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Just another fun day in Portland!

I got up bright and early and drove to the shul in the Southwest Portland neighborhood where I used to live. The weather was nice, and we had a good turnout.

After davvening, I headed back home to downtown. Some studying, housecleaning, laundry - and then it was time to head down to the waterfront for today's rally.

I met up with a friend from our political community - she was standing near the great big flag and was easy to spot. We had a good turnout and I think morale was very high.

The folks from the other side were there too, of course - many of them wearing masks, banging on drums, or tooting those noisemaker horns to drown out conversation. And of course there were the obligatory chants of "Nazis go home!"

Today's demo was a logical continuation of the June 4 event. But there were some important differences. The June 4 rally was held at a park, on Federal land. (The Mayor would have liked to deny us a permit, but he has no jurisdiction over Terry Schrunk Plaza, so it wasn't up to him.) The event went well, but it was a bit claustrophobic: we were surrounded by a phalanx of law enforcement keeping us separated from the counter-protestors, who greatly outnumbered us.

This afternoon we met in the open, in public space, at Waterfront Park. There were no battalions of police officers, maybe only one or two cops in sight. And it was not a static rally, but a march - we walked north along the waterfront and back, being seen and heard. So I think in those ways it was a much stronger statement.

And the oppo weren't there in nearly the same numbers as before.

We got maybe a few hundred yards down the waterfront when we had to stop and pull back - the antifas were hitting us with pepper spray, and two or three people went down. Some of our security people served as medics for the affected folks. Eventually we regrouped and kept moving.

I didn't stay for the whole thing because I don't have unlimited endurance for these kinds of things - and I was hot and tired and I've got a job to go to Monday morning. But I was glad I went, and I was very encouraged by the high morale and the sense of momentum. Also I was moved by the number of people who'd made the trip from their homes in the more conservative, rural parts of the state to make an appearance in uber-liberal Portland.

I took a few photos which I'll try to post later. Meanwhile, the Oregonian has a decent write-up on the event, with lots of photos.

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2017/08/altercations_shouting_at_dueli.html
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Helen Church, Kathryn Townsend, and my friend Athena Brown are the subjects of this refreshingly fair piece at PBS, which covers the June 4 rally in Portland.

https://www.pbs.org/newshour/features/trump-supporters-portland/

'Some are extremists. Others hold more moderate views. Still others are hard to pin down. They include independent voters like Townsend, who are becoming more active and strident as they see unprecedented efforts on the left to shut conversations down. They include people like Church, who, when slapped with labels, respond by showing up at rallies for the first time. And they include Republicans like Brown who have become fed up with what they see as the left’s PC culture. ...'

Go read the whole thing at the link.
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My friend and fellow Viking Andy Ngo first made waves at Portland State University with his feature on minority students who support Donald Trump:

http://psuvanguard.com/traitors-the-minorities-who-support-donald-trump/



Last April, Andy lost his job at the Portland State Vanguard for simply publicizing the words of a Muslim speaker in an open forum:

http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447563/free-speech-islam-i-was-fired-my-student-newspaper-reporting-truth

'At one point, a woman in the audience asked the Muslim student if a specific verse in the Koran actually permitted the killing of non-Muslims. “I can confidently tell you, when the Koran says an innocent life, it means an innocent life, regardless of the faith, the race, like, whatever you can think about as a characteristic,” he began. At this point, I took out my mobile phone and began recording as he continued: And some, this, that you’re referring to, killing non-Muslims, that [to be a non-believer] is only considered a crime when the country’s law, the country is based on Koranic law — that means there is no other law than the Koran. In that case, you’re given the liberty to leave the country, you can go in a different country, I’m not gonna sugarcoat it. So you can go in a different country, but in a Muslim country, in a country based on the Koranic laws, disbelieving, or being an infidel, is not allowed so you will be given the choice [to leave]. ...'

