Willamette Week - http://www.wweek.com/portland/articles.sec-394-1-.html Mon, 30 Mar 2015 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: 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: 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: 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: 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: <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...]]> 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: 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: 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: 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]]> 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: Whence the Weird? - http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-16538-dr_know_whence_the_weird_.html 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: 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: 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: 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: Fine Feathered Feces - Does goose poop represent a significant health threat? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-19845-dr_know_fine_feathered_feces_does_goose_poop_represent_a_significant_health_threat.html Let’s talk goose poop: Every park and walkway near the Willamette River is covered with the stuff. Is it any health threat to people and pets? —Thomas C. Before I answer, I’d like to formal]]> 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: <i>Armillaria fhtagn!</i> - Is Oregon really home to home to the world’s largest mushroom? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-20098-dr_know_armillaria_fhtagn__is_oregon_really_home_to_home_to_the_worlds_largest_mushroom.html Someone recently told me Oregon was home to the world’s largest mushroom. Is it as big as a whale? And where is it, so I can avoid it? It sounds creepy. —Another Liberal Arts Major Puny huma]]> 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: 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]]> Dr. Know: Volcanic Panic - Will Mount Hood erupt anytime soon? http://www.wweek.com/portland/article-18983-dr_know_volcanic_panic_will_mount_hood_erupt_anytime_soon.html 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]]> 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]]>