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Dr. Know: A Swarm of Choppers

Why are there so many helicopters around the new light-rail bridge?


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Lately, I have noticed an increase in helicopters around the new light-rail bridge. The cops suggest asking the news stations, but no big news stories correspond to the time and place. Any idea    More
 
Wednesday, May 16, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Idling Thoughts

If idling causes pollution, why do we have to stop at lights before entering the freeways?


Dr. Know
On the drawbridges in Portland, there are signs telling you not to sit with your car idling because of pollution. So why do we have to stop at lights before entering the freeways, forcing thousand   More
 
Wednesday, May 9, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: All Sinked Up

What’s with all the sinkholes lately?


Dr. Know
I can’t help noticing there have been an awful lot of sinkholes opening in the ground lately. Are we under attack from some malevolent, subterranean menace? How long before the Earth swallows us   More
 
Wednesday, May 2, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: One-Screened Bandit

Does the Oregon Lottery tweak video poker machines to entice people to play?


Dr. Know
Does the Oregon Lottery manipulate video poker machines to be “looser” at certain times—like when Social Security checks come in...   More
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: A Welcome Climate Change

Is there a local upside to climate change?


Dr. Know
The nice weather got me thinking: Is there a local upside to climate change? If the weather changes everywhere, some places are bound to improve—why not us? I’m willing to sacrifice a few po   More
 
Wednesday, April 18, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: FOODday of the Dead

How do I stop FOODday?


Dr. Know
 How do I stop FOODday? I’ve tried phone calls...   More
 
Wednesday, April 11, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Mobile Misanthropy

If overpopulation is a concern, why have cellphone driving laws?


Dr. Know
Recently you wrote about the lives saved by the hands-free cellphone law. Since we’re overpopulating and running out of resources, shouldn’t we stop trying to reduce deaths with laws like th   More
 
Wednesday, April 4, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Volcanic Panic

Will Mount Hood erupt anytime soon?


Dr. Know
Like you, I’m a big fan of natural disasters. I’m especially keen on that volcanic time bomb, Mount Hood. Will it erupt? How soon? And how many souls will I be able to harvest when it does?&nb   More
 
Wednesday, March 28, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Rental Rebuttals

Readers call foul on Dr. Know’s mortgage vs rent calculations.


Dr. Know
You made a huge miscalculation in your segment on home ownership [“Lies My Newspaper Told Me,” WW, March 14, 2012]: You assume that rents won’t rise for 30 years…  —G.B.F. …remember   More
 
Wednesday, March 21, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Venemous Inquiries

Does Portland really have a brown recluse spider problem?


Dr. Know
My roommate claims Portland is full of deadly brown recluse spiders. I say the brown recluse menace is overstated. I also think he’s using said menace as an excuse not to clean the basement. W   More
 
Wednesday, March 14, 2012 MARTY SMITH
 

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