Kayak and Rappeling Protest – St. Johns Bridge – Portland, Oregon

I can almost taste the tears of Shell Oil executives when their billion-dollar oil venture gets waylaid by a bunch of hippies hanging from the Saint Johns Bridge, here in my town of Portland.

As of about 4:30 PST, today, July 30 2015, the Port Authority has closed the channel to all traffic–save the massive icebreaker bound for the Arctic. Kayakers were pushed to shore by long fishing gig poles–or they were captured and ticketed. The police are slowly lowering the rappellers down from the bridge.

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Should Walmart be selling worthless shoes?

Interesting video here:

Most people would say, “hey, what do you expect for such a low price?” But that’s just the thing–Walmart consumes resources and sells junk–real, literal junk–to people that just can’t afford to spend that much money, leaving them once they’ve realized they’ve wasted their money, fooled by Walmart yet again.

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Walmart – “Nuke it from Orbit” approach to Unionizing stores

Reuter’s has the story of how Warmart, or Walmart, would rather cut its own hand off than see even an inkling of fair wages for workers. You read it in Supercenter first, folks. That is a fictional account of how this has been Walmart’s M.O. for quite some time now.

 

 

 

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Internet goes crazy over colorblind dress. Picard tortured to reveal true colors.

Cardassians, amirite?

I made this thing.

Visit youtube to see my latest project – Elements of Science Fiction, the Video series destined to be targeted for take down on warrant-less copyright claims!

 

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The Book of Eli Review & Deus Ex Machina focus

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Moon Review & Character study focus

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Snowpiercer Review & Allegory focus

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CFO steals $95,000 from employee vacation benefits at Wet Seal clothing company

It’s not aberrant behavior, it’s how you get ahead in business. This week, the chain clothing store “Wet Seal” surprised employees by shutting its doors immediately, after indicating to employees that such a move would not happen. This, according to signage left in the windows of these stores, left many with unpaid vacation and paid time off hours.

In an economic world where there are no consequences for senior managers and executives, of course this is going to be the case, where they can betray employees for their own financial benefit.

During the implosion over this last year, the Chief Financial Officer had his salary bumped by $95,000 when the company acknowledged it was already in freefall.

But that’s not fair! You may say that the CFO’s salary increase had nothing to do with the benefits lost by employees, and this is exactly the problem, this shell game of wealth destruction while top executives find ways to pay themselves.

And the business managers and executives get to just cross the street and draw additional six-figure salaries without any obligation or consequence to their employees. Let’s not forget that such vulture capitalism is celebrated enough in our society that the wealth obtained through such activity can launch a person to the Oval Office itself.

In today’s world, with value and resources becoming increasingly scarce, it is destruction, it is liquidation, it is the dismantling of value and productivity that our corporate masterminds cherish, and until government regulation holds them accountable to the American people, it is away from the American people that value and wealth will flow.

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Outdoor Propane Beer Brewing – All Grain System

I thought I’d share with my fellow homebrewing community the system by which I am able to brew 45 gallons of beer in a single batch. It begins with my 35 gallon mash tun, custom made, and capable of mashing 75 lbs. of grain. This eventually leads to three “keggle” style brew kettles boiling not more than 12 gallons each, but if a bit more concentrated that my target gravity, I’ll wind up adding Spring or Distilled water from the jugs you get at the grocery store (guaranteed sterile) to my 5 gallon Cornelius kegs at a ratio of usually 1:4 to drop my alcohol percentage. I find that adding during fermentation is uneccessary and low gravity beers are far more prone to contamination, due to less acidity as a ward against contamination.

Feel free to post any questions here or on the YouTube videos. I will be uploading more after my next brew session to cover some of the issues related to boiling and cooling.

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David Graeber’s “Debt: The First 5,000 Years” is a must-read

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