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This map maps out the areas that were killed by the pine bark beetle from 1980 to 2008. With sixty odd fires burning across the Oregon High Desert, six of them “major” fires, we would all do well to remember that we are just one spark away from a fire that burns from Mount Shasta to Southern Alaska.

You can always go back where you came from. You’re not welcome here.

20140607_174849… perhaps moldering in a landfill, is a Polaroid not unlike this.

I encourage everyone out there to get back on the bus. Back in the lime-light.

gop-humping_n The Washington Post reports this morning that CGI Federal, the low bid private sector contractor with a long history of both Republican Party contributions and failure to deliver a working product, has been effectively fired for its sabotage of the rollout of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act website

Would the same could be said for Greg Walden, Central and Eastern Oregon’s multi-millionaire “representative” who let the bid, a trust-funder punk who has never done a day’s work in its life and doesn’t even live in Oregon.

Yes, “it”. It is less than sufficiently evolved, less than human.

Fear me.

“Patriotism” is the last resort of scoundrels.

Came to mind the other day that I should be supporting Willard, as it would hasten our inevitable devolution into autonomous perhaps even fully independent region-states centered on economic, environmental and cultural commons – Nine Nations of North America. Whatever good Obama might be able to do prolongs the agony, leaving the inevitable even more complicated and potentially explosive.

Physics is everything, everything is physics – a perpetual motion machine is bound to fail, a beast cannot feed upon itself indefinitely. The inevitability is statistical. Not only has the “population” grown so but the population of variables both within and without the “population” has grown so large, so diverse, and across so much territory it has reached a point of statistical saturation, the “model” unsustainable. It has to change, it has to collapse, that’s its “nature”. Hyper-inflation breeds hyper-deflation, hyper-evolution breeds hyper-devolution, the longer it takes, the ever more hollowed out the machine becomes breeds the ever greater failure.

Radioactive ‘snow’ working it’s way down through water column

If truth admitted about Fukushima, it would have broken Japan’s economy

As fallout from Fukushima heads our way, the government turns a blind eye

Radioactivity from Fukushima won’t be ‘recovered’, just taken into our bodies

For those who think there may be more to this than meets the eye:

Flame and Stuxnet makers ‘co-operated’ on code

Fukushima data ‘leaked via infected computers’ — sent to servers in U.S.

Stuxnet malware a contributing factor to the Fukushima nuclear disaster

Classic case of shooting ourselves in the foot – the stuxnet virus was designed and released into the wild by the Jews and the CIA to attack Iran’s critical energy infrastructure but once in the wild attacked all foreign energy infrastructure leaving Fukushima vulnerable enough that when the physical structure failed the virus shut down the system which then released the as yet unreported massive radioactive fallout now bombarding Cascadia. The Jews are not America’s friends.

T-Mobile to close Redmond call center, export jobs to the Philippines.

From the “O”, last week: T-Mobile announced Thursday that it would shutter its Redmond call center and lay off its 359 workers, just months after local and state leaders say they were reassured it would remain open.

The Redmond layoffs are expected to take effect June 22, nearly nine years after a forgivable $850,000 state loan and enterprise zone incentives helped woo the company to the High Desert. … It’s a significant setback for the region, where double-digit jobless rates are at least 3 points above the state and national averages, despite recent modest economic gains.

State and local officials extended a package of incentives to lure T-Mobile to Redmond in 2003. Oregon’s $850,000 forgivable loan came from the governor’s strategic reserve fund. In return, T-Mobile promised to hire and maintain 720 workers for a set amount of time, Business Oregon spokesman Marc Zolton said. The company satisfied the conditions by 2007, when the loan was forgiven.

Redmond granted property tax abatements and reduced system development charges through its five-year enterprise zone program. The company eventually aged out of the deal, City Manager David Brandt said.

Then T-Mobile’s payroll began shrinking in recent years, losing 280 workers in the past year alone. About half of its current workforce commutes from outside Redmond, Brandt said.

It once was one of the top employers in central Oregon, where the jobless rate stood at 11.6 percent in Deschutes County and 14.6 percent in neighboring Crook County in January, when Oregon’s statewide unemployment rate was 8.8 percent.

In January 2011, Deschutes County’s jobless level was 13.9 percent, while Crook County’s was even higher: 17.3 percent.

In all, the company will lay off 3,300 workers.

2010 Deschutes County Oregon Poverty Rate, 14.8%. Change 2007 – 2010, 5.9%. How ’bout all you pretentious assholes living on the credit card in million dollar McMansions here my hometown crawl back into whatever sewer it is you crawled out of. You haven’t done us any favors, get the fuck out, Tourorist.

