think) yelling out words like "Sausages"? 

It's gotten over one million hits. Go Old Spice. If only we could get a hot action star to stop climate change and melting sea ice with his muscles …

Click the image to play.

 

Oh, and in case the rock you are living under doesn't have internet or TV (my trailer doesn't have TV or internet, so trust me, I get it), here's the original video.

August 28, 2012 11:17 AM

And the press release of the day award goes to the lovely, earnest folk who sent an email to a cc list of about 80 news sources across the state about a woman who is going to run 100k  in order to call attention to the slaughter of dolphins.

 Jennifer Wolfsong, a 42-year-old Beaverton, Ore., mom saw the documentary The Cove on Netflix and she will now run from Prescott Beach County Park in Rainier , along Oregon’s Highway 30, "finishing at Fort Stevens State Park in Hammond near the wreck of the Peter Iredale ship" on Sept. 1, the day the yearly dolphin slaughter begins in Japan.

It's really the photo that makes the press release though. The email with the release says the photo is of Wolfsong registering for the McDonald Forest Park 50k held in Corvallis May 12.

She's sort of levitating.

The full press release is below. It's a good cause, so let's hope she gets a story … and a better picture of her levitating skills. 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Mike Allende
425-280-6151
mja31575@yahoo.com

Runforthecove.wordpress.com

 

Jennifer Wolfsong to Run 100K For The Cove

Beaverton woman to raise awareness of Japanese dolphin slaughter Sept. 1

 

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Jennifer Wolfsong, a 42-year-old Beaverton, Oregon mom, will run 100 kilometers on Saturday, Sept. 1 in an effort to raise awareness of the yearly dolphin slaughter in Taiji, Japan, which begins on the same day.

Wolfsong, a native of Ann Arbor, Michigan, is a longtime animal lover and distance runner who decided to combine two of her passions to show support for a cause she cares deeply about.

“I wanted to do more than just donate money or write a letter,” she said. “I wanted to do something that would really catch people’s attention. I have run some long-distance races before, but nothing this long but it felt like a natural way for me to be able to do something meaningful.”

Wolfsong will begin her run at Prescott Beach County Park in Rainier and take her along Oregon’s Highway 30, finishing at Fort Stevens State Park in Hammond near the wreck of the Peter Iredale ship.

Wolfsong first became aware of the yearly practice of trapping and butchering of dolphins when coming upon the Academy Award-winning documentary “The Cove” on Netflix. The movie details activist Ric O’Barry’s efforts to end the slaughter.

“I always knew that putting dolphins in captivity was a cruel practice, but I had no idea that this industry is financially responsible for the cruel slaughter as well” Wolfsong said. “The movie disturbed me so much, I didn’t sleep well for weeks (and still have trouble sleeping sometimes); I knew I had to do something, something drastic.”

Wolfsong began preparing in October, though she was set back for a couple months from an injury.  She used both training runs and some distance races to get ready. She’s run more than 600 miles since her training began.

While Wolfsong hopes to raise funds for O’Barry’s Dolphin Project (www.dolphinproject.org) and www.savejapandolphins.org, she also hopes to inspire others to do more than just wish they could help.

“To me, the most important thing is to make people aware of what is happening,” she said. “I believe that when people see what is happening, realize how these intelligent animals are taken from their home and put on display, kept hungry so that they will perform on command, they’ll be as upset and moved as I am and will find their own way to make a difference.”

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August 23, 2012 04:40 PM

August 23, 2012 03:10 PM

Today we were excited to hear that 2011 Next Big Thing Co-Champions (Co-Things?) Betty and the Boy won the Northwest String Summit Band Competition on Aug. 10.

Betty and the Boy

Want to catch this year's winner? Paul Quillen and Volifonix face off at 1 pm Saturday at the Eugene Weekly/KRVM stage at the Eugene Celebration.

August 22, 2012 12:52 PM

I love this. These three need to review EVERYTHING.

Here Kitty Kitty Kitty!

& DON'T MISS NICKY DA B & RUSTY LAZER TOMORROW NIGHT AT COWFISH!