The video clip is here: https://twitter.com/MrAndyNgo/status/857469487909490688/video/1

And more on the incident at The College Fix: https://www.thecollegefix.com/post/32616/

Andy was punished, not for anything he himself said against Islam or Muslims, but for simply reporting what a Muslim speaker said, publicly, about Islam. What's being punished is the imagined "intolerance" of someone daring to question Islam, but not an expression of intolerance from within Islam itself.
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http://koin.com/2016/10/19/gas-incident-reported-on-nw-23rd-and-glisan/

This isn't close to where I am right now - the incident was in the north-west part of the city and I'm working in the south-east. But it was in the middle of a very popular and fashionable shopping district, so I'm concerned about casualties.

UPDATES:

http://www.oregonlive.com/portland/index.ssf/2016/10/portland_firefighters_respondi_3.html
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Moving van due soon. Next stop: Portland!
asher553: (dragon-dish)
After six weeks away from work, I'm back at my old gig at Big Pharma. My job is mainly interoffice deliveries, which obviously involves a lot of walking - I'm basically on my feet and MOVING eight hours a day. When the attack of the fascist peanuts made it impossible for me to work any longer, I told my manager I was taking a break from work for three weeks. He wasn't able to keep the position open, so I was technically "fired" at the end of the three weeks and I started interviewing again. But the Office Services angel was on my side, and the manager managed to eventually get me back on board at the same site after all. So, I'm working again, and it's good.

The foot problem, as it turns out, was the result of bad posture - as were the back problems that had been plaguing me with increasing ferocity over the past couple of years. If you, dear reader, have been suffering from random lower back and/or foot pain, I urge you to read up on Esther Gokhale and the Gokhale Method without further delay.

At any rate, Gokhale provided me the key to the things I was doing wrong with my posture and how to correct them. To wit, keeping my lower back (lumbar) firm and curved in the proper direction, bending at the hip (rather than reversing the curve of the lumbar spine) when I need to bend over; and keeping my feet pointed forward, with the weight on the balls and outside edges, rather than walking duck-toed and pronating as I did in former days. And that was all it took to get my body working properly and pain-free once again.

In other news, I went to Portland with G and Bunny last week/weekend. We left SFO on Thursday and returned Sunday. The main purpose was to get Bunny familiar with PDX so that she knows where I'm moving to, and understands that I'm not moving because she did anything wrong. We had a great time. Bunny loves Portland, and apparently G is warming to it too. I wouldn't mind if G decided to move there too - but that's a whole 'nother drama, and subject matter for another post.

But the plan as it stands is that I'll finish out this calendar year here in SF, work as much as I can and build a strong resume, and move to PDX around the beginning of 2014.
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http://www.kgw.com/news/Police-to-Naked-Bike-Ride-rs-Wear-helmets-210611581.html
PORTLAND -- The World Naked Bike Ride is scheduled in Portland this weekend and police have asked riders to ensure that at least their heads and feet are covered. ...

According to Portland City Code, "It is unlawful for any person to expose his or her genitalia while in a public place or place visible from a public place, if the public place is open or available to persons of the opposite sex." But Simpson said there are exceptions under Oregon law.

"Although many participants may violate City Code, the police bureau will be exercising tremendous discretion as long as participants stay on the route with the rest of the riders," he explained.

"The Portland Police Bureau recommends that at a bare minimum all riders at least wear a helmet and shoes to avoid any potential injuries," he added.


http://www.theregister.co.uk/2013/06/08/facebook_cloud_versus_cloud/
Facebook's first data center ran into problems of a distinctly ironic nature when a literal cloud formed in the IT room and started to rain on servers.

Though Facebook has previously hinted at this via references to a "humidity event" within its first data center in Prineville, Oregon, the social network's infrastructure king Jay Parikh told The Reg on Thursday that, for a few minutes in Summer, 2011, Facebook's data center contained two clouds: one powered the social network, the other poured water on it.

"I got a call, 'Jay, there's a cloud in the data center'," Parikh says. "'What do you mean, outside?'. 'No, inside'."

There was panic.
asher553: (asher63)
At long last, the time has come to start planning for my move back to Portland. I hope to make the move before the end of 2013.
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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/12/11/reports-gunfire-at-oregon-mall/

'A gunman who witnesses say was wearing camouflage and a white plastic mask opened fire in a shopping mall near Portland, Ore., killing at least one person and wounding others before the shooter was "neutralized" by police, authorities said. ... '

My thoughts and prayers to everyone in the Portland area who has been affected by this.

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