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ELGL-Portland Presents Bill Wyatt, Port of Portland Executive Director, January 15, 2013 (note the date change), 7200 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218, 11:45 am – Forum; 1:00 pm – Tour of Port of Portland Headquarters, RSVP to Megan Messmer, ELGL Project Coordinator, oregonelgl@gmail.com.

ELGL-Willamette Valley Presents Triple Bottom Line Decision Making – Come learn about the decision making framework Eugene staff is using to help reach sustainability and human rights goals. Thursday, January 17 at noon.


The media will quickly forget about guns — unless Washington stops them – In this edition, Hayes summarizes research showing that in the aftermath of high-profile tragedies, media interest — and thus public attention — often fades quickly. If gun control is to be different, politicians will have to give the media a reason to cover it.

Gun Violence Is an Everywhere Issue – All too often gun violence in America is posed as an urban problem. True, large urban centers have the highest rates of murders by gun. But our suburbs, small towns and rural areas are far from immune to the tragic consequences of guns, as the mass murder of children in Newtown, Connecticut, shows, not to mention the killing spree in an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater this past summer, or the gunning down of Gabby Giffords and others during a political event in Tucson, Arizona, or 1999’s mass shooting at Columbine High School.

Politicians have ‘own paparazzi’ as campaign tracking becomes a year-round practice – As Maine’s governor addressed the newly elected Legislature in early December, his frustration with trackers, the video camera-toting operatives who follow politicians around, boiled over into a brief diatribe that set the session off to a sour start.

Are subsidies worth the risk? When private companies ask for public investment in projects that promise economic benefits, who wins? Is the creation of jobs an expense that should be subsidized by taxpayers? Was Keizer’s investment of public money in the private Keizer Station shopping center a wise investment or a dangerous gamble?

Public-private partnerships can work – In 1971, the stretch of land east of Commercial Street SE and bordered roughly by Pringle Parkway SE near downtown Salem was largely industrial. What little development that did exist was predominately square buildings of colorless concrete.


The Fiscal Cliff

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Inside Portlandia

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Outside Portlandia

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Your Guidance Counselor

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‘Worst job posting’ ever draws flood of applicants – John O’Brien, American director of Dalkey Archive Press in England, certainly didn’t think so when he posted a job opening for an intern. The opening was dubbed the “worst job posting ever” by Salon.com. Here’s why—the post reads.

Morning Advantage: A Bad Social Media Policy, or Just Bad Management? Writing on Gawker, Cord Jefferson asks, “Should this Louisiana TV reporter be fired for responding to racist comments on Facebook?” It should be noted (and Jefferson does) that Rhonda Lee, the reporter in question, responded very calmly to multiple racially charged comments left on her TV station’s Facebook wall.

Do Something

You’re invited to visit a new online planning tool called “Shape Southwest” to show how you would plan Tigard and the Southwest Corridor’s future. How would you invest in things like transit, roads, bikeways, sidewalks, parks and habitat? Explore the ways that these choices affect community health, prosperity, access and mobility.

Envision Eugene – Join us as we begin to implement our community vision for how we can best grow and change in the next 20 years.


The Social Network

Mitch and Mickey. "A Mighty Wind." One of my favorite movies! Hilarious, musical, and heartfelt.

It’s not Twitter — this is just the way the news works now – The way that inaccurate news reports about a mass shooting in Connecticut filtered out through social media has brought up many of the same criticisms as Hurricane Sandy — that social media isn’t an appropriate forum for journalism. But this is simply the way news works now.

Twitter Starts Rolling Out Option To Download Your Twitter Archive: Request Every Tweet You’ve Ever Made In One File – It looks like Twitter has started rolling out the option to let users download all their tweets — with some Twitter users reporting they are seeing an option to ‘request your archive’ appearing in their settings.

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