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Representing Portland's Progressive Thinkers and Doers

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    The epidemic of childhood obesity in the United States has incited parents, communities, and even legislators to improve kids’ nutrition in one place they invariably eat: schools. Junk foods have been legally banned from many lunchrooms and school vending machines. But what will our nation’s youth eat instead-fresh local produce? As if! Dude, it’s going...

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    Critics of local food suggest that it’s naive or elitist, whereas industrial agriculture is for everybody: it’s what’s for dinner, all about feeding the world. “Genetically modified, industrially produced monocultural corn,” wrote Steven Shapin in the New Yorker, “is what feeds the victims of an African famine, not the gorgeous organic technicolor Swiss chard from...

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    Please take a moment to fill out this survey about Portland.We are gathering opinions for a research project.Thank you!

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  • 06/06/10--09:25: Mike Breaks It Down…
  • If you haven’t seen this clip on you tube, take a few minutes and see what Big Mike has to say about the connection between the oil disaster in the gulf and wet t-shirt contests. This came in from MoveOn.org…What’s the connection between oil company executives, wet t-shirt contests, the Department of Interior and the...

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  • 06/06/10--18:32: Art in the rain
  • Davinci arts middle school is an art oasis in near ne Portland.Just recently I was visiting the school to check on the Water Garden when i saw a group of students beneath a large blue tarp. The rain was steady but no one complained. They were too busy firing their latest ceramic creation using the...

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  • 06/07/10--11:51: BP Slick THE SOURCE
  • This really hurts to watch, but we have to face this. We have to learn from our mistakes. The government has to learn. Will they? Will we one day be independent of oil? Will we one day not be at war?

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    Some friends and I recently got together to talk about the oil disaster in the gulf and what we can do about creating change and helping rid ourselves of our addiction to oil. In that meeting one of my friends read this article aloud to us about upping the stakes…. WOULD ANY SANE PERSON think...

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    Adapted from Professor Philip Zimbardo’s talk at the RSA, the latest RSA Animate conveys how our individual perspectives of time affect our work, health and well-being. Check out this amazing animation!

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  • 06/25/10--11:39: Death Factories
  • On June 23rd, over 400 people attended the Public Utilities Commission hearing in downtown Portland to discuss PGE’s plan for the continued operation of the Boardman Coal Plant. The Oregon Beyond Coal Campaign sent a strong message to both PGE and the PUC with the vast majority in attendance supporting the early closure of Boardman...

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    I write as a new convert to The People’s Republic of Portland and just now read through the several entries in this blog. WOW! Take some time to read for yourself. This blog has extremely insightful, very honest assessments of issues facing our world. Bloggers analyzed standard accepted answers and dispelled the many totally wrong...

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  • 11/25/10--21:36: May 21st, 2011
  • For this, the first episode of Community Voices, I was fortunate enough to capture a conversation about religion and Judgment Day between myself, 3 Christian Pilgrims and a man passing by.

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  • 11/26/10--05:57: Understanding Who We Are
  • According to Facebook Insights, the PROP community is not only growing faster but we are peers. Take a look at the image on the left and you will notice that we are primarily women between the ages of 25 and 44. However, there are nearly just as many men in the same age range within...

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  • 12/07/10--23:40: Salvation Through Song
  • I have seen Ron at the same corner of SW 6th and Yamhill for the past 2 months, spreading the word of his God and Savior. Each time I encounter him, he seems almost blind to the quickly passing crowd as he speaks. His passion is deep and the impact on those who listen to...

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    Charles Dickens walked a winter night and watched white snow turn black in the acidic rain of nineteenth-century England. He saw children as young as five filing from factories dirty, hollowed-eyed, silent, and tired from the long hours of work in dirty factories fired with greed and fraught with danger. Raw sewage from the thousands...

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  • 01/06/11--10:54: January 2011
  • Happy New Year from all of us at PROP! As we enter a new decade, I would like to take a minute to thank all the wonderful people that have contributed their time and their talents to growing the people’s republic of portland with me. Our mission is simply to be an agent for Portland’s...

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  • 01/24/11--21:49: Was Ist Das?
  • WAS IST DAS? MarchFourth in Germany Trailer (2011) from Diggable Monkey on Vimeo. As I enter my 7 year run as a performer with The MarchFourth Marching Band, I’m pleased to announce that The Germany tour Documentary “Was Ist Das?” is in it’s final stages of completion. Thank you Diggable Monkey Productions!!! As a matter...

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    listen to Delhi Belly – by Luke Solmon This video was meant as an instructional video for the members of MarchFourth Marching Band. Ariel and I revised one of the “Delhi Belly” dance moves known as “the bunny hop” with a new move now entitled “the wrist clap”. It’s been 11 months since we posted...

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    As I enjoy a meal of organic lima bean soup that I swapped for a tarot card reading,I ponder on all that I love about Portland. The show Portlandia has drawn attention to our cloudy little corner of the Pacific Northwest. While we may enjoy this rare spotlight, many residents wonder if it will repel...

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  • 02/26/11--14:33: Lodekka
  • Earlier today I was walking down N. Williams in Portland Oregon near Failing Street, where there are typically only “brick and mortar” businesses. However, today there was something quite different. I noticed a traditional British Double Decker bus that had been converted into a Dress Shop called “Lodekka“. This mass-transit vehicle had been retired in...

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  • 02/26/11--15:03: The Future of the Internet
  • Above is a video piece I put together about “The Future of the Internet.”  Have a listen!

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