If you have as a member of your administration an avowed bigot; a racial, religious and homophobic bigot who has publicly proclaimed Gays and Palestinians animals “who should all be killed”, who upon learning of a co-administrator’s adopted African American son spouted – before anyone had opportunity to clarify that the young man was adopted – “she’s not that kind of a woman, is she?”… your organization is bigoted. You, are a bigot.

And if that bigot is left in place to get away with over the course of ten years harassing a Native American until he quit, harassing a woman until she quit, harassing a Mexican until he quit, harassing a Gay until he quit, and harassing an old Logger and second generation alumni until he quit… your organization is bigoted. You, are a bigot.

If a member of your administration an avowed bigot, your organization is bigoted.

You, are a bigot.

Out here on the Oregon High Desert local businesses and environmental conservation groups are partnering to conserve water, improve the fish and wildlife habitat and make the heart of the region’s Deschutes River more attractive to recreation and tourism.

The Deschutes River Conservancy’s (DRC) popular ten year old effort to provide incentives to landowners to conserve Deschutes River irrigation water by “leasing” their paid for but otherwise wasted water in order to leave that water in the river received a major boost this past month when Central Oregon’s largest brewery, The Deschutes Brewery, announced its partnership with the DRC  and local irrigation districts to return an estimated one billion gallons of water to the Middle Deschutes River each year. Water that otherwise would be diverted to the irrigation system to be used to irrigate will instead remain in the river, with noticible improvement on fish and wildlife habitat as well as recreational opportunities along the river between Bend and Lake Billy Chinook.

DRC Director Tod Heisler announced the brewery has agreed to contribute $25,000 a year to lease water rights from landowners who otherwise have no use for water they are entitled to by their water rights. Oregon water law stands on a “use it or lose it” principle, meaning landowners with water rights must either use that water even if they have no wish to raise crops or livestock, or forfeit those water rights. As McMansions continue to sprawl across The High Desert many landowners find themselves holding water rights they have no use for, but are never-the-less unwilling to sell or forfeit. “This is not an insignificant investment,” said Heisler, it is “in fact something very big.”

The contribution will return nine cubic feet per second (cf/s) of water back into the Middle Deschutes, which now flows at about 160 cf/s, and the conservancy hopes that through conservation and rights acquisition to increase flows to 200 cf/s. Raising the flow will produce “measurable and visible conditions for fish and other wildlife,” said conservancy spokesperson Bea Armstrong, as well as making “it possible to float the river in sections where now even a kayak couldn’t go, boosting recreation and tourism by making the river more attractive to anglers, rafters and other users.”

The Deschutes Brewery had originally set its sights somewhat lower when considering the contribution, originally considering a donation equal to the amount of water used in the brewing and supply process – it takes about four gallons of water to produce one gallon of beer – but found that to be not all that much relative to how much has been removed from the Deschutes over the years. Deschutes produces around 250,000 thirty-one gallon barrels a year, leading their community involvement team to settle on a “nice round number that would make a noticible difference in the Middle Deschutes,” says brewery Chief Operating Officer Michael LaLonde: “one billion gallons,” or roughly fourteen times the amount of water used by the brewer’s facilities, suppliers and supply chain.

One billion gallons of water is equal to sixteen hundred olympic swimming pools, twenty-seven hundred football fields under a foot of water, eighteen million 55 gallon rain barrels, twenty-four million barrels of crude oil, seventy-five million kegs and almost two billion six packs of beer.

I interviewed Deschutes Brewery founder and CEO Gary Fish on my show Breakfast in Bend at KPOV, High Desert Community Radio. He considers the deal a permanent investment in the health and future of the river. “At this point we see no end to our commitment,” says Fish, “the future is always uncertain, but this is a long-term commitment on our part. These are issues important to our time, issues we can impact, can do something about, and our group within the company that is responsible for making these decisions thought this would fit perfectly with who we are and what we do. The fact that we can look out the window and see the results is for us extremely cool. Water is what defines us in the West, to a large extent, to say nothing of the fact it’s the most significant ingredient we use.”

“It’s a measure of who we are as a community.”

Tomorrow morning on Breakfast in Bend my guest will be Sandy Burbank, Executive Director of Mothers Against Misuse and Abuse, to talk about that fine organization’s 30th – read that, thirty years – anniversary. David Simpson will be stopping by with an interview with the producers of the Cascade Theatrical Companies’ production of “Rabbit Hole”. And remembering Levon Helm, drummer and lead vocalist of The Band, who died today of cancer at 71, I will be featuring the music of The Band.

Brew yourselves up a cup of tea and do stop by 7am – from HooDoo to Post, Warm Springs to Fort Rock, 88.9 on the FM dial, KPOV, Oregon’s High Desert Community Radio, streaming live at www.kpov.orgarchive Saturday morning.


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