SNOW! – The Great Super Bowl Sunday Snow Storm, 2017

Bruce A. Smith

We got dumped. There is 12-14 inches outside my little abode, but the amount varies as more snow plummets off of tree boughs, or the melting slush thwarts a bigger build-up. Regardless, I can’t even open my little garden gate to get to my driveway.

Soon, I will venture out to see what needs to be done. First, I’ll have to figure out how to move the snow, since I don’t have a snow shovel. I’ve lived in Washington State for 27 years and never needed one. Now, I suppose I do. In the meantime, I’ll take an old plastic political sign and screw it to a stick. Ug. Continue reading

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Romantic Triangle Between Barb Dayton and Ron and Pat Forman Revealed in New DB Cooper Production

By Bruce A. Smith

That’s a joke, folks!

But I just saw the World Premier of “db,” a highly speculative account of the DB Cooper hijacking, in the CoHo Theater in Portland. Penned by NYC playwright Tommy Smith, it’s a HOOT! And yes, we see Ron Forman attempt to kiss Barb Dayton, the transgender skyjacking suspect!

I loved the show immensely, even though it takes extreme liberties with the known truths of DB Cooper. But much of it is authentic and accurate, and the sum total is raucous fun and theatrical joy. I laughed a lot, and cried at the end when Cooper jumped.

Think: Saturday Night Live goes to Ariel. Continue reading

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Mass Surveillance and Army Intelligence – one man’s experience; from Campfire Tales – True Stories Not Everyone Believes

By Bruce A. Smith

The closing of the borders of the United States to Muslims and refugees this week brings to mind the struggles of the 1960s and 1970s, especially the shooting of four students at Kent State University on May 4, 1970 by Ohio National Guardsmen, and the national protests that followed.

This story is about Frank, a buddy of mine from the old neighborhood in New York, who joined a protest against the Kent State Massacre, and years later paid a huge price courtesy of the US Army. His experience shows the massive scale and sophisticated capacities of the government to conduct surveillance of the public, particularly college demonstrations, even peaceful ones.

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Mountain News reader writes to UK Prime Minister to thwart Trump

Editor’s note: Lisa Pilkinton is a Mountain News reader and contributing writer who lives in London, England. She is so concerned about the Donald Trump presidency and the impacts his administration can have in the United Kingdom and Europe that she wrote to Teresa May, her Prime Minister, and her local MP, Mike Penning.

Lisa is a committed environmentalist, and has just completed a 2,000 mile trek along the Appalachian Trail, hiking from Georgia to Maine this past summer. She is also a partner in an eco-based farming consortium in Ecuador. Continue reading

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Performance by Ashley Judd at DC March continues to electrify protesters

By Bruce A. Smith

At the Washington, D.C. Women’s March Saturday, Ashley Judd delivered a rousing dramatic presentation of a poem written by a 19-year old Tennessean woman named Nina Donovan, which has continued to rock the resistance to President Donald Trump.

Below, the Mountain News shares the script of the Judd/Donovan piece, courtesy of the Fair Use Doctrine on intellectual properties. Following that is an essay from Paula Morris, a long-time Mountain News contributing reporter, describing how the poem has inspired her to insure equal rights for all.

Ashley Judd:

“My name is Ashley Judd and I am a feminist. And I want to say hello to Independence Avenue in the back, all the way down to 17th Street, and I bring you words from Nina Donovan, a 19-year old in Middle Tennessee. She has given me the privilege of telling you what she has to say: Continue reading

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Women’s March – What’s Next?

By Lisa Pilkinton

What happens next? How can we make a change?

Well. What a turn out for all the Women’s Marches around the world this weekend, and I feel proud to have been a part of it.

Everyone seems to have a different take on the marches. People were marching for so many causes; people with different priorities; different social, political, economic, religious, scientific backgrounds and opinions. But, whatever people were marching for they were all saying: THIS IS NOT OKAY. Continue reading

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Women March in Olympia and Across the Globe to Protest Trump

By Bruce A. Smith

In an historic display of grassroots political power, millions of women marched in at least 670 cities around the world on Saturday, January 21, to protest the policies and rhetoric of President Donald Trump. USA Today conservatively estimated the total number of protesters to be 2.5 million women worldwide.

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