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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

Dr. Know: Portland’s Lost Luster

Is the national media’s love affair with Portland over?

Dr. Know
I hear some big fancy magazine has declared Portland the most “insufferable” city in America. Is the national media’s love affair with Portland over? And more important, who’s to blame?    More
Wednesday, March 7, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Bohemian Babylon?

Are hipsters to blame for Oregon’s high unemployment rate?

Dr. Know
Would I be wrong in assuming that Oregon’s high unemployment rate has been brought on by hip, jobless twentysomethings who move to Portland to embrace a bohemian lifestyle supported by Oregon    More
Wednesday, February 29, 2012 MARTY SMITH

Dr. Know: Faithless Recyclers

How well do Portlanders sort their trash?

Dr. Know
Now that our trash is picked up biweekly, I find myself tempted to toss questionable items into the recycling bin, even though they don’t belong there. Of course, I’d never actually do this—   More
Wednesday, February 22, 2012 MARTY SMITH

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