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Mme. Defarge

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October 1, 2020

Man, woman, person, vote


My favorite yard sign in my neighborhood here in the Anarchists Jurisdiction of Portland.
September 30, 2020

Trump claims 'Portland Sheriff' endorsed him

President Trump falsely claims Multnomah County sheriff supports him
Author: KGW Staff
Published: 7:52 PM PDT September 29, 2020
Updated: 7:52 PM PDT September 29, 2020

PORTLAND, Oregon — During the first presidential debate of 2020 on Tuesday night, there were multiple mentions of Portland, including the local law enforcement.
After debate moderator Chris Wallace asked the candidates about race issues in America, President Trump brought up the support of one specific official:
"I have Portland; the sheriff just came out today and said, 'I support President Trump.'"

There is no sheriff of Portland, but Multnomah County Sheriff Mike Reese tweeted that he does not and will never support President Trump.

September 30, 2020

NBC, Chuck Todd,

It was a train wreck for the president.

September 24, 2020

Suddenly I can't see photos posted on DU

or Tweets that have been copied and posted, only the links. Is this everyone’s experience? Can the problem be fixed and, if so, how?

September 23, 2020

Portland Parks Bureau denies permit for Proud Boys to hold rally at Delta Park, citing coronavirus s

Source: The Oregonian

The city of Portland has denied a permit to the far-right group Proud Boys, which has been planning a rally on Saturday in North Portland’s Delta Park, finding that the group’s estimated crowd of 10,000 people exceeds public safety measures in light of the current coronavirus pandemic.

The right-wing group, which has gained national attention for its heated rhetoric and marches that often devolve into violence, originally planned to hold the rally in Terry Schrunk Plaza. The change in venue was made, the group said in a statement last week, “in order to accommodate … a ‘battalion of patriots’ who are ready to exercise their constitutionally protected right to assemble.”

But the city’s Park Bureau, in consultation with Mayor Ted Wheeler, found that the group’s large crowd estimate ran counter to safeguards necessary to prevent the spread of COVID-19, according to city officials.

The city found the described event gathering would not comply with Oregon Health Authority guidelines about the number of people allowed in gatherings and can’t be conducted with proper physical distancing, according to Commissioner Amanda Fritz, who oversees the Parks Bureau.

Read more: https://www.oregonlive.com/portland/2020/09/porltands-parks-bureau-denies-proud-boys-permit-to-hold-rally-at-delta-park-citing-coronavirus-safeguards.html

September 22, 2020

This will make you feel better.

GOP senators who play with fire with the Supreme Court will get scorched
Jennifer Rubin

“Moreover, the Democratic nominee for vice president, Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.), sits on the Judiciary Committee. Do Republicans really want to give the whip-smart, telegenic senator potentially hours of live TV coverage — watch Democrats give her their time so she can rake the nominee over the coals — during which she makes clear just how extreme Trump’s nominee is? I am going to guess the answer is no.”

Worth waiting to get past the paywall.

September 15, 2020

Very Unhealthy Air Quality, hooray!

We’ve finally been upgraded from Hazardous here in Portland.

September 15, 2020

The Media Learned Nothing From 2016

The press hasn’t broken its most destructive habits when it comes to covering Donald Trump.

6:15 AM ET

James Fallows
National correspondent at The Atlantic

We’re seeing a huge error, and a potential tragedy, unfold in real time.

That’s a sentence that could apply to countless aspects of economic, medical, governmental, and environmental life at the moment. What I have in mind, though, is the almost unbelievable failure of much of the press to respond to the realities of the Trump age.

Many of our most influential editors and reporters are acting as if the rules that prevailed under previous American presidents are still in effect. But this president is different; the rules are different; and if it doesn’t adapt, fast, the press will stand as yet another institution that failed in a moment of crucial pressure.

In some important ways, media outlets are repeating the mistake made by former Special Counsel Robert Mueller. In his book about the Mueller investigation, True Crimes and Misdemeanors (and in a New Yorker article), Jeffrey Toobin argues that Mueller’s tragic flaw was a kind of anachronistic idealism—which had the same effect as naivete. Mueller knew the ethical standards he would maintain for himself and insist on from his team. He didn’t understand that the people he was dealing with thought standards were for chumps. Mueller didn’t imagine that a sitting attorney general would intentionally misrepresent his report, which is of course what Bill Barr did. Mueller wanted to avoid an unseemly showdown, or the appearance of a “fishing expedition” inquiry, that would come from seeking a grand-jury subpoena for Donald Trump’s testimony, so he never spoke with Trump under oath, or at all. Trump, Barr, and their team viewed this decorousness as a sign of weakness, which they could exploit.
George Packer: We are living in a failed state

Something similar is going on now with many members of the press.

September 14, 2020

Covid Thoughts

September 12, 2020

Help Oregon and Washington residents affected by the wildfires

The Northwest Response Fund has been activated and donations will go to the American Red Cross.

Credit: KGW
Author: KGW Staff
Published: 4:48 PM PDT September 8, 2020
Updated: 10:04 AM PDT September 12, 2020
PORTLAND, Ore. — In partnership with KGW and KING-TV in Seattle, the American Red Cross has activated the Northwest Response Fund to help Oregon and Washington residents who are affected by the wildfires across the region. U.S. Bank has partnered with KGW and the Northwest Response Fund and will also be accepting in-branch donations at all Oregon branches at this time.
Donations support the work the American Red Cross is providing to families that have been displaced or impacted by the active and growing wildfires and can be made through a special link created for KGW viewers.
The Red Cross has shelters open in Springfield, Redmond, Salem, Glide, Chiloquin and Colton, Oregon, and Puyallup, Tacoma, Spokane, Wenatchee, Selah and Kennewick, Washington.
Your support enables the Red Cross to prepare for, respond to and help people recover from disasters. Your generous donations make it possible for the Red Cross to provide food, water, showers, first aid and emotional support.
The American Red Cross name and emblem are used with its permission, which in no way constitutes an endorsement, express or implied, of any product, service, company, opinion or political position.
For more information about the Red Cross, please visit www.redcross.org.


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