Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-394-1-.html Tue, 23 Sep 14 00:00:00 -0700 en hourly 1 You Can’t Handle the Tooth - Why the far right and left have come together to defeat fluoride. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20611-you_cant_handle_the_tooth_why_the_far_right_and_left_have_come_together_to_defeat_fluoride.html It’s an April evening at Dishman Community Center in Northeast Portland, and people are pissed. The occasion is a public debate between Healthy Kids, Healthy Portland, the local campaign that�]]> Dr. Know: Secondhand Pot Smoke - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16668-dr_know_secondhand_pot_smoke_.html Dr. Know: The Truth Laid Bare - Does Portland really have the highest number of strip clubs per capita? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20636-dr_know_the_truth_laid_bare_does_portland_really_have_the_highest_number_of_strip_clubs_per_capita.html I always hear that Portland has the most strip clubs of any city in the U.S.—or at least the most per capita. Are either of these claims even slightly true? —Statistically Curious I don’t ]]> Dr. Know: Venemous Inquiries - Does Portland really have a brown recluse spider problem? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18939-dr_know_venemous_inquiries_does_portland_really_have_a_brown_recluse_spider_problem.html 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]]> Dr. Know: Foam for the Holidays - Any way to get rid of all that Christmas-morning packaging? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18570-dr_know_foam_for_the_holidays_any_way_to_get_rid_of_all_that_christmas_morning_packaging.html So far, biweekly trash pick-up is working for me. But the holidays are coming, and I’m pretty sure the Styrofoam from an Xbox would fill my whole trash bin. Is there any way to get rid of all th]]> Dr. Know: Vibrator Batteries - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16372-dr_know_vibrator_batteries_.html Lies My Newspaper Told Me - Five things you are wrong about. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18940-lies_my_newspaper_told_me_five_things_you_are_wrong_about.html Illustrations by Hawk Krall The scummiest election season, like, ever, is in full swing and the level of American civil discourse is at an all-time low (slut-shaming, anyone?). It seems like it]]> Dr. Know: Synthetic Urine - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16426-dr_know_synthetic_urine_.html Dr. Know: A Dearth of Mosquitoes? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17730-dr_know_a_dearth_of_mosquitoes_.html Traveling around America, I’ve noticed fewer mosquitoes in Portland than most other urban areas. Is it the climate? Secret nighttime spraying? Or just hungry salmon? —Forrest Here’s the thing:]]> Dr. Know: A Burning (Saint) Question - Why is there a statue of Joan of Arc in Laurelhurst? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18702-dr_know_a_burning_%28saint%29_question_why_is_there_a_statue_of_joan_of_arc_in_laurelhurst.html Tell me, O wise one: What does a flambéed French saint have to do with the Rose City? I ask because recently, in Laurelhurst, I came upon the improbable statue of one Joan of Arc. —Koan of Arc]]> Dr. Know: Contrail-ian - How the hell can people miss chemtrails? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18301-dr_know_contrail_ian_how_the_hell_can_people_miss_chemtrails.html On a sunny day, look up and you may see a contrail, which is a normal vapor trail that dissipates as quickly as a jet passes. Then there are chemtrails, which hang up there all day and spread ou]]> Dr. Know: <i>FOODday</i> of the Dead - How do I stop <i>FOODday</i>? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19051-dr_know_foodday_of_the_dead_how_do_i_stop_foodday.html  How do I stop FOODday? I’ve tried phone calls...]]> Portland Rock Trivia - Twelve absolutely random things you didn’t know about the Portland music scene. http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19623-portland_rock_trivia_twelve_absolutely_random_things_you_didnt_know_about_the_portland_music_scene.html 1.MusicfestNW began as the bastard child of SXSW...]]> Dr. Know: Mt. Hood Freeway? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17561-dr_know_mt_hood_freeway_.html In at least two spots near where I-5 meets I-84, would-be traffic lanes overhead stand half-completed, as if freeway builders ran out of money halfway through the job. What’s the deal? —James An]]> Dr. Know: One-Screened Bandit - Does the Oregon Lottery tweak video poker machines to entice people to play? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19119-dr_know_one_screened_bandit_does_the_oregon_lottery_tweak_video_poker_machines_to_entice_people_to_p.html Does the Oregon Lottery manipulate video poker machines to be “looser” at certain times—like when Social Security checks come in...]]> Dr. Know: Pusher Potential - What’s the street value of the extra painkillers in my prescription? