Thomas Friedman Brings Words of Hope, Supposedly

You don't need me to tell you: Things suck right now. Our political leaders are too busy trying to shore up massive disasters to hold our hands and tell us everything is going to be okay. But that's what we have Pulitzer Prize winners for. Ecotrust, Portland State University, and a bunch of other organizations have teamed up to bring longtime financial reporter and bestselling author Thomas Friedman ...   More
Thursday, February 12, 2009 Adrienne So

UPDATED: Facebook Ate My Spicy Junior's Potatoes.

Updated Friday, Feb. 13 with comments from group creator Stephen Vincent Meeneghan (scroll to bottom of post). With the Restaurant Apocalypse (more here and here...oh, and here too) gobbling local eateries up left and right, it's nice to see locals fighting back for their favorite spots. Portlander Stephen Vincent Lee Meeneghan is one of those stalwart eaters, he recently created a new Facebook ...   More
Thursday, February 12, 2009 KELLY CLARKE

Recession Therapy

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Tuesday, February 17, 2009 BEN WATERHOUSE

Thomas Friedman Tells Portlanders to Stop Futzing Around

Say what you will about incendiary Pulitzer-Prize-winning columnist and reporter Thomas Friedman: It takes some serious chutzpah to stand in front of a packed house of Portlanders and tell them that all of their green activism is nothing more than a hobby. "Don't get me wrong, I love hobbies," Friedman said at yesterday's free lecture at PSU's Stott Memorial Center. "I build model airplanes. But ...   More
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 Adrienne So

Oregon's Unemployment Numbers in Freefall

If you're outta work, you're not alone. Here are the latest grim unemployment numbers in Oregon. And courtesy of the state Employment Department, here are some lowlights behind the latest state rate of 9.9 percent: The most recent rate is the highest of any month since January 1984, when Oregon's unemployment was 10.0 percent. A year ago, Oregon's unemployment rate was 5.3 percent. Translation: ...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2009 HANK STERN

Oregon Historical Society Research Library Is Nearly History

The Oregon Historical Society's research library will be drastically reducing its hours to the public. Here's part of the email that went out this week to the library's supporters Dear friends and colleagues, It is with great sadness that I write to share the news with you that, due to severe budget reductions, the Oregon Historical Society will be closing its Research Library beginning ...   More
Thursday, February 26, 2009 Joshua Bolkan

Oregon's Unemployment: New Numbers, New Trivia Questions

[youtube TCNKq0-9p3w] As if we needed more evidence that the economy is brutal, the latest numbers from Oregon's Employment Department are out. And if you want some trivia questions to amaze your new friends in the unemployment line, the department's notes include some depressing factoids behind the state's 10.8 percent unemployment for February. Q: When was the last time Oregon's unemployment ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2009 HANK STERN

Top Staff at Just Out Takes a Walk

This economy isn't one in which workers typically volunteer to join the unemployed. But that's what has happened at Just Out, Portland's leading gay and lesbian newspaper. Publisher Marty Davis confirmed that when she got to her office last Friday morning, two letters of resignation were taped to her door. Departing the paper were news editor Jaymee Cuti and arts-and-culture editor Jim Radosta. ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2009 MARK ZUSMAN

If You Think Enough is Enough With The Bailout, Here's Your Protest

As reports continue about financial institutions' misuse of government bailout money, the "masses" have finally organized. On this Thursday, March 19, along with a coalition of national sponsors are organizing a nationwide civil protest against CEO and corporate excess on the front steps of corporations such as AIG, Citigroup and Bank of America. About 100 actions is ...   More
Wednesday, March 18, 2009 Shawn O'bryant


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