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SECRET VOTES: SCHOOL, SAFETY, HEALTH CARE

During election years voters pick their horse, their favorite. No secret votes at the start. If they turn out they way they say they’ll turn out, good job in the ballot box. If they don’t they have a built in excuse: “I’m the lesser of two evils.” No one runs a campaign based on being […]

CLIMATE CHANGE DIRECTION: WEATHER HOAX?

Who needs climate change help the most? Paris, France. That’s right, Paris. The same Paris of the Paris Agreement President Trump rejected. See the problem in the top pic? That’s the Eiffel Tower in the shade, except it’s not shade. Smoggy look for the City of Light. Call it a unity smoking day of a […]

MARK ZUCKERBERG BUILDS PURPOSE ON FACEBOOK WALL

    For big life questions, Mark Zuckerberg has big answers. From his Harvard commencement address: Today I want to talk about purpose. But I’m not here to give you the standard commencement about finding your purpose. We’re millennials. We’ll try to do that instinctively. Instead, I’m here to tell you finding your purpose isn’t […]

FAKE AUTHORITY? RECOGNIZE THE POWER, USE IT, MOVE ON

    Fake authority never takes time off. Too much gone wrong ’round here. So much to do and so little time. While busy, you never hear fake authority figures compared to janitors. Because it’s a bad comparison? Because good janitors make bad writers? Or because a trained janitor, and not a good one, best […]

OPIOID SOUNDS TOO PRETTY, CALL IT WHAT IT IS

    Imagine it on BBC: “Oh, Countess, could you please have your man-servant retrieve the opioid?” You’ve heard it before: Too much of a good thing is a bad thing. Painkillers fall into that category. After they kill pain, they choke out the person you used to be. If you don’t stop the opioid, […]

OREGON DROPOUT TOO HIGH? KGW SAYS YES

  Oregon students drop out of high school more than any other state? Education statistics work to show progress, decline, indifference. You’ve seen those graphs. Chances are good these aren’t dropouts analyzing the data. They are smart people working the numbers. Depending on the point being made, the numbers are the name of the game. […]

BABY BOOMER LIFE QUIZ FOR NOSY MILLENNIALS

Ask your parents about these life quiz situations   Life Quiz 1 Ever made to sit at the childhood dinner table until you finished everything on your plate…or fell asleep in shame? If a millennial asks their parents, and mom and dad say, “No, of course not. We weren’t raised in a gulag,” do a […]

INVENTIONS FROM ANCIENT CHINA TO AMERICA

Sharing with ancient China didn’t begin here. China invented paper money. Did they invent the safe soon after? Why don’t we hear more bank robbery stories from China? From ozy.com: Moving two tons of red stuff — Communist China adorns scarlet notes with a likeness of Mao Zedong — was hardly a one-man job, and […]

DURABLE PORTLAND CAST IRON FINDS

    Portland cast iron over your head in an earthquake? It’s still art. I see the stuff and think health hazard. Cast iron is heavy enough on the ground, let alone falling any distance. That’s one of the cautions about historic preservation: save yourself first.

MAKE NATIONAL PUPPY DAY EVERY DAY FOR YOUR DOG

  National Puppy Day Or National Daisy Day?   Real dog people know the deal: Every dog has it’s day, and for their dog it’s every day. For everyone else, National Puppy Day is a starter. Dog people have dog history over them. It’s usually history with the twists and turns you’d expect from family […]