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July 22, 2014 06:02 PM

This video takes a look at the backgrounds of some of the people who are without housing in Orlando.

July 21, 2014 02:34 PM

Some remarkable photography in this TED talk by Louie Schwartzberg, looking at the "hidden miracles of the natural world."

July 18, 2014 01:32 PM

Rob English, who makes custom cycles here in Eugene as English Cycles, was injured riding in the Tour of Aufderheide last weekend and is still in the hospital with broken bones and other injuries according to a GiveForward page that was created to fundraise for him and his wife Misha Dunlap English as he recovers. You can read about Rob English's work in a recent EW Bikes issue. To contribute, go to the GiveForward page. 

July 18, 2014 07:53 AM

Dilated Peoples


















July 18, 2014 09:52 AM

Mother Jones and Utne Reader have a fascinating story this week based on scientific research into possible genetic and physiological reasons behind right-wing leanings.

We are reminded of former congressman Jim Weaver's book, Two Kinds, in which he comes to a similar conclusion about hawks and doves based on his observations and research.



July 17, 2014 01:01 PM

The remarkable performer Reggie Watts was reportedly spotted at the Oregon County Fair last weekend, quietly doing his thing along the path. In case you don't know who he is or what he looks like, here's his TED talk from a couple of years ago that got nearly 2.8 million views.

July 16, 2014 04:32 PM

Asian carp, nutria and crayfish are a few of the nasty invasive species in Oregon that compete with native wildlife and cause trouble to local ecosystems. It just so happens that these invasive species are edible, and what better way to combat an ecological threat than to turn it into a delicious entre? You can do your part to save the environment at the Institute for Applied Ecology (IAE)'s Invasive Species Cook-off: Eradication by Mastication. According to Tamara Mullen of the IAE: 

The Cook-off was created to raise awareness and support to combat the problems caused by invasive species on our natural world and economy. It is an elegant (and quirky) event in a gorgeous setting, with a focus on educational outreach enriched by devouring delicious adventurous invasive cuisine presented by top culinary artists of the Pacific Northwest, and one from the Deep South too!

While the dinner doesn't take place until Sept. 28 in Salem, the early-bird price to dine is a $65 donation through July 30, so head on over to the event's website to stake your claim.

July 15, 2014 11:16 AM

From the proper use of it's verus its to the Oxford comma debate, Weird Al Yankovic's parody of "Blurred Lines" makes the grammar geek in me ever so happy.  I really liked Robin Thicke's  "Blurred Lines" the first time I heard it, then I actually paid attention to the lyrics. Weird Al's version however I can sing along with (and yes, you can end a sentence with a preposition).

July 10, 2014 04:35 PM

A rape narrative told  through illustration and sparse words hits home how women really do respond to the trauma of sexual violence. The story was posted anoymously on Medium.com and is making the srounds on social media. It's worth the read. Click the image to go to the site.

July 9, 2014 04:58 PM

For anyone who watched the painful Germany vs. Brazil game yesterday, it was difficult to ignore Brazil's overly dramatic flops to the ground, made even more cringe-worthy when Germany scored goal after goal against them. And as a general commentary on how the sport is played as a whole, we present to you this video.

Although P.S., thumbs down for the casual depiction of unwanted ass-slapping.

July 3, 2014 05:39 PM

Lane County has sent out its agenda for July 8, and for followers of the paid sick leave debate, there's an interesting item under the County Counsel's section, which calls for exempting county workers from Eugene's paid sick leave proposal. 


A. Announcements

B. FIRST READING AND SETTING THE SECOND READING AND PUBLIC HEARING/ORDINANCE 14-04/ In the Matter of Exempting Lane County Government from Any City of Eugene Resolution, Ordinance, Rule, or Regulation That Mandates, Regulates, Orders, or Requires Any Terms or Conditions of Employment for Lane County Commissioners, Directors, Managers, Employees (Including Full-Time, Part-Time, Seasonal, Temporary, Represented and Non-Represented) Or Agents of Lane County. (Steve Dingle, County Counsel) (estimated 5 minutes)

The proposed ordinance  mentions Eugene's sick leave policy specifically:

WHEREAS, the Board of Commissioners is aware that the City of Eugene has proposed to adopt an ordinance purporting to mandate that employers with employees that work within the city limits provide certain sick leave benefits and has not exempted other public entities; and 

Although Eugene City Council doesn't have a work session scheduled until  7:30 pm Monday, July 21, the ordinance also calls the issue an "emergency" saying: 

An emergency is hereby declared to exist and this ordinance, being enacted by the Board in the exercise of its police power for the purpose of meeting such emergency and for the immediate preservation of the public peace, health and safety, takes effect immediately.


This doesn't come as too much of a surprise as conservative members of the Lane County Commission have already criticized the sick leave proposal.

The county does have sick time for its employees, based on months of services.

For the full county ordinance and materials go here: 

July 3, 2014 02:40 PM

Word went out this week through the Oregon Country Fair family and elsewhere, that Stephen Gaskin had died. Google his name and find an extensive obit at the New York Times. Here's an interview from 2011.

July 2, 2014 10:06 AM

Too late for this week's calendar but here's the info on a lecture put on by We Resist:

Solidarity July: "Solidarity with People of Color: Identifying and Disrupting Racism" We Resist, Sunday July 6th, 4pm, Growers Market, 454 Willamette St. FREE.

About the Workshop

This is the first in a series of workshops called SOLIDARITY JULY which will include workshops on racism, ableism, transphobia, and sexism. WE RESIST presents "Standing in Solidarity Against Racism"- a lecture style workshop designed for white folks who want to learn more about racism and better anti-racism practices in today's cultural climate. There will be time for a question and answer period.

This is a workshop for white people who want to actively work towards standing in solidarity with folks of color. We will discuss both the historical background of racism in the United States as well as ways to practice anti-racism as a white person in today's world. The workshop will provide an opportunity to connect with other allies to build a community of accountability, discuss questions and concerns, and practice the skills of being an effective tool in the struggle to dismantle racism. Facilitation, Audience and Peer Education

This workshop is being facilitated by a white person and is geared towards white identified folks who interested in continuing their anti-racism education and solidarity work with folks of color. Because this is a workshop about racism facilitated by a white person, We Resist wants to acknowledge that there are inherent limitations to the knowledge being presented. Additionally, We Resist wants to acknowledge that we are a young organization that has yet to do significant outreach towards communities of color in the area. Despite these facts, we believe in thoughtful, intentional, peer education on anti-oppression issues, and that white folks should be actively discussing and educating other white folks on anti-racism issues. Learn more about WE RESIST at facebook.com/weallresist

July 1, 2014 05:19 PM


On June 20 the male members of the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that for-profit companies (aka Hobby Lobby) that are "closely held" are not required to provide birth control coverage for their employees if doing so conflicts with their religious beliefs. 

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg wrote a scathing 35-page dissent that has gone viral. (Really, a SCOTUS decision going viral is kind of cool).

Ginsberg writes of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby Stores and Conestoga Wood Specialties v. Burwell: "In a decision of startling breadth, the Court holds that commercial enterprises, including corporations, along with partnerships and sole proprietorships, can opt out of any law (saving only tax laws) they judge incompatible with their sincerely held religious beliefs."

A Song a Day singer-songwriter Jonathan Mann, has put some of the words of Ginsberg's fiery dissent to music. It's strangely catchy.

"The court I fear/has ventured into a minefield of slut-shaming geezers and religious extremism/One thing's clear — the fight isn't over/We have to stand together for what we know is right …"