Marching Fourth for Clean Water In Portland

Note: this article was originally published on April 26, 2013 as the third installment of my six part series for Mismanaging Perception on the unsuccessful campaign to fluoridate Portland’s water supply. Alberta Street saw upwards of 700 clean water lovers take to the streets Thursday in opposition to fluoridation chemicals being added to fresh Bull Run tap water.  The heated… Continue reading Marching Fourth for Clean Water In Portland

Walmart Stores Closing Due to Pipes Full of Lies

File this one under: ‘not buying it’. This week it was reported that five Walmart locations across the US are closing for up to six months due to “plumbing problems“. Some 2,200 employees were fired in the process. Most were notified only hours earlier. The big box retailer is notorious for running mainstreet American mom-and-pops out… Continue reading Walmart Stores Closing Due to Pipes Full of Lies

Which City Will Hillary Clinton Bomb First?

Barring some personal or political tragedy, Hillary Clinton will be the next president of the United States. [edit: published prior to Bernie Sanders’ campaign launch] She would be the first female commander in chief of the world’s most violent and active military. Like every other male president in my lifetime with the exception of Jimmy Carter, Hillary will almost certainly… Continue reading Which City Will Hillary Clinton Bomb First?

Fluoride Lobby Fumbles at Public Debate

Note: this article was originally published on April 11, 2013 as the second installment of my six part series for Mismanaging Perception on the unsuccessful campaign to fluoridate Portland’s water supply. Wednesday night’s debate to discuss the pros and cons of adding fluorosilicic acid (aka fluoride) to the Bull Run water supply that Portland depends upon… Continue reading Fluoride Lobby Fumbles at Public Debate

Window Shoppers, Shoe Shiners, and the Art of the Storefront

If you’re in real estate, you know right now there’s nothing hotter than walkability. People are tired of driving stressed all day, hunting for parking. They yearn to walk to school, walk to the park, walk to the corner store. The idyllic American main streets that’ve been boarded up by Sprawlmart big box leviathans – well, they’re… Continue reading Window Shoppers, Shoe Shiners, and the Art of the Storefront

The Battle For Bull Run: Fighting Against Fluoridation

Note: this article was originally published on April 8, 2013 as the first installment of my six part series for Mismanaging Perception on the unsuccessful campaign to fluoridate Portland’s water supply. With the amount of media blitzing that’s bombarded Portland’s airwaves, interwebs, and neighborhood front yards, you’d have thought the dual campaigns for and against fluoridating Bull… Continue reading The Battle For Bull Run: Fighting Against Fluoridation

Scenes From the Cycling City

Depending on where you live, you’re either in the depths of winter’s maelstrom, or you’ve been enjoying a mild, temperate permanent fall with spring right around the corner. Few images inspire the urge to end hibernation like those of people on their bikes. Even for all-weather, year-round riders, spring is that magical time where ridership increases,… Continue reading Scenes From the Cycling City

Charlie Hales Propane Scheme Contradicts Portland’s Climate Action Plan

This article was originally published on Blue Oregon. This September, a few noteworthy news stories broke that seemed to escape public consciousness. One was on Portland winning global honors for it’s Climate Action Plan. From a city press release: “Portland is among 10 cities worldwide to receive the C40 City Climate Leadership Awards 2014. Portland is developing ‘complete neighborhoods’… Continue reading Charlie Hales Propane Scheme Contradicts Portland’s Climate Action Plan

Portland Police Proudly Display Support for Child-Murderer

In March 1981, Portland police officers grotesquely killed several possums, then threw their dead bodies at a black-owned restaurant in North Portland in a sickening display of violence meant to terrorize a community. That was then. This is now. And nothing’s changed. In recent days, numerous Portland Police Bureau officers have taken to social media to show their support… Continue reading Portland Police Proudly Display Support for Child-Murderer

Welcome to the Public/Private Partnership Totalitarian Police State

Weeks ago when the initial uprising in Ferguson was not yet an international news story, a white person whom I follow on Twitter declared that ‘Nothing like Ferguson has ever happened before‘. My response was one of bafflement. I asked how one could say such a thing. The dialog that followed was less than constructive, to say… Continue reading Welcome to the Public/Private Partnership Totalitarian Police State