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-21013-dr_know_pusher_potential_whats_the_street_value_of_the_extra_painkillers_in_my_prescription.html Following hip-replacement surgery, I was given a prescription for 160 painkillers called “Hydrocodone/APAP 5-325.” I’ve taken only one tablet. What’s the street value of the remaining 159?]]> Dr. Know: Canada Geese - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16405-dr_know_canada_geese_.html Dr. Know: Monster Earthquakes - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17260-dr_know_monster_earthquakes_.html   If a monster earthquake strikes off the Oregon Coast, could the resulting tsunami come all the way up the Columbia River and flatten downtown Portland? —Seismic Citizen This is a popular mi]]> Dr. Know: Fluoridation Situation - Is Portland’s consideration of putting fluoride in our drinking water a bad idea? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19576-dr_know_fluoridation_situation_is_portlands_consideration_of_putting_fluoride_in_our_drinking_water_.html I’m hearing that the City of Portland is thinking about putting fluoride in our drinking water. People are getting pretty freaked out...]]> Dr. Know: Volcanic Verisimilitude - How dormant/active is Mount Tabor? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19368-dr_know_volcanic_verisimilitude_how_dormant_active_is_mount_tabor.html My dad says back in the ’50s he used to play up on Mount Tabor, and on a cold day he could see steam rising from the crater. How dormant/active is Mount Tabor, and is it true Rocky Butte is ac]]> Dr. Know: When Intimacy and Dietary Philosophy Collide - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17966-dr_know_when_intimacy_and_dietary_philosophy_collide_.html With all the vegans in town, I am a little concerned about my oral sex life. Plain and simple question, do vegan chicks swallow? —Dustin C. I gotta say, Dustin, something about your letter gives me ]]> Dr. Know: Whence the Weird? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16538-dr_know_whence_the_weird_.html Dr. Know: Portland Bicycle Plan - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16934-dr_know_portland_bicycle_plan_.html The Portland Bicycle Plan reportedly calls for 681 miles of bike lanes costing $613 million. That seems like an awful lot to paint lines on rights-of-way already owned by the city.  Where is th]]> Dr. Know: Keller Swimming Hole? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17862-dr_know_keller_swimming_hole_.html I often see kids swimming in the Keller Fountain, which makes me nervous for their safety. I confess that it’s also annoying to deal with screaming kids on my lunch break. Is it legal for people t]]> Dr. Know: Willamette Water Quality Revisited - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17791-dr_know_willamette_water_quality_revisited_.html In last week’s column, you quoted a source who said, “The Willamette’s water quality is excellent.” Oh, really? Look it up: The river is a designated Superfund pollution disaster. It’s not]]> Dr. Know: Horning In - Why do trains still have to blow their horns in town? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20705-dr_know_horning_in_why_do_trains_still_have_to_blow_their_horns_in_town.html Why in the name of the Almighty Monkey do we still have to suffer through trains blowing their horns as they crawl through town? I mean, this is 2013—can’t they figure out some better option t]]> Dr. Know: The Fluoridation Saga Continues - A World Health Organization chart on fluoridated vs. non-fluoridated countries seems to show no health benefits to adding it to drinking water! http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19597-dr_know_the_fluoridation_saga_continues_a_world_health_organization_chart_on_fluoridated_vs_non_fluo.html There’s no evidence to support...]]> Dr. Know: Vancouverites Cometh - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-17358-dr_know_vancouverites_cometh_.html I’ve always been puzzled about the economic matrices of people who work in Portland and live in Vancouver. Do they create a net economic gain or loss for our city and state? —When Yaks Attack Va]]> Dr. Know: Voting None Of The Above - Who can I write in for mayor that has the best chance of winning? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19779-dr_know_voting_none_of_the_above_who_can_i_write_in_for_mayor_that_has_the_best_chance_of_winning.html I can’t vote for Jefferson Smith for mayor because he is a total fuckup. I can’t vote for Charlie Hales because he’s a lying son of a bitch. At this point, any alternative sounds good. Who c]]> Dr. Know: Christmas Tree Composting - Can I dump my Christmas tree into the compost bin? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18644-dr_know_christmas_tree_composting_can_i_dump_my_christmas_tree_into_the_compost_bin.html Now that we’ve got weekly compost/yard debris pickup, I figure I should be able to dump my 100 percent-organic Christmas tree into the compost bin and not get charged for tree disposal. Can I?&n]]>